Chloe Becker was upset when she realized she could not name a single African or African-American saint. A junior at Magnificat High School in Rocky River, Ohio, Chloe was inspired to learn more about racial justice after attending a school-sponsored conference on racism. It led to the creation of a semester-long project: a mural depicting African-American saints and holy people in contemporary clothing, holding up the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Chloe took a break from her summer vacation to talk to us about using the saints to fight racism, how her community has responded and why she chose to depict the saints in contemporary dress.
In this week’s Signs of the Times, we look at two new Catholic initiatives: a Vatican podcast in Latin and a new Catholic cryptocurrency backed by former Senator Rick Santorum. We also break down the U.S. bishops’ latest protocols for holding themselves accountable for sexual abuse and its cover up. Finally, we look at a Belgian group of monks who are changing the way they sell their award-winning beer.
That’s it for us this week. Only one more show until Jesuitical goes on summer break.
Links from the show:
- Looking for new religious art? Check your local high school.
- Augustine Tolton, Ex-Slave and First Black Catholic Priest in U.S., Takes Step to Sainthood
- Paris archbishop celebrates first Mass in Notre Dame since fire
- U.S. bishops adopt new protocols for holding themselves accountable for sex abuse
- Vatican will discuss ordaining married men as priests in Amazon region
- Vatican News to launch news program, podcast in Latin
- The Rick Santorum-backed coin for Catholics
- Belgian monks go digital to sell their ‘world’s best beer’
What’s on tap:
“The Crisp” pilsner from Six Point Brewery