Why Malcolm Gladwell wants to think like a Jesuit

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This summer, the hosts of this podcast learned they have something in common with Malcolm Gladwell: We all think being called “jesuitical” should be considered a compliment. Malcolm, a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of several best-selling books, recently became obsessed with “thinking like a Jesuit” as a way to tackle new and complicated problems. In a three-part series on his podcast, “Revisionist History,” he takes a deep dive into St. Ignatius’ philosophical tradition and the unexpected ways it can be applied today.

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We ask him how he first encountered the Jesuits, if there are any dangers to this way of thinking and why he calls himself a “wannabe Catholic.”

In Signs of the Times, Pope Francis creates new cardinals (no Americans, but three Jesuits!) and calls for swift action on climate change. Nuns in New Orleans donate land to help protect the city from flooding and a Catholic school in Tennessee donates all their Harry Potter books to the garbage bin. Finally, we discuss two tough stories: a sex abuse settlement that raises questions about the role of race and poverty in the church’s treatment of survivors and the controversy surrounding a man who sought out a priest’s blessing before choosing to die by assisted suicide.

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Links from the show

Pope to create 13 new cardinals in October, including three Jesuits
Pope Francis chooses 13 new cardinals in the ‘Francis mold’

Pope Francis issues new call for world leaders to act on the climate emergency
New Orleans’ women religious donate 25 acres for flood control project
Priest removes Harry Potter books from Tennessee Catholic school, citing ‘actual curses and spells’
Mississippi Catholic sex abuse survivors underpaid in settlement cases
Seattle bishops affirm sanctity of life in wake of assisted suicide

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