This week Ashley and Olga interview Ruth Graham, a staff writer at Slate who consistently reports on religion with sensitivity and nuance.
Graham isn't afraid of tackling the most difficult topics—she recently got an interview with former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick by traveling all the way to Victoria, Kansas.
In the piece, Graham writes: “Suddenly, a tiny town of devout believers was home to an international symbol of institutional and individual monstrosity. Many of its residents, it turns out, aren’t happy about it. The story of McCarrick’s presence in Victoria is the story of a small community asked to live next door to a villain, and a huge institution figuring out where to hide its villains away.”
Graham talks about what she learned about the small town where the former cardinal now lives, why the former cardinal still won't confess and some of the other stories she’s written on religion.
Since all the hosts are out this week, this episode doesn’t have SOTs or Consolations and Desolations. We’ll be back to our regular programming on November 8.