Wajahat Ali reminds U.S. Catholics of their own history of discrimination

This week, we talk with Wajahat Ali, a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, where he covers religion, family life and U.S. politics. Wajahat is also one of the producers of the Emmy-nominated series, “The Secret Life of Muslims,” which takes a look into the lives of U.S. Muslims. We talk with Wajahat about the perception of Muslim Americans in the age of Trump, and how his Jesuit education has made him a better Muslim.


In Signs of the times, Cardinal Pell stands trial for sex abuse; Katy Perry visits the Vatican; Catholic leaders oppose Bavarian crucifix order; and parishes are closing in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Following the forced resignation of Jesuit House chaplain, Patrick Conroy, we ask: Why did this happen? And finally: Prom season in Michigan had one Catholic high-school bringing out “modesty ponchos.” We discuss whether or not this is problematic.

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Links from the show:

Cardinal Pell to stand trial in sex abuse case
Katy Perry Meets Pope Francis, Speaks At Vatican Conference
Dr. Oz leads Vatican panel on faith and medicine
Catholic leaders join criticism of Bavarian crucifix order
Do reactions to the firing of Jesuit House chaplain show anti-Catholic bias?
Michigan Catholic school to use ‘modesty ponchos’ at prom
Bishop Zubik unveils parish reorganization plans for Pittsburgh diocese

What’s on tap?

Margaritas—or as my co-hosts like to say, “margs”

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