Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

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Making the world safe for thinking: Wes Prez defends the liberal arts

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Michael S. RothWesleyan University President Michael S. Roth talks about his new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters.

Love is StrangeRichard_AllevaCommonweal magazine film critic Richard Alleva reviews “Love is Strange,” in which a gay man is fired from his Catholic school teaching job for marrying his longtime partner.

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Freud in the void? Marking the 75th anniversary of the famous atheist’s death: a conversation with Wesleyan President and Freud expert Michael S. Roth

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Freud died 75 years ago on Sept. 23rd, an opportunity for us to explore his allergy to faith with Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth, who’s written and taught about Freud and who curated a Library of Congress exhibit and edited an accompanying book of essays, Freud: Conflict and Culture. Today’s episode is the first of two interviews with President Roth. On Sept. 30, he’ll discuss his new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, especially where it touches on the interior life.


Several listeners emailed about the latest wonder worked by Pope Francis:

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Battlefield Angels: Civil War wounded on the North and South relied on the Daughters of Charity



Battlefield AngelsJames RadaJames Rada Jr. is the author of Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses. Catholic nuns comprised the only professional nurses in America. The Daughters of Charity were held in such high esteem, they were allowed to freely cross the North/South lines of battle.  You can find the book via online booksellers and at . Click here to listen to the interview:


CalvaryRichard_AllevaAlso in this episode, Commonweal movie critic Richard Alleva reviews Calvary, an Irish film about a sexual abuse victim who threatens to even the scales with the Catholic Church by murdering an innocent priest. Alleva points out, however, that, in a larger sense, the film is about the diminished authority of the church as a result of the crisis.


Hoof it for HaitiThe annual 5-K walk and run steps off from St. Elizabeth Seton Church on Sept. 20. One hundred percent of proceeds from the walk support St. Elizabeth’s twin parish, St. Ann, in St. Ard, Haiti. Go to for details.