Raising Multiples + Championing Pro-Life Beliefs ft. Justina Kopp

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When today’s guest, Justina Kopp, suffered a miscarriage, she was completely devastated. She didn’t know if she’d ever be able to have kids again. So imagine her surprise when she found out she was pregnant with not 1…not 2…NOT 3…but 4 babies.

Y’all. Four babies. Let that sink in.

Justina is on the show today to talk about the ups + downs of raising multiples, why she loves postpartum doulas, pregnancy after miscarriage, and what it was like to have a doctor encourage her to “reduce” her pregnancy. I am in awe of Justina’s warrior mothering skills and compassionate heart. I know you will be too! (And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her babies, who today turn 3. Praise God for their health and joy!)

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Topics discussed:

  • Pregnancy after miscarriage

  • Learning she was having quads

  • Justina’s medical team’s response and how she + her husband had to be advocates

  • The hardest + holiest parts of having multiples

  • What’s been bringing Justina closer to God lately

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In Vitro Fertilization + Pro-Life OBGYN Work ft. Monique Ruberu

Sometimes I think one of the most difficult parts of being a Christian is that our culture so strongly feels that certain things are “the answer” that we believe are harmful. Be it divorce, pornography, contraception…so many things in our society that are presented as a great good can actually be so damaging to the human soul. If we truly care about people, we view it as our duty to share that information to help them grow closer to the Creator and live a life that is truly joyful + fulfilling. But thats…awkward. And terrifying.

Today’s guest, Dr. Monique Ruberu, is a pro-life OBGYN. Talk about someone who often has to have difficult conversations! Dr. Ruberu is here today to tell us her story of becoming an anti-contraceptive doctor, what made her change her mind, and why she believes so many medical schools ignore NaProTechnology. We’re also chatting about In Vitro Fertilization and Snowflake Adoption—what they are, what the Church thinks about them, and how to wrap our minds around these hard medical decisions.

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Topics discussed:

  • When Dr. Ruberu became anti-contraceptives

  • What it was like to transition to pro-life work

  • Where her passion for In Vitro Fertilization comes from

  • What snowflake adoption is and what the Church’s stance is

  • What’s been bringing Monique closer to God lately

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Letting Go of Our Addiction to Control ft. Jeannie Gaffigan

When wife, mom, + producer Jeannie Gaffigan learned she had a pear-shaped brain tumor…it was inconvenient, to say the least. She had to learn how to give up a white-knuckled grip on control, find humor in heartache, and stop being the “executive producer” of her family. I loved her story about an atheist neurologist’s response to her faith life and how she feels God was with her through this insane medical journey. As a long-time fan of Jeannie’s wife Jim, I knew she’d be hilarious, even when talking about a brain tumor…and somehow, she was. Enjoy!

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Topics discussed:

  • The medical journey that radically changed her life

  • Letting go of control when circumstances force us to

  • Getting spiritual pep-talks from non spiritual people

  • What this experience taught her about God

  • What’s been bringing Jeannie closer to God lately

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The Intersection of #MeToo, Feminism, and Justice ft. Kathy Stilling

Justice is a complicated thing. It seems so black and white—bad guys vs. good guys, right? If only the world was so easy to divide in that way.

Today’s guest, Kathy Stilling, is a defense attorney (that attends my parish IRL!) Kathy is well-known for recently defending a Big 10 football player accused of sexual assault. Today on the show, we’re talking about what happens when justice, truth, and #BelieveAllWomen collide—and explode. Kathy walks us through how she joined the Catholic church, how her faith powers her through her difficult career, and some reforms she’d like to see the criminal justice system make. This episode is powerful, complex, and may help you see people accused of crimes in a different light. (Also, for MAKING A MURDERER fans…Kathy is Jerry Buting’s wife!)

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Topics discussed:

  • When Kathy converted to the Catholic Church

  • Why she became a criminal defense attorney

  • How she relies on God to get her through hard times in her career

  • The reforms she thinks our criminal justice system needs

  • What #BelieveAllWomen should REALLY mean

  • How her son’s recent ordination has been bringing her closer to God

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Discipleship as a Modern Feminist ft. Katie Prejean McGrady

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CRAPPY ADVICE: To be a good disciple, you need to sell everything in your house, grab a knapsack, and become a missionary somewhere.

GREAT ADVICE: Discipleship does not have to be a formal ministry program, involve selling your iPhone, and happens when people are UNAFRAID.

Today’s guest, Katie Prejean McGrady, is a Catholic speaker who’s one of our most requested guests. She’s the author of multiple books, a wife + mama, and has some #THOUGHTS on how to be a disciple as a modern-day feminist. We know we should “follow Jesus” but it’s not like we can pull up our GPS, or even 10 Steps to Living a Life for Christ. It seems so simple: Blessed are the meak! Care for the least of these! Raise up other disciples! But when you add a splash of real-life, it suddenly looks much more complex. But living the life of a disciple is the greatest adventure you’ll ever go on.

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Topics discussed:

  • Why we’re both tired of the “working mom” debate

  • What a disciple is

  • The intersection between feminism and discipleship

  • Where her digital life runs into her discipleship

  • What’s been bringing Katie closer to God lately

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Applying Catholic Social Teaching to Global Problems ft. Beth King-Howard

How should Catholics approach problems on a global scale? Here’s the thing—we can do more harm than good if we go into issues without a firm educational foundation. We can also do more harm than good if we leave our faith in the dust as we charge forward with a well-intentioned heart. Catholic social teaching is a set of tenants that informs how we should make global decisions and how we should love our neighbors, both next door and on the other side of the world.

Beth King-Howard, today’s guest, takes a group of young women to the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women every year. So she knows that complex problems often need complex solutions. We dive into all kinds of topics, from whether capitalism is Christian to what topics she thinks Catholics should talk about more to the importance of having the heart of a learner. I pretty much think she should be the communal southern Catholic Feminist mama. 😂 www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/bethkh

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Topics discussed:

  • Why it’s important to have humility when learning

  • What Catholic social teaching is

  • Why we should be bringing it to the UN

  • What political systems align most with Catholic thought

  • What’s been bringing Beth closer to God lately

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Back to School with a Catholic Education ft. Emily LaPorte

It’s back-to-school time! Well, not for us, since I have two toddlers. But so many of you are headed back to school, whether as students or teachers. I’m so excited to be bringing you an insightful conversation with Emily LaPorte, a Catholic school teacher.

But this isn’t a lighthearted conversation about the ABC’s. Emily + I are talking about both the joys and difficulties of being a teacher of small children. We also discuss things like whether or not kids in Catholic schools live in bubbles, why Catholic schools so often struggle with diversity, and what the pros and cons of school vouchers are. We also want to remind you that your education decisions are YOURS — nobody knows your child and his or her needs like YOU do.

Also, quick shout out to any college freshmen. That was a really difficult time in my life + I’m praying for you. If you’re feeling kind of lost, seek out your Newman center or see if there’s a FOCUS team on your campus!

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Topics discussed:

  • Why Emily decided to become a teacher

  • Why she loves teaching at a Catholic school

  • Why Catholic schools struggle with diversity

  • How the amount of resources we have affects our education

  • The moments that make Emily so happy she became a teacher

  • What’s been bringing her closer to God lately

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Intentional Boundaries + Saying "No" ft. Kathryn Whitaker

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Do you ever feel like your relationship with Jesus is…polite? Yes, thank you, I’m sorry, and that’s about it? Today’s guest, Kathryn Whitaker, talks about how part of her conversion to the Catholic faith involved deconstructing her boundaries with Jesus, and how one of the results of a deeper faith is implementing boundaries with others. Kathryn walks us through how to only say yes when it’s a “hell yes” and how to STOP feeling guilty about that “no”. We also talk about her new book, Live Big Love Bigger, and how a BBQ pilgrimage helped her family grow closer together. (If you’re wondering what the hell a BBQ pilgrimage is…come closer, my sweet non-Texan listeners. Let me tell you about a faraway land down south.) I absolutely loved hearing Kathryn’s wisdom and think this episode is perfect for anyone struggling with a full plate, a fatigued heart, and a lack of white space. Enjoy!

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Topics discussed:

  • How Kathryn converted to the Catholic Church

  • Her own journey of learning to say “no” to things

  • What the heck a BBQ pilgrimage is

  • Realizing the difference between seasons and understanding priorities

  • How to avoid feeling guilty over saying “no”

  • Some things she says “no” to now

  • The challenging parts of writing her book

  • What’s been bringing her closer to God lately

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Exploring Local Activism ft. Lauren Roach

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Is there an issue that just sets your heart on fire, but you have no idea how to get started on making an impact about it? Today we're talking to Lauren Roach, a Milwaukee activist (and the Community Manager for the CFP!) Lauren is tirelessly fighting to get pornography declared a public health crisis in Wisconsin, and she's here to chat with us about how she put a passion into ACTION, as well as some pornography statistics you may be unfamiliar with (like the link between human trafficking and porn). Lauren also talks about finding community as a young Catholic and what question has been bringing her closer to God lately. This episode is perfect for any young woman feeling inspired to move the needle on a global issue but also feeling unaware of what step to take next. I know you'll be just as fired up as I was after listening to our conversation!

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Topics discussed:

  • How Lauren found community as a young single Catholic woman

  • Discerning the “next step” when you aren’t sure what to do next

  • Why she’s so passionate about the anti-pornography movement

  • Her best 2 tips for getting started as a local activist

  • What’s been bringing her closer to God lately

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Q & A ft. Claire Swinarski

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Q & A DAY! ✨👋🏻 I’m off exploring Poland with my family, so please enjoy this question + answer session. I solicited questions from Instagram and we wound up talking about everything from healthy boundaries to teaching kids about the faith to morning routines to dealing with discouragement. Enjoy!

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Sleep, Spirituality and Self-Care ft. Carleara Weiss

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What do sleep + self-care have to do with our faith life? As it turns out…a lot. Today on the show we have Carleara Weiss, PHD, breaking down how feminists can get more sleep, why women may have a harder time sleeping than men (#hormones), and why sleep affects our spirituality. Carleara + I also discuss how to get more women involved in STEM and the importance of 👏🏻mentoring👏🏻 women in your field. I love Carleara’s viewpoint on her faith being strengthened by science and how we as humans are able to help each other by learning more about the world around us. Enjoy!

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Topics discussed:

  • Carleara’s transition from Brazil to Buffalo

  • How she lets her faith build her science and her science build her faith

  • Tips for getting more sleep

  • Why sleep is so important to believers

  • How we can get more women involved in STEM careers

  • What’s been bringing her closer to God lately

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Justice and Mercy for Immigrants ft. Andrea Mendoza

When Jesus told us to welcome the stranger, He meant it. That’s a principle that today’s guest, Andrea Mendoza, is truly living out. She volunteers with immigrants within our country and helps provide them with basic necessities that enable them to live out their dignity. Andrea is also sharing her own parents’ story of living in our country undocumented for years.

Andrea will truly inspire you, but what I love most about her is the way she has turned her passion and empathy into real, concrete action. She’s out there on the frontlines, not in a glamorous spokesperson-CSPAN-Good Morning America type way, but really getting her hands dirty and doing the work. As many people enter the US for a wide variety of reasons, we often focus on the (very important!) policies that affect them instead of focusing on the literal human person who has basic needs. Enjoy our conversation!

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Topics discussed:

  • Andrea’s parents’ story

  • Why she’s so passionate about immigration

  • How she cares for immigrants in her community

  • The real issue on the border and why it’s blowing up right now

  • How she thinks Catholic Feminists can band together to help immigrants

  • Getting involved 1-on-1 vs. politically vs. both

  • What’s been bringing her closer to God lately

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The Current State of Abortion Law ft. Morgan Korth

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“I work full-time in the pro-life movement, and even I’ve been getting whiplash.” That’s what today’s guest, Morgan Korth from WeDignify, told me. I couldn’t agree more. Every day, a new state is in the news for its newly passed abortion law. Today, Morgan is helping us break down the current state of abortion law in the US. We also talk about whether or not overturning Roe is really ENOUGH. I love Morgan’s wisdom on engaging civically vs. disconnecting to contemplate + her passion for TRULY ending abortion, not just creating pro-life laws.

My heart aches for the women facing a pregnancy that feels insurmountable during this season of life. I want nothing more than to make our world a place where mothers—mothers who raise their kids themselves, or mothers who birth them before working together with adoptive parents to give that child the best possible circumstances—can flourish.

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Topics discussed:

  • The current state of abortion law in the US

  • Why abortion law is so front and center right now

  • How we can REALLY end abortions, not just focus on pro-life law

  • How to vote when you hate every politician ever…

  • What’s been bringing Morgan closer to God

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The Truth About Birth Control + the Marquette Method of NFP ft. Sarah Tramonte

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Let’s talk about hormonal birth control. The fact that most Catholic women are on it, and the fact that few of us know what it even does.

Today’s podcast guest, Sarah Tramonte, is a registered nurse + an NFP instructor. Sarah walks us through what the heck birth control even does, why it’s SO frequently prescribed, if there’s ever an occasion where it might be the right choice for a non sexually-active person (her answer may surprise you!) and whether or not it’s really an abortifacient. 🤯 Sarah and I also talk WHY so many Catholic women have turned to hormonal birth control. There’s a severe lack of education in both our schools and pre-cana classes to teach women how fertility works and what a period should even look like. This lack of emphasis on such an important part of women’s health is, IMHO, a glaring spot of sexism within our healthcare industry. Sarah + I talk about why she loves Marquette and who that method is right for, as well as what to do if you just consistently feel like NFP DOESN’T WORK for you. 😥

Above all, I hope this episode encourages you to take time to learn about your fertility. Whether you’re single, have seven kids, or somewhere in between, understanding your cycle and this aspect of your womanhood is vital (literally, Sarah says your fertility should be considered a vital sign like your blood pressure or temperature). Enjoy!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Franciscan University of Steubenville. Join some former podcast guests and get an authentically Catholic education from the comfort of your own home by enrolling in one of their many graduate programs. Hit up www.franciscan.edu/tcf to learn more.

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Topics discussed:

  • Why Sarah decided to go into a nursing career and NFP instruction

  • What the Marquette Method is and how it works

  • What hormonal birth control does

  • Whether hormonal birth control is ever “necessary”

  • The use of birth control as an abortifacient

  • What to do if NFP “doesn’t work for you”

  • What’s been bringing Sarah closer to God

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Making Our Way Through Grief ft. Leticia Ochoa Adams

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How do you keep living a life of faith after an impossible-to-imagine tragedy occurs? ✨ Today’s guest, speaker and writer Leticia Ochoa Adams, is no stranger to grief. After her son committed suicide a couple of years ago, she decided to live the rest of her life sharing his story + walking through her journey of sorrow publicly. We talk about how to remain in relationship with Christ after horrible things happen and why “getting over” grief just isn’t a thing. We also dive into what we call Catholic Celebrity Culture—why Leticia’s passionate about exposing the media to different kinds of Catholic women, and why Catholic womanhood isn’t one-size-fits-all. Enjoy!

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Topics discussed:

  • Leticia’s conversion to Catholicism

  • The story of Leticia’s son’s mental illness and suicide

  • How she was able to reconnect with God and stay close with Him through immense grief

  • Adapting to a “new normal”

  • Catholic PR culture and the importance of diverse Catholic writers and stories

  • What’s been bringing Leticia closer to God

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Escaping Burnout + Discerning Vocations ft. Sr. Marcia Hall

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You know when you hear God’s voice whisper to you, and you’re like…no. Wrong girl. Thanks, but no thanks. Today’s guest sure does. When Sr. Marcia Hall was trying to figure out what direction to take her life, the thought of joining the Oblate Sisters of Providence was the last thing on her mind. But she eventually gave God her own fiat and joined the Oblate Sisters, which was the first religious order created for Black women. The order was founded in 1828 by 2 women who heard a call to religious life but were rejected by other religious orders due to our American Church’s shamefully racist past. Now, Sr. Marcia is on the show to walk us through dealing with compassion burnout, having holy boundaries, and discerning our vocations. I loved learning more about the Oblate sisters, how a religious sister can practice self-care, and Sr. Marcia’s tips for listening to your OWN call. Enjoy!

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Topics discussed:

  • How Sr. Marcia discerned a religious calling

  • The purpose/mission of the Oblate Sisters

  • The history of the Oblate Sisters

  • How she as a religious sister practices self-care and avoids burnout

  • Her tips for vocational discernment

  • What’s been bringing Sr. Marcia closer to God

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Ending Rape Culture ft. Adele Smith

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If someone called you saying that their house was robbed, what’s the first thing you would say? Probably you should have locked your doors, right? Or maybe, Are you sure? Maybe you didn’t understand what the robber was doing . Possibly That can’t be true. I know your neighborhood. Only nice people who would never steal live there.

Proooooobs not. I’m guessing it would be something more like, I’m so sorry that happened to you.

Today’s guest, Adele Smith, is a survivor of sexual violence. After her assault took place, her name was smeared (to say the least—there are literal blogs devoted to accusing her of lying) and she didn’t believe her college did enough to protect her from her rapist. That’s why she founded Dinah’s Voice, an organization dedicated to ending rape culture on Christian college campuses. Adele is here to talk with us about what rape culture is, why we shouldn’t be surprised that sexual violence takes place on Catholic campuses, and how we can embrace Christian values without letting them be twisted into victim-shaming. I was honored to speak with Adele and I hope her story inspires you.

When we approach situations with a sense of love and a desire for truth, I believe we will find it. This isn’t about #BelievingAllWomen or #MeToo’ing our way into a protest. It’s about using our anger as fuel for justice and seeking the truth, every single time.

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Topics discussed:

  • Why Adele founded Dinah’s Voice

  • What “rape culture” entails

  • How we can hold onto Christian values like modesty and prudence without shaming victims

  • How Adele struggles with the idea of “virgin martyrs”

  • What she wishes all Christian victims of sexual violence knew

  • What’s been bringing Adele closer to God

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Foster Care and Supporting Families ft. Brianna Johnston Hanks

“And we will love naturally, we will try to do something. First in our own home, next door neighbor in the country we live, in the whole world.” - Mother Teresa. I love Mama T so much I named a baby after her, and this quote is one of the reasons why. It’s a commonly-told anecdote that when people asked her how they could change the world like she was doing, she told them to go home and love their families. The family is truly the bedrock of our Christian faith, and although volunteering and donating and going to the margins are all essential, I truly believe that loving your family is the number one most effective way to have an impact for the Gospel.

Today’s podcast guest, Brianna Johnston Hanks, is an attorney who works with families affected by foster care. When we think of foster care, we may have a picture in our head: selfless individuals who accept poor, needy kids into their homes and then go all Daddy-Warbucks on ‘em. But the truth is, foster care is a complex, nuanced issues with lots of hope + lots of heartbreak. Brianna is walking us through what foster care is for, how to discern if you’re ready to foster, and why foster care is an issue that needs to be discussed more among Catholics. It was truly an eye-opening conversation for me—to learn about how foster care is focused on the reunification of families and is meant to help families stay together reminded me so much of some of the core tenants of our faith. The same way we care about kids on our border, let’s care about kids in our own communities who are experiencing the heartbreak of family separation and the people who have stepped up to stand in the gap with them. Enjoy our chat!

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Topics discussed:

  • How Brianna got into foster care work

  • What exactly foster care is

  • How she deals with emotional burnout

  • Tips for discerning if you’re called to foster care

  • The book that’s been bringing Brianna closer to God

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Building Bridges and Understanding Racism ft. Danielle Brown

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How come we never hear priests talking about race from the pulpit?

I mean, maybe YOU do. But I’m pretty sure I literally never have. And that’s not ok. It’s a social issue plaguing our society, the same as other topics I hear about frequently, like abortion, poverty, and murder (the gang activity in Milwaukee, y’all. Fix it Jesus.) I have my theories. So does today’s guest, Danielle Brown. Danielle is the associate director of the USCCB’s Committee Against Racism. She’s breaking down WHAT exactly racism is, why we have such a hard time talking about it, and the importance of “having a life that reflects the diversity that the Lord created on Earth.” Danielle talks about growing up in a monochromatic Church and how her faith changed when she connected with other Black Catholics. She also shares what white Catholics can do to serve as effective allies. It was a phenomenal conversation and I know you’ll enjoy listening just as much as I enjoyed having it!

BTW, the audio in this episode is a little lower than our usual production quality—my apologies. We had a few tech issues and as you’ll hear me explain in the episode…A MOUSE JUMPED OUT AT ME HALFWAY THROUGH RECORDING. So during the episode when you hear my typing, I am FRANTICALLY texting my husband to come home over lunch and set up mouse traps. 😂 (I did edit out when I shrieked OH MY GOD, though. Apologies to the Lord for taking his name in vein. But some of his creatures are nasty.)

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Topics discussed:

  • Danielle’s history in a monochromatic Church

  • What exactly racism is

  • Why Catholics are afraid of talking about racism

  • How we can support communities of color, specifically when they’re faced with economic injustice

  • The importance of embracing diverse friendships

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Remaining Catholic After Suffering From Clergy Sexual Abuse ft. Krista Keil

When I started the Catholic Feminist, one of my guiding principles was to get as close to those affected by issues as possible. Talking about eating disorders? Speak to someone who’s had one. Talking about racism? Speak to someone who’s experienced it. Talking about clergy sexual abuse? Have a victim share their story.

Today’s guest, Krista Keil, is a Catholic speaker who’s bravely sharing her story of adult sexual abuse with us today. Krista and I talk about her story, how she was able to remain Catholic after being abused by someone in a position of power, what she finds unhelpful when it comes to discussions of abuse, and how she responds to people who have left the faith due to the predator priest crisis.

It was an honor to hear Krista’s story today. This topic is discussed with grace but it may not be appropriate for little ears. If you’ve experienced abuse and need help and guidance, please call the national sexual abuse hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

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Topics discussed:

  • Krista’s story of sexual abuse

  • What she did immediately after

  • Why Krista decided to remain in the Church

  • What she finds unhelpful and unproductive when it comes to discussing abuse

  • What’s been bringing her closer to God lately

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Additional resources provided by Krista: 

  • KristaKeil.com

  • Maria Goretti Network (12-step program for abuse survivors)

  • Healing Voices Magazine (an online publication by Catholic survivors of clergy abuse, for the benefit of survivors of abuse and trauma as well as their families, friends, and others who minister to them. With a mission to reconcile faith “with the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual harm” inflicted by clergy)

  • My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints (A book on healing from a Catholic perspective. Eden shows how the lives of the saints have given her hope and aided her journey of spiritual healing after childhood sexual abuse.)

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