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Jesuitical is a podcast from America Media hosted by three young, hip and lay editors: Ashley McKinless, Olga Segura and Zac Davis.

Each episode brings some of the top (and maybe more obscure) Catholic news of the week, and an interview with a guest who offers a unique perspective on world events, culture or faith. At the end of the show, Zac, Ashley and Olga invite the listener into their faith lives by sharing their consolations and desolations from the week.

May 11, 2018

What makes a Christian movie? Can you define it based on its themes and subjects? Or is it all in whom it’s marketed at?

Alissa Wilkinson is a film critic at Vox, where she covers film and culture. Before writing at Vox, Alissa was critic-at-large at Christianity Today. We discuss the role of religion in film, whether “Christian” or not, what her favorite films are and more on this week’s show.

During Signs of the Times, our weekly Catholic news update, we discuss whether the Catholic-imagination themed Met Gala was offensive or awesome, what some churches are doing to aid immigrants in the midst of destructive decrees from the Trump administration and whether non-Catholic spouses might be able to receive communion at Mass.

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Links from the show:

Why the Met Gala is a good thing for Catholicism

Sessions: "Zero-tolerance" policy may cause families to be split at border

Catholic groups decry end to Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans

Dallas-area immigrants apply for Catholic church-issued IDs to ease deportation fears

Pope Francis asks German bishops to find agreement on Communion for non-Catholic spouses

Paul Ryan reinstates Jesuit as House Chaplain

Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism

What's on tap? 
Miami Vice, Zac's mom's favorite drink, in honor of her graduation.