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National COVID-19 Memorial Cerimony. Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC. Public domain image via C-SPAN
A Different Kind of Catholic President
January 22, 2021
A closer look at the faith of President Biden, the seismic shift in American Catholicism’s relationship to the Vatican, and the likely divide to come.
Pressident Joe Biden taking the oath of office. United States Capital, West Front, Washinton DC. Image courtesy Biden Inaugural Committee
Biden’s Rosary is Not a Prop January 22, 2021
Villanova University Professor of Religious Studies Massimo Faggioli traces the evolution of American political Catholic life, the brewing confrontations between the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Vatican, and how Biden navigates his personal faith in the public eye and in political life.

Massimo Faggioli. Ph.D. Historian of the Catholic Church, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, and author most recently of Joe Biden and Catholicism in the United States, from Bayard
Interior of the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostel, Washington DC. Image shared under a Creativ Commons, Share-alike 4.0 license by Matthew Roth, via Wikimedia Commons
Reflections on an Insurrection: Calling for Thoughtfulness January 22, 2021
Father Frederick Edlefsen of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia reads an excerpt of his public call for a new way of engaging in our civic life. Then we talk with him about the need for political charity and the role of faith and civic leaders moving forward.

Father Frederick Edlefsen, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia

This week's music was
Discovery Harbor, Lavender Crest, and Valey VX  by Blue Dot Sessions,
shared under a Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 license.