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“Conversations with Consequences” is the voice of The Catholic Association, offering a weekly hour of thoughtful dialogue with the leading thinkers of our time— on the most consequential issues of our day.

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Ep. 12 – “Get Out Now,” with Mary Hasson and Theresa Farnan

Public education in America is in a sorry state; maybe it’s time to “Get Out Now.” The greatest threat to our children is not poor academic performance but the push for ideological conformity in the classroom. Promoting gender ideology, kicking God out of the classroom, and encouraging a victim mentality are pillars of today’s “progressive” curriculum for public school students in America. Parents can’t opt their children out. Even teachers feel compelled to go along. What is the answer?  Mary Hasson, the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Kate O’Beirne Fellow, and Theresa Farnan, Phd. in philosophy, argue that the best answer is to GET OUT NOW! These two delightful women join TCA colleagues Dr. Grazie Christie, Ashley McGuire and Andrea Picciotti-Bayer to discuss the exhaustively researched new book “Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before It’s Too Late.” This is an important podcast for all parents and people interested in America’s future. Maybe public schools can be fixed, but not soon enough for today’s children.

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AP-NORC Poll: Americans rarely seek guidance from clergy – The Washington Post

Ep. 11 – Women in media, with Meg McDonnell and Susie Pinto

Do women make important contributions to the world of work? Yes, absolutely! In this week’s podcast, Grazie is joined by Ashley and Andrea to talk with two Catholic women who are making their mark on the media. Meg McDonnell, editor-in-chief at Verily magazine, discusses her professional ascent and Verily’s purpose to “elevate what is honest, real, and beautiful for the modern woman.” And Susanna (Susie) Pinto shares her unique professional trajectory as a young journalist with the Holy See’s Press Office in Rome, in a busy newsroom in Chicago, and now at the helm of EWTN News as Executive Producer. Susie answers questions about being a woman working at the Vatican and her experience as one among millions during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines among other fascinating anecdotes. Don’t miss out hearing from these two fabulous women as well as Father Roger Landry’s inspired thoughts in preparation for Sunday mass.
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Ep. 10 – The eugenics of abortion, with Gloria Purvis and Carter Snead

Gloria Purvis and Carter Snead

Is abortion good for minority women and minority communities? Is it possible to be a woman of color and be pro-life? “Big Abortion” is patently racist, from its inception by the infamous eugenicist Margaret Sanger to today, with most Planned Parenthood clinics located in minority neighborhoods. Today’s guests Gloria Purvis and Notre Dame Professor Carter Snead, along with the Catholic Association’s Grazie Christie and Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, discuss the eugenic history and present of abortion. We also discuss: Does abortion make our society less respectful of the disabled? We examine a well-written opinion of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a recent case involving selective abortion, Box v. Planned Parenthood, where he laid out the long and sordid history of Planned Parenthood and its decades-long attack on children of color.

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BONUS EPISODE: The Bladensburg Cross Supreme Court Case

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In this very special bonus episode, the TCA’s Grazie Christie, Andrea Picciotti-Bayer and Ashley McGuire bring you the latest on an important Supreme Court decision: the Bladensburg Cross. Don’t miss this helpful analysis of a significant religious freedom case that happened just this week.



Ep. 9 – The late Justice Antonin Scalia, as remembered by his son Chris

TCA’s Grazie Christie, Maureen Ferguson and Andrea Picciotti-Bayer welcome Christopher Scalia to speak about “On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer.” This gem of a book edited by Chris and the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Ed Whelan compiles speeches and opinions by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on his Catholic faith and the role of faith and religion in America. Chris gives wonderful readings from some of the most beautiful excepts found in this compilation.

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Ep. 8 – Building community by reading together, with the ladies of CanaVox

Dr Ana Samuel (left) and Ana Victoria Bethencourt

Our host Grazie is joined by her TCA colleges Maureen and Andrea for a fascinating conversation with two of the founders of Canavox.com. Dr. Ana Samuel and Ana Victoria Bethencourt talk about this dynamic, locally-based reading group program for today’s woman. Marriage is a big topic for Canavox study groups! You don’t have to grapple with the complex cultural issues of the day all alone.

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Ep. 7 – Religious liberty and advocacy, with Montse Alvarado of Becket

Your TCA hosts Grazie Christie, Ashley McGuire and Andrea Picciotti-Bayer are joined in studio by Montserrat Alvarado, Vice President and Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. A lively discussion about why Catholics and Americans are defending religious freedom— including how the Church’s teaching can be helpful in defending liberty— as well some of the current attacks on this fundamental aspect of human dignity.

Find out all about Becket’s work, including their advocacy for the Little Sisters of the Poor going on right now: https://www.becketlaw.org/

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Ep. 6 – George Weigel on the case of Cardinal Pell

Our host Dr. Grazie Christie is joined by TCA colleague Andrea Picciotti-Bayer and George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, to discuss the highly suspect conviction on charges of the child sexual abuse of Australian Cardinal George Pell and the pending appeal that will be heard next week.

And, as always, Father Roger Landry offers a preview of Sunday’s homily, this week offering a meditation on the Ascension of our Lord.

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Ep. 5 – Father Benedict Kiely on the persecution of Christians

We discuss the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and around the world with Father Benedict Kiely, an expert on the topic who has visited Iraq many times and runs a charity to help Christians rebuild their lives after suffering unimaginable persecution.

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Ep. 4: Mona Charen and Mary Hasson on feminism and Mona’s book, “Sex Matters”

Author and noted commentator Mona Charen joins the podcast to discuss her book “Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense.” Then Mary Hasson of the Ethics and Public Policy Center is on to talk feminism, sex, life, and love. And as always, we bring you a powerful homily from Father Roger Landry and a selection of timely news stories for you to read to stay informed about what’s going on in the news.

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Ep. 3: Kathryn Jean Lopez on adoption and foster care

This week your hosts Grazie and Andrea discuss adoption and foster care with Kathryn Jean Lopez, an expert on the topic and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, who joins us all the way from Rome. Then, Father Roger Landry offers a preview of this Sunday’s homily to get you ready for Mass. Finally, Grazie takes you through a collection of news clips, curated by the Catholic Association, to help you be stay informed about the latest news that matters to people of faith.

Kathryn tweets at twitter.com/kathrynlopez.

Grazie’s video about faith-based adoption agencies: https://youtu.be/394aCwA3ebw

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Ep. 2: Father Roger Landry on Divine Mercy Sunday and his book, “Plan of Life” 

Our most important relationship is with “the One with whom we hope to spend eternity.” In this episode Grazie and Andrea speak with Father Roger Landry about his book “Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God.” Father Landry suggests concrete steps to center our life on God. He also inspires our embrace of God’s Mercy as we prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday and beyond.

Father Landry’s book is available here: https://store.pauline.org/english/books/plan-of-life#gsc.tab=0

More of Father’s work can be found here: http://catholicpreaching.com/

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Ep. 1: Introducing your hosts Grazie Christie, Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, Ashley McGuire, and Maureen Ferguson


Our inaugural episode is dedicated to introducing the women of the Catholic Association. We are mothers, professionals, and faithful Catholics. In this episode we share a little about ourselves and the work we do to offer a faithful Catholic voice in the public square.

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