Amidst all the bad news from the earthquake Pennsylvania grand jury report on priest abuse, I’m finding I need to remember all the good work of Gospel-based social justice getting done, much of it outside our borders, by committed Catholic laypeople and exceptional clergy.
And now we have a new source for those voices.
With insightful hosting by DePaul’s Michael Budde, it features conversations with journalists, pastoral leaders, activists, theologians, and scholars from across the globe who are working on the forefront of issues affecting the Catholic Church in the southern hemisphere—Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
The first four podcast episodes are interviews with participants in the CWCIT’s speaker series last year on Works of Mercy:
- “Welcoming the Stranger”: Kevin Clarke, senior editor & chief correspondent for “America” magazine, on the international refugee crisis and the Catholic response, particularly in the U.S.
- “Burying the Dead: Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines and the Church’s Response”: Amado Picardal, CSsR, a Filipino Catholic priest, human rights & peace advocate, and former spokesperson for the Coalition Against Summary Execution (Davao, Philippines) and for the Network Against Killings in the Philippines.
- “Feeding the Hungry: The Challenges in Haiti and South Sudan”: Chris Herlinger, author of “Food Fight: Struggling for Justice in a Hungry World” and an international correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter’s Global Sisters Report, covering the U.N. and humanitarian challenges in South Sudan, Bangladesh, Haiti, and the Middle East.
- “Visiting the Sick: From Liberation Theology to Health Care, Lessons Learned in Rural Ecuador”: David Gaus, MD, an American physician and public health expert who is the founder/CEO of Andean Health & Development (AHD), a nonprofit that provides high-quality, sustainable health care in rural Ecuador and operates a residency program for local family physicians.
If you’re not familiar with the CWCIT, it’s a leading center of research and reflection on the Church in the global South; it hosts visiting scholars each year, publishes the Studies in World Catholicism book series, and collaborates internationally with institutions such as the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the St. Vincent School of Theology in Manila, and the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations in Nairobi.
FYI: another notable member of the Center is theologian William Cavanaugh. The CWCIT does great work–recommended highly.