Catholic Studies

Catholic Studies


Interviews with scholars of Catholicism about their new books.

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Carlos M. N. Eire, "They Flew: A History of the Impossible" (Yale UP, 2023)

June 16, 2024

They Flew

Carlos M. N. Eire
Hosted by Meghan Cochran

In the early modern era, seemingly impossible stories of levitation, bilocation, and witchcraft were common and believable. The important question of …

Laurence M. Geary, "The Land War in Ireland: Famine, Philanthropy and Moonlighting" (Cork UP, 2023)

June 15, 2024

The Land War in Ireland

Laurence M. Geary
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

In this interview, he discusses his new book The Land War in Ireland: Famine, Philanthropy and Moonlighting (Cork UP, 2023), a collection of interconn…

Timothy Morton, "Hell: In Search of a Christian Ecology" (Columbia UP, 2024)

June 12, 2024


Timothy Morton
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Hell on earth is real. The toxic fusion of big oil, Evangelical Christianity, and white supremacy has ignited a worldwide inferno, more phantasmagoric…

Bronagh Ann McShane, "Irish Women in Religious Orders, 1530-1700: Suppression, Migration and Reintegration" (Boydell & Brewer, 2022)

June 11, 2024

Irish Women in Religious Orders, 1530-1700

Bronagh Ann McShane
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Irish Women in Religious Orders, 1530-1700: Suppression, Migration and Reintegration (Boydell & Brewer, 2022) by Dr. Bronagh Ann McShane investigates …

Late Have I Loved You (with John Michael Talbot)

June 6, 2024

Late Have I Loved You

John Michael Talbot

John Michael Talbot is a tremendously successful musician and writer; he is also the founder of a monastery—the Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Lit…

Sergio M. González, "Strangers No Longer: Latino Belonging and Faith in Twentieth-Century Wisconsin" (U Illinois Press, 2024)

June 5, 2024

Strangers No Longer

Sergio M. González
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

“Wisconsin has always been my home. It’s not a place, however, where I’ve always felt at home,” (ix) declares Dr. Sergio M. González in the first two …

Stephanie Joy Mawson, "Incomplete Conquests: The Limits of Spanish Empire in the Seventeenth-Century Philippines" (Cornell UP, 2023)

June 1, 2024

Incomplete Conquests

Stephanie Joy Mawson
Hosted by Patrick Jory

When the Spanish colonization of the Philippines began in 1565, early reports boasted of mass conversions to Christianity and ever-increasing numbers …

Helen J. Nicholson, "Women and the Crusades" (Oxford UP, 2023)

May 25, 2024

Women and the Crusades

Helen J. Nicholson

The crusade movement needed women: their money, their prayer support, their active participation, and their inspiration. Helen J. Nicholson's book Wo…

Lauren Horn Griffin, "Fabricating Founders in Early Modern England: History, Rhetoric, and the Origins of Christianity" (Brill, 2023)

May 14, 2024

Fabricating Founders in Early Modern England

Lauren Horn Griffin
Hosted by Allison Isidore

Fabricating Founders in Early Modern England: History, Rhetoric, and the Origins of Christianity (Brill, 2023) argues that in order to understand nati…

Jaime M. Pensado, "Love and Despair: How Catholic Activism Shaped Politics and the Counterculture in Modern Mexico" (U California Press, 2023)

May 12, 2024

Love and Despair

Jaime M. Pensado
Hosted by Piotr Kosicki

The 21st century has witnessed a revolution in how historians approach the study of Roman Catholicism. Long trapped in an unbridgeable chasm between c…

Knocking at the Brothel Door (with Michael John Cusick)

May 9, 2024

Knocking at the Brothel Door (with Michael John Cusick)

Michael John Cusick

Michael John Cusick argues that our addictions and disordered sexual desires are really a misdirected effort to reach God and live in connection with …

Marion R. Casey, "The Green Space: The Transformation of the Irish Image" (NYU Press, 2024)

May 8, 2024

The Green Space

Marion R. Casey
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Marion Casey is a professor at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University where she also serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies. She has publ…

Julia G. Young, "Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War" (Oxford UP, 2019)

May 6, 2024

Mexican Exodus

Julia G. Young
Hosted by Ethan Fredrick

In Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War (Oxford University Press, 2019), Julia G. Young reframes the Cristero War as a …

Markus Vinzent, "Resetting the Origins of Christianity: A New Theory of Sources and Beginnings" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

April 30, 2024

Resetting the Origins of Christianity

Markus Vinzent

How do we know what we know about the origins of the Christian religion? Neither its founder, nor the Apostles, nor Paul left any written accounts of …

Charles E. Curran, "Loyal Dissent: Memoir of a Catholic Theologian" (Georgetown UP, 2006)

April 19, 2024

Loyal Dissent

Charles E. Curran
Hosted by Al Bertrand

Over the course of our 60th anniversary in 2024, we'll be revisiting some classic Georgetown books. First up is Loyal Dissent by Charles E. Curran. …

Philip Freeman, "Two Lives of Saint Brigid" (Four Courts Press, 2024)

April 17, 2024

Two Lives of Saint Brigid

Philip Freeman
Hosted by Crawford Gribben

St. Brigid is the earliest and best-known of the female saints of Ireland. In the generation after St. Patrick, she established a monastery for men an…

Catholic in Palestine (with Fr Firas Abedrabbo)

April 11, 2024

Catholic in Palestine (with Fr Firas Abedrabbo)

Firas Abedrabbo

There have been Christians in the Holy Land for two thousand years; “we are the first church,” says Father Firas Abedrabbo who is from Bethlehem and w…

Claudio Ferlan, "The Jesuits: A Thematic History" (Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2023)

April 6, 2024

The Jesuits

Claudio Ferlan
Hosted by Roberto Mazza

In The Jesuits: A Thematic History (Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2023), Claudio Ferlan provides an exploration of the tradition of the Society of Jesu…

Paola Tartakoff, "Between Christian and Jew: Conversion and Inquisition in the Crown of Aragon, 1250-1391" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2012)

April 2, 2024

Between Christian and Jew

Paola Tartakoff
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

In 1341 in Aragon, a Jewish convert to Christianity was sentenced to death, only to be pulled from the burning stake and into a formal religious inter…

Marie de Vignerot, Richelieu's Forgotten Advisor and Heiress: A Conversation with Bronwen McShea

April 2, 2024

Marie de Vignerot, Richelieu's Forgotten Advisor and Heiress

Bronwen McShea
Hosted by Annika Nordquist

Despite being one of the most influential women of 17th century France, Marie de Vignerot has been largely forgotten. The niece, heiress, and advisor …