Healthcare, Catholic Trolls, and the First White President


This week we urge you to call your senators, turn off Church Militant, and read a great new essay on race and America by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Full disclosure: Fr. Dan makes a lot of full disclosures in this episode.

Show Notes



Thank you to the fine folks at Liturgical Press for sponsoring this season of The Francis Effect.


SEGMENT 1 - Graham-Cassidy

Call your senators.

Here's what David's wife Kira wrote on facebook about her assault

The "breaking news" from the USCCB Dan mentioned

Information about Democrats who are pushing to overturn the Hyde Amendment

The Commonweal editorial David mentioned about the Hyde Amendment

Hey kids, if you don't know what Dan was talking about, this is Schoolhouse Rock

From CNN: Four Charts that Explain What Graham-Cassidy Will Do

Call your senators.


David kindly reminds you to check out his other show, Things Not Seen


SEGMENT 2 - The dis-invitations of Fr. James Martin, SJ and Dr. M. Shawn Copeland

Information about Fr. James Martin being uninvited to speak at Theological College (technically not CUA, btw)

An article about Madonna College dis-inviting M. Shawn Copeland

"Church Militant: A Right-Wing Media Empire in the Making" - the video from The Atlantic we mentioned

David briefly mentions an earlier case involving Dr. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz

For wonks: USCCB guidelines for the academic mandatum and Canon 812

Also: USCCB overview for how Ex Corde Ecclesiae is to be put into practice

Read and judge for yourself: Fr. Martin's book, Building a Bridge

A good discussion of the legacy of Ex Corde Ecclesiae at Catholic colleges 20 years on

The video series on Amoris Laetitia that Dan mentioned

Fr. Martin facebook post on the imprimi potest and other endorsements he has received for Building a Bridge

Bishop Robert McElroy article from America Magazine on Fr. Martin controversy

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin lecture on "A Consistent Ethic of Life" (AKA "The Seamless Garment")


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SEGMENT 3 - Discussing the essay "The First White President" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Here is the full essay from The Atlantic

Read for yourself: Coates's Between the World and Me

An overview of Black Theology, in James Cones's own words

The St. Louis police marching over the woman in red

The Oprah Winfrey shopping incident

James Baldwin documentary, I Am Not Your Negro



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