SCIENTOLOGY! XENU! CRUISE! Episode 12 with TONY ORTEGA is now available!

Join me and guest co-host Mike Manzi as we welcome journalist and author Tony Ortega to discuss the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige, Tom Cruise, and more!

Listen here. Also available at the CageClub website, or wherever you get podcasts.

#2.32 – Margaret O'Connor – Mary Priest and the Ordination of Women Hard to Believe – A Podcast About Belief

Have women always been forbidden from serving as priests? Or is the Church’s current ruling on the issue little more than a cover-up? These questions finally came into focus for Margaret Mary O’Connor when, well into her adult life, she John Wijngaards' 2001 book The Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church. O'Connor is a life-long, devout Catholic, who always questioned the muted role women were allowed to play in her Church. She always suspected there might be more (or less) to the arguments the Church made about the ordination of wome, and Wjingaard’s book sent her down a research rabbit hole which ultimately led to her publishing her own conclusions in her book Scandal in the Shadows: The Original Priest – Mother Mary. O'Connor has since dedicated her time to vocally, openly championing the ordination of Catholic women, and to exposing the sexual abuse scandal that continues to cast a shadow over the institution she loves. She holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York and is a a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Charity Parish in Buffalo, New York. Learn more about Margaret and her work at her website. Special thanks to Bry from Pontifacts for recording our introduction this week.
  1. #2.32 – Margaret O'Connor – Mary Priest and the Ordination of Women
  2. RERELEASE: #1.7 – Lane Wilcken: The Artist and Author ("The Forgotten Children of Maui") on Reviving and Preserving Cultural Traditions
  3. #2.31 – Matt Murdock Goes to Confession: The Catholicism of "Daredevil" – with Matthew J. Cressler
  4. John joins Brian Rodriguez and Cara Gael O'Regan for High School Slumber Party – "Garden State"
  5. #2.30 – Mark Ryall – Who Wants to Live Forever?

New Episode Tomorrow (7/29): TONY ORTEGA talks Scientology

Journalist Tony Ortega has been covering Scientology since 1995. He joins us to talk about the past and future of the Church of Scientology and why 2020 may be a pivotal year in determining its fate.

In 2017, Ortega was the first to report that the LAPD was investigating rape allegations against actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson. He also appeared in Alex Gibney’s breakthrough 2015 HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

He is the creator of the website The Underground Bunker, where he continues to cover the Church.

Check back tomorrow to listen to my conversation with him here, the CageClub website, or wherever you get podcasts.