Episode 10: Our Response in the Face of a Troubled Church

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We welcome a new voice to The Water Jar podcast. Sue Smith joins Lisa Schmidt on Episode 10 to discuss our response in the face of a troubled Church.

Podcast 10 guest Sue Smith with her husband Patrick and their seven children

Sue is wife to Patrick, mom to seven (their oldest son Nick is a seminarian for Diocese of Des Moines), and all are parishioners at St. Augustin in Des Moines. Sue and Lisa share a bit of their hearts regarding the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church which has caused much pain, anger, sadness, and frustration here and across the globe. It’s left many of us pondering: What ought our response be in the face of a troubled Church? Together, Lisa and Sue explore. 

Resources Mentioned

  • Siena Project: The primary purpose of The Siena Project is to make it easy for any member of the Catholic faithful to send letters urging our bishops to enact meaningful reforms in light of recent revelations of grievous abuses in the Catholic Church. (thesienaproject.org)
  • Seven Sisters Apostolate: The Seven Sisters Apostolate is a call to strengthen the Church by ensuring that a Holy Hour is prayed each day of the week for the sole intention of a specific priest or bishop — a “holy wasting” (Mt. 26:10) or lavishing of prayer for his deeper conformity to Christ. (sevensistersapostolate.org)
  • FORMED is a gateway to Catholic teaching videos, books, and audio talks to deepen your relationships with Christ and His Church. Accessible on most smart phones, tablets, and computers. (https://formed.org/)


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