Claire Swinarski is an author and is founder and host of the Catholic Feminist Podcast.
A few months ago I heard one of my favorite podcasters mention that she went to marriage counseling sometimes with her husband, and I’m embarrassed to admit that I was a bit…scandalized. I know! I stink. But in my mind, marriage therapy was for people who were, like, borderline divorce. It seemed awkward and shameful. And even though we’d had plenty of episodes on therapy, I realized I still had barriers built up around the idea of marriage counseling. Thankfully, marriage and family therapist Jessica Barboza could join me for a chat all about what marriage therapy is (and isn’t!) She’s also very passionate about the pre-cana experience and how our marriage prep classes often fail to truly prepare couples for the sacrament of marriage. This episode is perfect for any engaged women or women who have been struggling to communicate well with their husband and have been considering marriage therapy. I loved talking to Jessica and I’m honored to feature our conversation today—enjoy!
In today’s episode, we’re chatting with Karna Lozoya, a veteran Catholic reporter with a nose for news and a passion for the truth. We talk all about her new podcast, Crisis, which explores the origins and reforms of the sexual abuse crisis within our church. I especially enjoyed hearing about Karna’s experience interviewing victims and how it impacted her views as a Catholic. This is a heavy topic handled with grace and compassion, and while it may frustrate you as it did me, I hope that it also empowers you to constantly speak the truth, no matter what the consequences may be. Today’s episode is brought to you by Letters From a Catholic Feminist, our new biweekly newsletter. When the CFP finale airs in November, you can still get your Catholic feminism fix by reading Catholic essays, book roundups, guest articles, and more twice a month.
Some words from my heart to yours. ❤️ Thank you so much to one of my dearest friends, Marissa, for helping me have this conversation. As always, in times of trial and transition, I refer to what I know to be true: I did not come to this decision lightly. I prayed over it and asked God to bless the work of my hands. Catholic feminism isn’t me, it’s all of us. 👊🏻 For more information, head to
Amanda Vernon grew up singing hymns passed down from generations before her since her father told her if she was singing, she might as well be praying. And she never stopped doing either! Today, Amanda is an accomplished musician with four kids who spreads the Gospel through the gift of music. She's also a writer, and her book discusses the tumultuous time in her life when she dated a man who eventually discerned the priesthood. I absolutely loved her insight on intimacy: why do we all need it? Why is it so vital? How can we find it if we're NOT currently married? Amanda is a true gift to our church and I hope our conversation resonates with you! This episode has been brought to you by Audible. For a free audio book and a free 30-day trial, head to This episode has also been brought to you by the CLT exam. Check out to learn more about this SAT/ACT alternative. 
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