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Two western Iowa priests launch ‘Outcast Catholic’ Diocesan podcast

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Father Travis Crotty (left) and Father Shane Deman of the Diocese of Sioux City have launched a new podcast, “Outcast Catholic,” utilizing a platform to reach Midwestern Catholics and young Catholics with their wit and wisdom.

SIOUX CITY: Two priests of the Diocese of Sioux City, Father Shane Deman and Father Travis Crotty, have launched a new weekly podcast, “Outcast Catholic,” to reach those who may feel outcast or to those who may feel that the Catholic Church is no longer relevant, or outcast.

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Logo for the Outcast Catholic podcast.

Deman, director of vocations for the Diocese of Sioux City and chaplain of Heelan High School in Sioux City, said he has been considering a podcast for many months and recently received some encouragement from others to move forward. He hosts the podcast with brother priest Father Crotty, parochial vicar of All Saints Parish in Le Mars and chaplain of Gehlen High School.

“There is a great need for new forms of evangelization,” Deman said. “Any way to proclaim the Gospel and assist the faithful should be seized.”

Although the idea of a Catholic podcast is not new, Outcast Catholic is unique as it is geared to an audience of Midwest Catholics and their realities with the faith.

“There are young adults throughout the Midwest who are struggling to find a place in their local parish,” Deman said. “If they don’t see vitality in their local Catholic community, they question how they belong to the larger church.”

Additionally, Deman said, there are many young adults who view the church as the “outcast,” appearing to be out of touch with the modern world.

For those who are faithful in their practice of the faith yet feel alone, being a devout Catholic can make one feel like an “outcast” without the cultural support that previous generations of Catholics enjoyed.

“These are themes that need more attention here in the Midwest,” Crotty said. “While we don’t have all the answers, we seek to create a space where the issues are addressed to provide Catholics with support. Hopefully, this initiative from our diocese will be a source of encouragement for others around the Midwest.”

The Outcast Catholic show is a comfortable 20 minutes, including banter, theology and encouragement from the two young diocesan priests. By utilizing technology offered via podcasts, Father Deman and Father Crotty hope to connect with young Catholics “where they are” if the priests can’t minister to them in the traditional fashion — in the sanctuary.

“Many young adults don’t easily find their way to the local parish,” Crotty said. “We need to go to them. By meeting them online, we hope to address some concerns that face young Catholics. I believe we can offer them a better understanding of the church and an invitation to assume their rightful place in their local parish.”

The Outcast Catholic show can be accessed through all major podcast directories, such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Sticher, Google Podcasts, and Amazon Alexa. A link is also available on the Diocese of Sioux City website at scdiocese.org. The inaugural episodes are available now.

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