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In a galaxy far, far away - the Star Wars Universe - the Jedi are an order of warriors, politicians, and mystics, who, at a glance, draw a remarkable likeness to some Catholic religious orders.

On this episode of Can Anyone Tell Me, University of St. Thomas-Houston student Edgardo Giron asks, "If the Jedi Order was a Catholic religious order, which one would they be?"

Host and MAX Studios Creative Director Darnell Miller talks with Dr. Thomas Harmon, UST Scanlan Foundation Chair of Theology, Director of the Masters in Evangelization and Culture program, and Associate Director of Catholic Studies, about just that - Jedi and Catholic religious orders.

In their conversation, they dig into the similarities and differences between Catholic religious and Jedi including their acts of service, healing, and obedience. Dr. Harmon describes how each understand detachment and the role of community. They also look at some specific Jedi and try to pair them with a real-life religious order. All in all, they talk about why conversations about where theology and culture meet matter.

Learn more about Dr. Harmon.

About the Author — Bridget Richardson

Bridget RichardsonExecutive Producer with MAX Studios, Bridget Richardson loves to engage in conversations with just about anyone. A sports fan and homebody, Bridget enjoys spending time with her family, watching baking shows, and traveling to understand different cultures and eat delicious food.
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