TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 102 – March For Life’s Jeanne Mancini & Becket’s Montse Alvarado On Ewtn News In Depth!
Dr. Grazie Christie goes behind-the-scenes with Jeanne Mancini peering into all the work the March for Life does year-round in advancing protections for the unborn in Washington and across the country. Jeanne also shares the real dangers of chemical abortions with the rise of tele-medicine in the wake of the pandemic. We also get an insider-look at EWTN News In Depth with host Montse Alvarado of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Montse shares some big wins for religious freedom as well as her concerns for conscience protections now with Xavier Becerra at the helm of HHS. Father Roger Landry also offers an inspiring homily as we mark the Blessed Triduum and the Easter season. Catch the show Saturdays at 7am ET/5pm ET on EWTN radio!
1. Pope opens final Holy Week services, skips Last Supper rite, By Associated Press, April 1, 2021
Pope Francis opened the solemn final days of Holy Week with a morning Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica but planned to skip the traditional Thursday afternoon service that commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper with his apostles.
The Vatican didn’t explain why the dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, would preside instead over the Vatican’s main Holy Thursday afternoon service.
2. Catholic women’s groups protest Vatican’s gay union stance, By Associated Press, April 1, 2021
Five Catholic women’s organizations in German-speaking areas have released an open letter calling for the Vatican to reverse its position that priests cannot bless same-sex unions.
The letter to the Vatican’s orthodoxy office, dated Wednesday and released Thursday, was signed by the heads of two groups in Germany and one each in Austria, Switzerland and northern Italy’s largely German-speaking South Tyrol region. The groups say they have about a million members in total.
3. Several pro-life bills advance in Texas, By Christine Rousselle, Catholic News Agency, March 31, 2021, 8:01 PM
The Texas Senate passed six pro-life bills on Tuesday, including one banning abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy and one that would ban it outright should the Supreme Court reverse abortion precedent.
Senate Bill 8, which is known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” bans abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. A fetal heartbeat is typically detected around the sixth week of a pregnancy. The bill passed the Senate March 30 on a vote of 19-12. All Republicans and one Democrat, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., voted in favor of the bill.

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