TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 154 – Mary Hasson On DeSantis’ Parental Rights In Education Bill & Mike Aquilina Talks Lent In The Early Church! As Governor DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education Bill this week, Mary Hasson of the Ethics and Public Policy Center joins to discuss the media outrage over this sensible bill that protects children from gender ideology. As we continue through our Lenten journey, Catholic author Mike Aquilina shares his thoughts on how the earliest of Christians marked this period of penance. Father Roger Landry also offers an inspiring homily to prepare us for this Sunday’s Gospel. Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pmET on EWTN radio! 1. Pope begs forgiveness of Indigenous for Canada school abuses, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, April 1, 2022, 7:14 AM Pope Francis apologized and begged forgiveness Friday for the “deplorable” abuses suffered by Indigenous Peoples in Canada’s church-run residential schools and said he hoped to visit Canada in late July to deliver the apology in person to all those who suffered from the Catholic Church’s misguided missionary zeal. Francis made the apology during an audience with dozens of members of the Metis, Inuit and First Nations communities who came to Rome seeking a papal apology and a commitment for the Catholic Church to repair the damage. He said he hoped to visit Canada “in the days” around the Feast of St. Anna, which falls on July 26 and is dedicated to Christ’s grandmother. 2. Refugee drama to dominate pope’s weekend trip to Malta, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, April 1, 2022, 4:56 AM Pope Francis heads to Malta this weekend, with the refugee exodus from Ukraine casting a haunting backdrop to the European migration drama that for years has focused on Malta and other Mediterranean countries and the plight of desperate people who arrive on boats seeking refuge. Francis’ two-day visit to the Mediterranean island nation was always expected to focus on migration, given Malta’s frontline place in Europe’s refugee debate and Francis’ frequent calls for nations to show solidarity to those fleeing war, famine and poverty. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the forced exodus of 4 million people — half of them children — have added a new impetus to Francis’ trip, which was originally scheduled for May 2020 but postponed because of the pandemic. Some in Malta see a double standard at play in the war in Ukraine, in terms of European refugee norms and the willingness of European countries to share the burden of accepting newcomers. 3. Arizona bishops say 15 week abortion ban will protect women and their unborn children, By Jonah McKeown, Catholic News Agency, March 31, 2022, 3:00 PM The Catholic bishops of Arizona this week expressed gratitude at the passage of a 15 week abortion ban in the state. The bill, which Republican Governor Doug Ducey signed into law March 30, prohibits abortions after 15 weeks except in medical emergencies affecting the life and health of the mother. “Protecting life at this stage of development is important. Well before 15 weeks, the preborn baby already takes on ‘human form’ in all relevant aspects,” the bishops wrote. 4. German cardinal calls for change in church teaching on homosexuality, By Catholic News Service, March 31, 2022 Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx has called for a change in Catholic teaching on homosexuality, reported the German Catholic news agency KNA. “The catechism is not set in stone. One may also question what it says,” Marx told the weekly magazine Stern in an interview published March 31. “Homosexuality is not a sin. It corresponds to a Christian attitude when two people, regardless of gender, stand up for each other, in joy and sorrow,” he said. The value of love was also shown in “not making the other person an object, not using him or her or humiliating him or her.”

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