TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 158 – Praying For Dobbs With Archbishop Naumann And Dr. John Bruchalski As the Supreme Court deliberates the Dobbs decision, Dr. Grazie Christie revisits with abortionist-turned-pro-life doctor Dr. John Bruchalski of Divine Mercy Care about his profound conversion. We also talk with Archbishop Joseph Naumann about the importance of ‘Walking with Moms in Need‘ to foster a pro-life future for all. 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 warns of trust loss without more abuse accountability, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, April 29, 2022, 7:31 AM Pope Francis called on Catholic bishops conferences Friday to create special centers to welcome victims of clergy sexual abuse, warning that the faithful would continue losing trust in the church hierarchy without more transparency and accountability. Francis urged his sexual abuse advisory commission, which he created in 2013 as an ad hoc body and recently fully integrated into the Vatican structure, to help bishops conferences around the world establish survivor welcome centers where victims could find healing and justice. And he called for the commission to conduct an annual audit of what is being globally done by the Catholic hierarchy, and what needs to change, to better protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse. 2. Oklahoma House sends Texas-style abortion ban to governor, By Sean Murphy, Associated Press, April 29, 2022 The Oklahoma House gave final approval Thursday to a Texas-style abortion ban that prohibits the procedure after about six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant. The bill approved by the GOP-led House without discussion or debate now heads to Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who is expected to sign it within days. 3. Catholic priests criticize new code of conduct in Swiss diocese as ‘attempt to implant LGBT ideology’, By Catholic News Agency, April 29, 2022, 3:32 AM A group of priests in the Swiss diocese of Chur has raised concerns over a new code of conduct for the prevention of assault, claiming that it violates “the doctrine and discipline of the Catholic Church” in several instances. The clerics described the diocesan code as an attempt to “implant LGBT ideology in the Church under the guise of assault prevention, thereby undermining the Church’s doctrine of faith,” reported CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner.  According to the code, priests must agree with the following sentence: “I refrain from sweeping negative assessments of allegedly unbiblical behavior based on sexual orientation.” The Circle of Priests said: “Anyone who signs this sentence would no longer be allowed — even by invoking the overriding fundamental right of religious freedom — to proclaim the Church’s teaching on homosexuality as stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.” 4. Former AG Barr: Public education seeks to replace God with government, By Sean Salai, The Washington Times, April 29, 2022, Pg. A2 Former Attorney General William Barr says public education in the U.S. is setting up the government as a new religion. The country’s “abandonment of God” has opened the door for government-run schools to replace Judeo-Christian moralities with “the mawkish talk of liberal values,” Mr. Barr said Wednesday night. “They establish their state religion and believe they can ram it down the throats of people expressing other or contrary beliefs,” he said while speaking as the endowed chair of the Catholic Information Center during a lecture at the Washington Golf & Country Club. He called Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education law a “modest” effort to resist the “indoctrination” of students in progressive race and gender views that have little to do with reading, writing or arithmetic. He also said government vouchers, which allow families to choose the school that best fits their values, are the most efficient way to protect parents’ “right to raise their children” without having to “pay through the nose” for private schooling. 5. Trump officials muzzled CDC on church covid guidance, emails show, The documents offer new details about how the White House delivered on the priorities of religious communities that were key to the president’s base, By Dan Diamond, The Washington Post, April 29, 2022, 5:45 AM Although the Trump administration’s efforts to alter the CDC’s guidance for religious groups have been reported before, the emails contain new details about the White House’s efforts to deliver on a priority for faith communities that represented key support for President Donald Trump. Multiple religious groups in early 2020 fought public health orders to limit mass gatherings and appealed to the White House for assistance, with some churches taking their legal challenges to the Supreme Court. 6. The body matters. That’s why, as university president, I am concerned for my female athletes, Biology 101 tells us men’s bodies and women’s bodies are different. Because they are, Title IX legislation has elevated women’s sports., By Dave Pivonka, USA Today, April 28, 2022, 9:01 AM, Opinion The sun was a long way from rising yet Alison was already running on quiet campus roads as I left for the airport.  She didn’t have to be up so early. But she was. That’s how she is wired.  Alison is a bit over 5 feet tall, so she says, and maybe a little north of 100 pounds. Intimidating to look at she is not. Alison is also one of the finest, toughest, fiercest athletes I have ever met. In one track and field event, she ranks as one of the top 20 NCAA D-III women athletes in the country.   Waving as I drove past Alison on that extremely cold morning, my heart broke for her. You see, despite her early mornings, rigorous workouts and athletic gifts, in her D-III women’s category, Alison may have to compete against athletes who I believe have an unfair advantage: transgender women.  Biology 101 tells us men’s bodies and women’s bodies are different. Because they are, Title IX legislation has elevated women’s sports in schools over the past 50 years, making it possible for more female athletes to compete against other female athletes. Because their bodies are different, we have the NBA and WNBA, the PGA and LPGA, ATP and WTA. These divisions give women the opportunity to measure their hard work and success against other women on an even playing field.   The body matters. That’s why, as a university president, I am concerned for my female athletes. They will work hard, be diligent in their training, and on race day lose to transgender athletes. Tragically, it becomes another example of how the system is rigged against women because they were born women. Our female athletes deserve better. Alison deserves better.  Alison and I talked a couple of times about saying something on the impact of transgender athletes on women’s athletics. I was nervous she might experience negative consequences for speaking out publicly. I was worried something would happen to her while she was racing. She wasn’t. You see, she’s built that way, tough, scrappy. I’ll never forget her face, looking up at me as she bravely said, “Father Dave, it’s just a race. We have to say something. There are things more important than running.”  Alison wins again. She will always be a champion in my eyes.  Author and speaker Father Dave Pivonka became president of Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) in 2019. 7. This Catholic doctor provides care for 1 million people in Sudan, South Sudan, By Francesca Pollio Fenton, Catholic News Agency, April 28, 2022, 2:51 PM Sudan and South Sudan are countries currently facing several hardships. After the military staged a coup in Sudan six months ago, the country remains in political and economic turmoil. Its neighbor, South Sudan, faces severe food shortages and a rise in violence. A Catholic physician, Doctor Tom Catena, has a unique perspective on the situation both countries currently experience. He is the only surgeon for about 1 million people. For the past 14 years he has worked in the Nuba mountains, in a contested region between Sudan and South Sudan who faced civil war from 2011 to 2017, as a lay missionary and medical director of the Mother of Mercy Hospital In an interview with EWTN News Nightly, he explained how his faith plays an important role in his work, saying, “Without my Catholic faith I would not have stayed there.”

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