TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 207 – Dr. Peter Kreeft On Socrates’ Children & Archbishop Naumann! Philosophy professor and author Dr. Peter Kreeft joins the show exploring Socrates’ Children, a four-part series that explores philosophy in a chronological history. He also discusses the many conversions his students have experienced when introduced to Doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas. We also revisit with Archbishop Joseph Naumann on why the tenets of our faith can’t be corrupted by the culture of the day. Father Roger Landry also offers an inspiring homily for Easter Sunday. Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pmET on EWTN radio! 1. Pope leads Holy Thursday service in Vatican basilica, By Frances D’Emilio, Associated Press, April 6, 2023, 5:00 AM Pope Francis led the first of two major Holy Thursday ceremonies, presiding at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica as he continues his stamina-testing Holy Week appointments days after battling bronchitis in the hospital. The pope’s voice sounded strong during the basilica Mass as he read a long homily during the service, which was dedicated to the theme of the priesthood . Francis, who is 86, was discharged five days earlier from a Rome hospital, where he received antibiotics administered intravenously. Inmates at a juvenile prison on Rome’s outskirts awaited the pontiff later in the day for Mass and the foot-washing ritual that commemorates the final supper of Jesus before crucifixion. __________________________________________________________ 2. After season of division, Pope calls clergy to spurn ‘disunity’ and ‘polarization’, By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, April 6, 2023 Amid a period in which conflicts in the Catholic Church, including among its hierarchy, have seemed to burst into full public view following the death of Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis called on clergy Thursday not to “play the game of the enemy” by becoming “even unintentionally, instruments of division.” The “enemy,” Francis said, referring to the devil, “never comes out into the open, loves gossip and insinuation, foments parties and cliques, fuels nostalgia for times past, distrust, pessimism and fear.” “Let us take care, please, not to defile the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the robe of Mother Church with disunity, polarization or lack of charity and communion,” the pontiff said during his Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, which commemorates the foundation of the Catholic priesthood. 3. Why Nicaragua’s cardinal is facing criticism over ‘collaboration’ with the Ortega regime, By Edgar Beltrán, The Pillar, April 5, 2023, 4:29 PM An anonymous letter has made waves in Nicaragua, after it accused the country’s cardinal of being too close to the country’s dictator, President Daniel Ortega. While persecution against the Church in Nicaragua continues unabated, a debate has cropped up among clergy in the country about the controversial, anonymous letter, reportedly written by seminarians, which accuses Managua Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of fostering a culture of silence in the country’s seminary about ongoing religious persecution. The letter, published March 28 by Spanish Catholic outlet Religión Digital and reportedly written by three current and former seminarians, also claimed that the Nicaraguan dictatorship has infiltrated seminaries, to report to the government the most politically active priests and seminarians. Cardinal Brenes has been frequently criticized in Nicaragua by Catholics who believe the cardinal has been unduly cordial toward the Nicaraguan regime, which sentenced Bishop Rolando Álvarez to 26 years in prison, and has exiled around 20 priests and seminarians—while two other priests remain in prison. But the March letter has amplified that criticism, and created an unexpected uproar against Brenes among clerics — especially after the cardinal’s own auxiliary bishop, Silvio Báez, now exiled in Miami, shared it on social media. 4. Report details ‘staggering’ church sex abuse in Maryland, By Lea Skene, Brian Witte and Sarah Brumfield, Associated Press, April 5, 2023 More than 150 Catholic priests and others associated with the Archdiocese of Baltimore sexually abused over 600 children and often escaped accountability, according to a long-awaited state report released Wednesday that revealed the scope of abuse spanning 80 years and accused church leaders of decades of coverups.

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