TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 120 – Attorney Heather Hacker speaks on the amicus brief filed at the Supreme Court supporting Mississippi’s ban on most elective abortions after 15 weeks

Dr. Grazie Christie speaks with attorney Heather Hacker regarding an amicus brief filed at the Supreme Court supporting Mississippi’s ban on most elective abortions after 15 weeks. Submitted on behalf of The Catholic Association, the brief reflects how far modern technology has gone to show the true humanity in the womb, offering perspectives from 3 female physicians. Given the recent gripping testimony heard on Capitol Hill of a Uyghur survivor of China’s detention camps, we revisit with Steven Mosher to discuss the latest in the dire situation for religious minorities in the country. Father Roger Landry also offers an inspiring homily to prepare us for this Sunday’s Gospel. Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pm ET on EWTN radio!


1. Appeals court upholds abortions-wait period, By Associated Press, The Washington Post, August 6, 2021, Pg. A3

A federal appeals court upheld Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, arguing that opponents had failed to identify instances where a woman had been significantly burdened by the requirement.

The decision Thursday came after a lower federal court last year struck down the 2015 law that requires those seeking an abortion to make two trips to a clinic—first for mandatory counseling and then for the abortion at least 48 hours later.


2. Argentine bishop’s death certificate to be changed to ‘murder’, By Inés San Martín, Crux, August 6, 2021

In a decision that some see as five decades too late, Argentina is getting ready to change the death certificate of a Catholic bishop recognized by Pope Francis as a martyr to note that he didn’t die in an accident, but was murdered by the country’s military regime.

The official death certificate of Bishop Enrique Angelelli notes that he died August 4, 1976, of natural causes after a car accident. However, Argentina’s justice system has acknowledged that he was murdered, and convicted those responsible.

The death certificate was drawn up with bad intentions by Judge Rodolfo Vigo of the military dictatorship. It was a document that talked about an accident and natural death. Today there is a firm condemnation for Angelelli’s murderers, and that document must be modified,” said Délfor Brizuela, the Secretary of Human Rights of La Rioja.


3. Archbishop Cordileone ‘grieved’ by ‘disrespectful’ responses’ to Pope Francis’ curbs on Traditional Latin Mass, By CNA Staff, Catholic News Agency, August 6, 2021

The Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco said on Thursday that he is “grieved” by “disrespectful responses” to Pope Francis’ restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass.

In an Aug. 5 statement, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone underlined that the pope introduced the new measures in the motu proprio Traditionis custodes out of a concern for unity.

Since Pope Francis issued Traditionis custodes, I have been grieved by certain disrespectful responses; some have even included slanderous attacks on the Pontiff,” the archbishop said.

I support Pope Francis, and his concern that those who are drawn to more traditional forms of Catholic worship also affirm the validity of the Novus Ordo form of the Mass and, indeed, of the Second Vatican Council itself.”

As the visible head of the Church, the Pope has a global vision of Church life and can perceive things that we cannot from our more local perspective.”


4. Fostering Liturgical Communion, Love and Reverence, By Fr. Roger J. Landry, The Anchor, August 6, 2021

Fr. Roger J. Landry is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts and the National Chaplain of Catholic Voices USA.

These truths, which faithful Catholics across the centuries have affirmed, are key to understanding why the questions involved in Pope Francis’ July 16 motu proprio on the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass, Traditionis Custodes, as well as in Pope Benedict’s 2007 motu proprio on the same subject, Summorum Pontificum, are so important.

The liturgy, especially the Mass, brings about in the most powerful way God’s glory and man’s holiness. Its importance in Christian life cannot be overstated. It is the starting point and end of everything the Church does. It is meant to express and bring about communion with God and with each other.

Similarly, to reject post-conciliar liturgical iconoclasm and liturgical abuses is not to reject the Council or the revision of the Mass. Popes Benedict and Francis both spoke out about liturgical abuses and eccentricities, which scandalize the faithful, wound the unity of the Church, are unfit for the reverence that true worship of God demands and have contributed to multitudes giving up the regular practice of the faith.

The liturgical abuses widely tolerated, not to mention the worldly and excessively horizontal way Masses can sometimes be celebrated in the ordinary form, need to be addressed if Pope Francis’ desire to have the Church “return to a unitary form of celebration” will be realized — and, even more basically, to have “the sanctification of men in Christ and the glorification of God” advanced.


5. Federal Appeals Court Upholds 48-Hour Waiting Period for Abortions, By Avalon Zoppo, The National Law Journal, August 05, 2021, 06:28 PM

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a Tennessee law requiring a 48-hour waiting period for abortions in a decision that drew sharp dissents.

The full court on Thursday ruled 9-7 that a 2015 law requiring a patient to first be counseled by a doctor in person and then wait at least 48 hours before returning for an abortion is constitutional and not a substantial obstacle to women seeking the procedure.

None of the plaintiffs’ witnesses could name specific women who could not get an abortion because the waiting period pushed them past the cutoff date. None of the witnesses could identify specific women whose medical conditions caused complications or psychological harm during the waiting period. And none of the witnesses could point to specific women who, due to experiences of rape, incest, or abuse, found the waiting period traumatizing or were prevented from obtaining an abortion,” Judge Amul Thapar, one of six President Donald Trump appointees on the Sixth Circuit, said in the majority opinion.


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