TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 242 – Cardinal Burke On Our Lady Of Guadalupe & Brad Wilcox Talks Adolescent Mental Health As we prepare for the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe next week and the Immaculate Conception this week, we revisit with Cardinal Raymond Burke to discuss his deep devotion to Our Lady and the shrine in La Crosse, Wisc., that just celebrated its 15th anniversary. We also speak with Brad Wilcox of the National Marriage Project about an intriguing new study that shows how parenting is key when trying to protect and nourish a child’s adolescent mental healthFather Roger Landry also offers an inspiring homily for this Sunday’s Gospel. Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pmET on EWTN radio! 1. One-quarter of ‘spiritual’ Americans don’t identify with organized religion, By Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times, December 8, 2023, Pg. A6 Most Americans regard themselves as being spiritual, but almost one-quarter of them say that has nothing to do with religion, a new Pew Research Center survey shows. Overall, 70% of respondents said they are spiritual, with 48% describing themselves as “spiritual and religious” and 22% saying they are “spiritual but not religious,” the Pew survey found. The survey follows and bolsters earlier studies and reports showing that fewer Americans identify with an organized religion. In May, the Southern Baptist Convention reported it lost 457,371 members in 2022, a decline that erased decades of growth. At the end of 2021, Pew reported that self-identified Christians comprised 63% of the U.S. population, down from 75% a decade earlier, with 29% saying they had no religion. 2. A Texas judge grants a pregnant woman permission to get an abortion despite the state’s ban, By Paul J. Weber, Associated Press, December 7, 2023, 3:17 PM A Texas judge on Thursday gave a pregnant woman whose fetus has a fatal diagnosis permission to get an abortion in an unprecedented challenge over bans that more than a dozen states have enacted since Roe v. Wade was overturned. The lawsuit by Kate Cox, a 31-year-old mother of two from the Dallas area, is believed to be the first time since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that a woman has asked a court to approve an abortion. The order only applies to Cox and her attorneys afterward spoke cautiously about any wider impacts, calling it unfeasible that scores of other women seeking abortions would also now to turn to courts. 3. Denmark’s parliament adopts a law making it illegal to burn the Quran or other religious texts, By Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press, December 7, 2023, 11:05 AM A new law was passed in Denmark’s parliament on Thursday that makes it illegal to desecrate any holy text in the country, after a recent string of public desecrations of the Quran by a handful of anti-Islam activists sparked angry demonstrations in Muslim countries. 4. Climate activists pour mud and Nesquik on St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, By Associated Press, December 7, 2023, 12:45 PM Activists poured mud and chocolate milk on the facade of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice on Thursday in their latest climate protest, drawing a swift rebuke from the lagoon city’s mayor. Police quickly detained the six activists. There was no immediate word of any permanent damage to the Byzantine basilica, an iconic symbol of Venice. The activists from the Last Generation movement are demanding a 20 billion euro “reparation fund” to compensate Italians for climate-related damage. They cited the threat of rising sea levels on Venice as well as mudslides that have wreaked havoc recently on some Italian communities.

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