TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 250 – Alejandro Monteverde Talks Cabrini & Jeanne Mancini On Marching For Life! With a new movie on Mother Cabrini in theaters March 8, filmmaker Alejandro Monteverde joins with a glimpse into this amazing saint’s life who defied all the odds even with doctors saying she only had a year to live, reminding us all: ‘You can serve your weaknesses or you can serve your purpose.’ Considered patron saint of immigrants, Monteverde said ‘Cabrini was not about immigration. She was about the immigrant.’ Jeanne Mancini of March for Life also joins with a look at the great turnout at the march in DC and the state marches that are taking place across 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/5pmET on EWTN radio! 1. FBI deleted records related to anti-Catholic memo, GOP lawmakers say, By Kerry Picket, The Washington Times, February 2, 2024 Republican lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee say they are seeking “action and accountability” after discovering new details and discrepancies surrounding an anti-Catholic memo prepared by analysts last year in the FBI‘s Richmond, Virginia, field office. In a letter spearheaded by Sen. Charles E. Grassley to FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, the Iowa Republican and his colleagues asked about revelations that top FBI officials ordered analysts to permanently delete files related to the memo, which identified “traditional Catholics” as potential domestic terrorists. “Now we know that information related to the Richmond memo wasn’t provided to Congress because the FBI deleted the records as soon as the incident became public,” the letter stated. “According to a report released by the House Judiciary Committee on December 4, Deputy Director Paul Abbate ordered Richmond Special Agent in Charge Stanley Meador to ‘take [the memo] down’ as soon as it became public.”  The FBI told The Washington Times in a statement, “As the FBI has stated many times, the intelligence product did not meet our exacting standards and was quickly removed from FBI systems. We have provided hundreds of pages of documents and briefings to Congress to address our findings and the numerous actions we are taking to address identified shortcomings.” 2. Vatican grapples with who’s responsible for abuse of ‘vulnerable adults’, By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, February 2, 2024 A key Vatican department charged with prosecuting sexual abuse against minors since 2001 said this week that while it’s also responsible for cases of abuse against adults with mental deficiencies, offenses against adults considered “vulnerable” for different reasons falls outside its jurisdiction and must be handled by other departments. In a Jan. 30 “Clarification on Vulnerable Adults,” the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) noted that a series of 2010 amendments to Pope John Paul II’s 2001 motu proprio Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela on series crimes reserved to the DDF gave the department competence over the abuse of persons with mental deficiencies. 3. Retired military officials: Protecting abortion care keeps America safe, By Louis Caldera, Ray Mabus and Deborah James, The Washington Post, February 1, 2024, 2:20 PM The tragic attack on our troops at Tower 22 in Jordan is a stark reminder of how those in uniform might give their lives at any moment in service to our country. Two of the three soldiers killed were women. They lost their lives for a country that is moving to restrict the rights of all women — including those in uniform. While it might not seem to be a military issue, the Supreme Court will soon decide a case that will affect the armed forces and hundreds of thousands of women who serve in uniform — as well as those civilians we need to recruit. The question before the court is whether to severely limit access to mifepristone, one of two drugs used for medication abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. Medication abortions make up over half of the cases in the United States. Threatening vital reproductive health care will only make it harder to recruit and retain women across the military and meet the security challenges of a dangerous world. That is precisely why we, as former secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force, felt compelled to join with retired general officers in filing a landmark amicus brief to the Supreme Court with the nonpartisan Vet Voice Foundation. Our filing marked the first time that former defense professionals and retired military officers have weighed in on a Supreme Court abortion case on national security grounds.  But those who defend America should not — while on the front lines or training to defeat our nation’s enemies — also have to fight for reproductive care and bodily autonomy. That is more than a matter of principle. It’s a matter of national security. 4. New Hampshire House refuses to either further restrict or protect abortion rights, By Holly Ramer, Associated Press, February 1, 2024, 3:14 PM The Republican-led but closely divided New Hampshire House rejected three abortion bills Thursday, refusing to either further restrict or protect reproductive rights. Current state law prohibits abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy except when the mother’s health or life is in danger or there is a fatal fetal anomaly. The House voted 193-184 Thursday in favor of asking voters to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution as well. But the vote fell short of the majority needed to advance the proposal. 5. Tennessee’s strict abortion ban is under pressure, but change is unlikely under GOP control, By Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press, February 1, 2024, 6:07 PM After begrudgingly agreeing to tweak Tennessee’s strict abortion ban last year, the Republican-dominant Legislature is once again facing pressure to reconsider when doctors can legally offer the procedure to pregnant patients. The push comes as confusion and fear continues among residents in many GOP-controlled states over how abortion ban exemptions should be applied. While a handful of lawsuits have been filed with the hopes of getting clarity in state courts, others are pursuing legislative changes. Yet it remains unknown if state lawmakers will be receptive to any changes — particularly in an election year when many members will be vying to keep their positions. 6. Authorities locate a missing Roman Catholic cardinal in Panama, By Associated Press, Associated Press, February 1, 2024, 5:07 PM Authorities have found alive a Roman Catholic cardinal who disappeared this week in western Panama near the border with Costa Rica, church officials said Thursday, hours after confirming the cleric’s disappearance. Panama’s Episcopal Conference said in a statement Thursday afternoon that Spanish Cardinal José Luis Lacunza had been found after last being seen Tuesday. They did not immediately provide details. Prosecutors in the state of Chiriqui had said earlier in the day that they opened an investigation. Lacunza, 79, is the bishop for the David archdiocese in Chiriqui.

TCA Media Monitoring provides a snapshot from national newspapers and major Catholic press outlets of coverage regarding significant Catholic Church news and current issues with which the Catholic Church is traditionally or prominently engaged. The opinions and views expressed in the articles do not necessarily reflect the views of The Catholic Association.
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