TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 249 – Father Kirby Talks ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ & Kathryn Lopez On Building A Culture Of Life As we mark one-month since the DDF’s document on same-sex blessings, we talk with Father Jeffrey Kirby who offers a pastor’s view of the new declaration lamenting the confusion that it has sown within his own parish. As it’s just been one week since the March for Life, Kathryn Jean Lopez of the National Review discusses the vibrant young pro-life movement she witnessed in the snowy streets of DC during the march, and ways we can actually get somewhere on abortionFather 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. International Religious Freedom Summit aims for worldwide grassroots movement promoting liberty, Event begins Tuesday in Washington, D.C., By Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times, January 26, 2024 Boosting religious liberty worldwide could help resolve contentious issues such as the Middle East crisis and the war in Ukraine, prevent genocide and promote democracy, the co-chairs of next week’s International Religious Freedom Summit 2024 say. Global crises magnify the importance of guaranteeing religious liberty everywhere, said Katrina Lantos Swett, president of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice, and Sam Brownback, former U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. The two-day International Religious Freedom Summit, which opens Tuesday in Washington will be preceded by a Congressional Advocacy Day. Dozens of Capitol Hill offices will receive event delegates lobbying for increased focus on freedom of religion or belief, Ms. Swett said. 2. Quebec cardinal, papal advisor named in sex abuse lawsuit, By Crux, January 26, 2024 A Canadian cardinal and key ally of Pope Francis has been named in a class action sexual abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Quebec, with the specific charge being that he inappropriately touched a 17-year-old girl on two occasions in 1987 and 1988. Cardinal Gérald Lacroix’s name was added to a list of alleged perpetrators in the class action suit in court filings Thursday. The lawsuit was authorized in 2022, and covers anyone who was sexually assaulted by personnel of the Archdiocese of Quebec since 1940. Lacroix becomes the second Canadian cardinal to be named in the lawsuit, after allegations were lodged against Cardinal Marc Ouellet in 2022 over alleged inappropriate touching said to have occurred in 2008. A Vatican investigation later found “no grounds” for any action against Ouellet, who filed a counter-suit against his accuser for defamation in December 2022. Ouellet’s accuser later claimed that two other women have come forward with abuse allegations against him, which Ouellet likewise has denied. 3. Kentucky bishop bars priests devoted to Latin Mass from ministry, By John Lavenburg, Crux, January 26, 2024 A small religious community dedicated to the Traditional Latin Mass in the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, that once had aspirations of becoming a religious institute, now finds itself in limbo after its two priests were barred from public ministry. Last week, Bishop John Iffert of Covington requested the resignation of Father Shannon Collins, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Park Hills, Kentucky, and removed Father Sean Kopczynski as the parish’s parochial vicar, after the former spoke in a critical fashion about the current version of the Mass. 4. Wisconsin Republicans approve bill banning abortions after 14 weeks of pregnancy, By Todd Richmond, Associated Press, January 25, 2024, 3:23 PM Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly approved a bill Thursday that would call for a binding statewide referendum to ban abortion after 14 weeks of pregnancy. Current Wisconsin law prohibits abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill’s supporters say closing the window after 14 weeks could save more fetuses from death. The proposal would set up a statewide referendum during April’s election asking voters whether the 14-week prohibition should take effect. The deadline would not apply in cases of rape and incest. If voters approved the referendum, the prohibition would take effect the day after the results are certified.

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