TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 164 – RFI’s Stephen Rasche Talks Nigeria Massacre & Nicole Caruso on Worthy of Wearing! After a horrific terror attack during Pentecost Sunday Mass in Nigeria that left over 90 people dead, Stephen Rasche of Religious Freedom Institute joins to discuss the real threat of persecution and violence against Catholics in the region–and what we might do to help those suffering. With the summer months upon us, fashion expert Nicole Caruso joins with a look at her new book, Worthy of Wearing: How Personal Style Expresses our Feminine GeniusFather Roger Landry also offers an inspiring homily for Trinity Sunday! Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pmET on EWTN radio! 1. The Contradictions of Abortion Polling, More Americans say they’re ‘pro-choice,’ but views are more complicated if you read past the headline., By The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2022, Pg. A16, Editorial The conventional wisdom on abortion polling is that the Supreme Court is walking into a gale-force political wind if it overturns Roe v. Wade. Gallup reported last week that 55% of Americans identify as pro-choice, up six points since 2021 and near a record high. The Journal’s poll last week says 68% of people hope the Supreme Court doesn’t completely overturn Roe. Movement in such topline figures is meaningful, but it obscures as much as it reveals. What do people mean when they identify as pro-choice? In the Gallup survey, 67% of Americans say abortion should be “generally legal” in the first three months of pregnancy. But it falls precipitously to 36% in the second trimester and 20% in the final trimester.  The real contradiction in the polling is Roe, which has become a totem that doesn’t reflect the underlying policy views. Fifty-five percent of Americans tell Gallup that abortion should be generally illegal in the second trimester. Yet a majority say the Supreme Court should keep Roe. That circle can’t be squared, and it probably reflects that many Americans don’t realize what Roe really allows.  Public opinion on abortion policy remains diverse and for the most part more moderate. How the politics shakes out depends on how the debate and policies go in the states. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, some states will ban abortion and some will allow it with few limits. Others might settle at 15 or 18 weeks, roughly where democratic laws in Europe have come out. The polling suggests that’s what many Americans favor. But whatever people tell pollsters about Roe as precedent, they can’t get the policy they seem to want until Roe goes and the political debate opens up. 2. Pope cancels trip to Congo and South Sudan due to knee issue, By Nicole Winfield, June 10, 2022, 8:08 AM Pope Francis canceled a planned July trip to Africa on doctors’ orders because of ongoing knee problems, the Vatican said Friday, raising further questions about the health and mobility problems of the 85-year-old pontiff. The Vatican said the July 2-7 trip to Congo and South Sudan would be rescheduled “to a later date to be determined.” 3. Holocaust memorial chairman thanks pope for opening archives, By Frances D’Emilio, Associated Press, June 9, 2022, 12:15 PM The chairman of Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial said he thanked Pope Francis on Thursday for giving scholars access to the Holy See’s World War II-era archives. Dani Dayan, who met with Francis at the Vatican, said the pontiff described the archives’ opening as “an issue of justice.” Francis visited the memorial during a 2014 pilgrimage in Israel. 4. Nigeria church massacre: ISIS affiliate group suspected as perpetrators, government official says, By Jonah McKeown, Catholic News Agency, June 9, 2022, 6:40 PM A Nigerian government official said Thursday that the insurgent group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) is suspected as the perpetrators of a massacre at a Catholic church last week that left dozens dead.  “We have been able to see the footprint of ISWAP in the horrendous attack in Owo and we are after them. Our security agencies are on their trail and we will bring them to justice,” Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said Jun. 9 as reported by Reuters.  In the June 5 attack, gunmen opened fire on Catholic worshipers attending Pentecost celebrations at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, in southwestern Nigeria. 5. DC aborted babies: Private autopsy to examine how they died, Sen. Cruz says, By Joe Bukuras, Catholic News Agency, June 9, 2022, 5:19 PM Sen. Ted Cruz and a pro-life group said Thursday that authorities will allow a private pathologist to examine the remains of five babies the group claims it recovered from a D.C. abortion clinic. The Texas Republican lawmaker and activists from the group, Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), along with other members of Congress, repeatedly have called for the D.C. medical examiner to conduct autopsies of the babies to determine if they were aborted in violation of federal law. Cruz announced that a private autopsy was in the works during a press conference Thursday morning with members of PAAU outside the Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C. “We’ve learned that an attorney for PAAU has confirmed that the D.C. medical examiner has agreed to allow a private pathologist to examine the bodies of the five babies,” Cruz said. 6. Are US dioceses ‘in a corner’ over Traditionis custodes?, By Ed. Condon, The Pillar, June 8, 2022 Nearly a year on from its release, many U.S. dioceses are still working on plans to implement Traditionis custodes, the papal motu proprio on the celebration of the Mass according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. But even some prominent archdioceses have struggled to issue a plan for the Extraordinary Form — bringing Pope Francis’ new norms into action has proven no easy task, even for bishops clearly eager to bring their diocese in line with the pope’s vision. And a particular challenge is posed by mandates both to listen to local congregations and to restrict a liturgical form that a cadre of practicing Catholics say is important to them. That challenge is illustrated in the Archdiocese of Washington. Several priests of the archdiocese told The Pillar this week that Cardinal Wilton Gregory approved a plan for the implementation of Traditionis custodes in the archdiocese weeks ago, but has not yet released the policy.  But what happens if the results of the synodal listening sessions and the advice of the archdiocesan clergy point towards a more moderate implementation of Traditiones custodes? There may be no easy answer for Cardinal Gregory, or for bishops in other dioceses facing a similar choice. The tension facing many bishops, including apparently Cardinal Gregory, would seem to be the difficulty in reconciling a clear instruction from Rome with conflicting local pastoral concerns, and feedback on a liturgical issue from his congregation.

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