TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 112 – Carter Snead On Mississippi Abortion Ban Case & Stephen Gabriel On The Indispensable Dad
Dr. Grazie Christie and co-host Leigh Snead chat with legal scholar Carter Snead about the Mississippi abortion ban case soon to be heard by the Supreme Court in the fall–and what impact the case may have on Roe v. Wade. Maureen Ferguson and Catholic author Stephen Gabriel also join to discuss ‘The Indispensable Dad’ just ahead of Father’s Day. Father Roger Landry also offers an inspiring homily for this Sunday’s Gospel. Catch the show every Saturday at 7am ET/5pm ET on EWTN radio!
1. Pro-life activists: New York ban a free-speech violation, Appeals court to hear sidewalk counselors’ case, By Alex Swoyer, The Washington Times, June 11, 2021, Pg. A6
A federal appeals court has agreed to rehear a case involving pro-life sidewalk counselors who argue that New York’s attorney general is violating their free speech by barring them from advocating against abortion outside clinics.
A group of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, which rarely grants rehearings, vacated a three-judge panel’s ruling against the counselors and asked for new briefings from both sides by June 25.

The state of New York brought more than a dozen pro-life protesters to court in 2017, arguing that they had violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which makes it a federal crime to obstruct the entrance of a clinic or to harass patients and staff.
2. Pope taps South Korean to head Vatican office for priests, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, June 11, 2021, 8:17 AM
Pope Francis has tapped a South Korean bishop to lead the Vatican office responsible for the world’s 400,000 Catholic priests, in the second major appointment of an Asian prelate to the Holy See during his papacy.
Monsignor Lazarus You Heung-sik, currently the bishop of Daejeon, replaces the retiring Cardinal Beniamino Stella as prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, the Vatican said Friday.
3. Vatican regulates lay movements to prevent governance abuses, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, June 11, 2021, 6:42 AM
The Vatican took steps Friday to better regulate lay religious movements by imposing term limits on their leaders and requiring internal elections to be representative of their memberships.
The Vatican’s laity office cracked down on the largely unregulated world of associations of the faithful after some cases of abuses of authority and bad governance had been reported.
Canon lawyers and theologians said the crackdown was perhaps a sign that other lay movements, which have flourished over the last half-century but were largely left to govern themselves, might be similarly targeted.
4. As new report released, Vatican bank chief says ‘bad old days’ are done, By John L. Allen Jr., Crux, June 11, 2021, Opinion
With release of an annual report showing a healthy profit in 2020 despite the Coronavirus pandemic, Friday capped what’s already been a good run in June for the Institute for the Works of Religion, the so-called “Vatican bank,” including good grades from Europe’s top financial watchdog and a key recognition by the IRS in America.
In tandem with other milestones in recent years, President Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, the French economist and banker who’s led the IOR since 2014, believes June 2021 marks an historic turning point.

By that, de Franssu was referring to the bad old days of the Vatican bank in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, featuring bodies hanging under bridges, spectacular bank collapses, cozy relationships with mobsters and sleazy financiers, all wrapped under a blanket of near-complete secrecy and obfuscation. The Vatican bank became a fixture in potboiler novels and popular films, the world’s leading metaphor for corruption under guise of sanctity.

Perhaps the moral of the story is this: The much-vaunted financial reform of the Vatican clearly remains a work in progress, as the London case proves, not to mention a similar scandal still unfolding involving the attempted purchase of the former headquarters building of the Budapest Stock Exchange in Hungary, a deal executed under the IOR’s previous management.
Yet there is nonetheless still a case for hope – because if the disinfecting rays of reform can penetrate the once-opaque caverns of the Vatican bank, then maybe it’s possible pretty much anyplace.
5. Democrats Make Abortion a Top Foreign Policy Priority, Graham Piro, Washington Free Beacon, June 10, 2021, 4:10 PM
Dems seek to enshrine abortion as global right
President Biden and congressional Democrats are pushing to make abortion a foreign policy priority for the United States.
Following the Biden administration’s decision to lift the ban on foreign aid for abortion providers, congressional Democrats are calling for the State Department to consider abortion in its assessment of global human rights. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) and Bob Menendez (N.J.) introduced an act to require the State Department to include abortion access in its annual reports on international human rights.
The bill identifies a lack of access to abortion as a human rights violation. 

A State Department spokeswoman said the agency said “reproductive health” abroad is a matter of national security.
6. Woman wanted by Vatican asks Italian government to intervene, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, June 10, 2021, 1:36 PM
Lawyers for an Italian intelligence analyst wanted by the Vatican on embezzlement-related charges have asked Italy’s government to press papal prosecutors to decide whether to put her on trial or archive the case.
In a June 8 registered letter and an email to the Italian embassy to the Holy See, the lawyers argued that Cecilia Marogna hasn’t been able to find work or been able to support her young daughter since she was “illegally” arrested at the Vatican’s request in October.
They asked the embassy to intervene with the Vatican on behalf of Marogna, an Italian citizen, “to put an end to this situation of (stagnation) due to the damaging inaction by the authorities of the Vatican City State,” according to the communications provided to The Associated Press.

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