TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 215 – Ashley McGuire On Celebrities And Surrogacy & Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse On Boycotting Target As the topic of surrogacy has been trending lately with a celebrity regretting her decision, even calling it ‘transactional,’ Ashley McGuire talks about the real dangers of treating women as commodities–and the true genius behind the Theology of the Body. As we enter into June and what the secular world has stolen as ‘Pride-month,’ Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse joins on the dangers of promoting gender dysphoria. Father Roger Landry also offers a beautiful homily to prepare us for Trinity Sunday. Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pmET on EWTN radio! 1. California Catholics Under Attack, Vandals get off with a misdemeanor charge for defacing a statue as police looked on, By Salvatore J. Cordileone, The Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2023, Pg. A13, Opinion “History never repeats itself,” Mark Twain is supposed to have said. “But it rhymes.” Consider the American Catholic Church over the past two centuries.  Our nation is now struggling to come to terms with its history of racism. Yet universally ignored is its long, deep and sordid history of anti-Catholicism. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reports that “at least 260 incidents”—attacks on church property—“have occurred across 43 states and the District of Columbia since May 2020.” The behavior runs the gamut, from arson to spray-painting, beheading and toppling statues, to defacing gravestones with swastikas and anti-Catholic messages. Arrests in these cases, and especially prosecutions, have been extremely rare.  Catholics in the San Francisco area have weathered our share of attacks too. In October 2020, protesters trespassed onto the property of Mission San Rafael carrying paint, tools and rope with the intention of desecrating and destroying a beloved statue of St. Junípero Serra. Five perpetrators were later charged with felony vandalism.  A felony charge is the least reparation that can be made to Catholics in the Bay Area who are deeply disturbed by this attack. The district attorney has instead given the signal that attacks on our houses of worship and sacred images may continue without serious legal consequence.  Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez has asked us to respond to this latest outrage in a deeply Christian fashion: namely, ridding any resentment in our own hearts and reaching out to our communities’ Catholic sisters. That’s important, but faithful Catholics would also do well to warn their political leaders from becoming modern Know Nothings. Archbishop Cordileone leads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco. 2. The School-Choice Century, The key Supreme Court decision, Meyer v. Nebraska, dates back to June 4, 1923., By Michael Bindas, The Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2023, Pg. A13, Opinion This has been a banner year for the educational choice movement. State legislatures have greatly expanded educational opportunity through programs that give families alternatives to public schools. The foundation for this success, however, was laid a century ago—by a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Nebraska. That teacher was Robert T. Meyer. On June 4, 1923, the U.S. Supreme Court set aside Meyer’s conviction for the “crime” of teaching German through the reading of Bible verses at a Lutheran school. In a wave of anti-immigrant hysteria following World War I, the National Education Association championed the passage of “language laws” that restricted or even prohibited the teaching of foreign languages. Nebraska’s law provided that “no person, individually or as a teacher, shall, in any private, denominational, parochial or public school, teach any subject to any person in any language other than the English language.” Like the NEA’s support several decades earlier of the anti-Catholic Blaine Amendments, which prevented public funds from going to parochial schools, its championing of language laws was rooted in nativism.  Meyer v. Nebraska is a powerful recognition of the right of parents, rather than the state, to direct the education of their children. As the court bluntly put it when discussing Meyer in Pierce v. Society of Sisters (1925), “The child is not the mere creature of the state.” Children are each unique. They have distinct educational needs, and even the best public school won’t be the best school for every child. Yet many families can’t afford private-school tuition or a home in a zone where the public school will better serve them. By providing financial assistance for alternatives, educational choice programs enable these parents to access an education that will best meet their children’s needs. These programs empower parents to exercise the right that Robert Meyer secured. Milton Friedman is commonly regarded as the father of the modern educational choice movement. Perhaps Robert Meyer—a humble teacher who tried to help children keep their ancestral language alive—should be recognized as its grandfather. Mr. Bindas leads the Institute for Justice’s educational choice practice. 3. Bishop acquitted of raping nun resigns as leader of Catholic diocese in Indian city, By Associated Press, June 1, 2023, 9:16 AM A bishop acquitted of raping a nun resigned as leader of the Catholic diocese in an Indian city on Thursday. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 59-year-old Franco Mulakkal, who was bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese in the northern state of Punjab. The Vatican did not provide a reason for the resignation or why Francis accepted it. The normal retirement age for bishops is 75. 4. Nicaraguan dictatorship takes over Catholic school; three nuns may be deported soon, By Walter Sanchez Silva, Catholic News Agency, June 1, 2023, 3:15 PM The Nicaraguan dictatorship took over a Catholic school in the early hours of May 29 and will probably soon deport three foreign nuns belonging to the congregation that administers it. According to local media outlet Mosaico, the regime’s police took over the facilities of the St. Louise de Marillac Technical Institute, the only secondary school in the town of San Sebastián de Yalí in the Jinotega administrative district. The school, where about 100 students are enrolled, is administered by the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Louise de Marillac in the Holy Spirit, founded in 1992. 5. White House condemns Nicaraguan dictatorship’s latest attacks against the Catholic Church, By Peter Pinedo, Catholic News Agency, June 1, 2023, 2:15 PM The Biden administration on Wednesday condemned Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega’s attempts to discredit the Catholic Church by accusing it of an illegal money laundering scheme. National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby called the latest attacks on the Catholic Church “unacceptable” and said the administration is acting to “promote accountability.” Kirby’s condemnation of the Nicaraguan dictatorship’s latest targeting of the Catholic Church came in response to a question raised by EWTN White House Correspondent Owen Jensen during the May 31 press conference. On May 27 the Nicaraguan National Police, controlled by the dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, published a statement accusing the Catholic Church of various crimes, including money laundering by the Diocese of Matagalpa.

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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