TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 163 – JD Flynn On Pelosi And The Pope’s New Picks & TCA Team Talks Summer Movies! With the news of Pope Francis picking 21 new cardinals including Bishop McElroy of San Diego, JD Flynn of The Pillar joins with his analysis as well as his take on the Pelosi communion ban. The canon lawyer also talks the importance of accountability and the mission of his new online publication. The TCA team also joins sharing some of their faves when it comes to summer movies and books as temps heat up across the country. Father Roger Landry also offers an inspiring homily for Penecost Sunday. Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pmET on EWTN radio! 1. How the Pro-Life Democrat Went Extinct, The party, once a natural home for millions of Catholics, is now utterly hostile to anyone who opposes abortion., By Jayd Henricks, The Wall Street Journal, June 3, 2022, Pg. A13, Opinion San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone recently announced that he would block House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic, from receiving communion in her hometown over her support for abortion. This was a welcome decision, and it’s far from unprecedented. Yet bishops from other dioceses often undermine such appropriate actions as these, and it’s no wonder so many Catholic Democrats enthusiastically support abortion.  What is particularly maddening is that this is the result of a 50-year trajectory that was there for everyone, including the bishops, to see. Kennedy started the trend, but the outcome wasn’t inevitable. What if bishops had recognized that politicians who supported abortion had removed themselves from the Catholic community and responded accordingly? What if bishops or religious superiors had ousted priests who excused abortion advocates? It is not hard to imagine that bishops taking a harder line with pro-abortion politicians would have stemmed the conversion of the Democratic Party to a cult of death.  Should the leaked draft of the Dobbs decision hold, the battle for pro-life legislation will move to the states. Let us pray that this will be the moment when the church revisits its pastoral and civil approach to abortion, recognizing not only that Catholics who persistently advocate for abortion are no longer in communion with the church, but that they should be treated accordingly. Mr. Henricks was executive director of government relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (2011-17). 2. BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street Forced Into the Abortion Debate, Activist investors in Walmart, Lowe’s and the TJ Maxx owner are putting pressure on asset managers to confront the issue, By Angel Au-Yeung, The Wall Street Journal, June 3, 2022, 5:30 AM Shareholders have placed abortion-rights proposals on the proxies at three big retailers this spring: Walmart Inc.; Lowe’s; Cos.; and TJX. Cos., the owner of off-price chains including TJ Maxx. Many more could follow next year. That development is pressuring asset managers such as BlackRock Inc., BLK 3.96% Vanguard Group and State Street STT 4.55% Global Advisors to confront the issue because they hold significant stakes in those and other companies on behalf of millions of other investors.  Lowe’s and Walmart, which held their annual meetings in the past week,said the abortion-rights proposals didn’t pass. Walmart said that 13% of participating shareholders voted in support. Lowe’s said it would release more details in the coming days.  BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street are required by the Securities and Exchange Commission to eventually detail how they voted, though they have until the end of August to release that information. The firms declined this week to say how they voted. 3. State issues religious-freedom report, By Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times, June 3, 2022, Pg. A2 Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed Thursday the United States “will continue to stand up for religious freedom around the world” as the agency released a more than 2,000-page report on the state of religious tolerance in countries around the world. The “2021 Report on International Religious Freedom” is an annual survey delivered to Congress and covers the state of religious liberty in close to 200 nations around the globe. Country-by-country sections are available online at The report drew some immediate criticism from religious freedom advocates that the Biden administration had pulled its punches on some key countries such as Nigeria for political or diplomatic considerations. 4. Rep. Chris Smith ‘Hopeful’ Fetal Tissue Research at University of Pittsburgh Will Be Investigated, The legislators seek to know whether the University of Pittsburgh violated federal law prohibiting the alteration of abortion procedures solely for the purpose of obtaining fetal tissue, By Joe Bukuras, Catholic News Agency, June 2, 2022 Representative Chris Smith, R-N.J., says he is hopeful that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will investigate the University of Pittsburgh’s fetal tissue research. Smith and 88 other members of Congress sent a letter May 24 to the department’s inspector general that raised concerns about possible federal law violations.  “We request that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) conduct an audit to determine whether fetal tissue research funded by HHS at the University of Pittsburgh violated federal law,” the letter says.  Those accusations include claims from doctors that the university must be harvesting organs from babies born alive in failed abortion attempts, given the language it uses to describe its research practices in federal grant documents from the HHS. After those and other accusations in late 2021, the university hired an outside firm to investigate it, which concluded “that the University is fully compliant with federal and state regulatory requirements.”

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