TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 268 – Mary Margaret Olohan On Detrans & Fran Maier Talks Love For The Laity
Out with a new book that is currently topping the Amazon LGBTQ charts during ‘Pride Month,’ Mary Margaret Olohan of the Daily Signal joins to discuss Detrans: True Stories of Escaping the Gender Ideology Cult. Revealing intimate details from actual young adults and teens who have detransitioned, the book offers a rare glimpse into the euphemism known as “gender-affirming care.” Fran Maier, author of True Confessions joins to discuss the special role the laity have in being part of the body of Christ as we contemplate the ongoing Eucharistic pilgrimage. Father Roger Landry offers an inspiring homily for this Sunday’s Gospel as we contemplate the Immaculate Heart of Mary this weekend. Catch the show Saturday at 5pmET on EWTN radio!
1. God’s Place in D-Day’s Great Crusade, Soldiers prayed, while leaders saw the war as an effort against a malign pagan enemy., By Michael Snape, The Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2024, Pg. A13, Opinion
As the West marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, there is a telling instance of amnesia. The religious significance of Operation Overlord, the Allied forces’ invasion of France on June 6, 1944, is largely ignored. That misses an essential part of the history.
In an order distributed to the expeditionary force, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower hailed the cross-channel invasion as a “Great Crusade” and invoked “the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.” That language might grate against 21st-century sensibilities. In the intervening decades, a tide of secularization, the growth of multifaith societies, and the bitter legacy of subsequent conflicts have infused such sentiments with a toxicity they didn’t possess in 1944. In many Catholic and mainline Protestant churches, now in thrall to a functional pacifism born of the nuclear age, such militancy seems alien and unsettling, something best forgotten.
Yet World War II, and D-Day in particular, wasn’t the “notably secular affair” historian Paul Fussell once claimed it to be. Operation Overlord was carried out primarily by countries in which Judeo-Christian beliefs and values were normative and unifying. Despite popular misconceptions, the shock of World War I hadn’t made the Lord of Hosts redundant. A generation after the Great War, faced with an apparently existential threat, the Western and historically Christian democracies still sought comfort, definition and inspiration in a faith that set them apart from the neopaganism of Nazi Germany.

For our own generation, D-Day may seem to have scant connection with religion, beyond its lingering association with some terminology embarrassing to modern ears. Yet to many contemporaries, it marked a decisive moment in a life-or-death struggle between the Judeo-Christian democracies of the West and the malignant pagan forces of Nazi Germany. The success of D-Day, like that of the Dunkirk evacuation four years earlier, was naturally and widely taken as providential.
Mr. Snape is a professor at Durham University and trustee of the Royal Army Chaplains’ Museum in Shrivenham, England.
2. Papal switcheroo as Francis changes plans at last minute to visit different Rome community, Pope Francis pulled something of a switcheroo as he slipped out of the Vatican to meet with members of a local Roman parish, By Andrew Medichini and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, June 6, 2024, 1:10 PM
Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday to meet with members of a local Roman parish as part of his new initiative of surprise papal prayer sessions ahead of next year’s Jubilee.
The 30 or so families who met with Francis in a building courtyard in the far west neighborhood of Palmarola were certainly surprised — especially since Francis had been expected across town at another parish community at the same time.
Francis apparently pulled the last-minute switcheroo after word had spread too much that he was planning to visit an apartment complex in Casal Bertone, a middle-class neighborhood in far-east Rome. Indeed, the city of Rome had set up police barricades to contain well-wishers, potted plants decorated the site and media crews were on hand — only to have the pope end up a no-show.
3. Conservatives tied to Trump want to limit insurance coverage for abortions, The proposal could make it more difficult for those with private-employer insurance to get out-of-state abortions, legal experts say., By Lauren Kaori Gurley and Jeff Stein, The Washington Post, June 6, 2024, 2:12 PM
Conservative policymakers influential with former president Donald Trump are discussing how to use a little-known labor law to impose sweeping restrictions on private-employer-covered abortions, according to a public statement and two people with direct knowledge of labor policy discussions among Trump advisers.
Although Trump has not formally committed to anything and talks are ongoing, the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, has publicly called for using federal labor law to limit the ability of private employers to provide coverage that includes abortions in states with abortion restrictions.
Trump insiders have also discussed these ideas, according to one person with direct knowledge of the talks.
The proposed change could make it vastly more difficult for residents of states with abortion bans to obtain abortions by traveling out-of-state, legal experts say. This comes as out-of-state travel for abortions doubled between the first half of 2020 and the first half of 2023, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights.
4. Oklahoma judge says lawsuit over nation’s first Catholic charter school can proceed, By Daniel Payne, Catholic News Agency, June 6, 2024, 5:52 PM
An Oklahoma judge this week said a lawsuit challenging the nation’s first religious charter school can proceed, a victory for opponents wishing to halt public funding of the Catholic institution.
Oklahoma County District Judge Richard Ogden will allow the lawsuit against the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board to move forward almost in its entirety, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) said in a press release.
In October 2023, the state board approved the charter contract for St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School, putting the school on the path to becoming the first religiously affiliated charter school in the United States.
A charter school is a privately managed institution that receives public funding like standard public schools. The plaintiffs in the Oklahoma lawsuit — who are being represented by AU, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ​​Freedom From Religion Foundation — contend that the state’s funding of a religious school violates both Oklahoma statutory and constitutional law.

5. Report: Pope Benedict’s Former Secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein to Be Appointed Papal Nuncio, Appointment to Lithuania’s capital city of Vilnius is in the works, according to an Italian Catholic news outlet, By Matthew McDonald, National Catholic Register, June 6, 2024
The long limbo of Pope Benedict XVI’s former longtime personal secretary may be ending soon.
Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who fell from influential papal aide to no assignment in the Catholic Church, will soon be appointed papal nuncio to the three Baltic countries, according to a report from an Italian Catholic news outlet.
The story, published by La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana and citing unnamed sources, said the archbishop will become papal nuncio to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania — a position that also includes similar duties in neighboring Latvia and Estonia.
It’s not the first time the high-profile prelate has been linked to a far-flung foreign post, however. In March 2023, a Spanish religious news website reported that Archbishop Gänswein might become papal ambassador to Costa Rica, which has not so far come to pass. More recently, in April 2024, an Argentinian newspaper, La Nación, reported that Archbishop Gänswein would soon become a papal nuncio to a country not named in the story.
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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