TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 151 – Alexandra Desanctis On Tearing Us Apart & Kate Bryan Talks Living The Feminist Dream In an exclusive interview before the release of her new book co-written with Ryan Anderson, Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review gives Dr. Grazie Christie and Ashley McGuire a sneak peek of ‘Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing.’ Maureen Ferguson joins with Emmy-award winner Kate Bryan of 1 Girl Revolution to discuss ‘Living the Feminist Dream: A Faithful Vision for Women in the Church and the World.‘ Father Roger Landry also joins with an inspiring homily for this second week of Lent on The Transfiguration. Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pmET on EWTN radio! 1. Report: Top Biden science advisor defended using aborted baby parts in research while NIH director, By Katie Yoder, Catholic News Agency, March 10, 2022, 4:52 PM Pro-life leaders are challenging Dr. Francis Collins, a top Biden science advisor, after a new report claimed he defended the use of aborted baby parts for research while serving as director of the National Institutes of Health. Collins, who identifies as a Christian and is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, made his remarks during a private event at the University of Chicago in October, the Daily Wire reported, citing a leaked audio recording. He responded to a student, who asked him about National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for experiments, such as the University of Pittsburgh’s studies that involve the harvesting of aborted baby parts, at six to 42 weeks gestation, and grafting scalps of aborted babies onto lab rats. The Daily Wire noted that while Collins said that he is “troubled” by abortion, he suggested that a moral and ethical case could be made for using the tissue of aborted fetuses.  Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, a senior fellow with the The Catholic Association (and host of “Conversations with Consequences,” a weekly EWTN radio show), addressed Collins’ stance on science. “It is true that valuable information may be gleaned from unethically-sourced material,” she admitted. “This has been a constant temptation in science for as long as the scientific method has been practiced. There exists, understandably, a great temptation to look to the ‘greater good’ and disregard the negative impact on the experimental subject.” She described that negative impact. “In the case of experimentation using fetal remains, to use the tissue for experimentation is to treat human remains without the dignity they should be accorded,” she said. “Also, it opens up a Pandora’s box of possibilities for abuse.” “Women at a time of distress can be taken advantage of and pressed to donate the remains,” she explained. “Avaricious abortion facilities, handsomely paid to produce the specimens, are tempted to press the mothers. There is also the great temptation to change the type of procedure or its timing in order to produce the most profitable specimen, when only the mother’s safety and comfort should be consulted.” 2. Alice von Hildebrand, Catholic philosopher who criticized moral relativism, dies at 98, She also promoted the legacy of her husband, fellow philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand., By Harrison Smith, The Washington Post, March 10, 2022, 1:10 PM Alice von Hildebrand, an influential Catholic philosopher who condemned moral relativism and the modern feminist movement, defiantly upholding traditional church beliefs while helping to preserve the legacy of her husband, a fellow European refugee and philosopher, died Jan. 14 at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 98.  Dr. von Hildebrand spent decades championing the legacy of her husband, whom Pope Pius XII reputedly called “the twentieth-century Doctor of the Church.” But she also became a noted Catholic philosopher in her own right, teaching at Hunter College in Manhattan for 37 years, writing essays for the Catholic News Agency and making dozens of guest appearances on Eternal Word Television Network, the Catholic media empire known as EWTN, where she was often interviewed by Mother Angelica, the network’s founder. 3. Spain: Ombudsman tasked with probing church sex abuse record, By Associated Press, March 10, 2022, 10:40 AM Spanish parliamentarians are tasking the country’s ombudsman with the first official investigation into the depth of sexual abuse committed by members of Spain’s Roman Catholic church .  A separate proposal by three left-wing parties, including the ruling national coalition’s junior partner United We Can, to open a full parliamentary commission was rejected this week as consensus built around keeping the probe isolated from the political sphere. 4. GOP lawmakers in Kentucky advance 15-week abortion ban, By Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press, March 10, 2022, 6:15 PM Kentucky Republican lawmakers on Thursday advanced a proposal to ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy as the legislature considers enacting tougher restrictions on the procedure amid a looming U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion rights. The measure is modeled after a Mississippi law under review by the the nation’s high court in a case that could dramatically limit abortion rights in the United States. The Kentucky bill would be “immediately enforceable” without risk of legal challenge if the Mississippi law is upheld, said GOP Sen. Max Wise, the bill’s lead sponsor. 5. Guatemala president threatens veto of abortion legislation, By Sonia Pérez D., Associated Press, March 10, 2022, 7:52 PM Two days after Guatemala’s congress passed a bill increasing sentences for women who terminate their pregnancies, prohibiting same-sex marriage and banning discussion of sexual diversity in schools, President Alejandro Giammattei asked the congress to pull it back or face his veto. It was a surprising reversal for the president. Late Tuesday — International Women’s Day — Guatemala’s Congress passed the “Protection of Life and Family” law by a wide margin. On Wednesday, which Guatemala’s Congress declared “Life and Family Day,” Giammattei said in a speech at the National Palace, “This event is an invitation to unite as Guatemalans to protect life from conception until natural death.” 6. Ortega regime expels Vatican representative from Nicaragua, By Inés San Martín, Crux, March 10, 2022 Closing itself off even more from the international community, the government of Daniel Ortega declared the papal representative to Nicaragua “persona non grata” and expelled him. Polish Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, the apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua, was forced to leave the country following his “de-facto expulsion” and is currently in Rome, Crux has been able to confirm. The nunciature published a short note on March 7 simply saying that the Polish prelate had “absented” from the country the previous day. The Vatican is expected to release a statement before the end of the week to clarify the circumstances of his departure, making it clear that he was expelled by the government and not called back by the Holy See.

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