TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 202 – Louis Brown on FDA’s Deception about Abortion Pills & Lessons from the School of Love! As secular outlets tout the abortion pill as “safe and effective” following recent FDA guidelines that relaxed rules on dispensing these harmful drugs, Louis Brown of Christ Medicus Foundation joins to discuss the real dangers about them–and why they should never be under the umbrella of “women’s health.” With marriage in a sharp decline, Peter and Debbie Herbeck share their own story discussing a new book they wrote together: Lessons from the School of Love: Cultivating a Christ-Centered MarriageFather Roger Landry also offers an inspiring homily for this Sunday’s Gospel. Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pmET on EWTN radio! 1. Walgreens won’t distribute abortion pills in some states where they remain legal, The decision is the latest to demonstrate how widely abortion access can vary state to state in a post-Roe America., By Alice Miranda Ollstein, Politico, March 2, 2023, 7:17 PM The nation’s second-largest pharmacy chain confirmed Thursday that it will not dispense abortion pills in several states where they remain legal — acting out of an abundance of caution amid a shifting policy landscape, threats from state officials and pressure from anti-abortion activists. Nearly two dozen Republican state attorneys general wrote to Walgreens in February, threatening legal action if the company began distributing the drugs, which have become the nation’s most popular method for ending a pregnancy. The company told POLITICO that it has since responded to all the officials, assuring them that they will not dispense abortion pills either by mail or at their brick-and-mortar locations in those states. The list includes several states where abortion in general, and the medications specifically, remain legal — including Alaska, Iowa, Kansas and Montana. For example, Kansas’ law that patients only obtain the pills directly from a physician is blocked in court. 2. Eric Adams wades into church-state quicksand, By Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post, March 2, 2023, 10:00 AM, Opinion At an interfaith breakfast on Tuesday, New York Mayor Eric Adams (D) shocked many in the audience when he suggested guns came into schools when “we took prayers out of schools.” (One has to wonder whether any public official should really proselytize at such affairs.) It got dicier from there. Adams declared: [“] Don’t tell me about no separation of church and state. State is the body. Church is the heart. You take the heart out of the body, the body dies. I can’t separate my belief because I’m an elected official. [”]  The issue is not academic. American women have watched in horror as a partisan Supreme Court turned a sectarian principle (personhood begins at conception) into deprivation of constitutional rights. MAGA politicians across the country are deploying faith as the rationale for silencing LGBTQ voices and banning medical treatment for transgender youths. (In his plan to “rescue America,” Sen. Rick Scott of Florida declared: “The nuclear family is crucial to civilization, it is God’s design for humanity, and it must be protected and celebrated. … Men and women are biologically different, ‘male and female He created them.’ ”) Given these attacks on the American creed, New Yorkers have to be flabbergasted to hear their mayor proclaim: “Don’t tell me about no separation of church and state.” Adams’s alarming remarks can only give aid and comfort to right-wing Christian nationalists on the march, helping their odious effort to redefine America. New Yorkers certainly didn’t sign up for a mayor like this. 3. Adams’s View On Church And State Creates Stir, By Dana Rubinstein, The New York Times, March 1, 2023, Pg. A10 The annual interfaith breakfast hosted on Tuesday by Mayor Eric Adams began normally enough. A choir sang a rousing rendition of “My Country ’Tis of Thee.” A rabbi spoke. So did Buddhist and Muslim leaders. And then things started to get surreal. The mayor’s closest aide, Ingrid Lewis-Martin, took the stage to declare that the Adams administration “doesn’t believe” in the separation of church and state, characterizing the mayor of New York City as “definitely one of the chosen” as she introduced him. Mr. Adams clearly had no issue with how Ms. Lewis-Martin, a chaplain, described his views. “Ingrid was so right,” Mr. Adams said, to the astonishment of some of the religious leaders who filled the New York Public Library’s glass-domed reception hall on Fifth Avenue. “Don’t tell me about no separation of church and state. State is the body. Church is the heart. You take the heart out of the body, the body dies.” “I can’t separate my belief because I’m an elected official,” he continued, over scattered applause.  At another point, Mr. Adams seemed to suggest that it was a mistake for the Supreme Court to ban mandated prayer in public schools, as it did in 1962. “When we took prayers out of schools, guns came into schools,” he said. 4. Pope Francis raises cardinals’ rent over ‘economic crisis’, Pope Francis has ended the practice of giving cardinals and senior curial staff free or subsidized accommodation in Vatican-owned properties., By The Pillar, March 1, 2023, 4:29 PM Pope Francis has ended the practice of giving cardinals and senior curial staff free or subsidized accommodation in Vatican-owned properties. The move comes amid a serious financial crisis for the Vatican, and after salary cuts to Vatican officials and cardinals. The decision has faced pushback from Vatican prefects, whom Pope Francis rebuffed with a law on financial management issued last week. The change to subsidized apartment policies, which was quietly announced this week but approved by Francis last month, came in response to an “economic crisis” for the Holy See and encountered considerable resistance from senior Vatican officials. Effective immediately, cardinals, prefects of dicasteries, presidents of Vatican bodies, as well as senior curial staffers will have to pay normal market rates for accommodation in Vatican-owned properties and rent of apartments in Vatican buildings.

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