TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 98 – Ryan Anderson On Digital Book-Burning & Rescuing Vocations With Elizabeth Santorum
Dr. Grazie Christie and Maureen Ferguson chat with the latest victim of Cancel Culture, Ryan Anderson who discusses Amazon’s recent assault on free speech with the removal of his highly respected transgender critique, ‘When Harry Became Sally’. We also chat with Elizabeth Santorum about the Laboure Society and their mission to rescue vocations–helping those with a calling to get out of financial student debt–so they can lead heroic and saintly lives. Stay tuned til the end to hear Father Roger Landry’s thought-provoking homily during this Lenten season. Catch the show every Saturday at 7am ET/5pmET on EWTN radio!
1. Amid pandemic, pope goes to Iraq to rally fading Christians, By Nicole Winfield and Samya Kullab, Associated Press, March 5, 2021
Pope Francis heads to Iraq on Friday to urge the country’s dwindling number of Christians to stay put and help rebuild the country after years of war and persecution, brushing aside the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns to make his first-ever papal visit.
Iraqis were keen to welcome him and the global attention his visit will bring, with banners and posters hanging high in central Baghdad, and billboards depicting Francis with the slogan “We are all Brothers” decorating the main thoroughfare. In central Tahrir square, a mock tree was erected emblazoned with the Vatican emblem, while Iraqi and Vatican flags lined empty streets.

In Iraq, Francis is seeking to not only honor its martyrs but deliver a message of reconciliation and fraternity. That’s a tough sell given the few Christians who remain in Iraq harbor a lingering mistrust of their Muslim neighbors and face structural discrimination that long predated IS and the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that threw the country into chaos.
2. Bishop Rhoades: Latest COVID-19 vaccine can be used in good conscience, By Catholic News Service, March 4, 2021
In a new video, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine reiterated that use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine “can be used in good moral conscience.”
“There’s no moral need to turn down a vaccine, including the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is morally acceptable to use,” Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, said in a two-minute video posted on YouTube March 4.
The bishop cited an earlier Vatican statement that “has made clear that all the COVID vaccines recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience.”
3. Cardinal Tobin appointed member of Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, By Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency, March 4, 2021, 10:00 AM
Pope Francis on Thursday appointed the archbishop of Newark, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, a member of the Congregation for Bishops.
Pope Francis also named Cardinal Sérgio da Rocha, archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, a member of the same 25-member Vatican congregation.
As a member, Cardinal Tobin joins another American, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., was also a member of the Congregation for Bishops until aging out in November 2020 at the age of 80.
The Congregation for Bishops is responsible for overseeing the selection and appointment of bishops. It also deals with the erection and suppression of dioceses, oversight of bishops, and the preparation for and response to bishops’ ad limina visits to Rome.

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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