TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 187 – Dr. Scott Hahn Talks Holy Is His Name & Elizabeth Kirk on Adoption After Dobbs! Dr. Scott Hahn joins to discuss his new book: Holy is His Name: The Transforming Power of God’s Holiness in Scripture, chronicling the definition of holiness and its history as we are called to sainthood. Marking National Adoption Month, Professor Elizabeth Kirk joins to discuss how the landscape has changed post-Dobbs-and why every child deserves the love of a family. Father Roger Landry also offers inspiring homily for Christ the King Sunday. Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pmET on EWTN radio! 1. Maryland probe finds 158 abusive priests, over 600 victims, By Brian Witte, Associated Press, November 18, 2022 An investigation by Maryland’s attorney general identified 158 Roman Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Baltimore who have been accused of sexually and physically abusing more than 600 victims over the past 80 years, according to court records filed Thursday. Attorney General Brian Frosh announced that his office has completed a 463-page report on the investigation, which began in 2019. He filed a motion in Baltimore Circuit Court to make the report public. Court permission is required because the report contains information from grand jury subpoenas. It’s unclear when the court will make a decision.  The report, titled “Clergy Abuse in Maryland,” identifies 115 priests who were prosecuted for sex abuse and/or identified publicly by the archdiocese as having been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. It also includes an additional 43 priests accused of sexual abuse but not identified publicly by the archdiocese, the court filing said. 2. Vatican prosecutors reject former auditor’s $9.6 million lawsuit, By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, November 18, 2022 Just a week after the Vatican’s first auditor general and his deputy filed a $9.6 million lawsuit for wrongful dismissal when they were fired just two years into their mandate, the Vatican’s tribunal rejected the claim. Speaking to journalists Nov. 17, Libero Milone, the Vatican’s first auditor general who appointed in 2015 and fired in 2017 along with his deputy Ferruccio Panicco, told journalists Thursday that a week after filing their suit, it was “rejected” by Vatican Promoter of Justice Alessandro Diddi. 3. Bishops look at ways to expand how they pass on Catholic faith, By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service, November 18, 2022 As teachers of the faith, Catholic bishops recognize that their role continues to expand in the modern world. And to help them with this work, they have established an outreach called the Institute on the Catechism, introduced last year by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, chairman of the bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catechism. Caggiano, the subcommittee’s outgoing chairman, who gave the bishops an update on this effort Nov. 16 during their annual fall general assembly, said the institute launched its first gathering Nov. 10-12 in Baltimore in a time of formation, listening and discernment. The gathering, which he described as the “synodal nature of the church at its best,” involved 106 participants from 24 dioceses and included 15 bishops. He said he hopes that next year even more will join in this work inspired by the Holy Spirit. The subcommittee, which was formed more than 28 years ago to review catechetical texts, is taking on a new role to review more quickly digital resources being used now to spread the faith and to also look at other ways to creatively pass on the faith in a world often against spirituality. 4. Georgia abortion providers wary after court strikes down ban, By Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press, November 17, 2022, 4:41 PM Abortion providers in Georgia resumed performing the procedure beyond six weeks of pregnancy this week after a judge threw out the state’s abortion ban. But some said they are moving cautiously amid an ongoing legal fight that could just as quickly restore the restrictions. Phone calls to the carafem clinic in Atlanta surged starting Tuesday, when the judge’s ruling came out. The clinic resumed providing abortions up to 13 weeks of pregnancy on Wednesday, but staff has cautioned patients that the situation is “tenuous,” chief operations officer Melissa Grant said.  Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ruled Tuesday that the state’s abortion ban was invalid because when it was signed into law in 2019, U.S. Supreme Court precedent under Roe. v. Wade and another ruling allowed abortion well past six weeks. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by groups including carafem, the Feminist Women’s Health Center and Planned Parenthood Southeast. 5. Mental crises excluded from some state abortion exemptions, By Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press, November 17, 2022, 8:24 PM Mental health advocates say there’s a cruel quirk in abortion bans in several states: There are exemptions for life-threatening emergencies, but psychiatric crises don’t count.  Abortion crackdowns enacted or enforced since Roe v. Wade was overturned in June illustrate the dichotomy. In at least eight states that allow exemptions for life-threatening conditions, physical health is the focus. The mother’s mental health is not included. Some of these exemptions are murkily written. Others are explicit. Laws in Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia specify that medical emergencies don’t include suicide threats. A county judge’s ruling overturning Georgia’s law on Tuesday is being appealed. Florida’s exemption includes life-threatening illnesses “other than a psychological condition.” Some abortion foes say the laws are intended to keep women from faking mental illness to get doctors to end their pregnancies. 6. U.S. bishops say religious freedom protections in same-sex marriage bill are ‘insufficient’, By Jonah McKeown, Catholic News Agency, November 17, 2022, 5:00 PM Following the advancement of a bill yesterday in the U.S. Senate to federally recognize same-sex marriages, the nation’s Catholic bishops reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on marriage. They also “expressed concerns that the legislation could lead to discrimination against individuals who hold to a traditional view of marriage.” “The Catholic Church will always uphold the unique meaning of marriage as a lifelong, exclusive union of one man and one woman,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, said in a Nov. 17 statement “In doing so, we are joined by millions of what the Obergefell Court called ‘reasonable and sincere’ Americans — both religious and secular — who share this time-honored understanding of the truth and beauty of marriage,” Dolan continued, referencing the 2015 Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. 7. German bishops meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican amid concern over Synodal Way, By AC Wimmer, Catholic News Agency, November 17, 2022, 7:52 AM Pope Francis received the German bishops at the Vatican on Thursday. The audience with Pope Francis lasted about two hours, the German Bishops’ Conference said in a statement published after the encounter, describing the meeting as an “open round of talks” in which “the bishops were able to raise their questions and issues, and the pope answered them individually.” The statement briefly mentioned that “aspects of the Synodal Way of the Church in Germany, and the worldwide synodal process also came up in the conversation.”  As CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner, reported, the press release also said that the pontiff and the bishops exchanged “reflections on pastoral care in changed times,” “the self-understanding of the priestly and episcopal ministry, the commitment of laypeople in the Church, as well as the challenge of how evangelization can succeed in the context of a secular world.”

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