TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 136 – Life-Saving Work of Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers & Archbishop Naumann on Praying for Dobbs! During this Thanksgiving week, Dr. Grazie Christie and co-host Leigh Snead look ahead to the most critical abortion case being heard by the Supreme Court next week revisiting with Dr. John Bruchalski discussing his powerful conversion and the role pro-life pregnancy centers play in offering women REAL choice. We also talk with Archbishop Naumann, chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities about the call for Catholics to pray for Dobbs! As Advent begins this weekend, Father Roger Landry also offers an inspiring homily to help us prepare our hearts and minds for this season. Listen every Saturday at 7amET/5pm ET on EWTN radio! 1. Elective Abortion Undermines Medicine’s Core Philosophy, By Grazie Pozo Christie, Newsweek, November 24, 2021, 6:00 AM, Opinion Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that will determine the fate of Mississippi’s ban on elective abortion after 15 weeks. Most of the arguments in support of Mississippi’s law focus on the obvious humanity of the child at that stage and the injustice of allowing their elective termination. But the state raises another important motive in its brief: protecting the integrity of the medical profession. Mississippi argues that the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992 inflicted “severe damage” on the medical profession. As a practicing physician whose youngest and most vulnerable patients are fetuses, I agree. It’s one reason that I joined two other female doctors—a neonatologist and an OB-GYN—in a friend of the court brief urging the Court to uphold Mississippi’s limit on elective abortions after 15 weeks of gestation.  Asking medical professionals to perform elective abortion right up until birth undermines the philosophy that undergirds and protects Western medicine: the Hippocratic tradition.  The state has a profound interest in protecting the integrity of the medical profession. Doing so also protects our patients—both mothers and their unborn children. The Hippocratic tradition calls on us to embrace both the mother and the child in our care, not to set them against each other. We help the baby as best we can to be born healthy and strong, and we help the mother adjust to the new little stranger temporarily sheltered inside of her. Through the practice of medicine and attentive accompaniment, by educating a mother about her growing child and what to expect on their journey together, we do our best to pull them both through safely. Grazie Pozo Christie, M.D. is a Senior Fellow for The Catholic Association. 2. Pope after US Christmas parade crash: May good overcome evil, By Associated Press, November 23, 2021, 1:40 PM Pope Francis sent his condolences Tuesday to the victims of the Christmas parade crash in Wisconsin that killed five people and said he was praying for “spiritual strength which triumphs over violence and overcomes evil with good.” The Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent the telegram of condolences on behalf of Francis to the archbishop of Milwaukee, Monsignor Jerome Listecki. Francis asked that those affected by the “tragic incident” know he is spiritually close to them, and called on “the Lord to bestow upon everyone the spiritual strength which triumphs over violence and overcomes evil with good.” 3. Defrocked Cardinal McCarrick named in sex abuse lawsuit, By David Porter, Associated Press, November 23, 2021, 5:41 PM Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is facing another sexual abuse lawsuit, from a man who claims McCarrick abused him in the 1980s in New Jersey. In the lawsuit filed in state court and announced Tuesday, Michael Reading alleged McCarrick engaged in sexual contact with him in 1986 while on a trip to the New Jersey shore, around the same time McCarrick ordained Reading as a priest.  In a videotaped statement, Reading said he wrote a letter to Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Newark, three years ago about the alleged abuse but never heard back. 4. US Bishops Snub Cardinal Mahony’s Puzzling Intervention, It is entirely likely that the lopsided vote in favor of the USCCB’s new Eucharistic document was produced in part by a reaction against Mahony’s unusual interview, published by Vatican News., By Father Raymond J. de Souza, National Catholic Register, November 23, 2021, Opinion At 85, and years removed from exercising influence or enjoying honor in the Catholic Church in the United States, Cardinal Roger Mahony returned briefly to the spotlight last week on the occasion of the USCCB plenary meeting in Baltimore. Cardinal Mahony sought to lend his prestige to those opposed to “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church,” a restating of Catholic doctrine on the sacrament at the heart of Catholic faith and life. It did not go well. The document passed nearly unanimously, 222-8. It is entirely likely that the lopsided vote was produced in part by a reaction against Cardinal Mahony’s unusual and puzzling intervention.  Given all of that, it was highly irregular that the official Vatican Media site published an interview with Cardinal Mahony, archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles, just as the plenary meeting was opening. Cardinal Mahony delivered a broadside attack on the document, saying that the U.S. bishops should not even be considering such a teaching document, despite a large majority vote in favor of the initiative at the last meeting in June. However the interview came to be, it was more than strange that the Vatican media operation would give a retired cardinal a platform to attack a conference initiative, precisely when that same conference has elected his successor, Archbishop José Gomez, as its president.  Even more extraordinary, the interview included Cardinal Mahony declaring himself “thrilled” at the statement by 60 pro-abortion Catholic members of Congress, all Democrats, denouncing the U.S. bishops’ vote in June 2021. That those same Democrats went on within months to pass the most extreme pro-abortion legislation in American history made it peculiar that Cardinal Mahony would praise them now. Had he had any doubts about the value of the House Democrats’ call for “dialogue,” Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary of Los Angeles, addressed that back in June, as well, pointing out that the 60 representatives will not even support legislation protecting the lives of babies who somehow survive an abortion attempt.  The U.S. bishops are all too aware of Cardinal Mahony’s delicate relationship with Archbishop Gomez. In 2013, when investigative reports revealed that Cardinal Mahony had a lamentable record on sexual-abuse cases going back decades, Archbishop Gomez declared that Cardinal Mahony would no longer have any “administrative or public duties” in Los Angeles. While the limiting of his public duties was not formalized — only the Holy Father can sanction a cardinal — it was as dramatic a declaration of non-confidence as one could expect.  Every American bishop knows that there is an informal deal on offer from the elite media. Adopt some liberal political positions, soft-pedal the Church’s more counter-cultural teachings, declare oneself “thrilled” with Democratic politicians — and you will get a pass on sexual-abuse cases. That’s why Cardinal Mahony escaped relatively unscathed in the court of public opinion as compared to Cardinal Bernard Law. He could not escape all consequences, though, and Cardinal Mahony’s brother bishops were likely not surprised that he would try to return to the spotlight by praising the pro-abortion Democrats who so often were his allies. The bishops were not impressed. At the next gathering of the House Democrats, Cardinal Mahony will certainly be welcome. He may even be feted. If there are any relevant resolutions to consider, his position would certainly get more than eight votes. Father Raymond J. de Souza is the founding editor of Convivium magazine. 5. City of Philadelphia to pay $2 million to Catholic foster care agency in settlement, By Christine Rousselle, Catholic News Agency, November 23, 2021, 4:08 PM The city of Philadelphia will pay Catholic Social Services a $2 million settlement and reinstate their foster care contract after the Supreme Court unanimously found in June that the city had discriminated against the group due to their religious beliefs. Most of the money will be used to pay Catholic Social Services’ [CSS] legal fees, and CSS will receive $56,000. As part of the settlement, CSS will be exempt from Philadelphia’s nondiscrimination ordinance, and will receive a contract for $350,000 for foster care. Additionally, CSS will have to state on its website that, while it does not work with same-sex couples, it will refer them to an organization that will.

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