1. Pope punishes leading critic Cardinal Burke in second action against conservative American prelates, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, November 28, 2023, 10:02 AM Pope Francis has punished one of his highest-ranking critics, Cardinal Raymond Burke, by yanking his right to a subsidized Vatican apartment and salary in the second such radical action against a conservative American prelate this month, according to two people briefed on the measures. Francis told a meeting of the heads of Vatican offices last week that he was moving against Burke because he was a source of “disunity” in the church, said one of the participants at the Nov. 20 meeting. The participant spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to reveal the contents of the encounter. Francis said he was removing Burke’s privileges of having a subsidized Vatican apartment and salary as a retired cardinal because he was using the privileges against the church, said another person who was subsequently briefed on the pope’s measures. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to reveal the details.  Twice, Burke has joined other conservative cardinals in issuing formal questions to the pontiff, known as “dubia,” asking him to clarify questions of doctrine that upset conservatives and traditionalists.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/11/28/vatican-cardinal-burke-conservatives-strickland/1fb695da-8dff-11ee-95e1-edd75d825df0_story.html__________________________________________________________ 2. Virginia Democrats go all in on abortion, Radical constitutional amendment would make it impossible to protect the unborn, By The Washington Times, November 28, 2023, Pg. B2, Editorial Democrats take full control of Virginia’s General Assembly on Jan. 10, and they’re not wasting time setting out their new agenda. House Joint Resolution 1 is a scheme that essentially rewrites the state constitution to say all Virginians have an inherent right to the enjoyment of life, liberty, property, happiness, and abortion on demand. The measure, pre-filed last week by House Majority Leader-designate Charniele Herring and state Sen. Jennifer Boysko, expands what are notionally abortion rights far beyond the status they ever had in the commonwealth under Roe v. Wade.  The amendment can take effect only if it passes the General Assembly by a majority vote in two consecutive legislative sessions, after which it would be placed on the ballot. It remains to be seen whether a majority of Virginia voters would endorse something so extreme. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/nov/27/editorial-virginia-democrats-go-all-in-on-abortion/__________________________________________________________ 3. Idaho to Supreme Court: Feds are trying to use emergency rooms as ‘federal enclave’ for abortions, By Alex Swoyer, The Washington Times, November 28, 2023, Pg. A2 Idaho asked the Supreme Court Monday to step in and let it enforce its pro-life law — enacted after the high court’s ruling last year ending a national right to abortion — over objections from the federal government. In a filing Monday, the state told the justices that a federal district court sided with the Biden administration after it sued the state over its pro-life law, Idaho’s Defense of Life Act, that was set to take effect in August 2022. Under the state legislation, abortion is permitted only to save the life of the mother. A physician who violates the law could serve more than two years in prison. The federal government, though, sued and pointed to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, arguing abortions must be performed under federal law in emergency rooms. The feds said the federal law, which mandates health care services be available to all in emergency rooms, usurped the state’s law.  Idaho, in its filing, said the lower court’s injunction turns the federal law into “a federal super-statute on the issue of abortion, one that strips Idaho of its sovereign interest in protecting innocent human life and turns emergency rooms into a federal enclave where state standards of care do not apply.”  https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/nov/27/idaho-asks-supreme-court-allow-it-enforce-its-pro-/__________________________________________________________ 4. Giorgia Meloni condemns vandalism of pro-life center in Rome, By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency, November 27, 2023, 12:49 PM Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has condemned the vandalism of a pro-life organization’s headquarters in Rome perpetrated during a protest to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Demonstrators threw smoke bombs, smashed windows, and spray-painted pro-abortion graffiti on the “Pro Vita & Famiglia” association’s main office in Rome on Saturday night despite the presence of Italian police at the protest. The vandalism occurred as thousands took to the streets in Italy’s capital for a march protesting violence against women.  Pro Vita & Famiglia (“Pro-Life and Family”) is an Italian nonprofit organization that helps organize Italy’s annual March for Life. The association’s headquarters were also vandalized during Rome’s LGBTQ Pride parade in June.  https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/256110/giorgia-meloni-condemns-vandalism-of-pro-life-center-in-rome__________________________________________________________

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