TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 127 – Chelsey Youman Of Human Coalition & Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse On Texas Heartbeat Act

Dr. Grazie Christie and TCA colleagues Maureen Ferguson and Ashley McGuire join to flesh out the Texas Heartbeat Act. Dr. Jennifer Roback-Morse of the Ruth Institute assesses why so many companies are hysterical over it–openly admitting how integral abortion is to their bottom line. Then we look to the real ongoing work at hand by so many pro-life pregnancy centers opening their arms and doors to women anxious to become mothers and build families. Chelsey Youman of Human Coalition joins with a look at the spike these centers are seeing as real choice is being offered. Father Roger Landry also offers a poignant homily to prepare us for this Sunday’s Gospel. Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pm ET on EWTN radio!

1. Pelosi hits back at archbishop who called abortion bill ‘child sacrifice’, By Kerry Picket, The Washington Times, September 24, 2021, Pg. A2

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out Thursday at comments by the Archbishop of San Francisco, who said Catholics backing legislation to codify Roe v. Wade are supporting nothing more than “child sacrifice.”

“I’m Catholic. I come from a pro-life family, not active in that regard, different in their view of a woman’s right to choose,” said Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat. “And I am in my right to choose. I have five children.”

San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said of the bill, “This proposed legislation is nothing short of child sacrifice, and clearly in reaction, among other things, to the recently passed Texas Heartbeat bill.”

He said the measure “is surely the type of legislation one would expect from a devout Satanist, not a devout Catholic.”

Mrs. Pelosi said, “The Archbishop of the city, that area — San Francisco — and I had a disagreement about who should decide this. I believe that God has given us a free will to honor our responsibilities.”

“For us, [having a child] was a complete and total blessing, which we enjoy every day of our lives, but it’s not our business how other people choose the size and timing of their family,” Mrs. Pelosi said.

2. Cardinal Pell says he ‘underestimated’ opponents to his Vatican financial reform attempts, By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, September 24, 2021

Australian Cardinal George Pell has again spoken out about his attempted reform efforts of the Holy See’s finances while he was still head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, saying he underestimated those who resisted his decisions.

“I underestimated the ingenuity and resilience of the opponents of reform,” Pell said during a Sept. 23 webinar organized by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, adding, “they didn’t like change, they didn’t understand what was being proposed.”

There was also “certainly opposition from people linked to corruption,” he said, although he did not give names.

Asked if he would have done things differently in hindsight, Pell said he believes “we made a major mistake when the auditors were fired, and when Libero Milone was sacked.”

Although he said he never approved of these measures, “perhaps I should have pushed farther on that.”

3. Pro-Life Leaders Call Out Uma Thurman: Her Abortion Story a ‘Glossy Hollywood Cover for Men that Abuse Women for Sex’, By Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart, September 23, 2021

In an op-ed Monday at the Washington Post, Uma Thurman recounted the story of an abortion she had in her “late teens” in an attempt to condemn the Texas Heartbeat Act, which went into effect September 1 and prohibits abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Ashley McGuire, senior fellow with The Catholic Association, especially tuned into Thurman’s description of having been “accidentally impregnated by a much older man.”

“Usually when a ‘much older man’ ‘accidentally impregnates’ a minor we call it ‘statutory rape,’” McGuire observed. “Thurman’s story both helps to normalize statutory rape and provides glossy Hollywood cover for men that use and abuse women for sex because they have abortion as an out.”

“In no way does this empower women,” she asserted. “Rather it empowers their abusers.”

4. Boy Scouts’ bankruptcy creates rift with religious partners, By David Crary, Associated Press, September 23, 2021

Amid the Boy Scouts of America’s complex bankruptcy case, there is worsening friction between the BSA and the major religious groups that help it run thousands of scout units. At issue: the churches’ fears that an eventual settlement — while protecting the BSA from future sex-abuse lawsuits — could leave many churches unprotected.

Everett Cygal, a lawyer for Catholic churches monitoring the case, said it is unfair that parishes now face liability “solely as a result of misconduct by Boy Scout troop leaders who frequently had no connection to the parish.”

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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