TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 232 – Servant of God Jérôme Lejeune & Large Families Becoming En Vogue? Jérôme Lejeune, known as the founder of modern genetics, did so much for children with Down syndrome, and now his foundation across the globe is continuing research to help those living with certain genetic disabilities–we chat with the president of theLejeune Foundation in Spain, Mónica López Barahona who also serves on the Pontifical Academy for Life. We also talk with Pablo Siegrist who works alongside Monica on several pro-life issues including the cause for canonization of Servant of God Jérôme Lejeune. We also dig into a recent Gallup poll survey that unearthed a desire for large families–it’s the highest it’s ever been since 1971! Father Roger Landry also offers an inspiring homily to prepare us for this Sunday’s Gospel. Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pmET on EWTN radio! 1. Texas sues Yelp over notices about crisis pregnancy centers, By Brendan Pierson, Reuters, September 29, 2023, 2:51 AM Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Yelp Inc (YELP.N) on Thursday for allegedly misleading consumers by posting notices on its business review website stating that crisis pregnancy centers provide limited medical services. In the lawsuit, filed in the district court of Bastrop County, Texas, Paxton, a Republican, accused the California-based company of violating a Texas law against unfair business practices. Crisis pregnancy centers offer pregnant women counseling while seeking to prevent them from having abortions.  In August 2022, Yelp began posting a notice on crisis pregnancy centers’ pages stating: “This is a Crisis Pregnancy Center. Crisis Pregnancy Centers typically provide limited medical services and may not have licensed medical professionals onsite.” In February, Paxton and other Republican state attorneys general told Yelp the notice was misleading because it was posted on pages of centers that did have licensed medical professionals. 2. New Hong Kong cardinal says Vatican’s China policy ‘not naïve’, By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, September 29, 2023 Cardinal-designate Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, who will receive his red hat from Pope Francis Saturday, has voiced his belief that the Vatican’s approach to dialogue with China is working, and that perceptions it is naïve are wrong. Chow also said he is happy that two bishops from mainland China will participate in the upcoming Synod of Bishops on Synodality, and sees it as progress in terms of Vatican-China relations. 3. Republicans seek to overturn Biden transgender rule they say would cut school lunches, By Tyler Arnold, Catholic News Agency, September 28, 2023, 11:05 AM Republican lawmakers are working to overturn a federal rule they say would punish schools that don’t follow the White House’s guidance on transgender protections by cutting funding for school meals. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated its anti-discrimination rules last year to prohibit discrimination based on a person’s transgender status. The new rule will apply to the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services and provide an avenue for transgender students to file discrimination complaints with the agency. Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, and Rep. Scott Franklin, R-Florida, filed resolutions in their respective legislative chambers to overturn this rule. Per the Congressional Review Act, Congress has the authority to eliminate the new rule if both chambers pass a resolution asserting congressional disapproval. 4. Indianapolis Colts owner donates $5 million to Catholic Charities to honor cousin, a nun, By Jonah McKeown, Catholic News Agency, September 28, 2023, 11:41 AM Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts football team, announced this week that he is donating $5 million to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago in honor of his late cousin, Sister Joyce Dura.  Irsay, a billionaire businessman who grew up in the Chicago area, praised his cousin’s service to others during her time as a religious sister.  “Sister Joyce spent a half-century giving back to others, so with this gift I only hope to emulate my dear cousin’s spirit, grace, and her commitment to our communities,” Irsay said as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.  Catholic Charities Chicago is the official charitable arm of the Church in the country’s third-largest city, which is home to more than 2 million Catholics. The organization said it serves more than 350,000 free meals each year to people in need. 5. New Hong Kong cardinal: Sharing ‘love of God,’ not conversions, goal of Church in China, By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency, September 28, 2023, 12:11 PM Cardinal-elect Stephen Chow said Thursday that evangelization in China today should focus on communicating the love of God “without the agenda of turning them into Catholics.” In an interview in Rome with CNA on Sept. 28, the bishop of Hong Kong, who will be made a cardinal in the consistory this weekend, spoke about his vision for evangelization in mainland China. “I think it is important that we say that Pope Francis made a distinction. Evangelization is really to help people to understand the love of God — and the love of God without the agenda of turning them into Catholics — because that shouldn’t be the focus, as that focus would be very restrictive,” Chow said. 6. The College of Cardinals 2023: Global, Diverse and Unpredictable, The College of Cardinals in 2023 is much different than the one that elected Francis to the papacy in 2013, By Matthew Bunson, National Catholic Register, September 28, 2023, Opinion As Pope Francis welcomes the latest members of the College of Cardinals — including 18 new electors eligible to vote in any prospective conclave — he continues to build on the work of his predecessors by making the college more international, even as he puts his personal stamp on its membership.  All together, the college in 2023 is more international, diverse and unpredictable than the one that elected Francis to the papacy in 2013. Certainly, there are committed progressive cardinals, but it is impossible to make sweeping assumptions about the ideological or theological tendencies of the whole body of globally far-flung electors. That makes predicting the outcome of a future conclave just as difficult, and while Francis may seem to have adopted an avant-garde approach to appointing his cardinal-electors, that very unpredictability may be exactly what he wants.Matthew Bunson is vice president and editorial director of EWTN News. For the past 20 years, Dr. Bunson has been active in the area of Catholic social communications and education, including writing, editing, and teaching on a variety of topics related to Church history, the papacy, the saints and Catholic culture. He is a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and the author or co-author of over 50 books, including: The Encyclopedia of Catholic History, The Pope Encyclopedia, We Have a Pope! Benedict XVI, The Saints Encyclopedia and best-selling biographies of St. Damien of Molokai and St. Kateri Tekakwitha. 7. Vatican bank claims $1m for reputational damage in financial trial, By The Pillar, September 28, 2023, 1:59 PM Lawyers for the Institute for Works of Religion asked judges Wednesday to fine defendants in the Vatican finance trial nearly one million euros, for damages to the bank’s reputation. The IOR, Vatican City’s only commercial bank, is a civil party to the case, pressing a lawsuit alongside Vatican City criminal prosecutors in the trial in which 10 former officials and investment advisors to the Secretariat of State are charged with financial crimes including extortion, fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering. Lawyers for the bank argued in court Sept. 27 that investments made and authorized by Cardinal Angelo Becciu, formerly sostituto at the Secretariat of State, were illegal, a misappropriation of Church funds, and had damaged both the IOR and Pope Francis.

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