Gus reads a recent quote Pope Francis made while visiting African Jesuits in Mozambique. During a Q&A, the pope responded to a question posed by Fr. Lucas Joaquim Biriate. He asked the holy father how priests can avoid falling into clericalism during formation for priestly ministry. The pope responded by saying, "Clericalism has a direct consequence in rigidity." He then asked, "Have you never seen young priests all stiff in black cassocks and hats in the shape of Saturn on their heads? Behind all the rigid clericalism there are serious problems." Gus was a bit taken aback by the statements. It seemed to be a very judgmental generalization from the "Who am I to judge" pope, as if the clothing makes the man. Clericalism is obviously a problem that needs to be addressed but it's mostly in priests and bishops covering up for others and not so much priests in cassocks. Gus asks listeners what they made of the pope's statement.
Also, Gus goes over a news item out of the state of Michigan where a judge ruled in favor of St. Vincent Catholic Charities and their practice of not adopting to same-sex couples and receive state funds. Judge Robert Jonker ruled that Catholic Charities is not being discriminatory by referring same-sex couples to other adoption agencies who can better assist them. Back in the general election of 2018, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel went off on Catholic Charities and the law that allows them to continue facilitating adoptions, calling it "discriminatory" and those who support it as "hate mongers who disliked gay people more than they care about children." Gus, in turn, went off on Nessel, pointing out that states who barred Catholic Charities, and other faith-based adoption agencies who refuse to adopt to same-sex couples, saw a precipitous drop in the number of adoptions. Gus says if Dana Nessel and people like her truly put the children first, she wouldn't attempt to make laws that would decrease the number of adoptions.