On the anniversary of Dobbs v. Jackson, the 2022 Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, 30 Catholic Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives signed a statement vowing to support abortion rights in the name of human rights and invoking the words of Pope St. John Paul II. Gus reacts to that and invites listeners to call in and share their thoughts.
Later, Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor-at-large at National Review, calls in to talk about the one-year anniversary of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision and what has happened since then. We've seen some states reduce access to abortion and we've seen several expand it. And, in the middle of it all are politicians seeking to exploit the issue. KJL gives her take and where she sees this all going.
And Gus goes over some Catholic News/Notes about two U.S. Catholic bishops. First, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Knoxville, Tennessee Bishop Richard Stika. The 65-year-old prelate is the subject of a Vatican investigation for mismanagement of allegations of sexual misconduct and assault allegations in his diocese. Also, Tyler, Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland is also under a Vatican investigation, ordered by Pope Francis, but the reasons are unclear. Bishop Strickland has a strong presence on social media and has been outspoken about things like abortion, Catholic politicians who support it as well as some of the more controversial topics being discussed at the upcoming Synod on Synodality.