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Catholic Connection – October 3, 2023 – Hr 2

Moral theologian Dr. Pia de Solenni joins Teresa to discuss what’s in play at the Synod on Synodality. Lori Windham at Becket shares the good news for faith-based foster care in South Carolina.




Segment 1 – Intro and News


Segment 2 & 3 – What’s in Play at the Synod on Synodality?
“As the Vatican prepared to welcome participants of the Synod on Synodality, Pope Francis seemed to acknowledge that the gathering he initiated to bring the Church together into fruitful dialogue has amplified intense divisions in the body of Christ. This month he repeatedly has called for a ‘synodal atmosphere’ imbued with a ‘spirit of prayer’ rather than ‘political chatter’ full of ‘ideologies’ that divide the faithful. The synod, he has said, is ‘an exchange between brothers and sisters,’ and ‘the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.'”  Read more from Dr. Pia on his here and here.

An ethicist and theologian, Dr. Pia de Solenni is an expert on life issues, issues relating to women’s health, the new feminism, and culture. After graduating from Thomas Aquinas College, she earned a Sacred Theology Baccalaureate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) and a Sacred Theology Doctorate, summa cum laude, from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.


Segment 4 – Major victories for faith-based foster care in South Carolina
“A federal court on Friday upheld South Carolina’s decision to do the right thing: continue partnering with faith-based foster care ministries that provide loving homes for children. In Rogers v. Health and Human Services and Maddonna v. Health and Human Services, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State sued Governor Henry McMaster to try to stop the state from working with religious foster agencies. On Friday, a federal court shut down these attempts to shutter faith-based foster care, rejecting challenges to South Carolina’s efforts to protect children in foster care and the families who serve them. These decisions will make it easier for all foster families in South Carolina to find an agency that meets their unique needs and for more foster children to find loving homes.”

Lori Windham is vice president and senior counsel at Becket, where she has represented clients on cutting-edge religious freedom issues since 2005. She has represented parties before the Supreme Court, arguing Becket’s unanimous victory on behalf of foster families in Fulton v. Philadelphia, as well as working with the Becket team on its Supreme Court victories in Hosanna-Tabor, Hobby Lobby, and Little Sisters of the Poor. She won a victory for the world’s largest religious media network in EWTN v. Azar, staving off millions of dollars in government fines under unlawful the HHS mandate.




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