Human Rights in Foreign Policy, the Seal of Confession and the Amazon Synod

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Currents News Staff

On July 7, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained the decision behind his newly announced Commission on Unalienable Rights, which will review the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy. 

Critics are afraid this could be the Trump administration’s way of pulling back on protections for minority groups. 

On July 8, a California bill that would have required priests to violate the seal of the confessional died in committee. 

The controversial legislation would have had far reaching implications for Catholics in the state and beyond.

Looking ahead towards October 2019, the Vatican’s upcoming meeting of bishops from the Amazon region is already creating controversy among U.S. bishops. 

At the likely heart of the fall meeting is a proposal that in some cases, married men could be ordained to the priesthood. what can you tell us about the proposal?

National correspondent for The Tablet and Crux, Christopher White, joins us to discuss these pressing human rights issues and what implications these changes could carry on a global scale.