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February 22, 2002

February 22, 2002 Volume 11 t Number 23

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S e r v i n g C a t h o l i c s in Western North Carolina in the Diocese of Charlotte

Tribute to the first bishop of the diocese

Catechists refresh their faith at Oasis retreat

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Participants discuss strategy for black Catholics

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Local News “Dead Man Walking” author brings crusade to diverse gathering

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Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, USCCB president, speaks out on clergy abuse cases

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Every Week Entertainment ...Pages 6-7

Editorials & Columns ...Pages 8-9

Humility always radiates the greatness and glory of God. Through humility we grow in love. Humility is the beginning of sanctity. — Mother Teresa

Msgr. Joseph Showfety, homilist for the funeral Mass of Bishop Michael J. Begley said, “He was really a man of prayer. He was focused on his work but always as the shepherd of the diocese. He wanted the diocese to go forward and initiated many programs for this purpose. Early on, he began pastoral planning for the diocese looking to include the laity more ... He formed all of the councils in the diocese and worked with the many groups giving them all the time that was needed. There was moderate growth in those days, and the aim was to open a new parish each year. I never understood how he found time for all that he did.”

Program enABLEs economic development By Joanita M. Nellenbach Correspondent MURPHY — Todd Wood drives the pickup truck to the high pasture, stopping twice so his father, John, can get out to let down the wire barriers across the rutted dirt lane. They pull up near the site of the family’s original home place, marked now by a chimney and two stone doorsteps. About 12 head of cattle come trotting up the hill to the trough Todd fills with protein feed. The cattle pushing for places at the trough include the five gleaming black Angus-Gelbvieh heifers Todd Wood bought with money he saved through ABLE, a program sponsored by the Charlotte Diocese’s Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) in Murphy. The heifers will help Wood build a better herd and a more promising economic future. “See, there was no way I could

have bought good quality ones without this program,” Wood said. “I could have bought some sorry ones, but not that quality. I’m proud of them.” The ABLE (Assets Building Long-Term Equity) Matched Savings Program, administered by the OEO, is designed for low-income people in Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Swain counties who want to improve or start small businesses, buy homes, or obtain more education. “These three areas are crucial in the overall economic development of this community,” the ABLE brochure states. “This region is being forced to make an adjustment from a traditional wage labor economy to a serviceoriented ‘9 to 5’ career track. Without some assistance through this transition period, families are left behind.” The “adjustment” is “forced” by the fact that there is little industry in the four counties. There’s even less

since December, when VF Corp. in Andrews, in Cherokee County, closed and put more than 500 people out of work. The OEO is trying to improve the situation. Located in the Bishop Begley Center for Economic Development, named for the first bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte, OEO is a project of the diocese’s Catholic Social Services’ Office of Justice and Peace. Melissa Block was OEO director when she initiated ABLE with help from Joanne Kennedy Frazer, former diocesan director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. “It’s been very popular throughout the country,” Block said of ABLE. “Joanne Frazer had read up on the concept and wanted to do it.” ABLE started with $10,000 from the diocese and a grant from the Duke Endowment. The program received

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2 The Catholic News & Herald about the children of God. I thank you for welcoming us as brothers and sisters.” Winner of the 1984 Nobel Prize for Peace for his efforts to overcome apartheid, Archbishop Tutu was in Salt Lake City for the early days of the 2002 Winter Olympics. He was one of eight people to carry the Olympic flag in the opening ceremonies Feb. 8. The Nobel laureate said that, when apartheid was at its worst, people in the United States lifted up the people of South Africa. “That is very much why we are a free and democratic country today — largely because you supported us,” he said. “It is very much like the rings of the Olympic flag — interlocked. We are bound together, we are family,” the archbishop said. “Isn’t that fantastic?” New film rekindles debate on Pope Pius XII’s role during Holocaust ROME (CNS) — The long-awaited debut of a film about the Vatican and World War II has rekindled an acrimonious debate over the role of Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust. The film, titled “Amen,” opened at the Berlin Film Festival in mid-February. Directed by Constantin Costa-Gavras, the film tells the story of a Nazi officer who tries to alert the outside world to the mass killings of Jews. In this fictional account his appeal gets through to the Vatican, but the pope takes no action. Church officials strongly reject the film’s implicit allegation that Pope Pius XII remained silent or did little

Hispanics must take lead in welcoming immigrants, says Cuban bishop MIAMI (CNS) — A Cuban bishop in Miami for meetings with the Cuban exile community urged south Florida’s Hispanics to be the first to embrace the thousands of immigrants from Cuba and the other nations of Latin America. “You can’t ask the North American church, which has a different culture, to understand Hispanics if Hispanic Catholics themselves don’t do it first,” said Bishop Dionisio Garcia Ibanez. “Catholics must help each other,” he said, “so that our brothers and sisters will find here a community that welcomes them, a church that understands them, that is open to their needs and also to their expectations. I think we, as Hispanics, have the foremost responsibility for doing this.” The head of the Diocese of Santisimo Salvador de Bayamo y Manzanillo in eastern Cuba spoke with The Florida Catholic, newspaper of the Miami Archdiocese, in between early February meetings with Cuban exile priests and laity. Archbishop Tutu says human family is interlocked like Olympic rings SALT LAKE CITY (CNS) — Half a world from South Africa, Utah’s Episcopal community welcomed retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu to St. Mark’s Cathedral Feb. 10. “We are more than 10,000 miles away from home, but we are home,” he said. “That’s the great thing

Episcopal February 22, 2002 Volume 11 • Number 23 Publisher: Most Reverend William G. Curlin Editor: Joann S. Keane Associate Editor: Kevin E. Murray Staff Writer: Alesha M. Price Graphic Designer: Tim Faragher Advertising Representative: Cindi Feerick Secretary: Sherill Beason 1123 South Church St., Charlotte, NC 28203 Mail: P.O. Box 37267, Charlotte, NC 28237 Phone: (704) 370-3333 FAX: (704) 370-3382 E-mail: catholicnews@charlottediocese.org The Catholic News & Herald, USPC 007-393, is published by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, 1123 South Church St., Charlotte, NC 28203, 44 times a year, weekly except for Christmas week and Easter week and every two weeks during June, July and August for $15 per year for enrollees in parishes of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte and $18 per year for all other subscribers. Second-class postage paid at Charlotte NC and other cities. POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to The Catholic News & Herald, P.O. Box 37267, Charlotte, NC 28237.

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Bishop William G. Curlin will take part in the following events: March 9 — 10 a.m. Keynote address Gospel of Life Conference St. Mark, Huntersville March 10 — 10 a.m. Boy Scouts Catholic Camporee Mass Camp Ravensknob, Mount Airy 3 p.m. Dedication of Sister L. John Meehan Center Hayesville March 12 — 6 p.m. Grace Award Dinner Belmont Abbey College, Belmont March 16 — 9 a.m.-noon Day of spiritual renewal Pastoral Center, Charlotte

to stop the Holocaust. They say the wartime pontiff worked behind the scenes to protect thousands of Jews and save them from deportation. Diocese names 14 priests accused of sexual abuse of minors MANCHESTER, N.H. (CNS)— Saying no priest who has sexually abused a minor can be placed in active ministry, Bishop John B. McCormack of Manchester announced Feb. 15 that he has put one parish priest on leave and has barred six retired or sick priests from all ministry because of “credible allegations” against them. The bishop also released the names of seven suspended or retired

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briel Arthritis Support and Education Group in association with the Arthritis Foundation will be sponsoring a free seminar on osteo and rheumatoid arthritis tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 3016 Providence Rd. Drs. Ahmad Kashif and Gary Maniloff, rheumatologists, will be conducting the session. For required pre-registration and other information, call the church office at (704) 364-5431. 6 CHARLOTTE — The Happy Timers of St. Ann Church, 3635 Park Rd., will be having a meeting with a luncheon and program at 1 p.m. in the parish activity center. The Rince Na h’Eireann Irish Dancers will be performing at today’s meeting. All adults age 55 and older are welcome. For more information about the group or bingo held every Monday night at 7:30 p.m., call Charles Nesto at (704) 398-0879.

priests who have been banned from active ministry since the time of sexual abuse allegations against them. He said the alleged occurrences date from 1963-87, but he did not release specific dates or details. Bishop McCormack — who also chairs the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse — was the third New England bishop in two weeks to follow the lead of Boston’s Cardinal Bernard F. Law in tightening up diocesan rules against priests accused of having sexually abused minors. Apologists headline evangelization conference for 3,500

7 GUILFORD COUNTY — The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Guilford County Division 1, an IrishCatholic social and charitable interparish group, will be having a meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Ladies’ Cottage at Our Lady of Grace Church, 2205 West Market St. in Greensboro. For further information, call Alice Schmidt at (336) 288-0983. 9 CHARLOTTE — The Emerald Ball is being held at the Adams Mark Hotel tonight from 8-11 p.m. Bagpipers, the Federals Irish and Blues Band, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be featured. For further information, call Lynda Dyer Hart at (704) 5426846. 9 GREENSBORO — All are invited to the Shamrock Social to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Our Lady of Grace School Gym, 2205 W. Market St., from 7:30-11:30 p.m. tonight. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be included. For more details about this opportunity for fun, fellowship and dancing, call Laurie Benko at


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“Dead Man Walking” author brings crusade to diverse By Rev. Mr. Gerald Potkay Correspondent WINSTON-SALEM — Anti-death penalty advocate Sister of St. Joseph Helen Prejean spoke at Wake Forest University Feb. 12. A diverse crowd of over 300 including Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians and the Church of Christian Brethren Christians gathered from across the state to hear the Catholic nun give her personal experiences leading to a conversion of heart and living the “Sermon on the Mount.” Born in Baton Rouge, La., Sister Helen described herself as a poor little rich kid with a lawyer for a father. She received the privilege of a good education, which “puts you on that step of the ladder above the level of poverty and the violence associated with it,” she said. There were 10 housing developments near where she had lived, but she had never visited any of them. “It is in those areas that when a mother hears a gunshots, she immediately

runs and checks on her children,” she explained. After joining the Sisters of St. Joseph, she lived among the poor to serve in whatever capacity God would lead her. “Sister Helen’s openness to the poor enabled her to widen her vision of the need to be with God’s people where they are and to minister to them,” said Sister of St. Joseph Geri Rogers. “God is very sneaky,” said Sister Helen of her anti-death penalty crusade. “My involvement came very innocently with a letter to death row inmate John Penn.” She soon became an advocate for several death row inmates up until the moments of their respective executions. “Jesus was a radical who treated everyone with respect. The ‘Early Church’ took the preaching of Jesus to heart because none was excluded from the community,” explained Sister Helen. “What kind of society brings healing to its people with the government killing the perpetrators of violent crimes? What the victims and their families need more is a compassionate community to help support them in their sorrow.” With that concept in mind, Sister Helen brought victim support groups into existence in the New Orleans area. “The death penalty is reserved for the poor who cannot afford good lawyers, and it is racist,” she said. “When white people are killed, the death penalty is always sought. Yet, when black people are killed, nothing is normally done.” Death row inmates have similar, reoccurring nightmares. And because there are innocent people on death row, Sister Helen encouraged everyone to oppose the killing of these “beloved of God.” “Christians cannot let these children of God become dehumanized

8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., on March 5 and every first Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the office building conference room. For more information, call: St. Matthew - Marilyn Borrelli at (704) 542-2283 and St. Gabriel - Eileen Correll at (704) 362-5047, Ext. 217. 4 CLEMMONS — Holy Family Church, 4820 Kinnamon Rd., will be celebrating a charismatic Mass tonight at 7:30 p.m. The sacrament of reconciliation will be given at 7 p.m., and the laying on of hands will take place after Mass. The next Mass will be celebrated on April 1. For more information, call the church office at (336) 778-0600 or Jim Passero at (336) 998-7503. 4 CHARLOTTE — The bereavement support group will meet tonight from 6-7:30 p.m. and every first Monday in the family room at St. Gabriel Church, 3016 Providence Rd. This support group is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. For details, call Ruth Posey, CSS counselor, at (704) 370-3238. 5 CHARLOTTE — The St. Ga-

March 2 CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Catholic High School Foundation will be hosting its 2002 Gala and Auction tonight from 6:30-11 p.m. at the Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Rd. Parents, alumni and friends are invited to experience hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, auctions, dinner buffet, the Grand Spree trip drawing and entertainment. For advanced ticket and other information, call Jennifer Johnson at (704) 543-9118, visit the school’s development office (Room 102) or check online at www.cchsfoundation.org. 2 GREENSBORO — The St. Mary Church Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus-Council 8684 will host a prayer seminar after 9 a.m. Mass until noon today at the parish center, 812 Duke St. Light refreshments will be served mid-morning. All women are invited to bring a friend. For reservations, call Sadie McConnell at (336) 851-5585.

Sister Helen Prejean with Ashley Larson of the Wake Forest University Student Union. Larson is responsible for bringing Sister Helen to speak about her book “Dead Man Walking.”

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Sister Helen Prejean signed copies of her book “Dead Man Walking” and responded to questions at Wake Forest University Feb. 12.

just because they have committed violent crimes,” she added. “We need to oppose the taking of the lives of all human beings, to become the critical mass of consciousness to overcome the death penalty.” Death row inmates aren’t the only ones suffering. Sister Helen spoke of guilt driving many executioners away from their jobs. One death row supervisor had to quit his job after witnessing five executions because he simply couldn’t take it anymore. She also noted that there are prison psychologists to counsel the guards who are just doing their job. Many who look at Christianity to justify their pro-death stance refer to the Crusades, to the Inquisition and even to the Bible. To those people Sister Helen responds, “The Old Testament has 37 areas that promote execution.” However, when she asked if we should follow those tenets of execution for crimes such as adultery, the vast majority of people avoided the answer. Placing the onus squarely on the listener, Sister Helen asked, “If it is us who are called to be the agents of

justice, am I able to do this?” The truth is, “Jesus challenges us to love all people,” said Sister Helen. “Jesus, who was put to death at the hand of the state, does not promote the death penalty to anyone as evidenced by his complete forgiveness to those who put him to death.” The alternative, of course, is life in prison. “3,700 death row inmates will not solve the overpopulation of prison problem,” Sister Helen said. The United States is a minority when it comes to the death penalty; even Cuba and Russia have outlawed it, said Sister Helen. Relating the argument to the War on Terror, Sister Helen indicated that there are over 1,000 prisoners overseas who are not going to be deported to America because of our stance of the death penalty. As Christians, we need to move away from the concept of “justice that demands death” to one of the complete mercy and compassion of Jesus. That is why, said Sister Helen, “I wrote ‘Dead Man Walking’.” “She expressed her experience of God’s love for the victim as well as the

3 GREENSBORO — There will be an informational meeting for those interested in the LIMEX program at St. Pius X Church, 2210 North Elm St., in the youth room of the parish hall at 3:30 p.m. Anyone interested in pursuing a master’s degree or certificate in pastoral ministry or religious education from Loyola University of New Orleans is welcomed to attend. For further information, contact Connie Milligan at (704) 364-3344, Peg Ruble at (704) 391-0445 or Jacqueline Messick at (336) 286-0861. 3 CHARLOTTE — The St. Maximilian Kolbe Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order will be gathering today at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Church, 2301 Statesville Ave. Those interested in learning more about the SFO and the Franciscan way of life are invited to attend. For more information please call Skyler Mood, SFO, at (704) 545-8133. 3 CHARLOTTE — The Mount St. Mary’s College choir will be perform-

ing a concert at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1621 Dilworth Rd. East, tonight at 7:30 p.m. This is the choir’s second time traveling to Charlotte under the direction of Andy Rosenfeld. For more information about the free concert of sacred choral literature, call the church office at (704) 334-2283. 3 SALISBURY — Sacred Heart Church, 128 N. Fulton St., will be celebrating a charismatic and healing Mass today at 4 p.m. Prayer and worship with prayer teams will be available at 3 p.m., and a potluck dinner will follow the Mass. Father John Putnam, pastor, will be the celebrant. For further information, call Bill Owens at (704) 639-9837. 4 CHARLOTTE — Churches in the Charlotte area will be having their regularly scheduled cancer support group meetings for survivors, family and friends on the following days: St. Gabriel Church, 3016 Providence Rd., tonight and every first Monday at 7 p.m. in the ministry center library and St. Matthew Church,


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Catechists refresh their faith at Oasis By Joanita M. Nellenbach Correspondent LAKE JUNALUSKA — An oasis invites travelers to rest and refresh themselves from their journey. That was the idea for the Oasis Catechist Retreat 2002: “Remember Who You Are: the Water, the Word, and the Future.” The Asheville Vicariate Leadership Team held the retreat Feb. 8 and 9. It was “an oasis experience to reflect on your ministry,” Father Francis T. Cancro, pastor of St. Eugene in Asheville, told the more than 80 catechists from the Asheville and Smoky Mountain vicariates. Father Cancro’s talks — “O Healing River,” “Deserts and Dry Land” and “Seeds of Freedom” — focused on baptism’s history, healing, and power, and its implication for catechists and their ministry. “O Healing River” “Never do ministry because the pastor needs help,” Father Cancro said. “You do ministry because your baptism calls you to it.” Ritual purification didn’t begin with Christians. The Hebrews also had purification rites with flowing water as an important symbol. “For the Jews,” Father Cancro said, “purification in water was a very important symbol, so that one could be closer to fulfilling the covenant.” Christianity adapted other traditions for its own use. “...Our (baptismal) tradition comes from Judaism and Hellenistic mystery religions. It comes from the richness of those two traditions,” Father Can-

for me,” said Karen Daley, a nurse and a catechist at St. Joan of Arc in Asheville. “We pray, and it doesn’t happen, and we say, ‘Oh, that’s not fair.’ But it’s God in his mercy that helps us deal with it, and it helps our friends deal with it.” “Seeds of Freedom” Baptism sends the baptized on a journey, on which they are prophets calling people back to the covenant. “Prophets don’t predict the future, they clarify the present, they clarify the truth for the community,” Father Cancro said. “We’re called to build up, not tear down. Our work is sustaining the community—that openness to seeing the presence of God in every person.” That idea of community struck a chord with Muriel Grabel of St. Joan of Arc in Asheville. “You have to have a great deal of knowledge and love for people. You can’t be judgmental,” she said. “You have to let God take you where you need to go. It’s the idea that I don’t have to do this alone.” Along with prophecy is the call to be in union—communion—since the sacraments are about community. “Communion is not a private moment between you and God,” Father Cancro said. “The procession is a sign of our denominational unity, a ritual sign of community.” And there’s the hope that the baptized carry with them. “We celebrate Easter every year,” Father Cancro said, “not because Jesus

cro explained. Baptism is also about conversion, which is a lifelong process. The retreatants were invited to consider three questions: Who are you? What do you want? Why do you want it? “We are constantly called to conversion,” Father Cancro said. “As we grow, the answers to these questions change. Conversion allows us to give answers to those questions. In baptism, the water invites us to those questions.” Laura Ganson, 12, who works with 4- and 5-year-olds at St. Eugene, took this new insight to heart. “I learned what baptism really is, that you’re not just baptized. It’s your whole life,” she said. “Deserts and Dry Land” “Once we look at baptism, that has tremendous implications for the way we live our lives of faith,” Father Cancro said at the second session. He illustrated the desert concept with “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” Judith Viorst’s children’s story about a little boy for whom everything goes wrong, but “the love of his family ends up as a net that catches him.” “Deserts are any place that lacks nourishment,” Father Cancro said. “They’re part of the baptismal journey we take. We are caught in the great net of God’s heart.” He added that two important

things compose God’s love—that we are never alone and that we are treasured. “I think a lot of people feel that God’s love is something we earn, but God’s love is not something we earn,” he said. “It’s a free gift.” What does it mean to be treasured? Father Cancro recalled helping his mother clean out closets at her home. She disposed of some things but kept mementos, such as cards she had received and things her children had made. “I realized in that experience what treasure really is,” he said. “Treasure is about what is in the heart. We’re worthy because even in our worst times we remain God’s treasure. Whenever we are willing to admit that through baptism we touch the heart of God, we have to admit that we’re changed, whether we want it or not.” In this change and in being God’s treasure, there are responsibilities, especially to prayer: private prayer, which changes the individual; and communal prayer, which changes the community. “Prayer is not about changing God,” Father Cancro said. “Prayer opens us. It’s an exercise in trust. Prayer is a pregnant experience, an experience of being intimately connected with God.” God, Father Cancro said, is not fair, but rather is merciful. “That was a light-bulb moment


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tion of her mother prepared her for the religious life. Sister Josita entered religious life as a Sister of Christian Charity 36 years ago and soon after became a junior high school teacher, a position that lasted 11 years. During this time, she received a bachelor’s degree from Marillac College in St. Louis and a master’s in theology from Villanova in Pennsylvania. She has also served and received spiritual direction at the Mercy Center in Madison, Conn. Armed with these new credentials, Sister Josita became the director of religious education for St. Mary’s and then Holy Family Church, both in the Paterson Diocese of New Jersey. It was on a retreat in 1984 that sister Josita first met Franciscan Father Louis Canino, who became and still is her friend and spiritual advisor. Sister Josita felt as though God was calling her into spiritual direction and retreat work. In 1996, she became involved full time in this work in her own community and in the local parishes. While at the Franciscan Center, sister Josita helps with the bookstore and hospitality. She has given several talks on “Stress and Spirituality” and “God of Surprise” to a variety of parish groups in and around Greensboro. Sister Josita has also assisted

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Sister Josita Marks at Mass on Ash Wednesday hands hearts with pertinent scripture verses on the back in preparation for Valentine’s Day.

Sister Josita Marks discusses Lenten activities with Bridget Johnson, coordinator of Catholic Social Services, in Greensboro.

Father Canino with two separate retreats in the area. She facilitates prayer services and in March will accompany Father Canino to St. Francis of Assisi Church in Rocky Mount, Va., for a three-day mission. The St. Francis Springs Prayer Center had been a dream of Father Canino. Sister Josita attended the new center’s groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 18, 2001. Her appointment as justice and peace director will begin once

the center is completed. As part of her commitment to the St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, Sister Josita will spend one week each year on a justice and peace trip to El Salvador. Sister Josita and the community of believers throughout the Triad are anxiously looking forward to the opening of the St. Francis Springs Prayer Center. Sister Josita asked that the community “pray with us for the success of the center.”

By Rev. Mr. Gerald Potkay Correspondent GREENSBORO — Sister of Christian Charity Josita Marks has brought her wisdom and spirituality to the Triad area. Sister Josita has been assigned for a two-year commitment as director of the justice and peace component of the St. Francis Springs Prayer Center. While awaiting construction of the center, which has been delayed due to architecture and funding reasons, Sister Josita has joined the Franciscan Center. “This place is like a well where people come to be energized,” said Sister Josita of the Franciscan Center. “It seems like they’ve got to keep coming back.” Sister Josita expressed her love for being at the center. She couldn’t get over the “spirit of life” and the “living faith” of the “community of regulars,” she said. Born in Waterbury, Conn., as a child of an army officer, Sister Josita spent her childhood moving around the United States. She attributed her “spirit of fidelity” to her father, military life and especially her mother, whom Sister Josita said followed her father without question wherever he was ordered to go. Sister Josita added that the military lifestyle and the dedica-


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Native American religion evolves with Reviewed by Wayne A. Holst Catholic News Service Traditional Native American religion did not focus on a creed or dogma. Rather, like Shinto and other Asian faiths, it was primarily a religion of ritual observance. Even today Native religion is not so much focused on individual salvation but on the life, health and continuance of community. Native writer Robert Warrior in his 1995 book “Tribal Secrets” says, “Our struggle at the moment is to continue to survive and work toward a time when we can replace the need for being preoccupied with survival with a more responsible and peaceful way of living within communities and with the ever-changing landscape that will be our only home.” Whatever form or expression modern Native religion takes, nonNative Christians must come to understand it in new ways. The spiritual children of the traditional missionary church are coming of age and the rest of us need to respect that. “A Native American Theology” reflects the current maturation of Native religion and provides significant insight into forms and expressions it will assume in the future. The stated purpose of the three Indian authors — Clara Sue Kidwell, Homer Noley and George E. “Tink” Tinker — is to create a dialogue in which Native Americans can speak as equals to Christians, resulting in “a creative, new envisioning process for Native people where they can recognize the uniqueness of their practices with regard to Christianity.” They anticipate a better understanding by non-Natives of Native practices and perceptions as well as renewed health for Indian cultures and communities. One major benefit of this book is that Native Americans are taking responsibility for interpreting the Gospel to their own people in the context of their own cultures

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Readand sets of values. A challenge inherent to the presentation is to present Native spiritual understandings in ways non-Natives may find accessible. This systematic theology begins with creation, discusses sin, ethics, incarnation, and ends with the end time. Included also are the themes of “land” and “trickster” — two aspects of Native worldviews. Adding these uniquely Native insights challenges the traditional categories of Christian theology. The study communicates both anger and hopefulness: anger in that the culturally oppressive relationship between non-Native and Native-American communities is never far from the surface, and hopefulness in the evidence of growing Indian self-confidence, the desire for mutual respect and a just and egalitarian future. The book is aptly titled “A Native American Theology” because it is representative of but one stream of theological thought in the modern Indian community. It will cause discomfort in some quarters and celebration in others. Indian Christians must balance their cultural values with their Christian doctrines. This balancing act has been necessary throughout the historical encounter with Europeans on North American soil. There were times when it seemed that traditional ways were all but obliterated. Those times are changing. People of good will from both sides of the racial divide will need to become much more aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their respective spiritual traditions and work to create new understanding and collaboration. That this book has appeared at all is a milestone in ecumenical/interfaith dialogue. For that reason alone it should be taken seriously.

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Sunday Scripture Readings: Feb. 24, 2002 Cycle A Readings: February 24, Second Sunday of Lent 1) Genesis 12:1-4a Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22 2) 2 Timothy 1:8b-10 3) Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

By JEFF HENSLEY Catholic News Service We had a large conference coming up that weekend at St. Andrew’s, and I had a narrow window of time to pick up a videotape we would use in its bookstore. It was a tape of Pope John Paul II addressing members of the charismatic renewal, and it was waiting for me 35 miles away in Dallas. I set out in our little Ford Fiesta, knowing my tires were practically treadless, but what could I do? There wasn’t time to get new ones before my trip, so I set out. Made the trip safely enough, and once back in Fort Worth I turned onto a major shopping thoroughfare. A large sign proclaimed a sale on the brand tires we’d had good luck with, so, with a literal sigh of relief, I turned into the parking lot to purchase a couple of new tires. When I got out of the car, one of my tires was fully flat. I suppose the probabilities of my tire remaining inflated until precisely that moment could be calculated, but I prefer another explanation that I find support for in the Scriptures for this Sunday. The idea that God is actively involved in the world is central to a belief

in the God who is revealed in the Bible. The Psalms reading says, in part: “The eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear [respect or reverence] him, upon those who hope for his kindness.” (I was certainly hoping that those Mickey Mouse balloon tires would hold up.) And lest I or any others benefiting from God’s intervention on their behalf should be proud, the Timothy reading has a remedy for that: “God has saved us and has called us to a holy life, not because of any merit of ours but according to his own design — the grace held out to us in Christ Jesus before the world began but now made manifest through the appearance of our Savior.” The Genesis and Matthew Scriptures speak of major events in salvation history: Abram sent out by God from his people on a mission to benefit all the peoples of the earth; Jesus transfigured, speaking with Moses and Elijah to the astonishment of Peter, James and John — acts of God, furthering his purposes in human history. To believe that God always is going to protect us when we’re involved in working for him with our whole hearts can lead to foolish acts that result in accidents and physical harm. But sometimes, we perceive the will of God and attempt to act on it, and all the while, underneath us, sustaining us, is the supernatural help of the hand of God. QUESTION: Can you remember times when God came to your aid?

Weekly Scripture Scripture for the week of Feb. 24 - March 2 Sunday (Second Sunday of Lent), Genesis 12:1-4, 2 Timothy 1:8-10, Matthew 17:1-9; Monday (Lenten Weekday), Daniel 9:4-10, Luke 6:36-38; Tuesday (Lenten Weekday), Isaiah 1:10, 16-20, Matthew 23:1-12; Wednesday (Lenten Weekday), Jeremiah 18:18-20, Matthew 20:17-28; Thursday (Lenten Weekday), Jeremiah 17:5-10, Luke 16:19-31; Friday (Lenten Weekday), Genesis 37:34, 12-13, 17-28, Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46; Saturday (Lenten Weekday), Micah 7:14-15, 18-20, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 Scripture for the week of March 3 - March 9 Sunday (Third Sunday of Lent), Exodus 17:3-7, Romans 5:1-2, 5-8, John 4:5-42; Monday (Lenten Weekday), 2 Kings 5:1-15, Luke 4:24-30; Tuesday (Lenten Weekday), Daniel 3:25, 34-43, Matthew 18:21-35; Wednesday (Lenten Weekday), Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9, Matthew 5:17-19,; Thursday (Lenten Weekday), Jeremiah 7:23-28, Luke 11:14-23; Friday (Lenten Weekday), Hosea 14:2-10,


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“Return to Never By Anne Navarro Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — Nearly 50 years after the original animated “Peter Pan” appeared on screen, Disney flies back into the theaters with “Return to Never Land.” The release of this mildly amusing sequel is well-timed, as it will have little competition at the box office from other family fare. However, while the animation in “Return to Never Land” is up to Disney standards, the film has a straight-to-video quality that is hard to ignore. The story takes pains to pick up about where the original left off, allowing the audience to revisit the old characters and locales as new ones are introduced. But it lacks the delightful charm of similar animated films, chugging along more as a rote exercise than a creative endeavor. Nonetheless, young ones are likely to be entertained, if not exactly inspired. Set in World War II London, the sequel finds Wendy (voiced by Kath Soucie and drawn in a very similar fashion to the star of “Beauty and the Beast”) all grown up. She remains in London with her two young children, Jane (voiced by Harriet Owen) and baby Danny (voiced by Andrew McDonough), while husband Edward (voiced by Roger Rees) fights the Nazis. Jane is a sensible girl who thinks that stories about a flying boy named Peter Pan (voiced by Blayne Weaver) and his friends, the Lost Boys, are just plain silly. Then one night Jane is kidnapped by Captain Hook (voiced by Corey Burton), who mistakes her for Wendy and takes her back to Never Never Land. The crocodile has been replaced by an octopus as Captain Hook’s other nemesis (besides Peter Pan), but it is not as interesting a character as the old croc was. And the songs are generic little tunes that are instantly forgettable. The sequel promotes getting in touch with that inner-child imagination, which Jane somehow has lost. Only by flying can Jane return home. And in order to fly, she’ll need to believe in “faith, trust and pixie dust.” Like most Disney films, there is a happy ending. The film’s beginning has a few mildly

menacing moments as London is bombed by the enemy and Jane tries to make her way home. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-I — general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G — general audiences. Navarro is on the staff of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office for Film and Broadcasting.

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$20,000 in Duke funds in 2001 and received another $30,000 this month. ABLE is slated for an additional $30,000 from the Duke Endowment in 2003. For home ownership, the North Carolina Department of Labor (DOL) has provided a $26,000 grant — $13,000 each from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency and the Federal Assets for Independence Act. OEO information states that ABLE is open to “individuals who are at or below 80 percent of the area median income.” That means $23,250 for a one-person household, on up to $43,800 for an eight-person family. OEO verifies ABLE candidates’ income using paycheck stubs or previous-year income tax returns. A participant opens an ABLE individual matched savings account at his or her local Carolina Community Bank. “It’s a regular savings account but marked for ABLE,” said Kim Crisp, ABLE program manager. ABLE accounts are not assessed any service fees. OEO receives copies of participants’ savings statements each month to ensure that they are saving regularly. Individuals and families can participate in ABLE for three years and can save a maximum of $1,000 toward purchase of a “productive asset,” which ABLE defined as “something of value that is likely to return substantial long-term benefits to its owner.” Participants must save at least $20 a month. They also attend free OEO classes to help them learn about personal finance and money management, as well as a program to prepare them to make the best use of the asset they are saving for. “If they wanted to save over $1,000, they could,” Crisp said. “We will only match $1,000. The idea is to get them on a regular program of savings.” After saving for six months, participants can withdraw some of their savings for emergencies or for business expenses; OEO must approve the withdrawal but doesn’t match the withdrawn funds. Participants who leave the program before they’ve

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saved the required amount get back what they’ve saved but, again, with no matching funds. Those who stick with the program accumulate enough to purchase those assets. When the person or family is ready, ABLE matches the savings two to one. Catholic Social Services issues the check to the asset provider, not to the ABLE participant. “Through the economic literacy courses, we can look at their income and expenses and see ways they can save,” said Joan Furst, full-time director of the Bishop Begley Center. “Some people can’t save $5 a week, but others can. John Carswell told me he tells everyone he can about the program, and many of them think it’s too good to be true.” Wood, 31, and John Carswell, 57, among the first to enter the program, each saved $1,000 in 10 months. Wood started ABLE in January 2001 and bought his cattle in October. “See, the sale was coming up,” he said, “and (without ABLE) I’d have had to wait another year.” The Woods raise cattle and goats near Murphy on land that has been in their family since the 1850s. His plan is to build his herd, keeping the heifers and selling the steers. Carswell lives in Robbinsville. A retired police officer, he and his wife started John and Priscilla’s Lawn Service last year, but the family’s total income was still below the $26,550 family-of-two minimum for ABLE participation. He started ABLE in March 2001 and completed the program in December. To save the money he needed, Carswell said, “I just designated what I made off of one (lawn-care) job and put it in the bank.” He owned a riding mower, and used his ABLE funds to purchase a weed eater and a “walk-behind” mower that he needed to mow small yards. He also took advantage of additional help available at the Bishop Begley Center. ABLE partners with two nondiocesan organizations: the Mountain MicroEnterprise Fund (MMF), which concentrates on business ownership, and the Self-Help Credit Union, which educates people about home ownership. “If people want to save money for their business, that still doesn’t ensure them success,” said Kelly Long, MMF coordinator. “We walk you through every step of owning your own business.” MMF offers a $50, seven-week course called Foundations, which teaches valuable business skills. The Carswells took the course. “It taught me how to keep track of my money and about taxes and things like that,” Carswell said. “One of the things he realized was that he wasn’t charging enough,” Long said. “His wife went through the program because she wanted to learn to do the bookkeeping. They even have a cash-flow plan for next year.” Carswell started with 12-15 customers and has added another 15. Now that he has additional equipment, he can serve even more customers. “If business increases as it did last year,” he said, “I’ll have to hire somebody.” For more information about ABLE, call Joan Furst or Kim Crisp at (828) 835-3535 at the Office of Economic Opportunity, Bishop Begley Center for Economic Development, in Murphy.


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POPE JOHN PAUL II

Pope says obedience to church teaching lets theologians serve truth By John Norton Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope John Paul II said obedience to church teaching does not limit theological work but opens theologians to authentically innovative service to the truth. “More than a limit, church communion is in reality the place that enlivens theological reflection, supporting its audaciousness and pushing it to prophecy,” the pope said Feb. 16 to members of the Pontifical Theological Academy. The 300-year-old academy was holding an international forum on “Dominus Iesus,” a 2000 Vatican document that reasserted the uniqueness and universality of Christ to salvation. The pope said theology today was called to explore “the ever-new horizons of understanding of the mystery of God and man.” “This intrinsic impulse of newness does not mean relativism or historicism but supreme concentration of the truth, whose understanding implies a path and above all a following: that of Christ — way, truth and life,” he said. The pope said the relationship between theology and church teaching should be guided by “the principle of harmony.” “Since both are in service to divine revelation, both rediscover new aspects and deeper (understanding) of revealed truth,” the pope said. On questions that are fundamental to the faith, the two should be guided by “unity in truth”; on other questions, legitimate divergence of opinion should be guided by “unity in charity,” he said.

Pope says Satan still at work in world dominated by evil, sin VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Before beginning a weeklong Lenten retreat, Pope John Paul II warned that Satan is still at work in a world often “dominated by evil and sin.” At a Sunday blessing Feb. 17, the pope said, “The devil, the ‘prince of this world,’ continues his deceitful action even today. Every person, beyond his own desires and the bad example of others, is tempted by the devil — all the more when he notices it least.” The pope was commenting on the Gospel reading on the first Sunday of Lent, which described Christ’s temptation by Satan in the desert. He said the spiritual tools against evil are ancient and effective ones: prayer, the sacraments, penitence, vigilance, fasting and attentive listening to the Word of God.

February 22, 2002

Guest Column Bishop Wilton Gregory President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

USCCB president expresses ‘profound sorrow’ for clergy sex abuse WASHINGTON (CNS) — The president of the of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed “profound sorrow” for the sexual abuse of children by priests. In a statement on behalf of the bishops Feb. 19, Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of Belleville, Ill., said such abuse “is a reality against which we must be ceaselessly on guard.” “We understand that your children are your most precious gift,” he said. “They are our children as well, and we continue to apologize to the victims and to their parents and their loved ones for this failure in our pastoral responsibilities.” He acknowledged that there were “cases of priest abusers that were not dealt with appropriately in the past” but said the bishops have been working hard to take corrective measures and protect children. “I am very heartened by the professionals who work with both victims and abusers who encourage us in this work because, they tell us, there is not another institution in the United States that is doing more to understand and address the horror of sexual abuse of minors,” he said. Here is the text of a Feb. 19 statement by Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of Belleville, Ill., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, on sexual abuse of minors by priests. In recent weeks our attention has again been turned to the issue of sexual abuse of minors by priests. Though the renewed focus on this issue is due largely to cases of priest abusers that were not dealt with appropriately in the past, it gives me the occasion as a pastor and a teacher of faith and morals to express, on behalf of all of the bishops, our profound sorrow that some of our priests were responsible for this abuse under our watch. We understand that your children are your most precious gift. They are our children as well, and we continue to apologize to the victims and to their parents and their loved ones for this failure in our pastoral responsibilities. The attention to this issue also gives me the opportunity to renew the promise of our bishops that we will continue to take all the steps necessary to protect our youth from this kind of abuse in society and in the church. While we still have much for which we need to be forgiven — and much to learn — I am very heartened by the professionals who work with both victims and abusers who encourage us in this work because, they tell us, there is not another institution in the United States that is doing more to understand and address the horror of sexual abuse of minors. As a church, we have met with those who are victims of sexual abuse by priests. We have heard their sorrow, confusion, anger and fear. We have tried to reach out pastorally and sensitively not only to victims of this outrageous behavior, but to their

families and the communities devastated by this crime. We have confronted priests accused of abuse and removed them from public ministry. Over the past two decades, the bishops of the United States have worked diligently to learn all we can about sexual abuse. Our conference has encouraged the development of policies in every diocese to address this issue. Bishops have developed procedures whereby priests moving from one diocese to another must have certification of their good standing. Bishops have also revised seminary screening and have mandated in-service programs for priests, teachers, parish ministers and volunteers to emphasize their responsibility to protect the innocent and vulnerable from such abuse. Dioceses have implemented programs to ensure safe environments in parishes and schools. While we have made some tragic mistakes, we have attempted to be as honest and open about these cases as we can, especially in following the law on these matters and cooperating with civil authorities. We remain committed to seeing these initiatives implemented fully, because the church must be a place of refuge and security, not a place of denial and distress. Sadly, we are faced with the fact that evil does harm the innocent, something which human life has faced since the beginning of time. This is a reality against which we must be ceaselessly on guard. I want to say a word about the more than 40,000 wonderful priests in our country who get up every morning to give their lives in full service to the church as witnesses to Jesus Christ in our midst. I am very saddened that the crimes of a few have cast a shadow over the grace-filled and necessary work that they do day in and day out for society and for the church. The priesthood is a unique treasure of our church, and I give you my assurance that we are doing everything to ensure that we have worthy and healthy candidates for the priesthood and to strengthen the many priests who faithfully fulfill their ministry on behalf of all of us. While we deplore the sexual abuse of young people, especially that committed by a cleric, we are confident that the numbers of priests involved in such criminal activity are few. The damage, however, has been immeasurable. The toll this phenomenon has taken on our people and our ministry is tremendous. This is a time for Catholic people, bishops, clergy, religious and laity, to resolve anew to work together to assure the safety of our children. These events serve to remind us all that the cost of preventing these terrible misdeeds in the future is a careful watch that cannot and will not be relaxed. We bishops intend to maintain that watch together with and on behalf of our people. As we pursue this common work for the safety of our children and for the good of society and the church we love, let us continue to remember one another before the Lord in prayer and in charity.


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Guest Column GINA M. RHODES Guest Columnist

Would you like to learn more about making a will? Please write to me at 1123 S. Church Street, Charlotte, NC 28203. Or call me direct at 704-3703320. I’ll be happy to send you a free informational brochure that will help guide you through this process. And while you’re at it, please let me know whether you have included (or intend to include) the church in your estate plans so I can add you as a member of the Catholic Heritage Society. The Catholic Heritage Society is Bishop Curlin’s way of recognizing those people who continue stewardship beyond their living years.

of the world and in cultures who have never even heard of God as we know him or of Jesus Christ. Is explicit, conscious, formal knowledge of Christ and faith in him necessary for salvation? Or may that faith be somehow implicit, hidden in the pursuit of goodness and holiness manifested in lives of “unbelievers”? In other words, can people be saved who faithfully try to live good lives but who honestly, for whatever reason, never have seen the embrace of Christ or the church as a personal religious obligation? The church’s answer is yes; and we believe they are saved by Jesus Christ through the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit. This Catholic position can be found in many places. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, for example, quoting the Vatican II Constitution on the Church, says, “Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart and, moved by his grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience — those too may achieve eternal salvation” (No. 847). No one has been more insistent and consistent on this theme than Pope John Paul II. He writes in his book “Crossing the Threshold of Hope”: “God the creator wants to save all humankind in Jesus Christ.” He redeemed them all “and has his own ways of reaching them” (pp. 80-83). In one of his general audiences he said, “Normally it will be in the sincere practice of what is good in their own religious traditions and by following the dictates of their own conscience that the members of other religions respond positively to God’s invitation and receive salvation in Jesus Christ, even if they do not recognize or acknowledge him as their savior” (Sept. 9, 1998). Countless other Catholic documents and teachings say the same, but you get the idea. No one is saved apart from the grace of Christ. But his saving desire and plan is not as narrow and exclusive as many of us think.

Five reasons to die without a will There must be powerful reasons to avoid having a will because so many people die without one. In case you happen to be one of the seven out of 10 who will depart without a will, here are five reasons to buttress your position. You can use these to help you sleep tonight. 1. The court can do a better job deciding how to disburse your assets than you can. 2. The court can choose a better personal representative to handle your estate during probate than you can. 3. The court can choose a more caring guardian for your minor children than you can. 4. The government will use your estate tax dollars more efficiently than your favorite charity would use a charitable bequest. 5. Your grieving loved ones will be better off looking after your affairs without your will. Powerful reasons? Hardly. Nonetheless, people unwittingly affirm these reasons year after year as they continue to put off the minor inconvenience of making a will. Here at the Diocese of Charlotte, we urge you to take action now. Your family will appreciate it. The charities you support will appreciate it. And you will appreciate the peace of mind you get from fulfilling one of your most important stewardship responsibilities. Like many people, you may be uneasy about going to an attorney. Yet, an attorney who specializes in estate planning knows the right questions to ask and the best ways to help you accomplish your goals. These professionals are well-trained and normally well worth the time and expense they require. Caring for the disposition of your assets is too important to delay. It’s important for you, for your loved ones and for charities you choose to support like your parish, the Diocese, the Foundation, catholic school or agency.

Question Corner FATHER JOHN DIETZEN CNS Columnist

Is there salvation for those who do not believe in Jesus? Q. This is about your column some weeks ago concerning the spiritual condition of the Sept. 11 terrorists, and the possibility that they may be saved and go to heaven. I must not understand correctly many verses in the Scripture that say anyone who does not believe in Jesus Christ as savior will be condemned. John (3:36) says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” Please tell me where, in your opinion, I’m wrong in my interpretation. (Maryland) A. First of all, the response I gave was not simply my opinion. From the references and quotes I offered, including from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it is clear that what I said about the possibility of salvation, even for people who do not explicitly believe in Jesus Christ, is the teaching of the Catholic Church. Scripture makes absolutely clear that Jesus is the one and only savior of the world. All efforts by human beings anywhere, anytime, to do good and avoid evil, to reverence and serve the supreme Lord of the world under whatever name God may be known, are the work and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and are made possible through the redemptive merits of Jesus Christ. This is and always has been Catholic doctrine; it has never changed. What has changed over the past several hundred years is the church’s understanding of how that grace of salvation comes to individuals, especially in parts

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Guest FATHER JOSEPH LONG DINH Guest Columnist

For the sake of God’s kingdom As Christians, we are convinced that religious freedom is absolutely a basic and spiritual need for people and society. We always pray for all people to be truly free to choose and exercise their faith. It is unfortunate for the Vietnamese people that what is happening in this country increasingly proves that religious freedom and human rights are trembled on by the Vietnamese Communist Government. Religion, indeed, is at risk of being used as an instrument by the government and enslaved by it to the point of dying away in the end. At present: -The Vietnamese Communist Government still keeps strict control on church life: appointment of bishops, selection of priesthood candidates, assigning of pastoral positions, opening of religious houses for religious orders, contact with other churches. -Father Nguyen Van Ly, a non-violent priest struggling for religious freedom and human rights in Vietnam, has sent testimony to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to denounce the policy of religious repression and of systematic religious extermination waged by the Hanoi government. In retaliation, the Vietnamese government sentenced Father Ly to 13 years imprisonment and five years under house arrest. -Venerable Thich Quang Do, deputy head of the banned Unified Buddhist Church and Le Quang Liem, leader of the banned Hoa Hao Buddhist Church were detained by the Vietnamese government. -The Vietnamese government used closed trial to impose harsh prison terms on 14 members of the ethnic minority Montagnards from the Central Highlands of Vietnam because of their protest against ethnic discrimination and religious persecution. This fall, by a vote of 410 to 1, the House passed the Vietnam Human Rights Act, HR2833. This legislation recognized the plights of Father Ly and other religious leaders who have been repeatedly harassed and detained by the Vietnamese government. The Vietnam Human Rights Act called upon the Vietnamese to honor its international commitments in respecting human rights, including its obligations as a signatory to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. This bill, however, is still pending in the Senate. For the sake of 80 million oppressed Vietnamese, we ask you to be inventive, persuasive and persistent in pushing this important legislation to be enacted. For the sake of God’s kingdom, we ask you to pray for our brothers and sisters in Vietnam and to sign a petition supporting this legislation or by writing directly to a U.S. senator. We are grateful for your efforts to work for the kingdom of God. May God bless you and your loved ones always.


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Participants develop strategy for black

Youth and young adults: - Implementation of Web page for Black Catholic youth and young adults linked to diocesan, NBCC and parish Web pages with content from black youth and young adults, maintainance from each parish and funding from Diocesan Support Appeal - Development of NBCC-sponsored, annual national youth and young adult conference with representative from each parish - Every diocesan priest, particularly those assigned to black parishes, should rotate through the Xavier University National Institute for Black Catholic Studies in New Orleans using diocesan funds Parish life: - By 2003, every bishop will mandate that every parish will develop a plan, includ-

ing African-American culture, and budget for education and leadership training with progress monitored by NBCC - By 2006, parishes will provide training for African-American catechists and catechetical leaders with extension of RCIA process to new and old parishioners to develop ongoing personal contacts * Racism: - Development of a curriculum in ethnic diversity training for seminarians - Ethnic diversity programs for existing priests monitored by local and diocesan officials - Petition Pope John Paul II for an African-American cardinal Catholic education: - Creation of permanent Black Catholic Education Commission composed of religious and laity whose first goal is to develop a survey on Catholic school educa-

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tion to be distributed to black communities throughout U.S. - This same commission will provide funding sources to assist black families with Catholic education - Enrollment of black Americans in Catholic schools to increase by 30 percent through the building of new schools and increase of recruitment of black students, faculty and campus ministers Africa: - Development of commission to promote health care and education with U.S. bishops assuming responsibility - Development of strategies after commission has been set up to make recommendations with bishops for diocesan financial support - Implementation stage will involve local bishops and individual parishes Social Justice: - The NBCC will form a national committee, including religious and lay persons, to evaluate existing programs as they relate to social injustices in the church - Committee will ensure that information is distributed from national level to local parishes with emphasis on individuals

- A national report on social, economic and political injustices as they apply to black Catholics in the U.S. HIV/AIDS - Faith-based family values and moral information with bishops with support groups, role-playing and fund raising - Increase number of missionaries in Africa with programs that address issue; getting people to change lifestyle or behavior modification - Global message in encouraging people to be more responsible, one which involves the family and the community with increase of research funds Spirituality - The U.S. Council of Bishops (USCCB) will develop a curriculum of study to educate Catholics on black spirituality and ancestors in the faith by September 2003 including information of the start of the church in Alexandria, Egypt, the African eucharistic prayer, the presence of black saints and popes - Training and workshops for catechists and catechetical leaders for implementation of NBCC curriculum - NBCC will publish an anthology of

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NBCC, from previous page By ALESHA M. PRICE Staff Writer CHARLOTTE — People from all parts of the diocese, including the Piedmont-Triad and Asheville areas, gathered at Our Lady of Consolation Church (OLC) on Feb. 16 to discuss and develop recommendations for the National Black Catholic Congress’ (NBCC) Pastoral Plan of Action. In preparation for Congress IX, to be held in Chicago Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, the NBCC asked diocesan officials, clergy, women religious and lay persons from dioceses around the country to come together for a day of reflection. This gathering combined the celebrations of the Annual Diocesan Memorial Celebration for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month for the first time in the diocese. Over 50 participants, divided into eight groups, collaborated on priority areas of concern identified by the NBCC including spirituality, parish life, youth and young adults, Catholic education, social justice, racism, Africa and HIV/AIDS. They were asked to develop action plans based on short-, mid- and longrange goals that can be reached within one year, three years and five years. The eight areas of discussion were taken from the NBCC Declaration of Principles, which will work in conjunction with the Pastoral Plan through implementation and action steps, said Rev. Mr. Curtiss Todd, vice chancellor and vicar for African American Affairs.

his session. “We believe that education should begin in the home, and that one thing many people need to do is to come back to church to re-open Jesus in their lives,” said McGhee. “We talked about what we can do to better educate people in an effort to control and get this horrible disease out of our lives.” The individual groups presented their summaries and action plans to the large group. Their findings are based on supplemental information from the NBCC and what they felt were areas that needed to be highlighted, broken down into short-, mid- and long-range goals with subgroups: Photo by Alesha M. Price

Attendees listen intently at the NBCC Day of Reflection at Our Lady of Consolation Church Feb. 16. Over 50 people gathered for the day of sessions. “The Declaration of Principles is a set of eight statements that Congress feels sums up what most black Catholics feel to be the greatest need in their relationship to the church and the community of faith,” said Rev. Mr. Todd in a letter of invitation to parishioners who had previously attended events sponsored by the diocesan African American Affairs Ministry. The NBCC, headquartered in Baltimore, is an organization promoting the evangelization and ministerial and spiritual development of AfricanAmerican Catholics around the country. Since the first Congress held in 1889 in Washington, D.C., the fuel of the organization has been steeped in the remembrance and embrace of

African-American history and culture while preserving the tradition of Catholicism. Promotion of this idea of solidarity and oneness sparked the recent development of the NBCC Declaration and Pastoral Plan. This year, Congress IX will focus on the two documents. With facilitators from various parishes around the diocese, the attendants discussed their particular issue and created the action plans to be combined with the input from similar gatherings in other dioceses to be presented at Congress IX. Dr. James McGhee, a family practitioner in Charlotte from OLC, discussed the importance of educating the community about HIV/AIDS in


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Deacon turns obstacles and roadblocks into By ALESHA M. PRICE Staff Writer CHARLOTTE — Mark Nash did not expect to meet his wife at the first faculty meeting he attended at the May Sands Exceptional Student Center for Exceptional Children in Florida, but it was a fulfillment of one aspect of his destiny. Heidi, also a teacher at the special education school, was also not prepared to meet him, but she knew he was the one at first sight. “He walked into the faculty meeting, and I thought he was the most handsome man I had ever seen. We became friends and eventually started dating. We were engaged two months after we began dating and married in 1985 in Orlando, Fla.,” said Mrs. Nash. She was not raised Catholic but agreed to raise their children Catholic and converted to her husband’s childhood faith. Her RCIA experience, which led to her entering the church in 1986, was positive and reinforced her decision to become Catholic. “I had not been part of a formal religion and had preconceived notions of Catholi-

cism,” she said. “As I went through RCIA, I believed the things I was hearing, and it fit right into my lifestyle.” Rev. Mr. Nash, a cradle Catholic from Ormond Beach, Fla., had wanted to continue to live guided by the faith tradition of his youth. Although he was not raised in what he calls a “Catholic household,” he attended Mass with friends. Nash benefited from 12 years of Catholic school and becoming the youngest altar server in his church at the age of eight after learning the required Latin prayers. He became the only youth lector when he was a high school sophomore. “My mother was a great supporter of Catholic education, and I enjoyed Catholic school,” said Rev. Mr. Nash. His dedication to his faith continued after high school graduation in 1978 and during his two years of service as a hospital corpsman in the Navy. His work in cancer wards exposed him to death on a regular basis and kept his Mass attendance and visits with clergymen occurring at a steady pace.

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in an instant” that applying to the diacon“After a while, it (working in cancer ate was what he was being called to do. wards) wears on you, especially when you He had become involved in his parish as a are 18 or 19. I didn’t completely understand eucharistic minister and with his son’s and all of it,” he remembered. “But, my faith daughter’s educations, and his wife had been life was quite strong. When I needed to, I teaching and leading vacation bible school. would call a priest friend of mine or go to see In their minds, it was time for the next step. the Navy chaplain.” “It was our decision (to become inHe worked his way through college at volved with the permanent diaconate) the University of South Florida at Tampa because it affected all of us,” said Rev. Mr. and earned his special education degree in Nash. “The agreement was if she decided 1984. His interest in special education had that this was not for us, I would stop.” developed from what he witnessed during “While the journey was not easy for eihis time in the service. “I thought of it as a ther of us,” said Mrs. Nash. way I could help people,” “Our children encouraged he said. “College was a us to continue. It was a means to an end so I could spiritual journey for all of get a job.” us.” After finding a job After relocating and and meeting his wife, the settling in at St. Thomas couple relocated to Mrs. Aquinas Church, he was Nash’s birthplace, Dallas, ordained in 2001. The Texas, for a fresh start. move to North Carolina “We realized that Key was not easy at times, but West was a great place he says that through the to visit but not a place to support of Father Ignatius raise children, and it was a Zampino, pastor, the other chance for Heidi to reconpriests and the parish famnect with family,” he said. ily, his time in Charlotte Unable to find a teachhas been rewarding. Being position because of the ing downsized from First sagging economy, Nash Rev. Mr. Mark Nash Union could have led Rev. found himself selling pool Mr. Nash to depression, cleaners and working as a but it has been a blessing for the now fulldelivery driver until he found work in the time pastoral associate at St. Thomas and banking industry. full-time deacon. While Mrs. Nash worked as a special “Deacons are called to serve and not education teacher, Nash worked as a viceto be served. Being the youngest deacon president in capital management in the in the diocese, I am still experiencing a corporate trust area in Dallas. He accepted lot of things that the other deacons have a job as a vice president for compliance for already experienced. I look forward to the First Union and relocated to Charlotte in changes that the diaconate will bring to 1998. He also continued with the diaconate my life,” he said. “It is very humbling to program that he had begun in Dallas. me in that I am called to serve God and Many months earlier, he had read an his community.” article about the diaconate in the diocesan newspaper in Dallas. He said that he “knew


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