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Volume 5 Number 39 • June
Serving Catholics in Western North Carolina in the Diocese of Charlotte
Mexico For Charlotte Diocese
Diocese of Charlotte's newest priest and deacon were ordained in the Cathedral of San Felipe Neri June 15. Fidel Melo and Arturo DeAguilar,
in the diocese for their
parishes during their years as seminar-
— — were ordained a
especially in Hispanic ministry
The Most Reverend Alberto Suarez Inda, archbishop of the Archdiocese of
Morelia, Michoacan, presided and ac-
cepted the candidates to the priesthood
and diaconate. Father Francis
tor of vocations for the
O'Rourke, direcDiocese of Char-
presented the candidates in the
name of Bishop William G. Curlin and the people of the Diocese of Charlotte.
The church was packed with
and friends from different parts of Mexico and the U.S. Also present were tives
several priests representing the dioceses of Celaya, Mexico; Charlotte; Palm Beach, Fla.; and Queretaro, Mexico. During the homily, Archbishop Suarez Inda said, "We all have listened to the petition in the name of our Holy
that asks that Fidel and Arturo be ordained a priest and deacon respectively. It is a petition of the Church, of the people of God; it is not a
was born in their minds, a whim, or an effort to look for an advan-
What made these brothers
ward is that the Church asks it of them, and in the end, it is that through the Church, God has called them." Regarding the laying-on of hands, the archbishop commented, "The hands that I will impose on the heads of Arturo and Fidel represent the loving hands of God, more tender than those of a mother. They are the powerful hands of God that have placed on the candidates a heavy burden, but also a soft yoke. They are the hands of God in which we unload our worries, the hands of the Father to which Christ commended His spirit." The archbishop added, "The deacon will be given the book of the Word of God, of which he will be instituted a messenger. The Word is compelling, but
that frees, the
good news to the poor." "The priest will be given the offering in the name of the people of God, so that on this paten and in this chalice, he will present before heaven the work and sacrifice of his parents
and teachers, of
and of all the people of he shall be consecrated, as Christ was, to offer himself as a victim," he said. Archbishop Suarez Inda continued by telling the candidates they should fol-
The Most Reverend
Alberto Suarez Inda presided.
low the example given by the Lord. Addressing Arturo, the archbishop said that as a deacon, he is a minister of Jesus, who showed himself a servant among the apostles and ought to serve God as well as his brothers with love and happiness. Addressing
his priestly ob-
name of Christ
By JO ANN
the Lord, he should always
these words: "Try to believe what you
what you believe, and practice what you teach." Archbishop Suarez concluded his homily by exhorting the candidates to "bear always in mind the example of the Good Shepherd who came to find and preserve what was lost." After the prostration of the ordinandi and the laying-on of hands by the archbishop and priests, Arturo was vested by Fathers Rodney Titus and Nicanor Moreno. Fidel was vested with the stole and chasuble by Fathers Michael Thompson and Francisco Montoya. read, teach
we work." "We've been blessed by experienc-
Rosalind Picot accepted the reigns of leadership on June 20, becoming President of
Mercy of North Carolina. The election of Mercy leadership which the Sisters of
— — place every four years
outgoing president Sister Pauline Clifford into the role of vice president. During the recent Mercy chapter meeting, the 138-member regional congregation of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas opted for a role-reversal rather than a
change of leadership. Prior to the election, Sister Rosalind served as the order's vice
"We compliment Sister Rosalind of her "I think the
each other," said
community wanted us
tinue in the direction
we have been
in the past eight years.
See Ordination, page 3
and transmit the Word of
God and when pondering
Mercy Rely On
And True Leadership
Fidel, the archbishop
ligation to teach in the
Mercy Sisters Elect New Officials
ing a high level of trust from the
wasn't 138 Mercy votes that work of 59
elected officials, rather the
delegates to the chapter convocation.
"This year, for the first time, we had a process whereby any sister in this regional community who wished to be a delegate could declare herself a delegate," said Sister Rosalind. From delegational consensus, the community ratified the vote. Mercy Sister Doris Gottemoeller, president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, presided over the local election.
for election calls for
community of Sisters of Mercy] know how
bership," said Sister Rosalind, who served Charlotte Catholic High School for 22 years, many in the capacity of
2 The Catholic
June 28, 1996
Sisters Played By
BRYAN LAMBERSON Staff Writer
ASHEVILLE them now,
Two of their num-
Tuesday for a nursing home Massachusetts, and with that the liv-
â&#x20AC;&#x201D; There are
ing link to a legacy of Catholic education in the
mountains of western North
Carolina moves just a
closer to dis-
appearing altogether. When the Religious of Christian
Education Sisters arrived
staunchly Protestant Asheville almost 90
rambling, four-story Victorian struc-
had served as a
boarding school, tuberculosis sanitarium and alcoholism treatment facility (one room was outfitted with iron bars for poor souls with d.t.'s). Built in 1888,
and longest Genevieve-of-theits last
incarnation as St. Pines School lasted until 1955, when it was condemned as unsound. In the 45
the cultural education of young ladies of
helped us drink
operettas with French,
Voice training was an important part of
the day, and students regularly presented
German and En
ings and a free-standing auditorium
French, Latin, history and the sciences.
was too late: the sisters had already opened their doors and the chil-
"We had a man here who tended the gardens and grape arbors. He helped us make the altar wine ... school, recalled that
Asheville sprung numerous school build-
ternational cable system in place in those
only seven elementary grades in North Carolina schools), and high school. Be-
wired the sisters, directing them not to proceed with plans to open the school. By the time it arrived in Asheville, how-
rooms, each with a fireplace. In the large dining room, over 2 million meals were served to generations of young women and girls who spent their days studying
existence to the unreliability of the in-
years the sisters occupied the structure,
Boarding students from Central and South America, Cuba and the United States lived in the old hotel's numerous
Saint Genevieve-of-the-Pines School opened on the Feast of the Epiphany in 1908 with a student body of 22 youngsters aged from six to 16, perhaps only four of whom were Catholic. There were six sisters on the staff. The school in one way owes its
N.C. Catholic Education
Today only one building on what used to be called "Catholic Hill" off Victoria Road, bears witness to the scope of their endeavors and the breadth of their vision. Their convent (Madonna Hall) occupies a small parcel on the campus of what is now Asheville-Buncombe Technical College. Purchased in 1910 to accommodate increased enrollment, the site and
something of an oddity. In the ensuing years, however, their presence became known, largely through the labors of this order of teaching nuns. In addition to educating the young, they saw their work as breaking down the walls of religious ignorance and prejudice in what was then as daunting a mission field as any over-
dren were at their desks. (Such a fortunate turn of events would not occur in today's information age.)
years ago, Catholics were regarded as
walls witnessed the birth of
Catholic education in the area.
20 or so acres of "Catholic
overlooked downtown (it
St. Genevieve School taught stu dents in grades 1-7 (years ago there were
tween 1920 and 1932 the
home to A-B Tech's upclasses). The boys and girls
echoed with the cracks of bats and the cheers of young fans, while the gardens provided vegetables and flowers for the heavy wooden dining tables. ballfields
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Diocese Celebrates Ordination Mass from page
his parents consecrated
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Mexico to the Virgin
as a child.
Father Joseph Waters of Holy Trinity Mission in Taylorsville was the homilist. His theme centered on the meaning of priesthood. Bishop William G. Curlin welcomed the newest priest and
A reception at the Conciliar Seminary of Queretaro followed the ceremony. Father Melo celebrated his first Mass June 16 in Soriano, a small town 40 kilometers from Queretaro. The church in Soriano was the same church
"It is with great joy that I welcome our newly ordained Father Melo 'home' to the Diocese of Charlotte. Having ordained him a deacon at St. Patrick Cathedral last year, I was pleased to permit his ordination to the priesthood in his hometown in order that his relatives and friends could attend,"
deacon to the diocese.
"Rev. Mr. DeAguilar was ordained to the Mass that Father Melo was ordained a priest so that his family and friends could be present for the joyful occasion. Rev. Mr DeAguilar has requested that I ordain him to the priesthood next year in Charlotte so that our diocesan Hispanic community can celebrate with him," the bishop added. Father Melo, 35, has been appointed parochial vicar at Holy Family Church in Clemmons effective July 9. Rev. Mr. DeAguilar returns to St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, diaconate during the same
Above: Rev. Mr. DeAguilar during Father Fidel Melo accepts the his first Mass in Soriano. Left:
The Catholic News & Herald begins publishing on a bi-weekly, summer schedule with the next issue, July 12, 1996. We will resume our regular, weekly schedule Aug. 23.
Diocese of Charlotte
P.O. Box 36776
Charlotte, N.C. 28236
Dear Brothers and
Sisters in Christ,
United States, there are many poor areas wherein deacons and lay people work daily to bring the Church to people who are unable to support families properly, let alone support the Church, The people, mosdy in the West and South, are people of the Missions, who depend on religious leaders for their Faith and for encouragement. Since 1885, the Catholic Church, always aware of mission needs, has had an annual Home Mission Collection (formerly known as Indian & Negro) to help dioceses unable to support missionaries. The faithful have been very generous and the Church has moved ahead in mission parts of the United States, as a result of assistance from the collection. I write to ask your support and generosity when the collection is taken on the weekend of July 6/7 so that needed assistance may continue to be available in areas of our land that remain mission areas. What began over a century ago and has been so helpful is needed today more than at any Presently, in the
The annual Home Mission
truly necessary, or the
Father Richard McCue, Father Joe Waters and Father Frank O'Rourke of the Diocese were among those who traveled to Mexico for the ordination. Also shown at the far left is Father Michael Thompson of the diocese of St. Augustine, Fla. of Charlotte
ment to the Church and the community in which we live."
Bishop William G. Curlin
ou can express your commitment to your Church by making a bequest to the Diocese of Charlotte or to your parish. Simply have the following
a part in the missionary then, be generous
concern for loved ones, as well as an ongoing commit-
would not ask our assistance. In fact, the Diocese of Charlotte has received grants from this Commission to assist with Evangelization programs for the needy African-American and Native American communities in our area.
Remember, those who contribute play as much program as the missionaries themselves. Please,
"A valid Will stands as a continuing expression of our
BBS statement included in your Will:
taken in your parish.
Wishing you and yours God's
"/ leave to the
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Catholic Diocese of
parish, city) the
percent of the residue of my estate) for religious, educational and charitable works!' (or
For more information on /"ery
Reverend Mauricio W. West, V.G.
Charlotte, N.C. 28207
Will that works, contact
Jim Kelley, Diocese of Charlotte, Office of Development, 1524 East Morehead
(704) 331-1709 or 377-6871.
4 The Catholic News
June 28, 1996
The Pope Speaks
Pope John Paul II
Mary Lived Sinless Life Beyond Immaculate Conception, Pope Says VATICAN CITY
The Church's participation in not a threat to the political process nor to genuine pluralism, but an affirmation of their importance.
of Pope John Paul IPs remarks weekly general audience June 19. text
is the Vatican English at his
Political Responsibility, 1995 Statement by the Administrative Board of the NCCB
Dear brothers and sisters, In our catechesis on the Blessed Virgin Mary we have seen that the dogma of the Immaculate Conception speaks of Mary's preservation from original sin at
moment of her existence. The church also holds that Mary was free from personal sin and moral imperfection throughout her life. The Council of Trent clearly expressed this conviction when it affirmed that Mary enjoyed a special privilege which preserved her first
whole life (cf. DS 1573). The doctrine of Mary's perfect holiness has long been part of the church's sense of faith. The Gospel writers present Mary as the model of faith and obedience to God's word. At the Annunciation, the angel from
Respect Life Office (Diocese ofCnartotte
sin throughout her
calls her "full
"mother and brothers" are those who hear the word of God and do it (cf. Lk 8:21), his words apply first and foremost to Mary, the model of all disciples, who always obeyed God's will with a generous and undivided heart. So too, Mary, above all others, deserves the title "blessed," which Jesus reserves for those that his
Bishop William G. Curlin will take part in the following events:
faithfully carry out God's word (cf.
The special privilege by which
holiness throughout her earthly life invites us to con-
template her perfect union with God and her constant and sublime growth in faith, hope and charity. Mary is thus seen to be a radiant sign of God's sure guide along the
mercy and our
way of holiness and
perfection. I am pleased to greet the newly ordained deacons of the Pontifical Beda College, together with their fami-
As you begin your diaconal
may you be conformed more closely to Christ and contribute to the building
up of the church
members of the United Nations Women's Guild I offer good wishes for your efforts to promote solidarity and friendship between peoples. Upon all the love.
English-speaking visitors, especially the pilgrims from England, Scotland, Indonesia, the Philippines, Canada and the United States, I cordially invoke the joy and
peace of Jesus Christ our savior.
July 7 10:45 a.m.
Raymond B. Marcin
Mass Patrick Cathedral Charlotte St.
There's a certain kind of election year voter-information column that appears in the various Catholic
July 14 4 p.m.
Mass Charlotte Area Charismatic St. Patrick Cathedral Charlotte
and then goes on to
several (often exactly ten) other
non-Catholic) voters, dealing with social and environ-
mental concerns. The subtle and somewhat subliminal message of the
that the pro-life sensitivity loses in the
balance, 10 to one. Doubtless catholic readers thereupon
go out and vote for the pro-
who takes the supposedly more en-
lightened stance on the other 10 issues.
Voting on moral, social and environmental matOn one side of the balance the pro-life issue side there is a fact: 35 million dead human babies and counting. On the other side of the scale the cumulative social and environmental issue side there is an opinion: the opinion that, to put it in simplistic terms, socially liberal solutions to our domestic problems are better than ters certainly involves issue-balancing.
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ernment bureaucracies and trusting that it will trickle down to the benefit of poor people is a better solution to our social problems than not taxing heavily and letting big business make big money and trusting that it will trickle down to the benefit of poor people. One surmises that most people, if pressed, would be equally dubious of both opinions.
In the context of the abortion debate, the world's
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Partial-birth abortions are not only horrible to
ing a firm, orthodoxly Catholic opposition to abortion
we are beginning to sense that they are very likely horribly painful to the all-but-completelyborn children. Research published in the prestigious British medical journal, The Lancet, in 1994 concluded
diocesan newspapers, the annual "We're opposed to abortion, but..." column. It usually begins by announc-
issues that are likely to be of concern to Catholic (and
July 15-18 Meeting of the bishops from the Atlanta Province (Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh) Savannah, Ga.
favor abortion, and denied
tection of the lives of pre-birth children.
and principally in the context of the national debate over partial-birth abortions, that even worldly sensitivity is being recognized on the pro-life side of cently,
some time during
the second trimester
which would justify a finding of pain in a newborn baby. Its authors actually recommended anesthesia for fetuses
fetuses exhibit all the physiological indications
being aborted. Mother Teresa once said, with obvious reference to the United States: "Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion." The then Surgeon General of the United States, Joycelyn Elders, verbalized one of the pro-abortion movement's re-
sponses to Mother Teresa: " We would like for the rightand anti-choice groups to really get over their
love affair with the fetus."
perhaps the single great-
moral judgment on our society that it seems to have adopted Joycelyn Elder's sensitivity in the abortion
debate, rather than
side of the balance: thirty-give million-
and-counting dead human babies (and, very likely, unimaginable pain). On the other side: an opinion about which competing political philosophy is thought to be more sensitive. There's a contest? Even the horror of the recent presidential decision to tolerate the perpetuation of partial-birth abortions, abortion itself
defining social issue, the defining moral problem, and the defining ethical challenge of our age. Our society
and each of us are destined some day
to be called to account for our response to that challenge, and it may not be a sufficient answer to tell the Creator of those slain and dismembered babies that we tolerated the prolonging of the slaughter and dismemberment of His children because we preferred one political phi-
losophy to another.
Raymond B. Marcin is professor of law at Catholic University's
Columbus School of Law.
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June 28, 1996
& Herald 5
Father John Catoir
Who Is God? stars
Have you ever looked up at the and wondered, who is God? There
an answer, you know. Jesus told us God by what He did and said. Remember when Philip asked, "Lord, let us see the Father and then we will be satisfied." Jesus answered, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know Me? To have seen Me is
words I say do not speak from Myself. It
see the Father I
the Father living in
Me who is doing the
lowers to see
of God's love. Jesus told His folGod the Father acting in all His own actions. Jesus rebuked the rash judgment of those who condemned the woman taken in adultery. He forgave sinners. Every word, every gesture of Jesus, right down to His suffering and death, showed us that God reaches out to those in need. His mercy endures forever. We learn that
God is a loving, caring Father.
Jesus invites us to inspect His for clues about
impossible to appreciate fully, but
to the poor, the dispossessed, the outcasts, the lepers, to tell
continues to reveal the
Think for a
moment about the public ministry of Jesus. He was continually reaching out
true. Christ lives today, risen in the
become sad when
they are not getting this
message. They see the Church as a rigoristic institution at war within itself, tirelessly imposing the full demands of
God's love effecmust also include a fidelity to truth that is uncompromising; but in addition, Jesus wants us to reach out to those in need with a gentle love. To be truly the Church of Jesus Christ, we must seek often the lost sheep with a message of forgiveness and hope.
seem to regard the Church as alien, other age;
upon its members. They
coming from anmany of them refuse to give as
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her credit for the wonderful humanizing
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Question Box Father John Dietzen
Allowing Oneself to Die Q. My sister-in-law knew for about five years that she had ovarian cancer.
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immoral or to assume she was
She swore her doctor to secrecy to prevent her from telling my brother and her children or anyone else, and refused medication of any kind. She had severe bone problems also. We thought this was causing her pain.
wrongfully trying to
the end, as she
used an excellent phrase. indicates that neither she
nor anyone else killed her. She her-
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That fact, plus her age and her appar-
painful position might have, just as
morally, reached a different decision
A serious factor in all such circumhow fruitful a particular medi-
about how to approach the end of life. It would, nevertheless, be very dif-
are never obliged to any course
illness, all point to possible legitimate
ficult to characterize
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decision as immoral,
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venous feeding. She was transferred to a terminal care facility where they respected her wishes, gave her morphine and allowed her to die. She was 72 years old. Her family is worried by what she did, but I do not believe she intended to
and the terminal care facility, simply "allowed her to die." Others in the same horribly
reasons, to be forced to deal with her family about the
declined all treatment, including intra-
commit suicide. What reassurance can I offer her husband and the children. (California)
of action which
offers almost no expec-
As of today at least, for some forms of cancer no treatment exists that holds out
the slightest hope of con-
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that ovarian cancer
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From additional information in your lengthy letter, I strongly suspect there were other considerations in the picture that made the whole event un-
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usually burdensome for her family to
she had told
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does not affect
Letters Priests Discuss Confirmation I was pleased to meet with Father Lawrence Heiney of St. John The Baptist Church in Tryon recently. It was a mutually enriching experience. We discussed my column and his letter to the editor, both of which were published in The Catholic News & Her-
During the session, differing expecwere acknowledged and misinterpretations were clarified. Father Heiney' s view was that my rationale for the age of confirmation should have been ald.
situated within the context of stressing that the sacrament, together
tism and Eucharist, initiates one into the
of confirmation would be discussed with parents and candidates within the local parish.
from the age at which the sacrament is celebrated. I presumed that the theology
the grace of the
its accompanying graces for the believing human being at a specific period of his or her
News and Herald, Father Lawrence Heiney responded to Father James Hawker's May 31 column in which he
was especially sensitive to the gifts of the Holy Spirit in enabling the con-
gave several reasons for the diocese's
return to the policy of administering the
sacrament of confirmation in the eighth
divine nature by uniting them in a living
firmed to cooperate with the effects and to contend with the experiences, internal or external, that
person from faithfully living in the of the sacrament.
During our meeting Father Heiney and I reflected upon a number of relevant issues and shared personal insights in sion of the session
At the concluwords
Father Heiney takes issue with Fa-
of Jesus: Where two or three are gathered in my name I am in their midst. We believe it and are grateful.
nificance of the sacrament and
scribed as well.
stand the reality of sacramental grace.
given by Christ and proper to each sacrament. The spirit heals and transforms
relation to confirmation.
My view was that the reality of in-
In your June 14 issue of The Catho-
to consider the sig-
Church. From that perspective the effects of the sacrament might have been de-
corporation as well as that of the effects
Confirmation Offers Grace During Adolescence
DiocesanVicar of Education
that "there is
Him by conforming Son of God. The fruit of the
life is that
the Spirit of adop-
the faithful partakers in the
union with the only Son, the Savior. Surely this "spirit of adoption" that
grace in confirmation to help during ado-
makes us partakers
lescent turmoil" and says he has "not
should be an invaluable help during ado-
in the divine nature
any authoritative teaching
lescent turmoil! In fact, might there not
of the Church." Father Heiney ends his letter by saying, "The new catechism
be some direct correlation between the Church's experimentation with later con-
#1285- 1 32 1 is a good place to start growing in our understanding of confirma-
firmation these past 15 years or so and
I suggest people with concerns about confirmation refer to this same catechism, #1 124-1227 to better under-
morals among were, in ef-
many young people who
denied the grace of this particular sacrament at a time when they needed it
6 The Catholic
June 28, 1996
Mercy Sisters Elect
Peace Corps Volunteers Two young
Catholics volunteer for two-year assignments with the
a mini train-
ing session and then travels together to
Although their parents were friends, Genevieve "Genny" Grabman and Alice Hengesbach didn't know each other growing up. Then, a few years ago, the Hengesbachs moved to Charlotte and introduced the girls. They were the same
The group has
usually the capital city of their country.
the volunteers stay with host
Rosalind, left, is the new
families and will have intensive lan-
guage and cultural training and instruc-
tion in technical skills," she said.
July 5, Alice Hengesbach be-
gins her assignment with a trip to
there, the 22-year-old
University of Dayton graduate will meet the other
20 or so Peace Corps volunwill travel with her to
Vladivostok, Russia, a city near the border. country's easternmost Hengesbach, who began learning Russian while studying abroad in St. Petersburg, continued her language studies for the next two years. "I find Russian culture very interesting," Hengesbach said. "I also
experience teaching and working with a group that really makes a positive impact on others, so the Peace Corps was a great place to be."
said her faith influ-
enced her decision to enter the Peace Corps. "I went to the University of Dayton, which is a Catholic school with a very strong ministry program," she said. "I really think that my decision had a lot to do with the kinds of activities that I
Ann Church and both very motivated and intelligent. This summer, Genny and Alice will have yet another thing in common: By midJuly each will be involved in a two-year assignment with the Peace Corps. By the time this story appears, Genny Grabman will be living with a Kyrgyz family, immersed in language and culture training. In three months, the
was involved with there." Neuringer said the Peace Corps receives an average of 100,000 requests for information each year. Of that number about 10,000 applications are returned and about 3,500 applicants are accepted
20-year-old will be alone in a rural area
rently there are 6,529 Peace
of the Kyrgyz Republic, a South Dakota-
unteers in 93 countries
age, both parishioners at St.
for the program.
The entire process takes
about nine months. Volunteers are asked if
but no assignment
over the world.
and three for the remaining council
goals together," she said. "The chapter left
us with very good
Part of the procedure includes reasons
tions," said Sister Rosalind, admitting
for the sister's nomination, said Sister
one goal: "For us as a regional commu-
a discernment pro-
cess helps each nominee resonate or
withdraw from consideration. The president has what in
— — personal
community. However, and the Sisters of Mercy operate within methods of consensus, relying heavily on dialogue, guided conversations, and consultants from out-
nity to continue the direction that
and to continue a participative style that engages the entire regional community in decision making processes." In addition to the president and vice in,
the entire regional
president, the sisters elected three coun-
community when necessary.
versation, processed conversation to get their input
and also to inform the sisters it is we're doing," said Sis-
members: Second term members SisMary Thomas Burke and Mary Jerome Spradley are joined by Paulette Rose Williams. Sister Mary Thomas is a professor and chairperson of the Deters
partment of Human Services at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Sister Jerome is president of The Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, Inc.; and Sister Paulette is principal of Charlotte Catholic High School in Char-
brings personal nuances to the position,
Sister Rosalind points out, "Chapter re-
Elected to four-year terms, the new leadership will guide the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina into the new millennium.
ally sets the direction."
local administration takes that direction
will determine our
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The following are home videocassette reviews from the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. Each videocassette is available on WHS format. Theatrical movies on video have a U.S. Catholic Conference classification and Motion Picture Association of America rating. All reviews indicate the appropriate age group for the video audience.
Vid GOS Schwarzenegger Thriller Features (What Else?) WallTo-Wall Bullets, Bloodshed
"Alexander the Great"
kick (Walter Brennan) get in the
Historical dramatization re-cre-
NEW YORK (CNS) — Providing escapist entertainment that goes over the line into glamorized, hard-
mits premeditated murders.
the latest Arnold
Wall-to-wall bullets and bloodshed
desensitizes viewers to the reality of vio-
"Eraser" (Warner Bros.).
as a trio of killers prepares to carve out
the tongue of a Witness Protection Pro-
gram informer (Robert Pastorelli) before slaughtering him and his wife. Just in time arrives Federal MarKruger "Eraser" shal John (Schwarzenegger) who in a matter of seconds kills the assassins, dumps substitute bodies from the morgue in place of the witness and wife, and turns the scene into an inferno. The near- victims have been effectively erased.
On to the
the three lead characters:
have no he has a
beyond his pistol-packsame goes for mercenary co-worker Caan. And Williams' character is given a momentary boyfamily or any
ing profession; the
friend only so
kingdom come by
the movie's spec-
new rifle (whose laser scope
skeletal frames before they are gutted).
The dialogue is unintentionally when it's meant to sound momen-
tous, as if
holding the entire
the computer-disk proof, but Kruger'
world's fate in his huge hands. Several plot points are similar to "Mission: Impossible," but where that movie's tone was more of an action fan-
corrupt colleague, Deguerin (James
weapon, "the most powerful assault rifle on earth," not to the government but to an unknown enemy. She's got
out to ice her before she can
whose violence seemed
"Eraser" leaves no doubt about
What's more, Deguerin has discredited Kruger as a murderous traitor so the marshal is on the run as he tries to hide his witness and prevent the imminent de-
and unnecessary executions. Chalk up "Eraser" as yet another action blockbuster of brawn and bullets. But instead of all the lead in these pencil-thin characterizations,
can't there be heart and soul? Because of excessive
livery of tons of the assault
weapons into deadly
violence, intermittent pro-
Director Charles Russell delivers slick, fast-paced action and a few breathless scenes of danger, but the bottom
line is that the violence is
so casual and cynical
mighty Persian Empire in a 10-year campaign ending with his death in 323 B.C. at age 33. Written, produced and directed by Robert Rossen, the result is both good history and fine drama with
ized violence and mild romance.
a solid cast,
times stilted and oc-
and political heavy going for children. The U.S. Catholic Confergeneral ence classification is A-I patronage. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. lence, sexual references
and recurring rough
language, the U.S. Catholic
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an action picture that winds up with
the usual shoot-out heroics.
U.S. Catholic Conference classifica-
is A-I general patronage. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
"55 Days at Peking" (1963) With the encouragement of the Manchu dowager empress (Flora Robson), the forces of the 1900 Boxer Rebellion lay siege to the walled compound in the Chinese capital, where the foreign community tries to hold out until
an international relief force arrives.
Director Nicholas Ray's wide-screen spectacular has impressive sets and energetic action scenes but the cast (U.S.
Marine officer Charlton Heston, British diplomat David Niven, Russian baroness Ava Gardner and the rest) are
Three World War II veterans (sergeant Fredric March, bombardier Dana Andrews and sailor Harold Russell with hooks in place of hands) meet on their way home to resume civilian lives in the same small town where they try to help each other readjust to peacetime. Director William
Wyler gives sympa-
thetic treatment to the
bilitation of returning GIs, portraying
cardboard characters adding little human dimension to a script of limited historical proportion. Stylized violence
and romantic interludes. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I general patronage. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
in fairly realistic detail their career dif-
ficulties as well as personal
Cathy O'Donnell). Mature themes, including a broken marriage. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is adults. Not rated by the A-III Motion Picture Association of America.
"Joy of Living" (1938) Wacky romantic comedy about a
with wives and girlfriends (Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo and
Dead and Loving
down-to-earth Broadway musical star
Dunne) and a rich nonconform(Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) who insists she drop her career and bevy of idle
relatives to sail
as his wife
away for a carefree life their
island in the
South Seas. Director Tay Garnett keeps the odd-couple situation amusing as practical star resists free-spirited suitor
happy ending. Romantic complications. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is adults and adolescents. Not A-II rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. until the inevitable
(1995) Slack spoof of Bela Lugosi' s 1 93 "Dracula," with Leslie Nielsen hamming it up as the title Transylvanian
vampire whose bloody nighttime antics in 1 893 England are stymied by a quirky metaphysician (Mel Brooks). Also directed by Brooks, the familiar vampire tale is laced with slapstick comedy and verbal gags but the uneven humor seldom relieves the tedium of the tonguein-cheek melodramatics. Comic gory effects and sexual innuendo. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is adults. The Motion Picture A-III Association of America rating is PGparents are strongly cautioned 13 that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
"The Best Years of Our Lives"
the rugged setting ap-
propriately frames the tough characters
scenes and a sense of spectacle, though
through walls and reduces people to their
alerted the feds when she realized company planned to sell their new
instead just another
kind of magnified entertainment meant to impress jaded audiences. Virtually zilch attention is given
Lee Cullen (Vanessa Williams),
of a crooked judge (John Mclntire) and his claim-jumping cohorts. Directed by
Macedonian prince (Richard Burton) who, after the Greek city-states fell to his father, Philip (Fredric March), went on to conquer the ates the life of the
made to look exciting and heroic, even when good-guy Schwarzenegger com-
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"Sense and Sensibility" (1995) Splendid adaptation of Jane Austen's 1795 tale of two devoted but emotionally dissimilar sisters (Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet) who endure unexpected heartbreak only to eventually triumph in securing suitable
period piece offers frequent subtle humor in its wry observation of the characters
and social conventions of the
day. Romantic complications.
After taking a herd of cattle from Oregon to the gold camps of Alaska, a
U.S. Catholic Conference classificaadults and adolestion is A-II cents. The Motion Picture Associapation of America rating is PG
rancher (James Stewart) and
rental guidance suggested.
"The Far Country" (1955)
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June 28, 1996
For home's sake children to By Mary
"Liar, Liar, pants on fire!" I could hear them chanting as they ran across the lawn tripping over one another to
get to mother first. "My bike was first over the finish
won!" "That's not true!
to see the value of telling the truth and the negative consequences
their actions is part of the bedrock out of which truth springs.
Third is a parental posture of attentive listening to children. We cannot hear the truth if we are not listen-
children are tempted to lie (about who broke the vase), honesty
should be rewarded. If a child fesses to breaking the vase, there should
asked young people in their mid-
being truthful themselves. Children learn most vir-
line before you."
tues by osmosis. There is no substitute for parents' own efforts to be honest with and in front of chil-
First is to value truthfulness. Parents do this by
crossed the finish
Every parent has heard
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What enables a child to risk telling the truth, to live in the light, so to speak? What can a parent do to create an atmosphere where truth is welcomed at home? Parents can do several things to help children understand and practice
times. Kids lie. I don't think it comes naturally. They learn at a young age to lie for lots of reasons: to save face, to make themselves look better than others, to avoid the consequences of their behavior or to get rewards.
dren. Seeing parents lying to a salesperson or ac-
quaintance about little things, the line between truth and untruth gets
"Parents can do several things to help children understand and practice truth-telling:... Value truthfulness
by being truthful themselves.... Nurture
a strong sense of
listening to children."
Sometimes parents inadvertently encourage lying, perhaps by saying "Don't let me catch you doing that." What the child may hear is "Don't get
fuzzy for children. Truthfulness is a habit that begins early in life.
Like all habits, truthfulness requires example and
William Bennett, in The Book of it well: "Honesty imbues lives with openness, reliability and
We cannot assume that instinctively children
candor; it expresses a disposition to live in the light" (page 599). Children learn early that telling the truth can be risky or painful. They learn that telling the truth is more
broke the vase, she
that being truthful is an essenvirtue. Before they can value and practice truthfulness, they tial
need to know what it is. Truth as a virtue must be taught. Stories like Pinocchio and The Boy Who Cried Wolf help very young chil-
may punish me."
be some lessening of the consequences for him. This emphasizes the value of being truthful. Second is to nurture a strong sense of self in your children. Honesty
therefore children need selfconfidence to be honest in some situais risky,
What enables a
child to tell the truth
be open about an
he knows that no matter what he says he will be safe, he will be loved and that his punishment will not be too much to bear, he will have no reason not to tell the truth." Marilynn Quick-Wilson, Houston, Texas "If
teach children from an early age that truthfulness will be rewarded. As adults we need to encourage them to be truthful and open by modeling those Armond Seishas, Castro Valley, Calif. qualities ourselves." to
"A good, regular structure
necessary, including unconditional love
and a prayer life. For me, unconditional love means, 'You are always my son or daughter and love you, but understand there are consequences when you make Caren bad choices'.... A child's greatest teacher is the example of his parents." Otis, Eureka Springs, Ark.
"When the child has had previous experience of not being immediately condemned when they make a mistake, he or she develops a sense of trust in the Father Hilarion Kistner, OFM, Cincinnati, parents that encourages truth telling."
"Always being honest with your children when they ask you a question Robin Bandi, Mentor on the whether it's on a difficult subject like sex or ... AIDS." Lake, Ohio
edition asks: Tell of an event that deepened your understanding of priestly ministry? If you would like to respond for possible publication, please write: Faith Alive! 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C 20017-1100.
the truth sometimes jeopardizes friendships. Healthy self-esteem helps kids be less dependent on their "crowd" and more confident about doing what is right no matter what. An important factor in building a child's sense of self is a parent's unconditional love
and forgiveness mixed
with the kind of parenting that disciplines through logical consequences consequences that flow naturally from the child's action (for example, some loss of driving privileges after abusing rules for use of the car). When I asked kids why they lie to a
parent, many of them said in order not to get in trouble. Kids need to know that even serious mistakes (for example, a big dent in the car, or underage drinking), are forgivable.
Other kids said they lied to their parents to avoid punishment. Helping children accept the consequences of their behavior helps them tell the truth even under difficult circum-
— knew they would hear me out." — knew they would respect my point of view even we disagreed." —"My parents have very strong "I "I
opinions, but they would always listen
and not put us down." This posture of listening for example, about events that have occurred; about children's feelings allows children the freedom to be honest. Catholic tradition teaches that the family is meant to be an "intimate community of love and life." Neither intimacy, community nor love is possible without an atmosphere of trust that comes with truthfulness. Honesty is a fundamental condition to ours
are told to avoid taking responsibility for what one has done. Teaching kids to be accountable for lies
human interaction, whether friend-
community or family. The family is the primary source of moral and spiritual formation before ship, business,
the age of 7. It's a real challenge for parents! The media, politics, business and government are filled with coverups, exaggerations and other forms of deception. When parents send truth-telling children out into the world, it's like shining a light into the darkness.
20s who have open, honest communication with their parents what made it possible to confide in them about difficult subjects. Their answer seemed
Particularly for adolescents, telling
photo from Sunrise/Trinity
the coordinator of the
Leadership in Family Life Training Program for the Archdiocese
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
lood communication is a goal of family life. The problem is that sometimes what one family member communicates is something another family
member finds hard to
member tells me something
hoped to hear? Do I overreact? Numerous psychologists believe those questions need to be asked, especially by parents today. Family members learn to anticipate each other's reactions to various kinds information. But there's a
downside here. Children may discover
information unleashes a barrage of parental lecturing or that
anxiety for parents. Some teen-agers will close communication down rather than take this risk. In some cases they just don't want to make their parents
unhappy. But no, I don't think parents can be bland, unblinking recipients of worrisome facts from children. Parents are human beings who care deeply about their
and safety. The question I've had to ask as a parent, however, is whether I was always keeping the door open for my children to risk telling me the truth and communicating openly on serious matters. I've had to work at reacting constructively to what I was told. David Gibson children's lives, well-being
Editor, Faith Alive!
falsehood is a problem for another reason. God made humans so that they cannot love what they do not know; as falsehood becomes the norm in people's lives together, they cease to
falsehood replaces truth is that love
"Falsehood is like a Beginning to live truth means going through withdrawal symptoms.... But God's grace is part of that
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
to ask you, the reader, to answer a
few questions as a way of getting
Since Jesus told the truth, people could trust him in all matters and take
a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe
By Father John J. Castelot Catholic News Service
people lie, they destroy their Afterward, others are not sure whether or when they should believe anything these people say. In a heated exchange with his opponents, Jesus told them: "You belong to your father the devil, and you willingly carry out your father's desires. He was credibility.
"Consistent adherence to the truth requires
be schooled in it. A person who has regularly
experienced lying as a response to life's challenges will
treasure truth as a value," writes Father Gerard S. Sloyan in
Catholic Morality Revisited,
Challenges (Twenty-Third Publications, Box 180, 185 Willow St., Mystic, Conn. 06355. 1990. Paperback, $9.95). The author writes: "The disdainer of truth's
creates a private universe in which brute facts
who speak the truth have But as Jesus also suggests, some tendency to flinch in the
Yes, those credibility.
there is presence of truth, as well as to be challenged by those who are truth-tellers. Their integrity invites us to grow, to expand as human beings. In their presence we don't feel lessened. In the story of the first sin, which had dire consequences for all of humanity, the serpent got attention by telling a lie. He assured the woman that she and her husband would not die if they ate of the forbidden tree. God had lied to them, the serpent suggested. Why? Out of fear that they would gain divine knowledge! The serpent was thus a liar from the beginning. His "children," despite everything, learned to lie, and this had consequences; lying was destructive of life as God intended it to be lived. Jesus' followers, in their efforts to spread the good news, told the truth even when it could have turned people off. In an ancient baptismal homily, later edited as a letter, the homilist did not hide the fact that the new Christians would face difficulties because of their new way of life. After extolling their new status as committed Chris-
are trimmed, enlarged upon or
he went on to say: "In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer
set aside entirely
advantage." Thus, facts are
Does a home
seem chaotic or when people
face" there by covering things up or deceiving
others? Father Sloyan writes,
"Sometimes a person raised on a diet of deceit will rebel against the
order to escape that for
an ordered universe.
He was only echoing Jesus' sometimes painful honesty: "You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved" (Matthew 10:22). All of this candor might seem counterproductive, but actually it paid off. When disciples encountered hardships, they were not dismayed but stood firm. They did not feel that they had been sold a false bill of goods but that they had been forewarned honestly, and forewarned was forearmed. Truth paid rich dividends, and of those dividends countless millions of people have been and are beneficia-
the role of "truth" in family life. 1. How truthful is your family, your home? Do husband and wife keep secrets from each other? Do children
guard secrets? Suppose that, unknown to you, a video camera followed you for a whole week. Would your loved ones be shocked by what the camera saw? 2.
scholar, author, teacher
be healed? Yes, but it's not easy. Falsehood is like a drug. Withful relationships
falsehood and be-
ginning to live truth means going through withdrawal symptoms expe-
riencing all that is part of the rejection of sin and acceptance of God. But God's grace is part of that process. An essential step is to determine that in any relationship the focus is to be truthful and honest with the other person, not to deceive or cause pain.
is it for
claiming a need one way you avoid telling the truth? Perhaps spouses lie to each other, believing they are protecting their 3. Is
privacy. Perhaps teenagers believe they have
a right to privacy that permits them to lie to parents about their activities.
Truth is one of those things we might not be able to define but which we know and recognize when we experience it.
Ultimately God is and from our per-
is both as simple and complicated as God. We understand truth
absence, best called falsehood. Falsehood is
photo by Ed Carlin
sinful, deceptive, unreal.
Falsenot in rhythm with
God. Falsehood is filled with secrets. It the absence of sunlight, darkness. causes distress, and it is painful.
that falsehood replaces truth as the norm of family relations. A climate can be created in which people feel little need to be honest or truthful with each
in front of a mirror
live there don't love
other. Is falsehood the ultimate reason?
of truth applies not
(Father Faucher is a priest of the Dio-
the love of parents and children dies.
cese of Boise, Idaho, writer.)
each other can become family functions.
a pattern of
lie to oneself.
and deception, for falsehood incubates in secrets. Asking God for help each day to be truthful begins to break the addiction to falsehood, and doing so crets
How easy is it for to tell the truth?
hood change? Can
There are many homes where the
their daily norm. Can families living lives of false-
is a participation article. I want
credibility of Jesus
only to the home as a whole, but to its individual inhabitants. Any individual is capable of lying to himself or herself, living a life of self-deception, not dealing with the truth. A person who lives a life of falsehood doesn't know who he or she is, doesn't love himself or herself. Many of the truly sinful people of our world live with both personal and family falsehood as
know each other. The cost when
By Father W. Thomas Faucher Catholic News Service
10 The Catholic
June 28, 1996
Supreme Court Justice Returns To Catholic Faith Thomas' return to the faith brings the number of Catholics on the nine-member court to three for the first time in history. By
college released a transcript of the speech
more than 28
by pro-life Democrats to get a few words of accommodation for their beliefs into the Democratic platform this year was lauded by former Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey as the politically wise course for the party. "The story here is not whether the language in the platform should be changed in some cosmetic way," Casey said in a June 21 phone interview, "but that these Democratic congressmen are speaking from a key constituency which all parties agree is still to be claimed." That constituency
who converted to
has attended an Epis-
copal church in re-
the second grade,
ing the school's 25th
a priest" after at-
transcript of his 10-
minute speech was
schools and a high school
8 at the college.
public appearance since undergo-
the precious gift" of
ing quadruple bypass heart surgery five
his Catholic faith.
weeks earlier, Cardinal James A. Hickey of Washington ordained five priests for
"And, on this 25th year of my graduation from Holy Cross College, it was a joy to receive
the day, and the hour, of Cardinal
my first Communion
The ordination ceremony took
— 50 years
Hickey' s priestly ordination.
reunion banquet June
made public June 18. He thanked fellow classmates for helping him "reclaim
place at 10 a.m. June 15
Holy Cross alumni that he had "fully intended to become
Cardinal Hickey Ordains Priests On 50th Anniversary Of Own Ordination WASHINGTON (CNS) In his first
news of Thomas' announcement was leaked to the press. after
These props from Cecil B. DeMilte's epic classic, "The Ten Commandments," were up for sale at Sotheby's auction house in New York. The items, which expected to fetch $50,000 failed to attract the minimum bid and were withdrawn from sale June 18.
Although it was a private event, the
cent years, photo from Reuters
But he said began to "slowly erode" during his first his faith
year at late
of "culturally conservative," ethnic, or
Reagan Democrats may
return to the
Democratic Party after supporting Republicans in the 1992 congressional elections, if party leaders recognize that
most Americans are not as strongly supportive of abortion as the platform and
PUT YOUR GIFTS
the party's national leadership, said Casey.
Thomas the Apostle
Service of Others
The Diocese Thomas was one of the chosen 12 apostles.
referred to as the
He said he would had risen from the dead when he could touch his wounds. When Christ appeared to the apostles, Thomas exclaimed, "My Lord and my God." He was martyred in India and "doubting Thomas."
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as a child,
time he had taken Communion at the Holy Cross chapel. Thomas, a 1971 graduate of Holy Cross, was selected by his classmates to deliver the main address at the college's central alumni dinner, which is reserved for those who graduated at least 25 years ago.
did not give particular reasons
Martin Luther King Jr. was shot in April Rev.
1968 and he overheard a fellow semiwho was white say he hoped "the dies,"
straw that broke
back" and he
With "no place else to go," his lunch in a shoe box and a $100 bill in his sock, Thomas boarded a train in Savannah, Ga., in September 1968 on his way to Worcester and Holy Cross. Thomas' return to the church brings the number of Catholics on the
for his return to the Catholic faith dur-
ing his address. However, he did praise
time in history. The other Catholic justices are Anthony Kennedy and Antonin
several people at
Holy Cross who helped
the path back to Catholicism.
for his support during the "bit of unpleas-
antness" that led to his confirmation as a
Supreme Court justice
Father Brooks testified on behalf
of Thomas during Senate hearings prior to his confirmation. "It just seems that during the darkest moments, he would
always show up. (A) phone call.
A note," J.
Vaghi, a 1969 Holy Cross graduate who is now pastor of St. Patrick's Parish in Washington, and three other classmates with
he has frequent contact
With two Jewish justices on the Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, it also marks the first time there is not a Protestant majority on the Supreme Court. court,
report in The Washington Times linked Thomas' return to the Catholic
Church with the
Washington. The audience of 1,500 gave Thomas a standing ovation following his
Scalia' s son, Paul, as a priest of the Dio-
The Times said Thoannounced the change at a re-
cese of Arlington.
also thanked Msgr. Peter
to three for the first
John E. Brooks, former president of Holy Cross College,
Contact Father Frank O'Rourke Vocation Director
— Catholic by born a and grandparents — had made
Chapel," he said. Al-
on this anniversary day seems the most fitting way for me to thank God for those 50 years of my own priesthood," Cardinal Hickey told the you,
for the col-
lege in Worcester that he has reclaimed
years of estrangement.
Democrats Must Heed Efforts Of Pro-Life Members, Casey Says WASHINGTON (CNS) An ef-
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told fellow alumni at Holy Cross Colhis Catholic faith after
speech, according to Katharine B.
ception following the May 19 ordination.
marriage in 1971, to Ambush, took
the former Kathy Grace
place in an Episcopal church and ended
His second marriage former Virginia Bess Lamp, also was not a Catholic ceremony. in divorce in 1984.
in 1987, to the
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June 28, 1996
Fund Established To Rebuild, Repair Burned Churches Gets Boost From NCCB WASHINGTON (CNS) — An inrespond to the burning of churches, mainly in the South, has resulted in funds being created nationterfaith effort to
to the financial aid of
of the destroyed churches. parishes
invited to contribute
to a central fund.
In addition to the
and in at least three Catholic archdioceses to finance rebuilding of churches that have been damaged or de-
dozen Catholic bishops around the country who previously had voiced their con-
cern about a rash of fires in churches,
by the National Council of Churches got boosts June 19 from representatives of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the American Jewish Committee at a press conference in New York. Rebuilding fund drives also were announced by the New York and Chicago archdioceses and by Catholic Charities of San Francisco. Investigators in are looking into
more than 35 suspicious
predominantly black churches since January 1995. Dozens of predominantly white churches around the country also have had suspicious fires in the same 18-month period. But civil and refires at
Louis Archbishop Justin F. Rigali on June 18 joined in calling the desecration of churches for racist motivations a reprehensible tragedy.
"The burning of churches of black congregations in Southern states is a deplorable assault on
on the freedom of religious expression," said his statement. "It must stop." Also on June 18, the House voted 422-0 to pass a bill giving federal authorities more power to investigate and prosecute crimes against religious property.
The following day, bill was introduced.
a similar Sen-
the other hand,
Church Burnings, Urge Unity Against Racism
do believe a
of these instances are racially motivated and they tend to play off of one another," Clinton said. The governor's group would talk about rebuilding and about how communities can better prevent vandalism and arson fires. "The most important thing to me lot
Americans we consistently and
together to say this
crosses racial lines, this crosses party lines
this crosses religious lines,"
Clinton said. "Whether they're black churches or white churches or synagogues or the mosque that was burned in South Carolina, we cannot tolerate any of it." Contributions may be sent to the
Burned Churches Fund-NYT,
880-A, 475 Riverside Dr.,
ligious rights activists point out that in
The bill eliminates the $10,000 damage minimum that was required be-
relation to the overall count of churches
fore federal authorities can be called in
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 814 Mission St. Suite
in the country, the
volving black churches
New York press conference
June 19, representatives from the NCCB and the American Jewish Committee joined the NCC in encouraging support for the dozens of churches that have been burned in the last 18 months. The NCC Burned Churches Fund was launched with an advertisement in The New York Times. "The burning of a house of worship is an assault on the soul and spirit of the entire human family," said the ad, but
also said that
damage to religious property. It also makes it a federal crime to damage religious property and would to investigate
allow victims of such sistance
fires to obtain as-
from the Crime Victims Trust
Fund. Shortly before a June 19 meeting about the fires with governors of seven
300, San Francisco,
Southern states, President Clinton echoed statements by officials in the Justice and Treasury departments that there was no apparent evidence of a conspiracy to burn down black churches.
94103; or to AJC-Church Fund, c/o American Jewish Committee, 55 E. Monroe St., Suite 2930, Chicago, 1L 60603. TheAJC-Chicago collection will be sent to the National Council of Churches.
PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops June 20 condemned the burnings of AfricanAmerican churches and urged Catholics to unite
against racial and religious
They asked Catholics to join a campaign to
support the burned-out congregations
and rebuild their churches. "These evil acts not only destroy places of worship, they tear at the moral fabric of our nation.... Let us unite across racial and religious lines to confront bigotry and to recommit our nation and ourselves to the active pursuit of racial justice and reconciliation," they said.
They particularly deplored the "ominous and obvious racial overtones" of the violence and the "sacri-
legious" nature of violence against
houses of worship. The bishops, meeting in Portland June 20-22 as the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, interrupted their
previously planned agenda in the opening session to consider a state-
ment on the burnings, drawn up just before their meeting by four of their committees. By voice vote they unanimously affirmed the statement, which strongly endorsed Catholic participation in the Burned Churches Fund, coordinated by the National Council of Churches. Investigators are trying to deter-
Dozens of predominantly white
churches around the country also have
a conspiracy involved.
fires in the
thy and a sense of solidarity are not
rights activists point out that in rela-
tion to the overall count of churches
George open a
in the country, the
box of checks earmarked for a church
volving black churches
said that racial or religious hatred "has
no place in America." "These fires have not only destroyed church buildings, but have
to help the victims of
for the groups asked
to intensify its efforts to
catch and prosecute arsonists; encour-
aged rebuilding the churches and their programs; and asked all Americans to help combat bigotry.
Eight foundations were scheduled
announce major grants to the NCC's Burned Churches Fund on June 20. The Chicago and New York archdioceses and Catholic Charities of San Francisco each announced that local funds were being established to help re-
Chicago's fund is a collaboration between the Catholic Archdiocese, the American Jewish Committee, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and
unchecked by people of good will, such actions can become epidemic," he
shattered the illusion that bigotry
June 16 homily at St. Patrick's Cathedral asked New Yorkers in his
erance will rekindle in
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June 28, 1996
Remember St. Genevieve-Of-The-Pines
ated a four-year women's college, which continued as a two-year school until
Boys attended grammar school at their Gibbons Hall School for Boys (named for the great 19th century cardi-
his friend, "Come see the two Cat-lik preachers and their wives!" Ignorance and misunderstandings
remembers the novelty with which Catholics were then regarded. Her eyes sparkle as she recalls with amusement the wide-eyed stares the Sister Winters
sight of nuns walking down the streets of Asheville in their pre- Vatican II hab-
brought to the faces of the local are your husbands?" Sis-
being asked by a pair of young we're boys. "We don't have husbands sisters," she responded, then asked the boys: "Are you Catholics?" Apparently not knowing what Catholicism was, the boys responded matter-of-factly: ter recalls
Another incident Sister Winters remembers underscores local misconceptions at the time about the nature of
When two priests
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home and taking CCD before she received First Communion. What they best student in Sister Dolan' s catechism class.
"I said, well it's up to you, it's whatever you and her father want, but I can tell you she's readyl And I told her about Becky always wanting to answer the questions the Catholic children couldn't." The next day, as the mother walked up the aisle to receive her First
Communion, Becky was right beside her. Over the years, the sisters expanded their role when they were asked to teach at local parishes. They staffed the schools at St. Joan of Arc and St. Eugene parishes from 1927 until the two merged to form Asheville Catholic School in 1980. Nearby Hendersonville's Immaculata School
Waters of the Raleigh Diocese required that religion lessons for Catholics be given in their classrooms. Non-Catholic children were given some reading or written work to do. "They weren't ex-
was another of
pected or required to listen ... I think if they had been they might have rebelled. But they weren't, and sometimes they listen... and raise their
know was that she was already the
taken out of class."
Dolan recalled a non-Catholic pupil named Becky who always answered the questions her second-grade classmates preparing for First Holy Communion could not. "I was trying to draw out the answers from the Catholic children because I wanted to make sure that they knew, that they understood. But Sister
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in education that Genevieve are reflected in the absence of younger members of the Order. "There have been no vocations at all," Sister Dolan said. "The last one entered, I think, in 1968. She stayed until the early 1970's, and then she left. And that was the last one we've had. We've had requests for information." For the six sisters who remain on
life has changed. Their days no longer spent surrounded by animated, energetic youngsters, they occupy themselves with daily Mass, correspondence, the special care given one for another and an occasional project. Sister Joan Felton will be going to France next month to attend a conference with an ironically appropriate title: "Apostolic Religious Life in a Changing World." Sister Winters will be at the Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center at Maggie Valley for a directed silent retreat. Sister, who wears a hearing aid, is merrily facetious about it: "I'm deaf as a post ... if I don't hear everything Father says, it won't matter very
much, be a
will it? After
And, there are the memories. Of the hardships of an early Christmas without provisions for a special dinner; and the generosity of neighbors who item by item, donated what the sisters needed, even the postage stamps to write home
to their families in Europe.
Their mission as educators in a mission field took on a special character during the days of forced segregation. Sisters Dolan and Winters recalled that while the young ladies upstairs studied French grammar and Othello, the Sisters gave catechism instructions to AfricanAmerican children in the basement. Enrollment was at its highest in the 1950's and 60' s, with 40-45 sisters on
pouring of local people, Catholic and non-Catholic, that formed a two-mile funeral procession from St. Lawrence Basilica upon the death in 1915 of their
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Presbyterians, Baptists, and Methodists
When Sister asked the mother what her religious preference was, she was told that although she had been raised as a Methodist, she had been taking instructions and wanted to come into the Catholic Church. Becky, however, had never been baptized. When the mother was received into
know where she got her information, because down here it was very religious! I came to school here in I
in the fourth
grade in Minneapolis, the sister told us were very few people who
when the other children in her class
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nal of Baltimore).
Becky's hand was always raised." When Becky's family learned they would be moving away at the end of the school year, her mother approached Sister Dolan to talk about Becky. "The mother said to me, 'In the Spring, Rebecca's going to feel very
of other religions was not a phenomena directed solely at Catholics, however. At times,
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June 28, 1996
Diocesan News Briefs Tabor Retreat Center
— "The De-
an Aug. 30-31 retreat directed by Sister Nancy Healy, SFCC and Chris Barrett, M.Div., reflecting on sire for
Hildegarde of Bingen and Teresa of Avila at Tabor Retreat Center. Cost is $45 for over-night accomodations and $30 to commute. Registration deadline is Aug. 24. Register before Aug. 1 for discount. Write to: Tabor Retreat Center, 2125 Langhorne Rd., Lynchburg, Va., 24501 or call (804) 846-6475.
sume this fall. For information, call Suzanne Bach, (704) 377-6871, ext. 314
Columbian Squires Convention KERNERSVILLE — The N.C. State Circle of the Columbian Squires annual
or B.J. Dengler, (704) 362-5047.
convention was June 8 at Holy Cross Church. The Columbian Squires is the
Widowed, Separated, Divorced Retreat is Aug. 3-4 at the Catholic ConServices
ference Center. Brochures are available in parish offices.
be found in this issue of The Catholic Herald. Financial aid is available. Call Suzanne Bach, (704) 377-6871
314 for information.
(910) 274-4424. For information, call Steven and Peggy Geiger, (704) 845-
A registration form can
News & ext.
Marriage Encounter Weekend The next MarCHARLOTTE riage Encounter weekend is Sept. 20-22. To register, call Tom and Emilie Sandin,
HICKORY — The Catholic Social
— Exposition of
Joan of Arc Church. For information, call (704) 252-3151.
50+ Club Meets
the St. John
Wednesday, July 10
at 11 a.m.
DENVER — Nocturnal Adoration
lunch will be provided for all paid up members. Renelvis will entertain. For details, call Anne Mclntrye, (704) 5455046.
Schools Expansion Committee
WINSTON-SALEM — An ad hoc
Catholic school expansion committee
first Friday each month at Holy Church. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament begins at 7 p.m. Friday evening and concludes Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with Benediction, followed by first Saturday rosary and Mass. For information, call Jack Sweeney at (704) 896-7757. is
ate the immediate Catholic education demand. Call the following voice mail number by July 8 with your current and
future enrollment needs: (910) 744-7375.
Youth Ensemble Concert CLEMMONS The Holy Fam-
will present "Arise,
timonials and scripture Wednesday, July
July 4th Picnic
CHARLOTTE — Catholic Singles of Charlotte invites singles ages 21 and
CHARLOTTE — A Mass for healing mind, the first
July 3 and
Wednesday each month
Nova Missa Ordo (Mass In Latin) ASHEVILLE The Mass is cel-
BELMONT — First Saturday
votions are July 6 at Belmont Abbey beginning with the rosary at 9:30 a.m., followed by confessions at 10:30 a.m. and Mass at 1 1 :30 a.m. For information, call Terri or Phil at (704) 888-6050.
group is being formed at the Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center for women who have unresolved feelings regarding their abortion experiences. For information, call Marilyn Hodges at (910)274-4901.
Bible Study Youth ministry Bible study for teens and college age youth begins Sunday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church.
preparing for the
the annual "Keep Christ in Christmas" cards program and planning for participation in the 1 997 World Youth Day in Paris, France. For information, contact your local Knights of Columbus council or Chris Headley, State Squires Director, (704) 289-5718.
Mondays until July 29 from 7:30-9 p.m. at St. Matthew Church. Cost is $5 for
blackandwhite, also are welcome. Please submit news release and photos at least
books and materials. Call (704) 5416765 for information.
10 days before the date of publication.
Retrouvaille Session Begins
Support For Families Of Aging
CHARLOTTE — A support group
assist families struggling with dementia or Alzheimer's disease meets July 8 from 1:30-3 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church in the family room. There will be no meeting in August, but they re-
to improve their troubled marriage, works to rebuild relationships between husbands and wives. Retrouvaille is a Catholic program, but is open to people of all faiths. The next program begins July 12. For information, call Nick and Irene Fadero, (704) 544-0621 or (800) 470-2230.
Living Waters Retreats Greening Power"
FOUR GREAT NAMES to
spirituality of mystic Hildegard de Bingen through mandelas and the experience of the Smoky Mountain atmosphere directed by Franciscan Sisters Jo Anne Murphy and Jane Schmenk. Cost is
"Be Still and Know that I am God" a July 16-22 retreat celebrating the presence of God in all of creation diis
July 8-14 nature retreat that explores the
The Daughters Of Charity week-
— A post-abor-
put into action
first Sunday each month at St. Lawrence Basilica at 5 p.m. Solemn Vespers is at 4:30 p.m.
formation, call Kathleen, (704) 544-
ebrated in Latin the
older to a Fourth of July picnic. For in-
17 at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church. is free.
O My People," an evening of music, tesAdmission
Forsyth County. Statistics are being gathered to present to the diocese to evalu-
coming year and the annual awards banquet were part of the
being formed in Winston-Salem and
Election of officers for the
Blessed Sacrament is the first Saturday each month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St.
CHARLOTTE — The 50+ Club of
organization of the Knights of Columbus.
Squires' theme, "Proclaiming the Gospel of
Exposition Of Sacrament
end of discernment for single women is Aug. 9-11. Call Sister Catherine France, (912) 788-6386 or (912) 741-7522 for information.
by Dominican Father Martin Iott and Franciscan Sister Nancy Meyer.
$235. "Learning Discipleship with Matthew" is a July 23-29 retreat that exam-
model of discipleship and the
Holy Angels Golf Tournament
CRAMER MOUNTAIN — A golf
tournament to benefit Holy Angels is Monday, Sept. 23 at Cramer Mountain Country Club. For information, contact Josh at (704) 825-4161.
challenges presented by Matthew's gospel today directed
Thomasville, Greensboro and High Point
meets the first Friday each month at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Highways Church. Leaders' school follows.
School Applications Accepted WINSTON-SALEM St. Leo
School is accepting applications for rising seventh graders for the 1996-97 school year. Call the school office, (910)
748-8252 for information.
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The Catholic News
June 28, 1996
World And National News Briefs Bishops Won't Back Down From Political Debate, Says NCCB PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland
served notice June 20 that the U.S. Catholic bishops will not back down from the political debate in the approach-
ing national elections.
O'Brien June 19 approved the request by the Los Angeles Conservancy to stop demolition of
ban and immigration and welfare as examples of areas where the bishops will weigh in to argue their positions. Bishop Pilla, elected president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops last fall, defended the bishops' public policy role in his first presidential address, opening the bishops' June 20-22 meeting in Portcoerce,
hopes of incorporating some 20-year-old building in the
Abortion Issue Gives Blacks Chance 'To Save World' CHICAGO (CNS) The fight
suicide, a partial-birth abortion
The bishops seek
policy disputes over physician-assisted
until architectural plans to replace
to persuade, not
they address the public
against abortion presents black Ameri-
at the history
the tribulations and
the sacrifices simply
lains not to participate in the church's
earlier this year ran as a
postcard campaign to Congress against
the presidential nomination but ended his
partial-birth abortions violates their
according to the head of the U.S. military archdiocese. Archbishop Joseph
the Archdiocese for the
vocate general had
made "a most
Defense regulations when he said participation in the postcard campaign would violate the ban on political activities by members of the armed forces on
"We are not discussing poli-
are discussing morality," Arch-
Court Stops Los Angeles Plans To Demolish, Rebuild Church LOS ANGELES (CNS) A Los
dience of about 200.
Greater Role For Bishops Sought In Liturgical Translations
be held to hear historic preservationists' objections. Superior Court Judge Rob-
3 with ICEL's episcopal board,
headed by Archbishop Daniel E. remarks was
until a trial
Vatican official praised and encouraged the work of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, but said bishops' conferences also need a greater role in the delicate task of translating liturgical texts. Archbishop Geraldo Majella Agnelo, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, made the remarks in a meet-
injunction preventing the Catholic arch-
News Service. Archbishop Agnelo said the Vatican was aware of
Cincinnati Archdiocese Celebrates 175th Anniversary In marking its 175th anniversary, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was celebrating "the great constant, the unchanging, unbounded and unconditional love of God for his people," said Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk. "The care and the affection of God ... that we celebrate today isn't unique to us," the archbishop said in his homily at an anniversary Mass at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral June 16.
lations, but said the
Holy See pays more
severe flooding last year.
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ences and clips
hard-line opposition to flood
government declared ilKorean Evangelical Federation to send rice to the North through a third country, according to UCA News, an Asian church news agency based in Thailand. Meanwhile, Bishop Ignatius Sok-Hi Pak of Andong, after the
legal the efforts of the
your new home before school
organization of the Korean Catholic bishops' conference, called on Catholics to help those suffering not
words, but actions.
Catholics, Buddhists Massacred
By Tamil Rebels
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president of Caritas Coreana, the relief
Church Appeals For Change
tion available July, 1996.
nity has appealed to the
approved by the bishops' conferences. And he said that while the Vatican has received complaints about the translasometimes as a tions done by ICEL his result of "propaganda" campaigns congregation generally does not respond
attention to the results that are ultimately
Flood Relief Policy SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) The South Korean interreligious commu-
Personal Injury Worker's Compensation
the pointed debate over liturgical trans-
photo by Mark Bowen,
Pilarczyk of Cincinnati.
delivered his message to
Angeles judge has issued a preliminary diocese from tearing
a predominantly black and Catholic au-
tunate interpretation" of Department of
Mass was one given to during the
USA said in a June 20
statement that the Air Force judge ad-
Archdiocese June Hat St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. A chalice used
abortion." Keyes, a Catholic Republican,
Force directive ordering Catholic chap-
175th anniversary for the
of black America in the
Archbishop Says Directive On Postcards Violates Rights WASHINGTON (CNS) An Air
light of that great truth, that all the trials
up on the cross, with Jesus Christ, gives us the chance ... to save the world," said keynoter Alan Keyes. "There is no issue that gives us (black Americans) that chance more clearly than the issue of
policy issues facing the nation, he said.
cans with a chance "to save the world," according to a speaker at the first National Black Pro-Life Unity Conference, held in Chicago June 13-15. "If we look
About 200 Tamil rebels attacked a northwestern Sri Lankan village and gunned down or hacked to death 16 Catholics and Buddhists, including two infants, and then burned the bodies. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam militants, fighting the government for 13 years for
Tamil autonomy in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, attacked the jungle village of Aruwakkaru near Puttalam some 80 miles north of Colombo, in a predawn raid on June 11. Father Sylvester Wijekulasuriya, parish priest of St. Mary's Church in Puttalam, said that 10 of the 16 massacre victims were Catholics and six were Buddhists, reported UCA News, an Asian church news agency based in Thailand.
The Catholic News
June 28, 1996
Our Lady Of Lourdes Church church building was dedicated April 24, 1946 by then-Bishop Waters of the Raleigh Diocese.
The fortunes of World War put the Catholic Church on the map in Union County and are responsible for the founding of Our Lady of Lourdes parish. The establishment of nearby
Camp Sutton as a training site for solcombat oversaw an influx of soldiers descend upon the normally quiet area. These G.I.'s were from all over the country and many of them were Catholic. A U.S. Army chaplain offered Mass at the camp and shortly thereafter, two priests of the Fathers of Mercy Congregation arrived from Brooklyn, N.Y. to establish a church in Mondiers preparing to enter
In the years that followed, the
parish hall and religious education
buildings were built. In 1988 the Oblates transferred charge of the parish to the Spiritan Fathers. Father
Vilkauskas has been pastor since that time and is currently assisted by Father Vincent Donovan.
Sunday Masses celebrated at the Center Theatre on Main Street. Christmas, 1942 saw more than 500 soldiers, their wives, relatives and the few local Catholics celebrate solemn high Mass in the Monroe High School Auditorium. At war's end in 1945, the exodus of Catholic soldiers from the area significantly reduced Mass attendance, but some of those who had lished
1955 and, in 1960, priests of the Diocese of Raleigh assumed the spiritual care of the growing parish. When the Diocese of Charlotte was formed in 1972, then-bishop Michael J. Begley invited the Oblates of Mary Immaculate to assume the pastorate of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Our Lady of Lourdes parish
10, 1942, with
continues to grow, with the number
of parishioners increasing every week. In February of this year, as Bishop William G. Curlin helped the church celebrate its 50th anniversary, a fund for a new church building had already been established.
Along with the Women's
Hoosiers and Wisconsinites, the
Men's Club and Knights of Columbus, parishioners are actively involved in R.C.I. A., CCD and a devoted Bible study group. The church's Helping Hands Ministry
Catholic presence in Union County
provides vital services such as food
grew. Through the efforts of the Mercy Fathers and the generosity of benefactors from Brooklyn, Boston and across the Northeast, a new
decided to settle in Monroe. From this seminal group, largely Tennesseans, New Yorkers, girls
homebound and transportation
for elderly citizens to church
Our Lady of Lourdes 725 Deese St., Monroe, NC, 28112 (704) 289-2773 Vicariate: Albemarle Pastor: Spiritan Father
Edward J. Vilkauskas
Sat.: 5 p.m.; Sun.: 8:30, 10, 11:30 a.m.; Spanish: Sun., 1:30 p.m.
of families (households):
Sacred Heart Mission 205 Rutherford St., Wadesboro,
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Man Arrested As Zodiac Killer Attended Mass Regularly, Pastor Says
man, Heriberto Seda, coming for the year or two, but had not become
acquainted with him.
even know his name," Father Ryan said. "At the end of the Mass, I come out front, and people come up and say hello, and he would be one of the ones waiting." He said, however, that he did not notice whether Seda had been receiving Communion or whether he regularly carried the Bible that he held at "I didn't
Law enforcement authorities said Seda was arrested after he became up-
out a confession of his role in the shooting, and put on it a symbol that was used by the perpetrator of the "Zodiac shootings" in 1990 and 1992-94.
so-called because of an ap-
parent correlation of the shooting dates
with Zodiac signs of the victims. After his arrest, Seda admitted killing three people
and wounding five
others in the earlier episodes, authori-
They reported that a search turned up 13 homemade zip guns, two pipe bombs and material to build more bombs. "He was very religious," according to a detective quoted in The New York Times June 20. "He kept talking about Jesus and good and evil and salties said.
But he never explained how he jump from a Roman Cathoupbringing to a Zodiac serial killer."
set that his 17-year-old half-sister,
Gladys Reyes, was hanging around drug dealers, and shot her. She under-