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Clergy sex abuse was biggest religious news of the past year By JERRY FILTEAU CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

LEADING THE top local news stories for 2002 was the transfer of Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., right, to Palm Beach, Fla., and the naming of Msgr. George W. I: Coleman, left, as diocesan administrator. (Anchorfile photo) , '

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The Fall River diocese bade him a all about them. Walsh subsequently came underheav:y criti~ teary farewell in October as he took cism by the newsmedia and public when he pub- J over the Diocese of Palm Beach, lished the name of the priests involved - some : Fla. of whom were dead - but said he had no intenBy


WASHINGTON - The second year of Christianity's third millennium will go down in reli~ gious history as the year the clergy sexual abuse crisis rocked the U.S. Catholic Church to its foundations. By year's end it was widely regarded as the gravest crisis ever 'faced by the Catholic Church in . the United States. It led to national sex abuse norms binding on all U.S. dioceses and the resignation' of the senior member of the U.S. hierarchy, Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston. The year 2002 was a year of continued violence in the Holy Land, famine and a catastrophic AIDS pandemic in Africa, a global U.S. war against terrorism and threats of war against Iraq. It was a year of further travels by an aging Pope John Paul II,

including a World Youth Day visit to Toronto in July. It was a year of new Church controversies over liturgy, homosexuality in the priesthood and ordination of women. Religious discrimination, Muslim-Christian conflict and Catholic~Jewish relations often made the news. But overshadowing other religious news throughout the year were the ongoing debates over the way the Church should deal with abusers, respond to victims and assure the protection of children in the future. In January, defrocked Boston priest and serial child abuser John Geoghan was convicted of indecent assault on a lO-year-old boy - out of hundreds of allegations, almost the only case that was not barred from criminal trial by the statute of limitations. And the Boston GLobe got a c~urt-ordered


FALL RIVER - For the Fall River diocese, the reassignment of Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., to the Diocese of Palm Beach, Fla., was the major local news story of 2002. After 10 years at the helm here, Bishop 0' Malley received word in October that he would be taking over the troubled Palm Beach diocese in Florida, beset with the resignations of its two former bishops after they admitted to sexual abuse allegations. There was no doubt that Bishop O'Malley's deft handling of the inherited abuse cases against former priest James Porter stemming from the I970s and the bishop's subsequent establishment of tough, new policies, screenings and panels to handle abuse of children in the Fall River diocese - which become models copied by many other dioceses nationwide - justly portrayed him as an effective administrator as well as healer. In late October, Bishop O'Malley was quick to answer comments by Bristol County District Attorney Paul F. Walsh Jr., after Walsh said the diocese was uncooperative in handing over the cases of priests accused of sexual abuse in bygone years. In a strong statement, the bishop disclosed that in March he had handed Walsh's office the names of those accused, and that Walsh's office knew

tion of prosecuting any of the cases because the statute of limitations had expired. Bishop O'Malley's spiritual leadership, his ability to converse with many ethnic communities because of his outstanding language skills, his ecumenical bent, his sensitivity towards his priests and religious, his well written pastorals and messages, as well as his Franciscan compassion, brought him close to the people and they to him. His courageousness was seen in his biting the bullet in closing, merging and uniting long established parishes in the face of modem demographics, metropolitan population shifts and declining number of priests. That he brings unusual talents to his ministry of leading troubled dioceses was evidenced in mid-December, when, with the resignation of embattled Cardinal Bernard Law because of the priest abuse scandals exploding in his Boston archdiocese, Bishop O'Malley's name was on a short list of five bishops the secular press predicted might be the cardinal's successor. The pages of The Anchor recall for us much more that occurred during the second year of the new millennium. Even as 2002 began, the diocese was still reeling from the personal loss of a priest and more than a dozen parishioners killed'in the Sept. 11, Turn to page eight - Diocese

POPE JOHN Paul II continued his travels during 2002. Here a smiling pope interacts with World Youth Day pilgrims as they creep closer to the stage at the welcome ceremony in Toronto, Canada last July. (CNS photo from Reuters)


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Dominican Sister transfers from contemplative to apostolics NORTH DARTMOUTH Dominican Sister Cynthia Mary Bauer of North Dartmouth, recently professed vows as a Do- . minican Sister of Hope at ceremonies in the Holy Rosary Chapel of the Dominican Sisters of Hope in Newburgh, N.V. It culminated a two-year transfer process for Sister Bauer, who, for 38 years has been a member of the Dominican Monastery, a cloistered community in Summit, N.J. Sister Bauer has lived with the Dominican Sisters of Hope in

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Newburgh, and Fall River. She currently resides in North Dartmo!Jth and is director of pastoral care at the Sacred Heart Home in New Bedford. During her religious profession, Sister Bauer expressed gratitude to the Dominican nuns for the part they played in her life journey. The Dominican Sisters of Hope were founded in 1995. They have members serving in 33 dioceses in 19 states and Puerto Rico. Their ministries include education at all levels, health care, spiritual renewal, parish and pastoral work. EDICTAL CITATION DIOCESAN TRIBUNAL FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS Since the actual place of residence of MEliSSA A. (BORGES) ROY is unknown. We cite MELISSA A. (BORGES) ROY to appear personally before the Tribunal of the Diocese of Fall River on Tuesday, Janu· ary 21, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at.887 High· land Avenue, Fall River, Massachusetts, to give testimony to establish: Whether the nullity of the marriage exists in the Roy·Borges case? Ordinaries of the place or other pastors having the knowledge of the residence of the above person, Melissa A. (Borges) Roy, must see to it that she is properly advised in regard to this edictal citation. (Rev.) Paul F. Robinson, O. Carm., J.C.D. . Judicial Vicar Given at the Tribunal, Fall River, Massachusetts on this the 2nd day of January, 2003.






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TAUNTON - Father Francis Brendan Connors, 78, the retired pastor of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Centerville, died January 4 at Marian Manor. Born in Taunton, the son of the late Frank D., and the late Mary (Minahan) Connors, he graduated from St. Mary's School and Msgr. Coyle High School in Taunton. He studied philosophy and theology at St. Charles Seminary in Baltimore, Md., and St. John's Seminary in BIighton and was ordained a priest on June 3, 1950, by Bishop James L. Connolly in St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River. Following ordination Father Connors served at St. Kilian Parish, New Bedford, and for 20 years was parochial vicar at Sacred Heart

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ofSt. Mary Farish in New Bedford, but was unable to take up residence due to ill health. He retired in the fall of 1997 and had been residing at Marian Manor since October 1998. Father Connors' other diocesan services included directing the CYO and Pre-Cana conferences in the Taunton area; serving as chaplain in the Juvenile Court system; and being spiritual director to the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in the Cape and Islands region, as well as the Father McSwiney Knights of Columbus in Hyannis. Father Connors leaves two sisters, Mary R. Smith of East Falmouth and Ann C. Long of Mashpee; two brothers, Daniel J. Connors of Deep River, Conn., and John 1. Connors of Taunton; and nieces and nephews. His funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday in St. Mary Church, Taunton. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Taunton.

In Your Prayers Please pray for the following priests during the coming week Jan. 13 1954, Rev. Emile Plante, M.S., LaSalette Seminary, Attleboro Jan. 14 1977, Rev. John J. Lawler, M.M., Maryknoll Missioner

Jan. 15 1948, Rev. Thomas F. Kennedy, Pastor, St. Joseph, Woods Hole 1972, Rev. Vincent Marchildon, O.P., Director, St. Anne's Shrine, Fall River 1977, Rev. Msgr. John E. Boyd, Retired Pastor, St. Patrick, Wareham 1997, Rev. Harold A. Whelan, Jr., SS.Cc.

Jan. 17 1967, Rev. John Laughlin, Retired Pastor, Holy Ghost, Attleboro Jar,. 19 1999, Rev. Thomas E. 0' Dea, Associate Pastor, St. Lawrence, New Bedford

DCCW to sponsor prayer service with focus on immigrants WAREHAM - "All Come Bearing Gifts" is the theme of this year's Welcoming the Stranger Among Us prayer service, set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Patrick's Church, 82 High Street in Wareham. The event is sponsored by the Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in conjunction with the ethnic apostolates of the Fall River diocese and the Eparchy of St. Maron. According to planners of the event, at the heart of the service will be a time of reflection during which immigrants from a variety of countries will speak about what gifts they have received in coming to the United States and what gifts they gave back to their new homeland. Following the prayer service refreshments representative of the various participating ethnic groups will be served. All are welcome to attend. Like last year, the men and women of these sponsoring groups have joined together to

respond to the call of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to observe Migration Week, a remembrance that the Catholic Church observes annually between the feasts of the Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord. In his letter for Migration Week 2003, Bishop Thomas Wenski, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, addressed how the present crises were affecting immigrants living in the USA. "A heightened concern about national security and the downturn in our still strong economy has led once again to increased anti-immigrant sentiment among many in our nation. Many communities of immigrants throughout the United States report finding themselves facing suspicion and ostracization," he said. "More than ever before, we Catholics in America must remind ourselves of Jesus' words in the parable of the Last Judgment: 'I was a stranger and you

welcomed me.'" The bishop reminded Catholics that Christ had commanded that His followers see His face in the face of immigrants. He continued, '!Many of the immigrants share our Cathol.ic faith and they have already contributed to the vitality of Catholic life in our nation. Those who come to our shores seeking freedom and opportunity have always enriched our nation of immigrants. Once we set apart our fears, the gifts that the refugee and migrant bring to our nation become more apparent." The organizing group for the

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The Standard-Times names Bishop O'Malley its 2002 man of the year NEW BEDFORD - Former Fall River Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., has been named the SouthCoast Man of the Year 2002 by The StandardTimes of New Bedford. Bishop O'Malley, who took over the Diocese of Palm Beach, Fla., in October after 10 years at the helm in Fall River, was cited by the newspaper for his "rare combination of experience and talent" seen in skillfully guiding the local diocese out of the sex abuse scandals caused by former priest James Porter. In a December 29 article by Steve Urbon, senior correspondent at the New Bedford daily newspaper, Bishop O'Malley, who inherited the Porter case on his arrival here in 1992 and sub-

sequently set innovative and firm policies to curb further abuses, was said to have emerged as "one of the brightest lights in-the Catholic Church in America." So much so, that Bishop O'Malley was sent to heal the Florida diocese hurting with sex abuse cases involving its two former bishops. The fact that Bishop O'Malley was unofficially named on a select list of candidates with the skills to lead the ailing Boston Archdiocese from its extensive sexual abuse problems after the recent resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, shows the esteem, trust and spirituality in which the Florida bishop is held, Urbon pointed out.




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The Massachusetts challenge The challenges that face the Commonwealth in this new year ate many, All states have been shortchanged by the events of our times, One would think that we have learned that we cannot have war and .butter at the same time. Recent economics clearly ind.icate that for many the paity is over. Forecasts indicate that we will be forced into a freeze that will put a chill in everyone's pocketbook. This will be especially true in our state as we adjust to a monstrous budget deficit. Its fallout will affect so many state agencies. In the long haul people will be hurt. Social and educational endeavors will certainly be challenged and deleted. The poor, of course, will be the most affected and the most ignored. Those who have will play their usual tax games. The wealthy's contribution to state taxes will remain proportionally minimal. The fading middleclass will carry the usual heavy tax burden. Sad to say, the new powers on Beacon Hill seem to delight more .in their arrogance than in hopeful solutions. If the way they treated departing Acting Gov. Jane Swift is any indication of their methodology then Massachusetts is in for some very discouraging days,. We simply have to get over all the political infighting in order to bailout the state. If this is possible then we might once again put Massachusetts on the right track. Historically in this regard we do not have a great track record. As we creep i'nto the third year of this century, this perhaps is the greatest challenge that will face our state's new leadership 0

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Our secular media has certainly painted a picture of the CathoPOSSIBLE U.S. MILITARY ACTION IN IRAQ RECENTLY AT THE PASTORAL CENTER OF THE DIolic priesthood with a very dark and broad brush. In the reporting of CESE OF ROCHESTER, N.Y. IN THE VATICAN'S VIEW, THE FIGHT AGAINST INTERNATIONAL horrendous events it has all but ignored the thousands of priests TERRORISM DOES NOT GIVE AN AUTOMATIC GREEN LIGHT TO MILITARY ACTION IN IRAQ. who daily reflect their vocational call and carry their burdens with (CNS PHOTO BY KARIN VON VOIGTLANDER, CATHOLIC COURIER) soul-filled hope. One such priest was Father Francis B. Connors. His death this "DEPART FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD; SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT" past week should remind us all of tho~e who daily pick up their cross and walk in the footsteps of the Lord, For more than 20 years (PSALM 34:14). Father Frank has endured illnesses that forced him from active ministry to one of suffering and hurt. Often alone and unable to communicate he remained a priest forever. These final years were in stark contrast to those of his early priesthood. For all who knew him then in his Taunton Catholic Youth Organization days, it was a time of tireless dedication. His great sense of humor brought so many priests together in their weekly visits to the CYO. He had a special care for all the newly ordained priests. His welcoming smile and spirit were indeed special gifts. By FATHER EUGENE HEMRICK When the process of sickness began to take its toll, his loving enough endowment to sustain a wind; they are an opportunity to CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE become more fully one's true self. sabbatical program. and caring family became his parish as they attended to his needs. Good planning is an expresTaking time out for a sabbati"In addition to our regular vaMay they be assured that the many happy memories of the past cation, the pastor gives us three sion of the virtue of prudence. cal also counters a misconception will be his inheritance to all who knew him. He did not seek headextra days a year for personal reAs I pondered the notion of in our culture - a belief that lines of personal recognition. What he did do is to reflect the gift laxation, and after seven years of parishes having sufficient talent progress can only be achieved of priesthood to al.1 those he served so very well. In the flamboy- serving in parish ministry we re- to step in when someone takes a when we are in constant motion. It is no accident that we read ancy of our times the quiet hero goes unnoticed. Father Frank once ceive a three-month sabbatical sabbatical, I remembered parishes more gives us the opportunity of remembering wonderful times of with salary. He becomes very I've known with parishioners who of God resting after his creation unhappy when we don't use those were poor and, to a large extent, and commanding his people to our past and hopeful hearts for our tomorrows. three days or take the sabbatica1." uneducated. How many times did "keep holy the Sabbath Day"! The Executive Editor My first reaction upon hearing I see a new pastor come in with Sabbaticals are n01 a luxury but this at a seminar I attended was, an eye for talent and find all he an essential part of life that, more "That's great if you have a big needed. often than not, we tend to neglect There is always talent to be or ignore. parish budget and the luxury of talented ministers who can step in found and volunteers who will And, too, we need to recall that when the time for someone's sab- step forward. This was found to our Church is blessed with the batical arrives." be true by the Notre Dame study long tradition of monastic life. But my negative thoughts of parishes some years ago. It is But breaking from life's daily OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER abruptly turned positive when it not a question of whether the tal- worries by making time for reflecPublished weekly by the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River struck me that you really don't ent exists but of how to identify lion, prayer and rest is not only 887 Highland Avenue P.O. BOX 7 need big budgets to accomplish it and welcome it. . for monks. It is vital for the Fall Riverj MA 02720 Fall River, MA 02722·0007 this; what you need is a wellIt also occurred to me that sab- world's sanity. Telephone 508-675-7151 FAX 508-675-7048 planned budget. In the case of baticals for those serving in parIf there is any organization that E-mail: sabbaticals, this would best be ishes echo a theme our pope of- should espouse sabbaticals, it is Send address changes to P.O. Box, call or use E-mail address achieved when a parish is forward ten repeats: They speak to human the Church, and more specifilooking in such a way that the dignity. Our human spirit needs cally, the parish. If more parishes .EXECUTIVE EDITOR goal is envisioned and small physical and mental space to afforded their ministers sabbatiRev. Msgr. John F. Moore amounts of money are set aside 'maintain its strength and dignity. cals, I have no doubt that parish EDITOR NEWS EDITOR OFFICE MANAGER to carry it out - amounts that Sabbaticals allow for catching life would experience a new and David B. Jolivet James N. Dunbar Barbara M. Reis accrue over time into a large one's breath, getting a seconQ awesome vigor.

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A lOOK DaCK With a new year comes the wind in our face and a smile on obligation to look back on the past our lips. But the nature of the one and see if it measured up to roller coaster beast is its ups and its expectations. So here goes. downs. In two words, the year 2002 in All too soon, the free-fall was New England sportsdom was a ().Ver and our coaster began a long, roller coaster - that just about slow and arduous climb that came off the tracks by year's end. nearly brought the ride to a halt. We were on top of the sports The Bruins were bounced from world at the beginning of the year, the playoffs in the first round by, and when we sang "Auld Lang of all people, the hated Montreal Sine" a couple of weeks ago, we were feeling like ... well like New ,...-------''''!'''"--Englanders again. At this time last year, the New England Patriots were performing magic on national television each week; the By Dave Jolivet new and improved Boston Celtics were once - - - - - - - - - - - - again becoming princes of the parquet; the Boston Bruins Canadians - the Yankees of were on a roll that would leave hockey. The Celtics, after pulling them with the best record in the off the greatest comeback in an NHL's Eastern Conference; the NBA playoff game, never won Boston Red Sox had new owners . another. The upstart Revolution and there was renewed hope for received the boot in the title game. a broken curse; and the New En- And the Red Sox? - Well the gland Revolution were ready to new Red Sox were just like the christen a brand new stadium they old Red Sox - bridesmaids once again to the Yanks. would share with the Patriots. As 2002 aged, the Patriots' All this happened while our magical mystery tour took them new stadium in' Foxboro suffered from a blizzard to Steele Town to an identity crisis. the bayou, culminating with their At least we still had the Patrifirst-ever WORLD CHAMPION- 0ts! We were still WORLD SHIP! The Celtics, Bruins and CHAMPIONS! The Pats opened Revolution cruised into their re- Gillette Stadium by pasting Pittsspective playoffs, and the Sox burgh on Monday Night Football were in the thick of the American and they followed that with highLeague East race. scoring wins against the Jets and New Englanders were roaring Chiefs. Wheeeeeeeee!!!!! down a gigantic roller coaster Oh, but we couldn't see what slope with our arms held high, the lie ahead. The tracks took a sharp

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tum to the left, but our car stayed straight. When the dust cleared and we regained our composure, the Patriots were out of the playoff picture, the Bruins were reeling and the Celts were consistently inconsistent. And to make a bad situation worse, the Yankees were trumping the Sox for the best available players for the upcoming season. As we collectively shake our heads trying to figure out what happened during the course of 365 measly days, we set our sights on 2003. In a few short days we will be forced to give up our NFL crown. The FleetCenter continues to be the DefeatCenter for the C's and B's, and the Sox don't appear to be as good as last year. For New England sports fans there shines only one bright spot in the infancy of this new year the rivalry between the Sox and the Yanks is already at fever pitch as our respective owners bicker and name-call. The "Evil Empire" appears so much stronger on paper, but maybe this will be "the year." On the bright side, with such low expectations this year, when the bottom falls out, and it will, we won't have so far to fall. And for New Englanders, that's what it's all about. Dave Jolivet, editor of The Anchor, is a former sports


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Saint Anne's list women's health network screenings FALL RIVER - Saint Anne's Hospital's Women'.s Health outreach program of breast and cervical cancer medical services for January is announced. Appointments for all screenings are necessary. The schedule is: - January II, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., FIRSTFED Center for Breast Care at Saint Anne's Hospital, corner South Main and Middle Streets, Fall River, 508-675-5686; - January 16, noon - 3 p.m.,

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FALL RIVER - The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited at 3 p.m. every Wednesday at Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover Street. The sacrament of reconciliation will be available afterwards. FALL RIVER - Catholic Social Services, in response to requests from victims of sexual abuse, is facilitating a support group for victims. The group will be led by a trained counselor in trauma at the Human Service Agency in Fall River.' For more information call Mary McGrail of Catholic Social Services at 508674-4681. FALL RIVER - Dominican Father Pierre Lachance invites you to join him for the Novena to SaintAnne / every Tuesday from 2-2:30 p.m. at the Shrine. 818 Middle Street. It includes hymns, prayer, a spiritual talk, veneration of the relic and the opportunity for reconciliation. MISCELLANEOUS - The next Retrouvaille weekend will be held January 17-19 and offers couples a chance to heal and renew troubled marriages. Rediscover yourself and your spouse and a loving relationship in marriage. For more information call 1-800-470-2230 or the Diocesan Office of Family Ministry at 508-999-6420. MISCELLANEOUS - A pilgrimage to our nation's capital for the annual March for Life is being organized by the Pro-Life Apostolate for January 21-23. It will include Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. A youth bus is leaving a day earlier. For more information call 508-997-=2290.

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NEW BEDFORD - The Courage Group will meet Saturday at 7 p.m. in the rectory of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. Courage is a support group for Catholic men and women who are confronting same sex attraction issues and who are striving to lead chaste lives. For more information call Msgr. Thomas Harrington at 508-992-3184. NEW BEDFORD - Calix, a group which enlists Catholic men and women who are gratefully celebrating recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction and other dependencies will meet Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the parish center of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Newcomers always welcome. NORTH DARTMOUTH - If you have become widowed in the last five years and are interested in the support of others who share your loss, you are invited to the Family Life Center, 500 Slocum Road, January 15 at 7 p.m. for a Widowed Support Group. For more information call the Diocesan Office of Family Ministry at 508-999-6420. NORTH DARTMOUTH The Diocesan Ultreya scheduled for January 14 at the Family Life Center, 500 Slocum Road, has been canceled. The next Ultreya meeting will be held February II. POCASSET - The Mysteries of Light will be recited with special prayers for the sanctity of life January 14 at 6:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 841 Shore Road. A 7 p.m. Mass will follow.

WEST HARWICH - The PerNEW BEDFORD - Devotion petual Adoration Chapel at Holy to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is cel- Trinity Church. Route 28, invites ebrated every Tuesday and devotion people to spend an hour or two in to Divine Mercy every Thursday at . prayer. This regional chapel of the the noon Mass at Our Lady of Per- mid-Cape area depends on the suppetual Help Church. For more infor- port of people. For more information . call 508-432-4000. mation call 508-992-937.8.

RENEW training in Spanish TAUNTON - The Spanish communities of the diocese will come together January 14 from79:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Church for RENEW Parish Core Community training. Small group

leaders will also be trained for Season II, themed "Conversion." Working with the Spanish communities will be Fathers Ri= chard Wilson and Michael Carville and Sister Aida Sansor.

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Letter to Dligrants paves way for needed'reforDls ~

It heralds an assertive pastoral letter jointly approved in November by U. S. and Mexican bishops.

FALL RIV.ER - Concerned for those who migrate to another country in order to provide basic necessities for their families, U.S. bishops and those -in Mexico have issued "A Letter to Migrants" hoping to inform migrants of the joint efforts to ease

their suffering and bring them justice and equity. The letter was signed by Bishop Thomas Wenski, auxiliary bishop of Miami, Fla., who is chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration; and Bishop Renato Ascencio Leon, bishop of Ciudad Juarez and president of the Mexican bishops' Commission for the pastoral on migration. The letter, in English and Spanish, follows:

A Letter to Migrants' January 2003 Dear Sisters and Brothers: In a spirit of fraternal care and solidarity, we, the bishops of Mexico and the United States, have issued a Pastoral Letter addressing our concern for those who have to leave their hOIJ1es and migrate to another country to 'provide the necessities of life for themselves and their families. Our pastoral solicitude reaches out to all who are pilgrims in this world, since we all journey together to the Kingdom that awaits us. As Christians we must support each other in the challenges and daily difficulties we encounter in this life. The difficulties you encounter as migrants are many. If you migrate to become a permanent resident in another country, the culture and language adjustment will be challenging. If you migrate on a temporary basis for work, with or wi thout immigration documents, your work will be difficult and your very lives and safety may sometimes face danger. We cannot help but recognize your plight at these times; and so, as teachers ofthe faith and promoters ofjustice in the world, we speak directly to you. The burden is heavy on your backs. We want to lighten the burden. We have challenged both of our nations to recognize your inherent human rights and dignity and to acknowledge the tremendous contributions you make to the economic, cultural, and spiritual advancement of both nations. We have also challenged our governments to pursue more just and fair treatment of all migrants. We hope that our words, our challenges and warnings can be turned into effective change in existing

laws and immigration systems in ways that protect your rights and dignity as God's children. We pledge to do all that is in our power to provide responsive pastoral care so that, although you may be in a foreign land, you will always find a home in every Catholic Church and that you will be welcomed fully into the spiritual life of the ~hurch no matter where you are. We invoke, the protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Church' in America, which includes many nations, many people, but remains one in faith, hope and love. May you and your families always experience Our Lady's maternal presence and love during yourjourney. With prayers for a safe journey and spiritual fulfillment, weare Yours in Christ,


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Most Reverend Renato Ascencio Leon Obispo de Ciudad Juarez y Presidente Comision Episcopal para la Pastoral de la Movilidad Humana Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano

Cc:zrta a los Migrantes' Enero de 2003 Queridos Hermanas y Hermanos: En un espfritu de fraternidad y solidaridad, nosotros, los Obispos de Mexico y de Estados Unidos, hem os escrito una Carta Pastoral manifestando nuestra preoc!1pacion por aquellos que tienen que dejar sus hogares y emigrar a otros pafses en busca de 10 necesario para la vida de sus familias y la de ustedes mismos. Nuestro mensaje pastoral se dirige a todos los emigrantes en este mundo, ya que todos peregrinamos juntos hacia el Reino que nos aguarda. Como Cristianos, debemos apoyarnos unos a otros en los retos y las dificultades que enfrentamos en la vida diaria. Las dificultades que enfrentan los migrantes son muchas. Si usted emigro para hacerse residente permanente en otro pafs, enfrentara el reto de adaptarse a una cultura e idioma distintos. Si usted emigro temporalmente para trabajar, con 0 sin documentos migratorios legales, su trabajo sera diffcil y su vide: y seguridad podran estar en peligro. Como maestros de la fe y promotores de la justicia en el mundo, estamos consientes de su situacion en estos tiempos y queremos hablar con ustedes directamente. Sabemos que la carga sobre sus espaldas es pesada y queremos aliviar su yugo. Hemos lanzado un reto a nuestras naciones para que reconozcan sus derechos y su dignidad inherentes, asf como la gran contribucion que ustedes hacen al avance economico y cultural, y al crecimiento espiritual de am bas naciones. Por eso pedimos a nuestros gobiernos que se esfuercen en lograr un trato mas justo y digno para todos los migrantes. Esperamos que las palabras, los retos y las advertencias incluidas en nuestra Carta Pastoral,

generen cambios necesarios en leyes y sistemas de inmigracion existentes, de tal forma que protejan los derechos y la dignidad de hijos e hijas de Dios de todos los emigrantes. Prometemos hacer todo 10 que este de nuestra parte para proveer un cuidado pastoral que responda a sus necesidades y aspiraciones. A pesar de que estan en una tierra extrana, queremos qu~ siempre encuentren un hogar en cada Iglesia Catolica y que se sientan plenamente bienvenidos en la vida espiritual de la Iglesia en donde" quiera que se encuentren.. Invocamos 1a proteccion de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, Patrona de la Iglesia en America y de sus muchas naciones y pueblos unidos por una misma , fe, esperanza y amor. Que ustedes y su familias sientail siempre la presencia maternal y eI amor de Nuestra Senora y durante su jornada. En oracion por una jornada segura y por su plenitud espiritual, quedamos de ustedes Suyos en Cristo,


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Most Reverend Renato Ascencio Leon Obispo de Ciudad Juarez y Presidente Comision Episcopal para la Pastoral de la . Movilidad Humana Confen:ncia del Episcopado Mexicano






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ONE OF the highlights of the summer was the Great Feast of the Holy Spirit at St. Anne's Church and nearby Kennedy Park in Fall River. (Anchor file photos)


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Senior Andrew J. Nystrom at-' ish in Seekonk:; and 17 new pertended the National Youth Lead- manent deacons were ordained for ership Forum on Law in Washing- service in the diocese., ton'; Bishop Robert' E. Mulvee of In an administrative restructurProvidence, R.I. was the leader of ing of diocesan schools, Kathleen the diocesan' priests'Lenten day A. Simpson, principal of Taunton of recollection at Cathedral Camp; Catholic Middle School, became Donna Boyle, academic principal assistant superintendent in charge at Coyle and Cassidy' High School of personnel, and George A. Milot in Taunton was named assistant su- changed his designation from diperintendentfor curriculum in di- rector of education to superintenocesan schools; the Rose' dent of schools; diocesan nurses Hawthorne Lathrop Home closed made a pitch for more recruits; and its doors after 70 years - to be- the parishes of Blessed Sacrament, come the new offices for Diocesan Our Lady of the Angels, and St. Catholic Social Services; New Patrick's become the new Parish Bedford native Father James F. of the Good Shepherd, housed at Kelly, 73, a former Navy chaplain, St. Patrick's in Fall River. was killed in the crash of his airIn June, Transitional Deacon plane as he served missionary ter- Jeff Cabral of North Dartmouth ritories in Alaska; Bishop was ordained a priest; Msgr. John O'Malley in his Lenten message 1. Oliveira was named the new diurged clergy ~d laity to meet the rector of the permanent diaconate challenges; and the 2002 Catholic , program succeeding Msgr. John F. Charities Appeal got underway. . Moore; FatherHenry J. Dahl was During April the diocese estab- named pastor' of St. Peter ,the lished the Pope St. Pius Youth Apostle Parish in Provincetown; Award; The Anchor published a ' St. Anthony's Parish, Taunton series on sexual abuse and the launched its centennial celebraChurch, even as it marked its 45th tions; Father Andre P. Jusseaume anniversary as the newspaper of of New Bedford celebrated his the Diocese of Fall River; James 50th anniversary of priestly ordiA. McNamee left his post as su- nation; Dominican Father Pierre E. perintendent of diocesan schools Lachance marked his 60th annito become principal at Bishop versary as a priest; Bishop Stang Connolly High School in Fall golfers repeated their MIAA Boys River; recording artist David Division II State Championship; Parkes raised $20,000 for Russian Bishop O'Malley called the U.S. missions at a concert at Bishop bishops' "zero tolerance" norms Connolly High School; a dioc- on sex abuse "a positive step"; the esan-wide novena was, held in the Catholic Charities Appeal 2002 wake ofabuse scandals rocking the with $3.5 million wrapped up its region as a result of priest abuse 61 st annual campaign; Lisa scandals in the Boston archdio- Langlois of New Bedford took cese; St. Vincent's Home an- vows as a Sister of Mercy; Brothnounced' its :accreditation; hun~' ersofChristiail Instruction marked dreds attended Catholic Charities 75 years' in' the diocese; "the' Appeal kickoffs; and hundreds Knights of Columbus sponsored a more were at a holy hour for vo- Pro-Life Mass at LaSalette Shrine cations. honoring priests and religious; and May found Courtney Zecher local legislators decided to adjourn and Amy Lupisella of Bishop rather than vote on the Protection Feehan High School, Attleboro, of Marriage Amendment sought nominated for a $1,000 National by Massachusetts bishops. Honor Society scholarship; a PenIn July, parishioners from the tecost novena aimed at healing the Seekonk: and Dighton areas jour: abuse scandal's wounds.was held; neyed to the diocese's two mission the DCCW attended its annual ,parishes in Guaimaca, Honduras convention in Mashpee; Blessed to bring needed supplies and offer Sacrament Parish observed its cen- assistance; Corpus Christi Parish tennial; Father George B. Scales in East Sandwich laid the foundais named pastor of St. Mary's Par~ tion stone for its new church; 260 'r==...,.,...-,...--'_~=~.,..~ ' \ )j; . ~.

2001 crash of three hijacked jet- andco-directorrespecti;vely, of the liners by terrorists, two of the air- diocesan Pro-Life Apostolate, on liners into the Twin Towers of the the annual March for Life in Wash- I' World Trade Center in Manhat- ington; religious leaders from sev-' tan, causing them to implode and eral faith communities joined at an kill thousands more. interfaith peace service in Our January saw diocesan seminar- Lady of Perpetual Help Church in ians Ethan McCarthy arid Michael New Bedford; and adults and Fitzpatrick admitted to candidacy young people readying for initiafor holy orders; Augustinian Fa- tion into the Catholic Church were ther William T. Garland retired as recognized at ceremonies of the Diocesan Director of Education; Rite of Christian Initiation of Mercy Sister Elaine Heffernan, Adults in St. Mary's Cathedral. episcopal representative for reliThe Diocesan Council of gious, directed successful World Catholic Women spons,ored a Day for Consecrated Life celebra- "Welcoming the Stranger Among tions; and the diocese under the Us," program; the Cape Cod Prodirection of Father Thomas C. Life Alliance slated a series offour Lopes launched its RENEW pro- talks on "Life Initiatives," and as gram that reaches out to those who LeQl began, a Lenten Pilgrimage have slipped away from their faith featuring "CatholiC Answers": practices. founder Karl Keating, was held at There was a special Mass to '" LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro. honor all those intertwined in the ' March found the Dominican process of adoption; and an inter- ,Sisters' sadly closing their Center faith peace service held in Our of Hope on Park Street aft ir 107Lady of Perpetual Help Church in ,. years Of service; St. Miuy' Sl ~athe- " New Bedford in conjunction with dral began restoring its orical s~lar sessionsby Pope Jobn Paul ,", pipeorganJunded by an,ambitious- .', II in Assisi. Dozens of young $155,000 appeal; Fall River Parwo~en were presented at the an': 'ishes hosted, a citY,wide'"Leriten: nual Bishop's Charity Ball at the Mission; Hispanic communities '" Venus de'Milo ,Ballroom in ,gathered for'a retreat; Scouts and, , . ~wansea, directed by Msgr. Tho- leaders wen; honored ,at a cer: mas J. Harrington; and Bishop emony in the Cathedral; 'Father Stang High School sophomore, Mark R.' Hession of Our Lady of Susan McAuliffe was chosen a Victory Parish, Centei'ville condelegate to the annual Hugh vened with the National Organi, O'Brien Youth Leadership Semi- zation for Continuous Education , nar at Tufts University. Diocesan for Roman Catholic Clergy as their schools celebrated Catholic president for the first time; the' Schools week with a myriad of Legion of Mary marked 50 years colorful events. of activities in the diocese; Saint In February, more than 225 pil: Anne's Hospital completed a,sec- ' grirns, including teens and adults, ond phase of its $500,000 master RETIRED FATHER Gerald T. Shovelton, left, was preaccompanied Bishop O'Malley plan and announced a $100,000 sented the first John Cardinal O'Connor Memorial Pro-Life and Father Stephen A. Fernandes ' gift from the Lafrance Family; Award by Father Stephen A. Fernandes, right, director of the and Marian Desrosiers, director Coyle and Cassidy High School diocesan Pro-Life Apostolate.



inspired teens and adults attended World Youth Day, praying with PQpe Jotin Paul II in Toronto; Canada; Catholics for Jesus rallied on Cape Cod; Stone Hill College's presiqent emeritus Father Barley MacPhaidin, CSC, received the Papal Cross Award. During August, the Summer Social on Cape Cod boosted the St. Mary's Education Fund, and St. Mary's Parish in Mansfield dedicated its new, $4.5 million Education Center. As it does every month, Saint Anne's Hospital faithfully announced its list of women's healthcare initiatives; the new Diocesan Preparedness Committee set policies to meet any eventuality; a new Pastoral Council with Dominican Sister Joanna Fernandes as chairman, was announced; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in North Falmouth celebrated its 25th anniversary; Fa'ther Albert J. Ryan, 70, pastor of S1. Francis ofAssisi Parish, New Bedford, announced his retirement; New Bedford's Portuguese community' was host to the feast of Senhor da Pedra; the Great Feast of the Holy Spirit attracted thousands'to St. Anne's Church in' Fall River; and diocesan schools open their doors to 9,000 students. In September, hundreds attended the day-long, old time revival, FIRE Rally in Hyannis; Portuguese charismatic prayer groups held a day of recollection in Taunton; the diocesan Abuse Prevention Unit held training classes for diocesan employees working with children; Bishop O'Malley celebrated Mass remembering victims of 9/11; Bishop O'Malley w'asinformed he is to lead the Palm Beach diocese; Dominican Sister Gertrude Gaudette moved her studio to The Landmark in Fall River; and the former St. Louis Church in Fall River became a Portuguese cultural museum. The annual Scouting retreat was held at Cathedral Camp; New Bedford Serrans elected Timothy E. Mitchell as the president; St. Anthony Parish, Taunton, held its centennial celebration picnic; the Palm Beach diocese opened its arms to Bishop O'Malley; diocesan parishes celebrated Catechetical Sunday; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, New Bedford celebrated its centennial; the RCIA launched its Website:; St. Michael Parish, Fall River, planned its centennial; Our Lady of Victory Parish in Centerville was host to a medical ethics lecture series; and Barnstable area religious leaders co-sponsored, an interfaith service. In October, hundreds of diocesan pilgrims joined Bishop O'Malley for the annual Respect Life Walk for Mothers and Children in Boston and attended Mass celebrated by him; the annual ProLife Convention attracted hundreds to Bishop Connolly High School; Holy Trinity Parish in West Harwich dedicated its new, perpetual adoration chapel; construction of the new Notre Dame Mausoleum began; Father Gerald T. Shovelton was presented the first John Cardinal O'Connor Memorial, Pro-Life Award; the Continued on page nine

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Season's greetings from Guaimaca Editor's note: The following The school year has ended, to is an E-mail sent by Father Paul start up again in February, so we Canuel in Guaimaca, Honduras, have a lot of kids around. Srs. to some ofhisfriends in the Dio- Maria and Lucia will be going cese of Fall River. home to Dighton on the 18th, reWhile some of the news may turning January 4. be a bit dated, we feel that the Yesterday I took a trip to letter lends a bit of the flavor of Danli which is in the Department the Central American area at (state) of Paraiso, still in the one of the most joyous times of Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa. I the year. went with two of our delegados Hello y'all! to arrange for a radio production Today marks 10 days since I of parish evangelization proreturned to Honduras and I am grams on the radio. It's about still trying to adjust to changes in two-and-a-half hours from here. the temperature. We had lunch with Padre Martin At 7 a.m. this morning it was whom many of you met in AuHUNDREDS GATHERED at St. Mary's Cathedral in October for the annual Peace March 65 degrees. Just two hours later it gust when he accompanied me to to St. Anne's Church for a Mass for peace, and a farewell to Bishop O'Malley. was 85 degrees. It made its way the U.S. Also there was John Sister Anna Marie Kane was ited the St. John the Baptist Chapel into the low 90s and now, almost Wallace, a priest of the Sons of Contilllledfrom page eight diocese opened a new class for named retreat ministry coordina- in Guaimaca which they helped. 11 p.m., it is back down to 66. A Mary from Framingham. y.le have been following very candidates to the permanent tor at LaSalette Shrine's Center for build with sizeable donations; St. lot of people, as you might surinise, have colds. Thank God for closely the news out of Rome and diaconate; Bishop O'Malley cel- Christian Living; the Fall River Mary's Cathedral was selling Boston and our prayers are with ebrated his last Mass in the Fall diocese unveiled a logo heralding miniatures of the church to boost Sister Maria and her clinic. We (I should say Mirna) put up you all who have to endure the River diocese; and Lacy Roome of its centennial celebrations in 2004; its St. Vincent de ,Paul Society and the Christmas tree today. I am fallout from all of that. Bishop Feehan High School was 87 were chosen to receive the pres- its pipe organ restoration fund; playing Christmas carols, alterChristmas will be a bit lonechosen captain of its cheerleading tigious Marian Medal for outstand- and the diocese's Office ofCathosquad. ing devotion and service to the dio- lic Social Services was handing nating between English and Span- lier this year, with Srs. Maria and In November, Msgr. Norman cese; and Kitchen Angels from St. out Christmas gifts to the needy. ish. We've come a long way from Lucia gone and Daniel no longer Ferris, pastor of St. Anthony of the Peter the Apostle Parish in As the month ended, the resig- the Charlie Brown Christmas tree near to share a turkey with. FaDesert Parish was elevated to the Provincetown readied dinners, nation of Cardinal Law in the wake of Christmas 2000. The spirit is ther Joseph was glad to see me, I rank of chorbishop in the Maronite gifts and Christmas trees for needy of calls by some clergy and laity building. Tomorrow I will be go- think, after being gone for six Rite of the Roman Catholic families. for him to go, found many in the ing to Orica and El Encino for weeks. He will be saying Mass in Church; Msgr. Coleman was As the year closed its own book Fall River diocese saddened, Masses. Monday we will have a Guaimaca Christmas Eve and in elected administrator of the Dio- in December, the diocese observed prayerful and hopeful that his de- Christmas get-together for the Orica Christmas Day. I will be cese ofFal] River; John E. Kearns Wod,d AIDS Day with a Mass; St, cision would, begin a process of parish council after Mass, a pot doing Mass Christmas Eve in Jr., assi'stant director of the Office Kilian's Parish in New Bedford healing for the abused, the priests, luck with maybe a birthday cake Orica and on Christmas Day in or two for dessert. Guaimaca, with memories of you of Communications for the dio- hosted the feast of Our Lady of and all involved. This past Monday we dedi- all. cese, was elected a representative Guadalupe; the Pro-Life essay During the year the diocese Christmas Eve will find us at large for the Catholic Academy contest announced its theme: mourned the deaths of Sister of cated our newest chapel (San Juan Diego) with a great joyful Mass missing Father Gustavo and his for Communication Arts Profes- "Back to Basics: Why Abortion St. Joseph Rose Bernadette Parand a beautiful oil painting I had Nativity drama. sionals; the annual Red Mass hon- Should Not be Legal"; the Reli- ent of Somerset; Father Hyacinth God bless you with good ored the following four members gious Sisters of Jesus and Mary Moniz of New Bedford; Mercy copied from an icon of San Juan of the justice system with the St. celebrated 125 years in the dio- Sister M. Frances Doherty of New Diego which I had bought at health, happiness and the sounds Thomas More Medals: Attorney cese; Corpus Christi Parish in East Bedford; Holy Union ,Sister Weston Priory in Vermont. It of love this Christmas. Father Paul Irene B. Schall of New Bedford, Sandwich was restoring its old Marie Regina Poirier; Congrega- came out absolutely beautiful. Judge Joseph J. Reardon of 1988 Hook and Hastings pipe or- tion of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus Centerville, Clerk Magistrate and gan; St. George's Parish in and Mary Father Daniel J. Attorney Peter B. Andrade of Westport was fine tuning its circa McCarthy; Mercy Sister M. Taunton, and Retired Superior 1800 Stevens pipe organ for a con- Frederica Levell of Fall River; Court Justice Chris Byron of cert; Corpus Christi Parish in East Father Edward McIsaac; Sacred Rochester; St. Mary's Education Sandwich was cited nationally as Hearts Sister Margaret Woods of Fund reported it had raised a stewardship community; Msgr. Fairhaven; Good Shepherd Sister $600,000 from its benefit events; Coleman, spoke out strongly Mary' Elizabeth; Father Lucio B. dozens of couples were cited at the against promoters of gambling Phillipino of Taunton; Father annual Wedding Anniversary casinos eyeing the region; AI and Bertrand R. Chabot of North Mass at the cathedral; St. Joseph Maureen Makkay of Hyannis vis- Attleboro; Father James F. Greene of Fall River, a former Air Force chaplain; Father Henry G. Vanasse; Sacred Hearts Father Matthew R. Sullivan of Fairhaven; Franciscan Father Luke M. Chabot of North' Attleboro; Mercy. Sister Judy So~es; Franciscan Missionary of Mary Sister Frances Monks of Fall River; Holy Union Sister Helen Carpinelli; Congregation of Holy Cross Father Thomas E.. Lawton; Daughters of the Holy Spirit Sister Regina Descoteaux; Msgr. Normand A. Methe of Fall River; Holy Cross Father James J. Doyle; Holy Union Sister Laura Fortier; Notre Dame Sister Anne Denise Neylon; Holy Cross FaTHE DIOCESAN mission team in Guaimaca, Honduras, ther Dennis Sughrue; Benedictine recently sent this photo to The Anchor with wishes for a THE DIOCESAN Centennial Celebrations Committee un- Father Richard J. Bourgeois; blessed Christmas season and a happy New Year to everyDominican Sister Theresa of veiled a logo heralding 100 years of service to Southeastern Jesus Bouchard; and Sister of one in the diocese. From left, Father Joseph Blyskosz, DoMassachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands to be celebrated Charity of Quebec Juliette minican Sisters of the Presentation Maria Ceballos and Lucia, in 2004. . and Father Paul Canuel. Leblanc.


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eNS book review SHAKE DOWN THE THUNDER: THE CREATION OF NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL, by Murray Sperber. Indiana Uni· versity Press (Bloomington, Ind., 2002). 634 pp. REVIEWED BV MICHAEL DUBRUIEL CATliOUC NEWS SERVICE


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the popular myths of Notre Darne. Readers who loved Ronald Reagan's Hollywood portrayal of Gipp might be disappointed to learn that Gipp probably never said the words that Reagan's performance made immortal- "Win one for the Gipper." In fact, Sperber reveals, "No one called Gipp·by that nick~ name, nor did he ever use it himself." What emerges from Sperber's book is the rise of an institution that has excelled both in academics and athletics. The Holy Cross priests who built the University of Notre Dame took a small men's school and turned it into one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the United States and a symbol of American Catholicism. Sperber's tale of Notre Dame football is a great read even if the reader is not a fan of Notre Dame. The battles that the Catholic university waged against the secular institutions, bigotry and even the In-

In his first year as the head coach of the University of Notre Dame's football program, Tyrone Willingham has added to the immense folk1ore ofNotre Dame football. Willingham was hired after the Irish's first choice, George O'Leary, was fired (when it was leamed that he had lied on his application). He inherited a team that was on a downslide. But Willingham, the first black head coach ever at Notre Dame, has restored the Irish to national prominence with a winning record this season. In the future, tales of Willingham and O'Leary likely will rival those of Knute Rockne, George Gipp and other early founders of the fi g hti ng Iri sh ~----:---:---:---:--­ profiled in "Shake Down the Thunder: ' The Creation of Notre Dame Football" by Murray Sperber. Sperber argues that football made Notre Dame the recogniz. able national symbol of Catholicism in the United States. In its humble beginnings the school in northern Indiana was just one of many Catholic institutions of higher learning in this country. But when the Western Conference today's Big Ten - refused to admit Notre Dame as a member diana Ku Klux Klan show that what institution the Irish became deter- happened on the playing field on mined to play on the national stage. Saturdays was an extension of the So they regularly scheduled high battles that were being fought daily profile games with the likes of elsewhere to establish the right of Army, Yale, Nebraska and Texas Catholic higher education to exist. "Shake Down the Thunder" also on the road. In doing so they became the "national" Catholic team contains a wealth of information and a symbol of Catholic pride in about the history of college athletics in this country. Sperber writes the United States. The title of Sperber's mammoth of players and coaches regularly work comes from a line in the betting on their own games, sports"Notre Dame Victory March," a writers doubling as referees and the song that Sperber claims is "con- rise of college athletics as a major sidered one of the nation's four moneymakeI'. Fans of Notre Dame best-known songs - along with the will love the book but even casual 'Star-Spangled Banner,' 'God sports fans will find the book hard Bless America' and 'White Christ- to put down. mas.''' (Yes, you know it: "Cheer, Dubruiel ooids a moster's decheer for old Notre Dame ....") The gree in Christion spiritualityfrom song's origin is one of many topics Creighton University and is the Sperber covers with well-docu- autlwr of "Praying in the Presmented research. ence of Our Lord with Fulton J. "Shake Down the Thunder" is Sheen" and "The How-To Book . filled with the real stories behind of the Mass."






panions as they continue their perilous quest to destroy the One Ring, an amulet of unspeakable, seducNEW YORK - The past year saw an abundance tive power. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops of Hollywood films that were "safe" franchise films, classification is A-III - adults. The Motion Picture .prequels or sequels. Studios wanted to cash in on their Association of America rating is PG-13 - parents narne recognition, which almost always translates to a are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inaplack of originality (a thrilling exception was the sec- propriate for children under 13. ''My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is an amusing comond part of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy). Of the top 10 box-office grossers for the year, not a edy about a young woman (Nia Vardalos) whose Greek one was in the R-rated category, indicating how films parents (Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan). flip that are more family oriented do the best at the box out when she falls for and plans to marry a non-Greek man (John Corbett). Director Joel Zwick's good-naoffice in the long run. Hollywood, please take note. Happily, there were a healthy number of fine films tured film, based on Vardalos' one-woman show, genreleased during 2002. Here, in alphabetical order, are tly pokes fun at absurd familial situations, yet reveals the best movies of the past year as chosen by the U.S. the rewards in accepting and loving one's family, warts Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for Film and and all. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-II - adults and adolescents. The MoBroadcasting. "About Schmidt" is a poignant tale of a newly tion Picture Association of America rating is PG retired and newly widowed 66-year-old (Jack parental guidance suggested. "Nicholas Nickleby" is a genial adaptation of the Nicholson) who tries to reconnect with his daughter (Hope Davis) while hoping to abort her upcoming 1839 Charles Dickens' classic in which penniless wedding. Nicholson shines in director Alexander Nicholas (Charlie Hunnam) sets out to reunite with Payne's bittersweet comedy about a man coming to and provide for his mother, sister and crippled.friend (Jamie Bell) despite terms with his unexthe machinations of ceptional life and his malevolent uncle finding peace in tol(Christopher erance, forgiveness Plummer). A masterand generosity of ful Plummer steals spirit. The U.S. Con\. the show in writer-diference of Catholic rector Douglas . Bishops classification McGrath's nicely isA-III-adults. The compressed tale of a Motion Picture Assoyoung man's hardciation of America won triumph over adrating is R - reversity. The U.S. stricted. "Antwone· Conference of Catholic Bishops classificaFisher" is the inspition is A-II - adults rational true-life story and adolescents. The of a troubled naval Motion Picture Assorecruit (Derek Luke), who with the help of KEVIN KLINE stars as teacher William Hundert ciation of America a Navy psychiatrist the dramatic film liThe Emperors Club:' The film rating is PG - paren(Denzel Washington) was selected by CNS as one of the top 10 of 2002. tal guidance suggested. learns to cope with (CNS photo from Universal) "Road to Perdithe emotional devastion" is a gripping tation wreaked by childhood rejection and physical abuse. Washington's drama set in Depression-era Chicago in which a hit directorial debut is a moving account of strength and man (Tom Hanks) working for the leader of the Irish survival, as well as a testament to the nobility of spirit mob (Paul Newman) embarks on a journey to protect inherent in every person. The U.S. Conference of his 12-year-old son and avenge the death ofthe rest of Catholic Bishops classification is A-III - adults. The .his family. Examining complicated father-son relationMotion Picture Association of America rating is PG- ships, director Sam Mendes' evocative moral tale pre13 - parents are strongly cautioned. Some material sents a calculated visual tapestry of intrigue and multilayered characters which smoothly weaves in themes may be inappropriate for children under 13. ''The Emperor's Club" is a thoughtful tale set at of betrayal, redemption, filial love and family respona mid-l 970s boys' academy where an idealistic clas- sibility. The U.S. Conference ofCatholic Bishops classics teacher (Kevin Kline) compromises his standards sification is A-III - adults. The Motion Picture Assowhile trying to mold the character of a troubled stu- ciation of America rating is R - restricted. dent (Emile Hirsch). Director Michael Hoffman's eth"The Rookie" is an uplifting charmer based on ics-centered drama sensitively explores the crucial the true story of 35-year-old Jim Morris (Dennis importance of personal and professional integrity and Quaid), a small-town Texas baseball coach and high its lifelong consequences. The U.S. Conference of school chemistry teacher who gets a second chance at Catholic Bishops classification is A-II - adults and the big leagues and becomes the oldest rookie baseadolescents. The Motion Picture Association of ball player in 40 years. Director John Lee Hancock's America rating is PG-13 - parents are strongly cau- film pulls on the heartstrings, nudging the audience to tioned. Some material may be inappropriate for chil- think about forgotten dreams while pleasing and indren under 13. spiring without discernible violence, sex or crude lan''Evelyn'' is a l]eartfelt and fact-based tale about guage. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops clasthe 1950s' legal fight an. impoverished Irish father sification is A-I - general patronage. The Motion (Pierce Brosnan) wages after his wife runs off and his Picture Association of America rating is G - general three young children are placed in different Catholic audiences. . orphanages against his will. Director Bruce Beresford "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" is a rousing captures the human story behind the legal battle as animated tale set on the 1880s' American frontier, well as the faith the characters have in God that justice where a cruel cavalry colonel (voice of James will prevail against staggering odds. The U.S. Con- Cromwell) tries to tame a wild mustang (voice of Matt ference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-III Damon) that escapes the fort with a captured Lakota adults. The Motion Picture Association of America Indian (voice of Daniel Studi). Beautifully animated rating is PG - parental guidance suggested. by directors Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook, the themes "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" is of respect for life, nature and the preciousness of freethe visually spectacular second installment of J.R.R. dom emerge through painterly visuals and stirring Tolkien's epic fantasy trilogy about the struggle be- music with a minimum of spoken dialogue. The U.S. tween the forces of good and evil, set in the mythical Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-I realm of Middle-earth. Director Peter Jackson - general patronage. The Motion Picture Associaseamlessly blends breathtaking locations with cutting- tion of America rating is G - general audiences. edge effects to tell the timeless tale of humble hobbit Pare is director ofthe U.S. Conference ofCathoand unlikely hero Frodo (Elijah Wood) and his com- lic Bislwps' Office for Film and Broadcasting.


Up to 35 u.s. bishops could retire for age reasons in 2003 By JERRY FILTEAU CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON - As many as 35 active U.S. bishops could retire in 2003 because they are at or beyond the normal retirement age of 75. That's the largest number in history. It's eight more than last year and 18 more than two years ago. Even back in August 1966, when Pope Paul VI first asked bishops around the world to submit their resignations at the age of75, there were fewer than 25 active U.S. bishops over 75. Within the next seven months at least eight of those retired and one died. The age-75 rule, which implemented a policy established by the world's bishops in 1965 at the Second Vatican Council, was incorporated into general Church law for the Latin Church in 1983 and for the Eastern Catholic churches in 1991. In Eastern churches with a patriarch, the resignation is submitted to the patriarch. The pope may refuse a bishop's resignation or delay accepting it. Pope Paul rarely did so, but in recent years Pope John Paul II has increasingly kept bishops active beyond their 75th birthday.

Of the 17 active U.S. bishops who Bishop Thad J. Jakubowski of turned 75 in 2002, he allowed Chicago; Lithuanian-born Bishop oilly five to retire that year. Paulius A. Baltakis, based in As 2002 ended 19 active U.S. Brooklyn, N.Y., as bishop of bishops were already over 75. Lithuanian Catholics outside There are 16 more with a 75th Lithuania; Milwaukee-born Archbirthday coming in 2003. bishop Charles A. Sc,;hleck, in Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua Vatican service as adjunct secreof Philadelphia, who turned 79 tary of the Congregation for the last June, is the oldest of all the Evangelization of Peoples and currently active cardinals, arch- president of the Pontifical Mis. bishops and bishops in the United sionary Works; Auxiliary Bishop States. Even if he remains arch- John R. Gorman of Chicago; bishop of Philadelphia when he Bishop William R. Houck of turns 80 this June, after his birth- Jackson, Miss; Bishop William day he will lose his eligibility to H. Bullock of Madison, Wis; enter a conclave to elect a new Bishop Stephen Hector Doueihi pope. .of St. Maron of Brooklyn for the The only other active Ameri- Maronites; Bishop Anthony G. can cardinal over 75 is Cardinal Bosco of Greensburg, Pa. Edmund C. Szoka, president of Also, Bishop James C. Timlin the Pontifical Commission for of Scranton, Pa; Bishop Daniel A. Vatican City State since 1997. Hart of Norwich, Conn; Among the other 17 active Ruthenian BishopAndrew Pataki U.S. bishops who were already of Passaic, N.J; Bishop Thomas 75 when the new year started is V. Daily of Brooklyn, N.Y; Auxformer Fall River. bishop, Arch- iliary Bishop Raymond E. bishop DanielA. Cronin of Hart- Goedert of Chicago; Bishop ford, Conn., a priest since 1952, Frank J. Rodimer of Paterson, bishop since 1968 and head of N.J., and Auxiliary Bishop Jothe Hartford Archdiocese since seph J. Madera of the U.S. Arch1992. He turned. 75 Nov. 14, diocese for the Military Services. 2002. Among the 16 active bishops The others are: who will turn 75 in 2003, there Auxiliary Bishop Leonard J. are no cardinals and only one ' Olivier of Washington; Auxiliary archbishop.

Many Hispanic Catholics now declaring no ·religion, says report WASHINGTON (CNS) - The Catholic Church lost Hispanic members during the I990s because many are now declaring no religion, according to a report comparing surveys taken in 1990 and 200 I. The 1990 survey reported 66 percent of the Hispanics identifying themselves as Catholic while the 200 I survey listed 57 percent identifying themselves as Catholic. The proportion of non-Catholic Christians remained steady at 25 percent. The findings go against a common belief that Catholics are leaving the Church to become Protestants, said the repOIt. "Young people and new immigrants are particularly 'unchurched,''' the repolt said. "It has been thought all along that the vast majotity of ex-Catholics became Protestants, and in particular Pentecostals," it added. Instead, "many Hispanics who left the Catholic Church opted for no religion at all," it said. This is a "bittersweet message" for the Catholic Church, said Anthony Stevens-Arroyo, director of the Program for the Analysis of Religion Among Latinos which commissioned the report. The 200 I survey also showed a strong belief among Hispanics in God and in miracles, indicating a firm religiosity that no longer identifies with an institutionalized religion, he said in a telephone interview with Catholic News Service. "They just don't go to church."

Stevens-Arroyo noted that the percentage orHispanic Catholics is higher in areas such as Texas and California where there is a long history of Hispanic ministry and lower in parts of the country where Latinos are recent arrivals. This indicates that the Catholic Church is successful where it has well-developed outreach programs, said Stevens-Arroyo, a sociology professor at Brooklyn College, which is part of the City University of New York. "Not being Catholic may be a temporary situation in areas where there is little Catholic presence," he said. "If the Church does what it has been doing in the traditional Hispanic areas, it could win back many people," said Stevens-Arroyo. The report commissioned by Stevens-Arroyo focused on the responses by 3,000 Hispanic adults and was done by the same group of sociologists who conducted the entire 200 I survey. The margin of error for the Hispanic sampling was plus or minus three percent. The report said that the share of Hispanics who claimed no religion more than doubled from six percent in 1990 to 13 percent in 200 I. Among those declaring no religion in the 200 I sampling, 85 percent said that God exists and 76 percent expressed belief in miracles. The 200 I survey finding of 57 percent of Hispanics identifying as Catholics is well below the results

of other surveys made public in 2001-2002, which reported that about 70 percent of Latinos said that they were Catholic. Stevens-An'oyo said that other surveys may be repOIting a higher percentage because they concentrated their interviews in parts of the country where there is a heavier concentration of Hispanics and Church ministry to Latinos. He noted that the City University of New York 200 I survey repOlted ~ignificant differences from region to region.

THE ANCHOR - Diocese of Fall River - Fri., January 10, 2003 However there are local bishops on that list. They include, Bishop Daniel P. Reilly of Worcester, Mass., a priest since 1953, bishop since 1975 and head of the Worcester diocese since 1994; Bishop Joseph J. Gerry of Portland, Maine, a priest since 1954, bishop since 1986 and head of the Portland diocese since


1989; Melkite Bishop John A. Elya of Newton, Mass., a priest since 1952, bishop since 1986 and head of the Newton Eparchy (diocese) since 1994; and Auxiliary Bishop Francis X. Roque of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, a native Rhode Islander, who has been a priest since 1953 and bishop since 1983.



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critic.izes report on birth of cloned girl By JOHN THAVIS CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

cal and hu'man consideration," it said. , The Vatican has repeatedly VATICAN CITY - The Vatican sharply criticized a re- condemned human cloning, port of the birth of a cloned saying the process would viobaby, saying it was a sign of a late the human dignity of the in"brutal" and unethical mental- dividual and that the procreation technique used is illicit. ity. A statement by Vatican By imposing the geneiic traits spokesman Joaquin Navarro- of a single person onto a new Valls expressed skepticism at individual, human cloning the announcement in Florida seeks to create a person in that a healthy baby called man's image, not God's image, "Eve" had been born December Vatican experts have said. The Vatican has also. con26 as a clone of her 31-year-old demned the fact that human mother. The claim was made by 'the embryos would inevitably be. Raelians, a sect that believes created and discarded in the the human race was created by cloning process. In Washington, the National cloning by space travelers. Scientific experts called for evi- Right to Life Committee called dence to back up their latest on the U.S. Senate to pass a law claim, even as they warned of banning human cloning. "Multiple laboratories are its implications. The Vatican statement said working toward mass creation . "the announcement, without of cloned human embryos to any element of proof, has al- use in research that will kill ready given rise to the skepti- them," said Douglas Johnson, cism and moral condemnation \ the committee's legislative diof a great part of the interna- rector. He called for the cloning ban "in order to. prevent tional scientific community." "But even the announcement such human embryo farms and itself is an expression of a bru- the horrors of human cloning tal mentality, lacking any ethi- that will follow."

POPE JOHN Paul II looks toward a statue of the infant Christ during his New Year's Day in St. Peter's Basilica January 1. During the service marking World Peace Day and the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the pope C'ffered r.ew pleas for peace and for world leaders to seek nonviolent solutions to troubles. (CNS photo from Reuters) Mas~

.Pope, other le~ders urge that war with Iraq be avoided U.S. Secretary of State Colin VATICAN CITY (CNS) - As war clouds darkened the coming of Powell said this week that the a new year, Pope John Paul II . United States had not decided yet joined other Church leaders i'n ask- what course of action to take, but ing that a U.S.-led war be avoided that the U.S. government was ready for military action. Powell with Iraq. In a year-end speech to Vatican said U.N. weapons inspectors in officials, he warned against con- Iraq should be given the time necflicts "that risk exploding again essary to check out whether Iraq with renewed virulence." In his sub- possesses weapons of mass desequent Christmas message, he struction. At the same time, the United asked that the world not "yield to mistrust, suspicion and discourage- States continued its military buildup ment, even though the tragic real- of troops, ships and aircraf~ near ity of terrorism feeds uncertainties Iraq. and fears." Looming is a January 27 deadAlthough the pope did not men- line for the more than 100 U.N. intion Iraq by name, it clearly ap- spectors to submit their final report. peared to be on his mind as he cau- They were sent November 27, aftioned against igniting a new and ter a four-year absence, to see if avoidable war. In recent weeks a Iraqi President.Saddam Hussein has growing chorus of Vatican offi- complied with 1991 UN. resolucials warned against resolving tions at the end of the Gulf War to problems with Iraq through war. destroy his weapons of mass deArchbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, struction, including possible chemi. the pope's equivalent of a foreign cal and biological arms. minister, said the United States has The Bush administration has no right to decide by itself whether consistently criticized Iraqi stateIraq should be attacked if it failed ments that it is complying with to comply with U.N. resolutions U.N. resolutions and has been that required it to abandon its weap- highly skeptical that Iraq is fully onS of mass destruction. . cooperating with the UN. inspec-


tors. Many world leaders have expressed concerns that the United States is planning military action once the U.N. final report is issued. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers said war would provoke a humanitarian disaster.. "There's even a risk if there are bacteriological and chemical weapons (in Iraq) that people there will die because of an attack," he said in a recent interview with the British Broadcasting Corp. Iraqi-born Chaldean Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim, now living in Michigan, said the United States should let the U.N. inspectors do their job. A U.S. attack on Iraq "would not be a just war at all; it lacks all the criteria for a just war," he said. Archbishop Tauran in a newspaper interview said "The use of weapons is not a given, and moreover a preventative war is not foreseen by the UN. charter.". "A single member of the international community cannot decide: 'I'm doing this and you others can either help me or stay home,'" said Archbishop Tauran.

Pontiff thanks God .for blessings of 2002, prays for peacef~l 2003

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CLAUDE VORILHON, also known as Rael to his followers, founded Clonaid in 1997. The company, which he told Reuters he has distanced himself from, announced in late December that it had produced the first human clone with the birth of a baby girl to a 31-year-old American woman. Vorilhon is pictured with his book, "Yes to Human Cloning," in London in this Feb. 14, 2002, file photo. (CNS photo from Reuters) ...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) ~avarro-Valls said the pope spent Pope John Paul II thanked God the last hour of 2002 "in prayer for the blessings of 2002 and and adoration in his private prayed that peace would mark chapel. Then he celebrated the 2003. . Holy Mass followed by another In St. Peter's Basilica as the moment of prayer." New Yef\r began, the pope preDuring the evening prayer sersided over an evening prayer ser- vice, the pope offered special vice and the singing of the "Te thanks to God for "the generous Deum" in thanksgiving for God's response of so many young gifts. people" to the call of the Gospel, When Christ was born, he as well as for "the growing filled the world with a light and ecclesial sensitivity to the values joy that "worries and anxieties of peace, of life and of safeguardcannot extinguish," the pope said. ing creation." "May every man and woman Also', he said, ".significant of good will encounter and expe- .steps" were made in the difficult rience the power of your love and area of ecumenical relations. your peace," he prayed. With Rome's mayor and many' Vatican spokesman Joaqui:1 city council members attending

the service, the pope looked toward the New Year with a special focus on the city. Offering his prayers for those who live in difficult situations, he also called for greater efforts to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life. He asked families to pray the rosary together each day in order to create a "favorable climate for listening to God and faithfully his will." The pope said that during 2002 God's gifts "were greater than our infidelities." "Sing, hearts full of recognition for that which we have received; sing, in the certain hope of future blessings," he said.






THE ANCHOR - Diocese of Fall River - Fri., January 10, 2003 Continued from page one

release of archdiocesan files on a profound loss of confidence by Geoghan, giving a shocked pub- the faithful in our leadership as lic an unvarnished inside view of shepherds, because of our failures archdiocesan dysfunctions in in addressing the crime of the dealing with abusive priests. sexual abuse of children and The released papers quickly y.oung people by priests." led to the escalation of the BosWhile Cardinal Law was at the ton scandal into a national Church center of the crisis for past miscrisis - played out repeatedly in handling of abuse cases, he was other dioceses as newspapers not the only U.S. prelate to face across the country began digging controversy over the way they deeper into how the local diocese dealt with abusive priests. Among had handled such cases over the those who came under the heavipast 20, 30 or 40 years. est media criticism were CardiBy April the U.S. cardinals nals Edward M. Egan of New were called to a special summit York and Roger M. Mahony of at the Vatican to chart a course of Los Angeles, but numerous other action, and the world heard Pope bishops and archbishops found John Paul II's statement that themselves forced to explain and "there is no room in the priest- defend past actions in a new clihood and religious life for those mate where "zero tolerance" was who would harm the young." the rule against which all policies Encouraged by the changed and decisions were measured. atmosphere across the country, The sexual abuse crisis also led hundreds of clergy abuse victims to the resignation of four other who had suffered silently for U.S. bishops. years or decades came forward Bishop Anthony J. and told their stories. O'Connell of Palm Beach, Fla; By June, when the U.S. bish- Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland ops met in Dallas to debate a man- of Milwaukee; New York Auxildatory national policy to oust per- iary Bishop James F. McCarthy; petrators and protect children, and Bishop J. Kendrick Williams more than 200 priests had been of Lexington, Ky. pulled from ministry across the The sex abuse crisis fed new country and the story was mak- debates about what qualifications ing daily headlines. should be requi~ed 'of a candidate By December, the nearly 140 to be accepted for ordination. In lawsuits the Boston Archdiocese April the Vatican's education had settled with Geoghan victims congregation, which oversees paled before the more than 400 seminaries worldwide, was circuothers filed on behalf of alleged· lating a draft document that said victims of other Boston priests. homosexually oriented men The archdiocese took the first should not be admitted to semisteps toward filing for Chapter II naries. Another issue brought to bankruptcy protection. With new new prominence by the sex abuse revelations almost daily and crisis was the role of laity in the scores of his own priests openly Church. Ths: bishops formed the calling for his resignation, Cardi- all-lay NationiJ,1 Review Board nal Law resigned as archbishop and mandating that the majority of Boston December 13 aftcr a of members of every diocesan reweek of consultations in Rome view board be lay people not emwith top Vatican officials and the ployed by the Church. pope. Three days latcr the Vatican The crisis gave rise to a new announced its approval of norms Catholic lay group, Voice of the all U.S. dioccses must follow to Faithful. Started in Boston, by the deal with and deter sexual abuse. end of the year the group was inIn June the U.S. bishops ternational with a membership of adopted a "Charter for the Pro- more than 25,000. tection of Children and Young More than 50 bishops conPeople" and approved a set of leg- cerned about addressing the conislative norms to enforce imple- ditions underlying the crisis mentation in all dioceses. They , joined in backing a proposal to established a National Review tackle those issues by convening Board, headed by Oklahoma Gov. the first plenary Church council Frank Keating, to monitor com- in the United States since 1884. In the U.S. war on terrorism, pliance, study the causes of the crisis and recommend further President Bush's threats to attack Church steps to protect children. Iraq drew criticism from religious They formed a national Office leaders around the world, includfor Child and Youth Protection and ing the U.S. bishops, who warned in November appointcd Kathleen that they could see no justification L. McChesncy, third top official for a pre-emptive, unilateral attack. of the FBI, to hcad thc office. Violence was adaily factoflife Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of in the Holy Land as scores of PalBelleville, Ill., first black presi- estinian suicide bombers struck dent of the U.S. Conference of out at Israelis and Israeli soldiers Catholic Bishops, was widely retaliated for each new incident. In April, scores of Palestinian credited by Church observers with engineering Vatican consent gunmen took refuge in the Church to the idea of special national leg- of the Nativity in Bethlehem afislation to deal with the crisis, ter the Israeli army entered the overriding the usual autonomy of city. The standoff lasted 39 days. each bishop in his own diocese Christmas observances in in such matters. Bethlehem were cast into doubt At the June meeting he in late November when the Israeli squarely confronted the bishops military occupied the city again with their own responsibility, say- and imposed a curfew following ing, "The crisis, in truth, is about a suicide bus ~ombing in Jerusa-

lem. Even as the world community seemed finally on a path to relieve the crushing external debt burdens of impoverished nations in sub-Saharan Africa, the region's AIDS pandemic brought harsh new social and economic problems. An estimated 28 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were suffering from AIDS in 2002, and the disease attacked mainly young and middle-age adults who should have formed the region's most productive work force. Drought, compounded by poverty and the AIDS health care crisis, led to the start of a new famine in Africa that could surpass the famine of the mid-1980s. Muslim-Christian conflicts continued in parts of Africa and Asia. A Vatican decision to raise four Church jurisdictions in Russia to the status of dioceses brought sharp complaints from Orthodox officials and a further deterioration in Catholic-Orthodox relations. A U.S. Catholic-Jewish consultation issued a statement in which Catholic participants affirmed that God remains faithful to his saving covenant with the Jewish people and said Christians should not engage in campaigns targeting Jews for conversion. Some Catholics took issue, calling the statement a denial of the Church's mission. Pope John Paul II - who turned 82 in May - remained a major figure on the world scene despite physical ailments that caused him to reduce his travels and limit his public appearances. In late July and early August he traveled to Canada, Guatemala and Mexico. In Toronto he celebrated a World Youth Day Mass before an estimated crowd of 800,000. In Guatemala he canonized St. Pedro de San Jose Betancur, a 17th-century missionary who is now Central America's first saint. In Mexico he canonized St. Juan Diego, the 16th-century Mexican peasant whose visions of Mary marked the start of devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. An estimated '300,000 people gathered for the October 6 Mass in St. Peter's Square at which he canonized the founder of Opus Dei, St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer. Four months earlier the pope canonized the famed Italian Capuchin priest, stigmatic and mystic, Padre Pio da Pietralcina. In October he marked the 24th anniversary of his papacy by proclaiming a "year of the rosary" and suggesting an optional new five mysteries of the rosary, called "mysteries of light" and focusing on events in Christ's public ministry. . On November 14 he made a historic first papal visit to the Italian Parliament, delivering a 50-minute speech on a wide range of challenges facing Italy, from its treatment of the poor and immigrants to its dangerously low birth rate. In February the Vatican calfed


for a worldwide ban on human cloning. The issue divided U.S. legislators, who could not agree whether to ban all human embryonic cloning or to permit it for medical research. The U.S. Supreme Court gave a boost to use of tuition vouchers for religiously run schools when it ruled that a Cleveland voucher plan was religiously neutral and constitutionally acceptable even though most of the students receiving vouchers used them to enroll in Catholic schools. Ordination of women was back in the news in June when six European Catholic women and an American, former Ohio first lady Dagmar Celeste, claimed to have been ordained priests in Europe by an excommunicated Argentine priest who claimed to have been ordained a bishop by another excommunicated priest who was ordained a bishop. The Vatican called the women's ordinations invalid and excommunicated the seven in August after they refused to comply with an order to renounce their ordinations. Reserve funds of many dioceses took a severe hit from the broad decline in the stock market. The sex abuse crisis also clearly affected diocesan finances in some places and could have more far-reaching effects than were immediately evident. In June the Boston Archdiocese laid off personnel and slashed its annual budget from $24 million to $16 million. In September the Los Angeles Archdiocese closed several offices and laid off dozens of employees to eliminate a $4.3 million budget deficit, but attributed the belt-

tightening to investmcnt losses, not the sex abuse crisis or the costs of the new $189 million cathedral. When the Miami Archdiocese laid off 10 percent of the staff at its pastoral center, it cited a $31 million loss in its investment portfolio as the reason. Among Catholic figures who died in 2002 were: Redemptorist Father Francis X. Murphy, 87, who in the 1960s enthralled Americans with his New Yorker magazine accounts of the Second Vatican Council under his nom de plume, Xavier Rynne: April II, of complications after cancer surgery, in Annapolis, Md. - Msgr. George G. Higgins, 86, a national figure in social justice and labor relations for more than half a century: May I, after a long illness, in La Grange, Ill. -Ade Bethune, 88, whose art work appeared in The Catholic Worker newspaper for more than 60 years: May I, of complications from pneumonia and leukemia, in Newport, R.I. Football legend John Unitas, 69, Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Baltimore Colts to three championships and held nearly every NFL passing record: September II, of a heart attack, in Timonium, Md. - Cardinal Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, 74, who suffered 13 years of imprisonment in communist Vietnam: September 16, of cancer, in Rome.

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Our Lady's Monthly Message From Medjugorje December 25, 2002 Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina "Dear Children! This is a time of great graces, but also a time of great trials for all those who desire to follow the way of peace. Because of that, little children, again I call you to pray, pray, pray, not with words but with the heart. Live my messages and be converted. Be conscious of this gift that God has permitted me to be with you, especially today when in my arms I have little Jesus - the King of Peace. I desire to give you peace, and that you carry it in your hearts and give it to others until God's peace begins to rule the world. "Thank you for having responded to my call."

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE GROUP Marian Messengers P.O. Box 647, Framinglulm, MA 01701· Tel 1-508-879-9318



Diocese of Fall River - Fri., January 10,2003

COYLE AND Cassidy High School students help youngsters work on Christmas projects as part of the Taunton school's Christmas Workshop.

Coyle students reach out to area needy EIGHTH-GRADERS from Holy Family-Holy Name School, New.Bedford, offer their prayers and service as they assist the Missionaries of Charity in packing Christmas bags of socks, toothpaste and candy for inmates at the Dartmouth House of Correction.


Our Lady ofMount Carmel School, New Bedford FIRST-GRADERS from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, New Bedford, display souvenir posters afOul' Lady they received to celebrate the parish's 1oath birthday. From left are Stephanie Sousa, Colin DeMello and Raquel Ferreira.

FOURTHGRADE students from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School await the downbeat from eighth-grade teacher Antonio Borges during a recent recorder lesson. They and students from grades five and six performed at the Christmas Songfest last month.


TAUNTON - The spirit of Christmas was in abundance at Coyle and Cassidy High School this past season, as many students, faculty, family and friends contributed time, talent, toys and money to the school's Christmas Workshop. The workshop collected donations to help area needy. Through their efforts, the 10th annual Coyle-Cassidy Christmas Gift Shop was able to assist more than 270 families, which included more than 1,000 children. Senior coordinators of the event were Kyle Bradbury and Amy Chase; and the Junior coordinators were Brendan Dutch, Chris Desrochers and Alyssa Metthe. The students and facuIty also wished to acknowledge the many area businesses and friends who

helped make the event such a grand success: Active Learners Pre~School; Agape Chapel; Big Value Outlet; .the Boy Scouts; Clinical Lab; Colonial Donut. Coyle-Cassidy Food Pantry; Community Service; Debarros Insurance; Dighton Red and White Market; the Girl Scouts and Brownies; Gym Hutt. Hackett Greenhouses; Kriswood, Inc.; Paradise Water Gardens Ltd.; Pelo Hair Salon; The Plymouth Light; St. Mary's School, Taunton; Taunton Social Security Office. Sl. Peter's Women's Guild and Religious Education; State of Mind; Tech Wash;. Village Toy Shop; WB. Mason Co.; White Whale Gift Shop; and Wood Real Estate.

SAINT MARY-SACRED HEART School, North Attleboro held its annual Christmas Pageant and Concert before a full house at Sacred Heart Church. Waiting in the wings were, from left, Jonathan Lees (shepherd), Olivia Cortellini (the Blessed Mother), James Brennan (a sheep), and Thomas Cooper and Patrick Burke (shepherds) .

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Home alone By AMY WELBORN CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE The 17-year-old, a good boy, was insulted. He had called 30 minutes after his curfew from a friend's house after they'd spent the evening at a bookstore and coffee shop. A female friend. "Can I stay longer?" "No. Come home." So he came home, and his mother asked him what the girl's parents were like. He said he didn't know. He hadn't seen them. Maybe they were asleep. Maybe they weren't home. Well, now, that was a problem. The mother told the boy that he wasn't to be at a girl's house if her parents weren't home. This is where the insulted part comes in. You don't trust me? He was

genuinely, honestly, hurt. It was late, and the mother didn't have the time or energy to explain at that moment, but the next day she would, and she'd say something like this: It's really not a matter of trusting or distrusting who you are as a person. I know you have good values, and I know you're pretty committed to living them. I'm glad. "But what you don't understand, although you probably will soon enough, is that holding good values and saying you hold them only gets you so far. "You're a human being, and that means you're made up of more than a brain that can accept ideas. You're also made up of emotions and a body." Think about the times you've been really, really angry, especially about something small. You

can look back now and see how unimportant that issue really was - whose tum it was to set the table or whether or not you'd be allowed to watch a certain movie. -~51


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But do you remember how you reacted at the time? You yelled, you hurled a couple of insults, you made a couple ofclaims that were, in retrospect, just stupid. You could barely think, your heart was racing and you could feel the blood rushing to your face. And now you can look back and

see it all so calmly, talk about it, even laugh. You can state your values honestly and sincerely, and affirm your beliefs in solving conflicts calmly. But in moment of anger - well, that's another story. Not a lot of thinking going on there. It's the same with this whole boys and girls alone thing. You can make all the speeches you want, you can say what you believe until we're all bored and would like you to please shut up. But alone with someone you really care about? Not an adult in sight? Late at night, tired and relaxed, in your own very nice, very private world, talking, laughing, connecting and feeling accepted? In those circumstances, to tell the truth, it's natural to start to feel the desire to connect, not only emotionally, but physically. Once that gets rolling - just as when

you let anger take over your reactions - it's difficult to stop. It's not impossible, at all, mind you. You're not an uncontrollable animal. But it's difficult, and it definitely takes the focus away from building a fliendship where it counts: emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. So that's why it's maybe better to avoid the situation. (Your grandparents called it an "occasion of sin." Think about it. Not a bad concept.) Not because you don't have good values. Not because you're not committed to them. You are. We know that. But talking about values is different from living by them. Take it from us. Maybe we learned the hard way, and maybe we're just trying to help you avoid our mistakes. Can you blame us?


Mama please stop crying. I can't stand the sound Your pain is painful, and it's tearing me down. I hear glasses breaking as I sit up in bed I told God you didn't mean those nasty things you said You fight about money, about me and my brother And this I come home to, this is my shelter. It ain't easy growing up inWW3 Never knowin' what love could be You'll see, I don't want love to destroy me Like it has done to my family. Can we work it out? Can we be a family? I promise I'll be better, Mommy, I'll do anything Can we work it out? Can we be a family? I promise I'll be better, Daddy, please don't leave. Daddy please stop yelling, I can't stand the sound Make Mama stop crying, 'cause I need you around My Mama she loves you, no matter what she says is true I know that she hurts you, but remember I love you too. I ran away today, ran from the noise Ran away (ran away) Don't wanna go back to that place But don't have no choice, no way. It ain't easy growing upinWW3 Never knowing what love could be But I've seen, I don't want love to destroy me Like it has done my family. In our family portrait we look pretty happy Let's play pretend, let's act like


it comes naturally I don't wanna have to split the holidays I don't want two addresses I don't want a stepbrother anyway And I don't want my Mom to have to change her last name. Mama I'll be nicer I'll be so much better I'll tell my brother I won't spill the milk at dinner I'll be so much better I'll do everything right

split apart. I know this girl's story personally. I too did my best in an attempt to change the suffering in my family. None ofmy efforts were good enough, nor could they have been. For teens who live with the type of uncertainty and hurt this song describes, I offer these suggestions: I. Don't keep your family pain a secret. Talk about what you experience with a trusted adult. Maybe this will be a teacher or someone on your parish staff. Ask this person to recommend a family counseling profes~I I " ~""I.I' ~ional.Ask thisco~nselorto guide you ~UI mhowyoudealwlthyourparents.The fIrst step to hope and healing is to break out the cycle of secrecy. 2. Seek a teen support group for discussing family or other life problems. Some schools offer groups j which protect confIdentiality. If your school does not have such a peer support group, ask your school counselor to start one. Or tell your parish youth minister that having more open discussion about family problems in youth group meetings could help you. • 3. Start reading about what. is going on in your family. For example, in my case it would have helped ifI had read about alcoholism's effects on I'll be your little girl forever family life. Almost any major bookI'll go to sleep at night. -store has shelves of books about the Daddy don't leave many types of problems families enDaddy don't leave. counter. Sung by Pink 4. Please do not use drugs, alcohol Copyright (c) 2001 by Arista or sex as an escape. You arc too valuMusic Pink's "Family Portrait" is like a able to our world to lose your future lament, a peek into a girl's inner to addiction or the consequences of promiscuous sex. thoughts and feelings. 5. Make God your ally as you live Unfortunately, too many teens will identify with this girl's painful story. within your family's pain. Some days The girl in the song wants so much will be OK, some difficult. Share your more for her family. She begs her par- heart with God on all days. I want teens to know there is genuents: "Can we work it out? Can we be a family? I promise I'll be better, ine hope for living through and recovMommy.... I promise I'll be better, ering from the pain in a family. 1he most important step is that first step Daddy, please don't leave. In her pain, she relies on magical toward disclosure ofwhat is occurring thinking. She is hoping that ifonly she with someone who is both safe and can be perfect, her family won't hurt trustworthy.



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STUDENTS FROM Holy Trinity School, Fall River, served up soup for a special Grandparents' Soup Day recently, providing soup for 425 people. From left are Nick Surdis, Cory Alix, Adam Vieira and Nick's grandfather, George Surdis.



On December 10, 1925, Our Lady appeared to Sister Lucia (seer of Fatima) and spoke these words: "AmlOunce in my IUlme that I promise to assist at the hour ofdeath with the graces necessary for the salvation oftheir souls, all those who on the flTSt Saturday of five consecutive months shall: 1. Go to confession; 2. Receive Holy Communion; 3. Recite the Rosary (5 decades); and 4. Keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the 15 mysteries ofthe Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me."

In a spirit of reparation, the above conditions are each to be preceded by the words: "In reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:' Confessions may be made during 8 days before or after the first Saturday, and Holy Communion may be received at either the morning or evening Mass on the first Saturday.



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