FALL RIVER DIOCESAN NEWSPAPER FOR SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS VOL. 33, NO.7.
Friday, February 17, 1989
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10 topics on ,bishops' shopping list WASHINGTON (NC) - An agenda o( 10 topics related to evangelization, including the role of bishops as teachers, has been announced for the March 8-11 meeting of 35 U.S. bishops with Pope John Paul II and Vatican officials. The agenda, approved by the Vatican Congregation for Bishops in consultation with the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, was designed to provide "an open discussion and exchange of ideas," according to notes on the meeting sent to U.S. participants. Heads of Vatican commissions and U.S. bishops will make formal presentations on each of the 10 meeting topics, then more than an hour will be devoted to open disSNOW DID NOT deter members of St. Ann's parish, Raynham, from witnessing cusson on each topic, said a stateground breaking ceremonies for their new parish center. Doing the honors, from left, Very Rev. ment on the agenda released Feb. Gerald T. Shovelton, pastor; Bishop Daniel A. Cronin; Msgr. John J. Oliveira; Permanent 13 by the NCCB in Washington. Deacon Michael E. Murray. (Mike Gay photo courtesty of the Taunton Daily Gazette) The agenda itself and the text of the notes sent to participants were not released. In January the Vatican announced that the theme of the meeting would be "Evangelization WASHINGTON (NC) - U.S. and Peace Commission, attacks warning that recent technological in the Context of Culture and Catholic leaders see a new Vatican issues that "affect us daily and are advances might lead to "eugenic Society of the United States of document on racism as a timely reality for people at parish and racism." America with Particular Empha- challenge to this nation, where diocesan levels," said Ronaldo M. The document counts Jews, refugsis on the Role of the Bishop as social problems of homelessness, Cruz, associate director ofthe U.S. ees and immigrants, indigenous Teacher of the Faith." hunger and lack of health care are bishops' Secretariat for Hispanic peoples, great masses of poor peaFor nine ofthe 10 topics, a Vati- borne primarily by minorities. Affairs. sants in Third World nations, and can official and a U.S. bishop each The 42-page document, titled The document, released Feb. others whose "physical appearance will make a 10-minute presenta- "The Church and Racism: Toward 10, is the first from the Vatican to or ethnic, cultural or religious chartion before the discussion period. a More Fraternal Society" and focus solely on racism, condemn- acteristics are different from those written by the Pontifical Justice ing it in a variety of forms and of the dominant group" among Turn to Page Seven victims of racism worldwide. . Cruz called the document a "timely challenge." In addition to being concerned about the growing drug problem and skyrocketing number of homicides striking black and Hispanic neighborhoods in big cities nationwide, he, said, "we should figure out what federal programs have been cut" and examine the effects. Auxiliary Bishop John H. Ricard of Baltimore, chairman ofthe U.S. bishops'Committee on Black Catholics, said that in the '50s and '60s when U.S. blacks were forced to sit in the back of the bus, not allowed to attend universities or legally prohibited from moving into certain neighborhoods, he said, "racism was very overt." Today, he said, its effects are seen in the inequities within society. That the Vatican document said "anti-Zionism serves at times as a screen for anti-Semitism" significantly strengthened it, said Rabbi A. James Rudin, director of national interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee. After the Holocaust and the libPOP CULTURE: Ever wonder what a million of anything looks like? Here's Matt Salate, a eration of the death camps, said seventh grader at St. Bernard's School, Peoria, Ill., to show you. He's almost buried in a million Eugene Fisher, director,ofthe U.S. bishop~' Office for Catholic-Jewish aluminum pop tops collected by students since 1987. They weigh 1,000 pounds and are expected Relations, it became unpopular to to bring about $500, earmarked for a class trip, a pizza party and donations to charity. (NC photo) Turn to Page Six
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Bishops hear evidence damning fetal tissue use By Pat McGowan with NC News reports If the U.S. government starts funding research into medical uses of fetal tissue, it risks "creating industries dependent uppn the aborting of millions of babies," a medical ethicist told 150 bishops gathered in Dallas from the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and the Philippines. Among them was Bishop Daniel A. Cronin, whose doctoral dissertation was a study of the views of 50 theologians over the last seven centuries on the morality of preserving life. in the case of patients whose condition is incurable. The bishop has continued a deep interest in questions of medical morality. He has attended each of eight workshops held annually in Dallas and funded by the Knights of Columbus under sponsorship of the Pope John XXIII MedicalMoral Research and Education Center, an independent Catholic research organization based in Braintree. The bishop said the theme ofthe Jan. 30-Feb. 3 meeting was Critical Issues in Contemporary Health Care. The keynote address, delivered by Dr. John R. Silber, president of Boston University, dealt with the general issue of ethics in medicine. Specific topics considered during the meeting included the morality ofartificial nutrition and hydration in relation to "right to die" issues; pastoral counseling of families of the critically ill; the relationship of bishops and Catholic health care facilities, including consideration of the role of pastoral care personnel. Also the ethical aspects of organ donation; health care issues rel~t ing to priests, including their psychosexual development; and the teaching of moral theology in seminaries and in continuing education programs. Fetal Tissue Research Janet E. Smith, a professor at the University of Notre Dame; told the bishops that recent moves toward approval of fetal tissue research raise troubling moral questions about complicity in abortion and the possibility of women or clinics trafficking in human tissue. She said it was no exaggeration to compare such practices with immoral medical experiments in Nazi Germany. Reporters were not permitted to cover workshop sessions, but the text of Ms. Smith's talk was released to The Texas Catholic, Dal·las diocesan newspaper. Turn to Page Six
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usee seeks to inform poor, of tax credit WASHINGTON (NC) - Offi- non-profit research organization cials of the U.S. Catholic Confer- coordinating the tax credit infor, ence and a public interest group mation campaign among church, have teamed up to help inform labor, corporate and public iriterpoor working parents that the fed- est groups. . eral government has money for "A substantial number of these them - up to $874 per family - if families may think there is no reathey file a federal income tax form. son to file a tax return in the next "We want to make sure that few months. However, if they fail poor people know while they may to file a return, they lose the earned not owe the government any mo- , income credit to which they are ney this year, the government may entitled," he said. "Since poor people don't have owe them money - and the only way to get it is to file a tax return, " lawyers, accountants or tax conSharon Daly, USCC director for sultants to let them know about Domestic Social Development, t~ld the tax provisions that will help a Washington news conference. them, other avenues must be used," The money, in the form of the including the church, added Ms. 13-year-old Earned Income Tax Daly. The USCC will spread the word Credit, is available to assist lowincome, employed parents with at via such church resources as parish bulletins, social justice and least one child at home. The USCC"is planning a major social service networks, the Cameffort" to publicize the availability paign for Hu~~n Develop~ent, of the credit, Ms. Daly said. Catholic Chanties, the National Thanks to the 1986 Tax Reform Catholic Rural Life Conference, Act, "many more low-income work- agenCil:5 assisting farm workers and ing families will owe no federal refugees, day-care facilities, offitaxes for 1988,"said Robert Green- ces for black and Hispanic Cathostein, director of the Center on lics, and other programs, Ms. Daly Budget and Policy Priorities, a said.
Nobel nominee BACOLOD CITY, Philippines (NC) - Bishop Antonio Fortich, 75, recently retired bishop of Bacolod, has been nominated by religious and parliamentary groups around the world for the Nobel Peace Prize, said Philippine church members. The bishop called his nomination "a vindication of what we have been doing here.... We have been'maligned, called communists and Reds, and now comes this honor, just at the right time." Bishop Fortich is known for his work toward ending the Philippine civil war, in land reform and in helping the poor. He headed a peace monitoring commission during a 1986-87 cease-fire between the communist National Democratic Front and the government. In 1987,aright-winganti-comm:' unist group tried unsuccessfully to kill him by lobbing a hand grenade into his residence. Bishop Fortich said that when Pope John Paul II visited Negros Island in 1981, th~ pontiff told him, "Keep doing what you're, doing." . Bishop Fortich received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1973 for starting a cooperatively owned sugar mill to serve small-scale growers in southern Negros. He also received an honorary doctorate from Ateneo de Manila University in 1988 for his work for the poor and peace. Fellow priests said the bishop came to his concern for justice slowly. They said he is from a rich family and because of his background was inclined to be sympathetic toward the excuses of sugar planters for denying their workers better wages and conditions. But when he realized he could not sway the planters to do more for the poor and saw every attempt he made hindered he began to back labor unions and other groups helping the poor.
More than II million families are believed eligible for the credit, and "millions" could miss out if they remain ignorant of the program and fail to file a tax return, Greenstein said. Eligible fami.ties need not even specify the amount of the credit due th,~m, Greenstein explained. Instead, they can merely file tax Form 1040 or 1040A with the Internal Revenue Service,which will compute the credit and send them a check, he said. Greenstein's organization said that, for example, a husband and wife with one child, earning $11 ,800 in 1988, would owe$143 in federal income taxes. But they would be eligible for an Earned Income Tax Credit of $677, wiping out the income tax owed and still'providing more than a $500 refund.
Aids policy NASHVILLE, Tenn. (NC) - A new AIDS policy issued by the Diocese of Nashville gives church employees with AIDS job security and allows 'children with the disease to attend Catholic schools. The policy, recently issued by Nashville Bishop James D. Niedergeses, also calls for extensive pastoral ministry to be directed at adults with AI DS, their friends and families, and a comprehensive AID~ education program to be conducted within all church institutions.
Need continues NEW YORK (NC) - Aid from Americans and others has saved many Ethiopian lives and has strengthened the Ethiopian CatholicChurch, enabling it to handle the. effe<:ts of the 1987 famine, said a priest from the country's Eritrea province. But Capuchin. Father Paulos Fesshaye, who directs church relief and development work in Eritrea, recently said Ethiopia still needed food assistance and help for development projects to move the country toward selfsufficiency.
IN A SCENE from "Romero," actor Raul Julia stands in a bleak prison cell. (NC photo)
Archbishop Romero tough role to play, says actor WASHINGTON (NC) - Raul Julia played a revolutionary in "Kiss of the Spider Woman," a Nazi-like police chief in "Moon Over Parador" and a drug lord in "Tequila Sunrise." , His most challenging role to date, however, has come in "Romero," a feature film in which he plays the assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, EI Salvador. Julia portrays the churchman . during the last three years of the prelate's life, a time when Archbishop Romero was an outspoken critic of EI Salvador's military dictatorship and right-wing death squads. The movie, to be distributed overseas by Warner Bros., was produced by Paulist Father Ellwood Kieser, a veteran of the Hollywood scene who produced the . Catholic TV program "Insight" for 23 years. Father KieseJ said the U.S. distributor for the film was undecided. Julia said his portrayal of the archbishop, who was fatally shot in 1980 as he celebrated Mass, was "particularly difficult because I wanted to be faithful to a historical person." "This is a hero for people in Latin America and I had to be faithful to someone many people knew," he said in a telephone interview from his New York home. oJ ulia, born in Puerto Rico and raised as a Catholic, said he grew to understand both Archbishop Romero and the church last summer while the movie was being shot, primarily in Cuernavaca, Mexico. As he portrayed Archbishop Romero, he said, "I felt very much he was present in mind and heart." The actor gained insight into the churchman's character by listen.ing to his taped diaries and watching videos of him. Archbishop Romero felt "very much he was in touch with the experience of Jesus." His faith was "not just an intellectual belief or an idea," Julia said. "He felt he was part of everybody - what he called the 'Body of Christ.' " "He felt that he was one with the people," Julia said. The oppres-
sion of the poor was "like it was happening to him. He didn't see himself as separate from others. He sawall as one." Julia predicted that the movie will have "a wide appeal" and compared it to "Gandhi," the successful 1982 film about the Indian spiritual and political leader. Like "Gandhi," he said, the movie is about "somebody who goes beyond himself to contribute to others, to make a difference for others. He goes beyond the'me'and is willing to give up everything for others. " "Even if people are not into Christianity or Catholicism," he said, "Romero" will appeal to them because it "shows a hero." During the filming Julia said he saw firsthand how the church worked with the poor. Though he had fallen away from church attendance, he said, his attitude changed and he began to go to Sunday Mass' a~ain. In "Romero," he said, "I saw there was an element of the church making a difference in certain parts of the world." Before making the movie, "I had mostly negative feelings about the church" and thought it "did not contribute to people's experience. " He said he also was influenced by a conversation with an American priest, Jesuit Father David Ungerleider, who works with the poor in Mexico. "He was inspiring to me," said Julia, who recounted a three-hour conversation with the priest which evolved to the sacrament ofreconciliation. "I was sharing my experiences and he shared his and it turned into a wonderful confession," he said. "Romero," which may be the first feature fJ.Im produced underchurch auspices, had a $3.4 million production budget. Some of it was provided by the Paulist order, which gave $100,000, the U.S. bishops'Catholic Communication Campaign, which gave $238,00, and the U.S. Catholic Conference Latin American secretariat, which gave $50,000, Father Kieser said. Other funding came from foundations and loans, he said.
WASHINGTON (NC) - The U.S. Catholic Conference has urged members of a key Senate committee to support an increase in the minimum wage and has backed federal parental leave legislation as a "long overdue" and modest pro-family measure. The minimum wage comments came last week in a letter to members of the Senate Labor and Human resources Committee from Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan of Brooklyn, N. Y. The bishop chairs the Committee on Domestic Policy of the U.S. Catholic Conference. Bishop Sullivan asked Labor and Human Resources Committee members to cosponsor the Minimum Wage Restoration Act, introduced by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., committee chairman. The Catholic Church has long supported a "just wage," Bishop Sullivan noted, citing the position "that wages must be adequate for workers to support themselves and their families in dignity." Legislation is "urgently needed to bring the minimum wage in line with traditional measures of dignity and economic reality," he wrote. . Kennedy's bill, if enacted into law, would raise the minimum wage from its current level of$3.35 per hour, adopted in 1981, to $4.65 per hour over a three-year period. According to studies mentioned by the USCC, a three-person family with one wage-earner would need a minimum wage of $4.24 in order to live at the poverty level. "People of goodwill will differ over the specific economic arguments" on such issues, but such differences should be subordinated to "the pressing human concern and moral question of whether or not our society will accept a minimum wage below a basic level of human dignity and decency," Bishop Sullivan said. The U.S. bishops, he added, can "see the tragic human and social cost for individuals and society when workers cannot support dignified lives by their own labor." The USCC also referred to 1988 testimony by leading economists, including Nobel prizewinner Lawrence Klein, that responded to claims that increasing the minimum wage will cause unemployment and inflation. , The economists said studies show that increases in the minimum wage over the last 50 years have had a negligible effect on joblessness or inflation, They also said that with an overall price increase of 32 percent since 1981, the real value of the minimum wage is the lowest since 1955.
Parental leave "A national policy on family leave and on medical leave is long overdue," Sharon Daly, USCC director for Dome'stic Social Development, told a Washington news. conference, also last week. "This bill is very modest," not requiring paid leave or lengthy leave, she said. "On the other hand, the bill would be a significant step forward in family policy." The U.S. bishops'pastoralletter "Economic Justice for All" cited the need for a family leave policy; Ms. Daly said. She said the USCC commends the bill's sponsors, some 139 House members.
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Besides her brother, she is survived by five sisters, Sister Emma Boivin, SSJ, of Fall River; Sister Pauline Louise Boivin, SUSC, of North Attleboro; and Alma Pelletier, Marie Donnelly and Rita Bedard, all of Taunton. She also leaves several nieces and nephews.
Sister Clarke The Mass of Christian ~urial was offered Tuesday at Mt. St. Rita Convent chapel, Cumberland, R.I., for Sister M. Annette Clarke, RS M, 82, who died Feb. II. The principal celebrant was a nephew, Father James W. Clark, pastor of St. John Evangelist parish, ·Pocasset. Born in New Bedford, Sist.er Clarke was the daughter of the late Michael and Annie (Daley) Clarke. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1925 and during a long teaching career served at St. Mary's School, North Attleboro; St. John th~ Baptist and St. James schools, New Bedford; arid St. Joseph's and St. Vincent's schools in Fall River. In retirement, she lived at Mt. St. Rita Itealth Center. As well as Father Clark, she is survived by a niece and two other nephews.
$5.8 million given to home missions WASHINGTON (NC)· - The American Board of Catholic Missions distributed $5.8 million to U.S. home mission activities in the year ending June 30, according to the board's 1987-88 report. The money went to 119 grantee's to aid poor parishes and to fund activities such as religious education programs, lay ministry training, black and Hispanic ministry, campus ministry and ministry to handicapped people. The report lists grants totaling $4,29 I ,502 to 76 dioceses, $ I ,225,61 5 to 31 organizations, and $261,190 to 12 religious institutes. One-hundred dioceses, 49 organizations and 16 religious institutes had applied for grants. Those eligible for funding are diocesan bishops, provincial superiors of religious institutes, and heads of national, regional and interdiocesan Catholic organizations.
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Sister Boivin The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday at St. Mary's Church, North Attleboro, by Father Louis R. Boivin, pastor of St. Joseph's parish, New Bedford, for his sister, Sister Anna Imelda Boivin, SUSC, 86, who died Feb. 7 at North Attleboro's Madonna Manor. St. Mary's pastor, Father Ralph D. Tetrault, delivered the homily. For 40 years, the former Anna Boivin, who joined the Congregation of the Holy Union of the Sacred Hearts in 1922, taught grammar and high school students and teachers in training in the Providence and Boston areas. She retired to St. Mary's Convent, North Attleboro, nine years ago. Sister Boivin, born in Taunt~n to the late Euclide and Mathilda Madore Boivin, held a Providence College bachelor's degree and a Boston College master's degree in education.
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ONE OF 15 adults preparing for baptism through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults inscribes his name in the Book of the Elect during ceremonies Sunday at St. Mary's Cathedral. Another 30 individuals, baptized Catholics seeking other sacraments of initiation and validly 'baptized nonCatholics seeking to enter the church, also participated in the ceremonies. The catechumens and candidates, sponsored by U diocesan parishes, will be fully initiated into the church at . the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, March 25. (Gaudette photo)
Father Green The Mass of Christian Burial was offered today at Stonehill College, North Easton, for Father Eugene Green, 44, director of the college's writing program. Father Green died Feb. 8 of cancer. IX native of Pittsburgh, he is survived by his. mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Green, of Pittsburgh; a brother, William Green, of Oxford, 0,; a sister, Elizabeth Hart of Columbus, 0.; and three nieces.Father Green held a bachelor's degree in English from St. Meinrad's College in Indiana and prepared for the priesthood at the University of Toronto. Ordained for the Pittsburgh Oratory in 1970, he subsequently earned a doctorate in inedievalliterature at Harvard University. At Stonehill he served in various administrative, pastoral and academic posts in addition to directing the writing program. "His students will miss a gifted teacher; his colleagues will sorely miss a milO of great integrity, culture and wisdom. All of us will miss a friend taken quickly from our midst," said Rev. Bartley MacPhaidin, C.S.c., Stonehill presdent.
Father Green was interred in the Holy Cross community cemetery on the Stonehill campus.
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themoorin~ Can We Do It? Can we save planet Earth? The prime challenge of the 90s will not be the elimination of the national debt. The crisis is basic survival. Will we self-destruct? Have we time to reverse our headlong rush to extinction? Some might view such remarks as those of an alarmist or agitator. But they are consistent with all the evidence at hand. Man's neglect of his environment is indisputable. The punishment that nature has taken from human hands is appalling. Suddenly generations of neglect and abuse are coming to a devastating head. Because most of us seem as yet unaffected by this' ticking time bomb, we do not place this issue on our priority list. Most of us are far more concerned about the national deficit and how it will affect our iives. But what good will it do to eradicate the debt if we simultaneously eradicate ourselves? For all practical purposes, that is the situation. Every man for himself and God for us all is our fundamental philosophy. It now seems we are going to pay dearly for our shortsightedness. A recent report of the World Watch Institute, which is funded by private foundations and a United Nations group, clearly states that time is not on our side. We have no guarantee that we will be able to reverse the trends that have led us into our present ecological mess; but if we fail to make any effort at all, we will indeed be doomed. Prime among the issues that must be faced is that of energy. We must 'stop the greenhouse effect, the warming up of Earth which can cause floods and resulting famine. With erosion of the ozone l;1yer, skin cancers will proliferate, climatic patterns will alter and the level of Earth's oceans will rise, processes already underway. Food supplies already threatened by various aspects of environmental destruction must be protected. We think the supermarket shelves will always be full? We may be unpleasantly surprised. The destruction of our planet's rain forests is akin to the destruction of our lungs. We must noil only halt this process, we must expand the forest areas before: the folly of our ways is dramatically manifested.
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"Going therefore, teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." Matt. 28: 19
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There must be collective global action in these matters. 'Governments cannot continue to try to fool Mother Nature. Whoever is in the White House will have to exert leadership in By Father Kevin J. Harrington moving for change. If the United Nations has any real influBaseball players fall out of shape, ence as a world body, it too must stop talking and begin to act. get overweight and need limbering And it is imperative that all of us, as God's people, , up after the 'long winter. Spring remember that the creation story as found in Genesis is meant training makes pitching, batting to teach us that God made everything that exists and that all of and fielding smooth and sharp again. it is good. Similarly, Christians have had Man, the peak of creation, is its steward, not its owner. spring training every year since the We are connected to' and depencient upon all other living fifth century. We callit Lent. Done things. Love is the reason for the whole creation, by means of right, Lent can be a needed kick in which God shares with us his joy and happiness and gives us a th~ pants to keep us from growing tiny glimpse of his beauty. We all have the privilege of helping complacent. A few years ago Howie Carr perfect the universe but our performance to date has, been from TV channel 56 interviewed more than disappointing. people on tile Boston Common on Let us not ignore our responsibility or leave things for the Ash Wednesday and asked what other fellow to do. Each of us must treat our battered Earth they were giving up for Lent. with delicate care and lively concern. Among more comical responses were: "I don't believe in Lent. I'm Time is running out. The Editor
not Jewish" and "I don't believe in lending anything-to anyone." Childhood notions of Lent linger with harmful effect into adulthood. We need to deep-six the notion that Lent is simply a long period of jut-jawed martyred sacrifice. Too many adults give up goodies and eating between meals either to prove to themselves that they have self-control or to lower their weight or cholesterol level. But when you think about it, you realize that Lent is long enough to make a difference but not so long as to prove too difficult. Even if you haven't started to do anything for Lent, it's not too late. You may have missed the kickoff
but it's a long season! The best explanation I ever heard about Lent was that it provided an opportunity to break one's mesmerizing routine. We are creatures of habit and one of our most destructive habits and one of which we may be unaware is that of gossip. Some of the biggest gossips I know, when confronted with damage caused by their vicious tongue, can with convincing innocence assert, "I never gossip!" There ,is, however, enough time left in Lent to start breaking habits probably bequeathed us by Adam and Eve. Never begin a sentence with, "I don't know this for a fact but I heard ..." Stop right there. I'll bet you $1 that the rest of the sentence will be gossip even if you are loath to admit it. Besides gossip, another sin to which people are often blind is that of impatience. A drive through Bostop or even Providence during rush hour can test the patience of Job. Its most annoying aspect, however, is the breakdown in civility that too often occurs when drivers are inconvenienced, I am fai' from the best driver on the road but I don't think I deserve the many vulgar salutes that I receive in the course of an average trip to a busy city, No one likes waiting, but it is much easier to endl!re when one's unwilling co~-
panions are not acting like a lynch mob. Our little character defects accumulate and mar the image of God that should be so visible in those who claim to be followers of Christ. Perhaps we should see our annual 40-day sojourn in the desert as a way of separating ourselves from .our seemingly trivial bad habits. Most people go through life without giving the stars a passing glance. We live in the city or a rapidly growing suburb and the lesser lights dwarf our view of those brighter lights shining in the distance, But a poet once pointed out that the greatest consolation a desert provides is its view of the stars, Lent is a time for us to measure our efforts to follow Christ by keeping our eyes focused on his shining example. Too often we give ourselves too much slack by ,judging ourselves against the expectations of conventional morality. We need to break our mesmerizing routines by separating ourselves 'from the lesser lights that only guide our earthly steps and keep us from setting our hearts upon the higher gifts. The purpose of Lent is to break our routine, clear our view and give us a chance to think about something besides paying the bills. looking attractive, getting ahead or just toeing the line!
Simon of Cyrene Last week I told of our living. Way of the Cross when our children were young and I . dwelt on the feelings I had as Mary at the fourth station. The children said later on that it was the fifth station that affected them. They didn't like it when Simon, the Cyrene, played by one of the dads, refused to help them carry their cross until he was ordered to do so. One little boy looked at his father accusingly and said, "You're being mean. Why won't you help me?" Whereupon his father did. I don't want to give readers the impression that we traumatized these young ones. We eliminated the stations that would frighten them but they were impressed with the experience and still talk about it as young adults. Kids focus on fairness more than do adults. Why, they wondered, if Jesus needed help carrying his cross, wouldn't someone help him? It's such a simple solution to a need. They haven't experienced the "I don't want to get involved" syndrome so much a part of adult lives. Countless experiences of getting involved with disappointing results can rigidify us into spectators like Simon. Recently I was caught in a traffic gridlock where, because of road construction, only one auto got
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FATHER There is a lot of suspicion in the church today and it concerns me. I'm thinking of the atmosphere surrounding the words "liberal" and "conservative." I fear that an unhealthy atmosphere is developing and that it can become a trap. ' There are many definitions of "conservative" and "liberaL" For some, the football team that sticks with safe plays is conservative. For some, liberals are like a team that throws the ball as much as possible, going for the big gains in yardage, taking risks. For some, the conservative writer is one who sticks with ideas that have been tested by time, whereas the liberal writer questions older ideas in the hope of renewing them or discovering new ones. In the church, some would say that the period after the Second Vatican Council was liberal. Experiments were tried, risks were taken, people were roused and in many parishes exciting gains were made. Some would also say that during this period proven ideas were lost in the shuffle. And we learned that not everyone wants to be roused by new approaches, that some are devoted to the old and venerable. You, the reader, might define liberal and conservative differently. Or you might believe they' defy definition. What is clear, however, is the fact that people invest great feeling and emotion in what these terms represent. Conversations about liberal or conservative approach to this or that issue can produce anger and division among people. The concern about which person is liberal and which one conservative can become like a fixa-
tion. When this happens, thinking people are no longer in complete control of their thoughts. Instead, their thoughts begin to control them. It is something like a drinking problem. As one becomes more suspicious and fixated on one's concerns, the problem grows worse and worse. . We' must get beyond the point where we look at each other only as conservatives or liberals. But how? You can tell that a problem exists when all conversations begin to drift in this direction, when one isn't able to look at things in any other way. People can get frozen into this sort of posture toward church or civic issues, reaching the point where they find it diff1cult to look at things from any other perspective.
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through the intersection at each change 'of light. Drivers became DOLORES less considerate as their frustration grew. CURRAN I had about 20 minutes of waiting time to watch a woman trying to g~t into the traffic line from a driveway. She was helpless. She couldn't get into traffic and there Jesus. Jesus himself tells us in the was no other exit. Gospel of Matthew: "I tell you So when I reached the driveway, solemnly, insofar as you did this to I motioned her in.. She gave me a one of the least of mine, you did it grateful smile and a wave of thanks. to me." But the drivers behind me blasted When we pass up a chance to their horns and one man gave me help someone in need, whether it's the onecfinger salute. I was devassomeone路 struggling with a baby tated. I knew I did the right thing and luggage in the airport or somebut I didn't want to earn the one sleeping on the sidewalk, we're enmity of a bunch of overly frusimaging Simon's dilemma. trated drivers. We must learn to withstand the I suppose the crowd's reaction displeasure of the crowds who was what made Simon hesitate. I ., want to hurry by. We can't let their have wondered how he felt after lack of concern turn us into cynics, the resurrection: "Gosh, I helped too lukewarm or afraid to help. God!" Did he brag or complain I admit that if there had been about his role? Was he sorry or another driver trying to break into happy he had been chosen to alle- line, I would have been too intimiviate Jesus' sufferings? dated to face that kind of anger Scripture is full of stories of twice. Fortunately, there wasn't. marginal people who have become , But I do know that I have been part of our religious heritage, like caught in a similar situation and the man at the inn who offered the have felt a rush of love and gratistable as a delivery room. If he had tude toward the person who let me known it was Jesus, we used to in and that's the payoff. It's an ,speculate, would he have found a acting out of our sign of peace: room for Mary? Probably. "May the peace of Christ be with And that's the point of Simon's you." I suspect Jesus bestowed story. Anybody we help can be that peace on Simon the Cyrene.
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Getting ready to confess Q. I have not been to confession in a number ofyears, Yourresponse to this question would be helpful to me. In the context of the .statement that one commits a mortal sin when he or she knowingly and willfully breaksthe law of God in a serious matter, would it be possible to mention the various sins using the Ten Commandments as a guide? (Ohio) A. The Ten Commandments could be a good place to start. They touch basic areas of what we call the natural law which should路 guide all human activity in relation to God and one another. For Catholics, of course, other responsibilities need to be considered, such as faithfulness to Mass and the sacraments, observance of Catholic regulations about marriage, and so on. Most important of all, however, you must remember that you are a follower of Jesus Christ, a Christian. Many serious obligations we have as his disciples do not, or at least do not readily, appear to come under either of the above categories. Jesus, for example, never speaks in the Gospels of the Ten Commandments directly. When asked what the two great commandments are, he said they were to love God with all our heart and mind and soul and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourself. The new commandment he told us to obey because of him was to love one another as he loves us (John 13:34). Those may sound simple and insignificant until we start seriously reflecting on them. It is quite possible that for all of us our most serious offenses against God and our family and friends are related directly to those commandments stressed by our Lord. Reflect on all of the above, to be sure. Perhaps the best way. to complete your "examination of conscience" is to read one of the Gospels (perhaps Luke), or at least a few chapters. TheJ:l ask yourself: What is my track record as one who is committed to living the kind of life described here by Jesus? Q. My husband and I are both Catholics, not married in the church. We went to one chancery office and were told we could get married in the church, but we cannot afford to pay the fee the chancery wanted. We go to church every. Sunday but do not take Communion. We both love God and we just cannot afford the cost. Weare barely getting by now with two of. us working. We are in our late 50s. (Colorado) A. I am very familiar with the chancery office you speak of and am certain there was a serious misunderstanding. Under no circumstances would the fee be required if you cannot afford it. Normally some fee is requested for various marriage procedures to help defray some huge expenses .;
DIETZEN involved in the processes. But no one is denied if they do not have enough money. You now live in another state. Please go to a priest in your area, explain your situation and listen to what he says. If it is impossible for you to offer the fee (which, incidentally, could be paid in installments) tell him so. I know something can be worked out. Please do this now. Judging from what you have told me in your letter, there's no need to continue to deprive yourselves of the sacraments. Because of ~is huge volume of . mail, it normally is impossible for Father Dietzen to respond to correspondence personally. Questions for the column should be sent to Father Dietzen, Holy -Trinity Parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, ILL., 61701.
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Fetal tissue Continued from Page One She told the bishops that the ,enormous amount of fetal tissue available through abortion, coupled with the medical community's optimism about possible therapeutic uses of such tissue, has fueled plans for extensive experimentation. . Limited research already done has indicated that fetal tissue transplants may be a promising treatment for Parkinson's disease, diabetes and a variety of neural diseases. 'But Ms. Smith objected .to the abortion linkage in any use of tissue from fetuses. "Our using them to help others may amount to a kind of cooperation in the death that they had," she said. "Our refusal to harvest them for organs and tissues may be the last remnant of respect we can pav them." "By reducing these helpless human beings to mere sources of parts for others, by redefining who is human and who'is not, by creating industries dependent upon the aborting of milions of babies," she said, "these practices contribute to the increasing dehumanization路 of those on the edges of life and ultimately to a general devaluation of the worth of all human life." She added that indirect complicity in abortion by researchers RACISM IN ALL its forms, such as the eviction of this seems unavoidable, and the possibility of direct cooperation is not terrifit~d mother and .. her children from a South African farfetched. She cited a recent report squatter camp, is condemned in the new Vatican document on of a doctor who said he waited the church and racial prejudice. (NC photo). three days in an abortion clinic for an abortion that would provide fetal brain tissue suitable for use as an implant in a patient with Parkinson's disease. Sincelate-tenn abortions would produce the most useful tissue, she has blessed me. Because ofthe new WASHINGTON(NC)-ACathsaid, there may be pressures to responsibility this prize creates for olic priest from the Diocese of delay abortions until fetuses are me, I am going away on retreat to Sacramento, Calif., won a $6.7 closer路to viability. pray and reflect on God's will for million California State Lottery She compared the role of reme," the priest's message said. searchers using fetal tissue with jackpot Feb. 6, then went on retreat that of doctors in Nazi Germany to pray about how to use it. Sue Willis, parish secretary, said The millionaire priest is Father in a telephone interview that in who experimented on Jews in death camps in the name of medical Boleslaw Wdowiak, associate pas- Father Wdowiak's absence he had science. She said the doctors justi- tor at St. Joseph's parish:in Auburn, received numeious calls from the fied their actions by saying others Calif., about 30 miles from Sacra- press and persons with ideas of had already decided who would mento. how he could spend his money. Bishop Francis A. Quinn of die, thus their experimental prac"He was very wise to go on S'acramento said Father Wdowiak retreat," she said. tices had no role in that decision. "Comparing current medical had told him he had great confiBishop Quinn said Father Wdopractices with those of Nazi Ger- dence he would take the jackpot many would seem to be the most because it was his last chance wiak was "well-liked, certainly a deserving priest. " damning kind of evidence one could before Lent. "I think he abstains from things give against a project," Ms. Smith He said that "traditional Catholic said. "And in no way is such a like (the lottery) during Lent," said theology has no objection to playcomparison a product of exagger- Bishop Quinn in a telephone interview with National Catholic News ing the lottery or gambling unless ation or scare tactics." it is done to excess so that it would Service. impede using resources for necesThe bishop said that since the sities for one's self or one's family." announcement of the priest's win.nings, more and more diocesan The bishop said Father WdoCAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, personnel were toying with playwiak did not say what he would do Philippines (NC) - Innocent civ- ing the lottery upon seeing "heaven with his newfound wealth. "I didn't ilians are the most victimized group looks favorably on this kind of ask and I wouldn't. A diocesan in the Philippines' civil war, said thing." priest is free to dispose of his church groups in recently released When he returns from his retreat, money as he sees fit," said Bishop reports. Father Wdowiak, a native of PoQuinn. Religious order priests take Task Force Detainees, the Inter- land who is in his late 50s, will a vow of poverty, but diocesan faith Movement for Peace and receive the first of 20 annual afterpriests do not. Development and other church- taxes ch6cks for $276,000. related human rights groups in They do, however, "live frugally The priest, who could not be Mindanao, southern Philippines, reached for comment, left a mesbecause of their vocation," he said. also said that in the first 10 months sage at his parish for callers. Father Wdowiak won the jackof 1988goverment forces murdered "I am happy, confused and very pot with a "Quick Pick" ticket, one 43 civilians, that more than half of thankful," the message said. "The with numbers selected at random about 200 civilians arrested in the Lord has been good to me all of by computerized terminal. region were tortured by police or my life and I have tried to serve --------soldiers, and that members of at him as a priest. This I will continue least 6,000 families, most of them to do. women and children, were forced GOD'S ANCHOR HOlDS "This money, when it comes, is to flee their homes because of the also a gift which I will try to use in fighting, - ----a mannl~r pleasing to the Lord who
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Continued from Page One be anti-Semitic, and anti-Semitism was replaced by anti-Zi.onism, or opposition to the existence of the state of Israel. "But if you're saying Jews have no rights to their own state and everybody else does," anti-Zionism is "very close" to racism he said. On the other hand, the Vatican document points out that criticism of Israel's policies is "perfectly valid," said Fisher. One of the lessons of the Holocaust is the "link between technology, science and mass murder," said Fisher, adding that in Nazi Germany scientists bid again~t each other to market gas for gas chambers and competed to manufacture the most efficient cremator. iums. Msgr. Nicholas DiMarzio, executive director of the USCC's division of Migration and Refugee Services, welcomed the document's "clear identification of prejudice against immigrants and refugees .as a form of racism." Equality, the document says, is not uniformity. Equal treatment, it continues, implies a "certain recognition of differences which minorities themselves demand." "There's no question that Indians want to maintain their identity," said Msgr. Paul Lenz, direc-tor of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions. While taking particular offense at the' "institutionalized racism" sanction垄d by the government of South Africa, the document acknowledges "it would be hypocritical to point a finger at only one country (since) rejection based on race exists on every continent." But the document accurately points out, said Bishop Ricard, that the situation in South Africa "has called the world's attention to the blatant evil" of racism. The document says education is key to "accustoming young people to respect and esteem for differences." It urges their participation in international exchanges, travel,language courses, twinning of cities and vacation camps. The document cited the activities of the U.S. and southern African bishops' conferences as examples of local Christian communities respondingto racism in their societies. . It call~d the u.s. bishops' 1979 pastoral letter on racism, "Brothers and Sisters to Us," the "most important document of the last decade." Of the United States, the document said that "despite ongoing efforts, much still remains to be done to eliminate completely racial prejudice and behavior even. in what can be considered one of the most interracial nations in the world." The document called for uprooting of racial prejudice not only through laws but by internalizing the values that inspire such laws. Any recourse to the Bible to justify a racist prejudice "must be firmly denounced," it said. Christians must live the church's teachings, becoming a "parable in action." In that regard, the document defends the church's record of opposing racial and ethnic persecution during specific periods of history. It supports the role of the church during the colonialization of the Americas, still a controversial topic, and its activity during the rise of
Nazism in Germany, but it also notes that some missionaries gave aid and comfort to abusive colonizers in the Americas. The document directly tackles these contested issues in an effort to reinforce the church's credibility in condemning contemporary forms of racism. Its approach is that some churchmen erred in not applying church doctrine or in misinterpreting it, but that church teachings have been consistent. . The document not only condemns "the horrors of the Jewish flolocaust" but also cites church attempts to refute the racist ideology behind N~zism. "Pope Pius XI clearly condemned Nazi doctrines in his encyclical, 'Mit Brennender Sorge,' " said the document. The 1938 encyclical criticized the building of an "idola,trous cult" around a race. Also in 1938, "the pope had the' Sacred Congregation for Seminaries and Universities address a let- / ter to all rectors and deans of faculties, asking all professors of theology to refute, using the method proper to each discipline, the scientific pseudo-truths with which Nazism justified its racist ideologies," the commission docuemnt said. -"In Germany itself, there was courageous resistance on the part of the Catholic Church," it added. The role ofthe Catholic Church during the Nazi era remains ,a hotly debated issue in CatholicJewish relations. Equally controversial in Latin America, as the region prepares to celebrate, in 1992, the 500th anniversary of colonization, is the accusation that the church supported and encouraged a brutal imperialism marked by repression and subjugation of Indians." During that period '''the Apostolic See again and again insisted that a careful distinction be made between the work of evangelization and colonial imperialism, with -which the former risked being confused," said the document. "Urban VIII went so far as to excommunicate those who kept Indians as slaves," it added. Urban was pope from 1623 to 1644. On the other hand, the document admits abuse's by church people: "In places where missionaries were more closely dependent on political powers, it was more difficult for them to curb the-colonists' attempt to dominate. At times, they even gave it encouragement on the basis of false -interpretations of the Bible."
EDICTAL CITATION DIOCESAN TRIBUNAL FAll RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS Since the actual place of residence of EDWARD O'CONNELL is unknown. We cite EDWARD O'CONNELL to appear personally before the Tribunal of the Diocese of Fall River on Monday, February 27,1989 at 10:30 a.m. at 887 Highland Avenue, Fall River, Massachusetts, to give testimony to establish: Whether the nullity of the' marriage exists in the HEBSHIE路O'CONNELL case? Ordinaries of the place or other pastors having the knowledge of the residence of the above person, EDWARD O'CONNELL, must see to it that he is properly advised in regard to this edictal citation. Henry T. Munroe Judicial Vicar Given at the Tribunal, Fall River, Massachusetts, on this 10th day of February, 1989.
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course of action than my own., those who have put their lives on the line to protect those who cannot protect themselves. I would just like to see the emphasis shifted from confrontation to prayer. Anne O'Riordan St John Neumann parish East Freetown
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munications, and Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka of Detroit. Pope John Paul II wilL preside at the meeting, which is designed to provide a summation of his 1987 U.S. visit and the 1988 reports to the Vatican by U.S. bishops regarding the status of their dioceses. Cardinal Agostino aisaroli, Vatican secretary of state, will preside if the pope needs to be absent from any part ofthe gathering. Moderators for the meeting will be Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, head of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops, and Cardinal Joseph L. BernArdin of Chicago, the top-ranking active U.s. cardinal.
-- "Ecumenism and EvangelizaThe other nine topics and their tion" by Cardinal Johannes Wilpresenters are: lebrands, Pontifical Council for • "The Priests, Agents of Evan- Christian Unity (formerly the SecreDear Editor: gelization" by Cardinal Antonio tariat for Promoting Christian UnInnocenti, Congregation for Cler- ity), and Bishop William H. Keeler This letter has been a long time gy, and Can;linal Bernard F. Law of Harrisburg, Pa. in coming. For a very long time I have wanted to share my thoughts of Boston. • "The Unchurched and the U\e • "The Pastoral Responsibility of the Mass Media for Evangelizawith you about an issue which is of the' Bishops Relative to Reli- tion"by Archbishop John P. Foley, very important to me, the abortion issue. gious Life in the United States of Pontifical Council for Social ComAmerica"by Cardinal Jean Jerome Not long ago, my pastor sugEditor's Note: The followinl Hamer, CongregationforInstitutes letter was received at SS. Peter of Consecrated Life and Societies gested in a homily that sometimes our unwillingness to become inand Paul Sehool,FaU Rinr. Sister of Apostolic Life (formerly the dents annually design the calenChildren in kindergarten through volved in the right to life moveGilmary Harten, 53, died Jan. 18. Congregation for Religious and --1mmeenntt-lImUla~y'-lbi)ce~dd:lwlee-nml(o)Jr-ep-ttoo-JIaLJ:P18al1Jth~Y'l-4S~hlteHhlll.14dl-tlt.ltulI"'lbtt~altt--:S~S~ •..-JPl">eeltteer-r-aaillDad~~S;';ei;cu~lr..a~r"'1I~ni.sthiltfiCuit:te"'s~)-, aalind.rcC"'iailiritldfiimiiia:i11- graaeTive at Fall Rlvers-Davot dal"5.-which are used by stud,,-en_t_s__ and faculty and also are given to than to legitimate differences of Paul for eilht yean before her James A. Hickey of Washington. School received new hearts on death, up until the Christmas holi• "Liturgy and the Sacraments, Valentine's Day, compliments of children who are patients at St. opinion on methods used by groups Anne's. now in existence. days. with Particular Emphasis Upon St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River. St. Anne's Hospital and the DavOne of the hearts was a model After examining my conscience Miss Burt, Faculty and Students: the Sacrament of Reconciliaton" 01 School were the first particion this issue I am convinced that by Cardinal Eduardo Martinez heart for use in the school's science my own difference ofopinion on methThis letter comes to you with Somalo, Congregation for Divine classes. The otherwasa huge, lace- pants in the city's Adopt-A-School ods is the one issue which prevents deep gratitude and admiration. Worship and Sacraments, and Arch- trimmed paper heart signed by the program. For the past four years, my involvement. No matter how The.afternoon wake and memorial bishop Daniel Kucera of Dubuque, hospital staff. The presentation the hospital and the school have hard I have tried to be sympathetic Mass for Sister Gilmary were a Iowa. was part of the Fall River Adopt- joined in a variety of activities. with the groups now inexistence, 1 credit to all of you. I was present • "The Laity as Agents of Evan- A-School program and made. in cannot condone their means to a for both and was deeply impressed gelization" by Cardinal Eduardo recognition of National CardioMontie Plumbing like end. by the students' reverence and Pironio, Pontifical Council for the vascular Technologists' Week and & Heating Co. Perhaps their demonstrations respect. Laity, and Archbishop Patrick F. Valentine's Day. and the blocking of entrances to Their respect for each other's Flores of San Antonio, Texas. On Feb. 14, the students had Over 35 Y.ears -abortion clinics have saved an un- feelings and the respect shown • "The Family (Pastoral Min- lunch with h~spital president Alan of Satisfied Service born child, maybe more than on~. Sister's family reassured me that istry to the Family, the Indissolu- Knight and celebrated the artistic Reg. Master Plumber 7023 But I wonder how many lives it has your school must be a community bility of Marriage, Marriage Cases achievements of their' peers who JOSEPH RAPOSA, JR. costlaterb~causeofthealienation where values are held high. Handled in the Local Tribunal)" came up with prize-winning designs 432 JEFFERSON STREET and polarization of all the women Each of you can be very proud by CardinalEdouard Gagnon, Pon- for the 1989 coloring calendar sponFall Riv.r '675·7496 whose dignity have been trampled of your part in saying goodbye to tifical Council for the Family, and sored by St. Anne's. Davol stuupon. Sister Gilmary and offering us Archbishop John R. QuinlJ of San Ho.w many women in the face of your best, your respect and your Francisco. such hostility and defiance have memories of her. , IIIISIIB PIIIIMACIm• "The Christian Education of become hostile and defiant them-Sister The,resa Sparrow, RSM DINM ARIC'S Pharmacy PIISCIIPTIOIS selves and have later opted f o r S t . Julie Billiart parish the Young" by Cardinal William abortion and encouraged others to North Dartmouth W. Baum, Congregation for Semintl'lvalid Equipment.For Rent or Sale do so? Q • Sur,.tll Ga'llltlltS - ',111· I". Maclti".s '- JolIsl I am not happy about having "0 • HolI,sler - Crutc""s - EII.tic Stoc'ill's ; my tax money fund abortion on • Sur,ic.1 I OrtllOllt"C _IiIIlCes demand. The idea of 23 million • Trunes - O.,.efI - 01lP1I Maslls, 'eflts I dead babies is more than anyone's , . "N'~, Ile,ulltors . AllIII_II 'lit MHoca,. • senses· can comprehend. It's just ~ 24 HOUI OXYGEN SIIVICE that to focus on legal cures would .....,..~~ 24 IlOUI IIIEIIlICY PIISCIIPTIOII SEmel be at best an exercise in futility. "('I'll Our past attempts to legislate &13 Main St., D• ...-,.rt - _2211 morality have failed. Should we consider bringing back Prohibir''' " 550 IIcArtillr .MI., It.. 28, hclsltt - 513-2213 ' , tion be(:ause so many people are 30 Mlin St., Orltlll - 25H132 killing thems~lves and others because of their consumption of 50t •••,tn St, Mew ...... - 113-0492 alcohol? Going the legal route is (PAU.UtIT PHAIllACY) , admitting defeat in my opinion. It is saying to women, "We have failed to convince you that abortion is wrong so we will remove your options." After much prayerful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that the only appropriate course of action we should take in this sensitive issue consists of prayer, fasting; and education. I would encoutage each person in every group formc;d to eradicate abortion to commit himself or herself to daily prayer, perhaps one mystery of the rosary for this intention. Also, we can each fast one day a.week. After all, ~t will be God who Will ·ultimately change the hearts and minds of women throughout the world. Let's stop shouting at the women who find themselves pregnant against their will. Instead, we can try to reflect the gentleness and compassion of God by trying to educate all people about the realities inherent in opting for the vioJULIETTE Fortier of Our Lady of Fatima parish, Swansea, lence of abortion. receives ashes from Bishop Daniel A. Cronin at the Ash In conclusion, I want to express Wednesday Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall ,River. (Motta my respect and appreciation for those who believe in a different photo). .. ..
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Sleaze TV and NBC By. Richard Pirsch, diretto, of the U.S. Catholic Conference . Office. for.Film' aad. .roadcasting NEW YORK (NC) - February is a "sweeps~' mORth. Three times a year - in November, February and May - advertisers look closely at the ratings for network primetime programs to see which and how many viewers are watching. . This is an iml>0i'tant exercise, for these ratings translate into dollars: i what the networks can charge per commercial minute in the next three months. It's all a bit of a game, however. During the "sweeps" the networks uncork made-for-TV movies, mini- series and other specials not normally available the rest of the year. We are to assume that the advertising community doesn't realize that. NBC heralded the February "sweeps" with a made-for-TV - - - - - - mOl' ie on Sumtay, -Peb:-j~trun Isacase in point. "Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal" was outright sleaze TV that exploited everything it touched. A bright and ambitious lady district attorney (Lisa Hartman, in miniskirt) goes undercover as a call girl to find some homemade videos featuring prominent politicians in, as they say, compromising situations. In the process, the police lieutenant (Anthony Denison) assigned to the case falls in love with her. He then puts the comely attorney on to a tutor who helps her dress and look like a real call girl, after which the lieutenant himself seduces her. The plot ends up implicating the attorney's father in the sex ring and the woman herself as an unwilling accomplice. So much for the integrity of our criminaljustice and law enforcement professions. There was lots of sex and vio-
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program offered by Father Cwie-
kowski at St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford, "led into this one." Both programs, he said, emphasize relating to the sic!, "in a more godly way." Commitment of members to the program is evidenced in the distances traveled to the weekly ses~ sions and in the fact that some have planned their vacations· around the course calendar in order not to miss any meetings. "It's the most enriching evening of our week," said Maryann Crowley of Christ the King parish, a nurse on an all-night shift who goes straight from the course to work. The nods and beaming faces of
knee in "Full Exposure," including beatings with whips and chains, detailed close-ups of a nude woman's body covered with welts and bruises, several particularly bloody killings and a lovemaking scene that bordered on the lewd. And all this on a Sunday evening on a major network at 9 p.m. in the middle of prime time. What's really going on here? Plenty. Last year NBC did away with its "Standards and Practices" dwision, which traditionally kept some control over what aired. Thus, during last November's "sweeps" NBC broadcast Geraldo Rivera's show on Satanism and a madefor-TV miniseries "Favorite Son" (with that lesbian love scene at 8:45 p.m. Eastern time). While clearly NBC is trying to see what the market will bear after all, this kind of thing is availaOfe'on payTVand videocassetteS:which are the networks' primary competition for viewers these days - it is nearly inevitable that CBS and ABC will be tempted to follow suit if N BC gets the ratings and no flak from the viewers. However, there w}ls a hopeful sign when one looked at who were advertisers on "Full Exposure".and who 'were not. The program was backed by lots of shampoo and deodorant ads and by promos for the upcoming NBC prime-time schedule (remember, it's "sweeps" month). But the only big-ticket "image" prod ucts were a couple of new car ads placed by local (New York) dealerships_ Perhaps the best response of the public to sleaze TV is in a coalition between the viewers and responsiBy Pat McGowan ble members of the advertising with photos by community, both agencies and the Sister Gertrude Gaudette, O.P. advertisers themselves. "Is this course what you exIf you'd like to be a part of such pected?" a campaign, drop us a line at the "Better" was the unanimous reU.S. Catholic Conference Office sponse of mem.bers of a pioneering for Film and Broadcasting (1011 diocesan pastoral care program First Avenue, New York, N.Y. that began last September and will .0022) and we will send you infol'JDcontinue through May 10. atioD regarding to whom and where At about its midpoint, particito write. pants gathered at St. James on the There were lots of institutions Sakonnet House of Hospitality, and people - besides the viewers Tiverton, R.I., for a retreat week- exploited in "Full Exposure," end directed by Sister Joan Desnot the least of which was a group mond, SND. of nun's we particularly admire. Since September, guided by SisJust before the police· lieutenant terShirley Agnew" RSM, assistant kills a villain in cold b160d, he director of the Diocesan Office of shouts out, "Don't mistake me for Pastoral Care for the Sick, which the Sisters of Mercy." is headed by 'Father Edmund J. No danger there: the Mercies Fitzgerald, they had met regularly are women of integrity who genuinely care about our spiritual and temporal well-being, unlike NBC on Feb. 5 which simply went prostituting after dollars.
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in others at the Family Life Center in North Dartmouth to learn how to minister to the sick and elderly at home, in nursing homes and in hospitals. They had studied the theology of suffering, loss and grief a\ld ways of deepening their own spirituallives. Now, before beginning to learn the skills of interpersonal ministry and of listening with the heart as well as the ears, they were finding.time to be with God in prayer. As they began their quiet weekend on the lovely shores of Mount Hope Bay, they took 'an hour to share their react.ions to the innovative pastoral care program which is dra wing the attention of several other dioceses interested in its adaptation of demanding graduate-level clinical ~astoral education courses
FROM LEFT, pastoral ministry program committee members Father Bruce Cwiekowski and Sisters Dympna Smith, RSM, and Theresa Carlow, SND, discuss the retreat weekend with Sister Shirley Agnew, RSM.
to the needs of persons engaged for the most part in fulltime jobs and able to give only an evening a week to training for ministry. One course benefit immediately apparent is the sense of community and camaraderie among its 39 participants. Without exceptiqn they agreed that "Christ is our common denominator" and many spoke offriendships growing from sharing rides to class sessions. "I think that I can't stay awake for the class," chuckled Nan Bouche of St. Patrick's parish, Falmouth, "and then when I get home I'm too excited to fall asleep." The class members paid tribute to the committee assisting Sister Agnew in planning the pastoral ministry program. They are Sisters Theresa Carlow, Joan Desmond, Kathleen Sullivan and Helen Wright, SND, Margaret Lafferty CP, Dympna Smith, RSM, and Fathers George Bellenoit, Marcel Bouchard, Edward Correia and Bruce Cwiekowski. How did people from all over the diocese, some already eucharistic ministers and informal visitors to the sick, hear of the opportunity to learn more about pastoral ministry? 'Some credit The Anchor, others picked up a program pamphlet at LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro, while still others cited a personal invitation from a pastor or a sister. Noting that an aging population means increased numbers of siCk, elderly and homebound, Sister Smith, a pastoral minister at Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, opined that the course "should ignite a whole new way to visit the sick." She added that she hoped to see ministry to the sick become a high priority in diocesan parishes. Sister Elizabeth Hathaway,
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RSM, religious education coordinator at St. John Neumann parish, East Freetown, said that she looked for "polishing in communication skills" from the course as well as an increase in personal growth. The recent retreat aimed to prepare the future pastoral minisfers for their second semester of stUdy. They are now hearing lectures on various practical aspects of ministry and beginning next month will enter 10 weeks of supervised clinical visiting in homes, hospitals and nursing facilities. They will learn how to make visits ranging from a few minutes to . an hour, meanwhile making mental notes of their encounters for later discussion with supervisors and sharing with classmates, all to the end of improving their pastoral skills. . The value of the training was indicated by George Ratcliffe of
Notre Dame parish, Fall River, who said he had worked with the Hospice program for terminally ill patients based at St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River, "and had some awkward moments. This program is a godsend in teaching us about ourselves and about how to bring Christ Jesus to the sick." Louise Henderson of St. John the Baptist parish, Westport, agreed. '" have been bringing communion to the sick for two years and this course has given me the extra skills to bring what's in me to others. I'm bringing Christ to others but they are also Christ to me. This program has shed the light of Vatican II on me as something I can live with and show to others." And James Fegan of Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Wellfleet, who has acted as a hospital-parish liaison, going as far afield as Braintree, Boston and Worcester to visit the sick, said that the course has
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made him feel like the Ethiopian described in the Book of Acts who was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaias when he was seen by the de~con Philip. "Remember how Philip ran up and explained Isaias to the Ethiopian," asked Fegan. "Well, this course has been like that for me. I'm learning-and with love." Summing up the feeling among course members, Father Bouchard said, "when Christ works through us, he comes to us." Or, as Charlotte McCauley of St. Patrick's parish, Fall River, who works at St. Anne's Hospital, put it, "What we're beihg made to feel is that the Christ we're bringing to patients is in us." "How to handle people and deal with situations" was a value found by participant Kay Callahan of St. Francis Xavier parish, Hyannis, and Dottie Cawley of Christ the King parish, Mashpee, pointed out that participants were helped in their understanding of death and dying. '" was nervous," admitted Jeanne· Towers ofSt. John Evangelist, Pocasset. But she said the course's emphasis on the necessity of becoming prayerful has helped allay her fears. Jim Amaral of St. Mary's parish, Fairhaven, had a straightforward goal: '" wanted tools to help people know God." Appreciative of extra help in his diaconal assignment of ministry to the sick was Permanent Deacon Frank Mis of St. Stanislaus parish. Fall River. His work includes following patients from. hospital to home and helping families adjust in cases of longterm illness. Participant Robert Zeida of St. Julie's parish, North Dartmouth, said that for him a pastoral ministry
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By Bernard Casserly Takingmymotherandhersisters for an automobile ride on Sunday afternoons when they were in their 70s and 80s was a treat for them and for me, especially in autumn, when the, Minnesota hillsides explode in color. They loved the trip because it meant getting out ofthe old homestead in their changing north Minneapolis neighborhood and touring the rolling countryside around Uncle Louie's farm, where they spent their chidhood summers. WALKER PERCY relaxes with his dog Luke. (NC photo) Thefami!y"forty,"40rullllacres, is now a suburban development. , , Then it was alive with memories - - ----G~n-#'l~_.4IL--Yl14~l1_iIDj"·-Qt work-----.a~ll"'dhao'lbI.lIal......ze"""wR1it>l-h.--.r....ed'*'m ...... ap"'lbe....s,-.y""e...Ut..o"w'.,----birch and basswood, dark everV' greens and golden fields. '7 Mter a few years my aunts beged offthe Sunday excursions, giving NEW ORLEANS (NC) - Auth"Dostoevski writes about the only vague excuses. They became orWalker Percy, 72, says a Catholic faIling apart of Western civiliza- "homebodies," dropping out of novelist "has a vocation, like the tion. He almost predicted tl!.e rise parish and other social events. priest or apostle," but that 'while ofcommunism," Percy said, adding Finally they even stopped going to the priest and apostle teach "by that in his own work he likes "to Mass on Sunday: They seemed to be in good health design," the writer does so indi- do a number" on people. rectly, transmitting "a theory of "Today people are happy' to for their age. Mother, whose five the way man is or should be." have others tell them what to think, children and umpteen grandchildren The award-winning author and to believe," he said. "They put kept her active, continued our rides, convert to Catholicism inade the theirfaith in experts. We'v~ become alwAYS to the same rural setting. comments in an interview with the a society of experts on the one Clarion Herald, newspaper of the hand and laymen on the other." There were hints, as Hook back New Orleans Archdiocese. Percy In his latest novel, "The Thana- now, ,that my two maiden aunts, and hisfamily have lived in Coving- tos Syndrome," a best seller, Percy polite and reserved ladies, had a ton, La., across Lake Pontchar- presented "a' paradox" between secret problem. They were reluctant train from New, Orleans, for 40 use of behavit)r-altering drugs and to request a rest room stop. years. a saintly old' priest, regardetfas an The problem of incontinence, "God help you if you set out to oddball, who warns against social loss of bladder control, is known write an edifying book," Percy engineering. to affect at least 10 million Amerlcsaid, quoting his frieRd Flannery ,. "The' priest remembered when .ans 6~ and older and is a major ,c;rConnor, a Catholic novelist and he was. in Germany after the Nazis reason for putting people in nursing homes.. , short-story writer who died,in 1964. ha,d come. to power," Percy said. P ercy, wh 0 const'ders M' These ,distressing figures· were . ISS ,·...It goes back to a fundamental O'Connor not only a great writer philosophy carried to its ultimate dropped ona surprised Minnesota but a tremendous Christian and conclusion. Why not get rid ofthe Press Club_udience the other day "great lady," said that "if you set unfit?" by officials of one of the nation's out to write a Christian book, to Reading "is a great pleasure," big advertising agencies, among edify readers, you may write a Percy said, adding that he is con- whose clients is a top bladder good religious tract, but it will be a, cerned by the great amount of tel- ,control product manufacturer; poor novel." evision young people watch and Agency vice-president Beth Christian-Catholic values are how little they read. "We've got to Miller talked about the manutransml'tted I'n fictl'on be'cause as get young people turned on to .,lac t urer' s fiIve year campaIgn . t0 an author "you can't help but reading. " win media acceptance of ads for its transmit the way you seethe world," Computers, too, have had the product. Percy said. "The way I see the effect of making academics pasThe agency's research into the world is unlike the way the atheist sive, he said. "Lost is the idea of extent ofthe problem helped crack does. Every writer has to have a academic work; the focus is only the a.dvertising barrier. It took philosoMY, a theory of the way on business,' " he added. "The "focus group" interviews with older computer is an extremely efficient people to get the problem out on man is or should be." About his own Catholicism, he mechanical tool for business, but the table, Ms. Miller said, and said that once he decided to join it's a poor model for human living." researchers learned almost everythe church, in 1947, he "simply one either had the problem or had went to a Jesuit priest and told to deal with it. him, 'I want to become a' Catholic.' " VATICAN CITY (NC) _ Pope The biggest problem with inWhat his novels convey, Percy John Paul II said Jesus' death on continence is psychological, she said. Seniors fear "accidents." The said, is first that "man is a pilgrim, the cross demonstrates his trust in a searcher." God the Father. result is lack of socialization, self, For example;'he said, in his first "Through the mystery of his isolation and an increased loss of novel, "The Moviegper,"which won death Jesus reveals that the end of personal control. l ' mee t'mg Tom Thomas,the agency's senior a Natl'onal Book Award I'n 1962, a person,s I'''' he IS a ,ovmg he wrote' about a young ~an in with the Father in whom that per~ vice president, said their research worst New Orleans who "is very mate- son has trusted,", he told a recent showed that older 'American's ' rialistic," but "when things don't general audience, fear is that of going to"a nursing Jesu~death On the cross taught home. work out, what develops is a search for what is missing from his life." th,at aU people are called ;to fulfill The industry's efforts to get bladder control advertising on TV and A second thrust is "the church's the will of God, the pope said. The in magazines and newspapers were notion offallen nature, ofa wrong "acceptance of death is the definihampered by societal barriers, Ms. . 'the b es t 0 f Circum' tive fulfillment of his will." or·d er' even 10 Miller said, "It was, taboo, a closed 'd . O,n th"e cross Jesus felt a sense of issue. Even the medicah:oritmunity stances, " P ercy sal' · d'IS "the d'Ism ' tegrat'Ion ab' a~dnnment as e,xpressed in his 'was confused." A nd t hIT ", ' of modern society. Things arefall- words; "My God, why have you There ~a~ retail resistance too, , t "h added forsaken, me?" the, pope said. 109 apar, . e . said, wit,h superm,arkets refus· wn't'ng Percy sal'd he But his pe.nultimate words, she I n h,IS I k , ' . h' , g "Fat.her, i,ng to stock the, product except in "t tt into your hands I commit 'k lI es, 0 a ac ,some 109 wron the pharmacy· corner. Now they 'th socle . t y, "a ndoted that Rus WI n , - Jmy .spirit," show his "filial ,trust" crowd the pap'er good.s shelves. sian novelist Feodor Dostoevski 10 the will of the Father, the pope had influenced him most. added, The arrival of bladder control products on the scene reflects the growth in the number of older SALUTING Americans and t he discovery of 'manufacturers that there is money SENIORS to be made in meeting, their needs.
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A SENIOR CITIZEN tutors a student. 'In his recent ,document on the laity, Pope John Paul II says that "the gift of , older people can be specifiCally that of being the witness to tradition in the faith both ih the church and in society, the 'teacher of the lessons of faith." (NC photo) ",
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TH.E ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Feb. 17,1989
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er yourself even if your daughter By Dr. James a.nd Mary Kenny "Example is not the main Schweitzer In your sessions or classes with a Dear Dr. Kenny: I am a single won't go with you. You clearly mental health professional, you' thing in influencing others. It is parent with a big problem with my neeo help in developing your own will learn 'other ways to obtain the 14-year-old daughter. She hits, parenting skills, especially in learn- .behavior you want and must have. kicks and bites me if she does not ing ways to change such totally Toughlove is a self-help pro. get her way. She caused a lacera- unacceptable behavior. gram for dealing with rebellious No hitting or hurting mother. teens. You may want to write their tion to my eye two months ago. I told our doctor what happened, The physical abuse must stop. But national organization to obtain but he could do nothing. how? . the address of a nearby Toughlove Train to be a Professional As you have already discovered, parent group. (Toughlove, Com- ' As I sit here writing to you, she Train for careers In ·SECRETARY has kicked my knee three times. I the lecture-punish method of dis- munity Service Foundation, P.O. ·EXECUTIVE SEC. was stepped on while picking up cipline does not work. While that Box 1069, Doylestown, Pa. 18901) ·WORD PROCESSOR may tempt some to try to increase food and waterfrom the floor that The situation, however, may be the punishment for her unaccepshe had dumped. Her reason: I temporarily beyond such a simple table behavior, I would not advise' wouldn't write a check for 5209 for resolution. You may need a foster . that. I don't think it will work. home for one to three months. clothes from a catalog. Punishment is generally a rather This would give both of you a If I speak to her, she won't reaineffective way to control behav- much-needed timeout. son with me. If I become angry, THE HART SCHOOl ior even though it may gratify she hits me. If I try to stop her in • Dlv. of A.C.T. Corp.' The possibility of a foster home self-defense, she calls my touching some of our own anger. Naf!. hdqtr.. Pompano Bch. FL a' "flight into might also generate Perhaps you tail 'offer some her arm "child abuse." I have tried to get her into coun- reward in the form of bonus points virtue." The foster home is not a seling, but she has refused. She is for days or half-days fre~ of vio- punishment, but the logical an'd NEEDED: strong-willed and against smoking lence. The bonus points can then perhaps <?nly reasonable conand drugs, but I can't 'take any be "spent" to obtain some reward. sequence of beating on her mother. TWO ACADEMIC PRINCIPALS more violence. I am desperate and You might also reward her for Facing the very real possibility of TAUNTON CATHOLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL losing her mother, she may straightalso about nuts. Please reply. completing chores and keeping curen up. ' TAUNTON, MA • OPEN'JULY 1,'1989 few. . , -Illinois I hope so. What rewards? Whatever might It sounds as though your daughHOLY FAMILY-HOLY NAME ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ter is out of control and that you , motivate her, but keep it small. Reader questions on family livNEW BEDFORD, MA • OPEN JULY 1,1989 don't know how to stop her from You mentioned that she valued ing and child care to be answered WRITE OR CALL FOR JOB DESCRIPTION & physically abusing you. You are in money. Twenty-five cents per point in print are invited. Address the APPLICATION PROCEDURE might be a reasonable way of say- Kennys, Box 872, St. Joseph's a very difficultsituation. CATHOLIC EDUCATION OFFICE See a psychologist or social work- ing thank you. College, Rensselaer, Ind. 47978.
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story about sleeping under a bridge, By Antoinette Bosco Recently I had a conversation in a car or in a vacant building," with a millionaire who jealously said a newspaper article. guards his money and is not known Connie Iverson, the school's teafor philanthropy. cher, says that the children are That's why his words surprised really more interested in food than me: I) anything. "We arenot taking care of our' Alan Tiger, YWCA director, children. 'We're losing a whole " wants to see the program go nationgeneration to poverty. I'm afraid al. our nation's power and affluence "It's a simple enough idea that have peaked ... and we're headed downhill from here." Millions of children in the United States .are falling through the cracks into cycles of poverty and By Hilda Young despair. Statistics vary, but it is possible that about 20 percent of Archimedes' axiom that an object our children are living below the floating on water weighs an amount poverty level. Many more are receiv- , equal to the weighl of the water ing substandard education. displaced has a special place in my heart. School-age children are the fastIt's not the axiom so much as est-growing growing segment of the homeless population, says lawy- the fact that it's the peg on which I hang memories of Sister Veronica er Maria Foscarinis. Mary. Until the passage last year of the As vice-principal of our wildly McKinney Homeless Assistance misnamed All Saints School,yeronAct, schools turned away home- ica Mary ruled with an iron fist, less children because they lacked a stainless steel index finger, ball permanent residence. bearing knuckles and cast bronze The n'ew federal law req4ires palm. . tliat states devise ways of acceptGiven the proper encouragement, ing those children into schools, she could clin'k out the All Saints but the states have been a little Fight Song on Benny Fitz's foreslow to comply, Ms. Foscarinis head, even hitting the high notes. said. The standing joke was that SisMany homeless children don't ter Veronica Mary could displace want to go to school because they more water than an aircraft carrier are ridiculed for their scruffy, torn - and probably had been adclothing. Sometimes, educators say, dressed as the USS Veronica Mary they can't attend becau'se they lack 'before being drafted by the Francistransportation, or their parents cans. can't afford school supplies or It was this little attempt at humor fees. that proved to be the catalyst for A valiant effort is being made in changing our fleeting knowledge Tacoma, Wash., to provide educa- of the USS Veronica Mary into a tion for such youths by means of a personal re,Iationship with "Yes, privately-supported school forchil- Sister Veronica Mary." dren who live in temporary shelters. In the phrase of the era, she Each day about 40 children are called us "on the carpet," which bused to a YWCA, where one was actually two wooden chairs teacher makes lesson plans for directly in front of her desk. kindergarten to ninth-graders. Our knees clacked like castanets, In these schools "there is no talk our pupils were darting specks in a of video games or pranks at the sea of white and our voices were mall, but they do share a common off the squeaky scale, audible at experience: each child can tell a times only to canines across town.
of children, any city can pull off," he said, stressing community support. "People want to help." Similar schools have opened in Santa Clara, Calif., and Salt Lake City. They are a step in the right direction, but what really is needed is to eradicate homelessness, hunger and poverty. I don't believe that is too tall an order for the United States. It's a quest~on of priorities.
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Sister Veronica Mary And that was while we stood in the hall waiting to see her. When we sat before her, her words came slowly, each ricocheting off our foreheads. "A little bird tells me you two are making light of my size and demeanor, if you'll excuse the pun." "Do you two really understand Archimedes'axiom?" she finally asked after Rachel and I had aged several years. Rachel shook her head yes. I shook no. Then I shook yes and ' Rachel shook no. Use of our vocal cords was out of the question. "That's what I assumed from reviewing your math marks. However, be relieved. You will understand the axiom in 24 hours because that's how long you have to prepare an in-depth' report complete with your ideas for its applications - besides comedy." "N ow get out of here," she boomed. We leaped frdm the chairs to the floor, which had dropped several feet since our entering the room. Back in the hall, the clock claimed we had been with Sister Veronica Mary only two minutes. We could not believe it, nor . could we believe the sound we heard behind her closed door. It was not unlike laughter. It was memories of that laughter and of the first Bs Rachel and I ever earned in math and of so very much more that made my heart overflow at Sister Veronica Mary's' funeral last week.
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POPE PIUS XII
Papal silence in WW II aided ,anti-Nazi eff~rts
WASHINGTON (NC) - The public silence of Pope Pius XII in the face of Nazi atrocities was a way to protect the activities of the Vatican for "the relief and rescue of the victims of war without discrimination of nationality, race or religion," said a Jesuit specialist on the Vatican and World War II. Jesuit Father Robert A. Graham, a California-born priest living'in Rome, is coeditor of the 12volume" Acts and Documents of the Holy See Relative to the Second World War." "N owadays the word silence means not just saying nothing, but also not doing anything," Father Graham said. Using that line of thinlcing, he said, people have accused Pope Pius XII of "being indifferent and sitting on his hands." But historical doc,uments show that the pope was being prudent, Father Graham said. "If you start talking, you spoil what you do." Father Graham was recently in Washington to give a lecture sponsored by the Catholic League for Religious' and Civil Rights. In an interview at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, Father Graham said that "during the war this place (the' embassy building) meant a whale of a lot to the Jews." He explained that the embassy was a regular stopping point for leaders ofJewish organizations and individuals hoping to get messages in and out of Europe. The Vatican archives hold coded telegrams from Archbishop (later Cardinal) Amleto G. Cicognani, apostolic delegate in the United States from 1933 to 1958, to Vatican officials. . The messages, recoded and passed to Vatican diplomats in other European' cities, were an important link between U.S. and European Jews, Father Graham said. "From the very beginning ofthe war, in 1939, the Vatican dedicated itself to the relief and rescue of the victims of war," said Father Graham in his lecture. T,he Holy See embraced "every imaginable form of activity," he added. , "Pius XII had to cope, for instance, with the intransigence, the heartlessness, of the Nazi leaders in,13erlin," he said. "His program
for the relief of the starving populations of Greece came athwart the British-operated 'blockade. 'H is attempt to secure asylum for fleeing refugees - Jews and others became entangled in the seaweed of governmental regulation, bureaucracy, visa and shipping problems." As Nazi atrocities grew, so did the risks of spea~ing out - reprisals against hostages and civilians were regular occurrences, Father Graham said. "The world Jewish organizations themselvt:s, in those years, were not pressing the pope to make the public statements that later the pope was criticized for not having made,." he said. The correspondence shows that the leaders preferred that Vatican energy be directed toward actions which had the chance of success. The danger of public protest, Father Graham said, can be seen in the cases of Catholic priests interned atthe Dachau concentration camp. "Surely the pope should have denounced Hitler for his brutal treatment of his own priests." But, he said, "these priests prayed with all their heart that the pope would not mention them. They had already experienced brutal reprisals ta.ken on them for supposed Vatican interventions." In a 1987 news story, Father' Graham said that, among his other actions, Pius XII entered into a plot by a group of German generals to ovc~rthrow Adolf Hitler in hopes it would end the war. At the request of the generals, the ~~pe relayed their plan to the Bntlsh government, but the plan was never implemented. If it had worked, Father Graham said, "20 million people wouldn't have died."
Shrouds hold special place in art BALTIMORE (NC) - Imagebearing cloths such as the Shroud of Turin were objects of piety for early Christians, treated much like icons w'ere, said a curator of medieval art. Gary Vikan, curator of medieval art and assistant director for curatorial affairs at The Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, said the Shroud of Turin and similar cloths have a special place in art history. But, he said, he wasn't surprised last October when carbon-dating tests revealed the Shroud of Turin originated in the 13th or 14th centu·ry. Vikan had predicted that the shroud was from the Middle Ages, a position for which he had been heckled during lectures, he told the Catholic Review, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Image-bearing cloths like the Shroud of Turin first appeared around the sixth century, he said, especially as Christians began to accept the humiliating circumstances of Jesus' death: Vikan, who supervised a show of Byzantine art at the gallery last summer, said pilgrimages, icons
and shrouds were components of Shroud of Turin first appeared early Christianity piety. and was displayed in France around Roughly three dozen shrouds, 1357. apparently made by a method simThe local bishop, however, would ilar to the Shroud of Turin, are let. the display take place only if a known to exist today, he said. An priest would stand near the shroud image-bearing cloth kept in Bel- and tell those looking at it that it grade, Yugoslavia, has "much in was not the burial cloth of Christ. common" with the image and apVikan said the "atmosphere of parent production method of the belief" surrounding the Shroud of Shroud of Turin. Turin is "strictly 20th century.~' Some of the shrouds, like some "Now that it is clear the material icons, are called "acheiropoietai" of the shroud is not ancient, you - a Greek term meaning "no~ have the problem of the image made by human hands." still," he said. "People say, 'This Because they were primarily reli- doesn't look like a work of art.' Of gious object.s rather than art, the course it doesn't. " term implied that they had some Vikan's theory is that people kind of divine origin, possibly be- who went on pilgrimages saw such cause of the veneration they in- cloths, learn~d how to create them spired, Vikan said. and made their own. At any rate, he said, the term set Even though the Shroud of Turin them apart from sectarian art pie- is not the burial cloth of Christ, he ces and put them in a special cate-. said, scholars would not call it a gory more familiar to Europeans "forgery" because it was not made than to North Americans. to be Christ's burial cloth. "Europeans," he said a.re more "It's like a legend," Vikan said. willing to "suspend disbelief' than "Over time, it becomes accepted. Americans. People in other times took these Vikan said that according to the things as pious relics, but it wasn't work ofil1esuit scholar, the image- important to them whether they bearing cloth now known as the were genuine."
FMM sister retires from Vatican post
VATICAN CITY (NC) - Fourteen years after she broke through the male-dominated environment at the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Sister Simone Berry is leaving the same way she entered - with as little fanfare as possible. The French nun, a respected church scholar in civil law and the first woman expert to work at the congregation, retired in mid-February "enriched" by the experience, she said. "I was always treated well, and treated as an equal," she said of her relationship with her male colleagues. "At the beginning they were a VATICAN CITY (NC) - An bit disconcerted" to see a woman in the position, "but we made official of the Russian Orthodox . friends right away," she said. Church said signs of a new openSister Berry, a member of the ness to the church on the part of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, communist authorities include persaid she did not know why she was mission to open parishes, monascalled from her post in Lebanon in teries and convents, 1975 to work at the congregation, Father Joseph Poustooutov, the church's authority 'on doctri- archimandrite of the Patriarchate nal issues. of Moscow, said more than 700 "My superior received a teleRussian Orthodox parishes, mongram calling me to Rome. I didn't asteries and convents were opened ask why; I obeyed," she said. or restored to the church during The nun, who describes herself last year's celebration of the first as "more than 70" years old, worked millennium of Christianity in the in the congregation's matrimonial Soviet Union. section for several years before Father Poustooutov spoke about joining the doctrinal section, which changing conditions in the Soviet handles some of the church's most . Union during a recent interview delicate controversies. with Vatican Radio. She would not discuss what cases Among the monasteries restored she worked on, saying she has to the church was 'the "great mon"learned the value of secrecy" !n astery of Kiev, source of Russian such matters. Christianity," the archimandrite While acknowledging that recent said. actions have given the congregaIn addition, "new schools of tion a bad re'putation among some theology are also being opened," Catholics, she offered this advice he added. to those who follow its statemertts: There are "numerous other signs "Don't put trust in the chattering . that testify to an opening on the WASHINGTON (NC) - The of journalis~ts if you Want to be part of the authorities in relation U.S. Catholic. Conference's Office well-informed - read the full to the church," he said. for Publishing and Promotion Ser- documents. " "We are looking at all these She also had kind words for changes with much hope," Father vices will publish the 10 talks given Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who Poustooutov said. "We want truly by Pope John Paul II to the U.S. bishops during their 1988 official as head of the congregation is the to believe that this 'process," now church's chief doctrinal watchdog. begun, "will be irreversible." visits to Rome. "From a scientific and theologiTitled" Ad Limina Addresses of Father Poustooutov said the parJohn Paul II, 1988," the book will cal point of view, he's a giant. On a ticipation by delegations from other be available early next month from . human level, he's very, very cor- churches in last June's millennial dial and gentle,~' she said. the U.S. Catholic Conference. «elebrations in Noscow was a new
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Russian Orthodox official happy with changes beginning for ecumenical relations. Relations with the Catholic Church particularly improved, he added. Pope John Paul II sent to the ceremonies a high-level Vatican delegation headed by the secretary of state, Cardinal Agostino Casarolio
Asks for h~.rmony VATICAN CITY (NC) - Pope John Paul II asked the Vatican's top doctrinal and ecumenical officials to work together in "peJ:fect harmony" when tackling interfaith issues that overlap their areas of competence. The pope said careful consultation between the two groups. of experts was especially needed now that various ec'umenical dialogues are attempting to resolve specific differences of faith.
More and older VATI CAN CITY (N C) - The world's bishops are growing older and more numerous, with their median age rising to 64, according to new statistics released by the Vatican. The statistical portrait of the aging of the world's bishops also revealed that the number of . bishops under the age of 50 is declining in relation to the number over 65. The result is a "general aging" of the group as well as a "slow renewal of the youngest classes.:'•. ,',
Martin Luther King·Jr. : witness to faith By Msgr. George G. Higgins I have just finished reading Taylor Branch's monumental biography of Martin Luther King Jr., "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963," one of the 10 best biographies published in my lifetime. It made me think about the meaning of Dr. King's life in religious terms. . Dr. King had more than his share of human faults and Branch is honest enough to document them in detail. Yet I believe his life and death can teach us much about the meaning of heroic religious hi~ tory in today's troubled world. I will take my lead from Lawrence Cunningham, an American theologian who, in a perceptive study on the meaning of sanctity in the modern world, defines a saint as a sign of God. "The saint," he says, "is a sacrament, a sign of mediating grace." He argues that while continuing to honor and to learn from forms of sanctity from the past, "we should watch for (new) signs (in our own day and age)." Dr. King likely would object to my saying so, but I think he was such a "sacrament" - a sign mediating grace to those he laid down his life for in Memphis and for those left to carryon his work. Saying this is not to indulge in maudlin rhetoric or sentimental piety that would cheapen, if. not betray, the faith which led him to dedicate his life to the poor and the oppressed, and which alone can account for his trip to Memphis during a strike of black sanitation workers. . That he went willingly despite what he must have known were the risks is an example of martyrdom, in the contemporary sense of the word. "Martyr" means witness. one who gives testimony. Theologians tell us that in the New Testament the word means giving witness or testimony to the faith by word and example. Over time the word took on a more restricted meaning for Christians and was applied only to
those who had shed their blood for the faith. I b~lieve Dr. King was a martyr in both senses. He was a witness, he gave testimony to the Gospel values of justice and peace, and in the end was prepared to die for them. It is important to update our understanding of sanctity and martyrdom, to look to the example of women and men who, by God's grace, have been given the courage to stand up for human rights and defy' the forces of tyranny and oppression. They are true signs of how God speaking to us in our time. Cunningham says that "the very presence of such individuals among us has been a sign that the human spirit still thirsts for a transcendental affirmation of the worth of the individual and the right of the individual to live with a modicum of personal dignity and in some communal' bond with others." They "are not merely heroic... but ... act as models by being set apart in their thirst for the true and the good," Cunningham says. "Beyond that, these saintly protestors are willing to give all to testify to that right." Dr. King gave all. Our theological vocabulary has become so calcified that we find it difficult to put into words the religious meaning of such witnessing. . Ladislas Boros, a discerning spiritual writer, might have been thinking of Dr. King when he wrote:' "If we are Christians, we must prove to others that tomorrow will be a better day. In this way they experience God: total benevolence and infinite love.
Book, film planned on Sister Bowman CANTON, Miss. (NC) - Harper and Row plans to publish a book on the life of Sister Thea Bowman, a nun who has led numerous workshops across the country on catechetics and liturgy and has been fighting cancer since 1984. The nun, who lives in Canton, has played a prominent role within the black Catholic community. In addition to the book, there are plans for a movie to be produced by entertainer Harry' Belafonte. Actress Whoopi Goldberg has been chosen to play the nun's role. And the Boston-based Krystal Records of the Daughters of St. Paul has produced an album and cassette titled "Sister Thea: Songs of My People."They include black spirituals the nun learned as a child.
WASHINGTON (NC) ~ Thr~e leaders of the' nation's Catholic bishops have joined in an appeal by an interfaith coalition of religious officials asking President Bush for "bold new efforts to reduce hunger." The three - Archbishops John L. May ofSt. !-ouis and Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles, and Auxil- . iary Bishop Joseph M. 'Sullivan of Brooklyn, N. Y. - commented in a letter to Bush released earlier this . month by Bread for the Wprld, an ecumenical antihunger organization. Archbishop May is president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Catholic Conference, Archbishop Mahony chairs the USCC Committee on International Policy, Bishop Sullivan the USCC Committee on Domestic Policy. The letter also was signed by Auxiliary Bishops P. Francis Murphy of Baltimore and Thomas J .. Gumbleton of Detroit, 10 other Catholic leaders, and 34 officials of Episcopal, Orthodox, Protestant and Jewish organizations. Citing the "awesome responsibilities" of the presidency, the religious leaders told Bush "we offer you our congratulations and promise
Church at talks GDANS K, Poland (N q - Catholic Church representatives will participate when officials of the outlawed free Polish trade union Solidarity and the Polish government meet to begin hammering out an agreement to legalize the labor organization. The planned talks were announced after a twoday meeting of the union's National Executive Commission. The same day, it was announced that the church would be represented at the negotiations, along with union, Communist Party and government spokesmen. Poland's Catholic. Church has supported Solidarity throughout the union's more than . eight-year history and Catholic churches have been rallying points . for union activists.
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Sister Bowman, a Franci.scan "There are proofs of God that Sister of Perpetual Adoration, told refute unbelief with logical impec- Mississippi Today, newspaper of cability. But in the grave crisis of . the Diocese of Jackson, Miss., human existence they mean nothing. that she had asked Harper and or very little. In such times there Row to replace the writer the must be a man whose life is at least company had chosen to do the a sign that humanity is respected book with a black author. and honored, that it is taken up "I felt it would be better to have into unconditional friendship, that someone black who understood is, that he really exists who makes black culture and history because so much of what I've done and try all possibie: God." to do cross-culturally was born of my experience of being black in "THE DIGNITY of the Vocation of Women" will be the Mississippi," said Sister Bowman. theme of the annual Lenten retreat sponsored by theDipcesan The Secret The author Sister Bowman sugCouncil of Catholic Women. To be held March 3 through 5 at gested was Margaret Wal.ker Alex-. "Whoever wants to reach a Cathedral Camp, East Freetown, the retreat will be directed by ander, a Mississippi poet and novel- dist~nt goal must take many diocesan vice chancellor Rev. Jose. Sousa. Information is ist, who has agreed to write ,the sma'fJ steps."-Helmut available from Jane Sell mayer, retreat chairman, at telephone book. Sister Bowman has had sev- Schmidt . eral lengthy interviews with her. 673-5383; or Alice Loew, DCCW Church Communities chair"She knows history; culture, and man, telephone 222-1353. Pictured from left, Mrs. Sell mayer, has a world view of things. She is Father Sousa, DCCW president Dorothy Curry. (Lavoie _ able to put my life, history and culture in context," said the nun. photo) Weakened by cancer that struck FUNERAL' HOME her five years ago, Sister Bowman 550 Locust Street travels in a whe'elchair and often Fall Ri ver. Mass. greets her many visitors from her Rose E. Sullivan bed in the CalHon home where she William J. Sul1ivan Margaret M. SulIivan grew up. She has lost her hair due to chemotherapy, but has not 672-2391 stopped giving workshops through" out the country. "People impressed with Thea do not understand that she is an artist who is able to make the true things in life alive by her ability to perform even while she is very, very 490 ROBESON sick. That is the artist in her," said . STREET Father Clarence Rivers, a Cincinnati composer and dramatist who , . FAll RIVER, is a close friend of Sister Bowman. MASS. . "People ask: 'Where does she l~ ~~ get all that energy being as ill as she is?' Well she doesn't have all that energy. She is a professional. She is an artist," the priest said.
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you our prayers. At the same time we lay before you a most urgent appeal: that you lead this nation and help lead the world iii bold new efforts to reduce hunger." Despite a pledge 14 years ago by the U.N. World Food Conference "that within a decade no child will go to bed hungry," incidence of hunger. "has increased substantially," the letter said. "UNICEF estimates that almost 37,000 young children die each day from malnutrition and disease." The letter asked Bush to "make the reduction of hunger in this nation and abroad a major goal and cha'lIenge the nation to follow your leadership in reaching that goal. The signers also suggested that "no child should go to bed hungry" and called for jobs with adequate pay, aid programs that directly assist the "truly poor," initiatives for peace as ways to reduce hunger and debt relief for poor countries. Among other Catholic leaders who signed the letter were Father Thomas J. Harvey, executive direc. tor of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men; and St. Joseph Sister Janet Roesener, executive director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
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1989 with someone who has been drinking puts lives at risk. . Such decisions show disrespect for yourself and they can endanger hopes and dreams. for.the future. Allpeople could improve the quaJity of their lives by taking less fbI' granted. To evaluate how ,much you take for granted, consider the following: : '. I., tlow do yOll treat your parents? With a busy schedule that Charlie Marti" includes schopl and possibly ",YOrk,plus special interests and· DON'T KNOW WHAl'YOU'GOT' (TILL IT'S:GONE) times with fTiends, do 'you save' ~ny time for your parents? I can't teU you baby~hat Went wrong , Raising children reqUires much I can't make you feel What you fi.!1t love and effort. Now is the time So long ago I'll let it show to ,show some appreciation for I can!t give ~ou backWhat'$bee~ hurt your relationship with your parHeartaches come and go and ents. All that's· left are the words 2. Sometimes we neglect past I can't let go , friends. Shared times with friends If we take some timi.!,.thin~jt over baby bring fun,support and meaning ' Take somi.! time Ii.!t me know in~o our lives. But when you are If you really want togo. , dating, do you take other friendDon't know what you(gottinit'~gone ships for granted? Don't know what it is I did so wrong . 3,. Some teens are privileged ('Now I know what I got I to have living grandparents. Time It's just this song' , , with them is likely to he limited. l And it aill't easytog~~ bac~ Takes so tong ," .. l Failure to share interests, feelings or discoveries with them I can't feel the t~ing~~hat 5~use you' pain means the loss of some memories I can't dear my heart'of youl-Jove' . that could have been cherished. It falls like rain, ain'Uhe same I '.lfyour .grandparents still are I hear you calling far,~waY«r alive, don't take these opportuniTearing through my soul ties to share witht.hem for granted. I just can't takeanotb:~r da~ . 'J' I ... i Who's to blame? " ,..\ 4. Sometimes.teens take health for granted. If you aTe cheating Do you want to see m~be~~ing ~aby? your body of .good, rlUttition, Can't you give me just onemore1day? proper sleep or regular exercise, • . . Can't you see my he~rtis bi.!en dral~ging lately? you.are taking your health for /.' .l've>been looking for'the wordstb say. granted. IJi.!corded by Cinderella.~ Written by Tom Keifer. It is sad to discover that you i:(c)1?88 by Eve S~ngs:lnc.,#Chappell and Co•. have lost something important, or even irreplace~ble, in life. pon't let grief over a loss be the primme ary way of learning what holds 9ribes}~he p;;I.in of losing out at Thesongreminds me how easy love.. " .. ... to'take!things for granted. . realmeaning for you: '. Th~;;;wor9s tell of someone .'. SOgle people take life itself for Your comments are welcome :\yho~~.nts;~. . rel~tionship back; 'l(gtant~,d..THey take chancesihat always. Address Charlie Martin, but reMizes that he can't get back;9isregard tlieir life. For example, R.R. 3, Box 182, Rockport, Ind. 47635. :.;'Xhatl~rbe~!lhl.!rt." l:Ier~sks h~r .· •.3~rin~j.rgaijd· driying?r rij;!iog !.....
BEFORE EMBARKING on Lenten programs of sacrifice and discipline, the staff at SS. Peter and Paul School, Fall River, splurged on a Pancake Tuesday luncheon prepared by parochial vicar and Reverend Chef Gerald P. Barnwell, school chaplain. Invitations to, the meal told it like it was: "Oink. Oink. Oink." Father Barnwell, says school principal,Kathleen A. Burt, "has made this a tradition for all to enjoy."
St. Jean Baptiste School, Fall River Students at St. Jean Baptiste School, Fa'll River, recently hosted a continental breakfast for their grandparents and an appreciation day for their teachers. A pizza lunch and a'big brotherbig sister kickball game between eighth graders and kindergarten students were also recently on the school schedule. An open house for parents; featuring an international food festival prepared and served by students, was also a highlight. Sister Michaelinda Plante, RSM, a Diocesan Department of Education associate superintendent 'of schools, was guest of honor at a r'~cent school assembly, where prizes were awarded to studen~s
with best essays, poems or pusters relating to school memories. Winners, kindergarten through grade eight, were Jamie Boivin, Jennifer Picard, H(:idi Souza, Tina Boivin, Rhonda Pacheco, Nicole Marchand, Milena Raposo, Michelle Lebeau and Elizabeth Walsh. January Student of the Month certificates were awarded at the assembly to, K t08, Michael Soares, Jennifer Allen, Jonathan Cabral, Tina Boivin, Daniel Delisle, Steven Splinter, Susan Bertoncini, Denise Arsenault and Elizabeth Walsh. Eighth graders presented the kindergartenc!asswitha plaquecommemomting the 1989 Catholic Schools Week theme, "A Community of Memories."
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Jen Tung overcame a fall to finish ninth among 22·skiers in the girls'" race during a Feb. 10 .Central Massachusetts Ski League meet. Ann Kiibik carrie' in IOt:h. 'Coimoi-' Iy's Eric J:.aFrance, Greg Ciosek and Tim Boucher respectively (in-', ished,2lst, 28th and,33rd among 50 participants in the bo~s' race..
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Mariette Costa' and Stephanie Francis, seniors at Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth, recently visited fifth and eighth grade students at St. Francis Xavier School, Acushnet, to speak as -part ofthe school's Project DARE experience. 'Project DARE(Drug Abuse Re16 members of Connolly's Peer' sistance Education) is a substance Tra'ining Team attended a recent abuse prevention program taught Student Awareness Day at Edge.- by upiformed police officers. High hill, a chemical dependency treat- schoolers participating in the proment center in Newport. The cen- gram as role models for the younger ter presented the facts of chemical children speak about the dangers dependency: information'aboutal- of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Senior athletes Molly Fontaine ,cohol, drugs and steroids, how they affect the human body and and Patti Lemoi were among stuhow they may drastically alter dents ,from 122 Massachusetts ,schools recently honor~d at the normal adolesc<;:nt development. The Connolly program involves State House to mark National a lengthy education and training Girls and Women in Sports Day. They were awarded certificates --by The Women's Sports Foundation in recognition of their outGOD'S ANCHOR HOLDS standing athletic achievements, Pat~ ti in volleyball and Molly in field hockey. . ._------
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He,may 2283 ACUSHNET AVENUE Catholic ratings for television hit the girl, humiliate her in front Religious Radio acts again and again. movies are those of the movie house NEW BEDFORD of her friends or even destroy Once deeply involved, it is surSun~ay, Feb. 19(NBC) - "Guideversions of the films. prisingly difficult for a girl to something she cares about., ' line" Television documentary , New Films Soon afterward he becomes sweet break out of an abusive relationproduc~r John Santo~, recently "Her AIibi"(Warner Bros.)-A ship. Her friends see her bruised and often very affectionate. He returned from a survey trip through face, and tell he'r "he's no good." does little things to show he cares detective novelist (Tom Selleck) Latin America, discusses the role provides an alibi for a beautiful But the unpredictable mix of affec- for a while. of the church in countries which But the cycle starts over the next' Romanian murder suspect (Paution and violence seems like a lock have political systems and econo-' Sciles And Service time he's angry and does SOme- lina Porizkova) so he can study on a young woman's heart. ' mic conditions which differ from thing mean. Remembering the her as ,a subject for his next book. The best hope is to recognize the those in the Untied States. ' Fall River's Largest abusive boyfriend early. By identi- sweet times, his girlfriend tries not Poor excuse for a romantic thriller. to upset him. But the cycle repeats Mild sexual innuendo, incidental fying the violent cycle you can,proDisplay of -TVs vulgar references and some minor tect yourself and maybe help your itself, again and again. RCA - ZENITH - SYLVANIA If you recognize even one of violence. A3, PO ' boyfriend as well. . Prediction 1196 BEDFORD STREET If you recognize even one of the these features in your boyfriend, "Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects" "Children are likt;ly to live you must act quickly to protect following signs in your boyfriend, (Cannon) - A detective (Charles 673-9721 up to what you believe of ' you are in an abusive relationship. , yourself: Bronson) pursues' a pimp (Juan them."-Lady Bird Johnson -Most guys don't hurt girls on Fernandez) who. snatches young I. Urge your boyfriend to go purpose, especially girls they care for counseling. Only psychotherabout. It is not normal for your apy can break the cycle of abuse. boyfriend to hit you intentionally, He is trapped and needs help gettwist your arm, kick you or pull ting out. your hair in a way that hurts you Many cities have services for even once. If he ever does it a second time, battered women which also offer he is almost certain to do it again counseling to abusive men. But the, men rarely go unless they are conand again and again. fronted with the truth about them-If your boyfriend loses his temper and does dangerous things, selves. like racing down the freeway to 2. Next, break off the relationcatch a driver who cut him off, or ship right away, no matter what he challenging security guards to pledges or threatens. fights, he is likely to abuse you Abusive boyfriends gmw up to when he loses his temper.' . be abusive husbands. They prom-Some boyfriends specialize in ise change, but they cannot deliver emotional abuse, like saying noon that promise. They only learn body else would want you because when forced to recognize how you're too fat or too ugly, or makserious the problem really is. ing you constantly worry about Do a favor for your abusive upsetting him with slight mistakes. boyfriend, especially if you really Such boyfriends erode your confi- care about him. Tell him to get dence and make you feel worthless. help. Tell him why you are unwil-Oddly, the same abusive boy- ling to continue the relationship. And" then stop seeing him for friend will break down ,and cry when you try to end ~he relat,ion- good.. ,ship. He says his life will be ruined, (Dr. Carstens is a clinical psyTwo..thirds'of the world. and he may even threate,n to kill chologist in San Diego, Calif.) Th~t' s how many people do not kn9W: the good news ()f ~vation himself if you break up.
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through jesus Christ. That's how'many people iri the world have'never even heard of.Jesus, His miracles, His, life, His Resurrection.. . The knowledge that many'people are unaware' ofthe gentle, saving love of jesus hurts. Hurts the Church. Hurts all of us who belong to the Church. . '/.: . Hurts Him who came tQheal and save the :world.· , Help missionaries as they help others, like these ~hildren in Papua New Guinea; to learn-of the good news of jesus Christ. Help cut down the numbers who do not know. Help stop the hurt. ' Contribute to the work of Catholic missionaries through the Propagation of the Faith - today!' . . ..
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PATRICIA PASTERNAK, right, principal of Domini'": can Academy, Fall River, presents a certificate to Mary Louis Walsh proclaiming her February Alumna of the Month. Ms. Walsh, a lifelong member of Fall River's Holy Name Parish, is a retired associate dean of students at Southeastern Massachusetts University, North Dartmouth. She:is active inher parish, at SMU and as a hospital and literacy program volunteer.
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EMMAUS/GALILEE Cindy Kulig will direct Emmaus retreat 78, April 21 to 23; Barbara Hayden is codirector. Galilee reunion March 12; guests: Boston archdiocesan permanent deacon Tom McDavitt, a school teacher/administrator involved in ministry to Haiti's poor, and Father Normand Demers of St. Joseph's parish, Providence, also involved in that ministry. O.L. MT. CARMEL, NB Lenten renewal (services in English) Feb. 20 through 24; 7 p.m. Masses include sermons;'reconciliation opportunities follow services. HOSPICE OUTREACH, FR Training course for new volunteers begins March 13; classes'7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays for eight weeks; volunteers provide support of terminally ill cancer patients and their families; no special skills or education needed;, information: office,673-1589. ST. JOHN EVANGELIST, POCASSET Vincentians' meeting follows 8 a.m. Mass tomorrow. CATHEDERAL, FR Cathedral opens 7 a.m. weekdays for Lenten prayer and adoration. HOLY ROSARY, TAUNTON Gorzkie Zale and Benediction 7 p.m. Lenten Wednesdays.
ST. LOUIS de FRANCE, SWANSEA Mission! retreat week with Father Robert A. Oliveira begins March 12; conferenc'es follow 9 a. m. and 7 p. m. Masses March 13. through 16; pri-' vate confe~rences and reconciliation opportunities available. The, Holy Name Society has selected involvement with Sister Pauline Boyer (OP)'s Columbian mission to poor women as the parish's 1989 Lenten project. CATHEDRAL CAMP, E. FREETOWN 'St. Patrick's Church, Wareham, confirmation retreat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. LeRepos weekend retreat today through Sunday. ST. JOSEPH, NB Parish school 75th anniversary liturgy II a.m. Sunday, church. Drama Club meets 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cub and Boy Scouts meet 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Junior Legi<;>n of Mary 10 a.m. Saturdays. Chl~erleaders 2:30 p.m. Fridays and 6 p. m. Tuesdays. Legion of Mary 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Music on the Move 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Daisy group, Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts meet, respectively, 3:30, 3:45 and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Lenten program 7 p.m. Wedn'esdays. Scout Committt:e meeting 2 p.m. tomorrow. Cub Scouts' Blue and Gold banquet I p.m. Feb. 26, churchhall. ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA, FR Excursion plans will be made at a Council of Catholic Women meeting7 p.m. Feb. 21, ~athei- Reis Hall. ST.GEORGE,WESTPORT Prayer and reconciliation 7 tonight, center chapel. "Fasting with the Church" Lenten program 7:30 tonight; confession and spiritual guidance opportunities follow. Anointing of the: Sick! Benediction 2 p.m. Sunday. Renewal experience Feb. 24 to 26.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, ST. JOSEfH, TAUNTON TAUNTON '. j9~8 statistics: 51 baptisms, 15 Women's Guild meeting 7:30 p.m. marrIages, 36 funerals. Lenten miniFeb. 28, church hall. Holy Week mission March 7 to 9 directed by mission with Father Norman The- Father William McClenahan, SS.Cc. roux, MS, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. March Vincentians will sing at Taunton's 20 to 22. Lenten renewal day 2 to 6 Marian Manorat 1:45 p.m. Sunday. p.m. March 12, rectory; coordina- Calix (Catholics recovering from tor: Diocesan Department of Ed u- alcoholism and drug addiction) meetcation associate director ofreligious ing 6:30 p.m. Sunday, ce~ter. education Sister Eugenia Brady, SJC. ST, JAMES, NB ' T. THOMAS MORE, Ladies' a:uild communion breakSOMERSET' fast follows 9:30 Mass March 5; Parishioners Stephanie Matano, information: Maureen Jeffries, Ann Dormer and Wayne Lord par- 992-1033. ticipated in the Rite of Election ceremonies held Sunday atSt. Mary's PRAYER MEETING, Cathedral, Fall River. Simple Supper TAUNTONl"ATTLEBORO (shared prayer, a pared down meal Taunton/Attleboro Regional Coand donating to charity) celebra- ordinating C,ommittee-sponsored retions 6 p.m. March I, 10 and 15. gional prayer meeting begins with Sister Marie Puleo, OSF, cofounder Mass 7 p.m. Monday, St. Ann's of New York's Lazzaro center, will Church, Raynham; guest celebrant speak about AIDS:J.. p.m. Feb. 26. Father Ray Bourque, OMI, of "The Evening of Prayer for Vocations 7 Truth Will Sct You Free"television p.m. March 8. Anointing of the Sick and radio ministry will offer a teach10 a.m. March 18. Tenebrae, com- ingon the "N:ew Vision ofthe World"; memorating the suffering and death St. Ann's Living Word Prayer Com,of Our Lord, 7:30 p.m. March 22. munity members will host the gathering; music: St. Anthony's Prayer Group, Taunton; all welcome; inforST. JOSEPH, FAIRHAVEN Commissioning of altar servers at mation: Mary Leite, 822-2219. 9:30 a.m. Mass Sunday. SS. PETER AND PAUL, FR Parish council meeting 12:30 p.m. ST: ANTHONY OF THE DESERT, Feb. 26, parish hall. FR Healing service and Mass 4 p.m. LaSALET'r.:: SHRINE, Feb. 26, church: principal celebrant: ATTLEBORO Father William Babbitt, parochial Healing ,service led by Father vicar at St. Mary's Church, North Andre Pate/laude, MS, 2 p.m. SunAttleboro; all welcome. day; includes teaching, Eucharistic celebration; hymns of praise and , opportunities for individual prayer SPIRIT OF JESUS- PRA YER and anointing; all welcome. GROUP Spirit of Jesus regional prayer O.L. ASSlJMPTION, group praise and worship session 9 OSTERVILLE a.m. to 12: 15 p. m. Feb. 25, St. FranAdult ch,oir sings at 4 p.m. Mass cis Church hall, Hyannis; speaker: tomorrow. , Robert Huff, Cape Cod Christian Counseling director and Full Gospel HOLY NAME, FR Businessmen's Fellowship Hyannis Reconciliation night Feb. 20. chapter president; Mass will be celeST. DOMINIC, SWANSEA brated by Father 'Bob Masciocchi, Lenten mini-mission 7 p.m. SunCSS, director of the New Life Coundays Feb. 19 through March 12 led seling Center, Walt,ham. by Cynthia Volari of the Rolff Center, Cranston, R.I.; theme: "WalkST. JULIE, N. DARTMOUTH Children's Choir rehearsals begin ing the Way of Holiness." Children's 6:15 p.m. Monday; new members liturgy 10 a.m. Sunday; theme: "We welcome. Ladies' Guild scholarship FollowJesus."Women's Guild meetapplications available in back of ing 7 p.m. Feb. 21, parish center. Lectors needed; information: rectory: church. 675-7206. : OPERAnON RESCUE A planning meeting for,a "Regional Rescue" March 4 will be held at 7 p.m. March 2at St. Agatha's Church, Adams Street at Brook Road (East, Milton Sqmue), Milton.
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ST. STANISLAUS,'FR Mr. and Mrs. Paul Klaege are celebrating their 45th wedding anni. versary. Polish mission concludes 3:30 p.m. Sunday with solemn'Gorzkie Zale" teaching and Benediction. O.L. CAPE, BREWSTER Prayer group meets 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, rectory. Support group for divorced and separated parishioners meeting 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, rectory. Congratulations to new altar servers Al Brown, Joe Bay, Bob O'Brien, Paul Sullivan, Billy Glasheen, Michael Glasheen, Daniel Hines-Rancourt, Keith Manning, Richard Manning, Matthew Marchese and Tom Rogers. CORPUS CHRISTI, SANDWICH Scripture'Study (Exodus) Thursdays; 9:30 afm. Father Clinton Hall and 7 p.m., St. Theresa's ~all. CHRIST THE KING, COTUIT/MASHPEE Youth mipistry basketball 7 p.m. Tuesdays, E. Falmouth Elementary School. ST. MARY; FAIRHAVEN Ladies of St. Anne Communion Sunday at 9:30 a.m, Mass Feb. 19; meeting 7 p,.m. Tuesday, rectory meeting room; new members welcome. '
,Mexican leader, Mother Teresa hold meeting MEXICO CITY (NC)- Mother Teresa of Calcutta met last week with Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari to ask the Mexican leader for assistance in obtaining visas for the growing number of her Missionaries of Charity working in Mexico. The Nobel Peace Prize winner also asked the Mexican president for help in establishing a hospice to treat children affected, with AIDS. Salinas and his wife, Cecilia Ocelli de Salina, talked with Mother Teresa during a private audience. The Mexican president, who holds two graduate degrees from Harvard University and speaks perfect English, followed protocol by speaking in Span,ish, with MotherTeresa using an interpreter. After the meeting, Mother Teresa gave a brief press conference, fielding and answering questions from mostly Mexican reporters through her interpreter. "I have come to visit (Salinas) to tell him that I will pray for him and also to ask him to help us in obtaining visas," Mother Teresa said. She also urged Mexican Catholics to make sacrifices during Lent to help the poor in Mexico. "Y ou should fast and when you fast, the money you would have spent on food ... give that to the poor," Mother Teresa said. She urged Mexicans "to give until it hurts."
Latin American projects to get U.S. church aid WASHINGTON (NC) - The U.S. bishops' Committee on the Church in Latin America will distribute over $4 million to; more than 300 pastoral projects in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The money comes from an annual collection for the church in Latin America, taken on the fourth weekend in January in most U.S . dioceses. Father David M. Gallivan, executive director of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat for Latin America, said that' the funded projects "typically include such programs as the formation of catechists and of lay leaders of basic ecclesial communities." At the annual U.S. bishops' meeting in November, Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces, N.M. chairman of the Latin America committee urged dioceses that do not take up the optional Latin American collection to change their_ policies. He said life in Latin America is bleaker than ever, but U.S. ,church assista_nce to the region continues to be meager. Father Gallivan said the fastestgrowing category of Latin America pastoral projects funded by U.S. Catholics is support of young men and women preparingfor the. religious life and priesthood. He described this trend as "especially good news in Latin America, where at present there is only one priest for every 7,000 Catholics, compared with the U.S. ratio of one priest for every 900 Catholics."