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~he Palm ~und~y Ii.~ gy,.to bf.' celebrated at~ p..... Saturday, March 22, ·will be offered by Most Reverend paniel A•.Cronin. Conc~~ebr~nts will b~ Msgr. Tbomas j: Harrington and Rev. Michael McManus; deacon chaplains Deacons Freddie »abi~zuk and Thomas F.rechette; liturgical deacon, Deacon David Andrade. The Passion will be read by Deacon Babiczuk, Christ; Deacon Andrade, narrator; Deacon Frechette, other parts.At the Chrism Mass at 4 p.m. Tuesday March 25, Bishop Cronin will be celebrant with diocesan clergy as concelebrants. Designated concelebrants will be Rev. Msgr. Luiz Mendonca, V.G.,Rev. Msgr. John Regan, V.E., Rev.. Msgr. Henry Munroe, V.E. Rev. Msgr. John Smith, V.E. Als:o Rev; '~larenceD'EntreD)ont, Rev. Joseph O'Donnell, Rev. Joseph Powers, Rev. James Greene, ~ev.Thomas Morris.sey. Rev. Lucien JuSsea\lme, YeryRev.Edward Duffy; Y.F., Rev..William Shovelton, Rev; Bernard Kelly, Rev. Paul Price,SS.CC. t')eacons Andride . and Mautice6auvin Wlll be ~fareIs of the qU. of£hri~1:l1;ll'.~th~fs M~uri~rLe~~l'.§l ~lid Richard Degagne the Oil 0)' the' Sick; F~thers ~~ch <l.endreau.~n(;ti~()~rt.Pliv~ira. the<@il Cat mens. "" " --." . '/ ~" '<

POPE JOHN PAUL II celebrates 1985 Mass of the Chrism at St. Peter's Basilica. Chrism is a mixture of olive oil and balsam used at baptism, confirmation and ordination. In the Fall River diocese, Bishop Daniel A. Cronin will celebrate the Chrism Mass, to which all are invited, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. (NC/ UPI-Reuter photo)

Curran case confusing WASHINGTON (NC) - A clash involving the right ofa theologian to dissent from some church teachings in an atmosphere of academic freedom and the duty of the church to safeguard the purity of its beliefs erupted in mid-March when Father Charles Curran rejected a Vatican order that he retract his views on some sexual ethics issues. He was told he would lose his right to teach as a Catholic theologian at the Catholic University of America in Washington if he did not comply with the order from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Because Catholic University is a pontifical university, theologians must have Vatican approval to teach there. Father Curran, a moral theologian whose career at Catholic University has been marked by con-

troversy, revealed at a March II news conference that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, head ofthe Vatican's doctrinal congregation, had ordered him to retract his views on a number of issues. Those issues, outlined in a letter from Cardinal Ratzinger to the theologian, include contraception and sterilization, abortion and euthanasia, masturbation, premarital intercourse and homosexual acts, and the indissolubility of sacramental and consummated marriage. Father Curran's dissenting positions on these issues, the cardinal said, "violate the conditions necessary for a professor to be called a Catholic theologian... It added that "the authorities of the church cannot allow the present situation to continue in which the inherent contradiction is prolonged." Father Curran, at his news con-

ference, said the core of the controversy "concerns the legitimacy of dissent from authoritative, noninfallible church teaching." He said he does not disagree with any dogmas or defined truth and said his basic position is that it is "legitimate for a Roman Catholic to dissent in theory and in practice from non-infallible church teaching." Father Curran said this view is accepted by "many world-acclaimed Roman 'Catholic theologians," including the late Jesuit Father Karl Rahner, French Dominican Father Yves Congar and several U.S. theologians. "My positions are neither rebellious nor radical," he said. "My theological positions represent the mainstream of Catholic theology." A compromise proposed by Father Curran - that he retain his Turn to Page Six

<ii D~ac~~s F~eche~~e~~~il'~~Ot~~~ei$ will!l,)¢ deacon chapl~i~s and Deacon Babiczuk willbe litutgi<:al deacon. Bi$hoP C.. onin?will~elel,) ..,ate<the >lIolyTbursdat liturgy at 7. p.m. March 2~, wi!h M:~8r.~arringt()~an~ Father'McManus as concelebrants. Deacons Reis and i\ndrade will be deacon 9haplains~nd Deacon Gauviljl will be liturgical deacon. } , " On Good Friday, March 18, tll.~ C~lebra«on9fth~ Lord's PasSion will be held at 3 p.m~ Bishop Cronin will Pl'esid~ and, MS8r. H~rrin~on will be celebrant. Peacon$ Babiczuk and Gauvin will be deacon chaplains and Deac()n Reis wUI be liturgicatdeacQn. Deacon Babicluk will take the part of Christ at the reading of the Passion, Deacon Reis will be narrator and Deacon Gauvin will take the other parts. The Easter Vigil will be celebrated at 7 'p.m: Saturday, March 29. Bishop Cronin will be principal celebrant, with Msgr; Harrington and Father McManus as concelebrants. Deacons Gauvin and Reis will be deacon chaplains and Deacon Frechette will be liturgical deacon. Easter Mass win be te'lecast-froJD 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. oljl W~NE, Chll..net~, on Ea~terSunday, Mar(1l 30~ Bishop Cronin will be celebrant, with Deacons Andrade and J3~bicz\lk as. deacon «baplains and Deacon Ryis as. liturgical deacon. Attending deacons will be Deacons Frechette and Gauvin. Master of Ceremonies for Holy Week at the Cathedral will be Msgr. John J .• Oliveira; V.E. < '


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How legislators voted on 'anti-aid amendment' By Father John F. Moore Editor

F PREPARING FOR 45th annual Catholic Charities Appeal are, from left, Rev. Roger L. Gagne, Attleboro area asssistant CCA director, Bishop Daniel A. Cronin, Rev. Francis L. Mahoney, Attleboro area CCA director.

Area directors ready for 45th CCA Catholic Charities Appeal area directors are readying for the 45th annual diocesan fundraising effort under chairmanship of Msgr. ~nth­ ony M. Gomes, diocesan and Fall River area director.

The CCA Special Gift phase begins Monday, April 21 and ends Saturday May 3. The House-to-House parish phase starts Sunday, May 4, between noon and.3 p.m., at which time volunteer solicitors will call at every home in every parish. The parish phase ends May 14.

Theyare Rev. Gerald T. Shovelton, pastor of St. Ann's parish, Raynham, Taunton area director; Rev. Richard L. Chretien, pastor The Appeal, which dates back of St. Theresa's parish, New Bed- to 1942, supports diocesan apostoford area director; Rev. John F. An- lates of charity, mercy, social serdrews, pastor of St. Joan of Arc . vices and education in the areas of Parish, Orleans, Cape Cod and the health care, care for the elderly, Islands director; and Rev. Francis youth activities, pastoral activities, L. Mahoney, pastor of St. Mary social services, child care and eduparish, Seekonk, Attleboro area cation and development of relidirector. Father Mahoney is as- gious personnel. â&#x20AC;˘ sisted by Rev. Roger L. Gagne, Msgr. Gomes announced that pastor of St. Mark's parish, in Fall River Bishop Daniel A. Cronin Attleboro falls. will be the main speaker at the tra-'

ditional appeal kickoff scheduled The vote of our legislators in this matter is, of course, public. for 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Because such a vote affects so many in our diocese who send Bishop Connolly High School, Fall their children to Catholic schools, it might be interesting to River. Over 800 clergy, religious and laity are expected to be in note those who voted for and against the measure. attendance. For the 10th time, the 1985 CCA surpassed the $1 million mark, totaling $ 1,669,666.23. It is hoped that the 1986 Appeal will go beyond that figure and that the increased Representatives needs of the thousands it serves John Bradford Acushnet, Fairhav'enand Mattapoisett . will generate increased enthusiasm, support and generosity on the part Howard Cahoon Jr. - Lower Cape and Islands Thomas Cahir - Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee of contributors. "This year's Appeal theme is Charles Decas - Wareham 'Reach Out in Love-Share and . Stephen Karol - Attleboro Give,' " said Msgr. Gomes. "Our Appeal is people helping people. Jacqueline Lewis - Raynham and areas in Taunton We need one another. There is Joan Menard - Somerset, Dighton and areas in Fall River someone who needs you. Won't Kevin Poirier - North Attleboro you help him?" Henri Rauschenbach - Brewster, Dennis, Harwich, Yarmouth

Legislators opposed to parochial/ non-public student aid

U.8. delegates praise Haitian church .wASHINGTON (NC) - u.s. Catholic Church officials have praised a new church-sponsored literacy program and newly impr,oved church-state relations in Haiti which in February ousted President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier. However, they said the Caribbean island'-state faces a serious challenge to eliminate widespread poverty and hunger. Miami Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy, head ofa U.S. Catholic Conference delegation which recently visited Haiti, said the church literacy effort "is being received with enthusiasm because it is trusted and will include an orientation in personal dignity and human rights. " , The six-member delegation traveled to Haiti early in' March. An earlier visit was rescheduled due to the social unrest leading to the fall of Duvalier. . The USCC delegation met with the bishops of Haiti and parti. pated in inauguration ofthe churchsponsored national adult literacy' program. . Haiti, considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has nearly an 80 percent

illiteracy rate. The Haitian church, with a $250,000 donation from Catholic Relief Services and the U.S. bishops is about to begin a program which has as its goal making 3 million of the nation's 6 million people literate in the Creole language in the next five years. The'new government, whose minister of education is a Methodist lay minister, strongly endorses the undertaking, which it cOllld not itself afford. The USCC delegation was told the government had only $500,000 in foreign exchange in the treasury when Duvalier fled the country. Haitians are also suffering from shortages of food and oil. Archbishop McCarthy said the "longstanding problems of poverty and injustice have not fled with the dictator." But he said there is "a genuine' hope of social transformation, and a firm determination to work together to achieve justice and reconciliation." There are 800,000 Haitian refugees in the United States. The archbishop warned that it would be an economic disaster if thousands were to return home immediately. The status ofthe Catholic Church has improved since Duvalier's ous-

It might be of interest to our readers to know that many of our elected officials who serve the geographic area of the Fall River diocese did not support the recent joint legislative effort to bring our State Constitution into conformity with the Federal Constitutio!l regarding aid to students attending parochial/non-public schools. The lack ofsupport in this regard takes on an added nuance when one is aware of the fact that the student aid amendment failed by one vote. The opponents of student aid certainly hav.e not done a service to families who have chosen to exercise their constitutional rights and free40ms. Under the, rather questionable motivation of safeguarding public education, those who oppose student aid have failed to put Massachusetts students attending parochial/non-public schools on an equal footing with students in other states. Why refuse to bring State law into conformity with the Federal Constitution, especially when this is not a tuition tax credit or voucher proposal? Those who support this legal adjustment correctly feel that the current State law is unjust and inequitable and that it should be modified. It is obvious that the refusal to consider correcting this Massachusetts embarrassment is offensive and perplexing to the many thousand Bay Staters who believe in the freedoms guaranteed parents in the education of their children.

ter with an end to restrictions placed on the church by the old regime. Three Missionhurst priests expelled last July are free to return, as is the Jesuit order, expelled in the 1960s, while the nation's seminary, built for 50 seminarians, now houses 217 students. The growth of vocations is ascribed to the example of local clergy and to the fact that church concern for the needs ofthe people is recognized, Quigley said. . Archbishop McCarthy told the Haitian bishops during the delegation's visit that "probably no institution, Haitian or foreign, made as decisive a contribution to (the liberation of Haiti) as the Catholic Church of Haiti." Besides Archbishop McCarthy, the USCC delegation included Bishops. Anthony J. Bevilacqua of Pittsburgh and Daniel P. Reilly of Norwich and Fathers William Lewers and Silvano Tomasi of the USCe.

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Roger Tougas - Berkley, Dartmouth, Freetown Philip Travis - Rehoboth, Seekonk and Swansea ' Senators Paul Doane, Cape and Islands, and John Parker, Upper Bristol County were absent or not, voting.

Legislators in favor of parochial/ non-public student aid, Senators William MacLean - Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford, Marion, Mattapoisett Thomas Norton - Acushnet, Fall River, Freetown, Somerset, Westport Edward Kirby - Wareham Representatives Theodore Alexio Jr. - Taunton Robert Correia - Fall River Roger Goyette - New Bedford Albert Herren - Fall River Denis Lawrence - New Bedford Joseph Mcintyre - New Bedford Peter Morin - Barnstable, Sandwich Charles Silvia - Fall River, Westport William Vernon - Easton, Mansfield, Norton It is important for parents who face higher tuition bills this coming school year to note this issue will be reconsidered when the Joint Session reconvenes on Wednesday, April 16. We urge all readers, especially those with children in Catholic schools, to contact their legislators and inform them of their interest in this important matter.


"Motherhood is a fuihime job," she said, "that's gotten very poor public relations in the last 20 years." Her six children range in age from 12 to 27; three live at home. She stresses that December 28, the feast of the Holy Innocents, is a proper day to remember the millions of aborted babies. Encouraging individuals to "have a heart for the unborn," she has asked the II RQman Catholic dioceses of New England to offer Masses for those babies on the feast day. So far, all but two have acted on her suggestion. Mrs. Schmitt is a great fan of the film ratings which appear weekly in The Anchor. "We post them on the refrigerator," she said. "In raising children you have to have a trustworthy guideline." She proudly pointed out that a son in college, after consulting the ratings, told friends why he wouldn't see a certain film with them.. "1 like to use the word 'conditioning, ,,, Mrs. Schmitt said. "One film won't make you fall off the cliff, but there is an erosion of your values." It's a "near occasion of sin'; to expose oneself to immoral movies, she added. MOlla photo Mrs. Schmitt feels that ,the responsibility of educating a child PAT SCHMITT . on sexual matters lies dire!=tlywith parents. When schools step in, ,she :feelsifs "an invasion of parental ,.responsibility." .She points out that "in public By Joseph Motta "We who are the recipients of' schools sex education courses are 1. " 'Catholic education stand on the . based on atheistic secular humanPat Schmitt of St. Rita's parish, shoulders' of many dedicatea ism," ~ridshe would li~e .to see Marion, is a con"erned laypersQn. priests' and nuns," she said. "We Cathohc schools emphasize teachNo doubt about it. can't take credit ourselves." ; . ing parents how to address· sexual .She and her husband' :Many'''''' .The Schmitts have been active;' ~sues.with·their you~ster~~ Parwere ;bapJiz~d:'in:tbeiHolY"Spirit; ·Cur.SiHistas;'. but .Mrs.,· ;Schmitt's ; "ents no.t ~omf~rtab.le;m:thls role during a 1972 Life. in the Spirit, special love is the Charismatic' could duect thel.r~hlldrentoapasseminar. Renewal. She's spent five years as ·tor or other rehglOus person, she · h t h at expenence, . h . tell' c h' aIrman 0 f th e movemen t' s suggested. W It "I feel that the best course that Catholic faith became "a point of Diocesan Service Committee, total commitment" for thein, said appointed by Bishop Daniel A. could be offered in Catholic Mrs. Schmitt. Cronin, and she represents the schools in relation to morality "Jesus is first" is how she Fall River diocese on the New would involve study of Pope John England Service Committee. She Paul II's 'Familiaris Consortio' expresses i t ' f' h h'ld f notes that the bishop encourages and Pope Paul VI's 'Humanae Th t c I Srehn,? pastors to support existing prayer Vitae,''' she said. e ~ot er ? .elg M wh om SIX are lIVlng, rs. c mItt f . 'd th t b t' . th H I groups and to oster new ones. The former document , . deals.with . sal a ap Ism In e 0 y Spirit, described as a more perIn 1975, Harry Schmitt started a the role of the Chnstlan f~mlly In sonal relationship with Jesus prayer group at St. Rita's and he t~e world ~nd t,he latter ~Ith marChrist, "adds an eye-opening and Mrs. Schmitt were its colead- nage doctnne and morahty. dimension offaith that is actually ers ,until last year. Schmitt also "You'd be teaching what the present within you and just needs heads a team which t~aches eight- Cat.holic Church has taught to be released." week Life in the Spirit seminars to throughout the years," Mrs. Soft-spoken, pleasant and very ~ew charismatics at diocesan ~ar- Schmitt said. definite in her opinions, Mrs. Is.hes and represents.the Fall R,lver She was quite upset several Schmitt is the product of 17 years d}O~es~ on ~he steednCng ~o~mclttee years ago, she said, when she found of Catholic education, including o. t e . ew nglan at 0 IC ha- that a son in public grammar four years at Trinity College in nsmatlc Conf~rence. school was receiving sex informaWashington, D.C. A year of gradThe energetic woman sees her tion without her permission. uate study at Boston College fol- role as a parent as her greatest ' .. 1 d h '. T' . challenge.· . . After lOSing a two-ye.~r owe ertlme at nmty. . . exhausting battle" to make changes in the public school system, the Schmitts enrolled their son at St. Joseph's School in Fairhaven. "We are called upon to preach Jesus and his morality," Mrs. Schmitt concluded.

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Two Down, One To Go? Revelation of the horrendous corruption supported by the .regimes of Marcos in the Philippines and Duvalier in Haiti has ,appalledthe American public. The overthrow of these dictators was heralded by freedom-loving people as an expression of opposition to those who would deny human rights, to any man or woman. Yet even the horror and excesses of Marcos and Duvalier pale in comparison to the crimes against humanity daily perpetrated by the government of the Soviet Union.' The feelings of our liberal establishment to the contrary, the dictatorship of Gorbachev remains the most despicable and outrageous example of tyranny on planet Earth. So often, those politicians who 'would shake hands with the devil lull us into forgetting that, by Soviet standards, Marcos and Duvalier are mere babes in the woods. Gorbachev's storm troopers literally crack the whip over four million persons in forced labor camps. They hold tens of .thousands of 'others in prisons and the nightmare world of psychiatric hospitals. The corruption of Marcos and Duvalier is almost negligible compared to that of the SQviet ruling class, which for years has been living off the battered bodies of the proletariat. Like an insatiable vulture, the Soviet communist party dic-. tates toR,ussian society, skimming profits, censoring the· media, terrorizing protestors and harassing everyone. It is , unthinkable that we will ever read a headline to the effect that 'Gorbachev Flees Moscow or Rebel Government Rules Russia. Russia's enormous war machine is a club that not only batters Afghanistan but keeps. Russians in check. There is no doubt that Russian's are victims of their history. There has been little change in mind or intent am,ong rulers from the Czars to today. The state of total emancipation and equality p'romised by Lenin and Stalin was a mere ruse to attain absolute control over the masses. AIr oppo~it~opw~s .a~d is eradi~~ted.,lo~cm ~igns a,rrd !!y.m;. : boIs of freedom and rights are permitted only to ensure the survival of the state.. The Russian Orthodox Church, 'powerful in some past eras, is today a mere rubber stamp of the secret police. Universities are for proven loyal party members. Trade unions are an instrument to control the worker, not set him free. The . government is all-powerful, not in mere word but in deed and fact. Many Americans, however, seem unable to see the Soviet Unit>n as an absolute dictatorship that rides roughsho(J over . human dignity. We condemn Marcos and Duvalier, but are hesitant to do the same to a regime far more diabolical in intent and purpose. Marcos a ll d Duvalier at least kept-their corruption at home, but the Soviet Union 'is ceaseless in its attempts. to export its ty~anny. Yet despite the dossier, the evidence of the Berlin Wall, the persecution of Solidarity and the continued enslavement of eastern Europeans, thC?re is an American mentality that refuses . to acknowledge Soviet duplicity and deception. Floating in the American subconscious is the persistent feeling that somehow we can achieve compromise and detente with Russia. But ifjustice is truly to be served, the voices that cheeredthe overthrow of Marcos and Duvalier should be ready to do the same for Gorbachev.Jn euphoria over the victories for freedom in Haiti and the Philippines, let us not forget the tyranriies yet to be overcome ·if mankind is to enjoy true -peace. In this light, it is clear that even if two are down, there is one to go. The Editor

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Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River 410 Highland Avenue 675-7151 . Fall River Mass. 02722 PUBLISHER Most Rnv. Daniel A. Cronin, D.O., SJ.D.· EDITOR FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR Rev, ~ohn F. Moore Rev. Msgr. John J. Regan . . . . . Leary

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Reconciling science, theology . '

By Father Kevin J. Harrington

Creation and redemption are two of the most central doctrines of Christianity. Theologians constantly seek new ways to make them relevant to our times. ' To reconcile the insights of the scientific age with the profound truths of Christian revelation is among their major tasks. Discussion as to the relevance of the doctrines of creation and redemption in the light of scientific progress in understanding the origins of the universe and of mankind' will ce'rtainly continue into the next century. , The formerly entrenched positions of· biblical fundamentalism have been abandoned one by one. Even among conservative biblical scholars, thinking on the manner and date of creation has altered in view of recent findings. However, some fundamentalists point to the changing claims of scientists As a sign that ,one should not abandon the sure foundation of divine truth for the shifting sands of what can be no more than provisional and 'incomplete theotiesfashioned by fallible minds, . , But even though hypotheses of scientists have sometimes had to be abandoned, this does riot alter the fact that our present world

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view is based on a solid foundation of empirical knowledge accepted - by the scientific community. Revolutionary new discoveries rarely contradict what is already known. Einstein did not show that Newton's mechanics were wrong; rather he set limits for its validity. - When considering creation and redemption, theologians should begin with the scientific or historic approach, then seek to interpret biblical truth in the light of these insights.' Of cou'rse, making scien~e and history our starting point does not mean that we accord them a highter status. than revealed truth. Science is concern'ed with the construction of the physical universe in which the divine drama is played out. It hardly touches the deeper and more ultimate matters such as divine love and. what that love entails. A person who takes science seriously can better comprehend higher truths than can one who tenaciously clings to outmoded thought forms about matters w,hich, after all, are only secondary. Few would deny that we have a fuller and richer understanding of the greatness of God today than did our forebears. This is almost entirely due to the discovery that we live in a larger, more complex

and more excltmg cosmos than was dreamed of in the Middle Ages. Much controversY and heartache, not to mention persecution, would have been avoided had this view prevailed in the past. As descendants of Abraham, we should have been more willing to leave our apparently secure foothold and trust that we would have fou'nd firm ground again: Today, more than ever, we need people of faith to teach the truths of science as a validation of what they believe andJ10t as a contradictio'n. Redemption, like creation, was a stupendous work. Just as creation called into play all the resources ofan unlimited God, so redemption was no easy matter and not without r,isks. A,ll that was divinely and humanly possible was bent to the great end of our salvation. If the cost of love is measured in some degree by the seriousness of the risks run for it, our view of nature and history, creation and redemption, enhances rather than diminishes the victory of the Cross. While scientists grope for new vocabularies and -formulas to describe the nature of the universe in its vastness of space and time, theologians- grope to capture the elusive and profound mysteries of God's power and love in words or, indeed, in any'other symbolism.


Single,'families : One of the healthiest women I know is single, never married. She teaches, has a full life and a network of people she calls her family. "Being single doesn't have to mean being lonely," she says, and her life proves it. "After all," she says, "marriage is not a commandment, is it?" . No, it isn't, but it sometimes seems so. Singles in our church remark, often justifiably, that they feel like second-class members. "It isn't what's said," one single commented. "It's being ignored." I believe that everyone has a family whether he or she is married, divorced, sepa!ate'd, widowed or never married. Our family consists ofthose we label as family, whether blood-related or not.. They're the ones we turn to in times of need or celebration. They're the people we call when we - want to announce wonderful news. At one time, people called on blood or marriage relatives only, but this is no longer true. Indeed, many people say they have friends who are closer than blood-related family. "When I am really hurting, I don't call my brothers," a ~oman said. "We just aren't that close. I call some of my friends who are always there when I need them."

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Some of the closest families I've DOLORES seen are religious sisters and brothers. It is not unusual to hear them. say that they are closer to com- CURRAN munity siblings than their married siblings. '"

I was deeply touched last August when I observed this sense of family among the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. I was asked to speak at a congress - a family reunionwhich drew together 800 sisters of all ages. Before my presentation, a former SC, now a married psychotherapist with children, announced that 21 former sisters had convened the evening before. "We still consider youfamily,"shetold the congress. "You are very dear to us." When we embrace the definition of family as those we call upon in need and celebration it does a~ay with the narrow definition and opens us to an exciting new dimen'sion: we can be family regardless of marital status. We've'known this, of course, in our deepest core, but haven't articulated it for fear of "destroying family values." But what are family values but trust, respect, support and love? Sadly, many blood-related families do not possess these values. It seems to me the higher value emerges when those unrelated by

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Is Jesus on other planets? Q. Has the Catholic faith anything to say about life on other 'f planets? If there is' intelligent II e somewhere else, would that mean that Jesus Christ would have to die on every planet to save souls? (Illinois) , A. There's no way that the church would know any more than anyone else whether or not intelligent life exists in other galaxies or worlds. The spiritual condition of intelligent life that might flourish elsewhere is even more of a mystery. , f Starting with the possibility 0 a race of beings that might still bein some sort of original innocence (to use terminology we're familiar with), there's a whole rainbow of conceivable circumstances under which such creatures might live. I'd be intensely" interested in such information, because I believe it could enlarge oUf appreciation of the vastness' of God's love but , this, is more curiosity' than any~ thing else. Church teachjngs about the saving grace' of Jesus being necessary for salyation apply only to members of our human family. Concerning the re'lationship God'might have established with creatures of another world, we cannot even guess. Q. I feel too ashamed to ask my parish priest my question. I have be~n" away" from' ·tile sacra'nieots' for about 18 years.. l ' I had an abortion many years ago and' was told that the priest could not. absolve in the confessionaI. So I never went back because' I could not face that. '. The ·years have passed and .it bothers me more every day. I go to Mass all the time but can never bring myself to speak to a priest. I hope you can help. (Texas) . , A. I am terribly sorry you have been away from the sacraments all· these years. This is especially sad because .apparently it resulted, as unfortunately so often happens, from information you received that was almost certainly false. It is frue that, according to our code of law, anyone who procures a completed abortion incurs automatic excommunication. However, a ~umber of critical conditions must' be m~t before a particular individual incurs that excommunication. .For example, the person must lie at least 18 years old, and be aware when- the act is committed that such an excommunication is going to be incurred if ,the act is c~rrie.d through. Obviously, many people who know that abortion is seriously wrong do not know that excommunication is incurred at the same time. , Futhermore, ifcircumstances surrounding the pregnancy are such as to cause grave fear andconfusion in the mind of the woman, or if she is under severe pressure '(from family or perhaps close friendsk again the excommunication would not be incurred. Some other conditions are also required, but I hope you get the point. • Second, the information that the priest was unable to deal with this excommunication in the sac-

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rament of penance was almost certainly wrong, even 18 years ago. Even if this excommunication did take place in your circu~stances (which' as' I said 'is 'perhaps quite doubtful), a 'priest in your parish or a neighboring parish can take c~re of it immediately and finally when you go to confession. In most parts the United States, including your diocese, faculties given priests by their bishops include authority to remit this type of penalty. " You need not remember all these details. The main point is that you have been away from the sacra-

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Q. Can a comatose person receive communion? My son is in a coma following surgery..He opens his , eyes and' moves h.is head and can hear, but we do not know if he understands: thoug'h' we feer he does.' Doctors say he has brain damage, but will not know how much . he can understand until or if he . comes out of the coma. '. As his mother, I feel he should be given the benefit of the doubt that he knows what is going on, at least to's degree, but just cannot comm.unicate his feelings. Why should a young man be denied communion this way? Everyone gives me' a' different answer; The situation has been going on for nearly a year. (Missouri) A. Not having talked with any priest or do"ctors involved, I can answer only from the information you give. JUdgi'Ilg from what you have described, I feel as you do, that there is some reason to suspect your son might have enough conscious'ness to be aware at least to some degree 'that lie is receiving communion, and that there's nothing '. to be lost, in trying. ,I'm assuIJ.ling from ,YOl\r letter that he does take some food or drink orally..The Eucharist should no~ be administered intravenously, but if he can eat or drink anything he could receive, it. , . It is not unusal for a patient to hear and understand certain things without being able to respond in even the slightest way. This fact, of course, remains unknown until the patient recovers fuller consciousness. . I suggest you sit down again with a priest who knows the situa- ' tion and discuss it thoroughly., Your son's tragedy must be a terrible suffering for you as well as for him, and I'm sure any priest will do all he can to help you both. Questions may be sent to Father Dietzen at Holy Trinity Church, 784 N. Main St., Bloomington, III. 61701.


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Theologians may stop explortenured professorship at the uni- ing questions of the day "in a creaversity but agree not to teach any tive and healthy way because they fear actions which may prematurely courses in sexual ethics - was end their teaching careers,". Bishop rejected by the Vatican, Father . Clark said. Curran said. Bishop James Malone of YoungsCardinal Joseph Bernardin of town, Ohio, president ofthe NationChicago, who is chairman of Cathoal Conference of Catholic Bishops, lic University's board of trustees; was supportive of the Vatican. said he supported the compromise Someone who "does not accept and that the Vatican should be the teaching of the church's ~agis­ open to reconsidering it. terium on crucial points cann,Ot While saying 'the compromise ~~,aso'~'abiy e.~pect.' t~- 'oc~upy':a might represent "a· glimmer, of position which requires :that he hope" for a satisfactor.y outcome, teach what the church teaches," Father Curran said he nonetlieless said Bishop Malone. is prepared to file a civil suit to . A separate issue raised .by the protect his teaching contract. Vatican action involves academic Several past presidents of. the Catholic Theological Society of freedom and the effect on Catholic universities .if Father ~urran is America issued a statement defending Father Curran. They said if fired or stripped of his right to te'ach as a theologian. , Father Curran's views are so "incompatible with church teaching" that Bishop Clark raised the possihe must be dismissed, then "justice bility that "able theologians may and fairness would dictate that abandon Cath'olic institutions altoother Catholic theologians who gether" if the vaticim acts against hold similar views should be treated Father Curran. He added that in exactly the same fashion." . :' The. signers included, among others,Jesuit Fathers Walter: Burghardt and Richard H. McCormick, both of Geo~getown Uriiversity; By NC News Service .. , and Fathers Richard H. McBrien of Notre Dame, David W: Iracy of Pope Johp Paul II will stop in the University of Chicago and GerMiami, San Antonio,Phoenix, ard S. SloyanofTempleUniversity. Los A'ngeles 'and San ·.F'lmcisco Other U. S. Catholic voices, how- during his filII 1987.visit to. the ever, praised the Vatican action United States, Archbishop Roger and denied that a theologian has a M. Mahony of Los Angeles said . right to dissent from church teach- recently. ' ings. He told~.Los Angeles communJesuit Father Kenneth Baker, a ion breakfastaudience that he had _ theologian and editor of The Homlearned that Pope John Paul is iletic and Pastoral.Review, said definitely visiting Los Apgeles and ,Cardinal Ratzinger's letter wa~ that his trip will aJso include stops "long overdue:'" in'Miami, San Antonio, Phoenix Saying that most Catholic teach- and San F.rancisco. ' ing is "ordinary" rather.than infal-But Father Robert Lynch, Nalibly defined, Father Baker said a . tionalConference of Catholic Bish"theologian has no right to dissent ops associate general secretary and . from the ordinary magisterium overall coordinator for'the visit, (teaching authority) of the church, said that "no definite itinerary has at least not the way Charlie Cur- been set and approved by the'Holy ran upderstands dissent." . See of the ,Administrative Com, . . But Bishop Matthew H. Clark mittee of the (bishop.s) conference." . of Rochester,N. Y. - Father CurFather Lynch, who was general ran is a priest of· the Rochester coordinator of the pope's 1979 Diocese ~ said he foresees "a ,U.S. visit, said he has toured 19 seious setback". to ,U.S. Catholic cities and that he expect~ eight or , education:and pastoral life if Fathei- nine sites,. including perhaps some ,Curran is stripped of his right-t6 shprt stopovers, to be chosen. He teach as a theologian. did not list the cities he has visited. ' l

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Archbishop C,asey DENVER (NC) - Archbishop James V. Casey, 71, of Denver died March 14 of internal bleeding 12 days after undergoing surgery to remove a large blood clot at the base of his brain. Archbishop Casey had led the Denver Archbishop since May 1967. His tenure was characterized by compassion for the poor, concern for socialjustice and ecumenical efforts. In July 1970 he became one of the first U.S. bishops to speak on the Vietnam War, urging concern over its effects and the dilemma of conscientious objectors. In later years he often spoke out against nuclear arms.

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Safe harbor for路 one hundred years By Pat McGowan From 1885 to the present day, St. Vincent's Home of Fall River has offered safe harbor to children in need: at first to youngsters orphaned by the devastating illnesses or family calamities of years past, today to youths requiring residential treatment, because of severe behavioral issues. And now, after 100 years, it's time to take a long and loving backward look, to celebrate the thousands of lives touched by St. Vincent's and those who did the touching-the hundreds of priests, sisters and laypersons ~ho made the old brick building on North Main Street and now the modern cottages on Highland Avenue not an institution but a true home. It will all come together the night of Wednesday, April 2, at Venus de Milo restaurant in Swansea, when St. Vincent alumni young alldold will gather for an evening of fun and memories. On a recent morning, members of the reunion planning committee

gathered at the new St. Vincent's tation of treasured home phototo discuss the event, which they graphs and other memorabilia and hope will kick off formation of an remarks by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin and Father John P. Cronin, active alumni association. Informally, they said, many"St . home director during the 1970s Vincent's children," especially in transition from the old to the new ' the Fall River area, see a great deal site. Alumni neari,ng the age of 80 . of each other, Dut they would like to develop an ongoing organi- will be among those in attendance, zation. ' . said Mrs. Serra, as will other former Present for what quickly became chaplains and many Sisters of a swapping of"do you remembers" Mercy, the community associated were Joseph Lima, a St. Vincent's with St. Vincent's since its first youngster since 1941 who remained days. at the home to become its chef; "People are coming from all Tommy Delaney, 29, who 'knew over the country," she added. from the time he was an 8-year-old There were recollections of the home youngster that cooking was days when St. Vincent's, in addifor him and who has been working tion to educating its own children, fulltime with Lima since age 19. offered schooling to some 50 youngAlso Sister Rose de Lima Clarf{e, sters from the North End of Fall River and Assonet. home administrator and 23-year "They paid $2 a week and that St. Vincent's veteran; Jackie Porta , Serra, centennial committee co- included a big lunch," said Joe Lima. . chairperson; and Father Joseph Costa, the latest in a line of dediThe planners noted that thoucated priests serving the home. sands of children called St. Vincent's Home. Sister Monice HousThey said the April 2 reunion ton, RSM, still on the job after 53 will feature a multimedia presenyears, had.a book, they said, with over 3000 names路 of children she had cared for, often as many as 40 at one time.

Those days, however, are gone, said Father Costa, with today's emphasis on individualized services and on returning children to their home settings as quickly as possible. He noted that among programs is one for volunteer .families willing to take youngsters for home visits. Such visits have led to foster home or adoption placements, he said, and interested families are encouraged to explore this oportunity for service. One thing, he stressed, has remained consistent over St. Vincent~s 100-year history, that it is "a very special place where children can feel secure." Following is a sampler of stories about St. Vincent's Home drawn from the fiJes of The Anchor.

The grocer.y gang Reprinted from The Anchor for August 20, 1959 For nearly 10 years a small . group of men has quietly been making a vital contribution to the operation of St. Vincent's Home, Fall River. Every Saturday night

'She was my mother' "You've been so loyal," said a And after we were in bed, she'd come around with a tiny piece of Sister of Mercy to Elaine Bleau. She was' talking about the St. candy for each of us. We'd open Vincent's Home alumna's visits our mouths like birds and she'd over the years to Sister Mary Ber- pop it in." The nun slept in an alcove next nadette O'Brien, who ,died last to her 40 charges, said Elaine, and October at age 95. Elaine recalls looking at the sis- would be "up and down all night ter .in astonishment and thinking when people were sick. I don't "But Sister Bernadette was my know how she did it." Three years before her death, mother." The tiny Sister of Mercy was Sister Bernadette retired from St. just that to hundreds of St. Vin~ Vincent's to the Mercy retirement cent's children, but Elaine, who center in Cumberland, RI. Elaine arriVed at the home at age 2!tS, held saw her there a few days before her death. Overcome after leaving her a special place in her heart. "I was the one always holding room, she was taken aside by .on to her skirt,"'Elaine, now a res- another sister. "You think Sister ident of St. Mary's Cathedral par- Bernadette helped you before?" ish, recalled. "Until I was old she said. "She's going to help you enough 'to start school, I was with much more from heaven." "That helped me so much," said her all the time." Although Sister Hernadette Elaine. Also a great comfort to hel' , cared for up to 40 little girls at a is Sister Bernadette's Mercy cross, time, she never forgot the personal which was given to "Sister's favortouches that made St. Vincent's ite little girl." more a large family than an insti- . At the nun's funeral, flowers tution, said Elaine. , . from Elaine and her sisters Bonita "If we were very good," she said, arid' Raymonde, also St. Vincent's SISTER BERNADETTE and Elaine Bleau at Ms. Bleau's "Sister would say, 'All right, girls, children, bore a one-word mes1968 graduation from Mt. St. Mary Academy, Fall River: .. 路ther~'ll be a bir-d' party tonighV" 路sage:~ ~ Mother.:'

they make the rounds of city markets, collecting food donated by merchants to the home. "And they're not fair weather friends," says Rev. John E. Boyd, chaplain at St. Vincent's. "They're on the job 52 weeks a year, and some of them have been helping us since the project started." "It's the good suppers we get after making the collections that keep us coming," joke the men. But their contribution of time and energy throughout the years, as well as their dependability, are greatly valued at St. Vincent's. Original members of the gr~up include Clement J. 'Dowling and Herman Mello. Coming only a little.later were PatriCk McGowan, Alfred McNally and John Sullivan. With the Dowlings, helping St. Vincent's has become a family tradition. Supper following the food collection has become a cherished St. Vincent's tradition. Friendly discussion of everything from politics to the liturgy is likely to continue for hours, as everyone gathers around a big table presided over by Father Boyd. But providing supper for the group is only a small part of the activity of St. Vincent's kitchen. The loyalty of the volunteers is more than matched by the records of Sister Mary Regis, R.S.M.; joseph Dudek, known better as "Duke"; and Joseph Lima, who, among them efficiently feed 135 youngsters three meals a day and, in the course of the year, plan and serve many hundreds of extra meals. Sister Mary Regis, kitchen supervisor, has been at the home since 1926. Duke, chief cook, came to St. Vincent's at the age of 18 months and started work in the kitchen in 1929. Joe Lima, also originally a youngster at the home, is second in command and during the summer is in charge of the kitchen at St. Vincent de Paul Health Camp, where home children spend a good part of their vacation. The day starts at 6 in St. Vincent's kitchen, with breakfast served at 7 in winter and 7:30 in summer. During the school year youngsters from St. Bernard's Church, Assonet, for whom St. Vincent's is parish school, sweU the lunchtime roll-call. This year, with the opening of a preprimary. and kindergarten department, even more children will have to be fed.


A life of charity Reprinted from The Anchor for Feb. 19, 1970 The bishop presided at her funeral and monsignori and priests crowded her wake-but maybe it says more about Sister Mary Regis that among her pallbearers were the two men with whom she'd worked for'decadesin the kitchen of St. Vincent's Home, Fall River. One: Joseph Dudek, had worked with her for 44 years,. since she arrived at St:Vincent's as a young nun in 1926. The other, Joseph Lima, had been with her 24 years. The men have regular working hours. Sister Regis never did. "She was in the kitchen from 5:30 in the morning until 7 or 8 at night, seven days a week," said Father John Cronin, director of St. Vincent's. "She never took a day off." Well, maybe now and then she did. Her idea of a holiday was chaperoning a group of St. Vincent's youngsters to a Boston Red路 Sox game at Fenway Park. But next morning she'd be back on the job, preparing dozens of school lunchbags, in additi'on to some 500 meals daily for home children and adult workers. The Sisters of Mercy never gave Sister Regis another assignment. She went to St. Vincent's and there she stayed, growing old in the cramped, old-fashioned kitchen, where coal was路 used for cooking until 1950. She cooked for hundreds of public suppers at St. Vi~cent's, plying guests with hearty meals and unlimited second helpings. She admitted that she didn't really look forward to St. Vincent's coming changeover to a new cottage-type facility. Her heart.was with the old and Inconvenient build~ ing. Last month, Sister Regis received the Marian Medal for her years of service to childhood. It was as if the glittering ceremony crowned her life. "There was a party afterwards, and she had such a good time," said a friend. "She sang all the old . Irish songs," And then she slipped away from her kitchen and her friends; St. Vincent's girls at Mt. St. Mary Academy were inconsolable. "It was as if they'd lost a mother," said a faculty member. "Many other students sent them sympathy cards, ..

But a 6-year-old at St. Vincent's had the right of it. The day Sister Regis died he came in from school and rushed to Sister Lourdette, home superior. "Hey," he said cheerfully. "I prayed to Sister Regis to help me with my reading today, and you know what, she did!"

Diocesan farm Reprinted from The Anchor for April 26, 1979 Did you know that the Fall River diocese has a dairy farm? It was mentioned briefly last week by Father Thomas L. Rita, director of St. Vincent's Home, Fall River, in the course of his remarks at the Catholic Charities Appeal kickoff meeting. "If you think your kids drink milk, you ought to see the amount our youngsters consume," said Father Rita, noting that the milk comes from St. Vincent's own cows. The quiet, philosphical man responsible for providing it, as well as beef for St. Vincent's table, is 35-year-old Michael McGrath, a born farmer, even though a native of the city of Fall River. "I can't remember when 1 didn't want to farm," he said, and he buttressed his ambition by study at Stockbridge College of Agriculture at the University ofMassachusetts.. Now he is in charge of St. Vincent's Farm, probably one of the least known diocesan properties, located on the 35 tillable acres surrounding St. Vincent's Home on Fall River's Highland Avenue. The farm supports a flourishing herd of 40 Holstein and Angus cattle, housed in a clean and airy barn and policed by six cats, sleek on a diet of mice and milk. ."When I started here nine years ago, the herd was down to about six cows," said McGrath. "Now the quality is so good we hope to start exhibiting them next year." Although cattle cost upwards of $1500 a head and a good calf is worth about $400, McGrath supplies milk and beef to St. Vincent's 80 youngsters, plus 19 Sisters of Mercy and a large lay staff, for about half the comm~rcial market price. Costs are eased when the farm herd produces its own calves, of course, and one born this spring entered the world in especially deluxe style, after its mother had difficulties in labor. No veterinar-

ian was available and a St. Vincent's worker remembered an obstetrician friend. A good sport through and through, the physician responded to the emergency and performed a' wee hours delivery of an infant considerably larger than his usual patients, requiring half a gallon of milk per feeding, rather than a petite two or three ounces. St. Vincent's Home ha.s owned its IOO-acre farm, trisected by Highland Avenue and Wilson Road, for about 80 years, said McGrath. The reduCtion in tillable acres came seven years ago when the home moved to the site from its former North Main Street quarters and 65 acres were landscaped. , Timothy, alfalfa and hay for the cattle are raised, on the land and hay is also raised on an additional 80 acres in Assonet by arrangement with the Algonquin Gas Co. Vegetables used to be grown too, noted McGrath, with St. Vincent's children doing weeding and harvesting, "but not many want to do that any more, so we had to let it go .." However, three boys from the home work at the farm regularly and at .least one "is so good he could be a fulltime farmer." "It's like another world for them," said McGrath. "I never have a discipline problem." The sole fulltime farm worker, also responsible for maintaining the old but sturdy farm buildings, he says he doesn't worry much about vacations or time off. He regrets the passing of familysize farms, such as the St. Vincent's acreage. "It's a matter of money. It costs nearly $100,000 to start a small farm today." But such farms offer lessons in living as well as in crop and livestock management. Looking around at the peaceful cows, McGrath opined, "If we were as patient as animals, we'd do ok."

BISHOP JAMES L, CONNOLLY, left, with past directors of St. Vincent's Home Msgr. William H. Harrington and Msgr. JohnE. Boyd at 1970 ground breaking ceremonies for new St.Vincent's.

Christm,8s gift St. Vincent's children were short on money but long on imagination when it came to Christmas gifts. On one occasion a group of little girls, stumped on what to give a favorite sister, wrapped up one of her own books for her. After the surprised sister opened it, they explained their problem. She immediately solved it. "Just be good girls - that'll be my gift," she said.

MEMBERS OF committee planning April 2 reunion, standing, Tommy Delaney, Father Joseph Costa; seated, Joseph Lima, Sister Rose de Lima Clarke, Jackie Porta Serra. (Motta photo)


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Running away is no joke By Dr. James and Mary Kenny Dear Dr. Kenny: Our 7-yearold daughter says she is going to run away. At first we thought this was funny but when I realized she intended for us to take her seriously, I got upset. We probably even gave in to her a little out of fear that she might run away. Then we started to tease and offer to help her pack. Last night she actually packed her bag. I didn't know , whether to laugh or be, angry. Should we be worried? What should we do? - Indiana Children threaten many things. When the threat is a serious one, such as running away or suicide, it needs to be taken seriously. However, taking the threat seriously does not mean that the best strategy is to respond directly Jo the threat itself. You have already ruled out three different responses and wisely so. At first you thought it was humorous. Our children deserve to 'be heard and to be taken Iieriously. When you took her seriously, however, you were frightened by her threat and .tended to give in.

You soon realized the folly of rewarding a child for threatening to misbehave. Your third approach was to tease her, to make fun of her absurd plan. "I'll help you pack." "Write when you find work." Such sarcasm is never appropriate in our relationships and is especially cruel with children. The powerful and safe adult is mocking the relatively helpless child, for his immaturity. Unfair!

me what's wrong. Perhaps there is something we can do to make things better.~' The child may respond with something that can be corrected. If not, the chance to ventilate feelings may il.l itself be helpful to the child. In addition, respond directly but honestly to the runaway threat. "We don't want you to leave home. Please don't. We would miss you very much."

Take runaway threats seriously, Finally, get involved with your but do not cave in. Don't call the youngster in some constructive acchild's bluff and don't laugh. What tivity. Bake cookies together. Start do you do? a jigsaw puzzle. Playa short card The threat to run away is a blatgame. Take a ride to the store to ant expression of a very normal pick up something. childhood feeling. The youngster Respond to the child's threat does not like something that is going on. He or she wants to with reassurance about your lovescape the situation and hurt the ing concern. And remember, the best antidote in dealing with a parents in the process. youngster who wants to leave an Once analyzed for its meaning,. undesirable situation is to start doing the answer of how to respond is something enjoyable together. obvious. Do not focus on the child's threat, but find out what Reader questions on family Iiv, ing and child care to be answered the problem is. "Tell me how you feel." "You in print are invited. Address The must really be angry." .. It sounds Kennys, Box 872, St. Joseph's as if you don't like it here." "Tell College, Rensselaer, Ind. 47978.

Church no longer stuck in past By Antoinette Bosco To say that the Catholic Church has changed since Vatican II is, probably the understatement of the century. But I'm beginning to think that many people in this country think the church is still in the Dark ages. Recently my eldest son visited for the weekend with an old college friend. On Sunday morning we all went to Mass together. MY' son's friend, a 36-year-old businessman who hadn't set foot inside a Catholic church since 1967, was shocked at the changes in the liturgy. "I was amazed to see lay people serving communion," he said, a woman reading the epistles and the sign of peace. This was a far cry from what I remember of Catholic school days - all those strict rules and frowning nuns." My first reaction to his lack of awareness was, "Where has this person been?" But then I thought about it further. Considering the way the church is often depicted, it's no wonder people think we are stuck in the past. The media still portray a church of regulations, guilt, dark confessionals and self-inflicted punishments. The image of the nun in a' black habit is even used in television commercials. A Doubleday bestseller is "Growing Up Catholic" by Mary Meara and others which is said in commercials to be "an irrelvant but affectionate spoof of the rites and rituals" of the church. The book is a throwback to Catholicism that is romanticized, cute and unreal. Reading it, people respond to a style that hasn't been around for a long time and has nothing to do with the reality of the present-day church. Wouldn't it be nice if a lot more people,like my son's friend, could come to a Mass, see the changes and hear today's sermons? The priests I hear today are not spouting fire and brimsttlne nor

trying to instill guilt. Their repeated ' theme is what it really means to be a Christian in this modern world. Every sermon delivered by my pastor shows common sense, talks about the need for maturity and links those concepts to the real mess'age of Jesus: .' ,-,' . ' His sermons challenge us to examine ourselves and develop selfknowledge for the sake of personal growth and compassion. Whether the subject is parents and children, husbands and wives, or Catholics and the 'community at large, the basic message comes down to the ever-present need for greater honesty and maturity in all relationships. The sermons, I hear are downto-earth with a little humor thrown in and packed with relevance to 0t¥' daily lives. How satisfying it is

to come away from Mass each Sunday with one thought to carry through the week about the· challenges and responsibilities we face as Christians. If movie producers, playwrights and novelists with a faulty view of the church were to walk into just about any U.S. Catholic church, I think they'd ,get a good dose of reality. They probably would hear a sermon on love, communication, compassion and world peace. Those media representatives who want to be open to the facts about the church could be pleasantly surprised. . And those of us who go to church and know Catholicism as a vital and positive force in our lives - are we keeping the message too much to ourselves?

Pope to Colombia in July VATICAN CITY (NC) - Pope John Paul II will visit the South American country of Colombia in July. The pope did not give the exact dates, but previously the Colombian bishops had announced preliminary plans for a July 1-7 visit. The nation will welcome him'as a "good Samaritan" who can help heal the nation's wounds of vio~ lence, drug traffic and unemployment among youths, the nation's bishops said in a pastoral message. The bishops referred to the persistentColombian, problems of

Sudan accusations KHARTOUM, Sudan (NC) The Moslem Brotherhood organization has accused Christian missionaries of stirring unrest in southern Sudan and has called for their expulsion from the African country. A brotherhood publication called for government control of missionary schools and for requiring the schools to follow the natiol)al curriculum.

guerrilla uprisings and a flourishing drug trade. Greed and corruption, the bishops said, has "buried many values." They said Colombian democracy should be more oriented toward "the common good." The pope, the bishops said, "is with us in our pain, in our trage-' dies, both those caused by a lack of responsibility among men and those provoked by the overwhelming forces of nature." '

Will harm aged WASHINGTON (NC) - Proposed administration reductions in government funding for housing assistance "will cause great harm to the elderly population of the country," Archbishop Philip M. Hannan of New Orleans recently warn.ed the House Committee on Aging. "Reduction in housing assistance programs can only increase the numbers of homeless in our American cities and towns," he said.


Consistent ethic attitu'de has political applications SlEATTLE (NC) - A p<:,litical consequence ofthe "consistent ethic of life" approach is that it "provides a standard" to judge public policies and candidates for public office, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago said in a recent address at Jesuit-run Seattle University. The cardinal said that applying the consistent ethic "will not lead to crystal-clear judgments on candidates, but it may give the church ...a better way to engage the attention o( the nation regarding the intersection of moral vision, public policy and political choices." The cardinal has long. urged a consistent ethic of life, in which respect for life is a common principle underlying ethical positions on issues as diverse as abortion, nuclear war and capital punishment. He said he believes the church's "moral visjon is broader and richer than we have made it appear at this concrete, practical level of politics. Precisely because we are not yet in a national election year, we need to think about how a consistent ethic can be set forth in a . convincing way."

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Another political consequence of the consistent ethic, Cardinal Bernardin said, is that it highlights the unique position ofthe Catholic church in the public arena. He said the church should stress that no other institution "brings' together the positions the Catholic bishops presently hold on abor-, tion, nuclear policy and economic policy. Our positions cut across party lines, and they contradict conventional notions ofliberal and conservative... His critics, Cardinal Bernardin said, had charged that he "c·onfused two different moral issues." Responding, the cardinal said that, having agreed that taking a life in abortion is not the same as failing to protect human dignity against hunger, "let us not fail to make the point that both are moral issues requiring a response" from church and society. "The logic of ~ consistent ethic is to press the moral meaning of . both issues," he said. "The ethic cuts two ways, not one: It challenges pro-life groups and it challenges justice and peace groups."

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Every Lent I try to do what every self-respecting Catholic wife with any Irish blood in her at all strives to do: improve her husband. "Which rer:ni~d's me," I snapped'. ' This Lent I have tried to help "Do yo~ kno,,: yop twitch ,wh'en. ~ill) wi~h hjsJ.cQmpu,!sj,o\ls. I mel;ln, weall)want to wat.~~.a .~el~y~sig~Q. iCs not 'impossible ·;:for' :agrow.n program ~ou don't liKe?" ',' " . man to unlearn compulsive behavior like having to have the "on" ,"I've always wondered," he said, switch, up and the "off" switch '~why you insist on setting the table, down. We have one light controlled with the fork tines down and ,the by three switches and I've seen the spoon opening up. You should see poor man spend the better part of· yourself run from plate to plate a half hour running from switch to when they aren't. In moments of switch trying to get all the "offs" weakness, . I've been tempted to down and "ons" up: order. flat spoons and, fO,rks just to (i admit in weak moments j've see what you'd do," been tempted t,o hire an electrician The electrician should be arrivto wire one of the switches back~ ing at any m!nute. ward just to ~ee what, would happen) "That's not a compulsion," he said last night. "It's'just a natural desire for an ordered life. If y<:>u. want to $ee comPulsion, wa.tch:_ yourself cook sometime." "Coming ,from a man who has ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NC) to cut his fried eggs in little squares Auxiliary Bishop John Ricard of before he can eat them, just what Baltimore has endorsed a state do you meim by that?" I asked. Senate resolution calling on Mary"We have four spatulas, but I land ci~izens to boycott table have seen you dig through a mound grapes. of dirty dishes tp wash the one you . The boycott protests California insist on using." Gov. George Deukmejian's veto of "It's just my favorite; that's !lll," I pointed' out. "Nothing irrational a $1 million appropriation to create a compliance enforcement unit unabout that. Compulsion'. is not der the state Agriculture ,Labor being able to go to sleep un'less the Relations Board. pillowcase opens to the o~iside of the bed." The Maryland resolution, said "How would you label behavior Bishop Ricard, w'ould send a meslike barking at the kids if the milk sage to California gr.owers and is not on the left side of the refrig- officials to protect workers from erator, or having to suck through pesticide poisoning and enforce one's teeth before taking the first laws already on the books..• sip of coffee or always'salting food The, U.S. Catholic bishops endorbefore peppering it?" , sed the first grape boycott organ"Hah," I exclaimed with Lenten ized by Chavez in 1973. They have calm. "I wonder what 01' Freud not taken a position on the'latest would have to say abo,ut a man boycott._ " who refolds his undershirts if they're put in his drawer with the arms showing?" Its Own Defense "Probably not nearly what he "Lies, ,will get any man in\o would say about someone who tro'uble;' but honesty i~) its Own spends hours making sure p'ostage defense." - Provo 12:13,

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The view from the Vatican Lent is -'forceful time' The Ash Wednesday homily of be fulfilled unless he turns, is conPope John Paul n, preached' in , verted t6 God alone. Italian at the Station Church of That i~ why this love is jealous. , Santa Sabina. The holy jealousy of God's love is 1. "Return to me." the climate of Lent, from Ash Thus says the Lord through the Wednesday to Holy Saturday'prophet. The'prophetis the "voice the forceful; time: 'of God", and spea~s'in his name. 2. What is man'called"to? , 'Thus says' the proph~t Joel in To turn to God, means, first of today's liturgy. Thus says th<;, all, toenter into one's self. There is 'Church as well. She speaks the no conversion without this turning words of God himself. ' to one's own Gore~to one's heart "Return. to me with all your or conscience. heart" (Joel 2: 12). Go into your room and shut the God speaks in the first person. door (cf. Mt. 6:6). On the first day of Lent God beg-... , :ruinin~ to God cannot happeh ' ins to speak in the first person. It is, 'in distracti'on; it requi,res recollec'always like that-every year-and tion and concentration. The per-' :this year ~s well: That is why Lent ,son' inus~; discover hi's deepest .self, is called "tempo forte";J-theforce- lmd ~n!ie same ;tlme, h,is h,ighen ful time. This is the time in which,. ': s<;lf.. .' ;., . ',~""'~~ :,:.... :~,>:;". ,more than in ;inY'~ther, God him-' ,: Why ,Cieep,est?Why ·tiigher?·Be-' self speaks; he hims~lf calls; he ,Gause this corresponds t,o tl)e truth; himself enters into the history of 'about man .. Man is placed .above man; he ,himself. knoci5s on the '.alL other creatures of the .visible "" world 'which surrou'nd him. He is', 'h ear t s 0 fmep. " " "The Lord .became jealous for called to subdue them'; he should his land" (Joel 2: 18). have' dominior over the earth.' , This is a jealous love for man. This is the fir'st command he God who says "return to me" knows r~ceived from the Creator. man in the deepest intimacy of his 'At the .same time, man is deeper being. He knows'that Olan cannot thari:these creatures. With the roots . .' - . ofbis'being, herea!=hes depths that they cannot. He is distinct fFOm' them in the fundamental measure of his being; for that reason he ' ~ FUNERAL HOME cannot expect to find fulfilment in them. ' 550 Locust Street . .. Fal1'~iver, ~as;;., . . Man will not be fulfilled by'tIle 'whole visible' world; nor-even' if, in Rose E. Sullivan William J. Sullivan dominating it, its level of develMar~a~et ~. Sullivan opment and progress is ever more 6722391 ..' ~dYanced. '.-: 1 · ~,"~' ,,-, "What will it profit a man if he .• ~"gains the world?" (Mt: 16:26) - - - - - , - - - - - - ,~,-'."!!,~':.!"',~-,iII, ~' ~j',; J~~He not fulfil' himself Li&ten'.io ;the first' message of I " . " ,'.Lent, the message of Ash WednesFunerol·Homf!':';. " ~'day, the£orceful message: "Remem,". 'J "berthat:thou art dust; and to dust 571 :Second Street thou shalt,return." Fall' River'. ,Mas~. How,',then, can y~u be fulfilled? ,, ",' , Howcan'manfulfilhlmselfthrough , , '679-6072 "" '~ :' 'the worl9 ifihis very:world intro, duces into him the law of destruc-

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"Repe~t" really m~a~s ,"believe in the Gospel" and continue to announce it. , What'in fact is this Gospel? It i's the messianic message; it is the t,ruth about'God's jearous love for' man. This love did not hesitate to sacrifice his Son. It did not hesitate ,and "for our sake he made himto be'sin who~new n:o sin, sO,that in him-in'him~we might become 'the righteo'u~ness'of God" (2 Cor ,5:21), ,~ , , ' , His love is so infini~ely jealQus',' , so divine! 5. th~:Ch~rch '~peaks!n,G~d'~ name. Today her language)s especially ractica'J;" that is, "re'aching down to the 'roots." .1

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tin, the law of death? It introduces that law in an irreversible manner, and of necessity; it cannot fail to introduce it. Man'must enter into his interior chamber. He must live there in the basic truth,!,egilrding the ultimate impossibility of finding fulfilment in the worldly dimension, in the dimension·of creation. , Certainly, there can oe some partial, immediate fulfilment. .. but in the, final analysis itis not lasting. !'Uilto dust thou shalt return." . Man must listen with the deepest ear of his being; this being which somehow bears within it the seed of immortality.

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VATICAN CITY (NC)~ Liberation theology, "purified of elements which can water it down," is a necessary part of the church's social thought and is a "red-hot issue,", Pope John Paul II told a group of Brazilian bishops recently called to the Vatican to discu.ss church problems in their country. The pope encouraged the bishops to continue programs to overcome the South American country's social problems, but warned that they should be based on a Catholic doctrine "without ambiguities or deformations." , Liberati,on theology, an effort to appiy Christian teachings to concrete socioeconomic and political problems, is a popular ideological base for many Brazilian social action programs.. '~'Purified of elements which, can water it down, with grave consequences for the faith, liberation theology is not only orthodox, bu~ necessary/' the pope said. . The pope did not list the negative elements in, liberation theology, but referred to' a Septem~er 1984 Vatican document· on the theme. : The document said that some branche's of liberation theology which u~criti'cally use Marxist concepts are contrary to Catholic teachings. By uncritically ,usi~g such concepts, theologians run the risk of accepting the atheistic philosophy upon which Marxis~: bases :its analysis of socioeconomic and 'political problems, the document said.- .. " :\ t'. ~ '41' .• J'.I:· '" ".:4.1'1 '1

day, which is the minimum prescribed by the U.S. Food and Agriculture Organization. In seeking solutions to Brazil's problems, the bishops should not forget their "specifically religious mission" of caring first of all for the spiritual needs of people, the pope said. The bishops "should not identify with nor substitute themselves for politicians, economists, sociologists, intellectuals or labor leaders," he added. Attending the meeting were 21 Brazilian ,bishops, representing the leadership ofthe country's national and regional bishops' conferences.

Force can promote peace says pope

VATICAN CITY (NC) - Promoting the cause of pe_ace can include using force to defend it, Pope John Paul II told a group of 300 Italian military chaplains March 10,' The chaplains task, he said, is to reflect the balance between hope and 'realism found in the church's teaching.' "One does not help the cause of peace (by) 'negating the possibii'ity ait4 the duty to defend it," he said.' His comment was an apparent reference to the church's teaching that governments cannot be denied the right to legitimate defense when peaceful means of settlement have'been exhausted. 'The' hP''p''~\~c'an\id"'ori 'tbe'-cha~ "'i". ... ... ,",: ,., • I'~ r: ":.,,' • '. -i',: Itlsp~ificallycrilicizedithe;Mafx­ plains to g'i've"l:lear an~ sure gUIist concept that class warfare; with dance to the soldiers under their its, recourse to violence, is the driv- "pastorai care by showing a "paring force of history. ticular balance 'and' attention" 'to Christian' social reforms must the issue of peace and' human be done "without violence which, survival. besides being against the Gospel, At the same time, he announced almost always ends up generating that the Vatican was preparing a equal or more cruel injustices," the new document to update pastoral pope said, guidelines for chaplains., Pope John Paul II invited the "Everyone'wants- peace, and this Brazilian church leaders to the is certainly a marvelous fact in the Vatican for a March 13-15 meetmoral growth, of humanity. But ing to discuss church activities in peace, as sacred scripture and the their country. The pope said he very experience of men teaches, is hoped it would produce "a more much more than the absence of lively awareness of the. positive war," t~e pope told the group. elements of a legitimate theology He qU,oted 'his 1982,World Day of liberation." , ' , of Pellce message, saying that a The Vatican is currently work- compl~tely peaceful human society ing; on a. document emphasizing on earth is '\mfortu,nately a utothose po~i~ive aspects, h« added., pia" th~t _risk~" encouraging "un, The church "confirms to Y9U reachable hopes." that there 'can .and should exist a ,The,pope noted that the Vatican the~logica,1 reflect\on on ,li.~era­ has recently setup a special sl;ction tion," the pope sai.d." , , of the Co.ngre,gation for Bishops to SUl;h, a refleGtio,n "attempts also deal, with problems ,of. military t,o gfv~ an;, an~wer to the~,grave chaplains. He said that an apos,qu~sti~qs.regardiqg social justice, tplic il;lt~r was being prepared on equality i,n personal, nati!Jnal and the chaplain's pas'toral service, to international relation~,peaceand ,upd~~~ the '1.951 chaplains' guidedisarmament, and fundamental hu- linesin the light of the Second Vatman rights," he added. iCan Cou'ncil'and the new Code of Problems in 'Brazil include 'the 'Canon Law." gap between rich and poor, unem- , Soldiers, many of them young ployment, hO!Jsing;wid~spreadpov­ men, live'in u'ncertainty, and face erty, illiteracy and hunger, the sacrifices, 'separ'ation from famip~pe said. . lies, new environments and mil, . There are '110 million <;atholics itary discipline, the pope said. "It would not be wise for the in 'Brazil, 90 percent of the 'country's population. Per capita income church to'iniss the precious opporis approximately $1,500. About 32 tunity of encounter and dialogue percent of the population is illiter- which is tied to the period of milate, and about half the school-age itary service," he said. In guiding the spiritual formation children do not attend school. Last year a background pam- of servicemen, the pope added, phlet produced by the bishops' the chaplain should assert the "legconference said 86 million Brazil- itimate alternative choices" that ians eat less than 2,240 calories a are the right of each individual. "

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Black South Africans "will triumph" despite formidable odds, said the general secretary of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, who recently led a massive' funeral procession for KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NC) blacks killed in political violence. People affected by America's farm Father Smangalis<;l Mkhatshwa said South Africans have a com- crisis need the support ofthe CatholiC Church mote than ever, accordmitment to "the struggle fO,r liberaing to Benedictine Sister Donna tion." Father Mkhatshwa spoke after Cuimingham, who is coordinating leading im estimated 60,000 peo- a needs assessment project in rural ple in a funeral' prates'sion for 17 areas in the Dioce'se of Kansas blacks killed' in political violence City-St. Joseph. And Benedictine in Johanneshurg's Alexandra Town- Father Daniel- Petsche says the ship. Bishop Reginald Joseph Ors- farm probh:m is "a food arid fiber mond of Johannesburg'and other 'crisis that affects everyone" and is religious leader~ also participated. 'creating a new class of rural poor. "In spite oJ the tragedy which had come to 'their community in losing over 30 of their people in this waY"7andthe youngest of.the WASHINGTON,(NC) - U:S. dead only 12-you could rea~ defi- Education Secretary William J. ance and hope on every face," said Bennett recently took the Re-agan Father Mkhalshwa. ' administrll;tion's voucher proposal He sai'd it was ';an a~esome ,for disa~~antaged public -and 0.00.responsibility" to know that the public school students before hoslives and safety of thousands of tile H01Jses!Jbcommiitee members. people depended ~m his ability to .Bennett' said VOUclWfS would inkeep order and prevent police inter- crease educ,ationa:J qppo'r:tunities vention. for disadvantaged children, -enThe priest said hewas chosen to c,ourage parental involvement in lead'the funeral because members edu~atio'n 'and foster competition. of the organiz!ng comn;titteefelthe ,Opponents.~ttackedboth the propowas well-known, and could. "hold sal.and the administration:s overthe whole thing together.". . all record ~n education: ,",

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SOME TIME AGO I asked readers to answer Foreigners' plea, "I want to know what' love is," Those are' lyrics from their hit song of the same name. I received many responses, some of which I want to share with you_now by way of reference to The Temptations release, "My Love is True." "Love overlooks petty faults," said a reader from Greenville, S.c. "No two people are alike ,and there are bound to be differences, Don't exaggerate a little fault or mistake." She added "There are times when we all need a little privacy, possibly to get our thoughts together or for some sort of activity that wiiI enrich us. So .let those you'love'nave that special time to themselves." ',". , A reacie~ r;o,m :Decatur, Ill., ~poke of love's power. to reach peyonrl. prejudice;: ,"Lo.ve shows . D() bias for black or white, fat or thin, short or tall....love makes us all' b'rothers and sisters. L'Ove creates us-in one image, believing in' God's 10vi:'foT' us." ',' ,A read'~r: from 'King-of Prussia, J:»a" wrot'e, "Lo,ve is truly a decision, for there are many times in a sincete relationship that we are not lovaole. Love is going that extra mile,whether it be to listen when you' are ''tired and would like to go to sleep or visit when you woul~ rathe'r be reading." ,

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annual Father Donovan CYO scholarship hockey game will be held April 3 at the Driscoll Rink, Fall River. Orignially an all-star basketball game, it was changed 12 years ago to a contest pitting area senior high school players against Bristol County CYO Hockey League members.

Proceeds go to the CYO scholarship fund, which since 1960 has provided 10 seniors with $38,000 in financial aid. A new $6000 scholarship will be available in June ,1987. Plaques will be presented to the top three players on each squad and a special committee will host the traditional postgame banquet.

CYO diocesan playoffs Sunday Diocesan basketball champion- Juniors at 2:30 and Preps at 3:30 ship playoffs will get underway p.m. Second games in the best-ofSunday at Anawan Stre,et CYO, three set will be played Mond~y Fall River, with Spindle City teams night in Taunton. The winners will meet their New Bedford counterhosting squads from Taunton. Senior teams will play at 1:30, 'parts the following week.

In Fall River area CYO basketball play, St. Williams's parish Girls Division A and Junior A

Southies in With an 8-4 victory last Sunday, Fall River ~outh'swept its best-ofthree semifinal over Somerset and advanced to the Bristol' County CYO Hockey League playoffs. The Southies, regular season champions, got another superb performance from Ray Kitchen, who scored three goals. Todd Prada's two in the netand singles by-Paul Hebert, Paul Hogan"and Todd Jakusik accounted for South's high score. Chris Ripley, Nate Earle, Rob Hitchcock and Kevin Harker scored for Somerset. South will have to wait until Sunday to know its opponent in

Making responsible decisions also means being willing "to eventually pay the consequences of a wrong choice," the pope said at one of his weekly general audiences at the Vatican. He spoke to abl?ut 4,000 Italian youths in St. Peter's Basilica. "Life is opening ~p for you in immense richlless, with many prospects and boundless possibilities. What will become of you tomorrow? Which is the way to take? What future should you prepare for?" the pope asked the group. While parents and teachers can help, he said "in the end, the decisive response must come from you and you alone, in obedience, of course, with the will of God." "Our human dignity lets us know that no one can decide for us," he stressed. ' In addition to school training and parental advice, the pope said, young people should "learn to read the Gospel and meditate on

NOTE Please check dates and times of television and radio programs against local listings, which may differ from the New York network schedules supplied to The Anchor.

New Movies 'Gung Ho' (Paramount) Michael Keaton stars in this comteams won their championships. St. Jean Baptiste parish topped edy about the reluctance of U.S. workers to accept standards of .the Girls' Division B competition. performance imposed when a Jap~ hockey final anese management team takes over a Pennsylvania auto plant. With the best-of-three final, as the oHler stereotyping of Japanese businesssemifinal series was deadlocked as men as obsessively concerned with a result of Mansfield's 8-4 rout of efficiency and saving face, "Gung New Bedford, which won the openHo" is it failed comedy with low er. humor and harsh language. A3, Don Briggs set the scoring pace PG-13. . for Mansfield with four goals, and 'Highlander'~ (Fox) - This acRick Webster, Steve Sharpe, Chris tion adventure fable of good conKenney and Mike Cassely netted quering evil offers a positive hero. the others. After learning that he is one of a Kevin Melanson accounted for group of immortal beings who half of New Bedford's showing, must fight to the death throughout Jeff Ryan and Peter Botelho the history until only one survives, ' other two goals. Connor MacCleod (Christopher Mansfield and New Bedford meet Lambert) exhibits the human qualiat 9 p.m. Sunday at the Driscoll of truth, justice and fidelity as ties Rink. The winner will meet Fall he vanquishes the last and most River South on April 6. evil of his immortal foes, punkrocker Kurgan (Clancy Brown), thus saving the world from a dark and terrifying future. Because of foul language, brief nudity and several unrealistic decapitations, the rating is A3, ,R. , "Lucas" - A bright 14-year-old nearly kills himself trying to impress its teachings, if possible under the his best and only friend, a 16-yearguidance of a good priest." old girl who prefers a high school "The Lord wants each one of us football star. This teen drama offers to encounter one who is really a sensitive and insightful depiction fatherly, a true friend and a good of high school socializing. Its gen, teacher," he said. "Then our souls tle tone isjarred by the near tragedy, can open up to the most beautiful some foul language and a scene in ideals of love for God and our which Lucas is the victim of a jock brothers, of purity, of honesty of, prank. But j'ts understanding of industriousness and ofthe spirit of youthful enthusiasm and emotions sacrifice." ~ 'makt:s it a rarity among films for teens. A2, PG-13: "<!inger and Fred" (MGM-UA) -'Ginger (Ghilietta Masina) and VATICAN CITY (NC) - RepreFred (Marcello Mas.troiani); aging sentatives of U.S. nuns met recently imitators of the Ameri.can origiwith Vatican officials, from the nals,' perform in a Christmas teleCongregation for Religious and vision special in this story about Secular Institutes, the Leadership the disappointments of old age Conference of Women Religious and the influence of television. said. The agenda, the organization Author arid director Federico Felsaid, "focused on involvement of lini denOlj:nces television's values, United States sisters in social prob- while indulging his penchant for lems and initiatives; the relation- visual cascades offreakish humanship between LCWR and church ity. Earthy sexual proverbs and officials; and interacti{)n between several ambiguous references to LCWR and church groups." The religion punctuate an otherwise statement said the meetings were sensitive perfonpance. A3, PG-13. useful and described discussion as Films on TV "frank and spirited." Friday, March 28, 9-11 p.m. The Difference EST (CBS) - "The Postman "A fool·'s fun is being bad; a wise Always Rings Twice" (1981) man's fun is being wise!" - Provo James M. Cain's bleak, Depression10:23 era tale of passion and retribution

Pope-urges youth to take responsibility for decisions VATICAN CITY (NC) - Young people should take responsibility for the major decisions in their lives, with the'advice and friendship of a good priest, Pope John Paul II said recently.

'Symbols following film reviews indicate moving movie, conveying in needboth general and Catholic Film Office less detail the sado-masochistic ratings, which do not always coincide. General ratings: G-suitable for gen· sexual relationship between the eral viewing; PG·13-parental guidance , two principals. Some graphic sex. strongly suggested for children under Theatrical version 0, R. 13; PG-parental guidance suggested; Sunday, March 30, 7-11 p.m. R-restricted, unsuitable for children. or EST (ABC) - "The Ten Comyounger teens. mandments" (1957) - Among the Catholic ratings: AI-approved for children and adults; A2-approved for cast of this biblical spectacle are adults and adolescents; A3-approved, for Charlton Heston (Moses), Yul Brynadults only; M-separate classification ner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robin(given to films not morally offensive son and Yvonne DeCarlo. Featurwhich, however, require some analysis and explanation); O-morally offensive. ing excellent special effects, the

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri:; Mar. 21; 1986" ST~'ANNE, FR

Exposition of Blessed Sacrament after 11:30 a.m. Mass today. Hour of adoration 2 p.m. today, shrine. Fellowship 10th anniversary Mass 4 p.m. tomorrow, upper church.

Iteering pOint, PUBLICITY CHAIRMEN are asked to submit, news items for this column to The Anchor, P.O. Box 7, Fall River. 02722. Name of city or town should be included. as well as 'full dates of all activities, Please send news of future rather than past events. liote: We do not carry news, of fundraising activities such as bingos. whists, dances. suppers and bazaars. We are happy to carry notic.es of' spiritual flrO!!rams, club meetinRs, youth projects and SimIlar nonprofit activities. Fundraising projects. may be. advertised at our regular rates, obtaInable from The Anchor business office, telephone 675·715t. On Steerin~ Points items FR indicates Fall River, NB indicates New Bedford.

CATHOLIC MEMORIAL HOME, FR Leo Dubriel, a housekeeping staff employee at the nursing center since, September.1971, is March Employee of the month. Bill Morrissette, a C M H resident who contributes to The Anchor, also writes a column for CMH's own Herald ~ews. DIVORCED AND SEPARATED, NB Greater ~ew Bedford Area Support Group for Divorced and Separated meetings 7 to 9 p.m. March 24, . April9 and 28 at Family Life Center, 500 Slocum Road, ~. Dartmouth. March 24 speaker, Rosa ~eto Lopes, !':ew Bedford director of Catholic Social Services; April 28, Father Jay T, Maddock, vice-officialis of~the Diocesan Tribunal. All welcome, Use rear entrance. CATHOLIC NURSES, FR The Diocesan Council of Catholic Nurses will sponsor a seminar frolT! 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5 at Cathedral Camp, East Freetown: Guest speaker: Rev. Dr. Barbara E. Nelson, R.N. Registration information: Sister Mary Margaret Mello, OP, 6745741, ext. 2060. ST. DOMINIC, SWANSEA . Seder celebration 6 p.m. March 27, parish center. Penitential concert: The Seven Last Words of Christ by French composer Theodore Dubois, 7:30 p.m. March 23. Parish Renewal Mass 8 a.m. Saturday. . Folk choir at 8:30 a.m. Mass first and third Sundays, the parish choir at the same Mass second and fourth Sundays. ' Rosary before 7 a.m. Mass weekdays. ST. FRANCIS XA V.IER, HY,ANNIS Singers needed for parish folk group. Information: Sister Anita Marie, MSBT, 775-6200. Daily rosary 7:20 and 11:50 a.m. Prayer group meets 8 p.m. Tues: days, parish center. Family Mass 6 p.m. March 26.

Canadian campaign OTTAWA (NC) - Canada's Catholic bishops have joined other church groups in a campaign to force Alcan Aluminum Ltd., a major Canadian firm, to divest its holdings in a South African company that sells materials to Soufh Africa's armed forces. The bishops' conference and Catholic religious orders and Protestant churches participating in the effort, hold 65,000 of Alcan's nearly 100 million shares of outstanding common stock.

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F AMIL Y LIFE CENTER, NORTH DARTMOUTH .) Divorced and Separated Support Group meeting 7 p.m. March 24. ST. PATRICK, FR St. George, Westport, Women's Home-baked bread will be blessed' Guild dinner 6 p.m. March 24. at the.7 p.m. Mass Holy Saturday Bishop Stang High School retreat and 7, 9 and II a.m. Masses Easter day March 26. Sunday. SEPARATED AND DIVORCED, BLESSED SACRAMENT ADORERS, F AIRHA VEN FR Holy hour 7 to 8 p.m. March 25, Greater Fall River area Support Group for Separated, Divorced and Sacred Heart Church, Fairhaven, Remarried Catholics meeting 7 p.m. directed by Father Matthew SulliWednesday, Our Lady of Fatima van, SS.Cc. of St. Francis Xavier parish, Acushnet. church I)all, Swansea. O.L. MT. CARMEL, SEEKONK Holy We,ek experience for first and third graders 3:30 p.m. March 26, parish center. Youth ministry meeting 6:45 p.m. March 23 begins with Mass. Topic: Death and Dying.

CATHEDRAL CAMP, EAST FREETOWN Coyle and Cassidy High, Taunton, days of recollection 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 24 and 26. O.L. GOOD COUNSEL RETREAT HOUSE, EAST FREETOWN Diocesan Council of Catholic Women weekend retreat March 21 to 23. Father Richard W. Beaulieu, retreat master.

WIDOWED SUPPORT, ATTLEBORO AREA Meeting 7:30 p.m. April 4, St. Theresa's parish center, South Attleboro. Speaker: Blue Cross representative.

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ST. ANNE'S HOSPITAL, FR Natural Family Planning spring sessions begin April 5, 12 and 19. Information: Mariette Eaton, R.N., 674-5741, ext. 2481. COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS, FR·TAUNTON CHAPTER Meeting 7:30 p.m. March 31, St. Louis de France School, Swansea. For information on this support group for bereaved parents, contact Kathleen Mastin, 824-5985. SACRED HEART, FR Holy Week schedules have been sent home with all religious educa: tion students. HOLY ROSARY, TAUNTON Adult Bible classes 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, parish center. All welcome. LaSALETTE SHRINE, ATTLEBORO Palm Sunday healing service 2 p.m. March 23, People's Chapel. Leader: Father Andre A. Patenaude, MS. All invited. Easter Celebration for children 3 p.m. March 30, shrine cafeteria, with sing-a-Iong with Father Pat, free Easter eggs, skits directed by Chloe Cum bow and clown-with-an-Easterstory Kay Lautzenheiser. Children through age 10 accompanied by an adult welcome. O.L. VICTORY, CENTERVILLE Mass for the poor and hungry 6 p.m. March 24. Brown bag supper follows, parish center.

ST. MARY, FAIRHAVEN Lenten celebration program, "The mystery explained," 7 p.m. March 26. ' An 8-foot cross to be used during the Good Friday liturgy will be erected on the church lawn Holy Saturday afternoon. Parishioners are invited to decorate the cross as a sign of Easter's new life, ST. JOAN OF ARC, ORLEANS Family Mass 9 a.m. Sunday, Church of the Visitation, Eastham. ST. LOUIS, FR 13 Tuesdays devotion to St. Anthony after noon Mass Tuesdays, with blessing and veneration of relic.

COUPLE TO COUPLE LEAGUE, . BRISTOL COUNTY A series of four monthly Natural Family Planning classes will be taught by the Couple to Couple 'League of Bristol County, a nonprofit interfaith organization, at St. Mary's Church, Seekonk, beginning a~ 7 p.m. April 3. Information and preregistration: Pauline L'Heureux, 336-6349. ST. STANISLAUS, FR Communal penance service 5'p.m. Sunday. , Special services honoring Our Lady precede 8:30 a.m. Mass tomorrow. The 13 Tuesdays devotion in honor of St. Anthony will continue through the saint's June feastday and will preced~ Tuesday Masses.

ST. JAMES, NB Special reconciliation service 7 p.m. March 26.

WIDOWED SUPPORT, CAPE COD Cape Cod Widowed Support group meeting 3 p.m. March '23, Christ the King religious education center, C.otuit. ST. JOHN EVANGELIST, POCASSET Women's Guild scholarship application deadline March 31. Information: Marion Linhares, 759-3320. Prayer group meets 7 p.m. Wednesdays, led by Deacon Robert D. Lemay. ST. ANTHONY, MA TTAPOISETT Women's Guild $500 scholarship application April 14. Information: Mrs. K. Eileen Hurley, Chairman, St. Anthony's Women's Guild, 13 Grand View Avenue, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.

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ST. JOSEPH, FAIRHAVEN Reconciliation services 7:30 p.m. March 26 and 2 p.m. March 29, church. Parishioners interested in helping take a parish census April 6 and 13 are asked to call the rectory. BLESSED SACRAMENT, FR New Women's Guild officers: Mrs. Rudolph Ouellette, president; Mrs. Albert Barre, vice president; Mrs. Ri~hard Pelletier, secretary; Mrs. John Schenck, treasurer. Prayer meetings 7:30 p.m. Fridays, small chapel. All welcome.

ST. RITA,MARION Parish Vincentians request canned and nonperishable food to prepare East.er baskets for the needy.

SEPARA TED AND DIVORCED, CAPE Support group for separated and divorced Catholics of Cape Cod and the Islands meeting 7 to 9 p.m. March 23, St. Francis Xavier parish center, Hyannis. Deacon Richard Hassey will cond uct a night of reflection. Information: Patti Mackey, 771-4438.

DEAF APOSTOLATE, FR Signed Mass and social 2 p.m. March 23, St. Elizabeth's Church, Fall River. Easter" social follows, parish hall. Mass 2:30 p.m. April 23, Sacred Heart Church, Fall River. Systems and Services Are Not Enough, a program on integration of persons with disabilities into community life, 3 to 6 p.m. April 30, Cape Cod Regional High School, Harwich. Information: 362-2511, ext. 340.

.ECHO, CAPE COD Reunion group leaders meeting 7:30 p.m. April 17, O.L. Victory parish hall, Centerville. Day of recollection sponsored by ECHO Youth Board I p.m. April 20, O.L. Victory parish hall, Centerville.

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