FALL RIVER DIOCESAN NEWSPAPER FOR SOUTIiEASTMASSACIHUSEnS COD,. THE ISLANDS VOL. 37, NO. 18
Friday, May 7, 1993
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Sunday's for God, says pope With eNS reports As the four bishops of Massachusetts protest efforts of Commonwealth legislators to repeal so-called Blue Laws that restrict commerce on Sunday and certain holidays, they are supported by recent comments of the pope at his traditional Sunday Angelus address. The commandment to keep the Sabbath responds to the believer's obligation to pray and the human need for rest, Pope John Paul II told those gathered in St. Peter's Square. "S unday is the day reserved for the special meeting·of the Father with his children; it is the moment of intimacy between Christ and the church, his bride," the pope said. As with everything God asks of human beings, the commandment to keep the Lord's day holy works to the advantage of those who obey, he said. A weekly day dedicated to longer prayer and rest has "a regenerating and tonic effect on human existence," he said. "There is often a risk, above all today, of being swept away by the frantic rhythm of commitments and daily events." . Sunday stands as a "protest of the spirit against enslavement to work and the worship of money," he said. It gives people a chance to open themselves to the supernatural, at the same time offering a stimulus for "establishing and deepening social contacts under the banner of gratitude, friendship and attention to those who are alone and suffering." "When one finds time for God, one also finds time for others," he said.
Catholic contribution to health care reform is symposium topic By Marcie Hickey The Catholic Church has an important role to play in national health care reform-both in providing a moral perspective and in securing its own future as a major health care provider, Father J. Bryan Hehir told health care professionals and social workers at the fourth annual ethics symposium sponsored by St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River. This year's topic was "The Common Good: The Catholic Challenge to Health Care." "We are at a significant threshold in public policy debate, and the Catholic community can lend particular insight into that debate as the largest private health care system in the country, the largest religious community in the country" and a significant presenc'e in charitable endeavors in general, Father Hehir said. The Catholic Health Association has prepared a 44-page proposal that could influence the health care reform package being prepared by Hillary Rodham Clinton's task force. Father Hehir, pastor ofSt. Paul's parish in Cambridge and a faculty member at Harvard Divinity School and the Harvard Center
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WORKING FOR a successful Catholic Charities Appeal are, from left, Cape Cod representatives John Aziz, St. Elizabeth Seton parish, North Falmouth; Father Stc~phen A. Fernandes, area Appeal director; Claire McMahon, Appeal lay chairman; Bishop S,ean O'Malley; Edward Bennett, St. Francis Xavier parish, Hyannis; Father Freddie Babiczuk, assistant area Appeal 'director. (Kearns photo)
Appeal returns at $461,939 Reports from parish and Special Gifts phases bring the current Catholic Charities Appeal total to $461,939.83. Collectors for both phases of the 1993 Appeal are asked to complete all their calls as soon as possible and to bring their reports to their respective headquarters or parishes. The Appeal books will
be open until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 25. All reports received by this time will be credited to the 1993 Appeal. To assure credit, reports from May 20 on should be brought in person to the Appeal Headquarters, 410 Highland Avenue, Fall River. . Parish Honor Roll Parishes that have surpassed
their 1992 final Appeal totals in this year's Appeal will be enrolled on the honor roll. Rev. Daniel L. Freitas, diocesan director of the Appeal,said, "We are anticipating that every parish - III - will be on this year's honor roll. We must have substantial increases in every' parish to surpass last year's total of $2,220,951.64."
for International Affairs, was the principal speaker at the symposium, held at Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River. Other presenters were David H. Mulligan, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Atty. I.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I~~~~~~ Gerald D. D'Avolio, executive director of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, Father James O'Donohoe, associate professor oftheological ethics at Boston College, By Marcie Hickey and Dr. John Delfs, director of At a public safety Mass on elder care and geriatric medicine at New England Deaconess Hospi- Tuesday, Bishop Sean O'Malley told police officers and firefighters tal.· Father Mark Hession of St. of the diocese that as public serAnne's Hospital Ethics Commit- \vants their "first duty is to love." tee moderated the program and The officials marched in a colorBishop Sean O'Malley offered an ful parade of uniforms and flags to opening prayer. St. Mary's Cathedral from Kennedy Speaking on."Health Care and Park in Fall River, led by Fall Human Dignity: A Challenge to River police department cha;"lain the Church and Civil Society,", Father Edward J. Byington, fire Father Hehir contrasted the department chaplain Father John Catholic approach to health care R. Foister, and the Boston Police reform with that ofthe" American Gaelic Column bagpipers. liberal view" which he said preIn his homily, Bishop O'Malley dominantly shapes public policy. asked the assembly to "reflect on The foundation principle of the what God is calling us to do to PUBLIC SAFETY march: Fathers Edward J. Byington Catholic approach, he said, is the make this world a better 'place." and John R. FoIster, Fall River police and fire department "common good," defined by Father chaplains, respectively, march with police officers and firefighHe said the officers and firefighHehir as "a complex of spiritual, ters are today's Good Samartians, ters of the diocese to a public safety Mass at St. Mary's material and temporal conditions Cathedral. More photos on page 10. (Kearns photo) Turn to Page I I Turn to Page 10
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Father Tavares celebrates 50 years in priesthood When Father Antonino C. Tavares' was retiring as pastor of Santo Christo Church, Fall River, in June 1991, he reflected that among his prod est moments were the first communions and confirmations of his young parishioners. He'd be back to Santo Christo, he said, "to check on my former students. " Abd when he visited th~ parish April25, it was those students and parishioners, along with family members and friends, who turned out to honor their former pastor on his 50th anniversary as a priest. An anniversary Mass at the church FATHER TAVARES was followed by a reception in the parish center. The center, which Father Tavares had constructed in 1981 to allow space for CCD classes and other functions, was among many improvements to the parish NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS)- Father Tavares oversaw in his 19 A center for labor 'and economics years as pastor. study at the University of Notre The golden ju bilarian resides in Dame has been named the Higgins retirement at Our Lady of Mt. Labor Studies Center in honor of Carmel Church, New Bedford. Msgr. George G. Higgins' contri- Currently he is spending a month butions to the field. in California filling in for'a pastor Msgr. Higgins, a Chicago native; there. joined the staff of the Social Action Before his pastorate at Santo Department ofthe National Cath- Christo, Father Tavares was paroolic Welfare Conference (now the chial vicar there in 1963 and '64, U.S. Catholic Conference) in 1944, then at St. Elizabeth's parish, Fall becoming its director from 1954 to River, and Our Lady of Lourdes 1972. He became secretary for parish, Taunton-though when he research when the USCC was reorganized in 1972, and was given the title secretary for special concerns in 1979. Msgr. Higgins is currently an adjunct lecturer in the theology MEXICO CITY (CNS) - Four department at The Catholic Uni- Bishops from Mexico's rural and versity of America in Washington largely indigenous South have and a columnistfor Catholic News issued a call for the church to Service. defend the cultural identity of indigenous peoples and incorporate them more fully into church life. Basing their declarations on the conclusions reached at last October's general assembly of the Latin Funeral rites took place May 4 American Bishops' Council in at St. John's Ukrainian Catholic Santo Domingo, Domincan ReChurch, Fall River, for Father public, the bishops said the church John Moda, 69, who died April shoul,d turn its preferential option 30. He was the retired pastor ofSt. for the poor into a concerted effort Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, to understand and support indigFord City, Pa., served by the Uk- enous peoples "so that they can rainian Catholic Diocese of St. become the builders of their own future." Josaphat in Parma. A Fall River native, he was the In their pastoral letter, titled son of the late Joseph and late "Santo Domingo and Indigenous Anna (Federika) Moda. He was a Pastoral Work," the bishops critgraduate of St. Basil's College, icized those who romanticize indigStamford, CT, and also prepared enous culture from a folkloric perfor the priesthood at St. J osaphat spective. On the contrary, they Seminary and Catholic University said, indigenous culture should be of Ameria. taken seriously and considered Father Moda was ordained June "the most solid foundation of the 14, 1956, the first member of his multicultural and multiethnic idenFall River parish to enter the. tity of the [Latin American] conpriesthood. He served parishes in tinent." the Diocese of St. Josaphat in Parma, retiring in 1988 and subsequently residing in Fall River. He is survived by a sister, Mary T. Cote of Fall River, and by two nephews.
Center named for "labor priest"
Aid of indigenous peoples urged.
OBITUARY Father Moda
first came to the United States in 1960 he had never envisioned staying here at all! Born in Feteiras, St. Michael, Azores, he was the youngest of 10 children. His mother, Justina, and sisters were dressmakers and his father, Antonio, was a farmer whom Father Tavares helped grow vegetables until he entered the seminary on the island of Terceira in 1932. He went to Rome in 1941 to study canon law at the Gregorian University, and he was ordained at St. John Lateran Church in that city on April 24, 1943. Remaining in Rome until 1945, he occasionally met and dined with Giovanni Montini-the future Pope Paul VI. Returning to the Azores, Father Tavares taught until 1960 at the Seminary of Angra where he had studied on Terceira. Then, as president of a committee overseeing construction and repair of churches in the Azores, he came to the United States to study art and architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. What was to have been a threeyear stay became permanent when at the conclusion of his studies Father Tavares asked permission from then-Bishop James L. Connolly to be assigned to the Fall River diocese. The timing was ideal, since Bishop Connolly said he needed a Portuguese-speaking priest. During his years at Santo Christo, Father Tavares estimated that 80 percent of his 8,000 parishioners did not speak English. Father Tavares is succeeded as pastor by Father John C. Martins-who was once a student in Father Tavares' canon law class at the Seminary of Angra.
Walk for Hunger sets record Last Sunday's 24th annual Walk for Hunger, sponsored in Boston by Project Bread, set an alltime record, organizers said. Over 46,000 people participated in the 20-mile walk, raising over $3.2 million in pledges from over 450,000 sponsors. The event is the nation's largest such one-day fundraiser. Proceeds aid 424 emergency feeding programs in over 100 Massachusetts cities and towns. This year the programs are expected to ·provide over 14 million emergency meals. Undertakings within the diocese aided include St. Joseph's parish Food Cellar, Attleboro, and Market Ministries, New Bedford.
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the moorin&-., A Car.ing Heart As the diocese calls us to a beatitudinal mindset by its appeal to share in the ministerial work of the church, we must respond with caring and concern. The Catholic Charities Appeal provides us a yearly opportunity to respond to the work of Christ in our times. What we do to support the works of charity symbolizes in a very real way our commitment to Christ and the church. Through giving we offer ourselves in service to our God. We become stronger in faith in proportion to our awareness of others' needs. A generous spirit allows us to accomplish the church's works of mercy. The anilUal Appeal is also a time to recall that everything we possess in this life truly comes to us as a gIft from God. Appeals such as the current diocesan effort give us an opportunity to return a part of God's bounty with faith and gratitude. As St. Peter directed: "Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received" (1 Peter 4: 10). We are stewards of this frail creation. Stewardship means using everything God has given us-life, talents, possessionsto serve God. That is the heart of our mission, especially in our times and circumstances. Much of Southeastern Massachusetts has not achieved economic recovery; the area remains on the low end of state and national concern. Elected officials in Boston and Washington seemingly have written us off. We are not getting the jobs or the incentives that would stimulate a turnaround or the funding for truly needed social programs that help people when they are down and out. As a result more and more people are depending on the limited resources of privately funded organizations and agencies. The Catholic Church of our own diocese serves a wide gamut of need. Still more things need to be "done, but the resources just aren't there. Parishes suffer the economic woes through decreasing funds. The local parish church has never been very high on the "giving" list, and when push comes to shove in hard times, the church often falls to last on list. Despite this rather glum atmosphere, however, the obligation to serve cannot be ignored. Hard times need caring hearts. That is why we must try our very best to assure the success of this year's Appeal. We cannot use economic excuses as a substitute for hard work. Your contribution to this year's Appeal will support the Church's beatitudinal mandate to combat disease, ignorance and poverty. The need to fulfill the gospel mandate is greater than ever here at home. Simply put, there are a lot of people in our community who need our help. We cannot ignore the cry of the poor. As we pray that the Good Lord will bless the effort, let us also work with sincere intent to let the needy know we care. The Editor Letters Welcome Letters to the editor are welcomed. Ali letters should be brief and the editor reserves the right to condense any letters if deemed necessary. All letters must be signed and contain a home or business address.
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SUNDA Y IS MOTHER'S DA Y
"Thus saith the Lord: As one whom the mother caresseth, so will I comfort you." Is. 66:12,13
Eastertide: a time for renewal By Father Kevin J. Harrington
but are strangely reluctant to share the Gospel with others." The Easter season is one of the More hopefully, he also noted least celebrated periods of the that nearly half the respondents liturgical year. Although 10 days wished their religious faith was longer than Lent, it seems to get stronger. less popular attention than either The Easter season should be a Advent or Lent. I think that this is particularly time of renewing our faith and of sad at a time when the spirit of manifesting that faith in 'our ac~ rejoicing is sorely tried by the sad tions and choices. For too many events that comprise our daily Americans religion remains in the news. Tragedies from Waco, Texas, realm of ideas and words. The to Bosnia tug at our hearts, while Apostles and the early Christians closer to home the day after Easter took it for granted that nonbelieva 16-year-old boy was fatally stab- ers would notice something differbed in front of his friends in a ent about Christians and would be classroom at Dartmouth High curious to know why they lived as School and the following day at they did. Unfortunately, today's the Ford Middle School in Acush- "cultural gospel" subtly but effecnet a popular school nurse was tively erodes our Christian sense shot to death by an intruder just a of moral and spiritual identity. This erosion is especially noticefew feet from a roomful of children. able among those furthest removed Sad news can depress us to such an extent that we find it difficult to from their immigrant roots who, offer comfort to the suffering; but while climbing the socioeconomic on the other hand, it can make us ladder, have jettisoned their belief draw upon our strengths and help in traditional values in favor of us envision a world where such ' efforts to be assimilated into the tragic events will become less mainstream. Several years ago Redbook common. On the 50th anniversary of the magazine asked its readers "Where famous Gallup Poll, George Gal- do you get your moral guidelines?" lup, Jr., published a survey show- Friends and the media were the ing that 81 percent of Americans two most popular answers while considered the路mselves Christians. religion was the answer given by However, he concluded his report only 17 percent of respondents. by stating: "Americans dutifully Peers and television talk show attend church but are no less likely hosts would appear to have more than their unchurched brethren to influence on our values than do engage in unethical behavior. They our religious principles! Is it any are long on religion and short on wonder that our newspaper headmorality. They say they rejoice in lines are filled with so many the 'good news' that Jesus broug~t, tragedies?
So many of today's victims and alleged victimizers are products of broken homes. How vulnerable are many young people to the values of our shallow cultural gospel? How ripe are they for the spiritual awakening that can come from the courageous witness of true believers of the gospel of Christ? Perhaps the Lord had our younger generation in mind when he noted how rich was the harvest and how few were the laborers! This August Pope John Paul II will visit Denver, Colorado, in a historic outreach to youth. Many youngsters from our own diocese are already looking forward with great anticipation to his. visit as they plan their pilgrimage to Denver. Ten years after the Second Vatican Council, in December, 1975, Pope Paul VI published an Apostolic Exhortation, "Evangelii Nuntiandi" (On Proclaiming the Gospel). Largely based on discussions at the 1974 international Synod of Bishops, it declared that the Church's essential mission is to evangelize all peoples and underlined "witness of life" as a primary tool of such evangelization. With the advantage of historical perspective, many scholars believe this I22-page document will be the greatest legacy of Pope Paul VI. It would certainly behoove all of us to read it during the Easter season and to devote ourselves more fervently to our role as evangelizers. We can also pray that the August papal visit will be a source of spir': itual renewal for our young people.
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Christian counts! Acts 6:1-7 I Peter 2:4-9 John 14:1-12 One of Christianity's most pressing duties is to continue the historical Jesus' campaign to convince each person of how important hel she really is. Today's three readings are only a small sample of the overall concern the Lord's first followers demonstrated for this campaign. Everyone of the Christian Scriptures treats the topic in one way or another; yet if we understand just these three, we'll be on the road to a new faith insight. The author of I Peter, in the middle of his bap·tismal homily, proclaims the theme as clearly and forcefully as possible: "You... are 'a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people he claims for his own to proclaim the glorious works' of the One who called you from darkness into his marvelous light." Everything once said ofthe ancient Israelites is now being said of Christians. We are the race, the priesthood, the nation, the people. We are those "who have faith"; the faith which makes our importance visible. John uses Jesus' Last Supper Discourse to demonstrate different angles of the same truth. When Thomas tries to avoid the responsibility of knowing "the way" which leads where Jesus is going, the Lord refuses to let him off the hook. "If you really knew me," he answers, "you would know..." And when Philip implies the disciples don't recognize the Father's actions clearly enough to be saved, Jesus insists, "Whoever has seen me has seen the Father." He's made us so one with himself that we've become "other Christs." But John saves the best statement for last: "I solemnly assure you," Jesus proclaims, "whoever has faith in me will do the works I do, and greater far than these." Those who follow Jesus are actually carrying on his work. How could we be more important or have more responsibility? Luke shows how the members of the ideal Christian community understand their importance. For him, the real test comes when problems arise-problems which· could completely .tear the communityapart. All through Acts, he shows how
Daily Readings May 10: Acts 14:5-18; Ps 115:1-4,15-16; In 14:21-26 May 11: Acts 14:19-28; Ps 145:10-13,21; In 14:27-31 May 12: Acts 15:1-6; Ps 122:1-5; In 15:1-8 May 13: Acts 15:7-21; Ps 96:1-3,10; In 15:9-11 May 14: Acts 1:15-17,2026; Ps 113:1-8; In 15:9-17 May 15: Acts 16:1-10; Ps 100:1-3,5; In 15:18-21 May 16: Acts 8:5-8,14-17; Ps 66:1-7,16,20; 1 Pt 3:1518; In 14:15-21
Calling the civil conflict in Liberia a "forgotten war," Vatican envoy Cardinal Roger Etchegaray has appealed to the international community to demonstrate concern for the West African nation. "Liberia risks sinking into the resigned indifference of the world community," said the cardinal, who is president of the pontifical councils for justice and peace and "Cor Unum," th(: Vatican's relief coordinating agency.
By FATHER ROGER KARBAN God's plan demands the melding of <:ientiles and Jews. The union of both in Jesus demonstrates the presence of the Holy Spirit better than any other signs. Yet in its very first days the community comes dangerously close to being split apart. . At this point in the narrative, Gentiles have not yet been accepted into the church as such, and already there's a dispute between Greek and Hebrew-speaking widows. Though both are Jews, their different languages become an obstacle to unity. How can you ever think of joining Gentiles and Jews if you can't even keep different kinds of Jews together? The community's first reaction is to "bring in the authorities." But instead of solving the problem for them, the Apostles throw it back on those doing the most complaining. "Look around among your own number," they command, "for seven men acknowledged to be deeply spiritual and prudent, and we shall appoint them to this task [the distribution of food)." Notice the names of the seven chosen: Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolaus. Everyone's a Greek! If the minority Greeks have a problem, then the minority Greeks will solve that problem. The individual Christian is not only told that hel she is important, church
Pope John Paul II sent him to Liberia last month to express church concern for those suffering from the war. The 3-year-old Liberian civil war has been all but forgotten by the international community as its attention turns toward "other conflicts considered more serious or more threatening to international policy and practice relies upon that importance to get the community through one of the most pivotal and dangerous moments of its existence. No wonder Luke finishes his story by mentioning, "The word of God continued to spread, while at the same time the number of the disciples in Jerusalem enormously increased." Who wouldn't be excited about joining a group that so obviously valued the dignity of each member? I was recently reminded that the 1971 Synod of Bishops, in its document. "J ustice in the World," stated that every member of the church has a "right to suitable freedom of expression and thought. This includes the right of everyone to be heard in a spirit of dialogue which preserves a legitimate diversity within the church." Jesus' campaign continues in our own day!
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One thing I'm very conscious of is that even though we mothers know we're supposed to get the apron strings untied and let our children loose, somehow we resist. I'm still mired in a powerful force inside me which is so connected to my children that if they hurt, I hurt. And I'm not alone in this. It was Friday night, and I was expecting my oldest son Paul to
The lasting bonds of motherhood stay with me. He had business to attend to near my house and called to say he'd be visiting me. I did what mothers do if their children are coming to visit. I went to the grocery store, bought a lot offood and cancelled my plans for the evening. I had expected Paul to arrive hungry, any time after 10 p.m. Well, it got to be 10:30, II, 11:30. I started on the emotional roller coaster that mothers climb onto, even when their children are adults and are temporarily "missing." First I was a little annoyed, then I started to get angry. When it got past midnight, my mood changed to worry, then fear, and pretty soon nonsense. My imagination
Q. I am a lifelong Catholic. My wife; Ii Protestant, maintains that any baptized Christian can receive communion in any church. She does not believe in the real presence, but believes that what a
Five conditions need to be fulfilled for administration of the
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I thought of when my son Frank went to Europe after graduation from college, with scant money and a guitar. I remembered how I panicked when it got to be two months and I hadn't heard from him. Then one day I got a collect phone call from Australia, and I nearly fainted with joy. It was from Frank. That's what it means to be a mother. On that night I was waiting for Paul, he finally called. Paul, who
is single and over 40, is not used to checking in with his mother. Unexpectedly, he had run into some old friends, went to dinner with them and got to my place much later than he had expected. It hadn't crossed his mind that I would be worried. Recently I sat with a mother who was' crying because her daughter's marriage was breaking up. She just wished she could fix things so that neither her daughter, son-in-law nor the two grandchildren would be hurt. That mother knew she had neither the power nor the authority to fix things. All she could do was cry. Yet she couldn't understand why she was so upset. She knew it wasn't her life. It was her
daughter's. But somehow mothers can rarely make a clean break when the apron strings get untied. I think we mothers are unprepared for the firm and permanent grip those tiny hands have on our hearts. No one tells us that motherhood is going to alter us radically from the inside out.
I remember when I was about 6 or 7, I asked my grandmother, who had eight children, which one she loved the best. She held up her hands, spread her fingers and asked me which one ,of her fingers, if it were cut off, would hurt the least. I was very young, but I got the message. Our children come from our bodies, and eventually they leave us - but only physically. In heart, spirit and emotions, they never leave.
When non-Catholics want to receive the sacraments priest (or any minister) does with the bread and wine is merely symbolic. She insists that the "modern" Catholic Church would permit her to receive the Eucharist. Does she know something that I don't? (Illinois) A. If she does, then I'm as much in the dark as you. The church does not have such a policy. Catholic regulations are quite clear about this.
saw him in a car accident or as the victim of some other disaster. I got angry again because all I needed from him was a phone call to put my mind at rest. I remembered other times I stayed up late for my other children, worrying if they were safe.
sacraments of the Eucharist, 5) Be properly disposed, that is, be aware of no serious offense penance and the anointing of the sick to non-Catholic Christians. against God which would contraThe person involved must: dict the union with him professed in the Eucharist. I) Be in danger of death, or in The bishop of a diocese or a urgent need, for example, during a national conference of bishops may time of persecution or in imprisonallow reception of communion by ment. non-Catholics in "urgent ne2) Be unable to have access to a cessities." minister of his or her own faith. I know of instances where 3) Ask for these sacraments on bishops have, for example, allowed his or her own initiative. non-Catholic parents to receive. communion at the marriage of 4) Have faith in these sacraments in accord with the belief of _ their Catholic son or dailghter, the Catholic Church, and non-Catholic spouses to receive at
the funeral of Catholic husbands or wives, and so on. Only the bishop has the right and responsibility to judge whether intercQmmunion should take place. Of course, in all circumstances the conditions concerning faith in the sacraments and proper disposition (N os. 4 and 5 above) must be present. These regulations may be found in the Instruction of the Vatican Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, June I, 1972, and the Code of Canon Law, Canon 844.
The joys of being an adult with great parents' By DOLORES CURRAN
Just as I was struggling to come up with an idea for my 25th annual Mother's Day column, the Holy Spirit appeared in the form of the mailman. A young woman (I'm not divulging her name so that many parents can share the pleasure of wondering if she is their daughter) sent me a letter suggesting a column. God is good. She wrote, "One subject that I have not seen addressed is what I call 'The joys of being an adult with great parents.' It comes up periodically in discussions with
my siblings: 'Aren't our' parents , great? Isn't itwonderful to st,ill be able to call them and ask for advice?' It seems to be a well-kept secret that being in our 20s, 30s (and now one of us is 40!) with healthy, active, intelligent parents is possible." What pleasant words fo; a mother of young ad\.!lts to read. I called this young woman and asked her if I could use her words to honor parents of young adults everywhere and she graciously said yes. Her letter went on, "We hear a lot about the adults struggling with parents who have infirmities. Maybe someone should mention all those of us who are experiencing wonderful years with our parents. "They pushed us out of the nest,
wanting usto be independent, while so many of our friends were being held close to home by their parents. They encouraged us to study hard, work hard, play hard, and travel. "We visit, call, write letters and' seem to be in much closer contact than many of our friends who live in the same city as their parents. "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" can apply to family relationships, too. "We talk about politics, religion, books, and world affairs as well as family news. We schedule a family reunion once every couple of years (never in the same place twice!). They love being asked for advice, but always end with, 'Y ou have to make your own decision, however.' It frees them and it frees us.
"If we are independent, responsible adults, it is because 'we have independent, responsible parents. They are modeling for us a wonderful way of growing old, talking freely about the changes they are aware of in their bodies and minds. They lJ,lso discuss the trade-offs they are making such as eating junk fook but exercising both the mind and the body. "I have met others in similar situations and they, too, cherish such parents. We know that we are blessed and hope to pass on similar attitudes and behaviors to the next generation. "This is one subject that I've wanted to put on paper for a long time. Thanks for listening."
Thank ,you, young friend, for giving parents everywhere a boost today. We know a secret you don't:
,it takes great adult kids to ,produce great paarents. There are many parents out there who would love to be the kind of parents yours are, but they don't have grown offspring who visit, call, write, ask advice, work hard, play hard, and want to spend vacation time together. They just send a Mother's Day or Father's Day card, if they remember. . Perhaps your letter, which shows so well the mutual joy which can be shared by two generations, will prod some of your peers into examining their role in keeping the relationship with their parents warm and rewarding. And it may prod some of us parents, too, in examining if we are allowing you to be independent, responsible adults or keeping you forever children, threatening you with terminal guilt if you grow up.
Punishing misbehavior with grade reduction not smart By Dr. JAMES & MARY
KENNY Dear Dr. Kenny: Our daughter received a three-day in-school suspension for talking back to a teacher. She will receive a grade of F for all her classes on these three days. On several occasions earlier in the year, she had her grade reduced for talking in class. She is a marginal student and this really hurts her chances to pass. To make matters worse, she doesn't seem to care about her grade. In her words: "So what, I'm going to flunk anyhow."
Do you think it's right for the school to punish bad behavior by reducing grades? (Iowa) Absolutely not! This is a poor policy. First, it's not appropriate. Second, it demeans and discourages the marginal student. And third, it doesn't work. Classroom grades are supposed to be a measure of accumulated knowledge. To mix manners and . misbehavior in with the grade is wrong because it makes the grade a generalized and inappropriate rating of the student's worth. Some who misbehave are learning the academic material. If so, they need to be given credit for their learning. Good grades contribute to a feeling of self-worth which helps to stop misbehavior. On the other hand, some misbehavers are also non-learners. They feel they are doing poorly in school,
they have little to lose and they behave badly. Such bad behavior can be disciplined, but the consequence should be separated from the grade. They are already too close to quitting academically. With misbehavers, the' best treatment or discipline begins with what is good about the child. The school makes its job with these students much more difficult by unfairly deflating the grade and lowering the child's self-image even further. Your daughter expresses the folly ofthis policy when she says she no longer cares about her grade. When this happens, another possibility for reaching the student is lost. Teachers are often baffled when a student seems satisfied with a C or D grade. What's wrong with the student? Nothing is wrong with the stu-
dents, but the system has a problem. Schools reward the top 20 percent of the students. The remaining 80 percent feel themselves more or less losers and fail to strive for a goal they know is beyond their reach. This is why school policy ought to protect academic grades from reduction for nonacademic reasons, lest students be further discouraged. Finally, punishment of bad behavior with a grade reduction simply does not work in the majority of situations. Instead of motivating a student to improve her behavior, it is more likely to completely turn off a student toward school. So why do schools h'ave such a policy? There is a myth that punishment
is effective in changing behavior. Not true. Especially with teens, punishment may simply discourage them or even foster rebellion. If punishment were an effective way to change behavior, then modern advertisers would use it to change our buying habits! You are right in your concern about using grades to punish misbehavior. Ask the school to change its policy and keep academic grades separated from concerns as to conduct. Questions are invited by The Kennys; 219 W. Harrison; Rensselaer, Ind. 47978.
Necessary Invention "U nless the reformer can invent something which substitutes attractive virtues for attractive vices, he will fail."-Walter Lippmann
Archbishops to discuss reform of health care WASHINGTON - (CNS) The u.s. Catholic archbishops plan to have an unusual closed-door meeting in Chicago May II to discuss health care reform in preparation for the general meeting of all the bishops in June. Catholic I nsight, a newsletter published by Our Sunday Visitor in Huntington, I nd., reported that the Chicago meeting would focus on whether the bishops should oppose, partially support or stay neutral on the Clinton administration's health reform plan in light of expectations that it will include mandatory coverage for abortion. The U.S. Catholic. Conference Office of Media Relations confirmed plans for the meeting in a brief written statement saying that it would be "an informational meeting to outline the medicalmoral and social justice issues involved" in U.S. health care reform. The meeting will be closed to the press, the statement said. The Chicago session will be the first gathering of the nation's archbishops as a group 'since March 1989, when Pope John Paul II called them to Rome to meet with top Vatican officials and discuss major concerns facing the U.S. church. The Media Relations office said participants in the Chicago session will be "the archbishops who head the 33 provinces of the Catholic Church in the United States" because "the provinces more or less correspond to individual states or regional groupings of states." "The states are expected to play an important role in health care reform," the statement said, adding that "there will not be a public statement on health care reform by the full body of bishops before the June meetings, which will be open to the press." That meeting will take place in New Orleans June 17-19. Mercy Sister Sharon A. Euart, associate general secretary of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the decision to convene the archbishops was made by the NCCB Administrative Committee when it met in March. The committee, an elected body of about 50 bishops that meets at least twice a year, is the highest NCCB decision-making body between general meetings of all bishops. Catholic I nsight is edited by Russell Shaw, former director of public information of the NCCB and now public information officer of the Knights of Columbus. The newsletter also reported that two of the theologians who would address the bishops were Father J. Bryan Hehir, long-time NCCB adviser on public policy issues, and Father Michael Walsh, who until recently was staff director for the NCCB committees on doctrine and pastoral research and practices. Father Walsh was away from his parish in Brooklyn, N.Y., and could not be reached immediately. Father Hehir, reached in Boston, declined to comment.
Pope invited VATICAN CITY (CNS) Rafic Hariri, Lebanon's prime minister, has thanked Pope John Paul II for his efforts on behalf of peace in the Middle Eastern country and invited the pope to visit the nation. Hariri recently met privately with the pope for 30 minutes.
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CELEBRATING THE FEAST of their foundress St. Catherine of Siena, councilors of the Dominican Sisters' communities in Fall River and in Newburgh and Ossining, NY, met with Bishop O'Malley at the Fall River motherhouse. The councilors had spent the weekend planning for merger between the three congregations. They will meet again for a joint assembly in August at Mont Marie, Holyoke, to be themed "Developing a Spirituality of Interdependence: Imaging Ourselves as One!" (Gaudette photo)
Florida kids need shoes VALPARAISO, Ind. (CNS)Florida children left not only homeless but shoeless by Hurricane Andrew are getting some help for their feet from students and staff at Valparaiso University Newman Center. When Newman Center students took a spring break trip to Homestead, Fla., to help build a tent city sponsored by the archdiocese of Miami, they saw thousands of children whose feet were cut and bruised from having to walk shoeless amid the debris of last August's hurricane. So they decided to have a shoe drive. By mid-April, they had collected 350 pairs of shoes, which have already been shipped to Homestead. Since then campus minister Betsy Bird's office has been piling up with more shoes awaiting the next shipment. "Homestead said that they gave all 350 pairs away in two hours," Ms. Bird told the Northwest Indiana Catholic, newspaper for the diocese of Gary, Ind. "One little 6-year-old who has leukemia got a pair of Air Jordan shoes and thought he was king of the hill." The need continues, Ms. Bird explained. "As summer is approaching, the temperature is 85-plus degrees, the pavement is hot and creepy, crawly bugs are coming alive, too," she said. At least one shoe manufacturer has sent donations to hurricane victims, but only in adult sizes.
The Newman Center effort is focusing on children's shoes, plus used sporting eqlJipment, children's clothing sized 2T-12, and children'ssize baseball caps for protection from the sun. "The tent city has a fenced-in playground for children, to try to keep them safe from the crack dealers, but they need things to play with," Ms. Bird said. "Bats, balls, mitts, anything for outdoor play. These children have nothing." Many tent city residents had lost what little they had after the hurricane ~n a series of mid- March tornadoes that swept through Florida. The students' tent city work was coordinated through People Helping People, a nondenominational relief group that is also distributing the shoes. Donations can be sent directly to Jean Henry, People Helping People, 1041 NW Fifth Ave., Florida City, FL 33042.
Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, has planned a number .of events to celebrate National Nursing Home Week, May 9 to 15. After a surprise event May 10, residents will be treated to a New . England clam boil in the auditorium. Family events will be a "Favorite Flashbacks Social" for fathers and sons 3 p.m. May 10 and a "Memorable Moments Social" for mothers and daughters 10 a.m. May 13. Family albums and favorite photographs will be shared. Throughout the week, re~idents will participate in the annual Senior Olympics, a series of events such as bowling and fishing adapted for residents. Other events will be: - May crowning, 1:30 p.m., and Mother's Day Hospitality Table, 2 p.m., May 9. - Volunteer appreciation luncheon, noon, May 12. - An "Over Nineties' Tea"
May9 1940, Rev. J.E. Theodule Giguere, Pastor, St. Anne, New Bedford 1941, Rev. John P. Clarke, Pastor, St. Mary, Hebronville May 12 1920, Rev. John F. deValles, Chaplain, United States Army 1986, Rev. Herve Jalbert, Retired Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, Fall River May 13 1955, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Osias Boucher, Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, Fall River
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honoring more than 80 residents age 90 or over I p.m. May 13.
St. Anne's HospikJl gratefully acknowledges contributions thol we hove received to the Remembrance Fund during April, 1993. Through the remembrance and honor of these lives, St. Anne's can continue its'Caring With Excellence.'
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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., May 7, 1993
POLICE AND FIRE officials march on South Main St. in Fall River, enter St. Mary's Cathedral and are greeted by Bishop O'Malley after Tuesday's Mass for public safety. (Kearns and Hickey photos)
First duty is love Continued from Page One sometimes called upon to "serve good honest citizens who are grateful," other times to respond to disorderly and criminal behavior. The role of service requires that "we must treat people right even when they are wrong," the bishop said. While "for some, being a good Christian [merely) means not hurting anyone," the faithful have "the responsibility of being our brother's keeper and living the values of the Kingdom now." The role of service is one that has been disparaged in our culture, Bishop O'Malley said, but "servant is a synonym for Christian." The officials must face their duties with a sense that they are "charged by God" with a mission of responding not only to "evil done, but good left undone."
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Salvadoran mothers ask fate of abducted children
Their task, the bishop concluded, is "to believe," to commit themselves to Gospel values and above all "to love," even when the world becomes hostile to such values.
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SAN SALVADOR (CNS) - A group of Salvadoran mothers who say their small children, including infants, were abducted by the military in 1982 wants the government to tell them what happened to the youngsters. "We need to know whether our children are alive or dead," said Francisca Romero. Mrs. Romero said her 8-year-old daughter, Maria Elsi Dubon Romero, was abducted by Air Force troops June 2, 1982, in Nueva Trinidad, EI Salvador. "If our children were killed, we want to know where the bones are," she said. Nine reportedly missing children represented by the delegation of mothers at a press conference in San Salvador are said to be among many children from poor, rural families abducted by the military during a nine-day sweep of the northern department of Chalatenango. Some observers have suggested, but have presented no evidence,
that the children were handed over to a corrupt adoption scheme. An armed forces spokesman said he knew nothing about the case. Near the start of the 12-year Salvadoran civil war, army and air force troops attacked Chalatenango in an effort to eliminate Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front guerrillas and their suspected civilian supporters. Survivors of those raids reported seeing soldiers take children away in helicopters. "The soldiers said the children would be useful to the government," said Maria Magdalena Ramos, who said her 6-month-old baby, Nelson Anibal Ramos, was snatched from her arms. "I ran after them and climbed onto the helicopter steps. I looked through the window for my baby, but couldn't see him," she said. "But the helicopter was full of children - there must have been around 40." M.rs. Ramos said she never saw her baby again.
CINCINNATI (CNS)- Though most expectant parents pray for the birth of a healthy child, 27year-old Laura Looker prayed only that her baby be born. Alive. Mrs. Looker, who has been blind since infancy, learned through ultrasound in her fifth month of pregnancy that her baby had no kidneys. She faced three possible scenarios: the baby might die in utero from a lack of oxygenated amniotic fluid normally manufactured by the kidneys, be stillborn, or live only a brief time after birth. Despite the devastating diagnosis, Mrs. Looker said, her pro-life stance decided her to carry the child to term. In an interview with the Catholic Telegraph, newspaper of the Cincinnati archdiocese, she said she often has heard the pro-choice declaration that when parents face the birth of a disabled child, they change their mind about getting an abortion. But "I still felt the same way -life is a gift from God," she said. Her own disability contributed to her respect for life. If the technology to predict an unborn child's health had existed at the time of her birth, the cancer that took her eyesight would have made her a candidate for abortion, she said. Mrs. Looker said she wanted her baby to enjoy the gift of life. She opted for natural childbirth, figuring that the absence of drugs or anesthesia that could slow an already fragile heart or lungs could make a live birth more likely. She also began a diet that emphasized nutrition and cut out caffeine, tobacco, alcohol or artificial sweeteners. "Please, God, let this child be born alive" became her prayer and she also clung to the hope that the doctors and tests were wrong. That hope disappeared in her 32nd week of pregnancy, when another ultrasound confirmed that the baby not only lacked kidneys, a bladder and the lower urinary tract, but was also in the breech position, which would make for a difficult birth. Two weeks before her estimated due date, Mrs. Looker went into labor. At 8:49 p.m. on April 2 Gabriel Xavier Looker was born alive. Weighing four and a half pounds, he was perfectly formed and managed to curl his small fist around his mother's finger. The Lookers, supported by close friends, family and clergy, held' Gabriel until he died at 10:25 p.m. "If you choose death, it's over. There are always other options," Mrs. Looker told the Telegraph. "Y ou will go through the most excruciating agony either way, but at least we have memories."
Tribunal advocated DUBUQUE, Iowa (CNS) - A Muslim physician born and educated in war-torn Sarajevo, BosniaHerzegovina, says an international war-crimes tribunal must be established to stop the fighting in his homeland. "There is a crime out there, and for the crime there must be a punishment," said Dr. Edib Korkut, speaking at Loras College, run by ,the archdiocese of Dubuque. "The United States is doing the best and the most in the present situation," Korkut said. "U nfortunately, this is not enough yet. There should be a push for a little bit more because the United Nations is unable to act."
THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., May 7,1993
ETHICS SYMPOSIUM participants, from left: Dr. John Delfs; Gerald D'Avolio; Sister Joanna Fernandes, OP, chairman of the board of St. Anne's Hospital, which sponsored the event; Bishop O'Malley; Father J. Bryan Hehir; Father James O'Donohoe; David Mulligan. (Hickey photo)
<:atholic contribution is topic Continued from Page One that exist in soci.ety as a w!l6le," assisting each individual in attaining "the best possible chance to grow and develop as a fully human person." , This view holds that human persons have dignity as creations of God; anything n,~cessary to fulfill that dignity-such as basic health care-is considered a right. Since humans are "by nature, not by choice," social, said Father Hehir, it is the duty of society to fulfill basic rights. The way society is organized "becomes a question ofthe highest moral order," since a society which cannot meet tht: 'claim to basic rights is "fundamentally defective," the speaker added. In this view, it follows that civil law must incorporate a moral vision. "Since a person is social, actions that look private may have social consequences," said Father Hehir. However, he continued, in the liberal view, the pursuit of dignity is considered an individ ual matter. Rather than the "common good" to which all are ~:ntitled, there is a notion of the "public interest," a collection of individual interests. "Society is seen as a social contract: we choose to come together in order to pursue our rights," Father Hehir sa:id. This tradition seeks to maximize individual freedom and privacy, he added. While in both traditions access to basic health c~,re is considered a major moral issue in the reform debate, the Church also has significant bioethical ':oncerns, such as abortion and euthanasia, which in the liberal agenda fall into the category of privacy or individual choice. That such pra<:tices which affect the dignity of human life have social consequences "is not a universally acceptl~d notion," said Father Hehir. The Church's a.dherence to moral stands which may not be popular in the public domain raises fears that Catholic institutions risk being cut out of the mainstream in a reformed health care system. For example, if a national health package includes coverage of abortions, would Catholic institutions be required to perform them? Father Hehir finds such a scenario unlikely, since abortion is readily available elsewhere. But Catholic institutions could end up "marginal players" in the system if
freedom of conscience is not tolerated. On the other hand, Father Hehir sees the open debate on health care as a significant opportunity for the' Catholic approach to impact public policy. "One of the most interesting things happening in the debate about public policy," he said, "is that persons dedicated to a liberal society are beginning to realize its limits. Liberal tradition itself does not guarantee justice." The notion of common' good may be wellreceived as "a 'new' idea." Those in the health care field have a "formidable task of education and dialogue [if they are) to share their ideas with the wider society," Father Hehir concluded. "It would be a shame and a tragedy if the church only looked like an interest group in this debate." State's Case Mulligan and D' Avolio addressed the topic "Stating the State's Case: A Public Policy Response." Mulligan, suggesting that the worth of a health care system is measured by how well it influences the longevity and quality of people's lives, declared that the U.S. competition-driven health care system has failed. "We spend more and get less" in services than other industrialized nations such as Canada, Germany and Japan, which have better records in longevity, he said. While in the United States the privileged-those who have good insurance policies-"have access to the best health care system the world has ever known," those outside the system suffer increasingly, Mulligan said. A reformed system "needs to look at the disparities" between well-to-do insurance holders and the uninsured poor, who are susceptible to "illness related to poverty" such as tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases and even the results of violence. In the current system, competition drives health care providers to acquire the most sophisticated hightech equipment available. To profit they must use the equipment, pushing health care costs even higher, while physicians enter lucrative specialties rather than primary care and family medicine. Those with "the plastic [insurance) cards" have access to an overwhelming array of options, while the uninsured are shut out
from even the most basic services, said Mulligan. "We don't look at who's sickest and how to touch them, but at who has the cards," said Mulligan, recounting his own experience after a car accident: having sustained minor injuries, he waited for treatment for two hours in an emergency room while the hospital "made sure they would be paid" by his insurer. The Un:ited States government "has looked at universal coverage many times through the years... Medical societies have opposed it," fearing their own interests would be hurt, Mulligan noted. The health care profession "has lost sight of equity, capacity to individually touch people," he said. For Catholic institutions, which have "followed the high-tech route," the dilemma is that "they want to serve the common good and achieve justice, but a Catholic hospital also needs to finish the year in the black... Ifthe CEO is so overwhelmed with staying in the black, the real presence of the Church is compromised," said Mulligan. In general, he said, "the jury is still out" on the value of "expensive and invasive" high-tech medical procedures. "Let's achieve equity of access first" as a matter of principle, he concluded. D'Avolio explained medicalmoral lobbying efforts ofthe Massachusetts Catholic Conference, noting that the conference was instrumental in effecting passage of the state's health care proxy law. Current concerns include opposing physician-assisted suicide and condom handouts in schools, he said. Mrs. Wanglie's Ventilator The symposium concluded with a panel discussion of a medical ethics case, moderated by Father O'Donohoe. Father Hehir, Mulligan and Atty. D'Avolio and Dr. Delfs were panelists. The real-life case involved Helga Wanglie, a Minnesota woman in her 80s who after a series of health problems was diagnosed as permanently unconscious (persistent vegetative state) and respirator dependent. With her costs already over $800,000, her health care providers believed life-support treatment was futile and inappropriate, while the family insisted all treatment be continued. Per court order, the family's wishes
were fulfilled until Mrs. Wanglie died of pneumonia. The panelists discussed the question of whether a patient or a patient's proxy has the right to insist treatment be continued when medical professionals feel it 'is inappropriate and wish it discontinued,. particularly in the face of mounting costs which could be used to provide other health services to persons who would recover. "While continuation of human life" is considered a benefit of treatment, Father O'Donohoe said, that benefit must be weighed against the fact that "the expenditure could cause escalation of health care costs" if everyone demande~ extraordinary extension of life, "which may not be beneficial." Mulligan pointed out that under England's socialized health care system there are "common practice patterns" which require certain responses to specific medical situations. Developing such a practice would keep cases such as that of Mrs. Wanglie out of the courts, but would also "limit what health care can do [since) it doesn't pursue alternatives" that deviate from the established course of action. Father Hehir .said he was wary of any "sweeping decision" that does not "take into consideration the individual aspects ofthe case." The problem with cases like Mrs. Wanglie's, said Dr. Delfs, is that the medical profession has not "clarified the limits of its resources or the rules for a decision." Noting that Mrs. Wanglie's own wishes were not known prior to
her illness, D' Avolio said that the health care proxy law in Massachusetts is designed to prevent such conflicts from arising. Court intervention in the Wanglie case was necessary because of the conflict between the patient's family and the medical staff, Dr. Delfs said. "It is a ,:ase about physicians stepping in and saying they will be the agents of society," which in his opinion is not an appropriate role for the physician, who should always be an advocate for the patient and the patient's family, Dr. Delfs said. "It is not pleasant to deal with these issues in the ,:ourts," he said. "But the consequence of not doing so is we erode medical care and the physician's role as advocate of the patient and family by asking the physician to be the arbiter of the common good." It is better, he said, for the physician to fulfill the trust of the patient and family and let the courts, as the voice of society, decide the proper course of action in specific cases.
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Thousands weep at Chavez rites DELANO, Calif. (CNS) - Cesar Chavez, 66, president of the United Farm Workers of America, was eulogized by national, state and local leaders at his April 29 funeral Mass, held at Forty Acres, the original site of his union's headquarters. ThotlSands of farmworkers' union leaders, politicians, religious leaders and ordinary citizens converged at the huge tented Mass site to honor Chavez. Thousands more stood outside lamenting the loss of their charismatic idol who a week before his death had ended a private 37-day fast that focused on justice for farmworkers. Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, a lifelong friend of Chavez, was principal celebrant of the Mass, at which he read a message of condolence fro'm Pope John Paul II. An all-night rosary vigil preceded the Mass. It was attended by thousands of farm workers. Also present were Ethel Kennedy, widow of the late U.S. . Sen. Robert Kennedy, and her son, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy, D-Mass. The Kennedy family has had a longtime affinity with the farmworker cause. Others in attendance were the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, U.S. Rep. Ronald Dellums, D-Calif., labor leaders from the United States and Canada, Mickey Kantor, President
Clinton's trade representative, representing the White House, and former California Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed the Agricultural Workers Relations Act in 1975. The act established collective bargaining rights for farmworkers. . After the vigil, the coffin was transported to Memorial Park, Delano, where thousands of people gathered to march with it three miles to Filrty Acres. About 120 farmworkers took turns at carrying the stark, unvarnished pine coffin. Celebrities, including Mrs. Kennedy, her son, and Hollywood personalities , marched behind it with the family. It took three hours to make the journey. Chavez had asked that his funeral take place at Forty Acres, the site of his first public fast in 1968 and, in 1970, of the signing of the first UFW contracts with growers. Forty Acres was also the site of Chavez's last public fast in 1988, a 36-day action protesting pesticide poisoning of grape workers and their children. - Chavez had also asked to be buried in a plain pine coffin made by his brother, Richard, 64, who was ajourneyman carpenter before he joined the UFW in the 1960s. The coffin's lining was stitched by Chavez' children and grandchildren. On the inside lid it bore the UFW logo - a red flag with a black eagle.
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MUNNAKKARA, Sri Lanka (CNS) - The tiny Mediterranean principality of Monaco is helping poor fishing families in the large Indian Ocean state of Sri Lanka build a new village. Monaco, population around 30,000, is cooperating with the Catholic Church on the project in the fishing village of Munnakkara, about 22 miles north of .the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. ' The church donated land and Monaco donated funds for a 45house village, to be called Monaco Gama. Monaco, about 470 acres in area, is wedged into the southern coast of France. It is 90 percent Catholic. Sri Lanka is a 25,332square-mile island off .India's southeast coast with a population of 17.6 million, including 1.19 million Catholics. Monaco has also funded Prin-cess 'Grace orphanage at Katukurunda in Sri Lanka. The orphanage, named after the late Gracf; Kelly, the film star who A 1992 PHOTO of Cesar married Prince Rainier of Monaco Chavez. "No uvas" means "no is run by Rita Perera, known as grapes."'(CNS photo) "the"MotherTeresa" of Sri Lanka.
CARDINAL GEORGE Basil Hume, OSB, of Westminster, England, speaks during a Mass at the British bishops' conference. (CNS / Reuters photo)
Special rite for Anglican converts nixed LONDON (CNS) - Britain's the bishops' statement said: "Those Under the Catholic definition of Catholic bishops ruled out a spe- entering into full communion with absolute ordination the acceptance cial rite for Anglicans seeking to the Catholic Church are required offormer Anglican clergymen into convert to Roman Catholicism, to accept the teaching authority of the Catholic priesthood would be and rejected conversions based ,the church, in matters of faith and the only ordination of those indisolely on opposition to women's morals, as exercised by the pope as , viduals recognized by the church. ordination. the successor of Peter and by the But Cardinal Hume said that "The aim for those who seek to college of bishops in communion does not deny the validity of the enter into full communion with with him." ministry performed by Anglican the Catholic Church must be their Cardinal Hume also outlined clergy. eventual total integration into the the position of the bishops on "The Second Vatican Council's life of the Catholic community," former Anglican clergy seeking Decree, on Ecumenism made it the English and Welsh bishops Catholic priesthood. said in a statement presented at an "Any member of the Church of very clear that sacred actions done April 23 news conference by Car- England clergy who seeks full com- by ministers in other churches were dinal George Basil Hume of West- munion with the Catholic Church effective and gave grace and could minster. will be ordained absolutely," he lead to salvation," Cardinal Hume said. "There is no question of aU niate said. Church," Cardinal Hume said. Uniate is the term, usually applied to Eastern-rite Catholic churches which rejoined Rome .some time after the 1054 split between the eastern and western wings of the church and which retain much of the liturgical charVATICAN CITY (CNS) - A regional tribunal, but it can be acteristics oftheir Orthodox neigh- simpler process requested by U.S. appealed to the Vatican. bors. Archbishop Agnelo said that in bishops to laicize priests found to Nor is there consideration of a be sex abusers is not allowed by these cases, the sacraments con"personal prelature" for Anglicans, current church law, a Vatican offi- gregation ultimately reviews rethe cardinal said. Retired Angli- cial said. quests for dispensation from the can Bishop Graham Leonard of Reducing priests to the lay state promise of celibacy and passes on London had suggested a prelature takes place only when the sacra- its findings to the pope. A request - a special church jurisdiction ment of ordination is nullified or for a dispensation from celibacy is designed for a specific pastoral after a judicial process, said Arch- considered distinct from the decijob. bishop Geraldo M. Agnelo, secre- sion on laicization. But the statement said that tary ofthe Congregation for Divine The main Vatican concern is "some temporary pastoral arrange- Worship and Sacraments. that any simplification in the laiciment" might be established to help For a bishop to administratively zation process might not adeconverts "become fully integrated laicize a priest for sex abuse would quately protect the rights of priests into the local Catholic commun- be "against canon law," he told and the value of the sacrament of ity." ordination. Catholic News Service. The statements followed four Msgr. Federick McManus of Some U.S. bishops, concerned days of meetings focused on means about the pastoral damage done The Catholic University of Amerfor dealing with Anglican conver- by priest pedophilia cas'es, are seek- ica in Washington said, "What I sions in the wake of lllSt Novem- ing a simpler administrative pro- wish would be pursued at this ber's controversial decision by the cess to laicize known and diag- point is Article 38 of 'Christus Church of England's ruling body nosed pedophiles. Dominus' (the Second Vatican to allow women to become priests. One prelate who attended the Council Decree on the Bishops' Cardinal Hume said that the meetings, BishopJoseph L.lmesch Pastoral Office in the Church), bishops ruled out accepting Angli- of Joliet, III., said the point made which is also in the 1983 code (of cans who sought "single-issue" by Vatican officials was that the canon law) in Canon 455." Msgr. McManus, a leading membership. pope, as the church's chief legisla"It would be quite wrong for tor, is the only one who has the canon law expert, said those proanybody to think they could be- power to change the situation. But visions allow a bishops' confer~ come a Catholic because they don't the bishop said he thought this ence to ask the pope to give them want women to be ordained," Car- represented the Vatican's current the authority to draw up their own dinal Hume said. thinking, not necessarily a final' legislation governing some particHe said further that the English decision. ular aspect of church life in their In the case, of invalid ordina- own country - subject ,always to and Welsh bishops are reflecting on the role of women in the Catho- tions, it is up to the sacraments the pope's final approval of what'lic Church and the ministry they congregation to determine which ever legislation the conference ordinations should be nullified. proposes. should exercise. "I don't say that's the way out or The other main ways for a priest "There is no question too of becoming Catholics by accepting to be reduced to the lay state are that the Holy Father would even our teaching a la carte," the cardi- either by his request or, if he concede that in this case," he said, "but the bull has to be taken by the nal added. "We hav'e to take the refuses to request it, by way of menu ... or go to another res- penalty following a judicial proce- horns to see if in fact this is an area taurant." dure. This procedure usually in- in which the bishops can draw up On the pick and choose issue, volves a decision by a diocesan or their own legislation."
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By Charlie Martin
Face it. Love is stupid. Well, maybe love isn't altogether stupid, but being in love can sure complicate your life. That's especially true when you've fallen madly in love with somebody you've never talked to. Your friends will call this an infatuation, something you'll get over. What do they know? You're in love. You figure that this is the perfect match for you, and there's only one other person you need to convince. So we end up with the basic question: How do you make somebody love you? Sorry, but here's the' answer. You can't. It's impossible, nobody can do it, nobody ever has and nobody ever will. The best you can do is get acquainted and then hope the chemistry is right. While we're dealing with love's harsh realities, here's another fact straight from the hip. It's a broad statement, and there are certainly. exceptions, but the basic point is true. In junior high and high school, kids use superficial standardl' in deciding who they'll date and whose hearts they'll crush. . Guys, given their choice, will date the prettiest girl who'll go out with them. Girls, given their choice, will date the most popular guy they can. If you happen to fall below the other person's standard for how pretty you should be or how popular is popular enough, you are starting out at a real disadvantage. You may not be able to get past that superficial judgment. The good news is that those standards aren't permanent. After high school, people become much more interested in the person inside. Physical attractiveness becomes
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less important than a sense of humor, and "Popularity With a Capital P" simply ceases to exist. Nobody knows and nobody cares anymore. Having said that, let's get back to your current reality. You're in love, but y,ou haven't actually gotten around to speaking with Miss or Mister Perfection. Where do you start? Right off, do not ask this person to go with you to the spring formal. If you begin by asking for a date to a big event, you are highly likely to crash and burn. Next, do not hang around this person acting loud and stupid with your friends, hoping to be noticed. We've all seen this kind of stuff in the malls or at schoo路l. If the object of your dreams is already interested in you, this may be an opening. But if this person isn't actively hoping to make contact, that sort of noisy "Hey look at .me" behavior just makes you seem pathetic. Show yourself some more respect. How do you start? Just talk. Usually you can begin a conversation about something obvious, like your algebra teacher' or how weak the assembly was last week. Be sure to smile. Everybody can be about 50 percent more attractive when smiling. Almost anybody likes attention, . if it isn't forced. If the other person has even the slightest notion that you may be a possibility, you may find that your simple opener leads to a simple conversation. And that can lead to a "Hi" in the hall after third period, and then you might actually walk together down to chemistry and talk about how dull Mr. Dranford's lectures are. Hey, with love, anthing's possible because love is stupid. Your comments are welcomed by Dr. Christopher Carstens, , Catholic News Service, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.
I look up to the little bird That flies across the sky He sings the clearest melody It makes me want to cry It makes me want to sit right down And cry, cry, cry I look along the city streets So dark with raging fear And I wish that I could be that bird And flyaway from here I wish I had the wings To flyaway from here. But Mama, I feel so alone Mama, where do I go Mama, what do I know Mama will it be so? They always say that you know best But this little bird's fallen Out of that nest Now I got a feeling That I might have been left I just got to put These wings to test. For I'm just a gentle soul Who's weighted, weighted to the ground Give me the strength to carryon Till I can lay my burden down Give me the strength To lay this burden down. Written and Sung by Annie Lennox (c) 1992 by BMG Records IS SOMETHING holding you you back in life? Do you ever feel that you are not becoming who you want to be? If so, then you can identify with the person in Annie Lennox's latest release, "Little Bird." This person reaiizes that "I just got to put these wings to test." She chooses to move beyond herdissatisfaction about her life. She knows she is a "gentle soul who's weighted, weighted
to the ground." Although she doesn't name this weight, some burden keeps her life from really taking off. Yet, she prays, "Give me the strength to lay this burden down." A common burden for many of us is fear. We may have a dream or goal we want to reach. However, fear's voice within us can be so strong. Fear can think of hundreds of ways we might fail. It tells us that we will look foolish if we
try and do not succeed. So how do we lay down this burden of fear? I've gleaned some answers to this question by watching teens I work with in my counseling practice. Here are a few suggestions: I. State right up front that you are afraid. Hidden fear just gets a stronger hold on us. Talk about your' fear to someone whom you tr'ust, someone who will be your ally as you face the way fear would control your life. 2. Formulate a plan. Fear tries to convince us that what we want to achieve is "impossible." Fear wants us to feel overwhelmed and give up. But when we break a goal down into small manageable steps, our success builds confidence. When we see that we are making progress toward the goal, we are less likely to believe what fear tells us. 3. Reach out for help. Determine what type of assistance you need. Then keep asking others until you find the right person who can enable you to stick to your plan. For example, if going to college is your goal, but the financial loan forms don't make sense to you, keep looking for someone who understands these forms and the process of attaining the needed money. 4. See disappointment and apparent failure for what they really are - indicators that your plan needs refining, not permanent roadblocks to success. When feeling discouraged, ask God for guidance. With God's help, we can turn a momentary setback into feedback on how to try anew, but this time with added knowledge about what doesn't work. Such information makes the pathway to success one step clearer. Your life is tremendously significant. Your dreams and goals can be realized. Like the song's "little bird," take off to fly. Your comments are welcomed by Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635.
Dominican Academy "A Celebration of Art" exhibit of Dominican Academy students' works will be open to the public 2 to 4 p.m. May 23 in the Fall River school's auditorium. The students, directed by art teacher Pamela Silva, will give a performance using puppets, sculpture and floats made from household items. Refreshments will be served. Information: 674-6100.
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THE FOOD PANTRY at Coyle-Cassidy High School, Taunton, was the beneficiary ofa surprise birthday party for Mrs. Margaret Woodard, an area resident. Planners asked guests to bring pantry donations instead of gifts. Mrs. Woodard stands with the contributions and C-C religion department chairman Michael Cote (left) and headmaster Michael Donly. The men coordinate the food pantry project, under which students regularly distribute 125 to 150 bags of food to needy city residents.
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GOIN' TO THE CONNOLLY CHAPEL: Jackie Cormier and Derek Potvin are "married" as part of a Bishop Connolly High School religion class teaching students about married life. Father Robert Levens, SJ, course instructor, performs the ceremony with the assistance of senior "Father" Lenny Moniz as best man Martin D'Amico looks on.
Bishop Connolly High School In a span of three weeks, 100 Bishop Connolly High School . seniors were married, launched careers, went house-hunting and became parents! It was all part of a religion class taught by Father Hobert L~vens, SJ, who began by "marrying" students-some in real wedding gowns-iii mock ceremonies at the Fall River school's chapel. After a wedding :reception, students were given a whirlwind tour of real life: ,each was assigned a career and salary or designated as unemployed, then the couples had to price apartments. or homes, furniture and insuran\:e according to their budget. Soon after, each couple had a new arrival: a baby girl (a five-pound bag of sugar) or a baby boy (a bag of flour). The baby had to be tended by at least one parent at all times-unless 25 cents an hour was paid for a babysitter! Learning about the business world, meanwhile, were four seniors who were honored at the annual awards banquet of Junior Achievement of Gn:ater Fall River and New Bedford. Michael Charkowski of Fall River earned the $200 Sales Award
Bishop }i'eehan Since. February, the junior and senior law class at Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, has heard from 12 guest speakers on such topics as family law, drugs and. alcohol, corn;ctions, and court~ room processes and procedures. The students also traveled to Massachusetts Correctional Insti-. tution-Norfolk' to .participate . in' the "Project Youth" program, whereby five :inItiates share their' stories with young people. The course, covering criminal, civil, family, motor vehicle and housing law, enables studen,ts to gain an understanding of the law not only from a classroom perspective but also from experts who' deal with it daily.
and an Executive Award. Tonya DeMelo of Fall River received the Vice President of Human Resources Award and was a member of the Company of the Year, Optic. David Silva of Fall River received awards for executive leadership and public speaking. Stephanie Schuller of Portsmouth, RI, earned the Perfect Attendance and the Vice President of Finance awards. She achieved a perfect score on the International Student Forum Qualifying Exam and is a member of the $50 Sales Club. A delegate at the Region One Junior Achievement Conference earlier this year, she placed third in the "Outstanding Young Businesswoman of the Year" competition. She and Silva each received $500 scholarships, and all four students will attend the JA International Student Forum to be held in Indiana in July. Miss Schuller and Michael P. Donnelly of Somerset were Teenagers of the Month for April. In addition to her participation in Junior Achievement, Miss Schuller is a member of the National Honor Society, yearbook staff, drama society and spring track team. Donnelly is president of the student government and a member of the ski club and the cross country and spring track teams. He is the 1993 State Class D Champion in spring track.
.Parenting series . 'to ·conclude 'Rev. James Mattaliano, SJ, coordinator of the Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, Alcohol and Drug Awareness Team, will present the fourth and final "Parenting for Prevention" seminar 7 to 9·p.m. May II inthe school auditorium. The topic will be "Life Skills for Positive Relationships." The program is open to the publ\c. For information call Bishop Connolly High School at 676-1071.
On May 3, grade 5 students at St. Mary's school, New Bedford, participated in a class liturgy, celebrated by Father Mark Hession. Students Nicole Coulombe and Erin Dubois served as cantors as Mrs. Jacqueline Vardo led music. Students had prepared invitations for family members and friends and also created a Mass booklet given to those attending. As part of the offertory Angela Chleppa des(:ribed items offered, including a basket containing written reflections by students on how they have grown in their faith this year through the school's religion program. The class includes two students who recently made their first communions: George Coto, who received the sacrament on Christmas Eve, and Jamie Sylvia, who n:ceived it on Holy Thursday.
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Host family sought for Denmark teen The ASSE International Student Exchange program is seeking a host family for the coming school year for 16-year-old Christian Beenfeldt from Haslev, Denmark. Christian is interested in computers, mountain biking and swimming. He applied in November and is eagerly awaiting word of a host family in this area. Students arrive in late August and return home at the end of the school year. Host families provide a home, foodl and love for students who have their own spending money and medical insurance. Host families need not have teens or for that matter any children. Anyone interested in hosting Christian or another student should contact regional representative .Sarah Harkness-Nelson at (401) 635-8707 or 1-800-277-6773.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (CNS) - Catholic school children across the country are being asked to send in the names of their mothers to be included in the "Mothers Computer Bank" ofa Missouri Marian shrine. Sponsors of the project hope to present the names, to Pope John Paul II at the World Youth Day Mass Aug. 1.5. The m'aiden name of the pope's mother, Emilia Kaczorowska, is in !tie computer bank. The Shrine of Mary Mother of the Church has sent letters to .all s~hool administrators and principals asking for the names of stildents' mothers. Don Drake, who chairs the pro'ject, said the names will be kept at the shrine for all who come to pray·. Mothers' IJames may be sent in writing to Mary Mother of the Church Shrine, Lake of the Ozarks, Highway 5, Laurie, MO 65038; by : telephone to (314) 374-6279; or by fax ti:> (314) 374-0627.
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JOYFUL SOUNQS The "Joyful Squnds" (formerly the "Heritage Singers") are preparing for a June performance under the direction of John Travers, music director at Dominican A<;ademy, FR. New members welcome at rehearsals held 7 p.m. Thursdays at DA. Information: Lorraine Rousseau, 624-4608. LEGION OF MARY Memorial Mass for Edel Quinn, Legion of Mary envoy to Africa, 7:30 p.m. May 12, St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett. All invited; refreshments follow. CATHOLIC NURSES, CAPE Cape-Islands Chapter of Catholic Nurses end of the season Mass 6 p.m. May 19, St. Pius X Church, S.' Yarmouth, followed by banquet at Christine's Restaurant; information: Dee Santos, 775-3371.
CATHOLIC WOMAN'S CLUB, FR The annual meeting of the Catholic Woman's Club of Fall River will be held on 7:30 p.m. May J I at Holy Name School Hall, Pearce Street, Fall River. The Durfee .Higb _~Ehool String Group under the directio'n'of Judy Bento will provide the entertainment. The nominating committee will introduce the new slate of officers and the scholarship committee will present two scholarships that evening. Margaret Patten is in charge of the coffee hour and the hospitality committee will be chaired by Madeline Lavoie and Claire O'Toole. BIRTHRIGHT, TAUNTON Due to increased number ofclients, more volunteers are needed to assist pregnant women in need. Information: 822-2921.
SEPARATED/DIVORCED CATHOLICS, NB Support group meeting 7 to 9 p.m. May 12, Family Life Center, N. Dartmouth; topic: open discussion. ST.BERNARD,ASSONET First Friday Mass 7 tonight with rosary led by Respect Life Commit~ tee members.
Pro-Life Rosary R'ally The rosary will be recited at I :30 p.m. tomorrow at LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro, as part of a pro-life rosary rally. Father Stephen A. Fernandes, director ofthe Diocesan Pro-Life Apostolate, will speak and Father Kenneth B. Murphy of the Boston archdiocese, state chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, will celebrate Mass at 4:30 p.m. ST. STANISLAUS, FR New preschool scheduled to open in September needs furniture, toys, ,puzzles, books, etc; information: Denita Tremblay, principal, 6746771. SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS, FR Spiritual Connections, a program that facilitates relationships between church members and the developmentally disabled, will hold its third annual conference from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 26 at Union United Methodist Church, Highland Avenue and Pearce Street. With the theme of "Letting Go," permitting individuals to develop their full potential, the program is open to family members of the developmentally disabled, the disabled, caregivers and human services personnel. Further information: Sister Kathleen Murphy, OP, 6755780; Mrs. Maggie Hyland, SS. Peter and Paul parish, 676-8463. ST. JOSEPH, FAIRHAVEN Parishioners help at soup kitchen in NB once a month; volunteers needed. Information: Joe Begnoche, 992-7371. LaSALETTE SHRINE, ATTLEBORO "Spirituality and Seasons of Life" workshop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 will examine spiritual issues and challenges likely to emerge at various phases of one's life. Presenter will be Anne T. Pullen, a counselor and educator from Concord, NH. Preregistration requested. Information: 222-5410. ST. JOSEPH, TAUNTON Reception for participants in CYO basketball will follow 8:30 a.m. Mass Sunday; trophies will be distributed and refreshments served. ST. MARY, NORTON Swing into Spring parish social 8 p.m. to midnight May 15, parish center, music by Digital Duo. Admission is one food dish. Sign up sheet at church doors. U1treya meeting 7:30 p.m. May II,parish center meeting room. Names of mothers, both living and deceased, may be listed in remembrance book on lectern.
NEW YORK (CNS) - Latinos who switch from Catholic to Protestant churches tend to carry their religious culture with them, scholars reported at a symposium about the religious practices of U.S. Latinos. In matters such as styles of worship and use of symbols, Latinos who go to non-Catholic churches often exert a "catholicizing" influence that these churches have to accommodate if they are to hold their new members, symposium participants said. They said such factors need greater attention in studies of Latino religious identity and in consideration of problems of definition produced by many Latinos continuing to call themselves Catholic even though attending other churches.
GOV. ROBERT CASEY
Casey, asks link to abortion end, aid to families WASHINGTON (CNS) Efforts to end abortion and to increase help for needy women and children should be linked, Gov. Robert Casey of Pennsylvania said at a John Carroll Society dinner in Washington. ' "We need more assistance for women and children, to provide them with a decent life before and after birth," the governor told 400 people at the dinner sponsored by Washington area Catholic professionals. 'Casey said religious, political and government institutions that have traditionally worked for social justice must now work to protect the powerless: the unborn and the poor. He emphasized the need to offer women meaningful alternatives to abortion, such as adoption, and pointed to a recent Pennsylvania program that found' permanent homes for hundreds of the most vulnerable children in the state's foster care system. In his seven years as governor, Casey has expanded state programs providing prenatal and preventive health care for poor women and children. The governor said legalized abortion has given both major parties an identity crisis. He criticized the Democratic Party "the traditional champion of the poor and powerless" - for embracing an agenda to keep abortion legal. He likewise faulted the Republican Party - "the party of Abraham Lincoln" - for moving away from its pro-life stance. Casey was not allowed to add ress last year's Democratic National Convention. He blamed the snub on his pro-life stance, but some convention organizers claimed it was because he had not endorsed the party nominee, Bill Clinton. The court's Roe vs. Wade decision 20 years ago legalizing abortion on demand in the United States remains "the most stunning moral aberration in,the history of the country," the governor declared. In an emotional aside, he described how hi's Irish ancestors emigrated to the United States and how many worked in coal mines.
"They were powerless and we protected them," he said. He added that early immigrants would have been shocked if they had learned that abortion would one day be legalized in America. "Abortion runs counter to the American experience," he said, recounting how Americans fought to end social injustices such as slavery and unsafe working conditions for women and children. Citing several recent polls, Casey noted that 80 percent ofthe nation's counties have no abortion clinics, and the number of Americans who want an outright ban' on abortion has increased from 27 to 35 percent of those polled. He said the proposed Freedom oLChoice Act, which would eliminate nearly all legal limits on abortion, is mired in Congress beca.use most Americans favor abortion limits. Those statistics, he said, add up to a "democratic .indictment of Roe vs. Wade." He also pointed to a recent study that found that medical schools are .increasingly unwilling to train students in abore tion procedures. "If this [legal abortion] is a 'constitutional right,' then why the stigma?" he asked. "Because Americanpeople know it's wrong," Abortion, he said, is unAmerican. "We [the American people) reject it. It's incompatible with who we are." Casey said the movement against abortion is gaining momentum across the nation. "Make no mistake.about it. It may be a murmur or a nimble now, but in a few years it will be a roar." He called on people to protest abortion lovingly and compassionately, without condemnation. After his address, which received a standing ovation, Casey and his wife, Ellen, were a warded the John Carroll Medal for fulfilling the society's ideal of Catholics showing what it is to be a Christian in their life and work. The Caseys, married 40 years, have eight children and 14 grandchildren. Mrs. Casey has been a longtime advocate for children's welfare and literacy.