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FALL RIVER DIOCESAN NEWSPAPER FOR SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS CAPE COD,. THE ISLANDS VOL. 43, NO. 30 • Friday, August 6, 1999

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Pregnancy health center offers help on Cape Cod

contemplated in jubilee year preparations ByEMIUEAsT CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

ST. PAUL, Minn. - In this third and final year of preparation for the jubilee year 2000, Catholics are renewing their image of God as the Father - who not only created us but loves us as a parent loves its children. Jesus taught his followers to pray in the name of "Our Father," but the idea of God as a father figure is not unique to Christianity. Many religions invoke God as "Father," as the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" points out, yet when Jesus first started talking about God in parental terms, he was , , breaking new ground.

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Many religions invoke God as "Father," as the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" points out, yet when Jesus first started talking about God in parental terms, he was breaking new ground. "Abba," the Hebrew word Jesus used to address his father, actually connoted "papa," rather than the more formal "father," said Edward Sellner, a theology professor at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul and an author. "Abba" is a term indicating the closeness and affection found between parent and child. "Jesus' understanding of God comes out of his human experience," ,Sellner told The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. "His was a radical message - both needed and a source of offense, ofscandal. It was that God is intimate. God ~s a parent. God is loving." The "Catechism of the Catholic Church" points out that "God's parental tenderness Tum to page 13 - Father

Ecumenical project found Catholic clergymen collaborating in the effort to offer women an alternative to abortion.

SMOOTH SAILING: Justin Tunney and Richard Legan enjoy a boat ride on Long Pond during one of Cathedral Camp's daycamp sessions in East Freetown. Counselor Tara Atwood steers the boat. For more photos turn to page 14. (AnchodGordon photo)

HYANNIS -After almost a year of planning, the Cape Cod Chapter of Massachusetts Citizens for Life group (MCFL), recently celebrated the official opening of a new pregnancy health center, A Woman's Concern. The Cape Cod Chapter collaborated with Baptist minister the Rev. John Ensor, director of A Woman's Concern, on the ecumenical project and the Hyannis building is the fourth such center estabiished in Massachusetts. Msgr. John J. Smith of St. Pius X Parish, South Yarmouth, Father Gerald T. Shovelton of Holy Trinity Parish, West Harwich and Father Edward J. Byington of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Hyannis were also involved with planning and the opening of the center. Along with representation of many other Cape Cod Christian churches, they worked together and joined together in faith to launch this ministry. "The dedication ceremony was excellent and well attended," said Msgr. Smith. He said that the project was very important because "It gives women an alternative to abortion." Bishop O'Malley was on the Cape for a deanery meeting as initial plans were being discussed for the center and Mr. Ensor explained the project to him said Msgr. Smith. "The bishop was thankful of the efforts to bring A Woman's Concern to the Cape and said he was happy to support it and have his parish priests involved." The mission of the center is to reach out to young women in pregnancy distress, especially those considering abortion due to Tum to page 13 - Center

Mother Teresa's sainthood cause formally opened ~

Team of investigators takes oath of office and secrecy. By CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

CALCUTTA. India - Mother Teresa's cause for sainthood opened formally with members of a tribunal and a historical commission taking an oath of office and secrecy. The 45-minute inaugural session was , held recently in Calcutta, where the founder of the Missionaries of Charity congregation based her life and work and where she died in September 1997 at age 87. "We are now beginning in an official

manner the cause of beatification and canonization" of Mother Teresa, said Archbishop Henry D'Souza of Calcutta, who led the ceremony at St. Mary's Church. His remarks were reported by UCA News, an Asian Church news agency based in Thailand. The archbishop said the opening of the diocesan investigation is the beginning of a "serious responsibility," and the Church "must be sure that someone who is to be declared a saint is truly such." St. Mary's Church, where Missionaries of Charity nuns take their vows, echoed with the "Magnificat" sung by a Missionaries of Charity nuns' choir. The Missionaries of Charity superior, Sister

Nirmala Joshi, told UCA News after the ceremony that "now the cause has started. We are privileged to have a saint in our own time. "Beatification depends on God, the Holy Spirit ... we are hoping it proceeds fast," she added. She recalled Mother Teresa asking all of the Missionaries of Charity nuns "to be saints. Mother had promised to give saints to the Church." Archbishop D'Souza later told UCA News that "the process is time-consuming, (and) will take at least one year for all the witnesses to be heard." He said that Calcutta alone has some 100 witnesses who will give their testimony and that each will take a session to hear. Wit-

nesses will also be heard in Rome, New York, London and Santiago, he added. Asked if Mother Teresa might be canonized in the year 2000, he said: "Much will depend on the verification of the miracles. If God wills it, then it will happen." Sister Nirmala said she would also appear before the inquiry committee to witness to Mother Teresa's Christian virtues such as faith, hope and charity, and to her life of holiness. At the opening function, Missionaries of Charity Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the cause, presented to the archbishop his mandate of appointment as postulator on behalf of the Missionaries of Charity.


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Saint Anne Hospital to host medical interpreter program FALL RIVER-To help fulfill the need for qualified bilingual medical interpreters, Saint Anne Hospital will host a free, 15-hour interpreter training program on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. Sponsored by the Southeastern Area Health Education Center and the Division of Medical AssistancelMassachusetts Health Access Program at the University ofMassachusetts Medical School, the program will provide bilingual students in Spanish, Portuguese and Khmer with the fundamentalsof medical interpreting. Subjects will include the role of the interpreter,

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Fou·nding-editor of-New Orleans Catholic newspaper dies in crash ~

Msgr. Elmo L. Romagosa launched the Clarion Herald in 1963. By PETER FINNEY JR. AND FLORENCE L. HERMAN CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

NEW ORLEANS - Msgr. Elmo L. Romagosa, _founding editor of the Clarion Herald who turned a mandate and a blank check from Archbishop John P. Cody into one To register odorinfonnation, caD Interpreter Services at Saint Anne of the best Catholic newspapers in Hospital, (508) 674-5600, ext. 2455. the country, died Sunday of injuries suff~red in an automobile accident. He was 75. The accident occurred in Montie Plumbing Raceland, La., while Msgr. & Heating Co. Romagosa, a priest for more than Over 35 Years 50 years, was returning to his reof Satisfied Services tirement home in Waveland, Miss., Reg. Master Plumber 7023 after celebrating a Mass at a family JOSEPH RAPOSA, JR. reunion in Thibodaux, La. State police officials said Msgr. 432 JEFFERSON STREET Romagosa failed to yield at the inFALL RIVER 675-7496 tersection of U.S. 90 and Louisiana 182 and was hit by a tractor-trailer. He was pronounced dead at Terrebonne General Hospital. Shortly after Archbishop Cody arrived in New Orleans, he turned to Msgr. RQmagosa, his press officer, to make preparations for a new· communications vehicle in the archdiocese that would be an advocate for social - justice issues such as desegregation and help explain the Sec-

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ond Yatican Council. The Clarion Herald was the first Catholic newspaper and one of the first U.S. newspapers to be printed on "offset" presses, a cutting-edge technology that produced striking photographic reproduction on newsprint. A native of Thibodaux, Msgr. Romagosa attended St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and was ordained in 1947. Early in his career, he served at parishes in Cut Off and New Orleans and was chaplain at Ursuline Convent and Academy. He was also director of the Archdiocesan Office of the Propagation of the Faith, director of Archdiocesan Communications, and in 1962 was named

executive editor of the Clarion Herald. Msgr. Romagosa held the position at the newspaper for 12 years while serving as pastor or administrator at several parishes and left the Clarion in 1974. Over the years, Msgr. Romagosa was national secretary of the Catholic Broadcasters Association and was president of the National Catholic Conference of Seafarers. An inveterate photographer and traveler, he received several Catholic Press Association awards for his pictures of the Holy Land and other parts of the world. A volume ofhis photography was published in 1997 on the golden jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood.

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Sister Paulette Marie Gregoire, RJM WARWICK, R.I. Mercy from St. Nicholas Training CenSister Paulette Marie Oregoire, ter in 1975, and received a 51, of 65 Lake Shore Dri ve, master's degree in special educaWarWick, who had been princi- tion/learning disabilities from pal at Notre Dame School in Fall Rhode Island College in 1981. River, Mass., from 1990 to 1995, She completed a tertianship in died Monday in St. Anne Hospi- Rome in 1996. tal, Fall River. Besides her tenure at Notre Born in Woonsocket, the daugh- Dame School, she taught in ter of Albert and Arcilia "Celia" schools in New Hampshire, Mary(Pincince) Gregoire of that city, she land, California and New York. graduated from St. Clare's High Since 1998 she has been an eduSchool, Woonsocket, and entered cational consultant at St. the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 12, Timothy's Convent in Warwick. 1965. She made her first vows on Besides her parents she leaves July 31, 1969 and her perpetual the community of the Sisters of vows on Sept. 8, 1973. . Mercy. Sister Paulette received a bachHer funeral Mass was celebrated elor of science degree in early Thursday in Precious Blood childhood education from the Church, Woonsocket. Burial was in University of-Maryland ·in 1972, St. John Baptist Cemetery, earned a Montessori Certificate Bellingham, Mass. ,

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Calix convention includes talk of expanding group's focus ByTRACY EARLY CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK - Calix, an organization for Catholic alcoholics, held its annual convention in New York July 3G-Aug. 1and wrestled with the question of whether it should broaden its program to deal with other addictions. At a business session, motions were presented to change the charter so that it would "include all addictions" and to explore ties with other Catholic organizations concerned with the general problem of addiction. Calix (chalice), founded in 1947 in St. Stephen's Parish in Minneapolis, has been in membership decline in recent years, and some members suggested that enlarging the scope of the organization would help it grow. About 100 people attended this year's convention. Some members also see a common element in the addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling, overeating and other compulsive behaviors, and believe people caught in them can help each other. One supporter of the motions noted that Cardinal John 1. O'Connor ofNewYork recently announced that Sept. 26 will be the frrst of what are expected to be annual observances of Recovery Sunday in the Archdiocese of New York, with a focus on

alcohol and other addictions. However, other Calix members expressed concern about losing the specific focus on alcoholism as a problem with its own special characteristics. People who feel an urgent need to deal with their alcoholism will not want to come to meetings and spend time listening to talks about various other problems, said those wary about the proposed change. After a period of discussion, and calls for soliciting the views of the chapters, the motions were referred to the board of directors for further study. Calix was established to serve Catholic alcoholics as a supplement to AlcoholicsAnonymous, and members said most people participating in Calix are also part ofan AA group. While Calix strength has been largely in the Midwest, there have been chapters in various states and also some in England and Scotland. AA's 12-step program speaks of "a Power greater than ourselves" and of God in general, nondenominational terms, and Calix seeks to direct attention specifically to the Catholic understanding of God and Christ to incorporate Catholic spirituality. Calix chapters usually meet one Sunday a month, and have a Mass, a breakfast and a speaker. Some chap-

ters also have annual retreats and other programs. Richard Gladhill, a U.S. Postal Service employee in Minneapolis, is Calix president, and was re-elected for another term. In an interview, he said that attendance at conventions in the 1970s could number as many as a thousand. Part of this year's convention was spent discussing the need to start new units, he said. But he noted that the organization, which has an office in Minneapolis, has no paid staff, and depended on volunteer workers. New York has no Calix chapter. The convention program was arranged by Jesuit Father Francis P. Canavan, a retired professor of political science at Fordham and chaplain to a Calix chapter based at St. Luke Church in Westport, Conn. Calix chapters are expected to have priests as chaplains, and Father Canavan said the organization was limited partly by the difficulty of getting chaplains. '''They do not necessarily have to be alcoholics themselves, but it helps," he said. Part of the organization's effort to find new directions is to increase contacts with other Catholics dealing with alcoholism. Convention visitors included the heads of the National Catholic Council on Alcoholism based in Rochester, Minn., and the Spirit Life Center in Plainview, N.Y., which offers programs to people with various addictions or needs.

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TIffiANCHOR--Diocese ofFall River- Fri., AugUst ~, 1999, .

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Let's get with it! Family values in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are under an assault of trem'endous proportions. Recent studies路 concerning family life in the state are more than horrifying. Sad to say, no one seems too upset. Those who should be actively supporting family values are all but drowned out by the masses that seemingly couldn't care less.. Let's look at some of the facts. Twenty-nine percent of all fami. lies in the state are fatherless. Twenty percent of children live in poverty. Twenty-five percent of all children born in the state are born to unwed mothers. Despite all the hype about lower crime rates, the facts are still appalling. Since 1960 the total crime rate has tripled. The violent crime rate is 13 times higher. Homicides have increased by more than 100 percent. The litany is endless. Every day the level of violence incr:eases. Have we become so immune to the shocking headlines and lead stories of our media? Have the realities of Columbine High School and Atlanta's multi-murders made us insensitive to killing and mayhem? Have we become so acceptable of a social order that 'openly rejects ethics and morality? Because of our refusal or inability to answer such questions the fallout is terrible. Let's list a few of the facts that will haunt us in the time ahead. The residue of fatherless families alone is not alarming; it is horrendous. Statistics indicated that children in those families have five times. a greater risk of poverty. They are also at .greater risk of mental illness, suicide and teen pregnancy. Reflect that 72 percent of child murderers are brought up without fathers. Put this together with the knowledge that 60 percent of rapists are reared without fathers; that 70 percent of jailed convicts grow up without fathers and 43 percent of prison inmates in Massachusetts are fatherless. Does this tell us what is actually real as compared to what is thought of as real on our own doorsteps? More socially orientated people would think that this is because we h~ve not supported increases in welfare, child support and state services. This mind-set would have us believe that all problems can be solved with state tax 'money and federal funds. We've been down that toad.. The current administration on the 'state and national levels have initfated this response and we have failed. Money, whether in the form of subsidy or welfare, is not a substitute for care and concern. America's false prosperity has sent a message that is hollow and destructive. If we hope to change the course of national self-destruction, a return to basic ethics that dares to name the darkness, must be made. A corresponding study of the impact of religious practice on sodal stability has gleaned some interesting facts. First and foremost, the strength of the family is intimately connected with the . practice of religion. Churchgoers who are sincere are more likely to be married, less likely to be divorced and less likely to be victims of divorce and separation. We know just from our own local communities that religious practices contribute enormously to the formation of personal moran judgments. It is also sociologically evident that religious involvement helps individuals and families to sustain people in the midst of social dilemmas such as suicide, drug abuse, crime and divorce. It is about time that we began to believe and witness to the fact that big government is not our god. We must make an effort to abandon the false gods' in our lives and return to the level where truth and honesty become 路the guidelines to our restoration and healing. If this is to be accomplished on the political level, it must first begin on the individual and the sOcial'levels.

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KATHY KHORS, WITH ONE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER GRACE, ATTENDS A PICNIC IN WEAVERVILLE, N.C., FOR FAMILIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION PROGRAM, AN EFFORT OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES AND THE DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTE. GRACE, WHO WAS BORN IN RUSSIA, WAS ADOPTED BY KATHY AND HER HUSBAND, RICHARD, LAST DECEMBER.

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Child's play By FATHER EUGENE HEMRICK

ing weaker players with the stronger to school and did our paper routes on ones so that both teams were equal. foot or bike. We seldom were driven According to a recent study, we Then we bickered over the rules, and anywhere. Today's secluded suburbs create a have many unhappy children living the bickering seemed to go on forever. We next decided who would bat much different type oflivi!tg. Ofcourse, in our beautiful suburbs. Among the reasons for this is that first by throwing the bat to someone I know that today's parents face safety , suburbs tend to stifle their inhabit- on the opposite side. He would catCh it concerns that weren't as serious during ants by secluding them too much. In in one hand, and then the person who my childhood. Still, as different as the order to get to school, a shopping threw it would put his hand next to times are, I thirik certain principles hold mall, theater or recreation center, a that hand. Hand ovt<r hand they would true now as in the past and that we do car is necessary. For many children, go until the first one to reach the top well to factor them into our thinking. First, children need the ritual of this means waiting until their parents was the winner. Often we would tape up worn out making up the rules in their games and can take. them; This often leads to family conflicts caused by children hard balls, which was an art in itself. need to be less parent-supervised in . pestering their parents and parents Wooden bats would break, and we this regard. Rule making is a very important part of play, important to child would fix them with screws. tiring of playing taxi service. Three things stick out in my mind. development and happiness. Another thing that a suburban Second, children need ,to cherish lifestyle stifles is children's recreation. FITSt, we devi~ our own rules and had Recreation is often too supervised and less parent supervision than probably their equipment by !:lot being devoid of ritual. . would be the case today. Often it took .overequipped. They don't need 10 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL RI,VER . As I pondered the report, I reflected as IQng to' set rules as it did to play the bats, three tennis rackets and all the Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall Ri~er on my childhood which was very joy- game.l.ater I learned in psychology , luxury items merchants push. ful " . . 88~ Highland Avenue '. P.O. BOX 7 Third, children need to be outdoors thilnhis is a healthy ritual because it Fall R!ver. MA 02720. Fall River, MA 02722-0007 I lived in Chicago, and just across . teaches children their first sense ofrules. much' more. They need to walk, use . the streetfrom our home was a sandlot ' Another difference was that we their bicycles. As convenient as autoTelephone 508-675-7151 Every evening I would rush over there made and maintained our equipment. mobiles are, they prevent Contact with FAX (508) 675-7048 We were forever taping worn out hard the outdoors and other human beings. Send address changes 10 P.o.' Box 7 or call1elephone number above . to play baseball with my neighborhood Interestingly, these principles profriends. Interestingly, we perfonned balls and broken bats, and we made mote giving children space and freemany rituals before the game started. own bases out of odds and ends. our EDITOR GENERAL MANAGER NEWS EDITOR First we would find old cardboard Mostdifferent ofall was the amount dom, and encouraging them to use their Rev. John F. Moore Rosemary Dussault James N. Dunbar to make our bases. Then we would of time we spent outdoors. We always_ own creativity - the perfect ingredi~ LlAlIIY .... us - FALL ".tvEA choose up sides by carefully combin- played outdoors; walked or bicycled ents for happiness.

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Medicare cuts will" devastate region's Catholic hospitals ~

Analysts say Bay State's Catholic hospitals are expected to lose $132 million.

cal community hospital will lose care at hospitals across the state. ''A lot of hospitals were already $1.3 million annually between 1998 and 2002, the term of the running pretty efficiently and this will cause us to tighten our belts Balanced Budget Act. "Hospitals in every community . even further," he said. Doherty said that one downside are already feeling the devastating By STEPHEN GAWUK effects of huge cuts in Medicare, to the reductions is the detrimental CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE with two-thirds of those cuts yet to effect they could have on Caritas BOSTON - Analysts from the take effect," said the association's Christi's ability to invest in new Massachusetts Hospital Associa- president, Ronald Hollander, in a programs that would expand sertion are predicting that Medicare statement. "Hospitals can't con- vices to patients. Lane, who was part of the cuts to some of the state's Catholic tinue to absorb cuts of this magniand other hospitals will top $724 tude. It's time to draw the line." Washington delegation, said the million by the end of 2002. More than two dozen hospital Balanced Budget Act was designed The projected cuts to hospitals executives from across the state to reduce Medicare payments by with Catholic affiliations total more traveled to Washington in July to $115 billion, but circumstances than $132 million statewide. speak with legislators about the have caused that figure to rise to $220 billion and the effect could Many of the 60 hospitals exam- impact of the Medicare cuts. ined by the association are those " '''These are by far the most dra- be devastating for most hospitals. For example, currently 45 peroperated by Caritas Christi, the conian cuts I've seen," said Wilhealth care system of the Archdio- liam Lane, president of Holy Fam- cent of the annual revenue at Holy cese of Boston. ily Hospital and Medical Center in Family Hospital, Methuen, comes The association said that under Methuen, who has worked in that from Medicare. "The resources won't be there the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, post for 28 years. "I've never seen for our nonessential programs if Medicare payments to all Massa- it go to this extent." chusetts hospitals were cut by $1.7 Caritas Christi spokesman Rich- these cuts keep up," he told The billion over five years. ard Doherty said that the cuts could Pilot, newspaper ofthe Boston ArchAccording to analysts, the typi- jeopardize the quality of patient diocese.

Sudanese bishop says famine threatens 250,000 in South By JOSEPH NGALA CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

NAIROBI, Kenya-More than 250,000 people in Sudan's Bahr el Ghazal region face the prospect of famine due to continued drought, a Sudanese bishop told a meeting of bishops from East African countries. Bishop Cesare Mazzolari of Rumbek, in the affected region, said, "There are undeniable signs of hunger in the counties of Yirol

West, Rumbek and North Tonj as a result of a severe drought. "Even though the local people have planted twice or thrice since April, no harvest is expected due to failed rain," he said. . The bishop was speaking at the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting, which opened July 26, brings together the national Catholic bishops' conferences of

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lHEANCHOR- Diocese ofFall River- Fri., August 6, 1999 One casualty may be Holy Family's transitional care program, a service offered to patients in recovery from acute care who need time to adjust to their new condition. "An important safety net for the most at-risk members of our society would be eliminated," he said. Lane said other programs that would be jeopardized are parishbased ministry education programs and a new initiative called "Caritas

Cares," a one-stop telephone service that has yet to be launched. Lane said that because Catholic hospitals are committed to helping the poor they are especially concerned about the Medicare reductions. "Catholic hospitals have a special mission to the poor who are always preyed upon," he said. "We pay a bigger price because we are tied to that mission."

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Editor: As concerned parents of a freshman-to-be at Dartmouth High School, we are at a loss to understand why administrators in the Dartmouth School System have chosen "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier as mandatory summer reading by certain incoming freshmen. Having read the book and discussed the matter with other parents, we are unable to determine the redeeming aspects or the literary quality of this book to make it outstanding or for it to be the only "must read" on the list. We are a Catholic family and are aware that many in the community deem this book objectionable, controversial and inappropriate. We are appalled at this book's derogatory representations of a Catholic High School. We object to the profane use of the name of Jesus; to the derisive references to Catholic theology; to explicit sexual references and the presentation of male adolescent sexuality solely in terms of lust and personal gratification; and to the portrayal of females solely in context as objects of male lust. To the argument that in the name of academic freedom this book offers relevant and timely matters worthy of reading and discussion, we cannot agree that incoming high school freshmen should be the timely occasion for that reading and discussion. Had the book been on a list of summer reading to select from, parents would have the necessary latitude and freedom for input. School authorities should not remove this right of choice by the parents and their children, especially in cases where objections might be basec;t on religious and moral reasons. We need to hear from both our civic and religious leaders. Are our concerns and objections wrong and over reactive? Is something definitely askew when our educators, in exploring the universe of literature both classical and contemporary, have selected this one book for mandatory reading? We need your opinion and support. There must be a more appropriate . instrument to teach the lessons the educators hoped would be gleaned from the text of this book. Concerned parents

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Lessons learned on a visit to a star I am reminded whenever someone dies I felt described her was "strong." When I of the wonderful doctrine of the "com- got the nerve to ask where she got her munion of saints" the truth of faith that strength from, she looked at me with those teaches us that we are all connected, ali one family, on both ...- - - - - - - - - - sides of time. When the person who dies is someone we have known or even met once, memories 'come rush-ing back, giving us the opportunity to remember a gift of wisdom By Antoinette Bosco the person might have passed on ..J-I to us. That's what I felt in early July when I saw that the once-famarvelous sad eyes that had captured mous film star Sylvia Sidney had 'died. I interviewed this star in December hearts in her early movies and said, "I get 1982 for a feature story: I shall never for- paid by the tear." I knew she was referring get the hours I spent with this petite, not just to her movies, but to her life. She said that her strength came "just down-to-earth woman, born of Russian ancestry in the Bronx, who had worked from living - and being the kind of with so many actors and actresses who, woman everyone's trying to be now." She like herself, became legends in the his- added: "I've been onmy own since I was 16. I've learned a lot - and lost a lot." tory of film. She was then 72, and the one word that As we talked, I learned that she never

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wasted time on anger when she could deal with a situation differently - by laughing about it or forgetting it. And she gave me another lesson to reflect on when she talked openly about life and age. "It's "too painful to remember tl1e things .I've made a career of forgetting. Why dig it all up? I'm involved with today - and being ready for what will fall on my head tomorrow," she said. "It took me 72 years to become who I am. I'm not sure if I'm pleased, but I'm not displeased. -I've learned," she stated emphatically. It was only later in the interview that I realized much of her wisdom had come from the personal, heart-deep pain she was living with. Her one child, Jacob, had contracted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, popularly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at age 3.5. Even to mention his name brought tears to her eyes. At that time, he had been ill seven years and was in a nursing home. She

called him "a remarkable human being." He died five years later. Her legacy to him was to spend years helping raise research funds for the National ALS Foundation. I remember asking her, "How can you face the death of a child?" She didn't answer, and years later, when that sword also split my heart, I knew both her silence and her tears. Sylvia Sidney's home was filled with needlecraft works that had become a creative outlet for her. She even wrote two popular needlecraft instruction books. On the opening page of her second book, she chose a quote from Thomas Jefferson that said much about her own beliefs and motivations, and solidified my memories of this great woman: "Every experience deeply felt in life needs to be passed along - whether it be through words or music, chisled in stone, painted with a brush or sewn with a needle, it is a way of reaching for immortality."

Breaking in our young pastors It is becoming increasingly clear that chips across the rectory. Yes, they are running around thinking we - and by "we" I mean people who no longer snicker at the idea of padded they are grown-up priests at _an age when kneelers - have to come up with a strat- many of them never once have been called egy to deal with the phenomenon of pas- on the carpet by the bishop for screaming tors being appointed who are so young in public about his parish assessment. Never they think they have to stay awake all the once have they been awake 72 hours flying way through altar society meetings. . from the hospital to the funeral home to the If you have been keeping up with the chancery, then wondering what Sunday's Church vocations trends in America, you readings were so they could do.a homily. This is destroying "thtHraditional-order know we are going to be a few clergy short of filling the pastoral slots available soon. of things in which a priest could languish In some rural dioceses this is already the -as an assistant pastor for years, gradually case. Priests are being asked to "cover" growing in knowledge, experience, wistwo, three and more parishes, which has dom, grace, secrets and cunning until he destroyed more than a few limited-mile- too could be trusted with answering emergencies like the darn boiler going out at 3 age lease plans. . As a result, the young priests coming a.m. Sunday morning. This has been a venerable tradition. out of the seminaries are being named pastors at an age when their predeces- Veteran (also known as "crusty," "crotchsors were being assigned to coach CYO ety," "garrulous," "ancient," "dinosaur," baseball and told to stop tracking potato and "pre-Cambrian") pastors could lord

it over their assistants, thus providing the it. And I think we have to do something younger clergy with great hilarious sto- about it. I am not talking about sinister ries they could tell to parishioners behind things like loo$ening the brakes on their the pastor's back and at the same time lay roller blades, or tacky things like slipping ----------....jr-==~-"""i Clearasil coupons into the collection plate, although these could be considered later. No, the key is to make them older and wiser faster. Having them live, even for a short time, with a family with teens is clearly too cruel. Likewise for .making By Dan Morris them listen to my table during the annual Men's Crab Feed and Beer :- Garden Festival. Heck, maybe staying awake during the down a pattern of behavior and development that would serve them well when altar society meeting isn't a bad start afthey were appointed a pastor in their own ter all. Your comments are welcome. Write right with their own assistants to put in charge of the bulletin. Uncle Dan at 6363 Christie Ave. No. 222, Surely you agree these young pastors Emeryville, Calif. 94608; or e-mail: are a threat to parish life as we have known cnsuncle@yahoo.com.

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each other's traditjons and history that I think has been very healthy. A high level of biblical LAHTI, Finland - Protestants in some main- scholarship has developed within the Roman line denominations have expressed "much more Catholic tradition since Vatican II, which has felt openness to" and appreciation of Mary as Jesus' comfortable interacting across ecumenical lines," mother in recent years, said a presenter at a Soci- he said. ety of Biblical Literature meeting in Finland. Hoglund said, "There has been more interest in "Protestant scholars seek to look at traditions Mary as a figure within Protestant circles because about Mary, and not simply dismiss them out of of a new discovery by women that they have a role hand or view them as secondary to the church's to play within the Christi~n faith, a role that has tradition," s'aid Kenneth often been overlooked." "lt has become somewhat Hoglund, who grew up a Hoglund, professor of bibliBaptist and whose father is a cal studies at Wake Forest retired Baptist preacher, said University in North Carolina. historically focused and unhe feels "Protestantism also Hoglund, an active Episco- derstood ... historical issues, palian, was one of four people such as the uncontroversial has grown out of its tendency presenting papers during a f, t th t M h b to feel a need to critique (the a ary as een very Catholic position on Mary) session on "Mary, Mother of Be Jesus" at the 19th interna- important to the Christian constantly." _ tional meeting of the Society community over a great deal Instead, it "has become of Biblical Literature in late of time." somewhat historically foJuly. cused and understood ... hisIn an interview, the profestorical issues, such as the sor said he attributed increased interest in Mary uncontroversial fact that Mary has been very important to the Christian community over a great by Protestant scholars no "several changes." "One is that associat.ions like the (traditionally deal of time." Protestant) SBL have been open to Catholic scholThe professor said many "feminine schools ars in larger numbers in recent years. They have within Protestantism have been quick to recogbeen open to Orthodox and Jewish thinkers as well. nize in Marya kindred soul, to appropriate a study "This interchange has brought about a certain of her and to see her as a valued asset to the Chriskind of ecumenical perspective and openness to tian faith."

A PARTIAL eclipse of the moon is seen from the roof-top vantage of Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, July 28. The statue shows Mary holding the Christ Child. A partial lunar eclipse occurs when a full moon passes partially into the shadow of the Earth. (CNS photo from Reuters)

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When children watch too much TV Dear Dr. Kenny: My children one issue of, oncern. Most experts are watching more than five hours decry the viOlent and sexual activof television daily. They seem ity that is so frequently and graphiglued to the set. I encourage them to play outside, but without success. They say it's too hot. Their choice of programs ranges through comedy and violent adWith Dr. James & venture and game shows and MTV. Very Mary Kenny little that I would consider worthwhile.....- - - - - - - - - - Should I be concerned? What can cally available. Video games and I do? (New York) music also have explicit, adult, vioTelevision and other media re- lent and sexual material. Children flect the culture we live in. Your are not mature enough, neither in children are right at the national life experience nor in settled horaverage for hours in front of the mones, to deal appropriately with TV set. If you can accept the ar- this. \ gument that "everyone does it," Of equal concern to me is the then you have nothing to worry pervasive materialism present in game shows. I would like my chilabout. As a parent and a Christian, how- dren to see more in life than makever, I am not willing to accept that ing money and possessing things. something is right because everyWhat can you do about the conone else is comfortable with it. You tent? I have two suggestions. First, mention at least two issues that con- limit TV time to one hour of TV cern me, not only about the habits watching daily (two hours at the of your children but about the cul- most). See what choices they make when time and programs are limture we live in. The content of TV programs is ited.

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Don't ask or argue with them.. Simply turn off the television. Unplug it or pull the circuit breaker if necessary. Then watch television with them. This has several advantages. You will learn what they like to watch. You will get their reactions and have the chance to interact with them. And your presence may prevent them from watching certain programs which they know you would find objectionable. In addition to being concerned about the content of television, parents need also be concerned about the process. Television, together with computer games and surfing the Internet, are physically passive. Watching television, since there is no aGtual interaction, is mentally passive as well. Whatever happened to free unstructured play, to the games that earlier generations made up, games like hopscotch, jacks, Peggy bounce-out, mumblety-peg, marbles, tag and many others? Teach your children the games you played as a child, or get grandma and grandpa to teach the games

TIffiANCHOR- Diocese ofFall River- Fri., August 6, 1999 they played. Have imaginative adventures. Teach your children games of pretend. Start with a ball, a bat, marbles, a box. Invent new games together with your children. Our culture has rules for everything; it even programs our play. Help your children learn to be active and creative. Parents cannot easily structure or force creative activity. Creative activity needs an atmosphere of spontaneity. Nevertheless, parents can limit attractive passive behav-

Sometime in the 600s, writers began referring to a church in the garden of Gethsemane as marking the tomb of the Blessed Virgin. During the fifth, sixth and seventh centuries the feast of the Dormition on Aug.' 15 was established in various parts of the Christian world, honoring not especially her 'death, but all her prerogatives as our Lord's mother, including her By Father glorification in body and soul. John J. Dietzen More than 1,000 years ago, the title of that celebration was changed to the feast of the Assumption. says that in Jerusalem you may The crypt in the church of the visit Mary's tomb. Dormition in Jerusalem, which is in I believe in the assumption and the care of German Benedictines, feel that Mary had no need of a contains a magnificent sculpture of tomb. Did she die? Did she have a Mary lying peacefully in death. But tomb? Was she buried? Am I misno one there today hints'that it is understanding something? the location of Mary's tomb or even (Florida) that there is a tomb. A. There is on the southwest side Did Mary actually die? The of Jerusalem, on the hill called question has been controverted for Mount Zion, a church named the centuries. But while there is this Dormition ("falling asleep") of the long popular tradition about her Virgin. As you probably know, death, we don't really know. CerChristians frequently referred to tainly the Church has not said audeath as sleep, awaiting the Resurthoritatively one way or the other. When Pope Pius XII defined the dogma of the assumption in 1959, he detailed much of the long history of belief in the Blessed Virgin's assumption, but in the solemn definition itself he avoided entirely the point about her death. He said simply that Mary, "having completed the course of her earthly life" (in Latin: "expleto terrestris vitae cursu"), was taken body and soul into heavenly glory. That's where the matter rests. A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about Mary, the mother of Jesus; is available by sending a stamped .self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Box 324, Peoria, D1. 61651. Questions for this column may AN ETHNIC Albanian mother washes her son amid the be sent to Father Dietzen at the ruins of their home in Fustica, Kosovo recently. (eNS photo same address, or e-mail: iidietzen@aol.com. from Reuters)

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rection. . The church's background goes back 1,500 years, particularly to a series of fifthcentury writings historians collectively refer to as the Transitus Mariae, the passage of Mary. Christians wanted to know more about the death of the mother of Jesus, and these works, which are highly inventive and largely fictitious, apparently responded to that desire. They describe Mary's last hours in detail, how her death was foretold, how the apostles miraculously gathered around her, how Christ took her soul to heaven while the apostles buried her body in the valley of Jehosaphat (presumably nearby), how the Holy Spirit intervened when Jews tried to burn her body, how after some time her body was assumed into paradise, and so on.

ior and see what happens. We would welcome our parent readers writing us about ways they have encouraged free and creative and physically active play. Limit TV time to one-to-two hours per day. Watch with your children. And see what happens during the other time. Reader questions on family living and child care to be answered in print are invited. Address questions: The Kennys; St. Joseph's College; 219 W. Harrison; Rensselaer, IN 47978.

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While serving as a county commissioner several years ago, Busch helped Novak establish the program. "We became close friends," he said. O'Connor, 21 and jailed since By KATHY FUNK January, is now out on a limited CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE release program that monitors his FLINT, Mich. - The lives of whereabouts. Of his baptism and Arthur Busch and Timothy confirmation, he said he felt it O'Connor have taken them down was time he turned to God. "I thought I'm finally doing different paths: Busch is prosecuting attorney in Genesee something right," M said. "Now County, Mich., and O'Connor is I should try ~d keep it that way." Before his incarceration, said a convicted felon. Though on different sides of O'Connor, his spiritual journey the law, the men have traveled was haphazard. Son of a Catholic father and Baptist mother, he the same spiritual road. In a ceremony at the Genesee moved frequently while his faCounty Jail, Busch was con- ther served in the Navy. "We firmed and O'Connor was bap- didn't really go to anyone tized and confirmed. Lansing church," he said. Once in jail, however, he said Bishop Carl F. MengelinE administered the sacraments following he was drawn to the weekly the jail's monthly Mass in early Scripture services out of curiosity, ')ust to see what it was about." July. O'Connor also had a deeper Busch said his decision to be confirmed there symbolized reason for his spiritual search, he said. "My dad is dying and I'm "that we're all God's children." "It's important not to s(~e your- rotting away in here," he said durself as better or bigger than any ing an interview at the jail beother," he told The Catholic fore his release. "I don't want my family TImes, Lansing diocesan newspaper. "God sees through man-made thinking bad things about me," he added, noting that his family institutions." Busch said the jail was ideal includes a nine-month-old for the confirmation because daughter he is looking forward those attending Mass included to raising. The young man said the people he has accused of murder. "It struck me that these people felony conviction has changed have large spiritual need!. just as his life. He described his jail time I do," he said. "It was a ksson in as a turning point. "I've gained a humility." lot," he said. "Now I've got to try }'he journey that led to my best not to lose it." Now, with God's grace touchBusch's conversion to Catholicism began through his friend- ing Busch and O'Connor, their ship with Edwin Novak, a per- paths may cross, not in a courtmanent deacon who directs room or jail but in the Catholic Church. Catholic ministry at the j,ail.

Mighty Casey: Cincinnati _ballplayer pondered priesthood By MARK.ScHMETZER CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ing autograph- and interview-seekers. Many observers of professional sports consider him a true role model. "I think the greatest testimony you can give is the way CINCINNATI- As a student, Cincinnati Reds all-star first baseman Sean Casey entertained thoughts ofbecom- you live your life;' said Casey. Crediting the Lord, he added, "he helps me keep things in perspective, and he ing a priest. "It crossed my mind:' he said.."1 have a good friend gave me the talent to play baseball." The frrst baseman bolsters his beliefs by reading the who became a priest, and he had a major impact on my . Bible daily. One of his life:' favorite passages is Casey, 25, grew up in Matthew 6, verses 25Bethel Park, Pa, attending 33, which ends: "Seek St. Thomas More Church first the kingdom of there and St. Louise de God, and his righteousMarillac in Pittsburgh. At ness, and all these St. Louise, he began playthings shall be added ing organized baseball in a unto you." youth league. He also at''I think it's talking · tended Upper St. Clair about worry ... telling High School. us why we shouldn't In an interview with The worry about tomorCatholic Telegraph, newsrow;" Casey said. paper of the Cincinnati "Reading the Bible Archdiocese, he called helps give me lessons Christ "the biggest part of on how to live life and my life." .~ approach different situThat was never more ations." · true than in April 1998, - This approach when his baseball career r~ comes from his uplooked as if it might end ~~I · before it began. On his ~{ bringing, especiallyfrom his father, Jim. third day in the major "My dad instilled leagues, he was hit accidenin me that I should altally in the right eye durways treat people the ing batting' practice at way I want to be Cincinnati's Cinergy Field. treated:' ~e ballplayer Casey suffered lacerations requiring 20 stitches, said. ''He's a great inand six days later underfluence. He goes to went surgery to repair four Mass every morning." fractured bones around the Casey practices eye. what's been preached "Ijust remember thinkto him. After learning ing that the Lord never that a University of gives you more than you Evansville, Ind., can handle," Casey said. ballplayer had suffered ''Whether I would be able CAPE COD LEAGUE alum, Sean Casey, of the an eye injury similar to to play baseball again or Cincinnati Reds, takes some practice swings dur- his, he phoned the n?t, I knew that I'd be alling !=l game against the New York Mets. (CNS photo playerand talked for 20 minutes. nght. I knew the Lord by Colleen Kelly, Catholic Telegraph) would take care of me, and "I didn't even think that was a comforting feeling." twice about it," he said, "because it was an 9Pportunity for Ironically, he emerged from the ordeal with better eye- me to really share my experience with a young kid who sight, which he has put to good use this season. Through maybe had 'some doubts in his mind about his career." June 15, he led the National League in hitting, and was Casey was a student at the University of Richmond, among the top five batters in six other categories. As of Va, when - on the advice of his sister, Beth - he began July 28, he was second in the league with a .364 batting doing v~lunteer work with children afflicted with cerebral average. palsy. He also was selected to play in baseball's 70th All-Star . He also has visited a Cincinnati hospital a few times, he Game, held July 13 at Boston's Fenway Park. said. "It's really amazing the impact you have just by the Despite being relatively unknown coming into this fact that you're a professional athlete or the fact that they season, Casey was third at his position in all-star balloting, know you've played baseball '" that you take the time to behind home-run king Mark McGwire of theSt. Louis be with these kids." , Cardinals and perennial all-star Jeff Bagwell of the HoUs"It really puts a smile on their faces," he added. 'That's ton Astros. worth more than anything else you can give." Leading the Reds' offense made him popular not just Casey's good friend who became a priest now lives in with hometown fans but with fans around the country. He Boston. "I got to see him a lot when I played in the Cape also has drawn universaipraise for being among the most Cod League in 1994:' he said. fan-friendly players in baseball today. ' And the priest will preside at Casey's Nov. 6 wedding He is unfailingly outgoing and pleasant, accommodat- to Mandy Kanka in South Euclid, Ohio, near Cleveland.

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WASHINGTON - Pope John Paul II's representative in the United States has appealed to the governor of Alabama for clemency for a convicted murderer whose execution is scheduled for today. In a letter to Gov. Don Siegelman, Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, apostolic nuncio to the United States, said that "the Holy Father, while praying and expressing deep sympathy for the victim,

for her family and friends, also' prays that the life of (Victor) Kennedy may -be saved through your compassion and magnanimity." Kennedy was convicted of bru.tally killing an 86-year-old woman ,during a 1980 burglary. The letter said the pope "counts on your right to spare a life by commuting this sentence with a gesture of mercy that would, hopefully, contribute to the promotion of nonviolence in today's society. A sen-

tence.of life without the possibility of parole provides substantial safeguards for society and levels a grave punishment against the accused." "A sign of hope is the increasing recognition that the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil," the pope said in St. Louis. "Modern society has the means of protecting itself without definitively denying criminals the chance to reform."


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PORIlAND, Ore. (CNS)-Many western Oregon Catholics, from those in institutional leadership to those who belong to grass-roots groups, are backing an effort to ban the death penalty in the state. Portland Archbishop John G. Vlazny, archdiocesan chancellorMary Jo Thlly and Oregon Catholic Conference director Robert Castagna have lent their names to a ballot initiative campaign that will ask voters to ban capital punishment in favor of true life sentences and strict requirements that offenders pay restitution to families of murder victims. Former Sen. Mark Hatfield, ROre., is leading the effort, called the ''Life for a Life Act." Hatfield, a Baptist who often prayed in a Catholic church on Capitol Hill when he was in office, says he has great respect for

Catholic social teaching. The initiative, which would amend the Oregon Constitution, also would require convicts to work to payoff the costs of a lifetime in prison. Organizers need more than 89,000 signatures to put the measure on the November 2000 ballot. Supporters include a former state superintendent of public instruction and former Portland Police ChiefTom Potter. Ursula Cawley, a crisis pregnancy worker and amember oftheNorth Portland Catholic Community, says she opposes the death penalty because such opposition is part of what the late Chicago Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin called the "seamless garment" on life issues. She also credits a local priest, Father John Waldron, with convincing her that abortion is not the only prolife issue.

Serb-Albanian reconciliation now .PJ>plili'fionProjection paramount, says archbishop Worldpopulptionis expected to·approach 9billion by

NEW YORK ~ Reconciliation between ethnic Albanians and Serbs is now the paramount concern in Kosovo, said Archbishop Rrok K. Mirdita ofDurres-TIrana, Albania But reconciliation ''will be very hard because the scars are very deep;' he added. The archbishop made the comments in an interview with Catholic New York, the archdiocesan newspaper, during a recent visit to New York. Archbishop Mirdita went to theAlbanian Catholic community he served for 20 years, Our Lady ofShkodraChurch in Hartsdale, where he celebmted Mass for an overflow congregation of 800 persons. He said that, just as in the Gospel parable about the grain of wheat and the weeds growing together, the good will triumph in the Balkans. In the interview, he said that during a visit to Pristina, the capital of the province, and to about 30 cities and villages at the end of June, he smelled the lingering stench of death and saw decomposing bodies that had been bumed. Political change in Belgrade is necessary for peace to prevail, he indicated. When Serbia "enters the real democmtic world and is integrated into the European community, animosity will disappear;' he said. 'There will have to be an awareness, aconviction (among Albanians and Serbs) that they have to live together;' he added. "Let's hope they will appreciate peace and respect

for human rights. We preach about this in TIrana all the time:' . In addition to the destruction in Kosovo, he saw many people living in tents, barmcks and camps. ''1 was very moved by meeting people who had been in our camps" in Albania, he said. 'They are very grateful. They got to know more about the charitable works of the Church, especially Muslims who in Kosovo didn't have' much contact with Catholics." Most of the half-million refugees who had taken shelter in Albania have started to return to Kosovo. The Church in Albania took care ofsome 20,000 refugees, putting them up . in churches, convents, private homes and camps. It also helped feed another 22,000 refugees. More than 200 priests and nuns worked full time assisting them.. Many Albanian families in New York also took in relatives-from Kosovo after President Clinton allowed up to 20,000 refugees into the United States. Catholic Charities in the New York Archdiocese has resettled about 150 refugees. PatriciaO'Callaghan, coordinatorofRefugee Resettlement, said that probably only a small number will return to Kosovo. 'They like America;' she said. Archbishop Mirdita said he was gmteful for help from the Archdiocese ofNew York, which donated $250,000 for reliefefforts.

Priest in new CRS post wants Catholics to know agency better Sept. 7. "It's not just feeding, it's deOrdained in 1964, he currently . veloping the human dignity these works as director of marketing and ROMEOVILLE, Dl. - Paulist Fa- people possess." media relations for the PaulistFathers ther John Geaney, new priest-direcHe added that "the title 'priest- in Washington. tor ofChurch affairs for Catholic Re- director' implies more than it should:' His training in television producliefServices, plans to use his 40 years He wiU replace the currentpriest-di- tion has helped him produce docuof experience in media relations and rector of Church affairs, Father mentaries for the Paulist Fathers, marketing to help the agency with George Brubaker of Wilmington, among them 'Trappists," a journey its ongoing efforts to connect the U.S. Del. Along with the transition from a through the history of monasticism Catholic community with its pro- behind-the-scenes producer of radio as seen through the eyes of monks, grams. . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - , and "John Paul II: A Light for the 'The plan- is for me to assist "The more people under- Nation;' which was produced for the very fine communications de- stand about CRS, the better off the ABC network. partrnent in CRS - to work in In the world of radio and teleradio and television to create ma- poor people in the world are vision production, Father Geaney terials to help people understand going to be,"he said. said, a priest is a rare breed. what CRS is all about. I will be ... .. "I think the interesting thing helping people understand what for the (production) crew is realthe needs are," said Father Geaney in and television programs to a more izing that I'm a professional," he exa telephone interview with the Catho- hands-on facilitator, Father Geaney plained. ''What mcalling for is what lic Explorer. newspaper of the Joliet anticipates doing a significant every producer/director is calling Diocese. amount of overseas work. for:' CRS, based in Baltimore, is the "It basically means I'll be chap"The more people understand U.S. Church's overseas relief and de- lain to CRS:' he said. about CRS, the better off,poor people A native of Boston, he has a in the world are going to be;' he said. velopment agency. "Not only does CRS feed people, master's degree in theology from St. "It's wonderful to know that our but it helps the development of hu- Paul's College in Washington, D.C., American people have contributed man structures in their lives so they and a maSter's degree in communi- to the kinds of projects CRS sponcan be better human beings," said cation from the University of Cali- sors. This is the Gospel at work, and Father Geaney, who is to take the post fornia at Los Angeles. it works:'

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Statement asks Hollywood to exe~cise 'self-restraint' ~

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give something back." It added, ''We believe that by choosing to do good, the entertainment industry can also make good, and both the industry and our society will be richer and better as a result. The statement called'for a new voluntary code of conduct for the televiBy MARK PATIlSON sion, film, music, video and electronic CAlHOLIC NEWS SERVICE game industries modeled after the old HOLLYWOOD - A statement code of the National Association of signed by, among others, former Presi- Broadcasters. That code, 'which had dents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, been in use for 30 years, prescri1;>ed a few religious leaders and entertain- specific standards and outlinedreers Steve Allen, Naomi Judd and Joan sponsibilities to children, communiVanArk asks the entertainment indus- ties and society. try to practice "self-restraint" in its arA new code, the statement sugtistic endeavors. gested, could set limits on the quan''We are not advocating censorship " ~ty and tone of "violent, sexual and or wholesale strictures on artistic cre- '(fegrading material:' provide more acativity. We ~ not demanding that all cutate content information to ~aren~, entertainment be geared to young a pledge to develop more fanuly-onchildren," said the statement. ''We are ented entertainment, and revival of not asking government to police the the "family hour" on the first hour of media. prime time television. The signatories to the statement "Rather, we are urging the entertainment inciustry to assume a decent represent ~ cross-section ofAmerican minimum of responsibility and take civic life., modest steps of self-restraint." From :politics, the list includes .Reaction among some,in the Hol- Sens. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., John lywood creative community' cau- McCain, R-Ariz., and Joseph tioned that censorship would not 'be J.iebenhan, D-Conn., retired Sen. Sam , an answer to the statemenfsconcems Nunn and former New York Gov. . . and sexual " ' con- . Mario Cuomo. over increased violent .. ~~ligious .figures itlclud~.Father tent in ~'aD. ~ncreasingly toxic popular , ' Richard John Neul;1aus, preSident of culture." . " Director thomaS Schlammeof the Instititte on Religious and Public , ABC's'''Sports Night'.' acktio~ledged, Life; Bill B!Jght; .fou~ding piesid~nt' "'fu.ere'is sOme validitY to what'the state- ' ofthe'OUnpusCrUsadefbr Christ; and ment says. "Ithinl< we lihould all be the Rev. JimWallis, editor of Sojoumaware of whatwe're imtting out thereers magazine. . in the airwaves;' he said. '. " Other, high-prof~e signatories in. Al Ruggiero" a su~rvising pro- clude Holoc::al,lst survivor and e<l!1C~. ducerontheUPNactionseries"Seven tor Elie Wiesel, retired Gens. Cohn Days, said, ''It's not just 'let's go 'do . Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf, violence.'" He added, TV heroes dis- former Domino's Pizza chairman Thoplay "a great moral code to kids: Stop mas Monaghan, actress Carol people from being bad. And I don't Lawrence, Empower America co-diknow how you do thai without the rectors William Bennett and Jack ~ Kemp, and Stephen Covey; author of military, without police!' " , The statement said, ''We appeal to' 'the best sell~r 'The Seven Habits of those'who are reaping great profits to Highly Effective People."

'Joan of Arc' racks up 13 Emmy nominations ,HOLLYWOOD (CNS).,-The CBS ecutive produ'cerEd, gemon; who is miniseries "Joan of Arc".did well in Catholic.'''Bn!13? Honestly, we were the ratings and did well with the crit- blown away.",. ics. "Wht;n you get recognized like Now it's also done well with its this, it's overwhelming," Gemon said. peers. TheAcademyofThlevisionArts Asked to theorize on why "Joan of. and Sciences gave "Joan of Arc" 13 Arc" ~ured so many 'nominations, . Emmy nominations, tied for second Gemon ~as temporarily stumped. He among all programs and tops of any finally offered, "It's a good story, well limited-run 'show. . written, well tolq." In addition to a nomination for best "I think it's because of the story:' miniseries, it also won. honors for said Sunta Izzicupo; the CBS execu- . LeeleeSobieski in the title role as best tive wh<;l gave the go-ahead to the actress, plus nominations for Peter miniseries. "It was historical, it was O'Toole as Bishop Cauchon for best interesting, it was epic. supporting actor, and both Jacqueline "It ~W such an interesting cast. , Bisset as Isabelle D'Arc and Olympia Once you draw such a cast. ~t creates a Dukakis as Sister Babette for best sup- kind of qachet - a big, epic piece." porting actress. The May ratings "sweeps" are The miniseries, which aired in "when you trot <;lut your biggest May, also gamered a nod for Chris- guns," she added. tian Duguay for best direction, plus The religious nature of ,"Joan of , nominations in the categories of art Arc" "didn't scare away the network, direction, casting, costume design, )t didn:t scare away anybody," single-camera picture editing, hairstyl- Izzicupo said. ing, makeup and sound mixing. The Emmy Awards will be tele"We thought five, maybe six" vised live Sept. 12, 8-11 p.m. on nominations, said "Joan of Arc" ex- Fox.

PLAYWRIGHT BARBARA Oleynick stands outside the Tish School of the Arts theater in New York. She has spent the past year working on a script for the musical "Fatima," based on Mary's appearances to three shepherd children near Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. (eNS photo by Eileen Miller courtesy Soul Magazine) ,

Nurse-auth'or sees ',Fatima' musical as· challenge, .mission. By CAlHOUC NEWS SERVICE· . Fa-' .. Al so, 01eymc . k has wntten ' ' world peace using the messageof more WASHINGT01i(N.J; - Barbara ,tiniaasmy guid~.". " . ' ''-:', ' than two dozen songs for the musiOleyn'ick, a nurse fOf 28 yearS, sees '. :. Oleynick sai~'s~ging theFatim~,' 'cal with the assistance of David her new musicalplay;"Fatima:' as'an . story preSents tWo major difficulties: Johnson, a graduate student at Yale artistic chaJ.l~nge and a spiritual mis- telling it in convemional dramatic University in New Haven, Conn., and sian. ' . " :teIJits withou(changi;ng it,: and';futd- "Thinara Vic~oria Witkin ,of Milford, In !inteli'iew with Soul-Maga- "jn~~oung actors to ~'c8J.!Ythe' central., Conn. .. ' , " . " Zine, the bimonthly publication of the . actlon, song, and dialogue of a full-, How long It will take f~r 'Fatl.m~ New Jersey-based Blue Army of Our , scale production." , .to evolve from a theater piece stlll In Lady of Fatiina USA, Oleynick said "I feel the story is essentially im- development to a fully defmed, stage: she completed a two-year program in mutable," she said. "It is my responsi- . ready music~ depends on the workMay at Ne~York University's gradu- bility to tell the Fatima story as ittook shop process and financial backing, ate school for musical theater writing. place and to incorporate narrative and its author said. For the past year, she has been dramatic elements that will help to • In the workshop phase,she exworking on "I:atima," which has had define and highlight the events with- ,plained, "I will experiment with placeit first public reading, at the Black Box out changing them in any way." ment of songs, adjust the dialogue, Theatre at NYU's TIsch School ofthe Finding actors the right ages or and gauge audience reaction. EssenArts. ...--., tially, I'll be fine-tuning the dra'The Blessed Mother has been '1 feel the story is essentially matic and music~ elements in order for the play to 'come alive.''' with me all of my life," Oleynick immutable,"she said. "It is mv resaid. "I didn't know I would some J She said any rewriting will be ofa technical or "craft" nature, and day be used to spread her message sponsibility to tell the Fatima of love and peace, other than in story as it took place and to in-, likely focus on the play's musical my daily life." . corporate narrative anddramatic .element. , h "1 h l t d ~.' ''A iot of time and effort and In researching the history ofFarehearsal will be needed to achieve tima, she discovered that Mary're- e,ements t at WI'I e poe me pot:tedly has appeared more than andhighlight the events without the high level of professionalism 8,000 tiines since her'assumption changing them in a~y way." , that I want," she said. into heaven." Lw.• • • • • •_ . . . . . . . . Oleynick said the workshop In 1917, she appeared to three process requires total dedication. shepherd children":- ages 10, nine oneS who can portray those ages is ''It can't be done effectively part time:' and six':':"" in a field at Fatima, Portu-' difficult but can be done, she contin- she added. gal, north of Lisbon. ued.' Funding is critical, she said, not Mary,rp.ade her first appearance to For example, Julia Mcllvaine, a only for assembling a cast of actors them on May 13 and returned on the talented 12-year-old veteran of and musicians, but also for support13th of five succeeding months. In Shakespeare productions in New ing regular rehearsals and staging the her 'final appearance on Oct. 13, she York's Central Park, played Jacinta in workshops. The author said she also needs funding "to keep me solvent revealed herself as ''the Lady of the / the first public reading of ''Fatima'' Rosary" and urged frequent recitation ' Oleynick said Mcllvaine may be while I concentrate fully on the 'Faof the rosary and devotion to her Im- too old to playa historically accurate tima' project." 'To make ''Fatima'' an engrossing maculate Heart for the cause of world Jacinta, the youngest child, but would be right for Lucia, the oldest. In fact, dramatic experience,' Oleynick listed peace and the conversion of Russia "It became clear to me through Mcllvaine will be reading the part of several critical elements: further rethe story ofFatima that Lucia, Fran- Lucia when "Fatima" is presented finement of the dialogue, choice of cisco and Jacinta were simple chil- again in a workshop setting Aug. 17 cast, development of special effects, and selection of exactly the right mudren, yet they· were chosen to repre-' at the Black Box Theatre. Other talented people also are in- sic and lyrics. sent the enoirnous ,message of Fa- ' But, she added, the single most tima," said Ol'eynick. Every day, volved in the project, she said. Direc'many ordinaiy people "do their part tor Chris Gral;>owski, a faculty mem- important element is making sure that to bring the promise of Fatima a little ber atVassar College in Poughkeepsie, "Fatima" is historically correct, "withcloser to fruition." N.Y.,structuredtheFatirnareadingand out the story being diluted or She said her own path was clear: has agreed to participate in further changed:' and'that it relates Fatima's 'To use the gifts of God ... to promote readings. message of peace.

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The battle over conscience VS. career could end up in the oval office. By CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

NEWYORK -Cardinal JohnJ. O'ConnorofNewYork, a fonnerNavy chief of chaplains, expressed support for an Air Force officer who has objected on religious grounds to serving in a mixed-sex, two-person missile alert crew. "How can any military service hope to get top-dmwer officers ifthey don't respect an officer'sconscience?" the cardinal asked. "Who wants officers who wouldchoose career over conscience?" Lt Ryan C. Berry, a 25-year-old 1996 gmduate of West Point, crosscommissioned in the Air Force; was assigned to the missile crew at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota

A Catholic who is married and has a child, Berry contends that serving 24-hourshifts with afemale officer in a small underground capsule, with a single bathroom and bed separated from the control room only by a curtain, would create"an occasion ofsin." TheAirForcesaid it accommodated Berry's position for more than a year, but changed last December when other crew members complained that he was getting ''unfair, preferential treatment" Cardinal O'Connor, writing in the NewYork archdiocesan weekly, Catholic New York, said he became aware of the case when he read aCatholic News路 Service story aboutArchbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, head of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, supporting Berry in a letter to Berry's commander. '1t may be that he is simply following directives ofhigher authority;' Cardinal O'Connor said. '1f so, I will follow the same course with higher au-

thority, up to the secretary of the Air Force, then the secretary ofdefense, then the president of the United States as commander in chief: all, and only, if necessary, ofcourse." Cardinal O'Connor noted that the possibility of Berry getting a promotion was in danger, and therefore his ability to continue in military service. ''But becauseofLt Berry's moral integrity and fidelity to Catholic teaching;' hecontinued, ''his career is now atrisk?" The cardinal said he had recently been asked about lecturing at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he had once been senior chaplain and delivered lectures on the moral principles required ofofficers. . ''Can anyone imagine for a moment that, if I am able to accept such an invitation, if offered, I would encourage midshipmen (men and women) to violate their consciences if placed in the kind of situation allegedly confronting Lt Berry with theAir Force?"

Florida judge blocks' abortion parental notification law TALLAHASSEE, Ra (CNS)A Rorida judge has blocked enforcement of a law requiring that the parents ofteen-agers be notified be-

fore the juveniles have abortions. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis has ruled that the law, that took effect on Monday, is unenforceable under a

FRED SMITH of Conyers, Ga., stands with a cross July 30 near the Atlanta offices where Mark Barton killed nine people in a shooting rampage. Barton killed himself later while surrounded by police. Earlier he had killed his wife and his young daughter and son in their home. (CNS photo from Reuters)

privacy provision of the Horida Constitution. . The state is expected to appeal Lewis' ruling to the state Supreme Court. The law signed by Gov. Jeb Bush in June would require doctors to notify one parent or the legal guardian of a minor who seeks an abortion at least 48 hours before the procedure is performed. The notice would have to be in person, byphone.Qr.certified mail.. A bypass provision would allow a judge to rule that notifying a parent is not in the best interests of the minor and waive the requirement. A previous Rorida law requiring parental consent for minors to have abortions was struck down by the state Supreme Court in 1989. In his ruling, Lewis noted that a minor may carry a pregnancy to term, give birth and give up the child for adoption without a requirement for her parents to be involved. He gave theexampleofa 12-year-old who becomes pregnant. 'The medical risks to the child of continuing her pregnancy to full term are at least as great, and probably greater, than the risks associated with a first trimester abortion;' Lewis wrote. "Yet it is only the abortion decision for which the Legislature seeks parental involvement." Lewis also said the effects of the law constitute too great an intrusion on privacy rights. In addition to Rorida, 41 states have laws requiring minors to notify or obtain the consent of at least one parent prior to an abortion. Of those laws, five have been blocked by federal courts, three by state courts, one is not enforced by order of the state's attorney general and two others have not yet taken effect. In the remaining states, laws include a variety of notification or consent requirements. In some, a doctor may waive the requirement to notify a parent. In others, one or both parents must consent to the abortion. Other states allow a grandparent, adult sibling or licensed mental health professional to be the person notified or giving consent.

THEANCHOR-DioceseofFailRiver-Fri.,August6,1999

fteering pOintf ASSONET - A Rosary Crafters group will meet on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at St Bernard's Church. Join them in making rosaries for people around the world. New members always welcome. For more information call 644-5585. ATILEBORO - The One Body Contempomry Choir will be featured in concert at the La Salette Shrine Garden ofWorship tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. All welcome. Those attending are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. In case ofrain the concert will be held indoors. For more information call 222-5410. The Shrine's Counseling Center is holding Grief Education Programs for anyone dealing with the death ofa family member, friend or pet. ''Finding the Source ofYour Grief;' will be held on Aug. 16 from 6:30-8 p.m; ''FactsAbout Grief;' Aug. 19 from 1-2:30 p.m. and "Some Ideas to Help Yourself," Aug. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information call the center at 226-8220.

FALL RIVER - St. Anne's Fellowship will hold two retreat weekends at the St. Dominic Savio Youth Center in Peacedale, R.I. on the weekends of Aug. 20-22 and Oct. 1-3. For more information orto register, call Bob Rego at 676-0781. HYANNIS - A support group for parents, families and friends of gays and lesbians will meeton Aug. 9 in the Catholic Social ServicesBuilding, 261 South St. They meet on the second Monday of each month and offer support in路a safe and confidential setting where members can share experiences, interests and concerns. Newcomers welcome. For more information call 771-6771.

MASHPEE - An outdoor concert featuring the children's and adult choirs ofChrist the King Parish will be held in the church gazebo on Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. All welcome. Those attending are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

NOR11lATfLEBORO-Volunteers are needed for Smoke Detector Safety Day in North Attleboro on Oct. 30. It promotes fire safety and makes sure smoke detectors are working in elders' homes. A volunteer orientation will be held on Sept. 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the NorthAttleboro Senior Center. For more information or to register, call 699-0131. NORTH DARTMOUTH - A program entitled "Avoiding Caregiver Burnout," for those who find themselves overwhelmed by the multiple roles and challenges of being a caregiver, will be held on Aug. 12 and 19 from 7-9 p.m. at the Family Life Center, 500 Slocum Road. For more information or to register, call the Office of Family Ministry at 999-6420. NORTH DARTMOUTH - A two-part program designed to teach "Skills for Managing Anger in Ourselves and in Our World" will be held on Sept. 15 and 22 from 7-9 p.rn. at the Family Life Center, 500 Slocum Road. For more information or to register, call Jerry or ScottieFoley at 999-6420. All welcome. PROVINCETOWN - A Day of Reflection, "A Moment of Grace," for persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, caregivers, families and friends 'will be held on Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Mary of the Harbor. For more information or to register, call 6745600 ext. 2295. All welcome. SOMERSET- The Diocesan Department of Pastoral Care to the Sick will hold its pastoral care education progmrn for lay men and women, religious and deacons Sept 8 through Oct. 13 at St. John of God Parish. This sixweek course will prepare participants for ministry to the sick. Registmtion deadline isAug. 30. For more information call Sister Shirley Agnew at 4776170.

French bishops call for genuine debate on abortion law review By ROBERT KELLY CA'THOUC NEWS SERVICE

PARIS - As the French governmentprepares to re-examine a 25-yearold law legalizing abortion, Catholic bishops encouraged the government to hold a "genuine debate" that will consider ''the real underlying issues." A statement signed by Father Stanislas Lalanne, spokesman for the French bishops' conference, said: ''A few days ago Madame Martine Aubry announced the French government's intention to proceed, in a year's time, with a re-examination ofcertain provisions ofthe current law (January 1975) concerning the voluntary termination ofpregnancy. In the meantime, there is to be a debate. ''What kind of debate will it be? Will itbe agenuine debate, which looks into not just the way in which the law is put into practice, but considers the real underlying issues? Will there be any debate, for example, about what is now openly being called 'the right' to abortion, or have the terms of the de-

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U.Ne's respect for confi~entiality of confession remains in doubt ByTRACY EARLY CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

UNITED NATIONS -- Respect for confidentiality between priest and penitent in proceedings of the International Criminal Court appeared in doubt as the Preparatory Commission for the court began a recent session at U.N. headquarters in New York. Vatican officials thought recognition of the confidentiality of the confessional was secured in Rome last year. But Vatican representatives at the United Nations expressed concern thata discussion paper introduced in the commission's Working Group on Rules of .Procedure and Evidence did not mention clergy in connection with confidentiality privileges. The proposed language in a paper presented by the coordinator of working group negotiations made communication with legal counsel privileged. But it referred to "other communications" only in general terms, and gave criteria for the court to use in deciding when to grant the privilege. Msgr. George Panikulam, a staff member at the Vatican mission to the United Nations who was heading the Vatican delegation to the

commission, told Catholic News Service that specific languagerec-' ognizing the confidentiality of priest-penitent communication was in official documents published last year and this past Jan. 26. "That the question is reopened now with a cancellation of the relevant element of confidentiality is a surprise;' he said. Msgr. Vincent R. LaRocca, a priest of the Brooklyn Diocese who is a lawyer, has served on the Vatican delegations to all the meetings related to the new court, and was acting as its principal negotiator in sessions of the Working Group on Rules of Procedure and Evidence. Msgr. LaRocca said he thought he would be able to get the reference to clergy reinstated by the time the current session ended Aug. 13. But he acknowledged, '.'We're having a tough time in there." At the Rome meeting last year, he introduced and won approval of a provision regarding clergy, and he was surprised to find it had subsequently been "tossed out," he said. The Preparatory Commission is scheduled to have another session Nov. 29-Dec. 17 and to conclude its work next year, Msgr. LaRocca said.

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Pope decries Colombian violence; archbishop excommunicates rebels By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

of Cali, Colombia, that he was ex- graces and blessings of God." CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy communicating the guerrillas reThe ELN, the. Spanish acronym Pope John Paul II underscored his sponsible for kidnapping about 150 for National Liberation Army, was dismay at continued fighting in worshippers from a Cali church in demanding ransom for the hostages Colombia, while a Colombian arch- mid-May. - the main means by which the bishop excommunicated guerrillas Vatican Radio reported that group derives its income. who were holding hostages from Archbishop Duarte said members The armed guerrillas stormed a Catholic church in the Cali Archdiocese. After his Monday Cali May 30, taking "Angelus" address, ISO men, women and ~ • children, along with Pope John Paul said, "In recent weeks, I / the priest who was have closely fol/ celebrating Mass. lowed the painful Four hostages facts of the armed were killed in a sub\~.; seq uent police conflict within Colombia, with its hunshootout with the dreds of hostages, the guerrillas. Dozens of destruction of comthe rest were freed munities and of -------- within hours, and othplaces of worship, ~~ ers were let go weeks with the assassinalater. In a June 1 mestion of defenseless people." ,~.--'sage to Archbishop He added that, in Duarte, Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the interest of seeing peace flourish, the ARCHBIS~H~O-P"""-ISL...:.o;Aol.lIA=S-O'""'u:"'a-rt-e-C-a-n-c-in-o-,-s-h-o-w-n the Pontifical Council for Culture, conHoly See "encour - here in this 1988 file photo, has excommunicated those ages the furthering of 'bl f k'd . 150 . h' f demned the kidnapwors Ipers rom a pingasadesecrationof theworkofreconcili- responsl e or I napping (CNS photo) the Eucharist. ation undertaken by church in Cali this past May. the Colombian episOn June 2, Pope copate and by many men of good of the ELN guerrilla group would John Paul called the incident "sacwill." remain excommunicated until they rilegious" and said he was saddened , Speaking to visitors outside his . released the 40 people still in their by it. summer villa in Castel Gandolfo, custody. In mid-June, guerrillas released Italy, Pope John Paul said the adIn a written statement, the arch- 33 prisoners from the church and bishop said the kidnappers "have two other kidnappings - from' a vancement of the peace process which has been halted numerous done a wrong ... for which they are plane in April and a boat in June. Archbishop Duarte welcomed times by violent incidents - was removed from the communion of "the only viable path toward rec- the Church. Let us hope they un- the hostages' release, but de- . onciliation among Colombians." derstand that they have committed nounced the ELN for still keeping The pope made his remarks the a very big error, and that they must people for ransom, principally the day after an' announcement by undo the wrong and return to' the wealthiest of th9se who had been Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino breast of the Church, to enjoy the kidnapped.

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At stake are church bells taken by U.S. National Conference of Catholic Bishops, will lead the troops during Spanish-American War meeting at the headquarters of the Philippine bishops' conference in Manila. 100 years ago. Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Borongan, Philippines,

said the two bells should be calling Filipinos to prayer, but instead they are displayed in the United States as a memoVATICAN CITY- When Philippine and U.S. bishops rial to war. meet in Manila Aug. 23, they will discuss continuing ef"I went to the United States to see for myself these two forts to return two bells seized by ,lIS. troops'in a battle hells which-'are-displayed 'as war trophies, and that sadnearly 100 years ago. dened my heart," the bishop told Fides, the news agency They also will discuss Philof the Congregation for the ippine clergy and laity in the "I went to the Unite.d States to Evangelization of Peoples. 'These bells should be callUnited States, interreligious see for myself these two bells dialogue and the U.S. bishops' which afi,~ displayed as war troing our people to peace, to prayer; to praying for others and .perspective on East Timor and Vietnam. phies, ,and that saddened my heart. to growth in 'solidarity;' he said. The bells in question were TheSe bells should be calling our "Instead, they are displayed at seized shortly after the Span- people to peace, to prayer, to praya militai-y base as a call for ish-American War, after Phil- ing for others and to growth in solipeople to remember the past." ippine insurgents carried out U.S. bishops have expressed .an ambush against U.S. troops darity. Instead, they are displayed support for efforts in Congress in the village of Balangiga, at a, military base as a call for to find away to return the bells, 375 miles southeast of Ma- 'people to remember the past" while respecting the feelings of nila. The battle, in which more ;""Bishop leonardo Medroso some U.S. veterans' groups, than 50 U.S. soldiers were which see the bells as a tribute Borongan, Philippines to American soldiers killed in killed, was launched with the tolling of the bells in the vilthe Balangiga ambush. lage church. . As the Wyoming Legisla-' After the battle, in wb; .:1 hundreds of Filipino men, ture was trying to work out a solution, the Pentagon said women and children were killed, U.S. soldiers seized the the bells were the property of the U.S. government, and bells and took them to Wyoming. They are part of a war only Congress could decide to return them. memorial at EE. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. Bishop Medroso said the bells belong to a sacred buildArchbishop Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan; presi- . ing and have a religious significance. dent of the Philippines bishops' 'conference; and Bishop . 'They should be returned to the use for which they JosephA. Fiorenza ofGalveston-Houston,presidentofthe were cast and blessed;' he said. By CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE


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can also be expressed by the image of motherhood, which emphasizes God's immanence, the intimacy between Creator and creature. We ought therefore to recall that God transcends the human distinction between the sexes. He is neither man nor woman: he is God, He also transcends human fatherhood and motherhood, although he is their origin and standard." (239). Jesus used images of motherhood and fatherhood when he talked about God, Sellner said, with the authoritative, masculine God challenging and encouraging his

children and the tender, feminine dod nurturing and accepting them unconditionally. The distinction reminds Sellner of his own experience as a father., "My wife is one who's always encouraging me to see that the mistakes of my sons are not necessarily life-threatening," he said. "With her, there's always a sense of being there for them - with who they are now, whereas I tend to want to push them to what they can become." Not everyone in 20th-century America - with its broken families and fatherless homes - may

have such healthy images of God, "I think a lot of women find 'God as Father' a concept that offends them because it's too much associated with this patriarchal mentality," Sellner said. "And then you have men who may have had lousy relationships with their fathers, so (the idea of God the Father) has no meaning to them, or it has a very detrimental meaning for them." A recerit article in Our Sunday Visitor pointed to the research of Paul Vitz, a Catholic psychologist, who concluded that "children who have a problematic relationship with

their natural father are more likely Sellner says parishes can use opto have a difficult relationship with . portunities like Mother's Day and God, the Father, in heaven." Father's Day to talk about God from Sellner addressed this idea in his those perspectives, own memoir, "Father and Son," . Father Frank Hoffman, a Chiwritten in 1991 in the months after cago priest, writes in the same arhis father's death. ticle in Our Sunday Visitor that "For my relationship with God, his experience as a pastor has to accept God as father, I had to taught him the importance of acthave this healing with my own fa- ing as a positive father figure himther," he said. "Even if our fathers self. are dead, a lot of men and women "If you hope for your children to ... need to try to go back and look love God, you will make it all the at those early experiences that may easier for them if they find you lovbe in need of healing." ing and lovable," he writes,

Pope sends condolences to India train collision victims By CINOVWOODEN CATliOUC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II offered his condolences to the families of hundreds of people who died Aug. 2 when two trains collided in India. The pope was "deeply saddened by the news of the terrible loss of life and injury" caused by the accident, said a telegram sent by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state. The text of the message sent to

Archbishop Alan de Lastic of Delhi, president of the Indian bishops' conference, was released Aug. 3 at the Vatican. "The Holy Father asks you to convey his profound condolences to the civil authorities and to assure the families of the victims that he is spiritually close to them at this time of loss," the message said. "His Holiness is praying for those who died or were injured in the accident, and upon all who are grieving he invokes the comfort-

ing blessings of almighty God," it ~aid'.

By the early morning of Aug. 3, rescue workers had pulled more than 220 dead bodies from the wreckage, and almost 300 people were taken to hospitals near Gaisal, the town about 310 miles north of Calcutta where the accident occurred. Officials estimated that more than 2,500 passengers were aboard the two trains. Many of the victims burned to death.

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'W}\SaINgTON (CNS) - If religion is to help resolve some of fo..~.i~ty'.~~~g<#Q~o~lems,it must emer~e from ~~ closed doors of cb.urches'andtah&nacles and be heard 10 the publtc square, a U.S. '·~~atofsal<t ."If We want a society that reveres lif~, that defends the 'ralh11y~thatdiseOUragesdelinquency and promotes decency, we cannot'force apriva~zation of religion," said Sen, Rick Santorum, RPa.,during a c~ference on religious and p6litkal leadership in Washington spoq~ored by the Heritage Foundation.

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WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -A Polish historian said his country's Catholic ,Church }Vas extensively infiltrated by ?ommunist agents and urged Cnurch leaders to confront the issue before secret police files are opened to the public. "Although heroic resisters were probably more numerous, there was also a group of traitors in the Church," sa,id Andrzej Gl'ajewski, an assistant editor of Poland's Gosc Niedzielny Catholic weekly and editor of "The Judas Complex." "Since they are re~ponsible for grave sins against society, they should identify themsely~s, apologize and accept the consequences. People who collaborated .in this way should not be holding important Church positions,"he sa!p. i

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BAPTIST MINISTER the Rev. John Ensor, left, founder of A Woman's Concern Pregnancy Resource Center was among many people celebrating the opening of the new Hyannis building. With him are Cecilia Levantino and her husband Dr. Anthony Levantino; guest speakers, March duPont, parishioner of Christ the King Parish, Mashpee and a director of the Cape Cod Women's Concern and co-director Judy Alexander.

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lack of information or support. It provides competent and caring services that include free pregnancy testing, crisis counseling and intervention, prenatal support, material aids for mother and baby, employment and legal assistance and how to establish a vital relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. Earlier this summer, the group had a dedication ceremony at St. Pius X Parish which was attended by close to 400 people. At the dedication, Judy Alexander, director of

the· Cape Cod office, and March duPont, client serv.ices director,. testified to their commitment to the , center asaplace for womenin pregnanCy distress and Mr: Ensor stressed that the strength of the movement is in the support.of all Christians to follow God's command for the Gospel of Life. A powerful testimony was given by former abortionistJgynecologist Dr. Anthony Levantino and his wife Cecilia, who affirmed how hearts and minds can be changed

for the good of the child. The celebration included refreshments ,and Claire Twitchell, a· member of MCFL and parishioner of Christ the King Church, Mashpee, said she hated to sound like the kids, but the opening was "absolutely awesome." "A lot of hard work by many people went into it and that's one of the things that made it so successful. It was really a beautiful evening for everyone," she declared.

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,Vatican diplomat says Earth, space must be used responsibly VATICAN CITY (CNS)':""-There- free economy is regulated by a selfsources of Earth and the space sur- correcting mechanism ... that will warn rounding it must be used responsi- us when natural resources are beginbly and distributed fairly, said a Vati- ning to be depleted, an almost Darcan delegate to a global meeting on winian instinct of self-preservation, space. has demonstrably failed." "As we venture both conceptually Monitoring the planet's resources and practically into the conquest of with satellites and other tools in outer outer space, we must redefine our way space can help humanity "quantify of living on the planet," said Vittorio such processes, but cannot be exCanuto, head of a delegation for the pected to provide a magic bullet to Holy See to the U.N. Conference on repair the damage," Canuto said. the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of ''We need a new paradigm, a new Outer Space. course of action," he added, pointing His remarks at a recent meeting in out that paradigm shifts often come Vienna, Austria, were published at the about through revolutions in thinkVatican July 28. The meeting was the ing. third in a series of U.N. gatherings on Canuto said the advent of the Inspace since 1968; all have taken place formation Age represents one such in Vienna, the home ofthe U.N. Office revolution, which could offer an "unfor Outer SpaceAffairs. limited resource" of knowledge on Canuto said as more efforts are how to handle humanity's common made to explore outer space, hopes .problems, as long as that knowledge are raised for promoting the good of is shared and used toward everyone's benefit. humankind. 'To realize these hopes," he added, "Knowledge will mean that we "all must assume their responsibility shall no longer view the earth and outer for the promotion of the good of all, space as a piece of real estate to connot only of the few. quer, to map, to acquire, to catalogue," "Global warming ... deforestation, Canuto said, "but as a true biosphere depletion of the ozone layer, etc., are where we humans are an integral part phenomena which, in a sad twist of of the whole." events, will affect far more profoundly Canuto pointed out that countries those who are li:a~t-cquipped to ward with advanced space programs have them off," Canuto said. been able to use their technology to 'The conventional wisdom that (a) spread "information often alien to 10-

cal culture and tradition." Recent international forums on the use ofouter space have addressed this issue, particularly the question of sending television programs by satellite to countries with less developed economies, where the lifestyle depicted in the programs is far beyond the viewers' reach. "It is not exclusively a technological issue or an issue of freedom of information," Canuto said, "it is an ethical issue, and it needs to call for the establishment, by common accord, of ethical standards in this sensitive field." Canuto noted that humankind has showed an interest in understanding space for thousands of years, but only comparatively recently has had the technology to explore it. "Some nations have courageously and indefatigably pursued the new area ofouter space," he said, "with the ardor of those propelled by the desire to conquer nature, not by the desire to conquer other nations." He pointed out that this pursuit was "of itself, a good thing" because "in the history of humanity, technological advances have traditionally been the by-product of wars." Canuto added, 'That much human energy directed vertically rather than horizontally against one another is welcome."

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SPECTATORS WATCH as space shuttle Discovery launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla., !n this file photo. (CNS photo from Reuters)

History, celebrity and living your own life By AMy WELBORN NEWS SERVICE

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Our Rock and Role People remember good listeners By CHARLIE MARTIN' CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

I Will Remember You Of something much too deep. That doesn't let me choose. Chorus: Funny how I feel so much, But once there was a darkness, I will remember you. But cannot say'a word. A deep and endless night. Will you remember me? We are screaming inside. . Gave me everything you had. Don't let your life pass you by. Oh, you gave me light. Oh, but we can't be heard. Weep not for the memories. (Repeat chorus) (Repeat chorus two times.) Sung by Sarah McLachlan So afraid to love you, I'm so tired, Copyright (c) 1999 by Arista More afraid to lose. But I can't sleep. Records Inc. Clinging to a past Standing on the edge IS IT important to you that others remember who you are? Remembering, or being remembered, is the theme of two current hits on the charts. Tim McGraw has crossed over from the country charts with "Please Remember Me." Also high on Billboard's countdown is Sarah McLachlan's "I Will RememberYou:' I want to explore how memory enriches our lives. McLachlan's release is part of "The Brothers McMullen" soundtrack and is also on her recently released CD "Mirrorball," a collection of her better known hits, plus a few new cuts. Most of us do want to be remembered by others. We hope that this remembrance is caused by a positive impression. This song offers some hints on how to be memorable. The girl in the song comments: "Funny how I feel so much but cannot say a word. We are screaming inside, oh, but we can't be heard:' What if you become a person who allows these "screams" to be heard? Feeling more than we can express is common to all of us. What is rare is to find an individual who listens to what we do say and perhaps even begins to hear what we omit or are afraid to share. .

Listening in such a manner is not something magical. Rather, it depends on developing the skill to care about what another is experiencing and then inviting this person to state his or her feelings. When someone listens with attention and without making judgments, we are likely to remember who this person is. The person's skill at listening creates a sense ofsafety and trust. Even if we know this person only for a short period of time, we remember how carefully he or she listened to us. It is ironic that those who listen so well seldom have the goal ofbeing remembered. Instead, they simply live in the present moment and care about whoever life brings before them. Living like this manifests the Spirit of Jesus. Like Jesus, this way of living makes a healing difference in others' lives. As a teen, can you attain such a skill? Can you provide the caring type of listening that creates a posi'tive difference for your friends and peers? Indeed you can. And if you do, I guarantee that you will be remembered. Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, 7125 W 2008, Rockport, Ind47635. .

If you're a teen, you may have been surprised by the amount of attention lavished on the recent, very sad death of John F. ~nnedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law. After all, it's doubtful he was a figure who loomed very largeii'- your consciousness, except as a frequent figure on the front of a supermarket tabloid and the son of someone who was president almost 40 years ago. So you might have wondered: Why was the television filled with images of the waters off the coast of Massachusetts for a week solid? What were all those people talking endlessly about on television? Why did Newsweek have feature covers about JFK Jr. for two weeks in a row? The answer gives us a good lesson on two matters that are important for us to think about: symbols and celebrity. For some people - not all, mind you, just some - the Kennedy family is a powerful symbol of everything from the American Dream to glamour and wealth to political idealism. A couple of generations ago - that is, when the people who produce the news were young - John and Robert Kennedy were powerful inspirations to be active in politics, to change the world, and as John said, to ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. . For most of us, the decades have brought realism to that idealistic picture. We know that the Kennedys were as tough and sometimes even shady as any hardball politician. But the symbolism remains, and just by bearing the name, JFKJr. was a symbol too, to certain people. The other aspect of this is celebrity, pure and simple. Have you noticed that we seem to be living in a culture that's obsessed with celebrities? And I'm not talking about people who are famous be-

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Prayers, Donations Urgently Needed

Indian Mission Director A.s,ks Your Help Special to The Anchor THOREAU, NM - As Catholics around the globe begin the countdown to the year 2000, the director, priest, sisters, .Iay missionaries and staff of a New Mexico Mission school are concerned about urgently"needed help. They work daily to make quality Catholic education a reality for American Indian children in their care. These children "do without" as a way of life ... will you help them? For many of our students, the school at St. Bonaventure Mission is their "last hope." .They've experienced failure in other schools or' inability to get to school from great distances. Trusting in God, everyone.at the Mission prays for urgentlyneeded help. St. Bonaventure Mission started a school more than a decade ago when the founder

realized the Indian children in the Mission's CCD classes didn't have even the most basic reading and writing skills. Today over 300 children, most of them Native American,join in prayer to keep theirschool from closing. The 'Indian boys and girls attending St. BonaventureIndian Mission and School live with the following realities: • 55% .of ·the Navajo population cannot read or write; • In McKiriley County (where the Mission is located) over 50% ofschool age children live in poverty; • The suicide rate among Navajo teenagers is ten times higher than for their age group in the U.S. population at large.

• McKinley County has the highest alcoholism rate in the United States. A nearly 40-member strong corps of dedicated lay missionaries teach and carry out the other work of the Mission. This "other work" includes maintaining the buses and vans which travel the remote mesas to bring the children to school; preparing two nourishing meals daily for the children; and bringing both food and waterto aging Navajos living in poverty in remote areas of the .barren Reservation. I)l'ew lay missionaries often ask, "Can this be America?" Will you help? Gifts made to St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School are taxdeductible. The school also qualifies for "Matching Gifts."

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Bob O'Connell, Director 0 St. Bonaventure Indian Mission & School 0 o . P.S. Please be generous. Bring hope where there issolittle on () • the Eastern Navajo Reservation. ' " ~ · .~ • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • oe •• •

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'm om mill • • • • • • • JiiI,• • • • • • • • .( .) . Please check here if you would like to receive a'beautiful rosary . hand-strung with reconstituted tur:quoisenuggets and silver-pkued beads as a token ofappreciationfor your giftof$j()() or more. (

) ,Please check here fJyou would like to·receive a sterling silver cross, set·with turquoise,'nuUJe by our'local Indian artisans, as a token of appreciation for your gift of $35 or-more, It is a.unique piece of jewelry you will. wear-orgive-with pride.

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Please check here if you would lik! to receive a copy ofa video showing the work ",..ode possible through'your donation and the people at St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School, as a token of appreciationfor,yoilr,gift of$i5 or more. .

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Here's my sacrificial gift oflove of.$

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Please :pray for my special 'intentions:

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Help 'from The Anchor Readers St. Bonaventure Indian Mission;and School Eastern Navajo ,Reservation, .:.p .0. 'Box ·610, Thoreau, NM·.87323-0610

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