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Archbishop O'Malley keeps newsmedia busy By

DEACON JAMES N. DUNBAR AND CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

BOSTON - His instal1ation completed and goal of healing sexual abuse by clergy posted, Boston Archbishop Sean Patrick O'Malley, OFM Cap., continues to set a hectic pace in getting the shepherding of the ailing archdiocese into a pragmatic rhythm. In recent days he has made a $55 million offer to settle 542 pending lawsuits over clergy sexual abuse of minors in the archdiocese; named a new lead counsel for those legal issues; said that Catholic politicians who support legal abortion should not receive Communion of their own volition; appointed a vicar general and moderator of the curia for the

archdiocese; and bypassing the traditional residence of his predecessors, will move into the rectory of Holy Cross Cathedral. News of the proposal broke late last week as attorneys for some of the plaintiffs made details available to the media. If accepted, it will be the largest settlement ever reached for a group of victims of clergy sexual abuse, although not the largest settlement per victim. The proposal reportedly requires that in order to take effect, at least 95 percent of the plaintiffs will have to sign on within 30 days. While the proposed settlement would mean an average of about Tum to page 13 -'- Archbishop

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BISJiOP GEORGE W. Coleman shares a moment with students from St. Margaret's RegionalSchool, Buzzards Bay, who performed at the St. Mary's Fund Dinner at the Country Club in New Seabury recently. (Anchon'Bruce McDaniel photo)

Night on Cape has roots in education

NEW SEABURY - Imagine a magnificent summer soiree on Cape Cod that has scholarships for needy Catholic students at its very essence. it] For the sixth year that's exactly what happened when more than 220 guests attended the annual St. :-.COI""·' ",n:ii", Mary's Education Fund Dinner at the New Seabury Country Club on July 25. The charity fund-raiser, the second consecutive event at the Country Club, benefited the innovative St. Mary's Education Fund, interest from which provides need-based scholarships to students in the Fall River diocese who otherwise would be unable to attend a Catholic school. The event ''traditionally raises $300,000 and we are stil1 receiving donations," reported Jane Robin, the newly-appointed executive fund-raiser for St. Mary's Education Fund. "We had an elegant time:' Robin reported. ''After cocktails we had a wonderful meal and it was the first public appearance of our new bishop, Bishop George W. Coleman, who had been ordained just three days earlier." She said the bishop "was most gracious and smiling and very jovial because this was indeed a most special occasion. He also gave a brief address." Robin said the Fund, established in the diocese in 1991 with proceeds from the sale of the former St. Mary's Home, a diocesan-sponsored orphanage in New Bedford, last year awarded scholarships to approximately 600 students. The scholarships are not limited to schools on Cape Cod, but extend to needy students through the entire diocese, Robin pointed out. ARCHBISHOP SEAN Patrick O'Malley, center right, enThe tradition of the scholarship dinner began in ters the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston for his instal- 1995 with the annual fall event which is stil1 held. The lation Mass July 30. Pope John Paull! choose the Capuchin heritage of the summer event on Cape Cod began in to head the Archdiocese of Boston, it's ninth leader. At cen- 1988. ter left is Bishop Richard G. Lennon, who had been serving Suzanne Downing of Cotuit, who has been chairas administrator of the archdiocese following the December man of the Cape event for six years, and dedicated committee members from the Cape, Southeastern Masresignation of Cardinal Bernard F. Law. (CNS photo)

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sachusetts and Boston, planned the spectacular event. "We enjoyed a fine performance by 22 students from St. Margaret's Regional School ofBuzzards Bay, who offered us a variety of songs," Robin said. "We also viewed a video that centered on the Fund and its outreach and impact on St. Margaret's School." The highlight of the evening was the exciting performance by contralto Sharon Z, who offered a medley of contemporary and classical pieces she has performed on and off Broadway. "She is an international favorite and was greatly received and drew tremendous "applause from those attending:' Robin noted. '''This was my first event as executive fund-raiser, and it was very exciting," she said. Robin came to the Fund in April after 17 years at Heritage Plantation in Sandwich.

Osterville parish to celebrate 75th • annIversary OSTERVILLE - Our Lady of the Assumption Parish will celebrate its 75th anniversary as a parish with a Mass celebrated by Bishop George W. Coleman on August 17 at noon, followed by a reception on the church lawn. Built as a mission chapel of St. Francis Xavier, Hyannis, in 1905, Our Lady of the Assumption was elevated to a parish in 1928. It serves the village of Osterville and the eastern section of Marstons Mil1s in the town of Barnstable. Any requests for further information can be directed to the parish office at 508-428-2011.


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Sister AJnH1le Bedard SlUSC FALL RIVER - Holy Union Sister Aline Bedard, 82, died at Catholic Memorial Home here on July 27. Bom in Warwick, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Emma (Verville) Bedard. Having moved from Canada, Sister' Bedard resided in Pawtucket, R.I., where she attended St. Cecilia's School and St. Jean Baptiste High School, Pawtucket,.both staffed by Holy Union Sisters. She entered the Holy Union Novitiate in Fall River on Sept. 8, 1938. She made her first profession of vows on Sept. 20, 1940, and her perpetual profession on Aug. 1. 1946. , After completing the novitiate training and studying at the Sacred Heart School of Education, 'Fall River, Sister Bedard studied at Providence Teachers' College in Providence, R.I., and at Stonehill College, North Easton. She worked in Africa working with babies in Cameroon. where she obtained her nursing degree in Yaounde. Prior to her work in Africa, Sis-

ter Bedard taught at Sacred Hearts Academy and Sacred Heart Parish School in Fall River, and at St. Mary's School, Taunton. She also taught at St. Catherine's School, Elizabeth City, a school for African-American children in the still segregated South. She began her ministry in Africa in 1957, spending 28 years as a missionary nurse in Dschang, Bafang and Ndop, all in Cameroon. Sister Bedard returned to the United States as a nurse for retired Holy Union Sisters at Sacred Hearts Convent, Fall River unti I 1989. She then began infant daycare in-home un'til her retirement in 1997. She resided at Sacred Hearts Convent and the Landmark in Fall River for a short time before, moving to Catholic Memorial Home. Sister Bedard is survived by several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and by her Holy Union Sisters. Her funeral Mass was celebrated on July 29 at the home. Burial was at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Fall River.

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Father Hugh J. Munro TAUNTON - Father Hugh J. Munro, a retired diocesan priest and a resident of Marian Manor here for the past 22 years, died July 31 at the age of 73. Father Munro was born in Boston on May 30, 1930. After graduating from Boston English High School, he attended St. An'selm's College in Manchester, N.H. Father Munro entered the Montfort Missionaries in September, 1948, and was ordained

a priest by Bishop John F. Hackett, D.D., on March 16, 1957, at St. Anthony's Church, Litchfield, Conn. He became a priest of the Diocese of Fall River through incardination on May 2, 1969. Father Munro served in a number of parishes throughout the Fall River diocese, including St. Peter's Parish, Dighton; Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Osterville; St. Mary's, North Attleboro; St. Louis and Holy Name parishes, Fall

River; St. Thomas More, Somerset; and St. Mary's Parish, Seekonk. He also served as Chaplain of Marian Manor beginning in November, 1980. Father Munro is survived by a sister, Mary C. Do~lon of Westwood, M,ass. Bishop George W. Coleman was the principal celebrant for a funeral Mass at St. Paul's Church, Taunton, on August 4. Interment was at New Westwood Cemetery, Westwood, MA.

Cornelia F. Robinson EASTHAMPTON Cornelia F. (Tarasiewicz) Robinson, mother of Father Paul F. Robinson, O. Carm., JCD, of the Fall River Diocesan Tribunal, died July 24. She was 89. Mrs. Robinson worked at the former Easthampton Rubber Co., and town assessor's office, retiring in 1969. She had earlier

Sisters'ofthe Assumption of the Blessed Virgin close celebration WORCESTER - The Congregation of the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is closing a y'ear-long celebration marking its 150 lh anniversary' of foundation. They were founded September 8, ·1853 by Father Jean Harper, pastor of St. Greg9ire-de-Nicolet Parish in ..the Province of Quebec in Canada with collaboration with Leocadi e Bourgeoi s, Mathi Ide

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worked for the federal government's railway service in Washington, D.C. In her retirement she earned her profession designation as a Realtor. ' Her husband, William L. Robinson, died in 1993. Besides her priest son, she is survived by a daughter, Mary

Etta Robinson of Brookline; and a sister, Etta J. Deacon of Easthampton. She was predeceased by two brothers, William J. and Ed"<,<lrd J. Tarasiewicz. Her funeral Mass was held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Easthampton, on July 26. Burial was at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Easthampton.

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Leduc, Hedwidge Buisson and NEW BEDFORD - Alzira Lima) Oliveira. Besides Cecilia Felix, Mrs. Julie Heon. (Oliveira) Felix, mother of Mrs. Felix was a Marian Felix is survived by two broth, The congregation's mother house is in Nicolet, Canada and Cecilia M. Felix, principal of Medal recipient, was a volun- ers,. George and Joseph the first four pioneer women Holy Family-Holy Name teer for Holy Family-Holy Oliveira; a sister, Mary' who planted the seed 'for this re- . School, here, died July 19 at St. Name School and St. Lawrence O'Connell, all of Fall River; ligious group brought their in- Luke's Hospi tal at the age of Parish and the religious educa- and nieces and nephews. She fluence throughout Canada, the 77. tion program there, and at- was the mother of the late AnUnited States, Japan, Africa, Born in Fall River, she was tended Bible study groups . thony 1:. Felix. Ecuador and Brazil. Their first the daughter of the late Joseph She was a sales person for 'Her funeral Mass was celfoundation on American 'soil S. and Georgelina P. (de Avon products and an Avon ebrated July 23 at S1. Lawrence was at the parish of Notre team leader. Martyr Church, New Bedford. Dame in Southbridge. CurShe was a member of the Le- Burial was at St. John's Cemrently Sister Annette Langlois Daily Readings gion of Mary. etery, New Bedford. ministers in the Fall River diocese at Sturdy Memorial HosAug 18 Jgs2:11-19; Ps pital in Attleboro. 106:34-37,39For more information about 40,43-44; Mt the Sisters of the Assumption of 19:16-22 the Blessed Virgin write them at: Aug 19 Jgs 6:11-24a; Ps Assumption Residence, 211 85:9,11-14; Mt Please pray for the following North Main Street, PO Box 128, 19:23-30 Petersham, MA 01366. Aug 20 Jgs 9:6-15; Ps priests during the coming weeks 21:2-7; Mt20:116 . Aug. 18 Aug 21 Jgs 11 :29-39a; 1977, Rev. Msgr. William H. Dolan, Pastor, Emeritus, Holy Family, Ps 40:7,7-10; Mt East Taunton 22:1-14 Aug 22 Ru 1:3-6, 14bAug. 20 16;22; Ps 146:51982, Rev. BemaI'd H. Unsworth, Retired Pastor, St. Mary, ,New 10; Mt 22:34-40 Bedford . Aug 23 Ru 2:1-3,81983, Rev. Thomas Cantwell, SS1., Retired, St. Joseph's Seminary, 11;4:13-17; Ps Washington " . 128:1-5; Mt 23:112 Aug. 22 Aug 24 Jos 24: 1-2a,151962, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Manuel 1. Teixeira, Pastor, St. Anthony, Taunton 17,18b; Ps 34:21972, Rev. William R. Jordan, Pastor, St. Louis, Fall River 3,16-21; Eph 1980, Rev. Msgr. Joseph C. Canty, Retired Pastor, St. Paul, Taunton 5:21-32 or 5:2a,25-32; In Aug.·23 . FUNERAL PLANNING 6:60-69 1895, Rev. Thomas Clinton, Pastor, St. Peter, Sandwich !M.t%~ it eamrfor tliose you 1992, Msgr. Anthony M. Gomes, PA, Retired Pastor, Our Lady of the Angels, Fall River . 111111I111111111111111111111111

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WASHINGTON (CNS) - An ecumenical spokesman for the U.S. Catholic bishops said that the U.S. Episcopal Church's recent decisions to confirm an openly gay bishop and recognize that some Episcopal communities bless same-sex unions present "new ecumenical challenges" to Catholic-Anglican relations. Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the Catholic bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and IntelTeligious Affairs, said the Catholic Church remains committed "to prayerful and honest dialogue, however difficult," despite those challenges. He said the Episcopal decisions "retlect a departure from the common understanding of the meaning and purpose of human sexuality and the morality of homosexual activity as found in sacred Scripture and the Christian tradition." "As such, they have serious implications in the search for Christian unity and for the work of our bilateral Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue in the United States," he said. . The Episcopal Church is the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The church's triennial convention, held in Minneapolis in early August, confirmed the election of Canon V. Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, who in June had been elected by New Hampshire Episcopalians as bishop of their diocese. . The convention also approved a compromise resolution on samesex unions that called on the Episcopal Church to continue study

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and discernment of its pastoral care of gay and lesbian persons. An amendment introduced in the convention's House of Bishops dropped language in the resolution that would have called for the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music to develop rites for the blessing of same-sex relationships. However, the amended resolution that was adopted included the statement, "We recognize that local faith communities are operating within the bounds of our common life as they explore and experience liturgies celebrating and blessing same-sex unions." The confirmation of Bishopelect Robinson has divided mem-

bers and leaders of the U.S. Episcopal Church and of the Anglican Communion around the world. The primate of the communion, Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, warned of a possible schism the day of the confirtnation vote and urged church leaders to "consider this development before significant and irrevocable decisions are made." In mid-July, shortly before the Episcopal Church's general convention, the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission met in Rorida to discuss devotion to Mary and the invocation of saints in the teaching and life of the Catho~ lic and Anglican churches. It said

Diocese of Fall River

OFFICIAL His Excellency, the Most Reverend George W. Coleman, Bishop of Fall River, has announced the following appointments: Rev. Msgr. John A. Perry, from Pastor, Saint Patrick Parish, Falmouth, to Vicar General and Moderator Of the Diocesan Curta. Effective September 1, 2003 Rev. Richard R. Gendreau, Parochial Administrator of Saint Louis de France Parish, Swansea, to Pastor of Saint Louis de France Parish. ' Rev. Dermot Rodgers, Parochial Administrator of Saint Michael Parish, Swansea, to Pastor of Saint Michael Parish. Rev. Michael Camara, Parochial Administrator of Our Lady of Health Parish, Fall River, to Pastor of Our Lady of Health Parish. Effective August 15, 2003

it hopes to complete a statement on the topic in 2004. Two Americans are co-chairmen of the commission: Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett of Seattle on the Catholic side and Bishop Frank T. Griswold, presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church on the Anglican side. The international commission also heard an extensive report on the work of the International An-

glican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission, which recently met in Northern Ireland. That commission was formed in 2000, following a special summit of world Catholic and Anglican leaders in Canada, to spread the word of the level of Catholic-Anglican doctrinal agreement already achieved and to give a new impetus to the drive for Catholic-Anglican unity.

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National·Review Board evaluation; much undone CHICAGO - The work of the National Review Board established by the U.S. bishops last year "has proceeded uninterrupted and with continued vigor and independence" said an evaluation of its tirst year. The report was addressed to "the Catholic faithful ofthe United States." and that was deliberate, said board member Jane Chiles, former director of the Kentucky Catholic Conference. The report noted that independent audits "to determine whether adequate practices and procedures are in place" in each U.S. diocese began in June and were to be completed by early fall, with a report of the results to be made public in December. . Among the tasks left undone, the report said, was the commissioning of a comprehensive report analyzing the "causes and context" of the clergy sex abuse crisis. That project "will require several years to complete and cost upwards of $4 million," the board said.

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The contradiction of the churches St. Augustine once wrote, "The Church, like a stranger in a foreign land, presses forward amid the persecutions of the world and the consolation of God, announcing the cross and death ofthe Lord until He comes." The fathers .of Vatican II continued this thought when they reflected, "But by the power of the Risen Lord, the Church is given strength to overcome in patience and in love her sorrows and difficulties, both those that are from within and those that are from without, so that she may reveal in the world faithfully, however darkly, the mystery of her Lord until in the consummation it shall be manifested in full light." There is no doubt that today the Church is living in a time that desperately needs his light. Internally, the Church is striving to brjng healing to the horrendous scandals inflicted on the entire people of God. Even as this process evolves amid the litigiousness of the times, the Church also suffers from the external difficulties of our social mores. The recent election of the Rev. Gene Robinson as the first openly committed gay bishop of the Episcopal community is but another example of the great divisiveness in the Christian family. The fallout among this particular denomination is yet to be felt. The fact that an extraordinary meeting of all Anglicans has been called by the Archbishop of Canterbury should be a clear indication of the grave difficulties that now face this church. However, all churches are really at this meeting. In recent times the mainstream Protestant denominations have ze- . roed in on particular social issues as their great causes. Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian, American Baptist, United Church of Christ and Episcopal have responded to the times with a mind-set. framed within the sphere of accommodations. At the same time, Catholics, Southern Baptists, United Methodists, the Church of God in Christ, Mormons and Missouri Synod Lutherans have rejected the concept that one can pick and choose theological realities. The former group has basically followed a theology of sL!bjectivism, calling on personal choice as a criterion. The latter group follows an objective standard of choice based on theological beliefs. , All of these choices are being played out in very difficult and unstable social times. The great cry of individualism roared into our lives with the "doing it my way" battle hymn. Personal choice and lifestyle was the social choice of the baby boomers: Life became, and still is for many, one big buffet. One picks and chooses what one wants on their plate. The actual, positive and real are negated by the . individual, illusory and fanciful. In religious matters this is a very dangerous and hurtful process. What is intrinsiC, basic and essential becomes a mere matter of one's own feeling. As a result, we hear the familiar chant "One does not leave the Church, the Church leaves them." Such a reflection and its like often are echoing an escape from reality. In the long term, what should be believable becomes fanciful. There is no need for creed, rule, or even Bible. As the unity of the Churc~ faces another hurdle in its search for oneness, we must reflect that Christ founded the Church. However, many Christians profess to be followers of the Lord, but they differ in mind and go their different ways as if Christ himself were divided.' Certainly, such division openly contradicts the will of Christ, scandalizes the world, and damages the preaching of the Gospel message. As we continue to deal with our confusions and contradictions, let us remember that Christ always gives his Church the gift of unity; but the Church must always pray and work to maintain, reinforce and perfect the unity that Christ wills for her. "That they may be one" is the prayer of Christ. In charity, may that also be our prayer as we continue to sort out the conflicts of our times.

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When I exited Lake Michigan after the first leg of the Chicago Triat,hlon, I felt as if I didn't have any legs under me. The mile-long swim was more tiring than usual. , As I mounted my bike, a race volunteer handed me a packet of energy gel. I downed it, and within minutes my entire system was invigorated. One of the beauties of food in any form is its power to revitalize us. Eating the proper foods and maihtaining a balanced diet add joy to our life - and lengthens it Dining with others is yet another benefit of food. No matter how gourmet the food, it never tastes better than when eaten with a friend. Good company and excellent cuisine are the essence of the good life. In the Scriptures, Christ often speaks of himself as the bread of life. Food is. the image he uses most to depict his relationship to us. It also depicts not only the essence of the good life, but the good life par excellence. . Every time I read passages

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that refer to Christ's way of life as nourishment for us, I wonder how many truly take this message to heart We forever are eating food to invigorate ourselves. But how often do we drink in Christ's words as lived by the saints and feel their lifegiving energy? Does the time we spend on spiritual reading , come anywhere near the hours we spend each week reading the newspaper, novels and listening to the radio? These questions aren't meant to give anyone a guilt complex. Rather they are raised because of a gentleman I know who recently found a new and more invigorating life in spiritual reading. A sudden medical problem hit him, and, as happens with most of us in this situation, he . began to think the worst and to be filled with fear. By accident he came across a spiritual book that talked about the happiness of the .saints despite their immense sufferings. A passage by Father Anthony de Mello in particular caught his imagination: :'If you look carefully' you will see that there is one thing and only one

thing that causes unhappiness. The name of that thing is Attachment. What is an attach,ment? An emotional state of clinging caused by the belief that without some particular thing or some person you cannot be happy." Suddenly the man realized that the medical problem wasn't his major concern. Rather, his problem was his attachment to being youthful, living a comfortable routine and maintaining an image of strength. He was living the fantasy of never wanting to grow old. . As he read more, he saw that letting go of these attachments and accepting God's will helped him overcome his fears. He not only was able to face his fears squ'arely but in doing so was able to release his death grip on life. Later he confided that the strength this gave him was more nourishing than any energy-filled.food he could have eaten. Spiritual reading contains more than the thoughts of saints. It, like Christ, the bread of life; contains the most potent energy known to humankind.

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Am ,I packed in water or oil? The angle of the sun has noticeably changed. The air has that soggy hunicane feeling. Back-to-school supplies and. clothes are no longer on sale, . but must be obtained at regular price again, All the signs are pointing to the inevitable .. , it's almost September. Oh yeah, there's one other telltale sign ,.. the Red Sox appear to be entering their late summer swoon. A swoon can be a state of ecstasy or bewilderment. In the case of the Old Towne Team, the choice is obvious. When last we met at the end of July, the Sox were in pretty good shape to make a rl!n at the post-season. In fact, the fans and media were downright giddy about their chances. Yet since then, the Sox have won only four of II games against the sub-.500 teams from Texas and Baltimore. And last night, the best offense in baseball began a crucial 14-game stint against the powerful Oakland A's and the Seattle Mariners by mustering up two measly hits in a 4-0 loss with Pedro on the mound. Yep, it's almost September, Yep, the Sox have done it again. I promise myself every year that I'll just go with the flow. Not get too high, not get too low. Just sit back, relax and wait for the collapse, And every year, I start out that way, and every year, like a big dumb tuna, I get

hooked, canned and put on the shelf until next season. After we lost a doubleheader at Fenway Park to the O's, I told my snickering spouse' that I was through with baseball for the summer. But one win later, and after listening to an

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the Sox make the post-season, he determines the color his. friend must dye his hair ... and if the Sox fail to make the postseason .. " Never before have I appreciated as much the 3,000 miles between us. Now it's too late for me to wiggle off this lousy hook until the Sox are mathematically eliminated. Before the, summer is officially over, I'll have been hauled on board a fishing trawler and packed in ice, a la Ted Williams, ready to be stored away until next season. My onlY hope is that a Bosox hurricane will hit and sweep me back out to sea - and that my brother-in-Iaw's nickname. won't be "Pinky" come October.

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Trying to heal history's wounds He's 83 and physically afflicted, said he saw this 'visit "primarily as a comforting presence for the Catholic yet Pope John Paul II remains vibrantly the one person in the world community there." , The war in Bosnia, which raged who. actively seeks to bring healing to nations. As daily news stories in from 1992 to 1995, was incomprelate spring told 0f continuing killings hensible, underscoring how in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and ultranationalists, notably Slobodan Palestine, the pope made two visits Milosevic in Serbia, inflamed ethnic conflict among three groups: the to countries of the fonner Yugosla-, via. Muslims, Croats and Serbs. Reports He spent three days in Croatia back then proclaimed that the and one day in BosniaHerzegovina seeking reconciliation. To the some 2,000 Catholics still living in Banja Luka, BosniaHerzegovina, a remnant of the 45,000 who lived there before they were expelled By Antoinette Bosco or fled during the .19905, the pope said, "Do not flee from your responsibilities ... but resolutely counter evil with Bosnian Serbs had launched a reign the power of good." of bloodshed against Muslims and He urged rival Serbian Orthodox, Catholics, a devastating "ethnic Croatian Catholics and Bosnian . cleansing" that killed close to Muslims to put "suffering and 300,000 people before the United bloodshed~' behind them and to States and other countries interembrace the difficult task of vened, bringing an end to this "starting afresh" together. He came slaughter in 1995. to seek healing for the wounds . Hundreds of Catholic churches caused by that horrible time of were destroyed, and a quarter "ethnic cleansing." million Cat'lOlics fled to find safety ,The p0pe, at an ,open-air Mass in in neighboring regions like Croatia. Banja Luka,in inspiring honesty, I had the privilege, in 1998, of also asked mercy for crimes meeting Richard Holbrooke, the committed "by children of the U.S. envoy President Clinton sent to Catholic Church." He specifically negotiate peace in the former referred to the' killing of 2,300 Serbs Yugoslavia, credited for "helping to in 1942 by Croatian fascists led by a stop the bloodshed:" He said, from Catholic priest of Banja Luka. his experience, "Although Croats Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, and Muslims were also guilty of president of the Vatican's Pontifical atrocities, the Bosnian Serbs Council for Interreligious Dialogue, remained the primary perpetrators of

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the action that made the phrase 'ethnic cleansing' a part of the English language." Our pope seeks healing and the , end of the horror of "ethnic cleansing." Why do we do this to one another? Why is it so impossible to love one another, as Jesus taught, even those who are literally our neighbors? Tragically, when "ethnic cleansing" begins, it goes to monstrous ends. The roots of the word "genocide" are ' the Greek "genos," meaning race or tribe, and the Latin "eide," meaning to kill. In 1946, the U.N. General Assembly defined 'genocide as"a denial of the right of existence of entire human groups." PoPe John Paul II appealed to all to reconcile and heal this country still carrying the wounds of conflict. Today Bosnia's central government is headed by a tripartite presidency, with one representative ofeach of . the three malor ethnic constituencies: Croat, Serb and Bosniak/ Muslim. President Dragan Covic, . the Croat member of the tripartite leadership, said that "the pope's visit is a message to the world that the different ethnicities can live together, that the process of return is going on."

I felt the pope, by his visit, was underscoring again the Christ-like words of Holocaust suryivor Elie Wiesel: "Learn what human beings can do to other human beings. Learn, and hope is possible. Forget, and despair is inevitable."

Is the Bible for everyone? Q. Your interesting answers fourth-century expert in Scripture about the Bible have helped our studies; wrote in one of his letters family very much. The informathat, either because of the original tion about the formation of the author or the translator, Bible Bible and how to interpret it as language may be simple-or more Catholics makes it much easier 'complicated. Regardless of that, he to read and understand. says, the words of Scripture "are One problem though is, what always set forth in such a way that al}out people who don't have a whoever comes to them can find chance to have even the knowlinstruction. In one and the same edge we have, which is little sentence, both the learned and the enough as iUs? Most ordinary unlearned can discover the plain people can't be expected to know all this. . Shouldn't they read the Bible too? (Florida) A. Of course they ,should. While the technical knowledge you speak of can be a wonderful aid By Father in reaching the faith and J. Dietzen John hope avaiiable to us through. the Scriptures, what God reveals in the sacred meaning" (Letter 53, to SI. writings about his presence and Paulinus of Nola): love in the world, especially in the However, as you note, a little person of Jesus Christ, is not inf6nnation about the background limited to scholars. Christians, and of the biblical books can make Jews before that, were being Scripture not only more spiritually formed through the Bible when prClfitable, it can also prevent biblical scholarship, at least as we , confusion and misunderstanding, think of it, was barely in its especially today when Catholics infancy. are regularly challenged about . Reading the Bible in a spirit of their familiarity with and knowlprayer and faith in God's word is edge about the Bible. always good and fruitful. Someone Very little of the Bible is who approaches Scripture with "straight history" as many people this attitude will, in fact, benefit still tend to think. Most of it is spiritually much more than one poetry, parables, legends, personal. who has a lot of technical knowlor community reflections on edge, but little or no faith. memorable events, visions, legal St. Jerome, the renowned documents, mystical and apoea-

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Iyptic works, and even extended efforts by ancient theologians to put this whole series of experiences and divine revelations together into a cohesive explanation. . Knowing something of these elements in the Bible obviously will disclose much about what God is revealing to us through the human authors of these sacred texts. In addition, since what is now in the Bible was handed down by writing or word of mouth during a period of hundreds, even thousands, of years, it's obviously a huge advantage to be a bit familiar witli the circumstances of the period, what the people were probably thinking when they heard these words and stories for the first time. Again, however, this only emphasizes that the words of the bishops at Vatican Council II apply to every Catholic, however learned or not they may be. "The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures just as she venerates the body of the Lord, since from the table of both the word of God and of the body of Christ she unceasingly receives and offers to the faithful the bread of life" (Constitution on Divine Revelation 21). All the faithful, regardless of their education or position, are invited to avail themselves of these gifts.


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Hymns and us I love hymns. I love singing knew how to write great hymns; them and I love listening to and there are great hymns to be them. Hearing the robust Cardiff borrowed, with gratitude, from Festival Choir belt out the . Anglican, Lutheran, and other stirring hymns of Ralph Christian sources. There being a Vaughan Williams at what my finite amount of material that wife regards as an intolerable volume is, for me, a terrific audio experience. It was only when I got to know certain Lutherans, though, that I began to think about hymns theologically. For classic By George Weigel Lutheran theology, hymns are a theological "source:" not up can fit into a hymnal, however, there with Scripture, of course, the first thing to do is clean the but ranking not-so-far below stables of today's hymnals. Luther's Small Catechism. Thus, with tongue only half in Hymns, in this tradition, are not cheek, I propose the Index liturgical filler. Hymns are Canticorum Prohibitorum, the distinct forms of confessing the "Index of Forbidden Hymns." Church's faith. Old school Lutherans take their hymns very Herewith, some examples. The first hymns to go should seriously. be hymns that teach heresy. If Most Catholics don't. hymns are more than. liturgical Instead, we settle for hymns filler, hymns that teach ideas musically indistinguishable contrary to Christian truth have from "Les Mis" and hymns of no business in the liturgy. saccharine textual sentimental"Ashes" is the prime example ity. Moreover, some hymn texts here: "We rise again from ashes in today's Catholic "wor~hip to create ourselves anew." No, resources" are, to put it bluntly, we don't. Christ creates us heretical. Yet Catholics once

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of Life," to which I was recently subjected on, of all days, Corpus Christi - the one day in the Church year completely devoted to the fact that we are anew. (Unless Augustine was wrong and Pelagius right). not a self-feeding community Then there's "For the Healing giving each other "the bread of of the Nations," which, life" but a Eucharistic people addressing God, deplores nourished by the Lord's free gift "Dogmas that obscure your of himself. "I am the bread of plan." Say what? life" inverts that entire imagery, Dogma illuminates indeed falsifies it. God's plan and Then there are hymns that have been flogged to death, to liberates us in doing so. That, at least, is the point where they've lost any what the Catholic evocative power. For 140 years, Church teaches. the fourth movement of What's a text that Beethoven's Ninth Symphony flatly contradicts that sent shivers down audiences' spines; does anyone sense its teaching doing in power when it's morphed into hymnals published . the vastly over-used "Joyful, with official apJoyful We Adore You," comproval? plete with "chanting bird and Next to go should be those flowing fountain"? A 50-year "We are Jesus" hymns in which ban is in order here. As it is for the congregation (for the first "Gift of Finest Wheat." The late time in two millennia of ChrisOmer Westendorf did a lot for tian hymnology) pretends that it's Christ. "Love one another as liturgical renewal, but he was no poet (as his attempt to improve I have loved you/Care for each other, I have cared for you/Bear each other's burdens, bind each Montie Plumbing other's wounds/and so you will know my return." Who's & Heating Co. praying to whom here? And is Over 35 Years the Lord's "return" to be of Satisfied Services confined to our doing of his Reg_ Master Plumber 7023 . will? St. John didn't think so. JOSEPH RAPOSA, JR. "Be Not Afraid" and "'You Are 432 JEFFERSON STREET Mine" fit this category, as does FALL RIVER 508-675-7496 the ubiquitous "I Am the Bread

Abstaining from meatless TV You know, we really have to give the bishops a break. These guys have the media hounding them, lawyers hounding them, the Vatican hounding them, religious orders hounding them, chancery dwellers hounding them and liturgists generally nipping at their heels. These men can hardly turn around without someone shoving a microphone, drumstick, catechism or finger in their faces. And think of the ones who have Jesuit colleges in their dioceses! Overload. Sigh. It's because of this that we at the Roadkill Theological Roundtable totally understand why the Roman Catholic bishops of the United States meeting in St. Louis in June did not take up the topics of encouraging a fresh theology of garage sales or address the growing trend of parish parking lot spaces being way too small for the average American Family Tankmobile. The latter, as we all know, has led to polarization between Tankmobile families and the Used Honda Civic families. while Catholic ecozealots want the parking lots replaced with orchards of nongenetically engineered fruit trees. Things at the parish level are becoming testy. Maybe the bishops are

for a Nation. We are saddened also because the T-shirts we had printed up for the campaign are molding in my friend Bud's attic. As you recall, CATSCAN was born in 1998 in the wake of the bishops deciding not to reinstate meatless Fridays at the same time they issued a letter on the media. We felt it obvious that the two issues dovetailed and led to either meatless media or abstaining from By Dan Morris media on Fridays. We came down on the side of abstaining from media on Friday because issues. For example, what is the the media is largely "meatless" difference between a garage, a already. And we suggested yard and a moving sale? Or, can television because it seemed the a Catholic licitly stage a junk most ubiquitous media force at sale if her or his parish is the time, although cell phones planning its Annual Parish-Wide might be a good option now. Used Items Auction ExtravaHowever, abstaining from cell ganza? phones on Fridays has the I say these crises can wait obvious drawbacks of a) messing their turns. with people's calling plans, b) However, I would be amiss in ruining the acronym, and c) not my duties as RTR recording secretary if I did not mention that being able to call the Wong Chu Bar and Grill to confirm Friday this is the fifth year running that night reservations. our suggestion for a national So, if you have your bishop's Catholic movement to abstain ear, please mention CATSCAN from television on Fridays has to him. In the meantime, we will . not made it onto the bishops' see what we can get for our Tagenda. shirts at this weekend's Annual We are disappointed not only Parish-Wide Extravaganza. because acronyms like Comments are welcome. ECATSCAN are hard to come by mail1IJncle Dan at - Catholics Abstaining From Television: a Spiritual Campaign cnsuncleOl@yahoo.com. thinking "stay out of this one until the dust settles." On the other hand, a theology of garage sales - theocrapology - certainly can be developed over time. And it does face grave definitional and jurisdictional

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on Luther in his rewrite of "A Mighty Fortress" - "the guns and nuclear might/stand withered in his sight" - should have demonstrated). Why Mr. Westendorf was commissioned to write the official hymn for the 1976 International Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia is one of the minor mysteries of recent years. "You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat/Come give to us, 0 saving Lord, the bread of life to eat" isn't heresy. But it's awful poetry, and it can be read in ways that intensify today's confusions over the Real Presence. It, too, goes under the 50-year ban. Hymns are important. Catholics should start treating them seriously.

George Weigel is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

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racy; we do it for God." .This all-American priest and his family were always WINCHESTER, Va. - On a clear day in Wmches- fascinated with history. His father served as a Marine ter, he donned an old-fashioned leather helmet, goggles until the 1970s, when they settled in Alexandria His and bomber jacket. A white scarf circled his neck. mother received a degree in art history and was espe"I want to fly," he said. A hint of a white collar was cially interested in medieval history, religious art and visible amid the folds of his scarf as he boarded the architectUre. "Screaming Chicken" and flew off. ' He said that he and his two brothers, Daniel and MatFather Michael Kelly was "test flying" one of his thew, sat with theirparents at the ~er table and placed latest biplane bikes. nickel bets on history trivia. Their father would often While his primary job is serving as parochial vicar start the bet and ask the question, and the nickel would at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Wmchester - visit- pass around the table until someone answered correctly ing the sick, helping at Sacred HeartAcademy and min- or until someone would run for the encyclopedia after istering to th~ parish - he can ~ be found dressed up dinner to find the answer. as a private in the 28th MasFather Kelly's youngest sachusetts Regiment, or the brother, Daniel, just re47th Vtrginia, or riding on turned to the United States one of nine biplane bikes. after serving as a lieutenant Father Kelly has con'colonel with the Marine Reverted "his side" of the recserves in Iraq. He teaches tory garage .into an airplane social studies and history at hanger of sorts. Strewn on a private school in North a table are drawings and Carolina. The middle child, templates of two-dimen~ Matthew, is a member of sional biplanes. Father the city council in Fredericksburg and uses his, Kelly has constructed and knowledge ofhistory to p~ paintedninedifferentplanes that can be mounted to his mote tourism. bicycle. His planes are reFather Kelly served in produced with historicai acthe Navy for eight years curacy to resemble planes ~fore working as a secuflown in World War I and 'rity consultant prior to en. tering the seminary in 1990. World War n. He remarked on "the treHe was ordained in 1995 for mendous courage it took to the Arlington diocese. All " " three of the Kelly boys get up there;' referring to the pilots who flew the war- \.. ,.' ., earned their undergraduate degrees in history from Mary Washington College ,J. " in Fredericksburg. . Father Kelly and his Fat~er ~:eIly, began. ;.!</,::~~, ,;;,:~,.',: .., building biplanes for bikes ",: : : ,;~:' ··.:~ri~ brothers used to re-enact about a year ago. "I like to ' ;:_~;":~:,,tt::',!,·:'~ Civil War battles, but since ~ ~,~ ~._I-~ dress things up, he told the ,',:>.. ~~, ~,,:... ~. iI'_ coming to Sacred Heart ParArlington Catholic Herald, i;t,:;;~:,;i_i",ol~!f;l' ish, it has become more difnewspaper of the Arlington. t~·~/ ..t:;:.{,:\ :c~l"':~': ~il. . .J..' ficult for Father Kelly to diocese. "What started out L..',;...._.:..".....:....""',--:,.•"""'•....-:;, .•::.;: ..:.::. ....i.: .. :::a;.j,~~.......~~~:.:..;.;..;;...:..J participate. as art turned into a life of its" FATHER MICHAEL Kelly displays the uniSacred Heart has only own." : form of a Union soldier with the 28th Massa- two priests ministering to . The pnest thought up the' chusetts Regi'11ent. (CNS 'photo by Mary F. two churches and one idea of the biplane bikes McCarthy, Arlington,Catholic-Herald) school in two counties, while reading an article on , where there is also a major parilde floats and floats based on.bikes. Later, he saw hospital and 12 nursing homes. pedaI-car planes for small children, and thought, '~y Father Kelly visits classes at Sacred Heart Academy do the little ones have, aII'the fun?~' , ' each week to teach the children a lesson, usually on Each plane, built ,Of lightWeight foam~b9ard, takes theology. He said he likes to include.a bit of history in about one week to build. : his lessons so that the children can understand the backFather Kelly finds· it easy to relate hIstory to theol- ground of their faith. ogy. ''There are people who risk themselves on someIn the future he wants to talk to the students more thing greater than themselves. Otherwise, we wouldn't about history and its importance. Father Kelly hopes have St. Louis or'St. Joan," he said. "If you don't risk eventually to secure a patent on the biplane bikes and what you have in this life, you won't attain something market them to children as an exciting, hands-on introgreater in the .next. Our forefathers did it for . . democ- duction to history. CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

MERCY SISTERS Mary and Rita Epple are identical twins and nuns from the Dioceses of Saginaw and Gaylord in Michigan. Sister Mary is pastoral associate at St. Mary Parish in Bay City, and Sister Rita is pastoral administrator at St. Dominic Parish in Metz. (CNS photo by Brett Mclaughlin, Catholic Weekly)

'Witty twin nuns love Church, 'as well as their call to service By BRETT McLAuGHUN ,CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

SAGINAW, Mich. - When the time comes~ St. Peter will probably do,what every one else does when meeting the Epple tWins - blink a couple of times and take a stab at which is which. They look alike, they sound alike and, given the right audience, they even act alike. The Epples have been Sisters of Mercy since th~y took their first vows in 1963. They love the Church and their call to service. Each acknowledges the support of the other as a sister by both blood and faith. Sister Mary Epple is a pastoral associate at St. Mary Parish in Bay City, which is in the Saginaw diocese. She assists Father James Heller with parish activities and programs. Sister Rita Epple is a pastoral administrator at St. Dominic Parish in Metz, in the Gaylord diocese. She has responsibility for all aspects of parish life. In the absence of a full-time priest in the parish, her role includes many pastoral functions. Living and working in different dioceses, they don't see each other often. They also don't talk shop much; exchanging occasional Emails and phone calls. "We take ideas from each other, but it (the Church work) is not our whole conversation," Sister Mary explained in an interview with The Catholic Weekly, serving the Saginaw and Gaylord dioceses. Although their serVice' to God has taken them in, different directions, they have never been separated. ''The hearts are close," Sister Rita said. The middle pair of four girls in the Epple family, Sister Mary and Sister Rita agreed there was never any doubt they would enter religious life. They grew up playing "nun," tying bath towels around their heads as veils and using Necco candy as "communion" wafers.

They attended Catholic grade school and high school in the Diocese of Saginaw. Sister Mary said their high school experiences were beneficial to their development. "We had good social lives. We dated and went to the prom." With the support and encouragement of their classmates, the twins joined four other girls from tJ:1eir class in pursuing religious life. (FatherHeller, coincidentallY;~went to

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WASHINGTON - Actor-director Mel Gibson paid a quick visit to the U.S. bishops' headquarters building in Washington July 21, a month afterthe U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Gibson's Icon Productions were involved in a spat over Gibson's new movie. "The Passion." Gibson met with Msgr. William P. Fay, USCCB general secretary. "It was a surprise visit," said Msgr. Fay, who had been notified of Gibson's arrival about an hour before it happened. Msgr. Fay added there was no bad blood between the USCCB and Gibson. "He wanted the visit to make clear that there was not" any animosity, he said of Gibson. The dispute centered on the use of what Icon Productions said were unauthorized copies of a draft script used by a group of Catholic and Jewish scholars to critique the screenplay. After the meeting was over, Gibson signed autographs'for employees outside USCCB headquarters before stepping inside a waiting taxi. With Gibson was Paul Lauer. hired to do publicity and promotion for "The Passion." "I thought I was having a private meeting," Msgr. Fay exclaimed when he saw 20 employees, most of them female, huddling around the 47-year-old Gibson for an autograph. When signing an autograph for Janet Kistler, who works in the bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. Gibson said, "You're from Pro-Life? I've done my bit." Gibson. a Catholic. is the father of seven children. Gibson was in Washington to oversee a screening of "The Passion;' which Gibson financed with his own money. The film, whose dialogue is entirely in Latin and Aramaic with no subtitles, has yet to find a distributor. The same day as Gibson's visit, William Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights blasted an essay wriuen by Paula Fredriksen in the July issue of The New Republic magazine over the controversy surrounding

"The Passion." "The script, when we got it, shocked us," wrote Fredriksen, one of the scholars enlisted to critique the script. She is a professor of Scripture at Boston University and the author of "Jesus of Nazareth. King of the Jews," a historical study of the last 12 hours of Jesus' life. "Nothing of Gibson's published remarks (in a路 New York Times Magazine article) or of (Jesuit Father William) Fulco's and Gibson's private assurances, had prepared us for what we saw," Fredriksen said. Father Fulco translated the English script. . "We pinpointed its historical errors and - again, since Gibson has so trumpeted his own Catholicism - its deviations from magisterial principles of biblical interpretation. We concluded with general recommendations for certain changes in the script," she said. Fredriksen said Gibson was fully aware of the script's distribution to the scholars and their intent to produce a critique of the script. "Why wo'uld he be so concerned with our evaluation if he knew that what we were evaluating bore so little resemblance to his actual film?" she asked. "I shudder to think how 'The Passion' will play once its subtitles shift from English to Polish, or Spanish, or French, or Russian. When violence breaks out, Mel Gibson will have a much higher authority than professors and bishops to answer to." Calling Fredriksen "a demagogue," Donohue said in a statement, "Working with an unauthorized script of 'The Passion,' Paula Fredriksen has declared the movie to be anti-Semitic. She has libeled Mel Gibson." The National Association of Evangelicals defended Gibson's movie in an announcement. The association's president, Ted Haggard, attended a private screening of "The Passion" with Gibson and 30 other evangelical leaders. Haggard called the movie "a beautiful, wonderful account of the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus Christ. It is consistent with Mat-路 thew, Mark, Luke and John."

membered films are the "Road" movies that also starred By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. LOS ANGELES - Entertainer Bob Hope died a In his long life, Hope received numerous awards as Catholic, according to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of a testament to his long and successful career in radio, Los Angeles. TV and movies, as well as his charitable works and his "One of my greatest joys is knowing that Bob Hope annual Christmas visits to tell jokes to troops stationed died as a Catholic," Cardinal Mahony said in. a state- overseas, from World War II to the Persian Gulf War. ment. . Just some of the awards and honors Hope received "Over the years I would invite him to join the Church, were: papal honQrs designating him as a Knight Combut he would respond in his typical humor, 'My wife, mander ofSt. Gregory the Great; the Tree ofLife Award Dolores, does enough praying to take care of both of from the 'Jewish National Fund; the Father Hanagan us.' But eventually her prayers prevailed and he was Award for Service to Youth, given by Girls and Boys baptized into the Catholic Church and was strengthTown; the Hal Roach Entertainened these past years through the ment Award from Loyola regular reception of holy ComMarymount University, which munion." honored the memory of the HolHope was 100 when he died路 lywood producer who made stars July 24 at his home in Toluca . of Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lake outside Los Angeles. Lloyd and the Little Rascals. Although he became a CathoHe also received the Humanilic after retiring from show busitarianAward from Variety Clubs ness - his last NBC special was International, an organization of in 1996, when Hope was 93 showbiz people; the Spirit of St. the comic and actor was long asLouis Award from St. Louis Unisociated with Catholic endeavors versity; a )pecial Christopher nationwide, often in partnership Award for a half-century ofenterwith his wife, a lifelong Cathotainment; honorary membership lic. in the Harlem Globetrotters; the One such endeavor was the first Big Shoulders Award preOur Lady of Hope Chapel at the sented by the Big Shoulders Fund, Basilica of the National Shrine of whose contributions go excluthe Immaculate Conception in sively to inner-city Chicago Washington, made possible by Catholic schools; the 1962 Patriocontributions from the couple. tism Award from the University Joking for reporters and mugging of Notre Dame's senior class; the for the camera before the dedicaCitizenship Award of the Military tion of the chapel in May 1994, ~iiiiiii!iiii Chaplains Association; and the Hope said, "My face has helped I!!!!'-'I Club of Champions Gold Medal me with my marriage and my cafrom the Catholic Youth Organireer - I mean my faith. My faith zation. has helped me in every way in Other honors were the my life." Genesian Award ofthe Associates BOB HOPE is pictured in 1980 Hope got his start as an enterof St. Mary's (Calif.) College, run tainer in Cleveland when he was during a retrospective on the many by the Christian Brothers; the 18 years old and he started doing overseas Christmas specials he did Pacem in Terris award from Ima vaudeville act. The fifth of seven for U.S. servicemen and women. maculate Heart College in Los sons, he was born Leslie Townes (CNS file photo from NBC) Angeles; and the International Hope in Eltham, England, on Brotherhood Award in 1974 and May 29, 1903. In 1907 Leslie's father brought the fam- the Charles Evans Hughes Gold Medal in 1979 from ily to Cleveland. the National Conference of Christians and Jews, now Hope's generosity was as long-lasting as his career. known as the National Conference for Community and He was one of 100 celebrities to contribute prizes on Justice. actor Don Ameche's behalfto help a 1949 building drive With Hope, thejokes never stopped coming. He once at Ameche's childhood parish,AII Saints in Cedar Rap- said Catholic comic Danny Thomas was so religious ids, Iowa. that highway patrolmen stopped him for having stainedIn 1999, a half-century later, Bob and Dolores Hope glass windows in his car. matched actor Paul Newman's $250,000 donation to At a 1965 testimonial dinner for Cardinal James Catholic ReliefServices to assist Kosovar refugees with McIntyre of Los Angeles, he said: "Being married to a a quarter-million dollars of their own. Catholic is almost like being one. I had to go all the way In 1962 Hope received an honorary degree from . to Vietnam to get meat on Friday." Georgetown University in Washington; his son, Tony, And during one of Hope's grueling Vietnam tours, graduated from Georgetown that year. It was one of he attended a Christmas Mass celebrated by Cardinal dozens he received during his lifetime. Hope never at- Francis Spellman of New York - and promptly fell tended college in real life, he cracked, because of"some- asleep. He approached the cardinal afterward and told thing called high school." him, ''I'm sorry. I fell asleep at your Mass." Cardinal Hope was on the first honorary committee ofCatho- Spellman replied, "Don't worry. I saw your show at the lics in MediaAssociates, formed in 1993 to honorCatho- Paramount and I fell asleep too." . . lics in the entertainment industry for their contributions. In a 1969 interview with the Catholic Herald, . That year, at age 90, Hope was chosen one of the 10 . Milwaukee's ,archdiocesan newspaper, he was asked most admireq American men in a poll of 10,000 read- where he thought the increasing use of nudity and sex ers of Good Housekeeping magazine. In 1999, Hope in entertainment was taking America. Hope replied, was selected as the top entertainment figure of the mil- "I think. we're all going to the police station to be arlennium in an ABC News telephone poll. rested, (that's) where. I mean everybody - those who In addition to his hundreds of NBC specials, Hope are doing it and those who are watching. I like jokes had a business relationship with NBC dating back to and stories. But when you see some of this stuff, it's 1936 on NBC's radio network. He also volunteered his too much." talents for radio shows aired by Family Theater ProHope is survived by his wife of more than 69 years, ductions. Hope was also a regular host of the Academy Dolores, their four adopted children - Linda, Anthony, Awards, In 1999, Hope received a standing ovation at Nora and Kelly - and four grandchildren, According the Emmy A"Yards for his contributions to television. to a CNN report, his family said they will hold a private Hope also starred in close to 50 movies, the last of burial and scheduled a memorial Mass for August 27 them being 1979's 'The Muppet Movie." His best-re- for rel~tives and close friends.


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ANCHORAGE ARCHBISHOP Roger Schwietz stands near the Cessna 206 that the archdiocese recently purchased. (CNS pho,o by Brother Charles McBride, Catholic Anchor)

Catholic Extension helps Anchorage archbishop land new airplane By

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska With a new plane and an archbishop licensed to fly, the Archdiocese ofAnchorage will be able to minister more often to Catholic faithful in poor, remote areas, several of which are only accessible by plane. Neither the flying lessons nor the plane came cheap, but the archdiocese had some much-

needed help from CatholicExtension, the leading supporter of missionary work in America, and generous supporters including Alaskan Catholic Ray Carey. Before his recent death, Carey sold the archdiocese his 1974 Cessna 206 aircraft at a discounted price of $50,000. Catholic Extension raised $30,000 to help pay for the plane and over the last few years has provided

subsidies to help Anchorage Archbishop Roger L. Schwietz obtain flying lessons. Archbishop Schwietz hopes to drop in more frequently on Catholics in isolated parts of the archdiocese. "It's all about being able to be there with the people personally," he told The Catholic Anchor, Anchorage archdiocesan newspaper. The plane replaces the one de-

stroyed last year in the Palm Sunday crash that killed Father James Kelley, a native of New Bedford, Mass., and retired U.S. Navy chaplain, who was on his way to administer the sacraments to remote missions scattered along the I ,600mile-long Aleutian Island chain. The Archdiocese of Anchorage, which covers 139,000 square miles, has just 21 priests serving its parishes and missions ':""'that's one priest for about every 7,000 square miles. Therefore, Catholics in these isolated regions celebrate Mass once every few weeks or whenever a priest can reach them. When Archbishop Schwietz asked Catholic Extension for help, the Chicago-based organization made a national appeal to replace the plane and featured the archdiocese's plight in its monthly magazine. As a result, the archdiocese raised a total of $85,000 including $30,000 from Catholic Extension donors - to purchase and upgrade the plane.

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not regulate posture rigidly in such a way that those who wish to kneel or sit would no longer be f~ee." The newsletter explained that No. 43 of the genWASHINGTON - The Vatican's top liturgy official has said the Church's liturgical norms for eral instruction calls for the people to stand during posture at Mass do not forbid Catholics from sit- Mass "except at those places indicated below." It ting or kneeling when they return to their place af- goes on to spell out specific times when the people sit or kneel, ending with "and, as circumstances alter Communion. The ruling from Cardinal Francis Arinze, pre- low, they may sit or kneel while the period of safect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and cred silence after Communion is observed." No althe Sacraments, was published in the July issue of ternative posture during the Communion rite itself the newsletter of the U.S. bishops' Committee on is listed. The newsletter also noted that, according to No. Liturgy. It said the issue arose when some bishops, seek- 86 of the instruction, the Communion song is to be ing to implement the Church's new General,Instruc- sung "for as long as the sacrament is being admintion of the Roman Missal, directed that those who istered to the faithful" - a phrasing which indihave already received Communion should remain cates that the "sacred silence after Communion" standing until everyone has rec~ived, and then may does not begin until after everyone has received. Noting those provisions, Cardinal.George asked kneel or sit during the period of silence following if it was the intent of the legislation to forbid the Communion. Responding to what the bishops' Secretariat for widespread practice of individuals kneeling or sitLiturgy called "numerous inquiries" on the subject, ting after they have received Communion, even committee chairman Cardinal Francis E. George of though the rite is still going on. In light of Cardinal Arinze's response that this Chicago sent the congregation a "dubium," or forwas not the intent, the newsletter commented, "In mal question seeking a clarification of the law. Many communicants in U.S. parishes customar- the implementation of the 'General Instruction of ily kneel or sit in prayer or meditation immediately the Roman Missal,' therefore, posture should not upon returning to their place, but the newsletter said be regulated so rigidly as to forbid individual coma strict reading of the new general instruction would municants from kneeling or sitting" immediately seem to indicate that standing is the posture to be after they have returned to their place. The newsletter also noted that the,general instructaken by all until the Communion rite is finished. According to the newsletter, Cardinal Arinze's re- tion, incorporating U.S. adaptations approved by the sponse, received in June, said that the relevant norms Vatican, has now been published in book form by were intended "to ensure within broad limits a cer- the publishing office of the U.S. Conference of tain uniformity of posture" but at the same time "to Catholic Bishops.

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"We are delighted to help the archdiocese continue to extend the faith to our Catholic brothers and sisters in the faraway corners of Alaska," said Bishop William R. Houck, president of Catholic Extension. "We thank all of the generous Catholics who helped make this possible, especially Mr. Carey. We shall remember them all in our prayers." Although Archbishop Schwietz has earned his wings, he won't fly a regular route like Father Kelley did. The archdiocese is still searching for a pliest-pilot who can fly the Cessna to the missions Father Kelley served. In addition, the archdiocese still needs help funding the cos't of fuel., "The priests of Alaska are brave and sacrificing American missionaries," Bishop Houck said. "We must continue to support them and keep them in our prayers as they risk their lives to share the faith and administer the sacraments to Catholics in isolated regions."

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Professor: 'Don't limit stem-cell debate to status of eDlbryo' Kass, bioethics council chairman, said humanity is in an unusual situWASHINGTON - The ethical.路 ation regarding human embryonic concems regarding human embry- research. onic stem-cell research should go "Embryos which have been seen beyond whether or not the embryo . as the seeds of the next generation is a human person, said Paul are coming to .be seen as the seeds LaUl;tzen, religious studies profes- of salvation of the older generation," sor at Jesuit-rufl John Carroll Uni-, said Kass, professor of social versity. thought at the University ofChicago. "This either/or tends to drive He gave a contemporary reading people to the extremes," he said in a to the Old Testament story of paper presented to the President's Abraham and Sarah, the couple who Council on Bioethics, an advisory reached an advanced age without conceiving a child. body to President Bush. Lauritzen said his own view was "SupposeAbraham and Sarah go that embryonic stem-cell research to a fertility clinic and manage to was ethical. make two embryos. They now have "I do not think the early embryo to decide whether to have Isaac or is a person and I believe that both use the embryos to cure Abraham's embryonic and adult stem-cell re- 'Parkinson's disease," said Kass. In aquestion-and-answersession search should go forward under a ' system of strict regulation," said with council members after presentLauritzen, also director of the ap- ing a summary of his paper, plied ethics program at the univer- Lauritzen said that his aim was to sity in the Cleveland suburb of Uni- try to isolate the highly contentious versity Heights. issue of whether an embryo is a huChurch officials repeatedly have man person and to develop a broader opposed embryonic stem-cell re- based ethical criteria where it would search both because it destroys hu- be easier for supporters and oppoman life and because they say the nents to find common ground. Lauritzen added tha~ he would use of adult stem cells can have the same benefits. . support a moratorium on embryonic Daniel Callahan, another expert stem-cell research while work With on medical ethics, told the council adult stem cells progresses to see that researchers should spend less what 'breakthroughs this research time trying tq prolong life for a few can produce. Callahan's paper criticized the and spend more time trying to find ways to ease suffering and pain in "research imperative" which he dethe tinal years of people's lives. fined as "the view that the impor"It is not death that is the enemy,. tance of research, could overcome but painful, impaired and unhealthy moral values." This view has led to doubtful and life before death," he said in a prepared text presented earlier in the "potentially harmful" goals such as same day. using the research imperative as "a Callahan is the founder of The public relations tool to justify the Hastings Institute, which specializes making'of a good living and the.purin medial ethics and currently is its suit of profit (e.g., the pharmaceuti-, cal industry's defense of high drug director of international programs. After both presentations, Leon prices)," he said. By AGOSllNO BONO CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

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A NIGHT view shows the famous "passetto di Borgd' during the first hours of its official reopening in Rome in late July. The passageway isa medieval fortified bridge connecting Vatican ,City to Castel Sant'Angelo and was used in the past by the popes to escape the Vatican to the secl,Jrity of the castle. Pope Clement VII was the last to use the route to escape during an attack on Rome in 1527. (CNS photo from Reuters)

REGINA BARZYK prays in front of the relic 路of St. Juan Diego at St. Stanisla~s Kostka Church in Michigan City, Ind. The bit of cloth from the tilma that holds the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is making its way across the United States in a tour organized by the Apostolate for Holy Relics. Juan Diego was canonized July 31 last year during Pope John Paul II's visit to Mexico City. (CNS photo by Karen Callaway, Northwest Indiana Catholic)

Relics of saints: A tradition that 'won't die down By .CINDY WOODEN CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Jesuit Father Jacques Berthieu was martyred in Madagascar in 1896, his body was VATICAN CITY ' - Although for the past 20 thrown in a river and reportedly eaten by croco' years the Vatican has been placing greater restric- diles. Father Molinari said that during the 1965 betions on the distribution of relics, Pope John Paul atification ceremony, he gave Pope Paul VI a copy II receives dozens of new relics each year. The presentation of relics to the pope is a cus- of a letter written by Father Berthieu to his ' . tomary part of beatification and canonization cer- mother. . , "If there are no remains, what can you do? Beemonies. With his record pace of proclaiming new sides, I thought this made more sense,'; he said. Father Molinari understands the imp.ortance blesseds and saints, Pope John Pau,l has amassed a record number of relics. Housed in reliquaries路 many Catholic faithful give to relics, but he is 12-20 inches tall runni'ng the gamut from almost- not. comfortable with disturbing the bodies of the kitsch to serious sculpture, the relics are kept in dead to obtain them. Father Kolodiejchuk said the Missionaries of a frescoed room near the pope's Redemptoris Mater Chapel and in a chapel in the apartment of Charity felt the same way. "Especially when it was somebody you knew the papal secretaries. When Mother Teresa of Calcutta is beatified and loved, you do not want to disturb the body," October 19, the Missionaries of Charity plan to he said. The sentiments underlying the veneration of give the pope a reliquary containing 'a vial of her relics are noble, Father Molinari said. blood. "When we lose someone for whom we had'afThe exact design of the reliquary is meant to be a surprise, but it will include a flame, reflect- fection, we are very attached to tender reminders ing the words of Jesus that Mother Teresa heard of our love for them - a photograph, a ring, a addressed to her, "Comt<, be my light," said Mis- lock of hair. We cherish, the object that keeps the sionary of Charity Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, the bond alive even though we do not give it ~ny special value or power," he said. postulator promoting her cause. "We know this person is alive in God and we A twin reliquary, also containing a vial of blood,' will be placed at Rome's Basilica of St. can talk to him or her and perhaps these objects John Lateran after the beatification for venera- serve to remind us of that fact. That is the value . tion. of relics,:' the Jesuit said. The veneration of the tombs of martyrs and. "The public veneration responds to a desire by many faithful "to make a connection, to see and the practice of building altars over them continue, to touch," Father Kolodiejchuk said. in a way, but the Vatican and the whole Latin rite Giving the pope a reliquary with the bones of of the Catholic Church are moving away from a newly decl.ared blessed or saint is common, but the practice of collecting relics, dividing them into not obligatory; more and more often, "officials ever-smaller fragments and distributing them. . While Byzantine Catholics continue to cel~ are not taking bones from the tombs of perspective saints," said Msgr. Enrico Vigano, an offi- ebrate the Divine Liturgy with an "antimension" - an altar cloth containing a small envelope of cial involved in planning papal liturgies. Often Church officials and religious orders opt relics - Latin-rite churches no longer have to to use as relics blood drawn during the person's have slivers of relics sealed in their altars. When relics are placed in new churches today, final illness or immediately upon his or her death, or hair or even pieces of the prospective saint's they often are large enough to be identifiable as a body part and are placed in a tomb-like urn under garments. , But in the case of martyrs, sometimes even that the altar, reflecting the original Christian practice of building altars over the tombs of the martyrs . is not possible. Jesuit Father Paolo Molinari, one of the .busi"When the Emperor Constantine honored St. est and longest-serving postulators,' said the first Peter," Father Molinari said, "he did not move beatification he was involved in was a case in the body. He placed an' altar over the tomb and point. . built a church around it."


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$101,000 per plaintiff - or about edition of The Pilot, the ington in the 1970s, he rented a $70,000 after attorneys' fees archdiocesan newspaper, Arch- small apartment in a run-down lawyers said not everyone would bishop O'Malley said he regrets building in a crime-ridden neighreceive the same amount. . that his choice of residence has borhood. As bishop in the Virgin The proposal reportedly calls been in the glare of media atten- Islands and Palm Beach, Fla., he for the amount for each plaintiff tion as he settles into his new post lived in simpler housing than the to be based on "the type and se- in Boston, but that his decision is homes of his predecessors. verity of abuse and damage sus- based on many considerations. The official bishop's residence tained," with mediators working "There was a day when many in Boston is described as a large out a formula with the plaintiffs of the trappings sl;lITounding the Italianate mansion on the grounds and their lawyers. The archdiocese bishop were an expression of the of archdiocesan property that also would not be a part of those nego- longing of immigrant Catholics for includes staff offices and St. John's tiations. acceptance into their new home- Seminary. The Boston Globe reported that land," he wrote. But with the pas"I am embarrassed by comparisome victims welcomed the sons that have been made beoffer and expressed a desire tween my predecessors and to settle, but others said they "Archbishop O'Malley made' it me," Archbishop O'Malley want to take their cases to wrote. clear to her that a Catholic politician court. He said that Cardinal BerArchbishop O'Malley who holds a public, pro-choice po- nard F. Law and the late Carappointed as the new lead sition should not be receiving Com- dinals Humberto Medeiros archdiocesan lawyer for the munion and should on their own vo- and Richard Cushing lawsuits Thomas H. lition refrain from doing so," said the three of his predecessors as Hannigan, an attorney who Boston archbishop - "were not worldly men who sought successfully negotiated a statement. At the same time, 'the Church pre- a 'fancy pad,'" but instead settlement of 101 sex abuse lawsuits against the Diocese sumes that each person is receiv- were "detached and uninterof Fall River, when Arch- ing (Communion) in good faith," said ested in material things." bishop O'Malley was the statement. "It is not our policy to Their choice to live in the ofbishop there in the early ficial residence followed a deny Communion. It is up to the in- tradition begun by Cardinal I 990s. William O'Connell, who The Boston Archdiocese dividual." was archbishop from 1907issued a statement outlining the new archbishop's posi44, he said. tion on the Communion issue in sage of time, the immigrant CathoHis decision to move to the caresponse to a Boston Globe article. lic community has become more thedral "is also motivated by my The article quoted Shirley mainstream and the Church no conviction that a bishop should be Gomes, who in 1992 was a candi- longer needs all the symbols of the close to his cathedral whenever date for the Massachusetts House past, Archbishop O'Malley wrote, possible. The parish is the venue of RepJ:esentatives and a lay eu- "especially when those symbols of the pastoral life of the diocese charistic minister at Holy Trinity now seem ambiguous at best and and living in a rectory is a statea contradiction of some of our ment about this reality." Church in Harwich. Archbishop O'Malley said in Her abortion position and her Gospel values at worst." Archbishop O'Malley, a.Capu- moving, "I would have preferred ' visible role in parish ministry caused controversy, resulting in a chin Franciscan, has a history of to sneak out with my suitcase in meeting with then-Bishop living in quarters even more the middle of the night. But that is O'Malley, Fall River's bishop humble than the standard parish not feasible." He was to move in with the rector of the cathedral and from 1992-2002. Gomes told the rectory. Globe that at the meeting the As founder and director of the two other priests within a couple bishop "assured me that if my po- Centro Catolico Hispano in Wash-. of months. sition on abortion was an act of conscience, then I would not be OUR LADY'S denied Communion." The archdiocesan statement RELIGIOUS STORE Sales And Service said that "there was much more to Mon. - Sat. 10:00 - 5:30 the conversation'" with Gomes, PM Fall River's Largest now a state representative, than the GIFTS Display of TVs quote in the Globe. CARDS "Archbishop O'Malley made it ZENITH • SONY BOOKS clear to her that a Catholic politician who holds a public, pro1196 BEDFORD ST. choice position should not be reFALL RIVER ceiving Communion and should 936 So. Main Sr., Fall River 508-673-9721 on their own volition refrain from doing so," said the statement. At the same time, "the Church presumes that each person is receiving (Communion) in good Men of the Sacred Hearts is sponsoring faith," said the statement. "It is not a men and women's retreat at our policy to deny Communion. It Cathedral Camp in Freetown on Sept. is up to the individual." 7,2003. The theme will be "Your In another announcement, relationship with God through Archbishop 0' Malley named prayer." Rev. William Heffron, S.S.C.C. Auxiliary Bishop Richard G. Lennon vicar general for the Boswill be the Speaker giving three talks ton Archdiocese and moderator of throughout the day. the curia. The bishop was apostolic adFor details and to register for the ministrator of the archdiocese unretreat, call Donald St. Gelais til the new archbishop was in@ 508-995-5609 or stalled. Bishop Lennon was named AI Hall @ 508-995-0045. . to the post after Cardinal Bernard The cost is $25.00 per person and F. Law resigned last December. includes Lunch and Dinner. In a column in the. August 8

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the 路Golfers excel in Fall River CYO tourney FALL RIVER ~ The anniJal Levesque of Somerset shot a Fall River Area CYO Golf round of 81 to finish in First Tournament was held re<;ently Place while Fall River's Paul at the Fall River Country Club Kozak's 90 allowed him to take and golfers in four different di- second. These eight golfers are now visions competed for coveted spots in the annual Diocesan eligible to take part in the Fall Tournament scheduled for later River Diocesan Tournament this su路mmer. next month and Father Jay In the Senior Division, Maddock, Diocesan Director of Westport's Erik Almeida 'shot the CYO, was looking forward. a round of 76 to capture first to that and pleased with this place: He was followed closely year's tournament. "It's really a nice event for by last year's first-place winner Jeff Hankins who finished his the kids," said Father Maddock. round with a score of 80. "We had a be~utiful day and we Jonathan Levesque, a resi- had some good matches. The dent of Swansea, took First golfers really had a good time." Place in the Intermediate Divi~ Father Maddock was thank. sion with a final score of 80. ful to the Fall River Country Fall River's Jacob Sebastiao, Club and its members for welfinished second with a round of coming the CYO group of 35 86. golfers to their course. PASTOR OF Sacred Heart Church in North Attleboro, Father David Costa, thanks the The Junior Division featured "They've been very gracious partsh Brownie Troop after its recent donation of $100. The girls raised the money through a hotly contested match with in hosting us each year," said various fund-raisers and,'it will be used to help clean and paint the walls of the pari~h hall. . Jeremy Wood of Fall River tak- Father Maddock. ''I'm thankful ing. the championship by one for Golf Pro Tom Tetrault, stroke with a round of 86. Sec- Tournament Director Roger ond Place went to Jon Sirois, Dugal, and all the members of also of Fall River, with ari 87. the Fall River Country Club. In the Cadet Division, Kevin They've been great to us."

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EASTON - Family Rosary has chosen 35 students from 20 U.S. states as winners of its 2003 "Try Prayer. It Works !" contest that encourages students to express their faith through art, poetry, prose, video and photog. raphy. The competition, in its eighth year, drew more than 3,500 entries. This year's' theme for the competition was "Conversation GOOD WORK -'Members of the 2003 Bishop Feehan High School yearbook committee with God." were all smiles when they, heard their publication, "The Flashback," was inducted into the "Prayer is our conversation Gallery of Excellence at Walsworth' Publishing Company. Their design will be us~d by the with God, and it is not a onecompany at regional, state and national scholastic press conventions and workshops. sided conversation," said Holy Cross Father John Phalen, president of Holy Cross Family Ministries, which includes Family Rosary, Family Theater Productions and other ministries. "The process of prayer allows us to ATTLEBORO - David Pacheco, a recent graduate share our thoughts, feelings and of Bishop Feehan High School, was recently named a concerns with God, and in re2003 Presidential Scholar. He is one of only four stu.turn, God guides us to make dents in the:state selected to receive this award and one good choices in our everyday of 141 nationwide. The scholars represent'excellence in lives." education and the promise of greatness in. young people Up to three winners were according to the United States Presidential Scholars Prochosen for each grade from kingrnm. . dergiuten to 12th. First-place As part of the award, Pacheco enjoyed an expensewinners received $100, and the paid trip to Washington, D.C., where he met government winner's sponsoring parish, officials, educators, authors and other accomplished inschool or organization got $200. dividuals. He and other Presidential Scholars. were Other winning students received awarded a medallion at a ceremony ~ponsored by The a set of movies from Family White House. Theater Productions in Hollywood. Pacheco will be attending Brown University this fall Separate contests are conand plans to major in computer science. DAVID PACHECO

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ducted for the Southern Hemisphere and for Mexico and the Philippines. The First-Place winners in the Northern Hemis'phere competition and their grade levels are: Jeannie Schultz, St. Mary High School, Dell Rapids, S.D., 12th; Maria Leon, St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School, Watsonville, Calif., II th; Olivia Miasik, John F. Kennedy Me'morial High School, Seattle, 10th; Bernadette Amelia Faske, Holy Angels Academy, Louisville, ' Ky., ninth; Stephanie Escobar, St. Jude the Apostle, Wauwatosa, Wis., eighth; Jennifer de Andrade, Academy of St. Benedict, Newark, N.J., seventh. Also, Andrea Liguore, St. Charles School, Boardman, Ohio, sixth; Keegan McDonald, Annunciation Catholic School, Brazil, Ind., fifth; Kathleen -Nickens, St. Pius X School, Southgate, Mich., fourth; Francesca Muscat, St. Stephan Parish, Hamden, Conn., third; Matthew Randall Lund, Annunciation Catholic School, Brazil, Ind., second; William Daniel M,enor, Holy Rosary School, Duluth, Minn., first; and Emily Smith, St. Gregory the Great School, Williamsville, N.Y., kindergarten.


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Students win book awards

SECOND-GRADERS at St. Anthony School, New Bedford, dedicated a unit of study this year to Mary. Here they demonstrate part of that lesson by displaying flowers honoring Our Lady.

NORTH DARTMOUTH Bishop Stang High School announced its 2003 book awards recently as they were presented to members of its Junior Class. The Harvard College Book Award went to Andrew Hartnett of East Sandwich, the highest ranking student in his class. The Brown University Book Award was presented to Laura Szaro of Westport for combining academic excellence with clarity in written and spoken expression. The College of the Holy Cross Book Award and the College Club of New Bedford Award were presented to Katherine Connolly of Little Compton, R.I. She is the second-ranked student among the JuniorClass. Kate Murphy of North Falmouth received The Regis College Book Award and Stephanie Jones of Tiverton, R.I., earned The

UMass-Dartmouth Book Award. Riley McLean of South Dartmouth took home The Anna Maria College Book Award and the St. Michael's College Book Awards were awarded to Stephanie McNear of South Dartmouth and Sean Dulmaine of East Sandwich. The Hugh O'Brien Leadership Award was given to Emily Babbitt of South Dartmouth. It is awarded annually to the highest scoring sophomore following an evaluation of her leadership qualities in school and the community. Babbitt will be invited to attend a leadership workshop at The College of St. Rose in New York as a result of winning. The Massachusetts Students Accepting Responsibility Program was presented to COUitney Collins of Mallapoisett, also a school and community leader. Collins will attend路a leadership weekend at Bridgewater State College.

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STUDENTS FROM Taunton Middle School are seen here during a school flag ceremony organized by American history teacher John Lanagan. After raising the colors students recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang "The Star Spangled Banner."

BISHOP STANG High School, North Dartmouth, recently announced officers for the 2003-2004 Student Council. From left: David Higgins, secretary; Riley McLean, president; Andrew Hartnett, treasurer; and Steven Kenney, vice president.

The relentless pursuit of thinness By M. REGINA CRAM CA1liOUC NEWS SERVICE It was a few months into the school year, and Rebecca was troubled. She had become friends with a girl named Kiley, a tall lacrosse defender who seemed to have it all. Kiley was pretty and funny, and she got straight A's without cracking open a book. But Rebecca was disturbed by Kiley's obsession with being thin. Kiley was always dieting, and she complained about being fat even though her clothes hung off her. It didn't make any sense. Rebecca finally talked with her mother about it. "Mom, I'm worried about Kiley," she contided. "She's really skinny but she's obsessed with losing more weight. At lunch she just pushes her food around to make it look like she's eating. When I ask her

about it, she insists that she's fine but then she makes me promise to not tell anyone. Doesn't that seem weird?" Rebecca's mother recognized the warning signs for anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder seen primarily in teen-age girls who think they're fat even when they're very thin and who therefore begin to starve themselves. She explained that they couldn't remain silent about Kiley's secret because her health was at risk. The next morning, Rebecca's mother called the school nurse. The school contacted Kiley's parents, who vehemently denied that their daughter had a problem. "What's the maller with you peopleT' the mother demanded. "My daughter is fine!" Eventually, however, Kiley became so thin that her parents

could no longer deny the problem. Against Kiley's wishes they arranged for medical treatment, and they also entered family counseling. Only after Kiley

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flge began to recover did she realize how sick she had been. It took a long time.. The Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders organi;zation describes anorexia as a "relentless pursuit of thinness." Symptoms may include a terror of gaining weight, the feeling of being fat even when one is very

thin, denial of the dangers of low weight, depression and strange or ritualistic eating habits. If untreated, anorexia nervosa can be serious or even fatal. Most people who suffer from anorexia nervosa resist treatment, at least at the beginning, so it is often necessary for families to intervene. In severe cases, hospitalization may be needed. During Kiley's recovery she was able to remain in school but she was too weak to go to school dances or compete in the annual Run Around the Lake competition at school. Fortunately, her friends stuck by her. She had to sit out lacrosse season, and still her friends stuck by her. When she suffered setbacks in her ballle with anorexia and began to starve herself again,

friends contacted the school nurse and guidance counselor because they were worried about her. And still they remained loyal to Kiley. They laughed with her and included her in their parties and hung out with her after school. Kiley's story has a happy ending, but unfortunately some do not. It was a long time before Kiley gathered the courage to thank Rebecca and her other friends for their help. "You guys are the best," she told them. "Even when I felt completely alone, you never gave up on me." "I prayed for you," Rebecca responded quietly. "Every day I begged God to bring you back to us. And you know what? He did." For further information about anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders, check out www.anred.com.


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percent, realizing an expansion of seating .in ex~ess of 400. Under the current pastor" Father Bento R. 'Fraga, who assumed the pastorate on Jan.-29, 1992, there has been considerable modification of the church campus. That includes allocation of handicapped parking spaces and installation of an elevator for'the handicapped, landscaping and refurbishing of parish grounds, extensive restyling of the interior of the church including brightening itS complexion, installation of central air conditioning and updating of the audio and 'heating systems. ' UnderFather Fraga's shepherding, the parish has sustained its spiritual vitality as well, with the maintenance of a varied array of spiritual and social outreach programs. Those include religious education with 400 young people enrolled in gradesone through 12, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, RENEW, the St. Vincent de Paul' Society, the Knights of Columbus, Eucharistic Ministry for the Homebound, the Council of Catholic Women, Prayer Line, Youth Ministry, and the annual. parish celebration Septemberfest. Currently there are nearly 1,000 families in the p¢.sh, with a population of ap- . proximately 3,000 people. Besides father Fraga, the parish is , served by Deacon Robert 1. Hill. Mrs. Terri Hill is the parish secretary. Coordinator for grades-one through 12 in the religious education program is Mrs. Jacqueline DaSilva. Confirmation coordinator is Mrs. Flora Prestipino. ' , The rectory is at 261 Tremont St., Taunton, MA 02780. It can be reached by telephone at 508-824-7166;'and by FAX at 508-822-9618.

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FALL RIVER - As is the case with most parishes in the diocese, St. William's in Fall River had humble beginnings. When the new parish was established in June, 1905 from St. Patrick's Parish, Mass was first celebrated in a store on Stafford Road. Very soon, however, Father Patrick E. McGee, the first pastor, built both a church and rectory at the edge of the section known as Maplewood Park. The rectory served as the residence for the clergy throughout the parish's history. The original church was replaced in the early 1960s with a new edifice of contemporary Georgian design. It was dedicated by Bishop James L. Connolly on Nov. 1. 1961. The old St. William's, which had been a basement church, was turned into a parish hall. In May 1911, Father McGee, who had done so much to establish the new parish, was succeeded by Msgr. Henry J. Noon, who remained at St. William's for only two years. Msgr. John McKeon was named the third pastor. The history of St. William's is not one of many drastic changes but of

constant application to parish duties, of' Jay Maddock in 1993. Father Horace Elizabeth's Parish and St. Jean Baptiste gradual improvements and alterations as Travassos became pastor in 1997. Parish were merged and became Holy Trinneeded and of steady growth. In June, 2000, St. William's Parish, St. ity Parish. In 1921, Father John P. Doyle arrived at St. William's and remained almost 20 r? . ......... years. During the last two years of his pastorate he was ill and Father James E. Gleason, who had served as assistant pasST. WILl.IAM~iS CftltJRCH,. tor, continued the parish work until Father FALL RIVER Doyle's death. In 1940. Father Francis J. Maloney was appointed pastor and served through the World War II years until 1949, when he was succeeded by Father Patrick Hurley. Father Hurley was to remain two years, and in 1951 Msgr. Raymond Considine became pastor. It is due to Msgr. Considine that the parish could boast of its gracious rectory and tastefully appointed church. In his honor, the Parish Center was named after him. Parish life developed and parish organizations, in addition to the Christian Doctrine classes taught by nine Sister of Mercy, included the Women's Guild, The Christophers, Boy Scouts and Brownies. Father William Shovelton became pastor in 1977 and was succeeded by Father 0-

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