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Friday, October 11, 1996

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Bishop Sean O'Malley OFM Cap. served as homilist for the annual pilgrimage of the Archdiocese of Washington to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Thousands gathered there on Respect Life Surlday, October 6, for the Mass. Following is the text of the bishop's homily: n ancient Ireland. the people had the practice of making a vow to be peregrinus, to be lifelong pilgrims in perpetual exile. They neither cut their hair nor clipped their nails (they must have looked like our rock stars). They traveled from one holy well to the next. from one shrine or hermitage to another, never sleeping two nights in the same place. Their pilgrimage was a witness to the whole Church, a testimony abollt our spiritual condition as pilgrims-one that engenders a sense of solidarity. detachment, penance, and courage and forbearance in the face of hardship. St. Teresa put it very succinctly: "Esta vida no es sima una mala noche en una mala posada." "This life is like a bad night in an uncomfortable inn." oday, we are all here on pilgrimage celebrating the Patroness of the Archdiocese, Mary, Mother of God, the ancient title that goes back to the Council of Ephesus in 431, in which Mary is proclaimed Mother of God. or in Greek Theotokos. Our Pilgrimage Mass today celebrates life - on Pro-Life Sunday, and in a special way Mary's pregnancy, Mary as the temple with God inside her. A new collection of Marian Masses offers us this celebration: the Virgin Mary. the Temple of the Lord. BISHOP SEAN O'Malley, OFM, Cap., delivers the homily at the arin"ual pilgrimage of the Archdiocese he Fathers of the Church gradually realize.d that of Wasl;lington to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Catholic Stanthe temple and 'dwelling place images of Scripture, indeed all the figures'of containment and dard/Michael Alexander photo) . enclosure, apply with great precision to the Mother of God. When for nine months the Virgin carries Christ in is the 'house' that Divine Wisdom built for Himself." The cret. At Fatima, the rosary had been the secret. !'S. Fatima, her womb, she is the consummate Ark and Temple of Temple was Goa's dwelling place; it was God'~ house. the rosary emerges again as a spiritual weapon against God. In a homily preached at the Council of Ephesus, The sign of God's,taking up residence in the Temple was the oppression of atheistic Communism. Today, Qur roSt. Cyril salutes Our Lady in a litany replete with meta- the cloud of incense which filled the inner shrine where . saries are needed to fight a new battle ... one of life and the Ark was enthroned. phors of habitation and sanctuary: .death. We come together on this Pro-Life Sunday, on ary, the mother of Jesus, is often called "the the eve of the Feast of the Holy Rosary, to celebrate the Hail, Ma~y Theotokos ... Imperishable Temple, Temple of God" because' she became the Mass of Mary, the Temple of God. place of Him who cannot be c9ntained in a dwelling place for God in human form. Just place, Mother and Virgin ... Hail, thou who hast ary became the new Temple, the new Ark of contained in thy holy virginal womb Him who as Solomon prepared the Temple in every detail, so God . the Covenant, when she said, "Yes" to God at cannot be contained in the heavens. prepared Mary to be the Mother of Jesus. From the first the Annunciation, the day the first 'Ave' was t. Proclus acclaims the Holy Theotokos as "the moment of her conception, she was preserved from any prayed: Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee. unsullied shell that contains the pearl of great stain of sin and guk~ed py the cloud of God's presence. When Mother Teresa opens convents in the farthest corprice, the sacred shroud of sinlessness, the costly When she conceived Jesus in her womb, she became a ners of the earth, she says she is putting a tabernacle alabaster box of spikenard, the Ark gilt within and with- true Temple, the dwelling place of God in the flesh .. there. Mary is the first tabernacle. Mer hearing from out." All these sacred places from Scripture reach their Through the death and resurrection of Mary's Son, every the angel Gabriel the news that her cousin was preg.fulfillment in Mary's womb: 0 womb in,which the Char- person has been made a Temple of God. In Baptism, nant. Mary rushed off to help her. When she arrives at ter of our freedom was composed, 0 temple in which the Spirit of God dwells in each person, making us Elizabeth's house...the Hail Mary continues ... Blessedare God became a priest, "in the words of an ancient prayer. temples. The Holy Father speaks of the vocation of the thou among woman and blessed is the fruit of.thy womb. he pregnant Mary and the 'pregnant Elizabeth ne hundred fifty years ago, the Bishops of the family to be the "sanctuary of life." Mary, the Temple, is embrace. Jot]n the Baptist, a fetus in his mother's United States consecrated this country to Mary just that. Through her intercession, our families will grow womb, leaps for jay - like David dancing before under the title of the Immaculate Conception to be "sanctuaries of life." our hundred and twenty-five years ago, St. Pope the Ark of the Covenant. ...thus the narne of this Shrine dedicated to Mary, PaPius V established October 7 as the Feast of the he Apocryphal Gospel of James describes the troness of our country. Most Holy Rosary. The feast was established in flight into Egypt ... it is said that the pagan idols his magnificent Basilica is Mary's temple, but fell at Mary's feet like Dagon crumbled in the prestoday's Mass reminds us that Mary is God's thanksgiving. By the power of prayer, Christendom was' . temple; as St. Bernard of C1airvaux stated: "Ma!y .spared a terrible invasion, The rosary had been the s~ Turn to Page Six

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'VATICAN CITY(CNS)- The ·Vatican has had to rely on loc(ll bishops to do the inviting' l:O a four-day celebration of-the .:;Oth_ anniversary of Pope John Pau:! II's priestly ordination. . The plan is that every dioc(:san or religious-order priest ordained in 1946 would be invited to pa:itic. ipate in a Nov. 7-10 jubilee program of talks'and'sharing, Masses and prayer services, celebr~tions and sightseeing. But the Vatican does not have a mailing list for all the jubilarians, nor is it sure of how many men were ordained to the priesth Dod the same year as the then 26-y,~ar­ old Karol Wojtyla, the current pope. The, uncertainty has not sloiNed down the planning spearheaded by Archbishop Crescenzio S(:pe, secretary of the Congregation for Clergy. . He did reveal, however, that' Pope John Paul would make a gift to each of the participating priests ~ a simple, but elegant stole with a cross, the papal crest and the

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FATHER KUT ALA, greeting a blind woman on a road in India, illustrates the daily service of priests, sisters and lay' missionaries in dioceses around the world. In India a~one, more than 100 dioceses are aiaed t~rough funds donated by US Catholics to the Propagation' of the Fajth on World Mission Sunday, bet. 20 .

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Church around· world aided . by Mission'Sunday funds The witness of bishop, priests, religious, laity and missionaries. makes a tremendous difference among the people of Udon Thani, Thailand, says Redemptorist Bishop George Phimphisan.. To illustrate, he. tells of a Buddhist family in which tHe father, a prominent police official, was killed'. The youngest child, a girl, attended the local Catholic school. "When the sisters came to visit the' family,'· saio the bishop, "~he ran to them, telling them of her sorrow. Her mother said to the sisters, 'She did not do this with anyone else; that· is how much love she has for you,''' "That is how we evangelize," Bishop '·Phimphisan says, "by witnessing to people, showing them, through our actions of c.harity, the Gospel, the new life Jesus offers, and 'his love. People who come into contact with me or the missionaries or the sisters will ask, 'Why do you do this for us?' We 'tell them, 'Because ourf!iith teaches us to do this. You are children of God. Jesus loves you and we want you to know that,'''. . . The love of Jesus has motivated another Udon Thani missionary for 30 years. Redemptorist Father Larry Patin began .his ministry serving leprosy victims. These gays, with their' medical needs being addressed, he is involved in the day-to-day struggles of the poor farmers of his parish on theMekong River on the Thailand-Laos border. AI OS is also a big challenge to .him, as is meeting the needs of the handicapped. A diocesan program is being developed in which vol un-

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As of Sept. 13, he said, about 1,006 priests and bishops ordained . in 1946 had written to the V;iticans's tour coordinating office accepting the invitation. . . Many of them will come ,'to Rome with family members, ::el. low priests or parishioners. The Vatican does have an up-todate count on a segment of 'the jubilarian community. Of the m,)re than 4, 100 Catholic bishops worldwide, 85 were ordained priests in 1946. .' . Five.car<linals also are m~rking their 50th anniversaries: Swiss Cardinal Gilberto Agustoni, prefect of the Apostolic Signature, a church court; Italian Cardinal Pio Laghi, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education; Cilrdinal James A. Hickey of Washington; Cardinal Jose T. Sanchl:z, fOfmer prefect of the Congregation for Clergy; and Italian Caniinal' Achille Silvestririi, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.. According to "professional s1atistical calculations," Archbish,)p Sepe said, there probably are about 7,000 other priests marking 50th anniversaries. The Vatican did not keep worldwide statistics in 1946, he said, :;0 their number is uncertain. Obviously, like the 76-year-old pontiff, most ofthejubilarians are well into their 70s. But, the archbishop said, "the .commemoration of 50 years is n,)t a celebration of the elderly, but ,)f youth continually renewed, becau:;e Christ is young and hispriesthocd is always rejuvenated." From the letters the congregation has received, Archbishop SeJle said he estimates that about half of the priests ordained' in 1946 are still active and he thinks the va:lt majority are still·alive. . "Priests last a long time," h.e said. Golden jubilarians interested in participating in the program should contact their diocesan bishop (J,r the bishop of the diocese where. they live. Enrollment must be made through the Vatican tour organization: Peregrinatio ad Petri Sedem, Piazza Pio XII, 9, Vaticalll City 00120 Europe. The fax n.umber is 011-396-6988-5617.


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Bishop writes to sponsors of senatorial debate Fall River Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM, Cap., has written to sponsors of an upcoming senatorial debate at Stonehill College to express his disappointment that the only candidate who is opposed to abortion has been excluded from participation. "I am extremely disappointed," the bishop wrote, "that the only candidate whose position on abortion coincides with that of the Catholic community has been excluded from the debate." Susan Gallagher, an independent running for U.S. Senate, is opposed to abortion. Debate sponsors have decided to limit the debate series to the candidates of the two major parties. In his letter the bishop asked th~ Boston-based debate sponsors (the Boston Ol~be, the Boston Herald, TV channels WBZ, WCVB, WHDH and New EngHmd Cable News) to reconsider their decision and allowthe candi- , date to participate. To have a fair debate, Bishop O'Malley stated, it is important to offer Massachusetts voters, a chance "to hear articulated a position on abortion that is contrary to that of the Democratic and Republican candidates." In this way the bishop feels that the electorate can become better info.rmed ~f the issue and of a wider range of candidates' positions on it. . Stonehill College in North Easton, the site of the October 15 debate, is run by the Congregation of Holy Cross 'Fathers and is located within the Fall River Diocese. Bishop O'Malley commended the media for their sponsorship of the debate and reminded them of their important role of ensuring that all issues receive thorough examination and discussion. He added that exclusion from the debate of the only candidate opposed to abortion weakens the democratic process and can be perceived as a pro- ' abortion bias.

Daily Readings Oct. 14: Gal 4:22-24,2627,31-5:1; Ps 113:1-7; lk 11:29-32 Oct. 15: Gal 5:1-6; Ps 119:41,43-45,47-48; lk 11:3741 Oct. 16: Gal 5:18-25; Ps 1:1-4,6; lk 11:42-46 Oct. 17: Eph 1:1-10; Ps 98:1-6; lk 11:47-54 Oct. 18: 2Tm4:10-17b; Ps 145:10-13,17-18; lk 10:1-9 Oct. 19: Eph 1:15-23; Ps 8:2-7; lk 12:8-12 OCt. 20: Is 45:1,4-6; Ps 96:1,3-5,7-10; 1Thes 1:1-5b

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New teacher, domain name at Coyle-Cassidy . At Taunton's Coyle and Cassidy High School Barbara Quill has been named a member of the English Department, teaching' English and journalism. She was the school's receptionist last year. . Coyle and Cassidy has been assigned a new domain name for its new site on the Internet's World Wide Web. It can ~e found at: www.c~ylecassidy.com.

. October 14 1918, Rev. Dennis M. Lowney, Assistant, Sacred Heart, Taunton 1972, Rev. Msgr. Edward B. Booth, Pastor Emeritus, St. Mary, North Attleboro . October 16 1987, Rev. Ra'ymond M. Drouin, OP, Former Pastor, St. Anne, FaIl River October 17 1984, Rev. Gerald Lachance, Missionary Father

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Pro~ise . , " Noone has suffered more at the hands of this past Congres$ than have legal immigrants to this country. Amid the man~, horrendous debates it was hard to discern if our elected off~i " cials even kn~w the definition of "legal." The muddled terms Of their discussion made one think that immigration to Americl\ is illegal. It really is ironic to think that this could happen' in ~ Congress whose roots, save for those of any Native Americaq member, are in the immigrant status of their own ancestors.! How quickly one forgets one's origins when political correct1 ness is at stake. ' It is important to put the facts in right order. Undocu~ -mented, i.e. illegal immigrants, constitute less than two percen~ of the total United States population and only about 9.~ percent ofthe U.S. population consists oflegal impligrants. In; fact, the foreign-born population of America is declining.U .S.\ Census Bureau records show that only 2 percent of workingl age immigrants, ,excluding refugees, receive welfare, comparedj with 3.9 percent working-age native-born Americans. Some, how Congress ignored the fact that legal immigrants pay over: $64 billion in taxes to support government services. ' . While we do of course control immigration to the Unitedl States, it is imperative that we do not jeopardize legal immigra-, tion policies. The challenge of developing effective rules and regulations for control of megal immigration is great. As a sovereign nation we have the right and obligation to control our borders, but what we are losing in this process is ourl ' . '\ respect for civil rights. . , To safeguard the budget and reduce tax rates, we deny ba~ic human s~rvices to.. . newcomers to the nation. Such tactics arel not far removed from bias and discrimination. Too many of! our present policies flow from fear rather than acceptance. ~ eNs/Callawa)' photo More and more we see judgments being made on the basis of a; person's appearance, slirn,!-me or accent. This is not only; DAVE LENART SPRAYS RED PAINT ON SOME OF THE 4,000 WHITE CROSSES . '1' wrong, it is un-American., OUTSIDE ST. MARGARET MERCY H'EALTHCARE CENTER IN DYER, IND. It would be well to call to min~ that im~igrants.to?a y, liKe THE CROSSES MARK RESPECT LIFE MONTH AND THE NUMEROUS immigrants of the past, playa Vital role to Amenca s demoABORTIONS TAKING PLACE IN AMERICA. LENART SAID HE PAINTED cratic process. Recent research shows~at immigrants who SOME RED TO REPRESENT PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTIONS. become citizens are more likely to register and to vote than "See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, nativ~-born Americans. Those seeking election should keep that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father this in mind. . We should also heed the words of the prophet Isaiah who who is in heaven." Mt 28:10 'cried out "woe to those who enact unjust statutes and who write oppressive decrees, depriving the needy ofjudgment and, ., robbing my people's poor of their. rights." In our own time,' Rope John Paul II has written, "Justice will never fully be By Father Kevin J. Harrington· denses on the steel, touch the blade' storm starts moving westward from attained unless people see in the poor person, who is asking for Africa, this force deflects it ~.way The last·two hurricane seasons and notice how quickly it heats. In help in order to survive, not an annoyance or a burden but an have produced close to a record your imagination multiply that from the equator and toward tJ:te opportunity for showing kindness arid a chance for greater, number of -tropical storms. The blade by the thousands of square ·pole. The Coriolis force is stronglife cycle of a hurricane provides. miles of a'ir and water that make est at the poles and vanishes c:omenrichment." living witness to many striking fea: up a hurricane and you can see pletely at the equator. When this There was little kindness expressed in the halls of Congress tures.of our planet, from its daily' .how enough energy is derived from drift carries the hurricane ollt" of during this past legislative session when the subject of immi- rotation to the state of its ocean.s. this. source to power the storm. the region of the trade winds, . .gration ~ade its way to the front. And some of our statehouses As dreaded as hurricanes are, they The rotation of Earth is 'responwhich blow to the east, it is suhject are not far behind Congress in their lack of care for the are a physicist's dream because sible for the curved path that char- to the westerly winds that dominate the weather in the temperate they illustrate so many interesting acterizes a hurricane. This is clearly immigrant.' . ' As we try to. survive the last days before the presidential and principles of physics. They occur evident from the perspective of a latitudes. Northern hemisphere in a!~ of Earth's oceans except the s~tellite viewing Earth from afar' storms move counterclockwise, congressionil1.elections, may we hope that right and just immi- South Atlantic. In the Orient they but is by no means evident from while southern hemisphere sto,rms' gration laws are enacted and that each of us may.str:ive for are called typhoons; in the Atlan- .' Earth itself. There is a simple move clockwise. When hurricanes more empathy toward those who yearn to share,in the promise tic area, hurricanes; and.everywhere experiment set up in the Smithson- approach the equator, they simply· ian Institution in Washington that .run out of steam as if the wind!: are America holds out to the world family. Let us remember the else, tropical.cyclones.. They are characterized by a 'shows us that Earth is rotating on at a loss without help from the words of Emma' Lazarus engraved on the' pedestal of the' corkscrewlike flow of air and clouds its axis· without us ever leaving the ·Coriolis force. Statue of Liberty: "Send these, the homeless, temp~st-tost to into a region of low pressure. Ask" . ground~ A set of little red blocks is Armed Forces meteorologists me. I lift my lamp beside the go}den door!" ing the right questions about hur- arranged. in a circle under a huge started the practice of assigl\i~g

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THE ANCHOR -:.. Diocese of Fall River - Fri" Oct. 11, 1996

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ROME (CNS) _. Doctors suc"He was always serene," he said. It said the pope's personal phycessfully removed Pope John Paul Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarsician, Dr. Renato Buzzonetti, also to II's inflamed appendix and ruled ro-Valis, speaking at a separate was present for the operation. out any more serious intestinal briefing at the Vatican, said the Another doctor from the Gemelli disorder for the 76-year-old pontiff. operation's success was expected hospital helped prepare a prevenFOR CANCER VICTIMS AND The pope regained conscious- at the Vatican - and it left people tative treatment againSt cytomeganess almost immediately after the relieved. . . lovirus, a blood virus that affected THEIR LOVED ONES 50-minute surgery Oct. 8 and "I think there's relief whenever a the- pope in 198 I. "greeted and thanked everyone" surgical operation confirms a preIn his briefing, for reporters, Every Thursday • 9:30 A.M. on the medical staff, said Dr. vious diagnosis. But the Vatican Crucitti was also asked about the Francesco Crucitti, who performed had every trust in what the doctors pope's nervous system disorder, ST. LOUIS CHURCH the operation at Rome's Gemelli had diagnosed. Thete was no sur: which the Vatican has described as 420 Bradford Avenue • Fall River hospital. prise," he said. an "extrapyramidal" disturbance, Crucitti said all of the pope's The Vatican spokesman said t.he a term that could include Parkinvital signs were normal during and pope awoke at 3 a.m. the morning son's diseasle. following the surgery. He said the of surgery and spent some two Crucitti said that disorder was a pope might get out of bed the next hours alone in prayer in a private separate one being followed by day and could be dismissed from chapel next to his hospital room. other medic:al experts. He said it the hospital in a week or so. At 5 a.m., he concelebrated Mass posed no problems for the pope's "It might be eVI~n sooner. But with his personal secretary. • Prompt 24 Hour Service • Automatic Deliveries let's not forget the pope is in his The pope began the ,pre-opera- surgery or recovery, but did not elaborate. • Call In Deliveries • Budget Terms Availlblt 77th year," he said. tion routine at about 7 a.m., and The pope entered the hospital • Free EstImetes Crucitti said the operation c.on- surgery was completed by 8:40 firmed what he and other doctors a.m. The pope had awakened by late Oct. 6 and spent the next day undergoing a series of routine preYou Never Had Service had diagnosed earlier this .year: the time he reached his room and operation exams, al1 of which Until You Tried Charlie's that the pope was suffering from asked doctors how the surgery reassured doctors that he was recurrent episodes of appendix went, Navarro-Valls said. We~re located at . .. ready for surgery. It was his sixth inflammation, which produced The doctors then handed the operation at the Gemelli hospital, 46 Oak Grove Ave., Fall River symptoms of fever and nausea. pope the medical report they hac! llrranged a special suite which has oreall . . : "The regional examination al- . just drawn up for public release; of rooms for the pope's exclusive 508-675-7426·674·0709 lowed us to exclude, once again, the pope asked a nun standing use. the presence of other pathologies," nearby to read it. he said. He said he could "categorAccording to the medical bulically" rule out.a tumor as a cause letin, Cruciui was assisted by three of the pope's recent flare-ups. other surgeons, along with a carCrucitti expressed irritation with diologist and three members of an . Est 1962 recent Italian newspaper reports anesthesia team. suggesting that the pope had a Two other doctors performed Religious more serious disease, such as an immediate microscopic tissue Articles cancer, which doctors were either examination of the removed appenconcealing or failing to diagnose. dix which showed fibrosis caused Books • Gifts "It's time to put an end to all by previous inflammations, it said. these fantasies we've read," he said. The bulletin said additionaJ rouChurch Supplies "There is' no secret. I'm here to tell tine microscopic examinations you what the situation really is, would also be carried out. . 428 Main St. • Hyannis, MAo260l and it's exactly as we described it" 508-775-4180 Mon.-Sat. 9-5 in previous medical statements. Crucitti said a textbook appendectomy was performed on the Start of schOOl activities at St. SHARP. COPIERS pontiff. Doctors found exactly what Mary's, Nf:W Bedford, inCluded a they expected to find: that the Welcoming Committee reception Long & Short Tenn Rentals pope's appendix had been inflamed for new families which followed a and had developed scar tissue. The liturgy celebrated by Msgr. John starting 'at $49/mth, doctors also removed some "ad- J. Oliveira. Fac~lty gathered for a herences" in the area, scar tissue day of prayer and fellowship modHIGH & LOW VOLUME MACHINES, that sometimes.develops following erated by F;ather Charles A. Jodoin, FULL DUPLEX, ADF & SORTER surgery. The pope has been oper- parochial vicar, and new teachers Expen ReplJir of SHARP" brlJnd office equipment ated 'upon twice in the intestinal Nicole Bedard (Grade 3) and Jefarea, after a 1981 shooting and in frey Cormier (Grade 7) offered the ~ CALL SC. OTT SMITH rUTHORllEDI ~ SHARP 1992'to remove a benign tumor. gifts at the opening of school CO ...... UNICATIONS. INC. OEALER The pope went through the opera- liturgy. tion well, and .all his circulatory, Parents were welcomed at an INDIAN SPRINGS PLAZA· 3021 COUNTY ST. -SO'MERSfT. MA 02726 respirat(>ry, blOCld and metabolic opening of school meeting at which function's remaim:dwithin the norm Principal Angela L: .Stankiewicz during surgery, said Crucitti said. outlined the schoolgoals and new :i Th'e pontiff had about 10 stitches. activit.ies·,for the year. "Parent He was being treated with antibio- Advisory Committee representative tics and was receiving the normal Stephen Paiva" discussed· that therapy for appendectomy patients,. group's objectives and announc'ed he said. fundraising effort's fo~ the year. He'added that the pope's spirits Following the general meeting, were'good before and after surgery. teachers held class meetings in their homeroom where classroom plans and policies were discussed. 'EDICTAL CITATION Celebration ofstlident birthdays DIOCESAN TRIBUNAL will be highlighted this year with FALL RIVER, M~SSACHUSmS Since the actual place of residence of "Happy Birthday" announcements, ribbons, llnd "no uniform" passes DANIEL P. O'CONNELL, JR. is unknown. marking the day for the celebrants. We cite DANIEL P. O'CONNELL, JR. to Students in Grades 3 to 6 and appear personally before the Tribunal of the their teachers enjoyed a trip to the Diocese of Fall River on Tuesday, October 22, 1996 at 2:30 p.m. at 887 Highland Avenue, Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit at 'Fall River, Massachusetts, to give testimony to the Providence Convention Cenestablish: ter. Dorothy's ruby slippers were voted the favorite exhibit. .Whether the nullity of the marriage The Walkathon Committee has exists in the Siegfriedt· O'Connell case? Tickets or Donations Please Call:' Ordinaries of the place· or other pastors finalized plans'forthe annu.al event ,.", . having the knowledl~e of the residence of the .to be held Saturday, Oct. 19. Msgr. above person, Daniel P. O'Connell, Jr., must Oliveira.willbe·setting the pace as Sister M. Lourdette Harrold , 31~ see to il.lhat he is properly advised in regard school families and faculty ,put S·. M R A I M L II to this edictal citation. their best feet forward beginning Ister . ose nge ace a . • I Jay T. Maddp,ck ·.at,9a,m. Alumni and friends are : . Sister Mary Nora Smith, f •. t.' .' , .Judicial.Yi~ar, l invited to'join:.the.walk-oFto sponsol' a walker.' For information, - 'In Ue'u ofPLlrchasing a Ticket, DONATIONS are AppreCiate . Given at-the Tribunal, .

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. Continued from Page One the great-sttl,lggle between good offer~d to divide the child ill two. ence of the Ark of.Covenant, like and evil, between',light aQd dark-' One mother accepted this plan, ness. The dragon wishes "to dey_~ur but the true mother prefer::ed to . the walls of Jericho came tumbling down as the trumpets blew and the the Child brought forth." That Child giye her child away rather than kill Ark of the Covenant was carried is also a symbol of every child, it. Adoption rather than abortion. around the walled city. Mary is the especially every helpless baby whose When we say "yes" to life, we are I new Ark of the Covenant - she is life is threatened. The Holy Father saying "yes" to God, as Mary did. like a portable temple, a taberna- says that the rejection of a human O.nce I was talkin~ to a ~~nfir~ .................................................................................................................................... c1e. The letter to the Hebrews tells life is really a rejection of Christ. matlOnclass. I mentIOned ary's l us that the Ark of the Covenant Jl.'SUS states clearly: "Whoever '~fiat." One youngster immediately j' containedthreethings-thegolden 'receivesonesuchchildinmyname raised his hand and, with great, jar with manna, the staff of Aaron, receives me," and "truly, I say to exciterpent, asked if Mary drove 'j! the tablets of the law. Mary car- you, as, you did it to one of these 'an Italian car. I explained to him that "fiat" is the Latin word for " ried the Word of God, carved not little 'ones, you did it to me." in stone, but pondered in her heart. • The Holy Father has described "let it be done," or in other words, ~ She carried not the priestly staff, our modern society as a culture of the word for "yes." Christianity but the .priesthood itself; not the death. There is something radi- begins when Mary says, "fiat," Are you interested in education for profeSSional manna from tne Qesert, but Christ, cally wrong in our world. says '>es" ~o God. T~d~Y's Gospel the bread of life. • There is something wrong when descnbes t at power u scem:., ministry in LOday's Catholic Church7, Our story, the story of ChrisWe are taught that' after receiv- the laws forbid painful procedures Programs Include:' ing communion, the Eucharistic in slaughterhouses where animals tianity, begins in the Year I, in presence of Christ remains with us are killed and then allow similarly Mary's house ~t Nazar~th. St. Master of Divihity I for' a few minutes. These are painful procedures to be employed Augustine places the day as eight Master of Theology 'I, moments of intimacy with the Lord. in the clinic. . days before the Kalends of April, ,Mary's ·first Holy Communion • Thereissomethingwrongwhen in other words, March 25th. He Master of Theological Studies lasted nine months. Christ's heart your teenage daughter needs your also places Good Friday on that Licentiate in Sacred Theology beat next to hers, her blood flowed ,written consent to have her ears same date, 33 years later. There is into his veins. He heard her voice pie'rced: but an abortionist can certainly a connection betwee [l the Continuing Education Programs including when she spoke. Mary felt his perforin life-threatening procedures Annunciation (today's Gospel) and the Sabbatical Program. kicking inside her whenever Jesus upon her without yO,ur consent, the Crucifixion. and e~en without your knowledge. At the Annunciation, Mary, a , moved., Open House Visiting Days In 1980, when I was still at the • There is something wrong when frightened maiden, says "ye!," to 9:00am-2:00pm on the following days: Centro Catolico Hispano, we par- "choice" for the abortionists means. God in faith. Jesus becomes llesh Wednesday, October 16,1996 ticipated in an effort to register coercion of conscience for everyone in her womb. 33 years later, on the Wednesday, December 1\,1996 p'eople for the census. The local . else. Taxpayers have been com- same date, Mary is still sll:ying government ~as very concerned pelled to pay for the killing of the "yes" to God's plan. 'Her "yes" on A National Wednesday, February 5, !997 about an undercount, especially in unborn. Hospitals founded to save Calvary is a' sirent scream in her Theological For infonnation please contact: the Hispanic community. Much-to lives have been pressured to join pierced heart. She'says "yes" to the Center my surprise, we, were the agency. the killing, and those who refuse Cross, "yes" to the birth of the Mary Pat St. lean that far surpassed every other are threatened with liability for, Church that is born of Christ's DireC/o" of Admissions open side...like Eve, born of Adal!l's agency, whether private or govern- damages. , WesliJp]esuit School or'Theology mental, in gathering names. Mayor • Something is wrong when the rib. She says ':yes" to Christ's offer 3 Phillips Place. Dept. Q2 Barry called to congratulate us quality of life, the right to privacy, to make her mother of his disciples. Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138-3495 and ask the secret of our success. I emotional health and,almost every How much we can learn f!:Om said, "I know this is going to sound conceivable reason are alleged to Mary who says "yes" to life - with .Phone: (617) 492-1960 • Fax: (617)492-5833 strange, but I cannot take any justify sn.uffing out a huma'n life all its uncertainties, all its potencredit for our success - we have -unborn, aged, abnormal, sick tial. She s~ys "yes" to the Crosn, to done the same thing as all the but always an innocent and defen- the, painful death of an inno(:ent ' Christ on the hard wood of the agen.cies...the posters, flyers, an- seless 'human ,life. TilE DO:\II:'\I(,":'; SISTEBS OF 1-!,\\\,TIIOBi\;E nouncements, etc. The only thing In Nuremberg, Germany, at the Cross. It:! to.day's world, peQple are we, did differently was quite by famous Nuremberg trials, one of struggling to say "yes" to life in the chance. We had a very pregnant the Nazi defendants said, when womb, and "yes" to the Cross, the lady in a maternity dress seated in faced with the undeniable holo- bed of pain of our elderly and the lobby of our office inviting caust In which millions of Jews infirm. The history of civilization everyone who came in to fill out were murdered, "I never thought it depends on our response to life, to the census form...and nobody could would come to this." The judge the Cross. say 'No' to her." The Mayor said said: "It was inevitable, bnce you In these two "fiats" of Mary, we that he was going to send materkilled the' first innocent, defense- too are born., Mary conceived us, nity dresses to all the agencies. I less person." Killing" gets easier that is, welcomed.us when she said said, "Some of the gentlemen tak- and easier. Ask the proponents of "yes". to Jesus' incarnation, when ing the' census are going to look partial-birth abortion, ask Dr. she consented to be the mother of , pretty silly." Still, there is someKervorkiari. In America, we are Christ, "the first born among many , I thing about a pregnant woman beco!Jling desensitized. We are brethren." Mary sa~ Jesus' misi that still evokes tenderness, respect, moving from the slippery slope to sion grow and new followers corne, Sr. M. Barbara' wonderll}elJ.t. ' free-fall. acommunity formed. These newly,~1\\' Native' o.f: Minnesota, B.S. - Business , In this beau~iful Shrine, we have The violence in our streets, the arrived people were called brothEducation/E nglish. Before entering, worked in Minnesota State GOl'enzor's Office, Senate, and Treasurer's' Offic.e. two images of Mary in a maternity pervasive drug culture, th~ harsh- ers, sisters, and mothers by Chn:st. dress-one is a photograph from' , ness.in dealing with the poor, 'the All of this began with Mary's "I became aware of God's call through prayer, an openlless to God's heaven Mary inthe Aztec matersick and the homeless are n'ot unre"yes" to God at the An~unciation. will and bv,experiencing His love in the Sisters and patients. My !' nity dress of COlO,'nial Mexico.. ~~c- lated to the a, bortion statistics: in That was the beginning" the convocation, {iJre every grace, is a gift from God, which 1 seek to " ~ tually, the black belt she wears 'one year, more babies died by ception of the Church; but Mary, " remain faithfttl to." 'I doe's neit i!ldicate :profi.ciency in a, bortion than all the me,n killed in beneath the Cross, is at the momt:nt karate, but rather the fact thl't she American wars since 1776, the of travail, when the Church is born I, is with child. A mosaic iil the time of George Washington. out of the side of Christ. : vaulted ceiling n~xt to the' high It is a spiritual problem. We' are Mary is still saying "yes" in·.t..er We seek women who are groWing in their love of,' altar on the ,west side of the church, not here to condemn or to "cast heart when Jesus entrusts us to God, and desire to join u· community with a strong also depicts' Mary, in a, ma;ternity" the first stone," but to ask pardon her: "Woman, behold thy son." $piritual, apostolic and community life. " " dress, very obviously pregnant. It of Qod and of those children Having witnessed the death of her Living our vows and participati'ng in the life of the Church I is ,~ary of the ,-:\pocalypse, the who never saw the light of day. We only son,Mary received a new and by prayer and sacraments, gives us the ability to serve Godin' great portent of the woman is have to ask M1fry, our Mother, to more numerous family from God, this apostolate. ..' , , act;ompanied !'yanother portent help us find the pathsthat will lead born not ,of the flesh, but of tile We nurse incurable cancer patients in our seven free, m6d, which appeared in/the sky, "a huge to repentance, reconciliation, and Spi,:if. As the psalm says: "Of Zion ern nursing homes, located in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, , red dragon" - also depicted in the a society committed to the protec- it shall be' said: 'this one and that, Massachusetts, Georgia and Minnespta.. , same mosaic. The dragon repretion of human life at every stage one, were born to her·... Behold sents Satan, the personal power of, and in the face of every challenge. Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia Many who enter our community have no prior nursing "evil, as well as all the powers of evil We ask Mary to intercedefor all -'This o'ne was born there.... We experience, but we all share a great compassion for the sufferat work'in history. and 'opposing those mothers and fathers who were all born there when Mary ing,poor ·a~d.delight at being able to help ,them. ' . tbe mission of Christ and His have aborted their children to said "yes" to God: We are all ht:r , Church. He walts' 'to devour 'the touch their hearts and :bring them children. With her help, :-ve to 0 FOR " PLEASE SEND ME MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CONGREGATION Child, .' , b a c k to God's ways. ' shall say"~fia( - "yes" to life, "yen" MORE'" ,', ' . , , Iii his powerful encyclical; The We ,ask Mary to bless those to th,e Cross, ','yes" to love. 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fleering pOintf SAMARITANS YOU are needed to help operate a 24-hour crisis hotline. The Samaritans are ordinary people who care for the desperate, lonely and suicidal. Information: 548-8900. HEALTHCARE WORKERS MASS· On Oct. 15.8t 7 p.m., Bishop Sean O' Malley will celebrate Mass to honor and affirm the contributions of Catholic healthcare workers. A reception and social will follow at Christ the King parish in Mashpee. All arc wa~mly welcome. ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, HYANNIS The Spirit of Jesus Charismatic

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church basement. Come and praise the Lord. St. ANIHONl', EAST FALMOUTH "A Time for Healing" wiJI be presented by Rev. Edward J, McDonough. Father McDonough will give two teaching sessions on Spiritual Healings at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the CCD building on Oct. 12. The healing service will be Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. CATHEDRAL CAMP, E.FREETOWN Cathedral Camp happenin~: Dominican Academy Class of '71 reunion,O<:t. 12; St. James, New Bedford, Youth Group Day of I!-ecollection, Oct. la; priestly day of renewal, Oct. 15; and Permanent Diaconate retreat, Oct. 18-20. LaSALETTE SHRINE, ATTLEBORO All are invited each Wednesday for LaSalette and Divine Mercy Devotions at 7: 15 p.m. Tony J. Ferry will be the guest performex a~ this week's Co(fee House presehUitioft Ott. i2 at 6:30 p.m. A healing service, led by the members of the LaSalette Prayer Group Healing Ministry, will be held Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. "Come Home, We Miss You," a series for anyone who feels separated from the Church, will be held Oct. 13, 20and 27 at 7 p.m. No registration is required and one need not commit to all three sessions. On Oct. 19, LaSalette will offer a Day of Recollection on Divine Mercy entitled "How to be an Apostle of Divine Mercy like Blessed Faustina" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Father George Kosicki, CSB. He is the country's most popular speaker about the Divine Mercy devotion. The day will include celebration of Eucharist, conferences and a Holy Hout at 3 p.m. Registrations are requested by Oct. 14. . For information on any LaSalette ha"pening, please call 222-5410.

HUNDREDS PACKED into the auditorium of Coyle and Cassidy High School, Taunton, for an Oct. 5 day of prayer, reflection and workshops sponsored by the diocese offices of Adult Education and Divine Worship. (bottom photo); at top, from left, Mark Bradford, director of Liturgical Music and professor of Pastoral Theology at St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia; Rev. Jon-Paul Gallant, director of the Offie,e of Divine Worship; Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., principal celebrant of the day's Mass; Lisa Gulino, director of the Office of Adult Education; and Msgr. John J. Oliveira, Diocesan Secretary of Education. (Anchorj Mills photos)

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Diocese well represented at 10th annual Walk For Life in Boston By Dave Jolivet Anchor ~taff Among the estimated 10,000 people who took pait in the 10th annual Walk For Life in Boston last Sunday, was a large group from the Diocese of Fall River. The walk, sponsored by Massachusetts Citizens For Life(MCFL) annually raises needed hinds for a variety" ~f Pro-Life services and programs, including the Pro-Life Apostolate of the Diocese of FalJ River. Father Stephen A. Fernandes, diocesan director of the Pro-Life Apostolate, was pleased by the support shown by_ members of the diocese. "I was very encouraged by the number of people from our diocese here today,'" he said. Father Fernandes' assistant, Marian Desrosiers, echoed his statements. "It was very nice to see an increase in the number of youths and youth groups attending from ou'r diocese," she said. "They should he applauded for being here and giving us such hope." Students and youth group members from Bishop Stang High School, No. Dartmouth; St. Paul's, Tadnton; Our Lady.of Mt. Carmel; New Bedford; Santo Christo. Fall River; and Corpus Christi, East Sandwich, walked to aid mothers and children. The youths, many of whom carried pro-life signs and banners, walked side by side with adult and younger pari-

shioners, teachers and friends in a sign of unity and support for all life. Prior to the walk, the participants heard songs of praise and hgpe from a Black gospel group, the Bullock Brothers. Master of ceremonies was radio personalIty Jeannine Oraf. Cardinal Bernard F. La w--OL Boston, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, addressed the large~ crowd shortly before the walk. He told them, "We walk and we speak and we pray and we work on behalf of life every human being, from the first moment of conception, until the last moment of natura) death." The cardinal spoke of the battles that have to be fought against abortion, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.. He added that we also have to "fight the battle on behalf of poor children." After the talks were talked came the time to walk the walk. A line<>f thousands of pro-life supporters. led by the cardinal, peacefully and joyfully journeyed 3.1 miles under a sun-splashed, autumn sky. The mood was upbeat and bright-as the strains of young voiGes ,~hanting

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Boston walk had' a' therapeutic effect By Dave Jolivet Anchor staff When the U.S. Senate failed to override President Clinton's veto of a partial-birth abortion ban, many pro-life advocates felt the pain of that defeat deep within the

heart. Many peop~ 1 spoke with after the vote felt a deep sense of loss, even though each person knew an override was unlikely. "-I knew the override wouldn't happen, but when the news came in of the failure to obtain the necessary twothirds majority, 1 felt very saddened. 1 had to go to Mass that day for some consoiation," said Marian Desrosiers, assistant director of the Pro-Life Office in the diocese. Father Stephen A. Fernandes, director of the a"postolate, said he too knew what the outcome would be, but felt very disappointed when the final tally was announced. The annual Walk For Life in Boston, sponsored by Massachusetts Citizens For Life (MCFL), has taken place nine times previously, but the timing of this year's event was a blessing. On Oct. 6, Respect Life Sunday throughout the country, at least 10,000 pro-life people gathered on the Boston Common to begin a walk for life, for mothers and children; but fresh in the minds of many there was the Senate's failure to override the veto. As participants gathered at the Boston Common prior to the walk, the mood appeared somewhat subdued. It was Cardinal Bernard F. Law's comments shortly before the walk began that buoyed the 85 BROWN AVENUE TEL. (617) 325-9901 crowd and put things in perspecBOSTON, MASSACHUSEm 02131 FAX (617) 325-9902 tive. Saying that the fight against partial-birth abortions is not over, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .~~,ge compli~ented the residents of

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The Cardinal also asked that we love those who don't hold a prolife position. He said the Walk for Life was a march of love, not of hate, a march of unity, not division. Speaking about the pro':life movement itself, he said, "I know of no other movement that includes everyone in its love and concern as does the pro-life movement, and I'm proud to be here with you." Following his comments, the walkers appeared upbeat and ready to roll. "We need to gather, 10 support one another, especially at this time, after the Senate vote,'" said Mrs. Desrosiers. At about the same time that the marchers were on the streets of

MEMBERS OF the Diocese of Fall River gather behind the Pro-Life Apostolate banner in Boston Common, preparing for the 3.I-mile walk. (Anchor/ Jolivet photo) Boston, Bishop Sean O'Malley, have embraced the shameful. We OFM, Cap., was uplifting the have defoliated the vineyard: How congregation at the Basilica of the can we bemoan daily news reports _ National Shrine of the Immacu- ·of spouses stabbing spouses and late Conception, nearly 500 miles children shooting parents and away in W~Shingto.n. D.G., \.5- ._ p~re_nts .suffoc~ttng chiWren .. ~ homilist for tb.e"anniild j\fIgriMl!'e" - llhif alJOw-parfial'birth aboitKin~~ of the Washington archdiocese to he asked. the Basilica. Hi~ messa~e too (see Later in his homily, he spoke of page one of thiS ~eek s Anchor) a day of reparation for partialwas str.on~ly pro-lIfe. birth abortion established by the EarlIer 10 the day, on the TV . . . M WLNE Ch I 6 F _ Nallonal Conference of Cathohc ass on . anne , a Bishops-U.S. Catholic Conference. ther Fer?-andes dehyered a power- "There will be another vote to ful homlly·condemmg h f t" he . the Senate . overn·d e t h e same u ive 0, vote. "Much more than a lesson ID d i d .. or poI·· ecare. CIVICS Illes, we h ave h ere a profound cultural statement. We "Our efforts will not end with

the l04th Congress. In the meantime, a day of reparation for partial-birth abortion has been set aside, Friday, the 18th of October. When you hear your church bells toll. offer reparation for the actions olpi>i1ticlan~,a&ivisi' arid 'physicians who promote and defend such inhumane acts and mourn for the country that allows the killing of children during the process of being born:' Clearly the Senate vote was disappointing, but equally clear is the fact that the pro-life movement will not go away, not until life in all stages is respected as the Lord respects it.

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Cardinal JohnJ. O·Connor. who succeededCardinal Cooke as archbishop of New York. made the presentation at the annual luncheon of the Cadinal Cooke Guild Sept. 24. The bncheon drew a record attendance: of more than 700 peo-

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The Senate effort, however, came up eight votes shy of. the twothirds majority, with 98 members voting. The Senate had approved the measure last December by a 54-44 margin. ' Cardinal Law said the Senate's action "flies in the face of medical evidence, public sentiment, common sense and human decency. Furthermore, it ma.kes a mockery of our nation's human rights tradition of protecting those who cannot protect themselves." The legislation vetoed by Clinton in April would have banned a procedure used in late-term abortions in which the unborn child is partially delivered before surgical scissors are stabb.ed into the base of the infant's head. The child's brain is tht:n removed by suction, allowing for easier delivery of the rest of the body. "Where any support for this' proced ure exists, it is generally the CORPUS CHRISTI, East Sandwich, parishioners wait to walk in Boston. (Anchor/ Joresult of ignorance, fed by the livet photo) relenttess stream of misinformation issued by abortion advocacy groups and repeated in 'the public made absolutely clear by the med- makes a mockery of our nation s groups and repeated in the public square as fact," Cardinal Law said. ical community that it is never human rights tradition ofprotect- square as fact. I pledge. on behalf He said the pro-life committee necessary to perform this proce- ing those who cannot protect of our Committee for Pro-Life would work to ed ucate' the Ameridure to protect a woman s health themselves. Activities. to intensify our educacan public "until there is no one or her fertility. . "Where any support for this tional efforts until there is no one left in this nation who does not "The Senates action flies in the procedure exists. it is generally the left in this nation who does not know what a partial-birth abortion face of medical evidence. public result of ignorance, fed by the know what a partial-birth aboris and why it ought never to be sentiment. common sense and relentless stream of misinforma- tion is and why it ought never to be human decency. Furthermore. it tion issued by abortion advocacy allowed in any humane society. " allowed in any humane society." Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi predicted that the veto override vote "will immediately become one of the powerful issues of the fall election." Here is the text of Cardinal Law's statement after the Senate vote: "/ am saddened and disturbed. as all the Catholic bishops in the United States are, by the Senate '.I' refusal to override President Clinton '.I' veto of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. At the same time. / am heartened that 57 senators, a majority, voted to overturn the veto and stop this inhumane procedwe. Pro-life people throughout the country have our heartfelt gratitude for their untiring efforts to put an end to partial-birth abortions. despite the terrible odds and the curtain of silence maintained by many media outlets. ..From the beginning ofthe pub.lie debate. the sheer inhumanity of partial-birth abortions was apparent to all who would see. During the course of the debate, it was

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By Richard M. DOl:rflinger No ethical questions are more timely or controversial than those. involving human .Iife. So'metimes they bring surprising answers. In, December, 1994 the director of the National Institutes of Health met with his advisers to decide the answer to one such question: should federal funds be used for experiments on live human embryos?

. One experiment of interest was a testing technique known as preimplantation genetic (Iiagnosis. A couple at risk· of hav,ing a child with cystic fibrosis or other genetic defect could have their sperm and egg combined to produce an embryo in the laboratory -so the embryo could be tested before implantation in the womb and discarded iffound "defective." The NIH advisers saw this as a breakthrough in preventing' the

birth of handicapped offspring. One of them, an expert" in cystic fibrosis, was surprised to .learn that families with a child wh'o has this illness were not thrilled to learn about the new procedure. One parent told. her that using the technique to eliminate 'future offspring with cystic fibrosis would be "like saying l wish that little Johnny didn't exist, and I don't wish that." Some judges try to improve the

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human condition by eliminating recent rulings on assisted suicide certain hum·ans. In 1993, in a case in two federal courts. In March tht: involving "suicide doctor" Jack Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Kevorkian, Michigan Judge RichSan Francisco ruled that seriously ard Kaufman asked whether a ill patients have a constitutional constitutional right to assisted sui- "right" to receive lethal drugs so cide could be found. He finally they can commit suicide. In April, turned up Buck v. Bell. a long- the Second Circuit Court of Apdiscredited U.S. Supreme Court peals in New York ruled that laws ruling influenced by the American against assisted suicide for such eugenics movement of the 1920s. patients "are not rationally related Buck v. Bell upheld the involun- to any legitimate state interest." tary sterilization of women considThrowbacks to eugenics, dismisered "feeble-minded...· When the sive views of people with disabiliNazis established their own eugen- ties, even Nazi ideas '- are all ics laws in 1937, they quoted Jusbeing presented as the "cutting tice Oliver Wendell Holmes' ma- edge" of ll;gal and ethical thought. jority opinion in Buck v. Bell. ' Some Americans have comHolm'es authorized the steriliza- plained that Pope John Paul n has tion of Carrie Buck with the state- a pessimistic view of the modern ment: "Three generations of imbe- world, speaking as he does in ciles are enough." Evangelium Vitae (EV) of a growSome professors of ethics have ing "culture of death" that threatasked whether humanity can be ens the weakest and most vulneradivided into two groups: the valu- ble members of the human family. able and the valueless. In his new But with the evidence recounted book Rethinking Life and Death: above, can anyone doubt that the The Collapse of Our Traditional culture of death is real and growEthics, Australian ethicist Peter ing? Singer proposed letting newborn The Holy Father sets out a powinfants with Down syndrome starve erful intellectual case on the need to death. "If we compare a severely to respect all human life, regarddefective human infant wi~h a non- less of its age or condition. He human animal, a dog or a pig, for points out that life is our first and example, we will often find the' greatest gift from God, on which nonhuman to have superior capac- every other right and gift depend. ities, both actual and potential, for If we fail to respect and protect rationality, self-consciuusness, this gift for everyone, we will decommunication, and anything else scendinto a bottomless abyss of that can plausibly be considered discrimination, in which the strong morally significant," he wrote. His make self-serving decisions about book replaces the old "incoherent" whether the weak deserve to live. Judeo-Christian sanctity of life Ethicist Singer and his ally Ronald ethic with a new set of "command- Green, who adviser. the NIH on ments," one of which is "All hu- the human embryo experiments, man life is not of equal worth." speak of a "Copernican revoluThe culmination of these "quality of life" ideas can be found in Turn to Page 15

CHURCH OF THE HOIX NAME FALL RIVER We are. facing an emir· 10US and dramatic clash

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MANY YOUNG people from throughout the diocese . walked for all life in Boston last week. Fr'om top, the young group at Santo Christo parish, Fall River; studen,ts from Bishop Stang High School, No. Dartmouth; and the youth community from Our Lady .of Mt. Carmel, New Bedford. (Ancho~/Jolivet photos) . . .


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The quality of life: , Continued from Page 13 tion" in thinking about life and death, in which the intelligent and articulate members of a society should vote, on the basis of their own self-interest, on whether other members of the species deserve "personhood." Green says Qpenly that his theory should be applied to humans after as well as before birth - yet his theory was accepted by a 19-member NIH panel without one dissenting voice. It is clear that more individuals and families with disabled members are needed to expose ideas about "quality of life" for what they really are: either misplaced compassion or arrogant attacks. on people who need help and support. The theme of fidelity is at the heart of the Bishops' pastoral statement released in September, 1995,' "Faithful for Life: A Moral Reflection." It deals with abortion and euthanasia in a new way: not only as violations of an individual's right to life, bu't as the aband.onment of the very young, very Sick and very old who depend on us: "It is for good reason that many find the roots of this disdain for life in the breakdown of the family. The family has a special role to play throughout the life of its members....The family is the first haven where those who are dependent...find their closest and surest support.. .. At the heart of this sanctuary is fidelity - unwavering lC?yalty both to those we choose and to those who have been given to us. The unraveling of that fidelity in our time leaves dependents to become lawful victims of their guardians." The bishops note that the same shift toward individualism and away from faithfulness has affected marriage and divorce: "Men and women find it increasingly difficult to make permanent commitments to each other." And they see in this shift an enormous danger to helpless members of society: "When a people lose confidence in fidelity between husbands and wiv(:s, it 'is an easy leap to imagine that other fidelities - of parents to children, and of adult children to their elder parents - no longer need to be permanent, forbetter-or-for-worse obliga-

tions. When a family lives in fidelity it is a place of refuge and dignity, a place where each member is accepted, respected, and honored precisely because he or she is a person; and if any member is in greater need, the care which he or she receives is all the more intense.... If it becomes each one only for himself or herself, then instead of being. the source, school, and standard for fidelity to neighbor, the family can become the scene ofits harshest violations:" . I ÂŁI contrast to a life of selfindulgence, we are called to more demanding but richer lives of community and solidarity: "To live in fidelity we have to rearrange our lives, yield con7 trol, and forfeit some choices. . To evade the full burden of putting ourselves at the disposal of those to whom we belong, to allot them only the slack in our own agendas and not what they require, is to practice desertion by other means." In a land of unlimited "freedom ,of choice," nothing is more offensive than the 'idea that some realities and some obligations - like obligations to, our children, our parents and other loved ones -are simply given to us, to cope with as best we can. This is the ultimate reminder that we are not God. But recognizing such bonds is also the way for us to become fully human - for we grow and flourish when we give ourselves to those who need us most. When we violently break these bonds offidelity, thinking that it will make us more free, we really make ourselves shrivel up and die as persons. . As Christians, we must promote this fierce fidelity 'to the helpless throughout our society. All men and women are our brothers and sisters; anyone in need who comes

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