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                                                                                         April 30, 2009

               Serving the Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore

• For better or for war: Faith, love and technology
                                                       For better or for war
help couple ease pain of separation
• Market fills grocery need in city: Food Bank
operation at Catholic Charities’ Thrift Store serves
• Bayard House co-op helps families: Catholic
Charities program providing four bags of groceries
for $7 a month
• Ten sisters, brothers to celebrate religious
• Marriage-prep classes
• Women’s group marks first year
• Wish fulfilled: Sallies senior’s mission accom-
• Carnival season begins

Sunday Readings
• Andy Zampini: How often do we walk away from
our shepherd?

• Father Ron Rolheiser: Sex: Its goodness and its
dangers must be affirmed                                                                           The Dialog/Don Blake
• Letters to the editor                                                                  Karen Dill and her husband,
                                                                                         John, stay connected while he
                                                       is serving in Iraq with the Delaware National Guard. The
Local Brief                                            Millsboro couple speak by telephone, exchange emails and
                                                       see each other via a web cam. Prayer is an important part of
School News                                            their routine. For the story, click the picture.

National/International                                 By Gary Morton
• ‘Faith in flux’ study shows reasons why people       Staff reporter
leave their religions
• On life issue, Cardinal George says Obama on           Each night before they go to bed, John and
‘wrong side of history’                                Karen Dill read the same chapter from a devotion-
• Even in a recession, parishes said to benefit        al book about Mary.
from electronic giving
• Roommates remember Loyola College
                                                       Read the full story.
sophomore killed in family tragedy
• A lot of talking on health care reform, but will
action follow soon?
• News briefs
• Movie reviews
For better or for war: Faith, love and technology
help couple erase pain of separation
By Gary Morton
Staff reporter

   Each night before they go
to bed, John and Karen Dill
read the same chapter from
a devotional book about
   John, 56, reads it in his
room at Camp Victory in
Baghdad, Iraq; Karen, 51,
reads it in their Millsboro
home, 6,000 miles away
and seven hours behind
Iraq time.
   The nightly ritual is one
way the couple is coping
with      John’s    yearlong
assignment to Iraq as a
chief warrant officer with
the 261st Signal Brigade of
the Delaware National
Guard. They also converse                                                                                 The Dialog/Don Blake
through a Web cam con-                                         Karen Dill’s Web cam connects her with her husband John
nection twice a week (the                                      (left) during his service with the 261st Signal Brigade of the
sessions begin at 4 a.m. for                                   Delaware National Guard in Iraq.
John and 9 p.m. the previ-
ous day for Karen), send e-                                    a field supervisor with VIA,    unit to make sure they and
mails, speak by telephone,                                     a communications compa-         their loved ones back home
and exchange letters by                                        ny, and 2005, when he went      are OK. The visits are “my
regular mail. Underlying all                                   on active duty.                 way of communicating my
their efforts, they say, are                                      They had worked through      faith,” he said.
their faith and their love for                                 other challenges before.           That faith is a big part of
one another.                                                   Soon after they started dat-    his life at Camp Victory. Dill
   “Our Catholic faith, our                                    ing, Karen was diagnosed        says he tries to start each
belief in the Lord, has          hand. When he takes the       with breast cancer. After       day with some spiritual
strengthened our mar-            cup, I put my hand on his     they married, they worked       reading and a prayer. He
riage,” John said in an inter-   shoulder, and he does the     to blend themselves and         attends Mass several times
view via the Web cam. “I         same for me.” But that        their six now-grown chil-       a week and prays the
believe that if you put God      Sunday in October she         dren from previous mar-         rosary the other days. He
first, your marriage second,     walked up to receive          riages into a new family.       even sponsored a lieu-
it will all work together as     Communion by herself. “I         At Camp Victory, where       tenant      sergeant     who
one.”                            felt totally alone.”          the 261st helps provide         entered the church at the
   Karen came up with the          Before John deployed,       communications for Army         Easter Vigil Mass. He par-
idea of reading from the         the couple hadn’t been        operations in Iraq, John Dill   ticipates in a Knights of
same book each night. “It        apart for longer than three   is known as “monsignor”         Columbus council that
made me feel like I was in       weeks since they met          because of his frequent e-      meets twice a month. (In
church with him,” she said,      through a dating service in   mails to fellow Catholics. “I   Delaware, Dill is a fourth-
a feeling she realized was       1993 and married 15           try to get the word out to      degree knight with the
important the first Sunday       months later. The Dills       them on how important it is     Bishop Hubert J. Cartwright
after John and the 261st left    owned and operated a          to keep your faith. I believe   Assembly in Camden.)
last October. When they are      TCBY frozen yogurt fran-      that if you live your faith,       On his nightstand, next to
together, she said, “We go       chise in Dover between        faith will take care of you.”   a Bible, the meditation
to Communion hand-in-            2001, when John retired as       Dill visits members of his   books he reads each day,
an American flag, and a St.                                                                         needed it.”
Michael the Archangel                                                                                  Such preparation is vital,
medal, sits a picture of                                                                            said Col. Will G. Barnes,
Bishop Malooly and a small                                                                          joint force headquarters
crucifix the bishop gave                                                                            chaplain for the Delaware
John. Bishop Malooly sur-                                                                           National Guard. Barnes, a
prised John with the crucifix                                                                       Church of God minister, has
(a gift from Pope Benedict                                                                          known the Dills for most of
XVI) after they met at Holy                                                                         their married life. The Dills
Cross Church in Dover,                                                                              “are a great couple to emu-
where the Dills are parish-                                                                         late” in terms of faith and
ioners. They asked the                                                                              communication, he said.
bishop to bless their medi-                                                                            Even with their prepara-
tation books and the St.                                                                            tion,      John’s   absence
Michael medal and told him                                                                          proved tougher than antici-
about John’s upcoming                                                                               pated.
deployment.                                                                                            Karen said she cried a lot
   “He gave me his cross.                                                                           the week before the 261st
Then he gave me a picture                                                                           left. The day the troops left,
of him to take with me. He                                                                          she was all cried out.
said, ‘I will see you when                                                                          “That’s when I had to put
you get back,’” Dill recalled.                                                                      God in charge.”
   Dill, a scoutmaster in                                                                              The Dills had their first
Delaware for 28 years,                                                                              Web cam communication
including at least 15 at Holy                                                                       about a month after John
Cross, also volunteers with                                                  The Dialog/Don Blake
                                                                                                    left. “I bawled my eyes out,”
a Scout group of Iraqi chil-      Karen and John Dill have been reading the same Marian             Karen said. “I didn’t expect
dren. But as busy as he           devotional book each night since John has been in Iraq.           that. I thought he was going
stays, he cannot fill a major                                                                       to get on and I was going to
void. “The hardest thing is       how we think.”                   our marriage, things did         get on and say hi. He could-
to be away from my family I          Her breast cancer formed      not work out right,” she         n’t hide his vulnerability.
miss being with my wife — I       their first challenge. She       said. “We get so busy with       That was hard on me. Then
guess I didn’t realize how        says the illness strength-       life we tend to forget to        I could see him feeling help-
much I [would] miss her           ened her faith in ways that      communicate with that            less, watching me bawl, but
until I was away. I miss all      help her today, when John        other person.”                   somehow it turned out
the little things that turn out   is far away.                        They took a suggestion        right.”
to be the good things —              For a long time, she said,    from a Marriage Encounter           About halfway through
watching TV, going to din-        “I felt I was being punished     weekend they attended and        his Iraq tour, Karen and
ner together, going to            and couldn’t understand          began nightly, 10-minute         John have settled into their
church together.”                 what I had done wrong to         “dialogues” where they con-      routines. The Web cams
   Pictures from home fill a      be punished that bad. At         centrated on one another.        help, John said. “Seeing
wall of his room at the base.     church one day I looked at       “It put us back on founda-       her personally, making sure
One is of Karen, from her         the statue of Mary and I         tion; first God, then John       she looks OK and is not
dating service profile years      finally got it.” Mary, she       and me.”                         stressed out, and then
ago. “That picture of her is      realized, had done nothing          Preparing to separate         being able to see the kids
what attracted me,” John          wrong but still had to suffer       Before John’s departure,      once in a while, makes it a
said.                             through the crucifixion of       the couple discussed how         bit easier.”
      ‘The good Lord’s            her son. She and John            they would cope while he            Neither wants to relive
           in charge’             came to realize they do not      was away.                        the separation they felt last
   In Delaware, Karen Dill        control their lives, she said.      “We went to a marriage        October, so John opted to
views her separation from         “The good Lord’s in              counselor and we talked          save his 15 days of leave
John in light of other rough      charge.”                         over some ways that we           for when the deployment
times the couple has faced.          Blending John and his         were going to communicate        ends this fall. The couple
“This whole deployment is         two children with Karen          and how we were going to         plan to use that time to
just another chapter in our       and her four children was        try to work problems out,”       “renew our bonds and our
lives. John and I have            another challenge. “What         John said. “I made sure that     love for each other,” John
grown to learn that you           we found was that if we          I had everything all lined up    said.
can’t get through anything        focused on the children          as far as our wills and con-        Both they and the military
unless we get together on         and not on ourselves and         tact numbers in case she         services know the Dills will
need that time — and more       back is doubly hard,” said      adjust back here.”               from my family and putting
— to readjust to life after     Chaplain Barnes. “They tell        John relies on his faith to   God first again in my life will
military service. “Going to     us that for every month in a    meet the challenges ahead.       only make me stronger in
war is hard, but coming         war it takes two months to      “I believe that being away       my family and in my faith.”

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Market fills grocery need in city: Food Bank operation at
Catholic Charities’ Thrift Store serves poor
By Gary Morton
Staff reporter

Hinson made the rounds of
the small store, selecting
two cans of Vienna
sausage, cake mix, dishwa-
ter detergent and a pack of
mints. Her purchase came
to $2.90 — leaving extra
money that she spent on
other items before she left
The Market, a new venture
operated by the Food Bank
of Delaware inside the
Catholic Charities Thrift
Store at 1320 E. 23rd St.,
across from Kingswood
Community Center.
   “I’ll come back here to
shop,” said Hinson, who
lives nearby and frequently                                                                                 The Dialog/Don Blake
shops at the thrift store.      Nakeisha Wilmore (left) shops with her mother-in-law Mary Hinson at “The Market” The Food
   The Market — which           Bank’s low cost food market located in the Catholic Thrift Store in Wilmington.
began operations in late
March and had its grand         executive director. “We           Catholic Charities also          The Market offers house-
opening Wednesday —             were looking for ways to        uses items from the Food         hold staples and food items
allows Catholic Charities       provide better access to        Bank for its shelter at Casa     such as cereal, canned
and the Food Bank to better     nutritious food to the people   San Francisco and for            vegetables and soups,
serve the needs of the poor     we serve.                       Bayard House, a home for         pasta and spaghetti sauce,
by offering access to nutri-       “They [Food Bank] had        women in unexpected or           cleaning supplies, toilet
tious foods in the northeast-   the expertise and we had        problem pregnancies.             paper, and cosmetics.
ern section of Wilmington,      the space as well as the          The Thrift Store and The         On occasion, produce
an area that has no nearby      clientele. We decided to        Market will complement           donated to the Food Bank
grocery stores.                 work with Food Bank rather      each other, and will bring       will be available for free at
   Hours are from 11 a.m.       than reinvent the wheel.”       new customers for each,          The Market. No donated
until 2 p.m. Tuesday               She     described     The    said Diane Giovannozzi,          goods are sold, said Tim
through Friday. Volunteers      Market as a partnership         Thrift Store program man-        Maier, a Food Bank
will staff The Market.          between the two agencies,       ager.                            employee who manned the
   Food Bank expertise,         which work with one anoth-        The Food Bank has oper-        store one day last week.
     Charities’ clientele       er on other projects such as    ated a consumer store at its     Goods the Food Bank must
                                a food distribution program     warehouse       facility  in     purchase are sold for less
   “We at Catholic Charities
                                in Sussex County and a          Newark, but wanted to            than normal grocery store
have seen the need, partic-
                                similar program that began      expand to other areas. This      prices.
ularly in certain neighbor-
                                earlier this month in           is its first venture beyond        Food stamps will be
hoods, for food distribu-
                                Wilmington. (See sidebar.)      the warehouse store.             accepted once the site’s
tion,” said Richelle Vible,
application is approved and     The Market they were             other publicity. Many were     trip to The Market, “I
its volunteers trained, Maier   $3.50. “A lot of these things,   like Hinson, a regular shop-   brought my daughter-in-law
said.                           in the supermarket, would        per at the Thrift Store who    (Wilmore) with me.”
   Baby diapers caught the      be higher,” she said.            happened to notice that           Another     second-time
attention    of     Nakeisha      A steady stream of shop-       The Market had opened. “I      shopper, Mary McKinney,
Wilmore. Over the weekend       pers passed through the          come here all the time,” she   said The Market “will help
she bought a similar            store last week, even with-      said of the Thrift Store.      me stretch my dollars. It’s a
amount of diapers for $7; at    out a grand opening or              Last week, on her second    blessing.”

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Bayard House co-op helps families: Catholic Charities
program providing four bags of groceries for $7 a month
  WILMINGTON — Fifteen             For $7 a month, the fami-     families keep their children   supplies,       Vible     said.
families with children under    lies will receive two grocery    healthy by making it easier    Students from Sanford
the age of 5 now receive        bags’ worth of items twice a     for them to purchase whole-    School and a Boy Scout
help purchasing food for        month. The food, which           some food,” said Richelle      troop have conducted food
their families through a new    may include baby food            Vible, Catholic Charities’     drives to help the program.
program sponsored by            when available, is geared        executive director. The pro-   Sanford students also pro-
Catholic Charities and          toward the diets of young        gram focuses on families       vided money for baby food,
Bayard House, its maternity     children. Families also will     “struggling in today’s econ-   which often is not donated
residence.                      receive monthly information      omy to meet the nutritional    to food drives, Vible said.
  The Bayard House Food         on nutrition.                    requirements of their grow-       Applicants must meet cer-
Cooperative began April 1,         “We’re making groceries       ing children.”                 tain guidelines and must pro-
serving families in the 19805   available twice a month,”          Women who live at            vide two pay stubs and birth
ZIP code that meet program      said Richelle Vible, Catholic    Bayard House have volun-       certificates of children 5 and
guidelines. The program will    Charities’ executive direc-      teered to organize the         under. To apply, call Catholic
serve up to 25 families.        tor. “We want to help these      pantry and to dole out food    Charities at 654-6474.

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Two grants help                            thousands of local households pay for
                                           rents, mortgages, or utilities. This
                                                                                      Maryland gave $500 to expand preg-
                                                                                      nancy crisis counseling on the
Catholic Charities                                             year, Charities is     Eastern Shore of Maryland.
   WILMINGTON — Catholic Charities         Local               receiving more calls
                                                               from working fami-
                                                                                        The Eastern Shore pregnancy
                                                                                      counseling program in Salisbury
of the Diocese of Wilmington has
received grants for two key programs.
   A $5,600 grant from the Lawton
                                           brief               lies that find them-
                                                               selves       seeking
                                                                                      helps pregnant mothers and birth
                                                                                      fathers plan for the birth of their
Trust Commission will provide direct                           financial assistance   unborn child. Free, confidential coun-
client assistance in Catholic Charities’   for the first time.                        seling is available by calling (877)
crisis alleviation program which helps       Also, the Gannett Foundation in          225-7870.

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Ten sisters, brothers to celebrate anniversaries
  Eight sisters and two Holy Cross                        50 years                     Environment Program for youth for
brothers who serve in the Diocese of       • Sister Donna Desien, OSF                  the Diocese of Wilmington. The
Wilmington will celebrate milestones          A Sister of St. Francis of                                Cincinnati native has
of their religious life next Wednesday     Philadelphia, Sister Donna spent 21                          worked in education,
at a Mass for jubilarians at St.                            years as principal of                       health care systems,
Margaret of Scotland Church in                              Corpus           Christi                    administration and
Glasgow. Bishop Malooly will preside                        School in Elsmere                           management con-
at the 5 p.m. liturgy.                                      until she left after the                    sulting for religious
                                                            2007-08 school year.                        communities, health
              60 years                                      The      Carbondale,                        care systems, dioce-
                                                            Pa., native also has                        ses and businesses
• Sister Mary Frances Healey, LSP
                                                            taught       in      the                    across the country.
  Sister Mary Francis of the Holy                                                      Sr. Suzanne
                                                            Diocese               of                   Sister Suzanne has
Face has been a licensed practical                                                     Donovan
                                                            Wilmington at St.                          served as a member
                 nurse at the Jeanne       Sr. Donna        Mary        of       the                   of the leadership
                 Jugan Residence           Desien
                                                            I m m a c u l a t e        council for her community and was
                 for the past four
                                                            Conception and St.         chairperson of the Sisters of Charity
                 years. The resi-
                                           John the Beloved schools in                 Health Care Systems Board.
                 dence is operated
                 by her congregation,      Wilmington and at Immaculate
                                           Conception School in Elkton, Md. She        • Sister Joan Ference, OSF
                 the Little Sisters of
                                           also has worked in South Carolina,            Sister Joan, a Sister of St. Francis
                 the Poor. Sister
                                           North Carolina and Baltimore. Sister        of Philadelphia, was born in
                 Mary Frances, a
                                           Donna lives in Bellefonte and serves                         Wilmington,      and
                 Chicago native, has
Sr. Mary                                   as the a congregational council mem-                         attended        Little
                cared for the elderly
Frances Healy                              ber for the Franciscans.                                     Flower/St. Patrick
                in several Little
                                                                                                        School and St. Paul
                Sisters       homes,
                                           • Sister Joan Anne Dew, OSF                                  Commercial School.
including those in Chicago and St.
                                              Sister Joan Anne, formerly Sister                         A     graduate      of
Louis. She also served for five years
                                           Francis Miriam, was born in Baltimore                        Neumann College,
in France.
                                           and entered the Sisters of St. Francis                       Sister Joan was a
                                                           of Philadelphia after                        junior high school
• Sister Marie Albert Walsh, OSU
                                                           her graduation from                          teacher in Baltimore
  Ursuline Sister Marie Albert was                                                     Sr. Joan
                                                           the Catholic High                            and Wilmington. She
born in Yonkers, N.Y., and entered the                                                 Ference
                                                           School of Baltimore.                         also worked in the
                 congregation after
                                                           She has spent most                           radiology     depart-
                 after receiving her
                                                           of her religious life in    ment at St. Francis Hospital,
                 degree from the
                                                           the      Diocese      of    Wilmington. Sister Joan currently
                 College of New
                                                           Wilmington. Sister          serves as a volunteer at Our Lady of
                 Rochelle. She was
                                                           Joan Anne was a             Fatima, New Castle.
                 professed in 1949.
                 Sister Marie Albert                       teacher       at     St.
                                           Sr. Joan Anne   Anthony of Padua            • Sister Joan Rehiel, OSF
                 worked as a teacher       Dew
                                                           and St. John the              Sister Joan, a Sister of St. Francis of
                 and principal in New
                                                           Beloved        schools,                       Philadelphia,      has
                 York before becom-
Sr. Marie Albert ing                       and she was principal at St. Ann                              been an elementary
                         principal    at
Walsh                                      School in Wilmington and Immaculate                           school teacher for 50
                 Ursuline Academy in
                                           Conception School in Elkton, Md. She                          years, beginning in
                 Wilmington in 1961,
                                           also taught and was a principal in                            1959, in the Diocese
a position she held until 1965. She
                                           Baltimore. Currently, Sister Joan Anne                        of Wilmington, as
then served as the Ursuline superior
                                           is a counselor at Corpus Christi                              well as Raleigh, N.C.,
for a number of years. Sister Marie
                                           School in Elsmere, where she has                              Orlando,          Fla.,
Albert taught English in Venezuela for
                                           served for 23 years.                                          Baltimore         and
several years and worked in Rome to
                                                                                                         Philadelphia.     The
help prepare for a general chapter of                                                  Sr. Joan
                                           • Sister Suzanne Donovan, SC                                  Philadelphian spent
the Ursuline Sisters. In 1999, she                                                     Reheil
                                             Sister Suzanne, a Sister of Charity                         several years teach-
returned to Wilmington to work as an
                                           of Cincinnati, is the director of human                       ing at St. Mary of the
administrative assistant at the Ministry
                                           resources and coordinator of the Safe       Immaculate Conception and Christ Our
of Caring, where she still serves.
King in Wilmington, and at Holy Spirit,    St. Paul’s and St. Thomas,                   He also has received various honors
New Castle. She lives in Claymont and      Wilmington. She teaches today at St.         for space and model rocketry.
teaches at St. Cornelius School in         Anthony of Padua, Wilmington.
Chadds Ford, Pa.                                                                        • Brother Edward Quintal, CSC
                                           • Brother Thomas Meany, CSC                    Brother Edward Quintal entered the
• Sister Jamesanne Taggart, OSF              Born in New Haven, Conn., Brother                          Brothers of Holy
  Sister Jamesanne is a Wilmington                             Tom was educated                         Cross in 1958 and
native who grew up in St. Ann’s                                by the Brothers of the                   also arrived at St.
                Parish. The Sister of                          Holy Cross in high                       Edmond’s in 1964,
                St.    Francis     of                          school and entered                       staying until 1979.
                Philadelphia     has                           the     congregation                     He received a certifi-
                been an elementary                             upon his high school                     cate in pastoral min-
                school teacher in                              graduation in 1959.                      istry from Seattle
                several locations,                             He has been a                            University.       He
                including     South                            teacher     at     St.                   returned    to    St.
                                                                                        Bro. Edward
                Carolina,    Florida                           Edmond’s Academy                         Edmond’s in 1984
                                           Bro. Thomas                                  Quintal
                and Delaware. In the                           in Wilmington since                      and continues as a
                Diocese            of                          1964. Before that, he                    fourth-grade teacher
Sr. Jamesanne
                Wilmington, she has                            taught in schools in     and as moderator of the school’s
                taught    at    Holy       and near New York City. He is known          Women’s Guild. Brother Edward also
                Angels, Newark, St.        for his interest in model trains and has     has taught in Rhode Island and New
Peter the Apostle, New Castle, and         a model train room at St. Edmond’s.          Jersey.

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Marriage prep programs
  The        Diocese        of   time      of     registration.   27; Sept. 13, 20 and 27;        18 and 25
Wilmington requires that         Programs are conducted at        Oct. 4, 18 and 25; and Nov.        G Ss. Peter and Paul
couples come to their            five locations around the        1, 8 and 15                     Elementary School, 900
parishes one year before         diocese. Dates and times of        G Catholic Charities,         High St., Easton, Md.
they intend to marry. At this    the programs yet to be held      Fourth Street and Greenhill     (Sundays, 2-5 p.m.) Nov. 1,
time, the parish priest or       in 2009 are listed below.        Avenue,         Wilmington      8 and 15
deacon explains the three-          The final stage comprises     (Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30             Engaged       Encounter
stage marriage-preparation       liturgies and small-group        p.m.): May 6, 13, 20 and        ($280 fee per couple
program.                         formational      discussions     27; June 3, 10, 17 and 24;      payable with registration)
  The first stage is com-        with a married couple at the     July 1, 8, 15 and 22; Sept.        Nov. 13-15 at Jesus
posed of pastoral sessions       couple’s parish.                 2, 9, 16 and 23; Oct. 7, 14,    House Prayer and Renewal
with a parish priest, deacon        Contact the Family Life       21 and 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18       Center, 2501 Milltown
or     pastoral      minister.   Bureau at (302) 655-9624         and Dec. 2                      Road, Wilmington. The
Couples should contact           for more information.              G St. Ann Parish, Route       weekend begins at 7 p.m.
their parish directly.              Schedule for upcoming         26,     Bethany      Beach      Friday and ends at 1 p.m.
  The       second       stage   marriage-prep programs:          (Mondays, 7-10 p.m.): May       Sunday.
includes information and            Pre-Cana ($90 fee per         11 and 18; Oct. 19 and 26          Remarriage ($90 per
skill-building sessions with     couple payable with regis-         G Our Mother of Sorrows       couple payable with regis-
family life specialists in one   tration)                         Parish, 301 Chesterfield        tration)
of the diocese’s marriage           G Catholic Charities,         Ave., Centreville, Md.             G Catholic Charities,
preparation programs: Pre-       Fourth Street and Greenhill      (Sundays, 2-5 p.m.): Sept.      Fourth Street and Greenhill
Cana, Engaged Encounter          Avenue,           Wilmington     13, 20 and 27                   Avenue,          Wilmington
or Remarriage. Each cou-         (Sundays, 2-5 p.m.): June          G Holy Cross Parish, 631      (Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30
ple is asked to choose the       7, 14 and 21; July 12, 19        S.    State    St.,  Dover      p.m.): June 3, 10, 17 and
appropriate program at the       and 26; Sept. 13, 20 and         (Sundays, 2-5 p.m.): Oct. 4,    24; Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

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Women’s group marks first year
Delaware branch of the
Catholic            Women’s
Association of Cameroon
celebrated its first anniver-
sary Sunday with prayer,
music and cake at St.
Catherine of Siena Church
in Wilmington.
   The CWA, according to
member Veronica Obi,
began more than 40 years
ago in Cameroon when a
group of women volunteered
to clean and decorate their
church for Sunday Mass. As
they incorporated prayers
and religious discussion, the
organization spread through-
out the African nation and
into parts of the United
States, including Maryland
and Texas. According to Obi,
its membership tops 16,000.
   “Our goal is to improve
                                                                                                            The Dialog/Don Blake
our spirituality, that of our
                                 Sarah Mofor (right) joins other members of the Delaware branch of the Catholic Women’s
families and the world at
                                 Association of Cameroon in modeling traditional dress of that country at the organization’s
large,” Obi said.
                                 first anniversary celebration Sunday at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Wilmington.
   The      day     at    St.
Catherine’s began with           reception, the women held        The group plans to attend       Association of Cameroon in
morning prayers and a            a fashion parade of tradi-     the priestly ordination of        Delaware meets on the sec-
rosary, followed by a Mass.      tional Cameroonian dress,      Deacon Idongesit Etim on          ond Sunday of each month
At the Mass, the group’s         shared an anniversary          May 16 at the Cathedral of        at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
spiritual director, Father       cake, prayed with Father       St. Peter. Etim is a native of    Church in Bear. For more
John Hynes, received six         Hynes and listened to          Nigeria.                          information, contact Obi at
women into the group. At a       music from Cameroon.             The Catholic Women’s            veronica2802@juno.com.

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Wish fulfilled: Sallies senior’s mission accomplished
By John Knebels                  terday. I told her, ‘Mom, I    shake his head. He wonders        Liszkiewicz recognizes an
                                 want to be someone here,       aloud how time has gone by        indisputable truth — the
   The Salesianum School         and some day I want to give    so quickly. It is a common        wish and the promise pre-
hallways were strikingly         something back.’”              lamentation among soon-to-        sented to his mom as a
wide, trophies and plaques         That was almost four         be college students.              freshman have come to
impressively displayed, and      years ago. Now, the oldest        But for Liszkiewicz (pro-      fruition.
community enthusiasm pal-        child of Mark and Susan,       nounced       “LishKEVich”),         “It didn’t take long at all
pable. Rob Liszkiewicz,          and brother of 13-year-old     leaving 18th and Broom            before I felt a part of some-
soaking in his new scholas-      twin siblings Ryan and         streets figures to be a           thing special here,” said
tic surroundings after grad-     Rachel, is a senior whose      painful chore because a           Liszkiewicz. “I learned right
uating from Corpus Christi       high school portfolio needs    symbolic piece of his unfail-     away that every student is
School in Elsmere, turned        an oversized binder for pro-   ing dedication will be left all   somebody. No matter what
toward his mother.               tection, Liszkiewicz looks     over the Sallies campus. So       your talents are, there is
   “It was my first day, but I   back at his freshman experi-   it is with shoulders straight     always a place for you. By
remember it like I was yes-      ence and can’t help but        and head held high that           becoming involved, you
immediately start giving
   Liszkiewicz said he looks
around the school and sees
a constant hum of activity. “I
think three-quarters of the
student body are involved
in something extracurricu-
lar. And there are so many
good teachers that it makes
it really hard to name just
   Pressed,       Liszkiewicz
raved about the positive
influence      of     Dolores
Ballintyn,     Salesianum’s
director of Christian serv-
   “I met her in my first year
and she helped make me
the person that I am. She
got me involved with com-
munity service, and that
has been an important part
of my education.”                                                                                            The Dialog/Don Blake
   Under Ballintyn’s guid-       Four years ago, Rob Liszkiewicz wanted to contribute his talents to Salesianum School when
ance, Salesianum has been        he arrived as a freshman. He’s graduating this spring as an accomplished football player, track
acknowledged by the state,       and field team member, and he’s also president of the school’s National Honor Society.
region, and nation as a
leader in the Jefferson          in an e-mail. “He lives the       cus thrower on the track        Philadelphia’s          WPVI
Awards Youth Service             Salesianum motto ‘Tenui           and field team in the spring,   Channel 6.
Initiative, which honors         Nec Dimittam’ (I have taken       Liszkiewicz has yet to make       Liszkiewicz was told
community and public serv-       hold and I will not let go).      up his mind about college,      about the prestigious honor
ice volunteers.                  He has taken hold of all the      though he will likely attend    of representing Sallies after
   Ballintyn             cited   school has offered and            either the University of        receiving a note to come to
Liszkiewicz’s contributions      partnered with this mission       Delaware or the University      the principal’s office.
of “spirit and dedication” as    to advance our Salesian           of Virginia.                      “It’s not always the great-
a major factor behind            vision and ministry in all          In the meantime, the          est thing in the world to
Sallies being recognized as      aspects of his life — athlet-     president      of    Sallies’   have to see the principal in
Jefferson Awards’ lead           ics, academics, social and        National Honor Society and      the middle of the day,”
school in Delaware for two       religious.” She praised           member of the Salesian          Liszkiewicz laughed. “I had
consecutive years.               Liszkiewicz for modeling          Spiritual Committee will be     no idea what it was for. I
   “Robert is one of the most    “the positive attributes of       busy preparing a speech for     was pretty relieved.”
well-rounded and truly           what sports should and can        this year’s graduation and
Salesian gentlemen I have        be.”                              making arrangements to            John Knebels can be
met in my seven years at           A football player in the fall   attend the “Best of the         reached            at
Salesianum,” said Ballintyn      and a shot-putter and dis-        Class” festivities hosted by    knebs@aol.com.

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Signs of summer   Carnival season begins
                     Here is a list of upcoming parish carnivals submit-
                  ted to The Dialog. Check our Datebook calendar for
                  more information on these and other events as the
                  dates draw near:
                     Through Saturday: St. Helena’s, Bellefonte
                     May 25-30: Holy Rosary, Claymont
                     June 1-6: St. John the Beloved, Wilmington
                     June 7-14: St. Anthony of Padua, Wilmington
                  (Italian Festival)
                     June 8-13: Our Lady of Fatima, New Castle
                     July 9-12: Holy Family, Newark
                     July 13-18: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Bear
                     July 20-25: St. Catherine of Siena, Wilmington
                     July 21-25: St Joseph, Middletown
                     Aug. 26-29: St. Francis de Sales, Salisbury
                     Sept. 14-19: St. Hedwig, Wilmington (Polish
                  American Festival)
                     Oct. 2-3: St. John the Apostle, Milford

                                                 Photos by
                                                 Don Blake,
                                                 The Dialog

                                   ABOVE, LEFT: Janeen Mirolli and
                                   her son Caleb, 5, (left) race Lynn
                                   Carey and her 2-year-old son Gil
                                   Pockels down the Fun Slide on
                                   Monday, the opening night at St.
                                   Helena’s carnival in Bellefonte.

                                   INSET: Destiny Crippen, 2, tries her
                                   luck at the Ping Pong Toss under
                                   the watchful eyes of her father,
                                   Derrick. The carnival runs through

                                   LEFT: The Gravitron spins as dusk
                                   sets in on the summer-like evening.

                                       For more photos go to

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Catholic school                                                                     coached baseball for 10 years at
                                                                                    Archmere Academy, while Brown, an
students win Common                       Student News                              outfielder, played in the Montreal
                                                                                    Expos’ system.
Wealth writing awards                                                                 Hot dogs and drinks will be avail-
   WILMINGTON — Ryan Schmidt, a          Distinguished Service, sponsored by        able for purchase, and there will be
senior at St. Mark’s High School, and    PNC Bank, were first presented in          raffles for Phillies tickets, Blue Rocks
Alicia DeMaio, a Padua Academy           1979.                                      merchandise and other items. For
senior, were among the winners of the                                               more information, call St. Edmond’s at
Common Wealth Awards Writing                                                        475-5370.
Contest Saturday at the Hotel du
                                         St. Edmond’s to host
Pont. Schmidt and DeMaio were two        free baseball clinic                       St. Mark's grad wins
of the four high school students to be
                                           WILMINGTON — Three former pro-           award at Georgia Tech
                                         fessional baseball players will provide
   Schmidt was honored for his essay                                                   WILMINGTON — Nick Poirier, a
                                         an hour of free baseball instruction for
about astronaut and 2009 Common                                                     2006 graduate of St. Mark's High
                                         boys and girls ages 4-13 on May 9 at
Wealth Award-winner Edwin “Buzz”                                                    School, was the inaugural winner of
                                         St. Edmond’s Academy, 2120 Veale
Aldrin and his role as a pioneer in                                                 the Outstanding Computational Media
                                         Road, Wilmington. The clinic will
space exploration. Schmidt will attend                                              (CM) Major Award at Georgia Institute
                                         begin at approximately 2 p.m., rain or
the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis,                                                of Technology for 2008-2009. This
Md. He lives in Landenberg, Pa.                                                     award acknowledges the CM major
                                           The clinic will be led by Ryan
   DeMaio wrote about Pulitzer Prize-                                               who most exhibits the curiosity, initia-
                                         Holsten, Mike White and Tony Brown.
winning author and presidential histo-                                              tive and industry necessary to be both
                                         Holsten, a St. Edmond’s graduate and
rian Doris Kearns Goodwin, also a                                                   a high achieving student and valued
                                         current athletic director at the school
winner of a 2009 Common Wealth                                                      member of the Georgia Tech commu-
                                         for boys in grades pre-kindergarten-8,
Award. DeMaio, who lives in Aston,                                                  nity, according to a release issued by
                                         pitched for five years in the Arizona
Pa., will attend the University of                                                  St. Mark's.
                                         Diamondbacks’ organization. White
Pennsylvania.                                                                          Georgia Tech, located in Atlanta,
                                         pitched in the Los Angeles Dodgers’
   The Common Wealth Awards of                                                      enrolls more than 19,000 students.
                                         and Angels’ organizations and

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                                                       Diocese’s shining stars
                                            Lakshmi N. Somasundaram of Padua Academy joins Bishop Malooly last Friday
                                            at a ceremony naming her and 79 others as Outstanding Catholic School Seniors
                                            from Catholic high schools in the diocese. Ten seniors selected by each of the
                                            eight high schools were honored at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Glasgow.
                                            The award recognizes the students’ faith, service, scholarship, citizenship and
                                            leadership. Each student received a medal with the likeness of St. Francis de
                                            Sales, the patron saint of the diocese.

                                                               For more photos go to cdow.org/gallery.

                                            This year’s outstanding seniors:
                                            Patrick Brady                            Saints Peter and Paul
                                            Luis Figueroa
                                            Bryan Gawinski                           High School
                                            Caitlin Graf                             Howard William Christopher III
                                            Christopher Mitchell                     Taylor Michael Gilden
                      Chuck McGowen photo   Alice Murphy                             Elizabeth Katherine Grieves
                                            Caitlin Papili                           Melissa Brooke Hastings
Archmere Academy                                                                     Kendall Marie Horner
                                                                                     Nicholas Donahue Lapres
Jim Bowers                                  Saint Mark’s High                        Haley Elizabeth Stauch
Dillon Buckley
Julia Byrnes
                                            School                                   Leo Alexander Wanex
Miranda Ciarrocchi                          Michael Howard                           Marilyn Kelly Weisman
Mary Bryan Ciarrocchi                       Jennifer Rawding                         Katherine Cordelia Windsor
Julia Matyas                                Mairead Browne
Emily Mitchell                              Kristine Willard                         Salesianum School
Meaghen Murphy                              Emily Snyder                             Joseph Angeloni
Sarah Park                                  Claire Hoelmer                           Kevin DeCusatis
Timothy Weber                               John Feick                               Mark Hannagan
                                            Gregory Morrin                           Ethan Koether
                                            Asima Samanta
Padua Academy                               Erin Bak
                                                                                     Ronald Lewis
Teresa Marie Brodeur                                                                 Rob Liszkiewicz
Jennifer Ashley Crystle                                                              Andrew Schieffer
Victoria Ann Vavala
                                            Saint Thomas More                        Mark Selvaggi
Alicia Sarah DeMaio, Madeline               Preparatory School                       Mark Simmons
Louise Beck                                 Randy Aviado                             Dominic Taglione
Sarah Emily Brindle                         Mathias Clifford Boddicker III
Meghan Elizabeth Smith                      Giiehti Denmlay Charneli Christian       Ursuline Academy
Lakshmi N. Somasundaram                     Kristin Alexis Hester                    Megan Barr
Alicia Marie Lewandowski                    Madison Leigh Kruer                      Sarah Dodge
Kathryn Healy Locke                         Sean Patrick McCalister                  Katherine Branca
                                            Renee Marie Mosley                       Andrea Stevens
Saint Elizabeth High                        Julia Anne Sadusky                       Jacquelyn Desch
                                            Aaron Thomas Selestok                    Hope Skibicki
School                                      Jacqueline Catherine Woinski             Suzanne Carter
Ivania Bautista                                                                      Stephanie Betzler
Jeremy Benson                                                                        Lindsay Romano
John Phillip Betley                                                                  Elizabeth Carter

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Sunday Reading                                                                       Andy Zampini

How often do we walk away from our shepherd?
   Today’s first reading is      Lord and our Savior. As I       nity of the human person.       There is a
from the Acts of the             thought about this reading, I   We believe every person is      song by
Apostles. The chief purpose      wondered if I am as defini-     precious and more impor-        Monk and
of this book of the New          tive as Peter when it comes     tant than things. This digni-   Neagle titled “The Twenty-
Testament is to tell how the     to recognizing the impor-       ty is inherent in each and      first Time” which describes
early followers of Jesus, led    tance of Jesus’ redemptive      every one of us by virtue of    how we sometimes treat
by the Holy Spirit, spread       act. Peter, who previously      the fact we are children of     others. One verse of this
the Good News about              had denied knowing Jesus        God.                            song is:
Jesus.                           on multiple occasions, was        As members of the Body           “She may be a stranger
   In this reading, Peter is     now facing the authorities      of Christ, we are called to     tryin’ to get through the day
responding          to     the                                                                      but what if it’s Jesus and I
Sanhedrin’s question posed                                                                       walk away?
to him concerning the                        Readings for May 3,                                    I say I’m the body and
authority by which a crip-                                                                       drink of the wine
pled man had been healed.
                                           Fourth Sunday of Easter                                  but I pretend not to see
Peter’s response is defini-                  Acts: 4:8-12; 1 John 3:1-2;                         her for the twenty-first
tive, “... it was in the name                      John 10:11-18                                 time.”
of    Jesus      Christ    the                                                                      I love this song because it
Nazorean, whom you cruci-                                                                        challenges me to be more
fied, whom God raised from       and testifying that Jesus is    be the sign and safeguard       diligent in recognizing God
the dead; in his name this       the only way to salvation.      of the dignity of the human     in every person each time I
man stands before you               Peter     provides       a   person. In our modern           encounter someone, no
healed.”                         response that resonates         world, we are faced with        matter how they look, smell
   Peter, who the verse          with me. Certainly, there       countless attacks on the life   or act. How many times do
states was “filled with the      have been times that I have     and dignity of the human        we walk away?
Holy Spirit,” proclaims it is    denied Jesus by the way I       person — abortion, capital         Our Gospel today from
through Jesus’ death and         speak and act toward oth-       punishment, euthanasia,         John tells us the familiar
resurrection that salvation      ers, the way I am less than     embryonic           stem-cell   story      of     the    Good
was available to this man.       faithful in my prayer life,     research, war, discrimina-      Shepherd. While it may
Even beyond this single          and the way I know my view      tion and racism — just to       take us more than 21 times
miracle, Peter states “there     is the only and right view.     name a few.                     to recognize others as chil-
is no salvation through          However, the Easter mes-           As you meditate on this      dren of God, we are certain
anyone else, nor is there        sage of salvation is a mes-     reading, I ask you to reflect   our Lord, our shepherd
any other name under             sage of hope that keeps me      on how your belief in           knows each and every one
heaven given to the human        moving in the right direc-      human dignity affects the       of us, his sheep, and he is
race by which we are to be       tion.                           way you interact with oth-      there for us always and
saved.”                             Our second reading, from     ers. What is your personal      without hesitation.
   This proclamation of faith    the first letter of John,       experience of human digni-
by Peter emphasized to the       reminds us we are children      ty? Have there been times         Andy Zampini is director
authorities of his time the      of God. The foundational        when your dignity has been      of Catholic Charities’ divi-
outcome of the miracle of        theme of Catholic social        diminished? Do you treat        sion of Parish Social
Easter — that Jesus is our       teaching is the life and dig-   others as children of God?      Ministry.

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Commentary                                                          Father Ron Rolheiser

Sex: Its goodness and its dangers must be
   A common complaint             sexed, and every human            jealous. It is the best of all   igrated.
about        the      classical   person is sexed in every          fires and the most danger-          We must be clear that it is
Christian teachings on sex-       cell, body and soul.              ous of all fires.                meant to be sacrament
uality is that so many of            Much of this is a longing         This paradox is what lies     even as it is meant to be
these have been written by        and an aching without an          at the root of so many of the    playful, that it is meant to
vowed celibates, unmarried        explicit focus, though from       tensions in discussions on       bring children into this world
priests and nuns who do           puberty onward it also has        sex. Which aspect of sexu-       even as it is meant to
not have sex. The com-            a focus and deeply colors         ality should be empha-           express love, that it is
plaint is not that these peo-     every person’s conscious-         sized? Purity or passion, its    meant to be healthily
ple (and I am one of them)        ness.                             goodness or its dangers, its     enjoyed even as it needs to
teach something that is              Ironically it is on this       sacramental power to unite       be carefully guarded.
wrong but that, not being         point, the failure to take the    or its chaotic power to             Sexuality might be com-
married, they tend to             centrality of sexuality seri-     divide?                          pared to a high-voltage
overidealize       sex     and    ously enough, where liber-           Because these questions       electrical wire. The 50,000
encase it in unrealistic          als and conservatives con-        are not easy to answer,          volts inside of that wire can
sacred romance.                   cur, conservatives by deny-       what we often see are two        bring light and heat to a
   There is some truth to         ing that centrality and liber-    opposing tendencies: the         building, but there are two
this. But, in fairness, every-    als by trivializing it. Both      temptation to overidealize       risks: First, we may be so
one struggles with sexuali-       tend to be naïve in different     and the temptation to trivial-   afraid of its dangers that we
ty. Every religious tradition     ways.                             ize, the temptation to be too    never connect our house to
has its struggles with sexu-         Moreover, beyond the           fearful and the temptation       it. We then deprive our-
ality and so does every cul-      brute power of sexuality          to be too casual, the temp-      selves of its light and heat.
ture.                             there is its complexity.          tation to be unhealthily         The second danger is the
   No self-respecting theolo-     Sexuality is both the most        frigid and the temptation to     opposite: This powerful
gian would say Christianity       creative and the most             be unhealthily irresponsi-       energy is safe only if its raw
or any other religion has         destructive force on the          ble.                             power is channeled through
made full peace with sexu-        planet. It is a great force not      How to we find a bal-         the right transformers and
ality, just as no self-respect-   just for heroic love, life and    ance? A good starting point      safely encased in proper
ing analyst would say there       blessing but also for the         is the refusal to compro-        insulation, otherwise we
exists a culture that has         worst hate, death and             mise either of its paradoxi-     risk a deadly fire, inside the
come to a healthy peace           destruction imaginable. It is     cal poles, to sell out any of    house and inside the psy-
with sexuality. Religion and      responsible        for    most    its truths, no matter how        che.
the world both struggle with      ecstasies on the planet, but      apparently contradictory.           Conservatives tend to
sex, just in different ways.      also for a lot of murders and        It’s important to admit       struggle with the first dan-
   This is no accident            suicides. When healthy, it        that sex is a power beyond       ger, liberals with the latter.
because sexuality is always       helps glue personalities          us even as we accept that
beyond us, too powerful to        together; when un-healthy,        we have a responsibility to        Oblate      of      Mary
contain healthily. Nobody         it works at disintegrating        control it. Its goodness         Immaculate Father Ron
comes to full peace with it.      personalities. It has a           must be affirmed as its          Rolheiser, president of the
It lies at the base of every-     unique power to mellow the        dangers are highlighted. Its     Oblate School of Theology
thing, life and non-life alike.   heart and produce gratitude       sacred character should be       in San Antonio, Texas, can
Molecules        are    sexed,    even as it has equal power        taught even as it is earthi-     be contacted at ronrolheis-
atoms are sexed, all life is      to make the heart bitter and      ness should never be den-        er.com.

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                                                   LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Guns help                          arm themselves, crime            Self-defense is                  if true, cannot justify deny-
                                   goes down. It’s like putting                                      ing us the right to self-
citizens protect                   an alarm sign in front of        a citizens’ right                defense. “The Catechism
                                   your house. A burglar will hit                                    of the Catholic Church”
themselves                         the unprotected house.
                                                                       Only a heart of stone
                                                                                                     teaches that we have a
                                                                    could remain unmoved by
   The Dialog should be              Arming yourself is the                                          right to defend life and
                                                                    the tragedy of innocents
responsible enough not to          best way I know of to pro-                                        property. Moreover, coun-
                                                                    who die in gun violence. But
print bad arguments and            tect life. The police have no                                     tries that have disarmed
                                                                    last week’s letter writer’s
seriously flawed logic. A let-     obligation to protect us as                                       their citizens have seen
                                                                    proposal to rewrite the
ter writer last week stated        individuals (you cannot sue                                       soaring crime and murder
                                                                    Second Amendment would
that very few attackers are        the police for your house                                         rates.
                                                                    only make a bad situation
killed by gunshot in self-         being robbed), and our                                               Some years ago the
defense. First, thank God          understaffed police depart-                                       attorney general of Virginia
                                                                       Defending our freedoms
for that truth. Second, when       ments are hampered by                                             asked for a moratorium on
                                                                    is part of our civic duty. Our
someone pulls a gun in self-       suburban sprawl. When a                                           new gun legislation while
                                                                    founding fathers under-
defense, the attacker is           criminal breaks into your                                         his      office   vigorously
                                                                    stood the danger of tyranny.
effectively subdued by the         house       the    immediate                                      enforced existing laws. The
                                                                    The “right to keep and bear
action of pointing the             defense of your life and                                          result was a 50 percent
                                                                    arms” was included in the
weapon at him or her, and          your spouse and children is                                       decrease in both crime and
                                                                    Constitution in case internal
no shots need be fired.            a gun.                                                            murder within one year.
                                                                    insurrection ever became
   These nonviolent inci-            I thank God for the                                             Perhaps we could learn
                                                                    necessary       against     an
dents do not make the              Second Amendment —                                                from his prudent and effec-
                                                                    American government that
evening news, because no           without it we would no                                            tive approach.
                                                                    became oppressive.
one was shot. It is a statisti-    longer be protected by the                                               Father Tom Flowers
                                                                       The letter’s unsubstanti-
cal fact that in localities that   other nine.                                                               Pastor, St. Polycarp
                                                                    ated claim that more die by
lawfully allow citizens to                     Richard J. Steffy                                                            Parish
                                                                    accidents or murder, even
                                                    Middletown                                                            Smyrna

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                                                                                                 Catholic News Service

‘Faith in flux’ study shows reasons why people leave their
By Patricia Zapor                                              as marrying someone of another faith, mentioned by 31
Catholic News Service                                          percent.
                                                                 Nearly half the people who left the Catholic Church, 48
   WASHINGTON — On the heels of a study of the U.S.            percent, did so before age 18, the survey found. One-third
“religious landscape” released last year that showed a         of Protestants who changed faiths left before 18, they said.
quarter of Americans had changed faiths, a follow-up sur-        Among both Catholics and Protestants, high percent-
vey has found an even greater rate of “Faith in Flux,” as      ages of those who have stayed in their churches were
the latest report is called.                                   active in religious activities in their youth.
   When the number of people who now practice a different        The Pew study said 46 percent of people who have
faith than that of their childhood is added to those who       remained Catholic described their faith as strong when
have moved around among religions or denominations             they were children.
and come back to where they started, nearly half of              Those who regularly attended Mass as children and
Americans have changed religions at some point, said the       teens were more likely to have remained Catholic.
report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life              Similarly, those who attended their Protestant churches
released April 27.                                             regularly as teens also were more likely to stay in the faith
   Among people who have changed religions, those who          of their childhood.
left the Catholic Church were more likely than those who         But participation in religious education as a child, or in
left Protestant denominations to have done so because          youth groups as teens, appears to have had little statisti-
they no longer believed the teachings of the church, the       cal difference in whether childhood Catholics are still
study found.                                                   Catholic.
   It also made connections between how actively involved        The study found that 71 percent of people who are still
people were in their churches as children and teens and        Catholic attended religious education as children, com-
how likely they were to leave the faith in which they were     pared to 68 percent of Catholics who became Protestants
raised.                                                        and 68 percent of those who now belong to no organized
   Across the board, the vast majority of people who           religion. Thirty-two percent of current Catholics participat-
changed churches, who stopped being affiliated with any        ed in Catholic youth groups, compared to 39 percent of
faith or who transitioned from being “unaffiliated” with a     Catholics who became Protestants and 32 percent of for-
religion to belonging to a church did so before the age of     mer Catholics who are unaffiliated.
24, the survey found.                                            Eighty-six percent of people who are still Catholic said
   The reasons cited most often by those who have left the     they attended church weekly as children, as did 74 percent
Catholic Church were that their spiritual needs were not       of those no longer affiliated with a religion and 79 percent
being met, that they “just gradually drifted away” or they     of Catholics who became Protestants. Sixty-nine percent
“found a religion they liked more.”                            of current Catholics attended church regularly as teens,
   Greg Smith, research fellow for the Pew Forum, told         compared with 60 percent of converts to Protestant reli-
Catholic News Service that among the more striking con-        gions and 44 percent of people who are unaffiliated with
clusions of “Faith in Flux” were the reasons people gave       churches. Sixty-three percent of those still in the
for leaving the Catholic Church, depending upon whether        Protestant church of their childhood attended services
they joined evangelical or mainline Protestant denomina-       weekly as teens, the study said.
tions.                                                           In a statement issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic
   Fifty-three percent of Catholics who became evangeli-       Bishops, Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl said
cals said they left because of religious and moral beliefs,    the report highlights that “adolescence is a critical time in
principally teachings on the Bible.                            religious development,” and that “what happens in the teen
   By comparison, 28 percent of Catholics who joined           years has a long-lasting effect.”
mainline Protestant denominations left because of differing      Archbishop Wuerl, past chairman of the bishops’
beliefs. The main reasons for leaving cited by 40 percent      Committee on Catechesis and next chairman of their
of that group fell under the category of “religious institu-   Committee on Doctrine, said the data shows that “we have
tions, practices and people,” including dissatisfaction with   to help young people and their parents appreciate the
particular churches or clergy or objections to rules. The      importance of going to weekly Mass so teenagers know
single largest factor cited by Catholics who joined mainline   Jesus is there for them now and always.”
Protestant churches, however, was “family reasons,” such         One-quarter of lifelong Catholics attended Catholic high
schools, the survey said. Of Catholics who became                 Christian churches and half previously had no religious
Protestants, 16 percent went to Catholic high school, as          affiliation. That breakdown made it even harder to use the
did 20 percent of former Catholics who no longer are              data as representative of all those who became Catholic.
involved with a religious group.                                     He said he also was aware that it’s significantly more
  For this survey, Pew researchers re-interviewed more            complicated for an adult to officially become Catholic than
than 2,800 people from across the country who participat-         it is for people to join other faiths. New Catholics typically
ed in the comprehensive “U.S. Religious Landscape                 participate in a monthslong education and discernment
Survey.” Results were categorized by whether people said          process through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
they were “nonconverts,” either by remaining in the faith of      People join many other religions or Christian denomina-
their childhood or continuing to be unaffiliated with any reli-   tions by little more than participating and deciding that it is
gion, and by whether people had switched from                     now their church.
Catholicism or a non-Catholic faith, had changed church-             “Faith in Flux” noted that those who have left the
es within Protestantism, or had joined or left a non-             Catholic Church outnumber those who have joined it by
Catholic faith after being unaffiliated with any religion.        nearly 4-to-1. “Overall, 1 in 10 American adults (10.1 per-
  Smith explained to CNS that the survey was unable to            cent) have left the Catholic Church after having been
provide data on people who became Catholics because of            raised Catholic, while only 2.6 percent of adults have
the small number who were interviewed. Although those             become Catholic after having been raised something other
who switched to Catholicism make up 2.6 percent of the            than Catholic,” the survey said.
U.S. population, Smith said, that translated to just 69 inter-       The statistical margin of error for the survey ranges from
views for this survey, too few from which to draw statisti-       plus or minus 5 percentage points to plus or minus 10 per-
cally meaningful conclusions.                                     centage points, depending upon the segment being ana-
  Of those 69, Smith said about half had come from other          lyzed.

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On life issue, Cardinal George says Obama on ‘wrong side
of history’
By Peter Finney Jr.                                               will change.’ I said, ‘Mr. President, you’ve given us nothing
Catholic News Service                                             but the wrong signals on this issue.’ So, we’ll see, but I’m not
                                                                  as hopeful now as I was when he was first elected.”
   KENNER, La. — President Barack Obama is a “very                   The church and the president find common ground on
gracious and obviously a very smart man” but he is on the         supporting social programs that lift up the poor, but
“wrong side of history” when it comes to his fervent support      Cardinal George said on the issue of abortion, “I think
of abortion rights, Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George told       we’re up against something a little bit like slavery.”
the 2009 Louisiana Priests Convention April 21.                      “These are members of the human family, genetically
   Cardinal George, president of the U.S. Conference of           individuated, (with) a human father and a human mother,”
Catholic Bishops, told 200 priests from the seven dioceses        he said. “What their legal status is, of course, you can
of Louisiana that, while he wants Obama to succeed in his         debate, and we have. ... John Paul II says you cannot sim-
efforts to right the economy, enhance world peace and             ply live comfortably with an immoral legal system, any
help the poor, the president needs to understand that the         more than you could live comfortably with slavery, and
Catholic Church will not allow the life issue to be aban-         therefore you have to work to change the law.
doned.                                                               “It’s a society-dividing issue, and on this issue, we’re
   In a question-and-answer session that followed his             with Abraham Lincoln and he’s with Stephen Douglas, and
keynote speech to priests on offering compassionate min-          he doesn’t like to hear that, but that’s where he is.”
istry to people who are hurting, Cardinal George offered a           The cardinal was referring to the seven debates held in
candid assessment of his 30-minute meeting with the               1858 between Lincoln and his opponent for an Illinois seat
president at the White House March 18.                            in the U.S. Senate. Slavery was the main issue discussed
   “I think on the life issue he’s on the wrong side of histo-    in all of the debates.
ry,” the cardinal said. “I think he has his political debts to       If even the incremental restrictions on abortion — such
pay, and so he’s paying them.”                                    as the ban on partial-birth abortion or parental notification
   Cardinal George said his conversation with the president       laws — are rolled back, Cardinal George said pro-life
was polite but substantive.                                       advocates could feel desperate because they fear “abor-
   “It’s hard to disagree with him because he’ll always tell      tion will be a human right, and of course, if it’s a human
you he agrees with you,” he said. “Maybe that’s political. I      right, it can’t be qualified.”
think he sincerely wants to agree with you. You have to              Cardinal George said Pope John Paul II, with the help of
say, again and again, ‘No, Mr. President, we don’t agree          Muslim and Latin American countries, successfully fought
(on abortion).’ But we can agree on a lot, and we do, and         the Clinton administration’s efforts to declare abortion a
that’s why there is so much hope. I think we have to pray         fundamental “human right” at the 1994 U.N. population
for him every day.”                                               conference in Cairo, Egypt.
   Cardinal George said he told the president he was con-            “Whether or not the present pope will be able to do this
cerned about his decision to rescind the Mexico City poli-        a generation later, I don’t know, because we’re going to be
cy, which resulted in providing taxpayer money to fund            faced with it again,” the cardinal said. “But you can’t go on
abortion overseas.                                                indefinitely. For 80 years we were a slave republic, and it
   “He said we weren’t exporting abortion,” the cardinal said.    took a terrible war to end that. And now for 40 years we’re
“I said, ‘Yes we are.’ He would say, ‘I know I have to do cer-    in an abortion regime, and I’m not sure how that’s going to
tain things here. ... But be patient and you’ll see the pattern   end.”

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Even in recession, parishes said to benefit from electronic
By Jackie Taylor                                                  Sunday Visitor. “Now, more and more people are becom-
Catholic News Service                                             ing comfortable with online transactions.”
                                                                     The software developed by Our Sunday Visitor simplifies
   WASHINGTON — A new way of giving to the church is              the incorporation of online giving. Parishes decide how
rapidly replacing the long-standing tradition of the weekly       they want parishioners to give money. Parishioners create
collection basket at Mass. Electronic giving has been             a user name and password and enter personal information
shown to provide financial stability for a growing number of      to begin their online donations.
parishes to continue their outreach during the current               The flexibility built into electronic giving programs puts
recession.                                                        the parishioner in control of the amount and frequency of
   “This is not our parents’ offertory,” said W. Brian Walsh,     contributions to his or her parish.
president and founder of Faith Direct, a leading full-service        “Development or fundraising from the Catholic perspec-
electronic giving organization based in Alexandria, Va.           tive is really about engaging donors as subjects rather
   Electronic offertory programs allow parishioners to trans-     than objects. It’s not about looking at people as objects to
fer funds automatically to their parish’s bank account with-      try and get as much money out of as possible,” said Kerry
out having to write a check or come up with cash for the          Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership
collection basket.                                                Roundtable on Church Management.
   “All the data we have suggests that even the most active          “We should treat them as subjects who are properly
parishioners are only giving about 40 times a year,” said         invited to contribute to something that is life-giving and
Walsh in a telephone interview with Catholic News                 meaningful,” she said.
Service.                                                             “Anything the church can do to make contributing to the
   “Electronic giving has increased even during the reces-        mission of the church, whether it be financially, artistically,
sion because of the consistency,” he said. “Even in difficult     creatively or managerially, is a value. It’s part of the mis-
times, families want to stay committed to their churches,         sion of church because it’s a way of engaging the faithful
both spiritually and financially.                                 and the people of God, and the consequence of that, when
   “They don’t see tithing as a luxury, but as a responsibili-    done transparently and effectively, is that of evangeliza-
ty, and automated giving is helping families make it a pri-       tion,” Robinson added.
ority month after month,” Walsh added.                               Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Cincinnati saw e-
   Data from Faith Direct show that parishes who adopt            giving as a way for parishioners to be good stewards, said
electronic giving programs typically experience a 30 per-         Leisa Anslinger, a former parishioner.
cent increase in giving.                                             “We used e-giving and tied it to giving of our first fruits
   Michael Schaefer, executive director of the Catholic           to the Lord. It was a practice that was slow to catch on at
Finance Corporation, regularly encourages parishes to uti-        first, but as people grew to understand themselves as
lize electronic offertory programs.                               stewards, participation and giving increased,” Anslinger
   Catholic Finance offers financial advice to Catholic           said.
parishes, schools and organizations in the Archdiocese of            “I know from my personal experience that making a con-
St. Paul and Minneapolis as well as institutions across the       scious decision about the amount of our weekly contribu-
country.                                                          tion was a turning point in the way my husband and I
   “When dealing with members of the baby-boomer gen-             approached our stewardship of treasure and I heard many
eration or older, they usually do their business with cash,       other parishioners make note of similar transformations,”
credit or check,” Schaefer noted. “The younger genera-            Anslinger told CNS in an e-mail.
tions do all their business using debit cards.”                      Father Jan Schmidt, former pastor of Immaculate Heart
   For parishioners who still want to put something physical      of Mary, introduced electronic giving at the parish. Father
in the collection basket, he said, kiosks could be installed      Schmidt, now pastor at St. Margaret of York in Loveland,
in the parish to print transaction receipts of funds’ transfers   Ohio, does not believe that electronic giving affects atten-
for electronic donors to place in the basket.                     dance or participation at Mass.
   Our Sunday Visitor, a Catholic publishing company in              “Typically the people who will utilize this sort of format
Huntington, Ind., that produces more than 800 million             are the people who really care about the parish,” Father
offertory envelopes a year, will launch an online giving pro-     Schmidt said. “They really think about what they’re going
gram in the near future.                                          to do with their money. They’re giving is planned and it’s
   “In the past, we would refer our customers to other            proportionate. Their faith means a lot to them, and they
organizations,” said Vijay Jeste, product manager of Our          want to give something back.”

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Roommates remember Loyola College sophomore killed in
family tragedy
By Matt Palmer                                                 ting through it.”
Catholic News Service                                             The Loyola campus is still coming to terms with
                                                               Stephanie Parente’s death, which became national news
   BALTIMORE — A message flashed across the screen of          along with another murder-suicide in the Archdiocese of
Julieanne Malley’s cell phone in late April. All she saw was   Baltimore days before, involving parishioners of Holy
that the sender was “Stephanie”                                Family in Middletown.
   “My heart stopped,” said Malley, a sophomore at Loyola         Several candlelight vigils, Masses and memorial servic-
College in Maryland, April 24.                                 es were held at Loyola in the week following Stephanie
   The message was from roommate Stephanie Nguyen.             Parente’s death. Students showed up by the hundreds to
   “Part of me wanted it to be Stephanie Parente,” Malley      mourn and celebrate her.
said of the heart-sinking moment when she realized it             Jesuit Father Brian Linnane, Loyola’s president, called
couldn’t be “Little Steph.”                                    the death “a moment of unimaginable sorrow for the entire
   Five days before Malley talked with The Catholic            Loyola family. The loss of young lives — particularly under
Review, Baltimore archdiocesan newspaper, Stephanie            such circumstances — defies understanding.”
Parente, a 19-year-old Loyola sophomore, was killed               Stephanie Parente had an infectious personality, her
along with her mother and sister by her 59-year-old father,    friends said, and just wanted to make people smile.
William Parente. He then took his own life in the family’s     Nguyen was also her freshman-year roommate. The two
hotel room in Towson, Md.                                      talked on the phone during the previous summer and
   William Parente had come to visit his daughter in the       anticipated many jokes about “the two Stephs.”
Baltimore area with his wife, Betty, 58, and other daughter,      When they moved onto campus, Stephanie Parente
Catherine, 11. They regularly visited Stephanie at Loyola.     came dancing into their room with her little sister. Nguyen
   Staff at the Towson Sheraton discovered the family April    was instantly won over.
20. The three women had been killed by blunt-force trau-          “She was just really engaging,” she said. “She could
ma and asphyxiation, according to Baltimore County             make you feel like you were the only person here.
police. William Parente is believed to have cut himself with   Stephanie had the best stories.”
a knife. He reportedly battled depression and was having          A member of the men’s and women’s rowing team, the
financial problems.                                            speech pathology major planned to study in England in the
   A funeral Mass was celebrated April 28 for the three        fall and eventually wanted to become a dentist.
women at St. Joseph Catholic Church in their hometown of          “She lived the life she definitely wanted to live and
Garden City, N.Y. A separate ceremony was to be held for       always had fun with whatever she was doing,” Malley said.
William Parente.                                               “She knew medical school was ahead of her.”
   Stephanie Parente lived in Loyola’s Newman Towers              The roommates fill their sudden void by making photo
East apartments with Malley, Nguyen and fellow sopho-          collages of “Little Steph.” They watched her favorite movie,
mores Lauren Gallinari and Danielle Scorrano. Known as         “Annapolis,” recently in a public gathering area. Other stu-
“Little Steph” for her diminutive size, Parente playfully      dents joined in, making it yet another memorial to
argued that she was 5 feet 3 inches tall. Her roommates        Stephanie Parente.
countered she was three inches shorter.                           “Loyola has been amazing,” Gallinari said. “They’re con-
   “Little Steph was such a presence that not having her in    stantly making sure we’re OK. Just having that Jesuit sup-
our apartment is unfathomable,” Gallinari said. “We’re get-    port has been incredible.”

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A lot of talking on health care reform, but will action follow
By Nancy Frazier O’Brien                                           “The ‘public option’ is presented as a means to promote
Catholic News Service                                           competition and choice but would prove fatal to both,”
                                                                Leavitt said, predicting that employers would stop provid-
   WASHINGTON — On health care reform, there’s a                ing health coverage for their employees if they could opt
whole lot of talking going on in Washington.                    out.
   But this time, there is a real sense among Catholic advo-       That’s not an aspect that the bishops’ conference has
cates that the talk will produce a substantive legislative      ever weighed in on, Saile said.
proposal — or two — that could come up for a vote in the           What the bishops have insisted on in any health reform
Senate and/or House by this summer.                             plan hasn’t changed much since they outlined key princi-
   “Health care is rising to the No. 1 domestic priority for    ples in 1993 during the debate over President Bill Clinton’s
Congress,” said Kathy Saile, director of the Office of          health reform plan, she said.
Domestic Social Development at the U.S. Conference of              They want to see a health system that makes care avail-
Catholic Bishops.                                               able to all in a way that “enhances and respects life,”
   “We’re very hopeful that significant health reform is        exhibits particular concern for the poor and vulnerable,
going to happen,” said Jeff Tieman, senior director for         respects pluralism and conscience in providers’ and con-
health reform initiatives at the Catholic Health Association.   sumers’ choices, and is financed equitably, Saile said.
“But it’s not a home run yet. We’re cautiously optimistic.”        Similarly, Catholic Health Association leaders spelled out
   Two of the primary movers of health care reform in           their expectations in the 2008 document “Our Vision for
Congress are Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Chuck               U.S. Health Care.” It calls for a system that is available and
Grassley, R-Iowa, who heard more than a dozen witness-          accessible to everyone; health- and prevention-oriented;
es at an April 21 round-table discussion on reforming the       sufficiently and fairly financed; transparent and consen-
U.S. health care delivery system. Baucus and Grassley           sus-driven in allocation of resources; patient-centered and
are chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the           designed to address health needs from conception to nat-
Senate Finance Committee.                                       ural death; and safe, effective and high-quality.
   Scheduled for May are similar discussions on expanding          The Health Security Index survey commissioned by
health care coverage to all Americans and financing health      Catholic Healthcare West, a San Francisco-based system
reform.                                                         of 41 hospitals in California, Arizona and Nevada, found
   “We’re going to go somewhere with this,” said Baucus at      that concern about health care is growing.
the close of the first round table. “Something’s going to          For the first time since the annual survey began two
happen here.”                                                   years ago, the majority of respondents said the U.S. health
   But what that something is remains very much in ques-        care system is getting somewhat or much worse. Despite
tion. President Barack Obama has outlined only the gen-         the nation’s dire economic situation, nearly twice as many
eral principles for what he’d like to see in a health care      U.S. adults were concerned about the rising cost of health
reform plan, and his administration is leaving the drafting     care than were concerned about losing their jobs.
of legislation to Congress.                                        The margin of error for the survey was less than plus or
   One bump in the road has been the Senate’s failure to        minus 3 percentage points.
approve Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s nomi-               More than four in five respondents (83 percent) said mak-
nee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human         ing health care affordable for every member of society
Services. Sebelius, a Catholic, has drawn criticism for her     should be one of Congress’ top priorities for the coming year.
support of abortion and for taking campaign contributions          “Today’s headlines are justifiably focused on the overall
from late-term abortion doctor George Tiller.                   economic crisis, but our Health Security Index findings
   The Senate Republican leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of        show that health care affordability is a significant and
Kentucky, objected April 23 when Majority Leader Harry          enduring concern,” said Lloyd H. Dean, president and
Reid of Nevada tried to bring the Sebelius nomination to        CEO of Catholic Healthcare West and current president of
the Senate floor. Another attempt — with 60 votes required      the CHA board of trustees.
for approval — was expected in the next week.                      “Simply put, health care costs too much,” Dean added.
   But with or without Sebelius, dialogue about health care     “Change is clearly overdue and the need for improvement
reform was continuing at all levels in Washington.              is undeniable.”
   The biggest debates focus on the so-called “public              Tieman said it is important for Catholics to contact their
option” — the inclusion of a government-financed health         representatives in Congress to tell them to “keep the
plan that would compete with other insurers to provide          health reform issue front-burner” and to “lend a faith-based
coverage. Mike Leavitt, who was HHS secretary under             voice to the debate.”
President George W. Bush, joined in the discussion during          It’s also crucial to keep informed about developments in
an April 22 conference call.                                    the discussions, he said.
News briefs
                                                                                                     Catholic News Service

Panel: Politics at a defining moment for                          tion in 2002. The work involved removing 30 fabric patch-
                                                                  es and a fabric backing, known as the Holland Cloth, sewn
Catholic social teaching                                          onto the shroud in 1534 after a fire. At the time of the work,
  WASHINGTON — The current political environment pro-             Cardinal Severino Poletto of Turin said trapped particles of
vides a defining moment for the interplay of Catholic social      dirt and scorched fabric had darkened parts of the Shroud
teachings on issues Congress is facing, according to a            of Turin and eventually could have made it difficult to see
panel of Washington-area academics in a symposium                 the shroud’s image of a crucified man. The removal of the
organized by the Life Cycle Institute of The Catholic             Holland Cloth also permitted experts to photograph and
University of America. How the opportunity is used by             digitally scan the back of the shroud. The last public expo-
those with an interest in bringing church teachings to bear       sition of the Shroud of Turin was in 2000.
on public policy could affect issues as diverse as programs
for the poor, health care policy, efforts to mitigate global      Book says late pope kept sense of fun in
warming and strategies for nuclear deterrence, said pro-
fessors in a range of academic disciplines from Catholic
                                                                  his final years
University, Georgetown University and the University of              WARSAW, Poland — Pope John Paul II sang and made
Maryland. The April 27 program in the Dirksen Senate              jokes even at the end of his life, said a Polish archbishop
Building drew an invited audience of congressional                who was one of the pope’s personal secretaries. “The
staffers, representatives of the Obama administration,            pope loved to laugh and could play innocent pranks,” said
journalists, students and others.                                 Coadjutor Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki of the Latin-
                                                                  rite Archdiocese of Lviv, Ukraine. “He wasn’t exuberant
Glendon declines to accept Notre Dame’s                           and didn’t collect information, and he preferred to listen
                                                                  rather than talk. But he also noticed it when you’d had a
prestigious Laetare Medal                                         hard day or were in bad mood. He would wink at you and
   WASHINGTON — Citing concerns about plans to honor              smile.” The archbishop spoke recently to Poland’s TVN 24
President Barack Obama “in disregard of the settled posi-         about his book, “He Liked Tuesdays Best,” about life with
tion of the U.S. bishops,” former U.S. Ambassador to the          Pope John Paul. He said that on Tuesdays during the
Vatican Mary Ann Glendon has turned down the presti-              papacy, Pope John Paul often would make discreet, unre-
gious Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame. In         ported excursions outside Rome. Archbishop Mokrzycki
an April 27 letter to Holy Cross Father John I. Jenkins,          said the pontiff was addicted to fresh air and insisted on
Notre Dame’s president, Glendon said she will not partici-        keeping his Vatican apartment windows open, even in cold
pate in May 17 commencement exercises during which the            weather. The late pope rose regularly at 5 a.m. to watch
award is presented. The letter was posted on the blog of          the sunrise and “also liked sunset, during which he often
the magazine First Things. Glendon described Obama as             cut himself off and became immersed in prayer,”
“a prominent and uncompromising opponent of the                   Archbishop Mokrzycki said.
church’s position on issues involving fundamental princi-
ples of justice” and said the decision to present him with an     Cardinal urges House members to
honorary degree violated the bishops’ 2004 request that
Catholic institutions not honor “those who act in defiance
                                                                  co-sponsor Pregnant Women Support Act
of our fundamental moral principles.” Obama supports                WASHINGTON — Whatever their position on abortion,
legal abortion and his administration recently proposed           any House members who agree that “no woman should
new regulations that would expand the use of federal              ever have to undergo an abortion because she feels she
funds for embryonic stem-cell research. Both are in direct        has no choice” or alternatives should co-sponsor the
conflict with church teaching. The Laetare Medal is pre-          Pregnant Women Support Act, said Cardinal Justin Rigali
sented annually to an American Catholic for outstanding           of Philadelphia. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Lincoln
service to the Catholic Church and society.                       Davis, D-Tenn., “provides an authentic common ground,
                                                                  an approach that people can embrace regardless of their
Church announces dates for 2010                                   position on other issues,” said the cardinal, chairman of
                                                                  the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, in an
exposition of Shroud of Turin                                     April 24 letter to House members. “An abortion performed
  ROME — The Italian Archdiocese of Turin has                     under ... social and economic duress meets no one’s stan-
announced that the Shroud of Turin, which many believe is         dard for ‘freedom of choice,’” he added. The bill provides
the burial cloth of Christ, will be on public display April 10-   “many kinds of life-affirming support for pregnant women
May 23, 2010. The public exposition in Turin’s cathedral          and their unborn children,” Cardinal Rigali said, adding
will offer members of the public their first opportunity to see   that it “reaches out to women with a helping hand when
the shroud since it underwent major cleaning and restora-         they are most vulnerable, and most engaged in making a
decision about life or death for their unborn children.”       ized had a special devotion to the Eucharist, and each
                                                               transformed that spiritual power into social action, he said.
New ‘Monologues’ play offers hope for
healing after abortion                                         Israel orders construction to stop on papal
  WASHINGTON — A play created by a member of a
                                                               platform in refugee camp
Minnesota theater company aims to be an alternative to            JERUSALEM — The Israeli Civil Administration has
“The Vagina Monologues,” a popular campus play but one         ordered workers to stop constructing a platform inside the
that is often criticized for its sexual explicitness. Jeremy   Aida refugee camp in the West Bank for use during Pope
Stanbary of Epiphany Studio Productions says his play,         Benedict XVI’s visit to the camp. Miki Kegalin, spokesman
“The Vitae Monologues,” portrays powerful stories of hope      of the civil administration, said the construction is in an
and healing from women who have suffered from the psy-         area under Israeli jurisdiction and is being carried out with-
chological and physical effects of abortion. Stanbary,         out a permit. In addition, he said, there are security con-
founder and executive director of the Minneapolis-based        cerns with the platform being built right next to the separa-
Catholic production company, was inspired to write this        tion barrier which could endanger Israeli soldiers. Israel
play a few years ago after hearing women and men speak         said it built the separation barrier to prevent Palestinian
publicly of their experiences dealing with post-abortion       attacks. “Any such construction requires a permit and they
syndrome at a Silent No More event in Minnesota. Sarah         did not request a permit,” said Kegalin, noting that the
Preissner and Stanbary star in the one-act play designed       stop-work order was issued April 24. “If they do not tear it
for performance particularly on college campuses or at         down themselves, it will be torn down,” he said. Salah
high schools. “These personal and very real testimonies        Ajarma, a member of the refugee camp’s organizing com-
are unfortunately often dismissed by the secular, medical      mittee for the pope’s visit, said construction on the platform
community,” said Stanbary in a telephone interview with        was continuing. The pope was to visit the refugee camp
Catholic News Service. “The Vitae Monologues” or “The          May 13 as part of his larger visit to Jordan, Israel and the
Monologues of Life” opens with a scene in a therapist’s        Palestinian territories May 8-15.
office, where several people talk about seemingly unrelat-
ed problems they’re having in their lives. Each one has        FDA decision on Plan B for minors called
experienced trauma in the aftermath of an abortion.
                                                               contrary to common sense
Pope creates five saints, says they hold                          WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration’s
                                                               decision not to appeal a court decision that the morning-
lessons for economic crisis                                    after pill marketed as Plan B should be available over the
   VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI canonized five             counter to minors “flies in the face of common sense,” said
new saints and said their dedication to the Eucharist, the     the U.S. bishops’ pro-life spokeswoman. “Wider access to
poor and the world of work made them models for today’s        Plan B could endanger the lives of newly conceived chil-
Christians in an era of economic crisis. By orienting their    dren, and will put minors at risk for unnecessary side
lives to Christ, the five men and women showed that “it is     effects, undermine parental rights and contribute to higher”
possible to lay the foundations for construction of a socie-   rates of sexually transmitted diseases, said Deirdre
ty open to justice and solidarity, overcoming that econom-     McQuade, assistant director for policy and communica-
ic and cultural imbalance that continues to exist in a great   tions at the bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, in an
part of our planet,” the pope said. The pope celebrated the    April 23 statement. The FDA announced April 22 that the
canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Square April 26, joined by    Obama administration would not appeal a March 23 deci-
tens of thousands of pilgrims who held up photos or draw-      sion by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman making Plan B
ings of the saints. Four of the new saints were Italian and    available to 17-year-olds without a prescription. A prescrip-
one was Portuguese. Dressed in bright gold vestments,          tion had previously been required for anyone under 18.
the 82-year-old pontiff listened as biographies of the five    Korman, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
were read aloud, and then pronounced the canonization          District of New York, said the FDA had “repeatedly and
formula, drawing applause from the crowd. Afterward,           unreasonably” delayed a decision on whether Plan B
relics of the new saints were brought to the altar. In his     should be available over the counter and had been
homily, the pope said the saints’ life stories hold valuable   swayed by politics in ultimately deciding to make the drug
lessons for modern Christians. Each of the newly canon-        available without a prescription only to those 18 or over.

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   Intermittently violent, but otherwise engaging
boxing drama about a failed street salesman
(Channing Tatum) who turns to underground
fighting to survive, and bonds with his manager
(Terrence Howard) while romancing a waitress
(Zulay Henao). Scenes of punishing brutality
and approval of premature sexual relations mar
director and co-writer Dito Montiel’s mostly
moving portrait of a friendship between two
down-on-their-luck New Yorkers. Graphic beat-
ings, a premarital sexual encounter, and some
crude and crass language. USCCB classifica-
tion is L — limited adult audience, films whose
problematic content many adults would find                                                                                               DreamWorks
troubling. Rated PG-13.
                                                     Jamie Foxx is a musically gifted homeless man befriended by a journalist played
“17 Again”                                           by Robert Downey Jr. in the drama “The Soloist.”
   Pleasant, though unremarkable romantic            moting sexual restraint but thematic elements    befriends a musically gifted homeless man
comedy about a dissatisfied middle-aged man          make it best for mature teens and up.            (Jamie Foxx), and discovers, through the chal-
(Matthew Perry) who gets his wish to be a high-      Premarital sexual situations, some sexual        lenging relationship, an underworld of his city’s
school student (Zac Efron) again and, with the       humor and references, about a dozen crass        dispossessed. Director Joe Wright’s adaptation
help of his lifelong best friend (Thomas             terms and at least one use of profanity. USCCB   of Steve Lopez’s book features impressive per-
Lennon), uses the opportunity to guide his           classification is A-III — adults. Rated PG-13.   formances by both leads that lend eloquence to

                                                     “The Soloist”
teenage son (Sterling Knight) and daughter                                                            its implicit plea for treating the marginalized
(Michelle Trachtenberg) and to revive his failing                                                     with dignity. Drug use, a few rough and crude
relationship with his wife (Leslie Mann). Director                                                    words, a couple of uses of profanity and occa-
                                                        Engrossing drama in which a Los Angeles
Burr Steers’ formulaic star vehicle sees its pro-                                                     sional sexual references. USCCB classification
                                                     journalist (Robert Downey, Jr.) profiles and
tagonist standing up for the underdog and pro-                                                        is A-III — adults. Rated PG-13.

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