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Bishop
meets
with Holy
Father
      BY EMILY DONOHUE
          Staff Reporter

   PROVIDENCE – While in Rome
for the ordination to the transi-
tional diaconate of two Provi-
dence seminarians last week,
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin had the
opportunity to meet briefly with
Pope Benedict XVI. Back in Provi-
dence Tuesday, the Bishop said he
and the Holy Father discussed his
visit to the United States, sched-
uled for next summer. Pope Bene-
dict indicated the possibility that
he might visit Boston during that
trip.
   On October 3, Bishop Tobin at-
tended a general audience at the
Vatican – along with thousands of
pilgrims. He and the other Bish-
ops and Cardinals in attendance
were each given the opportunity                                                                                                                       Photo: Fotografia Felici of Rome
                See BISHOP, page 3 IN CHRIST: Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Thomas J. Tobin share a private moment at the conclusion of a general audience at St. Peter’s Basilica in
                                    Rome Oct. 3. Bishop Tobin was present for the ordination of seminarians to the Diaconate, including two from the Diocese of Providence.


                                                                                           Two Providence seminarians
                                                                                           ordained in Rome ‘to serve’
                                                                                                        BY FRANZ S. KLEIN                     which a seminarian is configured to the im-
                                                                                                Special to the Rhode Island Catholic          age of Christ the Servant. As deacons, Ro-
                                                                                                                                              drigues and Thurber were commissioned to
                                                                                            VATICAN CITY – The statues, murals and            baptize, to witness marriages, to serve at the
                                                                                          other works of art that fill St. Peter’s Basilica   altar and to preach the Gospel.
                                                                                          are valuable. And those of religious persua-           “You are being ordained to serve,” said
                                                                                          sion would even argue that the bones of St.         Archbishop John P. Foley during his homily
                                                                                          Peter, buried beneath that church’s high al-        at the ordination Mass. “’What can I do for
                                                                                          tar, are more so. But being ordained to tend        you?’ This could be the daily prayer of a dea-
                                                                                          Christ’s sheep in the proximity of Peter’s          con,” the archbishop added.
                                                                                          relics is certainly beyond price.                      A Philadelphia native and the former head
                                                                                            Such was the case for two seminarians of          of the Vatican’s Communications Council,
                                                                                          the Diocese of Providence, who were or-             Archbishop Foley was the main celebrant at
                                                                                          dained Oct. 4 to the transitional diaconate at      the ordination of the 21 men who make up
                                                                                          the Altar of the Chair. Newly-ordained Dea-         the Pontifical North American College’s
                                                                                          cons Jeremy Rodrigues of St. Elizabeth, Bris-       fourth-year class. Also among the prelates
                                                                                          tol, and David Thurber of Our Lady of Con-          present at a ceremony rich with circum-
                                                                                          solation, Pawtucket, will be ordained to the        stance, pomp and symbolism was Bishop
                                                                                          priesthood for Providence next summer at            Thomas J. Tobin.
                                                                    Photo: Franz S. Klein the conclusion of their studies.                       “Not just the place of their ordination is
                                                                                            One of the final steps along the path to the      special, but the fact that they’ve had the op-
                                    REJOICE: Rev. Mr. David Thurber, right, and Rev. Mr.                                                      portunity to study in Rome, for three years
                                                                                          priesthood, the transitional diaconate is also
                                    Jeremy Rodrigues embrace following their
                                                                                          the first of the sacramental holy orders, in                                   See ORDAIN, page 3
                                    ordination to the Diaconate.
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Ordain                                    in the Fioretti that St. Francis served
                                          his brothers and lepers. He did this
                                          because he saw in them the image
                                                                                                   what I’m most looking forward to,”
                                                                                                   he said.
                                                                                                      Interviewed at the North Ameri-
Continued from page 1                     of Christ,” the archbishop said.                         can College after his ordination, Ro-
                                             Following the archbishop’s hom-                       drigues was surrounded by his ex-
so far, at the heart of the Church,”      ily, the 21 men, who came to Rome                        tended family. “Practically every-
Bishop Tobin said in an earlier tele-     to study three years ago from the                        body’s here,” Rev. Mr. Rodrigues’ fa-
phone interview. “This gives them a       United States and Australia, were                        ther Joseph said. “It’s very emotion-
pretty strong sense of the universal      named individually. As Rev. Mr. Ro-                      al, very exciting.”
nature of the Church, which is not        drigues’, then Rev. Mr. Thurber’s,                          As for Rev. Mr.Thurber, he said he
just the parish to which they will be     names were read, they stood, faced                       is most looking forward to preach-
assigned – the Church has a univer-       the archbishop and said, “Present.”                      ing – something he did for the first
sal dimension that really reflects the       Then, after promising obedience                       time the following day, Oct. 5, for an
body of Christ.”                          to their respective bishops, the 21                      intimate group of five family mem-
   Bishop Tobin said he has every         men lay prostrate as a few hundred                       bers.
confidence in the potential of Dea-       priests and the thousands of family,                        Rev. Mr.Thurber said he was over-
cons Rodrigues andThurber, whom           friends and acquaintances in atten-                      come during the Mass at St. Peter’s
he called “very talented, very intelli-   dance knelt and prayed the litany of                     by the significance of his ordination.
gent and very devout. I have every        supplication. Rising, each man                            “It seems so surreal right now,” he
confidence that they’re going to be       came forward for the archbishop to                       said at the reception. “It hasn’t real-                                                         Photo: Franz S. Klein
outstanding young priests.”               lay hands on him, ordaining him a                        ly set in yet. To think, you’re just a
   As he began the two-hour-long          deacon.                                                  poor human person and still God           HOLY MOMENTS: Rev. Mr. Jeremy Rodriguez incenses the altar during
Mass last Thursday, Archbishop Fo-           Together with newly ordained                          can use you.”                             the Ordination Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
ley expressed similar confidence in       Deacon Justin Kizewski of the Dio-
all the men he was about to ordain.       cese of La Crosse, Wis., Rodrigues
“With the thousands of friends and
family here, this almost seems to be
a beatification ceremony, not an or-
                                          was chosen to minister at the altar
                                          during the Liturgy of the Eucharist
                                          that immediately followed their or-
                                                                                                   Bishop                                    replied the Pope, according to the
                                                                                                                                             Bishop.
                                                                                                                                               Bishop Tobin, who stayed at the
                                                                                                                                                                                    four years that I was there."
                                                                                                                                                                                       A special moment was seeing
                                                                                                                                                                                    someone waving a Pittsburgh
dination,” he said. “Let’s pray that      dination.                                                Continued from page 1                     North American College, his alma       Steelers bright yellow "terrible
these young men can live up to that          Both Rev. Mr. Rodrigues and Rev.                                                                mater, for the week, said he was       towel" at St. Peter's Cathedral in
challenge.”                               Mr.Thurber will serve as deacons in                      to meet with the Holy Father.             happy to have the opportunity to       support of two men from Pitts-
   Calling to mind the Gospel read-       the Eternal City while completing                          "I told him that I brought the          catch up with old friends and          burgh who were also ordained.
ing, where Jesus commanded his            their required fourth year of theo-                      greetings and prayers of all the          make new ones. "It's always fasci-        The diaconate ordination took
disciples to “love one another as I       logical studies.                                         members of our Diocese," said             nating to meet people from all         place October 4 (see separate sto-
have loved you,” the archbishop              For Rev. Mr. Rodrigues, much of                       Bishop Tobin.                             over the world," he said, noting       ry).
said, “This love is an infinite love.”    this service will occur at the U.S.                        He also mentioned to Pope               that the general audience had "an         Bishop Tobin had the opportu-
   He said the new deacons’ com-          Naval Base in Naples, where he min-                      Benedict XVI that should he visit         international kind of flavor to it."   nity to celebrate the closing Mass
mitment to lifelong celibacy would        isters during many weekends. “I                          Boston, he will be very close to             Walking through the halls of his    at the college on Saturday evening
make Christ’s love especially visible     would say the opportunity to                             Providence.                               alma mater, he said, "brings back      for many of the pilgrims whose
to the people of God. Citing Pope         preach, and to baptize in Naples, is                       "We shall see what is possible,"        just tons of memories from the         trips ended the following day.
Paul VI’s encyclical “Sacerdotis
Coelibatus,” the archbishop said
their continence would have a
threefold role: Ecclesiologically, the
deacons would be able “to devote
themselves entirely to the needs of
others”; eschatologically, they would
be “evidence that we do not have
here a lasting city”; and christologi-
cally, they would be able “to imitate
Christ as closely as possible”
through a total self-giving.
   “Your ministry is of a humbler
kind,” Archbishop Foley said, noting
that they had chosen to be ordained
on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi,
whom he called“one of the Church’s
most famous deacons. It is recorded
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        Truth is a journey. We travel together at PCD,
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        Open House | October 28 | 1:00 pm
                           Registration 12:45 pm

          college prep  arts  athletics  grades 5-12  co-ed
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4   I   Rhode Island Catholic                                                      DIOCESE                                                          THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007


AROUND THE DIOCESE
                                     the church. Father Gerald Har-       bring a bag lunch; refreshments                                            www.brown.edu/ocrl.
Legion of Mary                       bour, pastor of St. John the Bap-    and beverages will be served.        Becket Lecture
celebration                          tist Church, will lead the recita-                                          PROVIDENCE — The Thomas
                                                                                                                                                     Providence College
                                     tion of the rosary, prayers and                                           Becket Association and the
  PAWTUCKET — The Legion of          Benediction of the Blessed           Adult faith                          Brown-RISD Roman Catholic             lecture
Mary of St. John the Baptist
Church, 69 Quincy Ave., will cel-
                                     Sacrament in English and Span-       formation program                    Community will sponsor the an-
                                                                                                                                                        PROVIDENCE — Providence
                                     ish. Following the service, par-                                          nual Becket Lecture, October 19,
ebrate the centennial of the         ticipants will gather for lunch        WOONSOCKET — The North-            4 p.m, in the Petteruti Lounge,       College’s Center for Catholic and
birth of Venerable Edel Quinn,       and a short dramatization of         ern Rhode Island Adult Faith For-    Faunce House, Brown University.       Dominican Studies, cormer of
October 20, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in    Quinn’s life. Participants should    mation Committee will sponsor a      Dominican Father Brian J. Shan-       Eaton Street and River Avenue, will
                                                                          presentation entitled “The Con-      ley, president of Providence Col-     present the lecture “Words and Si-
                                                                          troversy on Stem-Cell Research,”     lege, will present a talk entitled    lence: The Contemplation and Ac-
                                                                          Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m., at St. Charles   “The Harmony of Faith and Rea-        tion of Thomas Merton,” October
                                                                          Borromeo Parish hall, corner of      son.” The talk will explore the       11, 3:30-5:00 p.m., at the center.
                                                                          North Main and Daniels streets.      profound influence Thomas             Dominican Father Thomas D. Mc-
                                                                          The talk will be offered by Do-      Aquinas’s thought had on the re-      Gonigle, associate professor of his-
                                                                          minican Father Paul M. Conner,       lationship between reason and         tory and director of the center, will
                                                                          associate professor of theology,     faith in Roman Catholic theology.     present the talk, and Dominican
                                                                          Providence College. For more in-     For more information, call 863-       Father Gabriel Pivarnik, instructor
                                                                          formation, call 766-0176.            2344 or visit the Web site            in theology, will be the respon-
                                                                                                                                                     dent. Light refreshments will be
                                                                                                                                                     served following the program. For
                                                                                                                                                     more information, call 865-2870.




                Travel to Italy
                                                                                                                                                     Office of Worship
                                                                                                                                                     concert, workshop
             October 15-23 / February 16-24, 2008
                                                                                                                                                        WARWICK — On October 19
        March 1-9,‘08 / April 19-27,‘08 / May 15- 27,‘08
                                                                                                                                                     and 20, Jeanne Cotter, an inter-

        June 7-15,‘08 / June 28-July 6,‘08 / Sept. 22-30,‘08
                                                                                                                                                     nationally-known liturgical com-

           COST $2,900 ($3,600 Italy-wide)
                                                                                                                                                     poser, recording and perform-
                                                                                                                                                     ance artist and inspirational
             Rome * Venice * Tuscany * Florence                                                                                                      speaker, will present a concert
             (Milan * Lake Como * Amalfi Coast                                                                                                       and workshop at St. Gregory the
                 Capri * Sorrento * Pompeii)
                                                                                                                                                     Great Church, 360 Cowesett

           Anthony Nachef, PhD (Theology)
                                                                                                                                                     Road. The concert will be held on

                        508-340-9370
                                                                                                                                                     October 19, 7:30 p.m., followed by

               email: an@catholicteachings.org
                                                                                                                                                     a retreat, “We are Called: A Day of

                  web: www.TourOfItaly.us
                                                                                                                                                     Reflection and Renewal for Litur-
                                                                                                                                                     gical Ministers,” October 20, 9
                                                                                                                                                     a.m.-1:30 p.m., with registration
                                                                                                                                                     at 8:30 a.m. The workshop is free
                                                                                                                                                     but preregistration is requested.
                                                                                                                                                     Both events are sponsored by the
                                                                                                                                                     diocesan Office of Worship. For
                                                                                                                                                     concert tickets or to register for
                                                                                                                                                     the retreat, call the Office of Wor-
                                                                                                                                                     ship at 278-4586.

                                                                                                                                                     Cathedral ‘Fall Festival’
                                                                                                                                                       PROVIDENCE — The Cathe-
                                                                                                                                                                  Continued on page 7




           Attention: Dept. C   Rev. Msgr. William I. Varsanyi
           Code 306             One Cathedral Square
                                Providence, RI 02903- 3695
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Cluny sisters share decades of Newport memories
The Diocese of Providence
announced September 20 that it
plans to sell seven diocesan
properties, including the Cluny
Sisters Convent and Provincial
House in Newport.

      BY EMILY DONOHUE
          Staff Reporter

   NEWPORT – Some say they will
remember the beautiful land-
scape and the views. Some will
remember teaching children at
the school. Others will remember
taking their first vows there.
   But there's little doubt that all
will remember with great fond-
ness their time spent at the Sisters
of St. Joseph of Cluny Convent in
Newport.
   Situated on a quiet road abut-
ting a marsh, the house has been
home to the Cluny sisters since
1953. About ten of the sisters who
attended a prayer service on Sep-
tember 26 at the Convent remem-
bered back to those first years.
   Sr. Rose Roffelson entered the
convent on October 3, 1953 and
lived in Newport until 1986. Dur-
ing the first years there, she re-
membered, "we had to learn the
ropes of religious life." Like many
of the sisters, she taught at the      newed" she said. But, she added,                   Photos: Emily Donohue
Cluny school. History and music        it is time to "leave the old be-
were her subjects. "I'm very fond                                             SEASIDE HOME: The Sisters of
                                       hind."
of the time in Newport," she said.                                            St. Joseph of Cluny Convent and
                                          Sr. Aine Power, who came to
   Sr. Bernadette Lapre was one of                                            Provincial House in Newport was
                                       Newport from a convent in Cali-
the first women to enter the                                                  put up for sale by the Diocese in
                                       fornia in the 1970s, relished the      September. The sisters who
Cluny convent in Newport. "It          relaxed atmosphere the Newport         have lived there throughout the
was like a dormitory then," she        convent offered. Her classes were      years remembered their time
recalled as she described the two      much smaller than they had been        fondly while gathered for a
large rooms in which all of the        in California and "it was like a va-   prayer service recently.
women were housed. Lapre en-           cation when I got home," she
tered the convent with Sr. Regina      said."We used to ride bicycles
Brunell. She said she would miss       around to the Ocean Drive. I love
the peaceful setting of the New-       the views."
port home. "Some of my most               The house has a large back yard
important memories are coming          overlooking the water that has
home after doing ministry else-
where to the tranquility; I felt re-                   See CLUNY, page 6




A friendly reminder to take time to love thy neighbor
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about love of neighbor, a quality      not to be concerned with worldly       mately has Him as its goal.            tidy,” “think before you speak,” and    anyone,” Father Stead said,
that they believe is missing in the    preoccupations, but to be filled          “It is, indeed, the stairway        to “remember special days.“Such         adding that every religion teach-
lives of many people today who         with love and compassion for           climbed, the vocation lived, the       simple gestures show love.”             es the Golden Rule, but with a dif-
lack compassion and think of life      others.                                way followed to salvation, the re-        In the chapter titled “Putting       ferent slant.
as a game that they must win.            “Every human being is born           lationship that blossoms, and the      Others First,” they recommend             “The world is very competitive
   Benedictine Father Julian Stead     loving,” the authors write in the      quality that divides good from         acquiring humility.                     and overly stressed,” Nugent noted.
of Portsmouth Abbey, and Made-         book’s preface. “Unfortunately,        evil,” they write.                        “If you want to put others first     “A lot of people fall into that trap.”
line Pecora Nugent of Middle-          some people have forgotten how            The easy-to-read book offers a      (a trait that will help you become        “People need to love their
town, a respected author who is        to love because others have re-        wealth of practical advice that        more lovable), you must learn           neighbor,” the priest and retired
well-known for her work on be-         jected, ridiculed or scorned their     may seem for some readers to be        how to put yourself last, some-         theology teacher said. “They
half of the Confraternity of Peni-     love through abuse, neglect or         just a series of refresher courses     thing everyone needs to prac-           should not see them as a threat.”
tents, wrote “Love-Ability” as a       other evil tactics. The longer the     in civility and manners, but are       tice....” they write. “Self-centered      The book ends with a compre-
guide to help individuals of all       evil continues, the more people        nonetheless valuable reminders         attitudes not only alienate peo-        hensive study guide with suggest-
ages, races and creeds to become       forget how to love. Only others        needed by everyone caught up in        ple, but they also prevent union        ed activities that can easily adapt-
more lovable, and therefore, more      loving them can help them again        the frantic pace of daily living.      with God. God is love, and love di-     ed for adult discussion groups
joyful in every aspect of their        learn how to love others. But it          In the chapter on thoughtfulness,   rects itself to the other.”             and conformation classes. For
lives.                                 will be a long journey back.”          the authors urge readers to show          “Madeline and I tried to make        more information, visit Love-
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    Academy of the Holy Family
                   A Catholic college prep day
              and boarding school for young women                                                            Photos: Emily Donohue
                                                        NEWPORT MEMORIES: The back yard of the Cluny sisters home
                                                        overlooks a marsh, a cemetery and peaceful waters.

                                                                                               the house and outside of it. Their
                                                        Cluny                                  ministries have taken them across
                                                                                               the state and even into Canada
                                                                                               and France, but many feel moored
                                                        Continued from page 5
                                                                                               by the Newport house.
                                                        been left, for the most part, to na-      Only three sisters lived in the
                                                        ture. Trees and flowers grow natu-     house when the sale was an-
                                                        rally over the hills that slope down   nounced. The rest had already
                                                        to the marsh. A small guest house      moved on, and those remaining         prayer service much of the con-
                                                        surrounded by trees sits adjacent      sisters were already set to move to   tents of the house were already in
                                                        to the larger house. Power re-         a new residence in Middletown.        boxes awaiting the move.
                                                        called that while she lived in the     They had previously informed the         "We're sad to leave the memories
                Excellent Preparation for College       house she and the other sisters        Diocese of their plans to move due    but it was never our property; it was
                     Solid Faith Formation              used to "sit and say our prayers       to rising maintenance costs and       awisedecision,"saidSr.Anne-Marie
                                                        out there. It was beautiful."          other factors. At the time of the     Liston.
                       Family Atmosphere                  At the prayer service the sisters
                                                        were nostalgic. They discussed
        Baltic, CT • www.ahfbaltic.org • 860.822.9272   their lives as Cluny sisters within
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007                                                                                 DIOCESE                                                               Rhode Island Catholic        I   7


AROUND THE DIOCESE                                       Continued from page 4

                                                                                                                                                                               Cranston St., will hold a flu shot
Rosary, prayers for                             St. Bernard concert                            St. Joseph adult                          Cathedral ‘Fall Festival’             clinic in conjunction with Blue
peace                                             NORTH KINGSTOWN — St.                        education program                           PROVIDENCE — The Cathe-             Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Is-
                                                Bernard Church, 415 Tower Hill                                                           dral of SS. Peter and Paul, One       land, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-noon. For
   WARREN — St. Mary of the Bay                 Road, will host a benefit concert,               CUMBERLAND — St. Joseph                 Cathedral Square, will hold a “Fall   more information, call 274-6783.
Church, 645 Main St. will hold a                Oct. 21, 6 p.m. The concert will be            Parish, 1303 Mendon Road, will            Festival,” Oct 20-21, 10 a.m.-7
prayer service and recitation of                performed by “Sign of Life,” the               offer an adult education program,         p.m. The festival will include a
the rosary for peace in the world,              Music Ministry of St. JohnVianney              October 17, 7-9 p.m. Christian            bake sale, crafts, a penny social,
                                                                                                                                                                               St. Rita craft fair
Oct. 13, 4 p.m., on the church                  Church, Cumberland. Proceeds                   Brother Charles Kitson of Ocean           raffles, a flea market and Christ-      WARWICK — The Women’s
lawn. Following the service, par-               from the concert will benefit the              Tides will present a talk about           mas decorations. For more infor-      Club of St. Rita Parish will hold its
ticipants will process into the                 Narragansett BayWorkcamp. free-                raising teens in contemporary so-         mation, call 331-2434.                annual “Autumn Craft Fair,” Octo-
church for exposition and adora-                will offering will be collected. For           ciety titled “Kids: Why Can’t They
                                                                                                                                                                               ber 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the
tion of the Blessed Sacrament. For              more information, call 295-0387.               Be Like We Were?” For more infor-
                                                                                                                                                                               Knights of Columbus Hall, 475
more information, call 245-7000.                                                               mation, call 333-4013.                    Flu shot clinic                       Sandy Lane. Proceeds from the

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                                                                                                                                          St. Basil Parish marks
                                                                                                                                          100th anniversary
                                                                                                                                             LINCOLN – St. Basil parish will      Central Falls. The first pastor, Fa-
                                                                                                                                          celebrate its 100th anniversary         ther Hananias Boury, was one of
                                                                                                                                          this weekend, October 13 and 14,        the few priests of the Greek-Melite
                                                                                                                                          with a banquet and a Mass.              rite in the U.S. at that time. Msgr.
                                                                                                                                             On Saturday, October 13, the         Joseph S. Haggaris is the current
                                                                                                                                          parish will host a banquet and          pastor of St. Basil parish.
                                                                                                                                          Arabic dance at the church, start-         The growing parish bought its
                                                                                                                                          ing at 6 p.m. The following morn-       land in Lincoln and construction
                                                                                                                                          ing there will be a Mass at 10:30       was completed on the new
                                                                                                                                          a.m.                                    church in 1998.
                                                                                                                                             The church was originally locat-        For more information contact
                                                                                                                                          ed in Central Falls but has recent-     St. Basil Church, (401) 722-1345.
                                                                                                                                          ly moved to Lincoln. The parish         Reservations for Saturday’s ban-
                                                                                                                                          was founded by the late Bishop          quet and dance are $50 and can
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Catholic groups condemn children’s health plan veto
 BY NANCY FRAZIER O’BRIEN               It was the fourth veto of Bush’s                                                                             taken an important step in re-
     Catholic News Service           presidency; he has said expand-                                                                                 ducing that number by extending
                                     ing the program by $35 billion         ‘Reauthorizing SCHIP represents a humane and                             health insurance coverage to sev-
   WASHINGTON (CNS) – A top          would be a step toward socialized                                                                               eral million more poor children,”
official of Catholic Charities USA   medicine and could lead many
                                                                              pro-life opportunity: ensuring that millions of                        he added.
called on Congress to “stand up
to the president for our nation’s
                                     families to drop their private
                                     health insurance in favor of cov-
                                                                            children – born and unborn – receive the health                            Sister Carol Keehan, a Daugh-
                                                                                                                                                     ter of Charity who is president
children” by overturning Presi-      erage by SCHIP.                                    care they need and deserve.’                                 and CEO of the Catholic Health
dent George W. Bush’s veto of ex-       “Because the Congress has                                                                                    Association, also condemned the
panded funding for the State         chosen to send me a bill that                                                                                   veto and urged Congress to over-
Children’s Health Insurance Pro-     moves our health care system in                                                                                 ride it.
gram, known as SCHIP.                the wrong direction, I must veto         The Senate approved the legis-    Father Larry Snyder, president of      “Reauthorizing SCHIP repre-
   Candy Hill, senior vice presi-    it,” Bush said in his veto message.   lation by a veto-proof vote of 67    Catholic Charities USA, said         sents a humane and pro–life op-
dent for social policy at the        “I hope we can now work togeth-       to 29 Sept. 27. But supporters of    Bush’s action was “the wrong de-     portunity: ensuring that millions
Alexandria, Va.-based organiza-      er to produce a good bill that puts   the legislation said they hoped to   cision at the wrong time.            of children – born and unborn –
tion, spoke in a telephone news      poorer children first, that moves     find 19 votes in the House to          “Census figures released only a    receive the health care they need
briefing Oct. 2, the day before      adults out of a program meant         reach the two-thirds needed to       few weeks ago showed that the        and deserve,” she said.
Bush vetoed the legislation that     for children, and that does not       overturn a presidential veto. The    number of children in America          “One person should not stand in
has received wide support from       abandon the bipartisan tradition      original House vote Sept. 25 was     without health insurance is going    the way of bipartisan compromise
religious, health care, labor and    that marked the enactment of          265-159.                             up – reaching 8.7 million in 2006             Continued on the next page
consumer groups.                     SCHIP.”                                  In a statement after the veto,    – and this legislation would have




                                                                                                                                                               Photo: Jim Young, Reuters
                                                                           CALL TO ACTION: Children join the protest of President George W. Bush's veto of the State Children's Health
                                                                           Insurance Program, in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. Oct. 1.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007                                                              WORLD                                                         Rhode Island Catholic      I   11



Veto
From previous page
                                       SCHIP. As a veteran, Morris re-
                                       ceives health care through the
                                       Department of Veterans Affairs.
                                          Morris said he has been “con-
                                                                             day, paycheck to paycheck”
                                                                             around the country.
                                                                               “It is unreasonable to think
                                                                             that at a time when we know
                                                                                                                 cial teaching on justice and the
                                                                                                                 common good, held a mock fu-
                                                                                                                 neral for compassionate conser-
                                                                                                                 vatism in front of the White
                                                                                                                                                     Sister of St. Joseph, represented
                                                                                                                                                     the national social justice lobby
                                                                                                                                                     Network and Catholics in Al-
                                                                                                                                                     liance for the Common Good at a
                                       tinuously employed” by a non-         housing costs are going up and      House Sept. 28.                     Sept. 26 press conference on
or the will of the American peo-       profit organization, but his salary   many working poor families are        Franciscan Father Joe Nangle      Capitol Hill with Protestant, Jew-
ple,” Sister Carol added. “It is       is “below the necessary level to      housing–burdened, that there        of Our Lady Queen of Peace          ish and other Catholic leaders, as
now time for Congress to do what       provide proper medical care to        would be an expectation that        Parish in Arlington, Va., said it   well as several U.S. senators.
is right for our nation’s children     my family.”                           they could afford to pay for        was “offensive to basic Catholic       “From our perspective, today is
and vote to override the presi-           “Without this program I don’t      health insurance,” Campbell         values” for Bush to veto the        one of those defining moments
dent’s veto.”                          know what I would have done for       said.                               SCHIP legislation.                  in our nation’s evolution, this
   At the Oct. 2 news briefing, Hill   my family,” he said of SCHIP.           In the days leading to Bush’s       “Is this what ‘compassionate      moment when Congress and the
was joined by Catholic Charities          Joyce Campbell, director of        veto, a variety of Catholic and     conservatism’ means – turning       president either accept or reject
officials from Chicago and Tren-       community and government re-          other religious groups urged the    our backs on those who need our     the obligation of government to
ton, N.J., and by Hebron Morris, a     lations for Catholic Charities of     president to let the SCHIP legis-   help the most?” asked Chris Ko-     provide for the common good, in
former client of Catholic Chari-       Trenton, said agencies like hers      lation become law.                  rzen, executive director of         this case the common good of
ties in Chicago whose wife and         hear about the importance of            Catholics United, a group ded-    Catholics United.                   our nation’s most vulnerable chil-
two children are enrolled in           SCHIP from “those living day to       icated to promoting Catholic so-      Sister Catherine Pinkerton, a     dren,” she said.
12   I   Rhode Island Catholic                                                                                                                         THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007
                                     bies a year, Andrew was expect-      stem cells in my blood. At the       or when euthanasia can be carried        morality and prospects, and with-
WORLD BRIEFS                         ed to spend his few years of life
                                     fighting anemia and infections,
                                                                          end of that period ... I was
                                                                          hooked up to a machine for five
                                                                                                               out. The proposed legislation
                                                                                                               would regulate the practice, per-
                                                                                                                                                        out broad international approval."
                                                                                                                                                        The bishops said, "Obligations to
                                     struggling with weak bones and       hours as it extracted the stem       mitting doctors to euthanize ter-        an ally cannot include an obliga-
Father's stem cells                  eventual blindness and deaf-         cells from my blood." After that,    minally ill patients on medical          tion to engage in war that is not
provide son new life                 ness. Now Andrew is expected to
                                     live a long, healthy life with few
                                                                          50 cubic centimeters of the fa-
                                                                          ther's stem cells were injected
                                                                                                               support who suffer from intense
                                                                                                               pain or extreme dependency. It
                                                                                                                                                        justified."

  DODGE CITY, Kan. – Three-          ill effects. In treatments at St.    into his son's blood.                would also require written per-
year-old Andrew Mueting of           Jude Children's Research Hospi-                                           mission from the patient or the          Americans remember
Dodge City is a bright, happy-go-
lucky, energetic little boy. But
                                     tal in Memphis, Tenn., "Andrew
                                                                          Colombian bishops'                   patient's family, a second opinion       commercials, not
                                     had to go through eight days of                                           from another professional and a
when he was four months old,         chemotherapy to completely           conference opposes                   psychiatric evaluation. It says          catechism
doctors gave him a bleak prog-       wipe out his immune system,"                                              there must be no medical alterna-
nosis. Born with malignant in-       said his father, Nick Mueting.       euthanasia proposal                  tive for relieving the patient's suf-
                                                                                                                                                           WASHINGTON – Quick. Name
                                                                                                                                                        each of the Ten Commandments.
fantile osteopetrosis, an exceed-    "During the last five days of his       BOGOTA, Colombia – The            fering.                                  OK. Now name the ingredients in
ingly rare blood disorder that af-   treatment, I took a medicine that    Colombian bishops' conference                                                 a Big Mac hamburger sold at Mc-
fects approximately 20 U.S. ba-      helped my body produce a lot of      said it opposes proposed legisla-
                                                                          tion that would regulate euthana-
                                                                                                               Australian bishops warn                  Donald's. According to a new sur-
                                                                                                                                                        vey, the Big Mac wins the memo-
                                                                          sia. "Life must be respected from    against joining U.S. in                  ry contest. McDonald's Corp. has
                                                                          beginning to end," said retired
                                                                          Bishop Fabian Marulanda Lopez
                                                                                                               pre-emptive strike                       poured enough money into com-
                                                                                                                                                        mercials that the decades-old jin-
                                                                          of Florencia, secretary-general of      PERTH, Australia – The Aus-           gle remains familiar today. The
                                                                          the Colombian bishops' confer-       tralian Catholic Bishops' Confer-        survey of 1,000 Americans, by Kel-
                                                                          ence. The bishops' conference        ence said it did not believe the war     ton Research, was undertaken to
                                                                          said in a press release that "pain   in Iraq is justified and warned          help promote the new animated
                                                                          and suffering are an integral part   against participating in another         movie "The Ten Command-
                                                                          of one's existence" and that one     pre-emptive strike with the United       ments," which will open Oct. 19.
                                                                          must "accept that and live it as a   States. While admitting that Aus-        The vast majority of those sur-
                                                                          fundamental value." Colombia's       tralia's alliance with the U.S. is an    veyed could easily name the pri-
                                                                          high court removed penalties for     "important element of Australia's        mary ingredients in a Big Mac:
                                                                          euthanasia in 1997. No rules or      international security arrange-          two all-beef patties (80 percent),
                                                                          regulations currently control how    ments," the bishops questioned           lettuce (76 percent), sesame-seed
                                                                                                               whether the doctrine of pre-emp-         bun (75 percent), special sauce
                                                                                                               tion was consistent with Catholic        (66 percent), pickles (62 percent)
                                                                                                               teaching on just war. The bishops        and cheese (60 percent). By com-
                                                                                                               stressed that war cannot be              parison, "You shall not kill" was
                                                                                                               judged only by its consequences.         known to fewer than six in 10 re-
                                                                                                               They said Australians "would fail        spondents. Less than half (45 per-
                                                                                                               in our duty ... if we were again to      cent) could recall the command-
                                                                                                               take military action without our         ment to "Honor your father and
                                                                                                               own thorough assessment of its           mother."



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Like Samaritans, be grateful for God’s grace                                                                                                                     SAINTS
                                                                                have died with him we shall also        Jesus cleansed, returns to give
Twenty-Eighth Sunday                                       The                  live with him;                          thanks. Like the famous charac-
in Ordinary Time                                           Lectionary                                                   ter of the “Good Samaritan” in
                                                                                  If we hold out to the end, we         Jesus’ parable (see Lk 10:29-37)
                                                           Patrick V. Reid,     shall also reign with him. But if we    who exemplifies true love of
  Readi ngs : 2 K ings 5 :14-17                            Ph.D.                deny him, he will deny us.              neighbor, this real Samaritan il-
  2 Ti mothy 2:8 -13                                                              If we are unfaithful, he will still   lustrates the appropriate re-
  Luk e 1 7:11-19                                                               remain faithful; for he cannot          sponse to God’s merciful action.
                                                                                deny himself. (2 Tim 2:11-13)           Luke skillfully conceals his iden-
   In today’s readings two foreign      leprosy.” He also denigrates the                                                tity until he has described his
lepers, Naaman the Syrian and an        modest waters of the Jordan in            To appreciate the shocking na-        grateful actions.                           Pope John Paul II
unnamed Samaritan, thank God            comparison with the mighty              ture of the Gospel story, we have          One of them, realizing that he
for the gift of salvation. Let us re-   rivers of Syria. Despite his reser-
                                        vations, a servant convinces Naa-
                                                                                to recall that at the beginning of      had been cured, came back prais-        Saints News
joice with them in the words of                                                 Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem in          ing God in a loud voice. He threw
the responsorial psalm: “All the        man to do as the prophet has            Luke, Samaritans refused to re-         himself on his face at the feet of      With all the saints’ feasts,
ends of the earth have seen the         commanded.                              ceive Jesus and his disciples into      Jesus and spoke his praises. This       how it is determined which
salvation by our God” (Ps 98).             Once he has been cured, Naa-         their village because he was go-        man was a Samaritan.                    ones take precedence in the
   The beautiful story of Naaman        man is overwhelmed with grati-                                                                                          church’s calendar?
                                                                                ing to Jerusalem. On that occa-            Let us resolve to imitate the
and Elisha challenges stereotypes       tude and courageously converts          sion, the disciples asked Jesus to      Samaritan by being grateful for         Recently, Pope Benedict XVI
about wisdom, power, and race.          to belief in the God of Israel. He      retaliate with the words, “Lord,        God’s saving action in our own          approved new guidelines for
Naaman is a highly-esteemed             offers a gift to Elisha, the prophet,   do you want us to call down fire        lives.                                  determining a hierarchical or-
Syrian army commander, but he is        who refuses it because he has           from heaven to           consume                                                der for the mandatory cele-
afflicted with leprosy. Although        only been fulfilling his duty. Al-      them?” But Jesus rebuked them             “Was there no one to return and       bration of saints’ feast days.
Aram ( Syria ) and Israel are bitter    though Naaman will have to re-          for their hatred and moved on to        give thanks to God except this for-     The pope makes the determi-
enemies, at the suggestion of his       turn to his native country and en-      another village. Now as Jesus           eigner?” Jesus said to the man,         nation on the calendar based
wife’s servant girl, Naaman comes       ter the temple of the god of            draws near to Jerusalem, only a         “Stand up and go your way; your         on recommendations from
to Israel to be healed by “the          Aram, he asks the prophet for two       Samaritan, among the ten lepers         faith has been your salvation.”         the Congregation for Divine
prophet in Samaria.” But the king       mule-loads of earth from Israel                                                                                         Worship and the Sacraments.
of Aram assumes that Naaman             so that he may build an altar                                                                                           Norms include giving special
will be cured by the king of Israel     upon it and continue to offer sac-                                                                                      consideration to saints from
and therefore provides his com-         rifice only to the Lord the God of                                                                                      a variety of countries and dif-
mander with extravagant gifts and       Israel. Impressed by this foreign-                                                                                      ferent categories such as lay-
a letter of introduction. When the      er’s courageous faith, Elisha dis-                                                                                      men, married couples, priests
Israelite king reads the letter re-     misses him with the words, “Go                                                                                          and religious sisters. Saints
questing a cure, he acknowledges        in peace.”                                                                                                              are also chosen based on
his powerlessness in these matters         The epistle reading instructs                                                                                        their universal appeal and
by lamenting, “Am I a god with          Timothy that he must bear his                                                                                           significance.
power over life and death, that this    share of the hardships which come                                                                                       The need to establish norms
man should send someone to me           from preaching the Gospel. The                                                                                          is more important that ever,
to be cured of leprosy?” Elisha         Pauline author admonishes him to                                                                                        since in his 26 years as pope,
then sends word to the king: “Let       “remember” that the heart of the                                                                                        the late Pope John Paul II
him come to me and find out that        Gospel is that “Jesus Christ was                                                                                        canonized almost 500 saints,
there is a prophet in Israel.”          raised from the dead.” Therefore,                                                                                       compared to a little more
   At first, Naaman is offended by      any suffering, including Paul’s im-                                                                                     than 300 saints who were
the simplicity of Elisha’s instruc-     prisonment in “chains” as a crimi-                                                                                      canonized between the end
tions to plunge seven times into        nal, is to be endured with the confi-                                                                                   of the 16th century and 1978,
the Jordan River. “I thought that       dence that “there is no chaining the                                                                                    when Pope John Paul II’s
he would surely come out and            word of God.” Using a baptismal                                                                                         pontificate began. Many
stand there to invoke the Lord his      hymn, the author assures Timothy                                                                                        saints’ feasts are limited to
God, and would move his hand            of the reliability of his faith.                                                                                        local celebrations.
over the spot, and thus cure the           You can depend on this: If we                                                                                        FATHER FRANK SALMANI
                                                                                                                                                                St.William Church,Warwick


Secularism, not other religions, is Christianity’s true enemy
   Front page coverage was re-                                                  Home,” suggests that the disas-         what used to be called worldli-        mentalist Christianity. Religion’s
cently accorded by the Provi-                            The Quiet              ters of September 11th were a           ness, is indeed the enemy at           biggest problem in both Europe
dence Journal to the plight of a                         Corner                 cultural reaction from the non-         home.                                  and America is clearly secular-
contemporary atheist who felt in-                                               Western world toward the enter-            Another author, Philip Jenkins,     ism, that godless popular culture
timidated by vocal believers from                        Fr. John A.            tainment industry’s glorification       professor at Penn State, offers sad    promoted certainly by the enter-
both Christian and Moslem back-                          Kiley                  of secular values — or lack of val-     statistics in his latest work, God’s   tainment media, sometimes by
grounds. This high-school teacher                                               ues. When the great civilizations       Continent, concerning popular          science and academia, often by
from England, who admits to be-                                                 of the world – Moslem, Buddhist,        culture in Europe. The impres-         political correctness, and sadly by
ing a fallen away Anglican, claims      cedure outlawed since pagan             Hindu, Shinto, Orthodox Jewish,         sion is sometimes taken that Eu-       the ignorance, superstition and
to have put aside any semblance         times. Sodomy has been success-         along with traditional Christians       rope will be entirely Islamic with-    indifference of Christians them-
of his former faith and thinks now      fully defended in the courts. Di-       – consider Western society, they        in a decade or two. Actually all of    selves.
merely of the day ahead. The            vorce is permitted at the whim of       find     fatherhood        regularly    Europe from Ireland to the Urals         Pope Benedict XVI, with char-
number of atheists, still very small    the individual. Celebrities adopt       ridiculed as inept, drugged-up          is only 4% Moslem. France has          acteristic wisdom, has observed
but sadly increasing, is seen by        or propagate children complete-         celebrities, children with two          the greatest percentage in West-       that the main challenge for the
some as a reaction to the militan-      ly outside a family context. Stem       moms or two dads, prayer denied         ern Europe at 8%. What should          thinking Church today is not the
cy of conservative Christians and       cell research is promoted entire-       any place in public life, daughters     rather be a matter of great con-       separation between faith and
belligerent Moslems. The self-          ly by emotion, rather than a sci-       going off to junior high school         cern is the inroad that secularism     faith (Catholic vs. Protestant,
avowed English atheist, speaking        entific foundation. Adultery,           dressed like prostitutes, their         or atheism is making in old Eu-        Christianity vs. Islam); the main
for like-minded unbelievers, ob-        promiscuity, cohabitation, disre-       brothers beefed up on steroids,         rope. From 1973 to 1994, the ratio     challenge facing the Church to-
served that “there is a feeling that    spect for parents (especially fa-       crude language, the exaltation of       of French persons claiming no re-      day is the separation between
religion is being forced on an un-      thers), vulgarity, and even blas-       personal freedom at the expense         ligion grew from 11% to 34%. In        faith and reason. Secularists see
willing public....”                     phemy are the sum and sub-              of public responsibility. And it is     England in 2004 35% claimed no         faith as the enemy of reason, as
   Hello! Religion is being forced      stance of prime time television         not just the world at large that        belief and 21% did not know;           a denial of the material world’s
on an unwilling public? What            programs. The sex, drugs and            finds itself disgusted with Ameri-      among those aged 18 through 34,        validity. Faith actually illumi-
about secularism, humanism              rock & roll of the 1960s have           can popular culture. Many Amer-         45% claimed to be atheists. Al-        nates the secular universe, re-
and free-thinking being forced          ripened into the ubiquitous con-        icans themselves – often dis-           though Professor Jenkins sees          vealing to man his full potential
on an unwilling public? Massa-          doms, rehab centers and rap             missed as the religious right or re-    definite signs of renewed reli-        under God as a spiritual as well
chusetts has gay marriage laws          lyrics of the 21st century. Exactly     ligious conservatives – do not          gious life in Europe (pilgrimages,     as a material being. Authentic
because five justices rejected 20       who is being forced into a cor-         know what to make of the nation         youth rallies), it should be clear     religion enlightens man’s reason
centuries of Western Civilization.      ner?                                    around them – a nation more and         that the biggest threat to Catholic    exposing his true vocation.
Abortion on demand is the law of           Dinesh D’Souza, a Washington         more influenced by the es-              Christianity in Europe is not          There is no conflict between
the land because the nation’s           columnist and Roman Catholic,           capades of entertainment, sports        some other religion – not Islam,       grace and nature. Grace builds
Supreme Court embraced a pro-           in his recent book, “The Enemy at       and political figures. Secularity, or   not Protestantism, not funda-          on nature.
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EDITORIAL                                        A 17th-century French woman speaks to us today
Rejoicing in                                          in words relevant to our time and place
                                                  BY SR. PATRICIA MCCARTHY, CND                may be. Our walls in Texas and Arizona       time in history. Today women and chil-

a ‘yes’ that                                        Canonizations have an interesting
                                                 history in our Church. Some individu-
                                                                                               attempt to keep out the immigrant
                                                                                               poor; our faith challenges us to tackle
                                                                                               with charity the complexity of the im-
                                                                                                                                            dren account for 80% of those living in
                                                                                                                                            poverty. Half the world’s children, one
                                                                                                                                            billion, live in poverty. Millions of


is forever
                                                 als have become saints by popular ac-         migration issue.                             women spend several hours a day col-
                                                 clamation, which was the usual way for          Marguerite gathered women around           lecting water. Into this situation a saint
                                                 the first millennium; some by the pres-       her and eventually formed a commu-           who stood for and with women and
                                                 ent process of intense study and re-          nity, the Sisters of the Congregation of     children is indeed contemporary.
    Among the many songs that Frank Sina-        view, requiring miracles and docu-            Notre Dame. At a time when women                In a throwaway climate that sur-
                                                 mentation.                                    religious were cloistered, she dreamed       rounds us at every level, from material
tra sang, none expressed the truth about            Cities and countries have their spe-       of a group that would follow the jour-       things to relationships, a Congregation
an institution more than the classic Love        cial patron saints. There are some holy       neying Mother of God, who went off to        that endures for over 300 years is a wit-
and Marriage. As the lyrics proclaim: “Love      ones who are venerated as saints with-        visit Elizabeth her cousin as soon as        ness to the power of God alive and well
                                                 out any official status, such as Arch-        Mary heard she was pregnant.                 in our midst.
and marriage, love and marriage go to-           bishop Romero of El                                                                                           St. Marguerite Bour-
gether like a horse and carriage. This I tell    Savador, Dorothy Day                                                                                        geoys has inspired
you, brother; you can’t have one without         of New York and Pope                                                                                        women from all over
the other.”                                      John XXIII.                   At the age of 78, Marguerite finally received                                 the world to follow in
                                                    All the Church states                                                                                    her way of ministry.
    Clearly, you can’t have marriage without     by an official canon-             permission for the first uncloistered                                     The first American to
love. So in a very special way, the Diocese      ization is that the mes-
                                                 sage proclaimed by the
                                                                                Congregation in North America. Patience                                      become a religious sis-
                                                                                                                                                             ter was Lydia Longley
of Providence will celebrate love and mar-
riage this Sunday at the Diocesan Wedding
                                                 individual’s life is con-       with a slow-moving Church is as much                                        from Massachusetts,
                                                 sistent with the Gospel                                                                                     who joined the Con-
Anniversary Mass. More than 300 couples          of Jesus Christ. Canon-      necessary today as it was 300 years ago. If it is                              gregation in 1699 dur-
from across the state of Rhode Island will       ization does not mean                                                                                       ing Marguerite’s life-
                                                 that every action in the        the will of God, the dream will endure.                                     time. In the mid-nine-
gather at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and         saints’ lives are holy or                                                                                   teenth century days of
Paul in Providence to celebrate decades of       that every word they                                                                                        slavery in the United
love and marriage between husbands and           wrote or spoke is true.                                                                                     States, the Congrega-
wives.                                           Canonization is the concrete reminder            Between the dream and reality were        tion had a member, Eliza Healey, who
                                                 that each of us is called to be Christ by     many years and much perseverance.            was a daughter of a slave woman. To-
      This new tradition was initiated by        our Baptism. Every place can be holy          The Church said religious had to be          day there are members of the Congre-
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin as a way to recog-        ground and every person, by the grace         cloistered, and Marguerite continued         gation of Notre Dame from Africa, Bel-
nize the importance of the Sacrament of          of God, the Body of Christ. The saints        the conversation about the possibility       gium, Canada, Honduras, Guatemala,
                                                 encourage us, walk with us and inspire        of another way.                              El Salvador, France, Japan and the
Marriage in our society and the couples          us. Some nudge us with their chal-               At the age of 78, Marguerite finally      United States.
who live their faith through marriage, each      lenges.                                       received permission for the first un-           In the Diocese of Providence, the
and every day. The Church teaches that              Twenty-five years ago, October 31,         cloistered Congregation in North             sisters of the Congregation have
marriage is the foundation of family life,       1982, the Church recognized the sanc-         America. Patience with a slow-moving         served for more than 100 years. Hun-
                                                 tity of Marguerite Bourgeoys, a French        Church is as much necessary today as         dreds of sisters have taught thou-
and the family is the foundation of our so-      woman of the 17th century. What can           it was 300 years ago. If it is the will of   sands of children at St. Anthony’s on
ciety and the Church. So important is mar-       such a person say to our generation to-       God, the dream will endure. In a cul-        Plainfield St., St. Sebastian’s on the
riage that society is weakened when there        day?                                          ture of instant gratification and mes-       east side, St. Mary’s Elementary
                                                    Marguerite left her native France as a     saging, waiting is a lost art. Marguerite    School and St. Mary’s Academy of
are weak marriages and failed marriages.         young single lay woman to join with           could teach it to us.                        the Visitation on Broadway. Today
Likewise, society is strengthened when           other committed laity in the adventure           Marguerite came to Canada to form         there are nine sisters living and min-
there are strong marriages. When men             of building a community of faith and          a new Christian community and to             istering within the Diocese. Their
                                                 charity in a new land, Ville-Marie, now       teach the children, especially the girls     presence is a tribute to St. Mar-
and women come together in marriage be-                                                        who were not always educated at this         guerite Bourgeoys.
                                                 called Montreal, in Canada. In a world
fore God, they do so not merely for them-        conscious of global connections at
selves, for marriage is not simply private       every turn, the challenge to abandon
and personal, but very public events that        nationalistic and personal careers for
                                                 the good of others in a distant land is
have significance for the entire communi-        still a viable Christian challenge.
ty.                                                 Marguerite committed herself to
      On Sunday, the Church rejoices as          community-building within a Church
                                                 that was itself not free from corruption
these happy couples come forth to God’s          and self-serving interests. Commit-
altar to renew their sacred marital vows.        ment is a challenge in every genera-
Some of these couples have been living the       tion. Instant news media portray the
Sacrament of Marriage for 60 years or            many sins of our Church today. The
                                                 temptation is to equate exclusively the
more. We offer them our thanks for such a        sins of the clergy or laity with the Body
great witness and congratulate them for          of Christ. We are more than our sins; we
their faithfulness to one another and to         are also our dreams. In Marguerite’s
                                                 time she was well aware of the difficul-
God as they have lived the sacrament in          ties of trying to do something new
good times and bad, sickness and health,         among those who fear change. A vision
and for richer and poorer.                       can be a dangerous threat. Marguerite
  Let us all rejoice together on this great      dared to vision. There is still today a cry
                                                 among us for the visionary.
day as we recall the words sung so joyfully         Marguerite lived in a fort in a fledg-
by Frank Sinatra: “Love and marriage, love       ling city but she went beyond its bor-
and marriage, it’s an institute you can’t dis-   ders to the Native People, teaching
                                                 their children and, in a few cases, tak-
parage.” Indeed we won’t disparage this          ing in their orphans. Walled neighbor-
sacrament and commitment between hus-            hoods have returned to our cities. Fear
band and wife, blessed by God. Congratu-         keeps many behind the tall brick
                                                 stones.
lations to all our married couples celebrat-        The challenge today, as in Mar-
ing special anniversaries. May God con-          guerite’s time, is to go beyond the walls
tinue to bless you and your marriages.           to be with the “others,” whoever they
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007                                                             COMMENTARY                                                                   Rhode Island Catholic                 I      17



‘He holds the world and its wonders in His creating hands’
                                                     Interestingly, present-day genetics sup-        promised an e-mail containing the text. The          schools, my job would be in jeopardy:
 BY FRITZ WENISCH
                                                  ports common descent (going into details           person charged with copying the informa-             Merely mentioning that reason suggests
   In a 1996 address to                           as to how would be a subject for a different       tion does not know English, though, and is           random changes to be insufficient for evo-
the Pontifical Academy                            column), but throws a monkey wrench into           very careless – he makes innumerable ty-             lution is a cardinal sin at one of these bas-
of Sciences, Pope John                            the sufficiency of random changes.                 pos. When you look at what he sent, you re-          tions of tolerance – although all I am ap-
Paul II called the theo-                             At Darwin's time, nothing was known             alize that the instructions do not concern           pealing to is science, mathematics, and
ry of evolution "more                             about cells or the chromosomes in the cell's       furniture; rather, he typed guidelines for in-       common sense. At the Rhode Island
than a hypothesis."                               nucleus – the structures containing DNA,           stalling an internet connection for your             Catholic, though, I am even free to go be-
   Naturally, he did not                          the hereditary material.                           computer.                                            yond what the natural sciences and math-
intend to endorse sec-                               Think of an animal's fertilized ovum – the         What are the odds that a careless typist's        ematics can contribute:
ular        Darwinism;                            single cell at the start of the new life. The      random mistakes will turn furniture assem-              The mutations of the genetic codes are
rather, he had in mind what is often referred     DNA in that cell can be likened to a blue-         bly instructions into a guide for installing a       not subject to mere randomness, but the
to as theistic evolution.                         print of the individual, a set of instructions     computer internet connection?                        process must be intelligently guided. Based
   Like its secular counterpart, it includes      for the development of the new being.                 I know that you are tempted to exclaim,           on my faith, I add: The guiding hand of God
"common descent," the view that all cur-             For a new animal of the parent species to       "Zilch"; but a mathematician might, with             manifests itself in the changes of the hered-
rently existing species developed from one        come about, the entire DNA set must faith-         some additional information, compute the             itary material. This does not mean contin-
or perhaps a few primitive life forms.            fully be copied from one generation to the         odds for you. Saying that they are infinites-        ued divine intervention; rather, when es-
   Contrary to secular Darwinism, though,         next. The copying mechanism works almost           imal is the understatement of the century.           tablishing the laws of nature and creating
which explains humans entirely in terms of        flawlessly. On occasion, though, genetic "ty-         Compared to the instruction booklets in           matter, an almighty and omniscient God
evolution, the Pope emphasized that com-          pos" do occur. On the average, about 60 ge-        my analogy, a living being's genetic code is         can make sure in advance that what is
mon descent applies only to our physical          netic "letters" per generation are "mis-           significantly more complex – more like an            needed will come to be present at the right
side; "the spiritual soul is immediately cre-     spelled – about 60 out of billions. Many of        entire library rather than a short instruction       time and in the right manner. This includes
ated by God."                                     these misspellings have no bearing on the          manual. The odds that random changes to              galaxies, stars, and planets, but also the
   Theistic evolution also takes exception to     offspring. Others are detrimental, leading to      one such code will lead to another usable            most minute details, including timely and
Darwinian randomness.                             genetic defects. Some of these changes – oc-       code defining a different species are much           proper modifications of genes.
   Darwin held that small changes from one        curring randomly according to contempo-            smaller than the odds in my instruction                 What does that mean for the "big bang"?
generation to the next often continued to be      rary Darwinists – are beneficial; they alter       manual example – and that is another un-             Did God throw a set of loaded dice? Well, if
passed on by heredity. Offspring affected by      the instructions so that new features devel-       derstatement of the millennium.                      you express it that way, I will not give you an
advantageous changes survived more read-          op in subsequent generations, which cu-               Secular Darwinists want me to believe,            argument. I prefer to remember, though,
ily than the unaffected individuals; the latter   mulatively and over time will lead to a new        however, that those insurmountable odds              that God is outside of time; that conse-
ones died out. Over time, changes accumu-         species. That's at least how simple it is sup-     have been beaten numerous times! Well,               quently, nothing was "thrown," for he keeps
lated and new species significantly different     posed to be.                                       my reason protests: Holding mere chance              on "holding the world and its wonders in
from earlier ones evolved. All of the individ-       Well, let me rain a bit on the parade of        responsible for the evolutionary changes in          his creating hands."
ual changes were due to blind chance.             random changes:                                    the genetic codes flies in the face of com-
   In contrast, theistic evolutionists consid-       Imagine that you buy a new piece of fur-        mon sense. It seems that we must look for            Fritz Wenisch is professor of philosophy at
er mere chance as insufficient to account         niture – the "some assembly required" type.        an explanation other than randomness.                the University of Rhode Island and a Eu-
for the coming about of the various species       At home, you notice that the instruction              Had I formulated the previous sentence            charistic minister at St. Thomas More Parish
of living beings.                                 booklet is missing.You call the store and are      as a biology teacher in one of our public            in Narragansett.


Eerie real-life coincidence quells desire to finish novel
          BY EFFIE CALDAROLA                      wasn'thurt.Shewasintears,however,andnot            el about whose death I was reading, probably         life.
           Catholic News Service                  very clear about what had happened.                near the minute my daughter was struck.                 Yet other people's children die on dark
                                                     "But are you OK?" I asked at least twice as        At the accident I was a little taken aback to     stretches of road, and somehow God is there
   It was one of those eerie coincidences that    my now very wide-awake husband threw on            see a trail of broken glass leading me down          in that too, holding people in good times
life sometimes throws our way.                    his clothes.                                       the highway to where my daughter sat, an             and bad, God's ways often inscrutable and
   I was in bed reading, intent on the last few      She was only two blocks away and had            anonymous good Samaritan bandaging her               mysterious to us.
pages of a novel in which a young girl was hit    been starting a left turn into our neighbor-       bleeding toe, her only injury.                          And what of the driver who fled, almost
by a car and died. It was after midnight on       hood by the little Lutheran church on the             Other Samaritans picked up debris off             certainly inebriated or impaired in some
homecoming night – the annual high school         corner. She was in a no-passing zone with          the highway, hoping for a clue to the cul-           way? Would he or she remember the next
celebration of football – and my teenager         her turn signal on when a large motor home         prit, and the best Samaritan of all was a            morning why the motor home was dam-
has a midnight curfew.                            with no lights on zoomed around her, col-          young woman who had witnessed the                    aged, blue paint tattooing its right side?
   I was vaguely aware that she was late and      liding with her car from back to front.            whole thing, called police and stayed with              Did that person wonder if anyone had been
that I would have to call her cell phone in the      The window glass shattered all over her         Maria until the police came and left her             hurt, if a mother's heart had been broken?
next few minutes, but she's a very trustworthy    and the driver-side door was smashed. The          phone number.                                           A close friend of mine, a recovering alco-
kid. And besides, I was engrossed in the last     car was wrecked – "totaled" by the insurance          It felt weird, being out in the crisp fall air,   holic for over 25 years, told me, "That driver
startling pages of the novel. My husband was      company.                                           football weather at the end of a football night,     could have been me once." When I heard
snoring beside me. I am "The Keeper of the           The motor home disappeared swiftly into         and thinking about what might have been.             that, I said a prayer for the driver of that mo-
Curfew."                                          the dark night.                                       Later, I said the usual things, the true          tor home. God has plans for him too.
   Suddenlythe phone rang. OK, you probably          Fortunately, Maria was just slightly into her   things, people say to each other when                   It took me a while to go to sleep when I got
know what's coming – car accident. But thank      turn. Had she been a little quicker, she might     they've sustained a close call: God has plans        home, but I pushed the book aside. I really
God, let me tell you right away, my daughter      have been T-boned like the child in the nov-       for you; God wants something from your               didn't want to read it anymore.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
I just say an                                      ‘Voice of the Faithful’ conference should not receive publicity in Rhode Island Catholic
unequivocal ‘yes’!                      TO THE EDITOR:                          swers-June, 2007.)                        tradition.                                  Ed. note: The decision to
                                                                                   The report notes that one of Fr.          Third, Catholicism overstates          publish news of the event was
TO THE EDITOR:                             I was quite surprised to read in     McBrien's books, Catholicism,             the significance of recent develop-       made after discussion among
                                        the “Around the Diocese” section        which is used as a textbook at col-       ments within the Catholic tradi-          the newspaper staff and with
  This is a very short and simple       a paragraph publicizing an up-          leges and parishes, does not carry        tion, implying that the past ap-          the publisher.
answer to the question that the         coming convention of the Voice          an imprimatur. The book was crit-         pears to be markedly inferior to
Rev. Joseph L. Lennon, OP asked at      of the Faithful. (RI Catholic 13        icized by the U.S. Bishops Com-           the present and       obscuring the
the end of his column, “Celibacy is
not the villain in the clerical sex
                                        Sept., '07). This organization has      mittee on Doctrine. Even after re-        continuity of the tradition."               About Letters
                                        made statements which oppose            vision, the changes were deemed
abuse scandal” in your paper dat-       Catholic beliefs and teachings. In      insufficient to affect the commit-           In my view, the publication of           Rhode Island Catholic welcomes and en-
ed 09/27/07.                            fact, some dioceses have silenced       tee's critical review. According to       information about the organiza-             courages letters to the editor.
  The question posed was, “Does         the organization and/or banned          the committee review, the book            tion, its speakers and its agenda           Letters should be typed and include name,
today’s mutual exclusiveness of         them from using church facilities.      still had problems as follows:            may give many the impression of
                                                                                                                                                                      address and daytime telephone number.
                                                                                                                                                                      Faxed submissions are not accepted.
matrimony and holy orders cripple          One of the speakers billed for                                                 diocesan approval.
the Church in her ability to love?”                                                                                                                                   Rhode Island Catholic reserves the right
                                        the convention, Fr. Richard                "First, some statements are inac-         We should not do anything to             to edit letters for length and clarity.
  Without any hesitation, I un-         McBrien, has been recognized as         curate or at least misleading.            assist persons or organizations             Space constraints may prevent publishing
equivocally and without my hands        a major dissenter of Church doc-           Second, there is in the book an        that reject the teachings and               of all letters.
being tied, answer “Yes!”               trine and teaching. This was done       overemphasis on the plurality of          traditions of the Catholic                  Letters may be sent to:
                                                                                                                                                                      Rhode Island Catholic
                                        in a special report published in        opinion within the Catholic theo-         Church.                                     184 Broad Street
JOHN P. LYNCH                           June, 2007, titled Wolves in Sheep's    logical tradition that makes it dif-                                                  Providence, RI 02903
(Providence College graduate,           Clothing-Dissenters       in    the     ficult at times for the reader to dis-    ROBERT G ARCIERO                            Or emailed to:
1961) Smithfield                        Catholic Church. (Catholic An-          cern the normative core of that           Lincoln                                     letters@thericatholic.com
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                                                                                                                                                                         L&R SCRAP METAL CO.
                                                                                                                                                                             We Pay CASH & the Highest Prices in the Area!
quiet. 2 bedrooms, attic stor-                                                                 Jade Electric - Wiring &               Satisfaction Assured
                                                                                                                                                                                  Copper, Aluminum, Brass, Nickel, Batteries & Cans
age, private entrance, park-          NAPLES, FLORIDA:                                         emergency repairs. Lic. #A-             Quality Guaranteed                              Accepting All Cast Iron & Steel Boiler       Accepting
ing, appliances. No pets, no          Colonies Berkshire Lakes.                                1538.     24-hour.      Cell          738-0369 364-8800                                        Removal, Clean-Out Jobs               All Steel!
utilities. $700 monthly. Call         1st level, 2 bedrooms, 2                                 640-1451.   738-7835     or         All major credit cards accepted                         Commercial & Residential
evenings, 401-274-2328.               baths.   Lakefront    condo,                             828-5908.                                          Lic. # 4114                     Pickup Service Available • Call Us For Details


                                                                                                            Signature Plastering
                                      pools, amenities. Sunsets.                                                                                                                             Propane Filling Station
NORTH            PROVIDENCE:          For lease January, February,
                                                                                                                                                                             631 River Street, Woonsocket, RI • 401-769-3648

                                                                                                           and Home Improvement
Bright new studio. Suitable           March,        $2,700/month.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Hours: 8am-4:30pm, Sat. 8am-1pm
for one. Appliances, parking.         401-667-0720, after 7 p.m.

                                                                                                      Specializing in One Day Installations
Quiet             neighborhood,


                                                                                                                    DARRELL COLI
non-smoker, no pets. $750,            DUPLEX FOR RENT
with     utilities.    Security.
                                                                                                                 Serving RI & South Eastern MA
401-231-0014.                         WARWICK: Duplex. 3 bed-

                                                                                                     Home Improvement                     Plastering
                                      rooms on 2nd. Living room,

                                                                                                         Remodeling                     New Homes,
PAWTUCKET:        6 rooms,            dining room, kitchen bath-

                                                                                                     Kitchens, Bathrooms              Additions/Repairs,
2nd floor, near hosptial,             room on 1st. Appliances,

                                                                                                        and additions                  Ceilings & Walls
newly renovated, appliances,          ample parking, big yard, full


                                                                                                            (401) 641-9007 • Free Estimates
porch, off street parking.            basement. Easy off/on Rte.
Heat included. No smoking.            95. No utilities. $1,000
                                                                                                                     Lic# 27083 • Fully Insured
$850 monthly. 401-723-3929            monthly    plus     security.
                                      401-739-9414.
PAWTUCKET/North    Provi-
dence Line: 837 Mineral                        OFFICE/RETAIL                                     Paul R. Lavallee, Foreman
Spring Ave. 1st floor, 3                        RENT/LEASE                                       (401) 726-7337                                                          T. Morgan Masonry, Inc.
rooms; 1 bedroom. Appli-              NEED ROOM To Expand!!!!
anced, like new, parking,                                                                        (401) 726-4137, Fax                                                                         All Phases of Masonry
                                      We have versatile space for
laundry   hook-up. $600.                                                                                                                          No Job Too Small!
                                      lease in Pascoag. Ideal for                                                                                                                     Brick • Block • Stone
401-943-7617.                         medical,     offices,  group

WOONSOCKET: 2 clean
                                      homes, day care, many                                         Lavallee Bros.                                                            Fireplaces, chimneys, chimney repairs
                                                                                                                                                                                walls, walkways, patios and more
                                      other options. 2,800 sq.ft. on
apartments for rent, one
2-bed, heat, hot water, park-
                                      1st floor. 2nd floor have 12                                   Construction                                                                       25 Years Experience
                                      individual rooms. Available                                    Specializing in home remodeling,
ing, $725. One 3-bed, $700,           for immediate occupancy.
                                                                                                                                                                           401-821-4242 · 401-641-8050
no utilities. Washer/dryer            Contact Matt for more detail
                                                                                                          repair and renovation                                                                  Tom Morgan
hookups for both. Call                and/or        floor      plan.                             CALL FOR A FREE ESTIMATE!                                 RI #27539
401-765-1032.
                                                                                                                                                                        Lic. #16061             Fax: 401-615-3398                   Insured
                                      401-568-9300.
20   I   Rhode Island Catholic                                                                                     THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007




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