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January 31, 2002 Edition   •   Volume 132, No. 4   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
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'Quality of life vs. sanctity of life':

Legislators debate research

By Julianne Nornberg

MADISON -- The question of "quality of life vs. sanctity of life" was the main issue at hand when people came to testify at and witness a public hearing on Assembly Bill (AB) 736, a proposed state Human Embryo Protection Act, and AB 699, a bill proposing a Human Cloning Ban in Wisconsin.

The hearing took place in front of the Assembly Health Committee chaired by Representative Gregg Underheim (R-Oshkosh) Jan. 25 at the State Capitol.

"It's important to protect the sanctity of human life," said Representative Stephen Freese (R-Dodgeville), co-author of AB 736. "We do not oppose stem cell research. We encourage research with adult stem cells and umbilical cord blood. We should not destroy humans for research. Are embryos inherently sacred or lab specimens? Do we take parts of people to benefit other people?"   Full Story ...

March for Life:
A local perspective

By Michael Radowicz

photo of Michael Radowicz at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Michael Radowicz, seminarian for the Diocese of Madison at Mundelein Seminary, participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

This year's pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., for the 29th annual March for Life was filled with many of God's blessings for myself and for the hundreds of thousands of Christ's heralds who gathered from across the country to celebrate life and to remember the unborn.

I had the distinct privilege of representing the Diocese of Madison in a special way by vesting and being a part of the procession at the beginning and end of the Jan. 21 Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. As we processed throughout the basilica, I couldn't help but smile at all of the young faces that I saw in the assembly, singing at the top of their lungs and filled with joy at the witness that they were giving to their faith as Catholic Christians.   Full Story ...

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Fighting for right to life: 'Celebrating Heroes for Life'

Pope in Assisi: Religious leaders want to help end terrorism

Boston cardinal: Apologizes
to clergy abuse victims


• Parish Diary by Fr. Peter Daly --
Children in church:
Some suggestions

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Questions: Crucifix with Jesus figure; annual parish taxation

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
Canticle of Sirach: Prayer during time of suffering

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