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The Catholic Herald: Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Madison

March 28, 2002 Edition   •   Volume 132, No. 12   •   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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He is risen


Dear Friends in Christ:

God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son, has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins.

This Easter, may God grant us pardon and peace and strengthen us in Jesus, Risen from the dead.
William H. Bullock
Bishop of Madison
George O. Wirz
Auxiliary Bishop

Clergy sexual abuse:

Bishop Bullock addresses issue with priests

MADISON -- At a Day of Sanctification for priests of the Diocese of Madison held March 21 at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, Bishop William H. Bullock addressed the issue of clergy sexual abuse.

The bishop noted that stories about priest pedophiles are frequently seen on the pages of newspapers and television screens. "Cartoons abound, generalizing from the case of a few," said Bullock.

He noted that Pope John Paul II has said that these cases have cast "a dark shadow of suspicion . . . over all the other fine priests who perform their ministry with honesty and integrity and often with heroic self-sacrifice."   Full Story ...

Rachel's Vineyard retreat:

Facilitates a healing journey

MADISON -- On one hand, society says that one has a "right" to choose to have an abortion. On the other, the Catholic Church considers it a grave moral wrong to terminate a life at any time following the moment of conception.

When one has chosen to have an abortion and comes to recognize the wrong one has committed, where does one go for compassion and understanding? When the guilt and shame of the decision are gnawing at one's emotional and physical well-being, while remorse and sorrow and grief are eating at one's spirit and soul, where does one go to heal? Where does one go to deal with one's loss and begin to experience God's mercy?

An answer is Rachel's Vineyard.

Journey of healing

Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat designated for men and women who have experienced an abortion (or abortions), is designed to facilitate a journey of healing. Through scriptural exercises and communal sharing, participants are given the opportunity to acknowledge the burden of guilt and grief they continue to carry, to recognize the destruction their shame and regret has wrought on themselves and on those close to them, to be in touch with the child (or children) they have lost, and to seek forgiveness from God, from the child (or children) they have lost, and from themselves.

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News & Features:

Special Easter Edition: Section with articles reflecting on the Easter season

Pope tells priests: Clergy sex abusers betray priesthood

Palm Sunday: Pope joins youths but curtails role at Mass

Boston church commission:
Will address clergy sex abuse


• Spirituality for Today
by Fr. John Catoir --
Easter message:
Be more trusting of God's love
and power, do not fear

• The Human Side
by Fr. Eugene Hemrick --
Some suggestions: For church
at this time

• The Bottom Line
by Antoinette Bosco --
War, peace at Easter time: How world religions view them

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen -- Questions:
Fictional accounts of Jesus' death; living as a Catholic

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
'Magnificat of the Old Testament':
Moving profession of faith

• Coming of Age
by Christopher Carstens --
Emotional effects of divorce: Things for teens to remember

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