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May 2, 2002 Edition   •   Volume 132, No. 17   •   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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Article removed: Because of a licensing agreement with Catholic News Service, The Catholic Herald may archive CNS news stories for only 30 days. A CNS article has been removed from this site: Catholic Church leaders leave the Vatican with a plan of action on sexual abuse. A related story was published in the May 2, 2002 print version of The Catholic Herald.

Bishop William H. Bullock comments

Following are comments made by Bishop William H. Bullock of Madison following the recent Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse:

"Zero tolerance on cases of proven allegations of sexual abuse of minors or children has been implied in our Diocesan Policy and practice since July l993. We pray for the victims and their families who have been hurt and damaged.

"We know the rate of recidivism is extrordinarily high. Our United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' meeting in June to be held in Dallas will finalize our U.S. bishops' statement.

"Prayer is so essential for all of us at this time and much healing must take place at many levels. The reading for the Fourth Sunday of Easter reminds us to not be afraid and to remember that Jesus is the way and the truth and life. He says to us 'Fear not.'

"We must never ever forget the victims and their families and we apologize for the priests who did these sinful and criminal acts."

End of life
health care decisions:

Addressed in bishops' pastoral letter

MADISON -- Wisconsin's Roman Catholic bishops have issued a pastoral letter on end of life health care decision-making and advance care planning.

Entitled Now and at the Hour of Our Death, the letter voices the bishops' concern and compassion for those facing critical health care decisions, and it shares a moral and ethical framework for making such decisions.

"In recent years, individuals, families, and society at large have raised new questions about death and dying. As the bishops observed the discussions around these questions, they felt that there was a need to provide a unique resource for Catholics," stated John Huebscher, executive director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC).

Guidance to Catholics

The pastoral letter was developed through a series of consultations with various representatives of diocesan ministries, Catholic hospitals, and hospice services.
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Congress on Vocations:
A sign of hope, say leaders

Profiles from the pew:
Kelli Kruser, St. Augustine University Parish, Platteville

Vacation guide:
Special section on traveling tips

Restorationist's work:
Brings saints' faces to light


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen -- Questions:
Washing hands during Mass; stipends for Mass intentions

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II -- Psalm 81: Christians hear God's invitation
to conversion

• Your Family
by Monica and Bill Dodds --
Family ties that bond:
When grandparents live far away

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