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June 26, 2003 Edition   •   Volume 133, No. 24   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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• Web edition: Catholic Press Association Best Web Site: Honorable Mention.

Award of Distinction, The Communicator Awards 2002 Print Media competition.

• Print edition: Award winner, Catholic Press Association 2003 awards competition.

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: U.S. bishops: Discuss church problems, vote on major texts. A related story was published in the June 26, 2003 print version of The Catholic Herald.

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News & Features:

Madison Diocesan Catholic Women: Gather for annual convention

Pope in Bosnia: Asks God's forgiveness for region's sufferings

Centenarian in Madison:
Celebrates 70 years of marriage


• Parish Diary by Fr. Peter Daly --
Living in peace: Catholic and Muslim women begin dialogue

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Ordination of married converts:
Dispensed from celibacy

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
Church as bride of Christ:
Brings joy of salvation

• Making a Difference
by Tony Magliano --
Peace pastoral: Time to revisit it

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Clergy sexual abuse bill: Introduced in Wisconsin

MADISON -- In response to the scandals involving the sexual abuse of children by clergy, bipartisan legislation has been introduced to require members of Wisconsin's clergy to become mandatory reporters, according to state Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and state Representative Peggy Krusick (D-Milwaukee), the authors of the bill.

"After over a year's worth of discussion with victim's groups, religious organizations, and Wisconsin law enforcement, we are introducing a bill that will substantially improve upon Wisconsin's current law," said Darling.

"This bill will hold clergy and churches legally accountable for their actions and helps keep children out of harm's way," said Krusick.

Bill's provisions

The bill's provisions include:

• Putting clergy on the list of mandatory reporters of sexual abuse of a child.   Full story ...

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