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December 2, 2004 Edition   •   Volume 134, No. 45   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Sexual abuse audit:
Shows diocese in compliance

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison was found to be compliant with all articles of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, according to a recent audit report.

A team of auditors conducted the audit in Madison Nov. 8 through Nov. 11. The audit report included findings since the previous audit, which was conducted Aug. 11 through Aug. 15, 2003.

Healing, reconciliation

The report indicates that the diocese has a policy on the prevention of sexual abuse of minors by clergy, provides outreach to offer care to victims/survivors and their families, and has a mechanism in place to respond to any allegation where there is reason to believe that sexual abuse of a minor occurred.

"The diocese has a victim assistance coordinator, Kate Wiskus, who holds several advanced degrees and has had extensive work experience in the mental health field directly related to the issue of sexual abuse of minors," said the report.   Full story ...

St. Elizabeth's Home:
'Caring Hands, Healing Hearts'

photo of Mother Marie Julie Saegaert, resident Selma Hicks (center), and Certified Nursing Assistant Marija Ramic cuddling two bunnies at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home

Cuddling some furry bunnies at St. Elizabeth Home in Janesville are, from left: Mother Marie Julie Saegaert, resident Selma Hicks, and Certified Nursing Assistant Marija Ramic.

JANESVILLE -- "Skilled Nursing Care in the Spirit of the Gospel: Caring Hands, Healing Hearts" is the mission of St. Elizabeth Nursing Home in Janesville.

It's obvious that mission is being carried out by the Sisters of Charity and the staff of St. Elizabeth Home. A visitor finds a warm, home-like atmosphere with extra touches that makes St. Elizabeth's a special place.

Pet therapy

Just walk in the front door of St. Elizabeth's and what do you see? Rabbits!

Two playpens contain mother and baby rabbits of all colors. The fuzzy bunnies have become favorites of the home's residents.

"The residents love to cuddle with them. It's wonderful," observed Mother Marie Julie Saegaert, the mother superior of the five Sisters of Charity who work at St. Elizabeth's. The religious order based in Baltic, Conn., operates the nursing home.   Full story ...

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UN efforts to ban cloning:
End with no resolution on issue


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• The Pope Speaks
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Catholic Conference:
Releases comments
on biotech initiative

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) released the following statement in response to Governor Jim Doyle's new biotech initiative:

"The Catholic Church encourages scientific inquiry and research. To the extent that scientists engage in ethical inquiry and discovery they participate in God's creative design for the universe.

"But research, like any human activity, must be ethically and morally grounded. Our society must evaluate scientific inquiry, like economic decisions, foreign policy, or any policy choices in light of its impact on human life and dignity."

Stem cell research

"Regarding stem cell research specifically, we encourage research on stem cells taken from people who have already been born.   Full story ...

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