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May 4, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 17   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Death penalty: Speakers oppose referendum

MADISON -- Voters may soon have their say about reinstating the death penalty in Wisconsin.

In a 7-5 vote April 27, the state Assembly's Committee on Criminal Justice and Homeland Security sent to the full Assembly a resolution calling for a statewide advisory referendum. The referendum would ask whether Wisconsin should enact the death penalty in cases involving a person who is convicted of multiple first-degree intentional homicides if the conviction is supported by DNA evidence.

The committee made one amendment to the resolution, removing the requirement that the homicide be "vicious." Because of the amendment, the resolution will need to be re-approved by the state Senate if passed by the Assembly. The question would then be put to voters in a referendum that could advise the legislature.

Before the vote on the resolution, the committee held a public hearing at which dozens of concerned citizens spoke out against the death penalty and the referendum. Only one speaker, an author of the resolution, supported it.   Full story ...

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The Da Vinci Code: Vatican official suggests Catholics boycott film

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Small Christian communities: Faith-sharing continues to thrive
in Beloit


• Guest Column
by Douglas W. Kmiec --
Beware: Society could punish church for its beliefs

• Your Family
by Monica and Bill Dodds --
Family photos:
Moving beyond cheesy

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Body and soul: Concept, words can be difficult to understand

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Ecclesial communion:
Binds generations

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Post-abortion ministry: Helping many victims of abortion


BARABOO -- There are over 4,000 abortions performed each day in the United States. Besides the babies killed, there are many other victims of abortion: the mother, the father, grandparents, siblings, and even those working in abortion clinics.

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Those involved in abortions suffer physical, emotional, and spiritual pain - often many years after the procedure. The Catholic Church and other religious denominations have sponsored Rachel's Ministries to bring healing, mercy, and compassion to those who have experienced abortions.

Often this ministry includes an opportunity for post-abortion women and men to attend a Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreat. The weekend offers exercises to help people grieve the loss of an unborn child and to receive and accept God's forgiveness.   Full story ...

Traveling chalice:
Brings home prayer for vocations

DODGEVILLE -- On the day of his ordination, one priest from St. Joseph Parish will be gifted with a chalice that has been prayed over by all of the families in the parish.

That priest hasn't been found yet, but Pastor Fr. Paul U. Arinze and parish members are hoping that the continued prayers for vocations, spurred by the presence of the chalice in parishioners' homes, will make a difference.

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Over the past months, families in the parish have been taking home the chalice and paten, selected by Father Arinze and purchased by the local council of Knights of Columbus in honor of knight Arnold Thule, who passed away the previous summer. It was blessed by Bishop Robert C. Morlino at a recent youth rally and will be given to the first young man from the parish to become a priest.   Full story ...

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