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November 23, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 43   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Bishop Swain:
Returns for Mass of Thanksgiving

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Bishop Paul J. Swain poses for a picture in the Bishop O'Donnell Chapel at the Bishop O'Connor Center with Madison bishops, from left: Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus; Bishop Robert C. Morlino; and Bishop George O. Wirz, retired auxiliary bishop. (Catholic Herald photo by Mary C. Uhler)

MADISON -- It was a day of thanksgiving as Bishop Paul J. Swain returned to Madison to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in the chapel of the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center on Sunday, Nov. 19.

The Madison priest - recently installed as the new bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S. D. - said the Mass comes at an appropriate time of year.

"As we anticipate our national day of thanksgiving, we pray in gratitude for all the gifts God has given us over the years, beginning with the gift of life itself, and Christ and His Church."

Welcome home

Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison greeted Bishop Swain and all those present. "We thank God for the gift he has given the Diocese of Sioux Falls - a gift we have been instrumental in," said Bishop Morlino.

"We thank God for Bishop Swain's openness and generosity in accepting the gift. We give thanks and say, 'Welcome home, Bishop Swain. Your home will always be with us.'"

The congregation gave a rousing round of applause.   Full story ...

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At Thanksgiving: Remembering the saint who continues to feed the poor

• Question Corner
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Purgatory: 'Condition of purification' for those who are saved

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
St. Paul: Holy Spirit active in life
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Adult Education: Dec. 7, 2006

Christmas Greetings/ Senior Focus: Dec. 21, 2006

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Catholic group: Sues university for discrimination

MADISON -- After the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently refused to recognize the UW Roman Catholic Foundation (UWRCF) as an official student organization, the group filed a federal lawsuit November 9 against the university claiming discrimination.

The lawsuit, backed by the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), challenges a UW policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of, among other qualifications, religion, in the membership and leadership of student organizations. The UWRCF is seeking a ruling invalidating the policy, as well as monetary damages.

Charges discrimination

The UWRCF, which operates St. Paul's University Catholic Center, claims that the UW policy discriminates against religious groups whose members share common beliefs. The lawsuit alleges that the recent refusal for student organization status is only the latest in four years of discrimination by the UW administration.

"Part of this is (the university) just not being sure where the line is between church and state and just trying to make sure they do follow those boundaries," said Beth Czarnecki, a senior at UW-Madison and a UWRCF board member.   Full story ...

Pope Benedict XVI:
Themes, challenges in his pontificate

Second in a two-part series on George Weigel's lecture presented at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison on November 9 (read part one)

MADISON -- In his lecture in Madison, George Weigel discussed four main themes emerging in the first 18 months of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI - as well as some "urgent challenges" facing the Holy Father.

Weigel, a noted Catholic theologian and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., gave his presentation as part of the St. Thérèse of Lisieux Lecture Series.

God is love

The first theme emphasized by Pope Benedict is the title of his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love). Weigel said he has been struck by how often Pope Benedict comes back to the "image of God with a human face," that is, Christ who displayed his love in his sacrifice on the cross and in his resurrection.   Full story ...

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