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MONDAY             August 24, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 165

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      MILWAUKEE ( - The archbishop of Milwaukee said this week that the new Catholic Radio Network is not welcome in his archdiocese, because he said talk radio is less concerned with truth than controversy.

      Archbishop Rembert Weakland said the network is not welcome in Brookfield, a suburb of Milwaukee. The San Diego-based Catholic Radio Network is completing the purchase of 10 radio stations across the US in a $57 million deal. In addition to Brookfield, the stations are located in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Kansas City, Missouri.

      The archbishop said he is also concerned that the networks organizers, including Father Joseph Fessio of Ignatius Press, are too closely connected with Mother Angelica, founder of the Eternal World Television Network in Alabama. "My feeling is we have enough divisions in the Church ... I find some of the people involved, especially Father Fessio, have been very divisive, and I just don't think we need that," Archbishop Weakland said. "Father Fessio ... gives in far too much to bishop-bashing and has been very opposed to anything that the Conference of Bishops is doing."

      John Lynch, chief executive officer of the network, said the decision by Archbishop Weakland both shocked and dismayed him. "I would hope that he would give us a chance to prove our worth," he said. "I think he also should go back to the Pope, who made a call last year to use the mass media to evangelize."


      RICHMOND, Virginia ( - The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that Virginia's law requiring that parents be notified when their underage girl seeks an abortion is constitutional.

      The court unanimously agreed that the law, passed last year, helps parents do their duty to their children in raising them responsibly and staying involved in their lives. The law "respects the fundamental interests of responsible parents in the rearing and in the educational, moral, and religious development of their children," Judge J. Michael Luttig wrote.

      Under the law, abortionists are required to notify parents or guardians of girls 17-years-old or younger who live at home before performing an abortion. Pro-life groups hailed the decision as a victory for parents who have a constitutional right to be involved in the life-changing decisions of their minor children. Planned Parenthood of Virginia and the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy said they have not decided whether to appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court.


      SANTIAGO ( - Thousands of Chilean families shared bread and wine, read the Bible together, and committed themselves to concrete acts of solidarity to celebrate the feast of Blessed Alberto Hurtado this week.

      Alberto Hurtado, a Jesuit priest who died of cancer on August 1952 after creating the largest Catholic social service in Latin America, became after his beatification in October 1994, one of the most popular figures in Chile. This year, his successors at the Hogar de Cristo (The Home of Christ) decided to celebrate the anniversary of his death by inviting Chilean families to hold a special dinner of solidarity. The dinner, consisting of bread, wine, and fruit juice -- all three of which are inexpensive products in Chile -- was opened in each home with a prayer and the lighting of a candle made by the youngest member of the family.

      During the dinner, the Bible was read, stories about Father Hurtado's life told by parents, and verbal expressions of love shared among family members. At the end, each person committed to a special act of solidarity with another family member, and the family as a whole committed to provide help to the needy. The money collected during the dinners was donated to the Hogar de Cristo. The "Dinner of Solidarity" campaign was launched on August 17 by Archbishop Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa of Santiago during a Mass celebrated at the Padre Alberto Hurtado shrine, at the Hogar de Cristo headquarters.

      "Blessed Hurtado's life was fully devoted to helping the needy and to living the social consequences of our faith," said the archbishop. "So the best way to honor him is by putting our faith in action. He added said that Father Hurtado was "the herald of the care for youth and the preferential love for the poor expressed years later by the Latin American episcopate."


      Memorial services for the victims of the Omagh bomb were held throughout Ireland on Saturday afternoon, August 22. All around the country people observed a minute of silence at 3:10 PM-- exactly one week after the time when the bomb went off.

      Twenty eight people were killed in the blast. More than seventy people are still hospitalized with injuries sustained in the explosion. Responsibility for the bombing was claimed by the Republican dissident group which calls itself the Real Irish Republican Army.

      The Taoiseach (prime minister) of the Irish Republic, Bertie Ahern, appealed to his people to make an all-out effort to attend memorial services. The British Government announced that the Irish President, Mary McAleese, and Ahern are to be invited to join Queen Elizabeth and British Prime Minister Tony Blair at a service for the victims of the blast. The date and venue will be decided after consultation with the victims' relatives.

      Pope John Paul sent a message to Archbishop Sean Brady before the ecumenical church service in Omagh. The Pontiff said he shared the shock and dismay of all people of goodwill at the violence committed against the people of Omagh and Northern Ireland.

      The Pope said he was confident that the desire for peace so clearly manifested by the people of Northern Ireland would go on to blossom in all-embracing initiatives among all sectors of the community.

      He added: "I make my own your prayer for all those with responsibility for peace in Northern Ireland that they may persevere, with God's help, in the task and duty that history has laid on them."

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"The just man has a care for the rights of the poor; the wicked man has no such concern."

Proverbs 28: 7

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