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MONDAY      October 5, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 194

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Events Today in Church History

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Historical Events in Church Annals for October 5:

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      ZAGREB ( - Catholic Croatians lined up on Thursday to view the remains of a World War II-era cardinal before Pope John Paul II beatified the Croatian Archbishop on Saturday despite protests by some Jewish groups.

      Croatian President Franjo Tudjman hailed Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac as a great Croatian and defender of the persecuted. "Cardinal Stepinac was one of the greatest Croats within the Croatian Church and the overall Croatian peoples during the Second World War. He decisively condemned pro-fascist moves and the crimes of the Ustashe regime ... and was also against communist methods," Tudjman said. "The very act of the beatification ... and the arrival of the Pope represents recognition not only of Stepinac, but of the Croatian Catholic Church and the Croatian nation as a whole."

      The Holy Father arrived in Zagreb on Friday for a two-day visit which reached its climax on Saturday when he beatified Cardinal Stepinac during an open-air Mass. The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center in Paris this week called for a delay of the beatification so that a third-party could investigate the cardinal to determine whether he supported the Nazi-backed fascist regimes murder of Jews, Gypsies, and Serbians.


      MANASSAS, Virginia ( - A Virginia judge has refused an appeal by Gov. Jim Gilmore to prevent a wife from removing the feeding tubes from her semi-comatose husband over the objections of the man's family.

      Michele Finn has been given approval to withhold food and water from Hugh Finn who has been kept alive through the feeding tubes for 3 1/2 years. An auto accident damaged his aorta in March 1995, starving his brain of oxygen and leaving him in a semi-comatose state. Judge Frank Hoss, Jr. said Virginia law allows the withholding of life-sustaining treatment if a person is in a persistent vegetative state.

      While doctors have diagnosed Finn as suffering from a persistent vegetative state, his family contends that Finn sometimes answers questions verbally, and he can blink his eyes to answer them. When told he would no longer be able to receive Holy Communion when the feeding would be stopped, he reportedly cried.

      Gilmore said Finn's family asked him to step in. He also said state law gives him the right to act on behalf of Virginia citizens when he determines existing procedures fail to adequately protect legal rights and interests. The state attorney general's office said it is considering avenues for appeal.


      LONDON ( - An Australian Catholic woman has been banned from the Sacraments and participation in the ministry of her parish because of her outspoken calls for ordination of women, the London Herald reported on Thursday.

      Ann Nugent, a leader of the Australian group Ordination of Catholic Women (OCW), told the newspaper that she had been told earlier this month of the decision by Bishop Geoffrey Mayne of the Australian Military Ordinariate, who also serves St. Thomas More Parish in a Canberra suburb.

      She said that the bishop subsequently told her that she is not to receive Communion at the parish, lector at Mass, or remain on the parish council. He also told her that he had informed Archbishop Francis Carroll of Canberra of his decision.

      Nugent said she feels like an outcast and believes that the bishop's action are example of clerical abuse of power. "It's overkill on his part. I don't know why," she said.


      VATICAN ( -- The Holy See has renewed calls for international action to save Kosovo.

      At a meeting of the permanent council of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Msgr. Mario Zenari, the permanent Vatican representative to that body, stressed the "constant concern" of the Holy See for the situation in Kosovo, where recent massacres have prompted new international scrutiny.

      Msgr. Zenari noted that the Vatican has been consistently calling for international help for Kosovo, "since February of this year." He observed that the Pope has issued statements "on four separate occasions" calling world leaders to recognize the potential for bloodshed there, and seeking diplomatic efforts to stave off the impending violence.

      Msgr. Zenari said that the latest "unjustifiable atrocities" should prod the world's leaders to intervene immediately, and urged OSCE to reach a consensus on the need to "arrive at a just and equitable solution to the crisis."

      In Geneva, Human rights groups last Wednesday called for an international investigation into the massacre of 16 men, women, and children in village in the war-torn Serbian province of Kosovo.

      At least 16 ethnic Albanians, including 10 women and children, were killed last weekend in the village of Gornje Obrinje as they took refuge from fighting in a nearby forest. The victims were shot at close range and some bodies were mutilated, and local people said Serbian police or Yugoslav Army soldiers were responsible. Yugoslav officials deny involvement, but have refused to allow an independent investigation.

      The outlawed Kosovo Liberation Army, made of ethnic Albanians who make up the majority population of the province, are fighting for independence from greater Yugoslavia which is dominated by Serbia. Human rights group have documented cases of abuses by Serbians against the population which they believe are supporting the independence movement.

      "The pattern of human rights abuses and impunity for perpetrators in Kosovo is indisputable," Amnesty International said. "Abuses like those alleged at Obrinje spotlight the need to protect the displaced and refugees from Kosovo and put their human rights on the agenda as much as their humanitarian needs." NATO countries are preparing air strikes on Serbian targets in Kosovo if Belgrade does not recall military forces from the region, although Russia has vehemently opposed such a move.

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"To show partiality is never good: for even a morsel of bread a man may do wrong."

Proverbs 28: 21

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