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ESSAGE The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 27 March 4, 1994 WEST DEANERY EAST DEANERY /. h , i , I i i:ii : ..... ...... ii :ii:::   i :/:::F  J:! al Bernardin on dismissal charge: Truth has prevailed "-" "Truth said Cardinal of court missed all against "travesty,'.' SOme had with- gal sys- in op of Balti- the Na- Catholic cardinal,s cardinal of having sexually abused him once in the mid- 1970s, when he was in high school and Cardinal Bemardin was archbishop of Cincinnati. At a press conference in Cincinnati Feb. 28 Cook said, "If I knew at the time I filed the lawsuit what I know today, I never would have in- cluded Cardinal Bernardin in it." In court papers and in his statement to journalists, he charges," he said. "We did not ask for that." Asked if he intended to take any action against Cook, he said: "I certainly have no plan, no intention to file a countersuit. This particular chapter is ended. What Steven Cook himself said is enough for me." Cardinal Bernardin reiter- ated his offer to meet witl Cook and pray with him, an offer he originally made in a personal letter to Cook. Keeler review reck- S eraselves,,, dge S. ti against the re- 34, of 'S, had the House Resolution 6 should not impact Catholic schools By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer The diocesan Office of Edu- cation has been showered with phone calls regarding the de- bate on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Ed- ucation Act, currently working its way through the U.S. House of Representatives. "They've hit the panic but- ton," said Vicki Kiesel, Educa- tion Office secretary who has fielded calls regarding the amendment. The amendment would re- quire that by July 1, 1998, local school districts must prove that full-time teachers are certified to teach the aca- demic subjects to which they are assigned.  Phyllis Beshears, diocesan director of schools; said the : callers who have phoned her office are concerned that "the amendment could be inter- preted somehow to require public local educational agen- cies to certify teachers in Catholic schools." She noted that Catholic schools in the diocese would not be impacted by the legisla- tion because "the teachers in our schools must already meet certification requirements of the state of Indiana. Our teachers are properly licensed through the Indiana Depart- ment of Education." Sister Lourdes Sheehan, United States Catholic Confer- ence Department of Education secretary, said her office has been "swamped" by callers con- cerned about the education bill. Her office has also been assuring callers that "Catholic school members will not be ad- versely affected" by the pro- posed measure. The measure in dispute is one added by Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., to legislation known as H.R. 6. Sister Sheehan noted that Miller issued a statement ex- plaining that the amendment is intended to apply only to certification of teachers in pub- lic schools, not in private schools. On Feb. 24, the House, by a William Ford, D. Mich., that says nothing in the bill applies to private, parochial or home schools. The House also approved an amendment that states, "noth- ing in this act shall be con- strued to permit, allow, en- courage, or authorize any federal control over any aspect of any private, religious or home school.  Some information for this story was provided by Catholic News Service. said he realizes now that his memories of abuse by the car- dinal "which arose during and after hypnosis are unreli- able." Cook did not drop his claims against Father Ellis Harsham, a Cincinnati arch- diocesan priest who he says abused him repeatedly during the mid-1970s. At a press conference in Chicago, Cardinal Bernardin said he was never worried that he would not be vindi- cated. "I was so convinced of my innocence. I had confi- dence in the legal system." "I must emphasize that it was the plaintiff who asked for the dismissal of the "I harbor no ill feelings to- ward Steven Cook. Indeed, I have great compassion for him," he said. "I have prayed for him every day and will continue to do so." In an opening statement to reporters, Cardinal Bernardin referred to "the almost instan- taneous judgment made by some" about him and said he hoped that "others will be spared this travesty." Asked by a reporter to elab- orate, he said, "The travesty was that I, a man of 65 ),ears who has been a priest for 42 years and a bishop for 28 years, was publicly humili- ated before the world. An in- See CARDINAL, page 13 ! To our subscribers: With this issue of the Message, a new system is being used to pro. duce the mailing labels for sub- scribers. The new system will cut costs and provide quicker service. 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