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!= The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 rdinal Rernardin Washington Auto Trim 27 Years Service the federal court dismissal means (CNS) -- a federal court in dismissed all against Cardinal .L. Bernardin of a sexual abuse 28, it removed ernardin as a de- or co-defendant the suit. ok of Philadel- filed the suit He said Feb. papers and at a that he now le memories on ed his accusa- cardinal were his law- ',against Father a priest of Archdiocese him re- He also claims against authori- aCCUses of par- Ss i=1 Law Center on aad Poverty es- released z 800 more have been t to programs of- shelters, train- banks .to said, the ris- itary base increase Property avail- plemented, turn ion's to address- Concrete Fosearinis, !ational law leader- a real differ- tholic Chari- agencies to fill the pro- tial responsibility for Father Harsham's alleged actions. The case is being handled by Judge S. Arthur Spiegel of the U.S. District Court of Southern Ohio. It came under federal jurisdiction because the plaintiff and defendants live in different states. Here is a brief summary of what Cook requested and Spiegel granted Feb. 28: -- Dismissed "with preju- dice" are four separate claims against Cardinal Bernardin that were based en an allega- tion of a single act of sexual molestation by the cardinal sometime between 1975 and 1977, when Cook was a high school student in Cincinnati and Cardinal Bernardin was archbishop of Cincinnati. Dis- missal with prejudice means that Cook revokes all his claims on that issue and gives up any right to reinstate them in the future. grams and the real help needed by the homeless. In Anchorage, archdiocesan employees prepared chancery conference rooms to house up to 13 homeless people on Army cots whenever the Brother Francis Shelter and Clare House Shelter -- both operated by Catholic Social Services exceeded their combined capac- ity of 285 men, women and children, as has happened sev- eral times this winter. The Brother Francis Shelter also organized a voters' forum attended by eight of the 12 candidates running for mayor in an April election and is helping residents to register to vote. "Maybe the one that be- comes mayor will remember us," Robert Britton, a homeless man and voter, told the An- chorage Daily News after the Feb. 22 forum at the shelter. 'But maybe they'll all go down to (local seafood restaurant and bar) Simon and Seafort's after this, slug down a couple and say, "Thank God that's over with' and never think of us again." & A/C, INC. COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL STREET I N 47710 =._. 'CHNEIDER FU ERAL HOME Pre-planning ..... Because you care 42.5-2896 J,ao irw'n=rl HeMr FUNERAL Di4FCOR I Claims filed against other archdiocesan officials and institutions as ca-defen- dants with respect to the alle- gation against Cardinal Bernardin are also dismissed "with prejudice." Cook can- not sue them on the basis of his dropped claim against the cardinal. Cardinal Bernardin is dismissed "without preju- dice" as a co-defendant in the claims Cook has filed against Father Harsham. This means Cook is free to continue his suit against the priest and against the other archdioce- san officials and institutions named in that suit, but Cardi- nal Bernardin as an individ- ual is completely removed from the case and is no longer part of it. Cardinal Bernardin -- who insisted on his innocence from the start and sought an expedited trial because Cook has AIDS, a fatal disease said Cook's decision to seek disnfissal of all claims against him was better than a trial. In a trial, he said, there would still be a plaintiff urg- ing his case even if the jury found him innocent. But in Cook's withdrawal of all claims against him, he said, "the plaintiff himself has rec- ognized that the allegations are not correct." Cardinal ii i I i i i |1 i ii iii I Ill Continued from page I nocent man. That's a trav- esty." As a result of his experi- ence, he said, "I have a much greater understanding of what a person goes through when there is a false accusation." But at the same time, he said, "this experience has also strengthened my resolve to reach out to victims of sex- ual abuse and to do all in my power to eradicate the causes of abuse wherever it occurs .... If there is an accusation of sexual abuse against anyone, it has to be taken seriously." "This has been a pro- foundly spiritual experience for me," he said. "I feel that I have grown spiritually. I feel that I have entered into an in- timacy with the Lord that I never had before." He told reporters that just before the press conference he had spent half an hour in prayer "thanking God for bringing this case to such a successful conclusion." Both Cardinal Bernardin and Cook emphasized that Cook withdrew his claims against the cardinal voluntar- ily and with no out-of- court compromise or settlement. "I am voluntarily dismiss- ing these claims of my own free will and with no pres- sure or threats from anyone," Cook said. "I am doing this because it's the right thing to do. I have not asked for nor have I been offered anything in exchange for what I am doing." Both Cook and the cardinal also stressed a shared hope that the developments in the handled in such a way that it would not deter the victims of abuse from coming for- ward, and I do think that this case has been handled in this way," the cardinal said. Archbishop Keeler said that for those who knew Car- dinal Bernardin "there was never any question of his in- nocence." In his criticism of the han- dling of such allegations by the media he singled out Cable News Network, the all- news cable channel, which featured a lengthy, sympa- thetic interview with Cook when it broke the story of the Bernardin case would not lawsuit Nov. 12. deter victims from coming : : forward. : " :'' : :'  : ": "I have gone out Of my way Contributing to this: story from the very beginning to were JayCoppin Chicago and say that I wanted my case JerryFilteau in Washington. Letters Continued from page 4 To me, they represent a life- time of values, commitments, fond memories, and a dy- namic educational system that I feel very fortunate to have experienced. I feel blessed that my parents wanted the best for me and in doing so sent me through 12 years of Catholic Education. Recently I was told of the new insurance plan that would effect all employees working in the system (30 hours or above). It is my un- derstanding that in the first year the schools will be re- sponsible to pay $900 per em- ployee, the second year would be an added $900 per employee and the third year would have an additional $900. In the first three years of this plan, the schools will be responsible for raising $2,700 per employee. If this is correct, where is this money supposed to come I II AUTO TOPS. SEAT COVERS. BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER COMPLETE " INSURANCE SERVICE Auto! Homel Fire & Lifel Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W Franklin Street I II I J i RUXER 425-318; II II JASPER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY 482-1200 i ]1 I II II I from? Some of the schools have a difficult enough time raising the money for operat- ing expenses. If the schools are given this burden on top of the impend- ing expenses they already have, all I see in the future are closed schools, It would seem to me the diocese would do what it could to keep the schools open. It is also nay understanding that the committeemembers were appointed by the bishop. Why couldn't the schools ap- point their own representa. fives? Have the employees been given a chance to voice their opinions? Are they not the ones this going to effect? My question is why? I feel this should be taken hack to the schools. My prayer for future gener- ations is one of hope. I hope they will be given the same opportunities that I was fortu- nate to experience. Catholic Education. Mary Rose Norton Madison. Ind. I I 1 I i I I I ul j S Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donah:l J. Traylor . /, -,. ST., V,.CE...S. ,,,,i e x( ent Phone 486 3285 trs't ..........  .... : " _ ..... |