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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Redemptorist,priest to lead series of healing s By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor A priest known as "the Gen- tle Healer" is coming to south- western Indiana for a series of healing services. Redemptorist Father Edward J. McDonough will conduct services at Resur- rection Church in Evansville, St. John Church in Daylight, and Holy Family Church in Jasper. He will also lead a ser- vice at Holy Name Church in Henderson, Ky. "The medical physicians I have seen are limited in what they can do for people with Chronic illness," said Suzy Sims, one of the coordinators of the series of services. By way of contrast, she added, "God has no limitations., Sims said she is anxious "to give the Holy Spirit an oppor- tunity through his earthly ser- vant, Father Edward McDo- nough." Doctor Larry Sims expects the healing services to "give us an opportunity to be led to a more intense awareness of the great love and healing powers Bernardin of our Lord." He described Fa- ther McDonough as "a man that has been blessed in this mission for many years." Suzy Sims.and Marita Di- eter are the coordinators of the service at St. John Church, Daylight. Dieter has already attended a healing service with Father McDonough presiding, in Florida. She said she and her husband "were struck by his simplicity and his contin- ued emphasis on thanking Jesus for the spiritual and physical healings taking place." Dieter concluded, "The Holy Spirit most definitely works through this dedicated man." Father McDonough is the di- rector of the Healing and Restoration Ministry, which started in Boston in December 1975. He was ordained in 1948, and has worked in parishes, conducted novenas, and served in the apostolate to the black community in the south. According to a publicity brochure, Father McDonough has the encouragement and permission of his ecclesiastical Although CNN was the most visible focus of criticism and questions, the debate over journalistic responsibility was much broader, and perhaps nowhere more thoroughly dis- cussed than in Chicago itself. "Many of us in the media owe Joseph Cardinal Bernardin one rather large" apology," wrote Chicago Sun- Times editorial columnist Den- nis Byrne shortly after the claims against him were dis- missed. Peter Steinfels, senior reIi- gion correspondent of The New York Times, told Catholic News Service, "Anybody can file a lawsuit saying any- thing .... I don't think the media can use the fact that a lawsuit has been filed to avoid making an independent judgment" on the credibility of the accuser, the plausibility of the allega- tions and how to report the event. Continued from page 1 credibility to the allegations," said Msgr. Francis J. Manis- calco, press spokesman for the U.S. bishops. When Cardinal Bernardin held a press conference Feb. 28 to comment on the complete withdrawal of all allegation's against him, he made an oblique reference to the CNN reporting that was immedi- ately recognized by those fa- miliar with the story. "There is only one thing that still troubles me," he said. "I am concerned about the almost instantaneous judgment made by some that I had fallen from grace or had been permanently damaged, even before I had a chance to respond or the legal system had deliberated. "I trust that, after reflection, the appropriate persons will address this issue so that oth- ers will be spared this trav- esty," be added. is pleased to announce that ROBERT J. PIGMAN has become a partner in the firm in the practiceof law Attorneys and Counselors at Law 813 Main Street Evansville, Indiana (812) 425-8101 (800) 622-3604 in Indiana (800) 327-0182 Outside Indiana Clmrles I,. Beqfer, 8hdla M. Corcortn, Mark W. P.ietmn superiors for his full time work in the healing ministry. The brochure also describes the kind of healing service Fa- ther McDonough conducts. It is a para-liturgical service, not Mass. "It is a prayer service for healing. The purpose of this service is to establish a com- munity of faith and prayer to seek together the healing love of Jesus and his Holy Spirit." Participants pray for spiri- tual, emotional and physical healing. The emphasis is on the power of united prayer rather than on receiving an in- dividual prayer blessing. According to the brochure, many persons at such a heal- ing service seem to fall into a faint. "Actually, they don't faint or lose consciousness. They experience a special spiri- tual presence of God and his peace." The brochure also states that not every person seeking physical healing will be healed. "I believe God answers our prayer as he promised but ac- cording to his own loving plan." Services will be at Resurrec- For more tact Suzy Sims Marita Dieters Dianne Klein or Lynda peters 3817. ,/i Despite the fact that CNN and the other TV networks played the lawsuit as a major story, the editors at The Times decided to give it minimal cov- erage. They buried it deep in- side the first section of the paper, with only a few inches of newsprint under a single- column headline. The story got Page One play and much more extensive treatment in many other dailies, but most of the cover- age balanced the allegations in the lawsuit with careful em- phasis on Cardinal Bernardin's absolute denial of ever having abused anyone and his re- markably unblemished reputa- tion, Chicago sociologist and writer Father Andrew Greeley told the Daily Southtown, a Chicago daily, that he thought the local media did a good job covering the story, but he did not give high marks to the na - tional media. "I think CNN was the real villain," he said. "They played it so big. They used the charges against Bernardin to hype their Sunday evening special all day Friday, Satur- day and Sunday. That made it a worldwide story." CNN itself dealt with ques- tions about its coverage in a program on the U.S. media and religion a little more than a week after the Bernardin case broke. In the program, "Reliable Sources," moderated by Bernard Kalb, Steinfels and veteran religion commentator Father Richard John Neuhaus both criticized CNN's handling of the lawsuit story. CNN's lead reporter on the case, Bonnie Anderson, de- fended her network's coverage as "extremely fair" but ac- knowledged later in the pro- gram, "I think we overplayed the story...: My sense is that we overplayed it far more than it was worth." Dan gion reporter Sun- TimeS, News Service thought had of balance coverage t Lehmann reporters papers and beat the stree phia, Cin, cities to could about connected with ! He said he long days Ohio and court record leads that Cook's claimS: In events before of the cour what we he said. By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II described himself as "by nature rather sweet, not severe," but said he must be "rigid regarding the principles" on which healthy families are based. Speaking during a March 6 parish visit, the pope said only Pope says-Church must defend the families "built on the truth and the (Ten) Commandments can remain solid and united." "Some have been talking about building a false family, a fictitious family of two men or two women," he said, referring to a February proposal by the European Parliament and sub- sequent debate across the con- tinent to grant homosexual couples rights equal to those of ot Bu:00 w or Seller CAmL00C 00tx, For All Yore. Real  Needs Proteuiona/Mil/lo. Do//m- Producer _Cmp|ementm7 Comuhst/om 479.0801 Office /476.3576 Home Serve You! MGE married "We every woman, family this ing his to St. B er8 Rome sition on sented to Rights Geneva. "These clear said the head gation to based "The marriage, and a of a licly affi open to life," he; day, March 18, 7 p.m.; St. John Church, Daylight, Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m.; Holy Name Church, Henderson, Ky., Tues- day, March 22, 7 p.m.; and at Holy Family Church, Jasper, Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m. FATHER EDWARD J. tion Church, Evansville, Fri- (All times are local.)