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/ L E S JERRY FILTEAU News Service ORLEANS (CNS) Catholic bishops in New Orleans an- a new effort June 17 the scandal of priests minors. which caught and other observers brlse, was the news of the June 17-19 of the National Con- of Catholic Bishops , Catholic Conference. ISSues also occupied ranging frmn na- care reform to Catholic catechism, ligious life to Day funding, national TV net- age of confirma- dioceses. p William H. Lore, NCCB named Bishop ey of Bismarck, a new Ad Hoc on Sexual Abuse mandate to rec- NCCB actions and stem sex abuse in and eventually to the church's experi- P American soci- confront the CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 36 NUMBER 41 June 25,1993 )assioned speech said the bish- to do a lot of listening .., if "lance the boil' for and credibility of in our country." act on sex abuse, health care, catechism, TV He launched the listening process with an invitation to representatives of abuse sur- vivor groups to meet with him in Washington as soon as possible after the bishops' meeting. One of the first tasks of his committee which includes six other bishops and plans to engage a number of experts as consultants --- will be to study the detailed recominen- dations for local and national church action produced by a think tank of experts that met in St. Louis last February to discuss all aspects of child sexual abuse by priests. The bishops received addi- tional impetus for decisive action on the sex abuse prob- lem from Pope John Paul II, A papal letter to the bish- ops, discussed by them dur- ing a June 19 session closed to the press and released June 21 at their national headquar- ters in Washington, expressed deep pain that priests could abuse children and quoted Jesus' words condemning those who scandalize chil- dren. "I fully share your sorrow and your concern, especially your concern for the victims so seriously hurt by these misdeeds," he wrote. The pope took note of Vati- can-NCCB efforts to find an appropriate way to deal with such priests under church law and said the use of canonical penalties against priests who molest children "are fully justified." Pope John Paul also sharply criticized U.S, media for what he described as "treating moral evil as an oc- casion for sensationalism." He said the trivialization of evil and loss of moral bear- ings in America calls on the nation to return to prayer "lest it lose its soul." Other major actions by the bishops included: Unaniinous adoption of a resolution endorsing com- prehensive health care reform See BISHOPS page 5 Bishops' meeting at a glance " By JERRY FILTEAU, Catholic News Service NEW ORLEANS [CNS) w More than 200 Catholic bishops gathered in New Orleans June 17-19 for their spring meeting. During the meeting the bishops: | Took a new offensive against sexual abuse of minors by priests, forming a committee ] headed by Bishop John F. Kinney of Bismarck, N.D., to recommend responses to the prob. ] lem. : . . I Issued a resolutmn endorsing comprehenswe health cam reform in the Umted States ] and spelling out Catholic principles for reform, among them insistence on universal acca to adequate health care and rejection of abortion coverage, the, UnRed tR Endorsed a plan to revamp the Catholic Telecommunications making it directly accessible by parishes for the, first Eended an additional $2 million line of credit August, increasing the budget to expected. Passed a resolution.urging Rome to end the delays in approving the English of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church.' " - " Voted inconclusively on asking Rome's permission to write two new eucharistia prayers for u.s. use, Only three .votes short oflmssage, the proposal is alm cprtainto pass when mo than 60hishopswho were not there for the vote are polled by'maiL : i . Approved' Shephin8 a Future of Hope' as the theme of their June, 1994 retreat;style :.. assembly in San Diego. k " Spent five hours discussing religious life in the United States today, in preparation for of Isabella " I I I I I Ill I II I Membership drive being conducted throughout Indiana PAUL R. LEINGANG. Message editor r'for vocations, they serve a monthly meal for the needy, they help unwed moth- ). They are the.Daughters of Isabella. - " ' ted in 1897, the Daughters of Isabella was originally a ladies' auxil-: Today it is no longer formally linked with the men's group, Daughters of Isabella is in New Haven, Corm, Circle No. 144, Daughters of Is- second Wednesday of the month, at ..... ty, is the chaplain '- Ot *P lba officers Committee, chaired by