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October 16, 2003 Edition   •   Volume 133, No. 38   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
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Robert C. Morlino

Lecture: Bishop
to address 'Theology of the Body'

MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino, fourth bishop of the Diocese of Madison, will deliver the next address in the St. Thérèse of Lisieux Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison.

Bishop Morlino was installed as the fourth bishop of Madison on Aug. 1, 2003 at St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison. His education includes a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Fordham University, a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Divinity degree from Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., and a doctorate in moral theology from the Gregorian University in Rome with a specialization in moral theology and bioethics.   Full story ...

Protecting children: Diocese of Madison implements sex abuse prevention

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison is responding to the child sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and is implementing the Protecting God's Children™ program and other elements of the VIRTUS® programs.

According to Msgr. Paul J. Swain, vicar general of the diocese, "In the last year and a half, the Church has been dealing with the terrible revelation of sexual abuse of minors by clergy. As a result, the Bishops of the United States have adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which has been approved by the Holy See.

"Integral to the Charter is an education program for all diocesan and parish employees, as well as volunteers dealing directly with children," explained Monsignor Swain. "For this education component, the Diocese of Madison has contracted for Protecting God's Children™ Program. Bishop Morlino has strongly endorsed this commitment."

These programs were developed over the last five years by The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc. (National Catholic), a not-for-profit organization that provides risk control services to approximately one-third of the Catholic dioceses across the country. In 1998, the National Catholic board appointed an ad hoc committee to work with child sexual abuse experts to develop prevention and response programs.

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Divine Savior Healthcare:
Opens new hospital building

PORTAGE -- Divine Savior Healthcare opened a new hospital building here Oct. 11.

Residents, staff members, volunteers, and community leaders gathered Oct. 2 for the dedication of the new hospital, at which Auxiliary Bishop George O. Wirz presided.

New facility's design

The $33 million facility, which is 143,000 square feet, attaches to Divine Savior Healthcare's existing medical center in Portage.

The new facility includes more outpatient services such as specialized care for heart disease, cancer, and digestive illness, and new technologies such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and dialysis.

Design throughout the facility focuses on making the atmosphere comfortable and homelike for the patients.

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