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May 11, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 18   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Wisconsin Catholic Conference: Issues action alert on death penalty

-- Posted: 5/11/2006, 5:58 a.m. Central Time


On May 4, the State Assembly on a vote of 47-45 approved an amended version of Senate Joint Resolution 5, which calls for a November 2006 advisory referendum on reinstatement of the death penalty in Wisconsin.

As amended, SJR5 proposes the following question be put before the voters:

"Should the death penalty be enacted in the State of Wisconsin for cases involving a person who is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, if the conviction is supported by DNA evidence?"

Because the Assembly amended SJR 5, the resolution will return to the Senate for concurrence on May 16. If the Senate concurs in the Assembly amendment, the question will be put to the voters on the November ballot.   Full story ...

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China: Ordains bishops without pope's approval; draws Vatican ire


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• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Church's apostolic tradition:
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Diocesan Choir:
Offers preview of first CD
at spring concert May 13

MADISON -- With perhaps its best blend of voices in years, the Madison Diocesan Choir will perform a free, spring concert this Saturday evening, May 13, offering a preview of its first professional CD recording due for release in the fall.

"I think this is going to be the finest spring concert we've given in my memory," said Dr. Patrick Gorman, director of the choir for 14 years. "I do think it has the potential to be the finest spring concert we've given in quite a while. That's one of the reasons I wanted to do the recording this year. We've really just found a nice sound that I want to capture."   Full story ...

Women's convention:
Bishop Morneau to keynote

LODI -- The 52nd annual Madison Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (MDCCW) convention will be held Tuesday, June 6, at St. Patrick Parish in Lodi.

The theme is "As You Sow, So Shall You Reap." Keynote speaker will be the Auxiliary Bishop Robert F. Morneau of the Green Bay Diocese.

Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. followed by the annual MDCCW meeting at 8:45. The keynote address will be given at 10:15 followed by a concelebrated Mass at 11:15. Newly elected officers will be installed at that time. Luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. with commission share shops to follow:   Full story ...

Diocese to visit Ghana this summer

MADISON -- People from the Diocese of Madison are invited to apply to be part of a Diocese of Madison delegation that will visit Ghana July 23 to August 4.

The visit is part of the Global Solidarity Partnership between the Diocese of Madison and the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga in Ghana. The partnership began in 2002, when the first delegation from Madison traveled to northern Ghana to discuss details of the partnership. An agreement was solidified during a second delegation visit from Madison to Ghana in 2004. In early fall of 2005, 12 delegates from Ghana visited the Diocese of Madison.

"The goal of our partnership is to help form relationships between the two dioceses so that we can better feel the connection we have through our faith and through being members of the human family," said Ben Weisse, partnership coordinator in the Diocese of Madison. "Through this trip and follow-up," he said, "we hope our partnership grows to new heights."   Full story ...

Stress disorder:
Many suffer from effects of abortion


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BARABOO -- Many women who have eating disorders have had an abortion, revealed Dr. Theresa Burke.

"Women who have had an abortion are often in great pain," she told those attending the recent Rachel's Ministries Conference held at the Ho-Chunk Convention Center in Baraboo.

Theresa is the founder of Rachel's Vineyard Ministries, which provides retreat weekends for women and men who have been involved in an abortion. Rachel's Vineyard support groups and retreats are now offered in 46 states and many foreign countries.   Full story ...

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