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November 16, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 42   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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• First place for best editorial on a local issue

• First place for best news writing on a local/regional event

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State referenda: Both pass, to mixed response

2006 Elections -- Wisconsin Referenda Results
Marriage Protection Amendment
Yes -- 59.4%
Death Penalty Advisory Referendum
Yes -- 55.5%
Diocese of Madison:
County Yes No Yes No
Columbia 53%   59%  
Dane   67%   67%
Grant 51%   63%  
Green 55%   54%  
Green Lake 65%   74%  
Iowa   54% 51%  
Jefferson 59%   65%  
LaFayette 52%   63%  
Marquette 64%   69%  
Rock 56%   56%  
Sauk 51%   57%  

MADISON -- As the heated and controversial election year came to a close, Wisconsin voters upheld the definition of marriage as "one man and one woman," but also told legislators they would like to reinstate the death penalty.

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November 16, 2006 edition:
• Eye on the Capitol -- Reflections: On election 2006 referenda

Although the response to the marriage amendment was gratifying to Catholics who had been striving to educate voters on a "yes" decision, the death penalty referendum approval, though expected by some, was a disappointment.

"In their votes . . . the people of Wisconsin reaffirmed their intention to preserve the one man, one woman institution of marriage in our state. The bishops are most grateful to all those who voted for the amendment," said John Huebscher, executive director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference.

On the death penalty referendum vote he commented, "The bishops thank all who voted 'no' on the advisory referendum. They deeply appreciate their support for the value of human life."

The results of the November 7 election, though still unofficial, show that the marriage amendment to the state constitution passed with over 59 percent of the vote, nearly 400,000 more votes across the state. The advisory referendum on the death penalty passed with a slightly less impressive difference of a little less than 231,000 votes.   Full story ...

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Multicultural Center youth contest: Shows many ways
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Supreme Court:
Focuses on abortion differences
in oral argument

Grants distributed: From Campaign for Human Development


• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
St. Paul: Taught that faith must be expressed in daily life

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Inside the Vatican:
Why Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope

First in a two-part series on George Weigel's lecture presented at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison on November 9

Future lecture: The next lecture in the St. Thérèse of Lisieux Lecture Series will be presented on March 8, 2007, by Professor Duncan G. Stroik of the University of Notre Dame. He will speak on "Ex Cathedra: A city set on a hill cannot be hid."

MADISON -- What happened at the papal conclave in April of 2005? Why did the cardinals elect Joseph Ratzinger to succeed Pope John Paul II? What has happened in the first 18 months of Pope Benedict XVI's papacy and what are the urgent challenges he faces?

These are some of the questions George Weigel answered in his lecture as part of the St. Thérèse of Lisieux Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center.

Weigel is currently a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Catholic theologian, and one of America's leading commentators on issues of religion and public life. In his lecture, Weigel demonstrated an insider's knowledge of the workings of the Vatican. It's no surprise. Weigel was the biographer of Pope John Paul II and had intimate access to the late Holy Father.

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St. Bernard, Madison:
Begins centennial year celebration

MADISON -- St. Bernard Parish in Madison kicked off its year-long centennial celebration during a Mass and luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 22.

Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus, presided and preached at the Mass. He greeted the people by saying, "I'm happy to be here to begin your centennial celebration. You don't look 100," he told the packed church. "We are looking forward to the next 100 years."

Concelebrating were Msgr. Michael Hippee, the current pastor, and Fr. Francis Schmidt, a former associate pastor.   Full story ...

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