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September 4, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 31   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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World Youth Day 2008 coverage

Check out the Catholic Herald's coverage of World Youth Day 2008, held July 15 - 20 in Sydney, Australia, at our WYD page and our blog.

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses." -- the World Youth Day 2008 theme, Acts 1:8

Focusing on families and faith
Addressing the teachings of Humanae Vitae

logo: Humanae Vitae -- Celebrating Love & Life • 1968-2008

MADISON -- In his talk at the recent Diocesan Family Picnic, held on the back lawn of the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison, Bishop Robert C. Morlino addressed parents and teens attending on the topic of Humanae Vitae, the controversial papal encyclical celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

"It seems it's not an unfamiliar topic in the Madison area," the bishop said, referencing the column in the Wisconsin State Journal by Bill Wineke and the many letters it recently inspired.

The point of his talk was to address the issues of conscience and the teachings presented in this life-affirming work of Pope Paul VI, which still cause many struggles today as it did in 1968.

"It's true that everyone has to follow his or her conscience," said Bishop Morlino. This is true even if that conscience is in error.

"But they have also an obligation to correct a conscience that is in error - and that's the piece of the puzzle that's frequently left out," he said.   Full story ...

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by Pope Benedict XVI -- Saint Paul

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Future special sections:

Vocations: Sept. 11, 2008

Church/Building Renovation, Senior Focus: Sept. 18, 2008

Respect Life: Sept. 25, 2008

Parish Events Calendar: Oct. 2, 2008

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General directives: Working with
the software

The days of summer draw to a close, hopefully a time of rest and relaxation for many of you before the hustle of the fall season.

Many others have been diligently working on Trusting in the Spirit, both from a planning view and from the implementation side of things. This work is driven by the directives put forth from the bishop, including specific directives for each cluster and general directives that apply to all clusters and parishes.

In recent issues of the Catholic Herald (July 31 and August 14), Mike Lancaster, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Madison, has spoken on the bishop's general directives concerning the universal support Catholic schools require of us and the upcoming comprehensive school study.

This week we'll discuss the directives concerning the software that has been chosen to be the common tools used by the diocese and parishes for administration of specific areas.  Full story ...

Pregnancy loss and unresolved grief
Clinical training day for health care professionals and others

Pregnancy Loss
and Unresolved Grief

Registration information, course description, and schedule available at: (Choose "Justice and Pastoral Outreach" from the "Outreach" menu at the top of the page. PDFs are available in the middle of the right-hand side of the resulting page.)

Register by September 15, 2008

Questions? Contact Mary Mead at 608-221-9593 or

Living means facing loss. Some losses, such as losing an item with sentimental value, cause pangs of regret even years later. Other more serious losses, such as losing a friendship, can be a cause of grief for a very long time, even for life.

When the loss is related to pregnancy, often the grief issues remain unresolved. This is the subject of the training day being offered on Friday, Sept. 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Pregnancy Loss and Unresolved Grief" will be led by Theresa Burke, PhD, LPC, NCP, and Kevin Burke, MSS, LSW, founders of Rachel's Vineyard, a post-abortion healing ministry. All sessions will be held at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison.

The clinical training day is designed for psychologists, counselors, therapists, clergy, social workers, nurses, and pastoral care ministers. However, the interested public is welcome. (See the box for information on registration.)

Workshop topics

Workshop topics begin with "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder," especially relating to pregnancy losses from abortion. Symptoms such as amnesia, panic, anxiety, and depression will be discussed. Additional workshops will focus on recreating the original loss and "Repetition of Trauma." Men are largely unrecognized as having grief issues relating to pregnancy losses, but recent research will be presented to examine men's reactions.   Full story ...

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