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Bishop Hying will lead pilgrimage to France Print
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Lourdes Pilgrimage
Caregivers push pilgrims in wheelchairs at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in southwestern France. Lourdes is one of the places to be visited on a pilgrimage to France led by Bishop Donald Hying October 5 to 15, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

MADISON -- Bishop Donald J. Hying will be leading a pilgrimage to France October 5 to 15, 2020.

He invited people to join him on the 11-day pilgrimage.

"I joyfully invite everyone to join me on a pilgrimage to France this October. A sacred journey to discover the treasures of the French saints, this trip will unfold the lives and sanctity of Saints Bernadette, John Vianney, Francis de Sales, Jane Frances de Chantal, Margaret Mary, Joan of Arc, Thérèse of Lisieux, Vincent de Paul, Catherine Laboure, and Louise de Marillac.

"We will visit Lourdes, Paris, and the Normandy beaches. We will see the glory of cathedrals, the beauty of the French countryside, and the treasures of our Catholic Faith. We will celebrate Mass every day, pray the Rosary on the bus, enjoy impeccable food and lodgings."

Highlights of the pilgrimage include a visit to the small town of Ars to see the incorrupt St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests. Pilgrims will visit the Basilica of Ars, the former home of the Curé, the underground church, and the St. John Vianney Wax Museum.

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Diocese determines allegation against Rev. Patrick Doherty credible Print
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Written by Diocese of Madison   
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Agreeing with the findings of Diocesan Sexual Abuse Review Board, Bishop Donald Hying has determined that an allegation of sexual abuse brought against Rev. Patrick Doherty has the semblance of truth. As such, Rev. Doherty (85), who has been out of ministry since 1993, will be placed on the diocese's list of those priests (or former priests), determined to have been credibly accused of acts of sexual abuse against minors.

The allegation against Rev. Doherty arose after a full diocesan review of all clergy personnel files was announced last year. Rev. Doherty's accuser, who does not wish to be named, asserts that the abuse occurred over forty years ago.

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Equipping the family: Having critical conversations Print
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Written by John Joy, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

We all know it's there and probably have some idea of how we could access it. Pornography affects some of us more directly than others, but there's no doubt that porn is a problem impacting all of us, and regrettably, it's not going away anytime soon.

Porn has created a culture of its own, and this culture is influencing each one of us spiritually, physically, emotionally, and relationally to a greater or lesser extent depending on if we directly participate in the use of pornography. There are immense moral, social, and spiritual dangers for us and even for our children.

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul holds 28th annual Recycle the Warmth blanket drive Print
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Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- For good health, school or work success, and general well-being, the warmth and comfort of a good night's sleep matters to everyone.

But not everyone in our community has a clean, warm blanket to call his or her own this winter, so the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Madison is holding its 28th annual Recycle the Warmth blanket drive to collect thousands of donated new and gently used clean blankets and other bedding.

The blankets and bedding will be given away to families or individuals living in low-income households in Dane County.

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