The Church’s Crisis

first_imgSince sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic Church were brought to the public eye, it has been more difficult for Fr. Kevin Russeau, director of Old College, to go out in public.“Most places I go I’m dressed in a robe and collar. People know I’m a priest,” Russeau said. “You kind of have a sense that people are watching you differently.“You get this sense that maybe you’re doing something wrong even if you are just buying a gallon of milk for dinner.”The scandal exploded in the United States between 2001-2003, largely propelled by The Boston Globe, whose reporting on the subject earned the paper a Pulitzer Prize.Lawrence Cunningham, a theology professor and former head of the department, said the “big story” was that Church officials hid signs of abuse for years.“Bishops would hear about these situations and remove the priest from the parish, send them off a Monastery to do penance or psychotherapy, and then reassign them to a parish,” Cunningham said.Now, as controversy surrounds Pope Benedict XVI and his role as bishop of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising in the early 1980s when a priest was accused of sexual abuse, some Notre Dame students and faculty say they are disturbed by the stories of abuse scandals.Yet others defend the Church despite news reports of clerical abuse.“I’ve been edified by a lot of the students who have written to me saying we need to pray for the Pope, we need to pray for our priests,” Russeau said. “For some people this has been kind of a rallying point to say hey, let’s try to be supportive.“I’ve actually experienced more of that here on campus.”University President Fr. John Jenkins said Notre Dame’s role as a leading Catholic institution is to look forward toward preventing further abuse.“We cannot change the past, but we in the Church must do everything we can to prevent such abuse from happening in the future,” Jenkins said in a written statement. “Notre Dame must do all it can to make sure it holds itself to the highest standards and toward this end, we have put policies and procedures in place.”Jenkins also said the University affirms support for victims and prays for their healing. “Our thoughts are with victims who have been so damaged psychologically and spiritually by sexual abuse by clergy and religious,” Jenkins said. “Faith and prayer are particularly needed that we do not succumb to negative emotions, but seek healing, hope and constructive reform.”Theology professor Fr. Richard McBrien said he is concerned about the abuse scandals that have continually surfaced in the news in recent months — especially those regarding the Pope.“He should be completely open and truthful about what happened in Munich when he served as its archbishop, and what happened during his time as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which also had responsibility for sexual abuse cases involving priests,” McBrien said.“Most people would be understanding and forgiving if he admitted some mistakes in judgment. What people resent is being lied to,” he said. “This controversy will not go away unless and until the pope himself speaks out.  His allies have not helped him thus far.”Cunningham said he believes some of the “finger-pointing” at Pope Benedict for allegedly not removing a priest accused of sexual abuse from contact with children is unfair.“I think in a way he’s getting a bad rap for it,” Cunningham said. “I think he was in fact someone trying to do something for the situation.”He said many of the cases surfacing in the news are decades old.“Today there are very clear procedures set up,” he said. “I think the widespread plague of child abuse generally is a symptom of something that is really wrong with society as a whole.”Senior Lee Marsh has contemplated going into the priesthood, and said the possible stigma of clerical sex abuse has disturbed him.“That is one thing my mom always brought up when I would talk to her about the priesthood ministry,” he said.Although he is unsure about pursuing priesthood, Marsh said he wants to devote his life to Catholic ministry in some way, and he is undeterred by the Church’s scandals.“It’s like a doctor and malpractice. It’s always there but shouldn’t stop you from exercising your ability to help people,” he said.But Marsh said he still has a lot of trust and faith in the Church.“I think when we look at the bishops who have made poor decisions, we are looking at a small part of the human portion of the Church,” he said. “It’s much bigger than that.”Fr. Paulinus Odozor, a theology professor, also recognized the positive contributions the Church has made in the world.“Do you know how many hospitals the Church is running?” he said. “Do you know the millions of pupils enrolled in Catholic school today being taught by Catholic men and women?“I don’t want this to sound triumphonistic. I am simply saying we must put these things in balance.”While sexual abuse by priests is a “serious problem,” the Church is “not the monster roaming the streets trying to get people,” Odozor said.Russeau said there are steps the Church can take to prevent such abuse from happening again and that the focus should be on keeping children safe.“We redesigned the reconciliation room [at my former parish] so there is a mostly see-through glass door,” he said.“We tried to take a way some of the privacy … just to be more transparent in that way.”Russeau also said the process for admitting priests into the seminary is very specific.“We have a psychological battery of tests that every candidate takes. They have a lot of interviews with psychologists, priests, with the layperson,” he said.“We try to be very careful about who we let into the seminary.”Odozor said he believes the Church has already begun to take action to address the problem.“One of the gains from this situation, if you can call it that, is the fact that [the Church] has put in place better rules for oversight. To be able to catch these things and take adequate and appropriate action,” Odozor said.Despite the negative media attention, Odozor said Catholic parishioners have still been receptive to him as a priest.“Catholics generally reach out to you,” he said. “They are not expecting you to keep away from people.”“In fact, sometime ago after Mass, a kid came to me to hug me and the mom was standing there,” Odozor said.Odozor initially hesitated, but the mother encouraged him to embrace her daughter.“She said, ‘Father, please give her a hug.’“They realize that the bulk of priests have the intention of serving the Church,” he said. Odozor, who has been a priest for 26 years, said despite its current difficulties, priesthood is “a happy profession.”“In spite of everything, I wouldn’t be anything else.”last_img read more

VCC accepting applications for award

first_imgThe Vermont Council for Quality is now accepting applications for the Excellence in Action Award.The Excellence in Action Award was established to generate performanceexcellence among all Vermont organizations and drive higher levels ofquality in Vermont services and products. a.. Receive a comprehensive review and a written feedback report giving you expert insight into the strengths of the practice or process. b.. Receive recognition at the VCQ Annual Awards Conference on February 18, 2004 by presenting your innovation at the Best Practice Spotlight.Any Vermont organization is eligible to submit their practice, process, orinnovation that was implemented in the last three years.For more information:1) Contact VCQ at 802-655-19102) Email [email protected](link sends e-mail)3) Download the attached Pre-Application form or4) Visit the VCQ website at is external)last_img read more

NAFCU Annual Conference canceled

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Vancouver, Canada continue reading »center_img As cases of coronavirus continue to rise and uncertainty remains, NAFCU has canceled its 53rd Annual Conference and Solutions Expo, scheduled to take place June 23-26 in Vancouver, Canada. NAFCU’s executives meet daily to discuss the pandemic and are taking steps to ensure credit unions remain safe, operational, and informed of developments.Registered attendees have been notified of the cancellation via email, which contains additional information on how to transfer conference registrations or obtain a refund, and how to proceed with canceling hotel and flight reservations.Please contact [email protected] with any questions.Although the conference has been canceled, NAFCU’s Annual Business Meeting will still take place in June at the association’s headquarters in Arlington, Va., and via a virtual format. More details will be sent to members soon.last_img read more

Dhawan, Pujara centuries make Sri Lanka suffer

first_imgSHIKAR Dhawan made his highest Test score with a rapid century and Cheteshwar Pujara also scored a magnificent hundred as India piled on the runs on a painful first day of the series for Sri Lanka.Dhawan was only brought into the squad after Murali Vijay was ruled out of the tour due to a wrist injury and the left-hander grasped his opportunity in style on day one in Galle.The destructive opener – playing his first Test this year – made a brilliant 190 off only 168 balls and the classy Pujara was still there on 144 when India closed on 399-3, Nuwan Pradeep taking all three wickets.Dhawan was dropped on 31 by Asela Gunaratne, who could miss the rest of the series after fracturing his thumb while attempting to cling on at second slip and went on to score a fifth Test hundred.The powerful Dhawan added insult to injury, scoring 126 runs in a punishing afternoon session for Sri Lanka, and the prolific Pujara cashed in on a flat pitch with another exquisite innings as the tourists made their second-highest score on day one of a Test.Abhinav Mukund got his chance at the top of the order in the absence of the un-well KL Rahul, but fell cheaply when he edged Pradeep (3-64) behind after Virat Kohli won the toss.Dhawan was given a lifeline when he was put down by Gunaratne, who was left in agony as his participation in this match at the very least came to a premature end.The aggressive Dhawan was in one-day mode, using his feet superbly and was unbeaten on 64 to take the top-ranked side on to 115-1 at lunch, with Pujara looking ominously untroubled.Dhawan cut loose after the interval, demonstrating the full range of strokes he has in his repertoire as the runs came all too easily, and Pujara was also in majestic touch.A sweep for four took Dhawan to three figures, almost two years after his previous Test century at the same venue, and Pujara continued to show great timing as he eased to 50.Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Rangana Herath looked short of ideas with the free-scoring Dhawan in such imperious touch, but after hitting 31 boundaries in a stunning knock, the opener gave it away by driving Pradeep to Angelo Mathews at mid-off just before tea to end a stand of 253.Kohli was given out caught behind for only three, attempting to hook Pradeep following a successful review from Herath, but Pujara made Sri Lanka suffer and raised his bat to celebrate yet another hundred after finding a leg-side gap to pick up two.Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (39 not out) added 113 for the fourth wicket by the time India – who handed a debut to Hardik Pandya – closed in a commanding position.(Omnisport)INDIA 1st inningsS. Dhawan c Mathews b Pradeep 190A. Mukund c Dickwella b Pradeep 12C. Pujara not out 144V. Kohli c Dickwella b Pradeep 3A. Rahane not out 39Extras: (lb-4, nb-3, w-4) 11Total: (for 3 wickets, 90 overs) 399Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-280, 3-286.Bowling: Nuwan Pradeep 18-1-64-3 (nb-1), Lahiru Kumara 16-0-95-0 (nb-2, w-4), Dilruwan Perera 25-1-103-0, Rangana Herath 24-4-95-0, Danushka Gunathilaka 7-0-41-0.last_img read more

Babalola, Imeh Hit 3rd Round of CBN Tennis

first_imgIn the women category, the ladies singles, defending Champion and tournament top seed, Sarah Adegoke, wasted no time in her first round game when she dismissed Akosile Afolarin 6-0, 6-0 , while third seed Christy Agugbom subdued Favour Moses in 6-1, 6-2.The final in all categories of play will come up on Friday with the sum of N700,000 cash prizes set aside for all the winners. Over 300 players including special athletes are participating in the competition which is in its 40th edition this year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The defending Champion of the men’s singles event of the on-going 40th Central Bank of Nigeria Senior men and women Open Tennis Championship, Abdumumuni Babalola was on to a good start yesterday after his first two matches and advanced to the 3rd round of the competition.Putting the disappointment of the heavy rain that disrupted his first game on Monday behind him, Babalola stopped John Henry in 6-1, 6-2, in his first round match before gaining another victory over Abayomi Philip whom defeated 6-1, 6-1 cruise into the round of 16.Also in the 3rd round is tournament, top seed, Joseph Imeh who won 6-2, 6-1 against Taiwo Owolabi in his first match and beat John Otu 6-1, 6-4 in the second round. He will come up against old war horse, Shehu Lawal in one of today’s 3rd round pairings while Clifford Enosoregbe beat Martins Abamu in yesterday’s 2nd round will battle former Champion Thomas Otu to decide who plays in tomorrow’s quarter finals.last_img read more

Should Lakers fans be worried about Reggie Jackson signing with the Clippers?

first_imgReggie Jackson signed with the Clippers after being bought out by the Pistons on Tuesday, according to ESPN. The Lakers, who have been searching for backcourt help, were reportedly hopeful they could sign the veteran point guard ahead of their rival.Jackson has been an enigma throughout his NBA career. He has at times been a prolific scorer and pick-and-roll threat, but he has also been plagued by inefficient shooting. The Clippers, who already acquired Marcus Morris at the trade deadline to fortify their bench, would love the 29-year-old to pick up offensive responsibilities alongside Lou Williams when the backup unit is on the floor. Most important, though, is the injury insurance Jackson will provide the already deep Clippers. Patrick Beverley is currently out with a groin injury, and it’s unknown when he’ll return.Who could the Lakers turn to now?Last week, the Lakers were reportedly considering Dion Waiters after he was let go by the Grizzlies (who had acquired him from Miami). JR Smith has also been on their radar.It’s possible other guards will be bought out, though it seems unlikely someone of Jackson’s caliber will become available to the Lakers. MORE: NBA All-Star anthems have been suspect of lateThe Lakers missed out on bringing in a guard at the deadline, and they were unable to convince Darren Collison to come out of retirement. So, how much does losing the Jackson sweepstakes hurt them as they try to best the Clippers atop the Western Conference? Here is a breakdown of the situation:How might Reggie Jackson have helped the Lakers?The Lakers have struggled to fill the gaps when point-LeBron James isn’t in the game. Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley have been disappointments, and the team has been actively looking for ways to improve its backcourt rotation via outside additions.Jackson would have almost certainly been a step up for Los Angeles’ bench, and his recent play for the Pistons after missing two months to injury suggests his possible pairing with Kyle Kuzma would have been effective. Jackson has averaged 16.6 points and 5.3 assists in 12 contests since returning from back problems, and Detroit outscored its opponents by an average of 3.9 points per game when he was on the floor, as opposed to being outscored by 5.5 points per game when he sat. He meshed with stretch-forward Christian Wood, and he also shot 39 percent from deep.MORE: NBA All-Star winners and losersWill Reggie Jackson actually make the Clippers better?It’s impossible to know for sure.As mentioned earlier, Jackson can be locked in and productive for long stretches and then underwhelming at other points. A winning situation — something he didn’t see much of in Detroit — could help him find consistency, as could an array of sharpshooters he can find after driving into the lane. The passion he plays with will be fun to watch alongside Montrezl Harrell, an energetic big man who will likely run plenty of pick-and-rolls with him.The Clippers top bench unit could look something like this moving forward: Jackson, Lou Williams/Landry Shamet, Marcus Morris, JaMychal Green, Harrell. That’s a pretty great group of role players that looks much better than what the Lakers currently have to offer.last_img read more

SPSCC Nursing Program a Candidate for National Accreditation

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College The SPSCC Nursing Program is taking steps toward national program accreditation through the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), a new national accrediting body for all types of nursing programs. Earning national accreditation is an important next step for the program: national accreditation will affirm the quality of the program as well as meet the requirements that Washington State has set for the national accreditation of all nursing programs in the state by 2020.Currently in the pre-accreditation process, the NLN CNEA is accepting third party comments through April 10. For information about making a comment, view the nursing program page.  A candidacy decision should be made by NLN CNEA before July 2017.Once initial candidacy is in place, the program will have up to three years to submit a self-study report and schedule an on-site program evaluation, which will determine permanent national accreditation of the program for up to six years.SPSCC’s nursing program is thriving as the first in Washington State to implement the new Associate of Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degree. In 2016, the program saw its first 26 graduates from the new program model, half of whom transferred directly into year four at a university. Also in 2016, nursing students who took the NCLEX Registered Nurse exam earned an outstanding pass rate of 92%, well over the state average of 88.66% and national average of 84.56%.About the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education AccreditationThe National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) promotes excellence and integrity in nursing education globally through an accreditation process that respects the diversity of program mission, curricula, students, and faculty; emphasizes a culture of continuous quality improvement; and influences the preparation of a caring and competent nursing workforce.The NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation implements its vision and carries out its accreditation activities guided by the National League for Nursing’s core values – caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence – as applied to the accreditation process.  Read more.last_img read more

Nelson Minor Hockey crowns another champion as Atom Leafs claim WK title

first_imgThe Nelson Atom Leafs were special guests of the Nelson Leafs Hockey Club during Tuesday’s Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoff game against Beaver Valley, as so they should after capturing the West Kootenay Division Championship in dramatic fashion Sunday in Midway. The Atom Leafs scored in the winning goal in the final 25 seconds of the game to edge Boundary 6-5 in the tourney championship.The Nelson Minor Hockey Association squad finished the tournament undefeated in five games and the season with a stellar 15-0-1 record.The Atom B team, similar to other NMHA teams, will display their West Kootenay League Championship banner at the NDCC.last_img read more

Owls’ offense fails to perform in disappointing bowl game loss

first_imgAnnapolis, MD- With 11 minutes and 12 seconds remaining in the third quarter, redshirt-junior quarterback Anthony Russo dropped back to pass and looked to the right side of the field. He threw the ball hoping it got to redshirt-junior receiver Branden Mack.  Instead, the ball landed right in the hands of University of North Carolina freshman cornerback Storm Duck who promptly caught the ball and returned it for a 20-yard touchdown, putting the Tar Heels ahead 34-6.  “I don’t think we got outplayed,” Russo said. “To line up and try to beat UNC is one thing, but when you have to beat Temple and beat UNC is a whole other. They didn’t show us anything different.”   Temple eventually scored a touchdown on the drive to bring the score to 10-6.  Temple University football (8-5, 5-3 The American Athletic Conference) lost 55-13 to the Tar Heels (7-6, 4-4 The Atlantic Coast Conference) on Friday afternoon in the Northrup Grumman Military Bowl.  Freshman running-back Re’Mahn Davis scores a touchdown during the Military Bowl game against the University of North Carolina at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. on Dec. 27, 2019. | COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS “I thought [Mack] was running the edge, but he did a quick out,” Russo said. “That is on me. I am going to go back and watch the film. Get better in the offseason, that’s all you can do.”  Freshman running back Re’Mahn Davis was a bright spot for the Owls’ offense. Davis caught a screen pass from redshirt-sophomore quarterback Todd Centeio and ran it 45 yards for a touchdown. center_img Although Temple was disappointed with its performance on offense, it is important the team remembers how important the graduating seniors have been to the program, Carey said.  Davis finished the game with 36 rushing yards and one touchdown while also catching two passes for 44 yards and one touchdown.  Redshirt-sophomore Jadan Blue was the Owls’ leading receiver in the game. He recorded eight catches and 92 yards. One of Blue’s catches went for 60 yards with 10 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Blue also became the first receiver in Owls history to record more than 1,000 yards in a single season during the game. Russo finished the game 12-of-20 passing for 128 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Mack finished the game with just three catches for 18 yards.  “We celebrate their careers,” Carey added. “They had a fantastic career through a lot of transition. Four head coaches, including one that was only here for 17 days. This senior group is special, and I always remember them for who they are.” Temple only recorded 272 total yards of offense in the game, 78 of which came from rushing the football and 194 came in the passing game. last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2016)–With a modest Pick Six carryover from Friday of $40,671 stoking the pari-mutuel fires, $579,499 in “new money” was wagered Saturday at Santa Anita, creating a total Pick Six pool of $620,170.No doubt helped by four graded stakes that fell within the popular two dollar wager, many betters took the approach that with Songbird heavily favored (1-9 at post time) in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes and Mor Spirit heavily favored (3-5 at post time) in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes, the wager was reduced, for all intents and purposes, to a Pick Four, which encouraged the monetary deluge.With both Songbird and Mor Spirit winning their respective races, there were 200 winning Pick Six tickets, each worth $1,753.20. There were 3,457 “fives,” each worth $38.20.Special early first post time for an eight-race card on Big Game Sunday at Santa Anita is at 11 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9 a.m.last_img read more