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PAGE 15 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC FEBRUARY 18, 1990 from page 1 NY, that he had sexual relations Fr. Ritter several times between ",1975 and 1975, while Bassile was a COVenant House resident. .The Times said Bassile, now 31, was when he entered Covenant House when he left. It reported that originally telephoned his com- plaints to Fr. McHugh and subsequently Times when. he received no )onse from the wovincial's complaints to the Franciscan followed publication by The New t Dec. 12 of allegations by Kite that he had received up $25,000 in cash and gifts from Fr. and had given the priest sexual in return. But The Times said it confirmed that Bassile originally reported his complaints about Fr. Rit- to an Ithaca psychotherapist last more than six months before allegations. initial uproar over Kite's claims down rather quickly after Kite's Alton Kite, said his son was a chronic liar with a history of turning against people who had helped him. Also involved in the new round of allegations were claims by former Cove- nant House resident John Melican that he and Fr. Ritter had an intermittent sexual relationship for more than a decade, from the early 1970s to 1986. The Times said it located Melican in Seattle, and in telephone interviews he said that he began a sexual relation- ship with Fr. Ritter when he was 13 years old. Ft. Ritter told The Times he had met Bassile only once and had seen Meli- can on and off over a number of years, but he denied any sexual relationship with either youth. Fr. McHugh said that after Bassile's original complaint his office made several "unsuccessful attempts to rein- state contact" before it reached him by phone .]an. 24. "Immediately thereafter, the Francis- can order began its own inquiry into the allegations,, he said. Convenant House, which Fr. Ritter has directed since he founded it in 1968, in recent years has become head- quarters for an international network of shelters and rehabilitation services for homeless and runaway youths. It suffered a significant drop in donations following Kite's allegations in Decem- ber. In December and January it sus- pended plans to open new programs in five U.S. cities and expand existing programs in three cities. The Manhattan district attorney's office has been investigating allegations of financial improprieties, by Covenant House in connection with Kite's accu- sations. Covenant House records show expen- ditures of $9,793.33 on Kite, a figure in line with expenses for other youths in the education and rehabilitation pro- gram he was enrolled in, but Kite claims he recieved cash and other aid amount- ing to $25,000. In a new twist on that case, The Times reported that the district attorney's office is investigating whether Covenant House officials were involved in help- ing Kite obtain a forged baptismal certificate from a Catholic church in from page 1 !So rudely interrupted," a refer- his sabbatical. r. Fox told his audience they "need a new church" with he said he saw in the basic communities he visited in the during his sabbatical. the Third World, where the is still warm, we would bravery, and they would learn from us," Fr. Fox said. Cos- is the study of the universe and and evolution. there are two churches," the ttUtional model centered in the lcan and a model expressed by eSsive people of faith, he said. a Worthy vocation to attempt a_ ag between the two," he said. Fox said he was touched by re- of 7,000 letters being sent on his to the Vatican during his sab- the sabbatical came from watching "what a dysfunctional situation does to WORLD people who under pressure do not show courage. Appeasement scares me, be- cause it never works." Shorty after he accepted the sabbati- cal, Fr. Fox had written an "open let- ter" to CardinalJoseph Ratzinger, head of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, comparing the Catholic Church to a dysfunctional family. called for numerous Church re- 375 -0327 1200 Barrow including the granting of sepa- II rites to black Catholics and Native II Little Rock, 72205 leans, the creation of lay synods [[ Rentals & Sales *e opening of full Church minis- Washington (CNS) - The Immigration IlVincent Wren Women and Naturalization Service, in a move % fundamentalism is based on fear," long lobbied for by Church and human whether it appears in Islam, rights groups, has blocked the deporta- or "Vatican literalism." tion of spouses and children of newly Is time to get out of denial and legalized immigrants. The new "family fairness" policy grants a temporary status to the spouses and unmarried children under age 18 WIDE OPTICAL 6221 Asher Ave. K-Mart Shpg. Ctr. Little ROck 568 - 0021 the most agonizing part of of immigrants legalized under the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. It allows them to stay and work in the U.S. until a spouse or parent who becomes a permanent resident can apply to have family members granted permanent legal status. offering Christian Counse~lgfor DEPRESSION- Member of Christ the King Parish Licensed by AR Board of Examtners tn l~ychole~', Member Assoc. of Chrlst~m Therapistz. Over 20 yrs, 1801 N. Uuivetllty - Suite 910 IJttle IRe~k, 72207 ts0t} 0~,-a0t0 Jamestown, NY, which Kite used to pass himselfoffas Timothy Warner. The real Timothy Warner, born in 1970, died of cancer in 1980. The forging of a baptis- mal certificate could violate both Church and civil laws. Fr. Ritter left a college teaching ca- reer in 1968 to open a shelter for New York's "street kids," teen-age runaways from across the country who gravitated toward Times Square and often survived by lying, cheating, stealing and selling sex. From its start in two abandoned tenements, Covenant House has grown to an international program with a budget last year of $87 million - triple what the U.S. government spends on social programs for runaways. Nearly all of it is received from donations. Marjorle Hunecker, Olin Wahrmund C.R.S. Members, St. Theresa's Parish Full Service Lower Fee JOINT VENTURE Real Estate Free Market Analysis 7418 So. University, LR * 565-5300 t ~!~!E!!~iii.ii~i~i!i!iii!i!~!~i~iiii~i!iiiiii;: ':i:i:i$i~:"ii ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::!. i" it7 :~::::::::::::::::::::: ii:i:iii~ii~iiiiii~iii~iii~!i~i~!!~ HELP WANTED Mature, dependable female to live - in with elderly lady in NLR 4days & nights per week. References required. 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