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PAGE 10 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC DECEMBER 15, 1991 - %~rs %. ~.. ~':~.. - ::,~::~- Diocese of Allentown/CNS Bishop Joseph Mark McShea, 84, founding bishop in 1961 of the Dio- cese of Allentown, PA, died Nov. 28. He was one of the first Americans assigned to the Roman Curia to serve in what is now the Congrega- tion for the Eastern-rite Churches, and spent 13 years as secretary to the papal delegate in Washington. He built three new high schools and Opened Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales. He retired in 1983. \ Ceramic Angels for Christmas... Choose from our variety of angels starting at $12 to grace your home. Th~ Booi~r=~k - a so,urr* for rn~nlngfu! books and gqts. t, tta~ ao~ ~. 00kmark 225-97 1000 N. Mississiv~io At St. Mark's Episcopal Church 10 AM - 5 I~ Monday - Friday~ AM - 2 PM Saturday & Sunday followifig services Nationally-known theologian resigns amid sex charges Outspoken pro-lifer Notre Dame, IN ((INS)- Holy Cross Fr. James Tunstead Burtchaell, a nationally known theologian, has agreed to resign from the University of Notre Dame theology fac- ulty amid allegations he sexually harassed and abused students he counseled. In a brief statement Dec. 1, Fr. Carl F. Ebey, Holy Cross provincial, said Fr. Burtchaell, 57, was undergoing "psychologi- cal evaluation and a'eatment." He said the theologian agreed last April to res'gn his faculty post effective next sum- mer, when his current sabbatical ends. The priest has been working at Princeton Uni- versity under a research grant during his sabbatical. Fr. Ebey called the resignation a "per- sonal tragedy a teacher and scholar brought on himself." Citing confidentiality, he said nothing about the circumstance surrounding the resignation. But the Dec. 6 edition of the National Catholic Reporter, published at the end of November, said that according to its sources, "during the 198990 academic year several students, independent of one another, corv tided to a priest in the theology department that they had been sexually harassed or abused" by Fr. Burlchaell when they went to him for counseling or spiritual advice. The newspaper, a weekly published in Kansas City, MO, said it had spoken with Give gourmet coffee & gift baskets for Christmas. All major cred cards accepted Marketplace Center, 11121 F~xlney F'artaam, LR. 228--9900 Hne New York Sa~le Sandwiches ~n,,ed two former students "who said Fr. B I1 made sexual advances on them while in counseling." The Reporter, which had been investi- gating the story for at least two months, said university officials refused to comment, cit- ing confidentiality. Speaking on behalf of the Holy Cross community, Fr. Ebey said in his statement, "We acknowledge the serious nature of this matter and apologize to those who may have been hurt." A priest since 1960 and a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1966, Fr. Burtchaell was chair of the theology depart- ment in the late 1960s. From 1970 to 1977, he was provost of the university and a mem- ber of its board of trustees. A speoalist in Scripture studies and moral theology, he has degn'ees from Nolre Dame, the Catholic University of America in Wash- ington, Gregorian University and the Pon- tifical Biblical Institute in Rome and Can bridge University in England. Among books he has written are Rachel Weeping, and Other Essay. on Abortion, which won a Christopher Award as one of the best books of 1982; For Better or Worse, a 1985 book on man-iage; and The Giving and Taking of Life, a major ethical worL Magic Johnson says 'safest sex' may be 'no sex' at all (CNS) -- Earan "Magic" Johnson, the former basketball star diag- nosed with the virus that causes AIDS, has said sexual abstinence is an alternative in fighting the spread of AIDS. "Young people especially have to think more carefully about the decision to have sex, because the safest sex is no sex and that is really the most respon le choice," Johnson said in a statement announcing m- tablishment of the Magic Johnson Founda- lion. "Responsible sex is the key," he said. "Practicing 'safe sex' is important, but even more important is for each person to act responsibly." Several bishops and Catholic newspaper editors had criticized Johnson for promot- ing the use of condoms to prevent AIDS. Shortly after Johnson's announcement in November, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Angeles praised the former Los Angeles Lakers star for his honesty and willingness to warn young people about the human immunodefidency virus. But he said he hoped Johnson would "reach out to our youth and implore them to say 'no' to sexual relations outside host him Iris s lion q- Cart 'capt the sanctity and R0ttta~NS commitment of marriage." "Magic" Johnson I fo~ Johnson has said he conWacted the hu- he s man immunodeficiency (HIV), which causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syn- eapt drome, from a sexual encounter with a in tc woman, of h "Olyciously, if I could turn thedock back, A I would have acted differently, he said in den' announcing the new foundation, whose :est4 stated aims are "to support AIDS education 'host and awareness programs, fund research and !and assist in caring for those suffering from the fait[ disease." Ishax One source of income for the founda- i F fion will be the deal Johnson has signed with Random House for a series of three Uni' books. The first of the three, due out in a Pr paperback next spring, reportedly will be a 198 safe-sex guide written in collaboration with !lismF former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. 'I intend to dedicate my time and effort rain to making the public, and especially young to c people, more aware of HIV and AIDS --- [and how the virus can be transmitted and what can be done to avoid having happen tO iadd others what has happened to me,'Johnson said. i Sy1 San Francisco Catholics form defense group San Francisco (CNS)- Several Catholics here have fomaed a group to defend Catholicism, which, they say, ks the target of hate crimes and attack~ The group, called Catholics for Troth and Justice, vowed recently '1o preserve the rights and dignity of those who practice the Catholic faith by responding to the most vicious and clear attacks of bigotry directed against the Church." 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