The chapter’s Spring Brunch is scheduled for Sunday, April 25 at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul. The event will begin with a Liturgy. The Minnesota Catholic of the Year Award and the Outstanding Service Award will be presented after the meal. The Brunch speaker is Robert White, M.D., who will discuss modern ethical challenges for the Catholic physician. (For tickets or further details call the chapter office: (612) 646-0765.)
On April 24, the day before the brunch, the chapter will be holding its second annual seminar. Titled “Medicine and Religion: Ethical Considerations,” the sessions will include an ethical overview by John Dolan, Ph.D., a discussion of HIV and public policy by David Pence, M.D., and a look at the fetal tissue transplantation issue by Robert White, M.D.
The chapter co-sponsored a forum on anti-Catholic bias on Sunday, February 14 at Holy Trinity parish in St. Louis Park. Panelists included Lou Gelfand (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Msgr. James Habiger (Minnesota Catholic Conference), former State Rep. Phyllis McQuaid, and Chapter Executive Director Pat Shannon.
Thanks to contributions from 15 individuals the chapter now has state-of-the-art desktop publishing equipment.
Chapter Executive Director Joe Doyle reports that plans are complete for the chapter’s annual awards banquet – April 15, at the Sheraton-Tara in Framingham. By this time all members and friends of the League in the Bay state should have received their personal invitations to this very special event. Cardinal Law plans on being there as the League presents its John W . McCormack Public Service award to former governor Edward J. King. State Senate President William M. Bulger, last year’s award recipient, will make the presentation on behalf of the League. We hope that area members will be there to show their support for the chapter and the Church.
Greater Philadelphia-South Jersey Chapter
The chapter did a newsletter mailing recently. The mailing list has been expanded to include Catholic League members in northern Delaware since they are so close to the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Executive Director Jim Nolan reports that he has an active and enthusiastic board of twenty and that board meetings open with a Mass celebrated at the chapter office.
Get involved. Call Jim at (215) 342-1590.
Long Island Chapter
As you can see from the pictures on the facing page, our Long Island chapter’s young adults have been busy.
The annual Communion Breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, April 25. Fr. Robert Batule will speak on “The Decline of Catholic Culture in our Society.”
The chapter is planning a twentieth anniversary membership recruitment ad for placement in the Long Island Catholic.
Chaminade High School will be participating in the Michael Fund Walkathon which benefits children with birth defects. (Members are reminded that the Michael Fund is a great pro-life alternative to the March of Dimes.)
Brother Lawrence Syriac, SM will speak about the Catholic League at a Knights of Columbus Communion Breakfast on March 21.
The annual Catholic League and St. Thomas More Lawyers Society CLE seminar is scheduled for April 24 at Marquette University. The program is jointly directed by Ron Wallenfang (a League member) and Wisconsin chapter executive director George W. Koch.
Presenters for the day are Charles Rice, Notre Dame law professor and well known writer, Walter Weber, former associate general counsel of the Catholic League, Mary Claver, attorney with Wisconsin Right to Life, and Thomas Schuessler, a Wisconsin attorney. The seminar will deal with constitutional issues affecting the family, death and dying issues, protest rights, and legal ethics considerations. For information contact the chapter office at (414) 476-8911.
Linda Cross, the only candidate who openly supported parental choice in education won a suprising victory in the February primary and now faces a candidate backed by several state teachers’ unions. Cross was the only candidate not invited to address a pre-primary forum staged by the state’s largest teacher group. Her radio spots made it clear that she supported parental choice.
Plans for the annual chapter Brunch and Clergy/Religious Recognition Day are well in hand. The big day is Sunday, May 2. Mass will be at the cathedral at 9:30 with Brunch following at the Drake hotel. The drawing for the Polish raffle (two round trip tickets to Warsaw, Poland donated by Lot Airlines, the Polish national carrier) will be held at the brunch. Chapter members should contact the chapter office (312-726- 3611) for raffle ticket information.
The chapter is exploring the possibility of holding some sort of event in cooperation with the Anti Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.
Executive Director Ted Mayer reports that the chapter is encouraging involvement in the rather intense battle shaping up over school choice in that state. The “point” organization on this one is Excel (Excellence Through Choice in Education). There are indications that the governor may attempt to move the referendum vote from 1994 to 1993. The well-heeled California teachers unions are already broadcasting radio and TV spots touting the public school system’s “virtues.”
Two officers of the Maine chapter testified against “An Act to Protect Reproductive Privacy in Maine” – a state version of the “Freedom of Choice Act” – in hearings before the state legislature’s Judiciary committee. They pointed out serious deficiencies in the act including the absence of a conscience clause for medical practitioners.