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Keeping an eye on the news around the Nation.
BY John Lilly
JPII Center Seeks Solutions to Debt, Low Attendance
TRIBUNE, March 11 — Five
years after its opening, Washington, D.C.’s Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
is facing a sizable debt, reported the Tribune.
When the center
opened in 2001, a fund-raising video described it as “the greatest thing to
happen in the Catholic Church in the United States for the next 100 years.” But
now the center is visited by less than one-tenth the expected 750,000 visitors
The museum owes $40
million in loans, including $17 million to the Archdiocese of Detroit, and
spends nearly double the $30 million expected. It lacks a central location in a
city that has more than 100 other museums.
Adam Maida, president of the center’s executive committee, met with Catholic
leaders seeking solutions to the crisis on March 16.
question that they’re facing challenges right now,” said Ned McGrath, spokesman
for the Archdiocese of Detroit. But he said, “We all feel very confident that
it has and it can make a significant contribution to the Catholic dialogue in
Candidate Says He Doesn’t Need the Register
FORWARD, March 10 — At a
March 6 reception designed to introduce Catholic Pennsylvania senatorial
candidate Robert Casey Jr. and others to Jewish Democrats, Casey sought to
differentiate himself from incumbent Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, reported
the Jewish weekly.
Referring to Santorum, also a Catholic,
Casey said, “I don’t make decisions based on my religion or the National
Catholic Register. My obligation is to my oath of office and the people I
The Register had recently written about
Casey appearing at a dinner supporting “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender”
causes. Like Santorum, he opposes abortion and embryonic stem-cell research.
The National Jewish Democratic Committee, which hosted the event, strongly
supports embryonic stem-cell research.
Miracle May Lead to Canonization of Indiana Nun
TIMES, March 12 — The healing of Phil
McCord’s right eye may well contribute to the canonization of Blessed Mother
Theodore Guerin, founder of the Sisters of Providence in Saint
Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., reported the
McCord had cataracts in both eyes.
While surgery on his left eye was successful, surgery on his right eye was not.
He was told he would need a cornea transplant. In 2000, he went to the
congregation’s chapel to “have a conversation with God” about his condition,
the paper said. While there, he said, “I went on to Mother Theodore. I just
wanted to cover all the bases.”
Two weeks later, an eye specialist told
McCord he no longer needed surgery. His vision soon returned.
On Feb. 21, the Ordinary Congregation
of the Cardinals in Rome declared the act attributable to Mother Theodore’s
intercession and qualified as a miracle. The religious order expects that Pope
Benedict XVI may canonize Mother Theodore in April.