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f- s+ S + S' V / ** CathoHc Diocese of Rochester Thursday, February 16,1989 50* 32 Pagm-2 Sections S '•V: -. s Entertainment Page 7 Local News Page 4 Sports Page 9 Wedding Supplement PagelA/17 World and Nation.... Page 3 Youth Page 8 Look inside for special wedding section For help in planning a wedding to last a lifetime, see the Catholic Courier's wedding supplement, beginning after page 8. Activists fear return By Lee Strong Staff Writer ROCHESTER — The death penalty re- fuses to die in New York state. On Monday, Feb. 13, the state senate voted 39 to*17 to reinstate the death pen- alty in New York, and the assembly is ex- pected to follow suit within a week. Gov- ernor Mario Cuomo is expected to veto die bill, as he and former Governor Hugh Carey ha,ye done for 12 years running. The senate will then, in all probability, vote to override the veto for the 13th con- secutive time, while die assembly .is likely to fall short of the 100 voies^necessary to ovemde^. aajhasjhappened each previous \Butdeath penalty opponents are growing nervous. In 1985, the assembly .fell eight votes short of an override. In 198J[,the gap\ narrows} to just four, votes. Asa result of diet wim^mffm^6S^rw ardiose^s - two votes — too close, they say, for cbnv? fort. ' \There are some members of the the as- sembly who say they do have the votes (to override the governor's veto),\ said Kath- leen Gallagher, legislative associate for the New York State Catholic Conference. \The conference feels they will not make it — they have 98 or 99 votes — but they are closer than ever before.\ Clare Regan is less optimistic. \It's really hard to tell,\ said Regan, a member of the Judicial Process Commis- sion in Rochester. She cited as key factors in the shrinking, margin changes in the as- sembly due to last November's elections and growing support of capital punishment among New York City representatives be- cause of the recent killing of a New York City police officer. \The general feeling is if a cop were killed between now and the override vote, the override would pass,\ she said. Concerned about the potential closeness of the vote, the state Catholic conference included the death penalty in its Critical Is- sues Day, Jan. 31. More than 300 confer- ence personnel and representatives of the state's eight dioceses met with legislators in Albany to discuss such targeted issues as the death penalty, public assistance grant increases, school asbestos aid and parental consent for abortions. In addition, the conference's latest news- letter, which is mailed to approximately 10,000 individuals, parishes and diocesan offices, focuses entirely on the death pen- alty and the U.S. Catholic Church's oppo- sition tofts reinstatement. The U.S. Catho- lic Conference, for example, rejected capi- tal punishment in statements issued in 1974,1977 and 1980. Meanwhile, the Diocese of Rochester has already begun to prepare for the over- ride vote expected some time this spring. During the Critical Issues Day, diocesan representatives met with local legislators, including the senate bill's sponsor, Senator Dale Volker, who represents parts of Li- vingston and Ontario counties. Justice and peace directors of the dio-. cese's three regional social ministry offices may revive parish case study groups — or ganized to focus on the issue of abortion — to study capital punishment, according to Fauier John Firpo, director of the diocesan Division of Social Ministry: To focus attention on die death penalty issue, diocesan officials are also consider- ing sending speakers to parishes, providing bulletin inserts and information packets for homilists, and calling upon parish social ministry committees to set up and staff in- formation tables and circulate petitions/ Parishioners will also be urged to write let- ters to their legislative representatives. According to Sister Dawn Nothwehr, OSF, education coordinator for the Divi- sion of Social Ministry, the goal of these efforts is to inform people that the U.S. bishops have rejected capital punishment, arid to explain their reasons, for doing so. This rejection is based on several beliefs, country has-been unfairly admihistered along racial and economic lines, that pos- sibilities exist for mistakes, and that its de- terrence value is questionable. Sister Nothwehr acknowledged that many Cauiolics disagree with the bishops because of what she described as \myths\ about the death penalty. Chief among these myths, she said, are assumptions that the death penalty deters murder and that exe- cuting criminals is cheaper than keeping them incarcerated for life. FBI statistics from 1976-86, however, show that states where executions are per- mitted had a murder rate of 108 killings for every million people, while states that did not permit executions had a comparable Continued on page 7 Lashondra Harris, a first-grade sings with her school's children's Friday, Feb. 10, at—(guardian DPC studies diocesan budget reforms By Lee Strong Staff writer SHORTSVUXE - The Diocese of Ro- chester has adopted a new system of bud- geting that will force diocesan departments and divisions to evaluate program effec- tiveness and cost, and will affect the way Thanks Giving Appeal goals are.set. The new system was announced at die Diocesan Pastoral Council meeting at St. Dominic's, Shortsville, on Saturday, Feb. 11. As it was outlined to DPC members by Father John Mulligan, moderator of the Pastoral Center, the system may also lead to hie elimination or consolidation of some programs and positions, and a process for staffing review and merit-pay increases. Meanwhile, a budget committee that will report to the Diocesan Finance Council has been created to review budgets submitted by the diocese's eight divisions. This committee replaces the Ministerial Review Committee, a subcommittee of the Dio- cesan Pastoral \Council which formerly reviewed thepdcesan budget. In explaining die new budgeting system, Fauier Mulligan told DPC members that Bishop Matthew H. Clark had requested the development of a streamlined, briefer budgeting process for the diocese. The process was to be designed to allow greater Linda Dow HayesCatholic Courier at\St. Monica's School, Rochester; gospel choir, during a performance Angels School in Henrietta. consultation of such bodies as the DPC and the Priests' Council in order to receive in- put before the budget is developed. In pre- vious years, the DPC learned about the budget only after it had already been com- pleted. To achieve this goal, Father Mulligar assembled a Task Force for Budget Re vision, which evaluated me former budget ing process, and found a number of weak- nesses in the procedure. Under die old system, 436 separate pro- grams submitted budget requests, making the budgeting process cumbersome, Fauier Mulligan noted. Little or no attempt wa; made to evaluate whether uiese programs were effective, had completed tiieir assig- ned tasks, or were duplicating services offered by other programs. Meanwhile, budgetary increases were based not on need, but on increments dic- tated largely by salary increases. Thus little money was available for expanding pro- grams or developing new ones. Increases, in'turn, were controlled by uie Thanks Giv- ing Appeal goal and not tied strictly to th; actual financial needs of the diocese. \Our funding drove our budget,\ Father Mulligan explained. Under the new system, programs with budgets under $10,000 will be combined in an effort to : streamline the budgeting process. In the 1989/90 budget, for exam- ple, the number of programs submitting budget requests has been reduced from 436 to between 100 and 200. The eventual goal, Fauier Mulligan said, is to reduce uie number to approximately 100. Rather than isimply submitting program budgets, departments, and then divisions, must develop a list of prioritized objec- tives. Using the list as a guide; each divi- sion's budget will be based on which pro- grams meet these objectives, and how much money each program needs. In die process, unmet needs or objectives might be discovered, and ^jew programs pro- posed, In addition, department or division heads may be forced to eliminate or reduce some programs because other programs need to be created or will require more money to meet their objectives. The divisions will submit their budgets to the Budget Committee, headed by Father Mulligan. This committee will prioritize diocesan goals add financial needs, submitting uie resultant budget to the Finance Council for approval. Final approval of the budget will be made by Bishop Clark.' The diocesan budget developed through. Continued on page 5

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