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Issue Date:  June 2, 2006

Quotable & Notable

“Greater regional security, greater availability of energy, greater trade exchanges and, naturally, a greater well-being for all of its inhabitants.”

-- Mexican President Vicente Fox spelling out his vision for the future of North America. He spoke in Salt Lake City May 23.

“You know a movie’s a dud when even its self-flagellating albino killer monk isn’t any fun.”

-- John Beifuss, leading off his review of “The Da Vinci Code” in The Commercial Appeal

“It will be a bloody summer.”

-- U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann talking to the German newsweekly Spiegel the fourth week in May, Afghanistan’s bloodiest week in five years

“I grow weary of people who wash their hands of the whole matter and seek reassurances that their contributions will not be used to compensate victims or pay attorneys.”

-- Portland, Ore., Archbishop John Vlazny writing about the clergy sex abuse crisis in his newspaper column. He wrote, “My friends, we are the ones who are being sued.”

“It’s certainly just to ask the church to be accountable, but is it just to destroy parishes, schools and other agencies of care to do so?”

-- Vermont Bishop Salvatore Matano reacting to criticism after he moved 128 parishes and missions into individual charitable trusts to protect them from sex abuse lawsuits. He said, “I’m doing the best I possibly can. But I’m really in a no-win situation.”

National Catholic Reporter, June 2, 2006

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