Bishop visits Quigley Catholic

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He urges students to stand tall in the truth

John Franko
Staff Writer

For Bishop David Zubik, his visit to celebrate Mass with the students and faculty at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden was a welcome opportunity to tell them how proud he is of the Quigley family and what they stand for.

"It is an outstanding place, helping to form young people in not only a better knowledge of the world, but a better knowledge of God," he said. "It challenges them to live their faith the best way that they can."

Bishop Zubik returned to the school for the Oct. 17 Mass, almost two weeks after he emphatically denied an accusation that he sexually abused a student while he was an administrator there in the 1980s.

The Beaver County District Attorney who investigated the case said he has found nothing "in law or fact" to sustain the allegations of the former student.

"When I received that allegation, which was absolutely false, I was more worried about the church, I was more worried about the priests and I was more worried about you because I didn't want anything in any way to ever tarnish the wonderful, beautiful reputation of Quigley," the bishop told the gathering.

Bishop Zubik pointed out that it is through ordeals like the accusation that we can learn what it means to be people of the truth, and to stand tall in the truth.

"Thanks again for who you are, what you mean not only to our church, but what you all mean to me," he said.

In his homily, the bishop told the students that one of the guarantees in life is that they will have to make big decisions, and it will not always be easy to live up to their principles.

He related a story in which he was offered a luxury car at a low price. But while it was a great deal, he noted, he realized that it would compromise his principles, and so he declined it.

Bishop Zubik pointed to St. Ignatius of Antioch, whose feast day is Oct. 17, who openly talked about Jesus, even though it could bring him harm.

Today, he said, society finds itself targeted by those who state that a person's worthiness is tied to their material possessions or their popularity.

"But that's not what Quigley Catholic is about, and you know it," he said.

Their task, the bishop noted, is to bring God's justice to the world. They must be the best people they can be and reflect God's presence.

They will have to make decisions that are not easy, he added, and they must remember that it will not be the size of their home, the value of their car or their checking account that will define them.

"God made us in his image and likeness," he said. "Let's do everything that we can to grow in his image."

At the close of the liturgy, Rita McCormick, Quigley Catholic's new principal, presented Bishop Zubik with a sweatshirt signed by the entire student body.