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r00oM ESSAGE The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 21 January 14, 1994 New Study shows are fewe older, more diverse (CNS) -- In seminari- Older and from backgrounds g to a the National acational Associa- 'the six seminari- )gY Studies for the are older who have con- rOUgh an uninter- of schools. Durchholz, 36, a gaged in farming the seminary; !Ckler, 30, who before going Joseph Dung Who came to ates from Viet n seminarians Conclusion of of 1992-93 stu- seminaries seminarians to .en" who spend e tn private and spiri- as in litur- on various as to be easily (conserva- do not ase in Serainarians has seminarians  i. :=i: ./i:: :I/" occurred among candidates for religious orders in the past decade, the ratio of seminari- ans studying for diocesan priesthood has grown from two-thirds of all seminarians a decade ago to three-fourths today. The study found that, while older seminarians with previ- ous career or job experience re- flected a wide diversity of backgrounds, the racial and ethnic mix of today's seminar- ian has changed little. Blacks and Hispanics are still underrepresented in semi- naries, it said. The percentage of seminarians of Irish, Eng- lish or Germanic ethnic-cul- tural heritage actually grew slightly in the past six years, from 48 percent to 51 percent: As in earlier studies, the new survey found that signifi- cant factors in the background of most seminarians included Catholic elementary and high school education, both parents Catholic, and large families. More than two-fifths of the seminarians came from fami- lies with five or more children. A sense of parish roots and stability also appeared to be a significant factor for vocations in America's highly mobile so- ciety. When respondents were asked the longest they had lived in a single parish, the av- See NEW page 11 Catholic and Message Msgr. Lynch said a better strategy for a public campaign would be to promote "a respon- sible attitude toward sexuality as the most serious of human interactions, not a casual recreation." He encouraged broadcasters to reconsider their public re- sponsibilities and reject the campaign "as misguided at best and fatal at worst." Joining in opposition to the campaign were the Family Re- search Council and Rap. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. The research council said the Centers for Disease Con- trol and Prevention is encour- aging false confidence in con- doms and challenged the government's evidence that condoms prevent the spread of AIDS and that they will be used consistently and cor- .rectly. Smith said the ads were an insult to taxpayers. "AIDS is caused by sex and drugs," Smith said in a state- ment. "Handing kids free con- TV ads will not cut down on ei- ther." Among the ads are one in which a packaged condom jumps out of a dresser drawer and makes its way into a bed where a naked couple is pas- sionately engaged in sex. Other ads feature prominent performers such as actor Jason Alexander from NBC's =Sein- feld," comedian Martin Lawrence from "Martin" on Fox, and Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Dr. James Curran, associate director of the AIDS program of the Centers for Disease Con- trol, said the major networks have agreed to run the adver- tisements and that most would probably air after 11 p.m. In the Evansville area, WEHT Channel 25 has decided to cover up the CBS network announcements, as a matter of corporate policy. Ken Schreiber, general man- ager at WTVW Channel 7 in Evansville, said that the an- and a urity which ry lives of be influ- ABC network would be permit- ted to run. The network adver- tisements will be aired after 8:30 p.m local time, according to Schreiber. WEW Channel 44 in Evans- ville will carry the condom ads that the Fox network will run, according to Skip Simms, gen- eral manager. Simms said that Fox will review each ad before deciding whether or not to run it. In a&lition to the.network schedule of ads, Simms said,. any ads considered for local use by his station would be re-  viewed first to determine if: they are appropriate.: Condom ads or announcements on . Channel 44 will run after 9 p.m., Simms said. No decision has yet been made at WFIE Channel 14, the NBC affiliate in Evansville, ac- cording to Shirley Kirk, the current programming and op- erations director. Kirk is leav- ing the station to begin a new phase of her media career Jan. 14. She said any decision about See FEDERAL page i0 in a state. also men. the pre- to use con- g sexual :arnpaign to lrl Use as a e Spread of a danger- general Con- and Lynch was !an. 4 an- e alth and 'ecretary a new and televi- g use of "It is irresponsible to present condoms as the answer to the AIDS threat or to suggest that they are a sure safeguard against HIV transmission," Msgr. Lynch continued. "Nei- ther is true." Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger described the campaign as "misguided, wrong, and dan- gerous w even fatal.  He also asked broadcasters to reject the radio and television ads. The complete text of Bishop Gettelfinger's statement is printed at the conclusion of this story. Kristine Gebbie, chief of President Clinton's teamto fight AIDS, told Reuters that opposition to the campaign was expected from those who be- lieve abstinence should be the only course encouraged in a government anti-AIDS cam- paign targeted at young adults. "But 18-to-25-year old's in- clude adults ... and it is unreal- istic to assume that all 18-to- 25-year olds in this country are going to be sexually abstinent," al condom ad campaign said to promote dangerous myth mg enced by them. Ms. Gebbie said. doms and showing them lurid nouncements carried on the