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15, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 LLIAMS Catholic Conference 'e hope the Catholic mity will become a informed, and voice for children , ,, uhes, said tilt; U.S. Bishops in A c Campaign for Chil- end Families. In their paign the bishops chal- Catholics to urge all institutions to put and families e Indiana Catholic Con- Board of Directors, d of the s ' tote s seven s and a lay from each dio- e d that call to the priority is- the 1993 legislative on. Through Dr. M. Ryan, ICC Execn- brings voice for c! ildren, families to General Assembly tive Director/Lobbyist, and 3,500 networkers, the ICC will bring a voice for children and families to the Indiana General Assembly. Among the issues approved by the Board are the follow- ing: WIC -- a program that aids pregnant women, in- fants, and children. WIC pro- video vouchers for food sup- plements, nutritional education and infant health services. This year WIC is due for a renewal of appropri- ations. Aid to families with De- pendent Children. Currently, Indiana's standard of need is minimal -- only about 30 percent of the poverty level. In addition, benefit levels are automatically reduced hy 10 percent. Both of these factors contribute to Indiana's low benefit level which is 39th in the nation. Legislation will aim at adjusting the standard of need, eliminating the 10 percent ratable reduction, and providing a welfare-to- work program in which AFDC recipients who work are able to maintain some be.nefits. School breakfast pro- gram. To those schools in which at least 25 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-cost hmches, a free breakfast program is of. fered. Only 27 percent of In- diana's schools which offer school hmch also offer school breakfast. Child Abuse and Neglect. The Commission on Abused and Neglected Children re- leased a report last fall de- scribing the critical situation in Indiana. Over 60,000 re- ports of almse and neglect oc- curred in 1991. During the past fiw years, over 2(1(I chil- dren died of abuse and ne- glect. In response, to this statewi(le crisis, the Commis- sion detailed 16 recommen- dations that will be included in legislation this session. Parental choice in educa- tion. A bill providing vouch- ers to parents will be intro- duced, enabling them to choose their child's s(:hool, public or nonpublic. Limite, d to Marion County, the pro- gram will assist low-income and poor parents in that deci- sion. Other areas of concern to the ICC include: Assisted Suicide. Legisla- tion will place a ban on as- sisted-suicide by law in Indi- anti. Informed consent. This is a bill that provides a woman (:onsidering abortion with facts ahout the dew:lopment of the fetus, abortion lroce, - (lure, and alternatives to abor- tion. Family imt)a(:l. The ICC is alert to pul)lic policy that will affect, either positiwdy or negatively', families in In- diana. The 108th session of the General Assemt)lv is now in full swing. Setting the bien- nial tmdget and the need for revenue will undoubtedly create many difficulties. The ICC holms to impact the legis- lature with its nlessage of putting (:hihlren and families first. Statements on the above issues will be presented by Dr. Rvan to the legislature. Look for more information on issues to come. once reported at two Haitian parishes with di,cesan links BYPAULR. LEINGANG information for the story taches" -- civilians whom in the story, but that the Me.ssage Editor )lence is _ , reported at two , parishes "adopted" by in the Diocese of But Archbishop of Cap Hatien reaching the do not corre- what he knows to Haiti. News Service story, datelined Haiti, on Fri- 8. Mary Durran, QNS, said that the came from an organization known as the Haitian Plat- form for Human Rights. Mass goers were clubbed with sticks and rifle butts and a ttaitian priest was threat- ened by soldiers and an armed mob, according to the story. The attack reportedly took place in early January at the Church of the Nativity in L'Acul du Nord, a small town seven miles from the north- ern departmental capital Cap Haitien. Soldiers and military "at- PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville at !['_afe. and love, You sent Your 5on to live among us, ., '* rnlglat know and love You, ,t 'e might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. &sttuliving holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, t,., . presence may be known and felt in our midst, ,'*,Others too may come to know and love You ou mey m=, k_ . -s oegm to serve and worship You. N wet us with Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have given us. t, :" Our faith. help us to see Your plan for the Church. human rights groups say are bribed and terrorized'into carrying out acts of violence against supporters of Haiti's deposed president, Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide stormed into the small church and beat up members of the congregation, accord- ing to the report. The report named an offi- cer and a soldier, whom it said approached the altar and threatened Father Francois Renaud, while the military at- taches shouted to them to kill the priest, Citing. sources in Cap-Haitien, Catholic News Service also reported that an arrest warrant had been is- sued against Father Renaud, but that the charges against the priest were not known. The church at L'Acul du Nord is the adopted parish of St. Mary Church, Sullivan. It is one of the places frequently visited by Father Richard Wildeman, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County. Father Wildeman contacted Archbishop Gayot by tele- phone on Monday, Jan. 11. In that telephone conversation, the archbishop said he did not know the whereabouts of priest's absence was due to "a personal problem" and that there was "no persecution" against him. The archbishop also said he had no information about another event described by the human rights organiza- tion and reported by CNS. Father Elius Belizaire, a parish priest in Dupiti, was arrested by soldiers Dec. 28, and soldiers allegedly planted anti-military litera- ture in his car, according to that report The priest is at work in his parish, according to the archbishop. The church in Dupiti is the adopted parish of Holy Fam- ily Church, Jasper. Parish- ioners of the two parishes have visited each other. A monthly collection is taken at the Jasper parish and sent to the adopted parish in Haiti. Archbishop Gayot sug- gested that reports from Haiti may be politically motivated, during the U.S. presidential transition period. The arch- bishop expressed hope that "everything will be clear" after the installation of Presi- dent Clinton. Father Wildeman. who is planning another trip to from the archbishop that he would be sah,r in Haiti than he would be in New York City. Other Church and human rights groups cited by Catholic News Service, how- ever, say that some 3,000 peo- ple have been killed by the military in the past 15 months. Among others in the Dio- cese of Evansville who are trying to learn more about the situation in Haiti is Sister Jennifer Miller, O.S.B., pas- toral associate at St. Theresa Church in Evansville. Sister Miller served as an observer during the popular election which swept Father Jean Bertrande Aristide into the presidency of the country. Fa- ther Aristide was ousted in a military coup led by Con. Raoul Cedras in September 1991. Human rights monitors say that the situation in the coun- try has deteriorated dramati- cally since Father Aristide was deposed. The Catholic magazine Li- bete (Creole for Liberty) re- cently published a list of 60 priests who have been ar- rested, beaten or killed hv the AS We l0ok to the future ma- our ,qans be faithful to Yours the parish priest mentioned Haiti, heard encouragement military. so thatwe " , s r - . , meClaurch of 5outhwestem Indiana, may fUrther Your km do chin and h m Your 'g mthroughprea''g '" g I I Inu I Monuments, Inc. DALE, NDIANA lt]h te , , 937 4921 [ 301MAINST. VINCENNES. IN47501 ! .  := r ] = " Peoples ' )A Trust Company 2 54-3 943 ,oUr,p.o.MAINBox STREET191 STEEL ROOFING LINTON. INDIANA 47441 "Over 30 semi loads in stock" All praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! AUTO TOPS " SEAT COVERS, BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER 36" coy. #1 st(I, white $39.95 sq. 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