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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana January18,1991 II Letters Continued from page 4 marked that "The bread is, of course, only a symbol of Christ," and was startled when O'Connor replied: "If that's all it is, then to hell with it." O'Connor's point was that if the consecrated bread and wine if not the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ, then the Catholic Faith is a fraud. This Doctrine of the Real Presence "is a hard saying," (John 6-60) from which "many of Jesus' followers turned back," (John 6-66), but the modern doubter may find com- fort in the following facts, verified by recent scientific in- vestigations, Today in Lan- ciana, Italy, you can examine an uncovered chalice -- open to the elements -- containing five uncorrupted droplets of blood which appeared after a Con- secration 1350 years ago. Not only has each droplet remained Washington Continued from page 4 "double digit unemployment rates African-Americans are ex- periencing" and in inadequate housing and health care facing blacks, he said. Jackson argues that U.S. residents should change their attitudes on race for their own good. "It is not in the best interests of the counlry to leave (minorities) unskilled, uneducated and unable to fill available jobs. This is not the way to keep the country strong," he said. Hispanics, he noted, are the nation's fastest growing minori- ty group. "These are the people that we're going to need to keep the country going. It's a ques- tion of survival. We can't con- tinue to cut these people off," said Jackson. He took particular exception to the suggestion that blacks are lazy and prefer to be on welfare to working. "If I were denied a job every time I went out look for a job, if I kept getting told, 'No,' sure, I'm going to get lazy," com- mented Jackson. Jerome Ernst, executive director of the National Catholic Conference on Inter- racial Justice, said Jan. 11 that he believes "there is good will out there" on improving at- titudes on race but "there have been few changes." Good will alone won't do it, he said. For example, although the ii he same since then but scien- tists have found that any com- bination of these droplets has the same weight -- three the same as five, four the same as two, etc. If you are one of those who, like doubting Thomas, need natural proof of super- natural things, you might con- sider going to Lanciana. J.W. Taylor Huntingburg, Indiana St. Theresa has 'Room at the Inn' To the editor, May I express my apprecia- tion for the recognition afforded both Robert Thompson and Father Ted Temple in the Dec. 21, 1990 issue of the Message. We at St. Theresa, where we hope we always have "Room at the Inn," have been fortunate to have Robert as a member of our minority population of the Catholic Church in the United States is growing rapidly, "if you look at the leadership of the church in this country, the peo- ple who make the decisions and spend the money are virtually all white," said Ernst. Employers, including the church, must "set (affirmative action) goals and set up timetablesto meet those goals," he said. The church, believes Jackson, has "an enormous responsibili- ty" in working to challenge racist attitudes. Change "other than at home, starts atchurch," he said. Bishop Fisher agrees. Talk- ing, he says, is the "No. I way" to change attitudes on race. At the parish level, he said, "people need to be sensitized to the difficulties facing minorities." Toward that end, the Arch- diocese of Los Angeles has been "twinning" largely whitel af- fluent parishes with urban parishes in which minorities are the majority, he said. The plan involves exchang- ing choirs and participating in joint projects, such as 'retreat planning,, so that the pairing does not become a one-way street focused on "an economic hand-out," said Bishop Fisher. "It's an old adage, but I'm convinced that people who come to know one another, come to love and respect one another," said the bishop. TRUSSES custom made to you specs POLE BARN METAL cut to length from coil 20 Yr. No, 1 White, 28 ga ................................ $44.95 a sq. 10 Yr. White 28 ga ........ .............................. 42.95 a sq. SECONDARY METAL ...................... ......... $19.95 sq. & up Corr., galv. and 5V also in stock OVERHEAD DOORS LOW PRICES  HUNDREDS IN STOCK 9x7 INSULATED - $196,00 POLE BLDG. 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We Catholics have the crib, the cross, and the Holy Eucharist. We have a good Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. I consider Pope John Paul II as the present day St. Paul leading the faithful, like a beacon light, to Jesus Christ. Mother Angelica and her EWTN Catholic Cable Network has been instrumental in sup- porting our Holy Father faithfully and vocally during the past nine years and plus. It is obvious that far too many have forgotten the source of his authority on earth. We all need to be reminded of the divine command given by Christ himself to Peter, the first pope. "You are Peter and upon this rock I shall build my. church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." We know this is true because Jesus said so. The Holy Spirit is with it forever, and is its guiding light in matters of faith and morals. Viola Weaver Jasper, Indiana P.S. The cover of the Message depicting the Madonna with the Christ-child by Sue Taylor was beautiful. Column on John Stephens To the editor, Thank you so much for your wonderful Christmas column on John Stephens. John inspired all who were privileged to work, study, or pray with him. He had an un- failing conviction that each of us is carefully watched over by a loving God at every moment. John could recount many in- stances in his life when, in the midst of doubts and difficulties, God's love and help became suddenly evident. John's great faith, his magnificent sense of humor, and his commitment to working hard for Our Lord in whatever he did will never be forgotten by so many people whose lives he touched. We can thank God for the gift of John to our com- munity. His example of the Christian life should make the path to hea,en easier for us all. St Ben's Scripture Study Group Evansville, Indiana A game of brinkmanship To the editor, This year's Advent-Christmas passage brings us closer to an omnious date -- Jan. 15, 1991. This is the set time when the United Nations sanctions the use of military force against Iraq. Many see this date as the time set for war. December has been a roller- coaster of hopes for peace and recurring letdowns. I listen to George Bush. I listen to Saddam Hussein. I watch them push the human family around in a scary game of brinkmanship. And I wonder: Who will stand fast for peace? I think about the birth- day of the Prince of Peace and ask: Who will dare to live his vision for the healing of the human family and the transfor- mation of our planet into the Kingdom of God? Among gee-political com- plexities, I still long for the true, the simple. Who will speak out for the infinite value of each and every human life, be the person Kuwaiti, Iraqi, American, or any other nationality? I also think about respon- sibility. When we act without responsiblity, we cast away our eternal birthright of freedom. 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