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I I I I I M E S sAGE .=_ The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern'Indiana " VOLUME 25 NUMBER 21 January 27, 1995 wF...r 0F.ANERY EA$'r g Washington rally emphasizes peaceful fight for life By PATRICIA ZAPOR tatives and senators -- part of Catholic News Service a freshman class of abortion ..... ....... : : " (CNS) -- In to the annual newly elected took the bent col- to cut off ed Parent- reverse laws or ad- tire mandates that ortions more readily estimated by Service Po- March for Life Gray read a President of the and Repro- ACtion League, request that Walk on opposite read from is no in-be- of legalized abor- apprehensive ; in light of the of two Mas- clinic em- were although as the use of of- Passes Were more than in previous +ident Kate asked Miss march out of uch gatherings to Well-mean_ sides of the Miss Gray tan that she deep feel- the deaths of ;ts abortion she said, abortion not peaceful bse abortion. soci- added. represen- opponents numbering about 40 -- took the microphone at the Jan. 23 rally on the Ellipse that annually precedes the march from the White House to the Supreme Court. Rep. Linda Smith, R-Wash., said she is one of the growing number of women who are now opposed to abortion after hav- ing "bought the lie" in the 1970s that legalizing abortion would be good for women. She said her mind was changed permanently after her own two pregnancies. Several other speakers reit- erated the peaceful emphasis of most m'ganizations fighting abortion. "We must not ever tolerate terrorism in the pro-life move- ment," said Rep. Robert K. Dornan, R-Calif. "Bombers and assassins are not part of our movement. Two wrongs do not make a right. We are lovers of life and don't countenance ter- rorism of any kind." After about a dozen mostly freshman members of Congress spoke briefly about their intention to fight abor- tion legislatively, Rep. Christo- pher Smith, R-N.J., who is co- chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, said he had no illusions about the fight ahead being easy just because there are more members on his side. "This past election was merely a down payment on 1996," said Smith. Five U.S. Catholic cardinals and dozens of bishops were among participants who came from across the country to rally under darkening skies as tem- peratures hovered in the 30s with a brisk wind. Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said Cardinals James A. Hickey of Washing- files of Evansville SOmewhat contains more good than evil. Diocese of Evansville 14% Strongly agree 33% Agree somewhat 26% Uncertain 18% Disagree somewhat 10% strongly disagree Off to Washington ton, Anthony J. Bevilacqua of Philadelphia, Bernard F. Law of Boston and John J. O'Con- nor of New York were there to reiterate the Catholic Church's commitment to peaceful but unwavering opposition to abor- tion. In a prayer concluding the rally, Cardinal O'Connor asked God to give everyone the same profound appreciation for life shared,by those who joined the march. Among participants intro- duced for the first time at the event were a California woman whose twin brother was aborted in 1970. At the time her mother had the abortion, neither she nor the doctor real- ized there was a second fetus, which continued to develop normally. Sarah Smith, now 24, ap- peared with her mother, say- ing as a survivor of abortion, she felt a special need to op- pose it. DPC agenda includes relationship with parish councils, employee insurance,_ and status reports By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor How does the work of the Diocesan Pastoral Council fit in with the work of parish councils? That's one item on the agenda of the next Dioce- san Pastoral Council, sched- uled for Saturday, Feb. 4. Other items on the agenda include progress reports on six topics deferred from Synod '93: Evangelization/Outreach; Healing and Reconciliation; Expectations/Role/Supply of Priests, Deacons, Religious; Women in Church and Soci- ety/Women's Commission; Ad- ministration/Management; and a Health Care Commission. Members of the council will also receive an overview of the Catholic Charities Bureau from James Collins, Director. Status reports will be pre- sented on Future Parish Staffing and the Lay Ministry and Leadership Program Plan- ning. One of the more challenging items for the DPC to tackle is a recommendation on a policy governing medical insurance for Church employees in the diocese. Information about the situation will be presented at the Feb. 4 meeting;, the DPC is expected to make a recommen- dation on April 22. Meetings have been held throughout the diocese about the medical insurance situa- tion, and several proposed so- lutions, which have evolved in the past year. Parishes, schools and other employing agencies in the dio- cese currently pay a fee of $900 for each full time employee. The fees help to cover medical payments which exceed the funds available from the insur- ance fees paid by employee and employers. The DPC is being asked to recommend a plan for the com- ing fiscal year which starts Sept. 1. Bishop Gerald A. Get- telfinger said he will make his decision after hearing the DPC recommendation. Four options are being dis- cussed, using various combina- tions of payment, and various possibilities of accepting or re- fusing coverage in the diocesan plan. For planning pruposes, employers in the diocese were advised to include in their bud- gets $2500 per eligible em- ployee for the coming fiscal year.