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!9, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 00:shop's Forum By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Conversion of St. Paul is a lesson for today , Today is January 25, 1993. As I write this col- Jesus' teaching, even to his own death, for actions taken before God. tn- Unan, we celebrate the feast of the Conversion of Indeed, I abhor tile decision, made by human You and I must, even in our personal Sinful- o St. Paul. judges on the Supreme Court of the United hess. bear witness to the truth as the great Saint We all know well the story of Saint Paul. He States, rendering the taking of unborn life as Paul has shown us. rVe n'),ust never shrink from :d :::il J[ ] asa self-righteous follower of the Mosaic Law. "legal." Such legality does not excuse any of us naming the sin. We must always be forgiving of : ql I ,  ueterrnined, alon with others, that those who from personal responsibility before God who is the sinner. .  IOIl " nng I! ] i  ewed Jesus were worthy of persecution and, the ultimate judge of our actions. Willful abortion is not a new sin, but sin a' tl I "act, eradication I, too. am deeolv disatmointed in the execu- nonetheless. "Doctor-assisted suicide" is not a g, : iii I ^_ Was it the government that broueht about his tive orders of Presi'dent Cli'n'ton in lifting the re- new sin, but sin nonetheless. Yet there, are many T0 ii! | 0rVersion? Was it the court? Was it'the governor strictions on abortion counseling in federally w.ho den3, those actions against humanity are pot; i [ "mg'. funded programs and the ban on using fetal tie- sins at all. . ::][ | e__Quite simply, it was Paul who changed. He sue for research. He must be responsible for his Saint Paul challenges each of us to be r!- ,, :4| I .*ue to grins with the -uestions that Tesus raised actions sponsible for our own actions and to lead others . i:i][ [ lancthls heart'and mind He took ownership for his Personal sin cannot be laid at the feet of gov- to the truth b)' our witness to goodness. For most ::il][ l_ one. He acknowleclged personal res,onsibility ernment nor of courts Even presidents and of us that calls us to a life of personal conversion.   ::::: :%11t Uncl ac panel aeee ted the ch..  0 ,, un ...... , .... -," .... j,, o ,",A-e -annot set aside vnersonal accountabilit,,: Each of us must look to God for forgiveness, ,. B' h d f Ch ops urge action against Free om o oice Act 10 BYIERRY FILTEAU Wade with warnings that the since the Jan. 22, 1973, Roe unborn," wrote Cardinal An- Herald. Blackmun was author Catholic News Service proposed federal Freedom of T.. Choice Act poses a dire new M'-'aaHINGTON (CNS)  threat to unborn life. ly Catholic bishops across An estimated 29 million Urdted States marked the abortions have been per- oth anniversary of Roe vs. formed in the United States PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD LET US PRAy Diocese of Evansville I 'iof life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, aal ; rnight know and love You, ight serve and worship You as Your faithful people. Assist us in li so tl,,, ving holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, 1,,', . Our presence may be known and felt in our midst, - t Othe - so,L ' tOO may come to know and love You uey Way begin to serve and worship You. v power us with Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have ;:'Our faith. P us to see Your plan for the Church. As We look to the futur ........ r "-I"s faithful to Yours 8Otha, , ...y o. v .... be , a,. twe, the Church of Southwestern Indiana, J' mrther Your kl in and hvm Your gOspel . "ngdom through preach" g " ' g All Praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! Alv[ "A family name you can trust" Miller & Miller 00SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL Marian Hei hts thohc bOardin,,,,,_ g Academy, a private Ca SOUthe'rn'U, for girls, located in a rural setting of n, ulmana with n ,:,n,,J 14 stu ents in -,aues 9 ^ , ......... Iment of 5 d duly 1, .lSseeking a principal to assume responsibilities atholic',..u" .The search committee is seeking a practicing ILj ,,,o IS Innovative and d creative currlcu devel,---- " " committe to " ' - elueat^_'pment. The candidate should be an experienced Idian ur Who is qualified for certification in the state of of girls . and s Strongly commited to the single-gex education Interested candid ' letter of applica- tion, e- " ates should submd a h I ariel thur.? nt_ resume, statement of educational philosop y, I Ornrnitmes of three professional references to: Search | F==,.,.. =, Marian Heiohts Academy 812 E. lOth St., ". ! " . decision, in which the Supreme Court struck down virtually all U.S. lawg re- stricting abortions. (A diocesan-wide Eucharis- tic liturgy was celebrated at Holy Spirit Church, Evansville, on Sunday, Jan. 24, in memory of all the un- born whose lives have been lost through abortion. ) Concern about the Freedom of Choice Act, often referred to by the acronym FOCA, formed.a common thread in many of the anniversary mes- sages of bishops to their peo- ple. Former President George Bush had said he would veto the act, but President Clinton has promised to sign if it is approved by Congress. "This proposal is particu- larly serious because if it were to pass it would super- sede any state law that would try to limit abortion in any way in any circumstance," wrote Bishop Joseph P. De- laney of Fort Worth, Texas. "The people of the United States do nat want this law. Every survey indicates that the overwhelming majority of Americans, even including those who would allow abor- tions in some cases, are op- posed to unrestricted abor- tion," he added. "As a result of the recent presidential election, we can no longer count on a presi- dential veto to stop legisla- tion that would further en- danger the lives af the thony J. Bevilacqua of Philadelphia. He urged Philadelphia-area Catholics to "send the mes- sage to our lawmakers that we are a people who value life" by participating in prayer services, the national March for Life in Washing- ton, a national letter-writing campaign to legislators. Besides praying and protesting he urged them to support activities "to promote life-giving alternatives to abortion." Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities, de- cried the implications of the Freedom of Choice Act in a full-page article in the Jan- uary issue of National Right to Life News, monthly news- paper of the National Right to Life Committee. In the article Cardinal Ma- hony warned that not only would the act invalidate state laws restricting abortion, but in its proposed form it could be used to force Catholic and other health care facilities to provide abortion services even if their sponsors are conscientiously opposed. "The FOCA will radicalize the abortion debate to a de- gree that (Justice Harry A.) Blackmun and his colleagues never envisioned," wrote Bishop James T. McHugh of Camden, N.J., in his diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Star I I I II]1 I ] YOUTH MINISTRY St. John the Baptist, Newburgh, Indiana is seeking a full-time youth minister. Responsibilities would include 7th and 8th grade Religious Education Program, Confirmation preparation and a total youth ministry program for junior high tO young adult. Certification in youth ministry or Bachelor's degree in related field preferred. Position to start summer 1993. Send resume and references to Search Committee, C/O St. John's, 625 Frame Rd,, Newburgh, IN 47630 by March 15, 1993. _ J I III II I . I I I I J [L of the majority opinion in Roe vs. Wade. . ....... : "Pro-choice advocates have gone far beyond Blcklm in trying to shape new laws and policies directed to forcing doctors, nurses and public in- stitutions to perform or pro- vide abortion on demand, re- gardless of medical or ethical objections," said Bishop McHugh, who as a priest 20 years ago was director of the [_.S. bishops' family life o- rice and the bishops' chief spokesman on abortion is- SUES. New Orleans Archbishop Francis B. Schulte warned that the proposed federal law would "wipe away the last vestiges of life protection for unborn children in the 50 states." Louisiana's 1991 law directly challenging Roe was recently brought to the Supreme Court for possible review. He asked parishes through- out his archdiocese to join in a letter-writing campaign to Louisiana's members of Congress, urging them to op- pose the act. Bizhop Thomas V. Daily of Brooklyn. N.Y., said the Free- dom of Choice Act should be called "MAD" for "Manda- tory Abortion on Demand. It is madness to think that the basic right to life will be un- protected and unprotectable; it is madness to think there will be true peace in our soci- ety when the first bond of human life, that between mother and child, can be de- stroyed with no legal restric- lions." See related story. Page 3, I I Ed. L. Lee Mortuary | 101 North Meridian Street i Washington, IN .... 2.312|