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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Brother Dillman Continued from page 1 school. A Liberian priest is on the staff and teaches religion. The availability of food at the school was a major factor for returning teachers and re- cruiting new teachers after the War, said Brother Dill- man. Liberian currency is worth about a fourth of its pre-civil-war value, in com- parison to U.S. currency. The country's banks are still closed. School building damage was estimated at $200,000. The buildings had been looted. Only a few items that were well-hidden or too heavy to carry remained. Brother Dillman said he was able to buy back many of the stolen items at flea markets Some homes and other buildings in Monrovia had much greater damage than the school buildings. Having no other source of firewood, the city residents stripped doors, frames, and even rafters from some homes, Brother Dillman said. About half of the school's 460 chair desks had been taken, to burn for firewood. Amid the destruction, Brother Dillman said he made two remarkable finds. A life- sized statue of St. Joseph, on a school wall pock-marked with bullet holes, was un- touched. In his residence, al- most everything but a heay table was taken, and on the table he found untouched a reprint of a photograph. Tile picture, no longer in its frame, is af Blessed Andre Bessette -- a Holy Cross brother beatified in 1991. Brother Dilhnan said he has a special devotion to the mem- ber of his religious commu- nity, known as the "Miracle Worker of Montreal." The Catholic Church is ac- tive and growing in Liberia, according to Brother Dillman. Catholics are a minority, but they are the most influential, and Catholic schools are bet- ter than the public schools. Last Easter, about 25 adults joined the church in a parish near the school. His own vocation involves "being helpful" and being "part of the Catholic Mission operation." He said he wants to help the country rebuild, and education is of primary importance in that effort. Ed- ucation "gives new meaning, purpose and direction to youth." Brother Dillman and sev- eral young men live in a resi- dence at the school, and have formed a kind of religious community. They rise each morning for common prayer.. Since the war, their prayers have been said by candle- light. He admits he has been scared at times. At one point on his journey back from Ghana to Liberia, he had to drive his car across planks stretched across canoes to cross a river. Another seg- ment of his trip was on an Washington Continued from page 4 said. The "very fuzzy middle group," which doesn't be- lieve in abortion themselves but want it to remain avail- able, is where advocates use carefully phrased questions to draw conclusions support- ive of their positions, accord- ing to Newport. Besides interpreting t-he same types of data differ- ently, opposing groups also may affect surveys with their choices of terminology what the National Right to Life Committee characterized as "hot buttons" in a poll-vs.- poll discussion at a Jan. 22 press conference. "Notice how Hickman manages to pepper his ques- tion with "hot button' words to lead the respondent to the pro-abortion answer: "keeping it legal,' "choose,' "decide,' "need,'" said a press release from the pro-life group. One Hickman-Brown ques- tion reads: "Would you say you generally favor keeping it legal for women to be able to choose to have abortions when they decide they need to have one, or do you gener- overloaded, private, air cargo airplane. About a week later, the same plane, again over- loaded, was extensively dam- aged when its running gear collapsed during a landing, he said. During the war months in ally oppose keeping it legal for women to he able to choose to have abortions when they decide they need to have one?" The comparable question in Wirthlin's poll asks: "Which one of the following statements most closely de- scribes your personal posi- tion on the issue of abortion: Abortions should be prohib- ited in all circumstances; abortions should be legal only to save the life of the mother; abortions should be legal only to save the life of the mother or in the case of rape or incest; abortions should be legal for any rea- son, but not after the first three months of pregnancy; abortions should be legal for any reason but not after the first six months of pregnancy; or abortions should be legal at any time during a woman's pregnancy and for any rea- son." Newport said phrasing is particularly sensitive in sur- veys on abortion, the death penalty and gun control, areas in which seemingly minor differences in termi- Monrovia, he "had threatened a few times," "could have been hi! stray bullet," but wanted me to be there." He quickly added, "I to be prudent." nology may be seen as ing results. For example, the "child in the womb" likely draw a more thetic response to a than the word ,,fetus, said. "People have of cynical because the surveys bandied lot," Newport said. " lot of surveys are He advises a preach to accepti sults of surveys, those sponsored by nization with a veste( est in the results. Newport also best information several surveys peated by one or conducted by agencies on the a e -- show the same sults. "If we only ha saying George ble politically, it mean much," "But now we've polls by reputable ing about the same seems to be safe to New and renewed subscriptions to the Message are now being accepted throughout the Diocese of Evansville. The annual subscription fee is only $12  one dollar a month. As a subscriber, you will receive 39 issues of the weekly Message. All Catholic families in the diocese will also receive a special monthly issue of the Message. Together, your subscription and the special monthly issues will keep the Message coming to your home every week. Every issue will contain the regular, familiar features and columns you've come to expect in the Message- Bulletin Board, School Notebook, Around the Diocese, Entertainment news, the Bishop's Forum, columns about Scripture and daily life, the Bishop's Schedule and much, much more. The special issues will focus on the coming diocesan synod, and how you can be- come involved. 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