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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Taking the time to make a difference --- Inside and outside: Two stories I saw it from the outside. He saw it from the inside. It's hard to believe we were witnessing the same event. The event was my son's air- line departure from Evansville to Chicago on a winter day. I waited in the airport after Matt walked out toward the two-engine com- muter plane, and I decided to wait until the plane took off. As I watched, the metal stair- way was pulled up into the body of the plane and the hatch was closed from the inside. A truck with a kind of metal tower contraption on top of it was driven toward the airplane, and an operator began to spray the aircraft with a de-icing mixture. It was a rainy, cold winter day, and the prepa- rations for flying were taking place at another departure area nearby. I swung my gaze from Matt's plane to the neighboring one, and watched as both of them received the de-icing spray. In the morning light of the winter sun, the spray from the one plane rose as a mist into the air. It looked like smoke. So much did it look like smoke that it sent a shiver through me. I knew it was the de-icing spray. But it looked like smoke. As I looked back to Matt's plane, I was sur- prised to see a sudden halt in the flight preparation. By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR The de-icing stopped, and the truck backed away. The hatch was opened and the stairway extended. A pas- senger walked down the steps, stopped, talked with a ground crew member, looked in the direction of the "smoke" and then turned around and walked back up the steps. The hatch closed, the de-icing continued, and eventually, the plane took off. I wondered what it was that I had seen happen. I thought I knew. From my vantage point, it looked to me like the passenger, probably hysterical, got off the plane because of the "smoke" she could see through a window. When she saw what it really was, she calmed down and returned. Later, I talked with Matt, to ask what he had seen. From inside the plane, in a rear seat, he had not seen the front hatch open. Nor had he seen the passenger leave and return. As we talked about what we each had seen, we pieced together what had really happened. The pilot had announced to the passengers that the plane would not be leaving Evansville, because clearance to land had not been given from Chicago. That's when, we decided, the hatch opened and the first passenger came down the steps. Then, the pilot announced that ten a new message, and that clearance had given. So the passenger was called back, tually the plane took off. * :ii It seems to me that many people to draw too quick a conclusion, even when have seen something happen with And even two witnesses may have to: something, to help complete their Talk with family members ol times when you have been mista what you have seen. Discuss examples from news who have suffered because of c( without a factual basis. Take action when you hear others hasty conclusion about another's least, refuse to take part in such an Watch a trial on television, accounts, and discuss with your witnesses say. Help a child become more 'h about the conclusions that reports. Take the time to make a difference. Comments about this column are prleing@cfm.org or the Christian Family P.O. Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010. ': -----Washington Letter Psychologists ponder: What prompts attacks on abortion By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Are they attention-seeking losers, wounded victims, or committed warriors in the fight to end abor- tion? Or are the people who bomb abortion clinics or commit other violence against those who work in them just plain nuts? Abortion clinic bombings in Atlanta and Tulsa, Okla., in mid- January and a false alarm in Washington during the Jan: 22 March for Life brought those questions to mind again. But in the opinion of experts in psychology and philosophy interviewed by Catholic News Service, the answer could be all of the above -- or none of them. "There are probably all kinds of motives for this kind of conduct," said Daniel N. Robinson, a pro- fessor of psychology and adjunct professor of philosophy at George, town University in Washington. "People come up with all sorts of rationales for violating the law." i The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville PublLshed weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville PubCw ........... Bop GaU k C.,Ccr Procn'reo'r ............... JohD,,r ................................... P  St Wr ............................ Manj  H Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansvil, IN 47724.O169 Subscription rate: $17.50 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as periodical matter at the post office in Eyrie, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800, Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of PublicatKm  99s P. of Erie But emotionally charged issues like abortion can attract "marginal members of society, who are sometimes not in pos- session of their full wits and fac- ulties," Robinson added. And the deeply felt convictions of those on both sides of the abor- tion question leads some to fol- low "the impulse of the terror- ist," because they are convinced that "a state of war exists" and they belong to "an army of a dif- ferent stripe," he said. It is not only opponents of abortion who have been found to carry out violence against abor- tion clinics, however. -- In Concord, Calif., police arrested David Martin for a 1990 fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Martin, who lived across the street from the clinic, later told the Contra Costa Times that he was annoyed with the pro-life picketing and hoped the fire St. Nicholas dedication To the editor: The photo and the news story of the dedication of St. Nicholas Church (Dec. 13) were well done. The building is in itself unique, stunning, and very appropriate for the location. Sister Mary Ter- ence Knapp, O.S.B., and all the St. Nicholas parish community are to be sincerely congratulated. As I view the structure and reflect on its significance I feel a deep sense of pride and gratitude. But there is also a pain of dis- appointment. No mention is made of the dedicated pastoral moderator, Father Gordon Mann. This serious omission, I hope, will be acknowledged. May the community of St. Nicholas flourish. Rev. Msgr. Jerome M. Neufelder St. Meinrad The Message regrets the omission. Father Gordon Mann was ordained a priest June 6, 1992, and served his first assignment as associate pastor of St. Joseph Church, Jasper. He was associ- ate pastor of St. Simon Church, Washington, from 1994 to 1995, when he was appointed pastor of St. Martin Church, Chrisney, and pastoral moderator of St. Nicholas Church, Santa Claus. Remember-- Pearl Harbor To the editor:. I read your story in the Mes- sage (Jan. 10) about bishops (urging a) stand against violence. The article "When to stand," by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, caught my eye. I notice that the Aug. 6 and 9 bombing is to be remembered but that Dec. 7, 1941, is not on the list. I think this is a slap in the face to every man or woman who has worn the uniform of our country. Ma.be sme. of pur.bishops should talk to some front line chaplains who were with the men who were killed all over the world, trying to take a stand against violence. I guess I'm trying to say that, if we are to remember Hiroshi- ma and Nagasaki and not Pearl Harbor, then let's forget both dates. If Dec. 7 is not worthy than what's the big deal about the other date? Dave Lappe Evansville See LETTERS pag 5 would be blamed on pro-lifers. Two arson attempts at a clinic in Forest Grove, Ore., in 1985 were never solved, although police said the fingerprints of a clinic employee were found on one of the incendiary devices. In Los Angeles in 1988, Frank Mendiola, a supporter of legal abortion, pleaded guilty to charges of telephoning a series of bomb threats to local abortion clinics. The media and the public are "quick to lay blame whenever there is an act of terrorism," said Joseph Scheidle; executive direc- tor of the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League, a/er the Jan. 16 explosions at the Atlanta North- side Family Planning Services cen- ter. No one had claimed responsi- bility or been charged in the Atlanta bombings as of Jan. 24. No incident better illustrates the rush to judgment on abortion clinic bombings that) the Jan. 22 "bombing that wasn't" near the Planned Parenthood clinic in downtown Washington. Initial bomb had Washington er had been ed inside the where a eration for later that Police downtown dozens raphers hurriet Supporters of spoke out ately, using lence by "a wake-up cans." As it turned this: An et Mayit block away enthood training walk. He a pin, pror less force cracker. See Bishop's The following activities and events ule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: Diocesan Pastoral urday, Feb. 1, 8 a.m. to 3 pJn, CST, .CST. 2, 10:30 a.m.F.,ST. Inc. meeting, Catholic Center, CST. Catholic Education fast, Sarto Retreat House, Thursday, Confirmation, ResurrectiOn, day, Feb, 6, 7 p.m. CST.