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==m i1 E S SAG E e =  I  m m I% ard voices priorities to legislators Conference oard of Directors of Catholic Confer- a breakfast for in Indianapo- Daniel M. general chairman the legis- their nder, from the le, ad- egislators on be- t. Bender said of issues are those which young chil- finds it to think of a a Situation of abuse child _ whether . YOung child or virtually helpless Clrcurastance in out that the Welfare reform leave wel- op- would o a child con- a mother is on of such either to the already to pressure an abor- issues of choice in con- Children Catholic and as citi- efforts to and families the vi- rty and to depen- nt aid. To es the extent that we can achieve this kind of authentic welfare reform, we will truly liberate thousands of people -- espe- cially women -- who today are trapped by a system that too often discourages them from seeking independence through productive work. At the same time, the Catholic Church in Indiana joins other religious denomina- tions and people of good will throughout our state in strongly opposing all welfare reform measures that would cause innocent children to suf- fer additional hardships (men- tally, physically, or emotion- ally) as a result of their parents' inability to find or re- tain productive jobs. We be- lieve that such measures will not forward the cause of eco- nomic and social freedom and are not in the spirit of true welfare reform. As outlined in the statement entitled "Indiana Public Policy and the Critical Needs of Low- Income Persons," which we presented to the governor and all Indiana legislators on De- cember 21, 1994, we support public efforts for change that assist welfare recipients, re- forms that help families move from dependence on govern- ment programs to economic and social independence through job training, fewer re- strictions on the amount of in- come and benefits that AFDC recipients are allowed to re- tain, and refundable state in- come tax credits. In keeping with our deep and abiding con- cern of children and families, we also call for strong, effec- tive enforcement of child sup- port laws and other measures which ensure that Indiana's children receive all the income and benefits to which they are entitled. With this statement we wish to state once again our un- aS e of Evansville parish bulletins and newsletters? ly or mc 1, 2 or 3 times ral times a 1or2 times a Altast never, Statewide Catholics 76% -- Weekly or more often 14%-- 1,2or3timesa month 5% -- Several times a year 2%-- 1 or 2 times a year 4oh -- Almost never, never equivocal conviction that true welfare reform must not allow our zeal for a change in social policy to overshadow our con- cern for those who are the in- nocent victims of social sys- tems they did not create. We, therefore, strongly oppose any welfare reform measures that will encourage women, directly or indirectly, to choose abor- tion over birth. We also oppose all programs that, in effect, cause children to pay for the "actions of their parents or for the social circumstances into which they were born. This in- cludes so-called "family cap" provisions that would restrict or exclude benefits for addi- tional children born to mothers receiving public assistance. A just society does not force a woman to choose between an unborn child and AFDC. Our strong support for wel- fare reform is based on our firm belief that the freedom and ability to engage in pro- ductive work are good for indi- viduals, families, and the com- munity. We believe that all human beings have the right to be born, to be educated, to be treated with equality, dig- nity, and respect, and to en- gage in productive work that will benefit themselves and their communities. We strongly urge all citizens of the state of Indiana, and our gov- ernment officials, to dedicate themselves to the protection of human dignity by ensuring that welfare reforms truly "put children and families first." St. Mary's picks new presudent and CEO The Board of Directors of the County, Iowa and took active Daughters of Charity National Health System-East Central (DCNHS-East Central) an- nounced Feb. 14 that Richard C. Breon has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary's Medical Center and the Seton Health Corporation of Southern Indi- ana. The appointment to the 123-year old health care facil- ity Sll become effective March 12. 1995. Breon comes to St. Mary's from Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, where he has served as President and Chief Operating Officer since 1989. Mercy is part of the Sisters of Mercy Chicago Healthcare Sys- tem, a multi-unit healthcare organization. A 43-year-old Iowa native, Breon believes strongly in civic involvement, lie was president of the United Way of Johnson leadership in that area's Chamber of Commerce. Under his guidance, Mercy Hospital expanded its healing ministD" in the Iowa City area, launch- ing many new programs to meet the community's needs and to uphold the hospital's values. Among these has been a highly successful heart care program. "Rick has steadfastly upheld Mercy's Catholic mission and values while successfully guid- ing the hospital through turbu. lent times in health caref com- mented Sister Veronica Ann Brown, D.C.. chairman of the St. Mary's Medical Center Board of Directors. =His com- mitment and motivation reflect the qualities we were search- ing for in St+ Mary's next leader. I believe Rick is an ideal fit." She continued. "The See ST. MARY'S page 12 subscription i 0 J == o =