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&apos; ''00051 E S SAGE The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 26 February 25, 1994 mllm - WEST DEANERY EAST DEANER You! magazine, was the guest speaker at Youth Day, which Washington Catholic High School, Washington. Over 350 stu. every deanery in the Diocese of Evanville, attended Youth Day, dinner and a dance. For information on the 1994 All. see page three. .....  -- Message photo by '= Ctory eliminates religious 00nbols in yello pages ad <,h W S )lJ'), . for !e, : llUrM.'n: (CNS)- vices," according to Suzanne classified ad a "mature a igi: 'ris no.me and Hartley, coordinator of commu- Christian hanayman" to board iastsly ffiliated nity relations at Good Shep- at her house. The word "ma-  -Cmua reac ture" was consiaerea age dis- %1: Yqa .... . ted herd. . . . . v{ 'flint  Ube!.efto a Ms. Hageman said US cnmmahon and "Christian"  religious oat rerc, es them to West's advertising policy rio- was considered dis- their_lus refer- lates the constitutionally pro- crimination. be us m the Yel- tected rights to freedom of reli- The woman has refused to gion and expression by trying pay the fine and court costs Mq dozens of of what Hage- COmmunica. eting for St. St. r:loud. listed in the out by US not allowed new direc- a cross on to use the Only once and i at it to list Benedict and Was obliged bhrase, "All prefer- raditional Care for all b d Shepherd ,e Was elimi- it Pctures a ' The home :.,, oot0000; " Worship ser. to make ads "as religion-free as possible." Susan Poulos, US West's media relations manager, said the company is continually up- dating its advertising policies to ensure that the directory abides by federal guidelines and "in no way, shape or form could be con- ceived as discriminatory." US West based its policy on interpretation of the federal Fair Housing Act which says ads for real estate and rental housing, including nursing homes, must not imply prefer- ence, limitation or discrimina- tion based on race, color, reli- gion, gender, handicap, age or national origin. It's likely that more publish- ers will follow suit, according to John Purcell, vice president for public policy of the Yellow Pages Publishers Association, a national trade association. "The publishers are becom- ing very sensitized," he said. In Milwaukee, he noted, a woman was fined $800 for placing a have risen to $50,000, Purcell said. The St. Cloud-area nursing homes were among the first to be affected by the new US West policy. St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls and St. Mary's Villa in Pierz were al- lowed to include their religious symbols in this year's Little Falls directory, which was dis- tributed the first week of FeD mary. Brent Norlem, coordinator of the advertising sequence in the mass communication depart- ment at St. Cloud State Uni- versity, said he was surprised by the policy and hopes it will be contested in court. "It's out- and-out censorship and I don't think it's totally defensible," he said. In order to comply with the policy, Catholic Charities of the St. Cloud Diocese sepa- rated its listing of =housing services" from its social ser- vices ad because of a cross in its logo. Meetings to focus on lay medical program By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger has scheduled four meet- ings around the diocese in early March. The bishop is inviting all parish leaders to attend one of the meetings on "the long-term solution to our lay medical program." Meetings are scheduled at St. John Church, Newbdrgh, on Tuesday, March 1; at Res- urrection Church, Evansville, on Wednesday, March 2; at St. Mary Church, Ireland, on Tuesday, March 8, and at Old Cathedral, Vincennes, on Wednesday, March 9. All meet- ings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., local time. Recent articles in the Mes- sage have included details of the program,'which is to be phased in over a four year pe- riod for lay employees at parishes, schools and other Church institutions in the dio- cese. The plan was recom- mended.by members of a spe- cial committee who were appointed by the bishop and asked "to propose a Lay Med- ical Health Plan which is to re- flect our commitment to social justice toward our employees." The committee studied the variations in the availability and payment of premiums at parishes and other institutions in the diocese. Some church employers in the diocese pay for an individual employee's in- surance, some pay half and some pay nothing. The committee also re- searched a range of insurance possibilities and investig&ted other programs, pools and plans, before arriving at their proposal, which Bishop Get- telfinger accepted. Fathers David Nunning and Jean Vogler, members of the committee, explained the com- mittee's proposal to priests and pastoral life coordinators of the diocese at a special meeting Jan. 26. The program calls for parishes and institutions to be assessed for each eligible em- ployee, starting in the fiscal year 1994-95 which begins Sept. 1. The assessed fee of $900 per eligible employee was gradually rise to $3600 over a four-year span. This fee is to fund the health care program and build up reserves to pro- vide stability for the program. Some 717 eligible persons are employed at parishes, schools, offices, bureaus or other insLitution involved in he:: work ad mtnist:ofth .1-: Church in the Diocese of Evansville. In recent years, participa- tion in the diocesan program has dwindled. Premiums have risen. Claims paid out have outstripped the amount paid in, and losses totaling over $600,000 were reported over a period of two year. About 250 eligible employees are currently enrolled in the= diocesan medical insurance plan. Committee members say that a viable plan would need at least 70 percent of eligible employees (about 500 in the diocese) to be successful. Pressure for peace in Bosnia echo around the world WASHINGTON (CNS) -- From Vatican City to Indialan- tic, Fla., from Lillehammer, Norway, to Sarajevo, Bosnia- Herzegovina, pleas for peace in the former Yugoslavia echoed across the world as a NATO deadline for removing heavy weapons around the Bosnian capital passed Feb. 20. Religious leaders, politicians and athletes added their voices and efforts to those urging a steady hand onthe process that seemed to be bringing calm to Sarajevo for the first time in months. "May the winds of destruc- tion finally be calmed!" said Pope John Paul II to a group of Italian peace marchers Feb. 19. =On our knees and armed only with a plea, we ask those involved, the political and mili- tary leaders, to end this mon- strous slaughter," he said,. "Nothing should remain un- tried." He spoke before the NATO deadline came for withdrawal of heavy weapons from around Sarajevo. NATO had threat- ened air strikes against mili- tary positions ringing the city from which Serbian forces had been lobbing shells and gun- shots for nearly two years. The deadline expired with some of the weapons still in place, unable to be moved be. cause of heavy snow. By Feb. 21 U.N. peacekeep. era took control of the last Serb guns, and a growing chorus of voices called for NATO's airstrike ultimatum to be used in the rest of Bosnia.