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B$HOP$' OVERSEAS APP|A Appeal Catholics gave approximately $12.5 Special collection for Catholic Relief and Refugee Services, the Holy and the U.S. Catholic Confer- of Social Development and World these organizations alleviate and foster justice, hope and new People around the world. Collection Diocese of Evansville will be March Meetings held, questions asked, about lay insurance program in diocese By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Members of a planning com- mittee, along with Bishop Ger- ald A. Gettelfinger and several members of his staff, are meet- ing with parish leaders throughout the diocese to dis- cuss the medical insurance program for lay employees of the Diocese of Evansville. Four meetings were sched- uled during the first two weeks of March, at St. John Church, Newburgh; Resurrection Church, Evansville; St. Mary Church, Ireland, and Old Cathedral, Vincennes. (The meetings in Newburgh and Evansville were held prior to the Message news deadline. The meetings in Ireland and Vincennes were held after the news deadline.) The insurance program calls for an assessment of $900 per eligible employee, to be paid by the parish, school, or other diocesan employer. The assess- ment will go up to $1,800 in the next year, $2,700 in the third year, and $3,600 ih the fourth year. As the assessment goes up, the program calls for a reduc- tion of the fees employers and employees are currently pay- ing for insurance. Planners ex- pect the fees to be gradually eliminated. The planners say that by the end of the four years, the as- .ardin case highlights ,a responsibility issues Service ?ON (CNs) _ with- allega- Joseph Feb. a new look at media News ging the to fall. and others )ns made ately police themselves," he said. Last November CNN broke the story that Steven J. Cook of Philadelphia had filed a law- suit accusing Cardinal Bernardin of having abused him sexually 17 years earlier, when he was a pre- seminary high school student in Cincin- nati and the cardinal was arch- bishop of Cincinnati. The first CNN report was aired only minutes after the lawsuit was filed Nov. 12 in U.S: District Court in Cincin- nati. But the report included six minutes of excerpts from a sympathetic CNN interview with Cook in which the accuser was asked his feelings, wept on camera, described the cardinal as "vermin" and "evil," and called for his removal from of- rice. He also urged "others who may have been used and per- petrated and raped by him to come forward." The broadcast portions of the prerecorded interview did not include a single question about Cook's own credibility, whether he could prove his claims or how he could corrobo- rate them. CNN closed the report with a plug for its "comprehensive one- hour program on the sex- ual abuse crisis in the clergy," titled "Fall From Grace," that was to be aired two days later, Nov. 14. In the next two days the net- work repeatedly aired the alle- gations in its hourly news re- ports and used the news to plug the upcoming special. Near the beginning of the special program, Cardinal Bernardln was referred to as a churchman who himself faces charges that he has been a sex- ual abuser and has "fallen, from grace." "CNN, I think, played a large part in propagating this around the country and giving See BERNARDIN page 2 of not only also some should _ -- unately, medical and can,appropri. sessment will pay for the in- surance, and a $1 million health care fund will have been established. That fund is to provide stability, planners say, over the long run -- so that even a year where more claims have to be paid out than there is money paid in, the pro- gram will remain stable. The program takes care of both the short term and long term needs for insurance in the diocese. In the short term, cur- rent insurance coverage con- tinues. In the long term, the new program is phased in and provides coverage for all eligi- ble diocesan employees. Currently there are about 230 employees in the diocesan program, out of an eligible 717. Because so few of the total are covered, the program does not have a representative group, and it is not attractive to in- surance underwriters. When insurance is given to all eligible employees and de- pendents, the program will be attractive to insurance under- writers, according to the com- mittee members who drew up the program. The program they recom- mended continues the self-in- surance provisions now in ef- fect. The current program uses a management company to process paperwork, but all claims are paid up to a point by the diocese. The diocese buys insurance against losses beyond that certain point. About 60 persons attended the first meeting at St. John Church in Newburgh. About 40 persons attended the meeting at Resurrection Church in Evansville. Alan Hoffman of Jasper and Father David Nunning, pastor of St. Wendel Church, were the members of the planning com- mittee who assisted in the pre- sentation at Newburgh. The committee member making the presentation at Resurrection Church was Father Jean Vogler, pastor of Holy Rosary Church, Evansville. Patrick Freeman, a member of the committee who was in the audience for the presenta- tion at Resurrection Church, also answered some of the questions raised during the meeting. Committee members includ- ed Freeman, Hoffman, Fathers Nunning and Vogler, all xnen- tioned above, and Phil Bous/ey, Dennis Feldhaus, Richard Gries, Ellen Hegeman and Mary Simpson. Msgr. Kenneth R. Knapp, vicar general, coordinated the work of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Lay Medical Insurance Program, and assist- ed in the presentation of the information at the meetings throughout the diocese. Following are some of the questions which were asked at the first two meetings. An- swers are drawn from the ma- See MEETING Page 5 To our subscribers: The Message is uing a new sys- tem to produce the mailing labels for our subscribers. The new system will cut costs and provide quicker service The system has been planned and tested with the help of the U.S. Post Office and staff of the News in Tell City (where the Message is printed). It was developed in cooperation with the diocesan Treasurer's Office and M : i[: .iThe lis t of subscribers is now sorted and printed at the Catholic Center, using diocesan computer equipment in the Treasuer's Office, In previous 00,the li.t was hum- by an outside firm. aving the liBt "in-house" will e it pofiblet Update addresses quicklyand effidently, and to }educe , reeeo00m,e n00en your mail. ing addrelm, p|easene  on the label at right and mail it to the Message, P,O. Box  4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169,