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',',L..:.,, .l,,{,.!j.;:':,',.f,:;o  !,' .. ,:,; /." ,; -;,::.,'," . I The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Taking the time to make a difference-- Prayers and deeds: A family story Mary Clare is only 18 months old, but she has quite a life story to tell. Or at least she will, when she gets a little older. The fact is, she will get older. Not too long ago, there didn't seem to be much hope for her future. Mary Clare received her stan- dard DPT shot one day last fall. That night, she went into convul- sions. Her morn and dad rushed her to the nearby hospital in Winch- ester, Va., where she was in inten- sive care for several days. After one setback after another, however, the little girl was taken by air-ambu- lance to a larger hospital in Charlottesville. With the help of a nurse who is a friend of the family, Mary Clare's morn and dad went to be with the little girl. They drove the two-and-a-hour trip to be with the baby. The emergency flight to Charlottesville happened on a Saturday, and by early that evening, word spread quickly among the members of the Christian Family Movement. Families who are involved in the Christian Fam- ily Movement meet regularly in each others' homes. They meet for many reasons -- to have fun, to find ways to live out Gospel values, and to support each other. That Saturday night, three such CFM groups By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR were meeting in Winchester. And they quickly found out from the nurse-friend what Mary Clare and her family needed the most from them: money and prayer. The little girl's mother could stay with her daughter in intensive care, but the father had to find and pay for a place to stay. Mary Clare's mom and dad are not wealthy -- not with "the riches of the world," at least. As the word spread that night, Mary Clare's CFM family gave what they had, and by the next morning another friend was on the way to Char- lottesville with $500 to help the family in their time of crisis. Help for Mary Clare at first seemed harder to come by. Her condition was deteriorating and she was put on a respirator. Her kidneys began to fail. Another family friend -- her name is Jane -- got on the phone to organize a prayer chain. She knew it might be tough on this weekend before Thanks- giving, when many people would be traveling or vis- iting, but she wanted to have someone praying every hour of the day and night during this time of need. So Jane called Maureen -- the favorite person to call when prayers are needed. Maureen has MS, and stays home a lot, Jane explained. .... !:i/i Maureen agreed to pray the Saturday and Sunday, at least until dren arrived for their Thanksgi wanted to pray with her full attention. Sunday, while Maureen was "on speak, Mary Clare's condition turn-around. Improvement end of the week, she was back she has completely recovered. .... * * Talk about Mary Clare's story with:! friends. Ask them for similar needing help. Take a look at families you need? Who helps them? What are families can help each other? What brought about Mary C medical or miracle? * * Lent is a time for prayer, fasting Perhaps such encouragement way to improve our relationship prayer, to help our own selves pline of fasting, and to help others by Take the time to do all three this way to help one other family. Take a difference. Questions and comments are Christian Family Movement, P.O. BoX Iowa 50010. Washington Letter Buchanan's Catholic background: Is that all that makes h By JERRY FILTEAU ground, gave Buchanan its "enthusias- Both Dionne's column and a tematic U.S. aid:: Catholic News Service Washington (CNS) -- Pat Buchanan's narrow victory in the New Hampshire Republi- can presidential primary Feb. 20 brought a sudden spate of "What Makes Pat Tick?" analy- sis in the U.S. media. Like a pack of baying hounds, over the next few days a number of secular reporters and commentators seemed suddenly to catch the scent of the same fox: Buchanan's Irish Catholic upbringing in Wash- ington in the 1940s and '50s. With varying degrees of nu- ance, they took essentially the same focus: -- Buchanan's crusader mentality? His Catholic back- ground. -- His opposition to abor- tion? His Catholic background. -- His populist, anti-immi- gration, America-first views? His Catholic background. -- His nostalgia tbr tradi- tional family values and aura of moral certitude about nearly everything? His Catholic back- The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Publisher .............. Bishop Gerald h Gettelfinger Editor ....................................... Paul R. Leingang Produon Technician ................ Jeseph Dietrich Advertising ........ : ........................... Paul Newland Staff Writer ........................ :....Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $17.50 per year Single Copy Price: $50 Entered as 2rid class.matter at the post office n Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster:Retum POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication Ca.jht 1995 C.at:c Press of Evansv# -- His views on women and Jews? His Catholic background. Several commentators in the Catholic press sounded a sharply different note. "Media cannot seem to shake a generally held nativist stereotype of Catholicism," said Our Sunday Visitor, a na- tional Catholic weekly, in an editorial scheduled for its March 17 edition. "With the exception of abor- tion, the U.S. Catholic hierar- chy and Buchanan are at odds on just about every (U.S. pub- lic policy) issue that the bish- ops have said has serious moral and ethical conse- quences," said an editorial Feb. 16 in The Tidings, Los Angeles archdiocesan newspaper. The Tidings warned that a Buchanan presidency "would almost certainly result in a constant series of high-profile clashes between the nation's Catholic bishops and the presi- dent" and could "sow seeds of confusion among Catholics over who, legitimately speaks for the Catholic Church in this country." The National Catholic Regis- ter, an independent weekly, editorialized on Buchanan March 3: "Accompanying his pro-life stance are views incon- sistent with Catholic (social) teaching: his sweeping anti-im- migration philosophy; his 'America first' motto with its nativist sentiments; his call for punitive tariffs on imported goods; the dismantling of NAFTA; the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Bosnia." Tom Fox, editor of another independent weekly, The Na- tional Catholic Reporter, in a March 1 column called Buchanan "a frightening act.., an intem- perate, opportunistic, divisive man who preys on fears and insecurities." But The Wanderer, also an independent Catholic weekly, tic and unqualified endorse- ment" for president in a Feb. 8 editorial. Before he gave up po- litical journalism for campaign- ing, Buchanan was one of The Wanderer's regular columnists. Secular media reports that linked Buchanan's populist rhetoric and alleged anti- Semitism to his 1950s Catholic youth and education brought protests from some Catholic groups which said such stereo- typing betrayed anti-Catholic bigotry. The March 17 Our Sunday Visitor editorial summarized the point of the objections: "It is downright prejudicial, as well as bad history, to make the gen- eralization that all Catholics were raised in an anti-Semitic environment in the 1950s... If Catholics were exposed to anti- Semitism at all, it was far more likely to come dess from their Catholic environment than) fi'om the general white-bread culture of the times, where Jews, as well as Catholics, were still barred from many private clubs, certain businesses, as well as leadership positions in civil and professional life." The controversy also drew some commentary in The New York Times and The Washing- ton Post on how Buchanan's positions land his Catholicism should be assessed. In an op-ed column in the Post March 5, political com- mentator E.J. Dionne Jr. said, "To the extent that there is some anti-Catholicism in the coverage -- and there is -- it lies mostly in efforts to link all of Buchanan's views, preju- dices and predilections to his Catholic background. Somehow all Catholics are made com- plicit in Buchanan's world view. That's a heavy burden for Catholics to bear, and a lot of u resen! being made out to be a bunch of authoritarian, close-minded anti-Semites." similar analysis March 3 by New York Times religion corre- spondent Peter Steinfels cited the Feb. 16 editorial in The Tidings on the contrasts be- tween Buchanan's views and many public policy positions of the bishops. Steinfels compared tle cur- rent controversy over a Catholic candidate with the one in 1984, when Catholic vice presidential candidate Geral- dine Ferraro's abortion position conflicted directly with the bishops' public policy stance. Last November the U.S. Catholic Conference Adminis- trative Committee, as it has since 1976, issued its election- year statement on political re- sponsibility, asking Catholic to judge parties and candidates in terms of church positions on a range of public policy issues, from abortion and arms control to violence and welfare reform. For example, the bishops want an immigration policy more generous than the cur- rent one. Buchanan wants to close the nation's borders to new immigrants for five years. Buchanan also wants to ter- minate all U.S. foreign aid ex- cept emergency aid in disasters or crises; the bishops call for a strong program of ongoing, sys- ment. He repUC action; He lists education, and housing opment amd cies he support a those areas. He oppose minimum wJ support it. Any fair Buchanan'S Catholic to note that only issue o.n bishops They also in oppos] ing and and tion. Buchanan moved from.! for the when he c ae Dole "junim March Catholic moment as lighted media treated of Bishop's s The following activities and events schedule of Bishop Gerald A. urday, March 16, 7 Day ot Presbyterate, Wisconsin, Tuesday, creditation, Pittsburgh, through Saturday, March 23.