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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana  --- Perspective-" There will be flowers on my dogwood tree. The tree is in my back yard, where we transplanted it a few years ago. It was a gift from a friend who lives in a rural area where such trees are plentiful. We had none. The dogwood tree/has grown well and doubled in size. But it has never bloomed -- at least not yet. This year, though, the tree is full of promising signs. Small round buds have appeared at the ends of small branches I went to look at it just the other day -- that is when I discovered the buds. I have not really paid much attention to it for quite a while. Now it fills me with hope. The weeks of Lent have gone past rapidly, it seems. These weeks have certainly not been empty. My brother called not too long ago, to give me good news. His son -- that's my nephew -- and his wife have a new baby, a little girl. I know that for the two of them, the last weeks before the birth IB PAUL R. INGANG EDITOR .A promise of spring were filled with anxiety. There is al- ways a certain amount of winter that is required before we get to spring. But from a distance, only a lit- tle of that anxiety is visible. For me, the newest birth in our extended family is a lot like taking a careful look one day, arid finding a tree full of budding flowers. For the long months of winter, I paid little or no attention to what was happening -- while new life began to bloom. The sun is shining and the air is warm and pleasant. The blossoms on the dogwood tree are signs of hope, strong enough to overcome the cold and darkness of an anxious winter. This week, another sudden event was thrust into our lives. A call came for our son Ben, from a friend of his. The friend's mother had died. Al- though there had been some warning signs before, the death was nonetheless sudden and unex- pected. Another journey into eternal life has found us less than prepared Ben and other friends made uick home from college for the funeral. show a sudden sign of their friendship   too, which often goes unnoticed until suddenly, bringing at least a small amount shine and warmth to the winter of a sudden ! From my distant vantage point, times of anxious moments within the family of my son's frie new life, so also was it with death. Within families and among such moments as these. It seems and friendship, too, all burst upon the sc ene'i buds on a dogwood tree in the In a few days, we will ce resurrection -- the spring which ends ever. Then it will be time to ce God who was always with us, even ...... tained our distance. The signs of resurrection are new life and in eternal life, within friends. There are buds on the dogwood treel year. Washington Letter Catholic congressman fights sexual exploitation of child By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A 3-year-old case sent back to a federal appeals court by the Supreme Court pits more than 200 members of Congress against the U.S. Justice De- partment, accused of failing to "protect our children from sex- ual exploitation." The case now before the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, Knox vs. U.S., brought friend-of-the- court briefs from 234 members of Congress, as well as from Morality in Media, the New York-based interfaith organi- zation founded by a Jesuit priest. "Filing of the 'amicus' brief by members of Congress shows that the legislative branch of government stands strongly in defense of our children and op- poses the decision by the exec- utive branch to weaken the na- tion's child pornography law," said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., a Catholic who is leading the fight in Congress against the Justice Department's stand. Smith said candidate Bill Clinton had promised during his campaign that "aggressive enforcement of federal obscen- The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly exCept last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Push ..............  Ga A. Getrer Editor ........................................... Paul LnQa Prod.c Manager .......................... Pt Booer Adverfr,$ .................................. Paul Newland Address all communications to P.O. Box 41690 Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $15.00 per year Sgle Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication  lge4 c,a0 Pre ot  ity laws by the Justice Depart- grounds that because they do The Justice Department's Protection ct ell ment -- particularly by the Child Exploitation and Obscen- ity Section -- will be a priority of a Clinton-Gore administra- tion." "It's sad President Clinton has neglected his promise to protect our children from sex- ual exploitation," Smith added. "If something is not done, Clin- ton' neglect will be tragic for our children." The case involves Stephen A. Knox, a graduate student at Penn State University in State College, Pa., who was arrested in March 1991 on charges of receiving by mail three video- tapes of partially clad girls in sexually seductive poses. The girls ranged in age from 8 to 17. Although the camera zoomed in on the girls' pubic and geni- tal areas, Knox appealed his five-year sentence on the Thank you to Washington To the editor:. I just wanted to say thank you to Washington for hosting Youth Day this year. Everyone involved did a great job! I was impressed with the number of young people who came to be a part of things. It is always so encouraging to see these young people support activities that help build their faith. They are the future of our Church. It is also a great way for them to build community by meeting one another at diocesan gath- not contain nudity the tapes did not violate federal child pornography laws. The 3rd Circuit Court, based in Philadelphia, upheld Knox's conviction in October 1992, rul- ing that the tapes produced "the same detrimental effects to the mental health of the child as a nude portrayal." The Justice Department under President Bush had backed that position, but under the Clinton administration the department took the opposite stance, asking the Supreme Court to send the case back to the lower court in light of the new federal interpretation of the pornography law. Both the House and Senate passed resolutions urging the Justice Department to return to the strong prosecution stan- dards of the past in child pornography cases. iii0000!iiiiiii erings. Suzanne Webb and Father Ed Schnur did a wonderful job of coordinating the day. I know there was a tremendous amount of details to be fol- lowed through and I felt the day went very smoothly. Thanks to Father Dave Mar- tin and Father Ron Zgunda for agreeing to be responsible for this event and to the young people and parents who were there to see that all was taken care of. It was a wonderful group effort! Paul Lauer, the speaker for the day, was excellent and re- ally left the young people with See LETTERS page 5 brief to the Supreme Court ar- gued that nudity or "visibility" of body parts through or be- neath clothing was necessary for a conviction and that to be pornographic, the material had to "depict a child lasciviously (lustfully) engaging in sexual conduct." That view prevailed when the Supreme Court re- manded the case to the appeals court in November 1993. "While the court of appeals was correct in holding that complete nudity is not ab- solutely required ... the court erred in holding that simply fo- cusing on the midsection of a clothed body may constitute an 'exhibition' of the unrevealed body parts beneath the gar- ments," said the brief filed by Solicitor General Drew Days. "Our position is that the U.S. is wrong," said Paul J. McGeady, general counsel for Morality in Media, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case March 14, along with the Phoenix-based National Family Legal Foundation. The Morality in Media brief argues that the Justice Depart- ment's position is based on a misinterpretation of the Child prohibits "the sexually McGeady groups such as members ready brought the Justice tion on the ous intent on child. The off' from brief, which could be the child opposed consumer i tent. "Now that off, the case have the fects as it McGeady, dence that ment's positiorl ated in court. "It's lascivious the child as tice Depal gested," need special our legal approach , exploitation" Bishop's sc The following activities and events are ] schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger'