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26, 1993 i By COLEEN WILLIAMS Iana Catholic Conference of this year's 3n, one filled woes and Med- s, Governor will take time out March 31 "Chil- in Indiana." Dur- children to be the Statehot/se Re- Same day, the gov- s proclamation will be The proclamation s to be a challenge for all and administrative , children a pri- t Indiana. deliberating possible to the rising costs, Bayh proposed sev- to reduce Med- Xpenditures which negative affects and their fami- Uded in his legisla- PaCkage sent to the Indi- General Assembly, The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana sends mixed messages on children, families "Cornerstone of Progress: The Foundation for Indiana's Eco- nomic Future," the governor suggested limiting eligibility for the Medicaid program. Also, he recommended re- ductions in other areas such as welfare which would free up funds for the budget. Governor Bayh suggested reducing eligibility for Medi- caid to pregnant women and children from the existing level of 150 percent, a level which Indiana previously au- thorized above and beyond the required minimum of 133 percent of federal poverty. Affected by the limitation would be around 10,000 women and children. The measure could also have repercussions down the road. Overwhelming evi- dence corroborates the cost- effectiveness of prenatal care. Infant mortality and low-birth weight babies are directly re- lated to lack of prenatal care. PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD LL US PRAy Diocese of Evansville [ of life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, might know and love You, worship You as Your faithful people. Assist us in livin hol" lives as faithful discinles oflesus, Your Son, SO that , g Y r - h',, .. Our presence may be known and felt in our midst, -t Othe- - -. , too may come to know and love You 0 they may begin to serve and worship You. POwer u 6. s with Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have 6Well US hCrea " u.  our faith. qelp US fO see Your plan for the Church. tetoek to the future, may our plans be faithful to Yours, ,,., , the Church of Southwestern Indiana, Y tither Your ldn-dom throu h reachin and livin Your bSpel, o g P g g praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! i i i i SINCE 1888 Schum Monuments, Inc. DALE, INDIANA 937-4921 n i ,i a E INSURANCE SERVICE yoAUto! Homel Fire.& Life! ur Personal Service Agent L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. Franklin Street 425-3187 MILLER & MILLER ",4 family name you can trust" 424-9274 HIGHLAND CHAPEL 6300 FIRST AVE. 5 Four COnvenient Locations. Also recommended was to place a cap on benefit levels for the AFDC program at a family of three children level. After one year, regardless of family size, benefits would be limited to $320 per month, not including the automatic 10 percent rateable reduction. This suggestion could also be detrimental to families re- ceiving AFDC. Benefit levels already reflect less than 33 percent of the federal poverty level -- well below a decent standard of living. Fifty- seven-thousand children would experience deeper poverty. Twenty-five percent of families receiving AFDC would be affected. Families will have to find ways to re- cover from the reduction and abortion is an only too obvi- ous option. Though many states have shrunk benefit levels for wel- fare programs, as seems to be suggested in Indiana, not every one has determined that states must solve bud- getary problems on the backs of children and families. Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey illustrates this point in his presentation be- fore a conference sponsored by several Catholic organiza- tions including U.S. Catholic Conference Office of Social Development and World Peace, Catholic Relief Ser- vices, and Catholic Charities USA, earlier this month. "We are not simply putting children and families first in our rhetoric, where it is easy, but also putting them first in our budget, where it counts, explained Governor Casey. Pennsylvania passed model human service legislation during the past recessionary year including: legislation providing health care for children whose families are not poor enough to qualify for medical assistance but who cannot af- ford to buy health insurance on their own; a record-breaking 17.5 million state dollars budget proposal, up from the 16.85 appropriated the year prior, for the Women, Infants, and Children (WlC) program; a comprehensive pre- and postnatal care program, Healthy Beginnings, which provides nutrition counseling and education on childbirth and parenting; tens of millions of state dollars utilized in early inter- vention programs including an entitlement program to cover every child in the state who is developmentally de- layed. "There was a great deal of pressure to cut fimding for Aid to Families with Depen- dent Children," said Gover- nor Casey. "Some states said that if a woman had a child while on public assistance, then benefits for that child would be cut off. My re- sponse to that was 'not in Pennsylvania.' "We need to create commu- nities of caring and.., poli- cies that help women deal with crisis pregnancies by eliminating the crisis, not the child," declared Casey em- phasizing the high priority in his state for children, born and unborn, and families. As Indiana attempts to re- solve the Medicaid dilemma and fashion a budget, the Pennsylvania model also stands as a challenge to law- makers: it is possible in a pe- riod of fiscal constraint to place a high priority on chil- dren and families. Archbishop Sanchez submits resignation; TV airs sex allegations SANTA FE, N.M. (CNS} Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez of Santa Fe an- nounced March 19 that he has asked to step down as archbishop, two days before the airing of a network televi- sion program accusing him of sexual 'improprieties with several young women. More than 1,000 people from different parts of the archdiocese made a pilgrim- age to an ancient Catholic shrine in Chimayo, north of Santa Fe, to pray for the arch- bishop March 20, his 59th birthday. The archbishop has been on retreat at an undisclosed location since early March, when it was learned that CBS television's "60 Minutes" had videotapes of three women claiming that several years ago they had been involved. in relationships of a sexual nature with the archbishop. In a written statement re- leased March 19 by his chan- cellor, Father Ron Wolf, Archbishop Sanchez said he has written Pope John Paul II asking "permission to resign from my position as arch- bishop." "He knows of my willing- ness to accept whatever deci- sion may be made for the good of the church. I must now await a response from the Holy See," the archbishop said. "Please pray for me, as I do for you daily," he added. The archbishop said he plans "to remain on retreat so as to avail myself of both spiritual and psychological guidance. It is my personal desire to thoroughly evaluate my life and ministry before God so that I may have a clearer vision of my life and ministry for the future." In a statement 10 days eai'- lier he acknowledged wrong- doing and asked forgiveness from those he had harmed or disappointed. The "60 Minutes" segment broadcast March 21 featured interviews with three women who said that a number of years ago, when they were in their late teens, the arch- bishop had initiated im- proper activity with them. One alleged a three-year af- fair. The other two said the archbishop had fondled them repeatedly over a period of time. The report noted that there are a number of allegations of pedophilia by some priests in the Santa Fe Archdiocese. It suggested that Archbishop Sanchez might have been le- nient toward pedophile priests because of his own in- volvement in illicit activity. In Rome, Pope John Paul II referred to Archbishop Sanchez March 18 before a private Mass with a group of U.S. bishops. In his remarks, made avail- able to CNS afterward, he asked the bishops to pray for the archbishop and for those "affected by his actions." He also urged compassion, recalling that Christians be- lieve in conversion and for- giveness. "A person's fall, which in itself is a painful experience, should not become a matter for sensationalism. Unfortu- nately, however, sensational- ism has become the particular style of our age," the pope said. Father Juan Mendez, pastor of St. John Baptist Parish in Santa Fe, who led one of the three pilgrim groups coming from different directions to the Chimayo shrine, presided for the concelebrated Mass concluding the pilgrimage. He said the people orga- nized the pilgrimage "to pray for our archdiocese and for Archbishop Sanchez, and to pray for healing." He told Catholic News Ser- vice in a telephone interview that "many, many people have cried many tears" over Archbishop Sanchez and the allegations Concerning him. "He has been their arch- bishop for 19 years and he is a very caring, pastoral, giving man. They love him," Father Mendez said. "They have been deeply ' hurt by these allegations," he added. "But of all the people I've talked to, I'd say 99 per- cent are very forgiving. They wish to have him back." "We know he's not a per- fect man -- none of us is," he said. "But of all the priests I've ever known, he is the most caring, most compas- sionate, most pastoral priest I've ever met." The 300-year-old shrine at Chimayo, known in Spanish as El Santuario de Nuestro Senor de Esquipulas, features a small chapel housing a cru- cifix that was discovered buried there near the end of the 17th century. The ground where the cross was buried is considered holy and is be- lieved to have caused miracu- lous cures. Father Mendez said that in his homily he reminded the pilgrims (hat when families face a crisis "they come to- gether to share with one an- other, to pray, to give each other support." "This is the worst crisis we have ever had in the history of our archdiocese," he said. "I asked them to pray for our archbishop and for anyone who has been abused in any way.., to pray for them and for the whole archdiocese, that we may grow from this and become better, stronger Christians."