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1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana . " !rtion opponents issue statement suggesting remedies to abortion YORK (CNS) _ abortion opponents d a pro-life state- the personal c consequences of recommending and legal remedies for called the nation's ment, which ap- March 25 issue Review, an said the "con- people troubled by the tion on de- of the legaliz- been "widely and that its "helped to foundation of' civic coramu- are not nillion innocent aborted each and fa- statement, not only suffer ,n grief, the from the abortion pro- Vaen, including [e Irresponsi. male sex- ment added. The very lan- guage of "rights," it said, puts unwanted pregnancies in a "legal-adversarial context, pit- ting mother against child, and even father against mother." Such insistence on abortion rights, it added, has also been "used to justify the abridge- ment of First Amendment free- speech rights," threatening sidewalk counselors at abor- tion clinics with legal penal- ties. Such rights have also been used by the federal gov- ernment to "coerce state gov- ernments into providing abor- tions." The statement faulted the Supreme Court's attempt to define abortion as a right for dividing institutions and pro- fessional associations. For ex- ample, it said, "the medical community has been deeply di- vided over its relationship to the abortion license." In light of the negative as- pects of abortion, the state- ment's signers said their goal was "an America in which every unborn child is protected in law and welcomed in life." In their proposed "program of action" to alleviate abor- tions, they said the pro-life. movement must "redouble its efforts to provide alternatives to abortion for women in crisis" and adoption must be pro- moted with its legal procedures streamlined and simplified. They rejected the use of vio- lence in the pro-life movement, calling it "contrary to the cen- tral moral principles of our movement." Instead, they said, a "broad- based legal and political strat- egy is essential." Congress, they said, could "contribute to legal reform of the abortion li- cense" by adopting measures currently debated, including bans on certain methods of abortion and restrictions on federal funding. Ultimately, they said, "the right to life of the unborn will not be secured until it is secure under the Constitution of the United States." An enduring means of con- stitutional reform, they sug- gested, would be a constitu- tional amendment reversing the Roe v. Wade decision and establishing that the right to life extends to the unborn child. The statement's signers urged those who are "reluc- ad has to a man who 'nsibilities, child he ought to said. 'e also been by it contin- Some have en aborted and others abortion lOagree to the the mothers, their grief, instincts, them- said. to the abor- r of private law it a "pri- se lethal rio- family COurt's defini- abortion,,, as right" or a as had other the state- 00Ster Greetings from 0FFMAN ING .1400 Fountain Avenue EVansville, Indiana 425-0165 , Hoffman, President tantly pro-choice," to recon- sider their position and in light of the relationship "between the abortion license and the crisis of family life in Amer- ica." They also asked all Ameri- cans to join with them in pro- viding care to women in crisis and in working on alternatives to abortion and reform of adop- tion law in order to create the "condition for a new dialogue on the future of abortion law and practice in America." The document was drafted after consultations were held over a period of several months at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington. George Weigel is president of the cen- ter. It was signed by 45 writers, educators and policy leaders including Weigel; former Penn- sylvania Gov. Robert P. Casey; Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard University professor; Gary Bauer, Family Research Coun- cil president; Ralph Reed, Christian Coalition executive director; and James Dobson, Focus on the Family president. Worth mentioning... Neophytes to gather at St. Meinrad Following full initation of the catechumens and candidates on Holy Saturday, the "neo- phytes" begin the "mystagogia" -- their lived experience in the faith community. Father William Deering, diocesan director of Worship and the RCIA, has announced a gath- ering for neophytes from across the diocese, at St. Meinrad, April 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. EST. Plans include a prayer service at the Monte Cassino chapel area, a picnic, a tour of the St. Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary, and Vespers. MIKE BLAKE Mike Blake to speak in Jasper Mike Blake, news and sports anchor at WFIE TV, Evansville will be the featured speaker at the Msgr. Othmar Schroeder Society Din- ner, at Holy Family School, Jasper, April 13, following the 7 p.m. Mass. Blake's academic background includes an undergraduate degree in political science and a masters in speeech and dramatic arts. He is a, Vietnam veteran. He has received numerous sports and news awards, and honors for his work as MDA Telethon host. He and the former Jennifer Jean Rayburn are the parents of four children. Tickets for the dinner, at $10 per person, are available at the Holy Family rectory office, or by calling (812) 482-3076. Catholic Charities sponsors trauma workshop Catholic Charities is sponsoring a workshop for professionals entitled "Creative Solutions for Trauma, "at the Catholic Center, Evansville, on Friday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, and I to 4 p.m. CDT. Clarissa J. Minnocci, LSW, ASCW, coordinator of training at Holy Family Institute in E'msworth, Pa., will be the guest speaker. She is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and has ex- tensive training in trauma and solution-focused therapy. She is currently writing a book about trauma and spirituality. Her experience includes acute inpatient and outpatient care. The morning session will address conducting time-limited, solution-focused groups for sur- vivors of all types of trauma, including sexual abuse. The afternoon session is title "Trauma and Spirituality." Fees are $15 per session; lunch is available for $5. For information, brochure and registration, call Kristel Riffert, (812) 423-5456. Retirement Fund gives thanks "Thank you for keeping the Retirement Fund for Religious a priority," wrote Sister Janet Roesener, director of the National Religious Retirement Office. Her letter acknowledged a con- tribution of $7,600, part of the total of $30,015 contributed to the campaign for 1995. New procedure offered by St. Mary's for Women St. Mary's for Women, a division of St. Mary's Health Care Services, has introduced a new breast biopsy, which is described as "a revolutionary alternative to surgical biopsy utilizing a digital X-ray to create a two-way, or 'stereo" view of a breast lump or lesion." For more information call (812) 485-4437. A physician's referral is required to schedule an appointment. Geneological convention planned for Catholics The "national Reunion of Descendants of Maryland Catholics to Kentucky" will be held at various locations in and around Marion County, Ky., June 28 through 30. Plans include opportunities for exchanging geneological information, tours of historic churches and courthouses, a banquet, and Sunday liturgy at historic St. Charles Church in St. Mary, Ky. For more information, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Martha Mattingly Thompson, P.O. Box 7, St. Mary, KY 40063. Mediation Center offers family 'win-win' training Clark Field, president of the Mediation Center of Evansville, is offering members of faith communities (church, synagogue or mosque) training, "How to create %vin-win' family rela- tionships." For more information, contact the Mediation Center, (812) 428-7996. 'How to survive being married to a Catholic' A new CD-ROM is available from Liguori Publications, based on the 300,000-copy best- selling book, How to Survive Being Married to a Catholic. The CD is concise and easy-to-use on Macintosh or IBM Multimedia compatible computers. Liguori Faithware has created a self-guided tour on the road to understanding Catholicism, fun for spouses of Catholics and all others interested in learning more about the faith. For information, or to order How to Survive for $24.95, call (800) 325-9521. Life-affirming films rated by critics Babe, Apollo 13 and Sense and Seibility were selected by film critics as the top three "life-affirming films of 1995." Others in the top ten, publicized by the Heartland Film Festival of Indianapolis, were The Secret of Roan Inish, Mr. Holland's Opus, Il Postino (The Postman), Unstrung Heroes, Dead Man Walking, A Little Princess, and Toy Story. Families can make informed choice of movies Many families will go to the movies after Easter or during the spring break from school. "Families don't go uninformed, however, thanks to the Catholic Communication Campaign Movie Review Line," said Henry Herx, the U.S. bishops' movie expert. The toll-free movie re- view is available at 1-800-311-4.ccc.