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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana April 16, ICC issues making progress through By COLEEN WILLIAMS Indiana Catholic Conference Heated debate is clearly visible in the Indiana General Assembly as the 1993 legisla- tive session deadline nears. Legislators struggle to secure passage of bills and send them to tile governor before April 30. Compromise on the budget by the deadline is un- certain. Governor Bayh's re- cent proposals including a provider assessment, or tax, on hospitals serving Medi- caid patients is further com- plicating the process. Four issues supported by the Indiana Catholic Confer- ence successfully found their place in the debate: a ban on assisted suicide, life without parole option, funds for WIC, and a school breakfast pro- gram. A bill to prohibit assisting suicide in Indiana moved a step closer to becoming law by passing the House, April 7. Representatives voted 85- 12, with little debate, in favor of SB 477 which would create a Class C felony for assisting a suicide. Senate author Joseph C. Zakas, R-Granger, is expected to concur with the bill, amended in the house to include a study commission. A sentencing option for life in prison without parole was amended into Senate Bill 352, while in the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee. SB 352 would create a crime punishable by death, or life in prison with- out parole, for the"murder of a witness in a criminal case. If the bill becomes a law, ju- ries would have the option to recommend the death penalty or life in prison without pa- role in murder cases where Rogation service will be April 20 All gardeners and farmers in the diocese are invited to an evening of prayer and song for favorable spring planting conditions. The "Rogation Service for Gardeners and Farmers" will be held in Fer- dinand on Tuesday, April 20. Father John Boeglin said that participants are asked to bring along a bag of soil and some seeds for the garden or the field. The soil and the seeds will be blessed at the ceremony. Father Boeglin is director of the diocesan Office of Catholic Rural Life, and pas- tor of St. Celestine Church in Celestine. The rogation ser- vice is being sponsored and planned by the Sisters of St. Benedict at Ferdinand, St. Ferdinand Church, and the Office of Catholic Rural Life. The service will begin with Evening Vespers at the Monastery Immaculate Con- ception Chapel at 7 p.m. Then -- rain or shine -- the participants will process to the parish church in Ferdi- nand for the Eucharist, the blessing of the soil and the seeds, and the conclusion of the service. "If it rains, bring your um- brella," suggested Father Boeglin. The rogation tradition dates back to the days of the early church, when people would process in prayer for favor- able weather, protection from drought and storms, and for a fruitful harvest, he said. "This service is intended not just, but all who care for the living earth God's creation," he con- cluded. the defendant would be eligi- ble for a death sentence. The proposed amendment, origi- nally contained in HB 1442, authored by Rep. Jesse M. Villalpando (D-East Chicago), passed the committee 10-0. The ICC supports life in prison without parole as an alternate to death sentencing, recognizing that the dignity of every human person, made in the image of God, lies at the very heart of our individ- ual and social duty to respect human life. "In accordance with our opposition to the use of the death penalty, we support this amendment," said M. Desmond Ryan, ICC execu- tive director. "We do not deny the right of the state to use capital punishment, but we are convinced that lethal punishment, instead of pro- tecting society, may even ac- celerate the cycle of vio- lence," he said. SB 352, which passed the senate in late February, passed the House in an 89-8 vote last month. In a surprise move on April 6, the Senate amended a school breakfast program onto HB 1034. HB 1034 ap- propriates $190,000 funds to supplement Women, Infants and Program. Originating in 1031, the school breal program would be rec those schools in least 25 percent of studl receive a free or price lunch. This first time school islation has been given vote in the Senate. Two days later the again displayed its su by passing HB 1034 overwhelming 49-0 John J. Day, D-Indiana authored both HB HB 1031, and Sen. Rogers, D-Gary, the amendment. SB 477, SB 352 1034 advance a the concurrence or the original authors. quest of con, by.the author, and apl by the chamber, the then sent to the go, Upon dissent, the is assigned to a con: committee to reach a mise. The three bills pected to move to the nor's desk .... :: Theology student numbers up in U.S. seminaries T ,-,. By JERRY FILTEAU dates studying for 'diocesan Father O Hare stressed that Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 475511 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: Built in 1825 for Noon Day Stage Coach Stop & Trading Post OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS i THE OLDEST RESTAURANT IN INDIANA 12 MILES NORTH OF EVAI 1 MILE EAST OF US 41 ON OLD STATE OLDEST ORIGINAL LOG INN priesthood, those preparing for ordination in religious or- ders, and those who had not yet established an affiliation with a particular diocese or order. Diocesan candidates at all levels totalled 4,576, up slightly from the 1991 total of 4,562. With decreases at the high school and college level, all the increase came at the theology level. Religious orders experi- enced a slight decline overall, from 1,738 candidates in 1991 to 1,722 last fall, but the number in theology went up slightly, from 886 to 899. w Unaffiliated candidates rose slightly, from 377 to 400. About three-fourths of unaf- filiated candidates were in high school. CARA research associate Father C. Joseph O'Hara, who conducted the study, high- lighted the rapid growth in pre-theology figures as a key to a turnaround in vocations. "The pro-theology category is very important," he said. "Although there are fewer men coming to theology from the college level, this loss is more than compensated by those entering pre- theology." The number of seminary college seniors dropped from 380 in 1991 to 313 in 1992, of being counted--added up while the number in pre-the- to 601 in 1991 and 841 in elegy rose from 315 to 473. 1992. the two figures are not strictly comparable, since some stu- dents in pre-theology may be in two-year or even three-year programs and therefore not preparing to enter theology the following year. Father Robert Wister, exec- utive director of the seminary department of the National Catholic Educational Associa- tion, cautioned that the slight increase in the number of stu- dents falling within the "the- ology" category may repre- sent only reporting or program changes, and not necessarily an increase in yearly ordinations. If only the four traditional years of academic theology were counted, the 1992 figure of 2,810 would represent a slight decline from the 1991 figure, 2,866. The net increase comes from four other categories also added in to the "theol- ogy" numbers: pre-theology, up from 315 to 473; a fifth academic year, up from 78 to 135; a pastoral year, up from 167 to 169; and those on a leave of absence, up from 41 to 64. Those figures, all represent- ing at least one additional year of formation -- or in the "on leave" category, at' least I i Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The total number of U.S. Catholic seminarians rose by 0.03 percent last fall, showing the first overall increase since 1982. More significantly, the number of post-college stu- dents  most of them in aca- demic theological studies -- rose 5.3 percent, going up for the first time since 1983. The theology figures are the most reliable indicator of fu- ture ordinations. The number of high school seminarians dropped 5.5 per- cent and college-level semi- narians dropped 10 percent. For the first time the num- ber of "pro-theology" stu- dents -- candidates who did not attend a college seminary and are fulfilling academic prerequisites for theology was higher than the number of seniors in college seminar- ies. This suggested that the era when high school and college seminaries provided the ma- jority of candidates entering theology may be at an end. The fall enrollments for the 1992-93 school year were re- leased March 26 by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate: -- The total number of seminarians rose from 6,677 in 1991 to 6,698 last fall. -- High school seminarians dropped from 1,217 to 1,150. -- Those in college semi- naries dropped from 1,757 to 1,582: Those in post-college programs rose from 3,467 to 3,651. Novices preparing for priesthood in religious orders rose from 236 to 315. The CARA figures were also broken down by candi- --r,-l'- I Iil Prairie Village I Llving Center ! I I I Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. 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