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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Seeing the service of others By PAUL R. LEINGANG Editor" ! pulled my car into the intersection, then backed up -- but not fast enough and far enough to keep from getting hit by the garbage truck: It was a simple auto accident, but a comment made at the time surprised me and stuck in my mem- ory. It was true -- but nonetheless unpleasant. ! was on my way to work when tile accident hap- pened, only a few blocks away, and in a hurry, as usual. Traffic was moving smoothly, until the garbage truck in front of me slowed downbefore an intersec- tion and then came to a stop a good way into the intersection. Because I was eager to get to my destination, I was following closely behind the truck, much too close for careful driving. When the truck slowed and then stopped in the intersection, I was right behind it, almost in the intersection too. It was a big truck and I was driving a small car. I am sure the driver could not see me in either of his side mirrors as he backed up. I don't think he even heard the crunch. There was no sign of any damage to the truck. There was very obvious damage to my car -- the left front fender smashed, the headlights broken and the surrounding metal and plastic twisted out of shape. We did what we were supposed to do, trading names and insurance information. And when I called my insurance agent, I heard the comment that stays with me till today. [ said, [ should not have.been following that closely -- but he backed up into my car. I said I was in too much of a hurry, and I had followed the truck almost into the intersection, and I wasn't sure it was all the truck driver's fault. That's when the agent told me not to worry. After all, he said -- if it comes down to your word against the other driver's, there would be no problem. As if to reassure me about the outcome, no matter what statements might be made, he asked me a ques- tion: "Who do you think people are going to believe?" And then he answered his own question: "Nobody's going to believe a garbage truck driver." That comment came back to mind in April this year, on the thirtieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr: Martin Luther King Jr. -- who was in Memphis to meet with striking garbage workers. The dignity of a human being does not depend on the work he or she performs. The dignity of a human being comes from the God who created us in divine image and likeness. Take the time today to reflect on the dignity of work. 4" Keep in mind the images during Holy Week and account of the Last Supper feet of his disciples. ; Perhaps it is too eas' "being a servant leader the service of those who, like the dinner guests. Talk with family m( sions when you received the er -- an opened door, a touch in a hospital, a Who are the people those who arrive for the feast? Take the time to be family. Express your gratitude received. Take the time to notice unnoticed. Examine the ers in your community. If you unjust, work to bring about Take the time Comments about this columt or the Christian Box 272, Ames, lowa 50010. Morality and the middle class: Misunderstood By NANCY FRAZIER O'BR[EN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) They have been called the Silent Majority, the Moral Majority or the foot soldiers in the culture wars. But sociologist and political scientist Alan Wolfe of Boston University thinks that when it comes to politics, the middle- class residents of suburban America could best be described as the misunderstood majority. In his new book, "One Nation, After All" (Viking, $24.95), Wolfe said many political efforts to appeal to the middle class in recent years have failed to under- stand that most Americans have very high moral standards for themselves but, at the same time, think that other people's morali- ty is their own business. 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper rff+K,'-  of the Diocese of Eva00svi,00 Published weekly except Jastweek;nDecember by the Catholic Press of Evansville E ..................................... Pa R. LvVg Adverng ................................... Paul Newmd Staff Writer ............................ Mary Ann Hughes Address all cOmmunications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $18.50 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 F.ed == Oecr raa at ' Post o a , I 47701.1icalx r, uml 843800.  I=lequm PO0 ,een 35 to Olf'cs of C,igtal IWg Calll Pr ot E.ammle That's why; for example, recent polls have shown that 69 percent of Americans think they are more moral than President Clinton, but an even higher majority thinks he is doing a fine job as president. "People are pretty harsh on themselves, but they are very, very reluctant to judge others,' Wolfe told Catholic News Service and representatives of other media outlets at a Washington briefing about his book. If politicians were to under- stand this widespread middle- class sentiment, it "could help change the political conversa- tion" in this country, said Pare Solo, president of the Institute for Civil Society, which sponsored the briefing. "People don't recognize the America we see reflected back to us through the current political ily, debate," she added. "The politics tion, of resentment and accusation Right, that have defined electoral poli- tics for a generation simply do not resonate with people." gion The breadth of the topics examined by Wolfe is shown in ter of his book's subtitle: "What Mid- dle-Class Americans Really Proposed hospital purchase raises questions To the editor." It is K, ith a great degree of interest that I read the article detailing the proposed merger between Welborn and St. Mary's Hospitals in the March 27 issue of the Message. On the surface, this planned pur- chase by Evansville's Catholic hospital suggests a great deal of merit. Quality health care would be enhanced while a duplication of effort would be eliminated. Health services would be administered by one central facility. Financial outlays would be managed more efficiently by one administrative unit. How- ever, there exists potential for negative fallout for the Roman Catholic Church as a result of this marriage. Welborn Baptist Hospital pro- poses to utilize proceeds from this sale to establish a founda- tion for community "health ser- vices." Is it not likely that this foundation would spend a sub- stantial portion of this money to finance reproductive services at institutions like Planned Par- en'thood? Would not some of that money be used to fund transportation costs for preg- nant females who wish to acquire abortions in neighbor- ing states? Before St. Mary's Hospital (and our local bishop) finalizes this deal with Welborn Hospi- tal, these concerns should be addressed and resolved to the satisfaction of our Church and her members. Sincere Catholics will not support any endeavor that would subsidize the distri- bution of contraceptive devices or in any way promote the hor- rendous evil of abortion. Ronalcl J. Adams Evansville Catholics do accept Jesus as personal Lord and Savior To the editor:. On the evening of March 11, I listaed to a very heart-breaking radio show concerning evange- lization. In a panel discussion conduc!! by several t ministers, mostly weU-known ministers, a group of people were pointed out as having the great- est need for knowledge of salva- tion. These people needing this knowledge, hccording to these ministers, are mostly Catholic. These ministers seem to believe that we Catholics do not See CATHOLICS page 5 exam m the ble on Wolfe at He Confirmation at St. John, 5:15 p.m. Confirmation at Holy Family, 10:30 a.m.- West Side Youth Mass, Sunday, April 19, 6 p.m. Jasper Deanery Assembly, Monday, April 20, 7 p.m. Confirmation at St. Francis April 21, 7 p.m. Evansville West Deanery Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m. NCCB Scouting Gathering, April 23. Confirmation at Sacred Heart, 23, 7p.m. Day of Renewal, Catholic Friday, April 24. ; %,! J