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MESSAGE iii 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 26 NUMBER 33 April 19, 1996 WEST DEANERY EAST DEANERY dinals, NCCB president Clinton's abortion veto FRAZIER News Service (CNS) -- ther in what they rtually unprece- eight U.S. car- president of the conference ex- Sorrow and dis- sident Clinton's Abor- bishops and as United States, sly oppose and Veto of H.R. .Will allow partial- to continue," to Clinton ,Ix days after the individually bishops' con- we can to ed- about partial- )as" and to tell "Partial-birth because 1833." s signed by L. Bernardin of Chicago, James A. Hickey of Washington, Bernard F. Law of Boston, Adam J. Maida of Detroit, Anthony J. Bevilacqua of Philadelphia, William H. Keeler of Baltimore, Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles and Joseph J. O'Connor of New York, as well as by Bishop An- thony M. Pilla of Cleveland, president of the National Con- ference of Catholic Bishops. The legislation vetoed by Clinton would have banned a procedure used in late-term abortions in which the fetus is partially delivered before sur- gical scissors are stabbed into the base of the infant's head. The child's brains are then re- moved by suction, allowing for easier delivery of the rest of the fetus. In their letter, the cardinals linked the veto to two recent federal court decisions on as- sisted suicide. "Mr. President, your action on this matter takes our nation to a critical.turning point in its treatment of helpless human beings inside and outside the See VETO page 3 her with Evansville connections is safe News Sevice reports irether Thomas in the United what one worst cri- Ory of Liheria. tephoned his of arrival in has devoted to teaching at St. Patrick's School in Liberia's capital, Monrovia. Another sister in Evansville, DoDe Miller, said Brother Dill- man bad not planned to leave Liberia. He had left the school April 10, and had gone to the Catholic hospital in Monrovia, planning to stay there until the civil violence lessened. Catholic priests and others at the hospital, however, ap- parently persuaded the white American mis.sionary to leave e dates of Easter, the Ascension and ined? Season, with its theme of resurrection from lasts from Easter to Pentecost. Yeas celebrated on April 7 in 1996, is the the first full moon following the spring msion is celebrated 40 days after Easter 16), and Pentecost, on the fiftieth day 26. :L !+,.;? !i? N: e Research Item You think this action is morally right or s right aure SOmetimes wrong Diocese Statewide 44% 44% 26% 27% 24% 20% 06% O8% 01% 01% the country. Dillman was able to travel to Senegal, where he boarded a flight from Dakar to New York. His sisters say he arrived in New York with only a rice bag containing a few possessions. His passport and Liberian pa- pers were left behind. According to the sisters, Brother Dillman planned to stay for several days in the Washington D.C. area, to straighten out any problems that might be related to his passport and identification pa- pers. After a few days, Brother Dillman plans to return to Notre Dame, according to his sister Dode. She was thankful for her brother's safety. "I didn't realize how relieved I was until I relaxed when I heard he was o.k., she said. Brother Dillman was among the last missionaries to leave Monrovia. Catholic News Service re- ported April 15 that two bish- ops were among those evacu- ated from Monrovia in a U.S. military operation that in- cluded about 500 Americans and more than 1,100 others. Archbishop Michael Francis of Monrovia was evacuated April 14. Agence France- Presse, the French news agency, said the archbishop was evacuated to Sierra Leone after being robbed at gunpoint BROTHER DHJ2HAN at his home. Brother Dillman was thought to be among some fifteen for- eign religious who remained at St. Joseph's Hospital in Mon- roda after more than a week of fighting, looting and burning in the city. One priest, quoted by Catholic News Service, said that even during the all.out civil war of 1990, the hospital had been respected. But Arch- bishop Francis, arriving in Freetown, Sierra Leone, said he thought the current crisis was the worst in Liberia's his- tory and added that he would travel to the Vatican to discuss the situation with Pope John Paul If. Bernardine Sister Miriam Sepkowski, 49, a native of Scranton, Pa., and Sister Lau- rene Brown, a Liberian nun from her order, were among the religious who were evacuated. A spokeswoman for the Bernardine Sisters in King of Prussia, Pa., said both women were evacuated to Senegal. From there Sister Sepkowski was flown to Germany, where she ex- pected to catch the first pos-: sible flight to the United States. In a telephone interview be- fore she left, Sister Sepkowski See DILLMAN page 10