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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Panel disagrees on which candidate will benefit from Cathol By NANCY FRAZIER OqBRIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A panel of political commentators disagreed April 10 on the exis- tence of a Catholic voting bloc and on whether President Clinton or Republican presi- dential candidate Bob Dole might benefit from it. "There are suburban voters, upscale voters, voters who be- long to health clubs -- that may be stronger than religios- ity" in determining voting pat- terns, said Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report. "Religion is not unimpor- tant," he added. But a voter's Catholic faith may be "offset by other variables" when he or she decides how to vote, Rothenberg said. But Kate O'Beirne, Wash- ington editor of National Re- view, said "the evidence is overwhelming that religion in- forms Catholic political sensi- bilities" and that millions of Catholic voters feel "no firm at- tachment" to either political party. "It's not a bloc like it has been historically" for the Democratic Party, added Mrs. O'Beirne, who said she remem- bered the days when it was "heresy" for an Irish Catholic to switch to the Republican Party. The two commentators were part of a panel of five dis- cussing "The Catholic Vote in American Politics" at a sympo- sium sponsored by The Catholic University of Amer- ica's politics department and the Ancient Order of Hiberni- ans. Also participating were syn- dicated columnist Mark Shields; Chris Matthews, host of "Politics" on CNBC; and Chuck Donovan, senior policy adviser for the Family Re- search Council. Matthews said Catholics often face "yucky choices" in November because they fail to vote in large numbers in pri- maries and so don't participate in choosing the candidates. But he predicted that Clin- ton would win enough Catholic votes in November to gain a second term as president, de- spite strong Catholic support for the partial-birth abortion bill vetoed by Clinton. The president's more liberal aides-- George Stephanopoulous, Ira Magaziner and, to a certain extent, first lady Hillary Clin- ton -- have been "ushered out of the room for the election," Matthews said, adding that Clinton will be emphasizing is- sues he thinks will appeal to Catholics, like school uniforms and the V-chip to screen out vi- olent programming on televi- sion. "It may seem idiotic to think that will work, but watch," he Worth mentioning... ADAMS Catholic educators honored Gerry Adams has been named "Outstanding Educator of the Year," in the an- nual award program sponsored by the University of Evansville. He won in the administrative category. Adams is principal at Memorial High School, Evansville. He will receive a $500 award. He was lauded for instituting faculty and student involvement in school man- agement. Randy Hupfer, a mathematics teacher at Memorial, was named runner-up in the high school teacher category. He will receive a $250 award. Rogation service planned April 23 The Sisters of St. Benedict and St. Ferdinand Church, both in Ferdinand, and the diocesan office of Catholic Rural Life will have an evening of prayer and song for favorable spring plant- ing conditions and safety on the land -- "A Rogation Service for Gardeners and Farmers." The service will begin in the chapel at Monastery Immaculate Conception with evening ves- pers at 7 p.m., April 23. The congregation will process to the parish church while singing the traditional litany of the saints. The service will conclude with the Eucharist and the blessing of the seeds and soil. Catholic Rural Life returns After a six-year gap, the award-winning publication, Catholic Rural Life, will resume. The Spring 1996 issue focuses on the topic of community. For more information, contact the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 4625 Beaver Av- enue, Des Moines, Iowa 50310-2199. Telephone (515) 270-2634. St. Peter, Montgomery, featured on tv St. Peter Church, Montgomery, was featured on WTHI, Channel 10, Terre Haute, on Fri- day, April 12, "because of its beauty and history," according to Father Lowell Will, pastor. Following a talk by Kevin Hoalehan from Gibault Home for Boys, Terre Haute, members of the St. Peter Holy Name Society from Montgomery will make a trip to Gibault Home, Sunday, April 21. Brescia president's inauguration planned Dr. Vivian Marie Bowles was to be inaugurated Friday, April 19, at St. Stephen Cathedral, Owensboro. The new president, an Ursuline Sister, has been a member of the Brescia faculty sicne 1973. Planning March for Jesus The "Global March for Jesus" is being planned May 25, on the theme, "A World to Win To- gether," according to a letter sent by organizers to the parishes of the diocese. The letter was signed by Mary Jane Rhodes, March Organizer, and Father Wilfred Englert, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Evansville. All invited for Holocaust Remembrance Day Auschwitz survivor Eva Moses Kor is the guest speaker at Holocaust Remembrance Day, to be held at Temple Adath B'nai Israel, Evansville, Sunday, April 21. Performances are sched- uled by the Evansville Philharmoni Children's Chorus, and the Children's Dance Theatre. Ad- mission is free, and the public invited. Vineentians name new provincial Very Rev. Robert P. Maloney, superior general of the Congregation of the Missions (Vincen- tians) has confirmed the appointment of Vincentian Father William E. Hartenbach as the next provincial of the Midwest Province, headquartered in St. Louis. Vincentians serve in the Diocese of Evansville at the Mater Dei Provincial House of the Daughters of Charity. i Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON. INDIANA 47441 i iiim DUBOIS COUNTY BANK MEMBER OLD NATIONAL BANCORP Member FDIC YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK added. Mrs. O'Beirne disagreed that Clinton would be able to over- come opposition to him because of the partial-birth abortion bill veto. "School uniforms don't trump killing babies in the womb," she said. Donovan said neither the Catholic vote nor the evangeli- cal vote is "easily led" and said voters of both religious back- grounds are "becoming more sophisticated." "They know the difference between words and assurances and something real that will make a difference," he said. Shields said 1996 has been "a fascinating political year al- ready," adding that it is "im- possible to understand Catholics in 1996 without un- derstanding" the presidential campaign of Pat Buchanan. Although he said Buchanan contributed to sinking his own candidacy by being "recklessly provocative, gratuitously provocative" in some of his words and actions, his "new conservatism of the heart was the most inspired political idea of 1996 -- not ruch said." He described the Party as and elitist Republican posite possibility a nomicaUy which peal to said. Some of the slipped in things in a country and Americans " "Bob Dole loves but I'm not out any he likes." Shields he lost the dent Jimmy mate, should keep "God corollary was said. Dillman Continued from page 1 said she and Sister Brown were taken to St., Joseph's Hos- pital April 9 "because our place was not safe." Most of the armed men roaming the streets were very young, "some are obviously on drugs, and many are drunk," she said. Two Italian Consolata mis- sionary sisters told Vatican Radio they fled their religious house in Monrovia when it was sacked by rebels. They were Giorda how the said Monrov] without taken by U.S. helicopter to Freetown and arrived safely in Rome April 12. Consolata Sister Eugenia Tappi said much of the popula- tion had fled Monrovia, but the situation was desperate for those who stayed behind. "They're going to die unless someone helps them, because (armed men) took away every- thing: food, cars, money," she said. She said she thought Liberia would now have to sort out its internal problems without out- side help. One big obstacle is that "the rebels are so full of drugs and alcohol," she said. Consolata Sister Alberica One religious that in members Blood of rebel forceS. and In Liberian Liberian Tolbert associates' 10 yearS, rebel forces In six estimat were million or fled to tries. 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