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23, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 abuse, neglect focus of general assembly WILLIAMS Conference time in the In- General Assembly. remains of the :Session which must y April 30. debated ad- ring crisis of and neglect in In- ily preservation programs, es- tablishment of a statewide child abuse hotline, and an increase in salary of case- workers. The Indiana statistics found by the Commission are sobering. Child abuse and ne- glect reports rose from 30,000 in 1989 to 50,000 in 1990. The number of children's deaths attributed to neglect or abuse rose from 31 to 52 in the same time. 1991 figures are also dismal: over 60,000 cases of reported abuse and neglect and 48 deaths. Yet the Commission found Indiana's child welfare system not ca- pable of handling this large problem. "Children are falling through the cracks because caseworkers with 50 or more families to serve cannot pro- vide effective service," wrote the Commission. Tracking perpetrators is also difficult in this state since counties do not have reasonable means of commu- nication. The governor's com- mission studied these and other problems with the state's current programs and urged action through their report. Indiana's crisis of child abuse and neglect was also a priority approved by the Indi- ana Catholic Conference Board of Directors for 1993. In a letter to Dr. Sheldon Sie- gel, Chair of the Commission, Archbishop Daniel M. Buech- lein, O.S.B., ICC General Chairman, affirmed: "We agree that the state of Indi- ana's children is a true emer- gency, one that demands our immediate response." Earlier this session, several rnor's Commission Abuse and Neglect lair Families met last and detailed 16 rec- to the legisla- their eport Child Indiana's [uded among are a comput- assessment sys- of cases per an improvement tion and training of expanded fam- aw uprising comme0000orated as convent flap dies down ',SAW, Poland (CNS) leaders gath- to commemo- Ghetto Up- pril 19, and a Jewish boycott of over a contro- COnvent was with- lemorations marking anniversary of the in the War- ht U.S., Pol- , Jewish and ers together in a Ceremonies in the included a first- ceremony at Nozykow syna- ceremony was Jewish leaders ps. Ix the month, Pope apparently set- sy that had w remembrance er a cloud in the up to the April dsh leaders had to boycott the ents as long as a olish Carmelite ned at the centre- COnvent outside tz. But an order from telling the sisters it to move under the Jewish-Catholic staved off poten- trations. ecumenical cer- at the synagogue, O'O'W'N.T.O.WN T.. VINCENNES. IN 47591 Archbishop Henryk Muszyn- ski of Gniezno, chairman of the Polish bishops' Commis- sion for Dialogue with Ju- daism, said Catholic churches throughout Poland were marking the anniversary. "I am moved that we, as Christians, Catholics and Poles, can fulfill the obliga- tion and lesson emerging from this event, which today we not only commemorate but in whose intention we also pray, asking that we -- Catholics and Jews -- will be- come blessed for each other and for the world," the arch- bishop said. In a message to Polish Catholics on the Ghetto Up- rising published April 6, Archbishop Muszynski said that "remembrance of tlle sac- rifice of these people should generate within us a will to struggle with all forms of in- justice, hurtfulness, xenopho- bia, mutual superstition, stereotypes and lack of sym- pathy, which find expression in anti-Semitism and in anti- Polonism." Vice President Albert Gore Jr., Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Polish President Lech Walesa partic- ipated in a variety of cere- monies April 19, marking the monthlong resistance of Pol- ish Jews against the Nazi army. I II III . s7 so, w. tN 812.2S4-4516 i rle Village ing Center I IIIII I Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St.. Downtown Wastngton Phone: 254-5141 As part of the series of events, Gore met with Walesa and Polish Jewish representa- tives in Warsaw's Jewish His- torical Center. Rabin laid flowers on the site of the Ghetto defenders' Mila Street bunker, as well as at the nearby former deportation center. Some 350,000 Warsaw Jews were transported from that center aboard cattle trucks to Nazi gas chambers. In an April 6 letter to the Coordinating Commission of Jewish Organizations in Poland, Pope John Paul said it is necessary to remember the "dark night of the Shoah" (the Hebrew word for the Holocaust) along with having renewed trust in God. In the Vatican, after an April 18 beatification Mass in St. Peter's Square, the pope greeted several hundred Christians and Jews who came together wearing yellow Stars of David to commemo- rate the Ghetto Uprising and the Holocaust. In solidarity with the Jew- ish people and with the en- tire Catholic Church, the pope said, "I want to remem- ber those terrible events which occurred long ago but See WARSA W page 9 J RESTAURANT SPECIALIZING IN DELICIOUS GERMAN FOOD PRIME RIB CHARBROILED STEAQK COUNTRY FRIED CHICKEN SEAFOODS SALAD BAR BANQUET ROOM FOR PRIVATE PARTIES FOR ALL VOUR iNG NFEI, x',w [ 482-2640 ]  ' ' 393 3rd. Ave,, Jasper, IN 1 i i I II 7-DAY CARIBBEAN CRUISE SAVE WITH OUR GROUP SPECIAL bills contained the Commis- sion suggestions. Only a few of the recommendations re- main active in legislation now. Bills introducing requir- ing new state dollars had most or all of the funding re- moved as well. HB 1650, Indiana Child Abuse Risk and Evaluations System (I-CARE), the Com- mission's number one recom- mendation is currently being debated in a conference com- mittee. Authored by Rep." Jerome Kearns, D-Terre Haute, HB 1650 would estab- lish a statewide, computer- ized tracking system of sub- stantiated cases of child abuse and neglect accessible to caseworkers. The system would also assist caseworkers with risk assessment and evaluation of children re- ported abused and/or ne- glected. I-CARE would have 10 security levels and include a-penalty for breaching the confidentiality of the system. In conference committee, portions of HB 1709, an om- nibus child abuse and neglect bill, are to be amended into HB 1650. Elements to be added to HB 1650 include improving education and training standards for case- workers, developing a plan for statewide standards of caseloads, and listing a child abuse hotline number in each local telephone directory. Two Qtller bills, HB 1342 and Senate Concurrent Reso- lution 45, are also still in ac- tion. HB 13452 would repeal the statute of limitations in prosecution of sex crimes against children, therefore al- lowing prosecution at any time, baring certain excep- tions, and effective only on crimes committed after 1988. SCR 45 urges a study co,n- mission on the use of corpo- ral punishment in Indiana public schools. Knights of St. John return from convention Chrisney, was honored for his service as chaplain of the In- diana Grand for 25 years. Attending the business ses- sion were 69 out of a possible 79 --"a very respectable amount," according to Hel- frich. Also attending the busi- ness session were Supreme President, General John M. Windsor of Forestville, Md.; Supreme First Vice President, Lt. General John "Jack" C. Zint of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Harold C. Nobbe of Hamburg, Ind., and William R. Ten- Barge of Evansville, who are officers in the Indiana Grand. The 1994 convention will be held in Evansville, "proha- bly at Sacred Heart Comman- dery," according to Helfrich. He added that the 1995 con- vention "will most likely be held at Haubstadt." I I I II I The ninetieth Indiana Grand Commandery of the Knights of St. John and Ladies Auxiliary convened in Batesville, Ind., April 2 -- 4. William L. Helfrich of Evansville, representing the Indiana Grand Press Commit- tee, said the convention was held in Batesville to help Commandery No. 243 cele- brate its one hundredth an- niversary. Events included an evening of bowling, a banquet at St. Louis School and Masses at St. Louis Church  a few blocks from the Knights Home and Hall. Ursuline Sister Cecelia Huber of Louisville, Ky., was the principal speaker at the banquet. Gene Becket of Batesville was master of cere- monies. Father Paul Roos, pastor of St. Martin Church, I I I WANTED! Full-time Music Director/Organist and Director of Religious Education, preferably combined. 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