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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 7 c Scout leaders urged to strengthen church-scouting bond HORNER Service Ky. (CNS) -- Schnurr, gen- National Bishops, nation's Catholic lgthen Scouting and call for ser- the call for mrch, both will be gift Scout young Catholic that Jesus who keeps to some ting leaders .6-20 confer- ati0nal Catholic  on Scouting in en and Women boards f the commit- Catholic Corn- mittee on Scouting, which coor- dinates the Catholic program of the Boy Scouts of America, has a national conference every two years. Widely discussed at this year's meeting was a recent study which showed that boys in Scouting were much more likely to be honest and trustworthy and far less likely to get in trou- ble with drugs, alcohol, shoplift- ing, cheating or guns than other boys. The study, based on surveys of nearly 4,000 boys and men, found that boys who are Scouts and men who were in Scouting for at least four years placed a high premium on leadership, ed- ucation, manners and moral in- tegrity, said La .r_y Riddle, chair- man of the board of the Lincoln Heritage Boy Scout Council in Central Kentucky. The survey found "that the morals of both youth and young men today in America (are) de- clining. It's far from what we would like it to be," he said. But it also found that the Scouts and former Scouts scored "significantly higher" in values than non-Scouts, he said. Msgr. Schnurr said leaders in Catholic Scouting serve both Scouting and the church when they open doors for Scouts to participate in parish activities and ministries and when they encourage the Scouts to use their talents and gifts to serve the church community. "This contact with the parish is important because it will help our Scouts see and experience the parish as the local church, as their own community of the church at prayer as well as a community at service to God's people," he said. Scouts are "a gift to our church communities," he said. "We need their leadership and example made visible within our parishes." Many Catholic parishes spon- sor Boy Scout troops or Cub Scout packs. Msgr. Schnurr called Scout- ing leadership a ministry to youth. "When we, through faith, in- struct and help.our youth to love God and to build spirit and char- acter, active minds, healthy bod- ies, positive and respectful rela- tionships, concern for community and a desire to build a humane environment, we are teaching Jim Schmitt, diocesan chairman of the emblem program for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and explorers, listens to a presen- tation on the Ad Altare Dei emblem, during the National Catholic Committee on Boy Scouting Biennial Conference, in Louisville, Ky. Others attending the conference from the Diocese of Evansville included John E. "Jack" Thompson, Joe Dickensin, Bill Noll and Michael Woolsey. -- Message photo by Michael Woolsey the truth of Jesus Christ," he said. "By doing this, we are giving them the best we have to offer," he added. "We are giving them the only gift that will keep on giving. By doing this we pro- claim in word and action the message of Jesus Christ, the only genuine source of self- ful- fillment and a hope-filled future for society and church." r gives sub-committee a survivor's view of abortion eWs Service (CNS)  A lawyers, llster ad- and scope s, the 1973 legaliz- testimony who had looked at the abortion issue from the inside out -- abortion survivor Gianna Jessen. "I do not consider myself a byproduct of conception, a clump of tissue or any other of the ti- tles given to a child in the womb," Miss Jessen told the Constitution subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. "I do not consider any person conceived any of those things." Miss Jessen, now a 19-year- old resident of Franklin, Tenn., was born in a California abor- tion clinic when her mother was seven-and- a-half months preg- nant. She weighed 2 pounds and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result of the at- tempted abortion. "Today, a baby is a baby when convenient. It is tissue or other- wise when the time is not right," she said. "A baby is a baby when miscarriage takes place at two, three, four months. A baby is called tissue or clumps of cells Vote May 7 for Jonathan Weinzapfel Democrat for Congress Memorial High School with academic honors where he and played football for his father, Coach Ralph Weinzapfel. :liana University and Georgetown University. of St. Philip's Catholic Church. Serves on the board of di- the American Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Muscular Dys- elation, the United Way of Posey County, Memorial Booster fiends and Alumni of Memorial High School. Years in Washington, D.C. as a legislative aide to former Con- McCloskey. He is currently on leave as public relations man- aUonal Bank. ::.: Weinzapfel for Congress Committee, Roselle Weinzapfel, Treasurer. ..... .,:.- Approved by Jonathan Weinzapfel. Paid Political Advertisement when an abortion takes place at two, three, four months. Why is that? I see no difference." The oversight hearing was convened by the subcommittee chairman, Rep. Charles T. Canady, R-Fla., chief sponsor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Ac t , which was vetoed by Presi- dent Clinton earlier in April. In his opening statement, Canady accused Clinton of"hid- ing behind Roe vs. Wade" in his veto message about the partial- birth bill. Canady said most Americans oppose abortion on demand and do not realize that Roe vs. Wade "forces states to allow abortion on demand ... for virtually any reason, including emotional health and the mother's age." All the Democrats on the sub- committee boycotted the hear- ing and asked Canady to sched- ule an additional day of hearings. - In a statement distributed at the hearing, Rep. Pat Schroeder, D-Colo., called the oversight hearing part of a "massive pub- lic relations campaign" designed to "undermine the public's con- sistent and overwhelming sup- port for Roe vs. Wade." Witnesses before the commit- tee April 22 included neonatal intensive care nurse Sharon Dunsmore of Michigan, who de- scribed the protracted death of an infant boy who survived an abortion, and Minneapolis ob- stetrician Dr. Steve Calvin, a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine who said recent ad- vances in medical options for unborn children "clearly compli- cate the abortion debate." Harvard University law pro- fessor Mary Ann Glendon, who headed the Vatican delegatio n to the 1995 U.N. conference on women in Beijing, centered her testimony on "the creeping degradation of life in our law and society brought on by Roe vs. Wade and its progeny." Roe also has been used by the courts to find "new rights ... that clash directly with the ability of t society to protect life," she said. Among the problem areas she cited were the "newfound right to deny medical care to newborn children with physical and men- tal handicaps" and recent fed- eral appeals court rulings that states cannot ban physician-as- sisted suicide. "Once we allow physicians to participate in the killing of pa- tients, We risk a disregard for life that could result in involun- tary euthanasia of the elderly, children with 'defects,' homeless people with serious illnesses, and other undesirables," she said. Douglas W. Kmiec, professor of constitutional law at the Uni- versity of Notre Dame, told the subcommittee that abortion "in- jures our law and culture well beyond the killing of unborn or partially born children." Its bad effects include "the denigration of women, the weak- ening of the family, the disfig- uring of constitutional free speech and federalism, and fun- damentally, the separation of law from the foundational first principles of our nation," he said. Ronald M. Green, professor of religion at Dartmouth College, said he supported Roe vs. Wade because of the "wide diversity of philosophical and religious views on when life begins." He said he believed the Supreme Court's "stance of neu- trality before religious and philosophical iews was both wise and ethically valid." Pollster Kimberly Schuld said most Americans do not under- stand what Roe vs. Wade per- mits and do not realize what the current practice on abortion is in this country. "Recent polling data consis- tently confirms that despite the pro-choice label, people believe abortion is morally wrong and that it is killing a human life," she said. "The tide of change in this country is turning toward a moral resurgence and a secular rethinking."