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MESSAGE The Message-- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 31 NUMBER 37 May 12, 1995 L  /dll WEST DEANERY m ; Jlf : air | /-':, Illlll ' ,11',' ,lldlN EAST DEANERY ::i i. litias take apocalyptic view and YOUNG News Service Minn. (CNS)- suddenly in the the bombing of Okla- to mix a potent Christian- the main Oklahoma been linked to .groups in Michi- lZona  groups )een painted as and anti- and are also hilt with firearms tory provides a in which been stockpiled the name of extremists year's World that apocalyptic cult in Japan in the poi- killed 12 on in March. And extrem- Ireland have violence. on, Some groups have been hoarding weapons in preparation for a run-in with the enemy, be it shoot-out with gun-grabbing G-men or an apocalyptic confrontation between good and evil in the end times. But it was David Koresh's Branch Davidian sect -- an unconventional offshoot of Sev- enth Day Adventists -- that may provide the key to under- standing how guns and God can go together. In the two years since the Davidian's com- pound in Waco burned down after a 51-day standoff with agents from the Federal Bu- reau of Investigations and Bu- reau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Waco has become a rallying cry for those who be- lieve the government has be- come too intrusive and bloated. McVeigh was .reportedly upset at the events in Waco and made a pilgrimage to the site. Many observers say it is no coincidence that the Okla- homa bombing occurred on the very day commehaorating the second anniversary of the Branch Davidian deaths. Bob Anderson, who describes himself as a patriot but not a militia member, said if the Ok- lahoma City bombing was a re- sponse to the events in Waco, it was not justified. Anderson, who runs PIC's Army Surplus Store in St. Cloud, said he doesn't know if McVeigh is part of a "so-called militia or not. None of the orga- nizations I'm connected with in any way claim him as a mem- ber," he told The Saint Cloud Visitor, newspaper of the St. Cloud Diocese. PIC stands for "politically incorrect." But Angie Lowry, a Klan- Watch researcher who monitors right-wing groups, told The As- sociated Press that "if there's anything that unites the right- wing movements in this coun- try, it's the Second Amend- ment and Waco." The Second Amendment guarantees citizens the right to bear arms. For many militia members and other self-pro- claimed patriots, that right is only one of many "God-given inalienable rights" spelled out in the Bill of Rights. George Jacobs, director of St. Cloud's civil defense and emer- gency management, described some militia members as "basi- cally in it for the glory. It makes them look a little more macho, they think, to carry a machine gun or grenades." prepares for trip to Czech republic, Poland BONO ews Service (CNS) IS.preparing Inspection societies he free from trip to the Ld his native a chance s are :Ording to the Specifications Past visits. test also looms for the pope, who turns 75 two days before the trip's start. The main event of the three-day journey is a Mass to canonize Blessed Jan Sarkan- der, a 17th-century priest killed by Protestants during a religious war. Protestant lead- ers see Blessed Sarkander as a symbol of Catholic efforts more than 370 years ago to recon- vert Protestants by force. The ecumenical tensions hinder papal dreams of united Christian efforts to cement spiritual values into the build- ing blocks of new East Euro- e files se of Evansville riB: is believing in the infallibility of the pope? penn societies. The visit comes at a time when Eastern Europe is hav- ing problems sweeping away the political and ideological rubble of communist rule. Czech Catholic leaders com- plain of an atheistic, anti-cleri- cal mentality inherited from Soviet domination that is plac- ing legal obstacles in the way of the church's institutional growth. A rrtain stumbling block is delays in the return of church buildings confiscated under communist rule. In Poland, ex-communists are back in control of the gov- The pope's 1990 trip to the ernment. They are without Czech Republic, when it was their Marxism, but still deter-  part of Czechoslovakia, was his mined to cut into the church's power and prestige. The trip will mark the pope's second to the Czech Republic. It will be his sixth to Poland, where previous trips were in- strumental in forging opposi- tion to the Polish communist regime and renewing the spirit of the hundreds of millions of other people living in the So- viet bloc. The pope will spend all but 10 hours of the May trip in the Czech Republic. first to an East European coun- try that had shaken free of com- munism. The 1995 trip will be his seventh to Eastern Europe after communism started col- lapsing at the end of 1989. Since 1990, Czechoslovakia has split into the Czech Repub- lic and Slovakia. The split was a peaceful, negotiated one, but it reflects the ethnic and na- See POPE page I4 -:: tewide Catholics taat impor- 22% -- Extremely impor- tant important 20%  Very important rant impor- 30%  Somewhat impor- tant t impor- 17% -- Not very impor- tant all tmportant at 11%  Not important at all