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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Nominee draws early senate support, warnings from By PATRICIAZAPOR erally funded family planning bers, the ceremony was at- Breyer has served on the for two years in the Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Supreme Court nominee Judge Stephen G. Breyer won early praise from senators whose votes will be needed to confirm him to the court, but drew words of caution from outside interest groups. On May 13 President Clin- ton nominated Breyer, chief judge of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, to the high court and formally introduced him in a White House ceremony May 16. While Democratic and Re- publican members of the Sen- ate were supportive of Breyer's nomination, there was quick criticism of him from the Na- tional Right to Life Committee. "It is perfectly clear that Breyer will take an expansive view of'abortion rights," said a May 13 statement from Na- tional Right to Life legislative director Douglas Johnson. He cited a vote by Breyer to over- turn Bush administration reg- ulations restricting staff at fed- clinics from encouraging pa- tients to have abortions. The Supreme Court later upheld the regulations as constitu- tional. With Breyer's wife, three children and other family members looking on in the Rose Garden, Clinton intro- duced the 55-year-old judge as a consensus-builder and an in- sightful leader who would help unite the court to speak "with a clear voice." After noting that he hoped the late Justice Arthur Gold- berg, for whom he clerked in the Supreme Court, would be proud of him, Breyer said he wished his father, who worked for the San "Francisco public school district for 40 years, could have seen him that day. Taking a few questions from the press, Breyer sidestepped queries on the Roe vs. Wade ruling that legalized abortion. He said he would leave such answers to the confirmation hearings, which will be held by the Senate this summer. In addition to family mem- MILLER & MILLER  "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 IRI4FLr71 =1012.,01-01 II tended by several members of the president's Cabinet as well as most of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, the committee's minor- ity leader, said he would sup- port Breyer's nomination in the Senate. Republican leader Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas on May 15 called Breyer "a good choice -- not a conservative but I think not as liberal" as retiring Jus- tice Harry Blackmun, whom he would replace. Blackmun this spring an- nounced he would retire when the current court session ends in July. In his statement, Johnson at National Right to Life criti- cized the process by which Breyer was chose'n, saying Clinton backed down from two other potential nominees because of pressure from interest groups that support legal abortion. Gary Bauer, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement he was glad Clinton had not selected "a po- litical ideologue" but warned that the Senate should ask Breyer hard questions about abortion, religious liberty, law enforcement philosophy and other subjects that affect families. Boston federal appeals court since 1980. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stan- ford University, who also holds a degree from Oxford Univer- sity and a magna cum laude degree from Harvard Law School. In addition to being a clerk for Goldberg, Breyer worked Two Continued from page 1 ing him to the priesthood to serve in such a wondrous ca- pacity. He said it has been the ultimate gift to bring Christ to earth at each of his Masses, to be the life-giving support of the people. He acknowledged with grati- tude and prayer the Magis- terium for which he served the past 60 years -- particularly Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter, Bishop Henry J. Grimmels- man, Bishop Paul F. Leibold, Bishop Francis R. Shea and Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. Msgr. Charles T. Schoet- telkotte, 84, will be joining family and friends for an an- niversary celebration at St. Peter Church in the Franklin County, Ind., community of St. Peter. That parish in the Archdio- I The First Social of 1994! S Thursday, Friday, & Saturday May 19, 20, & 21 Chicken & Roast Beef Dinners served each evening 4- 7 P.M. in cafeteria Executive Inn Karaoke Showtime 6 - 10 P.M., Thursday, May 19 Live broadcast by WYNG on Thursday, May 19th, 4- 7 P.M. Natiyity 3635 Pollack Ave. Evansville, IN [In I I I I II II divisiori of the ment and served as q sel of the Senate Committee. pointment to court, Breyer law practice titrust, economic vard Law School, cese of Schoettelkotte's -- where he was ceived his First and where he It is also where he his first Mass, tion May 22, Bishop Joseph dianapolis. -: "I've been priesthood for Msgr. ing on his of Evansville, has enjoyed ments. : Among his were 30 years Catholic teaching at what waJ Evansville University 15 years wi Press. Charles born March studies at St. nary, he was His first sistant pastO Lourdes He earned a social work University ington, D.C.,. After rector director and serveq from 19401 He 1943 to the So The Regis Msgr. served Evansvill Catholic 1945. He was a and a me1 Senate, Pacis iliarY inridge, State Mary diocesan tion Rice He reS St. Bonif.a pastor He wa prelate ber 1991, al Little Evansville' Info/ vided by anapoliS