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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i! A pet's life, a blessing ..... By PAUL R. LEINGANG Editor All of the reasonable things to say have been said, but it is not reasoning that I need. After almost 16 years of life in our family, death has come to our mixed-breed and much-loved dog, Lady. It was time. She had a good life. Her suffering is over. It was the best thing to do. All the comments are true, but I still miss our dog. I know that I will expect to see her come to the door when I come home. I know that I will at times forget myself and save table scraps from my plate, even though I never should have given in to her hope- ful begging. Habits are hard to change, hers and mine. Our dog was a significant force in our family life. She helped herd our children to bed when they were small. She provided comfort to any one of us in a time of sadness. Strangers and neighbors were rarely accepted without a challenge, but grown children returning even after months of college were always welcomed as if they had never been gone. She was a companion on some of our travels, a dog who found great joy in "going for a ride in the car" -- a dog who would become ecstatic in expecta- tion just to hear those words. She enjoyed her last ride in the car, too, smiling and happy, full of trust in her people who took her to the veterinarian. Her life ended with a surprisingly sudden sleep. It was the best thing for her. It was time. It was the right thing to do. But I miss my dog, and life without her will not be the same. I feel older, now. Another large portion of the days of my youth has. passed away. Our dog helped me to realize that all life is important, not to be taken for granted, never to be dismissed without respect. Life must never become merely utilitarian, use- ful, practical, only reasonable. Life is more valuable that that. Pets teach children responsibility, some people say. And pets can accept a child, even when a child feels that the whole world has become hostile and un-caring. The lilies of the field and the birds of the air may receive the always present care of God, Jesus said, but lilies and song birds seem to show no gratitude. It is the lost lamb who finds comfort on the shoulders of the shepherd, and the sheep of his flock who know his voice and come to him when they are called. If there is a pet in your household, take the time to show affection and respect for the gift such a life has been for you and your family. I there are children in care for all of God's creatures, your home or neighborhood. Support the work of societies and which promote responsible and humane Find out more about companion animals to visit homes, retirement homes and ways you and your family can support: and enlivening experience. Some churches have an annual ceremony, often on the Feast of St. appropriate day. Help organize such an ipate in it. Take your children bur's children to be a part of it. Be good stewards of the of God's creatures may enjoy the them. Read, and read again, our description of paradise, the place where humankind and all ....... peace and harmony. Perhaps a dog may that God's animals are still part of the promise. Comments about this column or the Christian Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010. New counting method has some taking leave of their By MARK PATHSON Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) 1he act of counting people is not in and of itself a "Catholic" issue. But how the Census Bureau has counted people in the past, and how it wants to count people in the year 2000, has become a politicized issue. The results of the census either by the traditional head count or the Census Bureau's desire to "sample" the popula- tion --has a lot to do with fair- hess. "For some the 1990 census was asuccess. If you are white and IMng in the suburbs, the census did a good job of counting you and your neighbors," said Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y. "For urban and rural blacks the census was a failure. For whites liviog in rural rental housing the census was a failure," she said in 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 _ Weekly newspaper ,,', of the Diocese of . /ast week n Decemb by the Catho/ic Press of Evansville ............  G-  GettetO= Editor ..................................... Paul R Laag Producten l"eaman ............. doseph I)ier Staff Wtrter ............................  Ann Hues Address all commun...ations to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville. IN 47724-O169 Subscription rate: $18.50 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Ee,:e as pe'oda4 a a. r post oflce in Ea.sve, IN 4770; Plcat:,q rjmber 84r- aster: Rurn POD fOrnS 3579 t. O,-e of a statement. "For poor Hispanics in urban, suburban or rural areas the censuswas a failure because a large percentage of them were left out." Census Bureau sampling con- ducted after the 1990 census showed an undercount of 1.6 percent of the population  the first time in at least five decades To the editor. It is indeed unfortunate that the Evansville Courier felt they had to sensationalize the appointment of Father Vogler as Chaplain to St. Mary Hospital. I know Father Vogler, and I am sure he does not remember me -- but that is all right. He is less of a danger to any and all patients of that hospital than is one incompetent doctor or one incompetent nurse. He was not convicted of hurting and/or intimidating anyone  he did not hurt anyone, unless it was himself  that is something we all do. I could find all kinds of excus- es for him for what he did, or rather for what he was pre- sumed to have done, but my law student son pointed out to me that for whatever reason, Father's name was on a mailing list and using the U.S. mails was the crime, not for whatever he did or did not do  or for what- ever reason, it got there. He is a good person, he was never anything but good and kind to any of us, a good and helping person. He deserves a "second chance," if we must call :_ it that -- we deserve to have the census was less accurate than the one that preceded it -- and showed a 5 percent under- count rate for Hispanics, a 4.5 percent undercount rate for blacks and a 2.5 percent under- count rate for Asian-Americans, according to Lee Price, chief economist for the Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau projects a 1.9 percent undercount rate for 2000 if the same procedures used in 1990 stay in place, Price said. At stake for politicians are how seats are reapportioned among the states after the cen- sus, and how individual House districts are drawn. What how based on Without a ;, Father Vogler deserves a 'second chance' lywho rely and various What will we disabilities explain this:t9 among the: asked tiv( Conference on! House CensUS hearing M him back amongst us doing what he does best  serving God and serving us in God's name. Priests have a history of not making excuses for themselves. The greater crime here would be to not allow him to be what God has designed for him  a ser- vant of God's people, for which he is greatly qualified and from which he has not been excused or found derelict of duty. Personally, I would be glad to have Father Vogler back in a parish, I would be glad to have him as a friend of my grand- children, who range in age from six months to 14 years, both boys and girls. They could learn a lot from him. To make a point here. I have to go way back to my high school days. My father was a school teacher (one of the best), a school principal and a doctor- al candidate. He also had bad health and could not teach dur- ing the majority of my school days. One of my high school teachers was a very good teacher, but this teacher had a reputation that was anything but good. When .,me of our parents objected to this particu- Depart for Ad Limina visit, from Region VII (Indiana, Illinois an Rome for their five-year visit with . Forum fi,r more i;lormation. Return from Rome, June I4. get the 0.1 sent to a ulafiO n, ing See L. Oenone Bradley St. Martin, Whitfield See LETFERS page 5 lar teacher, my father stated that as long as this man was the good teacher that he was, my father said he (my father) could take care of his own children's morals. Just let the teacher take care of teaching us well and making us good students. The teacher did just that  and never once did he touch any of us. May they both rest in peace, as this particular teacher was one of the best teachers I ever had. Both he and my father have been dead for many years, but the way in which both of them touched our lives as young people is something we are forever thankful for. Please do not deny Father Vogler the same right. for mula, The rejected a tea the SUS For 2000, wants a more ! count