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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 op's Forum-- my meetings with of our four Catholic Someone asked my of possi- n troops might I gave my opin- to those gath- they as young men and their respon- of what- country makes for may also be the ones soil to defend the for what- Lg that as a back- Day takes on a dif- ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER y has its origins in World War I men and women served our soil. It began as Decoration Day had fallen in battle. We now j those who have fallen in those who have served our coun- when called. It is a day to pay shown by our brothers and Service of our country. ost fitting that we take time to reflect freedom from oppression and D:O'W.N.T.O.W. N Memorial Day 1994 tyranny. It is also the price we have been willing to pay to protect others from oppression and tyranny. I speak not of the cost counted in even monetary or mate- rial terms, but rather in the num- ber of our brothers and sisters who have shed their blood; in the num- ber who have given not only their blood but their very lives. It is within the human spirit to rise to the call of freedom. It is a tribute to that same human spirit that men and women are women are willing to die selflessly to pre- serve that freedom for others. Today I heard that the President of Poland, Lech Walesa visited the cemetery near the famous Benedictine Monastery at Monte Casino in south- ern Italy. He went to pay tribute to the one thou- sand Polish soldiers who died fighting to regain the monastery from the grip of the German control during World War II. Others too died for the same cause of freedom. This reminded me of my visits to the American Cemeteries in Anzio, Italy and in Luxembourg, Luxembourg. In Anzio I visited the grave of an uncle of one of the high school students who was with me on a = Ed. L. 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In both places were the serene fields of stark white crosses and stars of David marking the rest- ing place of young men and women who had given their all for their country, Though these cemeteries are beautifully manicured and carefully maintained as they should be, the numbers of monuments are overwhelming. I must never allow myself to "count" those who have died as if numbers had anything to do with it. Rather I would do well to meet them one at a time. To cherish each one's memory as having died for me, personally. Only then can I even begin to fathom the depths of the meaning of the sacrifice consummated by their acts of heroism. If you are like me, you have not lost a father or mother, son or daughter, brother or sister on the battlefield or in the service of our country. Visiting the cemetery where my parents and other family members whom ! love most intimately helps me to appreciate all the other family members who have suffered loss through the ravages of war and strife. On this Memorial Day, as we commemorate those who have died in the service of our country, we must also honor those whose fanilies have suf- fered the pain of loss. Let us remember them all at prayer. 24 parishes top 1994 CPC goal Twenty-four parishes in the names to the list of 19 parishes Church, Bicknell, and St. Vin- Diocese of Evansville are now which was reported in the cent Church, Vincennes. over their goal in the 1994 Message May 20. The total number of parishes New additions to the list are Catholic Parishes Campaign. St. Benedict and Corpus which have exceeded their Justin Clements, diocesan di- Christi Churches in Evans- 1993 pledges is 53, according rector of stewardship and de- ville; Holy Cross Church, Fort to Ciements. There are 73 velopment, added five more Branch; St. Philip Neri parishes in the diocese. Cardinal praises California court ruling on fetal homicide By CATHOLIC life in the future," the cardinal Court upheld the basis on NEWS SERVICE said. which Davis was convicted, it Writing for the 6-1 majority, said the ruling could not be ap- LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas plied retroactively to him. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of said the killing of a fetus, in Without the murder convic- Los Angeles has praised the the course of an attack on the tion, he will face about 11 California Supreme Court for mother, can be homicide "as years in prison. recognizing the "inherent sepa- long as the state can show that Julie Sly, associate director rate life" of the unborn fetus in the fetus has progressed be- for social development and its ruling that homicide yond the embryonic state of communications for the Call- charges can be brought in the seven to eight weeks." fornia Catholic Conference, death of a fetus, even one too But the decision specifically called the ruling both confus- young to survive outside the exempted abortions, saying ing and significant. womb. that nothing in the ruling "It's terribly inconsistent," "I am hopeful that this deci- should be construed as inter- she told The Tidings, Los An- sion will somehow help shape fering with the private procre- geles archdiocesan newspaper. protections for unborn human ative choices of women. %Vhen "How can a criminal be the mother's privacy interests charged with murder when he are not at stake, the Legisla- inadvertently causes a preg- ture may determine whether, nant woman to miscarry, but and at what point, it should still have it a woman's right, protect life inside a mother's under California law, to obtain womb from homicide," Lucas an abortion? wrote. "Still, generally, we see this . The case involved an appeal decision as a positive," Ms. Sly by Robert A. Davis, who was said. =It lets the district attor- convicted of murder for causing ney have leeway to decide FOR COMPLETE : a woman to miscarry during a whether or not to charge a de, ELECTRICAL SERVICE March 1991 robbery in San fendant with murder when an FISCHF EIC INC. Diego. Davis was sentenced to unborn fetus is involved. But , SCHNELLVILLE, IN life without parole for the mur. it's hard to determine right 389-2418 der, assault and robbery, now how this will play out with . Although the state Supreme abortion," I RESTAURANT SPECtAL/ZWG W DELICIOUS GERMAN FO(X) PRIME RIB OCtRBROILED SI1:./IK FRIED CHICKEN SEk'OOOS, 8ALD B/ BANOUET lqOOM FOR PRIVATE P/0ES FORALL Y0 Ol NEB C4U. 1 48,-=00o I la