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fl  CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE 0 " Proposal would allow ' tlesiflnating taxes for : I00eace, not war costs 5 i)N (CNS) -- A )Year-old proposal to per- i axpayers to designate their money is spent q, nilitary purp(ses has I erl revived in lhe U.S. a hearing on the Peace Bill May 21, Auxil- Bishop Thomas J. Gum- of Detroit said the phi- ty of refusing to pay military use can be rted by Catholic social and permitted con- as a religious Oting from the docu- of the Second Vatican acil, Bishop Gumbleton the church backs the ts of those who cannot :lpate in or support the because they reject of violence. joined representatives other religious de- in testimony be- Select Revenue Mea- Ba Subcommittee of the lays and Means Com- )p Gumbleton ad- the hearing in his ca- pacity as founder and a past president of Pax Christi U.S.A., the Catholic peace movement. "The question of contribut- ing to military spending through a tax-supported te(t- eral budget involves moral decisions involving the prac- tice of religious beliefs," Bishop Gumbleton said in prepared testimony. The church has spoken consis- tently and frequently on the need to reduce spending on armaments and shift national resources to alleviate human suffering, he noted. The peace tax bill would amend the Internal Revenue Service code so taxpayers who are religiously or consci- entiously opposed to war may have money equal to the share of their taxes currently spent on military shifted to other spending programs. Rep. Andrew Jacobs, D-Ind., and Sen Mark Hatfield, R- Ore., are the bill's principal sponsors. A second bill introduced See PROPOSAL Page 2 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 38 May 29, 1992 Petersburg's parish hall The new parish hall nears completion at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Petersburg. The hall is located west of the church parking lot. A story about the parish hall is found on page 3. -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang Salvadoran Bishop hails rebel switch from bullets to ballots SAN SALVADOR (CNS) -- The decision by the former rebel Farabundo Marti Na- tional Liberation Front to be- come a political party is a positive step in the Salvado- ran peace process, Auxiliary Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez of San Salvador said May 24. "Opting for political strug- gle indicates rejection of the armed fight. We (the church) interpret this as proof that the war has been left behind," the bishop said. Despite tensions in the peace process brought to a head by the shooting of an FMLN bodyguard, some 5,000 people turned out to support the FMLN's formal introduction into the political process May 23. White and red flags were waved over- head as Shafick Handal, one of the five top guerrilla lead- ers, in a passionate speech told the crowd the conversa- tion to political party "is a product of 60 years of work." Although technically the new party must await ap- proval from the legislative as- sembly, FMLN leaders say they are determined to get into shape far the 1994 elections. George Day 61-year-old Jasper scout receives Eagle Scout badge By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer ?eorge. Day received his Eagle Scout badge last Sunday. His mother would have ;o is 61 years old. He's been a resident at Providence Home in Jasper since se he has a higher I.Q. than many of the residents at Provfdence Home, of his handicaps and is able to talk about them. a very friendly man. eager to please, with lots of stories to tell. Most of are about his mother and their life together. likes to keep lmsy and he walks with the determination of a man who has to go. Often that means going to the Providence Home grotto where he roses. was born in Miami, Florida. His father was a doctor and his mother was nurse. He was their only child. He says part of his handicaps stem hack forceps birth. able to attend school, but he had to repeat the first grade. about eight, his father suffered a stroke; two years later he died, death, George and his mother began criss-crossing the country, rl forth between Florida, Kentucky and Ohio. They depended on their housing and George remembers at they often lived out of suit- One "That ! , he took a in he became a resident atProvidence Home. as someone Wli6 'flikes to keep busy.At'Providence ' r a server and +a reader at daily Mass. He also joined the and ] now a Third Degreemembd, 188 and over the years he has received every reli- diocesan committee on scouting has to offer. for two years with Mike Woolsey and Father Frank Renner to earn See GEORGE DAY Page 3 George +Day receives the Eagle Scout badge from Chlolte Dup:. ' pes who served as his proxy mother during the May 24 scout- ing ceremony, -- Message photo by Mike Woolsey