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1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 700 catechists attend recognition dinners About one-hundred-seventy catechists attended the May Catechist Recognation Dinner in Vincennes and over attended the Evansville dinner the fol- featured speaker for both nights was Tim Unsworth, of the n'ewsletter ' "U.S. Parish" and author of"Here ybody!," and "Stories of Church." a Sister Ann Mause, prin- !al at Rivet High and Flaget Ele- School in Vin- attended the 23 Catechist Dinner in Benedictine Sister Mary Celestin Maurer is greeted before the May 24 Catechist Recognition Dinner in Evansville. She is Principal at Good Shepherd School, Evansville. Judy Linette and Benedictine Sister Louise LaRoche were guests at the May 23 Catechist Recognition Dinner in Vincennes. They are teachers at Holy Family School, Jasper. Father Francis Schroering, pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Haub- stadt, Father Ted Tempel, pastor at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville, and Msgr. Kenneth Knapp, diocesan vicar general, enjoy a moment to- gether during the Evansville dinner. inal says consistent life ethic must guide health reform INGTON (CNS) -- bishops will not their key prior- care reform Universal coverage abortion cover- Whatever plan that is approved, said Car- L. Bernardin of 26. advocates of these and priorities ... choose between" said in a speech at Press Club in "We will work of our land to care reform, re- reflects a true com- human life and and will not sup- that fails to offer COVerage or that in- mandates," he church will work reform" and can le partner" for re- speech was on of health and how the con- of life should be I'le also reiterated J.S. bishops have in the debate on ,s last I0 years the advocated a con- as a moral frame- the spec- that affect life of conception include abor- assisted sui- PUnishment, war new technolo- to human repro- same approach to health care, us to stand unserved and Insist on the in- al cover- ,rt efforts to re- lth costs, and to oppose the denial of needed care to the poor and vulnera- ble." The "unserved" includes the undocumented and the unin- sured, he added. A basic health care package -- with preventa- tive and primary care -- for ev- eryone "is an essential safe- guard of human life and dignity," said Cardinal Bernardin. The consistent life ethic also "requires us to lift the burden of mandated abortion coverage from needed health care re- form." "It is morally wrong to co- erce millions of people into paying for the destruction of unborn children against their consciences and convictions," he said. The Catholic Church as both employer and provider of health care is deeply concerned that it'would be forced, under a federal plan that includes abortion coverage, to be in- volved in a procedure it ab- hors, Cardinal Bernardin said. The church runs 600 hospi- tals and 300 long-term care fa- cilities across the country and purchases health coverage for hundreds of thousands of em- ployees. The Chicago Archdio- cese alone has 20,000 employ- ees. =How ironic it would be if ad- vocates of 'choice,' as they call themselves, require me and millions like me to obtain and pay for abortion coverage, which we abhor. It is a denial of 'choice,' a violation of con- science and a serious blow to the common good," Cardinal Bernardin said. Its inclusion would under- mine Catholic- and other church-run hospitals' ability to give essential care, he said. The conscience clauses that currently relate to a variety of medical/moral issues "are not sufficient to protect Catholic and other providers" when it comes to abortion, he added. "An insistence on abortion coverage will turn millions of advocates of reform into adver- saries on health care legisla- tion," he said. He said the majority of Americans do not want abor- tion included in the basic health care package and cited a recent poll of 1,285 Ameri- cans by the University of Cincinnati that showed abor- tion ranked 22 out of 24 bene- fits. Sixty-nine percent of the respondents said it should not be included. During the question-answer period that followed his ad- dress, Cardinal Bernardin was asked if the church's position against including abortion cov- erage wouldn't harm poor women the most. "One of the things that up- sets me is the impression is given that we're only inter- ested in condemning abortion and not interested in a positive way with helping people ad- dress the causes that lead peo- ple to choose abortion," he said. "We have to do everything in our power to address these things that cause people to feel they need to have abortions." He said he was approaching the debate not out of political interest, but what he sees as pastor of a diverse local church. In Chicago, like many places, are children without care, the sick without options, communities without adequate health services and families and businesses broken by costs, he said. Picking up the pieces are Catholic hospitals and clinics, shelters agencies and parishes and schools. "We look at health care from the bottom up," he said. Any health care plan must also include effective ways to restrain rising costs, Cardinal Bernardin said. Also there must be different priorities in coverage, he added. "For example, we may have human life and enhance to recognize that basic and pre- human dignity in a situation of ventative care and health care to preserve and protect life limited health resources?" should be a higher priority ,,, than purely elective proce- dures." He said some call that "ra- tioning," but he said he thinks a better concept is "steward- ship." "How do we best protect i i i I Peoples I Trust I Company I SOUTH MAIN STREET I P.O. BOX 191 Auto! Home! Fire & Life! 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