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.2 ...... ......................... Tle Mes's'age -- forCatholics of SouthwesternIndiana Villa Maria Retirement facility offers apartments for priests By MARY .AJgN HUGHES Message staff writer Although Father Raymond Reising has lived in other apartments since his retirement in 1984, he says the chapel in Villa Maria is what keeps him there. "I lived in an apartment for seven years, and I can do all of the services I buy here like laundry, cooking and cleaning. But this is probably one of the most beautiful chapels in Evansville, and this is what keeps me here." Father Reising said that the Villa Maria residents concel- ebrate Mass every morning in the chapel It has been five years since Villa Maria opened its doors on Evansville's Eastside. The facility, once a convent, sits next to Memorial High School. It took about $380,000 to transform the convent building into a home for seven priests. Today, five priests reside in the facility including Father Reising, Msgr. Clinton Hirsch. Father Raymond Schroering, Father John Emge and Father James Brune. Msgr. Thomas Clarke and Msgr. Roman Vollmer also lived in the residence. Each resident has his own apartment, which has a living room, bathroom, bedroom and a kitchen with a stove top, re- frigerator and microwave oven. An evening meal is furnished five nights a week, and laundry services and apartment cleaning are also provided. The facility contains a kitchen, dining room, gathering room and storage area in the basement The apartments range in size from 441 to 620 square feet. and the amount of rent paid depends on the size of the apartment. Rent ranges from $425 to $535 a month. Father Reising explained that the residents get together daily for morning Mass and for their evening meal. He believes that many in the Diocese of Evansville are unaware of the existence of Villa Maria, or they do not realize that the residents pay rent for the services. 9 Villa Maria is located on Evansville s Eastside, next to Memorial cility contains seven apartments, a chapel, kitchen, gathering  room. Each apartment at Villa Maria contains a kitchen, liv- ing room, bedroom and bathroom. The priests at Villa Maria con.celebrate Mass every Dole's latest statements on abortion plank satisfy no nn By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Opponents and supporters of the Republican Party's plat- form stand on abortion finally have something to agree on -- they don' like what Republi- can presidential candidate Bob Dole has had to say about it, "I hope sometime soon the senator will stop debating fel- low Republicans on abortion and start debating the most pro-abortion president in American history," said Gary L. Bauer, president of the Family Research Council, who supports the current platform. "If this keeps up, the so-called big tent won't have any pro-lif- ers in it." But at a June 10 press con- ference in Washington, several Republican groups that would like to see changes in the GOP platform stand on abortion re- jected Dole's earlier statement that the platform should in- clude a "declaration of toler- ance for divergent points of view on issues such as abor- tion." "They'll tolerate our votes, but they won't tolerate our views," said Laura Holmes, ex- ecutive director of Republicans for Choice. "It was wie for (Dole) to in- vite the restof the party back in to vote for him," said Ann Stone, who chairs Republicans for Choice, which claims a paid membership of "just under 150,000." Citing a CNNfrime poll from February, Stone said less than 35 percent of 1996 Republican primary voters want to keep the current platform's call for a constitutional amendment to ban abortion. "While Senator Dole took some baby steps in the right direction, it's not enough," she said. "Until the call for a con- stitutional amendment to ban all abortions is taken out of the platform, pro-choice Republi- cans across the country have already told us they will con- tinue to desert Bob Dole for someone who will stay out of their private lives." Dole, who was to resign from the U.S. Senate June 11 to de- vote full time to his presiden- tial campaign, committed him- self in a June 6 statement to supporting the Republican Party's 1992 platform opposing public funding of abortion and supporting a human life amendment to the Constitu- tion. Dole said the GOP would not turn anyone away from the convention or his campaign be- cause they disagree with him on those issues. "But I have been chosen the Republican nominee and I intend to run on a platform that reflects my views." "I will stand up for my be- liefs with confidence, but I will not silence those who dis- agree," said Dole. The National Right to Life Political Action Committee is- sued a statement supporting Dole's call for tolerance and urging the Democratic Party to take a similar position toward its pro-life members. But the call for tole:ance was harshly criticized by other pro-life groups, including Col- legians Activated to Liberate Life and the Pro-Life Action League. "Dole has shown once again that he is clearly not pro-life," said Patricia Trausch, opera- tions director for the college pro-life group. "As a member of Generation X, as a young woman, I am appalled by Dole's betrayal of innocent human lives and his complete indifference to the acute suffer- ing afflicted upon women by abortion." Joseph M. Scheidler, execu- tive director of the Pro-Life Ac- tion League, said the pro-life issue "demands total commit- ment, much like the issues of slavery or civil rights where there is only one morally cor- rect position." "It is realistic to acknowledge that there are those who do not agree with us, but it is ludicrous to suggest that there is any va- lidity to another point of view," he added. "Slavery was wrong. There was no justification for it. . . Abortion is wrong. There is no justification for it." The Washington ference included as the Republican Choice; the Cou! national netW American tional Women'S cus, which su candidates favor legal abol Ripon SocietY, na '." publican rese policy  o{ But  he! groups Dole's call for to backfire on him ioJJ. who tha! "The ,'re hearing is pleased in said Stone. as a good first o 0 meaning But Faye utive director e! 100, said Do right tone ;to urged ate / come issues that Wl ft: nominee  an' from the voters." , Ji