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1993 3 offers guiding principles on budget debate WILLIAMS Catholic Conference Evan Bayh con- Indiana General in special session, to shape a state bud- the 1991-93 budget out and much of state mes to a halt. roposals to fund of Medicaid, ant health care ram for the poor, are consideration during session. Directors of the Indi- Conference, the licy arm of the in Indiana, several princi- pies which should guide the budget debate in a statement to the legislature, calling for "public and private leaders and citizens to advocate pro- grams, set priorities, and make hard choices that will guarantee free or low-cost health care for all persons at or near the poverty level." The Catholic leaders asked the faithful to evaluate public policy budget proposals with three basic principles: 1) The measure of every public policy is how it touches the life, dignity, and rights of the human person, especially the poor and vul- nerable. 2) The tax system and other means of raising revenue must be adequate to pay for the public needs of society. 3) Families below the poverty line should not be re- quired to pay taxes of any kind. Those with the most re- sources should be asked to sacrifice the most. "With these principles in mind, any proposal to tax persons and families below the poverty line or limit basic services should be rejected as punitive and counterproduc- tive to the intent of Medic- aid," asserts the ICC docu- ment. Governor Bayh proposed a one percent tax on hospitals during the regular session. Benedictine priest observes golden jubillee A former associate pastor of St. Benedict hurch, Evansville, is returning to the Parish to celebrate his fiftieth anniversary as priest. Benedictine Father Malachy Fulton spent of his 50 years in priestly ministry at parishes in the Diocese of Evansville. Was associate from 1943 to 1956 at St. Church, where he will return to a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, 20, at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited. Malachy and his fellow-jubilation celebrated the Golden Anniver- of their ordination at St. Meinrad Arch- on June 13. Malachy Edward Aloysius Fulton born in New York City, on Sept. 28, He is the son of the late Mary nee of Crossmaglen, County Armagh, and, and the late Michael Fulton of Galway. entered St. Meinrad College in 1934, his vows in 1937 and was er- a priest on June 5, 1943. FATHER MALACHY FULTON 13 years at St. Benedict Church, he as an associate to St. Mary Church, Huntingburg; and then as pastor of of Christians Church, Mariah Hill. In 1967, he began the first of 19 years as Anthony Church, St. Anthony. three years as chavlain to the residents of St. Paul&apos;s Hermitage, a retirement in Beech Grove, hLc., Father Malachy returned in 1990 to St. Meinrad Arch- During the past three years, he has served as temporary pastor or chaplain in and institutions in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, South and Wyoming. Republican leadership in the Senate lead a movement to block this approach; their proposal relied upon a reduc- tion in the number of poor women eligible for prenatal care, a co-payment for med- ical care, and usage of Rainy Day reserves. Gridlock forced the legislature into a special session. Although the ICC did not take a position on the one- percent hospital tax, ICC di- rectors did oppose efforts to reduce prenatal care and to "tax, through co-payment," the poor who receive health care through Medicaid. The governor, supported by Democrat leadership in the House, recently proposed an 18-cent increase in the ciga- rette tax to fund expanded Medicaid costs and allow a four percent increase in pub- lic school funding. Senate Re- publican leadership main- tains its call for co-payments on some Medicaid recipients and the use of state reserves. "We hope these principles will assist Indiana's lawmak- ers and the public," said Dr. M. Desmond Ryan, ICC exec- utive director. "The faithful may, indeed should, get in- volved in shaping the budget by urging their state legisla- tors to apply these principles when voting on budget pro- posals," he said. Text of ICC statement: Medicaid Funding -- Guiding Principles The poor may not have the most powerful lobby but they have the most compelling need. Under consideration during the special session of the In- diana legislature are various means of revenue enhance- ment designed to address the rising costs to the state of Medicaid -- the largest gov- ernment health program for the poor. The present time calls for public and private leaders and citizens to advocate pro- grams, set priorities, and make hard choices that will guarantee free or low cost healht care to all persons at or near the poverty level. Although the Catholic Church does not have the competence to determine a state budget, its leaders must raise moral questions and speak to underlying values and priorities that help shape the debate. Three basic prin- ciples guide our evaluation of rs oi St. Benedict to elect prioress SISTER KATHRYN HUBER I Dress in 1989, is eligible for re-election. The sisters will use a process of discernment to choose a leader. Decisions will be made in an atmos- phere of prayerful listening and openness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This dis- cernment/election process be- gins June 25, The name of the elected prioress will be an- nounced at the conclusion of the process, on or before June 30. Leading the discern- ment/election process will be Benedictine Sister Gertrude Wemhoff of Cottonwood, Idaho. She will be assisted by Benedictine Sister Regina Crowley of Chicago. public proposals to solve state fiscal stress: 1) The measure of every public policy, in particular budget policy, is how it touches the life, dignity and rights of the human person, especially the poor and vul- nerable. 2) The tax system and other means of raising revenue must be adequate to pay for the public needs of society. 3) Families below the poverty line should not be re- quired to pay taxes of any kind. Those with the most re- sources should be asked to sacrifice the most. With these principles in mind anyproposal toTX : persons andfamilies below the poverty line or limit basic services should be rejected as punitive and counterproduc- tive to the intent of Medicaid. Since the legislature and the public did not appear to favor a one percent tax on health care providers, the suggestion to raise the ciga- rette taxes by 18 cents is a reasonable alternative. We would affirm an extra two cents per pack earmarked for expansion of home health care for the elderly and the number of child abuse case- workers. Finally, we would be sup- portive of a reasonable cap on charges for services by Med- icaid providers. .,..,i, , ,, ii EVANSVILLE SERVICE i AND SHOPPING GUIDE ii I FOR THE BEST PLUMBING SERVICE R1ESI of St. Benedict will elect a pri- end of June. All of the Ferdinand Community who perpetual iigible to vote in ag election. Any over 35 years of has been pro- more than five for election to Sister Kathryn Was elected pri- D'O'W.N.T.O.W.N VINCENNES. 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