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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana June 2[ Lawyer says Zobrest victory also a win for school l]v PATRICIA ZAP()R tthoti: ?&apos;c',vs ,q;v(,,  s r,h,tll,," the'. (:ou:'t' ;;,cvi- otis .',,]iam> ,), wl.,.,.!}le; t}ie i[i li[ [)l'd(:ti(:{: ;l(}V:i;;,.:9:', I'(ii- 'i,m i:, :;liil ,t ',::li] I<q. lut [l{' ,Tit t};; (lt(')ili(! }t' }!,)]>.{ (ttle4i,.m .f :vll.'h<' ti. --'p{- ratioll Of ,',:b, ttrch {ill(! '[at' wi:is ep, d0.ngered bv a pubticl:. paid interpreter x,orking in a rdigious school. Once he got off the phone from telling Zobrest's mother the news. Ball, a Harrisburg, Pa., specialist in religious lib- erty cases, headed to a nearby Ca{hollo church for a prayer of thanks. Meanwhile across the country" in Tucson, Sandi Zo- brest's biggest concern half an hour after the court ended the family's five-year legal battle was figuring out how to tell her son he'd won. Between calls from the press, Mrs. Zobrest was phon- ing from work to find neigh- hc:m.,,. ,ml :tak<' !hi. sl(,-i;t)- SI> said Him n,.v<" d()})l.c| ',vi'a': ',]> !'ill {h:,ci4.l,. w(:l,.! i)'. "']'}','(q'{! '.vii:: il(> '.]tlt:Sli!)lt il! m', mild tim{ xxt ",x'ir |'{hl,' 'h{' sai,i. 'I ji!sl asstlm,.] ,'- <xc.at ,i, ,,voui,i s{t, i! ih,t v,, d . [t)().'" Low,m" courts didn't a,4n;e with her. The U.S. Distri(:! Court and the 9lh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals both said for the school district to pay an interpreter to work in a re- ligious environment would violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, dozens of civil rights and reli- gious organizations lined up on either side of the debate. Among them, Americans United for Separation of Church and State criticized the ultimate ruling, saying it "forces taxpayers to foot the bill for religious indoctrina- titm." (iirc:t(r of A!E,!I'iC;]!I-, [ llil('(]. xts quick to (]isiiS'i'm with l:;lill X i)i!q!"l ttH:()i!i';t.(:li]ell 1() qYlil;()l'll!!"q )l \\; I)ll{:i;(}l':'{ t}l' .'llkit illi()l!. \\; (]i':lilit' li),)lll]ll (ill ]1(, ,:i!tl,rtT!l-',iii[t' <,[)il('il- tiOil IE't)ili t:()[1Ct?lilS %\\;'il([h(l' \\;:()[l{:]ltl'S that >;{}11]{ p{ll'eli[,; tis; in (tt(:i,iii: xhic:h sdools get their dihh';n and their tuition money ulav l)e used at parochial scfiools[ Ball said Chief lustic:e William Rehnquist's ruling affirms a parental right to de- cide how to rise education tax dollars. "Because the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act creates no financial in- centive for parents to choose a sectarian school, an inter- preter's presence there cannot be attributed to state deci- sion-making," Rehnquist wrote. "That fundamentally re- lates to vouchers," Ball said. \\;VAStlI_'..(;T()N ((:XS) ....... agr,.,(l t!> :l.t hi.', I:3 ,,i the -"tml]-  i I ) '" t,' i lll(,'l l)]'!?ll:i Cati!oli< :.':l*,:,,l, i! >;l:',,s\>,'{! par+,uts' ri,.{ilt Io (:hoost, ',vl]<e t]{,i," (:hihiren are, edu- catt.,d, said the attorn{w who won the cas< Others said the tune 18 rul- ing in Zobrest vs. Catalina Foothills School District was so narrow that its potential application to other questions of church-state separation is limited. In a 5-4 decision, the court said it was unconstitutional for the school district in Tuc- son, Ariz., to refuse to pay for ]ames Zobrest's interpreter because he attended Sal- pointe Catholic High School instead of a non-religious in- stitution. Attorney William Bentley Ball said {he ruling failed to |d, Aones Parish 5roundf ItiO0 Glendale lyenue NEW/ CHILDREN SOCIAL I ! 14 Beautiful Hand-Made Quilts CHICKEN AND BEEF DINNERS- 11A.M. to 2:00 P.M. ADULTS - $5.00 -- CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER - $2.00 Sewed family style in air-conditioned cafeteria -- Carry-outs available. I freed0 "Thats ,,o.d (,hoi(:( in (.(t gt,ay,." t;ut !xr|n said &(:ii,')n -x';s based rm\\; >el (4 l:,.,,:ls and "d ot.n th, (h.)r for ,Ihr kin(l> of parOC !<(:h(. ,! (i:(]." Th,: p!.(,,,,ident ofth ti()ua[ (:tholi(: A.,,soc:iation said should girt; hope who haw, been lar services for their who attend or wouk attend religiously al schools. "The door has been open for their req they seek the believe will best m children's needs them to achieve tential," said Sister T. McNamee a Joseph and NCEA Even with hand, the Zobrest school district wind up back in courts. Despite tional finding there are legal on the statutes an, tions of the John Richardso for Catalina said he would reCO trying to work out ment between th board and the ever, the Clause question court was just sues on which tl might have ment against interpreter, he "Frankly, tt is old," R With young his second remaining dispu pally one of mon Richardson ackr consists largely fees. Through years at Salpoi brests spent interpreter. agreed to repre' without fee, five of legal expe small school outstrip the cost preter. A state court district's favor or pect of the case cc ically force bankrupt fi bills, des Court victory on tional issue.