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E S SAGE The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana t ::  ,,:' .i [I VOLUME 24 NUMBER 44 July 8, 1994 :,' i" iii ii  i  ..... j. St. James company finish the concrete floor ofa new addi- k blames government weakened family EIFERT News Service IINGTON (CNS) -- ovak, winner of a for his writings, gOVernment for weak- ilies, the church for ing doctrine, and religion. early in May ac- 1094 Templeton in Religion at Westmin- in London, ranks Paul II among the %asily in the top even higher." ke recently with Service in his office at the Institute, Lngton think tank e's been resident religion and public 1978. its traditional apart in many said in his soft neasured pace. "In (family life apart) since the introduction supported that and he said them -- did not "raise the ills- from 6 percent to .. the crime rate by 500 percent" and spending from $10 billion to $305 billion a year between 1964 and today. "We weren't critical enough about government programs," said Novak, 60, who moved from left to right on the politi- cal spectrum over that period. "The great myth of the 20th century was the omnipotence of the state, and even more the beneficence of the state," said Novak, who went from writing speeches for Democratic vice presidential nominee Sargent Shriver to a U.N. appointment in the Reagan administration. Novak sees a failure in the checks and balances of govern- ment, with its major flaw being "the interests of politicians in offering goodies and their lack of interest in seeing that they're paid for." To counteract that, he said, the church needs to push its "well developed theory of civil society" independent of the state -- "the family, educa- tional systems, labor unions, associations of many kinds." Asked about Catholics who criticize church rules and com- plain of stifled freedom for its members, the philosopher-the ologian answered: rhe progressives, so-called progressives, have run every major institution in American Catholicism for 30 years, and they are largely responsible for the decline we now face. I in- clude myself in those responsi- ble. We didn't think it would turn out this way 30 years ago." Novak was asked whether this pope was as respected as some in the past. "Oh, I think he's respected," said Novak. "He seems to have caught the attention of the pro- gressives no end. "I think he's one of the great popes of history, but a great pope is bound to be a pope who causes some division, with whom some agree and some disagree because this is not a man who papers over serious topics." Novak spent 12 years in the Congregation of the Holy Cross, leaving in 1960 only months short of ordination and alter receiving a degree in the- elegy from Gregorian Univer- sity in Rome. Later that year he entered Harvard, six years later receiving a master's de- gree in history and philosophy of religion. Meanwhile he received a teaching fellowship there, pub- lished a first novel, questioned Catholic teaching on birth con- trol and married Karen Laub, See NOVAK pcq[e 3 Bubble zone ruling called a return to dark ages for free speech By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) The U.S. Supreme Court's June 30 decision upholding the constitutionality of a "bubble zone" around a Florida abor- tion clinic was roundly con- demned as an attack on free speech by organizations op- posed to abortion. The.court ruled 6-3 that a 36-foot, no-protesters zone around the Aware Woman Center for Choice in Mel- bourne was constitutional. But by an 8-1 margin, the justices also said broader restrictions on approaching clinic clients and employees or displaying signs visible to people inside went too far. Liberty Counsel attorney Mathew Stayer, who repre- sented Judy Madsen and two other plaintiffs in their appeal of the injunction, said the rul- ing "has transformed public sidewalks normally open for expressive activity into a type of Tiananmen Square. By doing so, the court today has retreated to the Dark Ages, when speech was permitted only at the discretion of gov- ernment officials.  Staver said the ruling sends a message to all forms of social protest "to beware.  The National Right to Life Committee said the only effect the Madsen ruling will have is that it "makes being pro-life a thought crime." A statement from Right to Life president Wands Franz said as a result of the Madsen case, women en route to having abortions will be denied a chance to be given information that might make them change their minds. "This decision is a devastat- ing blow, not only for pro-life persons who wish to speak out against the destruction of un- born children, but also for the free speech rights of all Ameri- cans," Mrs. Franz said. Similar injunctions or local laws in several jurisdictions limiting protests near clinics have been in limbo while awaiting the Madsen ruling. A Phoenix city ordinance re- stricting protests within 100 feet of clinics has been the sub- ject of an injunction barring its enforcement while the Supreme Court case was pend- ing. In May, the California Supreme Court cleared the way for an injunction requiring protesters to tay n the oppo- site side of a busy street from a Planned Parenthood clinic in the city of Vallejo. And in Texas, a ruling has been pending in a request for a permanent injunction barring Operation Rescue and Rescue America protesters from demonstrating close to 10 abor- tion clinics. Jay Sekulow, an attorney with the American Center for Law and Justice who has rep- resented key Operation Rescue defendants several times, said the Supreme Court ruling "crushes both the pro-life mes- sage and its messengers." Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, writing for the court, specifically said the in- junction was properly based not on what the protesters said, but on their previous dis- ruptive actions. Mark Chopko, general coun- sel for the U.S, Catholic Con- ference, said he thought the ruling seemed to be aimed at protecting the rights of the Florida trial judge to control the cases before him. He agreed, however, that there seemed to be some merit to the abortion distortion  ar- gument of Justice Antonin Scalia. In a fiery dissent, Scalia said the injunction would have been summarily, dismissed if the content of the protesters' speech wa on any other subject. Paige Cunningham, presi- dent of Americans United for Life, said one unseen and un- See BUBBLE page 2