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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July 9, On The Record-- A better world is not just a mirage C'MON PEOPLE musicians of the past 30 years. Well we're going to,/Yeah we're going to/get it right this time/We're going to,/Really going to/Raise it to the sky/People are ready/To forgive a few mis- takes/Let's get started,/Form a party/Don't you know/How long it takes? I BY CHARLIE MARTIN .... CNS COLUMNIST I (REFRAIN) C'mon people/Let the fun begin/We've got a fu- ture/And its rushing in/Call all the minstrels/From the ancient shrines/Pass down the message/That it's right this time We'll I'm trying/Yeah I'm trying/To lay it on the line/Trying to,/Really dying to,/Get it right this time/So many headed/For the way it's gonna be/Believe it/Vhen you see it/Happening to you/Know it's real (REPEAT REFRAIN) C'mon people/Let the world begin/We got a future Anti it's charging in/ Written anti Sung by Paul McCartney Copyright (c) 1993 by Capitol Records Paul McCartnev ranks high among the leading Currently, he's back on tour pro- moting his new disc "Off the Ground." From this collection, the single "C'mon People" is get- ting considerable radio air time. The song describes a hopefol vision for our world. McCartney asks us to see how "we've got a future and it's rushing in." We need to "call all the minstrels from the ancient shrines," telling them to "pass down the message that it's right this time." I totally agree that the future is ours to form. We need a clear vision of what we want, an effec- tive wav of communicating this vision and the courage to begin livi[tg it in our own lives. This song reminds me of Michael Jackson's big hit, "Heal The World." Jackson and McCartnev are doing their part bv challenging us to take steps to transform our planet and heal its many peoples. Yet lasting change begins with each person's commitntent. Begin your own commitment to world change bv daring to dream big! Let's create a'world where racism and preju- (lice no longer exist. No longer will a person's culture, skin color, t)ersonal cree(t or sexual pref- erence be a f:tctor in determining his or her dig- nitv. We will clearly acknowledge that each in(ti- vidual is God's son or daughter. Let's create a world filled with unconditional generosity. We will give and give until hunger, +/. .,r poverty and homelessness are banished from the planet. Sure, such a world requires lots of strategic planning and creative thinking. Yet now is the time to visualize what the healing of all this human suffering would look like. Now is the time to increase our spirit of giving so that progress toward eliminating these problems can continue. Finally, let's create a world based on Jesus' teaching of nonviolence. Let's put so-called "military solutions" to international problems behind us as a human race. Let's take specific steps to empower this dream by no longer being willing to hurt others with the weapons of sarcasm, ridiculing words or gossip. Instead, we will deal directly with our anger toward others. Try this week to work out fair and respectful resolutions to any conflicts that develop with friends and famih, members. Could all of this actually happen? Well, you will see it when vou believe it and take steps to help the dream be realized in vour small corner of the planet. "C'mon people." "We're going to get it right this time." (Your commenls are always welcome, Please address: Chadie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635.) Reviewer: Anti-Catholicism study" Anti-Catholicism in the Media, edited by Patrick Riley and Russell Shaw. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing (Huntington, Ind.), 254 pp., $16.95. Reviewed by Richard Philbrick, Catholic News Ser- vice book review coordinator. "Anti-Catholicism in the Media" would be a better book if it did not stray so often from its subject. It would be even better if the subject were stated from the outset. In fact, both the title and the subtitle --"an examina- tion of whether elite news or- ganizations are biased against the church" -- are somewhat misleading. Only four media enterprises are examined, and while they are among the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights coupled with essays and comments pre- sented at a conference on media coverage of the Catholic Church held after the study was completed. The study was conducted by the Center for Media and Public Affairs, a nonprofit agency. Findings were based on news items published in or broadcast by "The CBS Evening News," Time +maga- zine, The New York Times and The Washington Post -- three enterprises with strong roots in New York City and the fourth only a shuttle flight away from it. Researchers found that "on most controversies" includ- ing birth control, the role of women and minorities in the picted the church as "a belea- guered authority struggling to enforce its traditions and de- crees on a reluctant con- stituency." The sampling for the study was done in three five-year blocks, 1964-68, 1974-78 and 1984-88. Coverage grew in- creasingly negative over the decades as "official church teachings were promoted less frequently and were chal- lenged more often when they did appear," the report stated. While there are plenty of examples of anti-Catholicism in the news media -- editor- ial cartoonists being particu- larly guilty at times -- what's wrong here is that the find- ings of this particular study cannot be applied to the media in general. One confer- ence participant who knows better was way off the mark when he said of the four orga- nizations "each is representa- tive of the medium in ques- tion: joined together they are representative of the media as a whole." That is like saying that an armored personnel carrier, a tank, a fire engine, and a long bus that bends in the middle are representative of vehicles on the nation's highways. My own conclusion is that much of what the study un- covered and labeled anti- Catholicism was not aimed at the church specifically but is part of today's easy disregard for religion which R. Booth Fowler, University of Wis- consin political science fessor, has termed "ra Manhattan secu attitude -- anti- anti-religion in general just begun to spread to hinterland. At most the report, conference writings are dictment of the four enterprises E tainly, they do a persuasive finding entire media are conscious anti At your bookstore prepaid from Our So Visitor Publishing 200 Nell Plaza, IN 46750. 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