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..... | The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Jul Nuns campaign to close School of the Americas-00 By JUDITH BANDY Catholic News Service DUBUQUE, Iowa (CNS) -- "Close the School of the Ameri- cas" is the message of an ad placed in Iowa newspapers by 12 communities of Catholic nuns in Iowa and southwest Wisconsin. "Do you know," the ad asks, "that you contribute over $10 million in U.S. tax dollars an- nually to support a school on U.S soil that trains Latin American soldiers to kill and torture their own citizens?" The U.S. Army School of the Americas, based in Fort Ben- ning, Ga., has trained about 60,000 soldiers from Latin America and the Caribbean since it was started in Panama in 1946. It has been based in the United States since 1984. Concerned about the fre- quent appearance of the school's alumni in lists of Latin American military officers cited as participants in death or tor- ture squads over the years, the Upper Mississippi Valley coali- tion of nuns has joined in a na- tional campaign by missionar- ies, religious groups and human rights activists to get the school closed. To get their message out, they purchased ad space in the June 23, 26 and 28 statewide editions of the Des Moines Reg- ister daily newspaper and in several other papers. The 12 religious communities have a combined membership of more than 3,000 sisters. Leaders of the communities also plan to join other women religious leaders from across the country at Fort Benning Aug. 16 for a prayer vigil, ex- pected to be the largest yet at the school. "Sisters who work in Latin America tell us of the violence, including torture, the poor peo- ple experience from govern- ment death squads," said Sister Dolores Marie McHugh, presi- dent of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque and regional chair- woman of the Leadership Con- ference of Women Religious. "When these squads have been brought to trial," she added, "a significant number of the guilty officers have been graduates of the School of the Americas." The school teaches a variety of military skills including counterinsurgency techniques. The ad notes that 10 of the 12 officers cited in the mas- sacre of 900 civilians at E1 Mo- zote, El Salvador, were gradu- ates of the School of the Americas. It says the same holds for three of the five officers cited in the 1980 rape and murder of four U.S. churchwomen in E1 Salvador and for 19 of the 26 officers cited in the 1989 mur- der of four Jesuits and two helpers at the Central Ameri- can University, also in E1 Sal- vador. "Each of our congregations supports sisters who are work- ing in Latin America and who are living in danger because of the repressive military regimes of SOA graduates," said Sister Maria Zeimen, president of the Franciscan Sisters in Clinton. In the ad the sisters asked Iowans to urge their represen- tatives in Congress to cut off funding for the school. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, D-Mass., introduced legislation in the House last November that would close down the School of the Americas and re- place it with an Academy for Democracy and Civil-Military Relations. Administrators of the school say course work in protecting human rights has been added to the curriculum. The school's supporters in Congress argue that it serves a valuable pur- pose in raising the standards of training for foreign military personnel and that abuses by a few of its graduates should not taint the record of the entire program. Larry E. O'Bryan, CPA B.S. Accounting '70 am here and where I am going." "Accountants measure success from a balance sheet, when in reality only a smallportion is found there. At Brescia, rich in Catholic heritage, I learned not only accounting but why I Brescia College can provide you with a high-quality education. Classes are small and taught by outstanding faculty. Brescia offers over 30 majors and 1 7 minors in its bachelor's degree programs. Our Catholic heritage can help you develop as a well-educated and thoughtful leader, ready for the challenges of the 21 st century. BRESCIA COLLEGE 717 Frederica Owensboro, KY 42301 First Communicants a Brittney Schipp, and Jared Bumm May 19at St. John Chrysostom q Boston. The parish CRE is dictine Fathel istrator. ,00ponsor a (;hild at 'a Catholl00 mission.sit00 I] mother carry water for cooking and bathing. She gets very tired ut finds little comfort on her stiff wooden bed with a straw mattress. Because her father earns only $25 per month as a day laborer, there is no money for playthings, and even basic necessities are a luxury to her family of six. But there is hop00! his is Conchita. She byes in Guatemala tn a one-room house with a tin roof, a dirt floor and no electrici- ty. Only four years aid, she must help her You can help one very poor child like Conchita through Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA), a Catholic sponsor- ship program assisting needy children at Catholic mission sites around the world. You can help a poor child receive nourishing food, med- ical care, the chanceto go to school and hope for a blighter future. You can literally change a life! 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