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hoM00 E S SAGE i ,11 i ii The Message-- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 46 July 22, 1994 Chr sti, ) fl ==ou  II ..... ,  } ,a.r ife lawyer urges look at Breyer's nd on abortion FRAZIER O'BRIEN News Service (CNS) -- As G. Breyer sailed to- confirmation as the na- 108th Supreme Court a representative of the community Urged Judiciary Commit- take a hard look at the litmus test" she said for all such nomi- Comstock Cunning- sident of Americans Life, testified before mittee July 15, the day of hearings on nomination to succeed Justice Harry A. Breyer may have the Credentials to sit on the Court, but we are about one major will be fatal to mil- of children," said Ms. flaw is the process by !he was selected and its on the courts, the law real people of this ," Ms. Cunning- laid. approval of a judge of the 1st U.S. Court of Appeals in since 1980, was as- With 11 of the 18 com- a]embers announcing their support before the hear- ings ended. "In light of the unprincipled nature of the decision in Roe (vs. Wade) and the enormous damage to millions of men, women and children, we must oppose a nominee who sup- ports the abortion regime that the Supreme Court has im- posed on the American people," said Ms. Cunningham. She was joined in criticism of Breyer by a representative of the Home School Legal De- fense Association, who said Breyer's ruling to allow certain state regulation of a church- run school "personifies the phi- losophy of big government and little freedom." Consumer advocate Ralph Nader also testified against Breyer at the July 15 hearing, saying his views on federal an- titrust laws "favor the power- ful" over small businesses and the consumer. During four days of hear- ings, Breyer commented on a number of issues of interest to the church, including abortion, the death penalty and prayer at school graduation cere- monies. He said he thought a right to an abortion and the constitu- tionality of the death penalty despite the ban on cruel and unusual punishment were both settled matters of law that did not need to be revisited. "That is the law," he said on abor- tion. "You have to be careful revisiting precedents." Asked about his views on a 1992 Supreme Court decision that banned prayers led by the clergy at public school com- mencements, Breyer said it "sounds as if it would be a rele- vant fact" to look at the consti- tutionality of such prayers if led by a student. In her testimony, Ms. Cun- ningham said that during the Clinton administration, "A nominee for the Supreme Court must now pass a test -- a pro-abortion test." Such an "abortion litmus test is an insult to the integrity in Song = i sville native participates in recording LEINGANG Message editor Sister Lisa an Evansville native, a moving experi- i Sfng "with a group everyone was so moti- Stallings was one of in Song" -- who recorded two albums financial assistance retirement needs of brothers, sisters and [irst recording, "Sisters Celebrate," includes and traditional songs. It was pro- unction with Ore- Press., and is on cassette and com- pact disc. A Christmas album, just recorded in June, will be avail- able in the fall. It was pro- duced in conjunction with World Library Publications. All proceeds go to benefit the national retirement funds of the Tri-Conference and Sup- port Our Aging Religious. Both groups are devoted to helping meet the financial needs of aging and retired members of religious congregations. Both recordings are more than fund-raising efforts, said Sister Stallings. They are good music. "This is a project I'm very proud of," she said. "Cer- tainly the cause is very impor- tant. Musically it is very im- portant, too." Sister Stallings comes from Sit. LISA STALLINGS a family "which just made music," Her father (Denis) played the violin when he was young. Her mother (Trudy) sang and played piano and organ -- and continues to do so. And all six children played instruments. "I grew up thinking that every- body did that." As a child, Lisa began to play the clarinet. Now she plays piano, organ and guitar. After earning a degree in Eng- lish at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, and teaching school, she re- turned to earn a master's de- gree in choral conducting from St. Joseph College in Rennse- laer. Her teaching career included one year in the parish school at St. Benedict Church, Evans- ville. More recently, she has See SISTERS, Pa lJ of the highest court in the land," she added. "But what is far more disturbing is the abortion doctrine that Judge Breyer will be expected to sup- port .... The court's decision in Roe openly defied a social, moral and legal tradition con- demning abortion that dates back at least 800 years."