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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July 28, Rescue I Ohio bishop and president of university spend six nights in jail By MARI RICHARDS Catholic News Service YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (CNS) -- Bishop Albert H. Ottenweller of Steubenville and the presi- dent of the Francisan Uni- versity of Steubenville spent six nights in jail for an abortion protest before being released Ju- ly 21. Bishop Ottenweller, 73, Fran- ciscan Father Michael Scanlan, 57, president of the university, and 45 others from the universi- ty had been arrested July 15 in an Operation Rescue demonstration outside an abor- tion clinic in Youngstown. They had been among some 110 protesters picketing outside the Mahoning Women's Center. A welcoming reception was awaiting them at the Franciscan university upon the group's return to Steubonville. Both the bishop and Father Scanlan had been charged with criminal trespassing for failure to leave clinic premises after repeated requests from police officers. They were taken to Youngstown City Jail and then transferred with the others to the Army Reserve Center Armory in Youngstown. After a July 17 arraignment in Youngstown Municipal Court, the group decided to remain in Call the Covenant Iiouse 9-LINE, a ho|lmc for troublcd y)ulll and familics, 1-800.999-9999 BISHOP OTTENWELLER FATHER SCANLAN jail, said Warren Be Pritchard, the group's attorney. "They made the decision that as long as the bond is set at $500 for all, no one is posting bond. No one is going to leave," said Pritchard the day of the arraignment. Bail was set at $500 per per- son for those charged with criminal trespassing. It was higher for persons facing addi- tional charges. Court dates were originally set for Aug. 10 and 11, but later moved up to July 21. At the July 21 hearing, Bishop Ottenweller, Father Scanlan and the others were all found guilty. They had "chang- ed their original not guilty pleas to no contest, according to a diocesan spokesman. They were fined $180 apiece and give 30-day jail sentences, which were subsequently suspended. All are on "non- reporting probation" for one year, said the spokesman. Among those arrested were Franciscan Father Maynard Kolodziej, 62, of Pittsburgh and Franciscan Father John Osterhout, director of student life at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Please patronize Message advertisers! UTO-HOMEOWNERS - 10% - 30% Savings call 477-4424 for consultation 417 N. Weinbach - Evansville, IN 47711 c, ( ;. J A student from the university was charged with assault for allegedly striking a police officer in the face. Among the protesters were members of Operation Rescue and local protesters who picket on a regular basis. A number of Operation Rescue protesters had chained themselves to the doors of the clinic July 15, preventing entrance by pro- spective clinic clients. Operation Rescue uses civil disobedience and demonstra- tions to close clinics and con- vince pregnant women to have their babies instead of aborting them. Bishop Ottenweller was the second head of a diocese and the fourth bishop to be arrested in Operation Rescue efforts to close down abortion clinics. Bishop Paul V. Dudley of Sioux Falls, S.D., New York Auxiliary Bishop Austin B. Vaughan and retired Auxiliary Bishop George E. Lynch of Raleigh, N.C., are Citizens Leadership Checking you get:, No minimum balance.. Unlimited chechwriting. First order of 200 checks at no charge. VISA or MasterCard at no annual fee. Special interest rate discounts on direct, personal installment loans. SuperSusie MoneyMover cards good all over the Tri-State area. And six other very useful bank services. Apply at any Citizens office today for Leadership Checking. The one account does it all...for less than you're probably paying right now! CltlZens5213=.-=,00d-- What a bankf Citizens Leadershep Checking , Member F.D,I.C. , C,I]/,, the other bishops who have been arrested. Bishop James W. Malone of Youngstown issued a statement July 19 saying he respectS! Bishop Ottenweller's decisiol to commit civil disobedience. ' l also oppose abortion although 1 choose not to ! demonstrate publicly against it," said Bishop Malone. "Our country," he said, "has a long and honorable tradition of civil disobedience as a means to combat injustice. Like other demonstrators in other olaceS, those who were arreste'd las! Saturday have chosen to stand in solidarity with one another in the protest. By their dramatic action they focus public atten" tion on the tragedy of abor" tion." He said the Catholic Church I supports a "consistent ethic o il life which defends human life from the moment of conceptiO i until natural death." L "SERVING EVANSVILLE-NEWBURGH ELBERFELD AREA SINCE 1911'" WITH DEPENDABILITY DIGNITY & DISTINCTION Three Locations To Serve you '1 VIRGIL SIMPSON 00IPNON" Y E I| FUNERAL HOME 424-9288 100 E. COLUMBIA EVANSVILLE 853-8314 j 510 JENNINGS NEWBURGH ELBERFELD. IbiD.