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"4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Jul -- Perspective --- . " Style of celebrating teaches theology The grass is green, the weeds Throughout the time of the familiar, and predictable. Our house is again our are high, the weather is warm, and conference, during formal presenta- home, and the warmth we feel is more than just the even the sky is different. That's the tions, meetings, and recreation, warmth of midwestern weather. view coming back to southwestern there was a constant presence of Taking some time to reflect about our week sex Indiana after five days in Colorado the 'singin' river" -- an icy cold perience brings about several conclusions. for a combination conference and stream which tumbled down the Vacations are refreshing, but home feels good. vacation, mountain side past our door and We attended a regional confer- through the middle of our "ranch." One of the most refreshing-parts of all vaca- ence of the Christian Family Move- On Sunday afternoon my wife tions is the opportunity to do something totally differ: ment. Some 50 families met at Sin- and I drove up to the top of Mt. ent -- something which takes our complete attention, gin' River Ranch -- a complex of Evans. The road is narrow, twist- allowing no intrusive thoughts about work and wor, bunkhouses and meeting facilities By PAUL IL ing, and full of switch backs and ries. Driving up and down a mountainside demands in a box canyon near Evergreen, LEINGANG hairpin turns. And there are no such concentration. Colo. EmTOR guard rails to obstruct the view, or The sound of rushing water is a symbol of the: I During the conference, a to give the driver and passenger presence of God. In the quiet of the early morning, !n woman who had traveled in Tanza- any false sense of security. the chill of late evening, even when our group gather" J.!: nia, Africa, told us about her missionary work -- The view is breathtaking. So is the drive, at ing was loud and full of excitement, the sound an ,: |i and about the brutal reality of her experiences. We times, as cars move a few feet away from open air the beauty of the rushing water was always there- : | also heard about the experiences of a teacher in- and what must surely be a thousand feet of steep volved in teaching English as a second language -- mountainside All creation praises the Lord  high moan- It  mxture of culture and ethnic back- On Monde evenin , a bit more than ada rains and lush plains, rocks and trees and even grass |=, and about the Y g Y . - - , 7 1 :lieu grounds  aWnh:hwthl ahdbl:n;:::d- 7e::esy . :f:hOUersmerOnUtnana:d.VeTteUe,. v::eti::dcOmore l:dy. weeds growing__ in,thes humidity__ of tuhtfO hlOv" ' ||lW invited t d " " " " " "g y" Our world God world is ben " ] ____ Washington Letter ,,, ,, , Bettering children s televlslon:.Not ready for prime time By MARK PATTISON -- mostly network and pro- time slot may not be at all in- tion must be a "primary pur- math. Second from last in c1"! Catholic News Service beengrammingimplementedtypes -- saidwell.it Thehad appropriate.",in passing the Children's pose." "It can be entertaining," ence," he said. "In thaAme..c,TS:' she said, but not with the edu- study of 15 nations, r WASHINGTON (CNS)  other half-- mostly children's Television Act of 1990, Con- cation as an add-on, kids do rank first in one tla June 1993: The federal govern- welfare advocates  said just gress clearly believed the state She said the FCC will likely the amount of time they wal . , ment gets on television's case the opposite, of children's television pro- also mandate age-specific pro- TV. I see that as an opportU' over TV violence. By month's Ms. Crawford, on behalf of gramming to be deficient. Lit- gramming, nity."  end, the networks say they'll the Interfaith Broadcasting tle has happened to change the The three broadcast net- The youngest person testifY" Grin, a do self-policing to cut down on Commission, of which, the situation," said Interfaith works in 1975 aired 9.75 hours ing was Millicent St. FranCtel grader at violentTV. USCC is a member, submitted Broadcasting Commission of educational TV, and 11.25 Xavier School in WashingtO,!enth i June 1994: The federal gov- written testimony prior to the president Richard McCartney hourSsquireinRushflell,1980, accordingformer ABCt and a reporter for ChildreS ernment gets on television's hearing, at the hearing. _ __ nizatioi: a lint case again, this time over chil- In her testimony, she asked "Reliance on licensees to de- vice president of children's Express, an or . :." dren's programming. A month for "a more definitive defini- fine what constitutes appropri- television, at the hearing. "And which puts young PePl;t later, there's been no "men tion" from the FCC on what ate children's programming what did we broadcasters do? hind the notepads ann m*'+ culpa" from TV, and no action constitutes educational and in- clearly has failed. The (FCC) We undid the positive evolu- of the cameras to give ",  from Washington. formational television pro- must act decisively to ensure tion,'he said. news. analo. The difference? Congress gramming, that the intent of Congress is Those numbers nosedived to Millicent drew an was less preoccupied last year, She also said different pro- not frustrated and the public 1.75 hours in 1990, the year people of all ages could relate  ] according to Miriam A. Craw- grams should be targeted to trust is not violated," McCart- the Children's Television Act to. . _ yo "Television is like .oo, ford, director of communica- different age groups, and they nay said. became law. For 1994-95, it's ..  + ^ ;* in moderau:" tions policy for the U.S. should be aired when children Ms. Crawford told Catholic up to 5.75 hours; add Fox to .....   .... ._,so**" she said.-Children'S w'uca. Catholic Conference. are likely to be at home and News Service she believes the the picture and it's nine hours, rorams can be a gooa ..,t, This year, "Congress is fo- able to watch them. FCC, when.making regulations Rushnell said. cused on two issues: health Private groups are holding for the Children:s Television "The Educational Testing tion tool. On the other.u[': care and the information su- television's feet to the fire in Act, will mandate at least one Service's report among 15 ha- bad television is likeJm'd: p'erhighway," Ms. Crawford the meantime. said. The Maryland Campaign for hour a day on TV when chil- tions ranks children of the ; Too much of it can beCOr Maybe after Congress deals Kids' TV on July 21 issued its dren's education or informa- United States next to last in 'dictive. with those issues they will second annualreportcardon What they said at the FCC tackle lads' TV, she said. children's shows broadcast by Until then, it's the job ofthe stations beaming into the Federal Communications Corn-state. This year's overaU grade hearing hild TV mission. In late June, the FCC was C minus, a slight improve- S O n C re n's held a daylong hearing seeking mentTheoVer last year's D plUS.B for WASHINGTON " # input on how well the Chil- campaign gave a (CNS) -- ing revenue necessary for corn- educational Prgraident, dren's Television Act of 1990 local programs, a B minus for Here is a sampling of testi- mercial survival." -- Jeanette James P. Stayer, pres had been implemented, quality and for the times mony delivered at the Federal B. Tries, president, ABC Chil- Children Now. theho! | About half of those testifying shows are broadcast, a C plus Communication Commission's dren's Entertainment. "It all starts with "- ^aii1- | ........ for station interest, a D plus June 28 hearing in Washing- "When the Children's Televi- If a proLrram is not env.2:_e , | for showing programs for dif- ton on children's television, sion Act was first passed, offer- mg and o ch .... I am 100 The MESSAGE ,t age groups and a D "Effective educational pro- ing a strict definition of'educe- they won t w - * ,he pro" 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. minus for the total number of gramming must first reach be- tional or information' percent certain tha  et Evansville, IN 47720-0169 hours of kids' TV. fore it can teach. If a program programming seemed unneces- gram is more than 50 pore. ] Weekly newspaper of the At the FCC hearing, the de- is lacking in entertainment sary. But since then, we've entertainment. o.r kds tch -" BdI NY i Diocese of Evansville bate over when shows should value, not enough children will seen that one person's silly car- wouldn t wa _..,_e ! Pvb ekexcep/ast  . air took center stage, watch to attract the advertis- " toon can be another person's See WI:I2t | Decmtrby the Catho#c Press o/" "Stations should not be get-  " I Evansv#le m   - | Pubsh .............. BishopGer.h.Ce,fiJe, tingcredit for token'FCC- Bishop s schedule lie' E ............................................ Paul Leir friendly' programs that air be- ProMaar ........................... PSor fore 7 a.m.," said Katherine C. Ccuo ................................... Amy Houman .................................... PaCN Montgomery, president of the s, ............................  Ann Hughes Center for Media Education. But Paul A. La Camera, gen- Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 eral manager of WCVB, the Subscription rate: ABC affiliate in Boston, held $t 5.00 per year the opposite view. Single Copy Price: $.50 Citing figures showing that F.e'ed as 2rid class matter at the post 1.5 million children watch TV office in Evansville. iN 47701. PulNica- o,r380o. at 6 a.m., and 2.4 million at Postmaster:. Return POD forms 3579 6:30 a.m., he said, "Depending to oct ca oPueacat, on a station, s other programs c.aPmss an d other programming con- , , straints, a 6 a.m. or 6:30 a.m.