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30, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 of floods felt by migrant workers, farmers JOSEPH YOUNG Catholic News Service ST. CLOUD, Minn. (CNS) Farmers have joked this about making arks of their barns. But del- waterlogged fields are matter for those upon a good har- lot their livelihood. includes not only s but also hun- eds of Hispanic families annually to cen- to work the couraged and disappointed because there is no work and these are people who really want to work," said Father Anthony Kroll, pastor of St. Anthony Church in Padua and St. Donatus Church in Brooten. Several families migrate from near the Texas-Mexico border to the Brooten area to work fields of sugar beets and grain, said Father Kroll. They are paid by the acre or by the hour, usually about $5. But this year the acres are too soft and the hours too few. These workers are dis- hearings end criticism of nominee's stance 3TON (CNS)- the last day of confir- hearings for Supreme trt nominee Judge Ruth Ginsburg, a group of criticized the nomi- supl: for laws favor- 3though Judge Ginsburg possess the credentials on the Supreme Court, re concerned that neither Process by which she was nor her views on ion are fairly understood nation," said Paige president of the ago-based organization United for Life. and the hand- opposing the spoke July 23 in di- to the other legal s and colleagues hailed the 60-year-old ral appellate judge as more than qualified t on the U.S. Supreme !i: raise had been so at times that Sen. Di- D-CaliL com- that if the nominee from "another roll- she could be canon- and "something central to a woman's life, to her dignity." Ginsburg called the deci- sion to have an abortion a personal one "essential to a woman's equality with man." She also told the Senate Judi- ciary Committee that "if you impose restraints, (on a woman) you are disadvantag- ing her because of her sex" and "denying her full auton- omy and full equality." In a response to those com- ments, Kay Cole James, vice president of Family Research Council, told the Senate com- mittee, "Women don't need to mutilate their bodies and take the lives of their chil- dren in order to be equal to any man. The real feminists are those who say, "I'm preg- nant. I can bear children, and you better be prepared to deal with it."' Others on the witness panel said Ginsburg was not the moderate candidate that she had been portrayed as being. Susan Hirschmann, who is executive director of Eagle Forum and in that organiza- tion's Washington office, said it was a "myth" to consider the nominee a moderate. "In fact, her writings betray her as a radical feminist, far out of the mainstream," she said. of Ginsburg primar- 0ok offense with cam- the nominee made dur- second day of her lgs when she defended as a woman's right PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville US PRAY of life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, and love You, :We might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, e known and felt in our midst, hers too may come to know and love You. You. with Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have given us. to see Your plan for the Church. the future, may our plans be faithful to Yours, the Church of Southwestern Indiana, kingdom through preg and living Your gospel. through Jesus Christ Our Lord! This is the third year that Daniel Salas and his ex- tended family have come north to till and weed sugar beet fields near Willmar. "Some families are not working, but others are work- ing a little bit -- it depends on the rain," he said. "There is just too much water." Salas said that despite the poor conditions the number of migrant families this year was about the same as in past years. He plans to stay in Minnesota through October working in a potato factorv near Brooten. The Salas family also plans to return to Minnesota next growing season, but they also plan to pray for drier fieids. Farther west and north, on the Tom and Christie Morgan farm near Tintah, pickings have also been uncharacteris- tically slim this summer for migrant workers. "Thirteen or 14 have come up but haven't done a thing w't.'" said Morgan, who grows wheat, soybeans, navv beans, corn and sugar beets. " Farther north, near Breck- enridge, "there has been less work than usual" for the Hi- nojosas, a family of migrants who have worked on Jim and Jackie Blaufuss' farm for the past 20 summers. "The rain has put us two or three weeks behind," Blau- fuss said, "but there has been enough work for the Hino- josas to weed and thin (crops) some. But they're still getting paid (by the acre) and we pro- vide them with housing and fringes." According to Franciscan Sister Adela Gross, coordina- tor of farm worker ministrv for the U.S. bishops' office of Migration and Refugee Ser- vices, "the situation is very bad" for migrant workers in Minnesota. "'Farm workers are suffer- ing a lot," she said. "Some of the crops in the southern part of the state are salvageable but just can't be gotten to be- cause it's just too wet. Work- ers are just sitting there wait- ing and hoping." In the Crookston Diocese. she said. "'many are working for as little as S1 an hour. Some have returned home to Texas." Blaufuss said he has not noticed as many migrant workers in the Breckenridge areas this soggy summer as in past years. "Conditions vary, it's spotty," he said. "South of here it's worse. Our grain crop is pretty good ... if it dries out. Soybeans still have potential but need some sun- shine. Sugar beets are not a total loss, but there's been a lot of damage." The Morgans and Blau- fusses said that while some, farmers carry federal crop in- surance, they have to sustain quite a loss to really collect on it. On the Morgan farm, crop growth has been stunted to "not even half of what it should be," said Mrs, Mor- gan. "The plants are yellow- ing from too much water. Not long ago our hopes were still high, but now I'm afraid we're just looking forward to some kind of disaster aid. In a small farmingcommu- nity such as Tintah, she said, the flooded crops put stress on everyone -- farmers and businesses alike. "You trv to think the best and not let it get to you." Mrs. Morgan said. "But people here are concerned. Bills have to be paid." Her husband added, "If we had 85-degree sunny days and no rain, some crops would be salvageable, but .... " "Farmers are concerned," said Blaufuss. "It costs so much to put a crop in these days, hut it's a long time till the next." Youth must be on front lines in battle for life CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy growth experiences, will Particularly striking Is "the (CNS)- Young people must make the August World tolerance for a culture of be on the front lines of the Youth Day celebration in death, often presented as a battle to protect human life, Denver an "example for the civil conquest of new rights," Pope John Paul II said. world, the pope said. which brings death to the un- Reciting the Angelus at his Modern society is full of born through abortion and to summer residence in Castel contradictions in dealing the sick through euthanasia. Gandolfo, the pope said he with human life, he said. "Against this background in and young people from Economic and scientific which the meaning and sense around the world will meet in Denver "to celebrate life: progress have led to in- of life remain obscured, often the value of life, the beauty creased attention and care for not even cases of suicide -- and the joy of life." life on the planet, the pope many of which involve young "The future of humanity said. But at the same time, he adults or even adolescents very much depends on a vast said, "the persistent scandal and children-- are news," he of famine, which threatens said. alliance for life, and young people are called to be on the the existence of millions of It makes no sense to protect front lines of this demanding human beings, and worrying animal and plant life on the battle for civilization, which phenomena such as:ampant planet without first vigor- is also a battle for authentic crime, the plague of alco- ously defending, "from the progress," he said July 25. holism and drug abuse and very first stages of existence, The witness of young pea- th fratricidal folly of war the human being, placed by le, who love life and give cause numerous victims, God at the head of creation," 11 expression to their own often among the young." the pope said. Opposition .... Conttnued from page 1 "the ultimate expression of Boniface Church in Bigelow, per, Msgr. Murphy said U.S, that group of bureaucrats who Ark.. to Washington recently society has a "double stan- want to control our lives, take for appearances on the na- dard" that accepts anti- decisions about children tionalradio shows of Patrick Catholicism but condemns away from parents and pro- Buchanan and Rush Lim- discrimination against nearly mote a secularistic and mate- baugh. every other group, rialistic vision of life." At the 1992 rally, "she held "People who would be her- As Arkansas health director our Roman Catholic Church rifled and dismiss someone since 1987, Elders established up to ridicule and abuse as for being anti-Semitic, anti- school-based health clinics she identified those she black or anti-any group, will have no problem accepting, that provided free condoms claims are the leaders in the so-called anti-choice move- and abortion referrals. She promoting and .defending also has urged wider distribu- ment,'" Father West said, someone who is ill-informed Elders has abused her posi- and blatantly anti-Catholic," tion of the Norplant centre- tion as a public servant "in he said. :. captive implant and federal her attempt to discredit and Commenting on the social approval of the French abor- silence the Catholic Church policies she promotes, Msgr. tion pill. RU-486. on the issue of abortion," he Murphy described Elders as Opposition to the Elders added. By doing so, she nomination brought Father "demonstrated to me that she ! " ' ' I James P" Wast" pastOr Of st" lacks the qualificatiOns tO  LOW" Contributing to this sto, Camden and Michael F. genera]." Flach in Arlington. Va.