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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 2, 1991 Outdoor Mass at St. Henry About 100 parishioners at St. Henry Church, St. Henry, gathered tbr the third annual outdoor Mass the evening of July 12. The Mass honored St. Henry, for whom the town and the parish are named. Father Gregory Chamberlin O.S.B. celebrated the Mass. Servers were Ryan Hochgesang and Edmund Hildenhrand. Complacency endangers hunger aid programs By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service reau for Food for Peace and Voluntary Assistance, said representatives of his office recently encouraged members of the European Economic Community to increase their donations of food aid. Swenson said it is impor- tant to "strive for a balance between simple economic so- lutions, the education of com- munities in nutrition and pri- mary health care, and the provision of food to either supplement these programs or enhance nutrition." Simply putting food in front of people does little to- solve long-term nutritional or economic factors in starva- tion, he explained. Programs begun in the last decade that give the poorest people ac- cess to income through poverty lending and micro- enterprise programs are an "important new tool in the fight against hunger." CRS also has taken the lead in distributing food through private, indigenous agencies rather than governments, Swenson explained. Ques- tions of accountability that arose about distribution pro- grams over the last decade have led to other changes. While the arguments proved to be exaggerated and largely untrue, Swenson said CRS nevertheless reviewed the ra- tionale of some of its food programs and made some changes. As a result, CRS food distri- bution has become more di- versified, as in food-for-work programs or by swapping commodities for local foods to encourage continued pro- duction, he said. Finally, Swenson said CRS workers have noted in deal- ing with AID and other gov- ernment organizations the tendency to "deprecate activi- ties that are considered pure- Haiti priest-president says he's assassination target I PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti trial, and all but four were expelled from the Salesian I (CNS)- Haiti's president, sentenced to life at hard order for his political activity Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide, said remnants of the old regime's security unit, which had a reputation for thuggery, are trying to kill him. "Our enemies want to seize back power at any cost .... This is why Macoutes want to murder me," he told the French daily Liberation, re- ferring to the security organi- zation called the Tonton Ma- coute. The interview's publication July 29 coincided with the trial in Port-Au-Prince of for- mer Interior Minister Roger Lafontant in connection with a coup attempt in January. labor. Lafontant is a former head of the Tonton Macoute, which terrorized the nation untie the Duvalier family dic- tatorship ended in 1986. Meanwhile, sailors at the Haitian capital's main navy base mutinied and seized se- nior officers July 29, accusing them of plotting a coup to overthrow Father Aristide. A spokesman for the muti- neers told local radio that they arrested their command- ing officers to ensure that La- fontant's trial would start as scheduled. Like the trial, the mutiny ended after one day. I I ISqS- Lafontant and 21 co-defen- The January coup was dants were found guilty July stopped by a mass uprising 30 after a marathon, 21-hour and Father Aristide, a priest II Be_ II COY]FEE SHOP II1 uumu"DIEklCIOU$ HOMBMADI! DONUTS p,..- Professionally Decorated Cakes for All Occasions u.._ COOKIES BROWNIES FRUIT FRI'IqERS DANISH MUFFINS HOMEMADE EUROPEAN STYLE HEALTH BREADS i ROLLS Ikdmke emn ee who became Haiti's first democratically elected head of state, took power as sched- uled. Father Aristide said the coup failure had made it im- possible for Lafontant's Ma- coute supporters to over- throw him politically. But they believed they could return to power by killing him and causing an upheaval in the impoverished Caribbean nation, he said. "They are obsessed, they are going crazy," Father Aris- tide said. "They are kamikazes." Medical Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler City-Wide Delivery Duncan's Riverside Pharmacy .PTe4tptl?n Service '  " Drugk-Sunddes-Cosmetlcs Magazines - "We Deliver" Corner Riverside and Governor Evansville 422-9981 Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 ly humanitarian or charita ble." The field of human devel- WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A tendency by government workers to disparage humani- tarian activities and an in- creasing complacency about poverty and chronic hunger are among the major prob- lems faced by relief workers, a Catholic Relief Services ad- ministrator said July 24. There is a danger that "im- minent starvation will be- come accepted as an 'emer- gency,' and desperate poverty and chronic hunger seen as 'normal,"' said John Swen- son, deputy executive direc- tor of CRS, the U.S. bishops' overseas relief and develop- ment agency, in testimony be- fore the House Select Com- mittee on Hunger. "Such complacency is dan- gerously contagious, exhaust- ed as so many are by re- sponding to a seemingly endless flow of catastrophes in the world," he said. Swenson also took issue with what he sees as reluc- tance by government workers to take responsibility for food distribution programs. "Food distribution pro- grams are not in wide favor and many do not see a career in them," Swenson told the committee. Directors of U.S. Agency for International De- velopment missions "are like- ly to put the need for a Food for Peace office very low on the order of priorities" when making personnel requests, he added. Members of the committee questioned why the adminis- tration budgeted $1.3 billion for food assistance but $7.9 billion for military and other security aid. "It's true that we provide more (food aid} than anyone else," said committee chair- man Rep. Tony Hall, D-Ohio. "But it's also true that we have millions of people who are at risk (of starvation), and we spend $7.9 billion on se- curity assistance." Food assis'tance from the United States also has de- creased since 1985, when contributions totaled about $2 billion, Hall said. But an AID spokesman said he thinks the agency is "quite responsive to global needs." John F.Hicks, acting assistant administrator for AID's Bu- L I T ,L opment work has become too wrapped up in technocrat5  ideals, he said. But "'develo:p ' I ment' must not be narrowly construed as increasing eco- nomic productivity." Treat- ment of the needy and vul- nerable is a measure of the quality of a society's develop" ment, according to Swenson. Therefore, "helping a countr or a community build an support humane institutions to care for those who are not or cannot be ec.onomically 'productive' is a vital task," he said. SUBSCRIBE TO THE MESSAGE Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St.- Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 American National Bank Bicknoll - Sandborn Vincennes Drive-in Facilities - Member F.D.I.C. AFull Service Bank -- ], YOUR FAMILY i PHARMACY PAUL'S Pharmacy Paul Mayer, Owner 2107 W. 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