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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Aug No Time for Childhood Abortion opponents denounce kiUing COMMENTARY By MSGR. CLARENCE SCHLACHTER Mission Director "Come Play ball with Me." "I can't. I have to go to work." If this sounds like a typical parent-child conversation, con- sider that in India it's just as likely to occur between two children• The severe poverty prevalent in this Asian country means that many kids must take on adult responsibilities. It's common to see them working in factories, fields, and on the streets by the age of six or seven. Some are helping their families to get by. Others have no families and must rely on themselves for survival. Those who don't work outside the home are often the sole caregivers for younger siblings. India is a land of warm chappattis, beautiful and unique arts, bustling markets, and sidewalk barbers. It's also a land of street children, child laborers, illiteracy, malnutrition, and families torn apart by disease and natural disaster• Most of India's people are farm families living in rural areas who have little or no chance for education and can't af- ford medical care. They work hard, but that's not always enough. That's why places like St. Joseph's Boarding School in Gu- jarat and Kusumia Hostel in Rajasthan are making such a difference. These Catholic missionary run institutions offer destitute children a place to live while they go to school• All over India, places like thes.e open their doors to kids who might otherwise fall through the cracks, providing them with nutritious food, education, and basic medical care. They are able to do this good work because of the contributions of other members of our global family of faith -- Catholics who are supporting the mission efforts of our Church and re- sponding to Jesus' command to love one another. Our Holy Father has continually emphasized the impor- tance of involving children in these mission efforts. Through the Holy Childhood Association (HCA), a pontifical mission society, young Catholics are putting their faith into action by reaching out to other children who are hungry, alone, unloved• The contributions of HCA kids allow places like St. Joseph's and Kusumia to offer help to more youngsters. For destitute children in developing countries, HCA donations mean opportunities they otherwise would not have. For their parents, HCA means hope for a better future for their family. You can help the Holy Childhood's young Catholics as they gain a better understanding of what it means to be a Christ- ian witness. To find out how, contact your HCA diocesan mis- sion director: Rev. Msgr. C. ,4. Schlachter, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. I FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE RSCHER ELECTRIC INC. , SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 I ill i,i ,I Vincennes Bicknell Sandbom Monroe City. Princeton° Patoka Member F.D.I.C. I ST. BENEDICT GARDEN SCHOOL is accepting enrollment of 3, 4, and 5 year olds. An all-day pre-school where children LEARN TO PLAY... ... AND PLAY TO LEARN School begins August 24, 1994 Extended hours are available For further information, call JudyLyden at 853-5377 I I ORGANIST Part-time position available at ST. THERESA PARISH, Evansville. Duties include weekly choir rehearsals and several week-end liturgies. Send resume to: Organist 725 Wedeking Avenue Evansville, IN 47711 I111111111111 I 1111111 II I I as 'mockery' of their mission WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The killing of a Florida abortion doc- tor and a clinic escort was de- cried by church leaders and other opponents of abortion. As the Justice Department announced U.S. marshals would be assigned to protect some abortion clinics, main- stream organizations opposed to abortion said violence has no place in the movement and de- nounced the killings of Dr. John Bayard Britton and James Herman Barrett in Pen- sacola, Fla., July 29. Barrett's wife, June, who worked as a volunteer escort at the Ladies' Center abortion clinic, was wounded. Paul Hill, an outspoken ad- vocate of using violence to stop abortion, was arrested and charged with the shootings. Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities, said vio- lence in the name of the pro- life movement "makes a mock- ery of everything we stand for," "We are deeply saddened by the killings," said D. Michael McCarron, assistant executive director of the Florida Catholic Conference. "We condemn these killings in no uncertain terms. Such violence shows no under- standing of the pro-life move- ment and serves, no purpose in stemming the tide of abortion. "The commandment 'Thou shalt not kill,' the basis of the pro- life movement, has been vio- lated," he said. "We call on all people in the pro-life movement to condemn these violent acts." Bishop John M. Smith of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahas- see said it "defies logic and flies in the face of divine law" for any- one to take a human life in the name of the pro-life movement. "No one has the right to take the life of another human being as a solution to the issues surround- ing abortion." A statement from Father Frank A. Pavone, national di- rector of Priests for Life, said consistency demands denunci- ation of both the killing of abortion providers and the killing of babies. "The response to today's tragedy should not be to further protect the abortion industry, but to stop all violence, including abortion itself," he said. American Life League presi- dent Judie Brown said killing suspect Hill "is a creation of the tabloid talk-show media. He is not a leader in the pro- life movement." The death of anyone dimin- ishes each person's sacred role in life, said Mrs. Brown in a statement. "I pray for all those who have been affected by this tragic loss of life. We are called to convert abortionists and their accomplices, not kill them." Beverly LaHaye, president and founder of Concerned Women for America, called the killings "barbaric vigilantism" and said "we cannot allow Paul Hill to become a symbol for the pro-life movement." "The urgency of the pro-life message can only be advanced through prayer, education and peaceful protest," said Benedic- tine Father Matthew Habinger, president of Human Life International. "We cannot trade evil for evil. Just as those people had no right to kill any of the millions of unborn chil- dren who are executed in their mother's wombs every year, the person who shot them had no right to take their lives away. Adding to the body count won't make it go away." A spokeswoman for Ameri- cans United for Life said any- one who fails the criteria of compassion and nonviolence is not pro-life. At a Washington press confer- ence, Myrna Gutierrez said the "real face of the pro-life move- ment" is found among those pro- viding care for women, working the legislatures, lobbying Con- gress and battling in the courts to make abortion less a part of American life. At the same conference, Ser- rin M." Foster, executive direc- tor of Feminists for Life, said life-affirming solutions to the problems facing women need to be found. "Out of frustration, there are people who are targeting the messenger, so to speak, when it's the message that needs to be changed; the message that abortion liberates women has been wrong from the start," she said. "Just as abortion is an inequitable action taken in response to a crisis the shootings that have place cannot be justified. The National Right to! Committee issued a said it "is false and suggest, as some groups have done, that ing in favor of the ri somehow causes a suggestion is like the civil rights ovement and all those who spoke in favor of the rights African-Americans  for riots or deaths that were of that era." In Chicago, Cardinal L. Bernardin issued a state" ment saying the use in the name of fighting tion "not only defies the law of God and the ings of the church." The co-chairman of House Pro-Life CaucuS, Christopher H. Smith, called the shooting "a ing tragedy." He also to news reports describing • " t" as a "pro-life actlvls • "No one who human life -- through or any other means  ca called pro-life. It is a tion in terms," Smith said. On Aug. 1, Justice D, ment spokesman Carl said U.S. marshals had assigned to some ics after the shooting at a Falls Church, Va tion clinic the same Commonwealth . Wome Clinic was burned at its entrance by a fire night of July 29. Fire inspectors said i the. cause was stilI vestigation but that had been found lieved to have starte¢ blaze. The Falls Church c reopened the next daY. In March 1993, D Gunn was shot to Pensacola's only other clinic. Anti-ab0 rti°n ac Michael F. Griffin was of first-degree murder tenced to life in prison chance of parole. In August 1993 Dr. Tiller was injured Wichita, Kan., His assailant, non, was sentence( under 11 years in prisOn. r- POSITION WANTED Parish Music Minister/Choir Director. Full-time or Part-time. 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