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4 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 7, 1 .... Perspective I ......................... ByPAULR.  ............. (.:llrlstlan-" .... " .... &apos;" ............ duty:' ......... ............... ..... .......... LEINGANG Political involvement (. Message Editor lh As the 1992 presidential campaign contin- ues, abortion continues to be a topic of much dis- cussion and argument. Candidates at the top of the tickets are making statements about abortion on the campaign trail, on talk shows and in vari- ous news interviews. Voters should pay attention to what they have to say. Voters should also examine the can- didates about other issues in the light of the val- ues embodied in the gospel. When making a judgment about a candidate, the Indiana Catholic Conference suggests these areas of examination: The dignity of the human person. A human person is the clearest reflection of God among us. This dignity is protected by a set of basic human rights, including the right to life and an adequate standard of living. A responsibility to the common good. We are all required to work for the general welfare of the entire human family. , Special priority to the needs of the poor. The poor have a right to have their minimum human needs met before the less basic desires and wants of others are fulfilled. Family values must be more than words in a slogan. In their document, "Political Responsi- bility: Revitalizing American Democracy," the U.S. bishops said in 1991, that the well-being of society is intimately linked to the health and vi- tality of family life. In that same document, the bishops also said that the right to life is the most basic human right and it demands the protection of law; that access to appropriate health care must be guar- anteed for all people without regard to eco- nomic, social or legal status; and that all per- sons, by virtue of their dignity as human beings, have an inalienable right to education. In the document, "Economic Justice for All," the bishops stated that every economic de- cision and institution should be judged in light of whether it protects or undermines the dignity of the human person. They concluded that the economy must be at the service of all people, es- pecially the poor. For Catholic voters, political responsibility means learning about the issues, judging them in the light of gospel values, and acting on them. Among the actions needed is a concerted effort to make our voices heard about our views on the so-called "Freedom of Choice Act." The recent Supreme Court decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey lamentably up- held Roe v. Wade, but it also upheld,Pennsylva-, nia s right to regulate abortion. The Freedom of Choice Act" would run roughshod over state regulations. The "Freedom of Choice Act" would force all Americans to tolerate abortions at any time and for any reason, including sex selection. Abortion-on-demand would be mandated. Americans would lose their freedom to de- termine abortion policy in their own communi- ties, under the "Freedom of Choice Act." This newspaper may not endorse a political candidate without jeopardizing the tax-exempt status of the Catholic Church, but this newspa- per has an obligation to urge all of it readers to become involved in the political struggle. When you make your choice, choose life! I t I r I t I I c I ( i] Washington Letter "Women's issues' in the campaign: But which women By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS} -- This may well be the Year of the Woman in politics, but some Americans wonder just which woman they're talking about. Concern for "women's is- sues" is one of this election's buzz- phrases, along with "family values" and "time for a change." At both ends of the political spectrum, how- ever, women dispute the cur- rent depiction of what consti- tutes a "women's issue." Although other topics in- cluding breast cancer, child care, sexual harassment and family and medical leave were tucked under the women's issue label, the em- phasis at Democratic National Convention in July seemed to declare the "right to choose" --.abortion on demand -- wasthe most critical issue facing women. . Abortion rights activists .,including five Republican The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weeklyexcept last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evans,il/e ' Publisher. ............. 8mhop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Associate Publisher ............... Rev. Joseph Ziliak Editor ................... : ........................ Paul Leingang Production,Manager ........................... Phil Boger Circulation.,....: ............................. Susan Winiger Advertis!ng ............ , .......... ............. Paul Newland AddreS,9:l communications.to P.O. Bot 16,}EvansOillej IN 47724-0.i69 { , , Subscription rate: : . $12.00 per year / S ingle'Copy Price: $.50 ' Eltof:ed as Ehd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion n6mber843B00. " Poslmster eurn POD forms 3579 ..to Office of Publication women -- were prominent speakers at the Democratic convention. While pundits and politi- cians have been quick to label 1992 as the Year of the Wonlan, some women's groups disagree about what that means and whether the popular image of women ris- ing up to take power includes their interests'. As members of Concerned Women for America see it, the greatest problem in the country is deterioration of the traditional family. The group's 600,000 members be- lieve that too many policies work against two-parent fami- lies with mothers who stay at home. And they disagree wholeheartedly with the idea that guaranteeing access to abortion would improve women's lives. "We represent hundreds of thousands of women who felt alienated by the women's movement," explained spokeswoman Caia Mock- aitis, who described the membership as pro-family, evangelical Christian. Even issues like ensuring that absent parents pay child ' support are of secondary in- terest to the Washington- based organization. Instead, restructuring the tax code in favor of traditional families and keeping government in- volvement to a minimum are of paramount importance, ac- cording to Mockaitis. But they're not the only The Highwaymen: Utter disbelief To the editor: utter disbelief. A few days ago a friend of mine, who happens to be a local businessman and a member of the Jewish faith, asked me how the ticket sales for the Highwaymen concert were going. (The Highway- men, who are better known as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jen- nings, Kris Kristoferson and Johnny Cash, are scheduled to perform a benefit concert for the Evansville Catholic High Schools at Roberts Sta- dium on Thursday, August 20.) He knows I am a member o,f the Gala '92 Committee /4hich is organizing the event and he had just purchased his tickets. I told him that fewer than half of the available seats had been sold So far. My Jewish friend, who is a very strong supporter of private and He asked why, with our large Catholic population, this event wasn't a sell-out since he understood that the purpose of the Gala is not only entertainment but an- other means of supporting parochial education. I responded that perhaps country music was not a fa- vorite of some people. My friend was still confused. He reiterated his original ques- tion: If this is a benefit for Mater Dei and Memorial high schools, isn't the. purpose to .contribute, to our education rat he#'thhr/ to express our muscial preference? If your own Catholic community doesn't support your efforts, who will? Again I was at a loss for words. J. Adams Cmy'i !9,Cattl<PressfEvansvme parochial schools, was in Evansville women who think the De- parental consent for minors mocrats' concept of women's issues is out of touch with their own interests. The convention's emphasis on abortion rights put off more than a few feminist ac- tivists, particularly those who consider themselves pro-life feminists. "The quickest way to lose an election is to make poten- tial supporters feel alien- ated," said Rachel MacNair, president of Feminists for Life, a non-partisan advocacy group. By giving abortion rights activists prominence at the convention while refusing to provide a forum to Pennsyl- vania Gov. Robert Casey, who wants to moderate the party's abortion plank, the Democ- rats only dramatized the dif- ference between their plat- form and the opinions of the general public, said MacNair. According to various polls, most Americans support at least some controls on abor- tion -- such as requiring -- and oppose abortion as means of birth control. ThoSe same polls also show a major" ity of the public want abet" tion to remain a legal option in at least some cases. The Democratic platform and the Clinton/Gore cain: paign support the Freedoin ot Choice Act, a bill in CongreSts that would prohibit any st%" or local restrictions on a  " tion. Organizations like Fe r nists for Life and the proteS' sional Women's Network re. resent women who might b solid supporters of the,9}ie , mocrats' list of women  sues, if they didn't disal :e so strongly over abortion. In fact, the Feminists [c Life agenda sounds rem,r! ably like the list included "The Women's 1992 Vet n Guide," a booklet distribtl:e at the Democratic convent 0 by the Women's PoliticalAC" tion Group. members MacNair said her See WASHINGTON p age 5 Bishop's schedule The following activities and events are listed on the schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger iV Coj We th I 'tie ! lea Pu Za P