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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 9, !99.,6 --- Taking the time to make a difference- e Truth in advertising: Home and family By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR bles under the shade of a carport- like structure. We bought some peaches and a cantaloupe, and asked the woman if she had sweet corn. I [ She said she had none, that her corn had already been picked and sold. As we drove away, we saw the sign clearly. It was the kind of sign a person could buy or rent and roll out toward the highway. It had rows of letters, which could be replaced at the will of the user, to spell what- ever was to be spelled. This sign said simply, "water- melons, cantaloupes, peaches, toma- toes." The sign was honest, com- plete, and promised no more and no less than what those four words indicated. After hundreds of miles of roadside signs, here was one that we knew was true, without a doubt or a moment's hesitation. We had seen with our own eyes that what was advertised on the sign was in fact available at the farm produce stand. This was the truth. Have you ever been misled by a roadside sign? Talk with members of your family about your experi- ences, and ask them about theirs. Have you ever had to depend on detour signs along an unfamiliar highway? Describe Your feelings Usually a roadside sign gets my attention first, but this one caught my eye as we were leaving. My wife and I were on our way home from the national board meeting of the Christian Family Movement, held this summer in Milwaukee. That's about an 800- mile round trip. We were eager to get home again, but we had decided to take our time on the return trip, and to enjoy the drive. Signs along the road, even on a familiar portion of the road, are important. They gave us new information about the con- struction projects along the way. They also helped us to find food and refreshment. We also saw signs which gave us a little bit of a sense of pride. While we were still in the Chicago area, for example, we saw a sign at a marketplace announcing that a store had watermelons from Vin- cennes. A year ago, I recalled, we saw a sign near St. Louis, advertising Posey County melons. As we continued our journey, and drove past the familiar sites in southwestern Indiana, we began to look for an opportunity to buy fresh produce. We stopped at two places. At our first stop, we saw watermelons, can- taloupes, peaches and tomatoes, all displayed on ta- and reaction. If there are children in your home, talk with them about the information they get from the signs they see. ASk them to name one sign that was help- ful and truthful. If you had four words to put on a sign outside your home, and those four words had to tell the com- plete story of what a traveler would find there, what would those four words be? Would "Christian" be one of the words? Would a visitor agree with your sign, once he or she had stepped to spend some time with you? Take the time today to put up a sign, at least in your imagination, in front of your home. Choose the four words you would use. Take the time to reflect on the signs which are given to a visitor by your church or congregation. What are the four words which would describe what a stranger would find? What words honestly describe your community? Safe? Dangerous? Hospitable? Friendly? What four words would describe your home, if : you had the power to make those words come true? Take the time to make it happen. Comments about this column are welcome at prleing@cfm.org or the Christian Family Movement, P.O. Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010. ----Washington Letter The GOP in San Diego: A convention with a Catholic flavor By NAJCY FRAZIER ORIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Republican National Convention that opens Aug. 12 in San Diego will have a decidedly Catholic flavor -- perhaps more than any previous GOP convention. There will be a Catholic keynote speaker, the strong pos- sibility of a Catholic vice-presi- dential candidate and even a po- tential Catholic spoiler in the form of Pat Buchanan, who is continuing his fight with the party over abortion and other is- sues. * And because the convention's last davy falls on the feast of the Assumption, a holy day of obli- gation, there will be a special Mass for Catholic delegates and others Aug. 15 at Immaculata Church on the University of San Diego campus. Although there is no way to gauge the exact number of Catholics among the 1,990 dele- gates :to the convention, the in- creased number of Catholic Re- The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Publisher ............. Bishop Gerald A. Getelfinger Editor ...................................... Paul R. Leinoang Production Thnician .............. Joseph Dtch Adverting ................................... Paul New...nd Staff Writer ............................ Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $17.50 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as periodical matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publication number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of PubliCation Cqgh 1996  Press o  publican elected officials these days would make almost in- evitable a heightened Catholic role in the convention. Nine of the 35 current Repub- lican governors are Catholics, as are nine Republicans in the U.S. Senate and 55 members of the GOP in the House of Represen- tatives. "It's been a natural progres- sion as the number of Catholics expanded in the Republican Party," said Ed Gillespie, Repub- lican National Committee com- munications director and him- self an Irish Catholic. "Catholics have been turning Republican for some time now." The Aug. 12-15 convention will feature many of them; among the most prominent will be 38-year-old Rep. Susan Moli- nari of New York, who will de- liver the convention's keynote address Aug. 13. Another Catholic, Rep. John R. Kasich of Ohio, will introduce Molinari, and three Catholic governors -- Thomas Ridge of Pennsylvania, John Rowland of Connecticut and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin -- will follow her that night. Among those scheduled to be on the podium for the conven- tion's first day are Sen. Alfonse D'Amato of New York, chairman of the National Republican Sen- atorial Committee; Gov. John Engler of Michigan, chairman of the Republican Governors Asso- ciation; Rep. Henry J. Hyde of Illinois, chairman of the conven- tion's platform committee; Rep. Bill Paxon of New York, chair- man of the National Republican Congressional Committee; and Ohio Gov. George Voinovich. All are Catholics. "There are lots of Catholics in Republican leadership positions now," Gillespie noted. "They're not just going to be up there (on the podium) because they're Catholics." Many of those same names are surfacing in speculation about a running mate for pre- sumptive Republican presiden- tial nominee Bob Dole. Six of the nine men asked by the Dole campaign to submit to a back- ground check as possible vice- presidential candidates are Catholics. In addition to Ridge, Thomp- son, Engler and Voinovich, Dole's short list as of Aug. 1 in- cluded Catholic Sens. Don Nick- les of Oklahoma and Connie Mack of Florida. The other three candidates are Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar of Illinois, an American Baptist, and two Episcopalians -- former South Carolina Gov. Carroll Campbell and Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Voinovich took himself out of the running for vice president Aug. 1, saying he was committed to finishing his term as governor and running for the Senate in 1998. Dole was expected to an- nounce his vice-presidential choice Aug. 10 in Russell, Kan. That choice will be one of the factors affecting how Buchanan acts at the convention, he said in the days preceding it. If Dole chooses an abortion advocate, if the party weakens its platform stand on abortion or if the lineup of convention speakers is too moderate, he might feel com- pelled to leave the Republican Party, he said. Convention organizers had hoped that the abortion question would be long-settled before del- egates arrived in San Diego. Dole announced an agreement with Hyde July 12 that would retain the platform's support for a constitutional amendment to ban abortion but also call for "tolerance... as we struggle to forge a national consensus." Later in July, Buchanan is- sued his own platform proposal which calls for an abortion ban, large tax cuts and "buy Ameri- can" trade policy. He rejected Dole's proposed tolerance lan. guage and suggested a general statement of inclusion. %Vhether we debate cultural, social, economic or foreign ques- tions, we have no litmus test for admission to our ranks," the Buchanan proposal reads. "We impose no loyalty oath; we wel- come all into the open forum that is the national Republican Party." A poll of the 1,990 GOP con- vention delegates conducted by The Associated Press found that 34 percent wanted to remove the abortion plank from the Repub- lican platform, 41 percent wanted to keep it and 25 percent said they did not know or re- fused to respond. All but nine delegates responded to the poll. Women delegates supported removal of the abortion plank by a 40.4 percent to 35.8 percent margin, with the remainder un- decided or declining to answer. Twenty-three state delegations had majorities in favor of the current language, while 16 dele" gations favored change. " . . But in announcing a parta l lineup of convention speakers July 29, Haley Barbour, chal man of the Republican NatiOn Committee, hinted that the ke convention participants will nc be the party bigwigs but inst a group of "ordinary AmericaS who llave turned Rep ublican deas into extraordinary acCOrd" plishments." "e "Our convention will ceil, brate the wisdom and com, v t sense of many people you  !: probably never heard of," n said, calling them -unsU : heroes who have set RepUO can ideas into action for.I betterment of their own netgL borhoods, their own commUz, ties and their own stateS, said. Bishop's schedule The following activities and events are listed oil the schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: