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The00l00 E S S CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 18 I NUMBER 49 AUGUST 12, 1988 Asbestos Diocese asks for extension to comply with federal regulations By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor The Diocese of Evanvsville is asking folltn extension of a deadline for com- pliance with asbestos-related regulations. Father Raymond L. Kuper, director of the Catholic office of education, said the asbestos inspections are finished and lab analysis of samples has been completed, but the management plan requires responses and decisions which will require more time than is available before the October 12 deadline. Hall-Kimbrell Environmental Management of Lawrence, Ken., is the company which was awarded the contract to inspect schools in the ,aocese. A letter from W. David Kimbrell, president of Hall-Kimbrell, to Father Kuper, advised that the decision "is en- tirely up to you," but that an extension of the October 12 deadline would secure additional time to reyiew documents and make rational, profes- sional decisions. The letter stated that "locations of the (asbestos) materials, laboratory analysis of the samples, recommendations for i,atement, and similar reports" will be supplied by Hall-Kimbrell, but that the management report requires much more work. The report "will probably fill a loose leaf binder from each of the 35 schools," according to Father Kuper. He said that the inspection was just the beginning of the process. A tremendous amount of work is necessary to decide what to do, how to do it, and how to pay for it, he said. The following reasons why an exten- sion from the October 12 deadline were listed in the Hall-Kimbrell letter to Father Kuper: -- School officials will have only two weeks to make all decisions, from the time they receive the report until the time the report must be returned to Hall-Kimbrell, if there is no extension of the deadline. During the two weeks, decions must be made to accept the Hall-Kimbrell recommendations, or to choose other solutions to the asbestos problems. -- The report has a section for every single material that contains asbestos. School officials must indicate when work will start and when it will be com- pleted for each listing. -- Another section is devoted to ex- plaining how schools will pay for asbestos removal or other appropriate action. "This is nothing you will want to answer in haste, because your answer can lay the foundation for a commit- ment to the state and EPA to follow through with that plan." -- Other areas of the management plan require school officials to attest to facts about the:inspectlon andthe inspectors. Recently approved legislation allows for extension of the deadline, on a case- by-case basis. To request an extension, evidence of a good faith effort to ac- complish all the requirements must be submitted to the state. The Hall-Kimbrell letter suggests that "bureaucracies run slowly, and it may be some time before you receive an answer" to the request for an extension. Film furor Novena Praying the rosary are three people who attended services on the first day of a Novena in honor of the closing of the Marian Year, at Sacred Heart Church, Evansville. Services continue through Sunday evening, culminating with the vigil Mass for the feast of the Assumption. -- Message Photo by Barbara Pau 'Temptation' gets early release; bishops continue to protest By SR. MARY ANN WALSH NC News Service many critics based on reports of its con- tents, was to be shown initially in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, said director Martin Scorsese's press representative, Marion Billings, in a telephone interview. The rush into print means the studio will "release it slowly" since "not that many prints" could immediately be made of the work Scorsese finished editing Aug. 3, Billings said. Protesting prelates urged Universal not to release the work, theaters not to show it and everyone not to attend. Bishop Sylvester W. Treinen of Boise, Idaho, called for prayers "that the film will be a disastrous monetary loss to the producers." Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick al " " of Newark, N.J., c led it coarse and common." He asked people to "speak out." Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco said the film is "as distant from the authentic Jesus of the Gospels as fiction is from fact" and "desecrates what is profoundly sacred." It is "an outrage and a stinging offense." Cardinai Joseph L. Barnardin of Chicago issued no statement but distributed a summary of Bishop Bosco's memo. Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan of Omaha, Neb.; urged Catholics to write to Lew Wasserman, chairman of MCA Corp., parent company of Universal. Archbishop Patrick Flores of San An- tonio, Texas, urged Catholics to contact local Universal theaters to ask them not to show the movie. Other bishops warned against giving free publicity. Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien of Phoenix, Ariz., said he felt "a letter campaign or petitions will prove futile and maybe counterproductive, adding publicity and interest to the controversy over the film." Bishop Manuel D. Moreno of Tucson, See TEMPTA TrON page 16 On the The Belize connection -- Ireland native volunteered in Central America, on page 2. Youth Day xIX -- Photos of area teens, on page 3. St. Mary Church, Ireland -- Feature parish, on pages 8 and 9. 'Last Temptation' -- USCC review, on page 10. St, John the Baptist Church -- Vincennes parish restores pipe organ, page 15. WASHINGTON (NC) -- "The Last Temptation of Christ," a film which brought protests by bishops from coast to coast, was slated for release Aug. 12, - a month ahead of schedule, so viewers could decide "on fact, not fallacy" what they think of the film, Universal Pictures announced. "Few motion pictures in recent memory have generated such heated debate, especially when so very few people have actually seen the film," Universal said Aug. 4. The studio was assailed throughout July for producing the film based on the Nikos Kazantzakis novel by the same name. Especially controversial has been a sequence in which Christ dreams giv- ing up his divinity for a simple life in- cluding a sexual relationship with Mary Magdalene. He resists the temptation "and accepts his role. Bishops from California to New Jersey urged boycotts or other actions against the film after Bishop Anthony G. Bosco, chairman of the U.S. Catholic Con- ference Communication Committee, sent out a letter to his fellow prelates commenting on a working copy of the movie which he saw July 12. The movie, called "blasphemous" by