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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 26, i .'How to' workshops offered on new Catechisrn Father John Pollard, nation- ally known for his work in reli- gious education and the new Catechism of the Catholic Church, will speak to catechet- ical leaders and to the general membership of the Diocese of Evansville on the weekend fol- lowing Labor Day. Father Pollard is the Repre- sentative for Catechesis and Leadership Development, with the Department of Education, United States Cathblic Confer- ence. Father Pollard also provides staff assistance to the Commit- tee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism. Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein of Indianapolis is chairman of that committee Father Pollard was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1974. He has gradu- ate degrees from Loyola Uni- versity of Chicago and Mundelein Seminary; he is completing studies for a Doc- torate in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Recent commitments have included service as director of catechesis for the 1993 visit of Pope John Paul II to Denver for World Youth Day. Father Pollard is an author of books and articles for maga- zines and journals. He edits a monthly newsletter, "Cate- chism Update," which provides U.S. bishops with a clearing house for information on the Catechism. He has delivered papers and presented workshops at the meetings and conventions of the National Catholic Educa- More than 2 million copies of new catechism now in distribution WASHINGTON (CNS) -- More than 2 million copies of the English-language edition of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" have gone into distribution since release of the book June 22. "The extraordinary publishing effort is unprecedented in the religious book business and perhaps even among all publishing efforts in the nation," said Richard W. Daw, secretary for communications for the U.S. Catholic Conference. "Readers demanded copies of the catechism even before it was offthe presses, and the de- mand has not let up," Daw said in an Aug. 16 statement. 'The most recent press run was for 513,500 copies, only about 50,000 fewer than the original run of 566,250." Copies printed by mid-August totaled 2,106,070, said Daw, who is also interim director of the USCC's Office for Publishing and Promotion Services. The USCC is publisher of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church," but lined up 15 co-pub- lishers of the English-language version of the catechism to meet the expected demand. Publishers say sales of the catechism are high in their traditional channels of distribution: direct mail and catalogs as well as religious and commercial bookstores, including Barnes and Noble, Waldenbooks, Borders and Media Play. The catechism has appeared on national bestseller lists, and jn the Aug. 15 edition of Pub- lishers' Weekly, it ranked third on the bestseller lists for hardcover and paperback religious books. Doctor says colleagues forced indirectly to support abortion By ROBERT L. JOHNSON Catholic News Service WILMINGTON, Del. ((NS) -- An internist who once prac- ticed in Wilmington charges that pro-life doctors and other medical professionals are forced indirectly to collaborate in abortions because they are required to refer patients to colleagues for an abortion. Dr. Ronald Connolly said his refusal on religious and moral grounds to participate i,n abor- tion resulted in the destruction of his practice in Delaware. He now practices near Oakland, Calif. In a telephone interview with The Dialog, Wilmington's diocesan newspaper, Connolly said that physicians in today's medical culture -- if they are to act "ethically" -- have no choice but to abet indirectly the termination of human life. "My experience, fully docu- mented by court records, repre- sents a common problem for pro-life physicians throughout the United States. Physicians no longer have a 'pro-life' or 'pro-choice' option," said Con- nolly. In a 1993 book, "Ill Bet My Life On It: One Doctor's Expe- rience in American Medicine," he recounts his lengthy dpute with local physicians, medical societies and in the courts over the right to decline to provide abortion referrals and clear- ances. The American College of Physicians' 1989 manual of medical ethics says, =A physi- cian who objects to abortion on moral, religious or ethical grounds need not become in- volved, either by proffering ad- vice ... or in the surgical proce- dure." It adds that "the physician does have the duty to assure that the patient is provided the option of receiving competent medical care from a qualified colleague who does not impose his or her personal convictions upon the patient." If they refuse, the physi- cians' organization says, they can be declared "unethical." Connolly said that when he had his Delaware practice, his performance was maligned by doctors incensed by his refusal on religious and moral grounds to clear a woman for an abor- tion. At one point, he was repri- manded by the New Castle County Medical Society for =patient abandonment  for re- fusing to clear a patient for an abortion, Later on, he was characterized as =psychiatri- cally ill" by his medical peers and his hospital privileges were revoked. Connolly's viewpoint on pro- life doctors and abortion is echoed by Dr. John Malooly, editor of the Linacre Quar- terly, the journal of the Na. tional Federation of Catholic Physicians. The American College of Physicians itself is =unethical," Malooly said, in stating that doctors must assure that a pa- tient seeking an abortion be sent to someone whose views will not preclude that abortion. The Catholic physicians' group has consistently opposed that position, has issued resolu- tions condemning it, and called on the American College of Physicians to change its stance, "all to no avail," Malooly said. Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino, head of the Georgetown Uni- versity Center for the Ad- vanced Study of Ethics, was a member of the American Col- lege of Physicians ethics com- mittee that developed the man- ual. He told the Dialog he was =outvoted" on the abortion- re- ferral language when he op- posed it. He agreed that it still requires a "form of coopera- tion  in abortion by doctors who oppose the procedure. =Any code of professional ethics that requires a physi- cian who in conscience opposes abortion to arrange referral of his or her patient to another physician who does abortions is, itself, a morally defective code," Pellegrino said. "Abortion is an intrinsically evil act," he added. =Any form of cooperation with abortion is an act of moral complicity since it facilitates performance of something intrinsically wrong. The patient's autonomy or even her assessment of what is best for her cannot justify even indirect cooperation with abortion." tional Association and the Na- tional Conference of Catecheti- cal Leadership. He has given presentations, directed semi- nars and led workshops at edu- cational and catechetical con- ferences in over 50 diocese in the United States. He has spo- ken to audiences at the Vati- can, in Spain, Italy, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, Great Britain and several Caribbean nations. During his appearances in the Diocese of Evansville, Fa- ther Pollard will speak about the new Catechism and its use, and be available to answer questions, according to James Corr, diocesan director of reli- gious education. Corr's office is sponsoring the meeting and the two workshops in the Dio- cese of Evansville. Clergy, Catholic school prin- cipals, parish catechetical lead- FATHER JOHN POLLARD era and diocesan staff mem- bers have been invited to a Gilbert is a DRE and coordina" ministries at St. meeting scheduled at St. John tor of Church, Indianapolis' Church, Daylight, on Friday, Matthew Sept. 9. Following is the workshop Father Pollard will keynote schedule: two workshops for parish and N St. John Church, school catechists in Loogootee Center, Loogootee, FridaY, on Friday evening and in Sept. 9,6:30to9 p.m. Evansville on Saturday morn- -- Holy Redeemer ing. Teachers, parishioners, Evansville, Saturday, Sept. and all interested members of the public are invited to attend 8:30 a.m. to noon. the Friday evening and Satur- The registration fee for day morning workshops, workshop is $8 in advance In addition to the keynote fore Sept. 1), or $10 at address by Father Pollard, the door. workshops will also have three To register or for more breakout sessions, with Father mation, contact James Corr Pollard, Father Jeffrey Carolyn Mueller at Godecker and Sheila Gilbert. Catholic Canter, P.O. Box4 Father Godecker is director of Evansville IN religious education for the Telephone (812) Archdiocese of Indianapolis; (800) 637-1731. House, Senate pass bill to kill religious harassment guidelines By PATRICIA ZAPOR the extra comment time, Catholic News Service EEOC and congresssC rices received tens WASHINGTON (CNS) -- sands of letters and The House and Senate have on the subject. both passed a measure that di- The U.S. Catholic recta the Equal Employment ence was among religious Opportunity Commission to civil rights withdraw much-criticized pro- have advocated at . posed guidelines on religious amending the proposed discrimination, lines to provide The Senate voted 88-10 Aug. tions for religious 19 on a conference report ap- Groups including the proved a day earlier by the ian Coalition and the House in a 322-98 vote. The tional Values Coalition measure prohibits use of the led a fight to have EEOC appropriation to enforce of religion removed the guidelines as proposed, but employment guidelineS. left open the door tolrevised re- said the re ligious harassment regula- used to forbid tions, discussing their The congressional amend- ing Christian radio ment says any new guidelines and wearing on religious harassment should accessories on the be consistent with the First stance. Amendment and the Religious The USCC and Freedom Restoration Action. It organizations said also said the commission all reference to should hold public hearings going too far, but and accept written public corn- mended instead ment on any new regulations, guidelines to Debate on the proposal was employees from stirred -- primarily by Christ- the basis of religious ian radio and television broad- A June letter casters -- near the end of the USCC's normal public comment period EEOC last fall. the guide In response to the late rush between of interest in the guidelines, teected religious the EEOC extended the com- insults, punishment ment period to June. During cion based on religion. :