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2 ...- . -.. - . :.. : The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana II I III I Election : : "If that's not 'a Texas-style ta!b,tale, I :don.t, knQw :what is," she Said: Several Catholic delegates int0rviewed by Catholic News Service agreed that the abortion issue would be a key vote-getter ,for Bush. in November, as .would his fam- ily values stand. President Bush "has a good team, a team that stands for family values," said Sue Turch of Sauk Rapids, Minn. Clinton's team, she added. "is just the opposite." Tony Lauinger, a delegate from Oklahoma and state chairman of Oklahomans for Life, says the most important issue of the convention and the upcoming campaign -- is abortion. He thinks it will give Bush the victory. "There is still more word that needs to get out," said Lauinger. a member of the Church of St, Mary in Tulsa, Okla. "Bill Clinton is a full- fledged promoter of abortion on demand." For Rowena Baca, a dele- gate from New Mexico, Bush's key attraction is that "you can trust the man." "I trust him, and I'm afraid of the Democrats," she said. "I'm a small business owner, and I'm coming off the best year I've ever had. I'd hate to see it go under with all the taxes that the Democrats would put on me." The 95-page platform ap- proved by the Republican Continued from page 1 sentative of:::the Hopi Indian nation. At the Aug. 20 reception, .Watkins called on the Catholic Church to develop "a total adoption program" in an alliance with groups that favor permitting abortion, in order to find "common ground" on the issue. The adoption arena needs to be reworked by some "ten- der and compassionate hands," and those can be both pro-life and pro-choice, he said. The abortion issue which came into Houston as the hottest topic of the Re- publican convention had cooled considerably by mid- convention. An attempt by Republicans for Choice to change the strongly pro-life language in the Republican platform died a quiet death Aug. 17, and the daily abortion clinic protests. by Operation Rescue had lit- tle impact on the convention. But abortion promises to be a key issue in the November election, according to leaders of the National Right to Life Committee. At a press conference in Houston Aug. 18, Darla St. Martin, associate executive director of the pro-life group, said some groups favoring legal abortion "claim that .they will muster the strength to win (against Bush) in November." Administrator ii i mittee 1979-82, he was a key figure in convincing the bish- ops to establish and support CTNA, their nationwide satellite communications sys- tem that went on the air in 1982. He often spoke out on be- half of professionalism in the Catholic press and in defense of full news coverage of con- troversy in tim church. When the Gary diocesan paper, the Northwest Indiana Catholic, was criticized by some Catholics in 1990 for publishing news reports on the sex scandal that led Arch- bishop Eugene. A. Marine to resign as ar(:hbishop of At- lanta, Bishop (;aughan de- Continued from page 1 U.S. Catholic media circles as an advocate of the Catholic press and a leading figure in the establishment of the U.S. bishops' Catholic Telecom- munications Network of America. Born in Pittsburgh May 30, 1921, he was ordained a priest of that diocese in 1945 after studies at the Catholic Institute of Pittsburgh and at St. Vincent's College and St. Vincent's Seminary in La- trobe, Pa. After ordination he earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, and in addition to parish and diocesan duties he taught philosoptly at lhe university's delegates Aug. 17 reflected support .for the U.S. bishops' stands on abortion and edu- cational choice but differed from them on such issues as the death penalty, welfare re- form and gun control. It accused the Democratic Party, along with "elements within the media, the enter- tainment industry (and) academia," of "waging a guer- rilla war against American values." "They deny personal re- sponsibility, disparage tradi- tional morality, dehigrate re- ligion and promote hostility toward the family's way of life," the platform said. Leaders of the Catholic peace organization Pax Christi had urged delegates to the Republican convention to "stop the madness" by ap- proving an alternative non-vi- olent platform. The call by Auxiliary Coming: next week August 28, 1992 Back to School information will B Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton of Detroit, founding president of Pax Christi U.S.A., and Bishop Walter F. Sullivan of Richmond, Va., current presi- dent, was widely ignored in consideration of the platform Aug. 17. Pax Christi had presented a similar proposal to the DemO" cratic convention delegates in New York in July, and got a similar reaction from them. Hurricane Andrew leaves power outages, closed schools in wake minor damage. More than 23,000 residents were with- out power in the county. "We didn't get a tremen- dous amount of rain as I thought we would," he said. Brother Harlow, who works with Los Hermanos ministry, visited local migrant camps Aug. 23 encouraging resi- dents to seek higher ground. Many of the camps were flooded in rains earlier this year. "It was eerie going there," he said. "We just went from trailer to trailer. I think most people had already decided to leave." Four families did opt to stay overnight with the Chris- tian brothers at their home in Bonita Springs. Bishop John J. Nevins of Venice was vacationing in Donegal, Ireland, but called Father Thomas Anglim, vicar general and pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Fort Myers, to see how the diocese weathered the hurricane. "He was concerned that ev- eryone is secure, especially those ... in vulnerable areas," ]Subscrib ..... to By PATRICIA CLIPSE Catholic News Service VENICE, Fla. (CNS)  As Hurricane Andrew exited the state of Florida through the southern tip of the Diocese of Venice, it left in its wake plenty of downed power lines and debris and a delay in the start of the Catholic school year. Catholic schools in the Venice and Palm Beach dio- ceses failed to open on sched- ule Aug. 24, a day after a hur- ricane watch was issued for much of the state. Schools in the Archdiocese of Miami had not yet begun classes. Chanceries for the dioceses of Palm Beach and St. Peters- burg and the Archdiocese of Miami did not open Aug. 24, while the diocesan Center in Venice remained open until 2 p.m. Deaths and injuries were reported as a result of the hurricane, which brought winds of more than 160 miles per hour. In the Bonita Springs area of Lee County, part of the Venice Diocese, Christian Brother James Harlow re- ported "'very windy" condi- lions early Aug. 24 when :']i Father Anglim said. By mid- day Aug. 24, the priest had not been able to get in touch with most parishes in Collier County, through which the hurricane's center passed. "Since we were mandated to evacuate, I hope they would have used prudence and gotten out," he said. Father Anglim said Bishop Nevins also asked about Fa- ther Emilian Swiatecki, ad- ministrator of St. Joseph the Worker Parish near Lake Okeechobee in Glades County. The parish rectory, a mobile home, bore some el the effects of wind from Bur" ricane Andrew. "It was a little sliaky," Fa ther Swiatecki said. "But we're fine. We're had two to three hours of rain, but mostly wind." The newly erected dioce" san mission in Buckhead Ridge was open to 10 families for an overnight stay, Father Swiatecki said. Contributing to this story was Gary Morton in Orlando. i ii ii i i Gre.ensburg campus and reli- gious studies at St. Vincent's Seminary. He became a melnber of the Greensburg Diocese wllell it was tormed in 1951 and held parish and dio(:esan posts there, includil{g chancellor 1960-70 and vicar general be- ginning in 1970. He was also a weekly columnist tor the Greensburg diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Accent, and a mem- ber of the paper's editorial board. He continued to write the column after he was made auxiliary bishop of Greens- burg in 1975 and bishopof Gary in 1984. With his pen- chant for humor and com- mentary on current religious controversies, he often made .news outside his own dio- cese. >As chairman of the bish- ops' communications corn- f(:nded the p,p(;r, repeating his philoso[)hy that the Catholic press has an obliga- tion to "confr(mt the story bv (:overing tbe story." "Some may wish we had ignored it," he wrote. "But church leaders are learning that ignoring t)robtems will not make them disappear. In fact, they will get worse." The Catholic press, he said, has an obligation to record "both the positive and the negative" of whal is happen- ing in the church. In addition to a quarter- ,century of weekly columns alnd several scholarly articles on phil6sophy, Bishop. 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