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i I - I II II M E S SAGE i 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 26 NUMBER 52 August 30, 1996 i iii!ii:ii00? / il i!ii!  I IIII I I i i i Doctors confident Mother Teresa will recover CALCUTTA, India (CNS) -- Doctors treating Mother Teresa said Aug. 27 they were increas- ingly confident she would recover from heart problems, a lung in- fection and malaria. "In comparison to the suffer- ing she had, we can certainly say that she is significantly better," said Dr. Sudipta Sen, one of the doctors treating the Nobel laure- ate at Woodlands Nursing Home. "We cannot say she is totally out of danger, but we are feeling much more optimistic," he added. Mother Teresa spoke for the first time Aug. 27, and Dr. Dina- mani Banerjee said she ex- pressed concern about who would pay her hospital bills. Banerjee also said doctors would monitor her condition through the night before moving her out of intensive care. Doctors took Mother Teresa off a respirator for six hours Aug. 26. Sen 27 that the ! en pestering doctors to be allowed to leave the hospital. "It's almost like a resurrec- tion," she said. Mother Teresa, who foianded the Missionaries of Charity, cel- ebrated her 86th birthday in the hospital. Although some mem- bers of the order and some wire service reports said her birthday was Aug. 26, other news organi- zations insisted her birthday was Aug. 27. The Associated Press reported that "in 1993, then-Prime Minis- ter P.V. Narasimha Rao erro- neously sent birthday greetings a day earlybeginning a tradition of celebrating the occasion on both days," Mother Teresa was admitted to the hospital Aug. 20 with a fever. Doctors discovered she had malaria, and at one point her heartbeat was irregular "only for a few seconds" before doctors cor- rected it, Sen said. moved within 24 hours if there were no complications. Missionary of Charity Sister Andrea said Mother Teresa was Casey protests Democrats' intolerance of dissent on abortion ! the party, "which claims it stands for freedom of choice, but stifles freedom of speech." In 1992, then-Gov. Casey was denied a chance to speak at the Democratic convention, because, he said, he made it clear, he would use the opportunity to ad- vocate a change in the party's "support for abortion. Convention planners main- tain that Casey was kept off the program in 1992 because he re- fused to support the Clinton- Gore ticket. Casey disputes that claim, saying other prominent speakers in 1992 also did not By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) -- For the straight presidential g convention, former 'lvania Gov. Robert P. protested that he was de- a chance to voice his oppo- to abortion on the conven- floor. Casey, long one of the party's poken opponents of the platform's backing of said at a Chicago press 26 that there is room for doubt or dissent in Think about the city or town where you spent most of your childhood, and the city or town where you've spent most of your adult life. (If you live, or lived, on a farm, think :about the town nearest you.) How did/do non-Catholics in your community feel about Catholics? As a child, Catholics were well thought of and well liked by most non-Catholics: Statewide: 54% Diocese: 58% Asa 'Catholics were not well thought of or liked by most non-Catholics: Statewide: 8% Diocese: 9% As an adult, Catholics are well thought of and well liked most non-Catholics: Statewlde: 54% Diocese: 59% As an adult," Catholics are not well thought of or liked very much by most non-Catholics: Statewide: 4% Diocese: 3% support the ticket. This year, Casey said he was unsuccessful in pursuing a speaking slot at the convention either through the Pennsylvania. Democratic Party or through the White House. At the press con- ference, he released copies of his Aug: 16 letter to Clinton ex- plaining his efforts to secure a spot in the convention and said he had received no response from Clinton. He told reporters that the press conference was his way of making public the points he would have taken to the conven- tion podium. In response to questions about whether he would endorse Clinton, Casey said he hadn't decided yet. "I believe that the protection of life is a principle which follows from my party's historic core mission dedicated to protecting the powerless," Casey said. He requested tolerance to- . ward pro.life Democrats and asked for respect within the party for differing views. "If we set that standard, on this issue and every other, in dis- cussions and elections at every level, then America will become a more tolerant place," Casey said. He urged Democrats to con- sider their party's history u of defending the weak, helping the- dispossessed and welcoming the stranger'. "Let the other party look after those at the plateaus and sum- mits of life," he said. "We would look, in the words of Hubert Humphrey, to those in the shadow of life, those in the twi- light of life and those at the dawn of life. "In its finest hours, the Demo- cratic Party has represented the best in American society: a soci- ety of caring, healing, heroism, resolve, bold endeavor, brother. hood and sisterhood. Here was its calling, its mission, its heart and soul." Casey said the need to protect unborn children is just as urgent to the eount as a healthy econ- omy and that society has failed women with problem prean. ciea. Ve must; aa a society, make a commitment to these women and their children, before and after birth," he said. Adoption Official From Bishop Gerald A. Gettelflnger Rev. Msgr. Kenneth R. Knapp, Dean of the Evaneville East Deanery, effective August 12, 1996, for a term of five years. Rev. Francis A. Schroering, Dean of the Princeton Deanery, effective August 12, 1996, for a term of five years. for a lung infection, i With the help of nurses, i Mother Teresa sat up in bed Aug, See MOTHER page 3 should become a national prior-  ity, he added. "The superficial rhetoric of the abortion lobby has only obscured i the diminished priority given to the real needs of America's women," Casey said, adding that the party should instead be era- : phasizing issues like discrimina- tory pay policies toward Women: "Democrats must not let pro- choice rhetoric obscure or de-era- ! phasize our commitment to meeting the real needs of Amer- ica's women and children,, he said ........................