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). CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 18 NUMBER 2 SEPTEMBER 11, 1987 Catholic Ministry of the Deaf Father Henry Kuykendall, right, held a Total Communication Mass for the Deaf last week at Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville. Above, Anna Hoppenjans of Huntingburg, Michelle Rogers of Evansville and Therese Kennedy-Watson of Henderson, Ky., sign the Lord's prayer during Mass. On Sunday, Sept. 20, Father Kuykendall, Bishop Francis R. Shea and several deaf Catholics will travel to Louisville, Ky., to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Catholic Ministry of the Deaf. For more details, call Father Kuykendall at 422-3066. Turn to page 6 for information about sign language classes. --Message Photos by Mary T. Ellert Dissent in the U.S. church' Surveys find Catholics disagree on teachings but respect pope A series of surveys attempting to take the pulse of U.S. Catholics just before Pope John Paul II's visit to the United States found disagreefftent with the -church on specific issues but personal respect for the pope. Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit Free Press all conducted polls in August. Generally they found that Catholics disagree with church teachings on remarriage by divorced Catholics, married priests, women priests, abortion and artificial birth control while agreeing with teachings on homosexual behavior. The surveys also found strong respect for Pope John Paul and his message for peace and against materialism. The - poll conducted by Time .magazine found that 75 percent of 'Americans who consider _themselves Catholic see the pope as an important world leader but that 93 percent of them believe they can disagreewith him and still be good Catholics. The Time poll was conducted by phone Aug. 17-19 with 660 U.S. adults, including a special sample of 425 Catholics. Results were published in the Sept. 7 issue. Asked if it is permissible for Catholics to "make up their own minds" on moral issues such as birth control and abortion, 78 percent of Catholics responded "yes." According to the Time poll, 76 per- cent of Catholics favor permitting remarriage in the church for the divorc- ed; 53 percent favor permitting married priests; and 52 percent favor women priests. Only 24 percent said they consider ar- tificial birth control wrong and 29 per- cent said they believe premarital sex is always wrong. The poll found that 68 percent agree with the poPe that homosexual acts are morally wrong. Fifty-four percent report that they attend Mass weekly or nearly every week. A majority, 53 percent, believe that the pope is infallible when formally pronouncing doctrines such as the divinity of Christ while 37 percent ac- cept the infallibility of the pope's teachings on moral issues. On the insid00 'HeavensviUe' -- See page 2 for story and photos of the Little Sisters of the Poor independent living apartments. St. Peter Church, Montgomery The Message continues its series of parish features on pages. 8&9. Closed Enrollment -- Memorial High School enrollment temporarily closed this summer. Turn to page 16 for the details. CATHOLIC OPINIONS on abortion do not differ much from those of Pro- testants, according to the Time poll. Only 14 percent of Catholics agreed with the church's teaching that abortion should be illegal in all cases, compared to 12 percent of Protestants. Fifty-seven percent of Catholics and 52 percent of Protestants would allow abortion under" certain circumstances, such as rape or endangering the mother's health, Twenty-seven percent of Catholics and 34 percent of "Protestants believe that a woman should be able to get an abortion no matter what the reason. Time reported that 76 percent of Catholics and 56 percent of Protestants think that "Americans in particular should pay attention" to Pope John Paul's message on materialism. Fifty- six percent of Catholics and 33 percent of Protestants say the message is rele- vant to their lives. Time also reported that "large ma- jorities see him as a 'man of peace' and 'an important leader on the world scene. ' ' ' The Los Angeles Times poll found that most U.S. Catholics disagree with the church's ban on women priests but that most Catholics and other Americans agree with the church's stance that homosexual behavior is sin- ful. The Los Angeles poll findings were published in the newspaper Aug. 23. The poll was based on responses to telephone questionnaires of 2,040 U.S. adults, including 957 Catholics. Opposition to the church's ban on women priests was registered by 60 per- cent of the Catholics surveyed. By a ratio of more than 2-to-1 Catholics sup- port the teaching against homosexual activity. What respondents admired most about Pope John Paul is his "efforts for peace" followed by "the fact that he travels widely." His least liked quality is the belief that he is "out of step with American Catholics," according to the Los Angeles Times poll. Overall white fundamentalists had the least favorable impression of the pope of all religious groups the survey covered. Eleven percent regarded him negatively, but more than four times that many gave a positive reaction. By a 10-to-1 ratio Catholics said a church member may disagree with church teachings and still remain Catholic. Only one in five polled believe that a member must follow all of the church's teachings to be considered faithful. The Detroit Free Press conducted a mail survey commissioned from the Gallup Organization of priests and nuns in the Archdiocese of Detroit. THE SURVEY was mailed to 940 priests and 1,605 nuns, some of whom called the survey offensive.. Jay Berman, spokesman for the ar- chdiocese, said 15 priests and nuns contacted his office with objections. The Free Press reported that about 20 called the newspaper office, with about half objecting to the survey. The Detroit Free Press reported Aug. 30 that "in many ways, the survey of religious men and women mirrors the findings of a telephone survey of Michigan lay Catholics conducted by Gallup for the Free Press between July 22 and Aug. 4. Both groups face con- flicts between church doctrine and their own beliefs." "Although Detroit's religious com- munity holds the pope in even higher regard that the laity does, majorities of See DISSENT page 12