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4" , The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Perspective September 25 By PAUL R. LEINGANG i/ Message Editor Are you more like Rambo or Bambi? I found an exercise in a marriage preparation book the other day. The book, "A Decision to Love," is available from Twenty-Third Publica- tions in Mystic, Conn. I received a review copy of the workbook and the leader's guide. It looks like a good program -- one that encourages a sometimes playful, sometimes serious look at self and each other. The exercise in the workbook is repeated one page for his personality assessment, another page for hers. Each person is asked to pick out five characters for him- or herself, and five characters that reflect his or her partner. Such comparisons could be dangerous, unless done in a loving context. Here are some of the characters listed, along with a brief description: Peter Pan, a perpetual child; Gumby, flexible; wa " Statue of Liberty, "Let me show the y; Bambi, meek and gentle; General Patton, taking control; Oscar the Grouch, pessimist, sour; Mother Theresa, saves the world. See yourself in any of them? How about these? Albert Einstein, scientist; St. Francis, back to Rambo or Bambi: You decide nature; Don Juan, romantic; Boy Scout, trustwor- thy; George Washington, never tell a lie; Charlie Brown, loner; Rambo, take no prisoners; Snoopy, party animal; Evel Knevil, thrill seeker; Teddy Bear, soft and cuddly. That's only half the list, but there are enough names of characters mentioned to get a good feel for the exercise. The workbook asks the two people planning marriage to discuss the characters selected why eacl partner selected them, how closely the choices correspond, whether the characters that were picked paint an overall picture of each of the partners, and if any of the characters have behaviors that a partner might want to change. Such an exercise ought not to be reserved only for those who are planning marriage. Peo- ple already married might like to work through the exercise, too. Name calling need not be insultingl if ap- proached in the right way. It could be fun. Here are the rest of the characters: Donald Trump, business; Teddy Roosevelt, talk softly and carry a big stick; Archie Bunker, opinionated; Rhett Butler, I don't give a damn; ! )i;i Dear Abbey, problem solver; Fred Flintstone, ! loud; Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect; Day O'Connor, the judge; Leonardo da Vinci, artist; Miss Manners, a proper way for every- thing; Saddam Hussein, mother of all pre- tenders; Henry Kissinger, negotiator; George Burns, comic; Bozo, the clown; Robert Frost, the poet and Micky Mouse, Fun! Fun! Fun! That is the whole list for persons marriage, courtesy of authors John M.V. ley and Susan Vollmer Midgley. Going the exercise could create some conflict, perhaps some greater knowlege. With apologies to the Midgleys for the idea, I have compiled the following list church ministers and workers. Go ahead. Pick five: St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Theresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Mother Seton, Cardinal Newman, the Cure of Ars, St. Peter Claver, Martha, Mary, Plus X, John XXIII, the of Jairus, the woman at the well, the son or his brother or his father, the man who built a bigger barn, St. Augustine, St. Joan, tin Luther, Henry VIII, the Flying Nun, Father Dowling, Junipero Serra, Kateri Tekakwitha. , ,,,, , Washington Letter Freedom of Choice Act faces away in election year man00 Choice Act would do have succeeded with voters, who in turn have lobbied their senators and representatives. One organization alone, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, said it tracked as many as a quarter million letters to Congress on the Freedom of Choice Act and other pro-life issues from its summer cam- paign. Wynne said public re- sponse led to amendments proposed by abortion-rights supporters in Congress who were trying to create room for some state regulation of abor- tion in the bill rather than alienate voters who consider the bill too extreme. Sen. Warren Rudman, R- N.H., for instance, proposed amending S.25 to adopt the provisions of the Supreme By PATRIEIA ZAPOR Catholic News tvice clearly have not been enough votes in either house to over- ride a veto.: Supporters describe the Freedom of Choice Act as "codifying Roe vs. Wade." The American Civil Liberties Union, which backs it, says the measure would prohibit any state or local law affect- ing abortion. Opponents stress that such popular abor- tion restrictions as informed consent and parental consent would be invalid. They also say S.25 would prohibit pri, rate hospitals from refusing to perform abortions and make it illegal for medical workers to refuse to assist in abortions. During the Democratic Na- tional Convention in July, candidates for all levels of of- fice proclaimed their support for tile Freedom of Choice As recently as July, the Free- dom of Choice Act looked like a sure-fire weapon in congressional efforts to curry favor with supporters of le- galized abortion, a group some candidates thought would be key to the Novem- ber election. But just a few weeks later, the bill to prohibit any re- strictions on abortion seems to have been shelved until the next term. -: Opponents of the Freedom 0f Choice Act believe the de- cision to delay a vote reflects the success of a grass-roots campaign to persuade mem- bers of Congress of the bill's extremism. Others attribute it to Democratic efforts to avoid public debate that could hurt presidential candidate Bill Clinton's chances of winning. :President Bush has promised :to veto the bill and there i it The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. EvansVille, IN 47720-0169 w .kly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Ca#olic Press of Evansvi#e . .............  Gerald A. C.,-enget ............................................ Pa Le P.Uco.  ......................... Pt eT m' .................................... Susan Wer Mvem ..................................... P Neand #,adrtma all comm.s to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $12.00 per year Single Copy Pdce: $,50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion nt 843800, Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Ch of Publication Cq 192 Caffxc Press of E i iii Act. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, vowed to bring the bill to a vote before the summer re- cess. But by Aug. 4, Mitchell backed away from that pledge, acknowledging he lacked the 60 votes needed to bring a vote without discus- sion or amendment. Mitchell said he was deferring to the House to take up the measure first, hut there has been little indication that body will take a ,cote this term. The change in timetable is variously attributed to pres- sure from voters; new enlight- enment about the issue for reviously undecided mem- ers of Congress; the Democrats' wish to smooth a path to the White House for Clinton; or a case of abortion supporters "shooting them- selves in the foot.' Maggie Wynne, director of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, said efforts to ex- plain what the Freedom of Court's ruling in Planned Par- enthood vs. Casey. The July ruling upheld provisions of Pennsylvania's abortion law including parental notifica- tion, waiting periods and in- formed consent. But many Freedom of Choice Act backers, such as the National Abortion Rights Action League, Planned Par- enthood and the ACLU, had decried the Pennsylvania rul- ing and couldn't accept amendments that echoed a decision they called an ex- treme setback for abortion" rights. "They already shot them- selves in the foot by their rhetoric over the Casey rul- ing," said Wynne. Douglas Johnson, legisla- tive director of the National Right to Life Committee, gives less credibility to the ar- gument that the amendments created problems for all-or- nothing supporters. "There are a number of in- dicators that the Clinton peo- ple didn't want it to come up this year," said Johnson, call- ing that development the stronger reason why the bill won't reach the floor before the election recess. "So far, Clinton has not had to defend the extreme effects of the bill," said Johnson. "If he had to he'd be in trouble." During the" Democratic con- vention, Clinton said he'd sign the Freedom of Choice Act, although in Arkansas he has supported state regula- tions such as parental con- sent for abortion. Johnson also believes more members of Congress are backing away from the bill because of constituent pres- sure during their visits back home this summer. After the election, even if Clinton is elected president, passage of the Freedom of Choice Act may still not be assured. "I wouldn't take it as a fore- gone conclusion that it pass if Clinton is Johnson said. One porters of the bill give little notice is how ferent the makeup Congress could be in he said. At least 95 House ate seats will have new pants after the election, on resignations, primary: feats and several deaths. Even if no cumbents are will account for the group of freshman: Congress since World Wynne and Johnson the tally of votes in for the Freedom of ChO Act could be dramatically ferent, or approximately same after the election. A of pro-life nominees" successful in primary re! according to Johnson. While it's too ear See WASHINGTON Bishop's The following activities and events are listed on schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger