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M+E S SAGE 26 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 27 NUMBER 5 October 4, 1996 V I are'"ut i Res all life' ndiana Catholic Conference strengthens stand against death penalty The Indiana Catholic Confer- Executive Director M. Desmond vances, the statement affirms 1995 as well as an excerpt from Board of Directors, includ- the Catholic bishops of the has issued a statement church teachings on punishment. The ICC is public policy voice of the lic Church in Indi- Entitled "Choose Life: Catholic and the Death Penalty," policy statement will be dis- + the Indiana Catholic onference, according to ICC Ryan of Indianapolis. "Our concern for life extends across the board," Ryan said. "This life issue is much in the news at the present time, and the Conference board felt that it was important that the church position on the death penalty be very clear." Scheduled for release in early October to coincide with the church's national and state Respect Life Sunday obser- the consistency of the church's opposition to the death penalty. "As believers in Jesus Christ and his Gospel of Life," the state- ment begins, "the Indiana Catholic Conference wishes to reiterate and to strengthen its opposition to the imposition of the death penalty as a punishment for capital offenses." This new ICC educational pam- phlet cites remarks on the Gospel of Life by Pope John Paul II pub- lished in "Evangelium Vitae" in the U. S. Catholic bishops' 1980 statement on capital punishment. "We know of no evidence that the death penalty has, in fact, deterred violence and crime in those states where it has been restore d, "the ICC statement explains," and, therefore, we do not believe that the circum- stances of our day provide suffi- cient moral justification for the " +i: i, ; =i !':I = :+. 'i! death penalty." Ryan said the ICC statement will help pastors and educators clarify church teachings on capital punishment. Church opposition to the death penalty is based on respectfor the sanctity and dignity of all human life, the statement explains, as well as the reality that capital punishment "fails to protect more effectively than alternatives such as life imprisonment without parole" and "it does not restore the social order breached by the offenders." " Message editor The largest number ees in-L . of nomi- rut4 es =year history of the =y will be inducted this ear in eel- t dosol- mon]es to be held at Und:iVt+ nurch, Evansville, on ,..-J, "ov. 17 at 2 p m .'he Brutd Society w estab- Uetl in 1990 ........ ,,. _,,..+  a a.n OlllClal activ "J u, uae Di oeese of Evansville, to tOnor "Catholic la lave bee- . y persons who ow ,.- _ r.ecogrnzed by their fel- ''.=nSatoners as outstandi ,,oae of Chris- ....... ng ,  vmwarasmp. Campaign against partial birth abortions to continue By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The effort to end partial-birth abor- tions is not dead, church and pro-liib lcader. aid.reed after th+ U.S. Senate failed to override President Clinton's veto of the Partial- Birth Abortion Ban Act. As Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua of Philadelphia and other religious leaders prayed in the Senate gallery Sept. 26, the Senate voted 57-41 to override the veto. That was nine votes short of the two-thirds majority needed. "Contrary to what pro-abor- tion forces may believe, we are not discouraged or disheartened by what happened today," said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, in a Sept. 26 statement. houn, Blessed Sacrament, Oak- land City. Betty Camp, St. Benedict, Evansville. Margaret Chappell, Sta. Peter and Paul, Petersburg. Don and Joan Cooper, Corpus Christi, Evansville. John and Pat Coulup, Sacred Heart, V'mcennes. Vernon and Sue Dem- persmeier, St. Matthew, Mt. Ver- non. Marie Denu, St. Raphael, Dubois. Roger and Judy Doane, Holy Name, Bloomfield. Thomas R. Emge, St. John, Newburgh. Aloysius and Adeline Fleck, St. Joseph, Jasper. Leon and Elfrieda Fleck, Holy Family, Jasper. Henry and Irene Frey, St. Francis Xavier, V'mcennes. Shawn, and Mary Gallaghor+ . Christ the King, Evansville. : Jim and Rosemary Ge, St. See BRUTE page 10 "It is not a black day for the Brutd Society members to be inducted Nov. 17 IYPAULR. LEINGANG Nominees this year total 112 ferred this year upon Bernard and Julian and Charlotte Cal- couples and individuals. That number includes James and Marcene Meyer, of St. Martin Church, Chrisney, who were nom- inated in 1995, but were unable to attend the induction cere- monies. Membership in the society will be presented posthumously to Joan Seib, a long-time member of the Diocesan Finance Council: Her nomination was submitted directly by Bishop Gerald A. Get- telfinger. Membership will also be con- Rita Weinzapfel of St. Philip Church; Rita Weinzapfel is to receive the honor for herself and for her late husband. New members receive a certifi- cate and the Simon Brut6 medal. This distinctive pewter medal, depicting the three stewardship 'Fs" of Treasure, Time and Talent, was produced by Ada Bethune, world-renowned religious artifacts designer for the Terra Sancta Guild, Broomall, Pa. Following are the names of the 1996 recipients, and the parishes which nominated them for mem- bership in the society: Mary Lee Allen, Sacred Heart, Schnellville. Richard Arvin, St. Martin, Whitfield. Randy and Joan Bauer, Res- urrection, Evansville. John and Stella Bennett, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus. , Alonzo and Margaret Bridge- water, St. John, Loogootee. James and Minnie Buxton, St. Martin, Chrisney. ?' i!;!!!:i : pope going to celebrate his priesthood iii i! :i ..... t Paul II is inviting allpriests in the world who .   I ;0?bting jubilees this year t J in him in Rome, Nv" | ! +++, : e 76-year old rmr then known as Karol Wo't la l ! o as b rdalned at the age of 26, on Nov. 1;1946. | : oee related story on e 5 pro-life movement," he added. "Indeed it is a day of victory. For we have never been as galva- nized, as unified, and as ener- gized as we are at this moment." A week before the Senate vote, the House of Representa- tives had v()ted to override the veto, 285-137. The legislation vetoed by Clinton in April would have banned a procedure used in late- term abortions in which the unborn child is partially deliv- ered before surgical scissors are stabbed into the base of the infant's head. The child's brain is then removed by suction, allowing for easier delivery of the rest of the body. "No nation, no civilization that abandons its moral foun- dations by legally destroying its own children through such a barbaric procedure can possibly survive," said Cardinal Bevilac- qua after the Senate vote. Please see "Bishop's Forum,  page 4, for the comments of Bish- op Gerald A, Gettelfinger.