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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October Perspective-- Our schools are part of the life of our church Not all scores are alike. What works in basketball may not apply to school tests. But an understand- ing of sports statistics may help us understand the statistics released for the Scholastic Aptitude Test -- the SAT. The scores seem fairly simple. One number is higher than an- other, and except for golf, high scores are usually better than lower scores. There has been some reluc- tance in the Catholic high schools about releasing the information not because the scores are high or low, but because the numbers by themselves do not tell the whole story. ttigher is better, but you can't just compare any two numbers nd say the higher one is better. Before I can judge that three is better than one, I have to know what we are talking about. One half is more valuable than three tenths, if we are talking about dollars. Three runs are better than one in By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR baseball. With that in mind, here's a long look at the SATs from a basketball perspecti;ce. Take the top five basketball players in any high school. Have them each shoot a hundred free throws. On the average, how would they do? Sixty-five percent? Eighty- five percent? They should shoot a pretty high percentage. Take the whole team. Have each of them shoot a hundred free throws. How would they do? Forty- five percent? Fifty-five percent? Take the whole school -- the kids who play other sports, the academic achiev- ers, the cheerleaders, everybody. Have each one shoot a hundred free throws. How would they do? It makes no difference that one kid is a na- tional merit scholar and another is the top wrestler in his weight class. This is a test for shooting free throws. You get the idea. At Mater Dei, for example, percent of the students take the SAT. Their scores this past year were "low" in comparison the averages at other schools. But 92 percent students at most other schools do not take Let's go back to our basketball example other comparison. Shooting free throws may be measure of a player's ability. But if the players spent every practice session on free throws no time on play execution or any other aspect game -- what kind of success would you have? Teaching kids how to take the test may their SAT scores -- but it doesn't improve their scholastic aptitude. Don't get me wrong. A high average SAT would be something I would like to brag about but high scores can't be the only aim of our hi schools. Our schools are part of the life of our involved in passing along our faith and tions, preparing young persons for life in the Catholic community and in the world around ,,,, Washington Letter The return of Haiti's president: Heralded by violence and ho By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Dozens of religious activists have launched a human rights vigil in Haiti, hoping to smooth the path for the Oct. 30 return of the country's deposed presi- dent. Waves 'of violence have marked the months since an agreement was reached for Fa- ther Jean-Bertrand Aristide to resume his position as the country's first democratically elected president. He was ousted in a 1991 coup and has been living abroad while terms for his return were negotiated. Another Haitian priest and friend of Father'Aristide sees the next few weeks as critical to their country and said he wishes people of the United States and in the church would "do their homework" and pay attention to events in Haiti. More than 100 people have been killed since July 3, when a United Nations accord was signed outlining steps for Fa- ther Aristide to go home. "The situation there is prob- ably as violent as I've seen anywhere," said Detroit Auxil- iary Bishop Thomas J. Gum- i; I The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville P uDlished weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville P .............. Bop Gerad A. Gettenger for ............................................ Paul Leingang to" .................................. .Amy H0usman Aerlsing .................................... Pau New, and $taJff writer ............................ Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169. EvartsvilIe, IN 47724o0169 Subscription rate: $12.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publcation  lg93 C]of Press ot Evane bleton, who returned from Haiti Oct. 1. Attacks by mili- tary personnel and "attaches" affiliated with Port au Prince police chief Michel Francois have been blatant. "Even ordi- nary people on the street are killed, for no apparent reason," he said. As the Oct. 15 deadline ap- proached for army chief Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras to step down, pro-military gunmen and Francois' attaches have tried to enforce a general strike with gunfire; blocked for three weeks attempts by the elected government to regain control of state news media; at- tacked a judge and the home of the capital's mayor; and assas- sinated an outspoken sup- porter of Father Aristide while he attended Mass. Fearful that attempts to dis- rupt the process will prevent I October 15, 1993 Statement of Ownership, Manage- ment and Circulation. (Act. of Aug. 12, 1970: Section 3685. Title 39. United States Code.) The office of publication and general business office of the Message is lo- cated at 4200 N. Kentucky Ave., Evans- ville, Indiana 47724-O169. PubJisher: Most Rev. Gerald A. Get- telfinger, 4200 N. Kentucky Ave., Evans- vi)le, Indiana 47724-0169. Editor: Paul R. Leingang, 4200 N. Kentucky Ave., Evansville, Indiana 47724-0169. Owner: Catholic Press of Evansville, Inc., 4200 N. Kentucky Ave., Evansville, Indiana 47724-0169. The purpose, function and non-profit status of this organization and the ex- empt status for Federal income tax pur- poses have not changed during the pre- ceding 12 months. Average number of copies printed (net press run) of each issue during the preceding 12 months (Oct. 1, 1992- Sept. 30, 1993) - 14,197; actual number of copies printed Sept. 24, 1993 - 10,460. Average number of mail subscrip- tions which constitutes the total paid cir- culation - 14,009; actual number for Sept. 24, 1993 - 10,281. Average number of samples, compli- mentary and other free copies - 75; ac- tual number for Sept. 27, 1991 - 75. Average number for office use, left over, unaccounted or spoiled after print- ing - 104; actual number on Sept. 27, 1991. 104. I I IIII Father Aristide's return, a coalition of human rights groups organized Cry for Jus- tice, placing international ob- servers in trouble spots around the country for periods of two weeks or longer. Among orga- nizations on the steering com- mittee are Pax Christi USA, Sojourners, the Washington Office on Haiti and the Christ- ian Peacemaker Teams. Co- sponsors include the Leader- ship Conference of Women Religious, the Maryknoll Fa- thers and Brothers, the Quixote Center, Benedictines for Peace and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. Sponsors hope the presence of non-Haitians will deter fur- ther violence by Father Aris- tide's opponents and that pub- licity about attacks will encourage the international community to take a firmer hand in dealing with the de facto rulers. Bishop Gumbleton joined the first of those teams, visiting Haiti for the Sept. 30 anniver- sary of the coup. He found, despite the wave ofviolence, the people of Haiti are optimistic that Cedras will step down as scheduled and that the return of their presi- dent will put the country back on a path of justice. i Particularly since the mur- der of Antoine Izmery at Sacre Couer Church on Sept. 11, priests and other church work- ers are "traumatized yet deter- mined. Everyone is simply liv- ing on hope," Bishop Gumbleton said. Izmery was pulled from a Mass marking the anniversary of a 1988 massacre and killed just outside the building by men known to be in the mili- tary. Holy Ghost Father Antoine Adrien, a friend of Father Axis- tide and former head of his re- ligious order in Haiti, was at the Mass where Izmery was killed. Like others in the church that day, he was stunned by the boldness of the attack, he said. Bishop Gumbleton was among participants at a memo- rial liturgy held where Izmery was killed. Besides the Ameri- cans, only a few of Izmery's rel- atives attended because the event was watched closely by the military, he said. "It was the most horrible ex- perience," said Bishop Gumble- ton. "We walked out on the street and blessed the ground where he was slain -- the bloodstains were still there." International intervention such as the Cry for Justice campaign is essential to mak- ing it possible for the president to return, said Father Adrien. As a small nation with few eco- nomic assets, Haiti gets little respect from larger countries, For example, even though President Clinton supports Fa- ther Aristide's return to office, "the United States is not talk- ing with one voice," believes Father Adrien. He said officers military attended school at the U.S. in Fort Benning, Ga., and some were there  cently as the previous! "How are you going those people they backing in the United The reluctance of church hierarchy to s FatherAristide Adrien, particularl the priest was elected huge majority in a that is 90 percent "All the Christian upside down," Father: said. "We are to the Gospel at all realistic' they call it. takes too much build a world with blance of what the wants of us. Bishop's sched The following activities and events are listed schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger.