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"4 Editorial The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October 19, 1990 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor On a cool, clear, early October night in southern Indiana, a large part of the world squeezed itself into my car radio. Driving home to Evansville after a meeting at St. Meinrad Seminary, I flipped the switch to the AM band of the car radio as I entered the west bound lanes of 1-64. Within minute.s a stream of facts poured out. The temperature in Evansville was 41. In Chicago, it was also 41, but 30-degree weather was in the overnight forecast. WBBM reported an acci- dent on one of the expressways leading into Chicago. If I heard through a little static clearly, it was still 72 degrees in Manhattan, said WABC in New York. Some stations identify themselves clearly and frequently. Others give out clues. "The lakefront" is almost always Chicago; the "eastern range" probably refers to the Denver side of the Rocky Mountains. Within five minutes of station hopping I had learned more than I wanted to know about weather and traffic in the eastern half of the United States. A national newscast had assured me that there was no significant developments in the Persian Gulf. Capitol Hill was quiet. Listening for the truth in the static of the night Pittsburgh was playing at Cincinnati for the National League pennant. The Pirates were leading when I first heard a game broadcast on a station which faded after a pitch or two. The Pira{es con- tinued to hold the lead as one station after another came and went. Moments of broadcast clarity were swollowed by static as I searched the dial for a signal strong enough to last for the rest of the game. My search allowed me to hear divergent views. Different broadast teams described the game from their own points of view, although all of them seemed to maintain professional objectivity. Selection of detail provided the clue to the origin of the broadcast: if the announcer spent a lot of time reporting the batting averages of the Pirates, it was a good bet the station had some connection with Pittsburgh. Station favorites became much more obvious during the commercials. There was no doubt about the pennant race hopes of one local sponsor, Iron City beer. Nor was there any doubt about the loyal- ty of the producers and distributors of the Cincin- nati Reds' official hot dogs. From all viewpoints and on all stations, however, Cincinnati won the game, 3-2. It seems to me that the way we learn about the teachings of our Church is a lot like hearing broad- cast bits and pieces along our journey. Some voices are strong for a while, then lost in the distance. We hear from people who are sincere and honest, but what they say comes from their own point of view. They may be parents, teachers, priests, sisters, or friends of faith. The strength of their personal witness is powerful and clear, but the experience of one person is not enough to com- municate everything there is to know. Within the Church are groups whose views are very clear and powerful. They may not make the same claims as those who sell beer and hot dogs, but their message is strong and unmistakable: join us and you will be happy. Interference and static may make it hard for us to hear, but such difficulty should make it more important for us to seek another voice, and another and another. The truth is larger than each one who tries to transmit it. The fact that only God can claim it all is not a reason to give up. It is an incentive to stay tuned. The one is found in the many. Washington Letter ,,, , 1990 budget blues: lacking a national vision By LAURIE HANSEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It's been suggested that warning U.S. taxpayers about the danger of running big budget deficits is akin to telling a drunkard at a party that he is going to feel really lousy the next morning. No matter how hard you try to get the message across, he's not going to care until the next day. President Bush has compared the enormous federal deficit to "a cancer gnawing away at our nation's health .... Year after year it mortgages the future of our children." Currently interest payments on the accumulated federal debt equal nearly half of the money the federal government takes in from individual income taxes. With this year's interest payments projected to be $259.8 billion, steps must be taken to reduce the deficit, church leaders agree. The]V| ESSAGE 4:00 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47724-O160 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic, Prose of Evansville. Publisher .... Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Associate Publisher .... Ray. Joseph Ziliek Editor ............... Paul Leingang Production Mgr ............ Phil Beget Cir./Adv. Mgr ........... Paul A. Newland Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 477244)169. Phone (612) 424-5536. Subscription rate: $17.50 per year Single Copy Price: 50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post of- fice in Evansville, IN 47701. Publication number 84380C. Postmaster' Return POD forms 3579 to the Office of Publication. Copyright 1990 Catholic Press of Evansville John L. Carr, secretary for social development and world peace at the U.S. Catholic Con- ference, the bishops' public policy arm, told Catholic News Service Oct. 11 that this year's monthslong federal budget im- passe was marked by political leaders' emphasis on partisan- ship over substance. During the budget debate neither Congress nor the Bush administration has performed "in a way to help the country," Carr commented. "The presi- dent blames Congress and Con- gress blames the president. I think they're both right." The U.S. bishops maintain that the federal budget is much more than a fiscal blueprint. It is a "reflection of our real values as a people and a docu- ment with clear moral dimen- sions," Bishop James W. Malone of Youngstown, Ohio, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Domestic Policy Committee, said in a letter to members of Congress sent this summer. Carr said from the bishops' point of view. the budget negotiation process raises three questions: -- How does the federal government set priorities? -- Does it raise sufficient revenues to meet the needs of the people, particularly the poor and vulnerable? -- Does it raise these revenues based on ability to pay? Carr said if U.S. political leaders want the citizenry to make sacrifices they must offer the nation a noble vision. Instead, what has been of- fered is a less-than-compelling bureaucratic incentive -- the "Father promised to get these envelopes to the Propagation of the Faith director." II II III H I budget stalemate must be ended if the federal government is to remain open. Polls indicate that taxpayers would be willing to pay higher taxes if they felt the monies were going for the common good -- "to feed hungry kids or to provide medical care," said Carr. But this year's budget negotiations have been unduly influenced by potential political action committee con- tributions, perceptions of what type of action will make the president appear weak or strong and upcoming congressional elections, says Carr. A major budgetary concern of the bishops is that the so-called "bubble effect," by which some affluent taxpayers earning more See WASHINGTON page $ Bishop's schedule The following activities and events are listed on the schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: i i I I I g