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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana :-.00-Perspective..00 .... . :, i - Something:small that will help There are new door closers on ! two of the doors in the buildng " '- ' iwhre I vv0rk, Such news is not.  [ very exciting, I know, but there's a  point to be made. "Thedoo used to close with the assistan'ce'oi'springs mounted ; on the hinges. It was easy to pull !; the door0pen, because the springs were net very strong. But once the springs started pulling the door : shut, the momentum would build ; and the door Closed with a bang. A : loud, jarrirg bang. The ventilating system gave the door an additional boost, as it slammed-into the frame. The air currents only aided  what was going to happen anyway, and made it hap- : pen faster. Well, a few days ago, themaintenance crew changed the door-closing system. Instead of banging ..... sllu'the doors now close with the slight hiss of a closing cylinder. Somehow the mechanism pulls the IBPAUL R. INGANG EDITOR door shut, but slows it down toward the end. And the doors close much more quietly. It would be easy not to notice. The banging noise was an irritant, but the quiet closing does not call attention to itself. It emphasizes our flawed humanity, to some ex- tent: we are quicker to gripe than to praise. But there is another change that does get some attention. In- stead of being very aware of every closing of the door, now ! am aware of each time I open one of them. You see, the new system is harder to open. It was easy to get into a rut, to pay no atten- tion to how easy it was to open the door, only to cringe when the door slammed shut. Now, it is easy to forget the noise the door used to make, and notice that it takes a little extra oomph to open the door. Soon, I am sure, we all will become to the situation, and the whole thing will ten. That's why I am writing about it now. Here's the point. All of us -- or at least almost all caught up at times in the small things At a time when others in the cause of disasters, natural or unnatural, times pay more attention to a time when others in the world thing small can use up all And here is the twist to the point worthwhile to write about such a trivial Ifa small detail can capture such great tion, then it must be easy to people. Even in the midst of tragedy, it is simple kindness that is memorable. Is it possible that those of us who can country from war or famine can still do small that will help? There are many ways to help open doorS! each other. Washington Letter Whither NAFTA? Catholic bodies in three countries staying 'iBMARK PATTISON !-' :'eatholic News Service L'VASHINGTON (CNS)  As tl-/e'North American Free T'ade:Agreement nears its Nov'.:i7',ratification vote in Oongress, many in the United States are weighing in with an opinion either pro or con. In Canada, Prime Minister- e}t? Chretien has said h.,cpmpaiga .promise to seek renegotatlon "of NAFTA still stands. And in Mexico, President Carlos Salinas de Gortari has ".,  .. sazd his government will stand dz:;fall on the U.S. NAFTA vSte. " The bishops' conferences in all three countries, though, have refrained from taking a stand one way or the other. "NAFTA would eliminate trade barriers between the three countries by reducing or wiping out tariffs for goods made in one country but shipped to another. Job secu- rity, wages and living stan- dards could be affected in each nation. All three bishops' confer- nces have detailed what ought to be the aims of any trade pact. Msgr. Robert N. Lynch, USCC general secretary, said i The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 "iweek!y newspaper of the -: Diocese of Evansville P ubshe weekly except last week in ,Oy the Catholic Press of Evansw/le . Publisher.,.i.:....*.BiSh Gerard A. Getteffinger Edito .......................................... Pau( Leian} - roduction Manager ........................... Phil Boger irlation ................................. Amy Housman erlJsingl .................................. Paul Newland Stafff wn[er ........................... Mary Ann Hughes Address all qomrnumcatJons to P.O. Box 4169.Evansvnle, IN 47724-0169--' Subscription rate: . $12.00 per year , -", ,S'le Copy Price: $.50 2rid class matte at the post office in Evansville. IN 47701. Public, a- t=on number 843800. -" Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to-Office .of Publication Copy 1993 C.,atho Press o( Evansv in a 1991 letter to then-U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills that the goals of any free- should be: "Decent work for just wages and in decent condi- tions." "Discouraging illegal im- migration and offering more employment opportunities." Respecting "the right of workers' to" organize, and. exer,, ciae their rights, , ................ ' Addressing unemploy ment and underemployment. Safeguarding the environ- ment. A representative of the Mex- ican bishops' commission on so- cial concerns said in 1992 that fair labor practices and envi- ronmental issues should be dealt with in an "integral man- ner" in any agreement. Only a handful of individual bishops have taken sides on NAFTA. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas F. Gumbleton of Detroit, in an Oct. 28 telephone interview with Catholic News Service, said he came out against NAFTA earlier this year after being asked to address NAFTA in some talks. "I don't have any confidence  that the United States will be able to retrain workers whose jobs are lost as a result of the treaty, Bishop Gumbleton said, but the situation in Mexico will be worse. NAFTA will bring "great dif- ficulty for the farming popula- tion in Mexico," he said. With the advent of agribusiness en- visioned by the accord, subsis- tence farmers will be forced to sell their lands to "a people in an enlarged agriculture sec- tor," he added. The campesinos, Bishop Gumbleton said, "will be feudal serfs, prac- tically." Five Mexican bishops, in- cluding two retired archbish- ops, also issued a statement against NA_WA Oct. 25. - "We cannot agree with a NAFTA that does not con- tribute to a humane and just development for the countries involve and for their neigh- bors," they said. "We think that NAFTA must be a project with a comprehen- sive plan of integration and so- cial development for the peo- ple, taking into account more of the social sector of the econ- omy and not just the large fi- nancial corporations." Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles did not endorse NAFTA, but said a free-trade agreement would be "one way of creating job opportunities in Mexico," thereby slowing down "the rush of undocumented workers" to the United States, said Bill Rivera, the cardinal's spokesman. The Canadian bishops' social affairs commission, in an April statement on unemploYment, noted how "most Canadians re- main skeptical, if not openly hostile" to free-trade agree- ments, "which seem to multi- ply human suffering almost Papal visit: Portrayal of Christ : :Tothe:Editor, ". For too long, our Catholic 'Faith-and family have been at- tacked from within and'outside of our Faith. Recently Our Holy Father Pope John Paul's visit to Denver for World Youth Day was marred by dis- sent for having Jesus por- trayed as a woman during the Stations of the Cross. Women for Faith and Family mechanically for millions of Canadian and Third World workers." Chretien, standard bearer of the Liberal Party, scored a clear majority in the Oct. 25 parliamentary elections in a five-party race. Finishing fifth, with just two seats in the 295- member Parliament; were the Progressive Conservatives, who negotiated botli NAFTA and an earlier separate free- trade deal with the United States. NAFTA has been discussed in several meetings with bish- ops of the countries involved, principally between bishops of California and northern Mex- ico, most recently Oct. 6, and annual North American fo- rums which include bishops from Latin American nations in addition to Mexico, most re- cently held this year in Bishop's sch The following activities and events are schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. are most supportive to the teachings of our Faith loyal to the Pope and a real backbone for families to lean on. Wish every Family could subscribe to: Voices, Women 8a.m: noon. for Faith and Family, P.O. Box 8326, St. Louis, MO 63132. Toronto. No NAFTA ever been issued gatherings. The are more ture, said Tom adviser on Latin fairs. The so full, ing, spokesman bishops, that relatively Quigley difficulty of su s, as four would have to tion. Likewise there'S one bishol step on ing a stand on have another ence take the feel co- opted. "They know other's back said. 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