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November 13, 1987 View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I I II i]y FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Ginsburg withdrawal shows us the system is indeed working How would you have voted on the nomination of Washington Federal Appeals Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg as justice of the Supreme Court? As we know, Ginsburg bowed out of the nominating process as justice of the Supreme Court this past Saturday, only nine days after he was selected by President Ronald Reagan for the position. He taught for several years at Harvard Univer- sity and then entered government service, first in h Justice Department as a top official in the anti- tst division, and then subsequently in the Office of Management and Budget, before being named to the appeals court. He was 41-years-old, and, according to reports, caught President Reagan's eye precisely because of his relative youth. He was in his second marriage, having fathered a child by each mar- riage. The children in each case kept the mother's family name. It was reported, shortly after the nomination that he apparently overstated his qualifications and experience when applying for the appeals judgeship. But the issue that seems to have played even a greater role in the withdrawal from the .mination process was the revelation that Ginsburg had smoked marijuana -- in his student years, and then also later while a professor at Harvard. I am not at all privy to all the factors, that went into President Reagan's choice of this man for the position of justice. From reports, it would seem that the president and his close advisors were not aware of the marijuana experience. Or did they know and decide that it was not a real issue? It seems as though the decision was made in some haste, and thus the appearance, at least, that the White House did not know who it was they had selected. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has statistics that indicate that some 60 percent of men and women, ages 18-25, in the United States, have tried marijuana at least once. Surely, such figures will play an ever increasing role in the background of top government officials as the years go on. So, obviously, we will have to confront the issue more and more as the years roll around. We may find ourselves more tolerant because of the sheer numbers of those involved. For right now, the issue of using such illegal drugs does call vibrant attention. Is this the person for the job? It would seem that were he the only person qualified, then we might be more tolerant. But there are a number of individuals qualified for the justice position. There is another assumption that many in this country share. I would suggest that it comes from Scripture. This appears in Luke 16:9-12. We have to remember that Christ is telling a story about an untrustworthy steward and deals with moneyand finances primarily. "The one who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great. The one who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great." Now there are few of us who would be willing to undergo such terrible scrutiny that we seem to give high officials on public television. I do not envy these men as they are chosen for high office. But at the same time, much of the pain could be averted before choices are made and give over to the public arena. Ginsburg is not the first person to be brought forth for such a high office. We, as a citizenry, rightfully expect those few men and women who sit in judgement for life to be of high and wise standards. I for one am happy the system is working. Another person will be found who will serve us well and wisely. Mercy and compassion does not demand an abdication of principles that we feel are proper for the office of justice of the Supreme Court. Books propose inviting God to the work place HOW TO KEEP GOD ALIVE FROM 9 TO 5, by John V. Char- vokas. Berkley Books (New Yk, 1987). 131 pp., $2.95. STARTING ON MONDAY: CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE WORK PLACE, by the Rev. William Mahedy and Dr. Christopher Carstens. Ballan- SCHNELL VILLE FOR COMPLETE  ELECTRICAL SERVICE H.G. FISCHER RT. 1 ST. ANTHONY tins Books (New York, 1987) 165 pp., $11.95. Reviewed by CONNIE seTH NO News Service Two new books propose in- viting God, in differing per- sonas, to accompany the reader to the work place, Monday through Friday. Both ask: Can the ethical-moral standards of a religious mindset be kept alive in the office, at the computer, at the work bench? At that point their similarity ceases. 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In "How to Keep God Alive from 9 to 5," {a jazzy little slogan) author John Chervokas offers the reader a generic God, one who fits all sizes of religious temper. He asks the reader to commit only to the comfortable image of "Father," "Creator" or "Good Old Master Builder." Skillfully disavowing the Christian focus of lesus, Chervokas proffers a vaguely , divine Personage with whom anyone can employ "God- think" and " Godtalk." St. James Continued from page 9 Cornerstone on July 25, 1855, just months after Father F. W. Using the strategy of walking the reader through one work day, he heads each chapter with a drawing of a clock, set at dif- ferent times. Beginning with getting out of bed (7:15 a.m.) he suggests starting the day, "As you grope for that soap-on-a- rope ... gurgle a greeting to God." That slangy tone carries through the book, each chapter handling some aspect of work life and suggesting God- conscious, solutions to crises and problems. Using promo- tional techniques lifted from his experience as vice president of Warwick Advertising, Cher- Father Peppersack, ordained in 1855, was already quite familiar with the area. He had come from Germany to America Peppersack had been appointed in 1846 as a lay apostle; he as the first resident pastor, taught school at St. Wendel From 1846 until 1855, Father from 1847 to 1851, then studied Weinzoepfel had served the for the priesthood at Vincennes community at St. James while from 1851 to 1855. He re- residing at St. Wendel. mained pastor at St. James until vokas clicks smoothly into the synapses of the American mind trained by television to expect information, teaching and per- suasion to come candy-coated. Chervokas, by the way, suc- cessfully importuned the public to "Please ... don't squeeze the Charmin...!" And yet -- these may be shallows where spiritual neophytes can learn to wade. Sometime later they may want to learn to swim, even to dive into the deeps of spiritual Con- frontation with self and God. When that time comes, readers can confidently turn to See BOOKS page 12 1866. The story of St. James is populated with other larger than life figures -- among them, Father Joseph Merckl who organized the neighboring parish of Sts. Peter and Paul at Haubstadt, and Father John Haskamp, who was pastor from 1905 until 1949. "Being a member of America's Number One Long Term Health Care Team is a responsibility that we take seriously." Here at Medco Center of Evansville North, we realize the most effective medical care combines professional quality with a personal touch. Take into consideration Just a few of the wide variety of services offered by our Medicare Approved center: * Physical, Respiratory, Speech Therapy (on a daily basis.) Art Appreciation Program- Community trips. Intermediate/akilled services pro- vided by 24 hr. R.N. covera8e. 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