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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Magic of Words November 13 By FATHER . ZILIAK We Americans have turned one corner and another is staring us right in the face. We are well on the way to declaring ourselves as God. We are happy that the political process has worked once again in our country and that the Constitution is upheld with the election of a new President. We have, though, elected offi- cials at the tap of our governmental structure who avowedly endorse abortion as a basic right, This is a new step. It is a different position than we have ever been in before. While this stance is now official, we have other movements under way to strike at the sa- credness of life on the other end. The State of Washington defeated a referendum several months ago that would have allowed people to choose to die. In fact, those charged with the obligation of preserving life, the medical profes- sion, were to be the ones to help such persons bring about their own deaths. That referendum was defeated in Washing- ton. A similar referendum was placed before the Who gave us the right to play God? people of California at the November election last week, It, too, was defeated. The Hemlock Society is determined to place a similar referendum state by state until they win their will. If it seems ludicrous to be concerned, think how far we have already come. We are concerned about insurance coverage and the fiscal health of the Social Security system. We know that the major portion of money expended for health care is given out in the last 3fi-months of life. How farfetched is it that people espouse the argument that it would be less expensive to the country if we allowed people to die early? Couldn't this money spent on people who will die soon anyway be put to much better use? Wouldn't life be less demanding and compli- cated if older people were allowed to die early with dignity? The theological and philosophical question that is far more important to me is who gave us the right to play God? By opening up the right to end a the person making such a decision is playing God. In other words that person is taking to the right to determine when life is to end and be abolished. If it is right and widely accepted as that a person may freely and easily choose an abortion, how much different is it to declare that an elderly person is no longer productive ety and thus deserving of death? The frightening truth is that this Is right at the verge of saying that a person, should have the right to say it is time to end this life. Will we shake ourselves and realize this not so subtle movement in our thinking, or will we wait until a suicide choice becomes state or na- tional law before we say "this is terrible and against God's law?"  Catholic health group urges Clinton to reform U.S. health By CAROL ZIMMERMANN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS} The Catholic Health Associa- tion joined a coalition of i.: : : oLher health advocacy groups :!! : i. in tellingPreident-elect Bill Clinton that the nation's health care system would not get better until its delivery of health crre changed. The coalition made its prognosis af the nation's health care during a Nov. 9 press conference in Washing- ton. Its members made public their joint letter to Clinton which called on him to com- mit himself to change the way "health care is both de- livered and paid for in Amer- ica." care rather than well care," and if it is not'restructured "the tremendous costs of inef- ficiency and suboptimal care will continue to be built into our nation's health care bill." To change health care de- livery, the coalition advo- cated creating incentives for employers, insurers, physi- cians, nurses, hospitals and other health providers to inte- grate health systems. "Organized systems of care would link providers from both a financial and clinical standpoint," the coalition's letter said. "The results will be universal access, real cost containment, hetter quality care, and improved standards of health for all Americans." In the letter, the coalition urged Clinton to avoid "quick-fix" approaches to health care reform. "Real re- form will require all of us to fundamentally change the way we provide and use med- ical care," they said. Bernard Tresnowski, presi- dent and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, said Clinton's vision for health care reform, particu- larly involving community partnership, parallels the coalition's. "But I'm not entirely clear Cardinal, bishop condemn anti-semitic acts in Italy, Germany ROME (CNS) -- Cardinal Camille Ruini of Rome and Bishop Karl Lehmann, head of the German bishops' con- ference, have condemned re- cent anti-Semitic acts in their countries. The Vatican newspaper also condemned the acts as well as an attack by Jewish youths on a group of Italian nee-Nazis. The statements and newspaper articles came near the Nov. 9 anniversary of "Kristallnacht," (Night of the Shattered Glass), a 1938 Nazi-inspired pogrom against German Jews. Thousands of people marched through the streets of Rome and other Italian cities Nov. 9 to protest what is perceived as a general in- crease in anti-Semitism along with recent incidents of van- dalism of Jewish graves and the painting of the Star of David on Jewish-owned busi- nesses. In Germany, 350,000 peo- ple voiced their concern about the violence with a "human dignity march" in Berlin Nov. 8. Holocaust memorial rallies attracted more than 200,000 in at least nine cities Nov. 9. Germany has had more than 1,800 vio- lent attacks on foreigners this year. Bishop Lehmann urged German parishes to hold pub- lic prayer services Nov. 9 and 10 and said the "threats against foreigners and Jewish fellow-citizens must be over- come through protest and on what he's embracing, and we won't know until he is president," he added. Although the coalition was hopeful that the new admin- istration would be committed to reforming health care, they were not expecting ate change. : "Change can't be don0( the wave of a magic said Nazemetz. "But we here today saying that in for the long haul." { f Congratulatmns. Fonda Joyce, superintendent of the three Catholic schools, is congratulated by Steve Miljan, of Washington's Wal-Mart. Washington Elementary has been awarded an IBM personal science includes a computer, software, temperature, light modules, two temperature probes, installation, a and sample experiments. We've St. Theresa PTA/Booster Club in cooperation with The Catholic Health Asso- ciation of the United States joined the American Hospital Association, American Nurses Association, Washing- ton Business Group on Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and Congress of Hospital Trustees in pledging to work with the Clinton administration. Although the organizations have often been on different sides of the health system re- form debate, they each agreed to place the highest priority on reforming health care de- livery. Robert Aldrich, chairman of the Catholic Health Associ- ation, said "the current frog- monte(t, non-system of health care delivery must be re- placed" with a system that of. fers integrated services "em- phasizing prevention, primary care and rehabilita- tion." :  Pat Nazemz from the Washington Business Group on Health echoed the same sentiment, calling the na- tion's health care delivery system "fragmented and inef- ficient." She said the current health care' system "erphasizes sicl " courageous intervention." " SPORTS CAR RAFFLE _ HOL00DI00R TREE .... 1993 DODGE STEALTH R/r Live Christmas Trees up to 1 2' Tickets $2S.00 ca, ' & : Wreaths and Greenery 473.3732 or 470-1780 U West of Evansville off New Harmony Rd. T Available 22 F, xprmrway Dodge 471.0532 4344'qr@ 11` :, XI Kaltly,",, i ,(fl12)963-9242 ' Bml,aBody Shop 4744)o14 9:00 A.M. i i il j ill I II i i