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DeCember 2, 1994 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 I I I IIII II IIII III I Brutd Society medals given in ceremony Nov, 20 0 gerber the People of God in southwestern Indiana. rs are invited to submit information about people who efit by Some extra prayers and attention. card shower is underway for Mary Reine, who is recu- tng, frQ congestive heart failure. She is also afflicted , JLeralc psoriatic arthritis ,r addres ',0. s is 1312 Dmfenbach Road, Evansville IN R} an Rtlssler, the father of Ma lou Ulrich died ' Sh- ' - ry , -' e is diocesan coordinator of Media Services. e ;t:ea d information for PEOPLE WE CARE Iv-- M.. Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box Qnlle, IN 47724. NEWS PUBLISHING CO. Tell City, IN to be the printer for The Message . Kimball International Jasper, Indiana CHICKEN * STEAKS SEAFOOD * SANDWICHES COCKTAILS SERVING FIRnOM 10:30 AM to 10.30 PM MON. THRU SAT. o RESERWT,ONS 103 Gibson Haubstadt 768-6131 Brute Society Brute Society medals were presented November 20 at Holy Redeemer Church, Evans- ville. Above, at left, Catherine Kavanaugh holds the Brute certificate she received; she is a member at All Saints Church, Cannelburg. She is with family members, Kay Andres, David Kavanaugh and Lee Kavanaugh. Above, Lawrence Ubelhor wears the Brute medal he received; he is a parishioner at St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County. Family members who attended with him include Mary Bohleber, Janet Fischer, Carol Schlachter, Estella Ubelhor, Greg Ubelhor, Ann Crofts and Sister Christina Keethers. Statement Continued from page 1 we believe in the sacredness and dignity of all human life, we must speak out strongly against the violence and death which now permeate all as- pects of our society. In this cul- ture, which is steadily losing its respect for human life, and in this contemporary climate of violence, it is our best judg- ment as pastors devoted to de- fending life that capital pun- ishment will only serve to inflame the culture of violence which is already too prevalent in our state. We know of no ev- idence that the death penalty has, in fact, deterred violence and crime in those states where it has been restored, and, therefore, we do not be- lieve that the circumstances of our day provide sufficient moral justification for the i death penalty. We believe that the more ef- fective deterrent to criminals would be life imprisonment without parole. We acknowl- edge serious concerns about the cost of criminal imprison- ment. In response to that con- cern we note the existence of studies which document the fact that the death penalty with the appeals which are part of that process is more costly to our society than life imprisonment. As bishops, we call for a more radical solution to vio- lence and crime in our society. Our Church remains consis- tent and in support of the sa- credness of human life and the dignity of the human person from conception until death. In our recent statement, "Con- ill i fronting a Culture of Violence,  we bishops of the United States say: "We cannot ignore the un- derlying cultural Values that help to create the environment where violence grows: a denial of right and wrong, education that ignores fundamental val- ues, an abandonment of per- sonal responsibility, an exces- sive and selfish focus on our individual desires, a diminish- ing sense of obligation to our children and neighbors, a mis- placed priority on acquisitions, and media glorification of vio- lence and sexual irresponsibil' ity. In short, we often fail to value life and cherish human beings above possessions, power and pleasure .... A con- sistent ethic of life remains the surest foundation of our life to- gether." New cardinals receive red hats VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope John Paul II placed red hats on the heads of 30 new cardinals, telling the prelates that they are called to witness to Christ and reminding them that many of their predeces- sors through history shed their blood for the truth. The new cardinals from 24 countries mirror the unity and universality of the church, the pope said Nov. 26 before call- ing forward each of the church, men, including U.S. Cardinals William H. Keeler of Baltimore and Adam J. Maida of Detroit and Canadian Cardinal Jean- Claude Turcotte of Montreal. The pope filled the College of Cardinals to its limit of 120 members under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a con- clave for a new pope. With the death Nov. 27 of 87-year-old Spanish Cardinal Vicente Enrique Tarancon, the retired archbishop of Madrid, the total number of cardinals was 166. Pope John Paul said the group of new cardinals in- cluded those who had served the church for many years and those who have suffered for their faith. The induction of the youngest member of the col- lege, 49-year-old Cardinal Vinko Puljie of Sarajevo, the pope said, reminds the church of the Christians of Bosnia- Herzegovina, "where, unfortu- nately, the devastating roar of weapons has not yet ceased and so much innocent blood continues to be shed without any prospect for peace in sight." The pope said the new cardi- nals from Lebanon, Vietnam, Cuba and the countries of the former Soviet bloc show that "the church stands beside those who suffer." Cardinal Nasrallah P. Sfeir, the Lebanese patriarch of the Maronite Church, dressed in a distinctive red robe and hood, thanked the pope on behalf of the new cardinals. The pope had special words of praise for the "Catholics of Vietnam and Cuba, who are giving a courageous testimony of faithfulness to Christ and of silent service to their hrothers and sisters in the midst of many difficulties." The new cardinal from Viet- nam, Paul Joseph Pham Dinh Tung, the archbishop of Hanoi since April, spent much of his 30 years as bishop of Bc Ninh under house arrest. New Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega Alamino of Havana was detained in a Cuban work camp in 1966-67. After the ceremony Cardinal Ortega told reporters that ten- sions between the Cuban gov. ernment and the church have been lessening.