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2 The Memmge -- for Catholics of Sohwutem indiana Examination of values urged in wake of British murder By PAULINUS BARNES Catholic News Service about shock-horror videos, about latch-key children, street violence, mugging, bullying?" he asked. He said it was time for peo- ple to stop and think "what we've got to get rid of that is so rotten in our society that those two youngsters should have done what they did." "Dear God, please help the boys to recognize the evil they have done and to be sorry, and give us the will and determina- tion to recognize why they did it," the bishop prayed. "It could make a difference to our way of life as well as theirs." In London, Cardinal George Basil Hume of Westminster wrote in a local newspaper col- umn that although every adult cannot be responsible for what other people's children do, "we each have some responsibility for what our society is like." "People talk about going back to basics," he said. "The most important basic is to know the difference between right and wrong. It means also doing right and avoiding wrong. How we behave in pri- vate and public matters a lot." The cardinal wrote that it could not be right to let chil- dren "watch extreme violence on TV and videos." "Our world is full of good and bad," he wrote. "We must make sure the good prevails. Will history show that tragic death of a 2-year-old child forced us to reflect more deeply on these matters? James may not have died in vain." A Catholic member of Britain's Parliament has called for stricter controls on horror videos in the wake of the trial. David Alton, Liberal Democ- rat representative for Liver- pool Mossley Hill, said violent videos might have influenced the two child killers. There was evidence that one of the MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Two British church- men have urged a re-examina- tion of values in the wake of the trial of two boys convicted of the murder of a toddler. Speaking the day after the verdict, Archbishop Derek Worlock of Liverpool -- the archdiocese in which 2-year-old victim James Bulger and his parents lived m urged Britons not to spend time moralizing about the brutal killing, but looking at their society. "Perhaps we should be ask- ing what part we have played -- in even the smallest way -- in bringing about society as we have it today, capable of pro- ducing brutal violence of this kind," the archbishop said in a "thought-for-the-day" slot on local radio. "Do we shrug off all the talk Boonville K of C receives awards = Ed. L. Lee = Mortuary i,i Jill Ann White L P Administrator HW. 57 So. Washington, IN 8812-254-4516 rairie Village iving Center II I I  D-O'W'N-T'O'W'N 301 MAIN ST.. VINCENNES. IN 47591 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 children involved in the case had seen the U.S. movie "Child's Play 3." In the film, widely available in video shops, a toddler-size doll comes to life and kills a number of people before meet- ing its own violent death. The evil doll character is severely mutilated before being chopped to pieces. Alton called on the House of Commons to institute an ur- gent inquiry into any link be- tween the gruesome killing Unresolved Continued from page 1 view process that future seg- ments will go through. The first segment consists of opening prayers, prayers over the gifts and prayers after Communion for t.he Sundays of "Ordinary Time" -- the weeks between the end of Christmas season and Lent and between Pentecost and Advent. Originally, the bishops were to consider the remaining six segments at their meetings in 1994 and 1995. Now it appears likely that they will take them up at a slower pace. According to several Catholic News Service sources, the bishops decided on the extra study day in June at the suggestion of the president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop William H. Keeler of Balti- more. He proposed it Nov. 18 at a closed-door session that con- cluded the bishops' four-day general business meeting in Washington. The need for fuller study and discussion emerged from several hours of public debate by the bishops which showed significant dif- ferences among them about how Latin liturgy texts should be translated for use in English. Sources said when Arch- bishop Keeler asked for a show of hands to see how many bish- ops wanted an extra day on liturgy in San Diego, support for the idea appeared to be unanimous. The San Diego assembly, scheduled for June 16-22, is not a business meeting, but a retreat-style session of prayer and reflection that the bishops hold once every three years. The theme of the assembly is "Shepherding a Future of Hope." The study day is to be tacked on to the end of the assembly. The main topic, said one bishop, will be a review of the translation principles con- tained in the English version of "Comme le Prevoit," the 1969 Vatican instruction on translating Latin liturgical texts into English. Before the meeting, bishops all across the country got mail complaining about use of gen- der-inclusive language in the liturgy and about plans to in- troduce original alternative opening prayers in addition to those translated from Latin a LHAU STADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded Insured Industrial Commercial and Residential P.O. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstad, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 ii ii .... and exposure to He told the Catholic! paper The U homes are being with a daily drip lence. We shouldn't prised when children! lent things. 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