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0eCember 3, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana By ELIZABETH BRUNS Catholic News Service )0MINGTON, Ind. The director of a ed pro-life or- was disrupted by abortion d to speak at a rally sponsored Activated to Lib- Rev. Patrick Mahoney, he Christian De- and also a peration Rescue Na- . by pro- coat hangers at Lgers, put in Y every nUtes, represented lan who will die Mahoney,s a result of the un- of Safe legal abor- a the protest- Protesters disrupt Collegians for Life rally at I.U. in Bloom. a rally ana Uni- roup, which in Madi- SPOnsoring the One of a series it Lt months in its accused uni- permitting to take Speech. After 20 min- the res- presi- dinner mterest y," an associate of the and Indiana ents for Life later with to Shannon Hall, a senior who is president of the Indiana campus group. Ms. Hall said they had two questions for Ehrlich -- whether there was pro-life big- otry on campus and whether the pro-life groups could ever expect to be able to have a speaker heard on campus. "His answer to the first, of course, was no .... Whether or not our speaker would be heard is another story," Ms. Hall said Nov. 23. "But he said they would try to work with us in the future. They showed good faith on their part to do so. They are open to working with us. It was probably the same 20-second spiel he has given to others ... but I thank him for it nonetheless." She said they also told Ehrlich about incidents sur- rounding a speech by Joseph Scheidler, head of the Chicago- based Pro-Life Action League, on campus last year. According to Ms. Hall, Scheidler was "spat upon and thrown up on" by students and his podium rushed, and informational pro- life packets handed out in ad- vance were taken. "It was productive meeting in that we alerted him to prob- lems we've had in the past," Ms. Hall added. Before Mr. Mahoney spoke Nov. 19, Ms. Hall addressed the crowd, made up of stu- dents, faculty, media and members of the community. As she spoke about .Indiana University Students for Life and the collegians' group, abor- tion supporters tapped coat hangers against their chairs. Pro-life students are "dedi- cated to protecting the unborn, warning the community about the dangers of abortion to the unborn child and mother," she said, adding that they work to provide alternatives and to ed- ucate students and the wider community by distributing in- formation and holding presen- ;! tations. "As the next generation of leaders of this country, we have the opportunity to turn the tide and to create a world that truly respects all life," Ms. Hall said. "We can set an ex- ample for the rest of our gener- ation to follow." Also addressing the crowd was Joshua Miller, director of Collegians Activated to Liber- ate Life, who will have an of- fice now in Bloomington to lead a spring program called "Re- store Life Bloomington." Miller told the crowd about recent sentences handed down in relation to students' protests at clinics last March in Merril- lville and Gary, Ind. Fourteen demonstrators con- victed of trespassing and block- ing pedestrian traffic at Indi- ana abortion clinics were sentenced in Oct. 21 to spend eight hours in a class pre- sented by Planned Parenthood and to pay a fine of $7,100. The students opted to spend eight days in jail but on Nov. 15 an emergency stay of their sentencing was granted and on Nov. 19 the stay was contin- ued, leaving the students free pending their appeal. The collegians' group, Miller said, has traveled to more than 100 campuses in 1993. Their weekend activities include "corner revealing," which means group members stand outside a large gathering, such as a football game, with graphic posters on abortion. They also pray and picket out- side clinics, distribute litera- ture and hold seminars. Group members are pro-life college students who take a year off from school to participate in the organization's activities on campuses. "God has called us to be res- cuers of his children," Miller said. "We challenge pro-life col- legians to strengthen their commitment to the unborn." Anti-Catholicism seen as a compliment to church PITTSBURGH (CNS) -- The strong anti-Catholicism pre- sent in the United States should be seen as "a compli- ment to the church," according to Father Richard John Neuhaus. Father Neuhaus, president of the New York-based Insti- tute for Religion in Public Life and a former Lutheran pastor, made the comment in an inter- view with the Pittsburgh Catholic, the diocesan newspaper. "In many ways the church is rightly seen as the most formi- dable institutional voice for the understanding of moral truth, the understanding that we are creatures who are accountable to the Creator, the understand- ing of life as a moral contest with eternal consequences." "These very fundamental truths are primarily defended and advanced by the Catholic Church," Father Neuhaus added. "Those who are opposed to these truth claims quite un- derstandably view the church as their enemy." In the interview, Father Neuhaus said Pope John Paul II's papacy has been "a major rallying point for serious public argument ... and reflection on the nature of moral truth." "A formidable array of forces in government, the courts, the media and the university cer- tainly are not receptive to the kind of serious and reasonable moral discourse that the pope is calling for," he said. "But within each of these sectors there are indications of people having very grave sec- end thoughts about their pre- suppositions, and I think that such 'second-thoughters,' so to speak, ought to be encouraged and engaged in creating a new level of discourse," he added. Father Neuhaus said he thinks the level of religious sentiment in the United States is much greater than would be indicated by the religiousness of its leaders. Studies show that "on a transnational or global scale, India has about the most per- vasively religious society, and by the same measure Sweden has the most thoroughly secu- larized society," Father Neuhaus said. "So it has been observed that a large part of our problem in America ... is that we are a nation of Indians ruled by an elite of Swedes." He said many Catholics in public life fail to adhere to "the requirements of faithful Chris- tian discipleship," not because of an inherent conflict between those requirements and the de- mands of the state but because of political expediency. "We should not confuse the tests of Christian discipleship of this sort, which so many people fail, with the test that one faces when in fact con- fronted with conflicting de- mands of Caesar and of Christ," he added. Father Neuhaus also dis- cussed his recovery from a re- cent bout with cancer, and said he was "stronger, both physi- cally and mentally but most importantly spiritually, as a consequence of the past year's experience." re" s How aVlngs. Catholic sisters, brothers, and order meager resources. Please take this for their lifetinm of dedication and devoth)n. to the Retirement Fund for COllection in your parish. Box 73140, Bolbmore, MD 21273. Miller & Miller Colonial Chapel Supports the Knights of St. John MEMBERS Bernie Miller Gerald Miller Jon Miller Greg Betz I 15 K Lake Cit: bishop for Salt Lake was not:immediately name, seminary student Stev Cook, and asked acou foa quick disposition 6f the spokesman said,:: Toi .... The past, Catholic ( will be examil sr Bishops lO to May 8, i Tests are 'wrong' spokesman said.:: 'Hero' honored .- !: A Mercy nun who is chief of staff to Chicago Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin and for- mer superintendent for arch: diocesan Catholic schools was named the winner of a top prize in education. Sister Mary Brian Costello. one of cthree educators named to re, [ eive the 1993 McGraw| Prize in Education,:waaise | letted as a tion:because of . effo  i ] behalf of inner:city chil ] I and awarded $25,000..  i | I Love acknowledged Franciscan Fathe Leonardo BolT, a promiaen and controversial Brazilim theologian, said he has be in love with a female.theolc gian for 12 years, Fathe Boff, 54, said that;he start a post-modern relationship' | in 1981 with Marcia Men I teiro de Silva ,Miranda, a 50 year-old divorced mother o six, Father Boffalso saic that he will ask the Vaticm to accelerate the pocess o his lajcization, rwhi$h he re quested in mid-1992. n i