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88001'00 CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 18 NUMBER 14 DECEMBER 4, 1987 "Morality in Media' promises action on new FCC ruling , By SR. MARY ANN WALSH NC News Service WASHINGTON (NC) -- Morality in Media has termed "outrageous" a deral Communications Commission decision not to object to indecent televi- sion and radio programs if they are aired between midnight and 6 a.m. The group also said the Nov. 24 FCC ruling "usurps Congress" because, it said, legislation already outlaws inde- cent programming "24 hours a day." Paul J. McGeady, spokesman and general counsel for Morality in Media, said in a Nov. 25 telephone interview that the 4-0 ruling "has to be cor- rected." He promised that the 50,000-member organization founded 'by Jesuit Father Morton A. Hill would take the issue to the White House. The ruling, which established a "safe harbor" time for programs which other- wise would be banned as indecent, said such programs cannot be broadcast the rest of the day because "there is a reasonable risk that children may be in the audience." The FCC ruling came as a clarifica-  tion of an April 16 decision that stations " risked penalties when they broadcast "material that depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as m. easured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or ex- cretory activities or organs." Critics complained that the April rul- ing was too vague. McGeady said the November decision effectively reverses the April one and said congressional broadcast legislation .- "prohibits obscene and indecent broad- casting" and "applies 24 hours a day." Artwork featured A special presentation of paintings, statues and icons of Mary will be shown to students at Holy Rosary School, Evansville, as a kick-off for an art appreciation program. The exhibition will coincide with the December 8 feastday of the Immaculate Con- ception and the Christmas season. Shown here with the art work are Nancy Schum, principal and Charlene Spear and her daughter, Carrie, a kindergarten student. The icons were loaned to the school by St. Meinrad. -- Message Photo by Barbara Paul I for " President:of Evans00le group: ,speaks at Corpus Christi Seventy percent of all ",adult" pornographic masazin eventually fall into the hands of young people and forms the basis of theirrelattonships, eccor- dins to a guest speaker at Corpus Christi Church, Evansville. Ray, Brenda Steproe, president of the local' Citizeus for Decency group, spoke about pornography and child abuse after all three Masses as Corpus Christi last weekend. At one point during her address, Rev. Steprce held up a popular women's fashion magazine -- sold in the check-out lines of area supermarkets -- con- taining pornographic advertisements for perfume and jeans. "We forget that pornography, has gone everywhere," she said. "It's polluting your atmo.sphere. ' . Re. Steproe said pornography is as addicting as drugs and cigarettes. She listed alarming statics of thepercentagas of violent crimes which are commit- ted each year as the result of pornowaphy. ' "We know pornography is a big factor in the sexual abuse of children," said Rev. Steproe. She explained that most child abusers use pornography to "break down the resistence" of the children. Rev. Steproe's organization, Citizens for Decency, is a non-profit, ' " On the inside P00ests assigned / -- Announcements and biographies on page 2. Holiday Stress -- Myths and solutions on page 2. apolitical, non-denominational group dedicate d to enfomin8 the por- nography laws "already onthe books. Its main objectives include: ,. Pvantion of the publication of herd-corn:pornography  Elimination of obscene and indecent material atlocations which ere ac- cessible to minors Elimination of the display of harmful or indecent material from cable and subscription television and from telephone services Prevention, of the production and distribution of child pornography Rev. Steproe s talk was sponsored by the Corpus Christi Social Ministry Committee, an outgrowth of the parish RENEW group, Its purpose is to "help nurtur spiritual life and help educate the parish, according to member Cherlie Koressel. The comm/ttee has plans to offer more programs dealing with current topics of interest, he said. Rev. Steproe is'available to speak to other area churches on the topic of por- nography and the work of the Citizens for Decency, according toKoressel, For more information about the group, write Citizens for Decency, P.O. Box 2059/ Evansville, IN 47714. ' By MARY-T. ELLERT Message Staff Writer I I I Bibliotherapy -- Good health through good reading on page 3. Feature parish -- Sis. Peter and Paul, Petersburg, on pages 8 & 9.