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11 15,1995 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 0rnic recovery not reaching working poor, survey says ByPATRICIAZAPOR national unemployment rate more and more working fami- million people -- from 10.6 Catholic News Service TON (CNS) -- -c0nomy may be recover- but in 1994 more people meals, job as- ance and other help from agencies than in the to the annual SUrvey by USA. improvements in the and other signs of recovery, families on the lower end of the economic ladder are seeing an ever more bleak picture, said Jesuit Father Fred Kammer, president of Catholic Charities USA. Even without the effects of proposed cuts in federal pro- grams for the poor, Catholic Charities agencies throughout the country already are seeing Family Church and Rectory Open House Saturday December 30 6 to 10 p.m. Eastern Time Half mile of luminaries No phone calls please lies who need help meeting basic living expenses, he said. "If current trends continue, the new working poor will com- pete for low-paying jobs with no health care benefits against the coming tide of unskilled workers who will be thrown off welfare," said Father Kammer at a Dec. 12 press conference in Washington. "That is a for- mula for a national social catastrophe. No one in this country will be spared the con- sequences." Using the latest figures available, the annual survey of Catholic Charities agencies showed an increase of half a I [ Your RED WING HEADQUARTERS RANE00S SHOE STORE 320 E. Main - Washington III million in 1993 to 11.1 million people in 1994 -- seeking emergency and social services, Father Kammer reported. One in four were children. Father Kammer alluded to "A Christmas Carol' by'Charles Dickens, and said Bob Cratchitt die not need to go to the poorhouse. "Bob Cratchit needed better wages. Today, that message must reach our policy-makers and legislators." Sister Cronin dies Dec. 4 Services for Providence Sis- ter Mary Ellen Cronin, 77, who died Dec. 4, were held Dec. 6 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, with burial in the convent cemetery. Sister Cronin entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in 1936, and made her final vows in 1944. She taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence, including Assumption School, Evansville. ii i Thinking O,K. Although Catholic theolo. gians must teach that women may not be ordained priests, they may continue to question the teaching pri- ately, said a member of the Vatican's doctrinal congrega- tion. "There s a difference between publicly dissenting ... and to continue to investi- gate the masons say :that y We, the leaders of religious communities in Indiana, believe in the sacredness and dignity of all life. We believe we are to love our neighbor, not to kill. We believe we are to forgive one another, not to seek retribution with vengeance and further violence. We oppose the use of capital punishment in all cases. We ask you to join us as we pray and work for the end of capital punishment and the death penalty. Join us as we pray for all Death Row inmates and their families, especially for Gary Burris. Join us, too, as we pray for all victims and their families, especially for Kenneth W. Chambers and his family. Carmelite Monastery of Indianapolis Daughters of Charity, Evansville Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, Huntington Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson Sisters of the Holy Cross of Notre Dame Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods Sisters of St. Benedict, Beech Grove Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg Sisters of St. Joseph, Tipton Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis YOur prayers are needed. Tuesday, Dec. 19, the Seventh U. S. District Court of Appeals will c ar Oral arguments in the case of Indiana Death Row inmate Gary Burris. Burris, who had uen wcted m 1980 for the murder of Kenneth W. scheduled for execution Nov. 29, was con " " Chambers of Indianapolis.)