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PAGE 6 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVEMBER 4, 1990 Catholic leaders praise new immi Washington (CNS) - A U.S. Catholic Conference official praised a major immigration bill passed Oct. 3 by the House of Representatives which would increases immigration limits by 235,000 people a year. The legislation also is aimed at uniting families, bringing in skilled workers and allowing more religious workers to enter the country easily. The bill, approved 231-132, would increase immigration from the current limit of 540,000 a year to 775,000, giv- ing increased priority to highly shilled workers. A conference committee will now try to resolve differences between the measure and a more modest Sen- ate version, which Hill said the bishops have found to be unsatisfactory. Hill said the Senate bill caps immi- gration at 630,000 a year and places restrictive caps on the number of im- mediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are allowed to enter the country. The Bush administration has said it favors the Senate bill. The House bill would ease obstacles to reunification of families and end 25- year-old barriers against would-be im- migrants from northern European countries and other nations from which immigrants traditionally have come. Hill said more than 400,000 wives, husbands and children have been waiting for four to ten years to join family members in the U.S. who are either U.S. citizens or permanent resi- dents. He estimated that another 500,000 brothers and sisters of citizens have been waiting 10 - 15 years to join their siblings in the U.S. "This bill would treat in a more humane way the immediate relatives of permanent residents and reduce the backlog of people waiting to join their relatives," Hill said. Hill said the House bill also would allow more religious workers to enter the U.S. easily. Previously, only religious ministers could enter the country eas- ily and other religious workers, such as nuns, faced great difficulty in trying to obtain U.S. visas. Nuns were often classified as un- skilled workers and they weren't granted U.S. visas because the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service would say their skills could be found among U.S. workers, Hill said. "Our stand is that the Church has no national boundaries and that we should be able to move around our people freely to do different jobs," Hill said. Principal Position Available Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic School In Little Rock Is seeking qualified applicants for the position of principal beginning the 1991-1992 school year. This 60 year old school with S00 students In grades K-8 provides an excellent academic environment. Administrative certificate ls required ( or must be In the process of obtaining It ). Benefits provided and salary ls negotiable. Contact: Search Committee, Our Lady of the Hoty Souls School P 0 Box 250202 Little Rock, AR 72225. ' Structural and Miscellaneous Steel Fabrication 1023 Rushing Circle Little Rock, All 72205 Dick Tracy cartoonist surprised at fame By Jill Werderits Naperville, IL, (CNS) - Dick Locher, cartoonist for "Dick Tracy," can't ex- plain the popularity of the character whose daily exploits are followed by some 22 million people each day and were the subject of a hit movie this summer. "It's goofy," said Locher, a member of St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Naperville, part of the Diocese of Joliet. "Dick Tracy himself is forthright, straight and boring," he said. "The characters and deaths make it good." Since the "Dick Tracy" movie starring Warren Beatty and Madonna was re- leased in June, the 61-year-old Locher has been extra busy, designing every- thing from Dick Tracy wallisaper to greeting cards. He thinks part of Tracy's appeal may come from the lack of drugs, sex and violence in its plot lines. "We're selling uniqueness," he said. "It's always been a strip where you can't guess what's going to happen next." Locher, who inherited the strip from its creator, Chester Gould, isn't the only person involved in bringing Dick Tracy to life. He tells the story to Max Collins of Muscafine, IA, who turns the thoughts into prose. After Collins returns the words to him, Locher draws the comic strip frames and sends them to Susan Anderson of Naperville, who puts the lettering into the word "bubbles." The Tracy-related tasks, however, take only a small part of Locher's workday, which he estimates lasts from early morning to 1 1 PM. An editorial cartoonist for the Chi- CNS/Frank Casella/New Catholic Dick Locher, artist of the cartoon strip Dick Tracy, at his board. In addition to drawing weekly Dick Tracy strip, Locher is syndicated editorial cartoonist. cago Tribune daily newspaper, also produces syndicated cartoons run in more than 100 newspapers the U.S. as well as in many countries. In February, he in which the Soviet newspaper will trade editorial cartoons with the Tribune. In 1983, in the same week that asked Locher to take over the Tracy comic strip, Locher won a Prize for his editorial cartoons. For that work, he reads four ne papers a day to discover new and get new perspectives. But he to keep the message simple. "I'm definitely not writing for Tribune CEO, " he said. "I'm for the mailman." Woman arrested when singing disrupts San Antonio (CNS) - A woman who has been singing off key at the top of her voice and disrupting Sunday Mass for the past eight to ten months was arrested at a San Antonio parish Oct. 21 but was bailed out of jail by the parish later the same day. Msgr. Alexander C. Wangler, pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows parish, identi- fied the woman as Eulogia Macias, a 34-year-old native of Mexico who has belonged to the parish for about two years. He said the parish attorney bailed Macias out of jail at 10 PM the day of her arrest. Wangler said the parish obtained a restraining order in district court Oct. 18 against Macias, who is married and has three children. The woman had been notified Oct. 14 about a hearing on the restraining order but failed to appear in court at the right time to fight the order. Macias had been a member of the parish choir, but about eight to ten months ago she quit the choir and began ringing at the 9 AM SpanLth Mass from the sanctuary, next to the stand, Wangler said. "She sings the same songs as choir, but she doesn't always match t and she's very off key," he said. been a source of disturbance anti source of aggravation to the choir rector, the lector and the celebrant f0t:~: quite a few months." Many people at the parish have Macias to stop singing, but "her sponse is, "What's the problem? how I want to give glory to Wangler said. Asked why the parish had arrested and then bailed her Wangler said, "We are hopeful that experience (of jail) will mind. But I don't think she what we did."