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PAGE 2 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC My guard automatically goes up when I hear folks throwing around the word "radical" to describe people and groups who are different from themselves. "Radical" is one of my favorite words. It comes from the Latin radix, meaning "having roots." It is from that same Latin word that we get the word "radish," an edible root. To be radical is to make a funda- mental return to one's roots. So my guard goes up when I read a letter such as Louis Graves' on page three, accusing the Campaign for Hu- man Development of "funding the radical left." The CHD is a "radical" fund insofar as it seeks to help the poor among us, as Jesus did. Unlike Graves, Jesus never categorized the needy into liberal vs. conservative pigeonholes. Jesus spoke to the woman at the well, befriended a prostitute, welcomed into His company a tax collector. Jesus never suggested, as Graves does, that we should reserve our charity for "proven causes closer to home." I believe that if Jesus were here to- day, He would befriend the man with AIDS, the woman carrying an unplanned child, the heroine addict, the death row inmate, the oppressed of Latin America - folks Graves would like to see stricken from Catholic charity. Anyone who is interested in CHD's work in the diocese is welcome to con- tact the program's director, Jo Ann Bemrich, at the diocesan offices. The work CHD does in helping the poor of this state is unique and irreplaceable: It is a hand up, not a hand out. It is good work and, I believe, the work Jesus would have us do. DKH ARKANSAS CATHOLIC Is publishod 48 limos a yut. for $I 2 pot yoar, by the Dathollc Dtoce~ of L~lo Rock. Arkansas Cathoflc. Inc., 2500N. Tylor ~., LJffio Rock, AR 72207 (501) 684-0340 FAX (501) 864-9075]. PUBLISHER: Moot Rev. AndrewJ. licl)mvdd, iliCtop MANAGING EDITOR: Rev. Nbert J. Sialotdw EDITOR : Debo~zh Higlard ADVERTISING I MARKETING DIRECTOR : Ron M, Hall PRODUCTION MANAGER: Roy. Jim SchrMz CIRCULATION MANAGER : Agnes I(nlui Third class postage paid at Little Rock, AR. POSTMASTER : Send change of address to: ARKANSAS CATHOLIC, PO BOX 7417. LITTLE ROCK, AR 72217. Busl- neu hours ate 8 ~0 to 4, M onday - Friday. CIo6ed on weekends, Holy Days, and National Holidays. Offices ate Iocaled in Morris Hall, SL John',= Center, 2500 N. Tyler, Little Rock, AR, 72207. rib MID Inlm ine Enl i i Img lug IRE mEi in i To subscribe, send coupon with | check for $12 to the above address. I I Address I NOVENiBER 18/1990 he Lord has blessed me with a most wonderful friend. He is kind and loving. Quick with a smile and even quicker with a helping hand. An ex- cellent worker for the Lord. Maybe you hugged him once and told him he was special. Maybe you sat close to him in church and were stirred by his devout actions. Maybe you encountered him at work and smiled because of his kindness. Maybe he is your brother, nephew, grandson, cousin, neighbor, or co-worker. I bet you never guessed he has a "terrible" secret. I bet you never guessed he is gay. Oh my God! ...yes he is a homosexual. Oh my God ...thank you! He is my son... Would you still love him if you knew? Would you still hug him and tell him My son didn't choose to be gay. My husband and I didn't make him gay. God made him gay. he is special? Probably not. That is why his secret is so "terrible." " Please don't stop reading yet. Give me a few more minutes to educate you on this "condition." I had to educate myself. I had to check out books from Msgr. George Hl 81ns have read my share of articles and books about the rising cost of health care in the U.S. and the need for some kind of na- tional health-care system. I recently learned the hard way, however, that there is no substitute for personal experi- ence when it comes to getting a feel for the scope and urgency of this ever-worsening problem. A series of ill- nesses requiring hospitalization and costly follow-up medication taught me more than I ever could hope to learn from books about the terrible plight of the millions of disadvantaged Ameri- cans who either are uninsured or underinsured. As one fortunate enough to be more or less adequately covered by a com- prehensive insurance pohcy, I now un- derstand better than ever that the uninsured and many of the underinsured are in danger at any moment - due to a serious accident or illness - of being saddled with hospital and medical bills which quickly will exhaust their savings, if any, and leave them hopelessly in debt, perhaps for the rest of their lives. He is not your stereotypical gay with ( limp wrists, a funny walk, and differen!] ] inflections in his voice. And guess what, l I I he will be quick to tell you that thet[ Name withheld majority of gays are not like that. Sur'i ! n prised? I was. He's not going to hellI [ the library. I had to get rid of guilty because he's gay. Surprised? I'm n0LI [ 1 feelings. I even wondered ... is he go- ing to hell? I cried my heart out and then my faith in God took over. My son didn't choose to be gay. My hus- band and I didn't make him gay. God made him gay. God made him special. The instant of his cre- just as a priest chooses celibacy, so basil ' my son. I've taught all my children that[ t sex outside of marriage is a sin againstI ! God. [ I What I want to tell you most is don'tl I ( be too quick to judge, lest you be judged. Don't be afraid of the tin" known. Educate yourself. Don't make jokes and look down on gays. They cap be loving, caring people. Do believe that if you have gay relatives or friendS, ' God made them gay. Do believe he loves them as much as he loves yoU. ation he was destined to be gay. Noth- ing could alter his feeling - feelings he fought alone for a long time. He dated. He took a girl to his senior prom. He's had girls in love with him. Why not, he's a warm and loving guy. I've often thought about why he has so many fe- male friends. They know he's gay. The answer is probably because they feel safe with him. He cares about them as friends, not as sexual objects. I will remain anonymous not becaUSe I'm ashamed, but only to protect precious son from some of the hate be will encounter in his lifetime. If ever find out he is gay, and you stOp loving him because of it - then you be the loser. This is my viewpoint aO I hope it has touched at least one i] you. Thank you for reading my story t0i the end. y The U.S. is the only highly industri- alized nation in the world which does not have some form of health insur- ance. Until recently the debate about the need for such a system in the coun- try has, for the most part, been carried on polemically in black-and-white ideo- logical terms. The standard ploy of the more ex- treme elements in the opposition camp has been to label any and all forms of national health insurance "socialized medicine." It would appear, however, that many traditional opponents of a nat"t , health-care system nave cnangeo minds and now are ready to end0t, such a program in one form or anotlaet' This is due in part to the fact the cost of the voluntary or negotiate private health-care programs of naa Y major corporations has gotten cOi] pletely out of hand. As a result,I corporate executives formerly unwilli [ even to discuss a national health-Ott[ system now are willing, and in sOe]..hel cases eager, t;:hi Hat least,part ot iggL, "neXt ' A Prayer for Saddam Hussein and George Bush God, you fill the universe with light and love. In you we live and move and have our being. We pray for Saddam Hussein and George Bush. Enlcghten their minds and fill t ir hearts with the power of your creative love. Guide their actions so that all civilians and soldiers in the Gulf area are protected from the sufferings of war. Inspire their decisions so that the crisis in the Middle East is resolved peacefully, and all peoples of the world learn to walk in ways of justice, love and peace. Amen. Pax ChristI USA