South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 24, No. 38, Ed. 1 Friday, November 10, 1989 Page: 1 of 12
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Vol. XXIV, No. 38 Serving the Diocese of Corpus Christi since 1966 November 10, 1989
Renewed fighting, politics dim peace prospect
By Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON-Nicarguan President Daniel Ortega’s
offensive against the contra guerrillas and the Salva-
doran guerrillas’ decision to pull out of negotiations
dimmed prospects for peace in Central America.
However, Nicarguan guerrilla and government lead-
ers agreed to mm at the United Nations Nov. 10 and 11
for new peace talks, and Nicaraguan Cardinal Miguel
Obando Bravo was to be an observer.
In El Salvador, Archbishop Arturo Rivera Damas of
San Salvador said it was understandable that the rebel
Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN,
did not want to participate in talks after the Oct. 31
bombing of a crowded union hall. At least nine people
died and 30 others were injured in the incident.
“Faced with this setback, it is necessary to ask both
sides to show signs ofgood will that will be visible to the
people,” Archbishop Rivera Damas said in a homily
Archbishop Rivera Damas was among religious lead-
ers who gathered earlier in the week at the guued offices
of the National Salvadoran Union Worker’s Federation
to commemorate the vicLims of the latest bombing in a
wave of violence in the Salvadoran captial.
In bis Nov. 5 homily, the archbishop also said that
Tutela Legal, the archdiocesan human rights agency,
believed “death squads” were responsible for the
bombing. Recalled for an “in-depth investigationtoput
an end, once and for all, to these massacres that bring us
back to the law of the jungle.”
Salvadoran President Alfredo Cristiani admitted that
right-wing death squads might have been repsonsible
for the bombing, but he denied the government was
Cristiani’s ARENA coalition was linked to death
squads of the early 1980s, when human rights and
church groups said 800 bodies of suspected leftists
surfaced each month in gutters and hills outside the
Jesuit Father Segundo Montes, director of the Insti-
tute For Human Rights at Central American University
A man prays for a
member of his family
who died in a tent
camp for Salvadoran
refugees just across
the Honduran border.
Life in the camps is
hard and food and
medicine are in short
Gregorio Rosa Chavez
of San Salvador said
U.S. groups accompa-
nying refugees back
into El Salvador from
Honduras “come with
big hearts” but
ly become enmeshed
in rebel tactics, (CNS
photo from KNA)
in San Salvador, told Catholic News Service Nov. 1 that
while Cristiani could not be blamed directly, “as presi-
dent, he should be able to stop human rights violations.’ ’
In a Washington interview, Father Montes also said
that “this year, there has been a large increase in human
rights violations compared to last year.”
The priest said the number of kidnappings had in-
creased to more than 1,300 in 1989 from 800 in 1988,
and the number of murders also increased.
See Central America, page 9
God will provide rescuers with graces
needed to persevere, says Moses
By Mary Alice Salinas
CORPUS CHRISTI-Rex Moses has
found reason to rejoice and be thankful,
despite a possible future of further im-
prisonment and painful isolation from
his pregnant wife, Valerie, their three
children and the Church.
The Texas Fescue spokesman from
Austin plans to “rescue” unborn chil-
dren from abortions for the first rime
here on Nov. 11.
But this time if arrested he will post
no bond, remain in jail until he is given
a trial, and after being released or after
serving a sente,nee,he will immediately
rescue again. Moses said he will con-
tinue to participate in rescues as long as
abortions are performed and he will
organize rescues from prison if possible.
“All I know is I have to resist,” said
the rescue worker, “Right now I’m
purchasing my freedom every day by
denying cooperation with those people.
That’s too high a price to pay for free-
He added that the idea of the move-
ment was to rescue or to be available to
suffer with unborn children.
After several months of careful thought,
Moses selected Corpus Christi as the
place “to take that step against the total
rejection of the children by our culture.’ ’
Moses was raised in Corpus Christi,
which he said “is the worst of all places
in the United States for children to be
killed,” because the city bears the Eu-
Rescue attempts are spiritually moti-
vated, said Moses recently from the home
of a Corpus Christi couple, where his
family is staying, Valerie, his wife for 13
years, is spending as much time as pos-
sible traveling with her husband because
of the possibility of a longer jail term.
She cared for their three children during
the interview—Lauren, 9, Kevin, 4, and
Although plagued with fever for the
lastthree days, Moses ardently explained
his views as the sounds of children’s
intermittent crying, laughing and play-
ing could be heard.
Discussing the tragedy of abortion,
Moses said the unborn children’s value
“lies in the love that the Father has for
See Moses, page 6
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