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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                ral path can safi JjeraldZeltung Q Thursday July n 3A Dear Abby You printed a query from the Baptist regarding the secrecy of the Catholic confessional The writer asked whether a priest would disclose the confession of a murderer if disclosure would save the life of a wrongly convicted person who is to be executed for a crime he did not commit The response from Cardinal Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles stated that the priest could refuse absolution to the real murderer if he refused to turn himself in to the police but under no circumstances could the priest break the secrecy seal of the confessional even to save the life of the innocent person who is about to be executed As an ethics teacher in a Catholic college I find this answer unsatisfactory When I discuss such dilemmas with students I encourage Reaves them to find a solution that will respect the moral demands of both horns of the dilemma In this case the priest should try to save the life of the innocent convict while also respecting the confidentiality of his penitent For example the priest could document the details provided by the real murderer and take the statement to appropriate authorities while keeping the identity of the murderer anonymous Although the priests evidence is hearsay and may not be admissible in a trial court his willingness to swear that he has heard the confession of the murderer and is convinced it is authentic should at least lead authorities toreconsider the planned execution Cardinal Mahoneys argument for absolute secrecy on grounds that penitents could stop using the sacrament if they were not guaranteed secrecy is parallel to arguments made by psychiatrists in the Tarasoff case where a patient had told his psychiatrists he planned to kill his girlfriend and then carried out the threat On appeal the California Supreme Court rejected the secrecy of confessional psychiatrists argument supporting absolute confidentiality saying that a psychiatrist had a duty to warn or protect an identifiable potential victim and enunciated the principle now universally accepted by psychiatrists therapists and social workers Confidentiality is limited by the right of others not to be harmed and is most strongly limited by the right to life held by innocent persons CAROL A TAUER ST PAUL MINN Dear Ms Tauer When I printed the question ahd then Cardinal Mahoneys response I had no idea it would generate such a flood of angry letters Some were from Catholics accusing me of having printed an antiCatholic trick However most were from readers who vigorously disagreed with the churchs position on allowing an innocent person to die for a crime he did not commit Since I am not of the Catholic faith I hesitate to criticize church doctrine However I think your letter is an important one and your argument has merit Dear Abby I just finished reading about another senseless crime A high school student fatally gunned down his high school principal and one of his The most troubling part of the tragedy is that the killers friends knew that he had frequently made death threats However they didnt think he would carry it through because it was just you know teen Anyone who considers this kind of conversation just talk is making a terrible mistake by not confiding in someone who can help I am out of high school only 16 years but no one in our school ever spoke that way Is violence the only way people believe they can solve their problems SCARED MOTHER OF TWO Dear Scared Mother Dont be too hard on teenagers who may not have realized the seriousness of such a threat However let me go on record Death threats and threats of suicide are both serious and should be reported to a responsible adult They are indications of serious underlying problems for which professional intervention is essential From Page 1 doesnt want them to be behind other districts and he wants them to be ready for Mark Scheffler associate superintendent for Northeast Independent School District was an assistant principal under Reaves at Lee High School He said Reaves would refuse to take the popular approach if it was not in the best interest of students and Reaves challenged his faculty to think in those terms Scheffler said when a decision could not be reached on an issue Reaves simply would ask if it was in the best interest of the student If we couldnt answer him with a lot of confidence he would tell us to go back to the drawing board and rethink Scheffler said Ivan Fitzwater was superintendent at NEISD and Reaves was his first administrative assistant He said Reaves was one of the brightest young men I His career took off like a rocket and in every assignment he ever had he did it very Fitzwater said He wants what is best for kids and wont let anyone stand in the way of In addition to being described as a childrens advocate colleagues also described Reaves as fair sensitive genuine professional and intelligent Roy Benavides executive director for the Education Service Center said Reaves was also demanding of his employees Hes a challenge to work for because hes not going to let you sit back and maintain the status said Benavides His general philosophy is based around serving Fitzwater said he saw Reaves as a firm leader who could be gentle at the same time realizing that you dont have to be loud when you say These colleagues also were able to shed light as to who Reaves the person is They described him as a good and trustworthy friend honest reliable a good family man anJ a fun person to be around He kind of zings you without you knowing it it hits you about an hour said Scheffler referring to Reaves dry sense of humor and Benavides said Reeves has a confidence and presence about him but foes not as complex as you might He said he may look stoic but hes just Benavides added What you see is what you get He doesnt put on a Although Reaves has not been in the community long he already is looking for ways to get involved Reaves said he joined New Braunfels Rotary and planned to join other organizations because I get to know the Mars Reaves said once he had finished the transition period and had a better grasp on where the district was he planned to take it to the next Part of the process to that is you need to know where you are and where you want to be he said Then you work toward Reaves and his wife have two children a daughter who is 25 and working in Houston and a son who is 21 and works in the criminal justice field Reaves wife Jeanette will teach at OakRun School during the upcoming school year From Page 1 November 1996 The third spacecraft Mars 96 from Russia also was launched in November 1996 Eric Hayne a spokesperson for the National Aeronautics Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California said the job of Pathfinder is to look at Mars environment It is a geology Hayne said They spacecraft will be studying not only the geology but the weather conditions and atmosphere fas Pathfinder is a tetrahedralshaped spacecraft weighing 772 pounds and feet tall On its trip to Mars Hayne said Pathfinder will have a weather station a camera unit and communications hardware for the mission A stereo imager mounted on an extendible mast with 12 spectral filters and an atmospheric structure instrument will be on the lander as well Pathfinder carries a rover Sojourner which was carried in a stowed configuration with its chassis and wheels folded up like an accordion to the lander The Sojourner rover will travel across the terrain of Hayne said The Sojourner has a couple of geology analyzers which will look at the rock scenery and see whats going on It has a spectral analyzer which allows to determine the chemical makeup of rocks Hayne said Pathfinders primary mission will be for 30 days and that depending on its batteries should be in operation for about a year Any more missions to Mars in the future will be based on what we learned Hayne said Pathfinder is part of the Mars Surveyor program which is NASAs program of robotic exploration of Mars The purpose of the program is to help scientists to know more about potential past life on Mars climate and resources which could give researchers clues about the future of Earths environment NASA has a goal of sending two pair of spacecraft every 26 months to Mars to the year 2005 The Global Surveyor will arrive in the Mars atmosphere in September It achieves orbit after Pathfinder Hayne said The Mars Orbiter will map the entire surface of the planet andhave more detailed instruments on it than Viking lander did 20 years Pathfinder is expected to land in the ancient flood basin known as Ares Vallis Updates on the mission can be found on the Web at This connects to 15 corporate and public web sites as well as five international web sites The Best Pizza In WE DELIVER 6255165 Texans facing higher insurance rates AUSTIN AP Many Texas homeowners could face up to doubledigit increases to the cost of their insurance policies Texas Insurance Commissioner Elton Bomer on Wednesday heard arguments from insurer and consumer groups on the setting of residential property benchmark rates Regulated insurance companies covering about onethird of Texas residential property set their rates from 30 percent above to 30 percent below the benchmark rate set in each of the states 23 rating territories Unregulated companies cover the majority of Texas homes Regulated rates within the territories vary widely based on insurance companies policies the location of the insured properties and other factors The Insurance Department encourages Texans to shop around Two state administrative judges have urged Bomer to approve an overall percent increase to the statewide average benchmark rate That includes a percent increase to the average benchmark for homeowners policies and no change to the renters average benchmark Mauro defends hiring man convicted of bank fraud AUSTIN AP State Land Commissioner Garry Mauro is defending a decision to hire a man convicted of bank fraud to help direct a new million veterans nursinghome program The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday reported the May 16 hiring of Ruben Johnson a one time Democratic contributor as director of special projects at the General Land Office The post pays Johnson whos on probation after serving most of an eightyear federal prison sentence a year I believe in giving people a second Mauro said Wednesday in a written statement I hired Ruben Johnson because of his expertise even though I knew it might generate some headlines But I hire people based on their qualifications not political considerations and thats one reason we have the best veterans program in the said Mauro who is considering a run for governor next year For All Your Body Shop Needs BECKER MOTOR CO 547 S Scguin New Bmunfcls 6063463 SAFETY Campaign Notes Early voting for the Aug 9 election to fill four seats on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees begins July 21 and residents will have several opportunities to get to know the candidates There are two atlarge seats up for election as well as the District 1 seat and the remaining year of the District 4 term Atlarge seats cover the entire NBISD district and any registered voter in the district can vote in the at large races District I straddles Interstate 35 from the Guadalupe River to the county line District 4 covers the area immediately west of Business 135 and south of the Guadalupe River The following are die voter forums currently scheduled Association of Texas Professional Educators and Texas State Teachers Association 7 July 22 at the Education Center League of Women Voters 7 July 24 at the Education Center New Braunfels Rotary noon July 30 at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center All candidates will have five minutes to tell the audience about themselves and their campaign There will not be time for questions and answers If you plan to eat with the Rotary Club you need to let the group know Tyto Huge Art Shows In One jf A 2 Days Only Sat A Sun Please dont shoot the works tniggling Artisi Hundreds of ArtistsThousands of Paintings Play it safe this Fourth of July Avoid using fireworks in open fields and near wooden utility poles The combination of exploding fireworks and grass dried by the Texas summer could be a combustible one If a fire does start on or near a utility pole contact your local fire department and the nearest PEC office for help And have a happy and safe Independence Day FAKTAfTIC UW9ATIOM f Worts Aft Sizes Museum QuoCity Fine Art Section1 njftiwtoiijsoa Admission See Vow Htf ton Hotei San Antonio Loop 410 AcroMfromftorthStoritoU Pedernaks Electric Cooperative Inc Bringing Enoiyy fo the TeAu Hill Counriy   

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