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| Them E ,,,,,= CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 19 NUMBER 18 JANUARY 6, 1989 Winter's light Sunlight seems to shatter on a silhouetted steeple in the coldlight of a clear winter day. -- Message Photo by Barbara Paul 1988 ECHS Board raises tuition, teacher salaries for 1989-90 By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer The Evansville Catholic High School Board has approved a tuition increase and an eight percent pay raise for teachers at Memorial and Mater Dei high schools for the 1989-90 school year. The ECHS Board has also decided to hire its own Development Director. Pat O'Neill, ECHS Board president, said the tuition increase is linked to the increase in teacher salaries. "In a survey conducted last spring, the vast majority of Memorial and Mater Dei parents indicated they would be willing to pay an increase in tuition to keep our quality staff and high stan- dards of educational excellence. "In order to keep and attract quality teachers, we feel we must raise our teachers' salaries to a more competitive level." O'Neill noted that the projected ac- tual cost of educating a student at Memorial or Mater Dei is $2219; the three sources of revenue for the high schools are tuition, parish assessments and endowment income. The approved tuition rate for the 1989-90 school year will be $1350 for the first child of parishioners, $880 for the second child of parishioners, $2050 for the first child of non-parishioners, and $1445 for the second child of non- parishioners. The ECHS Board has also approved high school teacher salary increases for the next three years. In 1989-90, salaries will increase by eight percent; they will increase by six percent in the 1990-91 school year. The ECHS Board is also of- fering a minimum guarantee of a six percent salary increase for the 1991-92 school year. A two to three percent average increase in increments for years of service has also been approved. The ECHS Board has allocated $10,000 to be divided between Memorial and Mater Dei high schools and used for stipends for teachers work- ing with such extra curricular activities as band, speech, drama and student government. This figure will grow to $15,000 in next year's budget and by 1991-2 it will be $20,000. The Teachers' Liason Committee and the principals will be making recommendations to the ECHS Board on how this money should be divided, according to O'Neill. A ten percent increase in coaches' salaries has been approved by the ECHS Board for 1989-90. In both the 1990-91 arid 1991-92 school years, these salaries Will be increased by eight percent. The ECHS Board has also approved funds in its budget for the hiring of a Development Director and a. part-time secretary. "If we get a Development Director in place, we can hopefully see some addi- tional revenues come in," O'Neill said, adding, "we can come closer to paying our teachers what the public school teachers are getting." A search committee for a Develop- ment Director should be formed soon, O'Neill said, and the ECHS Board hopes to have a Development Direotor in place by Spring of 1989. The search commit- tee will consist of Justin Clements, development director for the Diocese of Evansville; Father Raymond Kuper, director of the Office of Catholic Educa- tion; two members from the ECHS Board; representatives from the alumni associations from both Evansville Catholic high schools, and a represen- tative from the Catholic Education oundation. The duties of the new Development Director will include: -- Developing long-range plan. See ECH$ BOARD page 5 Church in 1988 will be remembered as the year of a schism By JERRY FILTEAU NC News Service WASHINGTON (NC) -- In the Catholic Church 1988 was the year'that a long-seething dispute over the Second Vatican Council broke out in an open schism. Unable to accept Vatican II teachings on ecumenism, religious freedom and liturgy, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre defied papal orders and ordained four bishops June 30 to carry on his interna- tional traditionalist movement. He, the four new bishops and a retired Brazilian bishop who par- ticipated in the ordinations were automatically excommunicated for their actions, taking scores of priests and thousands of Catholics with them. On the world scene of Catholicism, 1988 was also a year of: -- A letter on women and an en- cyclical on social justice by Pope John Paul II. " -- Papal trips to Africa, South America, Austria and France. -- The millennium of Christianity in Ukraine and new world attention to religious repression in Eastern Europe. -- Attacks on church personnel and agencies fighting apartheid in South Africa. -- A new church offensive against ar- tificial birth control 20 years after "Humanae Vitae." -- Controversy over the teaching authority of national bishops' con- ferences. In the United States the church faced presidential election-year public policy issues from nuclear defense to abortion. Anti-abortion protesters of 1988 adopted the civil disobedience tactics of their anti-war counterparts two decades earlier, and 9,000 people -- including two Catholic bishops -- were arrested for blocking abortion clinic entrances. The nation's bishops debated their first draft of a pastoral letter on women's concerns and how the U.S. church should confront the AIDS epidemic. Internal church disputes in the United States included the continuing controversy over Father Charles E. Cur- ran at The Catholic University of America, the Vatican silencing of Dominican Father Matthew Fox, and the widely publicized protest of some Carmelite nuns in New Jersey against changes in their monastery. Pope John Paul, who marked his 10th anniversary as pontiff in October, con- tinued to put his distinctive stamp on the church and dominated Catholic news in 1988 -- as he had nearly every year since he was elected. From February to June he guided un- precedented efforts to accommodate the liturgical and spiritual sensitivities of the Lefebvrites in an attempt to turn aside the 82-year-old French arch- ,bishop's threat to ordain bishops. On the inside--------- I Year in review A tentative accord, which would have given Archbishop Lefebvre and his followers special status in the church, fell apart when the archbishop refused to accept Vatican II teachings on ecumenism and religious liberty. After the illegal ordinations, the pope See 1988page 5 -- A look at 1988's people and events, on pages 2 and 3. Scripture commentary -- Father Dilger's reflections, on page 5. School notebook -- Students' activities, on page 7. The pope's play -- A new film, on page 8. Shoals parish center -- Open house scheduled, on page 12.