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January6,1989 View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Offering it up -- a sign of adulthood "Offer it up," said Sister. I responded with silence and a bit of a mournful look, but in my heart I was saying, "Why should I have to offer it up? I would much prefer tO have my own way." That little episode from my childhood flashed through my mind this week as the students at St. John School, Newburgh, returned to classes on Monday while most of their parents and the rest of the world were able to enjoy another day of relaxa- tion froth their regular jobs. How many times throughout this year 1989 will we be confronted with situations where we will have to "offer it up?" More than likely we will have numerous opportunities to practice a form of self renunciation. In former years, self abnegation was touted as high on the list of virtues for a deep spirituality. We don't speak much these days of doing without, or postponing anything. You and I know full well that we simply can- not always have things our own way. In fact, one of the characteristics of adulthood is the ability to postpone one's own gratification, or give precedence to another's wishes. Unless we are able to do without, wait patiently, or give in to some- one else's desires, we will find ourselves regularly frustrated, angry or otherwise stifled. We note the inability to put up with difficulty in little ones by the way they throw temper tan- trums. Adults are usually less than impressed by such actions. We also make the judgment that in- ability to face obstructions shows a self centeredness that is not totally to be imitated. May 1989 be a year that is as free of want as possible! May it be a time, though, that brings peace and joy to our hearts regardless of what situations we will have to contend with over the months. Finally, let me share a prayer that comes from "Markings, a homiletic reflection from the Thomas More Association. The author is Sister Hester Valentine. Help me Lord, not only to appreciate my friends but, like you, to be a friend: to give as well as receive, to be alert and available to them as you were. Bless each of those whom you have placed in my life's pathway, and who brighten the dark days with their friendship, and make the bright days even more beautiful through their generosity and graciousness: Each is a reflection of you, Lord, and through them I have ]earned to know you better, for we love God with the same hearts with which we love our friends. Thank you for giving them to me, so that I have learned to love. Blessings in this new yearl ' 1988 continued from page "5 Magdalene. A long-venerated image thought to be the burial cloth of Christ, the Shroud of Turin, was subjected to carbon:14 tests and found by three indepen- dent groups of scientists to be formed on cloth from the Mid- dle Ages. Lubbock, Texas, was the scene of alleged supernatural events when three members of a Catholic parish claimed to be hearing messages from God and Mary. Some 12,000 people gathered at the church Aug. 15 in hopes of a miracle. A special investigative commission formed by Bishop Michael J. Sheehan of Lublock said in Oc- tober that the alleged messages could be viewed as "pious meditations," but there was no evidence ,of anything miraculous. U.S. church disputes that made headlines in 1988 included: -- A decision in April by the bishops on the board of trustees of The Catholic University of .America to strip Father Curran of his license to teach as a Catholic theologian and remove him from his theology depart- ment teaching post. Claiming violation of his contract, Father Curran filed suit in civil court to regain his job. -- A Vatican-mandated re- quest by Dominican superiors to creationist theologian Father Fox to take a one-year sab- batical to think over his posi- tions on feminism, Christol0gy, creationist spirituality and other topics. Father Fox said he would quit teaching and speak- ing for half a year. -- A protest by four cloistered Carmelite nuns against changes in their monastery in Mor- ristown, N.J. When the four bar- ricaded themselves in the infir- mary Oct. 4, and were joined by a fifth nun the next day, their actions quickly attracted world Medical Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bellomoad0 Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler City-Wide Delivery Duncan's Riverside Pharmacy Precdp/lon Service Drugs-Sundries-Cosmetics Magazlnem - "We De.liver" Corner Riverside and Governor Evansville 422-9981 Newburgh Pharmacy BILL REINE, Pharmacist Complete Prescription Service and Health Supplies Phone 853-6166 PAUL'S Pharmacy Paul Mayer, Owner 2170 W. Franklin St. 425-7141 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 and N. Weinb:h Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. 425-4422' Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 press attention and led to a Vatican-appointed visitor to try to resolve the problem. In early December the dissident nuns were still barricaded in. Theproblem of sexual abuse of children by priests was highlighted in February by a U.S. Catholic Conference state- ment which cited an "alarming increase" in such abuse, both by priests and in the general population. While many dioceses adopted procedures for report- ing and dealing with such cases, criminal charges were brought against priests accused of child molestation in several parts of the country. H/story's most widely travel- ed pope visited four South American countries in May, Austria in June, five southern African countries in September, and eastern France in October. On his 12-day swing through Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay the pope warned Third World countries to avoid the pitfalls of both capitalism and Marxism but aimed most of his criticisms at liberal capitalism. He preached a message of "liberation from sin and the injustices that accom- pany it," closely linking social justice to personal conversion from sin. In Austria he denounced the "lunatic ideology" of Nazi con- centration camps, but he was widely criticized by Jews for meeting with Austrian Presi- dent Kurt Waldheim, who for 40 years hid his record of Ger- man military service in World War II. Pope John Paul's mid- September trip to five black na- tions in southern Africa was marred by a bus hijacking in Lesotho in which six people were killed. South Africa, governed by a white minority and policies of apartheid, or strict racial segregation, had been pointed- ly excluded from the papal itinerary. But fog and rain in Maseru, Lesotho, forced a papal flight from Zimbabwe to be diverted to Johannesburg, South Africa. There Foreign Minister Roelof "Pik" Botha met privately with the pope and arranged a 250-mile police- escorted motorcade to Lesotho. During the lO-day trip, which also included stops in Swaziland, Botswana and Mozambique, the pope called apartheid a "racist vision of human inequality" that "can- "Where customers send their [fiends!" Open nightly'til 9"p.m.00 IJchihoP & OLD US 231 SOUTH - JASPER, IN - 482-2222 i i i HWY. 62 W. BOONVILLE, IN OLD HWY. 41 N. SULLIVAN, IN not be continued." The pope's October trip to Strasbourg, France, was more to Europe as a whole than to France. He visited the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Human Rights Commission and Court. And the message he preached was the restoration of unity between Eastern and Western Europe, based on the continent's Christian heritage of social and ethical values of human dignity and freedom. Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union saw new pressures for religious liberties in 1988 as the Soviet policies of "glasnost" and "perestroika" -- openness and restructuring -- led to growing demands for freedom not only in the Soviet Union but in other Eastern-bloc countries. Ukrainian Catholics throughout the West celebrated the millennium of Christianity in their native country. They protested sharply against what they considered Soviet efforts to co-opt the observance by sponsoring Russian Orthodox celebrations of the millennium as the 1,9ooth anniversary of Christianity in Russia. In a delicate diplomatic and ecumenical maneuver, the Vatican sent a top-level delega- tion to the Orthodox millennial observances in Moscow in June, despite objections from the Ukrainian Catholic community. In 'CZechoslovakia the government agreed in April to let the church name three new bishops, the first such appoint- ments in more than a decade. But in May the government re- jected a petition, signed by 500,00o Czechoslovakians, demanding an end to religious repression. In November the U.S. bishops issued a statement which sharply criticized the suppression of religious freedom and persecution of believers in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The U.S. bishops were active on many fronts in 1988. They released their first draft of a long-planned pastoral letter See 1988 page 10