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hM E S SAGE i u The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 19 January 7, 1994 ) ,&apos; I m,tN :? ' 2_'7"f ,, 7 < Synod was highlight of year in diocese 13Y MessaANNHUGHEsMARv the role of women in the ge staff writer Church today, healing and rec- nearly 400 del- to pray that Would bless at Synod '93. The held at eeraer Church, Etienne was Gerald A. Une 5 at St. John Church, New- assigned to St. Jasper. Gettelfinger first ad limina ishop Get- le.d bishops from ld. Wisconsin is required eses every presided new church the Bap- and 62 were Brute Soci- d the Fourth of Evans- propos- Bishop ratified Redeemer that were head- "Focus -Stablish a establish a Team, on guidelines and act One is estab- aline with .0f parish s at every the will be at the and Will be re- directing to ap- for Policies on' records, Policy on with up during ng process. wanted ion Pastoral areas reflection role of religious; onciliation, administration and management, justice, evange- lization-outreach, stewardship, and family. In addition, five documents already prepared were sent to the Synod Implementation Team or to the Diocesan Pas- toral Council. The documents concerned a Council of Reli- gious, the Diaconate, a Com- mission on Women in Church and Society, a Health Care Ministry Commission and a Social Concerns Commission. In December, Bishop Get- telfinger appointed 18 persons to the Synod Implementation Team. The team, plus four ex officio members were given the responsibility of drawing up guidelines for a Diocesan Pas- toral Council. Members include Helen Boettcher, St. Mary Church, Evansville; Thomas Cici Jr., Holy Rosary Church, Evans- villa; Father John Davidson, pastor of St. Anthony Church, Evansville; Deacon David Franklin, at teacher at Memor- ial High School, Evansville, and member of Corpus Christi Church, Evansville; Gertrude Howard, St. Anthony Church, Evansville; Howard Kiefer, Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Haubstadt; Father Philip Kreilein, pastor of St. Ferdi- nand Church, Ferdinand; Steve Lindvall, Sacred Heart Church, Vincennes; Franciscan Sister Jane McConnell, pas- toral associate at Nativity Church, Evansville; Bev Mendel, St. Mary Church, Ire- land; Dr. Phillip Pierpont, Sa- cred Heart Church, Vincennes; Lisa Provost, St. Benedict Church, Evansville; Dr. James Quinn, St. Francis Xavier Church, Vincennes; R. David Rice, St. John the Baptist Church, Newburgh; Father James Sauer, pastor of St. Clement Church, Boonville; Benedictine Sister Geneva Stumler, director of religious education at St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County; Mary Jo Wickman, secretary at St. Mary Church, Washing- ton, and Sharon Vogler, Holy Name Church, Bloomfield. The ex officio members of the Synod Implementation Team are Bishop Gettelfinger; Ronald Baumgart, diocesan treasurer; Holy Names Sister Louise Bond, chancellor, and Msgr. Kenneth R. Knapp, vicar general and moderator of the curia. Ordination Bishop Gettelfinger ordained Father Bernard Etienne June See SYNOD page 10 1993 pilgrimage with the pope highlights religious events of year By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A gathering of 186,000 Catholic youths for World Youth Day in Denver was a religious high- light of 1993. It was also a year, however, in which new allegations of child sex abuse by priests were almost weekly occurrences. The beginnings of life, the end of life and health care in between posed moral and pub- lic policy issues in the United States as: -- Plans for health care re- form, a policy centerpiece of the new Clinton administra- tion, moved ahead and sparked wide debate over national health policy. -- Dr. Jack Kevorkian, nick- named "Dr. Death," repeatedly defied Michigan laws by help- ing people commit suicide. -- President Clinton ap- pointed abortion-rights sup- porters in key policy positions, backed the Freedom of Choice Act -- which stalled in Con- gress -- and revoked several previous executive orders against abortion-related fund- ing. -- The murder of a Florida abortionist by an anti-abortion activist brought new attention to a violent fringe in the pro- life movement that believes such killings are justified homicide. When an Alabama Catholic priest publicly argued that view, his archbishop re- moved him from pastoral rain. istry. -- Catholic officials and nat- ural family planning organiza- tions celebrated the 25th an- niversary of "Humanae Vitae," Pope Paul VI's encyclical reaf- firming church teaching against artificial contraception. Theologians revisited the en- cyclical in speeches and arti- cles, evaluating the teaching some favorably, some not so fa- vorably -- and its impact on church life. Pope John Paul II, continu- ing his world travels as he en- tered the 15th year of his pon- tificate, visited Denver Aug. 12-15 to participate in the World Youth Day oeremonies. The 73-year-old pontiff also visited Benin, Uganda and Sudan in February, Albania in April, Spain in June, Jamaica and Mexico in August and Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in September. In October he issued a new encyclical letter, "Veritatis Splendor" ("The Splendor of Truth"), the first encyclical on fundamentals of moral theol- ogy. When the pope fell as he walked down some steps in No- vember, separating his shoul- der, it sparked a flurry of ru- mors and speculation about his health. Vatican officials firmly denied the pope's health is fail- ing. Even with the pope present for World Youth Day in Den- ver, those who were there said the real story was the conver- gence of tens of thousands of teen-agers and young adults from all parts of the United States and dozens of foreign countries to sing, pray and cel- ebrate their faith and religious ideals together. Catholic officials com- plained, however, that much of the media  especially the ha- See 1993page2