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-JL  The Message -- tor Catholics o! 5outhwestern indiana January 8, 1988 II 1987 Continued from page 1 In November the U.S. bishops approved a statement that again urged a regional ap- proach to Central American peace, based on human rights and diplomacy rather than war- fare. The bishops repeated previous criticisms of U.S. policy in Central America, par- ticularly attacking U.S. military aid to the contras as "legally doubtful and morally wrong." IN SOUTH Africa, as the in- ternational community con- tinued to pressure the govern- ment to end its policy of apar- theid or strict racial segrega- tion, the nation's Catholic bishops condemned national elections in May in which only 3 million citizens were allowed to vote, excluding the country's 30 million blacks. Just before the elections an anti-apartheid rally in Washington sponsored by .numerous religious and labor organizations drew 75,000 people. Earlier in the year South African bishops ex- pressed outrage at new rules forbidding prayer services for detainees held under the coun- try's security laws. In November Pope John Paul called on South Africa's rulers "to recognize the rights of the oppressed." When plans for a 1988 papal trip to southern African nations were announc- ed, South Africa was pointedly excluded from the itinerary. The 1987 observance of the Golden jubilarians Harry and Katherine Kuykendall will celebrate their fiftieth wed- ding anniversary on Sunday, Jan. 10, 3 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville. They are the parents of five children: Father Henry Kuykendall of Evansville, Jerry Kuykendall of Mr. Ver- non, Judy Tennyson of Lafayette, Michael Kuykendall of Portland Ore., and Nancy Oskins of Evansville. Mr. Kuykendall retired froz Bcyrus Erie in 1982 after,40 years of service. (;UPIBUR00 00rAmneD SERVING THE TRI-STATE AREA COMMERCIAL- RELIGIOUS. RESIDENTIAL. COMMISSIONS Original Designs Restorations & Appraisals Clear & Colored Bevels Mirror & Plate Glass Lamps Custom Storm Protection Etching & Sandblasting Classes & Supplies 853-0460 20 W JENNINGS, NEWBURGH i "Where customers send their friends/" Open nightly til 9 p.m. L00I00II00P & Sen OLD US 231 SOUTH - JASPER, IN - 482-2222 I I II -- II 600th anniversary of Christiani- ty in Lithuania, coupled with preparations to celebrate the millennium of Christianity in the Ukraine in 1988, brought new attention in the West to the Soviet suppression of Ukrai- nian Catholicism and the severe restrictions imposed on the church in Lithuania. A group of secretly ordained Catholic priests and bishops in the Ukraine revealed their ordina- tions in one of the more dramatic actions signaling a new level of active resistance to the Soviet suppression of their church. Third World debt was raised as a moral as well as economic concern in January when the Vatican's Pontifical Justice and Peace Commission called for bold new measures to restruc- ture the debt of the world's poorer nations. The commission document said massive debt burdens were seriously hindering develop- ment, disproportionately hurt- ing the poor, and bringing some nations to "the very brink of bankruptcy." The Vatican also brought new attention to the burgeoning area of reproductive technology with a major document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which said that technological assistance of human procreation is morally acceptable only if the integrity of the act of sexual intercourse within marriage is preserved ,m and if there is no violation of the rights or dignity of the new human person that exists from the moment of conception. SURROGATE motherhood, in vitro fertilization, any pro- cedure involving the sperm or egg of people other than the married couple, artificial in- semination separated from con- jugal intercourse, and non- therapeutic experimentation on embryos were among the pro- cedures made possible by modern technology which the Vatican said were morally unacceptable. Within the Catholic Church at large, the vocation and mis- sion of lay people in the church, and especially of women, were major issues as the 1987 world Synod of Bishops met Oct. 1-30 to discuss the laity. An estimated 200,O00 Catholics participated in presynod consultations in the United States, and women's roles in the church, expansion of lay ministries, improved resources for spiritual life and better priest-lay relations emerged among top priorities. The synod affirmed that lay people share responsibility for the church with the clergy, but it warned against letting lay ministerial roles overshadow the laity's essential role in the world. Although several bishops called for an end to the exclu- sion of women from serving at the altar or being installed as readers during Mass, that pro- posal did not make it to the final recommendations that the synod submitted to the pope. In the fall two independent U.S. conferences on women in the church, which drew a com- bined attendance of 4,000;q 5,000, also called attention to Catholic women's concerns. A new papal encyclical on Mary and proclamation of a special Marian year put Catholic devotion to the Mother of God in the news -- as did numerous Catholic pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, site of alleged recent apparitions of Mary. Citing reservations about the authenticity of the visionS, the local bishop banrd pilgrimage Masses there, but pilgrims ignored the ban. THE POPE ALSO stayed in the news as he continued the foreign trips which have made him the most-traveled pope in history. Besides his U.S. visit, which concluded with a one- day stopover in Canada, he traveled to Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, West Germany and Poland during the year. In October the Vatican a,p-t nounced a new papal initiati to seek reconciliation with Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, leader of traditionalist Catholics opposed to many of the Second Vatican Council's See 1987page 15 I I , I I I I EVANSVILLE SERVICE AND SHOPPING GUIDE CALL 424-5536 TO GET YOUR BUSINESS OR SERVICE LISTED BELOW! BARBECUE RIBS-CHICKEN PORK-BEEF INSIDE DINING*BURGOO COMPLETE CARRY-OUT SERVICE CLOSED ON MONDAYS 425-1616 3119 W. MARYLAND ==__--__  ...... -_ == _--_ ____ _| = =-=C- :=----_--___;.. I Spaldings Food Land 2100 Strlngtown 171 ;3 E. Morgan 411 S. Barker Vhflt Our Complete DelicatemRn Prime Cuts of Beef Evansville Wet Heat & Piping Co. Inc. 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