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iili! Ii II k, -- ! 'ays v i' ' -! pll" V,? ill :: ;ttalt ily: g ld [sll et I UJ ngl ;dli r@J niP1 nl/l ,11 | II # IL II ) [ kS: I I ?'t| :; || il; January 8, 1993 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana US ..... Continued from page 1 But, as some of the uishops themselves noted, the draft e(xt.had far more trouble ,u.e^ahng with equality for -u|nen in the church. Its sup- port for church equality only 'ithin the limits of current church law and teaching dis- Ppointed those who had o0ked to the bishops to sup- port change. In the end, the proposed ex!. became the first-such CUment in the history of tile biShops' conference to be voted down. After defeating , the bishops apnroved a c01Promise proposal under ffih2 ch, the text was to be pub- uea as a report of the ad -  cmittee that wrote it basis for further , ulaiogue and action. bOmestic News . The faltering U.S. econom Ought increased unemplo ent -.. and hi her demands  g ,. ,homeless shelters, soup atclens and other socm vi 1 ser- apes of the Catholic Church Other organizations. oil aolO aput President Bush ^ ,. lob; most voters Upted to try Bill Clinton s Platform of economi changes, c pohcy Catholics, who just one generation a o Str ..... g were the , -gu of the Democratic arly, had hel .... 01I1,.1  pea elect Ce(r" eagan twice and - ge Bush once. But in ,199, for the first time since ell "ng elect President Carter 1: 76, t rg : . hey returned in uurabers to th rti t;- e Democ- et. They voted 44 ler nt for Cli erl for B,, uteri, 36 per- (}rl L, ird. and20 per_cent rer( '"'tY canaidate Ross Although Chnt South._ _ ' on is a taug', rn Baptist, he was third uy nUns in second and ^, _ grade and is a raduate u Geor etown g los,,;, .g .. Umversty, a -,t nstztution. Earlier in COLLEGE the primary season two other products of Jesuit education -- liberal Democrat Jerry Brown and conservative Re- publican Patrick Buchanan were also running for presi- dent. Along with the economy, another major election-year issue was health care reform. A public policy problem that has simmered on the back burner for years, it finally began to receive serious at- tention as a problem ap- proaching crisis proportions. The U.S. bishops continued to support comprehensive health care reform and the Catholic Health Association weighed in with a systemic reform proposal addressing all aspects of the issue. On the political front, the Freedom of Choice Act was introduced in Congress as part of a new effort to legis- late continuing wide access to abortion in case the Supreme Court should re- verse Roe vs. Wade. With Bush threatening to veto the bill, it did not come to a final vote in the 102nd Congress. But Clinton has said that he favors it, mean- ing it is likely to return to the congressional agenda in 1993. At the start of the year the U.S. bishops launched a new campaign, "Putting Children and Families First," which called for "a spiritual and so- cial reawakening to the moral and human costs of neglect- ing our children and our fam- ilies." Several reports by gov- ernment and non-government agencies during the year highlighted the special im- pact of poverty on children and the weaknesses of cur- rent U.S. policies toward children. The only major piece of new federal legislation re- garding families, the family leave act requiring employers of 50 or more people to pro- vide unpaid leave for certain medical and family emergen- cies, was approved by Con- gress but vetoed by Bush. One ongoing controversy over morality and public pol- icy at many levels -- but es- pecially at the community level -- was the debate over high schools making con- doms available to students as part of "safe-sex" educational campaigns. And when the Bush admin- istration, backed by a Supreme Court decision, began to repatriate thousands of Haitian refugees, U.S. Catholic officials denounced the action and pleaded for a more generous policy. U.S. Church issues When representatives of the nation's black Catholics met in New Orleans in July, it was their second national congress in recent years. In Los Angeles a month later, Hispanic Catholics held a na- tional congress. In April Pope John Paul an- nounced that Denver would be the host city in August 1993 for World Youth Day, an every-other-year event that the pope always attends. Two major internal issues of church life that the bishops worked on in 1992 were stewardship and evangeliza- tion. At their November meet- ing they approved both a pas- toral letter on stewardship and a national plan and strat- egy for evangelization. Near the end of the year the Vatican released its prelimi- nary document for the 1994 world Synod of Bishops, which is to study religious life. Priestly formation also came under review as Pope John Paul II issued an exhor- tation, "Pastores Dabo Vobis" ("I will give you shepherds"), on the topic and the U.S. bishops approved a new I I ANNOUNCING. Brescia College Off-Campus Scripture Course: New Testament For religion teachers, catechists, parish youth leaders, scrip- e Study facilitators, or interested parishioners of the vCese of Evansville. St. Mary Parish Center, Huntingburg Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m. (local time) February 6, 20 - March 6, 20 April 3 REGISTRATION: January 23, 10:00a.m. INSTRUCTOR: Rev. Donald Dilger, MA i Holy Name Parish, Henderson, KY Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.  1:00 p.m. (local time) April 3, 17 May 1, 15, 29 REGISTRATION: INSTRUCTOR: March 22, 7:00 p.m. Sister Julia Head, O.S.U. t i I=- COLLEGE CREDIT TUITION $200 -- AUDIT TUITION $100 , )?r brochures or additional information call Sister Mary Emma Jochum,  : .o:, at812-424.5536 or 1-800-637-1731. 44k I I I 5 "Priestly Formation Pro- gram," a revised, updated version of their seminary norms and guidelines. One of the most difficult is- sues Catholics had to face in 1992 was widespread news about sexual abuse of minors by priests. New guidelines for dealing with allegations of abuse were issued by many dioceses around the country, mast notably in Chicago, where several priests facing unresolved allegations were recently removed from parish work. Although allegations were reported in various parts of the country, the most dra- matic case of the year con- cerned revelations last spring that James R. Porter, a former Fall Riverl Mass., priest, al- legedly molested scores of children before he left the priesthood in 1974. He was subsequently indicted on dozens of criminal charges in Massachusetts, and in De- cember the Fall River Diocese worked out an undisclosed fi- nancial settlement with 68 of the victims. Church and World In 1992, with the world's old superpower politics gone, the hope for a new world order seemed to disintegrate into the disorder of dozens of local and regional disputes. One of the worst disorders was the civil strife in the Balkans, especially in the for- mer Yugoslavian republic of Serbs attacked Catholic Croats and Muslim Slavs in an effort to create an ex- panded Serbian territory free of any ethnic minorities. In Africa, famine and civil strife intertwined in Somalia and Sudan. Liberia, where a two-year- old civil war had been largely forgotten by most Americans, suddenly leaped back into the news in late October and early November when five U.S. nuns working in Mon- rovia were killed by members of a rebel faction. The five, all natives of Illinois, were mem- bers of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. In Latin America another long-time civil war came.to an end as the government and rebel forces in El Salvador -- after 11 years and an esti- mated 75,000 deaths -- agreed to a truce beginning New Year's Day. Throughout the Americas one of the major controver- sies of 1992 concerned an event that happened 500 years ago: the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. Vatican and Pope Pope John Paul II made news with his trips to Santo Domingo and Africa, but the papal trip that made the most news was a much shorter one to Rome's Gemelli Poly- clinic in July for surgery to remove a tumor on his colon. Doctors said the tumor was Bosnia- Herzegovina, where benign. Foster families needed More foster families are needed "for the large number of children who need this in- dividual love, care and atten- tion," according to the latest edition of the Catholic Chari- ties Bureau Newsletter. "These children need a strong, wholesome family en- vironment," the newsletter noted. "The job is not an easy one. It calls for dedication to parenting," Foster parents receive a monthly board fee, "but the real pay is the personal satis- faction of helping the chil- dren grow and develop," ac- cording to the item The newsletter also re- ported that individuals and couples interested in present- ing portions of a Pre-Cana Conference are also needed. Qualifications include will- ingness to present informa- tion and guide engaged cou- ples through exercises on finances, communication, or sexuality/intimacy. To volunteer your services, or for more information about the work of Catholic Chari- ties, contact the agency at (812) 423-5456. 3-part series on catechesis available at Catholic Center A three-part series on cate- chesis is available from the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America and the Office of Communications, Diocese of Evansville. The programs are designed for catechists and teachers of religion in the parish and school. The series is entitled. "Dimensions: Conversations on Catechesis." The first program was transmitted Jan. 5, on "Cre- ativity and Catechesis/Reli- gious Education" with Dr. Janaan Manternach. The ses- sion reflects on ways to be creative in religion classes and other catechetical set- tings. Dr. Manternach is a teacher, writer and author. "Family Sensitive Catech- esis" is the title of the second prbgram, to be transmitted on Feb. 2, The presenter, Dr. Michael Garanzini, S.l., is a faculty member in marriage and family therapy at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Me. Dr. Mary Collins, O.S.B., is the presenter of the third and final program in the series: "Teaching the Sacraments Today." It will be transmitted March 2. Dr. Collins is the chairperson of the Depart- ment of Religion and Reli- gious Education at the Catholic University of Amer- ica. For more information about the programs, contact the Of- rice of Communications or the Media Center, Diocese of Evansville, (8121 424-5536 or (800] 637-1731. ..