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The Message  for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 I i The discipline of athletes By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER self-control both in diet and in the demanding training 4. Lest I be mistaken, I must be wiUing to accept the which is required to obtain the athletic prowess of a judgment of others about my own limitations. true competitor. 5. Having accepted my true limitations, I am must Wrestling is a test of the soul of a young wrestler at be willing to be guided by those who are expert in 0 : any weight level, knowing the requirements for being good with limita- Having been a teacher and an adm" " tr r wrestler's self-control is seemingly heroic to own. :v, eve a - - n'us ate  and A t-ions that I : !1. Caa'"'pntgrapher-onc High School forin In&anftball coaches  at Chatard those of us who are familiar with adolescent appetites. 6. Having the will to be good, I must exercise the ,Sls ;, _ apohs, I continue to Desire may be the driving force, but it is the power of discipline necessary to be successful at being good.  y0tdfl..a.we at the physical and mental discipline of the will that makes the difference in maintaining the 7. Constantly, I must remind myself, that my limi- a  . athletes. Most recentl n, w ' _ _ y the wrestlm toumament il hichMater ..... g proper balance, tations are not yours and yours are not mine. In :!;, oi ^ , el grapplers won handil is a classic The demands that good discipline make on a wrestling and in life, accountability is personal. rai have _:  Convinced that the demands of this sport wrestler, in the days leading up to a match, are hidden. 8. In wrestling a competitor cannot hide. i ; _mething to teach all Christians Those of us who As Catholic Christians, we are called to live lives of wit- 9. In life, a Catholic cannot hide. p diii thlic know the regimen, for it is part of our tra- hess, practicing our faith in public. Lent is our time of 10. Neither the coach nor the Church can guarantee . 1 ' Lt ! Wrtlin . "weight training." victory. ;  indivicll , _ g Is a demanding sport, and primarily an I have begun to generate a list of ways in which a Lent is but days away. You and I are aware that the  veio,  sport. The individual, no matter his size or wrestler's trainin is corn arable to the demands number of our rsonal da on this earth is unknown ,  1.2 't, 'aces his co-- -" " g p pe ys . MR: xlive e fort .... mpetltor alone. The team is the col- placed upon a practicing Catholic. What we do know is that we will be personally   vght ('- ui tndividuals competing in varying As I prepare my list for this printing, I am aware accountable for our personal exercise of balance for all : thea ys' T be eligible in a given weight class, that I am giving away some of the areas in which I of our days. We also believe in God's incredible mercy : r must .... ,, ..........   W fih" . we]gh-m at the appropnate deslg- struggle. I ask you to build your own hst and include for failure when we may have let the team down. , Pro ;Y or below, the areas of your personal concern. Oh, by the way, don't tell me you can't do it. Young i both the be" gl! for the wrestler demands balance in 1. I must have a desire to be good. people cant They prove they can do it by their athletic /: ,train the uy and soul. He must balance his diet to 2 I must will to do what is necessary to be good. performance and their subsequent victories. .: ti. Prescribed wei-ht while maintainin maxi 3" In m" desire to be -ood, I must acknowledge to The same will and disci line are uired for moral i   for the contest. He must exercise heroic myself my own limitations, performance. We can do it with God's help! N0tre dame law dean system has h!t bottom By ROBERT O'STEEN reputation and the ethical level "do-good" system of law. He said that when a committee one legal-reform activist said ath01ic News Service of the legal profession have "Let's see what we can work he headed studied the public per- reform of the system was almost reached an all-time low in the out to make sure justice is done ception of various professions, it impossible because lawyers con- LE, Fla. United States. to bring about 'peace in the vil- found people ranked lawyers trol all three branches of the gov- dean of the Uni- A professional housecleaning lage."' below used-car salesmen, ernment. Dame Law may have to wait until a younger He was referring to the origins "They are perceived as hired Link said it was not realistic to legal profession generation of law students who of law in which villagers would guns, greedy and willing to do try to get the lawyers out of m the United don't like the present state of bring disputes to a wise elder, anything for the money," he said. office and not necessarily wise. affairs takes over the legal sys- the precursor of a judge, who He attributed part of the prob- He said dictators like Hitler and Get rid of the tern with fresh ideals, hesaid, sought only peace and harmony lem to law schools themselves, Castro got rid of the lawyers first system in which "My solution for restoring the for the village, saying many of them teach a so there was no legal recourse. Only to win for reputation to the legal profession He said he sees many law stu- kind of sterile, minimalist ethics. The answer, he said, lies in of truth, is to scrap adversarial ethics," he dents around the country who "They teach mostly rules of lawyers with morals and ethics. s not said. are not all about money and orderly practice, what you can't "Many young people don't about win- He said adversarial ethics want to change things, do, or how to maintain lawyer like whars happening. I'm start- id T. Link, law leads to disregard for the broad- Link said later in an interview monopoly," he said. ing to see a whole generation of years, er concerns of justice and fair- that he turned down a $1 million What is needed, he said, is a students who want to turn it terms in ness as lawyers sacrifice truth offer to return to private practice positive ethic of the responsibil- around and who are rejecting the and compromises that would be because he would rather contin- ities of lawyers in society, of power structure side of this ... or "Professional fair to the adversary for the sake ue molding young law students what they should do and not just who want to heal and make a t" of the Legal of winning all they can for their with values at Notre Dame. what they can or can't do. difference," he said. Holy Cross Hos- client. He told the Fort Lauderdale He said many lawyers them- He said law schools should as part The adversarial system has audience he would like to return selves are unhappy with the state nurture those ideals and "pro- )Onsored by the been "overextended" and "may to the day when lawyers were of their profession and are unfair- duce lawyers who hunger and Notre Dame not be appropriate any more," he trusted because they focused on ly tamished by problems of the thirst for justice and healing and said., healing and justice, not just win- system beyond their control, peace. Then we have some hope ; ,. Od both the He suggested recovering a ning. In aquestion-answer period, for the future." , s, trips and a consistory: Pope presses ahead to 1998 i . . N speeches are noticeably shorter appeared tired and sluggish dur- With his eyes fixed on the cele- million people present at an audi- : ..... e than they were two years ago, ing much of the World Youth Day bration of the Holy Year 2000, ence or liturgy does not include i " ' ' on celebrations in Paris, but the Pope John Paul started a series of the millions of people Pope John i:ll".,p!l P (CNS) -- If andtripshiSaremiddaYlonger.breakSbut veryfreignfew was animated as he handled aPPe weekly general audience talks Paul 8 in his trips abroad. ! i''[..Ye" ;' sdownhis fixed apPointments are canceled, packed schedule during an Octo- about the jubilee and how the not the thosmands he met in th :* YIO0k.,[" r olutions, thev ! '!aeethinglike: , However, as the pace of synods ber trip to Rio de Janeiro, BraziL meaning of time changed once more intimate setiing of his Sun- ! :]ho, Ptor,] visits to and'other meetings picks up in Vatican and local officials are Christ entered the world, giving day visits to parishes in the Dio- preparation for the jubilee year, putting the flnal touches on three humanity the opPortunity of ete- cese of Rome. : i: !p * least three conti- some appointments get pushed trips for the first half of 1998: hal life. Sometime in 1998 -- most back bit. While 1998 would be Cuba in January, Nigeria in to i ' t3 h hi OVercOna l: synods a According the Pontifical bets are on late February or late the normal time for each Canadi- March and Austria in June. Household, which arranges papal June -- Pope John Paul is " "a tinents. After personally attending the audiences, Pope John Paul met expected to name at least 16 r vc, an bishop --like his U.S. coun- nearby ffneeded terpart  to make an"ad limina" working sessions of the month- visitors to the Vatican on 45 new cardinals. 'PPVL" Zor Use .... 4 I -''nchila_"  a comic visit to Rome, as the old year long Synod of Bishops for Amer- Wednesdays during 1997. The The College of Cardinals, ' _ --:-znare rese Is. eatleast, P nt. ended it appeared the Canadians' icaNov. 16-Dec. 12, thepopeis Vatican said 550,000 people which meets occasionally to .,, -u new cardi- tete-a-tete with the pope would already looking ahead to the attended the general audiences, advise the Pope and which is " -*'[ h; ' lea have to wait untii1999, opening of the Synod of Bishop, ALmost as many people -- responsible re, e|in, a ( st 15 minutes Vatican officia!s insist the prob- for Asia in April and the Synod of 462,000 according to the official Pope, can have as many as 120 o . ad of each U.S. lem is the pope's schedule and Bishops for Oceania-- Australia, report  attended one of numer- members under the age of 80. i I not his stamina, but observers New Zealand and the South ous liturgies celebrated by the As of De. 23, thecollege had continue to worry about the Pacific-- in the fall. pope in the Vatican. 107 membe under the age of S0 Pope's health. Pope John Paul has two An additional 179,000 people and  eligible to votein a As he did the year before, Pope anniversaries to celebrate in the were part of Catholic religious papal conclave. With three cardb John Paul took six trips outside of autumn of 1998: On Sept. 28 he orders, movements or as..,.,.,.,.,.,.,.a- rials celebrating their 80th birth- elve t Pope has shown Italy in 1997, logging more than will mark 40 years as a bishop tions granted special audiences daysin January or early February, i, 20,000miles. and on Oct. 16 he will mark 20 with the pope during theyear, the pope would have l6 places to Press ahead. Hm Journalists saw a pope who years as pontiff. The grand total of nearly 1.2 fill.