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January 11, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum "9 By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Live justice day by day and pray for peace For four weeks during Advent we anticipated the birthday of the Prince of Peace! On Christmas night we sang the song of the angels which spoke of peace on earth to men of good will. On the first day of the year of our Lord 1991, we had a common prayer throughout the world for peace. For us it was the feast day of our Patroness, the Mother of God, the Mother of the Prince of Peace! Today as this is being written (Jan. 6), we celebrate the feast of the manifestation of Jesus as Son of God, Savior of the World -- The full legacy of the Prince of Peace. He is symbolically acknowledged by the visit of the Three Kings, the Magi or Wise Men. He is given gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh -- gold for his kingship, frankincense for his priesthood and myrrh was to signify burial following his death that peace might reign in the world. The search for peace is persistent. Peace is elusive be it personal or communal. On either side of the issue, one must ask, "Am I in search of peace?" or "Am I in search for peace for myself alone?" When I am at odds with God and myself, justice demands of me to search for peace for the rest. That means getting along with others and get- ting others to get along with others. It is not my job to be president of the United States of America. It is not my job to be the leader of Iraq. It is my job, however -- as it is yours -- to assist them to search for peace in the middle of conflict. When there is sin against peace, whose ever it is, justice demands of you and me efforts for peace. Such efforts on our part, or on the part of leaders, do not require war. War and death somehow seem to be the re- quirement of sin. The Prince of Peace has shown us that redemption is complete if you and I but live the mandate of justice day by day. It is when we, you and I, conclude that peace cannot be legislated -- enforced -- rather than recognize that peace flows from within ourselves to others be it personal or communal as a fruit of justice in our lives. It is imperative that each of us live in peace with God and ourselves. Justice demands that we live in peace with each other. Let us pray daily for the leaders of the world that they be empowered to find peace won by our personal and communal sinlessness! i, Indiana issues: life, assistance and "choice" By ANN WADELTON Indiana Catholic Conference For the 24th consecutive Year, the Indiana Catholic Con- ference (ICC) will speak in the name of the Catholic Church in Indiana during the 107th ses- sion of the General Assembly which began January 7th. Among many issues on the .agenda, of primary concern will be improving the state s public assistance programs, allowing Parents a choice in their child's education and requiring that a Oman be given same basic in- rmation prior to an abortion. I lCC Executive Director and Obbyist is Dr M Desmond Ryan, who joined ICC in 1974 as Director of Research and was appointed to his current posi- tion in 1981. His voice will be UpPlernented by 3,000 ICC etworkers who lobby their OWn representative(s) and senator on specific issues. FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. FIT. 1 ST. ANTHONY Regarding the state's public assistance program, ICC will join other groups in supporting improvements in AFDC benefits which currently figure only 32.7 percent of the federal poverty level and allowing reci- pients to earn up to the federal poverty level without being penalized. Under the current system, the state's extremely low "standard of need" level, causes recipients to be penaliz- ed for working, a serious disincentive to moving up out of poverty. If a recipient works to supplement their benefits, they risk losing health benefits for their children. In the area of education, ICC will support Parental CHOICE, a program which gives parents a choice in the schools their children attend. The concept is receiving attention and support from many sources. The U.S. Bishops voted 241-10 at their November 1990 meeting to sup- port such a program and ap- proved $2 million in seed money to help at the state and national levels. COMMIT, a non-profit group of Indiana business leaders, including the state Chamber of Commerce warns that poor education is weakening the state's economy "THE THRIFTY HOUSEWIFE'S SOURCE OF SAVINGS" QUALITY FOODS and MEATS untlngburg and Oakland City e m KREMPP w LUMBER CO HOLESALE BUILDING MAI"ERIAL DISTRIBUTION & GENERAL CONTRACTING ARD CONSTRUCTION 2-1961 482-6838 JASPER BECHER & KLUESNER FUNERAL HOME Downtown Chapel, 214 E. 7th North Chapel, 33rd Newton "tO30 Car Wash Centers 3 Automatics 12 Self-serve Bays JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph. 482-1125 RT. 4, JASPER and is calling for major reforms, including Parental CHOICE. The concept has also been en- dorsed by Indiana Superinten- dent of Schools H. Dean Evans who recommends the develop- ment of a pilot program in 10 school districts. Under Evans' plan, participation would be voluntary and each site would include five forms of choice in- cluding public/private vouchers. The respect life issue would require that a woman, prior to an abortion, would receive written information about the procedure, risks, fetal develop- ment and abortion alternatives. A similar bill passed the House last year 64-34 but failed to pass the Senate by a 24-25 vote. Some Senators who opposed, questioned the constitutionality of the 24-hour waiting period in that bill That issue is currently on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court via a 1989 Pennsylvania bill. ICC will work with other groups to have a pamphlet printed and distributed by the state. ICC issues were chosen by the ICC Board of Directors and Ad- visory Council at a two day meeting in Indianapolis in mid-December. The Board in- cludes the five Bishops of the state and one layperson from each diocese. In addition to Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, the Evansville Diocese is represented by Diane L. Bender, an attorney with the law firm of Kahn, Dees, Donovan and Kahn. Advisory Council members from the Evansville Diocese are Jan Stenftenagel, Rev. John Boeglin and Bernard Kayzak. Representing the Diocese of Evansville at a recent meeting of the Indiana Catholic Conference Board and Advisors are Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger and rom let, Charles and Jan StenRenagel, Ber- nard Kayzak, Father John Boeglin and Diane L. Bender. Children 5 and under eat free every day! Groups, Please Call 812.486-3977 For Reservations Montgomery, Indiana (812) 486-3977 Homemade Amish Cooking Monday through Friday 20% Discount (50 and older) Daily 2 PM - 5PM Open Monday Thru Thursday 11 am to 8 pm Friday 11 am to 9 pm and Saturday 8 am to 9 pm