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13, 1995 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 "- Bishop's Forum -- Vision statement: Paragraph six The role of my staff will be to enable local parishes to develop a:nim_plement parish pastoral v uns. Farish plans will encompass the ministries of education, of fam- ily life, of youth and young adults, and of social concerns and justice. My staff members will be known for their presence, attitude of ser- vice, ability to enable parish lead- P., skill in collaboration with ", ability to facilitate local lead- in achieving the common mis- and stewardship of time, tal- ="u treasure. D ISHOP A GETTELFINGER c_, Bishop Gettelfinzer is devoting a series of urrln8 to a " 8ta,--- n m-depth explanation of his "Vision *mnent or t " . as -, L,.  he Dmcese of Evansvzlle, which .. wUUshed in its entiret Nov 4 The column Oe/ow ez Y " ' L Pands on the ideas contained in the sixth aragraph. 4, . Diocesan staff ess:' le" "- person can accomplish all that is nec- "J I,U ] meet the needs of the people of our dio- - collaborative efforts of parish and staffcan begin to meet such needs. And the involvement of all of the people of be met. , there is neither room available nor staff at the diocesan level to provide all desired by our people. In fact, be paid for, such is not the way in our Church today. As a diocese, we must strengthen the ability of our parishes to plan for their own needs -- and at the same time -- for their obligations to the larger church. Decisions should be made by those closest to those af- fected by the decisions -- that is the principle of subsidiarity, which is applied to parish leadership. Cen- tral diocesan staff should remain "lean." The local professional staff members should exercise their rightful pastoral leadership. Exer- cise of this principle, of course, brings its own burdens. In order to exercise the ministerial role of bishop, I have a staff of professionally trained men and women whose task is that of enablement. They can- not provide direct services to parishioners who are in need. Religious education is one such need. Parents wish to have quality religious education, in or out of school. Such service belongs at the local level. My staff is available to help local leaders to formu- late pastoral plans that will address the broad areas of concern, namely, religious education, fam- ily life, youth and young adults, social concerns and those of justice. Although the diocesan staff members are able to serve as catalyst and resource, they cannot do the work of parish leadership. Each of them with their unique talents will be frustrated unless there is a spirit of collabcration. They are my staff members, "the persecution which the Catholic people face: and sug- gested that the Catholic Church begin printing money to help low-income Catholic people make ends meet. Msgr. Francis J. Maniscalco, media relations director for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Salvi's statement "shows how con- fused and deeply disturbed he is.  In Boston, police were sta- tioned around the cardinal's Ct/nued from page 1 not support nts to this for a Free Choice In 1993 by the er Ad- which group "merits no SUpport as a zation  and is non-Catholic a clearer picture of Salvi, the 22- year-old hairdressing student arrested Dec. 31 for the shoot- ings in Brookline, Mass., which killed two and wounded five others, and for firing shots at a clinic in Norfolk, Va., where no one was hurt. In a lengthy, often-rambling statement released Jan. 5, Salvi said that if he is found guilty of the charges he faces, he wants to be executed. If he is acquitted, he said, he wants to become a Catholic priest. The statement also discussed al Catholics in congress sets r00rd: More GOP Catholics, too TRI?IAZAPOR piled by Congressional Quar- Lane Evans (D); Michael Cl%w s Service terly. Another three senators Patrick Flanagan (R); Luis V. (CNS) " At are seven lcs in the 104th two years ago, Percentage of than in :ngressional constitute ingle denomina. for decades, dominate 21 Catholics, a shift since sen- atholic mem- lse when the and three representatives be- long to Eastern Christian churches, including Greek and Eastern Orthodox. The remainder of members listing Christian churches were in an assortment of de- nominations including Christ- ian Scientist, Seventh- day Ad- ventist, Unitarian and Church of Christ. Thirty-four members are Jewish and seven were listed as "'unspecified or other." By state and party affilia- tion, the Catholic members of the 103rd Congress include: Senate I)linois: Carol Moseley- Braun (D) House of Representatives Illinois: Jerry F. Costello (D); Richard J. Durbin (D); Gutierrez (D); Henry J. Hyde (R); Ray LaHood (R); William O. Lipinski (D) Indiana: Andrew Jacobs Jr. (D); Tim Roemer (D); Peter J. Visclosky (D) Kentucky: Jim Bunning (R) I II May all in our parish come to know the peace and grace of God that is felt by generous stewards who return their time, talent and trea- sure to the Lord. I i i iii i Vincennes .... Bicknell ,____=, s00?bom Monroe City Princeton Patoka Member F.D.I.C. i,,i  i iiii i ii :On's Catholics, and 54 members in the GOP, Republicans single de- with 67. 'ethodists, 56 49 Episco. and 14 rding to bio- "res com. not the staff members of parish leadership. They do not serve any one parish, they must serve all the parishes. From the members of the diocesan staff I expect a loyalty to the mission of the Church that is un- flagging. For this reason, you will find that they are truly present to those they serve, not mere hirelings doing 'their job.' Their spirit of service will mark them as followers of the Lord, 'not to be served but to serve.' My staff, each one of them, is committed to the principles of sound stewardship. They most gener- ously share their time, their talent and their trea- sure far beyond the expected. Because they live stewardship, each of them is able to give testimony to God's blessings flowing therefrom. I want it to be known that what I expect of dioce- san staff, I also expect of parish leadership. With- out parish leadership assuming its proper role, the work of proclaiming the Gospel is doomed to fail- ure. Our diocese is blessed with great talent both at the Catholic Center and at our parishes. Be- cause of these gifts, none of our parishes should go wanting for guidance. If my staff is to be effective, parish staff mem- bers have to be competent and qualified, otherwise the mission of the Church will fail. That is the cen- tral truth of stewardship. Within our diocese are all of the resources we need -- the talent, the time and the treasure. The remaining part of the for- mula is collaboration, working together, in the vineyard of Lord. residence, which is next to the chancery. Father Peter V. Conley, edi- tor of The Pilot, archdiocesan newspaper, said neither he nor Cardinal Law had heard from Salvi, who had expressed an interest in contacting the car- dinal and other Catholic lead- ers. Father Conley said The Pilot would not provide a forum for Salvi's views. Writing in the Jan. 6 issue of The Pilot, Cardinal Law said his heart was "filled with heavy sorrow" over the shoot- ings. "May the God of love and mercy bring those who were killed t'o that place where every tear will be wiped away, and may the compassionate Lord console all those who knew and loved those two young women," he wrote. An editorial in the same edi- tion concluded: "But while we psychoanalyze John Salvi, ex- press outrage at a violence that can never be justified, and carry on a national debate about a moral issue as vital as slavery, we must never forget the names of Shannon Lowney (812) 254-2641 i SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Washington 500 Main St., Petersburg ii and Leanne Nichols. May a gentle Lord give them rest.  Ms. Lowney, 25, and Ms. Nichols, 38, were killed at the Planned Parenthood and Preterm Health Services abor- tion clinics, respectively. 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