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4 Editorial The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana January27,1989 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor We have good news about your Church The phone was off the hook and my faithful reel-to-reel recorder was slapping the end of a reel of tape against the wall. I hung up the newsroom phone and turned off the tape recorder, and wondered what would be on the tape. I had tried to do two things at once -- not an uncommon need in the one-person newsroom of the radio station in southern Illinois. The more important thing of the two was an- choring a "live" radio newscast at noon. The lesser of the two things was capturing a pre- recorded interview with a "newsmaker." According to the plan, I made telephone con- tact with the supplier of that interview. He and I talked about what he had and how parts of the in- terview could be used. I asked him to send the en- tire conversation from his recorder to my recorder. We planned to continue our conversation after the successful telephone transfer of the tape. The interview was longer than I expected, however, and I had to leave the telephone before the process was complete. I could not interrupt the call without mining my recording; and besides, the other guy would not be listening, anyway, un- i til he had finished feeding the tape. When I left to anchor the newscast, I realized that the taped interview would end before I could return. I didn't know how the live person on the other end of the phone line would react. When I returned, to hang up the phone and to re-thread and rewind the tape, I began to be curious about what was on the tape. After the taped interview came the one-sided conversation from the other end of the line. "That's it. Did you get it?" was the first offer- ing on the tape. Of course, since I was gone, there was no response from my side. "That's it," came the voice again, after a few seconds, a little louder than the first time. "Did you get the interview?" Again, of course, there was no response from my end of the line. There came a long pause, and a loud, "Hello. Is anybody there?" Nobody was. Another "Hello" and another "Hellooooo" followed the earlier efforts to get through. The pauses grew longer and the voice grew weaker and less confident, less hopeful, not really expecting an answer. "Hello. Is anybody there?" Then came a short pause followed by the sound of the phone being hung up. The old story came into my mind as all of the staff at the Message prepared for Message Sunday, observed this weekend. Now is the time for you to respond to the con- versation we want to continue with you. We have interviews, stories and pictures for you. We want you to have them each week. We have columns and commentaries, letters and opinions. We want you to have them each week. We have bulletin board items and school news; we have national news and world news and entertainment news -- all from a Catholic Christian perspective. In short, we have news about your Church -- the work of God and the work of God's people in the world today. We want you to keep open the line of communication you have established with us. Renew your subscription to the Message. En- courage others to share the values you have found in the pages of the weekly Catholic newspaper for all Catholics of southwestern Indiana. I Vatican Letter Aggiornamento: Pope's decision changed Catholic Church By.AGOSTINO BONO NC News Service VATICAN CITY (NC) -- Thir- ty years ago, Pope John XXIII left his Vatican apartment to visit Rome's basilica and abbey of St. Paul's-Outside-the-Walls. Before returning several hours later, he set in motion the machinery that changed the face of 20th-century Catholicism. In an address to 17 cardinals at the abbey Jan. 25, 1959, he announced plans to convoke the Second Vatican Council. For Pope John the decision was an inspiration of the Holy Spirit. For the Catholic world it was a major surprise. In the time between the an- nouncement and the council's opening session Oct. 11, 1962, the rotund, elderly pope em- phasized that the council would be a new Pentecost. He wanted to give a new impetus to Catholic life through a renewal of the church's teachings, norms and organiza- tion. The windows of the ThMESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47724-O160 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Preu of Evansville. Publisher ........ Bishop Francis R, Shea Almociste Publisher .... Rev. Jooeph Zlliak Editor ................ .. Paul Leingang Production Mgr ............... Phil Booer Address 8il communications to P.0. Box 4189, Evamwllle, IN 47724-0169. Phone (e12) 424-5536. 8uboorlptlon rate: $15 per year Entered as 2nd clmm matter at the poet of. rice in Evlmmlle, IN 47701. PublktJ0n number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to the Office of Publication. Copyright 1lie9 Catholic Prime of Evtmwllle church would be opened to let in some fresh air, he said. Soon, "aggiornamento," Italian for "updating," became a household Catholic word. But the pope said he also wanted the overall aim to be the promotion of Christian unity, and he picked a symbolic date to make the .announcement. Jan. 25 is the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a Catholic initiative begun in 1908. St. Paul's-Outside4he-Wall's is also a symbolic spot. The basilica adjacent to the Benedictine abbey is built above the tomb of St. Paul the Apostle, who was beheaded by the Romans at a site near the basilica. St. Paul was the apos- tle to the Gentiles, responsible for much of the early spread of Christianity beyond the Holy Land and noted for his defense of flexibility in adapting religious practices to Gentile cultures. As a first-century Christian, his teachings form common ground for all followers of Christ. The basilica and abbey are called St. Paul's-Outside-the- Walls because the religious complex is located just outside the city walls of ancient Rome. The first church atop the site of St. Paul's tomb was built in the fourth century. The current basilica was constructed in the 19th century, after a fire in 1823 destroyed most of the old basilica. In recent years, the basilica has continued to be a site of ecumenical activities. In i966 Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey of Canterbury, England, then-leader of the worldwide Anglican Commu- nion, met in the church and signed a joint declaration of friendship, a major step for- ward in Catholic-Anglican rela. tions. Pope John Paul II also has made it a practice of visiting St. Paul's-Outside-the-Walls to close the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in ceremonies attended by other Christian leaders. In 1985 Pope John Paul pulled his own surprise and an- nounced plans to convoke an extraordinary Synod of Bishops to assess the post-conciliar period. The Synod of Bishops is an outgrowth of Vatican II, as a form of partial collegiality. Col- legiality is shared responsibili- ty between the pope and the world's bishops in church af- fairs. It also means that the church's infallibility in faith and morals is exercised by the pope in unison with the entire body, or college, of the world's bishops. Collegiality was a ma- jor teaching to emerge from the council. Thirty years after Pope John's announcement, there are numerous signs of the church's Continued from page I be costly to maintain in the future with little if any return on its investment." The house was built in 1925 with a capacity for housing 14 people. Currently, two brothers and two priests reside in the facility. There are several areas in the home which will require "ma- jor maintenance," according to Tieken, including the roof, the heating system and the exterior. "The roof on the structure will need to be replaced in the next two or three years; the roof parapet wall on the north side is structurally weakening and toe- ing in on the roof which needs to be repaired by tuck pointing the mortar joints. The heating "aggiornamento." When he made public his decision, priests were celebrating Mass in Latin and with their backs to the people. Now, priests face the people and celebrate the Mass in the vernacular. A permanent diaconate has been re-established as an or- dained ministry open to mar- ried men. Lay people have become much more active in church life and in decision- making positions. Christian unity has not been achieved, but notable progress has been made. Dialogues have replaced diatribes. Serious theological encounters have erased many doctrinal pro- blems that for centuries were considered insurmountable. Pope John saw little of these changes. He died June 3, 1963, more than two years before the council ended. He presided over only one of the four coun- cil sessions. None of the 16 system is questionable as to how long it will last, and the exterior needs to be repainted." No plans have been developed to make the house into a ,useable facility for Memorial High School," Tieken said, adding that the close proximity to the high school "does not lend it suitable to be rented or sold to an outside organization." He recommended that the house be given "minimal repair" for two more school years and then torn down at the end of the 1990-91 school year and a parking lot for 60 cars be constructed. He also recom- mended that "if any major maintenance develops prior to this time, the facility be closed immediately and demolition documents emerging from the council was approved while he was alive. ,. Controversy still surrounds some of the council reforms, and arguments have not ceased in the post-conciliar church over interpretations of others. Some people also question , whether Pope John wanted such far-reaching reforms as emerged from the council. Letters welc0me Letters to the editor are welcome. Brief let- ters are preferred. The Message reserves the right to select letters for publication. Send letters to: The Message P.O. Box 4169 Evansville, Ind. 47711 proceed as soon as possible." The ECHS Board took no vote on this recommendation; a vote may be taken at the February meeting. In other business, the gradua- tion fee was raised to $30 for the 1989-90 school year. The general fee will be raised to $75 " during the 1990-91 school year. The ECHS Board also discussed the possibility of developing a pilot program to teach high school algebra to eighth graders. If accepted into the pilot program, the students would be released from their elementary schools in order to attend a daily algebra class at Memorial. They would provide their own transportation to and from the high school. - '