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The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 Bishop's Forum --- January 25, 1994 we the Conversion of St. traditional conclu- for began on things, the week an Unity came awareness during my years Our Catholic faith to my family in and in the sacra- in the Eucharist ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER was nestled in a rural County. Our parish church away by the shortest route. We among and with other farm- were Christians of several de- We did together those things that a could not manage on its .activities ranged from threshing grain of crops and doing chores for a sick neighbor's kids when a new home; from helping to put to the COunty fair. It seemed we m raost.every way, save one: our faith. Understood the concepts of Christ- I even knew, let alone Words. There was always that between us when it came to our L to have the utmost respect for d faith expressions. We That all may be one simply did not discuss it. Each family went its own way on Sun- days. Our family participation in Holy Day Mass came at the earli- est possible hour of the day, usu- ally five o'clock a.m. It had to be done before school since we did not have a Catholic school nearby. The same was true for First Fri- days. The only exception came dur- ing the Sacred Triduum when Catholic kids were released to par- ticipate in Holy Thursday and Good Friday services. I recall the marriage of my uncle and aunt. Since it was a "mixed- marriage," it could not be celebrated within the Church. The families crowded in the rectmw for the simple ceremony. They were certainly no less married, but the simple fact of"differences" in faith precluded a wedding in Church. We were not allowed to participate in weddings in a non-Catholic church. In fact, even entering a church other than a Catholic church was frowned upon. Thank goodness, the prayers for Christian Unity have been answered in so many, many ways. There is an even deeper mutual respect for and mutual understanding of the many faith tra- ditions in our time and place. There is one sign of unity that still separates us. That is a common belief in the Sacrament of Unity, the Eucharist. Because we have come so far in experiencing unity among Christians, the very fact that we do not aswet share the Eucharist is a source of pain and discomfort at very sensitive times. This is particularly true at funerals and weddings. However, so sacred is the bond of unity ex- pressed in the act of sharing Eucharist that we must be careful not to render that act as some- thing merely socially desirable. It is inexorably so much more. The communion we seek among our Christian sisters and brothers is not complete. We must re- main mutually respectful of each other's expres- sion of belief in the Eucharist and not presume to invite or seek invitation of others to share in this most sacred sign of unity. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops has given us a simple statement that brings this mat- ter into sharper focus: "We welcome to this celebration of the Eucharist those Christians who are not fully united with us. It is a consequence of the sad divisions in Christianity that we cannot extend to all a general invitation to receive communion. Catholics believe that the Eucharist is an action of the celebrat- ing community signifying a oneness in faith, life, and worship of the community. Reception of the Eucharist by Christians not fully united with us would imply a one- ness which does not yet exist, and for which we must all pray." Indeed we have come a long way toward Christ- ian Unity. May our prayers help us all that we may be one in Christ the Lord. L diana legislators tackle death penalty Director and lobbyist, said to the committee, "Based on the belief that all human life is sa- cred, the ICC opposes the death penalty as a solution to social problems. We especially abhor the possibility of the state using the death penalty or life in prison without parole for convicted persons unable to fully comprehend the results of their actions." House Bill 1002, which passed in an 11-1 vote, would & MILLER ",4 family name you can trust" 424-9274 fference Shment sen- In- and Crimi- last week. two bills Use for during Indiana EXecutive JASPER ] , 482-1200 "INCOLN . MERCURY COUNTY BANK B/ICOlt]p  FDIC STAR SERVICE BANK I / :I/: i'll .... Uthwestern Indiana your blessings qUlng your generosity prohibit a court from imposing the death sentence or life im- prisonment without parole for murder committed by a men- tally retarded individual. Rep. William A. Crawford, D-Indi- anapolis, author of the bill, said "from a moral standpoint, we have decided not to execute young people yet we will exe- cute someone whose mental ca- pacity is equivalent to a young persons." Sally Morris, Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) of In- diana lobbyist, presented the ARC of Indiana Death Penalty ii Ed. L. Lee Mortuary l" 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed, Bonded* Insured Industrial, Commercial and Residential P.O. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstad, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 Peoples J Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 4744"1 FOR COMPLETE : ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 Task Force finding that eight states have enacted legislation exempting people with mental retardation from the death penalty and fifteen :states do not have a death penalty sen- tence. Morris also cited a 1992-93 survey on the death penalty which found 74 percent of Hoosiers and 68 percent of In- diana legislators opposed to the death penalty for a men- tally retarded person. Under HB 1063, passed in a 7-5 vote, criminal gang activity that results in murder would be circumstances for which a court could impose the death sentence. Rep. Jack Cottey, R- Indianapolis, authored the bill in response to concerns over the murder of a Marion County teenager caught in the cross- fire of gang activity. Drive-by shootings into inhabited dwellings would also be in- cluded in the bill. Bob Small, representing Governor Bayh's Office, said HB 1063. of, the, gp, yrr .......... n0r's crime package. The bill was introduced separately so that those who may want to vote for gang control but are morally opposed to capital pun- ishment would not be put into a "squeeze play" of deciding be- tween the two. The committee accepted an amendment to include a life imprisonment without parole option. 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