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Th00lVl00 E S S CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 21 NUMBER 20 FEBRUARY 1,1991 Ad hoc diocesan school board to be formed to advise bishop By PAUL LEINGANG he said, that means they should not be Message Editor professional educators. They might be People who attended a special meeting on Catholic education with Bishop ' Gerald A. Gettelfinger raised their hands to show their support for a plan to establish an ad hoc diocesan school board. About 250 parish and school representatives, pastors, principals and teachers met With Bishop Gettelfinger at Memorial High School, Evansville, on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The bishop used an overhead projector to help present and explain his approach to the struc- ture of Catholic education in the diocese. At the conclusion of the 90-minute meeting, the bishop asked for a show of lands from those who supported a plan to establish an ad hoc diocesan school board, those who opposed such a plan, and those who were ambivalent. More people favored the establishment of the board than those who opposed it, and there was more ambivalence than q opposition. Bishop Gettelfinger has asked the deans of each of the seven deaneries in the diocese to submit the names of three persons to be considered for member- ship on the ad hoc board. One person from each deanery will be selected. The bishop said the board members should be 'lay persons. In this case, priests, sisters or brothers. The ad hoc board will serve as another source of ideas and concerns from around the diocese, and also as a sounding board for educational pro- posals, said the bishop. People opposed to the establishment of such a. board expressed concerns about a diocesan board dictating finan- cial matters -- teachers' pay, for exam- ple -- to a parish board. Others were concerned about a diocesan board forc- ing parish schools to consolidate. Bishop Gettelfinger said the diocesan board would advise him on setting diocesan policy, while local decisions would be made by local boards. The ad hoc board is a temporary structure, to serve until a diocesan synod establishes a more permanent system of governance, said the bishop. The overall diocesan school struc- ture, as presented by the bishop, laid out in graphic form the various relation- ships and responsibilities among diocesan, parish and interparochial leaders, staff and boards. The bishop used a chart displayed by an overhead projector to plot the various connec- tions between the bishop and pastors, between the director of schools and school principals, and between various boards and the schools and parishes they ,serve. President Bush defends decision to wage war in the Persian Gulf By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As religious organizations geared up to handle Per- Sian Gulf war refugees, Catholic leaders expressed growing concern about the conduct of the war and its effects on in- nocent victims. In response to some Catholic and other church officials who argued that going to war was unjustified, President Bush defended his decisions and Policies Jan. 28 in a speech to the Na- tional Religious Broadcasters associa- tion. He took up the main principles of just War theory in the Catholic theological tradition and addressed them point by Point. To the main argument of many critics, that warfare was not yet a last re " " sort, he answered that extraordinary diplomatic efforts" to reach a,peaceful Solution had been exhausted. t "Secretary of State Jim Baker made an extraordinary effort to achieve peace .... And sadly, Saddam Hussein rejected out of hand every overture made by the United States and by other countries as Well. He made this just war an in- evitable war." He also defended U.S. conduct in the War, savin that des ite "wanton, bar- E J O P oa ..... 'J |t: nc bombing ofcwflmn areas by Sad- dam, the allied forces "are doing ] 'eVerything possible, believe me, to avoid hurting the innocent." Iraq's missile attacks on Israeli cities, is massive oil spillage in the Persian t.;ulf, its apparent mistreatment ot Prisoners of war and its calls for inter- rlational terrorism provoked moral con- demnation. , Pope John Paul II prayed in his Sun- ,: . Uay Angelus talk lan. 27 that "the tragedy under way not be made still more grave and inhuman with unaccep- table actions" violating "natural ethics" and "current international con- ventions." "The increasing notices about the fate of prisoners of war and of the danger of a recourse to the weapon of terrorism are reasons for great sadness," he said. Alluding almost certainly to the huge oil spill in the Persian Gulf that was ap- parently unleashed by Iraqi forces in the second week of war, the pope also ex- pressed concern that "catastrophic en- vironmental risks" had been added to the war's "enormous" destruction and loss of life. While most U.S. Catholic bishops reserved judgment on the morality of President Bush's decision to go to war, several publicly opposed it. Among the sharpest criticisms were those of two Alaska prelates, Arch- bishop Francis T. Hurley of Anchorage and Bishop Michael H. Kenny of Juneau. "I see our going into battle as an of- fense against God and a crime against humanity. This war is immoral," said Bishop Kenny in an editorial Jan. 22 in his diocesan newspaper, Inside Passage. "The thought of the dying and devastation that have already happened and are yet to be breaks my heart," he added. "I condemn this war with all my being." Immediately after the war began Archbishop Hurley announced that he disagreed with the decision. In a col- umn published Jan. 25 he said he was "just not persuaded" that all alter- natives to war had been exhausted or that its costs in life, material resources See PRESIDENT page 3 St Philip School,St, Philip, Students d teachers celebrated Ye!low 5to rmember the men and women serving in :  Msage Photo by MaryAnnHughes Message subscription drive begins with four full-circulation parishes By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor By the first week of February -- Catholic Press Month -- begins, four parishes have already submitted their lists of subscribers to the Message for the 1991 circulation drive. Parishioners of St. Martin Church, Whitfield, and St. Mary Church, Shoals, were the first -- their names were sent in by the pastor of the two parishes in the Washington Deanery, Msgr. Carl Shetler. Both parishes are "full circulation parishes" and pay the lowest subscription rate in the diocese. Also among the earliest reporting See MESSA GE page I0 Page 2 -- March for Life i i, Page 6 -- Bulletin Board II " '"  L I" I I -- People -- SchoolNotebook I " I I II II I