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J 2 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Purdue stu Catholics accept many core beliefs, but not cent believe that the bread and wine used at Mass are trans formed into the body and blood of Christ. Eighty percent be- lieve there is a hell. However, only 61 percent say homosexuality is always wrong; only 52 percent say abortion is always wrong; only 45 percent say the pope is in- fallible; only 49 percent say pre-marital sex is always wrong; only 44 percent say eu- thanasia is always wrong; and only 16 percent say use of con- doms and birth control pills is always wrong. Leaders of the Catholic Plu- ralism Project are studying why some Catholics are more likely to accept these beliefs than others. Purdue University sociologist, James D. Davidson, who directs the project, re- ported results of that analysis at a meeting of the Florida Part VIII A recent study of Indiana Catholic parishioners reveals that Catholics accept many core doctrines of the Church, though not all of them. Ninety-seven percent of Indi- ana Catholics say they need God's help to live good and de- cent lives. Ninety-six percent say there is a heaven. Ninety-one percent believe in the Trinity. Eighty-seven per- Percentage of parishioners who belive in core teachings 0% 10% 20% 30% 4096 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 49% - Pre-marital sex 44% - Euthanasia 52% - Abortion 61% - Homosexuality issues: Behaviors are always wrong 16% - Birth Control pills 11 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% i| Vincennes Bicknell Sandborn Monroe City Princeton, Patoka I FO. OOMP'ETE '1 i, eLzcrR,cALsERvIcE I !' mCHm azcrmc inc. I I SCHNELLVILLE, IN | Member F.D.I.C. COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto! Home! Fire.& Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and service in the Tri-state 670 E. Franklin 424-3863 UNITED $otrrHwr BANK WASHINGTON-SHOALS.LOOGOOTEE 425-3187 Catholic Conference last week. The three most important factors predicting to adherence to Church teachings were age cohort, experiences of the sa- cred, and religious self concept. According to Davidson, "The people who are most inclineff to accept the Church's core be- liefs and moral teachings are older Catholics, people who have felt very close to God as adults, and people who have developed a clear sense of being Catholic. The people who are least inclined to accept Church teachings are younger, haven't felt close to God, and don't have as strong a Catholic identity." He said that some other fac- tors also had important effects, especially sex role attitudes, awareness of Vatican II, self interests, and the religious be- liefs and practices of Catholics significant others. "The more traditional Catholics' views of men's and women's roles in so- ciety, the more. they have bene- fited from being Catholic, the more they are aware of Vatican II, and the more they interact with other Catholics who ac- cept the Church's teachings, the more they embrace the Church's core beliefs," David- son said. When asked what these find- ings mean for church leaders, Davidson said that "in the last 20 to 30 years, the Church has stressed worldliness over oth- erworldliness; the human over the divine; the profane over the sacred. While these emphases have probably corrected some of the distortions in the pre-Vatican II Church, we may have gone too far the other way. Over-emphasis on the worldly, human, and profane may rob Catholics of chances to experience the holy. As one person in our focus groups said: 'God's just not awesome any more.' We probably need to find ways of making the sacred more accessible; helping Catholics transcend their daily routines; giving them a chance to rise above putting them in with the more we do that of sacraments ant als, the more likely to embrace core beliefs." He also said we foster more we are compliance rather ings. C Catholics think as generic think there is about being they will feel brace the Chute views, est are different other faiths and' they Davidson also role attitudes portant influenCe moral attitudes. Davidson ally, including Catholics, rection of more e views of men'S $ roles in society, probably can't change'that pretty we should expe! more, accept Church's teachings in Church leaders sult with lay these issues speak to these meaningful, they don't Church leadeI the area of increasingly their backs on thority in The Catholic ject was led priests, from each Catholic dioceseS" in 49" parish participate. cent responded" CEF ups grant a to help more stu By PAUL R. LEINGANG nounced that be Message editor Linda Montejan ecutive director" Members of the Catholic Ed- jano, the fort ucation Foundation, Diocese of now on the Evansville, Inc., voted Feb. 2 to ment oce at increase the amount of money Evansville. allocated for grants to deserv: The CathO ing students at Mater Dei and Foundation s Memorial High Schools. tions to The proposed budget for serving stuc 1995 had included $116,000 for grants-in-aid, out of a total op- otherwise erating budget of $135,878. attend Mater The increase in grants was High Schools voted and approved after board CEF has alsO members learned of a budget for Marian surplus in 1994. cial In other action. CEF Board ated President Mark Schiff an- school, E THE NEWS PUBLISHING CO. Tell City, IN Proud to be the printer for The Message Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY