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10, 1995 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 " Bishop's Forum -- ,.. Vision statement: Paragraph nine I want to build a consistent Pastoral council structure within Diocese during the next five At the diocesan level, we special focus on prepar- rship among the clergy, to serve effec- respective, yet evolv- e, roles within the Church. Gettelfinger is devoting a to an in-depth ex- Statement ville, " 9 published in its entirety The column below ex- on the ideas contained in the BISHOP RALD A GETTELFINGER ninth para- PASTORAL COUNCILS Catholic Diocese of Evansville has the dis- having been one of the pioneers in de- 'pastoral council concept following the Council. From the experiences of to exemplify the mandates of the Vati- :forth the laity, many other parishes were able to establish a sys- diocesan pastoral councils. Leibold, the second bishop of our the "pastoral council" concept of the concept to real life was its problems. What was very clear in very practical in its day-to- . And, unfortunately, Bishop Lei- not here long enough to follow through with the evolution, from theory to practicality, of a very fine theologi- cal concept -- the Church living in community with shared responsibil- ity. Bishop Francis R. Shea became bishop just 25 years ago, Feb. 3, 1970. He inherited an untried model of a pastoral council system. He struggled mightily to make the system work but in the end met frustration and acknowledged his own inability to adapt the council to the "real world." Subsequently, he suspended the Diocesan Pastoral Council. In many lengthy conversa- tions with him, he always came to the conclusion that if the one component of the plan had been met, it could have worked. The original mandate called for the education of the clergy and laity to the meaning and application of the concepts relating to parish and diocesan pas- toral councils in the Church. This, in Bishop Shea's experience, was not accomplished. And, because it was not accomplished, it gave the impression that the Church instituted a bicameral form of govern- ment -- a democracy with the pastoral council and bishop as having equal roles in the governance of the Church. This, of course, was never the intent of the Vatican Council nor of those proposing the pas- toral council structure. The council is intended to be consultative, not deliberative, to the pastor and bishop. Bishop Shea was correct in insisting that proper preparation of the clergy, religious and laity is criti- cal if the pastoral council system is to reflect the theological concept of the Church living in commu- nity with shared responsibility. Our Fourth Diocesan Synod responded favorably to my request that we re-establish a diocesan pas- toral council and that there be a consistent pastoral council structure within our diocese. We must not lose the wisdom of Bishop Shea. We must provide the missing elements. For this rea- son, I insist that there be programs of preparation of clergy, laity and religious leading to a deeper un- derstanding of the roles of pastoral councils in our diocese and the parts that each participant plays in sharing responsibility for the mission of the Church. Following the Fourth Diocesan Synod, we estab- lished provisional guidelines for the development of parish pastoral councils where there were none and reforming of those that were already in place. The latter indeed represented the greater number. The guidelines are provisional up to 1996, which pro- vides the opportunity to experience the structures long enough to make necessary revisions before es- tablishing them as policy for the diocese. Lastly, the pastoral council structure is designed to give counsel to pastoral leaders responsible for the pastoral care of the faithful, be they pastoral life coordinators, pastors or bishop. This requires that each "player" know the position assigned and responsibly fulfill the duties that go with the re- spective role. To say it another way, each person involved should know his or her business and mind it while trying avoid getting into the business of the another. Thus, working together as a team, the mission of Jesus can be accomplished. It is cer- tainly harder to do it this way, but it is much healthier for the life of the community of faith. m 00nvitation to become a partner in mission on a Sun- far-distant nka, the is- coast of t be Possible for rauch as you you live, in rUnegala, the are scattered is al- raission out- by the side for a "lift" as he drives the J, IN 47546 ' APPLIANCES long distance from the parish center. Here he comes! He pulls up, stops, and welcomes you into the van, and you real- ize anew how much we all need "partners," people who help us come closer to our Lord. I write to you today to ask you to become a "partner in mission" by joining the Propa- gation of the Faith. Bishop Raymond Peiras, Bishop of Kurunegala, says that without the help that comes from the Propagation of the Faith, his diocese could just not exist. With the sup- port, the priests are aided, 30 L HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded Insured Industrial, Commercial and Res'ential P.O. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO HaubstadL IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 i of them. The Religious Sisters are helped. Even the parish vans are maintained and re- paired! And because of this, thousands of people are helped to grow in faith in the family of Christ. As a member of the Propaga- tion of the Faith you are asked to pray for the Missions and to offer up your burdens, your worries, your pain, in union with Christ, for His work of re- demption. In this way, you can join daily with the priests, Re- JONES BODY SHOP Front end alignment Complete body rebuilding Radiator Service Estimates Given ligious and lay catechists of mission dioceses as they serve in the missionary work of the Church. As a member you are needed to "join" in another very impor- tant way: by your financial gift today to the Propagation of the Faith. As a member, you are a "receiving partner" as well, participating in the graces of 15,000 Masses offered for members each year by mission priests. I look forward to hearing Call 2005356 207 E S0uth- Washington, IN (812) 254-2641 SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Washington 500 Main St,, Petersburg from you and will be keeping you in my own prayers Sincerely yoursin the Lord of Life, Rev. Msgr. C. A. Schlachter Diocesan Director MUENSTERMAN'S FIRESTONE SERVICE, INC. Evansville, IN II O D-O'W-N'T'O'WN 301 MAIN ST. VINCENNES, IN 47591 I Main Street I [ Pharmacy ' " ' I . W,m,.W,,.K,',*y ! 217 E. 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