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The Message,- for Catholics of Southwestern,Indiana i Bishop's Forum By BISHOP GERALD A. GETrELFINGER Personal conduct and freedom of choice In recent days since the inauguration of our new president, there has been great discussion as tswhether persons with homosexual tendencies aoutcl serve in the military. President Clinton has been very consistent in h!s position that the point of issue should be that ,r Personal conduct of military personnel. whether a man or woman is homosexual or het- ' (Osexual begs the question of taking responsibil- .'y mr one's own conduct when measured against e moral standards and mandated codes of con- uUCt. ! Very recently a state sunreme court justice re- ed grave concern about le increase in the of violence of young people. There has been araatic increase not only in the numbers of Youngsters involved but also in the intensity of the violence of acts. The shocking case of t,,eea.aged girls brutally murdering a twelve year- {u Is an example from our own region. Most larming is their lack of remorse for their victims. Should we be surprised when the young are simply mimicking the violent acts of adults who equally deny any responsibility beyond that which is self-serving? In our place and time, such acts are consis- tent with the thinking that the intentional killing of the unborn is a choice that a man or woman has the right to make. Or, when life becomes dif- ficult and painful, that any one of us has the right to end it all or to assist others in doing so. Many years ago as a high school counselor, I confronted a sophomore about his consistent vio- lation of school rules and the student code of conduct. He brazenly informed that he was a teenager and therefore had a "right to make mis- takes." Needless to say, I reminded him that I knew that teenagers did indeed make mistakes but it was not a matter of right. Further, when any of us makes a mistake, we must assume per- sonal responsibility for it. II , .... C  IIII I I  .4 in our world? We must start with those things for which we have personal reponsibility. First of all, each one of us must be account- able for our own actions not only toward God and self, but to one another as well. Secondly, God has endowed us with the freedom to make choices, a free will. That free will is not a license to sin. We do not have a right to choose to act in a sinful way, no matter how large or small the issue. Thirdly, we are to reflect in our own day-to- day conduct the goodness, compassion under- standing, forgiveness and love for one another that Jesus demonstrated for us when he died on the cross. Next week we will look at the "Freedom of Donohue taught in a school with "two small classrooms, open caverns for windows... and exactly four English books." But her story is not how little the people had, but how much. "Witnessing their trust in God, concern for others and unwillingness to despair has strengthened my own faith," Donahue said. Mission is a calling, a way of life, said Donahue. "We are all called to the missionary task," said Msgr. Schlachter. severence pay to the Propaga- tion of the Faith. We can't all move to an- other village or give our lives to the missions, said Msgr. Schlachter, but we all need to carry out our missonarv re- sponsibility. Using the contributions of mission-minded families and individuals, the Propagation of Faith sent aid last year to 16 dioceses in Uganda The organization sent $31,320 to Belem, Brazil, for the support of major seminarians, and $24,000 to Udon Thani, Thai- land to support lay catechists. "Membership Sunday" for the Propagation of the Faith is observed Feb. 13-14. Msgr. What are we to do about all that is going on Choice Act" before Congress. I II II I II1| III I Propagation ' " ay of Faith to have Membership Sund ' Ii)ff n 27-year old Monica of the people. Newmue, now of Bronxville, The story about Donohue is she f21 rk' finished college, provided by Msgr. Clarence lair,, ,t Convinced that the Schlachter, mission director th ,,,as an essential role in in the Diocese of Evansville. lg urch. Joining a lay mis- He and mission directors ,,"program, she sDentthree throughout the United States ,11. t .n Uganda teachin En- are urging membership in the aa t t high school students Propagation of the Faith. -uarin in t " ' ' , g he parish hfe According to the story, PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD LET US PRAy Diocese of Evansville thCaltat f and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, life e might know and love You, that w e might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. soAst? in living holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, k., . our presence may be known and felt in our midst, "t Others too may come'to know and love You so they raay begin to serve and worship You. ElllPOWe r . Us with Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have hcrea ' ,  our faith. ttelp us to see Your plan for the Church. ttlwo: to the future, may our plans be faithful to Yours, ,._ , the Church of Southwestern Indiana, -Lay f-,,-,.t . gosse, mer Your kingdom through preaching and lMng Your All praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! Schlachter noted that people in the diocese are being asked to join the mission effort through daily prayer for the missions and "offering up" personal hardships and finan- cial sacrifices. ."You not only help a mis- sionary," said Msgr. Schlachter. "You are a mis- sionary." !?? iiiii!i:ii i;!!' lers I.G.A.: KREMPP ,k  HOUSEWIFE'S^,, .,.-,,. LUMBER CO. 0 .vl, woLEs u.a U.,A OS- )OI)S ANO MEATS TRSOTON a GEnERaL CONTRaCTiNG Jr ...... YARD CONSTRUCTION anu uaKiand City 41. 42.939 & KLUESNER JASPER HOME LUMBER CO. 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