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TheMES S i i CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 20 NUMBER 24 E FEBRUARY 16, 1990 U.S. archbishop reacts to release of Nelson Mandela By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Nelson Mandela has been released from prison, but he and his fellow non-whites in South Africa "are still far from being free," Archbishop Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles said Feb. 13. The archbishop, chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference Committee on In- ternational Policy, said real freedom will come only when South Africa eliminates its system of apartheid, or racial segregation, and establishes a society based on "the equality of human persons. ' ' Mandela, 71, was released Feb. 11 after 27 years in prison. He was founder of the military wing of the African Na- " tional Congress and was under a life sentence for treason for his guerrilla ac- tivities. During his long imprisonment he became the leading symbol of black South Africans' struggle against apar- theid and white minority rule. Echoing a statement by the Catholic bishops of South Africa, Archbishop Mahony expressed "profound joy" at Mandela's release and said the decision to release him was "vital for a See U.S. page 12 t, Synod New deacons Four newly ordained deacons for the Diocese of Evansville join Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger in front of the altar at the Pro- Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity on Feb. 10. From left, they are Charles Seifert, Joseph SchaPker, the bishop, Cyril Will and Thomas Holsworth. Story and more photos are on page 8-9. - Message Photo by Paul Leingang Bishop Gettelfinger has called for the convening of a diocesan synod By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor The following article is the first in a series designed to provide details of Wide-ranging decisions announced Feb. 6. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger has called for the convening of a diocesan Synod within the next 16 months. A Synod was one of 16 items presented by the bishop to the pastors, pastoral ad- adnistrators and associate pastors of the diocese. The bishop described the eeting as "a watershed moment" in e history of the diocese, as new direc- tions are charted for the Catholic Church in southwestern Indiana. A synod is a gathering of represen- tatives of the priests, religious and lay Persons in the diocese, with the bishop, for the purpose of considering and tak- ing action on matters affecting the life and the mission of the Church in the diocese. Rules and procedures may be established for the areas in which the local church has such authority. Matters of faith and morals, and the tenets of the universal church are not matters for a diocesan synod; ap- propriate matters would, however, in- clude the way doctrine is applied within the diocese. For example, a diocesan synod would not alter church teaching on the sanctity of marriage, but a synod could specify the kind of in- struction and formation period a couple would be required to have before mar" ridge is permitted in a church within the diocese. The Third Synod of the Diocese of Evansville -- the last synod in the diocese -- was convened in 1969, by Stream of renewal information flows in for Message circulation By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Circulation information continues in a Steady stream to the Message, as Parishes coordinate names of new and renewed subscribers, and individual SUbscribers return their envelopes. As of Tuesday, parishes reporting .SOme or ll of the necessary information cluded the following: Pro-Cathedral ti the Most Holy Trinity, .Christ the , lag, Sacred Heart and St. Boniface, all  EVansville; All Saints, Cannelburg; S t. Vincent de Paul and the-Basilica of t. Francis Xavier (Old Cathedral), both in Vincennes; St. Mary, Ireland; St. Matthew, Mt..Vernon; St. John, Newburgh; Blessed Sacrament, Oakland City; St. Henry, St. Henry; St. Martin, Whitfield; St. Mary, Daviess County; St. Thomas, Knox County; Sacred Heart, Schnellville; St. Mary, Shoals; Precious Blood, Jasper, and Ho- ly Name, Bloomfield. Parish information had been re- quested by Feb. 14, in order to update the computer list of almost 11,000 names and addresses. For most subscribers, the new cir- culation year begins with the first issue of March 1990 and continues through the last issue of February 1991. Bishop Paul F. Leibold. In material prepared for presentation for the Feb. 6 meeting, Bishop Gettel- finger said there was a need "to update our diocesan regulations in order to maintain good order within the diocese." He said a synod would be convened to deal with the "con- siderable number of issues of a statutory nature needing immediate attention" because ff would be unsatisfactory "to deal with only a part without a vision of the whole." Providing a "visfon of the whole" is what other dioceses and archdioceses have accomplished with recent synods. The Archdiocese of New York and Miami have recently published documents containing not only a set of rules and directives, but also an effort to describe the vision of the local church. "I would say that the spirit of the synod is the honest recognition by lay persons, religious and priests that every person is a member of the Body of Christ, so that all of ustogether con- stitute the Church," wrote Cardinal John O'Connor in a letter published in conjunction with the 18th synod of the Archdiocese of New York. "We are the Church," he continued. "Each one of , us helps make up the Church. Without any one of us, the Church is lacking a vital member, just as if a human body lacks a leg or an arm." Cardinal O'Connor said that "what happens to any of us concerns all of us." He said that "what happens to a single parish, a single school, concerns See SYNOD page 15 On the insid00 Sister Gertrude -- Profile of provincialate leader, on page 2. Newman lecture -- Details and other Bulletin Board info, on page 6. Catholic schools Letters from parents to their children, o n page 13. Tithing -- Reader's comments,, on page 14.