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9 i I i i: 'The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 ili .. Finding the dream the entire tribe is in jeopardy of not going to heaven. This is especially painful for us as Christians. In They don't have jails. They don't need them. They Christ's name we try to offer forgiveness and peace in frequently have town meetings where people talk our broken world. Yet, like the missionaries on the : about any problems that arise -- just like a big islands, we sometimes can't even avoid arguing group therapy session. Over the years several differ- among ourselves. Would the "natives" of this world ent missionaries have come to the island. However, come closer to accepting what we offer them if we did '  the missionaries argue among themselves which, the a better job of being peaceful and forgiving among Kuna Indians know, goes against God's plan. So, ourselves? At times, lasting peace seems even further JIM and ANN CAVERA while they are familiar with Christianity, they prefer from our grasp than in the days of Dr. King, Abraham their faith to ours." Lincoln, or even than it did 2,000 years ago in the time grown children in far flung During this season, we honor those who have of our Lord himself. SOmetimes get interesting letters, struggled for our freedom, peace, and unity. Begin- Isn't it ironic that with all of our wealth, technol- ", Katie, wrote to us about a ning in January with Dr. Martin Luther King's dream ogy and sophistication, the peace we yearn for to one of the 400 small islands in the " of peace and brotherhood, through Lincoln's tribute at escapes us, yet shines brightly among a little-known the Caribbean. The Kuna Indians Gettysburg, we dust off our most hallowed ideals and people on an obscure island in a far-off comer of a maintained their traditional hold them up, hoping once more to make them a real- tropical sea. :: , of modem society, ity. We honor our heroes, and renew our commitment to their visions. Even as we keep faith in our hope for m By Jim and Ann Cavera they are God's chosen people and peace, the reality slips away, always just beyond our them to live in peace and harmony, grasp. Peace has become the Holy Grail of our mod- Jim and Ann Cavera live and work in Evansville. Their in the clan causes a disruption, ern civilization, column is a regular feature of the Message. s ed meeting touches on morality, music, ethics R to Get Your Kids to Sing" to German Nazis could have come The key is being immersed in ments such as "Evangelium Service "Christian Sexuality and Older from the same culture where so Jesus' story, he said. "If you Vitae," ("The Gospel of Life") Teens." More than 1,200 reli- much of Christian theology don't know Christ, if you don't reflects that the church is increas- (CNS) -- gious educators from the East- originated, he said. know how he interacted with ingly treating even matters of Lg of ern United States attended the "That was a movement toward people, you can't do that." clear moral wrong differently. teaching is still annual conference, the end of 'martial law,"' said Therefore, making moral The 1995 encyclical on life from the notion In his workshop on Catholic Father Friday. judgments requires a solid basis issues speaks of abortion as "a to acting in moral teaching, Father Friday Contemporary moral teaching for forming one's conscience, grave moral disorder," not as a in and to a said that since the Second Vati- since Vatican II is more reliant starting with the Scriptures -- "mortal sin," Father Friday said. according to can Council, Catholics' concept on the idea of "moral responsi- the stories of God's interactions In another workshop session, to a of what constitutes sin is still bility" than "moral paternity" or with mankind, he said. David Anderson, workshop coor- only gradually shifting toward black-or-white definitions of Other key components of a dinator for GIA Publications, II, Catholic understanding the role of an what is or is not a sin, he said. well-formed conscience are offered educators tips for getting " individual's informed con- Father Friday said the scrip- human experience and reason, children of all ages tosing. y, vice science, tural foundation )f the moral grounded in an understanding at The "For a long time, the approach responsibility approach is clear, of natural law, he said' w of America was 'don't think, we'll tell you particularly in John 13:34, where The new basis for determin-  Respect where they are of the East what to believe,"' said Father Jesus gives what he calls a new ing moral right or wrong then vocally and socially. for Religious Friday. commandment: "Love one becomes whether actions break m Put musical goals for chil- not have But that "martial law of the another as I have loved you." a relationship  a loving rela- dren in context of a singing knew it." church" approach was solidly Father Friday noted: "The 10 tionship with God  instead of parish. Anderson suggested meeting fea- shaken during World War II, commandments are helpful, whether they break a lab; opening parish meetings, Speakers on when religious leaders ques- but they're not the center of Father Friday explained, prayer groups and other activi- Ways tioned how the policies of the morality." The language used in docu- ties with song. 1 Hospital president dies a former provincial of the Lit- Mary and former president of the Memorial Hospital and Health died of cancer, Feb. 10, in Ever- had been a member of her reli- years, and had served in var- and administrative capacities in and California. Superior for the American of Mary Sisters from 1991 be sent to the Little Company of Fund, 9350 South California Park, IL 60805. airing in southwestern Indiana. Vanderburgh County Right to Life, St. Mary's Foundation and the Catholic Diocese of Evansville are sponsoring the production, to be entitled Perspectives on Assisted Suicide. Dr. Bernhoft was a leader in the successful defeat of an assisted suicide initiative in Washington State, and is a consultant to the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force. The program is scheduled for taping Feb. 20. No date for broadcast or other distribution has yet been announced. i i to the generous pledges made to the Catholic Parish- es Campaign, the CPC. on assisted suicide 'in the anti-euthanasia movement, ttle, Wash., will be among a television program for future Office of Vocations benefits from the CPC Twelve young men are currently preparing for the priesthood to serve the Diocese of Evansville. Six of the 12 are in their final years of theological study. The diocesan Office of Vocations is constantly searching for quality candidates for the priesthood and reli- gious life, and is able to offer full financial support to theology students for the diocese--thanks in part Dr. Jane A. Hormuth Chiropractic Physician 474-0704 1111 S Green River Rd, Suite 104 II I Paul E. 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