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• :.:.. . • • • . . .... . • .-. ... -- : ' :-,:. " . -7.,.. The Message--for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Rite of Election celebrations are Feb. B' PAUL tL LEINGANG • Message editor Church, Vincennes, at 1:30 p.m. EST, and at St. Benedict Church, Evansville, at 5 p.m. CST. Father William Deering, diocesan director of Worship and RCIA; siid that individual parish celebrations preparing for the Rites are to be cele- Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger will celebrate the Rite of Election at two locations in the Diocese of Evansville, on Sunday, Feb. 25. Rites will be celebrated at Sacred Heart 40 Hours. in Jasper Benedictine Father Meinrad Brune will be the guest homilist at Forty Hours Devotion, to be held at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, March 2 through 5. The Benedictine monk from St. Meinrad Archabbey will speak at Mass, Saturday, March 2, at 4 p.m. He will preach at all Masses Sunday, March 3, at 6, 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m., and have a prayer service Sunday at 7 p.m. He will also speak at the 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses on Monday, March 4, and the 8 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, March 5. Seventy-two area priests have been invited to the Solemn Closing Service, Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. The public is welcome at any or all of the ser- vices. Father Brune is a native of Indianapolis who came to St. Meinrad in 1952. He made his monastic profession in 1956 and was ordained a priest in 1961. His service to the archabbey has included positions as semi- nary high school and college teacher, alumni director and FR. MEINRAD BRUNE, O.S.B work in the development office. He served as pastor of St. Mein- rad Church, St. Meinrad, and at St. Mary Church, Hunting- burg. He is currently director of Benedictine Oblates• Information for this article was provided by Mildred Smith Krapf of Jasper. Golden Jubilarians Raymond and Anna Louise (Greenwell) Thomas of Evansville will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniver- sary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 5:30 p.m. March 3, at Good Shepherd ChuTch, Evansville. A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. March 3, at Good Shepherd cafeteria. Friends and relatives are invited to attend; the couple re- quests no gifts. They were married Feb. 26, 1946, at St. Peter Church in Waverly, Ky., by Father Bertrand Gilles. Their children and spouses are Dennie and Janie Thomas, Terry and Karen Thomas, and Tony and Mary Anne Orth. They ilve seven grandchildren. Mr. Thomas is retired : from  Spot Paint. brated earlier in the day. Parishes should have a cere- mony of sending catechumens for election and candidates for recognition by the bishop. Dur- ing the parish ceremony, cate- chumens are to sign the Book of the Elect. At each of the two diocesan celebrations, catechumens will be called forward first. When the catechumens from a parish come forward, the Book of the Elect will be handed to the bishop for his signature. After the bishop signs the book, the catechumens will be led to their appropriate place. Candidates will be called for- ward next. A parish represen- tative will lead them to their place in the sanctuary. Father Deering emphasized that attendance by godparents and sponsors is of utmost im- portance in the ritual. "No cat- echumen or candidate should come alone," he said. The Elect and the candi- dates will remain in the sanc- tuary until the end of the cere- mony. Receptions are planned at each location following the Rites. The Rite of the third stage journey of faith membership. Inquiry, followed study and Catechumenate. and the Rite of baptized or church at the Holy Saturday. i As of Tuesday, ports sent to the ship listed 63 110 candidates participate in the French bishops' statement AIDS, condoms triggers By JOHN THAVIS Catholic News Service used to avoid infection• It noted that public health officials and "many competent doctors affirm that a good- quality condom is currently the only method of prevention. In this respect, it is necessary." The document, however, said the condom is insufficient in removing all risk of AIDS in- fection and fails to address the root causes of the disease's spread. The report opposed ad- vocating condoms for adoles- cents, saying that makes it harder for youths to under- stand their sexual identity and makes it easier for them to give in to their impulses. Bishop Albert Rouet of Poiliers, president of the Social Commission, said the docu- ment reiterates what several French bishops have already said. "When an adult, as mature as one can be in this domain, considers he can't do without sexual relations and there is a danger, it's better he use that condom. That's obvious," he said in a French radio inter- view. The report said that because the church was suspected of being totally opposed to the use of condoms, it was accused of working "in favor of death." In fact, it said, the church's po- sition is more nuanced. Like many church leaders who co • the report dreW, tinction honestly against a grave who are propa sexual irres Pope John theologian, Father Georges the use of AIDS was theological of the condom's preventing disea less than 100 He also said dom campaigns. campaigns for siveness, they "ought to bE of pure l most, distribution sectors that have against AIDS. 1 Another morn who frequently Vatican newsp ape ther Gino French bishops ambiguous. He a difference in tween what is what is "morally He said the not accept the the use of moral good ing its entire thmily and ROME (CNS) -- In a major report on AIDS, French bish- ops said condom use may be a necessary but insufficient means of preventing the dis- ease -- a statement that set off a week of reaction and reflec- tion among church and medical experts. Theologians and bishops gave differing assessments of the French report. In Rome, one theologian called it morally ambiguous while an- other said it was part of a le- gitimate debate on a complex issue. Leading French doctors praised the report as a wel- come advance in church think- ing, but the head of an Italian Catholic medical association was critical, saying condom use is morally wrong and scientifi- cally unsafe. The Vatican had no official comment on the' document in the week following its publica- tion Feb. 12. The French bishops, mean- while, stressed that the report did not contradict church teaching. They noted that it encouraged greater emphasis on abstinence from sexual rela- tions, fidelity in marriage and sex education programs. They said too much media attention was focused on con- doms, ignoring much of the so- cial and pastoral advice con- tained in the 235-page document. Titled, "AIDS: Soci- ety in Question," it was drafted by the Social Commission of the French bishops' conference after two years of consultation with theologians, doctors and AIDS associations. The report said that in the case of adults who cannot ab- stain from sexual activity and who are in danger of contract- ing A!DS, a condom could be FIRST FEDERAL Savings and Loan Association Washington & Loogootee Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St. * Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 The Catholic Press: News to Enlighten 1 I) ID #