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March 1, 1991 I II I The Message -- for Catholics,of Southwestern Indiana Letters to ,,. Continued from page 12 Prejudice To the editor, As representatives of the richly diverse community of Christian and-interfaith organizations in Indiana, we deploreany actions or words by individuals or groups that are derogatory or hurtful to Jews, Arab-Christians or Moslems in our country. The tragedy of the Middle East should provide no excuse or cause for any such emerging prejudices, The human misery of war that now scars our planet is always partly a result of our inability or unwillingness to understand and accept each other's differences. It is imperative that this suf- fering not be compounded in this crisis time by the cruel ig- norance of prejudice. Such behaviors deny the cherished pluralism, diversity and freedom that our nation has of- fered as a gift and strength to the world community. We call on all religious --,aders and people of faith to be sensitive to any expressions of such prejudice and to denouce Bill them in the spirit of our faiths and our national heritage. We affirm that every American citizen, indeed every human being, has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless "of race, religion, or national origin. Reverend Scott J. Schiesswohl Executive Director Indiana Council of Churches Reverend C. Bruce Naylor Executive Director Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis Reverend James E. Taylor Executive Director Indiana Interreligious Commission on Human Equality Abortion To the editor, The war goes on and on. Believe it or not, there were almost 5000 casualties today alone. Not much is really being done to fight this repulsive slaughter of innocents. The Catholic bishops in the U.S. remain almost mute. 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Old Hwr, 231S. in jasl> I. Q2.2222 or 800-937.USA I tees they form, even with other Christians, are brushed aside. After all, these are times of the broader based "consistent life ethic." Five years ago, Cardinal Joseph Bernadin of Chicago persuaded his fellow bishops that a single issue is too narrow an approach to the evils ex- isting in modern society. There are nuclear war, the death penalty, poverty, discrimina= tion, family leave, women's right, gender-neutral language and a whole host of other topics to which Catholics should ad- dress themselves in the realm of the contemporary "social gospel." So, Planned Parenthood and the National Organization of Women are moving ahead with their Catholic recruits. Never in the history of the world has a war gone on with such calm abandon as the snuffing out of the lives of 1.6 million n'on- combatants every year in one country alone! America's holocaust began with Roe v. Wade in 1973. When will priorities again be recognized? The aborting of un- born children is the most heinous crime ever committed by one group of persons using knives and poisonous solutions to bring about the death of another defenseless group. Perhaps the silent screams will one day be heard, as the call of "Mother" reaches heavenward. Yet, there is hope: Utah has taken a stand. In our state, the decision is now in the hands of the Indiana Catholic Con- ference. Will they acknowledge hat there are priorities? Until then, 5000 more will die tomor- row and the day following. Sincerely, Don Backe Crawfordsville, In. Medjugorje To the editor, I would like to respond to an article in the Jan. 11 issue of the Message titled "Bishops: 'No proof found at Medjugorje.'" Only the Church can pro- nouce Medjugorje as an ap- proved or condemned apparition. Most of the article implies a disapproval of the supposed ap- paritions. This is done with very few facts. The only name attached to any of the statements (favoring disap- proval} is that of Bishop Zanic. To quote from the article, "Bishop Zanic has said he is especially upset by the way in which the authority of Mary's 'messages' has been asserted against his own episcopal authority." The fact is that the Vatican has pulled authority away from Bishop Zanic and set up a com- mission of Yugoslavian bishops headed by Bishop Franjo Komarica in early 1987 to in- vestigate and report on the hap- penings at Medjugorje. "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 ram1 I I i,. i DONUT BANK Co.,.. " 5 Convenient Locations I I 13 Therefore, it is the Vatican and not Mary's messages which have been asserted against "his own" episcopal authority. Even though Bishop Zanic was officially removed from the judgment of the apparitions by Rome and he was requested to maintain silence concerning the events, he went ahead in March, 1990 and issued a 16-page report against the ap- paritions at Medjugorje and sent his report to news services around the world. {I will gladly furnish a response to Bishop Zanic's report which was writ- ten by Archbishop Franc Franic of Split, Yugoslavia if the Message cares to print it.) Please allow me to quote from "Caritas of Birmingham" {the September 1990 through December 1990 printing}. On Oct. 21, 1990,' Bishop Franjo Komarica officially celebrated Mass at Medjugorje. Father Slavko said, "The bishop's coming to Medjugorje to preside over the Eucharist is an official participation that ex- ceeds all reserves, observed up to now, and can be intended as recognition of Medjugorje as a Marian Sanctuary." On Nov. 25, 1990, another bishop from the commission celebrated Mass. There also has been a third bishop who celebrated Mass. All three are from the commission. They say, "Medjugorje is in- deed a sanctuary because of the crowds that come, convert, con- fess, pro3, and fast and Med- jugorje has to be preserved as such." Cardinal Kuharic said of the commission, "Regardless of where it is we are now in that consideration, and regardless of what it is that we have to con- sider, the one thing we know for sure already, is that every Christian that has come to Med- jugorje has left a better Chris- tian after being then." As you can see, there is quite a contrast between the article in the Message and the one in "Caritas of Birmingham." We will all know the truth someday. In the meantime, I pray for Bishop Zanic, Bishop Franjo Komarica and the other bishops in the commission, and all those involved in the Med- jugorje happenings. Jerry Padgett Loogootee, In. Catechumens, candidates Catechumens and candidates for full communion in the Catholic Church were received by Bishop Gerald A. Gettel- finger Sunday, Feb. 17. Rites of Election were celebrated at St. John Church, Loogootee, and St. Benedict Church, Evansville. The names of catechumens and candidates were published in the Message Feb. 22. After the deadline for that issue, the foil,owing names were submitted. Holy Angels, New Harmony Catechumen: David Knight. St. Mary, Evansville Catechumen: Steve Turpin. Candidates: Mike Doris, Maury Hart, Roger Hayes, Bettijean Horton, Robyn Jacobs, Kim Smith.