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.,> MES SA(3E 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana a ! n ! Champs II I, VOLUME 26 NUMBER 26 March 1, 1996 Affinity Card / / update II i I lULUVAN [ " N ) t r'-",, New ventures highlight changes in Catholic health care in U.S. n ' ,'. and Kelly Deweese stand amo//g chthumens caUed f6a ! at diocesan ceremonies Feb. 25. Braden and Deweese are at Good Shepherd Church Evansville. The Rites of E!e at Sacred Heart Church, Vincennes, and at St. Benedict ) Gerald A. Gettelfinger welcomed each catechumen communion with the church. Catechumens will be bap- will be accepted, during ceremonies at parishes throughout the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Three new Catholic hospital ventures in the first two months of 1996 highlighted the rapid changes affecting all U.S. health care, including Catholic institutions. In January three large Catholic health systems -- spanning 21 states with a com- bined total of more than 100 health care facilities and $4 bil- lion in annual revenues -- agreed to consolidate In February St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Chicago entered a joint venture with Chicago Health System, which is not Catholic. Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago an- nounced Feb 19 that he is withdrawing archdiocesan recognition of St. Elizabeth's as a Catholic institution because the move violated archdiocesan directives. Also in February, St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, both Catholic, announced that they were entering a new health care partnership with a local health maintenance organiza- tion and a 28-site clinic system. The consolidation of three large Catholic systems into one is to be finalized by the end of April. The new organization will be called Catholic Health Initia- tives and will have its head- quarters in Denver. Patricia A. Cahill, former executive direc- tor of the New York Archdio- cese's Alliance for Catholic Health and ttuman Services, has been named its chief execu- tive officer. It combines Sisters of Char- ity Health Care Systems in Cincinnati, Franciscan Health System in Aston, Pa., and Catholic Health Corporation in Omaha, Neb. Catholic Health initiatives will represent ministries of 11 religious orders with health fa- cilities in 72 cities and towns. In addition to 63 hospitals, it will have more than 50 long- term care facilities and numer- ous elder care and housing pro- grams. The rapid pace of mergers, consolidations, partnerships and other arrangements in the health care field stems from an increasingly competitive atmo- sphere, fostered in part by cost- cutting pressures at almost every level coupled with new medical technology that has sharply reduced the time spent in hospitals for most condi- tions. meets with Holy Rosary school parents, preaches at Masses IJEINGANG Sditor ld A. Gettelfin- Several of the !s at Holy Vansville, on s homily was recorded and played back at the two Sunday Masses he could not attend because of his commitment to preside at the Rite of Election held in Vin- cennes and Evansville that same Sunday. Bishop Gettelfinger also met L i i to know are welcome, for a new Message The first question is posed of an article: titular see? is found in an article by Marianist amaha, on page 2. PUrdue Research. Item do you think it is important to limit s role in welfare? biOeese 24% 31% 35% at all 08% 03% Statewide Very 26% Quite 30% Somewhat 33% Not very 09% Not at all 03% with parents of parish school children over the weekend. About 65 parents attended the Friday night meeting, to dis- cuss their concerns following the publicity surrounding their former pastor, Father Jean Vogler. The Evansville Courier re- ported Feb. 21 that Father Vogler was under investigation for receiving and possessing child pornography video tapes. Other newspaper and broad- Cast reports also carried simi- lar items. According to a statement re- leased that same day by the Diocese of Evansville, Father Vogler had advised Bishop Gettelfinger on Dec. 6, 1995, that he was under investiga- tion. (The statement is published in its entirety on page 5.) "Father Vogler submitted his resignation as Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish to Bishop Gettelfinger," according to the statement. "The bishop ac- cepted his resignation effective Dec. 8, 1995," and pointed out that the bishop had also "placed Father Vogler on ad- ministrative leave." Administrative leave "is the his duties. It is designed to protect the parish and the pub- lic from the possibility of wrongdoing. It also protects Father Vogler throughout the investigation. Finally, it is in- tended to insure that the in- tegrity of the investigative and judicial processes is not com- promised." The statement also pointed out that "Father Vogler has in- dependent legal counsel. We cannot comment on anything that may affect his private legal rights in this matter. Further, it is the policy of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville not to comment publicly on personnel matters." When Father Vogler's resig- nation and administrative leave were announced in De- cember, Bishop Gettelfinger also announced the appoint- ment of Deacon Richard Preske to serve as temporary administrator of the parish. On Feb. 17 and 18, parish- ioners learned that Father James Sauer was appointed their new pastor, effective April 24. In his discussion with school parents on Friday, Bishop Get- telfinger said that he was not ing Father Vogler of anything other than what was reported. Mark McDonald, the school principal, told parents at the meeting that he would be working with Phyllis Beshears, diocesan director of Catholic See BISHOP page 3 i! ilil ! ! official removal of a priest from  aware of any complaints accus-