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6 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana March 4, 1988 Future priests seen as bureaucrats or innovative leaders ST. MEINRAD, Ind. (NC) -- The parish priest of the 1990s is likely to be either an ec- " clsigtlcal b1reaucrat or some- one who subscribes to a "a new kind" of sacramental ministry and parish leadership, said the director of the New York-based National Pastoral Life Center. Which road the priesthood takes will be determined in large part by the "forces of the local church" and the "choices and formation of those who will be enlisted into this priesthood," said Father Philip Murnion, who spoke Feb. 8 at a vocations conference at St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad. He spoke on "The Parish Vatican Continued from page 5 marks the spot where tradition Priest in the 1990s: Where Is the Church Headed?" at the Feb. 8-10 conference attended by bisfiops and vocations person- nel from 34 dioceses. In the 1990s, sacramental ministry will "remain a clear and defining element in the life of the parish priest," said" Father Muruion. "Parishioners will still think of the priest in these terms, the priest will think of himself in these terms, and the sacramen- tal life will remain the skeleton of Catholic style and parish life," he said. Since this is the case, priests must learn to both "foster and exemplify a sacramental con- sciousness," he said. He said the church must learn how to identify the seminarian able to develop this kind of con- sciousness "as opposed to those who will be either clerical in their distancing themselves from people or perfunctory in their piety." The church must "make available, then obligatory," ways for priests to arrange their administrative schedules to allow time for sacramental ministry, he said. "This will mean a shift in ministry training programs of dioceses, seminaries and universities irt order to produce well-grounded and trained ad- ministrators, as well as modification of the services and requirements of diocesan of- rices and agencies," the priest said. In addition, he urged development of a liturgical theology, since "the absence of one can turn the priest into a ritual bureaucrat, simply carry- ing out functions according to the rules." Tomorrow's priest will have to "recruit, develop, oversee, says St. Peter was put to death by being crucified upside Vatican's 1986 deficit down. The current church is built over a fourth century basilica which was built over a second century chapel marking the spot of St. Peter's grave. The fourth century basilica was built by the Roman emperor Constantine, whose conversion to Christianity marked tile end of the empire's persecution of the religion. It was about half the size of the present structure and was con- secrated in 326. Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor, was crowned in this basilica in 800. In the 15th century, the basilica was in danger of collap- sing, causing Pope Nicholas V to begin rebuilding it. The job took 200 years and resulted in a completely new building. Underneath the floor of the pre- sent basilica, sections of the Constantine structure can be seen. This part, known as the Vatican Grottoes, is also free and can be visited by climbing down a stairway underneath the statue of St. Longinus. Visible in the grottoes is the monument built by Constantine to mark the spot of St. Peter's grave. It is directly under the . papal altar. Also buried in the grottoes are many of the 262 popes who have guided the church since his death. HUNTINGBURG Buehlers I.G.A. "The Thrifty Housewife's Source of Savings" QUALITY FOODS, MEATS HUNTINGBURG Compllrnent Nass & Son Inc. FUNERAL HOME Huntlngburg, Ind. I FATHER COUNCIL Meets at University of EvansvilleNeWman Center 2nd 4th Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Fr. Tony Kissel, chaplain New members Invited. Call Doug Matheis Grand Knight, 473-3107 Continued from page 2 budget because it does not have a separate retirement fund to cover those costs. Other expenses, in rounded figures, included: -- Administrative expenses, $9.7 million, including some $1.5 million for transfers of church officials, $1.1 million for telecommunications and $600,000 for printing and publishing. Another chunk of administrative expenses, for which no figure was given, was for travel and lodging for par- ticipants attending Vatican meetings. -- Utilities, $2.1 million. -- Maintenance expenses and taxes for properties owned by the Holy See, $1.6 million. -- Expenses on investments, $11 million. Vatican Radio, $10.4 million. -- Publishing activities (the Vatican Polyglot Press, the Vatican Publishing Office and the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano), $11.7 million. -- Depreciation, $3.2 million. -- Restoration of endowment funds, $6.4 million. The documentation did not explain the meaning of "restoration of endowment funds" but information from the secret 1985 report, which was more detailed, indicated that this probably referred to money put into the Patrimony of the Holy See to replace funds previously drawn from there to cover earlier deficits. The patrimony was formed in 1929 from the money Italy gave the Holy See in reparation for papal support and coordinate a varie- ty of people doing a variety of things," Father-Murnion said, adding that already eight of 10 leaders of parish ministries are lay people. Priests, he said, need training in human relations, effective communication, handling con- flict, pastoral analysis and organizing people. Learning to encourage others to accept leadership even though it may be "much simpler to do something one's self" will tax priests' patience, competence and imaginations, he said. Father Murnion said the parish priest as church ad- ministrator needs a sense of purpose that will affect his decisions "in everything from liturgical development and church renovation to educa- tional ministry and financial administration." Without a common church mission and in the face of in- creasing diocesan regulatons on administrative matters, he said, "parish priests can be driven into the most bureaucratic of at- titudes," overly concerned with maintaining order and control of resources. The priest said that despit some changes, the life and worl( of the parish priest in the 1990s will not be so different than his predecessor's. "He will celebrate the Eucharist almost daily, at least twice on Sunday and often twice on weekdays when there are funerals or weddings. He will continue to list in the bulletin weekly hours for the sacrament of penance, though he will not expect many parishioners to avail themselves of the opportuni- ty," Father Murnion said. lands expropriated by Italy when it became a republic in the 19th century. On the income side, just over half of the Holy See's earnings came from investments -- $28.8 million of the $57.3 million total. Nearly another third, $17.1 million, came from its newspaper and book publishing activities. Other sources of income were: -- Activities of Vatican departments and other reim- bursements, $6.1 million. -- Vatican Radio, $1.3 million. -- Non-recurring income, $500,000. Use of endowment funds (mainly to pay off a $2.2 million deficit left over from 1985}, $3.5 million. In its report on 1985 the Vatican also sent the bishops the separate budget figures for running the civil and economic affairs of Vatican City State, a largely self-sustaining opera- tion which that year showed a $147,000 profit in a $41 milli' budget. " The 1986 report did not in- clude the city state's budget or other extensive details on Holy See investments and assets which had been included in the 1985 report. ' Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, papal secretary of state, told the bishops in a covering letter to the 1986 report tlat only the Holy See annual report a" commentary were included in the new mailing because many bishops' conferences and finan- cial experts had said that "the documentation last year was too complicated." SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES NOW AVAILABLE SIZE OF BOX I I RENT PER YEAR III I t 4 V2 "x2 "x20" 4% "x3 "x20" 4 "x4. "x20" $12 $15 $25 FI0000RST FEDERAL SAVINGS AVAILABLE ONLY AT 2200 W. Franklin 423-3196 2028 Division 477-1581