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00oMES S CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 / iii : 77:i " ,, Kiefer signs the Book of the Elect on the altar at St' Benedict Church, Feb. 28. the First Sunday of Lent. With her is her sponsori Linda coordinator Lisa Provost witnesses the signing. Kiefer was one of lates and catechumens participating in the Rite of Election. -- Message photo by Paul R, Leingang eels in diocese have received OVer00 $50,000 from AffiniW Card UYPAULR. LEINGANG was mailed to schools just Spirit, $546.71; St. Benedict, Message editor vhe ,e e COmputer room," is SOme of e mona Was : . th y ar-. ,,u, according to one  l:}a] . . 8aia  . Another Drmcmal her s00hool fdi into a tecnnology they are talking from the Affinity "  often referred "Tradition Card." Bennett, principal at St. John Newburgh, said was used to buy tile. Judy at Resurrec- money was put that wil[probably a computer. reels at St. John, on, and throughout Cese of Evansville received a total of $50,000 from the Card, according to diocesan di- ment. More that amount last month, he said. Clements reported the fol- lowing: Total diocesan distribu- tion, August 1992 through January 1993, $20,466.30. Total gross income to date: $59,181. Total distributed to date: $50,303.85. Clements said that a por- tion of the money is being withheld pending final deci- sion on whether it is taxable as "unrelated income." The money distributed is a portion (one-half of one per- cent) of credit card pur- chases. The money is distrib- uted in proportion to credit card purchases made by peo- ple living in the ZIP codes within each deanery, and in proportion to the number of students in each school. Checks from the fund accu- mulated over the past six months were mailed in late February. Evansville East Deanery Christ the King, $708.92; Good Shepherd, $486.63; Holy Rosary, $1,195.55; Holy $961.25; Memorial High School, $2,108.74. Evansville West Deanery Corpus Christi, $305.44; Holy Redeemer, $636.33; Res- urrection, $442.89; St. Joseph, Vanderburgh  County, $341.07; St. Matthew, $234.17; St. Philip, $422.52; St. Theresa, $463.25; Marian Day School, $61.09; St. Wen- del, $330.89; WCCS, $799.23; Mater Dei High School, $1,053.76. Jasper Deanery Holy Family, $1,655.15; Precious Blood, $899.10. Newburgh Deanery St. John, Newburgh, $1,473.89; St. Bernard, Rock- port, $671.51. Princeton Deanery Holy Cross, $211.72; St. James, $342.85; St. Joseph, Princeton, $314.17: Sts. Peter and Paul, Haubstadt, $497.21. Vincennes Deanery Flaget, $1,031.97; Rivet, $580.48. Washington Deanery Washington Catholic Schools, $1,689.80. Inside this Special Synod Issue: A four-page Synod section Results of Deanery Assemblies Parish Pastoral Councils their mission and responsibilites I Also in this special section... The Quinquennial Report Profile: The Office of Worship NUMBER 26 March 5, 1993 Bishop asks priests, parish life coordinators to respond to issue of cathedral in diocese By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor A cathedral is supposed to be a symbol of unity in a dio- cese, said Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. But if issues sur- rounding a cathedral divide the Diocese of Evansville, Bishop Gettelfinger said he will withdraw his previously announced plans. The bishop is relying o, the priests and pastoral life coordinators of the diocese to respond to the issue. The bishop's request for counsel was brought up at the Feb. 18 meeting of the Coun- cil of Priests, and in a Feb. 19 letter from the bishop to priests and pastoral life coor-: dinators. At the Council of Priests meeting, the bishop said that it was not a matter of dis- cussing the theology of a cathedral, or the naming of a particular church as a cathe- dral  but a much more basic question: "Do you feel the naming of a cathedral at this time would cause division among us?" In the letter to priests and parish life coordinators, the bishop suggests that "you may wish to seek your own counsel from parishioners" before responding to the question. Priests and parish life coor- dinators were asked to talk about the matter with their representatives on the Coun- cil of Priests. Following an earlier an, nouncement that a church would be selected as the diocesan cathedral the bishop had appointed a committee to make a study. That commit- tee had examined seven churches in the greater Evansville area, and was about ready to make its final recommendations. Now, if the matter is judged to be a cause for division and disunity, the bishop said the naming of a cathedral would be "taken off the agenda." The diocese has not had a cathedral since 1965, when Assumption Cathedral in Evansville was sold to make way for downtown redevel- opment, and Holy Trinity Church was named the "pro- cathedral." During the years of Bishops Paul Leibold and Francis R. Shea, various parish churches hosted dioce- san liturgies. Since his installation in 1989, Bishop Gettelfinger has used the pro-cathedral for diocesan liturgies, the way a cathedral would be used. Now, ifa cathedr/il risnOt to be named, the bishop said he - is "prepared to return to the past practice of going from parish to parish for diocesan liturgical functions when the bishop presides." Haiti pressures build on Clinton administration WASHINGTON (CNS) Pressure on the United States to address its policy toward Haiti increased from several directions as February drew to a close. The prospects for President Clinton to respond to those pressures seemed to improve as he scheduled a meeting with ousted President Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide for the first week of March. Secretary of State Warren Christopher said Clinton would meet with the exiled Haitian president during the first week of March. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court prepared to take on the questioned legality of the U.S. policy of returning boat- loads of fleeing Hattians to their hero,and before they reach u.g.:tem'torial waters and a chan to apply for asy- lum as political refugees. As two branches of the U.S. government turned attention toward Haiti, the tiny Caribbean nation was still coping with the deaths of hundreds of that oc- when pcpIe curred an overloaded ferry sank in a storm Feb. 17. The ferry, which was li- censed to carry 250 passen- gers, may have had up to 1,200 on board for atrip from . leremie to Port-au-Prince Feb. : 17. The vessel was traveling : in a rainstorm and apparently sank after panicked passen- gem rushed to one side. Only about 300 people survived. Several days later, U.N. ob- servers and diplomats res- cued a Haitian bishop being beaten by a mob of attackers as he left a Mass that turned into a demonstration for Fa- ther Aristide. The assault on Bishop Willy Romelus of Jeremie on Feb. 25 was the worst attack on a churchman since the bloody 1991 military coup that overthrew democrati- cally elected Father Aristide, a populist priest whose parishioners were shot and stabbed during a 1988 Mass. Bishop Romelus was shaken and bruised but not badly hurt. He was taken in a diplomatic limousine to an unidentified embassy and then to a home used to shelter church personnel i  in danger, ! /'