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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 ions and answers on the Catechism of the Catholic Church contains the fundamental Christian truths formulated in a way that facilitates their un- derstanding. There are two categories of catechism: major and minor. A major catechism is a resource or a point of refer- ence for the development of minor catechisms. The Cate- chism of the Catholic Church is an example of a major cate- chism. The Baltimore Cate- chism is an example'of a minor catechism. of the Cathlic with a rec- made at the Ex- of Bishops several drafts, Catechism the text is approved and is available in the about the time 1994. selected ques- about the m, provided by Hoc Commit- lnplementation of What exactly is in the new Catechism? The new Catechism contains the essential and fundamental content of the Catholic faith in m? is a text which m ng the audience listen as details are discussed e program for lay employees of the experts and studied actuarial tables. They concluded that the total of $4,000 for each of the more than 700 employees in the diocese would be enough money to accomplish two things -- supply insurance for every eligible employee, and build a sufficient reserve fund to protect the program. 1 r the strategic $900 figure started CUrrent ex- surance Filet Dinner: Friday During Lent (EXcept Good Friday) ...... 18 - March 25 Vegetable, drink and dessert Tal00e-Out Available time: 4PM- 7PM NATIVITY 5 "Pollack Ave. Green River & Vann a complete and summary way. It presents what Catholics throughout the world believe in common. It presents these truths in a way that facilitates their understanding. The new Catechism presents Catholic doctrine within the context of the Church's history and tradition. Frequent refer- ences to Sacred Scripture, the writings of the Fathers, the lives and writings of the saints, conciliar and papal documents and liturgical texts enrich the Catechism in a way that is both inviting and challenging. There are over three thousand footnotes in the Catechism. How is all this organized in the new Catechism? The new Catechism, like the Catechism of the Councii of Trent, is divided into four major parts. They are referred to as the "four pillars" on which the Catechism is built. In his Apostolic Constitution promulgating the Catechism, the Holy Father called them the "four movements of a great symphony." They are 1) the Creed (what the Church be- lieves), 2) the Sacraments (what the Church celebrates), 3) the Commandments (what the Church lives) and 4) the Our Father (what the Church prays). The Catechism consists of 2,865 paragraphs, each of which is numbered. There is an internal cross-referencing system among the paragraphs which makes it simple to find all the passages in the Cate- chism which treat a particular subject. In addition, the Cate- chism provides several indices for ease in locating particular passages. Indices are orga- nized according to themes,  Scriptural citadons, symbols of the faith, documents of ecu- menical councils, documents of other councils and synods, pen-" tifical documents, ecclesiastical documents, canon law, liturgi- cal texts and ecclesiastical authors. If every employer in the dio- cese paid $4,000 for each em- ployee as of the fiscal year starting Sept. 1, the total amount would cover insurance claims and establish the re- serve fund. The experience of the first year -- that is, how much had to be paid out in claims, could guide the deci- sion for the following year. The committee, however, de- cided that $4,000 was too much to pay immediately, and proposed a phase-in plan over fouryears. Committee mem- bers further concluded that $900 instead of $1,000 would be the annual payment incre- ment sufficient to build up the $1 million reserve. They es- tablished a payment schedule over the next four years of $900, $1,800, $2,700, and $3,600. What happens after four years? Committee members ac- knowledged that there were areas of uncertainty about the impact of future events on the program. They do not know what na- tional plan may be in effect. They do not know what deci- sions will be made by any of the many employers of the spouses of some diocesan em- ployees. They do know that the pro- gram they proposed is flexible enough to work in a wide i P_eop.les lrust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON INDIANA 4744"1 " i Jill Ann White L P " " Administrator Hwy. 57 So. Washington, IN 8812-254-4516 ralrle Village Ivlng Center [ i i iiiii Vincennes Bicknell Sandbom Monroe City * Princeton * Patoka Member F.D.I.C. i i \\; range of possibilities -- even though it is impossible to enu- merate all of those possibili- ties. After four years, however, those who manage the pro- gram will have the benefit of experience -- including a bet- ter idea of how much money is paid out in claims. After four years, they de- scribe what they expect: 1. Employers will continue to pay an amount of money for each eligible employee. 2. The amount employers will pay may change, but it will be enough to give insur- ance to every eligible em- ployee. 3. The Lay Employee Health Care Benefit Fund of $1 mil- lion will be in place. 4. The diocese will have a good insurance program, with 100 percent participation. 5. Employees will participate in some way, in paying for the overall costs of their health care insurance program. Why give us what some of us don't need? Committee members ac- knowledged that some employ- ees now covered by spouses' in- surance programs do not need other insurance -- today. But they pointed to changes in in- surance coverage recently made by other employees, re- moving dependents from cover- age in some cases. They believe the need for coverage will change in the coming years. Some companies and insur- ance carriers are beginning to exclude employee's family members who are eligible for medical insurance'from their own employers. Such a devel- opment could put an end to the primary coverage -- secondary coverage situation. Committee members also in- sisted that while some employ- ees may not need the insur- ance today, the diocesan program needs their participa- tion to be viable. Having all eli- gible employees in the group may be the only way to provide insurance, they say. Committee members also Said that the new program will put the diocese 'in the position of being able to do whatever is necessary if and when a na- tional health insurance pro- gram is established. In addition to the reasoning drawn from the world of insur- ance and finance, committee members also cited Canon Law Ed Knapp makes a point. Knapp was among partici. pants in the meeting held at ResurreVt|On Churbli . Evansville, March 2.  " L and Church teaching: employ- ers are expected to provide an insurance program for employ- ees. What is the upside poten- tial and the downside risk of this proposal? Committee members spelled out the potential and the risk as follows. The upside is this: 1. We as a diocese have an insurance program. 2. The insurance program we have helps attract and keep good employees who can do the work we want them to do m our church It is good for our employees, and it is good for us, too (the parishes, schoo}s "and other employers ). The biggest risk we can take is not doing anything. 1. Our current epIoyees would very likely-lase the in- surance they now ave. i 2. We will not be prepared for any of the possible develop- ments on the national scene. Who are these employ. ees? They are all of the eligible, full time employees of the parishes, schools, diocesan of. rices and other employers in the diocese. They are secre- taries, DREs, janitors, pastoral associates, teachers, princi- pals, campus ministers, dioce- san office coordinators and di- rectors, and parish staff members. More question.s and answers will be printed in the next issue . of the Meag ........ ..