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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 'Bishop Shea fund' established for priesthood p By PAUL R LEINGANG Message editor A special way to remember the late Bishop Francis R. Shea is being introduced by the Catholic Foundation on the occasion of the anniversary of his priestly ordination. The Tennessee native who was to become the Third Bishop of Evansville was or- dained a priest in Rome, Italy, on March 19, 1939. He was or- dained a bishop in 1970. Bishop Shea retired in 1989, and died Aug. 18, 1994. "His love for the priesthood was one of the hallmarks of his episcopacy," said Bishop Ger- ald A. Gettelfinger. "He was al- ways ready to assist his semi- narians and priests in any way he could." Bishop Gettelfinger used a bequest from Bishop Shea, and several other gifts, to establish "the Bishop Francis .R. Shea Memorial Endowment for Preparation of Students for the Priesthood." The fund was es- tablished last year on the an- niversary of the founding of the Diocese of Evansville, Nov. 11. The endowment fund was created with an unrestricted bequest by Bishop Shea to the Diocese of Evansville. Bishop Gettelfinger also transferred other gifts into the endowment from donors whose bequests were intended to be used for priesthood preparation. The Bishop Shea Endow- ment is held and managed by The Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana, Inc. In- vestment income earned by the fund will "provide supplemen- tal financial resources for stu- dents who have formally com- mitted themselves to a training and educational pro- gram designed to prepare them for ordination to the Roman Catholic Priesthood" for the Diocese of Evansville, accord- ing to a brochure being pre- pared. As an endowment, the principal will remain un- touched, and only the income will be used. The Catholic Foundation is willing to accept other gifts for the endowment. Donna Leader, the foundation's execu- tive director, said the goal was "to increase the Bishop Shea Endowment to a size that will generate sufficient income to cover all diocesan expenses for students who are preparing for the priesthood." Acceptable gifts to the en- dowment include cash, stocks, bonds, and non-traditional gift -items such as real estate, ob- jets d'art and collectibles, Leader said. In addition to life- time gifts, donors may also make planned and deferred gifts to the Endowment such as bequests, annuity trusts, and the like. If you would like to know more about the Bishop Shea Endowment and how you can contribute to the future of our diocese with your gift in mem- ory of Bishop Shea, contact Ex- ecutive Director, The Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana, Inc., P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169, Phone (812) free inside 1731. General counsel issues 1996 guidelines for political By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Al- though certain political activi- ties could endange r their tax- exempt status, Catholic organizations can still get in- "volved in the issues surround- ing the 1996 elections, accord- ing to guidelines from the U.S. Catholic Conference Office of General Counsel. Mark E. Chopko, who heads the office, issued a 15-page analysis in mid-February out- lining the kinds of activities permitted and forbidden for Catholic organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Deirdre D. Halloran, USCC associate general counsel who helped prepare the guidelines, said they were similar to those issued four years ago to help Catholic organizations during the last presidential election. The only changes were in "slightly different nuances," in- clusion of some recent Internal Revenue Service rulings, and the expansion of some sections in response to questions raised by Catholic organizations, she said. One new emphasis is the guidelines' strong recommen- dation against the use of voter education guides prepared by groups outside the Catholic Church. "This was a significant prob- lem four years ago, with pres- sure at the parish level" for priests to allow distribution of voter guides, Ms. Halloran said. "Outside voter guides should be approached with extreme caution," the guidelines said. "The issues covered in these materials may not illustrate the range of issues of impor- tance to the church. In addi- tion, their content, format and presentation may not satisfy the requirements of section 501(c)(3) that are applicable to Catholic organizations." The USCC general counsel recommended that each dio- cese consider "adopting a pol- icy against distribution of any voter education materials that have not been approved or made available by the diocese or state Catholic conference." Permitted political activities, according to the guidelines, in- clude: Educating candidates about the issues and attempt- ing to change candidates' posi- tions on issues. Educating voters about the issues through the unbiased "presentation of candidate fo- rums and distribution of voter education materials, including incumbents' voting records, re- sults of candidate polls or questionnaires, and candi- dates' statements." Sponsoring voter registra- tion d.rives and encouraging citizens to exercise their right to vote, "provided that no bias Illinois pastors advised to deny senate candidate's By Elaine Spencer Catholic News Service PEORIA, Ill. (CNS) -- Illi- nois pastors have been advised not to accept a request for Masses for the family of a U.S. Senate candidate prior to the March 19 Illinois primary. The manner in which the re- quest was made may have "crossed the line" of political activity acceptable in parishes, according to the vicar general of the Peoria Diocese. About 800 Illinois priests re- ceived requests to celebrate Mass for candidate A1 Salvi agenda," the fact that "our viewpoints on some issues may be more in harmony with one party than another is purely coincidental," said Cardinal Mahony. The church tries to make sure the poor and vul- nerable are cared for, wherever that leads, he said. "We always hold up the call of Christ, and of people to fol- low that call," he said. "The Gospel calls us to do difficult things." A majority of U.S. Cathohcs disagree with the opposition to the death penalty expressed by Pope John Paul II and the U.S. bishops, for example, he said. And a majority of Catholics supported California's anti-im- migrant Proposition 187 de- spite the opposition of the state's church leaders. But he also does not expect any politi- cal candidate to mirror the "Catholic" position right down the line. and his family during the week before the primary election. The requests, sent by Salvi's sister-in-law, Cindy Nusser, were accompanied by'a $5 check drawn on Salvi's law of- fice account and a campaign brochure featuring a family photo of A1 and Kathy Salvi and their five children. State Rep. Salvi, a Catholic, is seeking the Republican nom- ination for the seat being va- cated by Democratic Sen. Paul Simon. Salvi is the principal sponsor of a statewide bill sup- porting vouchers for private "Every candidate is in a dif- ferent place on some issues than we are as a church," Car- dinal Mahony said. He reiterated a warning about the Catholic Alliance, a new Christian Coalition divi- sion "which seldom has any kind of social issues exchange in its debate" yet "sounds Catholic, sounds official" be- cause of its name, In Albany, N.Y., Bishop Howard J. Hubbard included similar precautions about po- litical alliances in a column in the Feb. 29 edition of The Evangelist, his diocesan news- paper. He discussed the increasing attention to religion as a politi- cal factor in elections. "Again this year ... relil,dous themes are looming large, es- pecially with the involvement of groups like the Christian Coalition on the right and the Interfaith Alliance on the left," schools end has also supported pro- life legislation. His oppo- nent in the primary, Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra, is also Catholic. In a March 1 letter to Illi- nois' pastors, sent in response to the deluge of Mass requests, Msgr. James Campbell, Peo- ria's vicar general, said it was "best to return the check and to decline the suggestion that you list such a Mass in the bul- letin., He said priests may also in- form Mrs. Nusser that her re- quest will be fulfilled "at a date convenient for the parish and he wrote. "Issueg like abortion, creationism, family values, im- migration and welfare reform are major themes in the presi- dential primary debates to date." He cited recent writings by law professor Stephen Carter about "the tendency in society to exclude political expressions of religious!y based values from the public liih of our na- tion." Like Cardinal Mahony, Bishop Hubbard recommended that Catholic voters read the U.S, bishops' recent statement on political responsibility, which addresses key principles and voting issues. "We see this statement to be the fulfillment of our role and responsibilities as moral lead- ers to articulate how the fun- damental values of our Catholic Christian tradition apply to contemporary issues," he said. for or political Holding forums, in which plain speak at under the Also litical act members tions not as organization, said. f:::: listed as a tions Msgr. Mrs. her Mass lished in a that a sent to her. "If Mrs. make parishes give the we might b in a Mr. In Catholic Sent an Mass als and nois ford, Sp and Archdiocese Citing said Mass ceased. obliged at the donor, church didate for priol C ment in which the The the MasS Bishops, Continued from page 1 common good. "All of us have a stake in and a duty to speak out on public policy issues," said the Los Angeles cardinal March 1. "As a church, we approach these issues in the context of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teaching of the church through the ages." Cardinal Mahony said the church is most concerned with how public policy affects the poorest and most vulnerable members of society, particu- larly as neither political party has done a good job in that area in recent years. "The saddest thing I see is that both parties have been taken over increasingly by spe- cial interest groups,  he said. "The church remains focused on the common good while these parties are not." Despite criticism that the U.S. bishops follow "a liberal juncti dacy office." iv::