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1 March 17, 1989 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana J. q Jr I Archbishops praise meeting fi00r openness, candor By GREG ERLANDSON NC News Service VATICAN CITY (NC) -- U.S. .archbishops interviewed dur- ing their stay in Rome for an ex- traordinary meeting with Pope John Paul II and Vatican ot- cials praised the encounter for m Openness and candor. The archbishops also spoke ,about several issues raised dur- ing the Vatican sessions, in- cluding radical feminism, altar girls, annulments, general ab- solution and greater coopera- tion with the Roman Curia. Many of the US. church eaders emphasized the positive siPects of the speeches and .lSCussion which took place in e Vatican's Old Synod Hall arch 8-11. "I think people back at home need to know", that much time was spent on the positive developments in the church in the United States, said Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago. "Sometimes they get the im- pression that there are only complaints about us and what is happening in the United States. There are problems, but there are also many positive things that are happening." Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York described the at- mosphere as one of" good will" in the hall, but added that he and other bishops spoke their mind. "No one, it seems to me, felt any inhibition about saying anything at all in the presence of the Holy Father," he said. On the high rate of an- nulments in U.S. church tribunals, which drew a special written intervention from Car- dinal Achille Silvestrini of the Apostolic Signature and a spirited defense from U.S. par- ticipants, Archbishops John R. Roach of St. Paul-Minneapolis and Edward A. McCarthy of Miami said they felt the U.S. contingent had made its point. Cardinal Bernardin said U.S. bishops allocate more resources to their marriage tribunals than bishops in other countries do. The mason for this, he explain- ed, is that it is a "high priority" and even a "form of evangeliza- tion." According to Archbishop Mc- Carthy, after the lengthy March 10 discussion U.S. participants expressed regret that it "took time away from the discussion of the family," the main theme of the session. Repeated allusions in the hall to the negative influence of II ].I' WANII ii) fSoixth graders at St. Bernard School, Rockport, sold computer Valentines last month to raise money r Operation Rice Bowl. Three of the students gave up their recess time to help fold the cards. They are, &ore left, April Boultinghouse, Michelle Koester and Katie Young. The class raised $45 during the Project, -- Message Photo by Mary T. Ellert T00'MES SAGE CLASSIFIEDS (There Only w,, be a $3.0o 1 minimum 5 charge per on all cigardsing) ! I IAI'I'Y AI)N Print your ad on this form. One word, symbol, or abbreviation per blank. Phone number counts as one word. Clip and mail to our office with payment. No Phone orders; No billing. Copy deadline is nine, days preceding the Friday date of issue (a Wednesday) 20 3.00 21 3.15 22 3.30 23 3.45 24 3.60 25 3.75 26 3.90 27 4,05 28 4.20 29 4.35 30 4.50 31 4.65 32 4.80 33 4.95 34 5.10 35 5.25 36 5.40 37 5.55 38 5.70 39 5.85 40 6.00 41 6.15 42 6.30 43 6.45 44 6.60 45 6.75 46 6.90 47 7.05 48 7.20 49 7.35 50 7.50 is the dollar amount that below the final word ($3.00 minimum) PHONE ORDERS--NO BILLING The Message Classifieds 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. P.O. Box 4169 Evansville, IN 47724-0169 (812)424-5536 "radical feminism" on U.S. church life drew further com- ment at the meeting's close. Of particular concern to the bishops was a radical religious feminism which sees the entire church structure as "one that has to be radically changed, if not done away with," said Car- dinal Bernardin. A feminism that views the church as an "evil system" of male dominance "is seen as a destructive force that could have a serious impact," the car- dinal added. He said the Roman Curia as well as the U.S. bishops distinguish between Christian and radical feminisms, but said the Curia "may not face the reality of feminism as directly as we do on a day-to-day basis." The author of an arch- diocesan pastoral letter on women and the church, Arch- bishop Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles said the church must involve "mainstream women" in ,:ts life. "But many of us felt that the agenda" of radical feminists "is not an ecclesial agenda," he added. But other concerns of women were quick to draw support. Altar girls, an issue that sur- faced during the 1987 world Synod of Bishops on the role of the laity, arose again during this meeting. Boston Cardinal Bernard F. Law spoke up on the matter in the hall, declaring that altar girls would be an appropriate development, Cardinal Bernar- din said. Summing up the bishops' arguments, Archbishop Mahony said the difficulty was explaining to "young girls that their mothers can be lectors but they can not carry the cross or candlesticks." "It's such a minor point," he added. "But if we don't deal with it, it will be a constant irri- tant." While Curia representatives spoke little during the sessions, differences sometimes surfaced within the U.S. delegation, par- ticularly on the subject of the sacrament of reconciliation and general absolution, participants said. Archbishop McCarthy said some bishops asked if general absolution services could be a means of reintroducing private confession and mentioned the burden individual confession placed on dioceses short, of priests. But other U.S. bishops were quick to respond that in their experience general absolution services did not mean an in- crease in private confessions. Message Classified Ads ATTENTION -- HIRING[ govern- ment jobs -- your area. 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