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4 Editorial The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana March 22, 1991 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Lent is time to move f )r00a:rd, a time to sever connections Cleaning out the basement was the topic of our conversation a few days ago. Not my basement, but my brother-in-law's. He and his family are get- ting ready to move to a new home, and his thoughts brought back some memories. My brother-in-law has a basement full of things. Good things. Some of the things are still in their boxes from the last time he and his family moved to a new home. Many other things have ac- cumulated in recent years. The drive from their current home to the com- munity in which they will be living takes about five-and-a-half hours. That's close enough to return for a visit. It's too far to take all their possessions. Their move is not quite as far as my family's move four years ago from northwestern Illinois to southwestern Indiana. But there are a lot of similarities. Once the basic decision is made in such a case, life becomes full of decisions about an almost endless stream of things. I recall looking carefully at possessions, and then deciding what would hap- pen to them. An old cannister vacuum cleaner was one of my possessions. I had found it at a yard sale for just two dollars. It worked. It wasn't the best, but it was good enough to pick up sawdust and wood chips in the basement -- if the top was put on just right and the patch on the hose was sealed properly. Moving it would cost more than it was worth. It was still good, I would never replace it for the same price, but I had to gave it up. My brother-in-law understood. He was about to make similar decisions. A thing is not just a thing, I thought. A thing is a thing with a history. The owner of a thing just has to look at and its history spills out. That vacuum cleaner had picked up the sawdust in our garage when we lived at the other house on 14th Avenue where I made the set of wooden blocks as Christmas presents for our two children. As I realized that many things have a past, my brother-in-law said that many of his things had a future. If he gave up a thing he had found that could be used in a future project, he was making a final decision. To give up a thing now is to put an end to a plan or a hope or a dream. So this is what Lent is all about, I thought. Each of us, in our own way, is called to move for- ward, to sever connections with the past, to en- force some limits on the future. A decision to follow Christ -- to live a Chris- tian life -- is not the final choice. It is only the first. And the stream of decisions that follow is almost endless. Giving up things is not enough for Lent or for life, although there is some value to a kind of self- imposed discipline. What makes sense to me, for Lent and for life, is giving up things and being able to reflect on first the pain and then the freedom that invariably follows. The vacuum cleaner that picked up wooden block sawdust should have no real importance in my life; not today. The children for whom those toys were made -- they are important, and they are older, and they have long since put aside the toys of their childhood. After talking with my brother-in-law, I unders- tand that I, too, have things with futures in my possession, and giving them up is very hard. There are books I intend to read again, and I will not give them up. But if fire or flood destroyed those books, there would be many I could not even name. Yet I can not bear to part with them. Maybe during these lastdays of Lent, the things to which I am most tied will help me reflect on the choices Jesus made. He valued people over all things, and he rejected all but one possible future. His decision made us flee, and he calls us to come follow Him. Washington Letter Catholic colleges, free speech and being 'politically corret ByNANCYFRAZIERO'BRIEN The "politically correct" when the new president of the Catholic News Service movement centers on attempts American Civil Liberties Union at many U.S. colleges to joined with U.S. Rep. Henry WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The eliminate racism, sexism, Hyde, R-Ill., in supporting trend on college campuses a g e i s m a n d o t h e r Hyde's bill which would permit toward eliminating language discriminatory "isms" through students to sue private colleges and behavior that offends any disciplining students found to and universities if the institu- racial, ethnic orsexualminority expound the banned views. It tions' disciplinary codes is alive and well at Catholic in- also involves arranging college violated the students' free stitutions, too. curriculums so as not to em- speech rights. "Catholic campuses suffer phasize Western, male- Students at public colleges from the same problems as any dominated thought at the ex- and universities already have other colleges," said Jeff pense of minority views of the right to sue; the Hyde pro- Schultz, a graduate student in history and literature, posal would apply to private government at Jesuit-run As an example of "politically schools that receive federal aid. Georgetown in Washington, of correct" thought at its most ab- Religious colleges would be ex- the so-called "politically cor- surd, Newsweek magazine at empt if provisions of the bill recr' movement, the end of last year cited a violated the schools' religious "To say that because we're a Smith College handout that beliefs. Catholic institution there is no condemned, among other :"The demands of political prejudice on this campus or no things, "ableism -- oppression correctness are casting a pall of problem with it would be of the differently abled, by the intolerance over American false," said Gerry Rohrer, a temporarily abled" and universities," said Hyde at a senior at the Marianist-run "lookism," defined as March 12 press conference with University of Dayton in Ohio "construction of a standard for Nadine Strossen, ACLU presi- and outgoing vice president for beauty/attractiveness: ........ dent. public relations of the National The debate over :"political Ms. Strossen said her Association of Students at correctness" on college cam- organization "is extremely Catholic Colleges and Univer- puses led to an unusual troubled by the upsurge of sities, political alliance in mid-March, racial incidents and bias" on TI"MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47724 .O169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except laM wee in December by the Catholic Press o/ Evansville. Publisher .... Bishop Gerald A. Getteltinger Associate Publisher .... Rev. Joseph Ziiiak Editor .................. Fsul Lelngang Production Mgr .............. Phil Beget Cir./Adv. Mgr ........... Paul A. Newland Address all communication=, to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. Phone (812) 424-5536. SubaoripUon rate: $1 7.50 per year Single Copy Price: 50 Entered as 2nd clm.matter at the post el- rice in Evansville. IN 47701, Publication number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to the Office of Publication. Copyright 1991 Catholc Press of Evansville i i i i i I i i i Letter to the editor We are challenged to pray everyday To the editor, In recent days, I have watch- ed history in the making as the Gulf War unfolded. The most interesting and important event has been the call to prayer. Our president urged us to pray as a nation. Television and radio commentators asked us to pray. Newspaper articles were written along the same line. Families and soldiers prayed with new fervor and direction. God has a wonderful promise for us if we will continue to pray. "If my people, who are called by my name, wiil hum- ble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14) I challenge each of you to continue to pray every day as fervently as you did during the Gulf War crisis. God will keep His promise. Our hope and salvation rest in His hands. Whatever your situation, God will comfort, guide, console and strengthen you, if you pray. Sincerely yours, Ann Gries Ph.D. Evansville, In. . college campuses but believed that disciplinary codes restric- ting speech "are an unprincipl- ed as well as unconstitutional way of dealing with racism." According to a 1989 survey by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 60 percent of colleges and universities had disciplinary codes that banned bigotry, racial harassment or intimida- tion. The survey did not break down the data between Catholic and non-Catholic institutions. Jennifer Bryson, a graduate student in medieval history, found a "noticeably different atmosphere" at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana after undergraduate Stints at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and Stanford University in Cilifornia. "It's different here at Notre Dame because the intellectual climate is not as intense and the campus is not as liberal," she said. "There's not high pressure to be 'politically cor- rect.'" Schultz said that although Georgetown has no official "code of speech" that he was aware of, problems still arise. Last semester, he said, a joke about "Arab terrorists" by a See WASHINGTON page 5 Bisll(00p's schq ;, lule The following activities and events are listed on the schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: