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March 22, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 Bishop's Forum By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Joy for team achievement and preparation for the celebration CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations to the Washington Catholic Cardinals! You have brought honor to your school, your parish communities and indeed to all of Washington, Indiana. As one of our four Catholic High Schools, you stand out as our basketball champion this year for which we are all proud and happy. It is quite an achievement for any team to par- ticipate in the Indiana High School Boys' Semistate tournament. How much greater is the ac- complishment for a high school of only 116 students. You not only did it, you did it with class. It was a joy too, to be part of the massive crowd in Roberts Stadium in Evansville last Satur- day sporting the Cardinal red and cheering the team through a hard fought contest. EMBER WEEK Years ago we celebrated the change of the seasons with our spiritual house-cleaning days we called Ember Days. This week prior to Holy Week was the week. We fasted on Ember Wednesday and Ember Saturday. We fasted and abstained from meat on Ember Friday. The spring Ember days were dedicated to praying for the farmers and the planting season. Those rogation days were followed later with addi- tional prayers for a good crop on the feast of St. Mark in April. Ember days too were an opportunity to make final preparations for the celebration of the high holy days of the Sacred Triduum and Easter. They reminded us of our continuing need for spiritual conversion and repentance for our own personal sinfulness. Although the Church no longer celebrates the Ember days as before, the practice is.still a good one for us to consider on a personal basis. If it has been some time since .you have availed yourself of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, this last week before Holy Thursday is a good time to do so. It is also a good time to be renewed in the Lenten prac- tices begun on Ash Wednesday. Passion Sunday, including the procession with palms and the reading of the passion, signals the beginning of Holy Week. I urge all to enter into the spirit of Holy Week by participating in the beautiful liturgies. Tuesday evening of Holy Week is the annual Chrism Mass at which the Holy Oils used for the remainder of the year will be blessed. It will be celebrated at St. John's, Daylight this year to make it easily accessible to more of the faithful of the diocese. Please follow your parish bulletin for the schedule of services on Holy Thursday, Good Fri- day and Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. It is in- deed a most sacred time for all Christians as well as Passover for the Jewish people. Living wills Legal, moral issues under discussion during 1991 legislative session By ANN WADELTON Indiana Catholic Conference Should artificially ad- ministered nutrition and hydra- tion ever be withheld from a pa- tient?'-In what cases? Who nakes the decision? Those are among the serious nledical/moral issues being discussed by Indiana legislators as bills focusing on living wills and durable power of attorney travel through the House and the Senate. According to Dr. M. Des- mend Ryan, executive director of the Indiana Catholic Con- ference, the Catholic Church has a long tradition of suppor- ting the right of competent per- sons to make decisions regard- ing their own health care. Liv- ing wills and a durable power of attorney are for use when a person is not able to make their own decisions. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Cruzan case has caused many states to review their laws in this area. 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SB 235 was ap- proved 38 - 12 in the Senate and will be considered in the House Judiciary Committee. House sponsors are Representatives Joseph Summers (D) and Jack Cottey (R) both of Indianapolis. Both bills would allow the ,person making a living will to state whether or not they would want nutrition and hydration to be withheld. This is a change from the current law which arguably does not now allow withholding nutrition and hydration whether or not there is a living will. Under both the current and proposed laws, "comfort care" would not be discontinued. That is care to make a patient more comfor- table or tO alleviate pain. The ICC has worked closely with Catholic ethicists, the ICC attorney and Catholic hospitals as well as the sponsors of these bills and will continue to do so. At leat two Catholic hospitals in the state hold the position that for patients who are dying or patients in a persistent vegetative state, artificially ad- ministered nutrition and hydra- tion should be subjected to the same intense .scrutiny as all other therapies. Treatments which are eXcessively burden- some or offer no hope of real [D00Dubois County Bank LOSE TO YOU WITH 9 CONVI=IIIENT LOCATIONS iii i| mm "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 benefit, they say, should not be continued. Vincentian Father John Gouldrick, current head of the bishops' pro-life office, pointed outthat neither the Vatican nor the U.S. bishops' conference "has taken a definitive stand on the morality of withholding or withdrawing tube-feeding from persistently comatose pa- tients." A policy statement from the U.S. bishops has been in the works for more than two years but is not expected to be completed soon. The durable power of at- torney proposal pertaining to health care is contained in Sec- tion 17 of SB 237, a large com- plex bill. Section 17 would allow a person to specify who should be legally recognized to make medical decisions for them if they are ill or injured and are not capable of making their own wishes known. It also details the rights and respon- sibilities of the person given power of attorney. Section 17 specifies that the health care representative must make decisions in the best in- terest of the patient concerning withdrawal or withholding of health care. Based on the reviously expressed preference of the patient and the medical prognosis, if the health care representative is satisfied that certain health care would not be beneficial, or would be excessively burden- some, he/she has the authority to direct that health care be withheld or withdrawn, even if death may result. FS 9,,=. Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President. Phone:486-3285 The authorized person has the responsibility to discuss the decision with the patient if at all possible, and with the physi- cian and the family. SB 237 was approved 49 - I in the Senate and now goes to the House for debate. House spon- sors are Representatives Sum- mers and .Cottey. , . 4,