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M] :&apos;S SAGE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 NUMBER 30 April 2, 1993 i ;  : Catholics watch budget, abortion, I death debates in legislatures  i ;. < i.. i 7/ A. Gettelfinger presents the key for the trch building at St. John the Baptist parish, oseph Ziliak pastor. Bishop Get- [ lidbd at the dedication of the new- Week schedule f,a ' :ese of Evansville A. Gettelfin- at Holy Week liturgies at in Bicknell, Day- Newburgh Bishop Get- the, recently announced of selecting a "removed from and that he SUrne the practice of Parish to parish L liturgies. listed in the fol- ledule are local SUnday _ St. Mary Church, Evansville, Sunday, April 4, 10 a.m. Chrism Mass -- St. John Church, Newburgh, Tuesday, April 6, 5 p.m. Holy Thursday -- St. John Church, Vincennes, Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m. Good Friday -- St. Philip Neri Church, Bicknell, Fri- day, April 9, 7 p.m. Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil -- Good Shepherd Church, Evansville, Saturday, April 10, 8 p.m. Easter Sunday -- St. John Church, Daylight, Sunday, April 11, 10 a.m. this Special Synod Issue: Parish Pastoral Councils The Newburgh Deanery Als0 Letters to the editor Profile of the next priest | / = By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In state legislatures around the country, church lobbyists kept a close watch on such is- sues as the death penalty, abortion and school choice, while working to assure that budget cuts and welfare re- form don't hit children and poor families too hard. But the only thing they could be sure about was that not all the Catholic-backed positions would win their legislative battles. "Because of our consistent ethic of life . . . we find that no matter who is in t)ower... there is some of our agenda which is not well heeded," said Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the Washington State Catholic Conference. Faced with a projected budget deficit of from $1 bil- lion to $1.4 billion, Washing- ton state legislators were urged to make budget cuts and tax bikes "fair and equi- table" and to avoid placing "an undue share of the bur- den" on the poor and vulner- able, Dolejsi said. The Washington church's legislative priorities this year also include health care re- form, with conscience clauses Rr those who do not want to participate in abortions: pro- posals to abolish banging, capital punishmerd for the mentally retarded and capital punishment in general; and state-sponsored vouchers for private school students. The California Catholic Conference also was backing a measure to prohibit execu- lion of me, ntally retarded per, sons in the state. If passed by the Legislature and signed b,, the governor, it will be placed on the 1994 statewide ballot. In California, it is estimated that 3 to 6 percent of the 355 persons on death row are mentally retarded, with IQs of 70 or less. Another proposal in the criminal justice arena has been made to the Tennessee General Assembly. The state's See CATHOLICS page 15 I III I Bishop Gettelfinger concludes first ad limina visit to Rome By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor His ad limina visit to Rome provided "treasures which will sustain me for years to come," said Bishop c;erald A2 G6t{elhgrei.;'tiii :.*, weeks' "Bishop's Forum." Bishop Gettelfinger re- turned March 23 to his dioce- san office in Evansville, after making his first-ever ad limina visit to Rome. He and other bishops from Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin were the first group in the latest round of such visits. The visits are required of all heads of dioceses every five years. Other bishops from the United States will be mak- POPE JOHN PAUL II AND BISHOP GERALD GETTELFINGER ing their visits throughout the rest of the year. Pope John Paul II began a series of instructions for the bishops, which will be delivered in a kind of chapter-by-chapter presentation to the bishops as the visits continue. The pope emphasized in his prepared remarks that U.S. Catholics must fully accept church teachings on faith and morals. "Selectivity in adhering to authoritative church teaching.., is incompatible with being a good Catholic," the pope said. He added that he hoped the new Catechism would help launch a new recatechizing endeavor in the United States. The pope acknowledged the pain of the victims and the evil of scandal brought about by the "sins and failings of the Church's ministers," but he decried the "sensationalism... of our age" as he referred to the charges of sexual misconduct which led to the resignation of Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez of Santa Fe. "Here, at the Altar of the Lord, my thoughts turn to the person of our Brother from Santa Fe," the pope said. "Above all, we must keep in our prayers the entire painful event surrounding his name. We think also of the scandal involved. And we pray to God for the persons affected by his actions." Referring to the scandal involving the archbishop, the pope quoted from the Gospel of Matthew, "Alas for the world that there should be such obstacles! But while acknm'ledg- ins that sinners may fall and that rising again is always possible, he denounced the sensa- tionalism which has accompanied such reports of sexual misconduct. "A person's fall, which in itself is a painful experience, should not become a natter for sensationalism," said the pope. "Unfortunately however, sensationalism hhs become thh particular style of our age. In contrast, the spirit f the GOSle! is one of compassion, with Christ saying, 'Go, and sin no more (lohn 8"11}. . At the same time, when. the sins or faihn'gs of the church's ministers -- or of people in public life or who have responsibilities in soci- ety -- become an occasion of sensationalism, it is the Gospel parable of the salt.., which we must remember." - The pope said he would pray in a special way "that the salt of Christian life and the yeast of the Gospel may not lose their taste in your great society," "i 's " For Bishop Gettelfinger's personal reflection on his visit, see B shop Forum, page& i 11 II I II I I I [ I I I [ I I II I I [ I I ] I I T \\; 4 .t IL 1