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2, 1993 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 Bishop's Forum -- Rome and return: Personal reflections ,, My first official visit to !,te Threshold of the Apostles, the ad limina has come and gone. The experience and the memories are indeed treasures which will sustain me for years to come. This was my first but i observed that bishops who 'have made this visit many times too were deeply moved as I was. b I wrote that mv uoin was to -- J u e an act of unity This unity of ,which I speak can be character- ized in several ways. b' "First, my personal union, as l(Shop, with all the apostles was ,eraonstrated by concelebrating Ute EUcharist with my brother bishops from Illi- Indiana and Wisconsin at the tombs of Peter and Paul. This was further im- :1 upon me when we concelebrated the Eu- with the chief apostle of our time, Pope II, in his private chapel. BEBISHOP RALD A GETTELFINGER Second, there was a moment at the end of that Eucharist with the Holy Father where collegial union was brought in to sharp focus. He invited all the bishops to join with him in giving the bless- ing to all our people. It was one of those moments when distance is powerless to get in the way, for you were as present to me there as if you were directly in front of me. It Was a particularly moving moment. Third, there was the ecclesiat union, the unity of particular churches of which our diocese is one, reflected in my one-to-one visit with our Holy Father. In that brief and al- most indescribable encounter, the Holy Father's gift for language and ease of conversation in Eng- lish, made it possible to talk about our church here without anybody else in the room. I spoke to him of the richness of faith and the beauty of you, God's people, here in our part of the world which he located on an atlas he had at his desk. He asked about other faith comnmnities. He asked me to describe not only the people but the geography. He expressed joy about knowing more about you. Fourth, there was thmilial union for we shared a meal together with the Holy Father in his personal dining room. Since it was the main meal of the day, it lasted for about an hour and a half. During that time, there was cordial give-and-take between the bishops and the Holy Father. The conversation ranged from international concerns to a question asked by one bishop: "Holy Father why do you push yourself so hard and keep such a busy schedule?" He quipped back: "Well, I must earn my keep!" The humor and laughter around the dining room table paralleled the joy we shared gathered around the Eucharistic table! Both were sacred moments of a family celebrating God's presence in our midst! " an, for now, nixes speedier laicization for pedophiles By JOHN THAVIS aide M. Agnelo, secretary of this negative judgment was damage that has been done by cision on laicization. Catholic News Service ii: CITY (CNS) -- A process requested by bs to laicize priests sex abusers is not by current church ltican official said. priests to the lay place only when of ordination is or after a judicial said Archbishop Get- the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments. "For now, according to canon law, we can do no more than that. It is not in our competence to do more," he said. For a bishop to ad- ministratively laicize a priest for sex abuse would be "against canon law," he told Catholic News Service March 24. Archbishop Agnelo said Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Traylor Phone: 486-3285 LINCOLN - MERCURY [ 482-1200JASPER ] expressed to a group of U.S. bishops during their recent "ad limina" visits. The sacra- ments congregation is di- rectly involved in laiciza- tions. The bishops also discussed the issue with offi- cials of the Congregation for Clergy. 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But he said the commission would not have the power to decide the matter and in any case "could not make a deci- sion that is against canon law." In the case of invalid ordi- nations, it is up to the sacra- ments congregation to deter- mine which ordinations should be nullified. The other main ways for a priest to be reduced to the lay state are either by his request or, if he refuses to request it, by way of a penalty following a judicial proceclure. This procedure usually involves a decision by a diocesan or re- gional tribunal, but it can be appealed to the Vatican. Archbishop Agnelo said that in these cases, the sacra- ments congregation ulti- mately reviews requests for dispensation from the promse of celibacy and passes on its findings to the pope. A request for a dispen- sation from celibacy is con- The main Vatican concern is that any simplification in the laicization process might not adequately protect the rights of priests and the value of the sacrament of ordination. In the United States Cardi- nal Anthony J. Bevilacqua of Philadelphia, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Canonical Affairs, has been leading negotiations with Vatican officials over pouiMe , , ways of simplifying the lal.: : cization procedure. Msgr. Frederick McManus - of The Catholic University of America in Washington said, "What I wish would he pur- sued at this point is Article 38 of "Christus Dominus' (the Second Vatican Council De- cree on the Bishops' Pastoral Office in the Church), which is also in the 1983 code {of canon law) in Canon 455." Msgr. McManus, a leading canon law expert, said those provisions allow a bishops' conference to ask the pope to give them the authority to draw up their own legislation governing some particular as- pect of church life in their own country -- subject al- ways to the pope's final ap- proval of whatever legislation the conference proposes. "I don't say that's the way out or that the Holy Father would even concede that in this case," he said, "but the bull has to be taken by the horns to see if in fact this is an area in which the bishops can draw up their own