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story about is one of zg efforts to 'numbers of (CNS) -- Arch- T. Hurley of has sug- letter on manda- priests. recent ordination Protestant a Catholic in tensive the archdiocese about 7 TO KNIGHTS needed insurance ' tnsurance in force. we are in need of qualified, even are needs analy- this up-to-date regard- aSSure that all Provisions are The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 17 seeks national pastoral letter on priests" celibacy questions concerning the status of those Catholic priests who had left active ministry to marry. In a four-page article in the Feb. 28 issue of America, the Jesuits' New York-based nation- al Catholic magazine, the arch- bishop said he does not see a feasible way of returning mar- ried inactive priests in the Latin rite to active ministry. Archbishop Hurley ordained Father Scott Medlock, a married former Methodist minister, in July 1996. Father Medlock is one of more than 50 married former ministers in the United States who have been admitted to the priesthood after their conver- sion to Catholicism in the past 15 years. The archbishop said after the ordination he found himself being asked why he could not also welcome inactive married Vanderburgh Co. Right-To-Life 474-3195 Evansville, Indiana priests back to ministry. "If there is a place for a former Protestant minister who is mar- ried, the thinking ran, why not for the inactive Catholic priest who is married?" he wrote. He said when he drafted a short article on the issue and sent it to a few friends who had left ministry to marry, one warned him if he speaks out on it "you'll get killed by both sides," but others thought it would be good to hear a bishop enter the discussion. He said the major difference he sees between the cases of the former minister and the inactive priest is that "in Protestant denominations the minister is allowed to follow two calls from God simultaneously, one to ordained ministry and the other to marriage." When that minister enters full communion with the Catholic Church, he said, the pope may rec- ognize his call to ministry and per- mit his Catholic ordination with an exemption from the celibacy requirement because "he should not and could not be asked to for- 'I wishes you a Happy Easter V 760 HWY 68 EAST, P.O. BOX 248 v GROCERIES, DRY GOODS, HARDWARE APPLIANCES, BULK & BOTTLED GAS 768-6104 768-6153 = 422-3088 I I I Catholic Pilgrimages Alaska -- 9 days  8/29/98 - 9/7 -- $1,798.00 Holy Land --10 days -- 11/20/98 - 11/29 -- $2,168.00 Egypt -- 10 days  Late Nov. 1999  $2,400.00 (5 day Nile River Cruise & 1 day in Rome (Cost approx.) , Sponsored by Golden Frontier, (a Catholic travel agency). ; , Fr. Henry Kuykendall, Chaplain. 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To readmit married inactive priests without changing the law, he said, would raise ques- tions of fairness for married Catholic laymen who might have become priests if both vocations were open to them, or for active priests who remained celibate, forgoing marriage. Archbishop Hurley went on Built with Quality to Save You Time & Money 00008#sPEn00 lllf l]i611B,TLAliStll]i15 Factory and General Office Hwy. 231 S., Jasper, IN (812) 482-1041 I to support the value of celibacy for priests in the Latin rite, say- ing it is "an element in the iden- tity of a priest" and "a sign of the charism of the diocesan priest." He said since the llth century, when "Pope Gregory VII intro- duced the legislation that locked in the observance of celibacy," despite frequent debates over the issue "no key has been inserted to spring the lock." He added, "Rather than yield- ing to the trends that undercut celibacy, the church -- all the people of the church -- should support the gift of celibacy so that men will be able to embrace and observe it." Discussion of mandatory and optional celibacy is widespread among Catholics, he said, but "we bishops have been absent from that public debate, except -for occasional voices here and there." He suggested that if the U.S. bishops addressed the issue together in a pastoral letter, "we would win more public respect and appreciation for priests and at least a better understanding of-the church's mandatory vow of celibacy." ml i i i i JOHN MANGIN Owner The Decorating Corner 21 East South Washington, IN 47501 I I I I I I i Catholic Charities invites friends of Catholic Charities to the 1998 Annual Dinner Meeting May 18, 6:30 p.m. St. Meinrad Archabbey Speakers: Archabbot Lambert Reilly, O.S.B. Msrg. Kenneth R. Knapp Honored guest: Msgr. Charles T. 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