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4 Editorial The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana April 21, 1989 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Ordination was communicated to heart of people of God Father William Traylor has a good story to tell. He was back at his rectory, at St. Agnes Church, Evansville, on the day after the ordination and installation of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. Father Traylor was one of the masters of ceremonies at the ordination liturgy, after devoting many hours of planning time preparing for the events of the day. Some of the hours he had spent were spent with news people from newspapers, radio and television, as they prepared for coverage. The coverage was outstanding. News credentials were assigned to about 50 persons involved in the coverage of the ordination; despite the necessary cameras and cables and other equipment in use at the time of the ordination, dignity and beauty were preserved. At the center of it all was a new bishop unafraid and unashamed to proclaim to the people of the diocese, "I will love you and honor you all the days of my life." News coverage brought words, pictures, song and ceremony into many homes throughout the Diocese of Evansville. More than words and pic- tures, there was beauty. More than song and ceremony, there was mystery. What was communicated was faith -- faith in God, and trust in those called to lead God's people. After ordination on Tuesday, what would Wednesday bring? It brought a phone call to Father Traylor, from a man who wanted to talk about something. The Wednesday phone call led to a Thursday morning meeting, according to Father Traylor. The man told the pastor that he and his wife were members of the parish, but that they no longer attended Mass. The television coverage, however, had touched the parishioner, and he told the pastor he wanted to do something for the church. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a check for $1000, and presented it to the priest. Father Traylor asked the man if he could help him and his wife find their way to return to active participation. "Not yet," was the answer. The story Father Traylor tells is not about the money that was given, but the impact the televised ordination must have had to prompt such a generous gift. The story is not about the amount that was given, but about the person who gave it. It was not only the faith of a people which was communicated by newspaper, radio and television; it was also their hope. "Not yet" is a sign of that hope, as sure as a gift is a sign of love for the com- munity to which it was given. The ordination was a celebration of the Catholic Church in Southwestern Indiana. Modern media made possible greater participation than could ever have been possible in one church building. The ordination was a celebration which could not he contained. It was full of an expansive spirit which insistently reached out beyond the limits of time and space. Somehow, this extraordinary event was com- municated -- through eyes and ears -- into the very heart of the people of God. Vatican Letter Confronting "faith issues" on path to Christian unity By AGOSTINO BONO NC News Service VATICAN drrv 00NC} - As the search for Christian unity advances, ecumenists are find- ing the progress slower. The mason is not a lack of desire or energy, but confronting what ecumenists term "faith issues" essential to the individual iden- tity of Christian churches. These faith issues involve not only basic doctrinal beliefs, but also the nature of the church that Christ left behind to spread his message. The study of the nature of the church and the in- stitutional structures needed to reflect it is called ecclesiology. Faith issues go beyond the historical misunderstandings and cultural trappings that also divide religions. The result is a slower, more careful and methodical dialogue process once faith issues surface. A prime example of a faith issue is the current controversy in Anglican-Catholic relations over the ordination of women. Both sides readily admit that the issue is a major obstacle to unity talks now that several na- Th'MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47724-O169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville. Publisher .... Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Associate Publisher .... Rev. Joseph Zlllak Editor .................. Paul Lelngang Production Mgr ............... Phil Beget Cir./Adv. M" ........... PI A. Newlend Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-O169. Phone (812) 424-5536. Subscription rate: $17.50 per year Entered as 2nd rim matter at the post of. rice in Evansville, IN 47701. Publication number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to the Office of Publication. Copyright 1989 Catholic Press of Evansville tional Anglican churches have ordained women priests and one, the U.S. Episcopal Church, has installed a woman bishop. Although there is some grass- roots sentiment in the Catholic Church to allow female ordina- tion, Pope John Paul II has been clear: Catholic belief holds that Christ willed his church to always have exclusively male priests, thus making any change in current practice im- possible. Anglicans also are divided on the issue, some favoring ordina- tion while others hold view- points similar to the Catholic Church. Current Anglican policy is that each national church decides the issue for itself, with the other churches respecting the decision even if in disagreement. Ordination of women is ex- pected to be a prime agenda item when Archbishop Robert Runcie of Canterbury, England, spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Commu- nion, visits the pope at the Vatican Sept. 29-Oct. 2. In an exchange of low-key Easter letters, the church leaders renewed their commit- ment to ecumenism while alluding to the divisive issue. Archbishop Runcie wrote that "because of recent events within the Anglican Commu- nion, I want to make une- quivocal the renewed commit- ment of our churches to fuller visible communion." The pope stressed the need to approach the meeting in con- fidence "in the face of the issues which must be addressed as we search for fuller commu- nion." The low-key approach dif- fered from the clear expressions of papal displeasure in a 1984 letter to the archbishop in which the pope called the or- dination of women "an increas- ingly serious obstacle to uni- ty', The pope and Vatican ecumenical officials also were very vocal in restating opposi- tion during the months leading Assertive Discipline To the editor, The March 17 edition of the Message carried an article en- titled, "Assertive Discipline." I commend Mary Ann Hughes for writing such a fine article and also commend Phyllis Beshears for giving the workshop on Assertive Discipline and sharing her own experiences in using Assertive Discip!ine. It is interesting to note that W.R. Coulson, Ph.D., professor of psychology at U.S. Interna- tional University, has apologiz- edto parents for pushing "af- fective" or what has come to be known as "value-free" education. Twenty years ago, Coulson was the research coordinator who, along with Carl Rogers who was principal in- vestigators, organized a project that promoted classrooms with value-free and non-judgmental commitments. The system con- Letters to the editor sisted of a college, two high schools and 57 elementary schools run by the Immaculate Heart order of nuns. The system collapsed. The tobacco industry, which sponsored the experiment in value-free education under Coulson, continues to back this movement under programs call- ed Quest, Helping Youth Decide, Here's Looking at You, Project Charlie, DECIDE and many more. Sincerely, Mona Redman Evansville, In. Thank you To the editor, My thanks and gratitude to all the people who had a part in planning and executing the ceremonies connected to the or- dination of Bishop Gettelfinger. The vesper service and dinner on Monday evening and the or- dination and reception on Tues- day not only were prayerful times but also great celebrations as well. The women and men on the different committees did a super job especially consider- ing the short amount of time they had to accomplish their tasks. It was a proud moment for our diocese! Father Gene Schroeder Pastor St. Joseph Church Evansville, In. The homeless To the editor, I am concerned about the homeless. In this country we have many people walking the streets everyday probably wondering where they will sleep at night. You might want to think about what you can.do to help the homeless. There is one thing children and adults can do and homeless. Sincerely, it is pray for the Angle Loschen Sixth grade Christ the King School Evansville, In. to last July's Lambeth Co" ference, the Anglican ComU" nion s policy-making body that meets every 10 years. It was s clear effort to influence Anglican opinion away fro supporting female ordination. It was the Lambeth Con" ference that finally formed the. policy allowing national Anglican churches to decide the female ordination issue for themselves. The decision Ca e after long debate, reflecting the importance of female ordi" tion as a faith issue for Anglicans. The Anglican Communion is trying to discover "how it ca live in communion, obviousl restricted communion with dip ferences of opinion on this question," said Mary Tanner, theological secretary to the Board of Mission and Unity o! the Church of England. The Church of England, the. mother cliurch of world Anglicanism, does not allow women priests or bishops but is re-examining its prohibition ot female priests. ,, Special issue will be May 12 A special commemorative issue of the Message will be published May 12, two weeks later than originally announced. ProductiOn delays forced the change i schedule for the issue, which will commemorate the or- dination and installation of Bishpi!':Gerald A.- Gettelfinger I Also to  featured in sl special'issue wil,1 be stories and phs on the Bishop Francis R. Shea years in s Diocese of Evansville. The 80-page paper will il | clude photos of all pariS] [ churches iti the diocese aril[ historical material about the.[ diocese, the parishes anti[ other institutions.