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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Taking the time to make a difference m What's your response to some- thing or some one outrageous? In southwestern Indiana, a lot of attention has been given in recent weeks to Marilyn Manson, described as a "shock rocker" -- perhaps the mildest term -- or as a "Satanic band" or a "death rock" group. Marilyn Man- son is the name of a group, and of the leader of the group. Members take first names from "stars" and the last names of mass murderers. The concert has come and gone. Coverage of the event, and the con- troversy leading up to it, was on the front page of area newspapers and at the top of area broadcast reports. Messages in the media: Whose valu establishment of a local ratings radio, newspapers, the Internet, video boards, etc.) to deliver an average messages to everybody, every day!" Another purpose is to inquire: Teacher?" "Where is the Preacher the Parent?" in the transmission , * Talk with others in . home or the messages you receive are the values being transmitted in By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR system for music performances now and in the future. Another effort, led by a psychi- atrist, focused attention on the need for parents and their off- spring to communicate with each other -- and not just when some- thing or some one outrageous is in the news or at the stadium. Opinions in the community included a compli- cated mixture of responses- Ignore the concert. Don't add to the hype. Pray for them. Invite them to dinner. Protest in public. Hang the people who brought them here. Reaction in the community included a prayer circle at the place of the group's performance, a small confrontation of conflicting signs and posters, and a Christian music concert at a church. Most of the attention was focused on the single event, the one-night performance of the group. But not all of the calls to city hall were directed at the single event; among suggestions made was the There's another possibility for forward thinking and planning, too, at least for some persons who are interested in understanding the and commercials? On video games? ::" :' If you have children in your home, them about music and movie choices. , :i Take the time today to look at listen to the lyrics, analyze the ads. Meet with others, in your community, to find ways to sumers of media. If you are a parent, decide what role ian parent should have, and take .......... action. If possible, attend one of the national teleconference on media Call (212) 870-2402 for more information' It will take time to make a di fference influence of music and all forms of media on family and community values. A national teleconference, scheduled May 6, is entitled "Family, Community and Media Values: The challenge of Living in a Media Culture." This "teleconference" involves a panel discus- sion at one location, televised by means of satellite communications to various locations around the United States. People at a receiving location can call in by telephone, and talk with the presenters who are on television. A simple description of the topics to be consid- ered is enough to bring about volumes of questions and ideas -- and maybe even some action. One of the purposes of the teleconference is "to recognize the power of mass media (television, Comments about this column are or the Christian .. P.O. Box 272, Ames, Iowa hO010. -----Washington Letter Keeper of the Shroud: Turin will remain home for famoUS By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Shroud of Turin now is and for- ever Will be kept in the northern Italian town that has been its home for almost 420 years, the local archbishop has insisted. Of course, the pope, who owns the cloth, which many believe was Christ's burial shroud, could conceivably invoke his authority and command the archbishop of Turin to deliver it to the Vatican. But Cardinal Giovanni Sal- darini of Turin, the papally The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville ,4 996. Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evsville PulYishef ............. lshop Gerald A. GettelfQer E ...................................... Paul R. ngang Produc Techtan ............... Joseph Diefch ,MfnO ................................... Paul Nedand St Wr ............................ Mary Ann Hhes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $1 7.50 per year Single Copy Price: $.50  m petod rntw at e poe olf  , IN 47701.  843800. PollmWw: Ream POO Imm 357g to Offce of PubicMn Col 1996  Preu ol E,tmee appointed custodian of the shroud, said he doubted it ever would be known as "The Vatican Shroud." The cardinal came to the Vati- can April 24 to outline plans for the public exhibition of the shroud, which in recent times has been done every 20 years. The cloth was last on public display in 1978. "When I asked the Holy Father, who is the owner of the shroud, if we should exhibit it in 1998 or 2000, he responded, Tqhy not beth?" the cardinal said. So, the Archdiocese of Turin, the city, and the regional and provincial governments are set- ting up restoration projects, exhibits and tourist facilities for 1998 and 2000 exhibits in the Turin cathedral. Cardinal Saldarini hinted that someone thought it might be a good idea to move the shroud to Rome or, at least, to exhibit it at the Vatican as part of the Holy Year celebrations. But two weeks after an April Ii fire severely damaged the Guari- ni Chapel, where the shroud was usually kept, and burned part of the adjacent St. John the Baptist Cathedral, Cardinal Saldarini said, "It is in Turin and there is no reason to move it." The shroud's permanent shrine has been the Guarini Chapel since 1694. When the fire broke out, the shroud was in the cathe- dral because of restoration work on the chapel. Examinations of the shroud after the fire ruled out any dam- age or change in the cloth. "I truly believe that Turin deserves to keep it, given the care and concern with which its been kepC since Duke Emanuele Filiberto of the royal House of Savoy brought it to the city in 1578, Cardinal Saldarini said. The House of Savoy, Italy's royal family from 1861 to 1946, owned the shroud .from 1453 until 1983. Pope John Paul II, who formally was given owner- ship of the shroud in the 1983 will of Umberto of Savoy, has never shown any sign of wanti- ng the cloth moved-to the Vati- can, the cardinal said. But others have, he told reporters, setting the Vatican press hall abuzz. "It was not the pope and it was not Cardinal (Angelo) Sodano," the Vatican secretary of state, "nor any other ecclesial authori- ty," the cardinal quickly added. "The decision of the pope to leave the Holy Shroud in Turin forever and to name the arch- bishop as his custodian has never meant his lack of interest in this precious icon of the mercy of our Savior," the cardinal said. After the 1988 announcement that church-approved carbon-14 tests dated the shroud to the Middle Ages, Pope John Paul told reporters there was no reason not to consider the shroud a relic. "If it were not a relic, one could not understand these reactions of faith that surround it and which are now even stronger after scientific test results," he said in April 1989. The church has never made a pronouncement on the shroud's authenticity, he said, but for those who believe it is real, the visual image alone tells them it held Christ's body. At the Vatican press office, Cardinal Saldarini said, "While we cannot say with certainty that it was the linen used to wrap the body of Jesus... it can be proposed as a reminder, as a very eloquent image of Christ." The public exhibitions of the shroud- April 18-June 14, 1998, and again in the year 2000 "have an exclusively pastoral aim and in no way imply taking a position on the scientific dis- cussions regarding this mysteri- ous, unique and suggestive ancient cloth,  the cardinal said. However, just two days before the Vatican press conference, Cardinal Saldarini told reporters in Turin, "I am convinced that the shroud is the cloth in which the body of Jesus was wrapped." While specifying his opinion is . "not an act of absolute faith," the cardinal said there are just too many ways in which the cloth and' its photo-negative image match the biblical descriptions of Christ's suffering and crucifixion. "It is a gift of God to Turin," he said. Ruling out moving the shroud. to the Vatican, Cardinal Saldari- ni said a new permanent home will have to be found for it, and not just because of the fire dam- age to the Guarini Chapel. "The unanimous opinion is that it must no longer be rolled and unrolled and it should be kept horizontal," he said. The only shroud-related studies Car- dinal Saldarini has authorized in his eight years the cloth have .... preservation" The silve] quary in cloth has replaced by hold flat the Italgas, ar pany, has new as much as the final approved, it and steel cally shelf. "There still.i where the cardinal it will be Bishop's sch The following activities and events are listed of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: