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4 III Editorial The Message  for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I II I I , i By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Out of disaster: good effects too May 3, 1991 Words appear on the screen in front of me as I write them, and on the page in front of you as you read them. Does it make a difference how this bit of communication is accomplished? It does. We are using a new process to put our words on your paper, here at the Message. A desktop publishing system is replacing the old system which had become slow and troublesome over the past years of its life.The new equipment is faster and more reliable. If you are a regular reader of the Message, you may recall an event of last fall, when the words on the paper looked somehow different. Our equipment ha(t failed us at that time. We hope those words were not hard to read, but they were among the hardest ever to put (town on paper. When the equipment failed last fall, the ordi- i nary work of two days took five. The struggle went on for weeks, but the paper came out on schedule, thanks to the hard work of everyone on our newspaper staff and the extra effort and coop- eration of the staff and leadership of The News in Tell City -- where our paper is printed. If you did not notice much of a difference, then we were truly successful. After all, we want you to read the words and know their meaning, not read the words and wonder how they got there. The equipment failure last fall had many effects. Among the casualties was our hope of early production of the Diocesan Yearbook. But the disaster had a good effect, too, insofar as it led to the acquisition of our new equipment. Our struggle continues, to a certain extent, but it is a struggle filled with promise, as we learn to use the new tools of the trade. We will be successful, when we turn our attention to the words in the paper and away from the process of putting them there. Among the first words I want to write on this new system are the words of St. Paul to the Romans, It is from this passage that the name of the Message was derived, and it is by this passage that the work of the Message must be judged. As the scripture says, "Everyone who calls out to the Lord far help will be saved." But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed? And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed? And how can the message be proclaimed if the messen- gers are not sent out? As the scripture says, "How wonderful is the coming of messengers who bring good news!" Vatican Letter The game of the name: choosing titles for papal encyclicals By JOHN THAVI Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- On a recent morning in the Vatican's Secretariat of State, a much-awaited phone call set curtal machinery in motion. Pope John Paul II had given his assent, offirials were told. The lead Latin paragraph of the new encyclical on Catholic social teaching was set. Finishing touches could now be placed on the other translations. The galleys could be prepared. And because a commemorative medallion was going to the mini, the final discussion groups would have to be warned: Don't touch the title. But "'Centesimus Annus?" To some Vatican ears, this was not poetry. "'The Hun- dredth Year" certainly announced that the encycli- cal, due for release May 2, was an anniversary docu- ment, hut what else? There was second-guessing in curtal ralks, and some of it even made the Italian papers -- a rare thing. "rh,b/I ES SAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville. IN 47724-0160 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 As0clata Publisher .... Rev. Jceeph Zillak Editor .................. Paul Lelngang Production Mgr ............... Phil Roger Cir,lAdv. Mgr ........... Paul A. Newland Address all comrnunlcatiom to P,O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724.0169. Phone (812) 424-0536. Subscription rate: $1 7.50 per year :Single Copy Price: 50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post of- rice in Evansville, IN 47701. Publication number B43800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to the Office of Publication. Copyright 1991 Catholic Press 0f Evansville I The pope had worked for months on the document, which commemorates the centenary of Pope Leo XIII's landmark social encyclical, "'Rerum Novarum" (on capi- tal and labor). But if writing an encyclical means long hours of research and revision, picking a title can bring a moment of anguished hesitation. On some occasions, the pope himself has a name in mind even as he writes. More often. as in this case -- he leaves it up to a curtal committee or the Latin translators to make a recommendation. The pon- tiff then gives final approval. Squeezing a title out of a 100-page encyclical might seem easy, if it weren't for one severe ground rule: the formal name, in all languages, is traditionally the initial phrase of the Latin text. Surprisingly, though, the Vatican's Latinists are some- times asked to shoehorn a title into place at the last minute, rearranging, rewrit- ing or even replacing the first paragraph to provide a fitting two- or three-word "lead." On other occasions the Latin- ists draw up long lists of pos- sible opening lines, which are discussed in committee. Reviewing the original notes of "Rerum Novarum," it was recently discovered that Pope Leo's Latinist, a certain Msgr. Volpini, redrafled the first line about six times before settling on the wording that spoke "'Of the new con- ditions" in the world econo- my. As a title, "Centesimus Annus" was approved quietly and without debate, largely because production on the commemorative medallion was waiting. There were other ideas floating around the translating offices, how- ever. Some wanted something more dynamic. A beginning like "Quam celeriter," for example  "how quickly" the world has changed -- might have given a better clue to the document's character. Naming an encyclical is not like naming a book. For one Letter to the editor Justice and Peace Issues To the Editor, I thank those individuals responsible for organizing and carrying out the meeting held at the Catholic Center on April 13 which explored the interest in and need for diocesan leadership in areas of Justice and Peace. From the moment I stepped into Celebration Hall, the hum of warm greetings and happy reunions of friends from around the diocese clearly conveyed the message that indeed, the spirit was alive and well in this group. The outcome of the meeting was well-covered in last week's Message. However, I'd like to add a postscript: Let us remember to thank a woman who planted so many seeds in the field of Justice and Peace, Sister Catherine Doherty. As the meeting pro- gressed, I wondered how many of those present were here because they had been touched by Catherine during the years before 1985 when she stood so much alone as a messenger for this cause. I think it's important to remember those people who have laid the foundations for what we do today and I'd like to say: "Thank you, Cather- ine, for preparing us well for the work at hand. You would have loved the meeting." Sincerely, Mary Ann Schultheis Evansville, In. thing, a title must stand the test of time -- which in the Vatican means centuries, not a few weeks on the best:seller list. It must make sense through the generations, so it cannot be too clever. That explains why many of the church's 281 encyclicals bear straightforward titles, like ""Sollicitudo Rei Socialis," Pope John Paul II's 1987 encyclical "on social con- cerns." In comparison, "Mater et Magistra," Pope John XXIII's encyclical which described the church as "mother and teacher" on social issues, is a more imaginative and, to some, a more pleasing title. Certainly it is destined to be remembered on its own rights although it was, in fact, a 70th anniversary document on "Rerum Novarum." Titlists are careful to steer clear of awkward or undigni fled phrases that could detract from a document's serious tone. For example, the pope's 1989 apostolic let- ter on St. Joseph began with a biblical quotation that described how the saint arose in the morning after a dream. In order to avoid a title that would read, essentially, "Joseph got up out of bed," See VATICAN page 9 Bishops schedule The following activities and events are listed on the schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Daily Mass, Sarto Retreat House, Monday through Friday, 11:50 a.m., as schedule permits. 50th Anniversary of St. John Church, Evansville, Saturday, May 4, Mass at 4 p.m., followed by dinner. Confirmation at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdi- nand, Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m. Confirmation at St. Mary Church, Ireland, Sun- day, May 5, 6 p.m. School concerns meeting, with priests, pastoral administrators and principals of the diocese, Catholic Center, Monday, May 6, 10:30 a.m. Personnel Board, Catholic Center, Monday, May 6, 2 p.m. Confirmation at St, Joseph Church, Princeton, Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m. "Senior visits at Rivet and Washington, Catholic high schools, Wednesday, May 8. The bishop meets with seniors at Rivet, Vincennes, at 8 a.m., and with seniors at Washington Catholic, Washington, at 10:10 a.m, Ascension, Mass at the Pro-Cathedral, Thursday, May 9, 12:05 p.m. Catholic Center is closed. Clergy luncheon, Temple Adath B'Nai Israel, Evansville, Friday, May 10, noon. Professor Derek Penslar of Indiana University will speak on "Israel after the Persian Gulf War- Is Peace Possible?" Brescia College Commencement, Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m, Bishop Gettelfinger will speak at the com- mencement at Brescia College, Owensboro, Ky. Confirmation at St. Henry Church, St. Henry, Sat- utday, May 11, 0:,30 p.m. Mass at St. Thomas Church, Knox County, Sun- day, May 12, 8:30 a.m. II