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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Mass: Remembering heroism of Thomas More LEINGANG editor judges, public of- from several oas were chal- the life of St. as "a particu- e for the on the eve came from executive ent of Scripps g, at the s" cele- May 5. Catholic layman to his and his home the featured A. Gettelfin- Mass, held Retired R. Shea concel- parish pas- zer Stephen priests Z Several denomi- ed Bishop Get- a blessing to and other public officials in attendance. In the prepared text of his speech, Burleigh said he could think of no better model for ex- amining the heritage of Law Day than Thomas More, the church's patron of lawyers. He quoted Robert Bolt, author of the play, "A Man for All Sea- sons," in describing More as "a pivot of English life at a time when England was negotiating the sharpest corner in her spir- itual history." More was martyred in 1535 after disagreeing with King Henry VIII. He was "the King's good servant, but God's first." Burleigh said More "struggled to maintain his personal in- tegrity while at the same time acting as his king's loyal legal officer." Burleigh said More "stands etched as a figure attracting us at a time when we, too, are ne- gotiating watershed turns in our own spiritual history." Burleigh compared More's times to the present, stating that "All around us we are con- fronted with ambiguity. All around us we face a culture saturated with a relativist view of life, where those who dare to enunciate principle are cast as moralizing busybodies seeking to inflict their beliefs on the different and the op- pressed." He said if More were here today, he would notice the clear erosion of a public ethic. "From White House to state- house, right and wrong ap- pears too often defined as what you can get away with." Burleigh said More would "doubtless be struck by the clear erosion in respect for life, from womb to grave." He said human life is too frequently seen as an inconvenience. "It is more than a little ironic that the law is evolving not in its protection of innocent life but in its defense of those who would destroy it." More would also recognize a clear erosion in what we un- derstand as family, Burleigh said. He asked his the congre- gation "to look around at the soaring incidence of children born out of wedlock, of the un- speakable abuse of children, of runaway fathers, of teen vio- lence and ask, honestly, where William Burleigh addresses the congregation at St. Mary Church, Evansville, at the conclusion bf the fourth annual "Red Mass," celebrated May 5. -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang the discontinuity leads." Burleigh said More "could not fail to see the clear fault line running between the haves and have-nots in our re- public." He said the common community values were van- ishing, and that racial, eco- nomic and sexual inequities were defined by ideology and not principle. He concluded with an invita- tion to "all of us, but especially you, the sworn members of the bar, to lives of faith and learn- ing, to unflinching protection of our precious legal heritage and, finally, to the principled heroism that led Thomas More to a martyr's death." Burleigh's comments were greeted with sustained ap- plause by the members of the congregation. 2 Semi- Texas; St. St. Louis, Theological first ap- as associate Church, to administer the Newman y of associate Church, 1977; as- of St. Anthony in August of St. arg h, January St. John Church, Evansville, in 1988. In July 1991, Father Ne- mergut was named pastor in solidum (co-pastor) of St. John Church, Evansville, and mem- ber of the Urban Ministry Team. He has also been involved in jail and correctional ministries in Evansville; he served as spiritual director of the Evansville Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. His new position in Vin- cennes is effective Wednesday, June 1, 1994. Father John Sehipp, 55, is a native of Ferdinand. He was born Oct. 12, 1938, the son of Herbert and Mary Anne Lew Schipp. St. Ferdinand Church is his home parish. After studies at St. Meinrad Seminary, Father Schipp was ordained by Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman on May 23, 1964. His first fissignment was assistant pastor, St. Joseph Church, Jasper. Father Schipp was ap- pointed associate pastor of Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville in June 1970, and as co-pastor of Holy Redeemer in June 1971. At the time, he was also working in the dioce- san tribunal. Father Schipp was ap- pointed pastor of Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch, in July 1980. He has served as pastor will..., agov,00w,00 to thanks to / last will ana tcytament can be eloquent statement ffCwhat flou most in ffou r be00nest to help ed.cate prwsCs a t 0000einra? 5emt',na00/s ag_aaY waq thank 9a? foryour F00ith. anY to -- [tan to those wha follaw yau_00 14 Ill Seminary, Sai Meinrad, IN 47577 or call (800} 682-0988. = . of Holy Family Church since July 1986. Father Schipp has also served the diocese as a mem- ber of the Priests' Senate, the Council of Priests, and as a diocesan consultor. Father Schipp is known for his interest in area history. His appointment to the historic parish of Old Cathedral in Vin- cennes is effective Wednesday, July 20. Father Edward Sehnur, ordained three years ago, will be the new pastor of St. Bernard Church, RockporL His appointment is effective Wednesday, June 1. Father Schnur, 40, is a na- Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, iN 254-3612 i tive of Evansville. He was bern July 10, 1953, the son of Harold and Margaret Schultheis Schnur. He was baptized at St. Joseph Church, Evansville, and confirmed at Good Shepherd Church, also in Evansville. " ARer studies" at St. Meinrad Seninary, Father Schnur was ordained by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, June 1, 1991. His fn, st assignment was as associ- ate to the Catholic Community of Washington with residence at St. Simon Church. From January to June of 1993, dur- ing the pastor's sabbatical, Fa- ther Schnur served as tempo- rary pastoral administrator of St. Simon Church. @ HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC . Bonded. tnsured Inck, Commercial and  P O. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO I-. IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 II I _ II J Box 68 * Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald ]. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 I LI I [I I I II . II Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. Residential, Industrial & Commercial Heating & Cooling Installation Sales & Service 14'22-9242 ,.,] Operoted by Mtcbael d Particle Koch 15 S. Third Avenue. 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