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4 ii Editorial I ii ii By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana iii I i i i i iii i Each of us is called May 17, 1991 I I II It to sing song of our creation The song, "Yesterday," written by Paul Mc- Cartnoy, has been recorded and released in more than 2000 arrangements, according to a radio disc jockey I heard the other day. It's hard to comprehend the meaning of such an artistic ac- complishment. Words and music written by one person have found such favor with other musicians and music publishers that they have played the song, recorded it, published it and made it possible for millions of people to hear it, hum it, sing it, ob- tain a copy of it and enjoy it. The words are sad, recalling the "yesterday" before a lover had gone. It is a simple song, recorded first by one voice and a solo guitar, with a string quartet added, if memory serves me. The words and the melody are simply beau- tiful, in my view and quite obviously in the view i ii iiii Washington Letter of millions. The impact of one person's song- writing, in just one song, stretches the imagina- tion. The song is heard on radio and TV, in ele- vators and on the speakers of office- and workplace-music providers. It may not be every- where, but it seems that way. Popular musicians at times may overesti- mate their own importance. Perhaps with a suc- cess such as "Yesterday," it may be is easier to understand how such a thing is possible. What perhaps approaches understanding, too, is the sense that a song takes on a life of its own. Words and music began somewhere in the heart and soul of the composer, but they have their own life. The Word of God has life. The Word of God, once spoken, is not de- pendent on God. The Word of God seems to be everywhere. We read it in the bible, we hear it proclaimed in our churches and in the lives of those who live it. The Word of God is in our hearts and souls. If one song-writer is able to affect millions, how much more does the Word of God affect the world! Millions and millions may be hard to compre- hend. One song is enough. Each of us is called to sing the song of our creation and speak the words of our redemption. The word does not end in some sad yesterday, but it is alive today and forev- er. The song that is each one of us is heard by those who love us w to sing it, to hum it, to hear it and enjoy it. And the melody will live in them, too, as it is in us. I I II Pope links consumerism, ecology in encyclica By LAURIE HANSEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) Pope John Paul II links one of his favorite topics -- con- sumerism  with a subject eliciting growing concern in this country -:- ecology  in his new social justice encycli- cal. " "In his desire to have and to enjoy rather than to be and to grow, man consumes the resources of the earth and his own life in an excessive dis- ordered way," says the pope in "Centesimus Annus" ("The Hundredth Year"), a 114-page encyclical released May 2. The pontiff's ecology refer- ence comes at a time when environmental awareness is on the rise in this nation and schoolchildren are coming home bursting with imagina- tive ideas about how their families can take steps to save the planet. Meanwhile, more and more municipal ordinances require residents to recycle their trash and save grass clippings to use as mulch. Large corpo- rations, like McDonald's, yielding to pressure from cus- tomers and environmental ac- tivists, are beginning to re- think product packaging Th'MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47724-0100 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly excepl last week In December by the Catho#o Press of Evarvllle. Publlsher .... Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Associate Publilher .... Rev. Joseph Zlliak Editor .................. PaUl Leingang Production Mgr ............... Phil Boger Cir./Adv. Mgr ........... Paul A. Newllmd Addreu dl o0mmunlcatlons to P,O. Box 4169, Ev=msvllle, IN 47724-0189. Phone (e12) 424-rs.. 8ubacrlptlon rate: $17'.50 par year Single Copy Price: 50 Entered u 2rKI clmm matte st the poet of. rice in Evansville, IIW 47701. Publication number,. Postmlter: Return POD forms 3579 to the Offi of Publloatlon. Copyright 1991 CarlYle Prses of Evansville techniques. The worldwide hamburger chain announced Nov. 1 that it would begin packing ham- burgers in paper-based wrap- pers rather than styrofoam. Little has been done, how- ever, at the federal level to re- quire citizens or big business to cut back on waste or signif- icantly lower pollution lev- els, said a spokesman for the Washington-based Environ- mental Defense Fund. Msgr. Charles M. Murphy, pastor of St. Mary's Parish in Westbrook, Maine, an expert in ecological concerns, urged Catholic professionals meet- ing in Washington last winter to reflect on the validity of U.S. environmental efforts. "Are we in the developed nations advocating an envi- ronmentalism only for others, demanding that the underde- veloped nations remain unde- veloped, that they reduce their populations, discontin- ue the destruction of the Amazon rain forest .... so that we can go on living in the style to which we have be- come accustomed -- the rich- est one-fifth of the world's people consuming 70 percent of the world's goods and ser- vices?" asked Msgr. Murphy. Bernard Evans, theology professor of social ethics at St. John's University in Col- legeville, Minn., believes the way people "consume and get rid of things" has a big effect i ii i I Letter to the editor, I Turning swords into plowshares Dear Editor, ask for the truth instead of This is about renewing our moral values. The time has come for us to come out from under the yellow ribbons, and let the voices of reason be heard. One of the voices is Arch- bishop Hunthausen of Seattle who had the courage to with- hold his taxes for the last ten years in protest against the arms buildup. In a speech to the Pacific Lutheran Univer- sity on March 13th commem- orating this event he took issue with the new world order based on military might and the power to impose one's will. He challenges us to create a genuine new world order based on gospel values. He asks "Have we be- come dependent on our mili- tary might for national securi- ty and our national identity? Or can we build an identity rooted in justice and peace for all? .... Do we achieve peace through war? Can we wage peace with the same en- ergy with which we waged war?" Isn't it time to beat our swords into plowshares? To swallowing propaganda? Bishop Hunthausen reminds us "That's why Pilate has to ask, 'What is truth?' The power of this world is rooted in fear. That was Pilate's rul- ing passion. As his own fears increased, Pilate blustered. His final threat against Jesus comes of shebr desperation. For fear of his position, his power and his favor with the people, Pilate condems Jesus to death." We all want peace. Quoting Bishop Hunthausen, "The question for you and me is whether the newly emerging world order will rest on the same outworn idolatries which moved Pilate or whether we will rise to the gospel challenge of Jesus." "In this time of victory, homecoming and patriotism, to stand up for the kingdom of God will be difficult. Far easier to call in sick. But for the sake of this country and the coming kingdom, we must renew the movement for justice and peace.' Jeanette B. Knapp 4224A Mesker Park Dr. Evansville, IN 47720 on the environment. Pope John Paul in his en- cyclical agreed, saying that "a given culture reveals its over- all understanding of life through the choices it makes in production and consump- tion." Even investment deci- sions are "always a moral and cultural choice," the pope added, because the investor financially favors one sector over another. Among U.S. habits that need addressing, Evans point- ed to "the American people's insistence on driving by themselves. People going to work are reluctant to car pool" and the effects on the environment, he said in an interview, are visible. Evans applauded the recent upsurge in recycling and other personal conservatiori attempts, but said the limits of such efforts should be rec- ognized. "Committing ourselves to personal recycling and plant ing trees every Earth Day' i: important, he said, but more important is commitment to public policy changes that focus on the larger causes of environment destruction. Evans believes policy changes should include: -- Regulations that requir0 automakers to manufacture more fuel-efficient cars. "I'r quite sure the technology i there; it's the political w il. that isn't there," said Evans. w Legislation to preserve wetlands. "It's well-docu" mented .... that the wetlands See WASHINGTON page 5 Bishops schedule The following activities and events are listed on the schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger III I I