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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop issues priests protocols for work with min LAFAYETTE, Ind. (CNS) -- the same room with a minor, "should be with the explicit -- "Topics or vocabulary do6r in the Bishop William L. Higi of Lafayette has approved a set of 28 "protocols" drawn up by his priests' council to set clear boundaries in a! l clergy deal- ings with minors. Bishop Higi calledthe proto- cols "a norm for the interaction of priests with minors." "The protocols call for signif- icant adjustment to long- standing practice. In summary: a priest is not to be alone with a minor," he said. One protocol says, "Another adult should be present in every situation involving a minor, excluding sacramental confession." "Clergy should never be alone with a minor in a house or in a closed room," says another. The rules forbid priests tak- ing minors on overnight trips alone or staying "overnight in RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY even if there are two beds." They call for at least one other adult to be present with a priest who is overseeing any youth ac- tivity, including sports. "Youth group trips should have a sufficient number of adult chaperons to preclude' personal involvement of clergy," the protocols say. Bishop Higi published the protocols in the April 30 issue of his diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Moment. The first protocol sets a gen- eral framework for all interac- tion between clergy and minors. ,Minors should always be viewed, whether in a social or ministerial situation, as the "restricted individuals' they are, that is, they are not inde- pendent," it says. "Wherever they are and whatever they do," it adds, l JASPER 482-1200 I knowledge of parents or guardian .... They are not adults and are not permitted unfettered decisions. Any and all involvement should be ap- proached from this premise." Several of the protocols re- mind priests of the profes- sional and ministerial bound- aries they must maintain at all times with minors: -- "Clergy should take care to avoid the trap of'father- fig- ure.' This tends to create an excessive emotional attach- ment for all parties." --"Clergy should always be aware of the "power' of their role/position. This can be a very seductive force." -- "Comments of a sexual nature should be made only in response to a specific question, never introduced, and should be professionally worded." which could not comfortably be used in the presence of parents or another adult should not be employed with a minor/minors." -- "Clergy may never supply or serve alcohol or any con- trolled substance to minors." -- "Alcohol should never be consumed in the presence of minors, nor should it be used if activities with them are sched- uled." A series of eight protocols deal with pastoral counseling, setting out rules to assure that the proper boundaries of the counseling situation are clearly maintained. Counseling of a minor should always take place "in the professional portion of a rectory, never in the living quarters," says one rule. Another rule calls for the MILLER & MILLER "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 have a window or open during counseli third calls for another be nearby If counseling more than two priests are told to the child's parents ians, an advisor or s professional. Bishop Higi said the opment of protocols for dealing with with his publication dated diocesan policy abuse in March ] called for such protocolS' At that time, he Catholic school protocols in place, but parish youth and cation programs there were no for priests. Bishop Higi sa member cil developed the series of meetings, an March the council them to him in which he approved. / Pharm , Historic St. Boniface ,*'i ' ! ' " " -425-4364"  gg!.,, 418 N. WABASH AVENUE " SUNDAY MAY 21 .u,. " 10:30 9:00 There will be family style chicken and roast beef dinners served from 10:30 to 1:00 in our air-conditioned auditorium. Carry-outs are available. 500 in Total Prizes to be given away at 9:00 p.m. 1st Prize- $500.00 $25.00 attendance prizes all day Ion BINGO from 2:00 to 8:30 p.m. Hamburgers Polish Sausage , Ice Cream Fries Beef & Chicken Carryouts Available Kids Rides B.B.Q. Soft Drinks Bingo- 12 Quilts Chinese Auction Family Style Dinners On Evansville's Great West Side Visit Grotto/Crypt Altstadt Office City Lefty and Mark 700 N. MAIN 425-3393 RBEQUE RibseChicken PorkeBeef inside DiningeBurgoo ' Complete Carry-Out Service CLOSED ON MONDAYS 425-1616 31 t9 w MARYLAND O'/L D... ANNIVERSARY ' rEL V SNC, E  918 Funeral Homes TIRES B,.,,,,c,, 1913-1994 115|| W COLIM|IA IBIP GI[$ I NAt ION#4. e 10Vt COPLIE ' T RL,K [ It AR 5ERVIRE T RE AONG = 42S-2229 IF.AL S'I:4TE - INSIlRANCE PIERRE Funeral Home 423o6471 2601 Resldential'C; ." Remodeling " : LicenSed " Insured