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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 Bishop's Forum-- Seniors are 'human' with 'genuine goodness' spring, I look forward to that I can return to a Some of you may re- avocation -- my other is teaching high school found great joy -- and only as a teacher students, but as counselor, as their and especially as their longer teach students in a formal May I return to our and spend up- an hour with the seniors. joy of celebrating their graduations ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER I met the first group of seniors at School on the Westside of Evans- have met those at Washington in Evansville and Rivet in Vin- you read this. is simple. Their questions ad- dressed to me form the substance of the gathering. The.ensuing "conver- sation" usually covers a vast array of topics. Our principals are usually on tenterhooks during my session with the seniors. They know their stu- dents better than I do. They are al- ways uneasy until it is over. They are afraid some assertive young adult may pose a question or en- gage in a dialogue that might put the bishop "on the spot." That has never been my fear, nor pray God that it will ever be. Parents can be very proud of their sons and daughters. I know their principals, de- spite their initial fears, are certainly proud of their students as they should be. The issues that these young people raise are indeed reflective of the time and of the moment. For example, at Mater Dei, there was a question about my position on capital punishment following upon the report that a serial killer in Chicago had been executed that morning with two other Evans- ville men condemned to die in the electric chair. There was another about Bosnia and the dreadful strife there and whether or not the pope might go there. The same question arose in the other schools as well. Their questions and concerns are insightful. They asked the practical questions about the short- age of priests and potential solutions. They asked about ecumenism and our relationship with mem- bers of other faiths. One asked what had been done to date about the decisions made at the Synod. Once again, I came away inspired by the gen- uine goodness of our graduates. Oh, don't misun- derstand, they are no less human than their par- ents, their teachers and us who are their priests and bishop. They do indeed keep us in touch with that reality. Our prayers go with them as they leave the safe haven of our Catholic High Schools and move into either the university setting or life in the world. In all cases they need our support as do we theirs. from those the ex- that matter, from an attitude! Lism of is about to and put into COme all the about such as "Weaknesses" gifted with a Ldium of the beliefs; drafted, Over by every or at least, opportunity the theolo- opportu- is being here come all the liberals, the "spoil sports," and all their pre- dictable negatives. This Catechism is the "teaching document" of the Catholic Church. It encom- passes the history, traditions, creeds, laws, Vatican II teach- ings, it is ALL in there, for all of us, to study, to learn and then be able to truly love and pass on our beautiful Catholic Faith to our children, our fami- lies, and all our friends. We only serve to confuse, to dis- tort, and cause great disrup- tions and divisions. If anyone has a problem with this Catechism, and can- not honestly accept the teach- ings therein, and cannot teach the truth of the Catholic Church, then please, step aside, be an honest person, and leave this task to those who re- ally care and can in turn teach as Christ our Savior com- manded be done: "Go and teach have even ordered an extra ye all nations." [Bishop John J. copy for a non-Catholic friend of ours along with our very own copy. We wonder why we are sub- jected to endless analysis, and such as the Catholic Updates, that are being circulated. These types of propaganda :R & MILLER "A family name you can trust" 424-9274 TAWlL ELECTRONICS, INC. COMPUTERS, NETWORKS, SALES & SERVICES i INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS PARTS INSTALLATION, TRAINING & REPAIR L & WIDE AREA NETWORKS LANTASTIC - NOVELL UNIX- ZENIX 812-425-1100 NORTH BEDFORD AVENUE EVANSVILLE, IN 47711 THE TRI-STATE SINCE 1977 i ! ; Myers] stated that "Memoriza- tion of this sort allows a child to have a permanent space in the mind and heart set aside for and dedicated to the things of God and of the Church." Thank you dear Holy Fa- ther, and all the bishops of the world, and to the faithful priests and theologians. We will accept this document as the Holy Father intended, "as a binding force." Rita Masterson Mt. Vernon Catechism to be applied universally To the editor: article concerning the new Cat- echism of the Catholic Church (the Message, April 8), I real- ized why many parishes in this diocese are reluctant to hire DREs to organize their religious programs. His summation on the new Catechism was irresponsi- bly rife with numerous fallacies and misinformation. Mr. Corr stated that the new Catechism had been delayed because "it is intended to be in- terpreted and applied in each different cultural experience." False! The new Catechism has been unexpectedly delayed be- cause certain liberal clergymen attempted to be politically cor- rect. The pope has entitled this work, "The Catechism of the Catholic Church" for a valid reason. The word, Catholic, im- plies universality. Therefore, this catechism is meant to be applied and interpreted simi- larly in all cultures without de- viation in meaning. No new formulas should be developed which might compromise tradi- tion or doctrine while applying this catechesis in our various cultures. Ronald J. Adams Evansville After reading James Corr's Editor's note: An "Informs- Washington__ . Continued from page 4 Some disabled people already have won lawsuits against in= surers that denied them needed health care, he said. Currently it is the insurance companies that carry out most rationing, often making deci- sions "unilaterally, without input from the consumer or significant accountability to DEWIG BROS. PACKING SHMEAT BEEF AND PORK HAUBSTADT, INDIANA the government" to limit treat- ments based on cost or to deny health coverage altogether be- cause of pre-existing conditions or ability to pay, Doerflinger said. "Health care reform has the potential for ending some of that injustice," he said. i tive Dossier  prepared by the Editorial Commission of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, published in Vatican City, June 25, 1992, contains a section on the "Limits of the Catechism of the Catholic Church." According to the editorial com- mission, "The catechism is only one of the means of catechesis. Although it is a privileged means, it is not the only and ex- clusive one. Other means or in- struments of catechesis are, for example: audiovisual aids, com- puter aids, figurative art, monu- ments, models..." The editorial commission further states that there are "contingent" limits to the Cate- chism. It is "addressed to the whole Church, realized in dif- ferent places, and thus neces- sarily it cannot embody all the peculiar and specific aspects of the multiform local Churches." In a document published by the United States Catholic Conference, the new Cate- chism is described as "a re- source for the development of culturally-sensitive catechism and catechetical materials. By its own acknowledgment, the Catechism does not intend to achieve this cultural sensitiv- ity itself." The U.S. Catholic Confer- ence expects the new Cate- chism to be adapted to the multi-cultural situation of the Church in the United States: =This is the task that lies ahead for the bisliops and the authors, editors and publishers of catechetical materials." Next week, the Message will devote several pages to provide information about the new Catechism. Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 I II I I I