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5 The Message D for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Clearing the desk By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER this after I have left Evansville and Vatican City to fulfill my bishop to approach the threshold St. Peter every five years. St. Peter Paul II. My written report was 14, 1997. It will be my joy to Holy Father personally D with no for about 15 minutes. In the ,s in the Holy See, our group of 36 Illinois and Wisconsin will two other times, one for Mass in his and, in groups of 12 we will have !hay ing dinner with him in his own d to keep a diary to share with L- need to clear my desk before I go. ank all of you who have been so past couple of weeks. Your sup- priests is so critical. The media the recent appointments has made priests are public persons. Our and for that reason your i personal support is most helpful ed if we are to be effective minis- r t ,od s people. Thank you! nce, Msgr. Kenneth Knapp, the Vicar General, is in full charge of the Diocese of Evans- ville. Should there be need, he certainly knows how to contact me. It is with regret that I will miss all four of our high school graduations. Each of them was sched- uled a year in advance. In Evansville, a contract for the use of Robert&apos;s Stadium was in place. The date for the Ad Limina for Region VII of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops was set for us by the Holy See. To put it m common slang: "When the boss calls .... " I did invesIigate the possibili- ty of date changes for graduation, but such changes were deemed inadvisable by the school administra- tors. It was my privilege and joy to meet with the seniors of our four Catholic high schools this past week. There is some unfinished business about clergy appointments. Sacred Heart Parish in Schnellville will be without a pastor when Father Firmus Dick retires. He has agreed to remain as pastor of Sacred Heart through the month of August to provide timeto find a replacement. Also, additional assis- tance for Father Henry Kuykendall, who will become Pastor of both Nativity and Holy Spirit, has not been determined. Father Jean Vogler remains a priest of the Dio- cese of Evansville. As he promised at his ordina- .tion, he will be obedient to me, the bishop. I intend to assign responsibilities to him as a priest in the diocese. His priestly ministry will continue. I am most confident that his ministr); purified during trial by fire, will be even more effective. The Treasure the Tradition Campaign continues in the Evansville area, so that we might provide renovation and expansion of both Mater Dei and Memorial high schools. The Catholic Communities of Vincennes and Washington too are engaged in renovation and expansion. I urge all members of our diocese to participate as generously as possible in these capital campaigns. The more money that we can gather in advance, the less that must be paid for debt service. Renovation of the old St. Francis Xavier grade school is virtually complete while Washington Catholic's addition and renova- tion is in progress. Plans to break ground and carry out planned demolition at Mater Dei and Memorial are scheduled for June 1998. It is my prayer for all families that this be a very safe and healthful summer in body, mind and spirit. All should have plans for maintaining the disciplines required for fidelity to our Catholic faith. Attendance at weekly liturgy is an expecta- tion of the Catholic Community. Daily prayer at home in common with members present is also essential to maintaining a spiritual balance and personal self-control during the summer months when life is less structured, especially for children. On this Memorial Day weekend, please remem- ber in your prayers those who have given their lives to keep our nation a place where we are free to practice our faith. Have a blessed and safe summer! Catholic cemetery part of 'whole life-cycle' ' Memorial Day was molded by former exiles and part of the whole life-cycle of ihe dear to them have a large claim well-maintainK! place for tho. to honor and fallen soldier. not only a .r thq war dead, remember all our McADAMS Catholic Conference have died. since the m w, remember so hard and . ach. We remem- fought to freedom; the the covered We remember , doctors, and all rsh eleftthe Ours today. This culture has been immigrants and refugees to become one nation while pre- serving the unique flavor and color of their lands of origin. Dif- ferent in many ways? Yes. Sepa- rate and apart? No. Just as we do, all those who have gone before us made the common pledge of allegiance to this "One Nation Under GOd." As Memorial Day approach- es, we, as cemeterians, are again reminded of the importance of our cemeteries. Cemeteries are an essential element in our communities, no less important than markets, shops, roads and housing, police and fire protec- tion. Churches are essential fcrr community worship; schools educate our children; libraries nourish learning and hospitals care for the ill as well as assist in bringing new citizens into the world. The Catholic cemetery is a real Catholic community it serves. It is a religious cemetery with roots 2,000 years old, not a competitive enterprise conducted for profit. It is a public service. The feelings of the countless families who will lose someone Continued from page 4 Price said sampling costs less money; requires fewer tempo- rary employees, who are harder to find in the current robust economy; and solves many of the problems associated with America's mobile society and other ways people remain stub- bornly off the census taker's radar screen. The political tussle over the counting method started in earnest last year, according to Price, when President Clinton vetoed the Northern Plains tile ultimate judge of Father Vogler page 4 b g this letter to acy of our per- Catholic faith. I across numerous interviews appointment of ter to St. Mary's these reports our diocese a recurring uuo h my head. s n the parable Was confronted 'rno trying to rl, He said, "tle !-,has no sin cast the first stone." This made me think  who are we to judge the relationship between Father Vogler and God? I have been taught for many years in my religious education classes that the only person to whom we need to reconcile our sins with is God. He is the ulti- mate judge, and we, as humans, have no right to judge one another. This is the case with Father Vogler. We were so quick to judge him based on his past, and not nearly kind enough to realize that he may have made his peace with G.t. Who ave we to w that he is unfit to minister to us? We make mistakes just as he has, and we expect forgive- ness for our sins. Why must we turn into bigots and judge a man merely for one mistake? So I ask all who read this article to pray for those who are not act- ing on their Christian beliefs. If that means you, see the error in your ways. If you honestly believe that Father Vogler, has not made his peace with G(xt, stand up and say so publicly. If you are afraid to, it is just fear. Who would want to leave the safety of the popular group? Remember that Jc w- n't a w" D' popular man. Matthew Schaefer Santa Claus on us who have the responsibil- ity of operating and maintaining their cemetery. Care for loved oneswho have passed away is not only a neces- sity, it is a sacred privilege. To provide an adequate, beautiful, lovKt ones is our constant chal- lenge. -. Conference, zohich has its headquar- ters in Des Plaines, III. -:' ,.L -- <, :,.  ,: * ; flood relief bill after Republicans added an amendment which would have denied any federal funds to pay for sampling. An ardent foe of sampling is Dan Miller, R-Fla., chair of the House Census Subcommittee. "I am increasingly concerned that we are moving toward a failed census," he said in a Feb- ruary statement. At the May 5 hearing, he called sampling the "largest statistical experiment in history." On the House floor in Febru- ary, Miller said, "what we intend to pay for is a tradition- al census that is transparent and fair. We understand the prob- lems of the 1990 census and we want them fixed. We don't believe, however, you need to throw out the baby with the bath water." He suggested, among other things, closer cooperation with the Postal Service to get a mailed form to ever}, U.S. address. A month later, Miller said on the House floor that sampling was "a flawed methodology. Let's go back to what we know works, what we've done for over 200 years. Let's put a plan in place to count all Americans and put the resources behind the plan." Miller said the House is will- ing to spend $4 billion for the 2000 census Price said, "No amount of money spent on the old method can satisfactorily improve accuracy." But Miller points to flaws in the 1990 post-census sampling and a General Accounting Office report that said the Census Bureau "should be fine-tuning rather than revising its basic operational plans." The Census Bureau is in the midst of conducting three d D" runs for the 2000 census: dress rehearsals of the sampling method in Sacramento, Calif., and Menominee, Wis., and a head-count in and around Charleston, S.C, Just don't look for a smiling representative from the Census Bureau to knock on your door April 1, 2000, to ask you every- thing that needs to be known about your household. The last time that happened, Price said, was m 1960, The Word of Ufe In itself, sk:ess ra not a good  I,t  of  can be an integral parl of ot pr'ation I0 de. 1I c 0 e s ffe time and oor. tunny to COhen    thai we have and are nto God's hands. _ c, eo00, a,0000sho00 ot