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W i  29, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER An ordination and clergy appointments 5 On Saturday, June 6, 1992, our diocese will receive a great blessing with the ordination of Dea- rn Gordon Mann to the order of priest. He has lnished his course of studies for the priesthood ad is well prepared to serve the people of God in the Church of Southwestern Indiana, As bishop, it ray privilege to call him to orders on behalf of y and to impose hands on his head la ordination joined by all the other priests in at- tendance. It will indeed be an occasion for all of the Diocese of Evansville to rejoice. In the I invite all of you to join with me in for Deacon Gordon Mann in these last few of preparation as he commits his life to the of God's people here in this diocese. Ordination is followed by an appointment to L Particular assignment. A newly ordained priest ned as an associate pastor in a )arish within the diocese. At the time of appointment, it has been the usual practice to the reassignment of other clergy. This is no exception. The schedule concerning pastoral appoint- ments this year will begin on the weekend of June 6, 1992. In those parishes directly affected, an- nouncements will be made as to the change. The following Friday, all the changes will be pub- lished in the Message. The effective date for pas- toral changes is Wednesday, July 8, 1992, unless specifically noted. I ask you to pray for me as well for those who have been asked to accept a new assignment. Leadership changes also affect the members of parish communities and other institutions in- volved. Separations and departures are sensitive times. Changes bring about necessary transitions. Comparisons are inevitable. Yet, all priests are or- dained for service to the diocese and not one spe- cific place. Since there is a diversity of talents in our clergy, judgments have to be made, ultimately by me, as to how the Church of Southwestern In- diana can best be served. I can assure all of you untold effort is regularly expended by members of the clergy personnel board in their sensitivity both to the priest and to the community to which he is asked to go. It is an arduous process. Your prayers for the guidance of the Holy Spirit are most appreciated. Compounding the work of the personnel board in making recommendations for clergy ap- pointments is the shortage of priests. We imply do not have enough priests to go around to fill all the "traditional" openings. This requires changes in parish schedules. Services must be limited to the capacity of the priest and other pastoral staff to provide them. We must learn to conserve the precious gift of priestly ministers and not demand more than they can reasonably give. We must find effective ways to assist priests so they an let loose of those matters that do not require priestly orders lest they expend their energies enmeshed in administrative detail that, with guidance, someone else can do. This calls for a spirit of stewardship of time, talent and treasure on the part of the whole community. How many priests has your parish commu- ni.ty provided for the Church of Southwestern In- diana since the foundation of the diocese in 1944? By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service CATICAN CITY (CNS) " etiag for the first time, ig e Carey of Canterbury I their churches' common :erns, including the divi- ISsue of ordaining LI1. , Anglican leader air mutual concerns in Vatican meeting the first Anglican-Roman Catholic International Com- mission, the need for the two churches to cooperate in mis- sion activity, and common concerns for justice and peace in the world. Pope John Paul and Arch- bishop Carey spent 10 min- utes alone in the papal library before being joined by their also where I stand on this particular matter." The Vatican has said the Catholic Church cannot or- dain women for a number of reasons, including Christ's choice of men only as apos- tles, the unbroken tradition of the church and the fact that in celebrating the Eucharist, the priest acts in the person stacles, a new problem for us, but we must look at it," he said. At the evensong service May 24, Archbishop Carey said that if the two churches focus on a common search for truth in Christ, then issues such as the ordination of women "will not defeat us" in efforts for full communion. The V:atican :in December praised the ecumenical work of the commission, but said parts of the 1982 report "do not satisfy fully certain ele- ments of Catholic doctrine" and "prevent our speaking of the attainment of substantial agreement." The Anglican Commu- nion's response, issued in [ rchbisho /le that the ordination of '0 p Carey told the ' "lllen to the priesthood "is g" i'PsSible and proper devel- o Ilt o ]%ti ' f the dctrine f the $ :|hta.ed ministry " a joint released after the ql . ed l0 t 1 raeeting said. ,,,,ae Holy Father reiterated ai;,. t this development con- ut s i a decision which the h does not see itself en- ded to authorize and which stitutes a grave obstacle to : Vhole process of Angli- ,.an Catholic reconcil- : it said. [t[chhisho Carey, leader l,e WorlPide Anglican i]'aUaion, later told jonr- }'.s that the discussion i!11; t, WOmen priests was i  [OU ,, 'ht" ghest part of the i,o,two leaders also dis- Wt the Vatican s Decem- I ' nurnents, Inc. ALE, INDIANA 937-4921 top advisers on Catholic-An- glican relations for a 30- minute, wide-ranging discus- sion. Archbishop Carey said the pope "understood exactly what we were saying" about the reason some churches in the Anglican Communion have decided to ordain women. And, "I was able to understand the thrust he was getting at." "It sometimes looks as though the Roman Catholic Church has a negative atti- tude toward women," the archbishop said. The pope "wanted to make the point that the emphasis is on the dignity of women in the world today, and that came across very strongly." Archbishop Carey's Church of England is expected to vote in the fall on whether or not to join other Anglican churches in ordaining women. The archbishop said he did not feel the pope was trying to dictate the outcome of the vote. "He knows the Church of England must face this issue head on and he knows Peoples Trust Company 59 SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 UNTON, INDIANA 47441 [ bois County Bank YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK of Christ, who was a man. The pope and the arch- bishop reaffirmed the need for the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue to study "the ecclesial and ecumenical aspects" of the ordination of women in the Anglican Com- munion. Asked if this statement meant that the Roman Catholic Church might be open to changing its practice, Cardinal Edward I. Cassidy answered with an emphatic "no." The cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Pro- moting Christian Unity, was present at the May 25 papal meeting, had his own meet- ings with Archbishop Carey and participated in an evening prayer service cele- brated by the archbishop May 24 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Rome. Cardinal Cassidy said the issue must be discussed in the dialogue because it raises new problems for the Catholic Church's recognition of Anglican ministry. "I'm not optimistic, be- cause it does create new ob- NAA CONSTRUCTION Co. Inc. Construction Management MARK NAAB 203 Moran Dr. 882-8109 Vincennes, IN 882-8035 After celebrating the Eu- charist that morning at All Saints Anglican Church in Rome, Archbishop Carey told reporters that "400 years of separation can't be healed overnight. But we are work- ing jolly hard together at overcoming some of these more difficult and con- tentious areas." One of the more sensitive issues raised by Archbishop Carey the week before the visit did not come up during the meeting with the pope. Archbishop Carey had told a London newspaper that the Catholic Church should re- think its teaching on artificial contraception in relation to world population growth and threats to the environment. The archbishop said that he did not fully understand the Catholic ban on artificial birth control. Before the papal meeting, Cardinal Cassidy said birth control may be one of the is- sues explored in the current Anglican'-Roman Catholic In- ternational Commission's dis- cussions of ethical issues. Cardinal Cassidy, in an in- terview with Catholic News Service, said the Catholic Church would like an oppor- tunity to better explain its po- sition on birth control so the archbishop and others would understand it. Another difficulty dis- cussed during Archbishop Carey's meeting with the pope was the Vatican's re- sponse to the final report of the first Anglican-Roman Catholic International Com- mission, known as ARCIC I. 1988, said ARCIC I's state- ments on the Eucharist and on ministry and ordination were "consonant in substance with the faith of Anglicans" and said statements on au- thority in the church were a "firm basis" for continued discussion. When the Catholic re- sponse came out, Archbishop Carey said it seemed the Vati- can had changed the basis of judgment from whether the commission's findings were "consonant" with Catholic faith to whether they were "identical" to Catholic teach- ing. During the May 25 meeting, "the archbishop was reas- sured by the Holy Father that although the response was not able to endorse the claim of ARCIC I to have reached "substantial agreement,"' the Vatican's response "should not be interpreted as putting a brake on the dialogue." Archbishop Carey came away from the meeting very enthusiastic. Leaving the papal apartments, he told journalists the encounter was "excellent, excellent." "I've come away from this meeting very encouraged in- deed from the warmth of the personal welcome," he said later. "1 feel this was a very promising start to my archep- iscopate in my church." Archbishop Carey took office in April 1991. "Even on the issues where we divide  the ordination of women and so on  there was an understanding that we are going to move together," he said.