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!:i: 1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 Rome- Monday, May 25, 1998 By BISHOP GERALD A GETTELFINGER from Region VII arrived in Rome 23, while others came on Sun- in their home dioceses. All of us for a meeting on Sunday afternoon to review meetings for the week. We also received the Holy Father. the Chicago Province, including of Illinois, were informed that they g individually with the Holy Father morning. (I am writing this on Monday We also learned at that meeting that our 10 minutes instead of the Some felt this was a signal that the Holy Was not in good health. Francis George of Chicago and the oth- ers who saw him indicated that he seemed quite healthy although he shows signs of aging. Recall that he just celebrated his 78th birthday. As of Monday afternoon, the rest Of us have not heard when we will have our individual audiences. Our group of about 30 will be divided into two groups for dinner with the Holy Father. The main meal in Rome is around I p.m. Neither the day select- ed for that dinner nor the day when our full group will have early morning Mass with the Holy Father were known at the time of my writing. These three opportunities to share the precious time of the Holy Father are special for us bishops. I, personally, cherish the moments very much. My vis- its with the Holy Father, in the name of all of the peo- ple of the Diocese of Evansville, are reminders of our union with the Universal Church. Also this morning we fulfilled one of three oblig- ations bishops have in approaching the threshold (ad limina) of St. Peter. We concelebrated Holy Mass at the tomb of St. Peter. I remembered all of you as well as your personal and familial intentions. It is a very special privilege for bishops to pray at the tomb of one of the first bishops, St. Peter, the one commis- sioned by Christ to be the first Pope. We will fulfill the second obligation when we concelebrate Mass at the tomb of St. Paul's on Thurs- day afternoon. St, Paul is the Apostle to all gentiles -- all Christians who are not of Jewish heritage. The third obligation we share is to make our- selves available to meet personally with the Holy Father -- a happy obligation as are the other two. Our Holy Father continues to be most generous with his time for us. Other popes have not offered the same multiple opporttmities for bishops to meet. We are most appreciative. Editor's note: The Bishop's Forum was transmitted by e-mail by Bishop Gettelfinger to the Message for publica- tion this week. Catholic Men's Conference: A participant's view men from Saint John in Newburgh the fourth annual r The Call" Catholic in Cincinnati, 25. Those attend- Bob Smith, Jason !:PAUL HALTER Jerry Wheat- Jim Wilsbacher, Mike Siebert, Bill Ken Schweiss, Mark Don Wilky- was spon- Fel- Cincinnati. were in atten- three bishops and 105 priests. And what beau- tiful music was provided giving honor and praise to our God. The Fellowship consists of a group of men, principally Catholic, who recognize the need for God's help in their lives. They gather in Christ's presence in an atmosphere of trust, equal- ity and anonymity to share pe r- sonal feelings and experiences with unconditional acceptance of each other and prayerful sup- port of one another. Speakers at the conference included the following: Bishop Carl K. Moeddel, a native of Cincinnati and the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Bishop Robert W. Muench of Covington, Ky., who along with Bishop Moeddel concelebrated the closing Mass. Dale Brown, former head coach of the LSU basketball pro- gram, who on the floor was one of the most respected and color- ful of all coaches. We experi- enced his charisma as he shared his deep commitment to the Catholic faith in a way that enriched and entertained. Some of his deep interests include his work with Boy' s Town, Boy's Hope and his most recent involvement of feeding hungry children. Scott Hahn, professor at Franciscan University and director of the Institute of Applied Biblical Studies, a for- mer Presbyterian minister and a convert to the Catholic faith. Hahn visioned a unique opportunity for Catholic men to join together and accom- plish great things. His evange- listic fervor was contagious. Father Tom Forrest, Founder of Evangilization 2000 who spent 23 years working among the poor in the Caribbean. Father Forrest shared his enthu- siasm for living our faith beyond the church walls. Jim Berlucchi, executive director for Legatus and direc- tor of Pastoral Services for Domino's Pizza. Berlucchi told us what it is like to be in the fellowship of good Christian men who share their love for Christ with others and with one another. Admiral Jeremiah Denton, who was awarded the Navy cross, three Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts. He shared how his prayers, faith and total surren- der to God sustained him dur- ing seven years as a POW. in the notorious "Hanoi Hilton." Gerry Faust, Former Notre Dame, Akron and Moeller Foot- ball head coach. Gerry shared ways his faith in Christ and his church sustained him through the highs and lows of his remarkable life. Answer the Call IV encour- aged us to examine our priori- ties, rejuvenated our commit- ment to our Catholic faith and family, gave us new insights on our daily lives, showed us the need to:me closer,to Christ, and supported, challenged ahd affu'med our call as sons of God. All you men out there come and join us next year for Arwer The Call V. Contact one of those who attended or "www.the-" for additional informa- tion. drinking: When will the madness end? this letter to you arn concerned about more in our soci- id you know that in the United led to exces- ,RY SEy REISING School I think that we what statistics us, and act accord- don't fight for the ty and its will? is characterized phys- alcohol. It is serious than a mere- or irresponsible drinking problem; if not dealt with, it can be life-threatening. It usually develops over a peri- od of years and the person becomes obsessed with drink- ing; when the next drink will be, how soon, and how much. As the problem becomes worse, the person begins to drink against his own best interests. A drink becomes more important than personal relationships, work, reputation, or even physi- cal health When ample amounts of alcohol are in the body, the person cannot think clearly or make responsible decisions. Often, his vision is blurry, speech is slurred, and he cannot walk straight. Also, there is always a possibility that the person could become unconscious. What hap- pens when these people who of Life [in human cloning also] is immoral because it use of the human body (by now decidedly Lxt of parts) as a mere research ttx)l. The integral part of every individual's dignity and per- not permissible to use women as a )urce of ova experiments. Pontifical Academy for Life, . "Human Cloning is Immoral," July 9, 1997 cannot even stand up straight get on the mad? People are bound to get hurt, critically injured, or killed; and they do! Drunk driving is a major fac- tor in the increasing number of deaths related to car accidents. Every day, families are torn apart due to alcohol. Not only do alcoholics hurt themselves, they end up hurting their fami- lies and innocent victims as well. When and where will the madness end?! Statistics show that drinking is rapidly increasing in the Unit- ed States; the question is, what are we going to do about it? In fact, the number of people who are consuming alcohol under the age of 21 has risen dramati- cally in the past eight to 10 years. As a community, I think that we need to encourage teenagers to become involved in activities where the pressure of drinking alcohol is not there. At our schools, we need to have more clinics, workshops, and counseling programs for troubled young teens, so that they do not turn to alcohol. Per- haps more guest speakers, telling about their experiences with alcohol and how it can change your life forever. Also, for adults, and even teenagers, who have a drinking problem and want help but think it's too late, there is always Alcoholics Anonymous. AA has grown to an estimated 87,000 groups in more than 130 countries. That right there tells us that help is out there; we just have to make the right decision. As Catholics, we need to inform others about the dangers of drinking; let people know that "one more drink" could be the difference between life and death. Also, we could organize even more yputh group activi- ties to show that it is possible to have fun without alcohol. I think that if we work togeth- er, we can overcome alcoholism. We have to realize that no mat- ter how serious our problem may be, it is never too late to get help. Also, we must remember that God will always love and be with us, despite how difficult our lives become. W shmgton ....... Continued from page 4 exempted from the measures taken in response to India's actions." It remains to be seen whether the repercussions of India's nuclear tests will include a renewed commitment in the Senate and internationally to ratify the test ban treaty. But clearly the religious communi- ty will continue to speak out on the ban that President Dwight D. Eisenhower once hoped would be his "final aM most lasting gift" to his country. Hh; successor, President John E Kenned); echoed that hope in a 1961 address to the United Nations. with these chilling words: "Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear s"word of Damocles, hanging by the slen- derest of threads, capable of being cut at any monK-nt by -ci- dent or miscalculation or by madness,*' Kemav id. "The weaporLs of war must be alxl- htx'l he,ere they abolh us."