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:    2 . ............ x.:.,. ,,,,,, ........... ,,,...,,, 2 1:he Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop Pilla calls reform campaign divisi By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The head of the U.S. bishops said May 22 that a national signa- ture campaign to bring changes in the church may cause confu- sion and division. "I appeal to the leaders of this referendum not to create new divisions in our own ecclesial family by continued challenges to the teachings and the au- thority of the church that has nurtured the faith of us all," said Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland, president of the Na- tional Conference of Catholic Bishops. "For it to be successful, dia- logue needs to be honest;... I do not believe that this referendum announced today contributes to- ward creating a spirit of dia- logue," he said. "I ask those approached to sign this petition to reflect prayerfully and seriously on the confusion that may be created by a technique so inadequate and inappropriate to deal with these matters," he added. He predicted that the referen- dum could easily "spark a coun- terreferendum, leaving some Catholics polarized." He asked those who oppose the campaign "to register their disagreement in a way that re- flects the love for one another that is the sign that we are Christ's disciples." Bishop Pilla issued his state- ment in Washington several hours after a press conference at which We Are Church, a coali- tion of reform-minded Catholic groups, announced plans to gather at least 1 million U.S. Catholic signatures on a church reform referendum before Pen- tecost 1997. The referendum calls for women priests and married priests, a lay voice in selection of bishops and pastors and a new church approach to sexual morality and other moral issues. It is modeled after recent na- tionwide petitions in Germany and Austria that were signed by more than 2 million Catholics. Heading the U.S. coalition are Women's Ordination Conference and Catholics Speak Out. Among other sponsors are Call to Action and Catholics for a Free Choice, both recently con- demned by Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb. Bishop Pilla noted that al- though the organizers are call- ing the signature campaign a referendum, "this referendum asks only for agreement. Thus it is hardly an opportunity for all Catholics to enter into dialogue." "The text of the referendum also mixes matters on which dis- cussion and debate are possible with others that involve church teaching," he said. He said the U.S. bishops and the Holy See favor the referen- dum's goal of"greater participa- tion in the life of the church by laity and, in particular, by women." "It is finding ways to imple- ment it that can be difficult, given past history and the need in the universal church to be sensitive to both its local and worldwide expressions," he said. "A more painful honesty for those sponsoring the referen- dum is to admit that they are, in some instances, challenging church teachings," he added. "A vague appeal to 'reform' is in- sufficient reason to challenge ei- ther church teaching or prac- tice." "Seeking thespotlight of the media on issues which are hardly new to the public also is not an appropriate way to foster Nazi rule, reunification backdrops for papal visit to Germany By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Two crucial points in modern German history -- Nazi rule and the country's reunification -- will be the background for the key moments of Pope John Paul II's prayer and preaching dur- ing his late June visit to Ger- many. In the Berlin Olympic Sta- dium June 23, the pope will be- atify two German priests mar- tyred for their opposition to Nazi rule. And, instead of holding a farewell ceremony at the air- port, as is customary with his visits, Pope John Paul will de- liver his final words to the Ger- man people in front of the Bran- denburg Gate, once a main passage through the wall that separated East and West Berlin. The trip also will include sep- arate meetings with the Ger- man bishops and Catholic lay leaders, Lutheran representa- tives and members of other Ger- man Christian churches and with leaders of the country's Jewish community. The June trip will be Pope John Paul's third papal visit to Germany and the 72nd trip out- side of Italy during his pontifi- cate. The schedule for the visit as released May 25 by the Vatican includes the following events (times listed are local, with Eastern Daylight Time in parentheses) Friday, June 21 -- 7 p.m. (1 p.m.), Arrival cer- emony at the Paderborn-Lipp- stadt airport. Speech by pope. Saturday, June 22 -- 4 p.m. (10 a.m.), Meeting with representatives of the Evangelical churches in Ger- many and with the presiding council of the working group of the Christian Churches in Ger- many at the Leoninum College in Paderborn. Speech by pope. Sunday, June 23 -- 9:45 a.m. (3:45 a.m.), Cour- tesy visit with the president of Germany, Berlin -- 11:10 a.m. (5:10 a.m.), Mass and beatification of Fa- thers Bernhard Lichtenberg and Karl Leisler at the Olympic Sta- dium in Berlin. Homily by pope. -- 5:35 p.m. (11:35 a.m.), Meeting with the Jewish central council at the Bernhard Licht- enberg House. I Kimball International Jasper, Indiana TF S Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald I. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 X E JrF R /i111100 Comflimenh of Home Beverage Washington, IN i UlU i theological concerns," he said. "Although there is room for discussion and dialogue on mat- ters of discipline, to be a Catholic, by definition, means sharing a common religious heritage and moral vision," Bishop Pilla said. "It is not something purely sub- jective, radically private and self- constructed." He said the Second Vatican Council, "the source of reform of the church in our time, clearly serious discussion of specifically affirmed the centrality:i papal ministry to and the obligation to assent to the Holy Father teaching infallibly7 "This bate on which the and his immediate have a Fidelity to ceptance of these said. Knitters, crocheters for Warm Up America If someone with the program, she will hook, instructions plate. "Then, thing up when ished." She added, can't get out more, and s How be needed." Volunteers need i or crochet be assembled unteers with %Ve need to. summer,  Creel For additional write Marjorte Tut 47711-6715, 474.1573. By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer "At Brescia d I receive a Arts education, Christian valueS, personal from faculty staff, and leadership experience.';, Marjorie Creel is looking for a few good knitters -- or cro- cheters. And when she finds them, she will ask them to help her create afghans for the Warm Up America program. The program donates afghans to victims of floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and those who have lost their homes from fire. The afghans are also dnated to the homeless, to women's shelters and homes for unwed mothers Creel says she is so sold on the program that she will pro- vide the yarn to knitters and crocheters in the Evansville area. "I'm a widow lady, and I get enthused and want to help. I think of the seniors, many who have nothing to do with their time, and it's too bad because they do have talents to use." Donna O. "league, CPA '93 Accounting Major Baird, Kurtz and Dobson All keys to a bright future. Brescia College can provide you with a are small and taught by outstanding faculty. majors and 17 minors iri its bachelor's degree heritage can help you develop as a well-ed leader, ready for the challenges of the 21 st centUrY. Pilgrimage to h August 1 to I0, departure from NY, $1,395, wit GIOVANNI (Ilome of Padre Ho, to visit the VATICAN. Rev, John Emge, retired pdeSt, Call Mary Parker (812)254-2646 or the Queen A.SA.P. regarding fee deadlines. COLLEGE BRESCIA 717 , I:re owen: borO/ 301