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The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 Catholic funerals for the divorced-remarried By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service Recently, a nationally prominent who had been divorced and remarried, was at a Catholic service. What counts in a case F? Fame? d, and if I had remarried I surely Catholic funeral. Another was mar- before having a Catholic funeral. we all have questions. (Indiana) Situations such as this in fact happen that most of them do not involve !people who get the publicity. e questions you and others have asked reveal about Catholic teaching and funerals. s start with church law. Regulations are con- strict today about denial of Catholic they were before 1983, when the present went into effect. a Catholic funeral by law include, among others, heretics, schismatics and "manifest sinners for whom ecclesiastical funeral rites cannot be granted without public scandal to the faithful" (Canon 1184). Note that even if someone is a "manifest sinner" (which needs its own careful explanation), Catholic rites are not denied unless there is "public scandal." As I hope you know, public scandal is more than just surprise or perplexity. It involves the question, Would this action move a mature, knowledgeable Catholic to loss of faith or some other spiritual harm? Obviously, in many such circumstances the answer would have to be no. Already 10 years before the present code, the Vat- ican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith addressed the question of Catholic burial for Catholics in irregular marriages. Such people should not be denied Catholic funeral rites, it aid, if they have kept their attachment to the church and have given some sign of repentance, and if public scandal "has been removed." These are the factors which need weighing. In case of doubt, the local bishop is to make the decision. Another point to remember is that, in providing its burial rites, the church never presumes to judge the spiritual condition of the person deceased. We are all sinners, we are all members of the body of Christ and at our deaths the church commends to the mercy of God both the dead and those who have been griev- ed by that death. And that brings us to the final point. In the church's centuries-old understanding, rites celebrated at the time of death are, as St. Augustine once said, more for the living than for the dead. The funeral liturgies are among the most solemn; instructive and human of all the church's rituals. For anyone who reflects thoughtfully and prayerfull}, they help those left behind to learn from the life of the one who died and to recommit themselves, at least a little, to a fuller Christian life. If nothing else, these oughts should help us realize the church does not act lightly or without good reason in these special circumstances. A free brochure on ecumenisz, including questions on inter- communion and other ways of sharing worship with people of other faiths, is available by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Box 325, Peoria, Ill. 61651. Questions may be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address. flowers can have double impact, says priest (CNS) -- A has brought to the '60s slogan ; Struck a deal with a company to 10 percent of every the Catholic Nadolny, Stanislaus Church Conn., came up He told Catholic that it was school's t by the bou- OVerflow at his every week. to fund raising, contacted a national florist network based in Westbury, N.Y.  1-800- FLOWERS. He was armed with figures pointing to a potential market he estimates that roughly 450,000 funerals and 300,000 weddings take place each year in Catholic churches across the country  not to mention the number of Catholic mothers, sweethearts or people with birthdays who are all potential flower recipients at some point. When customers order flow- ers through the national com- pany for any of these occasions, they simply mention that they are participating in "Catholic flowers" and give code 463, which spells out "God" on the telephone. Four times a year, the florist network will review the flowers ordered using the "Catholic flow- ers" code and send 10 percent of the proceeds to Father Nadolny, who in turn will send out the money to the designated schools. The company is donating the money from its own pocket in exchange for the publicity. Father Nadolny also works on the publicity aspect. Since the program started this spring, he has spent his weekly day off contacting Catholic diocesan offices, schools, monasteries and hospitals to let them know of the deal. The priest already has other promotion campaigns in the works. For about four years he has been marketing pierogi. The Polish ravioli-like specialty is made from dough, potatoes, cheese, cabbage and mush- rooms, homemade by a parish- ioner's company and sold in gro- cery stores in an ever-expanding market in the Northeast. Fifteen percent of these profits is donated to Good News Inc., a fund set up by Father Nadol- ny to aid local and internation- al children's charities. He has raised money for orphans in Honduras and Haiti and to build affordable housing in nearby Waterbury. The priest has his eye on how to make money out of sheer necessity, he told CNS. To keep his own parish school in opera- tion, he said, he needed to estab- lish an endowment of $5 mil- lion. That kind of money wasn't going to come from his parish of primarily older members, but it had tocome from somewhen.  : :,,: The irony of the flower pro- motion is that for years the priest advised people to donate money to St. Stanislaus instead of buying flowers for funerals. No one heeded his advice, so now he says that "instead of fighting, I'm joining them." i:ii!!iC i  , Shrine has web access of the National Shrine of the Conception now has Internet information and photographs from Shrine, can be obtained by visit- News Services page on the web at fients of St. Benedict of Ferdinand are )f a grant for medical and mobility to aid Sisters who are seriously ill incapacitated. of Directors of Support Our Inc., has awarded the grant in $11,500. enable the religious commu- an oxygen concentrator, two Care beds, an electric lift recliner, a motorized cart, a wheelchair, a bed alarm monitor, two walkers, two bathtub transfer benches and a pill crusher, according to Bene- dictine Sister Dolores Folz, administrator of the monastery's infirmary. "The equipment enhances the quality of life for Sisters who are seriously ill and promotes independence and mobility for Sisters with physical limitations due to infirmity or old age." Faith Development An Institute entitled "Faith Development: Catholic Identity" will be presented June 22 to 25 at Mount St. Joseph Center in Maple Mount, Kentucky. On June 27, Theologian and author Father Richard Fragomeni will speak. For additional information, call Kathy McCarthy at (502) 229-4103, extension 413. Join the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-tt'-Woods. Inclna, on a pilgrimage to Rome for the Beatification table Mother Theodore Guerin October 25, 1998 -ntact Great Experiences Inc. by June 19 ll.d., Odl, N.J. 07649, 20!-261q184 ...... I i ill ] ii Hear it from the source! Vatican Radio World News Mon. - Fri. at 5:30 p.m. Onlfon WUEV-FM 91.5 University of Evansville On the air or on your computer at , wUevweb Golden Jubilarians Cletus and Alma (Peter) Oing of Fort Branch celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with their family in Florida. They were married May 4, 1948, at Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch. They are the parents of three children: Barbara Hetrick of Per- rysburg, Ohio, Judith Rayborn of Park Ridge, IlL and lames Oing of Fort Branch. They have five grandchildren. They retired from Oing Electric, which Mr. Oing founded.