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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Taking the time to make a difference-- A family approach to movies and "Cut the grass now. You can watch television later." That's what my dad used to say to me. He said it more than once, I remember. I thought it was such a ridiculous statement -- didn't he know that the same programs would not be on later? After all, I thought, the grass is not going anywhere. If anything, there will be more of it. The pro- grams I wanted to see on television would be gone forever, if I did not see them right now. Television programs are im- mediate, instantaneous things, I thought. Grass is long-term stuff, bordering on the eternal and no fun at all to watch. That was when I was a child, before just about every home had a VCR or two, and before cable channels started running re-runs of popular pro- grams over and over. Today, you can rest assured that the same pro- grams will be on later. Before or after you cut the grass, or do whatever else you want you to do. Television and video stores now provide an al- most unlimited selection for viewing. The impor- tant decision for a family to make is not necessar- ily, "When?" but What?" Not too many years ago, movies in the theater used to be a lot more user-friendly. You could come By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR into the theater in the middle of a movie, stay to the end, wait a few minutes for the next showing and watch the beginning. With movies available on tape, you can schedule your own continu- ous showing -- if you want. You're in control, if you want to be. Most families say they want to be. The Catholic Communications Campaign recently issued five tips to help families make good viewing decisions. Decide what your limits are. The idea here is to have a family discussion about what types of movies you will allow in your life. Decide, ahead of time, what rat- ings, what subject matter, what values are appro- priate or inappropriate. Weigh the ratings. The Motion Picture Asso- ciation of America rates movies as G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17. The United States Catholic Confer- ence rates movies as A-I, A-II, A-III, A-IV and O. Pay attention to the ratings before you make a de- cision. Schedule family viewing time. Don't always send the kids to one movie while the parents go to another. Don't always send the kids to their rooni to watch a program while you watch TV in the family room or the bedroom. Discuss the values and messages of what you Consider Biblical stories. Such films bring Scripture to life. Tell theater operators and managers what you think m when you are fled and when you are pleased with and programming. * : :i * What the Catholic is encouraging families to do fits method used by the Christian Family It's called Observe-Judge-Act. Whether you are selecting a movie to improve your community, the methc sense. Observe the world around you. tion about the movies or the television series. Judge in the light of Gospel decision about values and messages movie and decide if that is what Jesus Act. Support a movie with good values, age TV stations to carry programs Values. Avoid movies and programs you sive -- and don't be afraid to tell the charge about your decisions. Observe, judge and act -- as a family. Questions and comments are welcome at Christian Family Movement, P.O. Box 272, Aries,: Iowa 50010. News Roundup Catholic, Christian leaders welcome pope's call for unity .... WASHINGTON (CNS) -- can be mutually shared," it Sint" May 30 as "an urgently National Conference of In addition to the Pope John Paul II's encyclical calling for further steps in ecu- menism brought words of wel- come from Catholic and Chris- tian leaders worldwide. "U Unum Sint" ("That All May Be One") "clearly demon- strates a strong commitment to ecumenism by the pope and, through him, the Roman Catholic Church," said a World Council of Churches statement June 1. In the encyclical, released May 30, the pope said the unity of all Christians is God's will and is at the heart of the mission Christ entrusted to his followers. As a concrete sign of his commitment to Christian unity, the pope also called for a new discussion of the authority and ministry of the pope. The WCC praised the en- cyclical's "strong theology of baptism, which provides a foundation for the fellowship we already share." The encyclical recognizes "that different religious tradi- tions have special gifts which lal The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville PVotisher .............. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Editor ............................................ Paul Leingang Produc'tion Manager .................... Amy Housman Adving..,._: ............................. Paul Newland Staff Wn ............................. Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $15.00 per year Single Copy Price: $50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Pub!ica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication  1995  Press of Evansv added. The role of the papacy "will need careful consideration," it said. The pope acknowledged that the papacy "constitutes a diffi- culty for most other Chris- tians," and he apologized for times when the exercise of papal authority brought pain to other Christians. Since the bishop of Rome must ensure the unity of the church, his primacy must in- clude real power and authority or it "would be illusory," he said. "The communion of the par- ticular churches with the church of Rome and of their bishops with the bishop of Rome is -- in God's plan -- an essential requisite of full and visible communion," he said. Cardinal Edward I. Cassidy, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Chris- tian Unity, detailed the origins of papal primacy during a May 30 press conference. "When in a church or be- tween churches there were problems or disputes, they went to Rome to ask the bishop for mediation and eventually, if it was necessary, to make a decision in order to maintain the unity of communion," Car- dinal Cassidy said. Bishops, nominated by their local churches, would request communion with the bishop of Rome, he added. "And when the bishop of Rome accepted that bishop into communion, all of the churches automati- cally accepted that bishop in communion .... This was an es- sential part of his primacy, to bring unity." In other reaction to the docu- ment, the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, praised "Ut Unum important study document for all Christians of our age." "In these days in which reli- gious differences are often ex- ploited and exacerbated, Pope John Paul II re-asserts the im- portant contribution ecu- menism offers to the establish- ment of peace," she said. "His own tireless efforts for peace are an example to all of the close relationship between Christian unity and the pur- suit of peace." A Church of England state- ment issued jointly May 30 by the office of Anglican Arch- bishop George Carey of Can- terbury and the Anglican Church's Council For Christian Unity hailed the encyclical. "At a time when there is growing impatience with the ecumenical movement and a tendency to give up on the search for visible unity, this urgent call by the pope to con- tinue along a 'path which is difficult yet full of joy' encour- ages us to continue with greater determination," it said. "We pledge ourselves to face with the Roman Catholic Church those remaining mat- ters of difference hinted at in the text. In particular we look forward to exploring more deeply the ministry of unity which belongs to the bishop of Rome, in the light of the work currently being undertaken by the Second Anglican-Roman Catholic International Com- mission." Pope John Paul is "confident that the progress will continue, that we should continue on the path that we have begun on, and that this quest for full unity among Christians will, he is convinced, succeed," said Father John F. Hotchkin, exec- utive director of the Secre- tariat for Ecumenical and In- terreligious Affairs of the Catholic Bishops. "I think everyone will agree with his emphasis on prayer as the soul of the ecumenical movement and the importance of common prayer," Father Hotchkin said. "His praise of common ser- vice is something that many people can witness locally in their neighborhoods. His em- phasis on promotion of the Bible is certainly something that can't be contested." The pope said the desire for unity should not put difficult questions on the back burner. "To uphold a vision of unity which takes account of all the demands of revealed truth does not mean to put a brake on the ecumenical movement," he said. "On the contrary, it means preventing it from set- tling for apparent solutions which would lead to no firm and solid results." of papal pri must still be areas in order to unity, the pope said.: They include the Eucharist, sacrament, church Mary, the the pope and what he called between "sacred the highest ters of faith, and tion, as terpretation o GOd." The pope Unum SinC eryone to renew mdnt to work for ble communion specific exhort world's Catholic especially m mission and Christian Bishop's sched The following activities and events are listed schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger " 21; 4 p:m, Sarto