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1995 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 The ancient prophet Ezekiel for us Almighty God's fi- made to his cho- L Pe0ple. Despite their wrong ;od promised to cleanse their sins. He promised to them from captivity and cities would be rebuilt and lands could be once again be "I, the Lord, have ill do it!" - have been given the ulti- promises" in suffering, death and Jesus further to ask the Father to send the Paraclete, to accompany us, and console us on the journey of faith. Pentecost Sunday the day on which kept. is currently a popular movement in our "Promise Keepers." It is a Christian a Colorado football coach. It is to get men -- and boys -- to keep make. Its ideals are most commend- Is encouraging to know of so many men willing to walk with their fathers, sons to keep the promises they have made. Promise Keepers is designed for ys only, the same principles apply to op's Forum-- Promises... promises.., promises ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER women and girls. The Cursillo Movement, rooted in the Catholic Faith, was begun in Spanish speaking countries to en- courage men to return to the prac- tice of their faith and that boys would not abandon it. Its very name means "a little course in Christianity." Even though it sprang up for men and boys only, it has been expanded .to include men and women. "Teens Encounter Christ" has the same intent for the young. Keep in mind, nonetheless, that movements are one thing. The keeping of promises made on a day-to-day basis is quite another. We have before us daily those who give us the examples we need to be faithful. There are promise keepers that we sometimes take for granted. Consider all the men and women who have committed themselves to each other in marriage and are faithful in that commitment. We so often hear of failures. This is the time of year for the celebration of Mother's Day and Fatlier's Day. Along with wedding anniversaries, these are mo- ments to celebrate promises that have been kept. There are promise keepers that families can sometimes take for granted. They are the young men who commit themselves to the service of Christ and His church with the courage to kneel before the bishop and promise in a most public fashion "obedience and respect." This promise is over and above the commitment of a life of celibate chastity. The lives of the faithful priests are over- shadowed by the ugly publicity around the failure of others. We are inspired by Father Jack Durch- holz and Father Brian Holtz as they have made such commitments of fidelity to God and His peo- ple. Also I am filled with joyful gratitude to the cu- mulative years of fidelity humbly noted in the "An- niversaries" section of the Message. There are promise keepers that parishes and dioceses can sometimes take for granted. They are the men and women who have com- mitted themselves to lives of celibate chastity and community living along with their special charism of service to the Church. On June 4, 1995, I concel- ebrated Pentecost Sunday Mass at the renewal of promises kept for 50 years of four Benedictine Sis- ters at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Fer- dinand. Consider all the other men and women who continue to keep their promises. As Jesus promised, he asked the Father to send us the Holy Spirit to enable us to keep the promises we have made. Jesus promised and he did it. The rest is up to each of us. of exercising authority open to discussion, pope says News Service CITY (CNS) -- cal reasons, the ristians need one and for rea- ROman Catholics eader must be the Orae, Pope John his new encyclical, he in which the of Rome could and author- Christian a topic open to dis- "Ut Unum They May Be Paul puts his of the most obvi, ous points of Christian division and does so with hints at flexi- bility but also with a clear ex- planation of Catholic faith. 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. Pope John Paul invited lead- ers and theologians from other Christian churches to join him "in a patient and fraternal dia- logue" to find ways of exercis- ing papal primacy "which, while in no way renouncing what is essential to its mission, is nonetheless open to a new situation." Although the encyclical, re- leased May 30 at the Vatican, did not provide a prospective job description for a new pa- pacy, it did suggest that the answer would be found by ex- amining the first thousand years of Christian history, when the church was undi- vided. In setting the stage for the dialogue, Pope John Paul out- lined elements that the Roman Catholic Church considers to be essential to the ministry of the bishop of Rome. The fact that he is the suc- cessor of St. Peter and there- fore head of the church is not open to debate, even though the Catholic Church is the only Christian community that has church at work in Bangladesh Office Director in Bangladesh One of the st COuntries, and most frequent atural disaster, les to feed many people. se Who suffer the Two out of children are Less than half Years of school. of four children often doing terrible poverty When times are extr to help abandoned or like little An- can be a death tara was only a When someone St. Peter's Or- g. Told be thrown if the sisters Sister Mary Nicholas gladly welcomed her to the warm, bustling world of the orphanage. Antara has been living happily at St. Peter's and attending school there for several years now. Bangladesh can tell all too many stories of forgotten chil- dren, but like Antara they too can have hope. St. Peter's -- and similar places, like the Sis- ters of Charity Convent School and the Bhabarpara Orphan- age -- are reaching out to Bangladesh's abandoned, ne- glected, and orphaned chil- dren, providing homes, meals -- medical care, and education that are changing the lives of children -- one child at a time. Catholics everywhere can be proud of our Church's efforts in Bangladesh and many other developing countries where missionaries "are bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. These priests, sisters, brothers, and lay missionaries are the feet of Christ that bring a mes- sage of hope, the hands of Christ that heal, the eyes of Christ that shine with love for children who often have had little reason to believe in to- morrow. But the good work done at places like St. Peter's wouldn't be possible if it weren't some essential contributions from a surprising source: CHILDREN. For almost 150 years, U.S. Catholic children have been supporting the mission work of our Church through the Holy Childhood Association, the Catholic Church's official mis- sion agency for the young. Thse kids pray for children in need and sacrifice their own money to help provide milk, rice, vitamins, vaccinations, shoes, schoolbooks, blankets, and other necessities to chil- dren growing up in desperate poverty. To find but how you can help HCA's young members reach even more children in Bangladesh, Somalia, Mexico, Haiti, and other countries, con- tact your diocesan Mission Of- rice: Rev. Msgr. Clarence A. Schlachter, Diocesan Director - Catholic Center, P.O. BOX 4169, Evansville, Indiana 47724-0169. preserved the ministry Christ entrusted to Peter and his suc- cessors, the pope said. The church's conviction that the bishop of Rome has pri- macy is not based only on tra- dition, but on Scripture, he said. "The place assigned to Peter is based on the words of Christ himself, as they are recorded in the Gospel traditions," he said. Peter's own weaknesses and wavering faith remind the church that his primacy was a matter of God's will and grace, not personal merit, the pope said. And his power and au- thority were not personal re- wards, but gifts to the church to ensure its unity, tranquility and fidelity. '-. ..... .... ::: Christian unity, the pope said, is impossible without the unity of Christian leaders with the bishop of Rome.