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ops" agenda: Liturgy, , social teaching TEAU News Service (CNS) -- Lectionary for Mass and violence are on the agenda of the U.S. Hilton and is the scene of the of the Nation- Catholic Bish- Catholic Conference. the bishops' agenda f a paper on rec- the millennium, g guidelines Campaign for ,ment, and a last fall's Synod of ca. preceded workshop June 18 responses to situa- sexual abuse. to day for a National on Vocations June tions direc- invited guests are join them for the statement about Condemns the wide and gratuitous violence" in the perva- "sex and vio- frivolous and titillat- I by the Subcommittee and Policy of the on Corn- statement says formerly directed :at film and television, lnternet, some telephone sex lustry, games" and the rental outlets sections. Sexuality is part of but "pornogra- the divine y and for the "Page statement is the Mind of A Statement on the Exploitation of in Communi- It makes specific recommen- dations for action to the gov- ernment, to the media and entertainment industries, to the general public, to parents and young people, and to church leaders. It concludes with specific prac- tical steps for various groups, including parishes, educators and families, and a set of princi- ples for dealing with legislation and court cases concerning obscenity, indecency and exces- sive violence. "Sharing . Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Direc- tions" is the title of the other proposed statement the bishops will be asked to approve. It calls the Catholic social tra- dition "a central and essential element of our faith" and says that a "commitment to social justice is at the heart of who we are and what we believe." The 17-page statement sum- marizes some of the major themes of Catholic social teach- ing and spells out recommen- dations to make Catholic social teaching "more intentional and explicit in all areas of Catholic education-and formation." It includes specific recom- mendations for elementary and secondary schools, religious education, youth ministry, high- er education, adult formation and seminary and clergy for- mation. Drawn up jointly by the bish- ops' education, domestic policy and international policy com- mittees, the statement is a pro- posed response by the entire body of bishops to a report from their Task Force on Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Education, formed in 1995 and headed by now-retired Arch- bishop John R. Roach of St. Paul-Minneapolis. If the bishops adopt the state- ment, the committees have pro- posed that the summary report of the task force, the report of its Content Subgroup and some other materials developed by the task force be published along with the statement. Adoption of the statements on Catholic social teaching and on sex and violence in the media requires two-thirds approval by it bishops present and voting. If the bishops approve Vol- ume 2 of the Lectionary for Mass for use in the United States, U.S. Catholic parishes will have their first new Lec- tionary since the early 1970s. Under Vatican rules, all such liturgical decisions require approval by two-thirds of all the active Latin-rite bishops in the bishops' conference and subse- quent confirmation by the Vati- can Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. The Lectionary is the book of Scripture readings used at Mass. Last year the bishops approved Volume 1, containing the read- ings for Sundays and certain other major feasts, and the Vati- can has already confirmed that vote. Volurhe 2 has the readings for weekdays and other Masses. The new Lectionary is a com- promise text developed by a working group of U.S." arch- bishops and Vatican officials after the in the diocese have Benedictine pas- Metnrad? Benedida'ne pdests as pastors. Benedictines Evansville, St. Mary, Huntingburgy and St. St. John Chrysostom, New Boston, has a Bene- dcs not reside at the parish. viously adopted by the U.S. bishops. It uses the New American Bible as the basis for its Scripture Holy Redeemer volunteer Chris Lane gets some assistance translations and the 1981 revised from his six-year-old son Ryan at the cross bow shoot booth edition of the Latin Lectionary during the parish summer social. as the basis for its structure.  Message photo by Man/Ann Hughes See AGENDA page 2 Sister JoeUa KidweU is elected Prioress in Ferdinand SISTER JOELLA KIDWELL Benedictine Sister Joella Kid- well has been elected prioress of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Fer- dinand. She will succeed Bene- dictine Sister Kathryn Huber who has served two terms as prioress, and was not eligible for re-election. Sister Kidwell will begin a five-year term of office with a formal installation ceremony at the Monastery Immaculate Con- ception on July 11. A public reception for both Sister Kidwell and Sister Huber will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on July 12. Sister Kidwell is the eleventh prioress that the Ferdinand Benedictine community has had since it was founded in 1867. The prioress is the "religious com- munity's spiritual leader, chief administrator, and official repre- sentative to the Church and the civic community," according to Karen Katafiasz, monastery director of communications. The election of the new pri- oress came at the end of a 10- month-long discernment pmoess by the Ferdinand Benedictines, which involved general direction setting by the community. As the new prioress, Sister Kid- well will lead the Sisters in devel- oping the two directions that the rrwrmrity has named: a cxtir ued deepening of their Benedic- tine monastic spirituality and a continued examination of their call to service in the Church. Sister Kidwell is a native of Washington, and the daughter of .the late Basil and Irene (O'Bryan) Kidwell. She haS two sisters, Patricia Nalker of Ray- mond, Miss., and ]oella Mis- chler of Evansville. She entered the monastery from St. Mary Church, Wash- ington, in 1954. She made her final profession in 1959 For the past three years, she has been coordinator of planning for the Ferdinand Benedictines. She is also the director of a sum- mer Rome renewal program for S PRIORESS page 2 I Silver Anniversaries ................... 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