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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bish Continued from page 1 greeted the new "Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments With Persons With Disabilities," approved June 16. # The 20-page document seeks to improve access to the sacra- ments by persons with disabili- ties and to reduce inconsisten- cies in pastoral practice. Approved by a vote of 205-1, it marks the first time that the bishops have issued such guidelines at a national level. In a series of seven separate votes, the bishops decided to dis- band their Catholic Telecommu- nications Network of America this summer and set up a plan- ning process to develop a new telecommunications plan within three years. The bishops had subsidized the network by more than $14 million in a little more than a decade. The bishops were less suc- cessful, however, in reaching consensus on liturgical mat- ters. They disposed of hun- dreds of amendments on pro- posed liturgy changes, but final written votes to approve or reject the revised texts after the amendment process were inconclusive. Because Vatican rules require liturgy decisions to receive two- thirds approval of all bishops in a nation who are eligible to vote, mail balloting of bishops who did not attend the Chicago meeting was needed. Segment 3 of the Sacramen- tary -- consisting of the core prayer s and alternatives used day after day at Mass -- was the focus of debates that took up the major portion of the bishops' two-and-a- half days of public meetings in Chicago. After extensive debate the bishops approved a plan pre- sented by Coadjutor Archbishop Jerome G. Hanus of Dubuque, Iowa, for a forum of scholars and a small team of U.S. bishops on the liturgy. The forum is to cover not just translation questions but other issues surrounding liturgical texts. Another major topic of the Chicago meeting -- but one the bishops had not expected to complete at this session -- was on the possible NCCB-USCC restructuring. In a first round of discussions on the questions, bishops expressed guarded support for reducing the num- ber of conference committees and backed reducing the num- ber of conference statements. The bishops appeared evenly divided on one of the most basic questions, whether the NCCB-USCC should be com- bined into a single conference. Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston led the preliminary dis- cussions in the absence of Car- dinal Bernardin, chairman of the bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Mission and Structure. Car- dinal Law said afterward that it was not immediately clear whether the committee would have a concrete proposal to put before the bishops for action in November or whether further consultations would be needed. The bishops also heard re- ports on several topics that will arise again at future meetings. Coadjutor Bishop Robert J. Carlson of Sioux Falls, S.D., chairman of the Committee on Vocations, gave a short prelim- inary presentation of a three- year national vocations recruit- ing plan which his committee intends to submit for the bish- WASHINGTON CATHOLIC SATURDAY SUNDAY JUNE 24, 1995 JUNE 25, 1995 Now at the EASTSIDE PARK, Washington SUNDAY JUNE 25 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Six $50 Games per hour $I0 Games between $50 Games 81000 GAME AT 9:00 P.M. Guanmteed AUCTION 2:00 p.m. - ??? 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Mercy Sister Laura Reicks, associate director of the Tri- Conference Retirement Office, reported that orders of U.S. men and women religious still need to add $6.9 billion to their retirement funds in order to cover expected needs of their aging members, even though the orders already have $5.8 billion set aside. The report was presented as advance information to help the bishops prepare for a decision in November about whether to con- tinue the yearly national collec- tion for retired religious. Bishop John F. Kinney told the bishops that his Committee on Sexual finishing up a second vo|tl "Restoring Trust," hensive reso help bishops deal with pects of clergy sexual. minors. The second should be ready to put their meeting this November, he said. Among the vi U.S. bishops' meetin Cuban Cardinal Jaime Alamino of Havana, his people need aid because of economic conditions communism. Sacramental guidelines impact She cites the tear By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When Mary Jane Owen is asked about the U.S. bishops' new "Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities," she likes to zero right in on the human im- pact of the sacraments in dis- abled people's lives. trickling down the severely retarded in Pennsylvania a ceived Jesus for the in the Eucharist. Or she speaks of the alienation from quadriplegic young was denied his right 1 mental marriage on sumption that he consummate it. Or she talks about care of the elderly. "I'm concerned about som! lains who are dealing ple with Alzheimer's, deciding that they ceive ( As executive National Catholic Persons with Owen played helping the tee on Pastoral Practices draft the lines. It was her first asked the bishoP velop them. The guidelines -" the bishops by a vote vote at their spring Chicago June 16 istic provision for the access to full ipation for dlsabzhtzes. In addition to full every ent to person has a right adequate chetical formation mental preparation to enable disabled prepare for and reC sacraments. They also seek to sistencies in whereby disabled sometimes denied ful.aecess to a cause of derstanding. When she speaks and wrong ways such situations, there of passionate Owen's voice. On reception of the guidelines terion is "that the able to Christ from or, even if this denced through ture or reveren , rather than verbally. If a priest asks seeking marriage to have sexual interO Owen said, "I always you have a right thought the wasn't until after I was.