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1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 -- Bishop's Forum -- from New Orleans: A look at new catechism Evansville last Wednes- go to the spring meeting of 1 Conference of Bishops. That is a gath- ; of all the Roman and East- Rite Catholic Bishops in the States. e spring meeting is in- to provide more time for discussion of pressing items of concern. The meeting days begin with morning concelebrated Eu- After l)reakfast we gath- !ered in the meeting room for prayer. It was from the of the hours, the universal of the church which all ordained priests ps say daily. Those of you with access to Eternal Word Network were able to observe the as they happened. As is human, I you searched for those bishops you in the crowd, especially your own. reports of having been seen both on CNN L arriving at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency on EWTN.) :: The substance of the public meetings in- BISHOP RALD A GETTELFINGER cluded action on the normal age for confirmation in the United States, a revised funding plan for World Youth Day, and a resolu- tion concerning Comprehensive Health Care Reform in the United States, the theme, purpose and format of the Bishops' 1994 Spring Assembly in San Diego, establisifing new directions of the Catholic Television Network, and the appointment of an Ad Hoc Committee to make recommenda- tions to the National Conference concerning the pressing matter of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy. There was an all day seminar on Friday con- cerning the preparations for the 1994 Synod of Bishops in Rome on the consecrated life of reli- gious men and women. The topics ranged from contemporary research on religious life and a contemporary understanding of the vows and comnmnity life to the nmtual relations between bishops and religious superiors as well as their relationship to the local diocesan church. The entire day on Sunday was spent on the Catechism of the Cattmlic Church. Although the English translation is not yet available to us, there are many plans for implementation al- ready developed across our country Phyllis Beshears, our Director of Catholic Schools and our new Director of Religious Education. James Corr joined me for this all-day session. The new catechism, though not intended as a teaching tool, is a new platform for all of us to review our personal journey of faith as well as examine the way we pass on tile faith to our young people. I have ordered 300 copies of the Catechism for our leadership on the diocese. We do not know when they will be printed since there is an unspecified delay from Rome. We bishops have pressed the pastoral need for delivery soon. It is my intent that each of us use it first and foremost to deepen our own personal faith com- mitment. We must witness to its contents. There was a quote of Pope Paul VI often used this week both in the discussion of reli- gious life and the arrival of the new catechism: "People listen more often to witnesses than to teachers and when they do listen to teachers it is only when they are witnesses." is another in a articles about people toyvard Synod '93. are responses to a questions from the of policy and plan that's part for the Synod: Msgr. Kenneth R. Knapp of the hope Msgr. Kenneth R. Knapp has for Synod '93. Msgr. Knapp, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Evansville, is a member of the Synod Central Planning Committee. Msgr. Knapp is a native of Haubstadt. He was ordained a eaneth R. Knapp, vicar general, leans back and a relaxed moment at a recent meeting of the Planning Committee. Message photo by Paul R. Leingang priest on March 30, 1963. During his 30 years of priesthood, Msgr. Knapp has served the Diocese of Evansville in a variety of po- sitions, including teacher, school superintendent, assis- tant pastor, director of the Campaign for Human Devel- opment, director of the Catholic Charities Bureau, Vicar General, ChancMlor, and Moderator of the Curia. From 1981 to 1984, he was Director of the Center for Human Development, Wash- ington, D.C. Why did you say "yes" to involvement in synodal plan- ning? I was assigned to be there. In addition, I think it is an important committee. I think I have something to offer the committee. Describe your synodal planning committee experi- once. It has been good  frustrat- ing -- tiring  satisfying and fruitful -- depending on the time and date of particu- lar meetings. What are your hopes for Synod '93? Unity of policy and plan for thefuturo-- All involve-, : merit of parishes and persOhs in the life of the Church ina renewed way. Jasper Deanery Synod delegate meeting to be held in new location The Jasper Deanery Synod Delegate Meeting, originally scheduled to be held at Mar- ian Heights Academy on June 29, has been moved to Kordes Enrichment Center, The meeting is one of four first-round orientation meet- ings scheduled for late June, throughout the diocese. The meeting locations and schedules for Orientation I meetings follow: PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, might know and love You, might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. in living holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, presence may be known and felt in our midst, too may come to know and love You begin to serve and worship You. Our faith. us to see Your plan for the Church. ') look to the future, may our plans be faithful to Yours, the Church of Southwestern Indiana, our kingdom through preaching and living Your gospel. be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! us with Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have given us. Newburgh, Princeton, Evansville East and Evansville West deaneries: Catholic Center, Evansville, June 27, 1  2:30 p.m. or 3 4:30 p.m. Washington Deanery: St. Martin Church, Whitfield. June 28, 7 8:30 p.m. Bishops Continued from page 1 in the United States. The 10- page statement spells out principles for reform, includ- ing an insistence on universal access to adequate health care and rejection of abortion cov- erage.  Near-unanimous ap- proval of a resolution urging Rome to end the delays in ap- proving the English transla- tion of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church." Submitted by Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago, the res- olution asks for a final En- glish text by Aug. 1 if possi- ble. -- A decision to make the ordinary age for confirmation in the United States range be- tween the age of discretion, about 7, and 18. If it is ap- proved by Rome, the rule allow virtually all dioceses to continue current policies or to experiment within the age range in an effort to improve on current practice. Approval of a plan to re- Jasper Deanery: Kordes En- richment Center, 841 East 14th Street, Ferdinand, June 29, 7  8:30 p.m. Vincennes Deanery: Old Cathedral Parish Center, Vin- cennes, June 30, 7  8:30 p.m. ii vamp the Catholic Telecom- munications Network of America, making it directly accessible by parishes for the first time. Founded 12 years ago, CTNA until now has had diocesan centers as its sole or main customers. The new plan involves a major shill in programing as well, with an emphasis on providing direct resources for parish min- istries. The bishops spent about three hours June 17 dis- cussing the International Commission on English Liturgy and how it relates to bishops' conferences in trans- lating and improving English liturgical texts. The bishops overwhelm- ingly approved a request for an additional $2 miUion line of credit from conference r- serves to assure adequate funding for World Youth Day in Denver this August. The budget was increased from $4.5 million to $6,5 million.