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'JUne 26, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana By BISHOP GERALD A. GI1"TELFINGER Tim I)ishops of the tJnite, d Stales meet twi(:e a II Year as a body. These meetiogs are held in spring nd fall, in June and Novemher, respe(:tivelv. The Une meetingis usually held in different locations throughout the country This year we met at the [1 lJr 'ersity of Notre Dame here in Indiana, next , Year we will be in New Orleans id June. The II Nave ' 13.1 moer meeting is always held in Washington, In the November meeting, we usually handle I the business of the National Conference of Catholic [113ishot)s and the United States Catholic Conference members of both are all the bishops) which re- qtfires actions by the entire body of bishops. An drainistrative committee prepares the meeting genda as well as other specified matters which is PrOperly its business. The meeting in June, on the other hand is one f study and reflection. Sometimes, as was the case . ', s year, items that will be on the agenda for !] NOVember are presented for information or refine- ra0nt. We also discuss other matters of common COncern for bishops. These may take the form of reports on research or of problem solving. The meetings of bishops draw considerable aq [a attention depending on the items to be pre- zented. The more controversial the topics, the greater the attention given. Bishop reports on topics of Spring meeting One of the highly publicized topi(:s this year is the third draft of the proposed pastoral letter on women in society and the Church. The issue has been on the bishops' agenda for a period of nine years. The third draft will be presented for action by the bishops in November. At Notre Dame, we discussed the draft in preparation for the fall meeting. The upshot of the half-day of di- alogue was simply that the letter will be pre- sented in November. It can be amended at that time. Some were calling for a fourth draft hut that request was rejected by the drafting commit- tee. In August 1993, the Holy Father will come to the United States to celebrate World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado. Youth from throughout the world will make pilgrimage to Denver to join in the celebration with the Holy Father. All bish- ops were encouraged to travel with their own representative group of young people. Due to the need for a vast range of facilities as well as protection for the Holy Father, there is a budget of $4.5 million to cover the costs of the visit. There is hope that the funds can be raised from outside sources, however, to assure the nec- essary income, the bishops agreed that each dio- cese will be assessed 1.78 cents per Catholic. That will raise one million dollars. The remain- i ,, . and the winner in Washington is... | . 'ight, Dr. Joseph and Doris Munning  who sent five chil-dren through Catholic schools -- |ie, the winners of a 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme at a raffle to benefit Washington i ttlolic Schools. The winners had purchased one of the 600 $50 tickets. They told Mr. and |i ' Robert Graham, left, and others who attended the drawing June 5 that they would "ate $1,000 to the schools. -- Message photo by Michael Woolsey 5 your last will aru00 testament can be an eloquent statement 00Vwhat3au apprec(ad mast in flour ltTe:---- bnest to help educate pr(ests at 5atnt .,hctrrat 5emt,narq t s a qaa watt to thank farYau r to pass [fan to those whajVallawja00_) Seminary, Saint Meinrad, IN 47577 or call collect (812) 357-6501. der will come from outsi(h; sources and fronl sav- ings of the National Conference. If funding is found, tim anmunt of the assessment will be re- turned to the dioceses. Among tim other items were the approval of norms for designating national Catholic shrines, debate and vote on the revised edition of the lec- tionary for Mass, a decision to continue the same method of the annual assessment of dioceses, a re- port on the progress of the Catechism for the Uni- versal Church which will be forthcoming some- time this year and a report on a special committee on the consolidation of national collections. The last day was set aside to hear presenta- tions on the issue of sexual child abuse by priests. Although this involves a very small rmmber of priests, the pain and suffering caused is immeasur- able not only to the victims who are children, but also to their families, their parishes and indeed the whole Church. In all cases the first concern must be for those who are victims. The bishop, as pas- tor, is obliged to reach out to all who are injured by such wrongful actions of priests. He must also take appropriate actions with such priests as well as make reports to public authorities. It is one of the most difficult tasks a bishop has to face. Father Ray Brenner recuperating from surgery Father Raymond Brenner is home again at Resurrection Church in Evansville. Some people are surprised to see him up and around, while others were just as surprised to learn he had undergone major surgery last week, he said, in a telephone interview earlier this week. Father Brenner, Resurrec- tion's pastor, was attending a priests' retreat at Sarto Re- treat House, which began Monday, June 15. After feel- ing "a little bit of pain" through the day on Monday, he said he suffered a weak spell about 5 p.m. Father William Deering took him to St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville where his rup- tured spleen was removed Tuesday. Father Brenner returned home Saturday, June 20. His activities have been re- stricted, but 'he was hoping to start concelebrating Mass with Father Bob Wan- nemuehler during this week. Many parishioners knew he was leaving for a retreat and were not surprised by his ab- sence from the parish -- but the 3 , were surprised on Sun- day when they found out what had happened -- and even more surprised to see him in back of church at the 10:30 Sunday morning Mass. He said his doctor will tell him more about what to ex- pect during his recovery this week. He said so far, there is only speculation about what may have happened to bring about the problem. Father Brenner expressed his thanks to all the people "for their cares and concerns and their prayers." 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