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June 26,1! The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Women's Continued from page 1 God's people from ordination because they are women, the ('hurch is guilty of the sin of sexism. Bishop Raymond A. Lucker of New Uhn, Mhm., urged the bishops to drop the idea of is- suing a pastoral letter oil vonlell'S concerns. Instead, he said, they should issue a more modest statement citing areas on which they could agree and admitting to their divisions on issues such as women's ordination. At least two bishops ques- tioned the proposed pas- toral's call for more study on the question of ordaining women to the diaconate, al- though that call only echoed a 1976 Vatican statement on the subject. Several bishops called for the pastoral to subject femi- nism to the same kind of moral analysis as sexism, ar- guing that some forms of "radical feminism" are based on ideologies contrary to Christian belief. In a straw poll a solid ma- jority of the bishops sup- ported continuation of work on the pastoral, but they de- cided not to go into the ques- tion just yet of whether it should remain a pastoral let- ter or be downgraded to a document of lesser authority. Several bishops said they would have a hard time de- ciding that before seeing how . +the document is revised when it comes to them this fall. When the University of Notre Dame awarded its pres- tigious Laetare Medal to New York's Sen. Daniel P. Moyni- han this spring, several bish- ops objected and there were rumors that some bishops might boycott the bishops' meeting as a way of protest- ing against the university's action. The number of bishops at- tending was actually higher than at the previous spring meeting in St. Paul, Minn., however. The only clear act of boycott was by Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York, who had his Committee for Pro-Life Activities meet off-campus June 17, at a nearby Holiday Inn. When the general meeting opened the next day on campus, Car- dinal O'Connor was not there. He did not appear at any of the public business sessions June 18 and 19. Following a long pattern of devoting most of their spring meeting to reflection and dis- cussion instead of decisions, the 240 bishops spent well over three-fourths of the three business days talking or lis- tening to presentations on is- sues they are facing. Evangelization is one such issue. "Our (Catholic) people go to church because God wel- comes them, not the people," Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Eleace King told the bishops. Sister King, a researcher for the Center for Applied Re- search ill tile Apostolate, re- counted to ttle bishops that in her first six months of visit- ing in), iu'ant ethnic parishes in ,i+ht (li() es st4ected for il Stll(;V Oil ])l'q! I, ;n, not a singlel)m'ist, ,," in a single parish she visited greeted her. Finally, six months into the project, as she was leaving one church after Mass "a Vietnamese woman spoke to me ill tbe parking lot," she said. "This (failure of Catholic congregations to welcome people) is an indictment of all of us," she said. She told another story: A Hispanic woman size met during her study told her that she had attended Mass at the same parish for 30 years and never been greeted at church by the priest or another parishioner. The woman as- sumed it was because her skin was brown. From her experiences in the study, Sister King said, she was able to tell the woman that being unwelcom- ing at church was not an "Anglo" trait -- "it's Catholic." She added that what-distin- "guishes different Catholic ethnic and cultural groups in the United States is not that they have different ways of expressing community in their parish. "The real differ- ence is, we stare differently." In a separate three-hour session on evangelization June 19, the national gather- ing of bishops heard repeat- edly from others thai tile church must be recognized as inviting, welcoming and hos- pitable if it is to attract peo- ple searching for a faith borne. Sister King, who addressed the bishops for nearly all hour the previous day, was project director of the CARA study. The study, designed to assess the impact of aggres- sive proselytism on immi- grant Catholic populations, was conducted in 1990 with on-site visits and interviews in ethnic and multicultural parishes in eight dioceses with large immigrant popula- tions. The final report on the study was sent to the bishops last fall and made public this spring. Special Jubilarians Charles and Mary F. "Flossie" (Toon) Kroener S Evansville will celebrate their sixtieth wedding anmVe June 27. Their sons and daughters-in-law are plan12 s family dinner. The couple was married June 27, 1932 a. sumption Church. They are the parents of three sonS, fft 0 Los Angeles, Calif.; Bob of Camp Hill, Penn., and iv0  Dallas, Tex. They have nine grandchildren. He is retir ,u"j i SIGECO after 43 years as Assistant Treasurer and Gr% Manager. He is also retired from leading the 'q "a" a Kroener Dance Orchestra" for 25 years. He recently r ffeo e President and Treasurer from the Hulman Building P |alcoa ment Corporation; she was Corporate Secretary. |l, Agnes Pal'ish Giroundt I0000 Glendale Avenue I 14 BeautifuiHand-Made Quilts CHICKEN AND BEEF DINNERS- 11A.M. to 2:30 P.M. ADULTS - $5,00 -- CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER - $2,00 Served buffet style in air-conditioned cafeteria- Carry-outs available'