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4 Editorial The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana June 28, 1991 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor It's time to take a look at what is at bottom of well The way we used to keep things cool in the summer, at the house where I was born, was to lower them carefully into the well. Now, in the house where my own family lives, we have a re- frigerator-freezer in the kitchen. There is a lot more room in the new appliance than we ever had in one bucket at the bottom of the well. The thoughts about how things used to be came to my mind when we recently replaced the aid refrigerator in the kitchen. The crew that brought the new appliance took away an old chest freezer from the basement.. The freezer in the basement was one that came with the house. I had feared that it was too big to get up the stairs and out of the door, but re- moving the door and the compressor unit made it smaller and lighter, and possible to move. Inside the old Coldspot brand freezer was a pamphlet on how to operate it. It was called, "The Store that Never Closes." For a family that had to rely on the cool air at the bottom of a well, I could easily imagine what an improvement it would be, to have a re- frigerator-freezer. Instead of frequent trips to the store to buy perishable items, many things could be stored away in the home. And in the days before stores offered 24-hour service, it is easy to imagine the convenience of having a quantity of foot items stored away in a home freezer. What a person or a family stores away is a theme that quickly takes us back to Gospel times. Salting and drying foods may be differ- ent from keeping them fresh and cool, but the need is the same. Storing food and necessary items is one thing. Storage beyond one's needs is another -- especially if we store up riches for ourselves "here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal." "Your heart will always be where your rich- es are," we are told in Matthew's Gospel. Per- haps, along with the essentials, it is time to take a good look at what is hidden at the bottom of the well. Time to see what is stored in the conve- nient places of our home. It's time to accept that God is our source and sustainer, and that with God only will we ever really find the store that never closes. ,, Vatican Letter You can't go home again- especially if you're a By JOHN THAVIS Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) After almost 13 years on the job, the man figured he was due a few days of peace and quiet in his hometown: a hike in the mountains, dinner with some old acquaintances and maybe a chance to read a book under a tree somewhere. He would put his hectic work schedule on hold, and leave behind his aides and es- corts, too. Just take a back- pack and go. The trouble was, the maJ was the pope. Pope John Paul II's hopes for an August getaway in his native Tatra Mountains ended on June 18 when the Vatican officially scuttled the idea after weeks of conjec- ture. Instead, the Vatican an- nounced, the pope will make a day trip to Wadowice, his birthplace, and spend a night in Krakow, his tormer archdi- ocese. His schedule, as always, will be replete with public events, speeches and cere- ' monies. The episode no doubt re- minded the 71-year-old pon- tiff that he can't go home again -- not unless he brings a convoy of Vatican types, journalists and assorted hang- ers-on with him. It was proof once again that "'papal priva- cy" is impossible outside Vat- ican walls. When the first rumors of a papal escape surfaced this spring at the Vatican, re- porters were alarmed. The idea, it was learned, was to send .the pope up to his southern Polish homeland some four days before the scheduled public events. The "'official" program would begin Aug. 14 in Czesto- chowa, where the pope would celebrate World Youth Day before going on to a five- day visit to Hungary. Covering high school graduations To the editor: When I received the J,ne 14, 1991 issue of the Message I was amazed to see that not one word was mentioned concerning the graduation ot' our seniors fronl the Evans- ville Catholic High Schools. Rememberiug the bishop's ar- ticle of several issues ago concerning the reporting of our youths' activities, 1 I Th,MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansvill e, IN 47724-O160 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville PubllMled weekly except ILqt week in December by the Catholla Press of Evansville. Publisher .... Bishop Gerald ,s. Gettelfinger Almoclate Publisher .... Rev. Joseph Ziak Editor .................. Foul Lolnglmg Production Mgr ............... Phil Booer Cir./Adv. Mgr ........... Pr:,ul A. Newlond ddress 1 communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. Phone (8! a 42,.s.s, SubscriPtion rate: $1 7.50 per year Single Copy Price: 50 Entered =us 2nd olin matter at the post of- rice in Evanevllle, IN 47701. Publication number 843800. PoAtmaster: Return POD form-, 3579 to the Office of Publication. Cof)ydght 1901 Catholc Pmu of Evansville iii placed a call to you for an ex- piano':ion. Among several, the one that sounded most feasi- ble was not enough time be- tween graduation and print- ing deadline. I can accept that but what about the baccalau- reate se.rvices that were held several days before? Perhaps we should refer to the' Message as the weekly history paper of tile Diocese of Evansville. Tom Baumgart Evansville Responding to Father Deering To the editor: Father William Deering's letter (6/7/91) explaining the need to understand liturgical law in proper context made some very good points. Un- fortunately, his lengthy expo- sition, has the effect of confus- ing rather than enlightening readers. If I recall correctly, the question posed was, Are confessions prohibited during the Paschal Triduum (the holy days before Easter)? Of course, as the Circular Letter concerning the Easter Feasts (issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship) specifi- cally noted, the answer is no. That confessions may be heard during Holy Thursday, Good Friday aim Holy Satur- day was contrary to the disin- formation published in church bulletins in a number of dioceses. It is a serious matter when a labyrinthine exegesis of liturgical documents leads to a conchlsion entirely foreign to their meaning. The laity should not he deprived of the gracious opportunity to go to Con fe.ssion during the Paschal Triduum (when for one reason or another they were not able to attend Lenten penance services). God knows many have be- come alienated from the Church in our time, and priests who have concern for the salvation of souls should be eager to hear confessions. The Vatican's Circular Let- ter, moreover, does not war- rant being interpreted as au- thorizing confessions during the Paschal Triduum only in emergencies. When the Holy Father annually goes to St. Peter's Basilica to hear con- fessions on Good Friday, he is not there to meet an emer- gency situation. Rather, he is there as a spiritual father ex- tending himself to give God's forgiveness to prodigal sons and daughters. James Likoudas President, CUF ', .New Rochelle; New York The pope's four days in and around Wadowice were to be "'private," reporters were told. No accreditation. no press spokesman, no ac- cess to papal events. Strangest of all, no trans- portation -- journalists ac- companying the pope on the official part of his trip would leave Rome Aug. 14 on a "'papal flight" minus the pope, then pick him up in Poland. The secret was whispered among the Vatican press corps, who scrambled to make hotel reservations in Krakow. But no rooms were available. "'Our pope is com- ing back," one hotelier ex- plained. Obviously, the secret was out in the homeland. In fact, Poles lost no time filling in the papal schedule. Posters were printed advertis- ing a youth meeting in Wad- owice. A Mass was planned for Krakow. A big reception was organized in the moun- tain resort of Zakopane, a gateway to the hiking trails. The pal)al getaway had got- ten out of hand. Another day was lacked on to the front end of the trip. Even so, it was clear that this would be no vacation. Despite the addition of public events, the Vatican was still calling it a private visit -- perhaps in the vain hope that the pope would ul- timately be left alone for part of his stay. But by now, Pol- ash journalists were also pres- suring the local bishops' can" ference to make press at- rangements. "'You cannot have the Pol" ish pope hiding from the Pol- ish Catholics," said one Catholic journalist on the preparation committee in Warsaw. Finally, Vatican officials decided to scrap the idea of "'Polish holiday" and surren" der to a fact of life: the pope is a famous personality, and anything he does -- especial" ly in his native land  is going to attract its share of at- tention. One Vatican source sug" gested that the pope himself was glad to see his "'vaca" tion" evaporate. Dozens of Polish Catholic groups were requesting a meeting, and it was difficult for the pontiff to say no. "'He wouldn't have 1)ee given a moment's peace," the source said. Pope John Paul is used to that. During any foreign trip, his carefully scheduh,d rest times are interrupted by a pa- rade of local organizers, dig" nitaries, prelates, choirs, nuns, boy scouis all(] others. The l)ope generally meets the, m all, and take, s a shorter nap. In Poland, the solitary papal sojourn in windbreaker and slacks, the retracing o: his childhood steps, wll have to wait until some, other year. Bishops schedule The following activities and events are listed on the schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger