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fro= 0 M E S SAGE i 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana i i i VOLUME 26 NUMBER 43 June 28, 1996 S [ 'Chil'drenUnited" t in National Prayer il I I III i;i :/ ill J Bishops deal with church burnings, immigration, abortion and liturgy By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (NC) The nation's Catholic bishops deplored partial-birth abortions, the burning of black churches and harsh immigration legisla- tion at their spring meeting in Portland June 20-22 Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, gave notice that elec- tion-year accusations of parti- sanship will not deter the bish- ops from applying Catholic social teachings to public policy issues facing the nation in the months to coine. The bishops, in their first-ever national meeting in the Pacific Northwest, also: Moved closer to completion of an entirely revised Sacramen- additional portions of it and tak- ing inconclusive votes -- to be completed by mail ballot this summer  on five more por- tions. Voted to ask Vatican per- mission to allow Catholic funer- al Masses in the presence of cre- mated remains in the United States. Approved establishment of a national office to coordinate Catholic preparations for the third millennium but reached an inconclusive vote -- to be com- pleted later by mail -- on initial funding fi)r the office. Approved a one-time national collection in Catholic parishes as a special gift to Pope John Paul II on the golden jubilee of his priestly ordination. -- Continued discussions on restructuring the National Con- fcrence of Catholic Bishops and form for announcing a new tims of the Nazis and the later Christian leaders and at anecu- The pope told an estimated (ONs)  Germany 'ed of a future free ors and divisions my with Christian Pect for the lives nn Paul II said. iderborn and Berlin the pope said he ,r COUnsel on the i Wal that must par- cal and economic e re-united Ger- Synod of Bishops for Europe to discuss the challenges facing the church on the continent now that democracy and free-market economies have been set up on both sides of the old Iron Cur- tain. The more immediate spiritual and material needs of the newly free Central and Eastern Europe were discussed by the first European synod in 1991. Message printed? 10 days before the paper usually home. Typically, a staff planning Wednesday, and work begins toward writ- stories for the issue which will arrive on week. for submitting items -- including advertis- Board listings -- is Friday, a full week publication date. photos and ads are laid out Monday pages are printed on Wednesday. Address and the copies are taken to afternoon. receive the Message on Friday ue Research Item nt do you think the following factor is in ,,Y there are poor people? Low wages in some ",m industries. Diocese Statewide )rtaat 32% 29% arrant 35% 38% 'lPrtant 28% 27% Portant 04% 05% taat at all 01% 01% ? division of Germany between democratic West and commu- nist East. In the stadium Adolf Hitler commissioned for the 1936 Olympic Games, the pope con- demned the evils of Nazism and praised the heroism of priests and other Catholics who resist- ed Hitler's policies, even at the price of their lives. He condemned the repressive policies of the former East Ger- many's communist leaders and their attempts to stamp out reli- gious practices. But he also cautioned Ger- mans that a "radical capitalistic - ideology" is not a worthy alter- native to the communist ideolo- gy that crushed personal digni- ty and limited individual freedoms. In chilly and drizzly Pader- born, a stronghold of Catholi- cism that hosted its first papal visit in 799 -- when P.ope Leo III came to the city to appeal for the protection of Charlemagne the pope met the Catholic bish- ops of Germany and leaders of the country's other Christian churches. The pope urged the German bishops to respond to demands for changes in the church with pastoral openness, but also with a clear and firm affirmation of the teachings of the church. Bishops must be servants of the joyful faith of the church, he said. "This service must be offered in dialogue and always with great love, but also with clarity menical prayer service in Pader- born's Catholic cathedral, the pope praised progress made over the past 30 years in relations between Catholics and Luther- ans. The Catholic Church recog- nizes it made mistakes before and during the Reformation, and it has learned from Luther's insistence on the important place of Scripture in the church and on the need for individual conversion, the pope said. But, he said, the church also insists that Luther allowed his passion to carry him so far beyond his aim of renewing Catholicism that it led to a frac- turing of Christianity in the West. "We have all brought guilt upon ourselves, therefore we are all called upon to repent and allow ourselves to be cleansed by the Lord," the pope said. The centerpiece of Pope John Paul's trip was the June 23 beatification of two German priests as victims of Nazi perse- cution. Father Bernhard Lichten- berg, who used his pulpit in Berlin's cathedral to publicly pray for the Jews and other xdc- tims of the Nazis, died at the age of 67 in a cattle car headed for the Dachau concentration camp. Father Karl Leisner, who was ordained in Dachau by a French bishop also interned there, died at age 30 shortly after the camp was liberated by the Americans. He had tuberculosis and was so wek from his five-year impris- 90,000 people at the Olympic Stadium, "today two beatified martyrs celebrate their triumph precisely in that place where 60 years ago the National Socialist regime tried to celebrate the Olympic games with the aim of making their inhuman ideology [riumph." In the stadium "the idealism of youth was profaned and men were incited to hatred and enmi- ty instead of peaceful co-exis- tence," he said. The pope said the two priests See POPE page 16 [(h tary in English, approving six See BISIIOPS page 13 s.' Germans must have Christian values to avoid horrors of the past .... i'ithllY]'" WOODEN many in symbolic Berlin settings, and decisiveness," he said onment that he could not re !:' " Olio ,,  cov- E 'eWs Service He chose Berlin as his plat- the pope remembered the vic- At an evening meeting with er.