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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana HARTNAGEL Service sion arises over survey of U.S. Catholics regarding next pope (CNS) -- has arisen over ed U.S. Catholics qualities they in the next or not? Organization in and Father the sociologist the survey report, The press in the first report and we ;correctly in all our communications: Gallup collect- ed the data, we analyzed it," a spokeswoman for Father Gree- ley told Catholic News Service June 20. "But some media reported it inaccurately." "We're not unhappy with (Father) Greeley's data or anal- ysis," said Harry Cotugno, research director for publicly released surveys for the Gallup Organization. "We're unhappy with the media attribution of the survey as a Gallup Poll." Father Greeley and sociolo- gist Michael Hout, a professor and director of the Survey Cen- ter at the University of Califor- , nia, Berkeley, released their survey findings May 30 in Chicago. Father Greeley is a professor at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona, and also a research associate at the National Opin- ion Research Center at the Uni- versity of Chicago. According to Father Greeley aod Hout, the survey revealed that, by large majorities, U.S. Catholics want the next pope to permit the ordination of women and a married clergy, to allow the people and priests of a dio- cese to choose their own bishop, and to give U.S. bishops more authority. Respondents also said they wanted a pope who is more open to change and more in touch with ordinary people, one who is concerned about their lives and seeks their advice: The seven questions asked in telephone interviews during March and April were Father Greeley's questions, his spokeswoman said. Gallup's only involvement was conducting the telephone interviews, Cotugno told CNS June 20. The organization doesn't usually do "just field and tabulation work" such as this, but Cotugno said it was "done as a favor to someone" and Father Greeley "paid for it at cost." The 770 Catholics surveyed were found by Gallup "in a ran- dom sampling of households," Cotugno said. "We screened households for Catholics 18 years of age or older." Neither Gallup nor Father Greeley has issued a clarifying statement. "Usually when peo- ple see the Gallup name they call here first," said Cotugno, who acknowledged that Gallup received a number ofcall about the survey. But he said such calls are "not usually worth (a statement)." Father Greeley's spokeswom- an said he had heard from Gallup and responded by letter, but that "Father Greeley issued no clarification because we ini- tially released Gallup's correct involvement." Thousands unite in national prayer ousand- Catholic grade ren of the were the Holy Child- the Church's for children, CLARE1NCE celebrates the in the United of the activity and parishes printed with a and diversity of Dear God," the prayer began, "please bless chil- dren everywhere. Those with blond hair, red, brown, and black. Those with skin of every color. Those who smile because of love freely given and those who suffer because of hunger and war .... Bless those who skip rope and shoot marbles and those who work all day, with street corners their only playgrounds, discard- ed trash their only toys." Once the children had prayed with their school or parish religion class, they were asked to sign the bottom of the poster and return it to the HCA National Office in Washington, D.C. In the weeks following the activity, the office was deluged with about 3,500 pieces of mail containing the more than 40,000 signatures of children from every state. From Immaculate Conception School in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Immacu- late Conception Religious Educa- tion in Clarion, Pa., from Sacred Heart School in New Smyrma Beach, Fla., to Sacred Heart Church in L'Anse, Mich., to Sacred Heart Church in Yankten, S.D. -- the sheets of names poured in. Said Gayne]l Cronin and Mar- lene Liede of the Office of Reli- gious Education for Holy Name Church in Vahalla, N.Y.; whose students participated, "The prayer touched the hearts of many and the idea of commit- ting themselves through signing their names challenged each child to a deeper involvement." %Ve were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response of those in the schools and parish religious education programs, who quite obviously made this an important part of their Lenten journey," said Father Francis W Wright, C.S. Sp., HCA's National Director. In his message for the 1996 World Day of Peace, the Holy Father wrote 'ith their enthusiasm arid youthful idealism, young people can become witnesses of hope and peace to adults.' Seeing the spirit they put into this national prayer, I think we have a good idea of what he means!" Lenten Contributions received from the children of the Diocese 0f Evansville: Holy Rosary, Evansville $1,080.05 Good Shepherd, Evansville -- $507.83 Corpus Christi, Evansville -- $271.75 St. Mary's, Evansville $100.00 St. Joseph, Evansville $22.60 Westside Consolidated Catholic Schools, Evansville --$193.00 St. Joseph, Jasper $304.87 Precious Blood, Jasper $125.00 St. Mary's, Huntingburg- $512.13 Vincennes Catholic Schools, Vincennes -- $216.90 St. Joseph, Princeton $21.14 St. Martin, Chrisney $10o.00 St John's, Loogootee -- $63.47 Miscellaneous -- $100.00 Total -- $3,628.74 Luther: Understanding the man who started the Reformation Catholics, to revile as a heretic who the faith, are honoring him of his REPORT Service par- understand- started out Catholicism, g his own of Catholic- also have led about and about church he as born Nov. 18, 1546. the son of a few out- nd merchant and write, he 7, eventual- degrees '. Luther could event as a life. In July uni- to the ing to St. Anne, Luther promised to become a monk if his life were spared. He entered an Augustine monastery at Erfurt and began studying for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1507. Sent to Rome in 1510 with his order's vicar general, Luther saw the great St. Peter's Basili- ca under construction. The building was heavily funded by the selling of indulgences, a practice the Catholic Church later came to see as an abuse. The church teaches that Christ and the community of saints in heaven have accumu- lated a treasure of merits. Through prayer and certain pious practices -- and in the time of Luther, by offering pay- ment -- those merits could be drawn upon to lessen the time a sinner would have to spend in purgatory. Returning to Germany in 1511, Luther received his doc- torate in theology and taught Scripture at Wittenberg Uni- versity. One of Luther's chief pastoral concerus was what he described as the %errified consciences" of people who not only had faith and tried to live moral lives, but also scrupulously followed many church rules and penances, and paid for Masses and indulgences P's Forum this week the Message this week. Bish- column will return to this page fol- return from the June meeting ofthe Nation- c Bishops. to ensure their salvation. Focusing on the words of St. Paul to the Romans, Luther taught that humanity's entire hope of justification rests on God's merciful judgment, made known in Christ and in the Gospel. Justification by faith alone become the major doctrinal basis of the Protestant Refor- mation. It was in the medieval spirit of a scholastic debate that Mar- tin Luther formulated his famous 95 theses, a list of top- ics on which, he believed, the church needed to reform. He hung the theses "out of love and zeal for the elucidation of truth" on the castle church at Wittenberg in October 1517, set- ting off a series of debates and inquisitions that led to his excommunicatmn and the start of the Reformation less than four years later. Seeking to reform the prac- tices of the church had ramifi- cations beyond the theological and pastoral spheres. Luther's call for reform threatened the power, income and intertwined interests of princes, church lead- ers and priests. A local archbishop, who was getting a portion of the proceeds from the selling of indulgences in his archdiocese, called Rome's attention to Luther's theses, expanding what could have been an isolated, local church conflict. Theologian Johann Eck was appointed to face Luther in a 1519 debate. Since several of Luther's theses called for reform of practices endorsed by the pope, it took little effort for Eck to prompt Luther into admitting he believed the pope was not infallible. Eck then went to Rome, where he helped Pope Leo X write the papal bull issued in 1520 ordering Luther to recant in 60 days or be excommunicat- ed. When the 60 days had passed, Luther and his students burned the document. Luther's major Reformation teachings were written in 1520. Pope Leo issued the final decree of excommunicatin in 1521. Letters I III I Ph.D. candidate wants to help grieving families Continued from page 4 To the editor:. My name is Lynn Breer, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in psychol- ogy at Michigan State University. For my dissertation I would like to collect information from fami- lies who have experienced the death of a parent. My interest in this field stems from personal experience. Nine years ago my life changed forever when my father died suddenly from a brain aneurysm. I was seventeen, con- fused, angry, and in pain. I felt there was no one I could turn to for help. My family was also in pain and I didn't want to upset them more than I had to and there were no community resources available for me in the small town where I lived. I never really talked with my friends about my fathers death and how I felt because I didn't know how they would react, and I wouldn't have known what to do if this happened to one of them instead of me. As a result of my experi- ence, I have decided to devote my life to helping families who have lost a loved one. Most communities don't pro- vide us with effective informa- tion, support, or resources when we are grieving. So my long term goal is to develop effective resources for grieving families. what grieving families need. Currently, I am working on a project that focuses on families who have lost a parent within the last four years with at least one child between the ages of 12 and 18. If you or someone you know has experienced this loss and would be willing to complete some mailed surveys, please contact me at 1-800-765.7542, or e-mail me at lbreer@aol.com. I really need your help. Every- thing you do will be greatly appreciated and could poten- tially help numerous other fam- ilies who will experience the death of a parent. In order to do so, I need to know Lyma Brezr what helps grieving families and Eut Lamming, Mich, 2: