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The Message .- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana \\;,  ........ from page 1 Conference and on application of Vatican lic colleges and in preparation for on both proposals 0vember. $50,000 from reserves to a national campaign to assist victimized by the of church burnings most of them at black or racially churches. their own pockets nearly $10,000 to North Portland hit by an arson attack neeting. Archbishop Daniel Lrczyk of Cincinnati to Committee on ne until November 1997, post left vacant when John R. Quinn of retired last win- DiScussed examples of Vocations programs as three-year national an update from hn F. Kinney of St. on the work of his COmmittee on Sexual it was established ago. the 150th anniver- J Archdiocese :their Saturday ng Mass at Port- land's Cathedral of the Immac- ulate Conception. On their final day the bishops met in an executive session closed to the media. Some bishops said afterward that topics during that session included a discussion of how bishops can advance women' role in the church within the framework of existing laws and policies, and a talk by Jesuit the- ologian Father Avery Dulles on the doctrinal status of the papal- ly affirmed teaching that the church is not able to ordain women to the priesthood. The talk by Father Dulles was on the recent Vatican Congrega- tion for the Doctrine of the Faith statement that the teaching is part of the deposit of faith, founded on the word of God and taught by the church's ordinary, universal teaching authority. Afterward, he reportedly led a long question-answer session with the bishops. Bishop Pilla departed from a long custom, that presidential addresses ordinarily are given only at the bishops' fall meeting, in order to open the June meet- ing with a major talk on the bishops' role in public policy debates in an election year. He said the bishops will not back down from spelling out positions based on principles of morality and social justice -- which they see as part of their job as teachers and defenders of church teaching -- just because some will accuse them of parti-" sanship when their position is closer to that of one party or the other on a particular issue. His point was driven home a short time later as he issued a statement, with the unanimous concurrence of the body of bish- ops, calling on Congress to over- ride President Clinton's April veto of the Partial-Birth Abor- tion Ban Act. Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston, who introduced the statement as chairman of the NCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, reported that his office has distributed some 9 mil- lion sets of three postcards each to Catholics and others involved in promoting a grass-roots post- card campaign urging legislators to override the veto. While the meeting was in progress, Archbishop Joseph T. Dimino of the U,S. Archdiocese for the Military Services issued a statement criticizing an Air Force directive that would exclude Catholics in the military from joining in the postcard cam- paign. On June 21 Bishop John S. Cummins of Oakland, Calif., chairman of the NCCB Commit- tee on Migration, introduced another public policy statement that Bishop Pilla issued, again with the unanimous concurrence of the body of bishops, sharply criticizing some parts of pro- posed federal immigration legis- lation. i In the statement Bishop Pilla urged "Congress and the presi- dent to address and correct the punitive provisions of the pend- ing immigration legislation" and come up with "a more thought- ful bill respecting the human dignity of our foreign-born sis- ters and brothers who aspire to come to our country." He particularly scored provi- sions that would allow summa- ry rejection of claims for refugee status, restrict or deny publicly funded health and education services even to legal immi- grants, and sharply curtail fam- ily reunification by imposing "financial tests which would be impossible for most sponsors to meet." Shortly before the June meet- ing began, four committees of bishops got together to develop a joint statement decrying the racial and religious prejudice behind the recent spate of arson attacks on churches, mainly with black or racially mixed con- gregations. After Bishop Pilla's presiden- tial address the statement was introduced as the first order of business, and by a voice vote the bishops unanimously affirmed it. It urged U.S. Catholics to sup- port victimized congregations, including making contributions to a national interfaith Burned Churches Fund being coordinat- ed by the National Council of Churches in New York. In their votes on the Sacra- i mentary, the book of prayers used by the priest at Mass throughout the year, the bishops finished their treatment of Seg- ment 5 and Segment 6 of the text, which has been divided into seven segments to allow bishops to deal with it in manageable pieces over several years, and with some American adapta- tions, mainly for liturgies of Holy Week. 4W Discussion and voting on the Sacramentary took up the largest single portion ofthe June meeting, but it was not charac- terized by long debates about style and substance of prayer translations such as occurred on some occasions when they first began the project several years ago. The end result of the process would be the first entirely revised Sacramentary in English in more than a quarter-century. While the bishops were meet- ing in executive session June 22, the Committee on Doctrine released a narrative by Arch- bishop Pilarczyk on the sequence of events that led up to the recent issuance of a critical review by the committee staffof the book "Catholicism" by Father Richard P. McBrien of the Uni- versity of Notre Dame. The four-page narrative said most criticisms raised against the review focused on the pro- cess the committee adopted instead of "the substance of the review." hops form national office to prepare for millennium FILTEAU News Service Ore. (CNS) -- bishops June Shed a national office Catholic obser- third millennium era. almost immediate of the office ran however, when not who head dioce- Present to achieve a Vote to fund the office next six months. Mail Will be required to Vote. Call for the office to be about $82,000 this araounts ranging from SHOULD WHAT SAYING US. you can depend on 1 don't know what Oakland City, IN this type of wolk. Something, you will ve rewardin& to be a . You must have love in matter ... I love for VNP." 199 Caregfr of the Year, ; NURSE he specialized can provide, please s today. ) ,) $224,000 to $284,000 annually over the next.five years for a total of $1.3 million before its work comes to an end in 2001. The main focus of the office would be promotion of evange- lization, renewal, and ecumeni- cal and interreligious coordina: tion as U.S. Catholics prepare to observe the millennium. But its activities would extend over a wide range, from publishing resource materials for parishes and dioceses to con- vening meetings, answering media inquiries and coordinat- ing millennium-related activi- ties of offices of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and other Catholic agencies and organizations. Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston, NCCB vice president and head of the Sub- committee on the Millennium, introduced the proposal for a separately staffed millennium office at the bishops' national headquarters in Washington. He told the bishops that the approach of the third millenni- um "can be a privileged moment of grace for renewal," but an office is needed to coordinate the work. Msgr. Dennis Schnurr, NCCB general secretary, said the con- ference has tried for the past 18 months "to move the project for- ward with staff from other offices, but we haven't made much headway." Paulist Father Bruce Nieli, director of the NCCB Secretari- at for Evangelization, and Paul Henderson, associate director of COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE'" Auto! Home! Fire & Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street 425-3187 I I II AUTO RATES INCREASING? TEENAGE DRIVERS? Call ua today for dlacounts Good student discounts .Auto/Home discounts Good Driver discounts INSURANCE AGENCY 464-5993 I JAMES A. NIEMEIER * Mater Dei Class of '69 the NCCB Secretariat for Fam- ily, Laity, Women and Youth, have been devoting part time to the project in addition to their own work. The bishops approved the for- mation of the millennium office by unanimous voice vote. By conference rules, however, decisions to budget funds can only be voted on by heads ofdio- ceses, with two-thirds approval needed for passage. The written ballot proved indecisive. Results were not announced, but Catholic News Service learned that only about 135 bal- lots were cast, indicating that about 60 heads of dioceses were not at the meeting. As a result, fewer than 10 negative votes would have been enough to force a mail ballot of absent bishops. Archbishop Thomas J. Mur- phy of Seattle, NCCB treasurer, said he would work out a pro- posal for funding from 1997 through 2001 for consideration by the bishops when they hold their next national meeting in November. Archbishop Daniel E. Pilar- czyk of Cincinnati, warning of "the inability of our conference ever to stop doing something good," asked that the November proposal contain some sort of ironclad sunset clause that- would "make it impossible for (the millennium office) to go on beyond 2001." In another financial matter before the bishops, they approved a minor change in policy on reim- bursements for expenses for com- mittee meetings, eliminating a provision that effectively barred committee chairmen from receiv- ing travel expense reimburse- ments for certain meetings at which their committee members received reimbursement. Bishops set collection for pope for priesthood jubilee PORTLAND (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops voted June 21 to hold a onetime national collec- tion for Pope John Paul II to cel- ebrate the 50th anniversary of his priestlY ordination. The pope, who began his the- ology studies in an underground seminary in Poland during World War If, was ordained a priest on Nov. 1, 1946. Also planned as part of the golden jubilee gift is a spiritual bouquet, to be gathered in the nation's Catholic parishes and schools, of special prayers for the pope offered by American Catholics. Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of Clew.and, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, proposed the jubilee gift to the bishops on the second day of their June 20-22 spring meet- ing in Portland. They approved it by a voice vote. The collection is to be desig- nated for whatever purposes the pope wishes. But Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, N:J., expres the hope that, in light of the pope's plans to build about 50 new churches in Rome in the next few years, at lea:t some of the money might go to the building of a new parish church in Rome that would be named after a U.S. saint