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1993 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 i-- Bishop's Forum -- : ..... reedoms taken for granted are freedoms lost This has been an unusual me in that I traveled to twice within three The first was to Rome, and Vatican City State for five year report to the Itoly The second was to Bel- at the invitation of our American Theological Col- in Louvain. Our Father Tray- is serving as pastor to the sh speaking parish in Brus- d me to celebrate the }crament of confirnmtion for his members who were pre- y American, English, Irish. During that visit after Work was done,, I enjoyed day-trips to Ger- and the Netherlands. It was the first time )e, that I was able to cross borders with- mg my passport, a change that has COme about only recently. It gave me reason to How often we travel from state to state in r COuntry with no barriers whatsoever. Our licenses and are auto tags are recognized all states. It is very much like traveling to 51 Bv BISHOP G'ERALD A GETTELFINGER different small countries as one can find in Europe. How free we are to move ,about with no restric- tions. We have a common currency here. On my recent trips, I was dealing with four different cur- rencies even though I was able now to move freely between countries. How freeing it is not know that your money has a value that is tamiliar to you. Happily in my European ex- periences, as well as here, I was never restricted as to where I wished to worship. We are free to worship as we choose. It is true that being a priest and bishop in the Vatican has its privileges, however, the freedom to worship was open to all. Freedmn to worship is ours to enioy and cherish. Freedom without discrimination is not always the case either in European countries or here ]n our own land. We must never be guilty of violating this freedom of others. Nor may we tolerate abuse by othe, rs of our freedom to wor- ship which flows to us from our basic human rights. Freedoms in our land must never be misun- derstood as license to "'do what we please!" Ex- ercise of freedoms demands of us to be respon- sible citizens of our land. As C'atholic Christians, we have grave responsibilities to be faithful to our beliefs which demand respect for all peoples. As we approach the national "holyday" of our freedoms on July 4, 1993, we nmst remind ourselves that the "independence" we celebrate is not license to do what we please. It is rather the commitment both as individual citizens and as a collective citizem'y to live in peace based on justice for all, be they unborn, disenfran- chised, or wflnerable. There is no peace without justice. Where there is an erosion of justice for all, then peace will give way to violence and death. Freedoms will become the first casualties. We must be on guard lest we lose tile very freedoms we cherish. Let us never take them for granted. When we pray togeth6r at Eucharist, let us join our thanks with Jesus' s:ipreme act of thanksgiving on our behalf. Taiwan (CNS) Church leaders and officials from of the Strait of Tai- td mixed reactions to Patti Ire recently sed wish to visit in China. reactions mixed on papal desire to visit Medical Arts Pope John Paul indicated a "strong desire" to visit China when he traveled on June 19 to the birthplace of a 16th- century Italian missionary to China. The pope said he hoped he would not have to wait long to realize his wish ICE PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2107 W. Franklin St. 425-4364 and SE : PI Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler CitY-Wide Delivery I's Riverside Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Pharmacy Shopping Center I- Prescription Sen," c ugs - Sundries - Cosine(ms Magazines. 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For example, when the So- viet bloc was still intact, he often spoke about his wish to visit Catholics in Lithuania when it was clear there was little chance it would happen under the conditions of the time. Pope John Paul made his to thank God for giving them abundant grace and to con- firm them as loyal and gener- ous disciples of Christ and good citizens fully dedicated to their country. In Beijing June 24, Ministry of Eoreign Affairs spokes- woman Fan Huiiuan said the Chinese government knows about the pope's Macerata ad- dress, but she refused to corn- China statement in Mace'rata, ment on the possibility 0fa taly, the birthp d,t :pi trig; :: ,  :;.:i,,,,,,: :,:,, ather Uatteo Ricct {1552 An official'at China s RO]: 1610}, who served in China gious Affairs Bureau said : for 27 years, laying the foun- June 21 that a visit would de-" dations of Catholic in the pend on improved and nm,,- giant Asian nation, realized China-Vatican rela- The pope said he wanted to tions. join with Catholics in China The visit is impossible while the Vatican does not recognize Beijing and main- tains diplomatic relation, with Tailei, said Anthony Liu Bainian, vice chairman of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. i ii i [ _ c.u.c..Esou.cE MA..AG00..osmo.00l St. Clement Parish, Boonvdle, Indiana [[[ to assist pastor and team in secretarial, bOOkkeeping, and !!! mity. 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