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1998 ByANNM. ENNIS the Message John Davidson at a computer for the the secretary's and it wasn't it," he said. puter allow you create spreadsheets and he thought it was 1998, Father Davidson !to his laptop computer to open the Internet. a few more times to - website of St. John the Newburgh. In we read a letter from glance at a parish :list, and open a Of the Cross, com- and prayers. the 4,301 visitor to St. Davidson hopes it is the new the of Father the Diocese of Communication lra.00 of 10 persons, most- technology fields, exploration by 30 other of methods to put single comput- on system. This be used for inter- deanery communi- for completing and ,, and for southwestern Indi- Church. 1997, the task the Personnel Board, Council and the experimented The Message n for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 easing onto the information super-highway with electronic communication. "We are supposed to be com- municating exclusively with e- mail," Father Davidson said, "This includes correspondence, meeting notices, minutes, agen- das, sub-committee messages and so forth." The first system they tried proved too complex and so they are now working with a system called "Correspond" through Evansville Online." Everyone seems pleased, he said. Eventually we will have stan- dard forms posted in a section reserved for the Diocese," he said. Pastoral Life Coordinators, pastors and school principals could fulfill required reporting without ever touching pen or paper n or for that matter with- out needing an envelope, label or stamp. And the message would be received immediately. The task force seeks a day where the Diocese offers a "room" to store all repeat-use forms; a "forum area" for sur- veys, sounding boards and announcements; e-mail access to every staff member-of the Church  up to an d including the Vatican and Pope. New opportunities for evangelization are real, "Electronic communica- tion and websites open you up to dialog and where there is dia- log, something positive might happen," Father Davidson said. Father Davidson agrees that some obstacles must also be con- sidered and the biggest of these may prove to be human. "Not everyone sees the advan- tage of electronic communica- tion," Father Davidson said. "Some people are still spooked by Father Jay Davidson does much of his correspondence from his laptop computer. Message photo by Ann Ennis the whole idea of a computer." Father Leo Kiesel, of St. John Church, Logootee, is one of the deans in the pilot project who initially tlttght he could spend his life without joining the com- puter age. "I realize I am still on the threshold, and will probably remain there, but I am happy that I am at least that far," he said. "The diocesan project encouraged me to get beyond my computer fears and I am finding it quite useful in sever- al ways." Father Kiesel uses e-mail in his role as secretary-treasurer of the American-Innsbruck Alumni Association and in correspon- dence with friends. He sees St. John's beginning to use it more for business and intra-parish communications "with parish- loners who are away at school or in the sunny south during the winter," Father Kiesel said. Another issue is the security of electronic communication, Father Davidson said. But he al Ints out that the United States mail is not 100 percent secure. Nevertheless, protecting the confidentiality of personnel issues and the Tribunal Office are two examples of concern. It could be that certain offices will not use the system for all com- munication, he said. How quickly this technology spreads throughout the Diocese depends on parish enthusiasm, plus there is a s.mall cost. Aside from the computer iLelf, fees for accessing this new system will probably be under $25.00 per month once all arrangements are made, Father Davidson said. This money will cover Inter- net access and access to the Dio- cese domain in Evansville Online. But money will be saved in postage, paper and time. "Our work will only tow i true value when all parishes, schools and the Catholic Center are connected," he said, pointing out that now to communicate with all 73 parishes, the Catholic Center must use fax machines, mail and the telephone. It is labor intensive and slow. "I think this process is a lot like when the telephone was first introduced," Father David- son said. "Many people proba- bly never thought they'd want or need a phone, and there was an expense involved. But today page 1 uired in order to and faithful- deposit of faith, be firmly accepted One who denies the which are to be efinitively, therefore, the doctrine of the Church." change ordered applies church who deny the gs. letter reaffirmed levels of and the type of each. in the Word d those teachings church says are formally revealed Who "obstinately" the first category "under the censure ' aCCording to the doc- In the first category in the creed, defined dogmas A. Hormuth 14 regarding Christ, the real pres- ence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the infallibility of the pope and "the grave immorality of direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being," the congregation said. The second category includes dogmatic and moral teachings "which are necessary for faith- fully keeping and expounding the deposit of faith, even if they have not been proposed by the magisterium of the church as formally revealed." Truths in the second category have a logical or historical con- nection to the truths in the first category, the congregation said. It gave several examples: church teaching against euthanasia, the canonization of saints, the legit- imacy of the election of the pope, and the teaching that only men can be ordained. The third category refers to other teachings of the pope or of bishops that are not intended to be definitive. Pope John Paul's three-page letter and his changes to canon Suite 104 law regard only the second cat- egory of church teaching. The doctrinal congregation said, "Every believer . . . is required to give firm and defin- itive assent to these truths, based on faith in the Holy Spir- it's assistance to the magisteri- um and on the Catholic doctrine of the infallibility of the magis- terium in these matters." It said the fact that they have not been proposed as "formally revealed" does not diminish their authority; nor does it rule out the possibility that some day a pope or a church council will promulgate them at the higher level. Regarding the teachings of the first and second categories, the congregation said, "it is important to emphasize that there is no difference with respect to the full and irrevoca- ble character of the assent which is owed to these teachings." The doctrinal congregation said Pope John Paul, "while not wishing to proceed to a dog- matic definition" on the ordina- tion of men only, "intended to reaffirm that this doctrine is to be held definitively." .The doctrinal congregation said that as the pope noted in his 1994 letter, the church's prac- tice of reserving ordination to men is "founded on the written Word of God, constantly pre- served and applied in the tradi- tion of the church."- Principal, assistant principal named By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer A principal has been named at Holy Rosary School, Evans- ville, and an assistant principal has been named at Mater Dei High School, Evansville, accord- ing to Phyllis Bussing, diocesan director of schools. Paula Lattner has been named principal at Holy Rosary School, Evansville. Mark McDonald has served as princi- M&s Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Ov 25 yoa ,sak ad in the Tri-stato 670 E. Franklin 424-38(53 IIJ pal at Holy Rosary since 1992. This August, he begins duties as principal at St. Philip School, Posey County. From 1992 to 1994, Lattner served as principal at Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt. From 1973 to 1980, she taught third grade at St. John the Bap- tist School, Newburgh. From 1972 to 1973, she taught second grade at St. James School, Haub- stadt. She holds both bachelor's and I I II II I I 1 ltt S 1"hart f,m! t,,,,  , ,, "'Y Mr,,,.. o c,,  ,.. k- z " -"'"A,, & ORCe Sa "-u " " .... ..... master's degrees in elementary. education from the University of Evansville. Mark Heinig has been named assistant principal at Mater Dei. Mary Traylor has served as Mater Dei's assistant principal since 1995. This spring, she was named Mater Dei's principal. Heinig has been a member of the faculty at Memorial School, Evansville, since 1989. He teaches German, U.S. histo- ry and world histoD'. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana State University. He also has a master's degree from Ball State Universit],: , i ii i i