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8 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishops approve rest of lectionary By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service PITTSBURGH (CNS) -- The U.S Catholic bishops approved Volume 2 of a new Lectionary for Masses June 19, with a pro- vision that in five years it should undergo a "full review. . with a view to its possible updating" Meeting in Pittsburgh, they voted 196-6 in favor of the doc- ument, which contains the Scripture readings for Masses for weekdays, feasts of saints and various other Masses At least 179 votes -- two- thirds of all active Latin-rite bishops in the country -- were needed for passage. The deci- sion will now go to the Holy See for confirmation. There was no discussion or debate before the vote at the public session June 19, but sources told Catholic News Service that the bishops aired their differences over the Lec- fionary and the process behind it the previous day in an exec- utive session, closed to the press and any other outside observers. Volume 1 of the Lectionary, which the bishops approved last year, has the readings for Sundays and major feasts of the church year known as solemnities. The Vatican has already given its required confirmation O f Vol- ume 1. In introducing discussion of Volume 2, Archbishop Jerome G. Hanus of Dubuque, Iowa, head of the bishops' Committee on the "Liturgy, expressed "our firm hope" tha authorization will be given to begin using Vol- ume 1 on Nov. 2% 1998, the first Sunday of Advent. Publishers are in the midst of preparing authorized ver- sions of Volume 1 and have started taking prepublication orders from parishes. At least one publisher distributed ads to the bishops in Pittsburgh offering them discounts for early orders. Establishment of an official liturgical text in a country requires two-thirds approval of the active membership of the bishops' conference, con- firmation by the Holy See and authorization by a decree of the conference president currently Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland in the Unit- ed States. At the time of the bishops' June 18-20 meeting in Pitts- burgh, Bishop Pilla had not yet issued the final decree authorizing use of Volume 1. But sources indicated the decree was to come out soon after the meeting. Such a decree typically sets two dates: one on which parish- escan first begin to substitute the new book for the older one, and a later date on which the new text must replace the older one. Both volumes of the new Lec- tionary were the product of a compromise developed after the Vatican refused to confirm a Lectionary version the bishops had originally approved and submitted in 1992. The compromise involved several changes from what the bishops had approved in 1992 most notably a reversal on several translation principles the bishops had adopted to favor more inclusive language for women. Several bishops have been particularly critical of the Vati- can decision to withdraw ipproval for liturgical use of a 1991 translation of the Psalms, in favor of a 1950 translation used in the 1973 Lectionary. There was animated debate last year in Kansas City, Mo., when the bishops voted on Vol- ume 1, and the motion passed only after it was amended to call for review after five years with a view toward possible updating. In introducing the motion for Volume 2, Archbishop Hanus highlighted the fact that it already contained language authorizing such a five-year review. "This authorization is to be taken very seriously," he said, adding that after five years' experience with using the new Lectionary, such a review will be "a very important undertaking." New Lectionary on the way U.S. Catholic chuches can start using Volume 1 of Lectionary for Mass on the first Sunday of Ad according to an announcement from Bishop Pilla of Cleveland, president of the National of Catholic Bishops. -- Message photo by Paul Jl' uy: Bishops discuss new guidelines for CCHD By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service PITTSBURGH (CNS) -- The U.S. Catholic bishops June 19 discussed possible guidelir.e changes that would raise the wall of separation between Catholic Campaign for Human Development funding and any organizations engaged in activ- ities that are contrary to Catholic teaching. The bishops, holding their spring meeting in Pittsburgh June 18-20, were also presented with a first-ever draft set of principles, outlining the Catholic mission of the CCHD. All funding recipients would be required to agree in writing to adhere to the principles. The CCHD was formed by the bishops in 1970 as the Cam- paign for Human Development "Catholic" was added to its name earlier this year. In more than a quarter-century the cam- paign has given more than $100 million to projects of communi- ty organizations, cooperatives, credit unions and other non- profit organizations working to help poor people achieve self- sufficiency. New wording reads, in part: "CCHD may be asked to sup- port a specific project of an orga- nization that also incidentally participates in other activities or coalitions whose own activities may not always conform with Catholic teaching. In such cases, funding decisions will be made in accord with the traditional Catholic moral principles that guide our relationships in soci- ety." The statement of Catholic mis- sion that funding applicants would have to agree to abide by includes paragraphs spelling out: The sanctity of human life as a central element of all Catholic moral teaching. The special place of "poor and vulnerable Catholic social Catholic rights and the human from each dignity." "The guiding principle q The Catholic peace is a unity and love in "not simply the flict." Bishops: Catholic social teaching is essential to our By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service PITTSBURGH (CNS) -- By a vote of 213-5 the U.S. Catholic bishops approved a statement that commits them to "sharing our social teaching at every level of Catholic education and faith formation." They took the action June 19 during their June 18-20 spring meeting in Pittsburgh. The statement is titled, "Shar- ing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions." "Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith," it says. However, it adds, "far too many Catholics are not familiar with the basic content of Catholic social teaching.; More fundamentally, many Catholics do not adequately understand that the social teaching of the church is an essential part of Catholic faith .... We need to do more to share the social mission and message of our church." It urges concrete local initia- fives at every level of education and faith formation, leader training at every level and pro- jects by national Catholic edu- cation and formation organiza- tions to support such training and initiatives. In presenting the document for a vote, Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., chairman of the bishops' Domestic Policy Committee, told the bishops, "This is not just a statement, it is a commitment" by the bishops "to integrate more fully Catholic 'cial teaching into every aspect of Catholic education and forma- tion." "This will challenge our church and could change our country," he added. The statement describes the place of Catholic social teaching in the life of Catholics as not just an abstract set of ideas or prin- ciples, but a "commitment... rooted in and strengthened by our spiritual lives. In our rela- tionship with God we experi- ence the conversion of heart that is necessary to truly love one another as God has loved us." It says, "Because this commit- ment to social justice is at the heart of who we are and what we believe, it must be shared more effectively.... If Catholic education and formation fails to communicate our social tradi- tion, it is not fully Catholic." The statement notes that the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" presents Catholic social teaching "as an essential part of the moral teaching of the church." "Catholic social teaching can best be understood through a thorough study of papal teach- ing and ecclesial documents," it says. The document outlines and briefly summarizes seven major themes "as a starting point for those interested in exploring the Catholic social tradition more fully." Those are: The "life and dignity of the human person," a theme under which the sanctity of life and human dignity are "the founda- tion of all the principles of our social teaching." The "call to family, corn- munity and claiming that son is not only social." "Rights ties." "Option for vulnerable." "The di ri hts of workerS. g . , I, "SolidaritY, focusing on human farnil for one another pendent world. -- "Care for because "we show for the Crea ship of creation." it praises and formation adds that "we the good work Wily.