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Kissing a pig for charity Brenda Donofrio, Mater Dei I ga 11ool English: teacher, prepares to kiss a ':lg/at left, as part ;of a fund-raising project by the l Cat Ional Honor Society. ) Students at the school on Evansville's west side :. contributed money for the teacher they.most wanted to see kissing a pig. Princlpa! Herb Neigh,  bors was at the top of their list, followed by teach, ers Mike Bussiere, Rose Rogge, Roger Sills and Brenda Donofrio. Officers of the honor society, above, are Christy Unfried, treasurer, Amy Lehman, will not use 'q}utside loans' for building projects R. LEINGANG e editor ry building projects e r COnsideration in the .i that there is not  Oney in the Deposit 111 Fund to cover all of i ests for loans that i, made _ especially if tSe requests 'came at qe. erald A. Gettelfin- ,e diocesan consul- tors met June 26, to consider a way that more loan requests might be met. The consultors are a group of priests specified in Canon Law, who must be in- volved in some specific dioce- san decisions. The consultors advised the bishop that borrowing money from "outside"-- that is, from commercial lending institu- tions -- is not prudent. With that advice, the bishop decided that he would not have the dio- eminder ..... Day of Prayer and Fasting for Life !0p Gerald A. Gettelfinger has called for "all in our diocesee to join in this nationwide day of ld fasting. Let us, in union with the Cathoic roughout the country, pray for an end of vio- an life in the womb.., and that the sa- of life from conception to natural death norm in our nation." Purdue Research Item do think the following factor is in ex- why there are poor people? Lack of thrift and Important at all Diocese Statewide 28% 25% 38% 35% 27% 29% 06% 10% 01% 02% cese obligated for "external loans at market rates in order to meet the demands of antici- pated building projects." The result of that decision is that some projects in the early stages of planning may be de- ferred or delayed. Other con- struction and renovation pro- jects already under way will not be affected. No delay would be necessary for a parish which is able to pay for a project without re- quiting a loan. All building and renovation projects of a certain size, however, are required to have the prior approval of the Diocesan Building Commis- sion, and parishes will not re- ceive diocesan approval if they seek their own loans from out- side sources. Where do parishes get loans? From a fund established for that purpose, according to Bob Cox, diocesan treasurer. He said that the Deposit and Loan Fund was established so that the surplus funds of one parish would be available for another parish to borrow. Those who deposit funds re- ceive interest on their money, and their money -- with inter- est earned -- continues to be their money; it does not go to "the diocese." The fund is managed by the treasurer's office, but the money in it belongs to the parishes, Cox said. Crently,the parishes of the diocese have deposited al- most $I1 million dollars, Of that amount, however, almost $3 million has already been loaned. That leaves a little over $8 million in the fund. Cox estimates that there are currently over $32 million worth of building projects at various stages of activity. Although the parishes and schools eventually pay all such costs, most of them need a loan at first, which is then paid back over the years by persons who have made pledges. Anticipating that there may be more requests for more money than is available, Bishop Gettelfinger went to the consultors to ask this ques- tion: "Is it prudent for Bishop Gettelfinger to obligate the Diocese of Evansville for exter- nal loans at market rates in order to meet the demands of anticipated building projects?" In a memo to priests, pas- toral life coordinators and members of the diocesan fi- nance council, Bishop Get- telfinger described the meeting and the advice he received: "After a thorough dialogue about the adyantages and dis- advantages . . . the Diocesan Consultors proided me with a clear 'sense of the body.' The counsel given me was negative, hence consent was not granted? A Message article Feb. 23 was headlined "Bui)ding .om underway in diocese" and listed many of the projects. Construction plans included new church buildings at Pre- cious Blood, Jasper, and at St. Nicholas, Santa Claus; church building plans have since been moving forward at St. Philip Church, St. Philip. Many other projects are under various stages of development. See BISHOP'S FORUM, page 5, for related information, :-rt ;ca ; li N [ : -2