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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana --- Perspective--- " A lesson learned on the. 5th of July Tuesday afternoon. That may not mean much to you, but it means a lot to me. Tuesday afternoon is the time when the Message must be com- pleted, if it is to get to the printer on time. If it doesn't get to the printer on time, the paper won't get to the Post Office on time. If it doesn't get to the Post Office on time, it won't get to the homes of our subscribers on time. We have never yet been late at the Post Office -- not at least, dur- ing the seven years I have had the privilege of serving as editor. I don't think we were ever late, but I can only be pos- itively certain about the last seven years. We have had some unusual happenings --just enough to make all of us in the office more appre- ciative of a smooth and uneventful week of produc- tion. Some years ago, for example, a key piece of our equipment failed. We worked through much of the night at Vincennes University, where compati- ble equipment and a considerate friend made it possible for us to meet our deadline. IB PAUL R. INGANG EDITOR Another equipment failure a few years ago again challenged our abilities. Again, through another's courtesy and kindness, we sur- vived. With the help of people and equipment at The News in Tell City, where the Message is printed, we made our deadline. It is Tuesday afternoon, and. the deadline is fast approaching. All that is left un-done is my col- umn. Everything else for our issue of July 8 has been completed. This column is not yet finished. but as a people, we depend on each other. Try as we might to do live our lives ..... and complete the tasks assigned, we do not always meet our deadlines alone. Nor do we act as ble citizens of our country if we do not work togeth, depending on each other to do what ought to be ...... Citizens should vote. For some, that is not enough, and running for office is what is right and,i proper. :: : Bishops and all church leaders should right, too, in our country under God. For religious .:,- leaders, doing what is right may mean ators and representatives to encourage down a moral path, and away from the anti -life frces so powerful today. Some plans usually are changed along the way toward the deadline. Some Taking a leadership position is not reserved, items planned for one issue are postponed until the " however: to bishops, nor to those who sit in next. Some new items are added. It is for all of us, in the ways that are appropriate' It is Tuesday, July 5. It is the day after we as For you, it may mean supporting the a nation celebrated our Independence. Our inde- didate with your vote or contributing to one who pendence we celebrate not on the day we accom- seeks to do what is right. ":: plished it, but on the day we declared it. _ For me, on a Tuesday afternoon, it On this Tuesday, July 5, the conclusion that this column and calling your attention to the leaps into my mind is very simple and straightfor- of independence -- which brings with it an ward. We celebrate our independence as a nation, of being dependent on each other. :: ----- Vatican Letter Ambassador seeks a bridge over troubled Vatican-U.S. By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) With little hope of building a bridge over U.S.-Vatican differ- ences on population control, the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican is seeking paths of co- ' operation in other areas. That's why Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn, preparing to discuss his first year at the Vatican, sat in the garden of his residence studying the Vietnam chapter of the U.S. State Department report on the world's human rights situ- ation. Working for human rights, including religious freedom, is an issue of common concern for the Vatican and the United States, he said. It also provides the ambas- sador with an opportunity to promote U.S.-Vatican coopera- tion at a time when the world's most powerful government and the world's largest Christian church are sharply divided on an issue of international pol- icy: population control pro- grams scheduled to be dis- cussed at a U.N. meeting in September. The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave, Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville December by lhe Ctho$c Press of Evansv#/e Publist ............. Bishop Gw k Ge'enoer Editor ..................................... :....Paul Leingan 0 CinJon ........................ .._...,.. Houston .......................... .Pm Nevdand Su ,er ........................ Ar Hoges Ill Address ag communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $15.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office tn Evansville, IN 47701. Publma- lion number 843800. ' Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication  1994  Press of Evansv "We're moving onto other is- sues, not because we don't want to deal with it, but be- cause there are so many other areas where the United States and the Vatican can be a con- structive voice for justice in the world," he said. Flynn, the former mayor of Boston, marks the end of his first year in Rome July 15 -- a year that included two meet- ings between Pope John Paul II and President Bill Clinton, lots of travel and some tough Vatican messages for the U.S. government. When he accepted the job, Flynn announced the post would be expanded to include advocacy for social justice and humanitarian assistance in many parts of the world. Many eyebrows were raised; while not simply a ceremonial post, being ambassador to the Vatican traditionally has been a low-profile assignment. The ambassador is a channel of communication between the Vatican and Washington as well as a tap into the Vatican's universal network of informa- tion fed by nuncios, bishops, priests and religious through- out the world. With trips to India to deliver relief supplies to earthquake victims, to the Horn of Africa to study various humanitarian assistance needs and pro- grams, as well as visits to Sarajevo and Haiti, Flynn has made that part of the job what he said it would be. Bubthe job's main task handling direct U.S.-Vatican relations -- has hit a snag, not because of any of the personali- ties involved, But because of fundamental b/eliefs and poli- cies of the two sides. The United States supports a draft document for the U.N.'s International Conference on Population and Development, which the Vatican sees as an attempt to increase the use of artificial contraceptives and abortion throughout the world, as well as promoting views on family life and sexuality that are incompatible with Catholic teaching. And while President Clinton ticked off a long list of subjects that he and Pope John Paul discussed at the Vatican June 2, he did not attempt to hide the fact that their agenda in- cluded the contentious issue of plans for the internationalcon- ference to be held in Cairo, Egypt. One of the subjects of agree- ment Clinton mentioned was the need to promote religious freedom inAsia. While the most obvious vio- lations 9ccur in China, where the cqmunist government has /Sng outlawed Chinese Ca1 olic ties to the Vatican an/ has imprisoned bishops ad priests, Flynn said a spe- Cific mentio was given to Viet- As tie United States and tie Lnam begin discussing the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations, Flynn said the U.S. would push for guarantees of full religious lib- erty both for the nation's Bud- dhist majority and for the,4.5 million Catholics who make up about 7 percent of the popula- Rummage sale helps pro-life efforts waters tion. Vietnamese publicly practice but the government posed conditions on the ing of bishops, the ment of institutions training of limit the full freedom church to carry out ties. Flynn said focus on his recent Vatican officials orders working in important for U.S'- lations. " "It's really U.S. government important the Catholic together," he said. don't, it's the needy who suffer." To the editor:, and 18. Also, a very special thanks goes to all the teens The Evansvillediocesanpro- who faithfullyhelpedsortand Bishop's sched life coordinators recently spon- sell the clothing, and/or pass sored a rummage sale which out fliers and make phone netted approximately $750 calls. The following activities and events are with some proceeds still forth- From Mater Dei the teens schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. coming. These monies will be donated to Catholic Charities are Jason Marsh and Missy for Project Rachel, specifically Moehlencamp. From Memorial the memorial stone dedicated the teens are Devon Bivens, to aborted babies which will be Chrissy Dutkosky, Mercedes placed in St. Joseph Cemetery Morera, Marilyn Schroering in Evansville. and Ann Wink. We warmly thank all the co- ordinators and their family Mona Redman members who so generously Secretary, ' gave of their time on June 17 Pro-life coordinators