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iii, &ly 9, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ]) BISHOP RALD A GETTELFINGER On July 1, most of the business [iW0rld began a new fiscal year, a Uew financial year, a new budget (!year. :i! ' As individuals, because the tax year is a calendar year, we base il 0Urpersonal financial planning I: 0n a January I to December 31 i:' e I: Y ar. Governments are all over the _:map with respect to the financial ears they follow. Indiana does !01low the ordinary fiscal year for Is biennial budget. Because each organization can clare its own fiscal year, the atholic Diocese of Evansville as established September I through August 31 ;; , [ Its fiscal year. [: The reasons given for choosing this "frame of :t' ,, ,, ,, [icference seem to reflect the school year. l: 0ntracts with school personnel used to begin With th ...... ," [ e day after Labor Dav. qhat obmuslv [ pacted parish budgets at that moment, so it errned a good time to begin the "fiscal year." It !carne a part of our institution that S@tember 1 i:: ugh August 31 became our fiscal year. : Mhings do change with time. " , ost of our schools begin classes, not the Tuesday after Labor Day--the first Monday in September--but long before that date. Most begin around third week in August. So, one of the original bases for choosing our fiscal year has changed. In fact, many of our school personnel begin their con- tracts early in August. About now you may ask: "What is the point of this exercise?" The answer is simple. The an- swer is complicated. The simple one first. The deci- sion as to the fiscal year is ours to make. In that sense it is arbitrary. In other words, it is whatever works best for us in our day to day operations as a church community. It is not something one changes handily. Such a change requires a lot of "accounting gynmastics" for which most of our finance councils and pastors are not prepared. Any such change should be made very deliber- ately aud with broad consultation. It is complicated to the extent we are also con- cerned with other fiscal vears that do nol match ours. As an example, Caiholic Charities partici- pates in the United Way Funding. For this rea- son, their budget year is based on the calendar year, but they are also funded by the Annual Diocesan Appeal which follows the diocesan fis- cal year. Our contract for the health insurance program for our lay employees is also on a calendar year, For this reason, the calculation for monthly pre- miums does not match our calendar. We have to calculate--i.e, to guess--what the premium might be for our fiscal year beginning each Sep- tember. Rate adjustments are, of course, based on usage, since insurance companies are in the busi- ness of making money, not losing it. Since we live and work in the market place, we are not exempt from its pressures, ttealth in- surance is one of those difficult realities all em- ployers must face. So nmst we. Because we do not have a diocesan policy re- quiring hiring institutions to provide health cov- erage for all employees, this becomes a very large financial issue since underwriters of programs insist on some stability of the insured group, oth- erwise we pay tim price. At this date, our health program tbr our lay employees is not viable! You will read more of this (tilemma facing us in the weeks to come. II i:Pope: Support women's rights, but not 'extreme feminism' !': Y JOHN THAVIS atholic News Service CITY (CNS)- must support the s of Women and seri- :reflect on their role in but without com- with an "extreme" ical form of femi- Paul II told a bishops. ,aling with the ques- leaders should not to raise false particularly on the refusal to ordain as priests, the pope 2. ,pc was speaking to s from several Southern states, for their consultative visits. His talk the many kinds of lay people are able te pastors in the tates, a situation called a "blessing." ole of women in the to be addressed sense of its im- and with an eye to- profound transfer- that have affected place in society, he Pect for women's Without doubt an es- toward a more feature society, and Itch cannot fail to make her own this worthy ob- jective," he said. He cited his own efforts and those of bish- ops to appreciate women's contributions to the church. The pope said he was con- cerned, however, that in some circles there is dissatis- faction with the church's po- sition on women  espe- cially, he said, among those who fail to distinguish be- tween women's human and civil rights in society and their ministries and functions in the church. This can easily lead to "presenting false de- mands and raising false hopes," he said. "What is certain is that the question cannot be resolved through a compromise with a feminism which polarizes along bitter, ideological lines," he said. "It is not simply that some people claim a right for women to be admitted to the ordained priesthood. In its extreme form, it is the Christ- ian faith itself which is in danger of being undermined," he said. The pope said these types of feminism are sometimes marked by forms of "nature worship" and celebration of myths and symbols that have taken the place of true Christ- inn worship. "Unfortunately this kind of feminism is being encouraged NRTIVITY, 3635 Pollack Ave ISRREL x EG?PT 11 Day Pilgrimage, April 1994 Fr. Henry Kuykendall, 476-7186 DERING CRTHOLIC? Unbaptized & Unchurched? Find a "HOME" at Nativity Call Dottle Schnapf  476-7186 FLER MRRK[!T July 10 & 1 '  476-1257 bv some in the church, in- ciuding some women reli- gious, whose beliefs, attitudes and behavior no longer corre- spond to what the Gospel and the church teach," he said. As pastors, he said, bishops should challenge these indi- viduals and groups and call them to "honest and sincere" dialogue on the issue of women's expectations. The pope said the church's longstanding practice not to ordain women as priests is a distinction of roles that "in no way favors the superiority of some over others." He called on the bishops to help the faithful understand and accept the church's position and said it would "amount to a betrayal of them if we fail to do SO." He said that while the role of the parish has always been one of the strengths of the U.S. church, this community -sense has been weakened somewhat by the fragmenta- tion of modern life, especially where issues of doctrine or liturgy have polarized people. "A great effort is needed bv priests and laity to renew parish life" as a communion that values the complemen- tary gifts of its members, he said. He praised the lay contri- butions to church life in areas of religious education, pas- toral counseling, social ser- vices and administration. At the same time. he said, church members should real- ize that there is a difference between the lay and priestly roles. He said some bishops had mentioned that the emphasis on baptismal equality can lead to "minimizing the real distinction between the royal priesthood of all believers and the ministerial priest- hood" of the clergy. Bishops should make clear that this difference "has nothing to do with 'power' understood in terms of privilege or domin- ion," he said. In priestless parishes tem- porarily administered by lay people, bishops should make sure the faithful do not con- sider this a normal situation and do not conflise their re- sponsibilities with the sacra- mental role of the priest, he said. Nor should anyone "inter- pret the decreased number of active priests  a situation which we pray will soon pass -- as a providential sign that lay persons are to replace priests," he said, ........ The pontiff said he was looking forward to his trip to Denver in August to celebrate World Youth Day, tie said the youth day meetings "release energies for spiritual re- newal" in the host countries and demonstrate that young people are a powerful force for evangelization. The bishops, the sixth group to arrive for this year's round of "ad limina', visits, were from the provinces of Atlanta, Baltimore, Miami: and Washington, D.C. I I II I I II I I I II PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville LET US PRAY God of life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, that we might know and love You, that we might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. Assist us in living holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, so that Your presence may be known and felt in our midst, that others too may come to know and love You so they may begin to serve and worship You. Empower us with Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have given us. Increase our faith. Help us to see Your plan for the Church. As we look to the future, may our plans be faithful to Yours, so that we, the Church of Southwestern Indiana, may further Your kingdom through preaching and living Your gospel. All praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! AMEN!