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By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor ruction begins at Mater Dei, Memorial who have worked or con- this project of renovating said Bishop Gerald A. Get- during a blessing ceremony at high schools, may they rejoice in a work just , and may they soon celebrate its corn- continued, as he blessed the the sites of construction activity. !Ceremonies celebrated the beginning of and renovation at the two of plans totaling $11 million. the Tradition" General Chair- Kempf said the firm pledges and contributed to date amounted to $8.4 contractor for Mater Dei is Arc Company; at Memorial, the is Peyronnin Construc- Contracts were signed late in I the Board of the Catholic Interparochial High the Diocesan Finance Committee, Gettelfinger. new class- offices, and renovation. at Memorial include new media center, a gymnasium ceremony at Mater Dei !Father David Nunning, Dean, West Greg Kempf; Alan Braun, , Vice Chairman, Treasure the Tra- President, Catholic Interparochial High gel, President, Mater Association; Doctor Director of Schools, Diocese of Evansville; Robert Wehde, President, Mater Dei and Memorial High Schools; Herb Neighbors and Mary Traylor, outgo- ing and incoming principals, Mater Dei High School; and Seth Weber, Mayor, Mater Dei-ville. Ben Faraone, Judge, Mater Dei-ville, read a passage from Scripture. Joseph Traylor assisted the bishop. At Memorial High School, ground- breaking shovels were wielded by the bishop, along with Kempf, Reffett, Beshears, Wehde, and Gerry Adams, prin- cipal; and Meghan Bray, president of Memorial High School Student Council. Katie Mortenson read from Sacred Scripture and Evan Keith assisted the bishop. Also present at both ceremonies were Arch Biagi and Rupert Condict, repre- senting the engineering and architectural firms selected for the projects. Ground is broken at Mater Dei, top photo, and at Memorial high schools, for renovation and new contruction projects. Among Participants at Mater Dei were, from left, Mary Traylor, Alan Braun, Greg Kempf, Robert Wehde, Dr. Phyllis Beshears, Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, Father David Nunning, Stephen Reffett, and Joann Laugel; Joe Traylor, behind Dr. Beshears, assisted the bishop during the ceremony. At Memorial, participants included David Papariella, Robert Wehde, Dr. Phyllis Beshears, Bishop Gettelfinger, Meghan Bray, Stephen Ref- fett and Gerry Adams. Evan Keith, hold- ing the book, assisted the bishop and Katie Mortensen, partially hidden, read from the Scriptures. -- Message photos by Paul R, koingang in new laws, calls attention to levels of teaching FILTEAU Service (CNS) -- By general church rch teach- Penalties for denying John Paul II in late new attention to levels of church definitive teaching -- that of revealed truths -- cn o nected with divine revelation." These concern faith or morals and must be firmly embraced and maintained because they "are required for the sacred preservation and faithful expla- nation of the same deposit of faith." Church law had already con- tained provisions for a higher level of church doctrine -- that formally taught as divinely revealed truth which requires an assent of faith m and a lower level, nondefinitive but authen- to the TEC movement in the Diocese director of youth and young adult forma- s a youth and young adult retreat designed for an is July 18-20; TEC #30 is Nov. nernbers of the TEC Community are invited to a of Disciples meeting at St. Joseph Church, , at 6:30 p.m. Call (812)424-5536or toll-free in Indiana (800) , Send e-nmil to Messag$, or write P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. tic teaching of the pope or col- lege of bishops which requires religious submission of intellect and will. Pope John Paul said he thought it necessary to add legislation expressly dealing with the duty to preserve and uphold the level of "definitive" church teaching in order "to protect the Catholic faith against errors" arising in the church, especially among the- ologians. The discussion that followed the June 30 papal action focused less on the legislation itself which several theologians and canon lawyers called moderate and unsurprising -- than on comments by two top Vatican officials outlining examples of definitive teaching. Clearly the definitive teach- ing that women cannot be ordained priests or bishops ranks high" among currently controverted issues that helped spark the new legislation. It was only in 1994 that Pope John Paul declared that this was a "definitice" teaching by the world's bishops in union with Rome and must be accept- ed and held by Catholics. But Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Vatican Congrega- tion for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, the congregation's secretary, spelled out other definitively taught truths that Catholics must hold as well. In a signed commentary issued by the Vatican press office in conjunction with the new papal legislation, the doc- trinal officials said other exam- pies included: Church teachings on the illicitness of euthanasia, of pros- titution and of fornication. The legitimacy of the elec- tion of a pope or of the celebra- tion of an ecumenical council. -- The canonization_,-, of saints, as "dogmatic facts." --Pope Leo XIII's 1896 decla- ration that Anglican ordinations are invalid. Historically, the teachings on the infallibility and univer- sal primacy ofju#,sdiction of the bishop of Rome prior to th First Vatican Council, which declared those teachings to have the character not just of defini- tive teaching, but of divinely revealed truth. Cardinal Ratzinger and Arch- bishop Bertone said the exarm pies of infallibility and primacy of jurisdiction showed that a definitive teaching requiring acceptance may come to be rec- ognized in time as a first-level truth m contained in divine rev- elation itself and requiring an See POPE page 3 i , ,, .................. A new prioress .... o Page 3 A priest's hands ..................... Page 11 A lawyer's ques00on .................. Page 11