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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I Bishop's Forum It has been manv months since I visited Arch- bishop O'Meara in ttie hospital in Indianapolis when he told me that he had resigned not only from tile Catholic Relief Services but also as the Archbishop of Indianapolis. Since his death and burial in January there have been all kinds of rumors reminis(:ent of the spring of1989 here in the Diocese of Evansville. The question has been all'along: "Who will su(:- teed Archbishop O'Meara as the Metropolitan (Archbishop) of the Province of Indiana?" l am confiden! that there were about as many "bet" or "wish" lists as there are priests who have an in- terest in the question. My own curiosity met its end on Monday, Welcome back, -chbishap Buechlein July 13, 1992, when I received a phone call from the new Archbishop ofhadianapolis. I must say that when Archbishop Daniel called to tell me that it would be announced on Tuesday, July 14, 1992, that he was the successor of Ar(:hbish()p O'Meara I was delighted. More than that, I was relieved to know that we were getting an Ar(:h- bishop who "knows the territory!" There is also a personal note of rejoicing for me. Archbishop Daniel, along witb Bishop Thomas O'Brien, assisted Archbishop O'Meara in my ordination as Bishop of Evansville. It was my privilege to select them to participate in my ordi- nation. I count him as a close friend and pledge to be a close collaborator in ministry to all the 5 people of the state of Indiana as he assumes the role of tilt; Metropolitan of the Indiana Province as Archbishop of Indianapolis. We welcome him back to his native Indiana as Ar(:hbishop of Indianapolis. He is a native son of our Diecese. His native home is Holy Family Parish in Jasper. He brings honor to us all to be selected by the Holy Father to shepherd the peo- ple of lhe Archdiocese of indianapolis. ] am also happy to know that he is the Shephm'd to my family in the Archdiocese. May he have many, many years of joy and happiness in his ministry as the Ar(:hbishop of Indianapolis! Congr, trulations J00om (i c-Diocese of gv 00nsv00lle Jasper Continued from page 1 ger said he has known Arch- bishop Buechlein "since we were kids and we came to the seminary. We all grew up at St. Meinrad." Bishop Gettelfinger says he believes that the new arch- bishop will be "a strong leader with a gentle but firm hand. He is straightforward. People will always know where he is." He noted that Archbishop Buechlein is al- ready recognized as a na- tional Church leader, espe- cially in the area of priestly formation and vocations. "He is a highly respected bishop and I am confident he will be looked to for leadership here in the state as the metropoli- tan, and across the country." Bishop Gettelfinger said the archbishop's greatest chal- lenge will be dealing with the same issues as in Memphis, "but on a larger magnitude. It is a position of honor, but also of heavy responsibility." As Archbishop of Indi- anapolis, Buechlein will serve as metropolitan for the Province of Indiana which in- cludes the dioceses of Evansville, Gary, Lafayelte and Fort Wayne-South Bend as well as the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He will also serve as chairman of the board of the Indiana Catholic Conference. Pope Continued from page 1 bacterial infection. He also said it was unlikely that the problem was related to the intestinal wounds the pope suffered in an assassina- tion attempt in 1981. The surgeon currently over- seeing the pope's care at Gemelli, Dr. Francesco Crucitti, is the same doctor who treated his bullet wounds 11 years ago. Dr. Corrado Manni, the pope's anesthesiologist after the 1981 shooting, told Italian state radio that a connection between the pope's present problem and the 1981 shoot- ing was improbable. At his Angelus blessing July 12, the pope appeared re- laxed, wishing his audience a Bishop Buechlein was born in .Jasper in 1938. He gradu- ated from St. Meinrad Senti- nary High School, St. Mein- rad College of Liberal Arts and St. Meinrad School of Theology. He also attended International Benedictine Uniw,rsity of Sant' Anselmo in Rome, Italy. tte was ordained to the priesthood in 1964. From 1966 to 1971, he taught Latin, Religion and Philosophy at St. Meinrad College. From 1971 to 1987, he taught Systematic Theol- ogy, Canon Law and Priestly Ministry and Spirituality at St. Meinrad College of Theology. He was ordained bishop of Memphis in 1987.As bishop of Memphis, he holds the fol- lowing positions: Member of the Adminis- trative Committee, National Conference of Catholic Bishops; Chairman of the National Conference of Catholic Bish- ops Committee on Priestly Formation; Member of the National Conference of CatholicBish- ops Committee on Doctrine; Member of the Bishops' Welfare Emergency Relief Committee. happy vacation and suggest- ing they should "get out of Rome" for a holiday. The pope was staying in the same 10th-floor rooms that he used in 1981, a small apart- ment that included working space for himself and a per- sonal secretary, Polish Msgr. Stanislaw Dziwisz. The pope spent a total of 76 days there in two separate recoveries from the gunshot wounds and a subsequent viral infection. The pope had been ex- pected to leave the Vatican July 15 for his annual two- week holiday. Navarre-Vails said the pope's vacation would have to be postponed, but that he hoped the pontiff could make the trip "as soon as possible."