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T E S S AGE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 22 NUMBER 48 July 31, 1992 CatholicCenter, Monday, july 27, to from left, are Larry Will, principal at interim principal at Good'Shepherd, assistant principal at W.C.C.S. Intermediate School, inator of Marian Day School, Evansville; Donna Catholic School office, Diocese of Vanderburgh Countyt Paula rand Paul; Haubstadt; loAnn Layman, chief administra and Phyllis' Be$hears, director"of schools, DioidSe of'" -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang Pope walks out of hospital after 17-day stay for surgery By JOIIN THAVIS Catholic News Service R()ME ((:NS) -- l'ol)e Iohn Paul II, sinililag and waving lo well- wislw, i's. walked out fd' n Rome hospilal where he spenl 17 liars t'or inteslinnl sllrgo, ry, 'l']ll; 72-yt;nr-oltl i)opt; left the (Jenielli Polyclinic: July 28 to the cllcers an(1 al)plause of some 300 liaiienls, (tc)(:lol's and nurses. l)ressed in his tra(tili'onal white robes, he strode about 100 steps through the lobby and out the main exit into a slopped to kiss a I)aliv and thank his tl;alll ()t' (loclors: The piil)e was lnkl;n l(i tlis StlllllnCl" l'(;s[(t(,l/C(, , ill (]aslel (Jan(toil'o, ()ulsitle 1'[)1111, wh(;r; hi; was (;Xp;('r[(,(t l() Sl)(il([ al)(nit l inonlh. I)(',l ()i's ill)l) rovel lht: t)()lle's l'(;leasl: trllnl the liclstli- la[ il[ler i [ilia[ nl(di(:iil check-up: Tiiey lold hinl hi; was (loing well bill should (:oilliiltm hi lake lhirlgs ,easv for al)l)tll two Inonths. A inedical bulletin released July 28 said the pontiff's con- dition 1:3 days after surgery was "good and getting bet- waiting car. On the way, he See POPE page 2 Outrage from homosexual Catholics greets bishops' "background' Vatican document WASHINGTON (CNS) Groups of homosexual Catholics reacted with anger to a Vatican document meant to help U.S. bishops decide how to respond to gay rights legislation. Dignity, an unofficial group of Catholic homosexuals, in a statement, called the docu- ment a "mean-spirited and unjust attempt" to propagate myths about homosexual per- sons, and said it may result in increased violence against See Outrage page 5 Atomic bomb crew something for PEACE Father Gebrge Zabelka was the Catholic Chaplain who served the Atomic Bomb crews in the summer of 1945. Behind his back, friends often called him "General George." They knew him as the priest who had once received a military repri- mand for "excessive zeal." Friends were astounded by Fa- ther Zabelka s Christmas letter of 1975. when he announced that he had reached the conclusion that Jesus taught non-violent love and that "I must do an about face," Father Zabelka died in April. At his funeral, Father Emmanuel Charles McCarthy delivered the homily. On the occasion 6f the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, portions of Father McCarthy's homily are printed below. Who was Father George Zabelka -- .the man who not only had the courage of his convictions but also had the courage to examine his convic- tions in the light of the gospel? In some ways he was the most unlikely convert to Jesus' way of nohviolent love since the violent Saul became the nonviolent Paul, In some other ways he was the "incarnation of the con- ," the textbook case of the mystery of "freedom and grace" at war against evil. ' IJ ' i - City, a project for train ng young black men and women for jobs , . while providing them with the,so- cial' support system necessary for normal living. "Allduring this pe- riod he was vigorously preaching against racism from the pulpit. When the moment came that Roy. Martin Luther King Jr. needed people to march in Selma. Father Zabelka went; When Doctor King opened Resurrection City in Washington to protest the orches- trated impoverishment of large segments of American society, Fa- FATHER GEROGE ZABELKA ther George went. And, when Mar- tin King was murdered in 1068, George Zabelka was the only white who was able to walk the .streets with the black men and women who were trying to prevent Flint from going up in flames. In the words of Harriet Walker, a black community social worker, "Father George was a real civil rights man," In February 1969, he suffered a massive heart attack. The doctors George Benedict Zabelka was born on May 8, 1915 in St, Johns, were so certain he would never recover that literally his obituary was Michigan. He grew up with his brothers and sisters on a small farm and .written Bv the orace of God, he lived. Went to a one room cbuntr3( school for the .first ei .gh, t .grades. He was ath- ' Aer is rcperatiOn, Father Zabelka was assigned tea smaller tetic. In college he like to play me guitar wim a oana. ' parish. He beRan to travel extensively in Central and Latin America, . On June 7, 1941, he was ordained a priest; Upon the outbreal, of After witnessl'ng firsthand the murdbrous depriyation that the poor Of World W arII,, he,.applid,t 0 be alit_ary ,clapl.aln. ,e.attqnaea .tn.apr  i  this 9rea weref0reed toendtlreb the'rich the.high andthe ty, he - , laincy Sch0ol at Har,,d Uiver$ty, HOt weptrtll.Ugll paratrooper trafla- became even more conVinced'that "violenCe was the way." ,!: ' ' " " ing. lventtially he was sent to TiifianIsIand in the Pacific where he . Then came his searing onontati6n with Jesus and hing of erved as Catholic Chaplain to the 509th ComposRe Group, the Atomic nonviolence and love of enemies. ;In his homily on the o:of the. tiomb UniL ' _ ' . . fiftieth anniversary of his odination, speaking about this honr'lfis']ife, After the war he remained in the m!litry reserves but was primily a he half-jOkingly reflected, 'I wanted a Way out. I looked for a ay oUt.'I in the Diocese el Lansing. in the 1950s newas ass$nect to looked in th Catholic Bible, I looked in te Protestant Bible. I lboked in Parish in Flint. As the number of black people inr:the city in; '  PEACE"