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ugust 7, 1992 The Message Monthly Forum -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER C msultation" does it ( really make a difference? We are now getting into the "thick of things" with our synodal process, our planning for our long range future as the Diocese of Evansville. With this issue note that you are being asked to give your responses about the draft of our "Dioce- san Mission Statement." Before I go further, I want to acknowledge that in recent years, mission statements have been adopted and revised. The consultation on a new mission statement is not to be interpreted as passing judgment on the past. The fact is that we are not in the same place today as we were in years past. It is time to take another look. Now is the opportunity to state once again what we are all about in the world at the end of this decade, century and millennium. We then must commit ourselves as a unified body to carry out that mis- sion. In my years as a priest, I have been involved in seemingly innumerable planning processes. In many cases, they were not new, but rather a revi- sion of earlier efforts. That is what the consulta- tion on the draft mission statement is. It is a chance to revitalize our efforts and move for- ward with a common understanding of a com- mon purpose. I have been confronted with the assertion that "it doesn't make any difference what you say, 'they' will do what 'they' have already de- cided to do." The best response I can give to that position is that unless each of us takes seriously the invitation to be involved in the consultation process, the draft, mission statement -- and all other proposals for consultation will not be re- vised by default. Most of us react when we are confronted with the need to plan. How often families, while grieving the loss of parents, are confronted with the question of "What do we do now?" At those pain-filled moments each one's voice is criti- cally important in forging a plan to keep the family together once the parental binding force is gone. We are blessed in that we are able to think through a plan to carry out our mission as the Catholic Church in this last decade of the cen- tury. As with family members, each one's voice, or lack of it, has a direct effect on the plan that is cast. Allow me to use yet another illustration. A mill-pond is clearly the source of water power to drive the mill which produces the ground meal or power to drive a saw. The water wheel is important. The mill wheel is important. The grain for the mill or lumber for the saw are important. However, without the water, all the others remain just what they are. The mill-pond consists of many, many droplets of water. Each droplet, alone, cannot generate the power to run the water-wheel. The pooling of the many droplets of water does pro- vide the forces necessary to drive the wheel by which all is accomplished. Your response to the draft mission statement and to other proposals to come later is like the droplet of water in the mill-pond. It may seem insignificant to you, but combined with others, it becomes a mighty force for change. Washington Continued from page 4 Vould probably agree with the publication when it COmes to sexual harassment, domestic violence, family leave, child care or child sup- Port. The "Voting Guide" was Published with the help of groups and individuals in- Cluding the National Organi- zation for Women and the Prairie Village Living Center National Abortion Rights Ac- tion League. But when it comes to the guide's insistence that any legislation regarding abortion is a violation of constitutional rights, Feminists for Life and other groups would draw the line. 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