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12, 1994 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 -- Bishop's Forum -- Going away and coming home Twice this summer I have gone each time we receive the Eucharist. not put in an awkward position. His role is not an t. The first time was in June. I For this reason, I miss them both easy one. I know. I have done it. to the annual spring meeting but rejoice in their achievement of I wish to make public my gratitude to him. His bishops of the United States. eternal life. position, for the most part, is one that has little met in San Diego. The theme of There is another element of going gratitude attached to it. I wish to express my grati- conference was "ShePherding away and coming home that is not tude publicly. of Hope:" The second was always so evident. Consider those There is another whose work requires that she |Y yearly trek to the wilderness of at home who have the responsibil- communicates all the news both good and bad, I Ie north woods in Ontario, ity to notify "the boss" about diffi- even the most painful kind. She is my Secretary, so IICanada. cult situations and tragic moments. Deanna Ruston. She is the one who was called [|Both ended in such a way that They, too, have human emotions upon to notify me of Hen Baumgart's death while I I0ing home was "shock therapy." ByBISHOP and personal reactions, yet they are Monsignor Knapp was with the family. Deanna, !1 lirst there was the death of my GERALD A. called upon to rise above them in on a daily basis, must deal with information that is I0se associate. Ron Baumgart was GETTELFINGER moments of crisis. They are the most sensitive and confidential. However, her most c- |ll}i°cesan Treasurer. He was a con-  ones called upon to be the messen- difficult job is to deal with information that may ]|[dant. He was a loyal friend, gers of bad news. have very personal implications yet she must hau- l| The second was the report of the death of Fa- I wish to single out two who have as their re- dle it in a most professional and confidential man- ||ther Bert Lutterbach, a brother priest. He has sponsibility that distasteful task of communicating her. She is a gift to the Diocese of Evansville. ||ben a friend since seminary days at St. Meinrad. the hard news to me when necessary. Coming home is one thing. Coming home to ||te was pastor of St Joseph in Bramble and of- Monsignor Kenneth Knapp has a most difficult "hard news" is another. However the pain of bad ||tered Mass weekly at Crane Naval Depot. position. He is the point man when the bishop is news gives way to gratitude because of those who, [|II already miss their presence in the body, how- gone. He is the one that catches., it. all but is not in doing their duty, do it so very well - |Ver, I revere their presence in spirit. They now empowered to make the decisions if the bishop is I know that my experience is repeated, and un- I|ow more about life than we do. The life to which able to be contacted. He is the epitome of thorough- told, throughout our diocese month in and month lashington Growing Old 'nued bate the floor to greatly affect whoever comes to us," she said. from page 4 on |ISsues. 'Tou could get into how the final bill reads. "If'universal' means between 98 An age-old problem, but like the weather we just ,od.|0f them and ride around That's why Sister Wolf said and 95 percent of the population talk about it. No one relishes the idea of growing old, hileLaY.s," he said. she wasn't at all hesitant is covered, we may be able to but everyone who lives long enough certainly will. It _:|0 bill is going to be per- about speaking at the rally in handle the expense of caring for seems inevitable; at least, there does not appear to g'"] Gephardt said, admitting favor of universal care, despite he others. If we get down to 92 be a ready solution. the fact that Gephardt's and percent, we may not have the re- ,tthe measure submitted Mitchell's bills both include sources to pay for" those without The process of aging offers a great challenge for ara -- hi ....  "s name had some com- coverage of abortion, which she coverage, maturing, for growing on the human level and for *, ;ats he didn't like. and her order oppose. Patricia King, who monitors becoming more fully the person God intended the in- ea President Clinton said In a later phone interview, health and welfare programs for dividual to be. , £ Aug. 3 press conference he expected the final bill Sister Wolf said she was fairly the USCC's Office of Domestic From time to time, the question arises -- could the i[ke shape amid floor de- finaiC°nfidentbill reachedthat by thethe floortime of a wasS°CialhopefulDevel°pment'that someSaid Sheer there° process of growing old be delayed? Is there anything : i , . each of us can do? I wonder if this approach would be ; Although Gephardt s ball the House and Senate, abor- problematic aspects would be of some worth: "to help remain youthful, one needs closest to Clinton's origi- tion coverage will have been worked out favorably. - loposal, he said Mitchell's eliminated because of the The next few weeks are a to stay useful!" Try it, nothing lost by trying, you i Voluntary approach and breadth of opposition to it. But critical time for grass-roots el- may like it. Aging is somewhat like wine, it should L,0f covering 95 percent of the question of what percent- forts at influencing the final improve with time! V re 0pulation could work. age of Americans can expect to bill, she said. ,ill [Q drew chuckles from the be covered remained a concern. "There's a lot of process left," Msgr. Clinton Hirsch   Corps by launching into a "The problem is (the hospital Ms. King said. "It's still possi- :ira bill becomes law" lesson, system) still has a moral and ble to strengthen what's al- , 'ng that he expected de- ministerial obligation to care for ready there." .o1  [ Ed. L. 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