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, ii CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 21 NUMBER 48 ii liB i Shouts of joy! Sharing some of the excitement-- and a little of the silliness-- some participants of Youth Day XXV I gather in front of the camera. ',Seal our Fate" was the theme of the annual diocesan event, held at Sti I [i! John Church, Newburgh, Aug. 11; Activities included the celebration of the liturgy, apool party and a I presentation by Carl Rodenberg, owner of the Encore Dinner Theatre. I:/ I i IIiil" j ' I Ill II I I I I I I I II I Illlll I Illlllll I Iilll Illl 'i 00:00.eaflets critical of Vatican II distributed in Indiana, Kentucky as the acting Grand Prelate of the Sovereign Order, he said. Sir Thomas holds the position of vice-prior, in addition to his membership in the order. The priory is in no way connected or affiliated with the Archdiocese of Louisville, said Father Bernard Breen, vicar general; and chancellor of the archdiocese. Sir Thomas acknowledged that the Knights' activities re conducted without the' approval of the local church, but maintains that "we don't need their permission." The order is "only subject to Rome, and then by mutual agreement," he said. Father Wathen had been suspend- See LEAFLETS page 5 i i August16,1991 i Global Horizons By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor "We deluged 23 churches," said a S)okesman for the Priory of St. John 13 e Baptist. Pamphlets were placed tn the windshields of cars parked Uring Sunday Mass at churches in am;ville, Newburgh and the sur- ounding areas of Indiana, and in the Wet, sboro, Ky., area. The pamphlet has at least one pas- tor in the Diocese of Evansville very concerned, and another, very upset. . The four-page pamphlets argue that the rite of celebrating .Mass, since the Second Vatican Council is new, file- el, immoral, not Catholic" and "no ss at all." A man who identified himself as r Thomas M. Donnelly said, in a lephone interview Aug. 13, that the pamphlet was written and printed at the priory. He described the priory as "a refuge for those who want the true old traditional Catholic Faith." Sir Thomas M the informal cour- tesy title is his preference  said he is a Hereditary Knight of Justice, a member of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem. He said member- ship in the priory is distinct and sep- arate from membership in his reli- gious order. According to Sir Thomas, the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem was established in the 11th Century, at the time of the First Cru- sade. The priory was established in the early 1970s by Father James Wathen, a suspended priest from the Diocese of Owensboro. Father Wathen is the chief chaplain of the priory, as well (00atholic Schools Affinity Cards to be available throughout diocese The use of a new Visa card or Mas- rCard will benefit Catholic schools uroughout the Diocese of Evansville, CCor ling to Justin Clements, dioce- san d: ctor of development. A betails about the "Catholic Schools ffin]  Credit Cards" will be mailed I eVery family in the diocese, arriv- ing early next week, said Clements. Th cards will be issued by Citi-  nsBank in Evansville, and the bank ill absorb all costs of administra- tion. EVery bank within the boundaries 'the diocese was invited to submit a iPosal for the card. The plan from ttiz. sBank will generate more rev- enue than a plan submitted by INB Southwest of Evansville, according to Clements. No other proposals were received, he added. Cardholders will pay no annual fee. The cards are free. Diocesan schools will receive one- half of one percent of all purchases charged to these cards. Card usage will be tracked by ZIP codes so that income can be distributed to the schools in each deanery. Within the deanery, the money will be distribut- ed on a percentage basis according to the number of students in each school. committee has 1991-92 action plan for diocese By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor "Awareness through Action" is the theme of a plan in the Diocese of Evansville to help people reflect and act on social justic-e issues. The theme was adopted by members of the Global Horizons Committee. The first event in the plan is sched- uled for Labor Day weekend, when churches throughout the diocese will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the encyclical Rerum Novarum. Bishop Gettelfinger will preside at Mass at the Pro-Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Evansville, on Sunday, Sept. 1. A packet of liturgy aids, prayer cards and media materials was sent to each parish in the diocese. Also in- cluded was a supply of cards printed with a "Prayer for the Virtue of Jus- tice., Three other activities are being planned by the Global Horizons Com- mittee, including an Advent program, a spring workshop and involvement in the 1992 Habitat for Humanity housing blitz in Evansville. For Advent, a booklet entitled, "Whose Birthday is it Anyway?" is available for catechists, Catholic schools personnel, youth ministers, prayer group leaders and any inter- ested persons. The booklet provides scriptural reflections and related so- cial awareness activities, and will be available in the fall from the offices of Religious Education and Youth Ministry. In response to a meeting earlier this year, the committee will sponsor a spring 1992 workshop for parish and school personnel, volunteers and other interested persons. Approxi- mately 100 people attended the workshop earlier this year, and many of them asked for continued gather- ings to support those who are in so- cial justice ministry or who have an interest in such ministry. Habitat of Evansville, Inc., is plan- ning a housing blitz for the third See GLOBAL page 3 I I Page 6 --Bulletin Board Page 7 -- People Page 9 -- The Bishop's Forum I I Ill II II II [ I [I [ III I II I