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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 23, 1996 III I I Cardinal Law finds 'Called to be Catholic' flawed BOSTON (CNS) -- Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston has described as flawed and "not very helpful" the framework statement on which Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago has based a Catholic unity pro- ject. He said the "pastoral crisis" Cardinal Bernardin is attempt- ing to address cannot be resolved by making "truth and dissent from truth.., equal partners in ecclesial dialogue." "It is, I think, unfortunate that the cardinal's initiative has tied itself to this statement," Cardi- nal Law said Aug. 12,just hours after Cardinal Bernardin an- nounced his initiative. "The statement is not very helpful," Cardinal Law added. 'nroughout there are gratuitous assumptions, and at significant points it breathes an ideological bias which it elsewhere decries in others. The fundamental flaw in this document is its appeal for 'dialogue' as a path to 'common ground." The statement at issue is titled "Called to be Catholic." It was drawn up by the New York-based National Pastoral Life Center in consultation with Cardinal Bernardin and a number of other U.S. Catholic leaders. The statement says the per- sistent polarization in the U.S. Catholic community threatens to sap its vitality and undermine the church's needed witness in society. It criticizes both the so-called left and the so-called right for contributing to a climate of dis- trust and antagonism that make constructive dialogue and collab- oration difficult. Cardinal Law noted that about two-thirds of the way through the framework statement is "the thought that 'Jesus Christ, pre- sent in Scripture and sacrament, is central to all we do; he must always be the measure and not what is measured."' "I would have preferred to have the statement begin at that point," he said. "The crisis the church is facing can only be ade- quately addressed by a clarion call to conversion." "Dialogue as applied to this pastoral crisis must be clearly understood," the Boston prelate commented. "Dissent from revealed truth or the authoritative teaching of the church cannot be 'dialogued' away. Truth and dissent from truth are not equal partners in ecclesial dialogue," he added. "Di- alogue as a pastoral effort to as- sist in a fuller appropriation of the truth is laudable. Dialogue as a way to mediate between the truth and dissent is mutual de- ception." He said that the "common ground" for Catholics "is found in sacred Scripture and tradition, and it is mediated to us through the authoritative and binding teaching of the magisterium." "The disconnect that is so often found today between that Catholic common ground and faith and practice of some Catholics is alarming," he said. He questioned what the state- ment meant by introducing the Bishop Pilla hopes Bernardin initiative will succeed WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, presi- dent of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he hopes the Catholic unity initiative by Chicago's Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin will achieve its goal. "I pray ior this effort and hope the cardinal's stated purpose and goal of better understand- ing and reconciliation can be achieved," he said in a brief statement Aug. 13. "The cardinal has indicated that this effort will be made in the context of church teaching and tradition," Bishop Pilla said. "I have every reason to believe that the cardinal has.taken this initiative because of his love and concern for the church." Bishop Pilla praised Cardinal Bernardin, 68, saying he has "served the Holy See, the Arch- II ml II I Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St.. Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 diocese of Chicago, the church in the United States and the Na- tional Conference of Catholic Bishops with dedication and dis- tinction." 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