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Editorial The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 8, 1989 By PAUl, LEINGANG Message Editor A good neighl00orhood is a good model for parishes I am breaking a promise I made to myself. It never was a formal promise, anyway, and it was made at a time when I had no reason to believe that it would ever make a difference in my life. It must be at least 10 years since I made the promise, while I was reading a locally-written col- umn in a newspaper in Moline, Ill., my former home. The columnist was writing about the people in her neighborhood. She was relating stories about her neighbors to all of her readers. Not only were the stories dealing with real people, real events and real incidents, but the real people were iden- tified by their real names. "I would never do that," I thought. Invasion of neighborhood is only a small step away from invasion of privacy. "I would never subject a neighbor to such publicity;" I promised. When I made the promise, I was working in broadcast news, with no opportunity -- or dream -- o,f writing personal columns. Years after the promise, I find myself writing columns for a newspaper. What is even more surprising is that I find myself being encouraged by a former neighbor to write about him and his family. Perhaps it is not so great a failing on my part since it is a former neighbor -- whose real name is Pat Flynn -- who is the focus of this column's attention. The Flynns moved away from our neighborhood just a few weeks ago. We have not yet met the people who purchased their house, but perhaps they should know that the neighborhood is watching and waiting. When we moved into the neighborhood, we quickly found out how much the neighborhood cared about departures and arrivals. We met several neighbors -- the Flynns among them -- even before all of our furniture was moved into our house. We had met some of the neighbors even before our house purchase was completed. It.was a good feeling -- founded not in curiosity but in friendship. We enjoyed getting acquainted; we hope the friendship continues. There are two good reasons for bringing up these private matters and displaying them in this public way. The first reason concerns the mystery of the incarnation. Although we aren't nomads who pitched a tent in the midst of other nomads, I be- lieve I do have a more complete idea about what it means for someone "to dwell among us." Dwelling in the midst of a neighborhood is certainly a revealing process. The neighbors find out quite a bit about a person or a family. For God to choose to send his son to dwell among us must mean he expected us to get to know our neighbors -- even if they move away. The second reason for publicizing these private matters is to call attention to the idea that a good neighborhood is a good model for parishes. Parishioners should be concerned about each other -- about who enters and who leaves the communi- ty, and about what they do in between times. If we are friends with our neighbors across the street, we certainly should become friends with the people in the next pew at church. Perhaps, in some urban settings, the parish community is the only neighborhood some people have. Washington Letter Coping with higher price tag on, :ollege education By JULIE ASHER Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- On the nation's college campuses, students have begun a new academic year, one with a higher price tag -- between 6 percent and 9 percent higher. The jump in tuition has out- paced the inflation rate of 5.2 percent, though after a decade of increases anal,sts say it may be leveling off. Catholic college officials in- terviewed by Catholic News Service said tuition increases at their institutions have kept pace. Figures released Aug. 10 by the College Board in New York showed that average increases in tuition and fees ranged from 6 percent at public two-year colleges to 9 percent at private four-year colleges, putting the average yearly tuition for private schools, for example, at $7,348 and room and board at $3,430. Public four-year institutions raised their tuition and fees an average of 8 perco, nt, making Tb00MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47724-O169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville PublhheO weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville. Publisher .... Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Associate Publisher .... Rev. doeeph ZlUek Editor ........ .......... Paul Leingang Production Mgr ............... Phil Boger Cir./Adv. Mgr ........... Paul A. Newlend Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. Phone (812) 424-5536. 8ubecrlptlon rate: $1 7.50 per year Single Copy Price: 50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post of- rice in Evansville, IN 47701. Publication number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 357'9 to the Office of Publication. Copyright 1989 Catholic Press of Evansville the average cost at those schools about $1,635. The new figures led U.S. Education Secretary Lauro F. Cavazos to urge "every leader in higher education (to) make holding costs down a priority." Critics contend costs should be more in line with the 5.2 per- cent rise in the national con- sumer price index, but officials at Catholic colleges said that is unrealistic. Calling education a "labor- intensive" pursuit, most cited increases in maintenance costs, salaries, health benefits and in- surance among the culprits pushing tuition up. What also costs, they said, is conforming with government regulations, such as asbestos removal, and, for some, providing child care for single-parent employees. "The cost of doing business has gone up," said Jesuit Father William McGinnis, president of the Washington-based Associa- tion of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. But despite rising tuition he told CNS Aug. 31 he feels students are still "very definitely getting their money's worth. ' ' The Jesuits operate 28 U.S. colleges and universities out of the nation's 226 Catholic in- stitutions of higher education. Their combined enrollment of 1775,184 for 1988-89 represented one-third of the total enrollment at Catholic col- leges. The priciest Jesuit institution is Georgetown University in Disagreement To the editor, In last week's Message, Father Ziliak suggested that we look upon Pope Plus X as a beacon of the modern church. Can he possibly be serious? Or are most modern historians wrong in concluding that because of his repressive en- cyclicals, excommunications, and encouragement of the in- quisitorial League of St. Pins V, in defense of an out-dated, anti- historical scholastic philosophy and theology, Pope Plus X and his ecclesiastical bullies actual- ly "destroyed a whole genera- tion of thinkers within the Roman Catholic church," and produced "a half-century of sterility that...was to weigh as a tragic inheritance upon the future of Catholicism." (C. Falconi, "The Popes in the Twentieth Century: From Plus X to John XXIII, London, 1967, p. 71, as cited in Lawrence F. Letters to the editor [ Barmann, Baron Friedrich von Hugel and the Modernist Crisis in England, Cambridge Univer- sity Press, 1972, p. 246n). Bernard I. Verkamp Vincennes, Ind. Thanks To the editor, We would like to publicly thank Msgr. Leo Conti of the Evangelization Office for speak- ing to our class at the Universi- ty of Southern Indiana. Msgr. Conti was asked by our pro- fessor, Dr. Donaldson, to speak on the issue of abortion. Msgr. Conti lectured against abortion, showed the film, "The Silent Scream," and then opened the class up for a very debatable discussion. His lecture was very well thought out and informative. Sincerely, Laura Binkley and students at USI Washington with tuition, fees, room and board set at $18,826. Rising costs are the same for the public university, but "the only difference is who pays for it," Father McGinnis said. "The cost-of-living index measures a typical market basket of goods and services, everything from toothpaste to buying a house," said Steve Kline, spokesman for Jesuit-run Creighton University in Omaha, Nab. "A university is not an industry where we turn out production-line widgets." In effect, he said, universities have to "operate small cities to provide the product -- the teaching." Creighton's tuition for the new year is $7,218, up from last year's $6,592, and room and board for a typical student now costs $3,300. Jesuit-run Santa Clara University in California, tuition with room and board and fees is $14,304 -- up 9 percent. Daniel Saracino, Santa Clara's dean of admissions, said over 60 percent of the students have financial aid and 40 per- cent of those have part-time jobs. The university has "pumped more" into aid, and California gives needy students $5,200 a year iu assistance, he said, which ha:ps students take advantage of one of the univer- sity's "cornerstones -- small, value-oriented education that can't be provided in the large classroom setting." For students at the University of Notre Dame, tuition jumped 9.5 percent. This year it's $11,315, with room and board at $3,300. Director of financial aid Joseph Russo said Aug. 31 the entire administration at the university, run by the Con- gregation of the Holy Cross, is concerned about "pricing ourselves outside the market," but he said applications for enrollment continue to go up and so does "the quality of the See WASHINGTON page 13 Bishop's schedule The following activities and events are listed on the schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: III |