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T h,,N[._ F______+' S S AGE VOLUME 22 NUMBER 2 September 13,1991 i CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE WALK IN THE PRESENCE OF THE L+O+R+D Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated Sept. 15 in diocese By PAUL R. LEINGANG appreciation. Message Editor "In order to improve al- ways as a teacher, continue "Walking in the presence of learning more and more the Lord" is the theme of Cat- about your faith, wrote Bish- echetical Sunday, being cele- op Leibrecht. "Read and brated Sept. 15 in the Diocese study. Pray! Take time for a of Evansville and in many retreat• Through growth in dioceses of the United States. your personal relationship "Catechetical Sunday helps with God, you enhance the parishioners focus on the witness you give of your local church's educational faith -- a witness that makes mission," wrote Nell A. Par- what you teach come alive ent, former representative for and attractive to others." Catechesis/Adult Education A prayer written as a bk;ss- with the Department of Edu- ing for catechists, prepared' cation of the United States by the USCC, asks God to Catholic Conference. Cate- "strengthen these servants of chetical Sunday "reminds yours in their resolve to dedi- them how important the cate- cate themselves as cate- chetical effort is in the forma- chists." The blessing prayer is tion of people and parish designed for use during the life." liturgy, either after the homi- Bishop.John J. Leibrecht of ly or at the end of Mass. the Diocese of Springfield- Cape Girardeau in Missouri is In recognition of their dedi- the chairman of the USCC cation and service, the Mes- Committee on Education. In sage has listed the names of comments directed to cate- all catechists in the parishes chists, Bishop Leibrecht of- of the diocese, on pages 8 fered his encouragement and and 9 of this issue• Creating a secure future Catholic leaders urge peaceful change in tumultous East Europe By BILLPRITCHARD In Germany, the bishops not broken its diplomatic re- culties, having almost no conflict. Catholic News Service were seen as being influential lations." marketable natural resources In late August and again in in pushing the German gov- U.S. Catholics with Soviet and a currency, the ruble, early September, the German WASttINGTON (CNS) -- ernment to pressure Yu- links watched the tumultuous which is worthless outside bishops urged stronger action s political Changes kept goslavia to stop the war. August changes in the Soviet their borders, by Bonn and the rest of Eu- astern Europe in turmoil, At his weekly general audi- Union with hope and expec- Focusing on the Yugosla- rope to stop the violence and Catholic leaders in the United ence Sept. 4, Pope John Paul tation, vian crisis Sept. 1, the Vati- resolve the political and eth- States and overseas urged of- encouraged newly indepen- "This is absolutely phe- can newspaper, L'Osservatore nicicrisis. ficials and citizens alike from dent Lithuania to "restore nomenal what we've seen in Romano, warned against implore you to do every- the Baltics to Yugoslavia to through a common effort a one week," said Archbishop using warfare to achieve na- thing in your power so that rebuild their societies non-vi- free and honest future•" John L. May of St. Louis, who tionalist goals in the fractured the bloodshed may finally olently. Speaking to a group of 70 visited Lithuania, Latvia, federation, stop," bishops' conference Pope John Paul II called on Lithuanians attending tile an- Byelorussia and Ukraine a The "temptation to vie- president Bishop Karl Catholic Lithuania to create a dience, the pope was making year ago. lence" is seen "in the grave Lehmann of Mainz wrote in a Secure future for its people, his first public comment "My first reaction is great internal Yugoslavian conflict, Sept. 5 letter to Chancellor And Lithuanian-American about Lithuania since Aug. hope -- hope that the failure- signaled by the very real war Helmut Kohl. Catholics were cautiously op- 29, when the Vatican recog- of the coup will solidify ... in act between Serbs and On Aug. 26, the Permanent imistic when looking at the nized the tiny Baltic state's democracy and the freedom Croats," said the Sept. 1 edi- Council of the conference is- Uture for their ancestral independeflce from the Sovi- of the various republics," he torial, sued a statement endorsing homeland, which faces et Union and announced it said -- referring to the failed The newspaper praised Yu- the independence of Slovenia daunting economic problems, was ready to resume normal coup attempt by Soviet Com- goslavian peace demonstra- and Croatia. A variety of Catholic voices diplomatic relations, munist hard-liners. The hard- tors. "We expressly defend the Were directed at stopping the The Vatican said it "never liners' failure accelerated the "The mothers of multi-eth- legitimate right to self- deter- rowing violence in the war recogrized the forced annexa- downfall of the Communist nic Yugoslavia have entered mination in Slovenia and etween breakaway Croatia tion in 1940" of Lithuania by Party in the Soviet Union. the scene, in the name of sons Croatia, who, in free elec- and the Serbian majority of the Soviet Union and "has Daina Dumbrys of Chicago, lined up on opposing barri- tions, have voted for a demo- the Yugoslavian federation, considered interrupted but treasurer of the Lithuanian cades, to ask for an end to the cratic state of their own and American Council, described civil war," the editorial said. are no longer willing to bend the mood among Chicago's It cited the Yugoslavian sit- to the unity of a constructed 100,000 Lithuanians as one of uation as a warning that the nation that for decades was "subdued optimism•" end of communist rule in enforced by totalitarian math- ' ads." Before the coup crumbled, East Europe must not lead to fro, the Baltic wars among rival ethnic and A Vatican official has she said, "we  ' . republics were in greai dan- nationalistic groups• found a bright lining on the ger. Since we had been so At the same time, European cloud of troubles hanging strongly outspoken, we leaders must understand that over the region. Featured thought we'd be crushed." certain "tionalistic agita- Cardinal Edward Cassidy, But their elation at the top- tion" is based on "legitimate the Vatican's top ecumenical ...... Catechist piing of the coup is tempered feelings" having historical official, said the fall of com- munism in the Soviet Union by tile realization that "we roots, it said. Kathy still have a long row to hoe. Meanwhile, the German hi- appears to place religious ,, -,rid freedom beyo, dispute." Right now we're in limbo," erarchy was said to be a force At the same time, the push McGr00th she said. behind the German govern- for independence among re- The Baltic states, particu- ment's leading role in Euro- publics -- particularly in tile larly Lithuania and Latvia, pean efforts to broker a solu- face daunting economic diffi- tion to the Yugoslavian See CREATING page 16