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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 18, 1987 Pope praises service to poor, minorities Bnefiy... 00,s00ee00ov,00 n u00in, Differences remain between pope and Jewish leaders MIAMI {NC} --Despite progress in Catholic-Jewish rela- tions, a Sept. 11 meeting between Pope John Paul H and U.S. Jewish leaders showed that deep differences remain between the faiths on issues such as the Holocaust and recognition of Israel. The Orthodox rabbi who was originally designated as the Jewish spokesman declined to participate, saying his rab- binical organization felt the pope was not "sufficiently for- thcoming" on major matters. But at the meeting there was also praise for progress in mutual understanding during more than 20 years of official Catholic-Jewish dialogue. PoDe John Paul spoke of "strong, unequivocal efforts" by Popes Pins XI and XII "against anti-Semitism and Nazism," prais- ing the pontiffs and other Catholic leaders for helping Jews flee Nazi persecution. He said "history will reveal ever more clearly how deeply Plus XII felt the tragedy of the Jewish people." Pope's homily reaffirms traditional Catholic teachings COLUMBIA, S.C. (NC) -- Pope John Paul II warned American families Sept. 11 not to mistake "sins against love and against life" as "progress and emancipation." In a homi- ly which reaffirmed traditional Catholic teachings against divorce and abortion, the pope also urged Americans not to lose sight of the "true meaning" of freedom. "America: You cannot insist on the right to choose without also insisting on the duty to choose well, the duty to choose in the truth," the pope told about 60,000 people gathered in the University of South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium. The pope spoke after reading the Gospel during an ecumenical "Service of Christian Witness." Bishops should be participants in Catholic universities NEW ORLEANS (NC) -- Bishops must be participants in Catholic universities and the work of theologians must be tested by the church's teaching authority, Pope John Paul II told Catholic higher education officials Sept. 12 in New Orleans, Pope John Paul said bishops should be seen "not as external agents but as participants inthe life of the Catholic university in its privileged role as protagonist in the an- counter:between faith and science and between revealed truth and culture." Bishops need the assistance Of Catholic theolosians, "who perform an inestimable service to the church;" the pope said. "But theologians also need the charism entrued by Christ to the bishops and, in the first ptace, to the bishop of Rome," Pope John Paul said as the au- dience applauded. AIDS is "natural sanction' not a punishment from God SAN FRANCISCO (NC) -- AIDS is not a punishment from God but is a "natural sanction" against homosexuality, which ,'violates our nature," the Vatican's top com- municator said in an interview with a San Francisco daily newpaper. Speaking in Rome, Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Commission for Social Com- nunications, said AIDS stands as another reason, "in addi- tion to the moral reason," for avoiding homosexual activity. "We shouldn't engage in any form of acitivity that violates our nature," Archbishop Foley said in the interview, published Sept. 9 in the San Francisco Examiner. "Don't take excessive alcohol. Don't become addicted to drugs. Don't engage in homosexual activity because this can be one of the consequences," he said. NC News Service NEW ORLEANS (NC) -- Pope John Paul II proclaimed himself a student of U.S. Catholic education Sept. 12 in New Orleans. "I have come here first as a student," the pope said follow- ing his address to Catholic teachers at the Louisiana Super- dome on the third day of his U.S. visit. "So as a student I thank you for all you have taught me this morning." Pope John Paul heard leaders of Catholic elementary and secondary schools and religious education describe achievements and problems in Catholic education and saw two videos on the subject. Students often worry about the grades they will receive, the pope told the educators. "I am anxious about what kind of notes I shall receive. I'm hop- ing. I'm hopeful." By their sustained applause the educators told the pontiff he had made the grade. In his address Pope John Paul said he recognized that "not all the questions relating to the organization, financing and ad- ministration of Catholic schools in an increasingly complex society have been resolved to the satisfaction of all." But, he said, Catholic schools in the United States have a reputation for academic ex- cellence and community ser- vice. The pope especially praised U.S. Catholic education's reputation for service to poor and minority students. "We cannot doubt that such is part of God's call to the church in the United States. It isa responsibility that is deeply inscribed in the history of Catholic education in this coun- try." Pope John Paul reminded the group that parents have the primary role in educating their children. "Nor should parents in any way be penalized for choosing for their children an education according to their beliefs," he said as the educators applaud- ed. Some Catholic education organizations have argued for tax breaks for parents who pay taxes toward public education while paying to send their children to parochial schools. l  PARTY & DANCE SCHNELLVILLE CALL: 424-9274 If you can't bear to think about your funeral, think about yo0r family. With Forethoughls Funeral Planning, you FOR COMPLETE can take care of it all and complete your funeral plans today.., so your family won t have all those decisions. Phone 424-9274. ELECTRICAL SERVICE H.G. FISCHER RT. 1 ST. ANTHONY VINCENNES I American National Bank Bicknell - Sandborn Vincennes Drive-in Facilities - Member F.D.I.C. A Full Service Bank 219 K FRANKLIN ST. EVANSVILLE COMMUNITY IS "at the heart of all Catholic education, not simply as a concept to be taught, but as a reality to be liv- ed," the pope said. "Your students will learn to understand and appreciate the value of community as they ex- perience love, trust and loyalty in your schools and educational programs, and as they learn to treat all persons as brothers and sisters created by God and redeemed by Christ." The ultimate goal of all Catholic education is salvation in Jesus Christ, Pope John Paul reminded the crowd. Its challenge is to transmit "the full truth concerning the human person, created in God's image and called to life in Christ through the Holy Spirit." "The world needs more than just social reformers. It needs saints," he told the educators. "Holiness is not the privilege of a few; it is a gift offered to all. The call to holiness is address- ed also to you and to your students." Pope John Paul made men- tion of the long history of Catholic education in the New Orleans Archdiocese, which dates back to the early 1700s, and he praised the commitment of Religious and lay people. In an address to the pope, James Griesgraber, principal at Nativity of Our Lady School in St. Paul, Minn., said Catholic education in the United States is unique because it rests on the principle of freedom of choice; because it embraces all peoples, minorities; and because "the whole system depends on the voluntary finan- cial support and service of thousands of people." No government funds direct- ly support Catholic schools, yet "these same parents also are re- quired to pay taxes to support the public school system, even though they do not send their ' children to it," Griesgraber said. Another unique aspect of U.S. Catholic education is the degree to which parents are in- volved, he said. He also told the pope of the success of U.S. Catholic educa- tion. Catholic school students score well on government tests, go on to higher education and more regularly practice their- religion, he said studies show. '* Msgr. Vincent D. Breen, superintendent of schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., said finances are a continuing con- cern. "Paying a just wage, in addi- tion to covering rising maintenance and capital costs continues to put a strain on the church's ability to maintain schools," he said. 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