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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana :i September 24, li Perspective The twelve tribes of the parish community Are you a "belongef' or an "as- sociate?" Are you "outer-directed" or "inner-directed?" If you are like me, you have a deep distrust of all labels -- but you can accept the re- ality of all such systems: they work, to a certain degree. A recent lunch time conversa- tion descended in'to silliness -- with a call for a new system of self- understanding. We concluded that all people could find themselves represented in the Seven Dwarfs. It's easy to look around and decide who is "dopey" and who is "sleepy" not that it does any good to make such comparisons. Although I am very leery of all such schemes, I recently came across a section of a book which seemed to do some good -- to help me come to an un- derstanding about the various characteristics we find in our church today. The book is, "New Bells for New Steeples," about modern communication strategies for parishes, by Jay Cormier. The section in the book which caught my attention is, "The 12 Tribes of the Parish Community." Although it may not be polite, or fair, to try to categorize everybody you know in the Church, the IB PAUL R. INGANG EDITOR 12 "tribes" seem to describe them all. First listed are the Children -- preschoolers who are curious and imaginative, who respond to unam- biguous stories of good and evil. The Literalists are elementary and middle-school children, and some adults, who take a fundamen- talist approach to faith. Good is re- warded, evil is punished, and God is viewed as a stern but just parent. The Searchers are older teenagers and young adults, who are in a stage of transition. The Survivors are the poor and neediest of the parish, struggling to make ends meet. The Belongers are the middle middle-class who strive to fit in. They are good workers, but not good leaders. They prefer the status quo; they value patriotism, home and family, church and loyalty to nation and job. The Traditionalists are usually found among the seniors in the parish. Their view of the Church is centered on order, structure and authority. The Outer-Directed are driven by financial success, prestige or security. The Inner-Directed are driven by values them. Self-reliance and inner growth are most im- portant. The Sectarians see the Church as a small of disciples, not an institution for the Catholic Workers on one side and Chari the other are included. The Intimates view the Church as a family. They value intimacy through renewal. The Associates identify the Church thorough memberships and participation in t tions. The Pilgrim People are grounded in God and the Kingdom of God. Their action is always linked to their belief. They have an adult view of the Church, where lay adults are treated and as adults. The point of trying to describe the people Church today in this way is straightforward. If want to communicate to somebody, you have a ter chance of"reaching" them if you know some- thing about them. Nobody fits perfectly into any many people I know -- me included the Intimate tribe, with a view of the Church as family. I would like to think I am also part of the i Pilgrim People. What tribe are you in? Washington Letter Peace accord opens new chapter in interreligious affairs By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) Peace accords being developed by Israel, the Palestine Libera- "tion Organization and their Middle East neighbors also mean new hopes and responsi- bilities for Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders. Their role will have to in- clude working to reverse ha- treds -- long defined as reli- gious differences -- and recognizing that the area's Muslims, Christians and Jews have a great deal in common theologically, if not culturally. Religious themes ran throughout speeches by U.S., Israeli and Palestinian politi- cal leaders at the Sept. 13 peace accord ceremony at the White House. President Clin- ton wove scriptural references into his speech, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin con- cluded with a Hebrew prayer and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat began by praising God. Just as participants at the ceremony described the break- through settlement in spiritual terms, the religious undercur- rent to the bitter political dis- putes of the Middle East will be a factor in continuing the peace process, according to John L. Esposito, director of the Center for Muslim-Christ: ian Understanding at George- town University in Washing- ton. Political differences between Padre Pio touched the lives of thousands To the Editor, I would like to write about Padre Pio because September 23rd marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. Al- though he has not been canon- ized yet, his cause for beatifica- tion was opened in November of 1969 just fourteen months after his death. The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Pulistr .............. Bshop Gerald A. C.-ettetflnger Eddor ............................................ Paul Leingang Po. Manger .......................... P Booer Ciculalion .................................. .Amy Housmn Adveg .................................... Pa Sta writer ............................ Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P,O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $12.00 per year Single Copy Price: $,50 Entered as 2rid class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication Ccpyh 19eJ  Press of E ii At the age of five, Padre Pio knew that he wanted to be a priest and a follower of St. Francis of Assisi. At fifteen, he entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Friars. Although he was of feeble health, he pos- sessed a strong will. He was ordained a priest in 1910. His parents were very poor. His fa- ther came to America and worked in a shipyard to help pay for his schooling. On Sep- tember 20, 1918, the visible wounds appeared, making him the first stigmatized priest in the history of the church. The stigmata lasted almost fifty years to the day. The con- stant bleeding of the wounds produced a perfume-like fra- grance. Padre Pio had a great compassion for the sick and handicapped children. He had a hospital built near the monastery. His love for the spiritually sick was unsurpassed. He spent many hours in the con- fessional. I personally knew a man from New York who went to confession to Padre Pio. When he entered the confes- sional he became frightened and couldn't tell his sins. How- ever, Padre Pio told him the day, the places and the nature of his sins. I never had the opportunity to meet Padre Pio, but I did visit the monastery where he spent most of his life. I also met a number of the monks at San Giovanni. One of them was Fr. Alessio Parento, who was Padre Pio's personal assis- tant for the last six years of his life. It was a great honor to have him as a guest speaker in the Evansville diocese in 1978. Just eleven days before his death on September 12, 1968, Padre Pio wrote a letter to Pope Paul VI commending him for the gift to the church of his encyclical "Humane Vitae." Over the years Padre Pio has touched the lives of thousands of people. His intercession brought spiritual peace and healing to those who would turn to him for help. He as- sured his friends that he would be able to help them much more after his death. His great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, the Blessed Virgin, and the rosary made him a living saint. Richard W. Vieck Vincennes Israel and its Arab neighbors have been a major stumbling block in Muslim-Jewish and Muslim- Christian relations, Esposito said. The vast majority of Israelis are Jewish, and Muslims domi- nate most of the rest of the re- gion around Israel. But Chris- tians such as Eastern-rite Catholics are a majority in Lebanon and, because of the Holy Land, have a significant presence in Israel. As religious leaders have at- tempted to bring their follow- ers closer together, political differences inevitably have de- fined the direction f ecumeni- cal efforts, even among Chris- tians and Jews. "Looking at the Mideast, the overriding problem has been political, with a religious sig- nificance that is symbolized by the fight over Jerusalem," Es- posito explained. Christians, Jews and Mus- lims all consider Jerusalem a holy city but it has been under Israeli rule since 1967. Espos- ito said Christians and Jews have made substantial strides toward better understanding in the last few decades, but their relations with Muslims remain strained. The peace accord between Is- rael and the PLO and develop- ing agreements in which other Middle East nations are for- mally recognizing Israel's right to exist will reduce gious tensions, said Eisenberg, director of ternational council for l B'rith International. "This is a peace engages people at the and spiritual level,  said I berg. Even among We Christians and Jews, has resulted from was a perception thai Christian pathetic to Arab claims rael was occupying that should belong Palestinians. John Borelli, associate tor of the U.S. bishops' tariat for Ecumenical terreligious Affairs, though the peace essentially a they will create a from which ecumenism other relationships ceed. The agreement in that Israelis and can live peacefully side means "from now on point B," Borelli said. "We are no longer A," he said: "We've point B and we won't Moving on to points both politically and will be a very delicate Eisenberg noted. See WASHINGTON Bishop's sched The following activities and events are listed schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger.