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18 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 25, 1987 Pope asks Catholic laity to be greater 'sign of contradiction' their primary church role of in- fusing Christian values into the world around them. Other points made by the pope at the Sept. 18 San Fran- cisco meeting with lay leaders included: -- Encouraging pastoral pro- By AGOSTINOBONO sumerism and hedonism of NC News Service U.S. society, said Pope John Paul II. SAN FRANCISCO (NC) -- In a harsh criticism of U.S. The Catholic laity must be a society, he said these present greeter"sign of contradiction .... new challenges and new challenging the widespread temptations" to American secularism, relativism, con- Catholics as they engage in grams for divorced and that is no longer in contradic- separated Catholics, but ref- tion to the indissolubility of firming church practice of not marriage," the pope added. admitting divorced Catholics who have remarried outside the THE POPE ALSO said the lai- church to Communion, ty should take the lead in although he invited them to at- challenging what he described tend Mass. as an increasingly secularized, -- Praising lay participation materialistic and morally in church ministries but warn- relativistic society. , ing not to let this blur the "You are in the forefront of distinction between laity and the struggle to protect authentic priests. Christian values from the -- Reaffirming church onslaught of secularization," teaching that every conjugal act he said. "must always be open to bring- "We face an insidious ing forth new life." relativism that undermines the -- Telling lay people to root absolute truth of Christ and the their activities in a strong truths of faith, and tempts spiritual life based on regular believers to think of them as Mass attendance, merely one set of beliefs or opi- The pope also said "the ac- nions among others," he add- cess of women to public func- ed. : tions must be ensured" because "We face a materialistic con- of the equal dignity of men and sumerism that offers super- women. But he did not discuss ficially attractive but empty the issue of ordaining women, promises," Pope John Paul The pope praised "those said. separated and divorced Catholics who, despite their The pope especially appealed loneliness and pain, are striv- to laity "in public service, ing to preserve their fidelity." education, business, science, "The church assures them social communications and the not only of her prayers and arts." spiritual nourishment, but also He also praised "increasing of .her love, pastoral concern lay participation in all areas of and practical help," he added, ecclesial life," calling it a "The church reaffirms her "great flowering of gifts in the :' practice of not admitting to service of the church's mis- eucharistic Communion those sion." divorced persons who have But he also warned that remarried outside the church, without being rooted in "sound nethertheless, she assures these Catholic ecclesiology" such ac- Catholics too of her deep love," tivity runs the risk of he said. '"clericalizing' the laity or The Church encourages them 'laicizing' the clergy" and rob- "to attend the eucharistic bing each "of their specific sacrifice"' in the hopes that they meaning and their complemen- will "undertake a way of life tarity," the pope said. " Praying at St. Peter's Church Pope John Paul II is surrounded by other members of the clergy as they pray at St. Peter's Church in Columbia, S.C. The pontiff delivered a message to Catholics at the church. --Photo by Associated Press Pope John Paul's visit "realistic,' says cardinal By PAT WINDSOR "I don't mean to say That kind of dialogue was one of the "great things" about everyone agreed with everything he (the pope} said," Cardinal Bernardin said in an interview. "But he was affirm- ing, expressing his apprecia- tion for the good things taking place today." DETROIT (NC} -- Pope John Paul II's trip to the United States did not take place in a "confrontational context," Car- dinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago said after the pope's Sept. 19 departure from Detroit. And Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk of Cincinnati, vice resident of the National Con- fence of Catholic Bishops, termed the pope's trip a "suc- cess" during a press conference in Detroit after the pope left the United States for Canada. A better word to describe the visit would be "realistic," the cardinal said. "By that I mean the pope presented to us the church's teaching and his own perspective. Many of the people he listened to shared their thinking, their experience." The Only Bank With Prson to Personal Banking the visit, Cardinal Bemardin said. "It was structured, but nonetheless those asked to give presentations were free to speak, to say whatever was on their minds, and that's very good." 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