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00ho00/F. S s " CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 Bishops' advisory council opposes women's pastoral By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON, (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops National Advisory Council has urged the bishops to table their pro- Pw sod pastoral letter on omen, savine that the tone of the lates't draft is "defen- SWe and authoritarian rather than pastoral." . . Sources told Cuthohc News Service that the council, tt Which met during the second Week of September in Mar- riottsville, Md, overwhelm- h ingly opposed ihe latest draft o. !he pastoral and urged the kmSflops to replace it with a unet statement calling for more study and dialog, Uedule d The bishops are sche [ and vote on the let- . t their general meeting this November. 1' According to documenta- tion on COUncil actions given Ioo, CNS, the council urged /.,m .a replacement statement }.nlply SUmmarize "the bene- 'f the process, the hum- . g Complexities of the ISSUe and the need for much mr prayer and dialogue." ne COuncil is a national ody of priesls, religious and Y people which meets twice hYear !o discuss issues facin, en?'shops and review g  ,tua plans for tile next een- raaeeting of the National lerence of Catholi tishops ' ; Its advice on various issues and agenda items is titan for- Warded to the NCC% dmnf istrative Comnnttee abe . ' " Y ,i. ut 50 bishops which sets me agenda for the NCCB gen- eral rneetin, T " he Administrative Cam- mittee,, which met in Wash- ington Sept. 15-17, decided Sept. 15 to include the pro- posed pastoral on the Novem- ber agenda as an action item. The National Advisory Council, according to the documentation, also objected to the latest draft of the pas- toral on grounds that its ex- panded treatment of women's ordination "unfortunately suggests that this topic has become the church's princi- pal preoccupation regarding women's concerns." The council suggested that the documentation developed by the pastoral's drafting committee over the years "in the processes addressing sex- ism in the church and the concerns of women" should be turned over to the NCCB Committee on Women in So- ciety and in the Church. Nearly 10 years in the mak- ing, the pastoral has been em- broiled in controversy from the beginning. The latest draft is the fourth to be published. Completed this summer, it was sent out to the bishops in late August. In response to a CNS in- quiry Msgr. Robert N. I,vnch, NCCB general secretary, said the Administrative Ccimmit- tee placed the fourth draft on the November agenda with- out any recommendation to the l)ishops as to how they should handle the document When the bishops debated the previous draft of the pas- toral at a Ineeting in June, they discussed several possi- bilfties for treating the topic of women's concerns by some other means than a national pastoral letter. They did not resolve that question. NUMBER 4 E September 25, 1992 / After 500 years, look to the future, says pope CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS)  Pope John Paul II said he expects the October general assembly of l,atin American bishops to look pri- marily toward the, fimlre and empfiasize the "'full libera- tion" Christianity offers to modern peoples. The, meeting will be a his- toric event and should repre- sent an "hour of grace" for the church there, the pope said during an Angelus bless- ing Sept. 20. It will give the estimated 300 bishops a chance to offer thanks for 500 years of the church's presence and the work of early missionaries in Latin America, he said. "The conference, without losing sight of the 'light and shadows' of the past, will project its attention toward the future," he said. In proposing a pastoral line of action for coming years, the bishops should take into account tim challenges of our own time, the pope said. They will respond best to the expectations of Latin Ameri- cans by stressing that "only in Jesus Christ is it possiblt , to attain full liberation," he said, The pope is scheduled to open the assembly during a trip to the Dominican Repub- lic Oct. 9-14. Tim pope plans to meet a delegation of indigenous peo- ples duing his stay in the Dominican Republic." tte was originally to have met the na- tive groups in Mexico's Yu- catan peninsula, but plans changed following the pope's intestinal surgery in July. The pope referred to his surgery in unusual terms when he addressed a group of Italian air force pilots the same day. "In July, the Lord allowed the pope to make an unsched- uled landing for a somewhat special stop in the world of suffering." he said, St. Theresa Youth Group lives By MARY ANN HUGHES, Message staff writer This summer, eight members of the Youth Group at St. . Evansville, traveled to the central highlands of for a week-long visit. look back on their trip, they are united by one thought. The lives. ennifer Miller, O.S.B., DRE and Youth Minister at St. Theresa, had three purposes. "It was a cultural exchange, it was for on- there was the aspect of service and reaching out to the broth- we met." students, four boys and four girls, and three adults stayed in a Bene- e monastery in Coban, Guatemala, which is a dependant priory of Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. in monastery "they lived community with the Guatemalan Sis- ste Miller said Althoueh the students and the Sisters did not COmmon language or cuiure, "they did share a common faith and .,, their visit, the Evansville students were able to witness the "pro- of the Guatemalan people, particularly as they celebrated the of Corpus Christi. The students watched a procession through the "saw that the Guatemalans have so little but their fa]th also met 30 Guatemalan students and by the end of their visit, a "reluctance on the part of some of t}lem to come back, because home there." liar asked each student to write down their thoughts about their in Guatemala. Here are their responses: heaved the bags off my shoulders and looked { up, I Couldn't believe my, ejes! What used to be an av- 6"rage, middle-class home -7 : was now a palace: After ab- sorbing all the experiences in Guatemala, my once familiar home was not run.of.the-mill any more. I realize how jam.packed our days were with such a va- riety of sights, smells, sounds, tastes and experi- ences, all ko vastly different " ' than anything we ard accus- tomed to. We saw everything from BMWs to pover(l ioy to despair, beauty to desolation, harmony to social unrest, simplicity to confusion, and the list continues! But, the Members of the Youth Group at St. - ribbon that ties all of these Theresa Church, Evansville, Sarah Ad er experiences together is the:" and Ertca lland, visit child ,I he love and friendship we found through the beoutiful Sisters pediatric ward at the hospital in Cohen, d, ho lcomed us into their Guatemala.  " " home. They shared with us more an just their rooms and delicious food: they shared their lm'e of e and Simple fai that even after being baffle, in Evahsville 1 inspinrs  ....