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25, 1992 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum 5 By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Last week I had planned to reflect on the joy- fill celebration of the installation of Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, a native of our own diocese from Holy Family Parist in Jasper. Instead, I wrote about the reality of human tragedy in our life experiences. Despite all of that, there is rea- son to rejoice with Archbishop Daniel. We are proud to know that he is one of our number. h Archbishop Daniel Buechlein is a tribute to is family and to St Meinrad Archabbey where he made his solemn profession as a monk com- mitted to the monastic way of life. He also made a solemn vow of obedience, which he has exer- cised most faithfully. His vow of obedience has had an impact which goes beyond his monastic commitment. The Holy Father, the only one who could do a thing, transferred that vow of obedience 3m the monastic community of St. Meinrad to Twice, Archbishop Daniel has re- sponded, in obedience, to the Holy Father. He first became Bishop of Memphis in Tennessee nrdthen accepted the responsibility of being c rcumSnop of Indianapolis. His willingness and Outage at a time when leadership in the Church is difficult sets a challenging example for us all. Rejoicing with Archbishop Daniel Many have asked me what the difference be- tween an archbishop and a bishop really is. Both are equal as bishop, but the scope of their responsibility is different. An archbishop's responsibility is tied to the fact that he is a leader among equals and his po- sition is generally reflected in the territorial structure of our Church. There is one archbishop who heads a diocese -- usually the largest one w in a province of the Church. He is known as the "Metropolitan Archbishop" or "Metropolitan," for short. In our case, the Province of Indiana en- compasses five dioceses, one of which is the archdiocese, namely the Archdiocese of Indi- anapolis; the other four are known as suffragan dioceses. In addition to the Archdiocese, the Province of Indiana includes the suffragan dioceses of Evansville, Fort Wayne-South Bend, Gary, and Lafayette. Each of the other dioceses is headed by a bishop. Each bishop is responsible to the Holy Father for the shepherding of the diocese assigned to him. However, whenever there is a meeting of the bishops of Indiana, it is the Arch- bishop who convenes the meeting and presides at it. The Archbishop of Indianapolis is also the General Chairman of the Indiana Catholic Con- ference. The ICC consists of a board of directors including bishops and laity from each diocese in Indiana. It is an organization designed to have an impact on the development of public . policy in our state. Its executive director is a registered lobbyist with the state of Indiana. In addition to those extra duties, the Arch- bishop of Indianapolis exercises a fraternal con- cern for the health of each bishop of the Province. Should one of us diocesan bishops be-" come ill or incapacitated, the archbishop inter- venes and keeps the Holy Father informed. Within his province, the archbishop or- dains new diocesan bishops -- if they are not al- ready bishops when assigned. You may recall that Archbishop O'Meara ordained me as the bishop here. Archbishop Biskup, who preceded him, ordained Bishop Shea. Archbishop Daniel has a very large respon- sibility. He is certainly capable of it. He does de- serve our prayers that God may bless his work and grant him joy in it. Let us oblige by prayer- fully remembering him. By BARB FRAZE Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) . War and drought threaten to ake the famine in Mozam- bique as bad as the situation In Somalia, said leaders of in- ie:n:hOnal relief organiza- L..Mzambique is the worst- l. of Several southern 'I, rlcan COuntries, where 18 v311in,p,e,o, ple are the "'most -erat]le to starvation and another 30 million depend o aid. The region is the worst drought of Century, and the dry sea-  does not end until Octo- "Particularly in Mozam- I' lr::do a death-knell for the n: ' - ot Choice Act, pass- _,g it even if Clinto ' mev,3 ,,. n is coa,,u wi, II. probably take a fro ea lobbying effort .."."mm as president ac- ordln to " fF-- g Richard Doer 'ager, aSSociate director for Nat'Plicy develonment, for the ._Qnal Conference of 'taO|lC Bishops' Secretariat Relief groups warn Mo00:0000mbique could be 'another Somalia' bique, they're starving, and nobady's listening," said John Hammock, executive di- rector of Oxfam America. "'Mozambique is another Somalia in the making," he said. "'Mozambique is a hor- ror show, playing to an inter- national stage that is empty." Hammock was one of eight speakers, representatives of international relief organiza- tions, at a Washington press conference on African hunger. They said in Mozam- bique, 3.1 million people are at immediate risk ofstarva- tion and another 6 million people are dependant on food aid. Sharon Pauling, Africa pol- icy analyst for Bread for the for Pro-Life Activities. "They'll need not only a president who'll sign it, but who'll pressure Congress," Doerflinger said. "There was a tramendous grass-roots response from the states in the spring and sum- mer" to defeat S.25, Johnson said. "It was a surprise to a lot of people." JASPER LUMBER CO. & KLUESNER HOME World, said that "'war re- .mains the major cause of famine in Mozambique." "'Drought is exacerbating the problem," she added. Ms. Pauling, who recently returned form southern Africa, said that in Mozam- bique and Zimbabwe. she passed "'river beds some of them just spotted with pud- dles." Because of the drought, animals and people share the same water sources, creating tremendous health problems, she said. "'The lack of water is a real problem in this emergency," Ms. Pauling said. Many people are "'not look- ing for handouts, but wanting to help themselves," she said, adding that she was "'struck by the pride and strength by which people approach their own problems." "'They want peace," she said. Philip Johnston, president of CARE, also had visited Mozambique, where he said conditions were among the worst he had seen in 30 years. "'It is beyond my capacity to explain to you the ... bru- tality that has been visited on these people," he said. Over the last decade, 1 mil- lion people have died as a re- sult of the Mozambican war. The day of the press confer- ence, the Mozambican gov- ernment said" it had agreed to a U.N. plan for 10 peace cor- ridors to deliver famine relief aid to the interior by truck convoys flying the U.N. or Red Cross flag. FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 , i i I But on Sept. 16, two days later, a spokesman for Mozambique National Resis- tance said the group rejected the government plan. The spokesman said the ,peace corridors must begin in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Malawi, not inside Mozam- bique, where the government could launch a new offensive before signing o peace :ac- cords in October. I I I I I I I .: Here's where donations for African relief may be sent WASHINGTON (CNS}  Following are some Of the agencies accepting donations far African relief: Catholic Relief Services, 209 W. Fayette St., Balti- more. Md., 21201. (410) 625-2220. American Red Cross. Box 37243. Washington, D.C., 20013. (800) 842-2200. American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19102. {215} 241-7141. World Vision, P.O. Box 1131, Pasadena. Calif., 91131. {800) 423-4200. UNICEF, 331 East 38th St., New York, N.Y., 10016, (212) 686- 5522. Care International, 660 First Ave., New York. N.Y., 10016. (212) 686-3110. International Medical Corps, 5933 West Century Blvd., Suite 310. Los Angeles, Calif., 90045, {310} 670- 0800. Lutheran World Relief, 390 Park Avenue South, New York, N.Y., 10016-8803. {212) 532-6350. Oxfam America. 115 Broadway, Boston. Mass.. 02116. (800) 225-5800. U.S. Committee for UNICEF, 331 East 38th St., New York, N,Y., 10016. {212) 686-5522 I Pope calls for end to violence VATICAN CITY {CNS) Pope John Paul II called for an end to violence in South Africa and for dialogue aimed at a "more just future" for the white minority-ruled nation. The pope's sentiments were expresged in a telegram to Archbishop Wilfrid Napier, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, after a Sept. 7 African National Congress protest march turned violent. The Vatican Sept. 18 re- leased the telegram signed by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vat- ican secretary of state. Soldiers in the black home- land of Ciskei killed 28 peo- ple and wounded nearly 200 others when they opened fire on an estimated 20,000 peo- ple participating in the ANC march demanding resignation of the homeland's military leader. The telegram conveyed the pope's prayers for the dead, for the iniured and for their families. "In the name of jesus Christ; the prince of peace, he