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.._ptember 27, 1991 The Message E for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop&apos;s Forum h....-- 9 By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER We are in a change of seasons with our Catholic scho ols On September 16, 1991, there was a regional meeting of 250 Catholic School personnel in Indi- anapolis. Issues raised at that meeting will be- COme a part of the National Catholic School COngress to be held in Washington, D.C. on NOvember 6-10, 1991. I must say I was proud to be one of 40 from the Diocese of Evansville. Dr. Robert Kealey delivered a very interesting nd enlightening history of Catholic Schools in e United States. He marked significant moments In that history. Elsewhere in this edition is a con- s ideration of the success of Catholic schools and the!r future. It is maybe a happenstance that we are in the change of seasons in our climate. Autumn is here. Harvest is underway for some crops and complet- ed for others. It has been a good growing season and it has been a bad growing season. In the Urses of years it has been neither the most nor e least fruitful. The abundance in one yield had a Counter balance of a below normal yield in an- Other crop. Similarly, the rhythm of life has its ebbs and flows. Autumn will certainly give way to winter. The small grains of winter wheat planted in the fall will sprout and come through the ground. The young hearty blades will weather the storms of winter to give forth their yield in early sum- mer. I am convinced we are in a change of seasons with Catholic schools. Schools of the past have done well and not so well. The excellence of one may have a counter in another. The topmost issue of the regional Congress on Catholic Schools in Indianapolis was quite a predictable one and it is: "To elicit clear and def- inite support for, and commitment to, Catholic schools from all church and community leaders, especially bishops and all clergy." Fuzziness in communication gives the ap- pearance that leadership is unclear or vacillating on the subject of Catholic Schools. As an exam- ple, whenever you hear someone talking about Catholic schools, count the times the speaker refers to "Catholic Education" when "Catholic Schooling" is intended. Even Dr. Kealey did it. Catholic Education is a broad term that is all inclusive of the Church's efforts to communicate faith. "Total Catholic Education" includes both Catholic school programs and out-of-school reli- gious education. Let it be clear where I stand on the matter of Catholic schools. It is my conviction that Catholic schools are unmatched in their ability to assist parents in transmitting the values and tenets of our faith to their children. As schools are in a privileged position to assist parents, Catholic school personnel bear heavy responsibility to as- sure parents that their children are taught the val- ues and tenets of the Catholic faith. They must provide an equally sound education in all other areas of schooling. This effort of parents and school personnel requires a commitment of the whole community to be successful. More on "A Change of Seasons" next week. 'q00lden Jubilarians t! ty Center. An open house will be held from 1:30 to 4:30. ,I 9< Resolutions on environment, health care approved by Catholic women DALLAS (CNS) -- Catholic women from around the country pledged to work to reform the nation's health care system and to promote environmental awareness and action during the convention of the National Council of Catholic Women in Dallas. The resolutions on health care and the environment were among several approved during the Sept. 15-18 con- vention, which drew some 1,700 participants for work- shops and panel discussions on various social justice con- terns. Tile council, a federation of U.S. Catholic women's groups, chose as its theme, "Let Justice Surge IAke Water," to coincide with the centenary of the church's so- cial justice tradition. The health care resolution called for education of mem- bers on tile national crisis in health care, challenged candi- dates for public office to raise it as an election issue and asked that tile national orga- nization collaborate in efforts to reform tile health care sys- teln. Annette Kane, executive di- junction with the Catholic Health Association, Catholic Charities and the U.S. Catholic Conference, the bishops' public policy arm. She said the national council could be utilized by alerting its membership on key leg- islative issues affecting health care. "They rely on us a lot be- cause we have the network of grass- roots organizations that we can tap if there is a sena- tor or congressman in a par- ticular area that is a critical vote, so we can call women who are there and get their telephone trees going," said Kane in an interview with the Texas Catholic, Dallas dioce- san newspaper. Convention participants also voted to initiate a nation- al stewardship program on environmental awareness and action. Kane said the nation- al organization already has signed a memorandunl of un- derstanding with the U.S. Forestry Service and Soil Conservation Service "that will move us forward in de- veloping programs and re- sources in the whole area of conservation and environ- and throughout parish life, especially in liturgy and reli- gious education. A resolution on inclusive language advo- cated education of all mem- bers on the issue and use of inclusive language in all council communications. Given the recent world at- tention focused on the Per- sian Gulf and the Middle East because of "crises of war, poverty and injustice," the membership voted to begin "interreligious dialogue in ac- cordance with Vatican II's Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions for mutual under- standing in promoting peace, liberty and social justice." The organization is seeking to expand its respect-for-life campaign, including the Respite program in which volunteers relieve full-time caregivers of bedridden or handicapped relatives, Kane said. In addition, she said, the council is working in con- junction with the U.S. Com- mission on Infant Mortality to develop a resource mothers program in which pregnant teens, particularly immi- -" rector of the Washington- mental issues." COUple requests no gifts. 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