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16 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I 'Quite successful' Archbishop May is upbeat about nine city U.S. papal visit By PAUL PENNICK IR. NC News Service ST. LOUIS {NC) -- Pope John Paul II's nine-city U.S. tour was "quite successful," and he left with a positive impression of the U.S. church, said Arch- bishop John L. May of St. Louis. The pope was impressed by liturgical reform, ecumenism, lay leadership, the vitality of Hispanic Catholics and the tolerance of U.S. society, said the prelate, who is president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop May, who ac- companied the pontiff throughout his Sept. 10-19 U.S. visit, made the comments in a Sept. 21 interview with the St. Louis Review, newspaper of the St. Louis Archdiocese. The archbishop described Pope John Paul's closed-door meeting with U.S. bishops in Los Angeles as cordial and in- formal, adding that the pope took time to greet personally each of some 320 bishops pre- sent. At the meeting, the pope told the bishops it is a "grave error" to think that Catholics who dis- sent from church teachings in areas of sexual morality, divorce and remarriage and abortion face no obstacle to receiving the sacraments, "I think the point the pope was trying to make was that a good Catholic who doesn't believe in fundamental Catholic doctrine is kind of a contradic- tion in terms," Archbishop May said. Commenting that there are gradations of dissent, the arch- bishop said he is regularly ask- ed to make judgments on a variety of issues including whether Lutherans can use the cathedral and "having Latin Masses every Sunday." People can have "legitimate differences" on these types of questions, the prelate said. Archbishop May said both the pope and Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, Vatican secretary of state, thought Americans show- ed great tolerance toward the few individuals along parade routes who carried signs pro- testing the pope's visit. "They said in many parts of i PAPAL BLESSING Nathie Soueidan of Sierra Madre, California, is greeted by Pope John Paul lI upon his arrival at Los Angeles International Airport during his lO.day visit to the U.S. Photo by the Associated Press COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto[ Homel Fire & Life[ Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 311 N. Wabash 425-3187 S PARTY & DANCE INGLES i ii ii i iiiii i [ October 2, 1987 the world people who come out with a sign against the majority would be attacked or hauled off by the police and not allowed to speak," he said. He said Pope John Paul prais- ed the ecumenical movement in the United States and "couldn't believe the response" he receiv- ed in Columbia, S.C., where Catholics are only about 2 per- cent of the population. "Students at the University of South Carolina, most of whom are non-Catholic, stayed until the pope's visit with religious leaders was finished to say goodbye to him," Arch- bishop May said. The strength of the ecumenical movement was a "great revelation" to the pope, the archbishop said. "He said" you don't find that anywhere else in the world." The pontiff also found la: leadership in education, health care, and social service had made significant contributions to the U.S. church, the arch- bishop said. The pope was impressed with the nation's "liturgical revival," which was evident in the spirited, "beautiful liturgies" celebrated in cities the pontiff visited, said the NCCB president. , "He said many times throughout the visit that he learned a great deal about the church on this trip," saiArch- bishop May. Live coverage of papal visit called 'extremely profitable' By SR. MARY ANN WALSH NC News Service WASHINGTON (NC) -- The live coverage on cable televi- sion of the visit of Pope John Paul II to the United States was "extremely profitable for the church," said Mother Angelica, head of the Eternal Word Television Network, which broadcast the visit from start to finish. "It gave everybody a sense of pride in the church," said Mother Angelica, whose net- work co-produced the program with the U.S. bishops' Catholic Telecommunications Network of America. "There's been such negativism on the other net: works," she added. The live broadcast, titled "Papal Visit '87," was carried by about 700 cable TV outlets in 44 states and had a potential au- dience of 20 million homes. Mother Angelica, who started her network in 1981, said in a telephone interview from her Alabama monastery that feed- back from the broadcast showed the program had business andS; spiritual rewards. Her network picked up about a dozen new cable outlets im- mediately after the venture, she said. People also called to say that they had returned to the sacraments, she said. Mother Angelica said the spiritual impact of the coverage became clear as viewers began to call in "after the third or  fourth day" of the trip. The broadcast "allowed Americans to see the Holy Father for just what he is" without interpretation by jour- nalists, Mother Angelica said. People were impressed by the "tremendous pageantry, the in- spirational liturgies." "A lot of people got a lot of questions answered as to just what the magisterium teaches,' See TV page 19 JAMES JETT & ASSOCIATES 514 S. Green River Road P.O. Box 8104 Evansville, Indiana 47715 Phone: (812) 473-4005 KINGSMAN CLUB BEEF BEAN SOUP SPOT SHOOT Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 11:00 a.m. till ???? TURKEYS " HAMS " BEEF PATTIES " BACON PORK CHOPS SAUSAGE ENCLOSED FIRING LINE HIGHWAY 57 -- 2 MILES NORTH OF DAYLIGHT 3