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T00o00/I E S SAGE i The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 6 October 8 1993 ',/-a- / ,J_ZL00 hurch officials say ncyclical responds lack of moral values VATICAN CITY - %"e" - - (CNS)-- " ooa.n Faul II's new en- is the response of a who sees a world disori- and self- destructive be- it has lost a common set values, Vatican offi- aid at a press conference. moral question has be- more clearly than ever e, the question of j survival,', said Car- Oseph Ratzinger, prefect e Congregation for the of the Faith. pope's new encyclical, ntis Splendor" ("The of Truth"), "is an ex- of Concern for man," cardinal said at the Oct. 5 ss conference marking the cial release. on truth and COmes at a time of COncern for the fu- Archbishop j. Fran- of Denver, one of ress conference partici- s are increasingly "the violent and environment in children are being and are growing up," he children born out- .wedlock and society's mg Unwillingness "to man, the male, as and father" were of "cultural decline" archbishop. parents want help in educating about right and nd in forming their P to the bishops, to e encyclical is ad- gUide their priests barents with that lacking in many :OUntries, Arch- of guilt.Said, is an acity to acknowl- to the core of of conscience,- he Ratzinger said an "byss of rela- modern world, think they themselves what depending on and hoped- when individ- groups think vie- means to bet- . World, then sra and relativism leads to the foundations Coexistence and, in- deed, the endangerment of human dignity," he said. The pope's encyclical, the cardinal said, recognizes a need to take into account moti- vations and consequences when evaluating moral guilt, but the fact remains that some actions in and of themselves are good or evil. The relationship between freedom and truth is at the heart of the encyclical as well as being at the heart of many contemporary human strug- gles, Cardinal Ratzinger said. " The need for common moral values based on the objective reality of good and evil is es- sential for healthy democra- cies, he said. Archbishop Stafford said the 1986 U.S. celebration around the Statue of Liberty, while "mixing garishness and civic piety," hinted at the impor- tance of the tie between liberty or freedom and truth set down in law. The statue, he said, is of "a woman, not a warrior; pur- poseful, disciplined, serious but quietly confident and un- afraid; bravely holding out the torch of freedom while carrying in her other hand the neces- sary tablet of law." When each person is making moral judgments without ref- erence to the objective truth, "it is the death of the very pos- sibility of social coexistence, of having common values and of the sharing on which the com- munion of persons is built," said Archbishop Dionigi Tetta- manzi, secretary general of the Italian bishops' conference. While the encyclical insists that some actions are always morally good or evil, Pope John Paul "does not take away from theologians the liberty that pertains to their mission," Car- dinal Ratzinger said. The document's publication does not signal Vatican disci- plinary action against theolo- gians who promote ideas which the encyclical disputes, the cardinal said. However, local bishops, in dialogue with the- ologians in their dioceses, may feel that some local action is warranted. "This encyclical shows that the discussion is not closed" on various approachesto moral theology, said Marian Father Andrzej Szostek, pro-rector of the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. I I I I| I Life Chain ! i i J i ii i i ii 1,800 peacefully protest abortion By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Connie Anders believes that "it's going to take every person, every mum and pop working to- gether, to draw attention to the plight of the unborn child and the plight of mothers who think abor- tion is the only way out." That's why she was so gratified when 1,800 people gathered along Green River Road in Evansville on Oct. 3 to form a human "Life Chain" in peaceful witness against abortion. Anders is president of Vander- burgh County Right to Life. This is the second year the Vander- burgh County chapter has joined in the national rally against abor- tion. She said the participants were in a "positive and prayerful mood. It was a witness, not a protest2 Joy Diaz and Mandy Leibundguth, students at particlnnts earn frnm a "bla r.aa Memorial High School, Evansville, participated in section of churches and towns." the Life Chain Oct. 3 in Evamivflle. "  , = Memorial High School teacher -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes James Redman came to the event With Memorial students who are members of Teens for Life. He said the response from motorists was very positive. =If they did anything, they would give a thumbs up or honk their horn." Participants held signs that read, "Jesus Forgives and Heals," "Adoption: the Loving Option," and "Abortion Kills Children." I IIII II II II I II I I I III I IIII Musicians throughout diocese combine talents for Synod Choir By MARY ANN HUGHES, Message staff writer This November 6 and 7, as Synod delegates meet at Holy Redeemer Church in Evansville, their ears will be filled with the sound of music, thanks to the efforts of the Diocesan Synod Choir. The newly-formed 50-plus member choir has been practicing since the endof August, under the direction of Father William Deering, diocesan di- rector of worship. Members come to Evansville for practice sessions from as far away as Washington, Vincennes, Princeton and Ferdinand. When he was in the organizing stage developing the choir, Father Deering sent out 75 invitations to parishioners throughout the diocese. "They were recommended to me or I knew them personally." He said the choir is composed of"folks who really work hard. At practices, they get right to it. They are great. They take it seriously and they sound good." Kristina Kolle, at age 15, is the youngest member of the choir. She was a member of the adult choir at Holy Rosary Church, Evansville, when her choir di- rector asked her to consider participating in the Synod Choir. She says the practices have been "difficult, but fun. It's challenging. And it's a great honor." During the Synod, the choir will be singing at the Fifteen-year.old Kristina Kolle is the youngest member of the Dioce. san Synod Choir. Eucharistic liturgy on Saturday evening and again at the closing ceremony on Sunday. Area in- strumentalists will be accompanying the choir; instruments will include guitar, bass, %lin, flute, drums, organ and piano. Father Deering said the choir will be presenting both traditional and contempora, songs. He is hoping that the group will stay together after the Synod concludes and become a concert choir. lllllllll llllll I IIII I I ] II Ill I II II III [ IIIII III[I IIIIIII IIII