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9, 1992 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum 5 By BISHOP GERALD A. GETFELFINGER World Mission Sunday: Go forth to all nations The month of October is a very busy month !or all of us. It is a time that is mixed with all kinds of activities that demand time of families and individuals. They range from school related programs and student involvement to harvest time street and narish festivals Besides all that there is the return of the bowling league sched- ules along with golf (while the weather lasts) Ompounded by the joy of a fall camp outing or a u,ege tootball game. Then there are the annual dedications of the n]onth of October that compete for our attention. It is the month each year we dedicate to the fos- reing of vocations. It is Respect Life month. It is traditional time of the year we turn our atten- tion to the personal responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel to the entire world It is the sharing of the ultimate gift of gifts, our f'aith. We are bombarded daily with distractions of all kinds. This year we are particularly harassed With the embarrassing display of adolescent name calling that has come to be known as the political process at its worst. The news media keep us t of stories of tragedies and devas- on around the world. There is little that can spark much hope in our lives. We, in the hustle and bustle of daily living, can lose our way un- less we keep our perspective. As St. Paul sug- gests, we must keep our eyes on tile finish line, never allowing them to lose focus on the Lord Jesus who makes it all worth while. It is Jesus who directed each of us, through the apostles, "to go forth and teach all nations, teaching them all that I have commanded you." That mandate we cannot escape. In the name of the apostles of the past, I urge each of you to take seriously this responsibility. I draw it to your at- tention as we approach this World Mission Sun- day on October 18, 1992. You may wonder how this effort of the Uni- versal Church, encompassing all nations in the world, has touched our lives. We are indeed ben- eficiaries of the results of World Mission from its very beginning. Monsignor Schlachter, our diocesan Director of the Propagation of the Faith, has reminded us that as early as 1822, the funds from the first col- lection for the Propagation of the Faith were di- vided three ways among the world missions of that time. They were China, Kentucky (from where the Diocese of Vincennes was founded), and Louisiana. During the next hundred years, until in 1922 when we were no longer consid- ered a missionary territory, more than $7 mil- lion was given to the young churches in the United States from sacrifices of Catholics from other parts of the world. You need to understand that we were a ntis- sionary territory under the guidance of the Con- gregation for the Propagation of the Faith in Rome as late as 1927. Tim faith was brought here and nurtured by missionaries from other places. They were funded by the contributions from people in other lands who were carrying out the mandate of Jesus. It continues-to be our joy to assist mission- aries and peoples in missionary lands to flour- ish in the faith. We cannot escape the reminder of Jesus: "Those to whom much has been given, much more is expected." We indeed have received much. We have been given the greatest gift of all, faith. Without it life would be empty and meaningless, lesus commanded us, and we are compelled by our faith, to share it with others. Q Ington from page 4 :ans are tougher on crime, said. the other hand, it may Voters have begun to e the office of the presi- little to do with con- ng crime, according to Whether the presi- SUPports or opposes any of crime policy, the fed- s role is basi- d to distributing mey for anti-crime pro- to state and local gov- she noted. non-issue in this !r's race that one insider ay be better off on rner is the U.S. Y toward refugees and may not want a higher politicized one," said Mark Rankin, di- rector of refugee operations for the Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Catholic Conference. "We've been qui- etly working to effect changes," and politicking might complicate work in progress, he explained. Much of the day-to-day work with immigrants and refugees would not be af- fected by a change in presi- dential administrations for. a year or more after the elec- tion, Rankin explained. 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The status of Haitian refugees raises the question of U.S. human rights policies in general, which an Amnesty International spokesman would like to see moved to the front burner. James O'Dea, Washington director for the human rights organization, believes Bush has much to answer for in the administration's record on human rights, while Clinton "is to be watched closely" be- cause of some of his posi- .tions. "I have a question as to how sensitive Clinton is to human rights concerns when in an election year he was re- sponsible for the execution of two men, one of whom had been lobotomized and hadn't left his cell in three years," said O'Dea. Clinton did not commute their death sen- tei1ces. In an Oct. 1 speech, Clinton took Bush to task for not holding all nations to a single standard on human rights is- sues, a challenge O'Dea be- lieves is valid. But bevond that, there's little evidence of how much Clinton is willing to stand Ul for humanitarian causes, he said. "Nobodv's against human rights," O'Dea noted. "But people have to say, 'What have you done to fight tor- I I I LET US PRAY ture, extra-judicial executions or ethnic cleansing?"' On many foreign policy is- sues. there's actually little difference between the Bush and Clinton positions, ac- cording to Gerry Powers, for- eign policy adviser to the USCC Office of International Justice and Peace. That is likely to account somewhat for tt{e lack of attention to in- ternational affairs Since the end of the Cold War. not only have the issues changed dr:amatically, but now are less likely to involve clear black-and-white dis- tinctions, said Powers. "They're not the kind of is- sues most people vote on or that candidates run on." IIII II I PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville God of life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, that we might know and love You, that we might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. Assist us in living holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, so that Your presence may be known and felt in our midst, that others too may come to know and love You so they may begin to serve and worship You. Empower us with Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have given us. Increase our faith. Help us to see Your plan for the Church. As we look to the future, may our plans be faithful to Yours, so that we, the Church of Southwestern Indiana, may further Your kingdom through preaching and living Your gospel. All praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! AMEN! Hit I I II II NOW OPEN 618 695-3590 I