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CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 18 NUMBER 7 OCTOBER 16, 1987 II I Mission Sunday October 18 is World Mission Sunday, the annual occasion promulgated by Pope John Paul H for the entire Catholic world to support Mission churches and mis. sionaries throughout the world. For additional information about Mission Sun- day, see Page Two. Family Life Catholic Charities heads program By- MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer Prevention instead of reaction will be the main focus of the Family Life Pro- gram in the Diocese of Evansville, ac- cording to the new coordinator of the program, Martha Halterman. The Family Life Program was transferred from the Catholic Center of- rices to Catholic Charities Bureau in September. Halterman said the staff at Catholic Charities "geared up very quickly" once the Family Life Program came under their direction. She is excited about the development of the Family Life Program under the Catholic Charities umbrella, noting the emphasis will be on "preventative measures. ' ' "I see moving in that direction versus just having someone taking care of problems after they happen." Halterman noted that Catholic On the inside Jubilarians -- Nearly 80 couples renew wedding vows. Turn to page 3. ii Charities has traditionally been available "for problems" and the Family Life Program will allow for "preventative measures and help to educate people before something happens." She expects all the staff at Catholic Charities to be involved in the Family Life Program, with the exception of the emergency assistance staff. Under her direction, the Family Life Program will continue to sponsor the pre-Cana classes and the Natural Family Planning classes throughout the diocese. The bureau is also planning, through its Outreach Program, to work with each parish in the diocese to determine parish needs, Halterman said. "The in- ner city parishes and the rural parishes will have different needs." After parish needs are assessed, the bureau will be educating arid training parish volunteers. Synod of bishops Consensus emerges on key issues By GREG ERLANDSON NC News Service ROME {NC} -- A consensus is emerg- ing on several key issues facing te bishops' synod, including a greater role for women in the church, said the presi- dent of the U.S. bishops' conference. "There is a clear consensus that the church must do everything in its power to put an end to unjust discrimination against women in its own structures and practices and also in the structures and practices in society," said Arch- bishop John L. May of St. Louis. Besides the role of women, other ma- jor issues identified by the archbishop included: -- Lay spirituality. -- The need to clarify the term "ministry." -- The "lessening of the lay apostolate in the world." The need to "strengthen and sup- port Catholic couples and families." The archbishop spoke at an afternoon press conference Oct. 9 held at the North American College, a U.S. bishops'-funded seminary overlooking the Vatican. Joining him were Bishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua of Pittsburgh and Bishop ' Stanley J. OttnRouge;La. " Archbishov May said the church's teaching that women cannot be ordained to the priesthood" is clear and not open tO change." "Short of that, however, the sense of the synod is that we should examine other roles and functions in the church and move ahead vigorously" to open as many as possible to women, he added. Archbishop May said he was ,"sur- prised" that the concern for the role of women in the church is "coming from almost every part of the world." "One speaker today said, 'This con- cern can no longer be considered an American aberration,"' he recounted. Some synod delegates said they found "novel" Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland of Milwaukee's call for more women in positions of responsibility on the diocesan and international levels, said Archbishop May. Others wondered ! themselves why certain positions are only open to ordained men, he added. Because of the new canon law code, "most of the offices besides those re- quiring ordination are now open to lay men and women," said BiShop Bevilac- qua. He cited diocesan chancellorships, and seats on certain church tribunals as examples. Some bishops want to hire more lay persons, he added, but they "just don't have the funds." Because of the need to pay lay people higher salaries, this change "has to be gradual," Bishop Bevilacqua said. Bishop Ott said it was too early to tell if the synod would ultimately adopt any specific proposals calling for the admis- sion of women to the diaconate, as some have suggested. Other issues facing the synod, Arch- bishop May said, include a desire to clarify the terms "ministry" and "ministries." "No one should be misled by this search for greater conceptual and semanti precision into supposing that anyone here envisages a diminished role for laity in the church," he said. "There will be no rollback," he said. Better f0rmationfor the lay apostolate :'in the world and more support for Catholic families are also dominant concerns, he said. Regarding the call of the Second Vatican Council for a greater presence of lay Catholics in the world, Bishop Bevilacqua said there has been a certain "overemphasis" on the laity working in church ministries, while the laity's work in the world has been "minimized." In his Oct. 5 speech to the synod delegates, Bishop Bevilacqua described a "serious need to shift the perspective from institutional {and} structural con- cerns to the bedrock concerns" of parents, families, and others. Asked about which issues dominate the synod so far, he said, "the institu- tional." "I'd like to see a change in that," he added. Vatican II was 'singular moment' By GREG ERLANDSON NC News Service VATICAN CITY (NC) -- The Second Vatican Council was a "singular mo- ment" for the church, providing a "program of action for the Christian of our time," Pope John Paul II said dur- ing a Mass commemorating the coun- cil's opening. The pope also noted the anniversary in his public Angelus address following the Mass, when he called for a "renewed commitment" to the con- ciliar directives. The same weekend, he met with a group of Melkite Catholics and members of a U.S. fraternal organization. The 25th anniversary of the council, which began Oct. 11, 1962, coincided with the Synod of Bishops discussion of the mission and vocation of the laity Isince Vatican II. The pope con- Pcelebrated a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica with bishops and cardinals attending the synod. During the Mass, the pope said the council "was a singular moment" when the church "experienced the il- luminating and reassuring presence of the Good Shepherd." Quoting Pope John XXIII when he opened the council, the pope said its See VA TICAN II page 2 New face on campus -- Meet the Vincennes University Newman Center director on page 16. i St. Patrick Church, Daviess County -- Feature parish on pages 8 & 9. i i i i