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4 Editorial The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October 16, 1987 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Changes in our lives: the worst thing could be not to notice Last year at this time, my two sons were about the same height. This year, the older son is several inches taller than the younger son. Such a change is most dramatic, when our family gets together with people we haven't seen for a while. At home, the change is so gradual, it is hard to notice. From the outside, the change is obvious. Change frequently seems difficult to observe, for people in the middle of it. Sometimes events and occasions are able to prompt sudden percep- tions about changes we have not noticed. A recent opportunity to speak at a Serra Club luncheon prompted a sudden discovery for me. It was not a discovery of facts, because the facts were never hidden. It was a discovery of how different life used to be. The chance to speak to Serra club members prompted in me the memory of the first contact I had had with members of the organization, 30 years ago, when I was a high school seminarian. I had enjoyed picnics and other events sponsored by members of the Serra organization, who were dedicated to fostering and maintaining vocations to the priesthood. Thirty years is a long time, of course, but I realized how long it is when I began to realize how much had happened since 1957. And how much in 1957 had not yet happened. In 1957, the U.S. had not yet launched a satellite or heard of the Beatles. There was no regular jet airline service; passenger planes were propeller driven. The French, not the Americans, were having trouble in a part of the world known as Indo-China. In 1957 we did not watch Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw or Peter Jennings, or Cable News Network. We had to wait ten years to watch a Super Bowl, longer to watch Star Wars.. These nation-shaping events had not hap- pened: the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Bay of Pigs; the Kennedy and King assassinations; the Supreme Court abortion ruling of Roe vs. Wade; Three Mile Island; the space shuttle disaster. In 1957, Governor Faubus sent guardsmen to Little Rock to enforce segregation at the high school. President Eisenhower sent federal troops to Arkansas to enforce court ordered integration. Mr. St. Helen still had its top and Brooklyn still had a'baseball team. There was no Gateway Arch at St. Louis. There were no microwave ovens, VCR's, compact disk players, personal computers, handhold calculators, or touchtone phones. Changes came to the Church, too. As the na- tional events shaped us as a people, so did the events in the Church change the shape of our religious consciousness. In 1957, Pius XII was Pope. Mass was "said" in Latin. "High Masses" were sung. Catholics went to Benediction, Forty Hours, Novenas, Marian Devotions, Lenten Devotions, and Stations of the Cross. In 1957, Cardinal AngeloRoncalli was patriarch of Venice. One year later he was elected as Pope, and became John XXIII. Two years later, he announced his intention to call the Second Vatican Council. In 1957, papal travel was restricted to Vatican City with an occasional visit to the summer residence, Castelgandolfo. Three years later, when Pope John XXIII motored to the summer villa of the Roman seminary at Roccantica, it was the first papal trip outside Rome in 90 years. In 1957, Giovanni Montini was archbishop of Milan; in six years he would succeed to the papacy, as Pope Paul VI. In 1957, the man who would be Pope John Paul I, Albino Luciani, was vicar general of his diocese in northern Italy. He died a month after election in 1978. In 1957, Father Karol Joseph Wojtyla was a university professor of ethics. A year later he was ordained auxiliary bishop of Krakow; ten years later he was inducted into the College of Cardinals. Papal election came in October, 1978. In 1957, Henry J. Grimmelsman was bishop of Evansville. In 1957, Rex Mundi High School had not been dedicated yet; Magister Noster Latin School had not been built. Sarto Retreat House was four years in the future. In 1957, "new'parishes included the Evansville churches of Holy Redeemer, Holy Spirit, Resurrection, Corpus Christi, and Good Shepherd, and Precious Blood in Jasper. Still in the future were Holy Name in Bloomfield, Nativity in Evansville and St. Nicholas Chapel at Santa Claus. The events of the the past thirty years have not all been good. Nor have they all been bad. The most terrible thing could be not to notice. The priests of our diocese have spent the bet- ter part of four days at "Convocation 87." They left parishes and assignments briefly, in order to gain the advantage of a view from a little distance, to see more clearly what has been going on at the center. They have taken time to notice. Many things happen in thirty years, even in four days. Though changes will probably not be drastic, careful observation will surely find that some participants have grown a little taller in their ministry, now that they have returned. Washington Letter "AIDS Awareness Month" sparks education effort By JULIE ASHER NC News Service WASHINGTON (NC) -- President Reagan's declaration of October as "AIDS Awareness Month" has sparked educa- tional efforts by national and local AIDS coalitions, task forces and networks to disseminate facts about the fatal disease and ways to prevent its spread. Organizers also have said they want to combat irrational fears about its transmission through casual contact and to urge compassion in caring for its sufferers. Church groups too have been 00O880000 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 4771 1 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Pren of Evansville. Publisher ........ Bishop Francis R. Shea Associate Publisher .... Ray. Joseph ZlUak Editor .................. Paul Leingang Circulation Mgr .... Mrs. Rose Montraltelle Production Mgr ............... Phil Boger Advertising Mgr ............... Den Hetty Address ell communications Io P.O. Box 4189, Evansvilis, IN 47711, Phone (812) 424-5536, 8ubecrlptlon rate: $15 per year Entered as 2nd class matter at the post of- fice in Evansville. IN 47701. Publication number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to the Office of Publication. active in AIDS educational ef- forts in recent weeks by spon- soring national conferences on AIDS ministry and church response to the disease. AIDS -- acquired immune deficiency syndrome -- is transmitted by intimate sexual contact, by transfusions of in- fected blood and by shared in- travenous drug needles. As of Sept. 7, AIDS had killed 24,019 of the 41,735 Americans diagnosed as having the disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Officials at the national centers estimated that by 1991 the reported cases of AIDS will reach 270,000. Individual U.S. bishops or their state Catholic conferences have urged compassion for AIDS patients and their loved ones and emphasized chastity and marital fidelity as the only ways to prevent the disease. The bishops have continued to criticize the promotion of condoms as a response to the disease, saying such promo- tion, whether in general public campaigns or in school pro- grams, implies that immorality and sexual promiscuity are an acceptable alternative to chasti- ty and marital fidelity. Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston, in a pastoral message in The Pilot, archdiocesan newspaper, linked care of AIDS patients with Respect Life Month, observed in October by Catholics. He said commitment to the church's teaching on every human being's right to life "is tested by our response to those who have AIDS, to their families." U.S. EDUCATION Secretary William J. Bennett Oct. 6 urged the nation's schools to em- phasize the morality of sexual restraint as the best way to avoid contracting the disease. "We cannot shy away from associating moral values with behavior," Bennett said at a Washington news conference where he released a 28-page guidebook on AIDS education that is to go to every school principal, board of education and parents' organization in the country. While the guidelines are not mandatory, the booklet is the first such guidance from federal officials to states and local com- munities. Meanwhile, the chairman and vice chairman of Reagan's federal AIDS commission an- nounced Oct. 7 they were quit- ting the panel, which has been beset by controversy since it was created last July to help develop national policy towards the deadly disease. And the 13-member commis- sion, which includes Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York, has been without an executive director since mid-September. In late September, Catholic, Jewish and Protestant leaders meeting in New York for the first "National Interreligious Consultation on the AIDS Crisis" called for the establish- ment of a nationwide interfaith network to-help religious in- stitutions cope with the AIDS epidemic. During an Oct. 1 teleconference on "Pastoral Ministry and AIDS," a San Francisco priest said Pope John Paul II set the proper example for people ministering to AIDS patients when he addressed an audience at San Francisco's Mission Dolores Basilica Sept. 17. Father Anthony E. McGuire, pastor of San Francisco's Most Holy Redeemer Church, said the pope's message that God loves "without distinction, without limit" those suffering with AIDS should be the "prin- cipal statement" of AIDS workers. In Washington Oct. 5-6, clergy and laity involved in local and national AIDS care networks urged representatives of the religious press to report on the AIDS dilemma with solid facts and to illustrate its devastating effects on patients and their loved ones as well as on the professionals and volunteers providing care. Richard Doerflinger, assistant director of the U.S. bishops' Of- fice for Pro-Life Activities, told participants that the bishops' task force on AIDS, formed last May, could issue a statement by November. He said it may surprise some that the bishops as a national body have not developed a full- scale statement, but said the task force has been examining "the complexities of the pro- blem" and statements by in- dividual bishops and state Catholic conferences and get- ting input from local churches and groups. Bishop William A. Hughes of Covington Ky., chairman of the bishops' Committee on Educa- tion, heads the task force. I Letter to the editor [ To the editor, My husband and I have been wanting to write and thank you for including Father Don Dilger's column on the Sunday readings ever since it began. We tllink it is a good addition to the Message. We were fortunate enough to attend several of Father Dilger's Scripture Study classes and hope to attend again this year as we feel he has much insight to offer us. We like the new look of the Message and look forward to reading it each week. Keep up the good work. Mrs. Richard Preske