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October 22, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 St. Joe Men's Club helps Benedictine effort The Men's Club at St. cheon. The check was pre- Joseph Church, Evansville, presented a check for $25,000 to the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Oct. 16. The donation was given to- Ward the sisters' "Forward in Faith" ,, campaign. The generous response of St. Joseph Parish to our cam- paign is truly heartwarming," said Benedictine Ster Kathryn Huber, prioress. It is a tribute to the many sisters who served at St. Joseph's over the years." Representatives of the Men's Club and their wives went to MOnastery Immaculate Con- sented during the luncheon, which was attended by many Benedictine sisters who had formerly served at the parish, or who were daughters of the parish. Billy Fisher, president of the Men's Club, and Tom Mitchell, treasurer, made the presenta- tion. Over $3 million dollar has been pledged to date for the Sisters of St. benedict "For- ward in Faith" campaign. The goal of the campaign is $5.1 million, to renovate St. Bene- ception for a tour and lun- dict Hall. Caution and closing early mark daily life of CRS in Haiti lty BILL PRITCHARD the attention of the "attaches." Catholic News Service CRS staff members also TON (CNS) out for one another shop by mid-after- in the Haiti of- Relief Services. Volatile political situa- he island-state has the CRS food pro- and forced )lic Charity to the U.S. bar busi- by its staff outside capital, Port-au- aid CRS country rep- Greene. mg out my window are not a lot of es ia the road," Greene an Oct. 15 afternoon Znterview with Service. located across the d the presidential owntown Port-au- is ClOsing up early he said. The staff COme in "around 7 and leave he said. before 2 .afternoons, the roads raore deserted," there is sporadic kind of comes flow it could be as Possible ... then all these Toyotas by and people he said. The Toyotas is to full of gunsling- plainclothes aries identified as mti-democratic Le police and to terrorize aid that food des- gency's feeding een delayed in a month" be- result- caused by to the return of carry walkie-talkies to stay in contact with one another and rely, in part, on the kindness of acquaintances in influential places in case there is trouble with the authorities, he said. "We don't take any chances," he said of the 70-member (two Americans, 68 Haitians) CRS staff. Among the personal precau- tions Greene said he had taken was to leave his wife and baby daughter in the United States "until things calm down." As for security at his home in the Haitian capital, Greene said he lives in a "fairly safe area" of the city with another American. If trouble seems brewing, he said he has the se- curity force at the U.S. Em- bassy to call, and "there's al- ways a friend of a friend who can help out" in the Haitian military or police. CRS programs in southern Haiti, where "people aren't as politicized" as in the northern part of the country, are "nor- mal as possible" under the care of locals, he said. But the prob- lem is that the Port-au-Prince staff "can't meet with these people because we have a travel ban." Greene described the gen- eral mood in the capital as "total frustration" with the campaign to prevent the re- turn of Father Aristide and de- mocratic civilian government. There is also a "sense of rage" among the population over the actions of the military and police leadership and the Oct. 14 murder of the pro-Aris- tide Justice Minister Guy Malary, he said. The anti-democratic forces "are sort of leftovers of the Jean Claudeists and Duva- | Representing the Men's Club at St. Joseph Chruch, Evansville, Billy Fisher and Tom Mitchell present a large check to Benedictine Sister Kathry Huber, for the Benedictines Sisters' "Forward in Faith" Campaign. Pope promises prayers for sex abuse committee By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II promised his prayers for the "very, very im- portant work" of the U.S. bish- ops' Ad Hoc Committee on Sex- ual Abuse, the committee chairman said. Bishop John F. Kinney of Bismarck, N.D., said he asked for the pope's prayers during a private meeting Oct. 12. The meeting was part of the bishop's "ad limina" visit to Rome, which heads of dioceses make every five years. Bishop Kinney, appointed chairman of the new commit- tee in June, said he did not dis- cuss specifics of the commit- tee's work with the pope or Vatican officials because the committee is still doing its own groundwork. One of the committee's first and ongoing priorities is to meet with groups of victims of sexual abuse, he said during an Oct. 15 interview. With the emotion, anger and hurt members of those groups feel toward the church, "our committee feels it is extremely important that we are in a lis- tening posture," he said. The bishops also need to talk to the victims, he said. "The bishops still feel a pas- toral care for those people who have been hurt," he said, and want to begin "whatever opens them to healing." Bishop Kinney said his dio- cese has not been the target of lawsuits involving clergy sex- ual misconduct, but as commit- tee chairman he listens to the anger and the hurt of the vic- tims and hears the "horrific" people of the church and the people who work for the Church." "My faith in the church and my faith in the priesthood and in the people of the church is very deep," he said. "None of us is proud of some of the stories we've heard .... but my expe- rience is that when we are talking about abusive situa- tions we are talking about a very small minority of priests." As he prays each day for the victims and for the work of his committee, Bishop Kinney said he also keeps in mind the fact that he is not personally re- sponsible for the abuse. "I know how I have lived my life as a priest and as a bishop, and I don't want to carry a guilt trip around like I caused this in the church," he said. Bishop Kinney said that now more than ever the stories and lives of "good, faithful and gen- erous priests and people" must be recognized and affirmed. "We have to be careful that we don't get paranoid," he said K fo C football league play concludes The following was provided by Thomas J. Jones, league president. The final games of the regu- lar season for the Memorial High School Knights of Colum- bus grade school football league were played Oct. 17. In the first game, St. Bene- dict/Holy Name's Chris Bagbey scored on a one-yard plunge in the first quarter and Josh Tweddell added the P.A.T. Three more scores came in the second quarter: Bagbey with a one-yard plunge, with Bryan Brinkmeyer catching Bagbey's pass for the P.A.T.; a recovery by Kif Kilpatrick of a bad snap for a punt setting up John Tweddell who reversed his field and ran 11 yards for the touchdown; and a 39-yard run by Josh Tweddell. Christ the King/Holy Spirit shut down the running attack in the scoreless third quarter, but St. Bene- dict/Holy Name scored again in the fourth quarter on an ll- yard touchdown run by Adam Hayden around his left end. ClifCombs added the P.A.T. on a pass from Bagbey. With the 33-0 shutout, St. Benedict]Holy Name remained in second place in the final standings. In the second contest, St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer, out to keep its record perfect, scored twice in the first quarter: a one-yard, up the middle, run by Nick Miller; and another one-yard run, this time by Cory Macke. Jake Tucker added the P.A.T. on a pass from Nick Miller.They also scored twice in the second quarter: Ike Miller ran 3 yards around left end, and Tucker added the P.A.T. on a pass from Nick Miller; Tucker scored on a 5 yard run with Ike Miller adding the P.A.T, Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd/St. John got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter on a 32 yard scamper by Kyle Buechner. Doug Wagner added the P.A.T. St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer won the league championship with the 27-7 win and another perfect season. president Fa- lierists," Greene said, referring details of sexual abuses cases Aristide. to the decades of dictatorship involving clergy. of the Duvalier family and its But he said his experience of has changed allies 30 years as a priest and 16 as a s on its vehi- ational plates They want the old ways bishop continues to convince avoid attracting back," he said. him "of the goodness of the I I " I I I III II I III Pray for MILLER. & I00IILLER Funeral Pro-Planning . _ Sinco ,9,o. nod 00T,00lrm00 Rt-- 424-9274 * " I " " "" I I II I