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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana At National Lay Forum, Bishop Pilla urges Catholics to CLEVELAND (CNS) -- Bish- op Anthony M. Pilla of Cleve- land, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged dialogue as a path to Catholic unity at a national gathering of nearly 200 Catholic lay leaders. "Lack of willingness and abil- ity to enter into dialogue is a greater long-term threat to unity than are disagreements and dissenting voices," Bishop Pilla said Oct. 11. He called dialogue a difficult task that "requires discipline and skills." For guidance in that, Catholics should look to Pope Paul VI's 1965 encyclical on dia- logue and recent initiatives by Pope John Paul II in prepara- tion for the jubilee year 2000, he said. Bishop Pilla made his com- ments in the opening keynote speech .for the third National Lay Forum, a meeting of heads of U.S. Catholic organizations and other lay leaders, held in Cleveland Oct. 11-13. Its theme was "Crossing the Threshold With Hope: Laity and Bishops Together Preparing for the ThirdMillennium." (Participants included Evans- ville residents Paul and Jane Leingang, national presidents of the Christian Family Movement.) ,The invitation-only forums are sponsored by the NCCB Committee on the Laity to bring committee members and other interested bishops together with FOR COMPLETE ! ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 ii i .............. M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and service in the Tri-state 670 E. Franklin 424-3863 i ii i i ii i Peop.les I rust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET RO. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 47441 i |llll illl i i A national Roman Catholic magazine needs people to telephone for subscriptions locally. Commission only. 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Ideas ranged from develop- ment of 30-second TV spots and other educational materials to organizing pilgrimages, from focusing on millennium themes in parish Advent, Lent and renewal programs to using the biblical concept of the jubilee year to promote reconciliation in families and parishes. Bishop Pilla suggested that the lay leaders get a handle on the journey to the millennium by asking the kind of questions a group, such as a family on vacation, asks at the start of any trip -- questions such as: IS everybody ready to go? Are we headed in the right direction? Can we get along with one another? Being ready to go into the mil- lennium as a time of jubilee, he said, means having an attitude of "hope and repentance." "It is essential that we ask ourselves, as individuals and as groups, what cries out for repen- tance and reconciliation in our lives," he said. "In biblical terms, the jubilee year was an occasion for canceling debts, freeing slaves and letting the earth lie fallow. It was meant to symbol- ize the restoration of original justice and to allow people to make a fresh start." He said the question about the right direction has a simple answer: "For the church, that horizon can be none other than Christ himself." He said the general theme 0et by the pope for the millennium is "Jesus Christ, the One Savior of the World, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow and Forever." Pope John Paul called the Second Vatican Council the starting point for preparation for the new millennium and has urged renewed attention to the council's teachings, he said. He quoted the pope: "The best preparation for the new millen- nium can only be expressed in a renewed commitment to apply, as faithfully as possible, the teachings of Vatican II to the life of every individual and the whole church." Bishop Pilla asked, "Have we kept abreast of how the council's vision has been implemented in postconciliar teaching, by the pope and our own bishops' con- ference, on evangelization, jus- tice in the world, the vocation of the laity, the mission of the fam- ily, the role of women and young people? The coming of the third millennium is an opportunity for us to fix our sights upon Christ who challenges us to accept him as our way, truth and life." To do that together, he said, Catholics must face the chal- lenge of "how we will get along" on the journey. . ,?i He recalled that VI, in the en( dialogue, issued durin dialogue "a plishing the He said virtues tics for dialogue ness, trust and To those, he said, add one. It is distinctions." Catholics could peaceably together, ' they were able distinctions as "church ity and legality, piety, criticism "Are we truly dialogue as an servant "Are we en those who exist immediate comfort we willing to listen ing and lee "Is it too much asked, "that the great jubilee year greater unity than An open letter to Hoosi from Lee Hamilton Dear Friends, I understand how disappointed many Hoosiers are that a ban on birth abortions has not been enacted into law. Thousands of you have expressed your concerns to me, and I agree with you. I, too, strongly oppose the partial birth abortion procedure, and I believe it should be illegal. That's whY I voted for the bill to ban partial birth abortions times it came before the U.S. House of Representatives. And that's I voted to override the President's veto. I appreciate the work that many of you have done to educate your fellow citizens about this crucial issue. And I want you to know that I continue to do all I can to see a ban on partial birth abortions become laVCi I also oppose federal funding for abortion, and have voted to ban abortions in military hospitals, bar the use of federal money for embryo research, and prohibit the federal employees'health insurance program from paying for abortions. I welcome your comments on these measures and other issues of interest to you. paid for t Hamilton for Congress Sincerely,