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4 Editorial The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern ln,tiana October 27, 1989 By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Gradual c17 anges appear suddenly There's a muddy field where two buildings once stood, along the road I travel each working day. Or were there three buildings there? Near the muddy field is a large yellow con- struction tractor, which must have been used to remove some of the rubble. I have never seen it moving, but it is parked in different places around the area which recently was the location of a pile of broken bricks and splintered wood. For many months now, there have been signs of the great change that was to be accomplished along this daily road. "For Sale" signs were replaced with signs marked "sold." A business sign followed, announcing a new location. No signs were put up at what must have been a home, but windows and doors were boarded up. Some of the changes were small, only de- manding attention through accumulation. What seemed sudden may have taken days, or even 'weeks, to accomplish. Suddenly all the trees and shrubs and bushes were gone. Suddenly the buildings lost aluminum siding and trim and other items of salvage value. Suddenly one building was gone, and then the other. Remnants of sidewalks and driveways were among the last of the signs of what once was: Now they, too, have been removed -- or perhaps so drastically rearranged that they no longer give any indication of their previous placement. The muddy field is again a place to build, and Vatican Letter I wonder what may appear in days and weeks ahead. I have no real attachment to the site or what once was, only a kind of detached curiosity. Had it been my home or my business, my feelings would be vastly different. But even the places where I have lived and worked have become somewhat uncertain in my memory. They have changed, too. Our church is changing, too. Each of us has some feelings about the church. Some are detached, and the process of change may be merely a matter of curiosity. Gradual changes appear suddenly. Some of the feelings are stronger, much stronger -- as strong as the degree of our life's in- volvement in the church. No mere matter of curiosity is it when drastic changes are made where I live. Even though the signs of a diminishing number of Catholic clergy have been evident for quite some time, changes still appear to be sudden. One day there is a pastor who is a priest; the next, it seems, there is a pastoral administrator who is not a priest. One of the interesting places I pass each work- ing day is the Catholic News Service printer, which each day reports about significant events in the life of the universal church. A "sudden" development which recently caught my eye came from Virginia, where the Diocese of Richmond an- nounced a parish leadership plan which will in- volve many more people who are not priests. What impressed me is that Richmond is not in the demolition stage of a project; Richmond is already building. In order to serve an increasing number of Catholics, the diocese is planning to open as many as 25 new parishes by the year 2000. Many parish leaders will be lay persons, available sisters or brothers, or permanent deacons. This "sudden" development follows a two-year study within the diocese. The study which prepares the way for the change in parish leadership also encourages another great change which must accompany it: an educational program to prepare parishioners and priests to understand and accept the new roles pro- posed. The educational program should emphasize the centrality of the Eucharist in Catholic life and the place of hierarchy and orders in the church. Of great concern also is the difference between the celebration of the eucharist and the celebration of the liturgy of the word followed by a communion service. "Sudden" changes are occuring in the life of the Catholic Church in Southwestern Indiana, too. Pioneering work in new forms of parish leadership has already been accomplished; what we build on their foundation is yet to be seen. Documenting data on glob00;.trotting pope By AGOSTINO BONO Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II describes himself as a "globe-trotter." In reality, he does little trotting, spending most of his travel time in the air during visits outside Italy. His 10-day October trip to Asia and the Indian Ocean in- clud'ed more than two days of flying time. The exact total was 58-and-a- half hours in 15 flights from the time he left Rome Oct. 6 until he returned Oct. 16. The entire trip to South Korea, Indonesia and Mauritius lasted 10 days, four hours and 15 minutes. The distance covered was 24,210 miles. The longest lap was a 5,307-mile trip from Venice, Italy, to Seoul, South Korea, which lasted 13 hours and 20 minutes. The shortest were 248-mile hops of one-hour Tb:M ESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47724-O169 Weekly newspaper of {he Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week tn December by the Catholic Press of Evansville. Publisher .... Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Auoctate Publisher .... Ray. Joseph ZilIRk Editor .................. Paul Leingang Production Mgr ............... Phil Bogar CirJAdv. Mgr ........... Paul A. Newland Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 4T/24-0169. Phone (812) 424-5536. Subscription rate: $1 7.50 per year Single Copy Price: 50 Entered as 2nd cl matter at the post of- fice in Evansville, IN 47701. Publication number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to the Office of Publication. Copyright 1989 Catholid Press of Evansville I between the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Yogyakarta. How does the world know this data? These and other statistics are kept by Vatican Radio, official timekeeper and mileage counter of papal travels. The president of Vatican Radio is Jesuit Father Roberto Tucci, papal trip organizer. The pope's 44 trips outside Italy provide a treasure trove of facts and figures. They show that in terms of distance, the pope has gone beyond the ends of the earth to reach his flock. The total miles traveled is 419,518, enough to make an astronaut envious. This is a mere 57,000 miles less than a round-trip between Earth and moon. It is also the equivalent of flying around the world 18 times. Which trip logged the most miles? Despite its distance, the Oc- tober trip ranks as No. 2. The longest papal trip was a 30,364-mile journey in 1986 to Bangladesh, Singapore, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and Good Shepherd Continued from page 1 cord with new liturgical stan- dards would reduce seating capacity, and file parish would not be prepared for the pro- jected growth. Father Herr described the building project as "an am- bitious undertaking,l' which "would be a statement of faith for generations to come." He noted that the cathedrals of Europe, some of which took hundreds of years to build, stand today as a testimony of Seychelles. That trip also lasted the longest -- 13 days, six hours and 15 minutes -- two hours and 15 minutes longer than the pope's 1987 trip to Uruguay, Chile and Argentina. Which was the shortest? A 1982 trip to San" Marino, a tiny country surrounded by Ita- ly, was the shortest in distance and time. The pope traveled 146 miles and stayed five hours. How many countries has the pope visited? He has visited 83, several more than once. The country he has visited the most is the United States, six times, though some of those were only short stops en route to someplace else. How many speeches has the pope given during these trips? He has given 1,535, an average of almost 35 per trip and one every 273 miles. In which trip did he give the most speeches? The most speeches were given during a 1979 visit to Ireland and the United States. The pope gave 76 speeches in nine days, one hour and 30 our ancestors' faith. He said the "beautiful churches that our forefathers built with very little technology and resources" in America also give witness to faith. "What kind of statement will we make for future genera- tions?" he asked. He said he is convinced that the building of a new church would be "the beginning of an exciting new chapter of renew- ed spiritual growth and pro- sperity for the parish." minutes. This averaged to a speech every 2.9 hours. What is the record for average papal speeches per hour? The record occurred during a 1982 trip to Switzerland. The pope gave 10 speeches in 15 hours and 15 minutes. This averaged to a speech every hour, 31 minutes and 30 seconds. The record was almost broken later the same year dur- ing the San Marine. flip, when the pope averaged a speech every hour and 40 minutes. But San Marine holds the mark for the fewest speeches of a papal trip. The pope gave three speeches during his five-hour stay. Bishop's schedule The following activities and events are listed on the schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: