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View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October 27, 1989 By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Seeing first glimpses of a unified Europe Europe is changing rapidly and radically. Many of the movements seem to be for the good of the rights of people and thus also for freedom of practice of the faith. As much as anything our prayers need to continue that God watch over and accompany that part of the world during these months and years of change. There seems to be a feverish activity going on in Brussels, Belgium, these days. Brussels serves as the headquarters for the commission thai will administer the European Community. By 1992 a group of 12 Western European nations will band together as one economic block. The process is already well underway. Its roots go back to 1951 when the first European treaties for coal and steel production and distribution were established. A vision of a unified Europe on economic issues was agreed to in Rome in 1957. Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece are the full partners in EC. Poland, Hungary, Soviet Union and Yugoslavia have guest status at present. The Europe is that of the classical grouping of countries from the Atlan- tic Ocean to the Ural Mountains. A group of Catholic journalists from the United States made a study tour recently preceding the 15th World Congress of the International Catholic Union of the Press, held at Ruhpolding in south eastern Bavaria. The first stop was at Brussels. Jesuit Father John Lucal, an American priest engaged in pastoral care of European Commission personnel, arranged a briefing for us at the Catholic Information Office for European Problems. The whole idea of a united Europe came from a post World War II feeling of "never again war." The reconciliation of France and Germany was to be at the core of such a vision. A European parlia- ment has been meeting in S[rasbourg since 1956. The Holy See has representatives to this group. The bishops of the 23 countries of Europe have bound themselves together by conferences, that is, by countries. In 1980 the bishops of the 12 coun- tries officially part of the EC founded their own council. The council's task is to help the bishops ,know what is going on in Europe. It is also to keep con- tact with the EC officials, to form study groups to look at special areas and problems, and to show a unified front for the churches to the EC. According to Father Lucal, the influence of the bishops and the Vatican varies by issues. It is good to observe that the Catholic Church is present at the place and time that major activity is going on that will affect the lives of a block of people as large or larger than that of the U.S. Next week I'll share some insights and obser- vations of the people in the pews of Western Europe, and especially West Germany, today. It is a wealthy Church with many empty rectories and pews. Teams play final games in K of C league season By THOMAS JONES Special to the Message The final games of the Memorial High School Knights of Columbus Council 565 Grade School Football League were played at Memorial Tiger Field, Evansville, on Oct. 22. The first game had St. Benedict with a 1 and 4 record going against St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer with a record of 0 and 5. St. Benedict wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard with a 50-yard touchdown run by Nathanial Hayden on'the first play from scrimmage. Governor Gardner added the PAT. This was the only score of the first quarter. St. Benedict got on the scoreboard again in the second quarter on an 18 yard touchdown run by Jamil Meriwether. Gardner's pass to Robby McCormick for the PAT was incomplete. St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer was held scoreless for the first half. St. Benedict had two more touchdowns in the third quarter. One was on a one yard plunge by Meriwether with Michael Ziemar adding the PAT. The second score came on a one yard run by Hayden. The PAT was added by Jerry Steckler. St. Benedict added a fifth touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 51 yard pass play from Ziemer to Meriwether. Ziemer's PAT attempt failed. St. Benedict shut out St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer 33-0. The second contest of the afternoon was an exciting rematch between Christ the King/Holy Spirit and Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd/St. John. Christ the King/Holy Spirit was intent on tying for the league championship. The entire game was an intensive and hard fought defensive bat- tle by both teams. With one minute and 45 seconds left in regulation time, Joey Merkel of Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd/St. John, with a 38 yard half back pass play to Kevin Zirkelbach, broke the scoreless tie. Merkel's PAT attempt failed. Merkel iced the game by in- tercepting a pass attempt by Joe Angermeier. Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd/St. John ran out the clock by sitting on the ball. Ho- ly Rosary/Good Shepherd/St. John maintained its 18 game winning streak and third con- secutive league title with a 6-0 victory. The league's award dinner will be held this Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Memorial High School cafeteria. Thomas J. Jones is president of the Memorial High School Knights of Columbus Council 565 Grade School Football League. lll|ll IlOIsllg LENDER Team members from St. Benedict School, Evansville, set up for the PAT during the final games of the Memorial High School Knights of Columbus Council 565 Grade School Football League Oct. 22. St. Benedict defeated St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer 33-0. -- Message Photo by Mary Ann Hughes HADI SHRINE CIRCUS STARTS THANKSGIVING DAY SMART SANTA SAVERS Join First Federal Savings Bank's interest earning Christmas Club Account now. 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