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October 28, 1994 The Message- for Catholics of SouthwesteFn Indiana 5 -- Bishop's Forum -- International Year of the Family Today, Sunday, October 23, 1994, I lave just returned from a formal visit to St Joseph Church in Bramble and to the Chapel at Crane Naval Depot. stant nourishment by personal prayers of the family, but also by the community of the faithful. Marriage is a social sacra- ment. It provides grace for the It was my unpleasant task to spouses that they might be faith- inform the parishioners in both ful to their commitment to each places that there would have to other and to the rearing of chil- be. changes in the way we provide dren. It is also a sacrament for ministry to them. Although they the community since the family sle m understanding, it was is the smallest unity of both ^":  mmcult message to bear ........ church and civic communities. ,urlC  t.ur " ith __t, .,+- des. .net bring a resolution ]RALDG A. There would be nmther w out ..-,, ecrlsm we are encountering GETTELFINGER families. n the shortage of priests,   The sacrament of marriage is ihleeh washighlighted by the un- also a sign and symbol of Jesus ,y aeath of the resident has love for his Church. We must re- ,or o:t. Joseph, Father Albertus Lutteb/ach. call the price Jesus paid for that relationship, I ren]13Y]Cmments to the assembly gathered, namely death on a cross. Married life will not be certed"U nem that we should all make a con- without its difficulties. However, with constant uIort to pray for vocations, vigilance and daily nourishment of the marital and foremost, in this year dedicated to we should draw attention to the need for vocations to marriage. Further, we pray for those who commit themselves other in marriage that their lives may be their married love which needs con- relationship before God, Jesus has promised all the assistance necessary for fidelity. Because married love demands a mutual commitment, one spouse cannot sustain a marriage alone. It takes both husband and wife, wife and husband to make it possible. The other social sacrament is that of Holy Orders. It too provides special graces for the or- dained minister, but it is not for him alone. The sacrament of Holy Orders is for the life of the Church community as well, for it is through this sacrament that Eucharist is made available. Yes, we need priests. There will be none forthcoming unless families are healthy and wholesome places in which the seeds of priestly vocations are not only planted through the gen- erous example of parents, but are watered and nurtured by prayers for vocations to the priest- hood. Those who pursue the vocation to priest- hood learn how to serve others at home, long be- fore the idea of a vocation becomes a conscious one. They have also been shown that respect and reverence are to t)e given the office of priesthood despite the human foibles and fail- ings of the men who are priests. Wholesome family life is essential for all vo- cations be they to marriage, priesthood or reli- gious life. For this reason we must all place our prayer for families at the top of our 'prayer list' and keep it there. All Saints and All Souls Day- COMMENTARy reminds us that we still can. those who have died, and they IATHERFRANKA. PAVONE Beginning with the Feasts of know it. We help them to ob- National Director Priests for Life the pain of losing a zs that we feel we can, r care for and help month of November All Saints and All Souls, and continuing with a special re- membrance of the deceased, November helps us affirm that death does not break the bonds of love. 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But 'ordinary' does not mean 'only.' Christ is the only Savior, and His grace can be communi- cated to these children in vari- ous ways. God has not told us how He does this for unbap- Vatican Continued from page 4 tion and three German bish- ops. The bishops, including the president of the German bish- ops' conference, Bishop Karl Lehmann, had adopted a policy that relied largely on the judg- ment of the individual con- science. Cardinal Ratzinger's nine-page letter delivered an emphatic "No" to such a policy, and the German bishops re- versed it the same day. Was dialogue in this case give-and-take? "Certainly it was difficult," Bishop Lehmann said after- ward. But he said the German prelates, in three two-hour meetings with Cardinal Ratzinger, were able to "speak frankly and present our argu- ments." "Clearly Cardinal Ratzinger was not in agreement, but there was a certain fairness in the relationship," he said. Bishop Lehmann knows what it's like to dialogue from a position of authority. Back in his home territory, the limits of dialogue and criticism were i i , .itl tized babies. But He has told us that He "wants all to be saved and to come to know the truth" (1 Tim. 2:4). Morn, take courage. God and the Church are on your side. Even if you have aborted your child, forgiveness and healing are available. Pray for your child. Name your child. Com- mend her/him to God's loving mercy with deep confidence. Death, even by abortion, has not made it impossible for you to love your child even now. And remember, death is not forever. "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying out or pain, for the former things have passed away." tested recently when Ger- many's official Catholic youth movement launched a petition against the papal letter last spring that ruled out women priests. Bishop Lehmann called the group's action inappropriate. In a restructuring move by the bishops' conference, two offi- cials of the organization lost their jobs as youth advisers to the bishops. One German bishop said the group should have listened to Bishop Lehmann's warnings and shown more sensitivity to the pope. Frequently it is the public aspect of criticism that bothers church officials the most. In his talk defending the freedom to criticize, Pope John Paul warned that inappropriate forms of publicity can destroy the respectful climate needed for dialogue. As an example of positive criticism, the pope has cited St. Catherine of Siena, whose sometimes blunt criticism of papal policies in the 14th cen- tury influenced the course of church histo'. She operat in the medium of her age, the pri- vate letter; today's criticism is more likely to reach the pope when he opens the newspaper ,r tarns ,.m,tlw.q['. .............