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October 30, 1987 "View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Global village: how small and interconnected we humans are We undoubtedly live in a global village. An interesting event occurred a couple of weeks ago that reinforced the small world idea. I was in Sydney, Australia. It was right at midnight of a Thursday, the night before we were to return to Evansville. The television was still on. NBC's Today show with Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley came on. I waited for the news to see if Los Angeles and California were still attached to the mainland or if they were floating somewhere out in the Pacific Ocean. Then on came Willard Scott with the weather. Suddenly he said, "Evansville, Indiana, had 29 degrees last night." At the same time the video showed the Midwest and a big 29 over Southwest Indiana where Evansville is situated. Several days earlier I noticed that Cable News Network was carried with a live feed to cover the earthquake in Los Angeles. These were but several examples of the power of modern technology to in- fluence the lives of people everywhere on this earth at the same instant. The dramatic story of Jessica McClure's fall in- to a well and the subsequent heroic efforts to reach her was carried around the globe. The recent downs and ups of the U.S. stock markets were startling news not just for us. As you well know the repercussions were obvious in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney and London. Communications and economics are now several of the leading indicators of just how small and interconnected all humans are on this planet earth. When we look at the history of humankind, we have to recognize that we are living in a most interesting era. When could we have spoken of the closeness of people in all parts of the world? It would seem that no previous time allowed such a unity to exist -- unless to go back to the pre Tower of Babel times. THE IMPLICATIONS OF this intercon- nectedness are very far-reaching. It would seem that there are some good possibilities and some difficulties. The close relationship of international business and money management brings a need for greater sensitivity on the part of big business and money managers as to the effect of any actions. In- vestment houses seeking the highest returns can play havoc with buying and selling in large quan- tities in various national and international ex- changes. Ganging up on a weak currency in one country and dumping assets to run to another country can trigger very great dangers to a local economy. Great good will also result from the multiple and many-layered economic and personal intercon- nectedness. I have always felt that the more ties we tlave with people of other countries, the less the danger of war. Thus the more we have to lose by destroying a personal tie and friendship, the more costly it would be io break an economic arrangement, the less will be the likelihood that such relationships will come to the point of rupture. Thus, such a seeking of good will and sustainable interaction can do much toward promoting world peace. CHINA IS MAKING significant steps these very days in calling for reforms in their economic systems. The Chinese are pragmatic people. Their leaders are now admitting that a totally state con- trolled economy has proven disastrous for them. The tentative steps towards competitive pricing and production has been a boon to those who have been the first to try it. Farmers have been among the first to experience the good life. More and more small businesses are being given the freedom to go to the marketplace for pricing and sales. A second, and perhaps even more significant change espoused by Chinese leaders, is the call for separation of the government from the Communist Party. This is opening the doors for more than one party to present candidates, thus the beginning of a more democratic form of governance. Most in- teresting changes come from Beijing these days! International news are not just fillers in a newspaper or newscast. They are the messages that bring all of us closer together. "Father, I pray that they may be one as you and I are one." These are great signs of hope for the world we pass on to the next generation. It will be an international world which still needs the wisdom of God's Word. But it will be much closer in need and deed. St. Wendel Continued from page 9 Henry Erring, Martin Kohl, tant change, with care provided was built for the priest in 1843, Nicolaus Mueller, John Wenzel by ten priests whose terms but weatherboards and a and Nicolans Schneider who ranged from a' few months to substantial roof were not added was succeeded after his death five years. until two years later -- after in 1853 by Anton Raben. The The struggles in the early poor health had forced Father new church was solemnly years may be fascinating; but Schneiderjans to live at the blessed on October 22, 1854. the stability of the parish is home of an. Evansville In 1857, some parishioners more typical, in more than a physician, elected a new set of managers in century of strength. Father Over that winter of 1845-46, opposition to the original Michael Heck, named pastor in i the parish was attended by managers who apparently had 1878, is credited with healing Father Charles Opperman and been chosen with the approval the parish divisions. He was Father Martin Stahl, assistants of the bishop. Because of the pastor until 1898, succeeded by to Father Deydier in Evansville. dispute, the bishop placed the Father James Pfeiffer, from In April, 1846, Father Wein- parish under interdict, until the 1899-1936. The parish grew, in zaepfel returned, instigator was expelled. The spirit and stability. A dozen years later, Father deaths of eight parishioners, Weinzaepfel would leave again, presumably in a cholera Father Herman Gadlage serv- discouraged by a disagreement epidemic, was viewed by some ed 19 years as pastor, starting in within the parish, following as a punishment, but disagree- 1936. The parish hall was built construction of the new church, ment resumed. Father Wein- during his pastorat, and the In planning for the building, zaepfel asked the bishop for a tradition of church support begun in 1851, five project new assignment, in 1858. again was obviously managers had been elected: The next 20 years saw cons- strengthened. Strength and stability are ob- vious today. The parish con- tinues to grow, according to Father Schroering, as many young people chose to build homes on family land, at St. Wendel. The people "are very much involved, very industrious," says the pastor. "They support the church through the regular Sunday collection. The parish has always been really good in supporting the church." Crash brings cooperation INDIANAPOLIS (NC) -- The anguishing hours of grief and uncertainty after an Air Force jet crashed into an Indianapolis hotel Oct. 20 were "a real demonstration of people work- ing together," said Indiana State Police chaplain Father Richard A. Cooley. Nine employees of the Ramada Inn-Airport were killed when the disabled A-7 Corsair fighter jet crashed into the hotel lobby and exploded after miss- ing an emergency landing at nearby Indianapolis Municipal Airport. Six survivors were hospitalized, including the pilot, Maj. Bruce Teagarden, who bailed out seconds before the crash. As part of the emergency team ministering to families, co-workers and friends, Father Cooley found a real "spirit of cooperation from everyone.