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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Cardinal describes 'common ground' as seeking renewal in By HEIDI SCHLUMPF Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) -- Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin said the aim of the Catholic Common Ground Project is to help U.S. Catholics rise above hardened party lines and find "renewal in the splendor of the truth revealed in the person of Jesus who is our Lord and savior." The Chicago cardinal made the remarks in an emotional address Oct. 24 for the project. The cardinal announced the common ground effort in mid- August and soon afterward learned that he faces death from cancer within the next few months. In his address he said he is "even more committed than before" to the project. "A dying person does not have League champs time for the peripheral or the accidental," he told nearly 300 people gathered for the inau- gural event at Chicago's Shera- ton Hilton and Towers. He added, "What is impor- tant, my friends, is that we find that unity with the Lord and within the community of faith for which Jesus prayed so fer- vently on the night before he died." Earlier in the day the cardi- nal met 22 of the other 24 mem- bers of the project's steering committee and named Arch- bishop Oscar H. Lipscomb of Mobile, Ala., his eventual suc- cessor as chairman of the com- mittee. The project aims to promote dialogue among Catholics on issues facing the church, includ- ing the changing roles of women, the declining numbers of priests and nuns. and reli- gious education for children. In his public address Cardi- nal Bernardin focused on the need to restore a spirit of civili- ty, respect, dialogue and unity in the church as part of what it means tobe Christian. "To say it quite boldly, it is wrong to waste the precious gift of time given to us, as God's cho- sen servants, on acrimony and division." he said. He said he hoped to pass on a gift given to him by the Second Vatican Council, his mentors and many committed Catholics he has worked with over the years: "a vision of the church that trusts in the power of the Spirit so much that it can risk authentic dialogue." "I ask you.., to strengthen the The tackle football team from SL Benedict/Holy Name finished the feeder league sea- son with a 6 and 0 record. Team members include, front row, Chris Farley, Grant Haury, Jacob Bivens, Clint Happe, Adam Pitt, Eric Elliott, Nathan Shrewsberry, Dane Mehringer, Elliott Hayden, second row, Nick Hubiak, Tim Bennett, Adam , Casey McCoy, Ryan Nicholson, Brad Austin, Aaron Schmitt, Danny Schus- , Rieky Marquis, John Prough, Jeff Steve Thompson, Clint Kern, Craig Emig, Alex PoweH and Chris Pate. Matt Pfeffer, Mike Happe and Ben Pfeffer are coaches. YOU SHOULD HEAR WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT US. "To have someone you can depend on really means a lot. 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Cardinal Bernardin said some of the "misunderstandings" by critics of the Catholic Common Ground Project and its frame- work statement reflect the church's "current state of ner- vous anxiety." "We need to be clear about the limits of this effort," he said. "Our aim is not to resolve all our differences or to establish a new ecclesial structure." Instead offers a way ences and di which are always in a common dialogue. "It is a space in respect where our differences, understandin= everything said. He noted th strongest tiative arose the exploration could com Catholic legitimize But he t ations will be Scripture, teaching, not ne but "I want to in speaking ground,' this aim at the denominator," he f MAUSOLE COMPLEX - Bartley Street, Jasper Tel: (812) 481-2068 SAVE by purchasing now, to construction, at low, construction prices. payment plans are ava pre-need purchases. 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