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View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I I ii November 301989 i By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK AssociPte Publisher The health of Catholicism in West Germany today What is the health of Catholicism in West Ger- many today? I cannot and dare not take the seat of judgment on this matter, but I can relate several factors that give a face to the Catholic Church in West Germany today. The Catholic Church has access to heavy fund- ing from the state and federal governments. After a person's income tax is computed, a surtax of ap- proximately eight percent is added for religious tax. These funds are then transmitted to the respec- tive diocese or archdiocese For instance the Arch- diocese of Cologne, the nation's largest and wealthiest, receives 400 million German Marks {roughly $224 million} from the North-Rhine Westphalia state. They also receive some funds from the federal government. The basis for such an arrangement comes from the secularization of church properties carried out by decree from a victorious Napoleon in 1803. In a sense, the present payments are a form of restitu- tion for the confiscation of properties. Salaries of all prelates are also paid by the state. People in the pews do not contribute at as high a rate as in the United States. But they figure that they are paying through their taxes, so they throw in only small amounts at the Sunday Masses. i i We were told that approximately 20 percent of Catholics attend Mass on a regular basis. But remember, taxes are taken from all who are registered as Catholics. Without official registra- tion, sacraments are denied a person. Thus, membership in the Church would be necessary for even the basics, such as, baptism, marriage and burial. We were also told that younger Germans are officially registering as unchurched in larger numbers than their parents. In another 10- 20 years the tax income picture could change significantly. As a result of the money, Catholic churches in Germany seem to be in very good condition. They glisten in valleys and hillsides in the Alpine regions. They are the site of pilgrimage and visita- tion for millions annually in the large and famous places, such as Cologne. The funds, of course, are used to support Catholic schools, hospitals, retreat houses, study centers, social service agencies and the salaries of parish personnel. There are parishes without resident priests. We have to remember that virtually every village would have a church. This goes back to the days when church attendance was near maximum. Lay men and women are administering parishes. These lay people very often hold masters or doctoral Outpatient counseling at St. Mary's An outpatient counseling ser- vice is now available at St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville, according to James Cavera, ACSW. He is the direc- tor of the center, which is located in a remodeled area of the old Regina Nursing Home on the grounds of the medical center. Cavern said general counsel- ing services for individuals, families and groups, chemical dependence services and psychiatric services will be of- fered on aft outpatient basis. "Some of the most common needs today are problems associated with aging, illness and grief," according to Cavern. "As our population ages, people experience identi- ty adjustment related to widowhood, retirement and relocation. Cavern. said that illness is often stressful not only to a pa- tient but'to the family of the pa- tient as well. He said counsel- ing will help families cope with illness. "Grieving is a normal response to loss, but it is often misunderstood," said Cavera. "Through counseling a person can better understand the pro- cess and work through it." Counseling may also be helpful in dealing with pro- blems related to divorce, dependency, children, relation- shps work and life stresses, he said Cavera, who has been af- fihated with the medical center for 14 years, formerly served as director of patient and family services. He has also been an adjunct professor in the social work program at the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, for more than 10 years. He has had experience in psychiatric services at Southwestern Indiana Mental Health Center, the Evansville State Hospital and Pontiac (Michigan} State Hospital Children's Program. Cavera was .ordained a per- manent deacon in 1983 and serves in that capacity at Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville. Memoriil:[ officials meet IHSAA By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Gerry Adams and Ronald Wannamuehler, principal and athletic director, respectively, at Memorial High School, Evansville, planned to attend a mooting of the Indiana High School Athletic Association ex- ecutive committee, Wednes- day, Nov. 1. An item specified for discus- sion at the meeting was a Memoriai supporter's videotap- ing of a Harrison-Castle High School varsity football game earlier this fall, according to Adams. Third party videotap- ing is prohibited by regulations of the IHSAA. Adams nod sent a ietter of i Letters wdc0me },Ltter  m ,he editor are weicome, i)riei let- ters are orelerrea, 'the Messaee reserves the right to semcl Jolters l or puolcauon. .,., ,, i notification about the taping to Adams said he wanted to learn the IHSAA in early October. , more about the reasons for the At the time the Message Was hearing before offering any prepared for production, comments. DONUT BANK 4 Convenient Locations ii i ii i = ii i|l i v our Convement Locations CENTRAL CHAPEL ,, : c=qr AV[: i i ml=. i i degrees in Sacred Theology. Younger adults, but even they are now begin- ning in their 40s, seem to see the church as a cultural phenomenon, rather than a :source of in- spiration for'faith and prayer. Subscriptions to Catholic newspapers and magazines decrease in the same age levels. An interesting phenomenon is showing itself. At least in Bavaria, the traditionally Catholic Southern part of Germany, some individual parishes are providing orchestral Masses on a regular basis. Oberammergau has such Masses every other week. We were told that people flock to these. We know of the same thing in Munich where such grandiose orchestral Masses play to standing room only crowds. Whether these are genuine faith experiences, we do not know. At the very minimum such a phenomenon does say that many people are active- ly seeking some other worldly expressions and ex- periences. At least it is something for the church officials to look at as a way to get to the hearts of many people. Next week we'll look a little closer at the phenomenon where people living the good life do not find room for regular and public displays of their faith. i [ .I, qY, oE, q HWY. 231 SOUTH JASPER, INDIANA 47546 PHONE: 812-482-3800 "THE ONLY BANK YOU'LL EVER NEED" "Where customers send their friends!" Open nightly til 9 p.m. Ucblhor & OLD US 231 SOUTH - JASPER, IN - 482-2222 I I  i I lil'l Ul I Buehlers I.G.A. "THE THRIFTY HOUSEWIFE'S. SOURCE OF SAVINGS" QUALITY FOODS and MEATS Ahm HunUngburg and Oakland City ' KREMPP LUMBER CO. 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