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November 3, 1995 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 "- Bishop's Forum -- Memory and its liabilities Part One Memory is funny. You think you have it right. Time passes. Oth- ers make suggestions. You draw from your own immediate experi- ence. You find out your original mory is changed, for so many in- home. Dr. Glenn was the family uences aistort it Let me explain, doctor• (I never had reason to learn The following is the vivid memory his first name.) of a homesick 13 year-old. We have a very close relation- It was Sept. 9, 1949. I left ship, not only because of age but home. To avoid the t for other reasons which I will write . _ .. rauma of tugO'_byes',in public for an imma- GERALDByBISHOPA. about later. e (I didn t know those words GETTELFINGER There was one clear effect in then} 13-year-old boy, my pastor, |   mmm my leaving home at that age: sepa- Father Earl Feltman, not only of- ration from the familiar is painful. lured, but suggested that it was My memory of our farm home and wl.;tfor him to take me to the seminary. He was all its detail froze in sharp focus• There are vivid images of those things identifying the place where That's the background, here's my memory. The fourth child of eight and the second son, that locates me. What you may not realize, except a^mY assertion, is that I am most blessed. At  ray memory tells me so. • My two eldest sisters are first and second of eight siblings. My first brother is older by 13 months. I have three sisters imme- diately following me; the youngest in the family is my second brother. We were all born within a period of ten years. We were all delivered at the farm home, the ancestral I had grown from infancy to adolescence, the only place I had known as home. Suddenly, as a balm to my homesickness, the recollection of those images comforted me more than I could have ever imag- ined. They helped to soothe my yearning for home. The visual and experiential memory of my home place sustained me during a seemingly end- less period of homesickness• My siblings may smile in recognition at these things that I mention. And, indeed these may have not meaning for them or for any one else who reads them. • The farm house• The barn. Kerosene lanterns. Wood stoves. Kitchen range. The outdoor toilet. Twin silos. The hog pen. The brooder house. The bull pen. The granary. The corn crib. The chicken house. The tool shed. The manure spreader shed. The water tank. The tractor. A side delivery hay rake. The hay wagon. The "hack" shed. The walnut tree. The cow pond. Electricity to our home. Lights in the house -- even in the barn. The new milk room. Electric milkers. (I detested milking!) • The fields. Pickle patches. Cow paths. The ditch meandering through our farm. The smoke house. The summer kitchen. The machine shed. The lime shed. The walnut tree. A hand-dug well. Cisterns -- our water supply -- along with a deep well and pump driven by gasoline prior to electric- ity. The orchard. The woods• Last but not least, the frog pond. I will let you wonder in your own imagination the relative importance of each. For this homesick kid they formed the mosaic of the home I left at 13. insects and diseases like cholera. And the only furnish- ings are probably a few sleep- ing mats, some eating utensils, a cooking pot, and a bench. There's no need for closets and dressers when each family member owns little beyond two or three articles of cloth- ing. With so little to their homes, it's no wonder that children in the slum areas of Uberaba, Brazil spend most of their time outside• There is usually a game going on in the road, and part of the day is spent at the dump, checking for used plastic bags, rags, and bits of rubber. What the kids find may be used to make a toy, or it may be sold to bring in a lit- tle extra money. Most days, the parents may earn enough picking sugar cane to buy rice and beans, but vegetables, milk, and meat are luxuries• There is no money for things like school fees, shoes, or med- ical care. When you think of the hard- ships faced by children like Th leadeJVll°wing letter, signed by 16 religious rs, tO Arth .... as received by fax from Rabbi r j.,. Abrams, Tern Evansvi,, - ple Adath B nai Israel, ue. It was dated Oct. 24, 1995. commun We especially condemn the statements of the Reverend Louis Farrakhan and other leaders of the Nation of Islam, which have re- peatedly and verbally attacked Jews, Chris- •  ri- tians and ethnic groups such as Palestinians, tit ia. as of good faith seek to confront in- Koreans, Asians and others. Energy drawn trod ,,a_al racism and its damaging leacv from hatred does not serve love well, as Dr. US We •    (fric tn ^--" affirm efforts within the Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us so power- r "-'nerican Co • full ob ,,._ mmumtv to confront the y. e a  Within their communities, even as We still believe that this nation can be re noYl, eclg e the need for each community united, with all of its diverse religious and I,  ,,u m its particular brokenness, racial populations, and live in accord with one Ver ;eaS-We battle bigotry on one front, how- another. zlvaj iorto;st t. not he undone by the insidious To this end, it continues to be the sacred iVe a._,.  mgotry from another. We cannot task of the faith community to strive for equal y }l''lon to bigotry in any form, aaainst opportunities throughout the land for all of I011 s -7  group, our people. ?ers of the Interfaith Community of Evansville, Indiana including C.A.R (Citizens clsm), A Committee of the Evansville Area Council of Churches: , Pastor Husby, Pastor Clyde Elliot Grubbs, Arthur j. Abrams Haseltine, Pastor • Rev. Barbara Gaisser, Pastor • Sue Woodson • Rev. Ben Guess, Pastor • Dr. Joseph Fraccaro • Rev. Judi Jacobson, Pastor • Pat Perigo • Rev. Conrad W. Grosenick, Pastor • Paul Rohlman • Rev. Ed Ouellette •Morian Oullette Says sick must be witnesses of faith, hope CITy (CNS) -- are ill and suf- who care for tness to the and hope in Paul II said l message for Sick. You who are weak of strength and the world," his messagc, marks the World Day of the Sick Feb. II, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Preaching a need to unite one's suffering with that of Christ for the salvation of the world does not mean placidly accepting the situations of in- justice, poverty and conflict, Pope John Paul said. While the sick are called to proclaim their faith in Christ, the pope said, others in the church are called to ease their neighbor's suffering and push governments to take up their responsibilities for the health and well-being of their citizens, "Today, perhaps especially today, there arises from hu- manity the cry of the multi- tude tried by suffering," he said. "Whole populations are torn apart by the cruelty of war. The victims of conflicts still under way are first of all the weak mothers, children, the aged," he said. these and their limited chance to know the wonder of learn- ing, it certainly seems that many U.S. children have an embarrassment of riches. Sea- sonal clothing, elaborate toys, new worlds opened up through computers and educational materials. These are wonder- ful gifts and opportunities for our kids, but what's particu- larly good to see  especially among those in our own dio- cese -- is that they want chil- dren like the ones in Brazil to share in them. Through the Holy Childhood Association (HCAL the Catholic Church's mission or- ganization for the young, our kids are learning what it means to make a personal sac- rifice to help another who is in need. Last school year, chil- Washington Continued from page 4 horribles" and told CNS he sus- pected that underlying the com- plaints of religious discrimina- tion is really an attempt to gain vouchers for religious schools. Such an effort, he said, could impede Catholics who also push for school vouchers but not for a reworking of the Constitution. The word vouchers never ac- tually came up during the Sen- ate hearings, but could be be- tween the lines of some of the drafted amendments requiring government to fund religious activities as it does secular ones. Such an idea does not sit well with J. Brent Walker, general counsel for the Baptist Joint ac- tivities. He called it "exactly what Thomas Jefferson had in mind when he said that to com- pel a man to furnish contribu- tions of money for the propaga- tion of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." Walter Dellinger, U•S. assis- tant attorney general, didn't quote Jefferson but brought James Madison into the discus- sion, saying he had warned against using the amendment process as a "device for correct- ing every perceived constitu- tional defect" and also objected dren in our diocese contributed $4,221.98 to HCA, which en- abled Catholic missionaries working at places like the Our Lady of the Rosary Day Care in Uberaba to help children deprived by poverty, ttCA con- tributions helped the day care provide meals and education for 50 children, as well as daily activities like arts and crafts. With so much negative news about what the next genera- tion is about, isn't it good to know our Catholic young peo- ple are involved in something of such value? As they begin the new school year, you can help them make a difference for other children living in our world's poorest area. To find out how, contact your HCA di- rector. to "amendments on issues that inflamed public passion." According to Dellinger and representatives from the Na- tional Council of Churches and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, no new amendment is going to solve the problem of ongoing discrim- ination, What is needed, they say, is more education on what the Establishment Clause as written means. "We have good religious free- dom in this country," said Fa- ther Drinan, adding that guide- lines issued earlier this year by U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley on religion in public schools make its applica- tion quite clear. Senators at the hearings ex- pressed their concern for reli- gious freedom, but also their hesitance to meddle with the Constitution. "I have some reservations, and I personally will have to be convinced that that's the way to go," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the judi- ciary committee• Jeanne Lopatto, a spokes- woman for Hatch's office, told CNS Oct. 26, "The chairman will go over the testimonies to determine what, if anything, needs tQ be done.  growing up poor is not a place a Sofa and read or lie floors while play- games. Home is likely a COMiNTARy By MSGR. CA. SCHICHTE R rector °he-room_. s t_ . 0od arn hack made trom o,,, u metal scrans found  ae dum : T Side is t  p he dirt'floor in- -,,.. ae Same as the one °uslle, a breeding ground for Holy Childhood: U.S. children share their gifts