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CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 18 NUMBER 10 NOVEMBER 6, 1987 / / All Souls Service Father Ted Tempal, Msgr. Clarence Lindauer, Father James Brune, Msgr. Leo Conti and Father Robert Deig (not pictured) celebrated an All Souls Day Mass at St. Joseph Cemetery, Evansville, on Nov. 1. The Knights and Ladies of St. John also par- ticipated in the ceremony. Over 300 people attended, according to Father Brune. -- Message Photo by Mary T. Ellen Rockport students join 'Kids' Network By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer The 10 students in Julie Benton's sixth grade science class will be getting some special "hands on" experience with computer technology and scien- tific research. The St. Bernard students just receiv- ed word that they have been selected to participate in the "National Geographic Kids' Network" which will link 200 U.S. schools by computer in a special project studying acid rain. As the project gets underway, the students will be collecting water samples and testing them for acid rain levels, according to Benton. They will then enter their data into a computer and transmit, by modem, to Dickerson College in Pennsylvania. Their data, as well as data from the other participating schools, will be compiled at the college and then sent back to all the schools for analysis. Benton said she is still in the process of obtaining an Apple IIe computer for the project. She must also get a modem for transmitting the data and have a phone line installed. She said the purpose of the project is to show the students !'how much we re- ly on computers for science research." Once completed, she believes the project will "give our kids an edge -- as far as what's out there and what they .can do." Final recommendations Synod Of bishops recommends clarifying lay ministries, roles By AGOSTINO BONe NO News Service VATICAN CITY (NC) --The world Synod of Bishops said Catholic lay roles and ministries need to be clarified and revised, but how that should be done is up to Pope John Paul II. The almost 230 synod delegates who met Oct. 1-30 in Rome also told the pope not to let concern for lay ministries overshadow the laity's primary responsibility to Christianize the secular world. The synod's final recommendations to the pope did not include a proposal favored by some that all non-ordained ministries be equally open to men and women. A preliminary set of recom- mendations had included the proposal. Other proposals, however, encour- aged greater participation by women in church life, including the preparation of pastoral documents. The recommendations were con- tained in a list of 54 proposals sent to the pope, who said he planned to prepare a major document after study- ing the recommendations. The document will respect the : ','author's rights" of the synod, the pope said. He did not say when it would be issued, but said the prepara- tion would be done in cooperation with a 15-member council of the synod general secretariat. Under church rules, the pope is not obliged to follow the synod recommendations. The recommendations sent to the pope were not made public by the Vatican, which released only a sum- mary of the list of proposals. National Catholic News Service obtained a copy of the entire list. The synod recommended possible revisions of Pope Paul VI's 1972 order that established norms for lay ministries. The recommendations said the revisions would be based on local church needs but did not say how the revisions and clarifications should be done or what they should include. Among the 1972 norms was the establishment of acolyte and lector as instituted lay ministries reserved to men. The synod proposals also asked that the terms "ministry," "duty," and "of- rice" be clarified. The synod delegates left this to the pope, Coadjutor Archbishop Pierre Eyt of Bordeaux, France, said at an Oct. 30 Vatican news conference capping the synod. The synod did not make "preliminary judgments on how to carry out these revisions," said Arch- bishop Eyt, synod special secretary. "It has asked the Holy Father to clarify ministries. There is no point in saying in what manner these should take place," he added. The synod did not want to dwell too much on lay ministries in the church and the attendant issue of women's roles in the church because "we don't want to cut off the laity from its basic responsibility in the world," said Arch- bishop Eyt. Among those supporting specific recommendations expanding the liturgical roles of women were several U.S. bishops, who said the concept is reflected in the proposal to study revi- sions of the 1972 norms. The principle of equal access by men and women is reflected even though "the specificity may not be there," said Archbishop John L. May of St. Louis after the Oct. 29 synod vote approving the recommendations sent to the pope. Bishop May is president of the U.S. bishops' conference. "It seems to me that we didn't pedal backward, which is very important," said Archbishop Rembert G. Wealdand of Milwaukee. "When you have to say something that will hold for every culture, it has to be couched in terms that are quite general." Meanwhile, the highest-ranking female synod official said that expand- ing the ministries of women in the church was "never a dominant theme" at the synod. On the The synod considered the roles of women in the church as part of, the broader theme of lay ministries, said Maria da Graca Sales, synod assistant special secretary and a full-time staff member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. She spoke at the Oct. 30 Vatican news conference. "It does not seem opportune to easily establish lay people in officially in- stituted ministries," said a synod pro- posal. Such ministries "can over- shadow many lay gifts and duties -- in marriage and the family, in daily work, science, economy, the fine arts, culture and politics." Although the recommendations did not include expanding non-ordained ministries for women, two proposals dealt with womn's issues. One said that the church should recognize and use the gifts of women. See FINAL page 11 Vocation awareness -- Articles of interest on pages 2, 3, 4, 11 and 16. St. Celestine Church, Celestine -- Feature parish on pages 8 & 9. Who, what and where ? -- Check out the Bulletin Board and Around the Diocese features on pages 6 & 7.