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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishops urge voters to press for values, substance in By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Voters as well as candidates must share responsibility for making the 1996 election ad- dress the values of the Ameri- can people, the U.S. bishops say in a new political responsi- bility statement. The statement, released Nov. 5, exactly one year before the 1996 election, quotes from Pope John Paul II's encyclicals as well as from his remarks during his October U.S. visit, when he called on Americans to use their freedom to serve truth and protect society's most vulnerable groups, in- cluding the unborn, the poor and immigrants. It also cited the U.S. bishops' recent statements on crime, abortion, communications, peace, social and economic jus- tice, health care, immigration and violence. The latest in a series of po- litical responsibility state- ments dating back to 1976, it sets out broad questions for the coming campaign while point- edly remaining nonaligned with either the Democratic or Republican parties. The statement, issued in a 32-page booklet format, asks how the United States can best help vulnerable children, com- bat racial prejudice, support families, pursue justice and peace in a violent world, ad- dress a growing "culture of vio- lence" and get the most from a market economy and public policy to create good jobs, help immigrants and fight poverty. And it challenges both those who say religious beliefs have no place in politics and reli- gious leaders who tell followers how to vote or pose religious tests for candidates. "Too much of public life re- flects our fears more than our hope, dividing us by age, race, religion and class," it says. "Too often the voices that set the agenda of public life are not those who seek the corn- " / SER VICE BODIES mon good, but those who seek to divide us." "We need to examine our own political behavior and take steps to build public confidence and participation in the politi- cal process." Public life should be a place of civic debate and broad pub- lic participation, the document says. And the church has a role in raising the issues of that civil debate. "The challenge for our church is to be principled with- out being ideological, to be po- litical without being partisan, All Hallows Continued from page 1 president of All Hallows; Msgr. Daniel Burke, described as a "senior alumnus of All Hal- lows, in his mid 80s," from Sa- vannah, Ga.; and Msgr. Frank Tuohy, a priest of the Archdio- cese of Indianapolis. In his homily, Bishop Ray- mond Boland described how the first three seminarians, Daniel Moloney, John Ryan and Patrick McDermott, came to Vincennes in 1845, and then were ordained by Bishop Celes- tine de la Hailandiere. The three Irishmen had come at the request of the Bishop of Vincennes, who was respond- ing to a notice from the semi- nary that missionary priests were available. to be civil without being soft, to be involved without being used," it says. Prior to each of the last five presidential elections, the Ad- ministrative Board of the U.S. Catholic Conference has pub- lished a statement on political responsibility, encouraging voters and politicians to look beyond sound bites and head- lines to the moral and human issues facing the country. "This kind of political re- sponsibility does not involve religious leaders telling people how to vote or religious tests for candidates," the ment says. Such be "pastorally theologically litically unwise. seek to lift up the human dimensions sues for our own and American be both believers the bishops say, resources of faith a society that res dignity and rights the bishops say. sionaries for America and Other parts of the world was done, according to Bishop Boland, with "bravado an- chored more in faith than in reality." As a result of that faith, however, the seminary began to fulfill its promise. In the 150 years since that time, about 1,400 Irish priests from All Hallows have come to the United States. About 320 priests from All Hallows are currently working in this coun- try. Bishop Boland wondered aloud in his homily whether All Hallows or any tution could vide missionary noted that only in Ireland were preparing for work United States. This is "a not be solved by nc Bishop Boland and trends seem to that an era is end, he said, but times has other planS. "A chapter may b but the book is not Bishop Boland said. 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