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Th+00 E SAGE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 19 NUMBER 11 NOVEMBER 11,1988 The presence of the Clergy and People of the Diocese of Evansville is requested for the Solemn Celebration of the Feast of Christ the King Th f " " A Idturgy or. nanKsgwng in Honor of The Most Reverend Francis R. Shea Bishop of Evansville Holy Rosary Church 1301 South Green River Road Evansville, Indiana Sunday, November 20, 1988 2:00 p.m. CST Parish Tickets Are Required For The ldturgy_ A public reception will follow from3:00 T - 6:00 p.m. (No tickets are required) By PAUL LEINGAIG Message Editor The following article is the last of a series of four articles on the selection of a new bishop for the Diocese of Evansville. Source material for this series has included an article by Father Thomas J. Reese, S.J., in the August 25, 1984 issue of America; "Canonical Establishment of the Diocese of Evansville" by Father J. Kenneth Walker; "Summary Quinquennial Report for 1983 through 1987" for the Diocese of Evansville; "Profile: the Diocese of Evansville"edited by Father Joseph Ziliak; and "Diocese of, Evansville: The First Thirty-five years, by Msgr. Clinton Hirsch. The Fourth Bishop of Evansville His Portion of the People of God The fourth bishop of Evansville will Catholic voters targeted by both parties By JULIE ASHER NC News Service WASHINGTON (NC) -- Catholic issues and Catholic voters figured pro- minently in the 1988 presidential elec- tion campaigns of Republican George Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis, with both parties saying before election day that they used different strategies to target Catholic votes. During the final week before the general election, Vice President Bush visited three Catholic colleges -- the University of Notre Dame, Fairfield University in Connecticut and Im- maculata College in Pennsylvania -- as well as Lansing Catholic. Central High School in Lansing, Mich. At the end of October he also met in Philadelphia with Cardinal John J. Krol, the retired archbishop of the city. Dukakis, the governor of Massachusetts, visited fewer Catholic schools -- among them Georgetown University and the University of Scran- ton -- but during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in July singled out for praise a Capuchin priest, Father William ,r:,u for his work at a Denver  ,,tpr f,,r hp homeless, Samaritan House, .run bv the , See VOTERS page 11 Selection of a bishop Diocese of Evansville awaits decision from Rome be chosen by the pope. Although the pope may choose any priest he wants, there is an established process by which candidates are identified and selected for the pope to consider. The process in the United States culminates when the pro-nuncio sends a list of three names to Rome, to the Congregation for Bishops. The pro- nuncio, currently Archbishop Pio Laghi, indicates his preference of the three candidates. The role of the Congregation for Bishops "appears to be primarily a check on the pro-nuncio," wrote Father Reese. "If he loses their confidence, they get him replaced." The Congregation for Bishops ex- amines the ternus -- the list of three -- from the pro-nuncio, and studies the report. Members of the congregation may make a recommendation to the pope, or they may send the three names back to the pro-nuncio and ask for another ternus. The pope has the final say in the pro- cess. He is the one who can ultimately appoint any priest he wants, according to Father Reese, but "he works primari- ly through the Congregation for Bishops and the pro-nuncio, who arewell aware of his wishes." The selection of a bishop may seem to be an autocratic process, concludes Father Reese, "but what makes it work is the good faith of the participants, who are concerned for the good of the the church and recognize the problems that would result from imposing a bishop at odds with his priests and people." Although the final decision is made in Rome, the pope does not know every priest it, the world. The information necessary for a decision comes from the bishops, priests and laity who have sug- gested names and answered questionnaires. Once a decison is made, and the can- didate accepts the appointment, the pro-nuncio makes a public announcement. Archbishop Laghi traditionally makes his announcments on Tuesday mornings. Tradition and prediction of- fer no certainty, but the name of the fourth bishop of Evansville predictably will be announced on a Tuesday morn- ing following Bishop Shea's 75th birthday. "A diocese is a portion of the people of God which is entrusted for pastoral care to a bishop," according to Canon Law. The fourth bishop of Evansville will oversee a diocese shaped over centuries by people of God and events of the world. Historically, southwestern Indiana was once under jurisdiction of Quebec, Canada. In 1674, Bishop Francis de Montmorency Laval was named bishop of a vast diocese which comprised all of North America. After the American Revolution, In- diana and all of the U.S. territory east of the Mississippi River came under the jursidiction of Bishop John Carroll in the Diocese of Baltinore which was established in 1789. The Diocese of Baltimore wa rti,,ided into four more dioceses in 1808. Bishop See SELECTION page 16 On the ins Adult Children of Alcoholics -- Advice to the family, on page 2. To claim our dignity -- A seminar for women, on page 3. Christ the King Church, Evansville -- Feature pari.sh on pages 8 and 9. School Notebook -- A regular feature, on page 7. The Question Corner -- Answers to questions from Catholics, on page 13.