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r r Selection Continued from page 1 Benedict Joseph Flaget of Bard- stown, Ky., was responsible for Indiana and the entire upper Mississippi River Valley. In 1834, Pope Gregory XVI Voters Continued from page 11 paign, the U.S. Catholic bishops outlined their own agenda of election issues they considered key in their state- ment, "Political Responsibili- ty: Choices for the Future," issued last October. As with previous election- year statements, the bishops held firm on their opposition to abortion and capital punish- ment, called for a halt to the arms ra-6e and urged more em- phasis on housing, health, employment andthe food needs of the poor. They also called for better protection of civil and human rights at home and abroad and urged realigned economic priorities that emphasize human needs and dignity. A section was added on immigra-. tion and refugee policy in the list of morally significant issues facing the nation in 1988. Also, the U.S. Catholic Con- ference in early October releas- ed answers from Dukakis and Bush to a first-ever USCC presidential questionnaire. Both candidates also outlined their positions in interviews with National Catholic News Service. Bush said he opposed abortion but did not favor a "lit- mus test" on the issue for judicial appointments. Dukakis, who was described by a right-to-life official as a pro- abortion "zealot," said the decision on whether to have an abortion was best left to the woman. In February, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan of Brooklyn, chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference Committee on Domestic Policy, urged presidential candidates to make the" national shame" of hunger and homelessness "a central concern" of the 1988 cam- paign. Other Catholic leaders saw the election year as an oppor- tunity to share a Catholic moral vision, calling it an "open mo- ment" for Catholics to spread their vision nationwide. Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago, speaking to diocesan social action leaders last February, said the consis- tent ethic of life, which he has popularized in recent years, had a role in providing "a grid for assessing party platforms and the records of candidates for public office." Individual bishops in col- umns in their diocesan newspapers took the candidates and the parties to task for what they said were inconsistencies on life issues. Bishop Michael H. Kenny of Juneau, Alaska, said in a Nov. 4 column in the Inside Passage, Juneau diocesan newspaper, that the .Democratic and Republican parties "both have horrendous blind spots" when it comes to a consistent com- mitment to life, He cited the Democrats' back- ing for legal abortion and the Republicans' support for the death penalty and said neither party nor its candidates were "totally pro-life." The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana established the Diocese of Vincennes, which included all of Indiana and the eastern por- tion of Illinois,under the leader- ship of Bishop Simon Brute. Vincennes was the 13th diocese established in the United States, after Baltimore, New Orleans, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Bard- stown, Charlestown, Rich- mond, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Mobile and Detroit. In 1836, Bishop Brute wrote in his report to Rome that there were scarcely 25,000 Catholics among the half million people in the 53,000 square miles of his diocese. There were only two priests. During his years, Bishop Brute managed to build 27 churches and 30 mission chapels, a seminary, a college, an academy and two free schools. In 1857, Indiana was divided, with Vincennes in the south and the new Diocese of Fort Wayne in the north. In 1898, the Diocese of Vincennes became the Diocese of Indianapolis -- a change which had been suggested as early as the 1840s by the second bishop of Vincennes, Bishop Celestine de la Hailandiere. In 1944, Indiana was separated from the Province of Cincinnati; the Diocese of In- dianapolis was elevated to an Archdiocese. The Diocese of Lafayette was carved out of the .Fort Wayne territory in the north; the Diocese of Evansville was established in the southwest. Territorial lines were drawn so that all of 12 counties -- with the exception of one township -- would comprise the Diocese of Evansville. The one excep- tion was Harrison Township in Spencer County -- the location of St. Meinrad Archabbey, where Benedictine monks had established a monastery and a seminary. St. Meinrad Archab- bey remains in the territory of the Archdiocese of Indianap6lis. {Indiana today has five dioceses; the Diocese of Gary was established in 1956.) Spiritual Leaders of the Catholic Church in Southwestern Indiana Listed below are the bishops who have served the Catholic Church in the portion of Indiana which is now the Diocese of Evansville. Simon Gabriel Brute de Remur Diocese of Vincennes, 1834:1839 Celestine de la Hailandiere Diocese of Vincennes, 1839-1847 John Stephen Bazin Diocese of Vincennes, 1847-1848 Maurice de St. Palais Diocese of Vincennes, 1849-1877 Francis Silas Chatard Diocese of Vincennes, 1878-1898 Diocese of Indianapolis, 1898.1918 Joseph Chartrand Diocese of Indianapolis, 1918-1933 Joseph Elmer Fitter Diocese of Indianapolis, 1934-1944 Archdiocese of Indianapolis, 1944-1946 Henry J. Grimmelsman Diocese of Evansville, 1944-1965 Paul F, Leibold Diocese df Evansville, 1966-1969 - Francis R. Shea Diocese of Evansville, 1970. I I I The new Diocese of Evansville, with territory of 5010 square miles, had a total population of 392,889, accord- ing to the 1940 census. Catholics numbered 49,737. There were 63 parishes, 75 diocesan priests and 19 priests of religious orders. First Bishop Henry J. Grim- melsman was installed in Evansville January 3, 1945 at Assumption Cathedral. (The structure was demolished for urban renewal in 1965.) Bishop Grimmelsman was succeeded by Bishop Paul F. Leibold in 1965 and by Bishop Francis R. Shea in 1970. The next bishop will serve a diocese which has a total population of 466,821, accord- ing to the 1980 census. Catholics total 85,965. The next bishop will have jurisdiction over Catholics of various national origins -- with German and Irish the largest groupings. 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The shor- tage of clergy may compel the next bishop to investigate alter- nate ways of staffing parishes. The next bishop will find a diocese without a cathedral. He may choose to maintain the Pro- Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, or it is possible he may request approval from Rome to name another church to be the cathedral The next bishop, as described in Canon Law, will be a suc- cessor of the apostles, a pastor within the Church, a teacher of doctrine, a priest of sacred wor- ship and a minister of governance. To him will be entrusted this portion of the people of God. I ! PAUL'S Pharmacy Paul Mayer, Owner 2170 W. Franklin St. 425-7141 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and R'ebecca Hacker 853-7141 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 and N. 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