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If or reconciliation NCCB meeting (CNS) -- The U.S. Opened their fall general meet- 10 with votes to hold a national of Hispanic Catholics in the year ways to revive the pen- of fasting and abstinence pro-life efforts. had preliminary discussion th s describing "light and shad- e 25'year battle against abor- urging Catholics to act in greater people beyond the U.S. Pilla of Cleveland theconferenceNOV. 10-13 meeting of teh of Catholic Bishops Catholic Conference with his centering on recon- ' church divided within cannot wit- reconciliation to the world, Bishop told the nearly 300 U S bishops !he Hyatt Regency Capitol those "who claim to be at the same time act like i church which isfiot at peace with a COuntersign,,, he said. must end because "imperative C' he added. a failure at reconcilia- place Outside the hotel ) Pilla spoke. exchanged between a group of gay and group. Dignity members had convened a press conference in support of "Always Our Children," a statement of the bish- ops' Committee on Marriage and Family urging parents to love their gay children. The committee statement, issued in Octo- ber, was not up for discussion at the fall meeting. Meanwhile, an attempt to add a dis- cussion of U.N. sanctions against Iraq to the bishops' agenda was rejected by just five votes. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Gumble- ton of Detroit had urged the agenda change, saying that the bishops' own teachings on war and peace would man- date a condemnation of the sanctions against Iraq. Since the embargo was imposed in 1990 by the United Nations, with strong U.S. backing, "more than a million people have died, including 600,000 children," Bishop Gumbleton said. The sanctions are "leaving behind a trail of resentment and hatred" of Americans in Iraq, he said. With 163 bishops in favor of revising the agenda and 89 against, the vote was five short of the 168 needed for a two- thirds majority. But after the close vote, Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, N.J., chairman of the bishops' International Policy Committee, indicated that he would raise the topic again later in the meeting. On the first day, the bishops also voted Brutd medal to be awarded A photograph shows the desi Of ': ent :andTreasure, and the medal is the distinctive pewter medal to be awarded to southwestern Indiana awarded to the initiates into the lay persons who have been recog- Brut4 Society, at Holy Redeemer nized by their fellow parishioners as Church, Evansville, Sunday, Nov. 16. outstanding models of Christian The three "Ts" stand for Time, Tal- stewardship. (CNS) _ The an instruction out clear dis- ordained priests and the rain- People collaborating point of a new "to reaffirm the role of the Bishop James Toledo, Ohio, Nov. 10. of the 38-page with the - John Paul II, for release until later the their ton, had pre-release copies of it in their meeting materials so they could discuss its meaning and prepare for its appearance. The document reaffirms such rules as the one that reserves preaching of a homily at the Eucharist to an ordained dea- con, priest or bishop. It reaffirms involvement of lay people in "the pastoral ministry of clerics in parishes, health care centers, charitable and educa- tional institutions, prisons" and other situations. But it insists that this should be done only when necessary because of a lack of sufficient priests "and not for reasons of convenience or ambiguous 'advancement of the laity,' etc." Bishop Hofflnan -- who reD" must be recetv at the Mge no 19. , ence of Catholic Bishops at a Vat- ican meeting Nov. 7 about the new instruction-- told the bish- ops that the document "needs to be viewed through the lens of the ordained priesthood" or else it will be easily misunderstood. "It is not intended to disvalue the pastoral ministry of lay women and lay men," he said. The discussion among the bishops following his presenta- tion gave some indications of how some aspects of the instruction could be interpreted in different ways. Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly of Louisville, Ky., said that Catholic health care chaplains -- "80 percent of which are not ordained" -- would be anxious about the understanding of a norm which says, "It is unlaw- to assume titles such as 'pastor,' 'chaplain,' 'coordinator,' 'mod- erator' or other such similar titles which can confuse their role and that of the pastor, who is always a bishop or priest." He said there was a long his- tory behind development of the usage "chaplain" to describe nonordained people in that ministry and "I foresee some difficulty about this." But Bishop Thomas D. Doran of Rockford, Ill., stood a few moments later to say that as a canonist, he would emphasize the term "assume" in that norm. There is a difference, he said, between someone assuming a title without authorization and a decision by church authorities to use such a title to designate lay people who are given certain Honoring Janiee Frey .................. Page 3 Swish! .............................. Page 13 Gospel Commentary ................. Page 14 , . , , , , . ,, ,, , , i, ,r , ,, , , , ,, ,, ,, , The Vatican document is titled "Instruction on Certain Ques- tions Regarding the Collabora- tion of the Nonordained Faith- ful in the Sacred Ministry of the Priest." See MINISTRIES page 13 . , , ! , , ,,,, o _= = x_ a I3 =I m I to extend for an indefinite period the , and opponents of the See NCCB page 3 Vatican spells out distinctions between ordained, lay ministries Ry JERRy FILTE Catholic ,, ..... AU annual fall meeting in Washing- resented the National Confer- ful for the nonordained faithful responsibilities or ministries. N,, oervice