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November 18, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ocese from page 1 Pand membership on the Tri- Commission on Re- Life and Ministry to in- clude, the. recently established .Ouncfl of Major Superiors of The commission was formed and is COmposed of repre- sentatives of the NCCB, Lead- rship Conference of Women eligious and Conference of Superiors of Men. The council of women's supe- p WaS formed in 1992. reliminary discussion of the proposed revisions to the ' FIRST FEDERAL Savings and Loan Association ashington & Loogootee- nearly 20-year-old "Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services" -- now in its 10th draft -- was generally positive, but the doc- ument seemed destined for fur- ther revisions. The 48-page document looks at such questions as abortion, euthanasia, care for the poor, medical research, treatment of rape victims, surrogate moth- erhood, in vitro fertilization, prenatal testing, nutrition and hydration for the terminally ill and organ donation. The directives, to be voted on Nov. 17, break no new ground on those topics, but bring together in one document church thinking in those areas. The proposed document on violence -- scheduled for a final vote Nov. 15 -- "speaks to the moral and human conse- AUTO TOPS SEAT COVERS BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER quences of violence" but is "not a detailed analysis or a partic- ular program," said Auxiliary Bishop John H. Ricard of Balti- more, chairman of the bishops' Domestic Policy Committee. Violence, the proposed mes- sage says, "is destroying the lives, dignity and hopes of mil- lions of our sisters and broth- ers. Fear of violence is paralyz- ing and polarizing our communities. The celebration of violence in much of our media, music and even video games is poisoning our chil- dren." The pastoral reflection on women, called "Towards Strengthening the Bonds of Peace," calls for a churchwide dialogue on women's "leader- ship in the church, equality of women and men and diversity of gifts." A vote on the docu- ment was expected Nov. 16. The statement says there should be increased roles for women in governing the church and collaboration be- tween women and men in serv- ing the church. It singles out language as a source of prob- lems for women who feel pained by sexism and encour- ages the use of inclusive lan- guage whenever possible. 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To help build your personal rela- tionship, you will receive a picture of your sponsored child, informa- tion about your child's family and country, letters from your child and the CFCA quarterly newslet- ter. Please take this opportunity to make a difference in the life of one dPOOr child. Become a sponsor to- ay! CFCA Catholic Child Sponsorship --- --- "-' -"'='11 TM 11-941 I Financial report available o1 mlUeSlJ Donat=or ate US tax deducible Christian Foundation for I Children and Aging One Elmwo0d Avenue l P.O. Box 3910 II i of a new general secretary to succeed Msgr. Robert N. Lynch; a decision on whether to extend 11 ad hoc committees set for automatic phaseout in November; and election of com- mittee chairmen. The topic of sex abuse was raised inside and outside the hotel where the bishops were meeting. Each bishop received a manual, titled "Restoring Trust," that urges all dioceses to have written policies on sex- ual abuse of minors, with spe- cial emphasis on education and prevention and on a pastoral response when an allegation is made. Further discussion of the topic was expected Nov. 16 when Bishop John F. Kinney of Bismarck, N.D., chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Sex- ual Abuse, was to report to the bishops on his panel's work. Members of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests held a press conference outside the hotel to announce what they called "the most dangerous dioceses in America for victims of sexual abuse by priests." The six were Camden, N.J.; Kansas City, Me.; Provi- dence, R.I.; Milwaukee; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Chicago. But bishops heading the named archdioceses and dioceses told Catholic News Service the group's accusations were un- iust. 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In Italy, Thanksgiv- ing is a church-sponsored day of prayer focusing on the country's agricultm'al sector. NRSV Dialogue begun Officials of the Canadian bishops' conference said they have begun a dialogue with the Vatican that may lead to changes in a Lectionary based on the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. The Vatican'sdoctri-' for liturgical use in the United States. Vatican objec- tions center on the text's use of inclusive language, or gender-sensitive terms, Seeking inclusion About 70 people; including Auxiliary Bishop Thomas,:, Gumbleton of Detroit, took part in a vigil ceremony ask: ing the Catholic Church for greater inclusion of women, including the priesthood. The vigil took place Nov. 14 on the front lawn of the Basilica of the National eral meeti The vigil was conducted by Benedictines for Peace; founded in 1980 by Benedic- tine Sisters in Erie, Pa