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...November 19, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana WASHINGTON (CNS) After a two-year consultation :.S:a:.document offering lamilies the encour- agement, COmpassion and sup- port of the U.S. Catholic bish- Nov.PS went15, before the bishops The bishops devoted about 20 minutes to introduction and r0ecl!minary discussion of the Wa,' sent, cal!ed "Follow the " ove: A Pastoral Mes- Sage of the U S Cathohc ost. .... ' ' " Bish- P " rarames _ On t cation of ,k^ ,, . he Oc- 1994 In:.".. umted Nations -- rnahonal Year of the r'amily. The 29.pag e docu Introduc,a t ment was I , u oy Cardinal Jose h i::san f Chicago, wo tore had received a Standing OVation fr low L._oh.,__ om hm fel- SUppot"::_.asa sign of their plte sex abuse alle- gation  against him. Car inal Ber chalrs the k-- nardm, who d "*nops Commlt 0a bIa a-- - " tee that t l se and Family, noted . e theme chose rntec Nat-' - n by the r y IRe::UnC: Sc Ions Ir the Ydar IgR: i in this theme is a confidence in the fu- and a chal- ourselves, recognize and and re- said. We can do this is SUpported by "" that encourage, ge, show COmpassion, and instill hope Cardinal :d. "This is the 'Follow the Bishops' proposed message offers families compassion, support which was to on Nov 17, urges 0Uples to rei "an spirit" reship and par- children's Washington Auto Trim 27 Years Service 1 OUi Ann Administrator Washington, IN rle Village ng Center needs first. "What you do in your family to create a community of love, to help each other to grow and to serve those in need is criti- cal, not only for your own sanc- tification, but for the strength of society and our church," the message says. "It is a partici- pation in the work of the Lord, a sharing in the mission of the church. It is holy." The bishops noted that they too are family members. "We are sons and brothers and un- cles. We have known the com- mitment and sacrifices of a mother and father, the warmth of a family's care, the happi- ness and pain that are part of loving." The document discusses openly many of the problems facing families today -- eco- nomic demands, changing role expectations, interpersonal dif- ficulties and outside pressures such as neighborhood violence and the intrusion of "communi- cations media (that) bring im- ages and messages into your home that may contradict your values and exert a negative in- fluence on your children." But the bishops told married couples facing problems that divorce "is not inevitable and is certainly not your only option." "An enduring marriage is more than simply endurance," they added. "It is a process of growth into an intimate friend- ship and a deepening peace. So we urge all couples: renew your commitment regularly, seek enrichment often, and ask for pastoral and professional help when needed." The document called mar- riage a "partnership of a man and woman equal in dignity and value" and said it should "never become a struggle for control." "True equality, understood as mutuality, is not measuring out justice (who prepares the meals, who supervises home- work, etc.) or maintaining an orderly schedule," the bishops said. "How household duties are distributed should follow from understanding what it takes to build a life together, as well as the individual skills and interests you bring to your common life." The document urged men to "interpret their traditional role as 'provider' for a family in more than an economic sense." "Physical care of children, discipline, training in religious values and practices, helping with schoolwork and other ac- tivities: all these and more can be provided by fathers as well as mothers," it said. The bishops commented on "the incredible busyness of family life" today and said that it is "hard to imagine how a family can live faithfully, be life giving and grow in mutual- ity without deliberately choos- I ..=,. I Your RED WING HEADQUARTERS RANEY00 SHOE STORE 320 E. Main. Washington III ing to spend time together." Whenever possible, "hours on the job need to be weighed against their impact on family life," the bishops said. They urged all family members to "see what individual pursuits could be given up or replaced with family activities? The document included a seven-part pledge by the bish- ops to work to strengthen fami- lies. Among other things, they said they would "include more deliberately within the scope of our pastoral care an attentive- ness to single-parent families, minority families, families in a second marriage, interfaith families and persons who are widowed or divorced? The bishops closed their doc- 3 ument with special messages for various groups. "Not only do your children need discipline and love, they need the example of adults whose behavior demonstrates their caring," they told par- ents. "Put your children first in making decisions about family life." To children, they said, "You have the right to expect love, guidance, discipline and re- spect from your parents and el- ders. And, in turn, you should share with them your love, your experience of God, your fears and hope." Annual Message Coloring Contest This week, the back page of the Message features a draw- ing of the Nativity; the annual Coloring Contest is open to children in grades kinder- garten through four. The drawing was provided by Amy Housman, Message secretary since January and a 1988 graduate of Memorial High School, Evansville. The deadline for entries is December 13 and winners will be announced in the Christmas issue on December 24. Prizes are furnished by G.D. Ritzy's, Stephen Libs Candy Company, Lie's Ice Cream and Sandwich Shoppes, and Chuck E. Cheese. 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