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19,1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, currently attending the annual fall meeting of the National Conference f Catholic Bishops, prepared the following reflection, Oct. 31. -- Bishop's Forum -. Quasiquicentennial revisited Daylight. Today, on behalf of all members the Catholic Diocese of Evansville I com- mended them on their history and their present. I challenged them to i passing on the faith that is ours. It is still the best way we have to assist parents in this awe- some, but joyous, task. "Go, teach..." It was an occasion for me to reflect to them and to all of our Catholic people that we bear witness to our faith in the way we care for our "sacred plan for the future growth that will It is always a special moment of certainly be theirs -- it is theirs al- space," the care we give to our parish-scape, our Jwyto be with a parish community ready, buildings and grounds. Saint John the Evangelist mpaen .... it celebrates a significant For 125 j,,ears our faith has been Parish in Dayli_ ght, Indiana , exemplifies what I 'Onealong the way. exvressed in a public way in this corn- mean. Go, look and see! -hen the hzsto - - - be ..... " ry of a place gets munity near Elberfeld, Indiana. The Those who do not believe as we do watch us. ,ff_- my own memorv. I must -- --D faith was transmitted to the children They take careful notice of who we are and how PSllO U 0 " I: lLAv . . era ,- p n the memories of oth- RALD A. of the pamsh first and foremost by we hve. __  m_terpret for me the exneri GETTELFINGER their narents Following the mandate Those neighbors of ours who do respect us and *lce8 0 1,- - - th-- f the past. Today was one of  of the Council of Baltimore in 1884 our tradition came to celebrate with St. John's hYf e mOments. I was especially and the leadership of the Bishops of today. We are grateful to them for their affirma- JohnPPY+,^t read the. record of the-past hi'story o f S t. Vincennes and Indianapolis, the parish also had a tion and support on this common j'ourney of ours . It ist2 vangeiist Parish of Elberfeld, Indiana Catholic School. Now there is none. It was especially reassuring to see all the , mo' "T -nernoon of Sundav Oct 31 1993 This I commended the parmh for all that they have ac- priests who made an extraordinary effort to take Campaign 'strictly adheres to moral guidelines' WASHINGTON (CNS) themselves in the way in The Campaign for Human De- which this grant provides is velopment, the U.S. bishops' the reason the bishops estab- domestic anti-poverty pro- lished CHD some 20-plus years gram, has disputed charges ago." from a Washington-based phil- As evidence of CHD support anthropic watchdog group that for abortion, Capital Research it "continues to prop up the Center in its newsletter cites a abortion establishment." 1990 NCRP report, called "The assertion is made that "Rightwing Attacks on Corpo- CHD has awarded a grant that rate Giving," which, the center will promote corporate funding claims, was issued primarily of abortion. This accusation is "to expose the 'campaign of ha- completely without founda- rassment' being waged by the tion," said Bishop James H. pro-life movement." Garland of Marquette, Mich., According to the newsletter in a statement released in article, the report examined Washington Nov. 5. the attack being waged by The bishop, who is chairman "abortion opponents" against of the U.S. Catholic Confer- Planned Parenthood and other ence's committee on CHD, is- abortion advocates. sued the statement in response "In doing so," the newsletter to an article in the October continued, "NCRP sought to 1993 issue of Organization stigmatize the pro-lifers by Trends newsletter, published linking them to a conservative by Capital Research Center. crusade to defund the left." The center describes itself as a It accused CHD of financing nonpartisan education and re- "an organization that seeks to search organization, shore up corporate funding" of The article said CHD has Planned Parenthood. "CUBE HAUBSTADT given $100,000 in the last two Bishop Garland called this :&RETAIL Built with Quality L ELECTRIC years to the National Commit- link "a flimsy attempt to con- to SaveYou Licensed. Bonded. Insured tee for Responsive Philan- vict the campaign of guilt by IndustfiaI, CornmercialandResidential thropy, known as NCRP, a association." I,SPJ..D .0. Box 405 nonprofit group the newsletter The Capital Research Center Thlnle 81: SlflleY TONY NAZARIO aaubstad, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 accused of promoting "funding also criticized CHD for its sup- for advocacy groups favoring port of other organizations. Ac- I  , abortion" cording to the bishop, the accu- 11 riltllilXl$$1011 SINCE 1888 Bishop Garland said that sations were a "re-hash" of Factory and General Office  ch u m NCRP sought CHD funding for criticisms addressed years ago t1: Hwy. 231 S. luImr, lN Monuments, Inc. a specific project, the Commu- by a previous CHD chairman,  (812)482-1041 DALE, INDIANA nity Foundation Responsive- Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of Owrter ness Project, which has re- Galveston-Houston, Texas. 937-4921 ceived $100,000 in CHD funds Bishop Garland's statement -- over the past two years. Ac- reiterated that CHD funding  cording to the bishop, thepro- forcommunity-based, self-help = Ed. L. Lee = ject "strives to make commu- projects "strictly adheres to Box 88 Monomery, Indiana 47558 Mortuary nity foundations -- supported moral guidelines" and would .Taylor 101 North Meridian Street by funds from the general pub- not support an organization t lic-- more responsive" to con- whose thrust is "contrary to Phone: 486-3285 Washington, IN 254-3612 cerns of the poor and give them Catholic teaching." , a voice in determining alloca- He said the Capitol Research , Autol Homel Fire & Lifel "No aspect of this workis re- much about a specific CHD ,__ --urPersonal Service Agent lated in any way, shape or but its form to abortion, the abortion a fundamental misunderstand. Ts L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. / I 'industry' or to abortion advo- ing of. if not .position to, our ,ranklin Street 425-3187 |301 MAIN ST." VINCENNES. IN 475911 cacy," wrote Bishop Garland. church's social teaching upon "In fact, helping the poor help which the campaign was ' ' ' '" founded . . CHD is about LLER & MILLER Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. bridging the gap between rich Residential, Industrial & Commercial Heating & Cooling and poor." "Funeral Pre-Planning Installation Sales & Service Bishop Garland said he Since 1940" [ 422-9242 I hoped Catholics would again . respond generously to the cam- 424-9274 Ope,ed by Michael and Patricia Koch 15 S. Third Avenue, Evansville paign's appeal Nov. 20-21,