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CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 18 NUMBER 12 NOVEMBER 20, 1987 I II ! you are asked to give, dig deep, There's still alot ofwork to be d0r00e! " 1987 COUection Sunday-- November 22 for From. the desk of Bishop Francis R. Shea . Bishop of Diocese of Evansville Dear Friends of the Diocese of Evansville, Each November, we have an excellent opportunity to thank God for our many gifts and talents by supporting the Cam- paign for Human Development. This is the major education-action program for justice sponsored by the National Con- ference of Catholic Bishops. Since 1970, your generosity has made it possi- ble to fund over 3000 self-help projects controlled by poor people and dedicated to removing the causes of poverty. These projects are found in all parts of our country, including our own. In the first draft of their pastoral letter on the economy, the United States Catholic Bishops stated: "We want to renew our own in- itiatives begun through the Campaign for Human Development to find ways of empowering all persons to a fuller measure of participation in social life." The need for the support of the Cam- paign for Human Development has never been greater: -- The number of Americans in poverty is still a scandal. - There are over six million more poor today than in 1980. -- More children go hungry today than ever before. -- More than 22 percent of all children under the age of six live in poverty. -- Hunger is a major result of poverty. WASHINGTON (NC) -- One pro-life organization expressed "tremendous apprehension" Nov. 12 about Anthony M. Kennedy, President Reagan's third nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, but other abortion opponents were general- ly supportive of the choice. Abortion supporters said they were waiting until confirmation hearings to give a "definitive" response. Kennedy, 51, was nominated by Reagan Nov. 11 in the president's third bid to fill the vacancy on the high court created by the retirement of Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. A native of Sacramento, Calif., Ken- By FULIE ASHER NO News Sen/ice nedy has served on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 1976. He is an active member of Holy Spirit Parish in Sacramento. Reagan's second nominee, Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, withdrew his name Nov. 7 after it was revealed that he had used marijuana. The president's first choice, Judge Robert H. Bork, was rejected by the Senate in late October. "We have tremendous apprehen- sion" about Kennedy, said Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, in a Nov. 12 telephone inter- view. "Our sense is not good, and we cannot at this time support him." She said her organization was con- cerned about a 1980 case in which Ken- See NOVEE page 4 Nominee gets mixed reaction According to the policy being con- sidered, "the salary for any position in the Diocese of Evansville held by a woman religious" would be 88 percent of a lay person's salary for the same position. The 88 percent formula was designed to provide after-tax equivalen- cy for lay and religious, according to the Chancellor of the diocese, Msgr. Kenneth Knapp. He said the percentage amounts to five percent for pension and eight percent for social security added to the 75 percent a lay person Washington, Ind., to discuss the provi- sions of the proposal. By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor Salaries for women religious would be equivalent to the after-tax salaries paid to lay persons, according to a pro- posal under discussion in the Diocese of Evansville. The women religious and their congregations would be responsi- ble for housing and travel expenses; parishes and institutions now pro- oviding health insurance to lay persons would provide the same insurance to religious. Priests of the diocese were called to meetings Nov. 12, at Evansville and Feature parish on pages 8 & 9. Life after cancer -- A former victim shares his story. See page 3. Arms and hands of the Lord -- Father Donald Dilger comments on this Sunday's gospel onpage 5. St. Thomas, Knox County On the Sister Joan Miller, O.S.F., president of the Sisters' Senate, is one of four women religious on the committee which has been meeting with the bishop. She and the bishop agree that the new plan was proposed out of a sense of justice, and with a sense of awareness that many religious com- munities and congregations are in serious financial need. Other committee members who helped to formulate the proposal were Sister Bernice Kupar, S.P.,Sister Mary Cheryl Uebelhor, O.S.B., and Sister Julie Hampel, O.S.F. Housing and travel expenses would become the responsibility of each woman religious and her congregation. Sisters living in convents would pay rent, "according to fair rental value," for housing at the parish or institution. Mileage reimbursement would follow the established practice of the parish or institution. customarily takes home after taxes. The proposal does not set diocesan- wide salary rates, but rather calls for each parish or institution "to be respon- sible for job descriptions and salary range for each position." Institutions which provide health in- surance for lay employees will have to provide the same coverage for women religious in similar positions, according to the plan. The new policy may possibly be im- plemented as soon as September 1, 1988, according to Bishop Francis R. Shea, who described the plan as "ap- propriate" and "one I would like to see in effect." :Proposal calls for upgrading salaries in Diocese of Evansville Most Rev. Francis R. Shea Bishop of Evansville Salaries for Women Religious -- At least 20 million Americans go hungry two or more days a month. Thanks to your support, the parishioners of the Diocese of Evansville continue to show great generosity and concern for the poor of our country. This SUNDAY, NOVEMBER .., is the collection Sun- day for the Campaign for Human Development. I would again ask you to consider your generosity toward those who are most needy in our community. As we do so, we can hear the words of Jesus when he says: "Insofar as you did this to one of the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40} Jesus still identifies today with those considered "least" in our society. He promised that he would be with his church as long as time shall last. He also told us that, "the poor you will have with you always." Put these two promises together! Don't regard them as a mere coin- cidence. In the poor we find Jesus and in the way we take care of the poor, we find Jesus in ourselves. Through your generous contributions to the Campaign for Human Development collection, you will help the gospels' teachings to become alive and enrich the human family. Sincerely yours in Christ,