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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana U.S. bishops approve modified guidelines for communion . By MARK PATTISON exhortation on ecumenical coop- Catholic News Service eration, "Ut Unum Sint." WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops approved new guidelines for receiving Commu- nion, modifying them from the floor to address their concerns about members of the Orthodox Church receiving Communion in Catholic churches. The guidelines were approved on a voice vote with just one bishop's audible dissent Nov. 14, the last day of the bishops' fall general meeting in Washington. Archbishop Oscar H. Lip- scomb of Mobile, Ala., convener of the joint committee that draft- ed the guidelines, urged throughout debate on the floor for passage of the new guidelines for their placement in missalettes used in Catholic churches. The revised guidelines, Arch- bishop Lipscomb said, would more closely conform to canon law and Pope John Paul II's The guidelines, first autho- rized for publication in 1986, had been called outdated during debate Nov. 14 and when the subject was first introduced Nov. 11. Concerns were raised, both days that the guidelines would either seem to be too welcoming to the Orthodox faithful or be too disrespectful to Orthodox bish- ops, who prohibit Communion reception by their laity. Bishop Charles J. Chaput of Rapid City, S.D., said he under- stands how Orthodox bishops might feel about the guidelines. He mentioned his own frus- tration with Episcopal priests who invite Catholics to receive Communion during Episcopal services on American Indian reservations within his diocese, despite their knowledge that Catholic discipline prohibits Catholics from doing so. The modification approved by the bishops was offered by Bish- op Scan P. O'Malley of Fall River, Mass., to reflect greater sensi- tivity to official Orthodox policies against reception of Communion by their members in Catholic churches. Where the statement says that the law of the Catholic Church permits Orthodox, East Assyrian and Polish National Catholic Christians to receive Communion in Catholic church- es, he added language urging those Christians "to respect the discipline of their own church- es." Bishop O'Malley's modifica- tion passed 92-82. Other attempts to modify the guidelines were unsuccessful, including an attempt by Cardi- nal Bernard F. Law of Boston to remand the entire text to the bishops' Joint Committee on Guidelines for the Reception of Communion, which had pre- pared them. Attempts to lengthen the doc- ument would run counter to its purpose, said Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk of Cincinnati, a member of the joint committee. "What we are publishing is a small pastoral directive. Foot- notes would cast the pastoral help into an entirely different form," he said. Further amendments to the guidelines can be made at any time, Archbishop Lipscomb told the bishops, and sent to missalette publishers. The Communion guidelines were revised in light of the 1990 promulgation of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, the 1993 Directory for the Appli- cation of the Principles and Norms on Ecumenism, and the 1983 Code of Canon Law. The committee accepted a written amendment by Arch- bishop Rembert G. Weakland of Milwaukee to replace certain language pertaining to non- Catholic Christians which some bishops had earlier said was imprecise. The new pray that and the action it closer to one to dispel the sad separate us." One revision lines reminds "conscious of grave wish to receive they may not i prior sacramental unless a and there is no confessing." ing to Canon 916 Catholics are an act of perfect including the fessing as soon The gu stantially covering those Nancy Hartnagel it Bishops hear about possibilities for church presence in By MARK PATTISON Catholic News Service ops Nov. 13 during their meet- ing in Washington about efforts to forge a new communications plan. As part of the documentation they received for the meeting, the bishops read a preliminary report from the planning sub- committee of Bishop Costello's committee that included find- ings of surveys conducted to examine communication needs and interests of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Noting that 80 percent of bishops surveyed said they favor the idea of "a strong national presence" in media, Bishop Costello said just how that pres- ence will manifest itself is still to be sorted out. Bishops later attended ses- sions focusing on one of five ele- ments that could figure into.a communications plan: print, radio, broadcast television, cable TV, and the Internet. Archbishop William J. Leva- da of San Francisco said his col- umn in the Catholic newspaper in his former archdiocese -- the Catholic Sentinel in Portland, Ore. -- helped connect him to Catholics, even in far-flung areas where the people did not see him. Now in San Francisco, which has no Catholic newspa- per, "I find myself in a certain sense voiceless without it," he said. Bishops at the radio session sounded happy about greater use of the medium, but general- ly skeptical of any project mod- eled on the Catholic Television Network of America. The bish- ops' network 0fsatellite hookups went offthe air in 1995 after los- ing gaining a foothold Richard executive vice mission, sl $250,000 a year, program a rebroadcast by They bandied of promoting a who could and appear Some bishops Alvare, the woman on pro-life WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A pastoral plan on communica- tions should be ready by the U.S. bishops' spring general meeting in June 1997, but it will not be recommending any ele- ments "not within the confer- ence's ability to achieve," accord- ing to the head of the bishops' Committee on Communications. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Coste]lo of Syracuse, committee chairman, addressed the bish- in Vatican Pictures from A member of the Swiss Guard is on alert in Vatican City. Among the the people who were in Rome to Pope's ordination jubilee were Emma Meredith and tine Sister Leta Zeller, who had helped Msgr. Schlachter plan his jubilee celebration in this year. Also joining Msgr. Schlachter was ith. wtio is Emma's mother and an employee at Center. The trio traveled together, participating in jubilee-events. They were present at Vespers Paul II and at the Jubilee Mass at St. Peter's. They had arranged for lodging at the Nor lege, where they joined the faculty one evenin American Cardinal James Hickey. On another daY, to one of the churches in Rome to participate in the ebrated by the Cardinal. Marcella Meredith said the group also took and around the Eternal City, and took page. Rome visitors Marcella Meredith and Benedictine Sister Leta Zeller are joined by host Sister Rebecca Abel, center, A view from St. Clare Monastery high in the mountains overlooks the at the North American College convent in Rome.;  ;- Italy....V, ......... : , i, !: