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November 27, 1987 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 -Question Corner Q&A By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN NC News Service Columnist Building an Ecumenical spirit in the community Q. Our parish is one of the sponsoring chur- ches for an evangelistic crusade conducted by an internationally popular Protestant organ/zation. Our pastor enthusiastically supports this crusade with frequent exhortations and bulletin an- nouncements, a collection taken up at Mass and so forth. In short, this is an official parish activity. We are told that our attending is a fulfillment of Pope Paul VI's requests in his encyclical letter on the evangelization of the nations. ? I have discussed this with my pastor but he believes we must participate in order to build an ecumenical spirit in our community, an undoubted good. Should we Catholics promote such a crusade this way, affirm the "biblical assurance of salva- tion," be "saved" and encourage full participation and response? --California A. Man, priests and other Catholics, by far the majority I would guess, would radically disagree with.your pastor. Pope Paul VI asked that we urgently develop our cooperation with other faiths, especially with other Christians, praying with them and col- laborating with them to address social concerns in our communities and in our world. He never suggested that Catholics should become Protestants or, for that matter, that Pro- testants should become Catholics in the process. From your letter and from the nature of other such crusades, it seems clear that the event you describe goes beyond real ecumenical intentions and cooperation. The kind of response invited and urged by such crusades differs significantly, sometimes radically, from our Catholic understanding of response to the call of Christ. Consider our quite different understanding of the church and the Eucharist just for a start. It is the conviction of the Catholic Church and, I believe, of most other Christian churches, that our fervent hope for the unity of believers in Christ is not well served by ignoring these differences or pretending they do not exist. Q. A man and woman, married in the Catholic Church for 35 years, practicing Catholics raising a family, obtain an annulment of their marriage. Can the man then marry a Catholic, never married before, in the Catholic Church? The former wife is still living, Is this second marriage valid? My understand- ing is that you can get an annulment only if your first marriage was performed outside the Catholic Church. Then you may remarry in the church a se- cond time. --Alberta, Canada A. An annulment is any declaration by a church tribunal that what seemed to be a marriage was never a true Christian marital union of life; as the church understands it. One type of annulment is the one to which you refer, called an annulment because of "defect of form." This means that a Catholic, who was obliged to be married before a priest or other qualified minister, did not do so. A Catholic who has not formally joined another church, for exam- ple, and who marries before a justice of the peace, would not be validly married according to our church law. There are, however, other types of an- nulments, as I have explained frequently in the past, based on other impediments to a valid Chris- tian marriage. Obviously this is the kind of annul- ment obtained by the couple t6 whom you refer. Regardless of which kind, once an annulment is declared by a proper church tribunal, both part- ners in that previous union are free to remarry in the church. A free brochure outlining Catholic prayers, beliefs and precepts is available by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Father Dietzen, Holy Trinity Parish, 704 IV. Main St., Bloomington, Ill. 61701. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address. Copyright (c) I987 by NC News Service Continued from page 5 "When our missionaries find villages destroyed by Italian arms, for example in Chad, are we supposed to be quiet?" Nigrizia is considered a lightning rod by a batch of similar religious publications in Italy, which see themselves as an aggressive alternative to the country's regular press. A few have had their own prob- lems with the Vatican, though most agree that Nigrizia-style intervention is rare. Missione Oggi (Mission To- day), published by the Brothers of St. Francis Saverio in Italy, W'fd3 Citizens Leadership Checking you get: *No minimum balance, Unlimited chechwriting. First order of 200 checks at no charge. VISA or MasterCard at no annual fee. *Special interest rate discounts on direct, personal installment loans. *SuperSusie MoneyMover cards good all over the Tri-State area. And six other very useful bank services. Apply at any Citizens office today for Leadership Checking. The one account does it all...for less than you're probably paying right now! Ot=ens00nk What a bank! Citizens Leadership Checking Member F.D,I.C. revealed that it, too, had been pressured by the evangelization congregation -- in particular when it published an 80-page special edition on Nicaragua. Editor Father Eugenio Melandri said the articles were judged to be "unbalanced" in favor of the Nicaraguan government. But, like others, Father Melandri said the "working space" left to publications so far has been enough -- thanks in large part to superiors of the religious orders. In September, the magazine published a special edition on Italian arms sales. Messaggero {Messenger), published by Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual in Padua, Italy, reportedly heard com- plaints from the Vatican's doc- trinal congregation when it recently published an article on liberation theology. Editor Piero Lazzarina downplayec the episode, saying only tha the magazine had received "the usual warnings." 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