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00'hLTV[ E S SAGE ii i i i i CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 NUMBER 13 November 27, 1992 i i i i ii1, iiii iiii "It seems like everyone I talk to has been asking for more information about World Youth Day '93," said Rick Etienne, diocesan director of youth ministry. Eti- enne is coordinating a nine-day pilgrimage to Denver next August. World Youth Day '93 is an international gathering of young adults and youth that is co-sponsored by the Vatican's Council for the Laitv and the National Confer- ence of Catholic Bishops, and hosted by the Archdiocese of Denver. This is the first such celebration in the United States. Many young persons, ages 13 to over-30, have expressed interest in going on the trip, according to Etienne. Now that it is time to make definite plans land the first of several payments), he expects to get a solid estimate of the total by early next month, i Etienne estimates the cost for the pilgrimage from Evansville to Denver'and back will be $310, That cost includes transportation, lodging and food, At least some of the travel nights will he spent in homes and other sites provided by various Catholic churches along the way. Some meals will be provided at cost. | A $25 non-refundable deposit is required by Dec. 7, to travel with Etienne s :| See WORLDpage 2 | @ASHINGTON (CNS}- 'he U.S. bishops' meetin at ended Nov. 19 made hi i With the first defeat ever .Pastoral letter that had n2he war .ks for years. o._. ,.o me bishops left lngt.on, most seemed t.o vith the assessment of 'uxili try Bishop Robert J. arlsol of St. Paul and Min- eaPol  that the rejection of .ve;:lu-nn draft of tle contro- COacePaora !--o,m - .on women's --- - as the first step, not Thethe Nor.last word.16.19" meeting of hN!ien_ al Conference of uric ltlshops and UlsS atholic Conference wall a go down in histor for a - previn tw . Y P m, I-- g o molar documents _y ey issues of Chn cmt,,., stmn dis- tOp;P-7 Christ's mandate ct the Gospel and the rs;:P-sibilities of Christian dship. The bishops took a dot from their schedu our o ,, .... . led aenda ra,:'slcter an Issue receivin ,,un a ' g ..... ttenhon inside and "usiae the churc SeXual-,_ . h  child .OUSe by clergy. After three bisho Wit ,,.,_., . ps met , h -,uurns at such abu tan m ..... se at - . oung, the full body of b]Shols approve a resolu- hart r'eiteratin td take "u'-'- .g he need to tion^'u,achon on accusa- 'q._ .Y abuse and to be a "eating presenc Wake o e In the ,L^ f such allegations. t,o,. the Bishops end meeting that made history with women's pastoral vote a new national plan for semi- nary formation, extended for one more year the special na- tional collection to help churches in Eastern Europe, voted on future priorities and OK'd a 1993 budget of nearly $41.4 million for the twin conferences. On liturgical matters, they authorized a new Mass of thanksgiving for human life, accepted a revised translation of the Lectionary, and estab- lished a policy for adding new saints to the new calen- dar of celebrations. They elected Archbishop William H. Keeler of Balti- more to succeed Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk of Cincin- nati, who has been NCCB- USCC president for three years and could not be re- elected. Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland was elected vice president after a run-off election with Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles. {Although not elected to membership, Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger continues to serve as an appointed mem- ber of the Education Commit- tee of the USCC/NCCB. Bishop Gettelfinger has com- pleted a three-year term on the Vocations Committee of the NCCB. He continues to serve as Regional Chairman of Region Seven, coordinating bishops' activities in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.} On the women's pastoral, the bishops voted 137 in favor and 110 against pub- lishing the letter, far short of the 190 votes needed for ap- proval by two-thirds of all ac- tive bishops. They then agreed to refer the letter's rec- ommendations to the bish- ops' Executive Committee anti to publish the amended fourth draft as a committee report. The fourth draft version of the proposed pastoral, titled "One in Christ Jesus," decried sexism and other evils ad- versely affecting women. Among other evils it cited the sexual revolution, some forms of feminism and social laws and policies that try to treat men and women exactly alike. It called for advancing the equal rights and dignity of women in society and the role of women within the church, provided it does not go beyond the limits set by official church policy. The evangelization docu- ment, called "Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States," was approved on a 229-2 vote with no discus- sion. But the bishops rejected a motion to fund a staff posi- tion within the conference to promote evangelization. The plan, deveh,ped over the past three years, speaks of two ways Catholics should be evangelizing in their every- day life: "witness, which is the simple living of the faith; and sharing, which is spread- ing the Good News of Jesus in an explicit way." The stewardship pastoral, endorsed in a 208-12 vote, says that "while many Catholics are generous in giv- ing of themselves and their resources to the church, oth- ers do not respond to the need in proportion to what Bishop's-meeting at a glance; WASHINGTON {CNS) -- During their Nov. 16-1 * Defeated their controversial pastoral lished as a committee report d asked the on its recommendations. Passed a resolution on clergy sex abuse cusations of abuse and tobe a "healing" Endorsed a of a lifetime." .: they possess. The result now is a lack of resources which seriously hampers the church's ability to carrv out its mission and obstructs peo- ple's growfl as disciples." Archbishop Thomas J. Mur- phy of Seattle, chairman of the bishops' Ad Hoc Commit- tee on Stewardship, said the document would be widely distributed to Catholics around the country in both English and Span[sh,As he opened the meeting Nov. 16, Archbishop Pilarczyk urged the bishops to look beyond their Washington meeting to the enormous challenges and problems the church faces in such places as Poland, Ire- land and Latin America. and term as treuurerr;