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1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 "- Bishop's Forum -- Last Sunday was the annual the Campaign for Development. You may that one year ago, the Cam- . for HUman Development anniversary in he American Church. Bishops of the established this to gather funds as seed money to assist and COmmunities to work out of dependency by s of self-help. were never term but commitment of funds for very initiatives. Another key element was that the project demonstrated e ones seeking the grant. The include personnel, facilities, pro- d commitments; the seed money is meant to "jump start" a program to be on-going and self-sustain- for Human Development has to it. Seventy-five percent of the in the diocese is forwarded to the for the Campaign for Human Devel- from the national office may be anyone throughout the country. It is purely Catholic organizations. Grants Campaign for Human Development By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER are more often made for those pro- grams designed to assist the poor, low-income families, the disenfran- chised or marginalized members of society. The objective is to break the cycle of poverty. The remaining 25 percent of the collection is retained by the dio- cese to assist in local self-help pro- jects. Applications are made to the Campaign for Human Development at the Diocesan Office of Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities reviews the grant requests and makes recommendations to the bishop who then makes the grants to those recommended. In recent years, diocesan grants have been made for local Habitat for Humanity projects. Recall that Habitat requires "sweat equity" on the part of new homeowners. A substantial grant was made to St. John Church in Evansville to assist in several self-help projects which include developing musical recordings, both CDs and cassettes, for sale to assist the support of the parish. Included as well are video- tapes of the Nia Dancers which will also be avail- able for purchase. A small grant from the diocesan portion of the Campaign for Human Development has been made to the Local Initiative Support Cor- poration which facilitates community renewal. With the recommendation of the Diocese of Evansville, a grant was received by the Organiza- tion for a New Evansville (ONE) to establish an entity equipped to receive funds from Aztar for use in enhancing the inner city of Evansville. A sub- stantial grant was made to ONE which is a coali- tion of leaders in the urban center of Evansville. Its mission is to help people in the fourth and sixth wards in Evansville. Father John Davidson of St. Anthony and Jim Collins of Catholic Charities have provided leadership and diocesan assistance respec- tively for this worthy project. The Campaign for Human Development is not just another collection. It is one from which mem- bers of our own Catholic Community receive the necessary assistance to get a "good thing going" where it would not be financially possible other- wise. Even though recent grants from the Cam. paign for Human Development have been made to entities in Evansville, please note that any parish, institution or community within our diocese may seek grants to assist the poor whether it be in the urban or rural areas. If you missed the opportunity to contribute last week to the Campaign for Human Development, it is not too late. I urge you to consider it now. An ,.. ': image might be helpful to describe what your gift can do. Your personal gift, even a small one, is like a lever. A very small lever can move a very large object. On behalf of all those you have benefited from your past gifts, I want to thank you. At the same time, I urge you to continue to keep our less fortu- nate brothers and sisters in your prayers. ew Communion guidelines simply state church law and policy Y JERRy FI Catho . , LTEAu h,e ..... and fl'equently." members of other churches in Oscar H. Lipscomb of Mobile, anointing of the sick. "oervice Both the old and the new certain circumstances- gov- Ala.,asheadoftheCatholicbish- In addition, it is general (CNS) s approved for the nmunion,, Nov. Irnply stating and policy ly than did. }Y appear mlssalettes books and are anyone who ahnost le COUntry. They which ers may or may and the new at for Catholics they are not in r|Ormally have interject ave note that encouraged to 'man devoutly 1 4 dia- mber meet- archbish. how more of that issues have d in state. celebrate tVersary of Promoting World which an in an and light put new said. guidelines welcome non-Chris- tians and invite them to join in prayer but point out that the church does not admit to Con> reunion "th(;se who do not share am" thith" in Jesus Christ. The big difl'erence between the old and new gaidelines, however, is hi their treatment of other Christians. The old guidelines -- which will continue to appear in missalettes for several more months because oftime lags from layout to printing, mailing and distribution in parishes -- simply expressed the restrictive aspect of church law and policy. They said that because of the "sad divisions in Christianity" and the Catholic understanding of Eucharist as a sign of unity, "'we cannot extend to them (non- Catholic Christians)a general invitation to receive Commu- nion." The new guidelines reflect more carefully and fully the nuances of church law and policy. The new text says that "mem- bers of those churches with whom we are not yet fully unit- ed are ordinarily not admitted to holy Communion." But then it adds: "Eucharistic sharing in excep- tional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives ofthe diocesan bishop and the provi- sions of canon law (Canon 844 Pars. 4). Members of the Ortho- dox churches, the Assyrian Church of the East and the Pol- ish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the disci- pline of their own churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the recep- tion of Communion by Chris- tians of these churches {Canon 1 844 Para. 3)." Packed into those three sen- tences are: -- Recognition of the existing exceptions that can be made for erned by general church law and directives of the local bishop. Acknowledgement that Catholic policy gives special sta- tus to Orthodox Christians and certain others judged to have that status if they seek to receive Communion in the Catholic Church. Notice to those Christians that while Catholic policy does not oppose their reception of the Eucharist during Catholic wor- ship when appropriate, they should also respect the discipline of their own church, which may or may not permit it. Most Orthodox churches pro- hibit their members from receiv- ing Communion at a Catholic Mass. But since 1984 the Syrian Ori- ental Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church have permitted their members to receive Com- munion in the other church when a priest of their own is not available. That agreement was signed June 23, 1984, by Pope John Paul II and Syrian Ortho- dox Patriarch Moran Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas of Anti- och. In November 1994 the pope and the patriarch of the Assyri- an Church of the East, Mar Dinkha IV, signed a similar agreement. Earlier that year the Assyrian Holy Synod officially moved its patriarchate from Baghdad, Iraq, to its Eastern U.S. diocese, based in Morton Grove, Ill. In 1993, responding to an inquiry from the U.S. bishops, the Vatican ruled that members of the Polish National Catholic Church deserve the same status as Orthodox Christians with regard to access to Catholic sacraments in cases of need. The Polish National Catholic bishops welcomed the decision as a sign of the growing rela- tionship between the two churches. ,lust recently Archbishop ops' Committee on Ecumenical Catholic policy that no baptized and Interreligious Affairs, wrote person in danger of death should to all the U.S. bishops asking be denied Communion, penance them to assure that the Vatican or anointing from a Catholic decision on Polish National minister if the person is proper- Catholic access to Catholic sacra- - ly dispod, manifests a tho]ic... ments will be implemented in their dioceses "consistently and generously,'." While the guidelines address only the question of access to Communion, Catholic policy regarding the Orthodox or oth- ers judged to have the same sta- tus also applies for access to the sacraments of penance and faith in the sacrament, seeks it on his or her own initiative and is unable to have recourse to a minister of his or her own church for the sacrmnent. Those issues are not addresd in the guidelines, which are intended simply as an aid to peo- ple attending a Mass in a Catholic church. Prayer for the First Week of Advent Dear God, Christmas is only a month away Help us to prepare forJesta' birth during this Advent season. Our first candle reminds  of  lbt of hope that the prophets bad .... as they looked toward a Messiah who wou/d. 00br00ng 00and love to Dear Go,:our  is tn darlmess. We need the ltgbt gf W.aezand love to shine in our world - Help us to prepare our lives and our barnes to receive Jesus, who said, "I am tbe light of t uvrld."Amen. From Dear God: Prayers for Families with Children, by Kathleen Finley. Used with permission from "lM, enty-Third Publications, Mystic, CT 06355. (800) 321-0411.