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I I I I I ....... Brian Holtz ordained a deacon Nov. 27 By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer There were tears of sadness mixed with tears of joy as Brian Holtz was ordained to the diaconate last Sunday. As his family watched Holtz take another step along the way to+ ward ordination to the priesthood, they also remembered the October funeral of his mother, Ruth Holtz. At the beginning of the Mass, Bishop Gerald A Gettelfmger said, Almost two months to the day, we came into this church to celebrate the funeral of his mother7 He added, "Things don't always turn out the way we would have them turn out." During the homily, Bishop Gettelfinger reminded Holtz that in his ordination as a dea, con he was making a commitment to celibacy and making a promise of obedience. The ordination was held at St. Joseph Church, Evansville. for Mater Dei teachers and parents gathered in Mater Dei's to cheer for the school's football team mem- they headed for Indianapolis to play in the Class p game. The team, coached by received a second place trophy, after a 38-10 Bremen. Above, Mater Dei parents Jan and Jim Introduced at the pep rally; they are the par- . Jimmy Sehiff. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes ana bishops call for 00ncl to death penalty lOps of the five dioceses of In- n statement opposition to for capital riling for a to vio- in our society." A. Gettelfin- bishops in Indi- the statement, released in Indi- 8 by Arch- Buechlein, Buechlein the Indiana which is voice of the Indiana. was issued in Scheduled exe- Dry Resnover, of Indi- ',tive Sgt. Jack Cember 1980. put to death c chair shortly on the morning pro- urges all society to hold and to ac- dignity of from con- bishops said, in the sa- y of all must speak out the violence and death which now permeate all aspects of our society .... It is our best judgment as Roman Catholic bishops that capital punishment will only serve to inflame the culture of violence which is already too prevalent in our state." The bishops said that they know of no evidence that the death penalty deters violence and crime, and they do not be- lieve that the circumstances of our day provide sufficient moral justification for the death penalty. They said they believe "that the more effective deterrent to criminals would be life imprisonment without parole." The bishops acknowledged serious concerns about the cost of imprisonment, but they noted that some studies have shown that "the death penalty is more costly to our society than life imprisonment." The call of the state's bish- ops for an end to the death penalty draws on =Confronting a Culture of Violence," a state- ment approved recently by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. The national statement recommits the Catholic Church in the United States to a consistent ethic of life, which remains the surest foundation of our life together." Brian Holtz was ordained a deacon by Bishop Gerald  Gettelflnger dng a Mass November 27 at St. Joseph Chuxeh, Evmwflle, -- Message photo try, Mary Ann Hughes Statement on the Death Penalty by the Catholic Bishops of Indiana November 28, 1994 catechism states: In view of the imminent pos- sibility of the resumption of capital punishment in Indiana, we, the Roman Catholic bish- ops in Indiana, express our deep concern, realizing that the morality of capital punish- ment is complex and controver- sial. The Catechism of the Catholic Church keeps open the remote possibility that there could be conceivable cir- cumstances which might jus- tify capital punishment. It ap- plies the principle of selfdefense to the protection of society. At the same time, the "If bloodless means are suffi- cient to defend human lives against an aggressor and to protect public order and the safety of persons, public au- thority should limit itself to such means, because they bet- ter correspond to the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human per- son." (n. 2267) In our recent statement, "Confronting a Culture of Vio- lence,? the bishops of the United States once again ex- press our commitment to a consistent ethic of life. Because See STATEMENT page 3