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11 December 11, 1987 View Point |11 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Some gentle suggestions for clergy gifts at Christmas Are you looking for some gift suggestions for your favorite clergy person this Christmas? In case you are, we'll make a few gentle statements. A layman made this suggestion to me the other day, so I am doing little other than passing on the wisdom of another. This person felt it would be a good idea to give our clergy a gift membership in some sort of fitness club. The idea, of course, was based on the convic- tion that physical health is a necessary foundation a spiritual leader. A second thought was that with some type of actual membership in hand, the recipient might be more likely to make use of the membership. Each of us is different. Our needs vary. I can speak as one who has been the beneficiary of such a membership in the past. Access to a year round situation of health care and physical exercise has made a great difference. I have made use of the situation. Clergy and others in parish leadership posi- tions find that many concerns float around inside their heads. It is amazing how much of that which causes stress can be washed away as one trios to ,swim a few laps up and down the pool. This "21iscovery is not all new. The Greeks had their gymnasiums, the Romans had their bathhouses. Their original intents were to provide places for people to develop the leisurely side of life and maintain a level of physical fitness in the process. A sound mind in a sound body was the hoped for result. Educators have recognized the truth of the body-mind relationships in health and have therefore prescribed health education and physical education programs in the academic curriculum. Universities invariably try to provide adequate sports programs and facilities for all the students. It is when we leave the programmed and man- datory part of our life that most of us revert to more unhealthy life patterns. We put great stress on our jobs, careers and families without continu- ing on a reasoned physical fitness program. Harold Washington, the late mayor of Chicago, was diagnosed as not treating himself very well. He ate irregularly and often a quick hamburger and other fast food dishes at whim. He was at least 100 pounds overweight. He smoked. Add to this the obvious pressure under which such a person works, and the irregular late hours he invariably would have to keep. Without pointing so direct a finger, we would simply make a reasonable sssumption that he was an accident waiting to happen. Statistics indicate that married people generally live longer than singles. Part of the psychology behind that statistic probably is that a mate will more readily point out unhealthy habits, and help provide more regular living routines, plus give more steady and positive emotional support. We have the commandment: "Thou shalt not kill." A direct corollary to that is "Thou shalt do all possible to maintain good health." We are capable of doing violence to our own bodies. We can abuse these temples of the Spirit that are our gift of God. Or we can do all we are able to main- tain the gift of life that is ours. We have a distinct approach toward spiritu- ality that preaches "wholeness is holiness." In other words, all aspects of our lives are part of who we are and each element lifts up or tears down. The more efficiently our body functions, the more gracefully our mind works. A gift to each of us, clergy or not, would be a mind that is supported by a healthfully maintained body. "1 Supreme Court to hear bishops' appeal By JERRY HLTEAU WASHINGTON (NC) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Dec. 7 that it will hear an appeal from the nation's Catholic bishops of federal court order to turn over extensive files on their pro-life activities to Abortion Rights Mobilization or face $100,000-a-day fines for con- tempt of court. The high court decision to hear the appeal marks another major phase in seven years of procedural wrangling over Abortion Rights Mobilization's court efforts to force fithdrawal of the tax-exempt status of the Catholic Church in the United States. In the underlying lawsuit the abortion rights organization ac- cuses the Catholic Church of I having violated Internal Revenue Service laws for tax- exempt religious and charitable organizations by politicking for anti-abortion candidates and against pro-abortion can- didates. Msgr. Daniel F. Hoye, general secretary of the Na- tional Conference of Catholic Bishops and U.S. Catholic Con- ference, in a statement released shortly after the Supreme Court announcement, said he hoped acceptance of the case by the high court "signals that a favorable end to this burden- some and intrusive case is in sight." He said federal courts so far have been "irisensitive" to objections raised by the government and the church over whether the courts have i JASPER SER VICE AND SHOPPING GUIDE I ! Buehlers I.G.A. "THE THRIFTY HOUSEWIFE'S SOURCE OF SAVINGS" QUALITY FOODS and MEATS Aim Hunttngbur0 and Oakland City KREMPP LUMBER CO. 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The court's Dec. 7 action fur- ther delayed imposition of the $100,O00-a-day fines, which were first imposed -- but then delayed pending appeal -- in May 1986 by U.S. District Judge Robert Carter of New York, who has been hearing the case. Immediate issues before the Supreme Court include: -- Whether the NCCB and USCC, the bishops' national agencies which were drawn in- i CALL 424-5536 TO GET YOUR BUSINESS OR SERVICE LISTED BELOW! ii JASPER - HUNTINGBURG 'r" Car Wash Centers 3 Automatics 12 Self-serve Bays II JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph. 482-1125 RT. 4, JASPER I dipp els' ,00od IHWY. 162 - LITTLE KY. RD.) to the lower-court case as witnesses representing the Catholic Church in the country, have legal standing to appeal the subpoenas in the lower court ordering them to produce internal church documents. -- Whether the subpoenas violate the church's rights to free exercise of religion. -- Whether the U.S. district court hearing the lawsuit has jurisdiction to hear it or acted improperly in accepting it. Related to the jurisdiction issue are numerous legal ques- tions, chief among them: -- Do Abortion Rights Mobilization and the other plaintiffs meet legal re- quiremants for "standing" to sue the federal government over its decisions on the tax-exempt status of a religious body? -- Does court intervention in the case violate the executive branch's legal discretionary authority in determining which organizations qualify for tax exemption? St. Philip00 Continued from page 9 The new church was built of bricks made on parish grounds with clay from the surrounding areas; lumber was cut from nearby timber stands. Poor health led to Father Wagner's resignation in 1851. His successor, Father B. Merl, planned the rectory which Father W.J. Distel built in 1865., Father Distel was the first resident pastor. Succeeding pastors and the years they were appointed, are Fathers William Kemper, 1886, George Loesch, 1888, Henry Verst, 1914, Theodore Vollmer, 1920, An- drew Bastnagel, 1934, Urban Sonderman, 1936, Joseph Schaefers, 1943, Charles Kaiser, 1945, Anthony Roach, 1958, and Eugene Dewig, 1974. ii DONUT BANK do,.,, " 4 Convenient Locations =lit I i . CHURCH WINDOW RESTORATION i STOiM GLASS WINDOWS AND TIFFANY-STYLE SHADES DESIGNED, FABRICATED & EPAI ED ,Jirt=in00 61=H h00=mitt=s, 1220 FIRST AVENUE., EVANSVILLE, IN 47710 TIMOTHY L. DASSEL ' PRESIDENT PHONE: 425-8658 AREA CODE: 812