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1994 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 'Work on your marriage during lunch hour' of six seminars designed to strengthen marriage are scheduled in Evansville during January and February. : The sponsored by Catholic Charities, is for married spouses are unable to attend. The topics will Differences, Communication, Spiritual- Harmony." . The seminars will be held in Room 514 of the Court Build- and Vine Streets, Evansville, on Jan. 9, 16, 23 6 and 13, from noon to 1 p.m. fee. is $8 per session, or $40 for the series. Pre-regis- required. Call (812) 423-5456. ! Ing for International women's conference of Religious in the Diocese of Evansville is be a part of the United Nations Fourth World Women, which will be held in Beijing, China, 1995. will be held on two Saturdays: at Sacred Heart North Second Street, Vincennes, on Feb. 18, 3 p.m. EST; and at' the Catholic Center, 4200 Ave., Evansville, on Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 Sister Joan Miller said that all women -- not are invited. She said that the prob- face in southwestern Indiana are the same prob- in many other areas of the world m eco- violence, employment concerns, and the lack resources and educational opportunities. the workshops will provide "a way for us women all over the world and help cre- and a better world for ourselves and our Purdue study -Indiana Catholics give Pope and parishes good grades Second in a series A recent study shows that Catholics in Indiana approve of Pope John Paul II's leadership. When asked to grade the pope's leadership, 39 percent gave the pontiff an A; another 39 percent gave him a B. Sev- enteen percent graded him C. Only five percent gave him a D, and only one percent gave him an F. When asked to grade their parishes in terms of "meeting your spiritual needs," Indiana Catholics also seemed satis- fied. Twenty-eight percent gave their parishes .43; 42 per- cent gave them Bs; 21 percent, Cs; six percent Ds; and only three percent, Fs. Catholics also were asked to what extent they agree or dis- agree with the statement "The homilies (sermons) at my parish are very well done." Seventy-six percent agreed; only 15 percent disagreed; 10 percent were uncertain. These results are from a re- cent study directed by Purdue University sociologist James D. Davidson. Davidson and a team of researchers from Indi- ana's five Catholic dioceses sent questionnaires to a ran- dom sample of 4,662 Indiana Catholics between May and September. Fifty-seven percent returned their questionnaires. According to Davidson, "the findings reflect the views of people who tend to be active in their parishes and, as a result, are a little more aware of what is going on in the church gen- erally." When asked to comment on these positive evaluations, Davidson stressed the impor- tance of asking the people in the pews what they think, and not relying on experts for their opinions. "Lots of so-called ex- perts disagree with recent papal pronouncements and are very critical of the pope. Some of these same people have been highly critical of Catholic hom- ilies. If we only listened to these critics, we'd think the people in the pews are very un- happy. But, the people are far more satisfied than the critics would lead us to believe. There. is always room for some im- provement," Davidson said, "but these results indicate that Indiana Catholics are quite satisfied with the church." Some Catholics are more satisfied than others. Accord- ing to Andrea Williams, a member of the .research team, "people who are older, less edu- cated, believe the Catholic Church is the one true church, and attend Mass most regu- larly are most satisfied. Catholics who are younger, more highly educated, not as sure that the Catholic Church is the one true church, and less frequent in their attendance at Mass are least satisfied." !: will provide specifics about the U.N. Con- Lbout how American women can become in- preparations. Workshop mgterials are being :an Sister Maria Riley, director of the at the Center of Concern in Washington, to take letters and creative symbols -- such quilt squares -- from southwestern Indiana ist monks and nuns visit Ferdinand nonastics planned to visit the Benedictine Immaculate Conception in Ferdi- 23. The two nuns and two monks from traveling throughout the United States, vis- ties, according to information pro- Sister Anita Louise Lowe, assistant di- the Gelugpa branch of Tibetan Bud- visit included joining the Benedictine Prayer and a meal, addressing the community and about Buddhist monastic tractions and part of anexchange program mandated by the for Inter-Religious Dialogue, an office of fosters and moderates relations between and non-Christian religions. Leadership appreciated reports about his opposition to the Gerald A. Gettelfinger has received a from U.S. Representative Lee Hamil- from Indiana's ninth district. had said he opposed the death penalty that convicted killer Gregory Resnover be of life without parole. Despite pleas from and other religious leaders, Resnover 8. appreciated the bishop's "leadership and matter." also want to take this opportunity to corn- Bishops for their position on welfare re- Craraents were very helpful." Dinner with the bishop being accepted until Jan. 30 for "Dinner " which will be held Thursday, Jan. 5 at COordinated by the diocesan Vocations Team. lay persons are encouraged to invite a qualities needed for leadership in guests should be high school seniors or person is $7. More information is avail- Office (812) 424-5536 or (800) 637-1731. t E (812) 254-2641 SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 I. Van Trees St., Washington 500 Main St. Petersburg How Indiana Catholics grade the pope's leadership 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 0 A- Excellent B- Good C - Fair D - Poor F - Fail How Indiana Catholics grade their parishes 4596 4096 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% A - Excellent B - Good C - Fair D - Poor F - Fail Homilies are very well done 10% 5% 0% Strongly Agree Uncertain Disagree Strongly agree disagree