South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 5, Ed. 1 Friday, February 1, 1985 Page: 4 of 28
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February 1, 1985 • 4
By William G. Bilton
S'l'Cj executive editor
For Christians, the responsibilities att.M hnl in the comep: ol
stewardship never i ease. These responsibilities take a variety of
As the appeal lot the renewal nl stTwatdship in all the faith
« (immunities ol the dioie^e get-. umlmvav ome again.
Catholics are not only bring utgoii Ml give linani ml support to
the local f. '.hurt h. they are being besieged with pie,is to help
staising millions <>j the Tlnrd and Fourth worlds and asked to
contribute — either monetarily or throng!) some form ol
volunteerr,m—to a millinn-and-onr < aus, s.
Stewardship rtders to the responsible use of
resourees — whether by the hnliUdual i>r the (otnmunity.
For Christians, in particular, it means being responsible for
gifts which God has bestowed.
Furthermore, it means seeing to it —-whether through the
Church community or civil rornmunitv —that these gits are us-
ed for the good of all.
Today, stewardship seems to take on an even larger mean-
ing. Americans are responsible for a tnurh greater share of the
world’s goods and, to a very large extent, for the world’s future.
How this nation handles its responsibilities in the political,
social and economic spheres affects—tor good or ill — the entire
The people of this nation, as study after study points out,
consume more of the world’s goods than much of the rest of the
world combined. Even in ecnornit ally depressed areas,
however, this country’s poorest people are considered wealthy
in most of the rest of the world.
It is certainly right and proper that the people of this local
Church of Corpus Christi look closely to their responsibilities
vis a vis their parish and diocese at this time. The people of God
have many needs and the responsibilities attached to being good
stewards deserve the faith community’s fullest attention.
At the same time, it should be kept in mind that the well-
being of the larger community also demands attention.
The responsibilities attendant to stewardship also apply to the
voting privilege, concern for the world’s hungry and oppressed
and to issues such as unemployment and the nuclear arms race.
Stewardship—for Christians—demands close scrutiny of all
actions that would militate against the responsible use of
This can be inefficient heating or cooling of a chuch on a
Sunday morning, the pollution of our air and water, the misuse
of tax money in supporting foreign despots and the list goes on
Stewardship—something to which we are called by the
Gospel—means taking responsibility for our Church and our
community to the extent that we are able and “gifted” by God
to do so.
There are many excuses and cop-outs available, but they all
pale in the light of Christ’s personal call to each of us to “love
your neighbor as yourself’ and in the determination by each of
us to know just who that neighbor is.
Official Revs*p<*(M*r ol ih<* Oiihi m' ol Clntpu* t IttHi Published H«‘|*t 1 Jimr 1 i wepi !im tin-
Fridiu lolbmmg Chmmw* i «
Bishop Thomas J. Drury
Bishop Rene H. Gracida
William G. Bilton
Executive Editor and General Manager
Staff Writer/Carpus Chrtsti
Staff Writer /Laredo
Office Address: 1200 Lantana Si.. Corpus Chrisli, TX 78407
Mailing Address: P O. Box 498J, Corpus Chrisli. TX 78460
Second dtp postage paid ai Corpus Chrisli, TX (USPS-S4O-8601)
A baneful heritage
By Msgr. George G. Higgins
NC News Service
Almost four Si .ore ye.o s .040 the I.to- Msgr
John II R\ ,01. 111 st (11 if* fol 1 if 1 hi Su< i,tI As tion
I )c pan mini o| ihe old N.irmu tl ( kiilmin Well.or
( a infci ill! r . wtfnm his <k?‘ tot .si < I iv*f rI at inh in
moral 'hcologv on ihr rthnai, o imnrnii and
Irg.iJ asprit. ol I hr living wage.
1’his work u as a landmark in the held of s(., ail
ethics Fublishi'd by Macmillan in 1‘MHi utuln
the title A Living H'nge, 11 was the first major
si.uilv on this subjri t in the English lamp lags' and
on# oi the first in anv language to advoutfr
rsiablishincnt n! a minimum wage by law.
Msgr Rvaii was an oiijr;tivc scholar and. b\
temperament, a hard-bitten realist who nevt 1
blinked at the farts of hie, never walked .ovav
Irorn a fight and seldom underest itnatrd the
strength of tlie opposition. Knowing lull well dial
he was a pioneer struggling against enormous
odds in the field of social jmbic, he was not in
tin: habit of (minting his chit kens belore they
By hindsight, however, it now would appear
•hat on at least one occasion he permitted himself
the lusurv ol being overly optimistic about the
rate so, ju! plPgi.es* in the Tinted Stan - In a
revised edition ol A living Itage published in
1**1 'I, he 1 ora hided dial. in print iple at least. die
fight til the state '(> rnat t mmanoin-v. igc legist,t
turn had been almost universalis i-ti-i ej>'■••}
“All 1 lie signs the Junes.' he 1 i .n liflen t ] v
slates, “polio to a rapid extension of minimum
wage iegisl.Op >n m ail c ivili/ed < ountnes fen (hr
prim iple dial vs age - oogh' not in tall In low tin
li v el ol 1 i< > . o' fl\mg is flow all but our. r! s. 111 \
! ei f igni/ed. the jlllli iple that it is a piopei holt
linn o! the stale to proieit 1 lie nmki 1 against
soih mjusiue is likewise ijinu generally at -
In the late Pis, as he tried to counter,u t the all-
out efforts 1 lieu being made to blot k enactment id
tlie Fair Labor Standards Ait the hist federal
minimum-wage law anil a verv limned one at
that. Msgr Ryan undoutedlv would have been
the first to admit dial he had b.-cn too sanguine
when he dated 2(1 years earlier that die “baneful
heritage of die 18th eemurv. the do< trine that a
minimum of'.state regulation of industrv mean- a
maximum ol industrial freedom for the in-
dividual, mi longer vomits anv conside. able
number of adherents
As you already know, the Terctr Encuentro
was convoked by the bishops of the United State s
when they concluded their pastoral letter. The
Hispanic Presence: Challenge and Commitment,
by stating, “We ask our Hispanic peoples to
raise their prophetic voices once again as they did
in 1972 anti 1977 in a III Encuentro Nacional
Hispano dc Pastoral, so that together we can
assume our responsibilities in a responsible man-
ner.” (PLHM #18)
By means of a questionaire, Hispanic
Catholics in each diocese were given an oppor-
tunity to express themselves regarding self-
esteem, church participation, and community in-
volvement. In April 1984, well over 300 people
brought the results of their diocesan question-
naire to a meeting in Chicago. Father James
Tamayo, representing the Office of Hispanic Af-
fairs; Father Vincent Albano, representing the
Migrant Apostolate; and Raul Gonzalez,
representing the laity attended this Chicago
meeting. The delegates from throughout the
United States reviewed the questionnaire results
and selected the five (5) most recurring topics of
interest and concern as Themes For Reflection for
the II! Encuentro.
The selected themes are as follows: 1)
Evangelisation; 2) integral Education; 3) Social
Justice; 4) Youth; 5) Formation of Leaden.
These top five priorities were brought back to
the diocese, and at a regional level (the sixteen
dioceses of Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma
comprise our region) were illustrated and
developed by Hispanic Church leaders who pro-
duced a separate pamphlet of reflection material
for each of the five themes. The use of this reflec-
tion material is essential to the process of our III
Encuentro of Hispanic Pastoral,
The main objectives of this step it to have a
GRASSROOTS REFLECTION on these five III
Encuentro Themes so thai recommendations u>
the bishops can be made.
It is important to keep in mind that now is the
time for reflection and study This is now the
time for Evangelization. It is now the time for the
Hispanic people to take responsibility for this
process through the formation of discussion
These small discussion or reflection groups
should consist of 7-10 persons. One of the objec-
tives of the Tercer Encuentro is Evangelization,
especially of those who feel alienated from the
Church and of those who no longer attend
church. To reach out and invite these adults and
youth to join a reflection group is to com-
municate God’s love and dignity for them as a
person. In a reflection group, the facilitator
assures that all persons speak so that their “pro-
phetic voice” will be heard and respected.
Together they will write recommendations and
the concrete steps which can be taken to make the
recommendation a reality, the Hispanic
Catholic must be willing to support the recom-
mendations with his/her energies, creativity, and
skill. This type of reflection and study will
develop Church leaders who will be ready to live
an experience of faith, community, and active
participation in their parish.
Recommendations from these reflection
groups will be given to Bishop Rene H. Gracida
and ultimately to all the bishops of the United
States for the development of a diocesan and na-
tional pastoral plan of action for Hispanic
ministry. Call the Office of Hispanic Affairs,
(512) 289-6501, to obtain information about for-
ming a discussion group. Mobile teams of
facilitators are ready to assist you in your parish
or organization. Participate in this important
process of the III Encuentro and reach out to so-
meone who is away from the Church! , . ,
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