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FAll RIVER, MASS., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1979
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Studies Indicate World Populace Will Triple
Boat People Get CRSAssistance In Ships, Camps
iUNIl1ED NATIONS (NC) Despite a slowdown in the world's population growth rate, demographic projections indicate that the number of inhabitants on the earth will triple within the next 60 to 70 'years. ,By the middle of the 21st ceO't~ry, when projections say population growth may become stationary, this will mean a world population of 11.5 billion people. Coping with this unprecedented tripling of the population in such a short time is the current subject of debate by the U.N. Population Commission. On Jan. 29 the 27-nation commission began reviewing worldwide population trends and policies. Developing countries are exhibiting a "growing frustration:' said Jean Ripert, U.N. under secretary-general for international economic and social affairs, in addressing the commission. World population will increase by approximately one billion inhabitants during the 1980's, with most born in the Third World, added Ripert. This will challenge the international community as it will have to meet the problems caused by this growth in ways that ,do not harmfully efect other problems. "The fundamental question is whether humanity, through cooperation of all governments, can manage to achieve a satisfactory balance between demoTum to Page Three
MANILA, Philippines (NC) The executive director of Catholic Relief Services, Bishop Edwin B. Broderick, observed the first day of the Vietnamese New Year by visiting with hundreds of boat people aboard the refugee ship Tung An anchored off Manila Bay. ' The bishop joined the 2,700 refugees on the Tung An to ex路 tend his personal good wishes for a "new and better year," expressing the hope that "you may soon find a place to call home." While. aboard, the bishop distributed special high-calorie bread buns which are being used as a diet supplement for the Vietnamese refugees, both aboard the boats offshore and in reception camps. The bread is baked by a Manila school as part of a CRS project 'to provide on-the-job training for elementary school and high school dropouts. CRS, overseas relief and development agency of American Catholics, has also provided some 2,000 pounds of blankets and bedding to the refugees aboard the Tung An. To date, the baking project has provided 153,000 buns for the refugees and sends out about 4,800 buns daily. The Tung An h~s been anchored off Manila Bay for more than a month and a half while countries negotiate the resettling of the refugees.
POPE JOHN PAUL II elevates the Eucharist during Mass at the National Cathedral in Mexico City. (NC Photo)
The Three Faces of John Paul II By Jerry Filteau ROME (NC) - Three popes were in Mexico from Jan. 26 to Jan. 31, or so it seemed from differences in speeches and actions. Yet each was named Pope John P~ul II. . There was the pilgrim pope praying at Marian shrines, greeting people from all walks of life, waving to huge croWds wherever he traveled.
There was the stem pastor of bishops, priests and nuns warn路 ing them to stay out of partisan politics, sharply rejecting Marxist social analysis and emphasizing the primarily spiritual nature of the priesthood and Religious life. There was the pastor of the poor and disenfranchised endorsing labor unions, land expropriation and redistribution of wealth and supporting the rights of emigrants, the poor, the unem-
ployed and cultural minorities. The first and third and the first and second popes could easily coexist. But there was a tension between the second and third that for many remained unresolved at the end of Pope John Paul's eight-day, 15,000~ mile trip. Wherever he met specifically with groups of bishops, priests or nuns, the pope warned against Turn to Page Seven
No Retreat Seen On Social Works
Life Roll Cards Will Be Signed Saturday and Sunday will be Life Roll Weekend in diocesan churches, as parishioners are asked to sign Life Roll cards indicating their support for a human life amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Additionally, if they wish, signers may indicate their willingness to write or visit their members of Congress in support of pro-life issues, or to assist the right to life movement in other ways as the need arises. 路Community representatives already appointed in each geographic area of Southeastern Massachusetts will total and coordinate responses and members of Congress will be informed of the number of their constituents who support pro-life action. This project offers those unable to attend pro-life meetings or other activities meaningful involvem~nt in the right to life movement, say organizers.
THIS 21-YEAR-OLD issue of The Anchor commands the interested attention of Sister Lucille Gauvin, 8th grade teacher at St. Anne's School, Fall River. The still crisp-looking paper, discovered during early spring cleaning, announces that it's subscription renewal time. Twenty-one years later, that's still true. Anchor Subscription Weekend will be Feb. 17 and 18.
Representatives of several U.S. groups of priests and nuns have rejected the viewpoint that Pope John Paul U's address to the Latin American bishops at Puebla, 'Mexico, indicated a retreat from church involvement in social justice issues. Father James Ratigan, president of the National Federation of Priests' Councils, described the Jan. 28 talk as "a standard presentation of Catholic social justice doctrine" and said it had been misinterpreted in the United States' because the-. pope was warning against certain extremes that do not occur here, such as Catholic political parties. "He was saying, 'Don't get into partisan politics. Be a critic of everybody. Don't align yourself with one camp," the NFPC president said. "And I think that's been the position of the federation since its beginning." Father Ratigan said he had Turn to Pa~e Seven
THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs., Feb. 8, 1979
ill People· Places·Events-NC News Briefs (b What It Means
NEW YORK-Jesuit Father Jon SobriWASHINGTON - The U.S. Catholic no of Jose Simeon Canas University in Conference's Department of Education EI Salvador said that the recent deaths of has named Stephen Nunes, regional direcFather Octavio Ortiz and other Salvado- tor, of religious education for the Diocese rean Christians "teach us in truth what ' of Ogdensburg, N.Y., to be a specialist believing in Christ means." The Spanish on ,adolescent catechesis. He succeeds theologian also gave qualified support to Neil Parent, who will become representaPope John Paul II's speeches in Mexico. tive for adult education in the same department.
Unforgettable VATICAN CITY-The trip to Mexico was an "unforgettable experience," Pope John Paul II told cardinals in Rome upon his return IFeb. 1. The pope met with the cardinals in the Vatican's Consistory Hall imqlediately upon returning to the Vatican about 6 p.m. "At the moment in which my first missionary vqyage ends, I offer my most lively thanks. to God for the great experience he has granted me," he said.
Blecik Future UNITED NATIONS-Some 120 million people will be born this year into a world which is far from solving the problems affecting children. International agencies specializing in child care generally agree that most children today have a bleak future. According to United Nations estimates, more than 15 million children under 5 will die in Third World countries during 1979.
Time Lag COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. - Benedictine Sister Mary Anthony Wagner, professor of theology at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., has been named the first woman editor in the 50-year history of Sisters Today, a monthly magazine for nuns.
Nobel Nominee WASHINGTON - Twenty-three members of the House of Representatives have nominated Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, EI Salvador, for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Christ the' LBght VAnCAN CITY....:..christ enlightens th~ darknes of h1Jman souls, Pope John Paul II told thousands in St. Peter's Basilica on the feast of the, Presentation of the ,Lord, the day after his return from Latin America.
Argument Rejected NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.-While a recent New Jersey Superior Court decision struck down a state ban on elective abortions for welfare women, it also rejected the plaintiff's principal argument - that the ban violated the separation of church and state.' Judge David Furman termed untenable the plaintiff's contention that the law was rooted in religious beliefs.
Parishes Critical Link
CHICAGO-A prominent urban authority believes that the link between parishes and neighborhoods will be a critical factor in determining the fate of American' cities in the coming decade. Msgr. Geno Baroni, assistant secretary for neighborhoods,. voluntary associations and consumer protection with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said the church will be an important force in helping to improve neighborhoods in the United States.
WASHINGTON - Bishop Romeo R. Blanchette of Joliet, III., has resigned be,cause of poor health. Auxiliary Bishop Daniel W. Kucera of Joliet will serve as apostolic administrator of the diocese until a successor is named.
Catch 22 WASHINGTON - Spokesman for both the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union and J. P. Stevens and Co. textile firm have announced plans to appeal a National Labor Relations Board decision on Stevens' Tifton, Ga., plant. The company believes the board exceeded its authority in the order; while the union thinks it did not go far enough.
UN Rural Study • UNITED NATIONS-The Latin American bishops at their meeting in Puebla; Mexico, were asked to support a United Nations conference on agrarian reform and rural development scheduled for July.
WASHINGTON - The Department of N.Z. Card;nal Dies Health, ,Education and Welfare held a public hearing in Washington, on Feb. 5 VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Reginald on the financing of public and non-public John Delargey of Wellington, New Zeaelementary and secondary' schools be- land, died Jan. 29 in Mater Misericordiae tween 1980 and 1990. . Clinic in Wellington after a long illness, the Vatican announced. He was 64.
Measure Withdrawn PHOENIX, Ariz. - A measure aimed at cutting abortion 'funding by Arizona taxpayers was withdrawn by its sponsor after it was sharply amended on the floor of the state's House of Representatives. Rep. Jim Skelly, the sponsor,asked House Speaker ·Frank Kelley to pUll the measure, which in its original form would have prohibited using public funds to pay for any abortion not needed to save the life of the mother.
THOUSANDS OF INDIANS greet Pope John Paul II with flowers and banners as he arrives in the village of Cuilapan, Mexico. He told them in
NOW, Hear This SAN DIEGO-The president of the National Right to Life C,ommittee has said that her group would accept the Nationai Organization for Women's invitation to parley only if NOW would call a mora-' toriumon abortion during the meeting. Dr. Carolyn Gerster said when a parley is called between two warring factions, a true is' usually put into effect to haIt the killing.
Heads AHA WASHINGTON - Sister Irene Kraus, president of ,Providence Hospital in Washington and former president of the Catholic Hospital Association, has been chosen as chairman-elect of the American Hospital' Association, becoming the first woman and the first nun to hold that position.
Bishops ··Urge Italians ROME - As Italy moved toward another governmental crisis, the Permanent Council of the Italian Bishops' Conference has urged Catholics to avoid Marxist solutions to the country's problems.
Rights Violations LONDON - The Amnesty Internationill report for 1978 shows a "depressing picture of systematic violations of basic human rights in most of the countries of the world," said Thomas Hammerberg, chairman of the organization's international executive committee.
Villages Are Burned LONDON - The Rhodesian Catholic Justice arid Peace Commission has reportedly charged that Rhodesian security forces are systematically burning down villages in tribal areas in reprisal for supporting guerrillas.
Abortion Ban Asked UNITED NATIONS The United NAtions was- urged to exclude promotion of abortion and sterilization from its population polic~ by Msgr. James T. Mc-' Hugh, former director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.
Spanish that he wanted to _be their spokesman and 'they responded with cheers and applallse. (NC Photo)
Pope Can Visit Native Land
Thurs., Feb. 8, 1979
Catholic Groups Aid Ethiopia
ROME (NC) - A Polish government official said "no politicalor diplomatic obstacle exists" to a visit' by Pope John ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (NC) Paul II to his native Poland. - Catholic agencies have joined "If John Paul II comes to Powith governmental groups' and land, he will be received. with international voluntary organizaall honors and in a solemn man- . tions to aid an estimate~ 3.5 milner both by the people and -by lion people affected by a critical the authorities," said Kazimierz food shortage in Ethiopia. Kakol, Polish minister of worAto Shimelis Adugna, chief ship, in an interview with Corcommissioner of the Commission riere della Sera, Milan daily. for Relief and Rehabilitation in "Foreign newspapers amuse Addis Ababa, said recently that although the response has been themselves with the most varied generous to appeals to aid, the difficulties. But I repeat that no amount given up to now has political or diplomatic obstacle exists," said Kakol. been insuff~cient; "The whole Polish nation welThe food"" shortage resulted from a 1977 drought and the comed with great joy and satisfaction the election of Pope ravages of war. The General AsWojtyla. Joy and enthusiasm cer· sembly of the United Nations tainly don't create political prob· has asked government and vollems," he added. untary agencies to increase their The Polish official said he assistance to Ethiopia. knew the pope wanted to visit Poland next May for the 900th THIS THRONG was part of the five million people estimated to have lined the route of anniversary of the death of St. Stanislaus, patron saint of Po- Pope John Paul's motorcade to the National Cathedral in Mexico City. Will millions beSister Marie Yvonne Plantier, land. 80, the former Sister Alvarez du come billions by the mid-21st century? (NC Photo) "However, the date of his trip St.-Esprit, a member of the has not yet .been set," he said. White Sisters for 57 years, died Kakol said he discussed with last week at her community's the Vatican whether there provincial house in Putnam, the needs of a world population This tripling will mean a "fan- Conn. . Continued from Page One should be an official invitation expected to triple by the midtastic mutation" of the world as by the Polish government. A native of Wauregan, Conn., graphic evolution, agricultu'ral 21st century. we know it said Ripert, affecting "The lack of diplomatic rela- and industrial development, and she served at the former Bishop family and social structures, tions between the Holy See and cultural and human relationships, Stang Day Nursery in Fait River Poland will not constitute an better social justice at both the national and international 'level political groupings and human from 1921 to 1924 and followobstacle," he added. "The pope ing that was a dietitian at houses rights. . will have the welcome usually while protecting the environment of her community in Rhode Isreserved for personages of the - and constantly delaying the exland and Connecticut until her _ haustion of resources." said RiTo cope with this growth the Social justice' issues in the highest level." retirement in 1975. have· to world community will New England region, the relaThe only problem, he said, pert. improve cooperation to foment tionship of authority and obediwould be providing lodging and Several trends in the past 20 better international economic Well-Used Life assistance for the hundreds of years indicate a slowdown of ence and ways of attaining relations, a greater sharing of simplicity of life were greater "As a well-spent day brings thousands who will want to see the birthrate, but the effect of among topics discussed at a re- resources and a more efficient happy sleep, so life well used the pope. this in leveling out population planning for environmental proHe .denied the Polish govern- growth is not expected to be cent meeting of the Leadership brings happy death." - Leontection, said Ripert. Conference of Women Religious ardo da Vinci ment had to consult the Soviet seen until the beginning of the Union before making any decis- 21st century. These trends in- and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. ion about a papal visit. clude: "Our relations with the other Representatives from the Fall - In developed countries, a River diocese at· the meeting, socialist countries are not secret," he said. "We are not serious decline in fertility has held at Mount Marie, Holyoke, ashamed of them. Indeed we become apparent. This was first were, Sister Marilyn Spellman, boast of them. But we are not seen in the United States and SUSC, Sister Francis M. Driscoll, AZORES AND LISBON NEW YEAR'S IN MADEIRA 1 Week $299* Lv. Dec. 26 $329* bound to such an extent that we the Soviet Union from 1958-1960 SP, Sister Joanne McKenzie, Lv. - Apr. 7, 14, 21 LISBON AND MADEIRA can be maneuvered like Pinoc- and spread to Europe around SS.CC., Sister Joanne Bonville, July 5, 12, 26; Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 15 Days Lv. _ June 30; $590* 1964. The decline has steadily O.P., Sister Barbara McCarthy, chios." Sept. 6,"13, 20; Oct. 6; Nov. 10 continued. Dec. I, 29 LISBON· MADEIRA AND O.P., Father Ernest CorriveaU', AZORES 3 ISLANDS AZORES· FATIMA Mission Ousted MS and Father William Davis, - ,In Third World countries I Week $299* 15 Days $554* CALCUITA, India - Father with fewer than 15 million in- SS.CC. Lv. - Apr. 3, 17; May 1, 29 Lv. - May 15 includes Rosario Stroscio, a missionary habitants, a clear trend towards June 12, 21; July 5, 19 Feast of Santo Christo The social justice discussion Aug. 2, 16, 30; Sept. 13 June 17; July I, 15, 29 in India for 40 years, has been a decline in the birth rate emerg· was led by Peggy Comfrey, CSJ, Oct. 9; Nov. 6, 27 Aug. 12, 26; Sept. 5, 9 expelled by the government al- ed during the 1965-75 period. In Massachusetts Coordinator for Dec. 11, 25 Oct. 17; Nov. 28 though no charges were made about one·quarter of the coun- NETWORK, and Skip COI\lan, ~llGRIMAGES TO FATIMA PORTUGAL 1 Week $349* against him and he was sup- tries, the decline exc~eded 20 S.J., Director of Social Ministries Lv. _ May 9; June 13 Car Rentals With Unlimited Mileage ported by prominent Catholics, for the Jesuits of New England. July 11; Aug. 15 Apartment in Estoril $59* percent. including Cardinal Lawrence Pi· Sept. 19: Oct. 20 LISBON SPECIALS Sister Madonna Moran, RSM,' - In the most populous Third cachy of Calcutta. LISBON FlY·DRIVE 1 Week Including Plane and Hotel 1 Week From $89* Lv. - Apr. 25; May 23; June 20 World countries, having at least president of the Sisters of Mercy 2 Weeks From $170* $343.85 35 million people, d~clines are of New Hampshire, facilitated DIOCESAN TRIBUNAL Lv. - Every Saturday CHARTER FLIGHTS 344 Higland Avenue occurring, but not so rapidly. - discussion of the question of corP. O. Box 2577 LISBON AND MADEIRA July 1.17; Azores $349* porate response as religious conThe birth rate has declined 10 Fall River, Mass. 02722 1 Week $199* June 29 _ July 14 $379* TEL. 675·1311 percent in almost all of these gregations strive to maintain inProt. No. M·156/77 ~~AST ~~r'SA~TO CHRISTO June 30 - July 28 $379* . (Please Prefix To Reply) countries during 1965-75. In tegrity to their mission both Sao Miguel, Azores DISNEY WORLD EDICTAL CITATION China, the world's most popu- within the Church and with va1 Week 8 Days Lv. - June 30 $339 DIOCESAN TRIBUNAL rious governmental bodies. FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS lous country, the birth rate is Lv. - May 15 $209* 5 Days Lv. Aug. 30 and Oct. 4 $279 Since the actual place of residence of LUCIA currently estimated at 22 per Sisters Janice Waters and Ann PEREIRA is unknown. BUS TOURS - TORONTO, CANADA - 4 Days $119 We cite ADELINO PEREIRA to appear person· 1,000 inhabitants. This is close Monica Ruane, provincials of the Lv. - May 18, Includes Feast of Santo Christo, June 30, Sept. 1 Includes ally before the Sacred Tribunal of the Dioto the European levels of a few .Boston and Ipswich provinces of cese of Fall River on February 16, 1979 it Canadian National Exhibition 1:30 P.M. at 344 Highland Avenue, Fall Send for Free Descriptive Brochures - Advance Reservations Required years ago. The future trends in the Sisters of Notre Dame de River. Massachusetts, to give testimony to establish: Attention Groups: We'll Tailor Any Itinerary to Your Liking world population will be largely Namur, coordinated a session on Whether the nullity of the marriage ex· *Price is Per Person Double Occupancy Including Hotels, Sightseeing, Most ists in MEDEIROS·PEREIRA CASE determined by developments in the authority-obedience relationMeals - Plus Air Fare. . Ordinaries of the place or other pastors the populous ,Third World ship. having the knowledge of the residence of the above person, Lucia Pereira, must see countries. to It that she Is properly advised In regard Initial plans for a New England to this edictal citation. The future stabilizing of the Convergence experience were Henry T. Munroe, Officialis population, however, is of little discu.ssed. The convocation, Given at the Seat of the Tribunal, Fall River, Massachusetts, 265 RIVET ST. - NEW BEDFORD, MASS. 02744 consolation to officials of gov- scheduled for June 11-15, will in· on this, the 5th day of February 1979. ernments and international or- volve "grassroots" religious in a L.S. TEL. 1-997-9361 Raymond P. Monty ganizations which have to meet social justice experience. Notary
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Why County Government ? ? Much has been said by the new administration on Beacon Hill about the problems of Taxachusetts. Promises were made during the days of campaigning that the woeful burdens of taxation that are placed on the citizens of the,state would be lightened. Now it seems that this serious bread and butter issue is being either ignored or disregarded by· the same individuals who tried to be all things to all people, a political impossibility. . The issue of taxes in Massachusetts must be faced and indeed they can be reduced if those elected to public office wish to serve the people and not themselves. And the most glaring example of governmental financial waste in the state is the present system of county government. If people are serious about reducing taxes, then they should be serious about abolishing one of the most extravagant of governmental "pork barrels." The duplication of effort and the unnecessary costs of county government are utterly unjustifiable. The total operation of this antiquated system could easily be absorbed by other offices of the Commonwealth. This has been done by other states in New England with great savings to the taxpaying public. If one recalls that the fundamental purpose of county ." government in this state was to serve an agrarian society, . then it certainly has lost its function in one of the most industrial areas of the nation. County government was of course necessary in the days of its inception because of the lack of communications systems. After all, it was only a few generations ago when it took a full day to travel 'He scattereth snow and the falling thereof is as the coming down of locusts from, say, Fall River to Boston. . .. and when it freezeth it shall become like the tops of thistles.' When one considers the cost of maintaining an archaic Ecclus. 43: 19,21 structure like county government, one must ask why it is done. The answer is only too obvious. It employs people, and to those elected to county office, it offers a very well paying job requiring very little work. A recent survey of county government by an area newspaper clearly indicated a higher level than power be· 1978, asked him, "How do you By Father John B. Sheerin keep from being discouraged, the tremendous waste of the taxpayers' hard-earned dollars cause of its moral motivation. There is no doubt that PresiGreatness in a president re- beset by criticism and these frusin such a system. dent Carter is a religious man. a profound sense of re- trations you mentioned?" Carter Now, there will be cries that if county government Like a good deed in a na~ghty quires sponsibility.. A great president responded that he just never let were eliminated people would lose their jobs. Not so. There world his religious bent shines will probably have a lively sense problems get him down. "I never would be little difficulty in assimilating such personnel out in the bleak secularism of of humor,as was true in the do get morbid about probl~ms. Washington. But a religious man case of Lincoln, but he will' not and I never have lost five mininto the state system until due attrition took place. in the White House is not neces- be a playboy like John F. Ken- utes sleep all the way during the The common good of all the people should be of prime sarily a successful president. nedy or Warren Harding, nor wid campaign when I didn't know if I concern in this particular issue, especially when it is seen Pope Celestine V was a very he play around the edges of seri- would win or lose. And 1 have in the light of the greater problem of taxation. To con- holy hermit but so incompetent ous thought like Calvin Coolidge. never lost five minutes sleep as administrator that he resigned An inadequate president shies president when I was uncertain tinue feeding tax monies to county government as it cur- an the papacy. off from the moral responsibility about ·the outcome of a controrently functions is a total waste of public funds. Only a There have been numerous of scrutinizing his problems in versy." very few are benefiting from the toil of many. newspaper articles on the ques- depth, fluttering from one probMaybe I am making a mounWith the current rate of inflation and skyrocketing tion: Is Carter a great president? lem to another like a butterfly. tain out of a molehill, but I do Most concede that Carter sco!'ed costs, together with the seeming inability of government A great president wrestles with monumental diplomatic triumphs a major problem and never really wish the president would display to control the situation, people can no longer be expected in his handling of the Camp Ii normal reaction after making to keep "pouring good money after bad" into a system that David negotiations and in his lets it go because he knows an important decision. Whether solution does not prevent it's a case of going to sleep after is just not needed in our present day. County government recognition of China, put the atoday's recurrence of the problem. dropping a bomb with internawriters are keeping their fingers has outlived its justification. It is no longer needed. A great president's decisions tional repercussions, we expect crossed. They prefer to "wait Efforts should be made to eliminate it even if it means and see" what the next few dpn't come easily, nor are they a great president to show sensithat the present administration in Boston must call a con- months will say about Carter's soon forgotten. He wrestles with tivity at the high moments of his his conscience as Jacob with the career. stitutional convention. If reducing taxes is a real goal of presidential stature. angel. the administration, then here is a way successfully to fulfill I have admired the president Harry Truman had some of the ever since his election, but lately a campaign promise. marks of a great president, but
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I have begun to wonder' about his depth of mind. For it is depth, I could not understand how he not power, that makes a great could have made the decision to president. Historian James Mc- drop the bomb on Hiroshima, Gregor Burns, in his new book, then gone to bed and slept lik..: "Leadership," rejects the notion a baby.. President Carter is religious that a great president is necessarily a man of power. It seems and appears to be a man of conto have been taken for granted . science, but he seems to have a in recent years that politics is curious imperturbability. He has a faculty for making world-shakbasically a struggle for power. But Burns says, "I fear that w·~ ing decisions and announcing are paying a steep intellectual them to a TV audience with a and political price for our· pre- cherubic smile on his face. occupation with power." He feels Hugh Sidey of Time magazine, that greatness in politics reaches in an interview with Carter in
Necrology February 19 Rev. Leopold Jeurissen, SS.CC., 1953, Pastor, Sacred Heart, Fairhaven February 20 Rev. James H. Fogarty, 1922, Pastor, St. Louis, Fall River February 22 Rt. Rev. Jovite Chagnon, 1954, Founder, St. Joseph, New Bedford
THE ANCHORThurs., Feb. 8, 1979
Anglicans Seek Ties With Rome BURBANK, Calif. (NC)-Anglicans displeased with the U.S. Episcopal Church's 1976 decision to allow the ordination of women hope for a favorable reply to their request for formal ties with the Roman Catholic Church, according to a leader of the dissidents. Canon Albert J. duBois, senior priest of the new Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury, said his group has been talking with representatives of the Vatican's Doctrinal Congregation since 1977 and hopes that Pope John Paul II will soon have the time "to give attention to our plea." Canon duBois said he had learned that Pope Paul VI, shortly before his death, had been "on the verge of offering an Anglican jurisdiction to those of us who want to join the Roinan Church." The group's major goal, he added, is to "heal the breach" between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches. The dissident pro-diocese will hold an international synod Feb. 13-15 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic retreat house and conference center in San Antonio, Texas, to "make a formal request to the Holy Father, who has by now been at his post long enough to give this matter some attention," Canon duBois said. About 40 people, including some Roman Catholic clergymen, are expected to attend the synod, he added. Father J. Peter Sheehan of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs declined to comment on the possibility of Vatican approval of the request, noting that his office had not been involved in the negotiations. "If there's anything going on, it's strictly be路 tween Rome and that group," he said. Officials of the Doctrinal Congregation in Rome also declined comment.
Representatives 'Name Nobel Winner WASHINGTON (NC) Twenty-three members of the House of Representatives have nominated Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Calvador, EI Salvador, for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Representatives called Archbishop Romero "an eloquent and unshaken opponent of oppression and violence." "In calling for social and economic reform and in condemning government-sanctioned violence that has taken the form of widespread 'disappearances," arbitrary arrests, murder and torture, Archbishop Romero has become the most prominent spokesman in EI Salvador for peace and justice," the' representatives said in a lett~ to the Nobel nominating c~mittee.
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great gifts should waste them on witless venom of this kind. How predictable and trivial and boring Father Greeley has become. Marvin R. O'Connell Chairman, Dept. of History Notre Dame University
Love Deterrent Dear Editor: Security hardware is a deterrent to crime, but Mr. John Q. Public, so is love. Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about InJustice, but rejoices whenever tn,lth wins out.
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Be An Editor Dear Editor: Please, be an editor. We need you as an editor. In the future, screen out or place in a children's corner the likes of "Be a Priest" (Anchor, Jan. 25). George Lee Somerset
Greeley Reply Dear Editor: It is demeaning to have to respond to the kind of charges Andrew Greeley made in a recent column (Anchor, 1/4/79) about an essay of mine. Even so, I want to assure your readers that in reviewing his writings, I was not animated by stored-up animosity. I do not "hate" Gree~ ley, and my essay was not "designed to be devastating, to inflict pain" on him. It was simply an effort to state the strengths and weaknesses of Greeley's work as I see them. I do not consider it a betrayal of friendship to criticize the published writings of a scholar if such criticism seems to me justified. I do, however, consider it a violation of the ethics of scholarly journal to do what Greeley has done - i.e., to respond to criticism in a scholarly journal by launching a personal attack on the critic in a syndicated column only a small proportion 'of whose readers can reasonably be expected to have seen the original article or to have easy access to it. Since the article that appeared in the October 1978 issue of The Review of Politics is the ,sole basis for Greeley's charges, I urge your readers to take a look at it and decide for themselves whether it is a betrayal of friendship or a piece of responsible criticism. 1 will be glad to furnish a
copy of the article to anyone who writes to me at the Department of History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556. . Philip Gleason Professor of History Notre Dame University
ster described by Father Greeley in his column bears no resemblance to Philip Gleason. It is rather the figment of Father Greeley's increasingly paranoid imagination. How sad that a man of such
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More on Greeley Dear Editor: In a column by Father Andrew Greeley my friend and colleague, Professor Philip Gleason, is described as anxious "to inflict pain on some one who thought he was a friend." Such quotations become tiresome, so I shall forebear. Suffice it to say that there is much more talk in this short essay about the hate and betrayal and sadism which allegedly lurk within the soul of Philip Gleason. What led to this ferocious indictment? Well, Professor Gleason, writing in a scholarly jOllrnal, has argued that although Father Greeley's published research analyzing contemporary American Catholicism has been extremely helpful and creative, there are elements in that work which deserve restudy or even revision. This mild conclusion, of course, was enough to break Greeley's First Law which reads: You must always praise me, totally, completely, unreservedly, because, unlike other public men, I stand above all criticism. If you don't agree 'with me all the time and in every way, I will whack you with my verbal battle axe. I will label you in the popular pres!>路 a knave, a fraud, a judas Iscariot. Philip Gleason, the most distinguished historian of American . Catholicism presently at work in the field, needs no defense from me, nor does his thoughtful and judicious article which has brought down upon him Father Greeley's wild rage. Yet, for my own satisfaction, let me assure your readers that the mon-
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John Paulls' Brief but Remarkable Papacy By
ANDREW M. GREELEY
For some reason, there is the 'tendency to minimize Papa Luciani, to ridicule his "Illustrissimi," and to dismiss his September papacy as irrelevant. I can't understand why. Perhaps Gianpaolo must be punished for having died on us. As far as I can see, that is the only mistake he made during his glorious September.
Iy MARY CARSON
For years Catholics resisted discussing beliefs with those of other faiths. With ecumenism taking hold, that resistance is disappearing. But while we now are more comfortable discussing doctrine with non-Catholics, many of us still avoid questions arising within t~e Church. Perhaps all this is a reflection of what is happening within families.
His one defect as a pope was pope. He was a nice, simple ence to himself as a bambino that he had bad 'health. The pap- . priest of the land who gave pious papa was charming' and self- efacy is clearly a devastating job little homilies but nothing more facing but it was anything but physically.' The younger and than that. naive. more vigorous Papa Wojtyla His stock-in-trade as a teacher lost five pounds during his first . These stories have been re- w~s simplicity, but not unpretwo months on the job. One can peated so often by people who pared or unsophisticated simplitherefore say that Gianpaolo was ought to know better that they city. Like all good professional,s, not strong enough to be pope. have come to be accepted as the Papa Luciani worked hard at beThis statement is self-evidently truth. In fact, the truth is much ing simple. more' complex and much- more true. interesting. Luciani was indeed a Nor was he indecisive. He had But the other things said about "priest of the land," but anyone , more than enough courage. Inhim are simply not true: He was who knows priests of the land deed, he made some tough deindecisive. He could not get con- of any ethnic group, knows they cisions about American Cathtrol of the job. He lacked intelli- are forceful, shrewd, and, when, olicism that neither his predegence. He did not have the they make up their minds, cessor nor his successor were breadth or the depth or the so- strong-willed and effective men. able to make. And during his phistication necessary to be Luciani was all these. His refer- brief month he made at least as
But over the years,' just as re- own will upon them. lationships between different rePart of the problem is very ligions have changed, so too have similar to the new openness ecurelationships within. families. . menism has brought while we When children are very young, are still reluctant to talk about parents must make decisions for differences within our own them. But when children reach 'Church. Parents are starting to teen to young adult years, part learn to talk to their children of the parents' responsibility is about "outside problems" and to help these emerging adults in even to listen to their children's making their own decisions, opinions. But let that discussion thinking for themselves. touch home and the parents may refuse to talk, or talk without The' problem more often is the listening. parents' than the young adults'. As parents, we frequently In their late teens, young adults know everything and will gladly seem to take the uniformity make all decisions regarding which was sought by our Church their own behavior. The problem and try to impose it on our famfor parents is guiding them to- ilies. We helieve the way to conward making wise decisions . . . tinuity, to "success" as parents, without arbitrarily imposing their is by having our children always
much progress as has the present pope in bringing the Vatican bureaucracy under control. We have been assured that, given time. He would have turned into a conservative if not reactionary pope. The argument is irrefutable. Nobody knows what kind he would have been ,had he lived. All right, say his liberal critics, he did write a nice statement on the test-tube baby. He did begin by congratulating the parents of the newborn child. It was an obvious thing to do. Anyone could have done it. But he was the only bishop who did.
think and act the way we WOUld. We try to create an unwritten catechism for our children; we have the questions, the children should always have the same answers - that fit what we want them to think.
seen. But as parents we can do something about it within our own homes. We must learn to listen to our children, listen with an open mind. We must accept the fact that our grown children aren't always going to hold the same opinions as we do . . . and But this attitude is causing that doesn't necessarily mak~ some severe problems in the either them or us wong! Church. It causes similar probMany times it is difficul::. lems in families. Insisting on Many times it takes enormous sameness, instead of encouraging trust. But if we've any confipluralism, alienates! Insisting on dence at all in how we've raised sameness denies God's gifts of our children,' we should be able free will and intelligence, ham- to trust. pers individual conscience and And on the days when it's difresponsbility, and can result in ficult, meditate on the course the destroying that which we wanted world would have taken, had to save. Mary and Joseph insisted that Whether or not the Church can . Christ follow the traditional wayJ solve the problem remains to be of the Scribes and Pharisees.
Toward a Politics of Personal Liberalism? By
The Center of Concern, a Washington think tank with Catholic connections, has launched a project to revive the ties between America's churches and the labor movement. The major push for the pro-
gram comes" from what Joe Hoiland of the center calls a new attack on both labor and the social welfare programs traditionally supported by both labor and" the churches. That attack is generally seen as coming from conservatives. But there is evidence that much opposition to traditional social welfare programs has come from people considered liberals in some respects. One indication comes from a Harris poll conducted for Playboy magazine on a cross-section of 1,990 men between 18 and 49.
Analysis of the poll's section on politics found a growing concern with self-centered values which is affecting political judgement. These trends were strongest amon~ half of the men sampled, particularly younger men, who showed the most willingness to try np.w alternatives. These trends "seem to represent a new personal liberalism rather than a form of social liberalism," the analysis said. A growing number of Democrats from suburban, generally Republican districts outside the
South were found to have liberal voting records on foreign affairs and social issues, such as abortion, busing, homosexual rights and consumer protection, but more conserVative "oting records on labor issues, such as minimum wage laws and labor law reform. This group represents a new wave of liberal suburban independents who tend to vote Democratic. Many of these people were associated with the McGovern campaign in 1972 and it may be that they developed
negative images of labor because of strong labor support for the Vietnam War. But the "politics of personal liberalism" reflected in the Playboy poll do not necessarily mean permanent abandonment of concern for social welfare. For example, the Playboy poll found strong disaffection among young non-students because of economic issues. This group, which votes in small percentages, could have a strong impact on American politics were it somehow mobilized politically.
Mi.sery Love's C路ompany, By
Marketing is a lot more pleasant than it used to be. Once in a while I actually enjoy it. Before you think I have mid-winter DT's let me explain fl.\rther. Shopping has become a shared experience, with everyone so
shocked by the continuing rise in the price of everything (and this on a weekly basis) that fellow sufferers have begun to talk to one another and a tour through a supermarket has become an occasion for people to commiserate with each other. Why, it's better than a cocktail party - in fact, it's conversation for a cocktail party. When walnuts jump from 49 cents to 69 cents and then to $1.06 you must share your shock with someone and that's generally the person next to you who is also standing there with his or her mouth open in amazement.
"I've never had so many people speak to me in all the years I've shopped," commented my mother-in-law, when I mentioned how friendly the stores have become. And she agreed that people are even telling one another where the buys are. It seems to be a "misery loves company" syndrome.
.I think this is a perfect time to ask readers to send in recipes they are using to help defeat this rising cost of groceries yet still keep flavorful meals on the table. Sharing seems to be the name of the game at the moment, so why
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If Christian advocates of the status quo were encouraged by the rejection of revolution, they were not comforted by his repeated criticisms of poverty and injustice and the widening gap between rich and poor. At the heart of his Latin American trip was Pope John Paul's message that the Gospel is a challenge to all. "To safeguard the originality of Christian liberation and the energies that it is capable of releasing, one must at all costs avoid any form of curtailment or ambiguity," he told the bishops at Puebla.
Three Faces Continued from Page One reducing their calling to a social ministry. "You are not social directors or political leaders or functionaries of a temporal power," he told priests in Mexico City. "You are the spiritual guides who must endeavor to orient and better the hearts of the faithful so that, converted, they live the love of God and neighbors and commit themselves to the welfare and dignity of men." He praised the "great vitality" of Religious orders of women, saying most nuns showed o"a return to a more evangelical vision, an increasing solidarity among the Religious institutions, a more profound closeness to the poor, who must have a just priority· in our attention." But he also warned against "confusion" about the nature of religious life. "Sometimes prayer is left aside and substituted by action-vows are interpreted according to a secularizing mentality that dims the religious motivations of the chosen state...Community life is abandoned, sociopolitical stands are considered the real goal," he said. In a major address at the opening of the assembly of Latin American bishops at Puebla, Mexico, the pope bluntly warned against "perhaps brilliant but fragile and inconsistent hypotheses" flowing from interpretations of Christ as a revolutionary or politician. While insisting that the church is deeply committed to the defense of human rights and .iustice, he said that its mission "is religious and not social or politicaL" Regarding the widening richpoor gap and the social obligations entailed in property ownership, he said the church's mission is to "preach, educate individuals and collectivities, form public opinion, and offer orientation.s to the leaders of peoples. "It is necessary to avoid supplanting the laity and to study seriously just when certain forms of supplying for them retain their reason for existence," he told the bishops at Puebla. Such language will certainly be used by opponents of social activism in the church to back views that priests and Religious so engaged are disobeying papal directives and mixing politics with religion. But there was another Pope John Paul II in Latin America. This other pope, speaking to Indians and poor farmworkers in rural Cuilapan in the state of Oaxaca, said: "If the common good requires it, one must not hesitate before (land) expropriation itself, done in the proper way." It was the same pope who called for farmworker organization saying, "a widespread evil is the tendency toward individualism among rural workers, while action with better coordination and solidarity would be of not a little help." Speak;ing to laborers in Mor,terrey, l\1exico, he said: "The labor movement, to
THE HANDS OF THE POPE: Pope John Paul II blesses small patient at Mexico City children's hospital. (NC Photo) which the church and Christians the tragic situation in which the have given an original and di- refugees of Southeast Asia find verse contribution, particularly themselves. Not only are they on this continent, claims its exposed to the risks of a perilous rightful role of responsibility for voyage, they are also exposed to the construction of a new world seeing their petitions for asylum order." refused, or at least to having to It was not only an endorse- wait a long time before being ment of the labor movement, able to begin a new life In a subjected to political repression country ready.to welcome them." The pope who warned priests in many Latin American countries. It was also the first time and nuns against political inin his pontificate that Pope John volvement was· the same pope Paul publicly endorsed the build- who, just before he began his ing of a new world order - a Latin American trip, agreed to controversial aspect of interna- mediate the territorial dispute tIOnal political and economic jus- between Argentina and Chile tice frequently advocated by which had both nations close to Pope Paul VI. war. The pope who told farmwork"We cannot close our eyes to the situation of millions of men ers to organize, urged expropriwho, in their search for work ation of land from the wealthy, and for bread, are forced to and blasted inhumane treatment abandon their homeland and of migrant laborers and refugees, many times their families, con- was the same pope who repeatfronting a new environment not edly called for more devotion to always agreeable and welcoming, Our Lady of Guadalupe. an unknown language and genThe tension 'between the hueral conditions that submerge man and divine dimensions of them in loneliness and at times Christianity was clearly present in marginal situations for them- in Pope John Paul's Latin Amerselves, for their wives and chil- ican trip. dren - not to mention when adBut there was also a link that vantage is taken of these cir- could serve to solve the tension. cumstances to offer minimal The link preached by the pope wages, to reduce the henefits of was evangelization. social security and assistance, to The evangelization mission of provide living conditions unthe church has at its heart a worthy of a human being," added message about the dignity of the pope at Monterrey. man "in the entirety of his beThe papal talk, delivered about ing," he said, and "as an essen100 miles from the U.S. border, tial part action for justice and was immediately interpreted by the tasks of the advancement of many as a broadside against poli- man." cies of U.S. employers toward If Christian advocates of armed Mexican migrant laborers. struggle against the rich found It also formed a link with a encouragement in the pope's speech earlier to the diplomatic calls for special concern for the corps in Mexico City, in which poor and the advancement of all the pope said it is "the responsi- people, they found little comfort bility of all nations" to respond in his rejection of revolution or to "the increasing number of ref- class struggle as a solution to ugees in the whole world and to human ills.
SEATTlJE (NC) -Franciscan Father Louis Ladenburger of Spokane, Wash., has been given a 45-day jail sentence in federal court for his part in a protest at the U.S. Navy's Trident submarine base in Bangor, Wash., last May. Father Ladenburger was one of five defendants who drew jail sentences. The remainder of the 171 protesters involved in charges of illegally re-entering the base drew 45-day suspended sentences and were placed on probation for three years. The length of the sentences given Father Ladenburger and the other four stemmed from their failure to obey ,an earlier injunction placed on them by the federal courts, which ordered them not to return to the Navy base.
God at Work "Commitment does not stop with contemplation. It seeks issue in work. For the God discovered thus is a God at work, reconciling the world to himself." - Robert L. Calhoun
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No Retreat Continued from Page One been disturbed by the first pres!> reports of the speech but aft~r reading the full text had felt "extremely positive" about it. "He was asking the bishops of South America to go beyond l\'fedellin in trying to address the needs under which they are living, particularly the needs of the poor," he said. "The people with the greatest right to the works of the church are the poor." Pope John Paul II's background as a churchman in Poland made him understand the importance of letting the local church work within its own perspective, the priest said. Therefore the pop~ "reiterated the doctrine of the last three popes" for the Latin American bishops "and then he left it up to them to decide wherf: to go from there," he added. Dominican Sister Carol Coston. executive director of Network,. an organization of nuns and other Catholics lobbying on social justice issues, said she too had been upset by early media reports that implied the pope was "moving the church into a retreat. from political activity." But a careful reading of the· Puebla text "shows that, despite ~ comparatively conservative ecclesiology, the pope reaffirms that those who bear responsiblity for the public life of the states and nations will have to understand that internal peace and international peace can only be ensured if a social and economic system based on justice flourishes," she said.
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Can a Man Be Too Forgiving? By Dr. Jim and Mary Kenny Dear Dr. Kenny: Six years ago I met a man whom I swear God sent from heaven to me. He is so good; he lives the Gospels daily. Weare both divorced and waiting for an annulment to marry withIn the church. He has six children, ages 17 to 25. I am very jealous of his children.' They are really bad children. Every one of the girls was pregnant before marriage. Each one has a bad problem. They have been on drugs. You name it, they've done it. When something comes up, they call their father iminediately. My phone rings off the hook until I blow my stack. He cannot say no. No matter what they request, he rushes to grant it. His children use him dreadfully, and he sees no wrong in it. I believe it's his fault the way they live their lives because he is so forgiving. When we argue, we are miserable and it's only over his ungrateful kids. Can you please, help me? (pa.) A. It sounds as though you are very much in love with this man, so I'm not sure anything I say will make a difference. Love is blind. I guess it should be. Fortunately, God's love for us seems mostly to be blind as well, so you are in good company. When you marry young, neither of you is quite sure how the other will tum out. You have
some opportunity to shape one another to suit. However, for people who are older when they marry, the shaping is nearly completed. Don't hope to change him. You get what you see. If you marry your friend, do so with your eyes open. Accept him as he is. Accept him as a total person with his virtues and his faults. He has lived years and years. He is not likely to change his attitudes toward his children. You are the orie who may have to change. To do so, you need to do some soul searching. First, do not be too hard on his children. I have known some problem teens who turned out to be fine adults. I have also known some well-behaved teens who don't amount to much as adults. Wait a few years before making your judgment. Even then, judgments are best left to God. The verdict is not yet in on kids. Second, you need not idealize everything about your friend simply because you love him. Love may be blind, but your letter shows that reason is still operative in you somewhere. Permissiveness is a fault, not a virtue. It is a fault you may have. to accept in him, but it ~s a fault nonetheless. Control is a part of love. Children need controls along with affection, and the parent who does not pro· vide this is falling short. Finally, while you cannot and should not try to change his at-
titude toward his children, you may be able to modify some of his behavior. What bothers you most about his relationship with his children? Does he give them too much money? Do you feel he listens to them on the phone too long when he should be spending time with you? Does he let them live with him whenever they want? Let him know which behavior bothers you the most. It would be much better to say that it botll~rs you than to tell him it is bad for his children. That is the difference between an "I" message and a "you" message. He knows the good and the bad about his parenting. Do not try to correct him on that score. He does need to know how certain things make you feel. Pick one, and let him know what you want. Then tolerate the other behaviors. It is nice to hear from someone in Jove. Remember, though, that true loving means you accept the whole person, warts and all. Do not try to change his attitudes toward his children. You will not succeed, and you will only make each other un· happy. However, if you select the worst of his behaviors from your point of view and tellbim why it offends you, you may accomplish something. Reader questions on f~ily living and child care are. invited. Address to The Kennys, c/o The Anchor, P.O. Box 7, Fall River, Mass. 02722.
'Shakespeare Plays' Begin Wednesday By T. Fabre' NEW YORK (NC)-Qver the next six years, American TV viewers will have the opportunity of seeing all 37' dramatic works authored by William Shakespeare. "The Shakespeare Plays," one of television's most ambitious series, begins with "Julius Caesar," airing Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 8-11 p.m. on PBS. The object of the series is to rescue Shakespeare from academia and give him back to the ordinary people for whom he originally wrote. One suspects that "Julius Caesar" was chosen as the premiere offering because it is so well known, hence the hope that by starting with the better known, viewers might be encouraged to sample the less familiar Shakespeare's works. Moreover, as a play about power and its abuses, about con· spiracy and assassination, about violence and counter-violence, "Julius Caesar" is a tragedy particularly appropriate for our own time. Few American /productions could equal this, either in its mitural rendering of Shakespearean language or its depth of action. The e)1semble effort of the entire cast is one of the pleasures to be savored in spending an evening with this masterpiece of world drama. The c,entral problem in doing Shakespeare for modem audi-
ences is that .Elizabethan language is too rich in verbal complexity for the contemporary ear. The actors, however, handle the dialogue with a commonsense emphasis on the context' of speech so that even if you miss an aliusion you can understand the thought conveyed. Educators obviously will find this series to be a valuable addi·, tion to what can be done in a
classroom study of Shakespeare and his times. The main question, however, is how interested the average home view~r will be 'in "The Shakespeare Plays." This $14million project - TV's Noble Experiment in upgrading mass culture - has so much to recommend it. Let us hope that next week's Neilsen ratings wiU give us a promising answer.
Burials BOSTON (NC)-An 88-day-old cemetery workers strike, which had idled 20 graveyards in the Artlldiocesan Cemeteries Association and left more than 700 bodies unburied, has ended. Donald Kenney, director of the cemetery association, said workers would start immediately to bury the dead, beginning with those who died in early November. The process will take several weeks, according to estimates. The settlement took effect Jan. 31 and involved an 8.5 per cent increase over a two-year period. There are separate contracts for laborers, ACA secretaries and supervisors of individual cemeteries. Representatives of both sides expressed regret over the added suffering brought upon the bereaved dUring the strike. Kenney said he hoped the settlement
Boston would at last "bring a peace of mind to the families." Herbert Bradley, president of Local 1285,· said he and his associates were fully aware that "it's been very hard on people who have been waiting."
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Missioner Reports From Peru
For nearly four years, Father Paul Canuel, formerly associate pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish, Seekonk, has been on leave of absence from the diocesan ministry, with the Missionary Society of St. James in Peru. There he works among fishermen and mountain Indians and last year was instrumental e!1II111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111~ in arranging the adoption of a $ ~ little Quechua Indian girl by his sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Durette of St. Pat=1 rick's parish, Somerset. Father Canuel's parish, some WILLIAM H. H. MANCHESTER, JR. § P,e.ident == two days' drive from Lima, Peru's capital, is enthusiastic111 William Street, New Bedford, Massachuse"s 02740 ally charismatic and in a report to friends and family at home, the missioner reports on its re-' cent accomplishments. Excerpts = = from the report follow: ;aI'1II1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111l1l1ll1l1l1l1l1111IIIIIIIIIIIIIil The Charismatic Renewal group celebrated its fifth anniversary and it was a real occaFrom * sion of joy and demonstration of Y5 faith. The anniversary Mass witto Per Pers. Per Nlte. Dble. Occ.. Min. 2 Nltes nessed a crowd estimated at $. Y5 We are repeating the Finest Package offered on Cape Cod 3,500, overflowing from the '.4 Your 3 Doy/2 Nlte Week-End Includes: church into the town square. The * Excellent accommodations. TV. phones * 2 full breakfasts in Lord has certainly worked marHeritage Room * 2 full dinners in Granada Dining Room. featuring vels among his people here and char· broiled steaks. prime rib. baked stuffed shrimp. salad bar * the testimony poured forth. Dancing. entertainment * Beautiful indoor pool Saunas. central location. Golf. tennis. shops. all nearby. We would like to share with you some of that testimony. Last Rate eff. Feb. 2-June 23, excluding hol,ltlay periods. year we told some of you how For brochure, reservations Call TOLL FREE In Mass. a group of lay people with Sis1·8000·352·7100; 617·540·3000 or write D. A. Dineen, Mgr. ter Marion, one of our parish SHOREWAY ACRES MOTEL Falmouth. Mass. 02540 team members, went every Saturday evening to a nearby fish.................... ................. ........... ing village to pray for a fisherman completely paralyzed due to an accident. We are now happy to tell you .that Juan Espinoza is able to DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER walk with the aid of crutches. PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING ••• Family • Marital • Individual We feel certain that soon he UNMARRIED PARENTS ••• Counseling and Social Services will be able to walk on his own. ADOPTIONS • • • Licensed Agency Recently he began a new therapy: he walked from the fishing For information or appointment call or write: village to the church for Mass! IN NEW BEDFORD IN FALL RIVER IN HYANNIS God has visited us and we praise 997·7337 674-4681 771·6771 his name! 628 Pleasant St. 783 Slade St. 5 Murray Road A few weeks ago we discover.................... :;0 ed in a shack an abandoned woman with five children. She was sleeping on a board with three of the children and the other two slept on the dirt floor. With donation money we bought three beds, some sheets and blankets so the family can at least sl€ep in relative comfort. One of the oil companies is giving us some bags of cement, so we plan to cement the floors and fix the roof. We would like to thank those who have sent donations to make such work possible. Another important use of donation money is in the area of education. Many boys and girls are, thanks to your help, able to continue their studies. Just one such case is that of Pablo, a young lad of 16. Pablo had just three years elementary education when he came to Ne~ gritos looking for work to help "":':~U'::~':.::·-";·I. his father support his many brothers and sisters. He found work in the bakery of a relative, .working seven days a week from 5 p.m. through the night, not finishing until all the bread was
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FATHER CANUEL brought into the neighboring town and sold, a process that usually found Pablo dragging himself back to Negritos about 10 a.m. to drop exhausted on his cot for a few hours sleep. He was a very unhappy young man, depress,ed, tortured by nightmares about the early death of an older. brd'ther, afraid to express himself and show his ignorance. More than anything he wanted an education but couldn't afford it. Thanks to a donation,. we had him quit his job, found him a room in the home of one of our leaders of the prayer groups and enrolled him in school. Overnight the transformation was evident to all. With a haircut, rest and good food, books under his arm, a smile (at least a mile wide) on his face, he personified the biblical conversion of Saul to Paul. With a few sessions of spiritual healing he is equally happy interiorly and well integrated in our youth group. Our hospital fulfills a great need for the poor people in Negritos, Talara and as far as Mancora (a fishing village about one and a half hours from here). It was a very difficult year for the hospital, however, one which saw us reduced for several months to a medical staff of one doctor on call 24 hours a day; demands by the syndicate of workers for increases in wages which, unfortunately, we could not meet. When the president of the hospital committee resigned because of a job transfer I was elected President and with other committee members began an exhausting process of reorganization. We are happy to say that we now have a competent staff of three resident doctors and a medical director who is also our chief surgeon. The labor problems are being regulated and we are placing our trust in the Lord that this coming year will be one of tremendous growth in the spirit of service and love. We ask your prayers. Inflation is moving very fast, resulting in indescribable hardships, most eSPecially to our families in the pueblos jov.mes. Our family food and .medicine programs have
been a tremendous help for them. We have 20 families in the program, most with five to seven children. Preference is given to young families with low or no income, to help prevent malnutrition. However, with increasing unemployment we have to be on the alert for other familie's needing this kind of help to try: to help everyone, we put them on the program for six months at a time so that all can have their share. Sr. Ruth has the children of these families enrolled in her child health clinic, which, we are proud to say, is working well. One thing that grieves us, though, is the inadequate water supply for those living in these new "developments." These poor people get water from one tap from 8-12 p.m. twice weekly and have to pay 5 soles (about 3 cents U.S.) for six cans of water and if they go short, they have to go to the next village to buy. It is disheartening to see no improvement on hygiene and the incidence 'of diarrhea, vomiting and parasitism is still very high. Hopefully 'we could find means to help resolve this problem during the coming year. . Our family to family adoption program, under which North American families aid our poorest people, is continuing to supplement incomes of 26 of our families. Most of the people i'1 this program live in substandard housing, ·have little or no income and find this help a lifesaver, literally! Most important, as we look back on the past year, is that with your help and prayers we have been empowered to fulfill our work among God's people. Our hope is the prayer from the Canon of the Holy Spirit that "wherever we have walked, the report will go around that the poor are clothed, the hungry fed; the sorrowful comforted; and all creation proclaims the wondrous deeds of God." Donations in aid of Father Canuel's work may be sent to him at 19 Oban Way, Swansea, 02777. They will be forwarded promptly.
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Lay' Missionaries -in Nicaragua D~clare -. Children Are Reprisal Target8 ;, Are You Moving? ;,
WASHINGTON (NC)-A married couple who were Maryknoll missionaries in Nicaragua said on returning to the United States that reprisals by the National Guard are still going on after a people's rebellion was suppressed. They also showed concern that news of atrocities there do not get enough play in U.S. media. "When you know that boys 10 years old, or a little more, are being shot to death on mere suspicion of aiding the rebels . . . and find that the media in America are not reporting enough about such atrocities, we think that is really bad," said Christine and Thomas Amato of Baltimore. "The National Guard is jailing young men indiscriminately, and others are fleeing into the moun· tains," Amato said. "The young men say they prefer dying with the guerrillas to being shot by the Guard. Other persons have lost their jobs for not being progovernm~nt," he added. "Guardsmen take hostages if they do not find their man," said Mrs. Amato. The couple spent more than a year in Nicaragua under a pr.ogram sponsored for lay missionaries by the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, known as Maryknoll. They left the town of Condega at the height of a people's rebellion in key cities against more than 40 years of rule by the Somoza family. Condega, an agricultural center of 5,000 inhabitants, is 40 miles from Esteli, the city damaged the most for resisting the longest. "We des:ided to leave when we ~aw planes strafing homes and other neutral buildings," they told NC News Service. "Besides, 1 was getting too big to hide under a: bed," said Mrs. Amato, an expectant mother. "We want our baby to be born
in safer conditions." They went to Condega in August 1977. Mrs. Amato taught handicrafts to the women so they could make products for export and improve their earnings. Her husband directed educational activities for a credit and savings cooperative of 799 members. "There was little credit available from commercial banks for small farmers or artisans, who then fell victims to money lenders charging 10 per cent a month interest," he said. "So the people started the cooperative, which is having moderate success. The charge is one per cent." "When we joined the Mary. knollers we knew conditions were tense there. Father Miguel D'Escoto, a Maryknoller from Nicaragua, had predicted that we would see a l'evolution, and we did," said Mrs. Amato, a hlonde from Oakland, Calif. "We went ahead because we felt the Maryknollers had a deep concern for the people and had callea on us to share our gifts and skills." Amato said he understood the fear of many that violence is not . yet over in that Central American nation, even after the Guard quelled the August and September outbrea~s by students and by guerrillas of the Sandinista Liberation Front. A widespread strike accompanied the outbreaks, Amato said. "Rather than defeat, civilians show anger and determination after seeing their friends and leaders being executed or tortured. It was that way when we arrived too. Raul Gonzalez, Ei respected merchant, had died from torture at the hands of the Guard, and the population was incensed. From then on the students started to organize, to plan for food, civil defense, for a long strike. Parents and others joined
in the preparations. Armed violence came when other means of resistance seem to have failed." The Amatos narrated an incident involving Maryknoll Sister Joan Uhlen, who was driving a relief jeep from Condega to Esteli in mid-September. She was halted at a roadblock manned by Sandinistas, asked to identify herself and state her business. - "I am Sister Joan on my way to bring out some refugees. . . - "We are also trying to follow and implement the Gospel. 1 am a Third Order Franciscan," answered the Sandinista- commander, a man armed to his teeth. The Amatos said they plan to return to Nicaragua after the baby comes, if condition's permit.
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KNOW YOU'R FAITH
Ecumenism By Mary C. Maher Interfaith dialogue is a wei路 come breath of hope in our day. Since Vatican Council II and various meetings of the World Council.of Churches, ecumenical dialogue is being more earnestly pursued. 芦 Dialogue between Jews and Christians is now also characterized by the hope that it will grow stronger and take into account deeper issues like the future of Israel and Christian responsibility in the Holocaust. Eastern religions are also' on the American scene, offering many a fuller life and deeper ways of spiritual growth. To some, all this dialogue is a threat. I recall my youth in Minnesota and the prohibition many of us received against attending courses in comparative religion at that state's uniyersity. It was as if exposure to traditions other than one's own courted loss of faith. Of course, a faith that fragile would not withstand much human life anyway. Besides, in a world as mobile, as ours, one must be a non-reader, or better, a non-thinker, not to be aware what the media says about religion of all traditions. Ecumenical and interfaith sharing are here to stay.. This sharing is not a religious delicacy for the intellectually inclined, but is for all of us. Genuine ecumenical and interfaith dialogue supports one's own tradition but does not rule out all other traditions as genuine expressions of God's concern for man. Only a badly constructed ideology of neo-Iiberalism seeks to reduce all traditions to their lowest common denominator and to call that residue "unity." Interfaith and ecumenical dialogue demand a kind of tough intellectualism that specializes in understanding rather than polemics. A good analogy can be drawn from the area of human relationships. Two people who are friends never blend into one. Friendship maximizes the possibility for each to be' truly who he is. Good human relationships, like good religious sharings, do not end with loss of the distinguishing features of each party involved. . If faith in one's tradition is lost by exposure to that of another, the chances of its being sturdy in the first place are pretty slim. There are, however, exceptions to that remark: The Unification Church and others like it tend to position their teaching at the point of greatest vulnerability, the time of breaking frOm parental bounds. Likewise, Jews for Jesus offend both Christianity and Judaism by understanding neither. Turn to Page Thirteen
By Father James V. Schall
Jesus and the woman at the well.
The Woman allhe Well you for a drink, you would have Hostility between Jews and asked him instead, and he would Samaritans was of long standing have given you living water" and had increased in bitterness (John 4,10). It is a common feaduring the five centuries preced- ture of the dialogues in the fourth Gospel to have Jesus ing the time of Jesus. In order make a statement which can be to avoid trouble, a Jew would inte~reted in two ways. Conusually bypass Samaria on a trip sistently his interlocutor picks from Judea to Galilee. Jesus, up the wrong meaning, and this however, threw caution to the gives him (or the evangelist) the winds and took tpe direct route. opportunity to explain the corAnd he encountered hostility. rect meaning at some length. So In the heat of noonday he it is here. "Living water" was a came to the famous well路 of common expression for the clear Jacob in the heart of Samaritan running water of a stream, and territory. Tired and thirsty, he this is how she takes it. sank down by the well to rest Rather sarcastically, she rewhile his disciples went off to marks that he is unable ev'en to buy provisions. draw water from the well, much Along came a woman from the less produce this flowing water, the town to draw water and and taunts him with the further Jesus asked her to get him a remark: "Surely you do 'not predrink. She bristled and replied, tend to be greater than our anwith mixed antagonism and sur- cestor Jacob, who gave us this prise: "You are a Jew. How can well" (John 4,12). This is a fine you ask me, a Samaritan and a example of the irony of which woman, for a drink?" (John 4,9). the Gospel of John is so fond. "A Samaritan and a woman!" The Christian reader will recogJews considered these "half- nize that she has said more than breeds" unclean. The very idea she realized, for Jesus is indeed of using their drinking utensils incomparably greater than Jacob, was revolting. And aside from and capable of giving the truly the fact that no rabbi would life-giving water of the Spirit. speak in public with any woman, Again he pays no attention to there was the additional consid- her meanness but simply coneration that Samaritan women trasts the water of the well, were thought unspeakably filthy. which 'slakes thirst for a while, Her reaction, then, was under- and the water he'can give, which standable. But Jesus paid no at~ . satisfies thirst permanently and, tention to it. He saw neither a indeed, becomes "a fountain of Samaritan nor a woman; he saw life leaping up to provide eternal a human person. life" (John 4, 14). Rather than rebuffing her, he She stiil does not understand offered her the possibility of - how could she? - but Jesus' drawing water from the well of self-possession and courtesy are life,. the well of the Spirit. getting to her, and her reply now "If only 'you recognized God's is noticeably .more respectful: gift, and who it is that is asking Turn to Page Thirteen By Father John J. Castelot
Christians in Europe and America have assumed that their faith was rather a demanding af路 fair, one that honestly observing was no mean feat. Consequently, it is something of a shock to confront Mohandas K. Gandhi, the great Indian religious and political leader. For here -was a man shot down for his beliefs on the streets of Delhi in 1948, a man who led a life of astonishing asceticism, a man who seems to have known and practiced all of the most difficult aspects of our religion - chastity, love of enemies, forgiveness, fasting, work, lo~e of the poor. He actually thought Christians a bit narrow, people who would have been more effective if they had practiced what they preached. No Christian in living memory has, in fact, heard , preached from our pulpits a spiritual doctrine so insistent on self-control, mortification, prayer ana penance. (We even gave up abstinence on Friday. Gandhi abstained from milk and eggs. In many ways, then, Gandhi makes most of us seem like pikers.) He also strikes us as hopelessly naive. He wanted to give everyone a spinning wheel and did not like technology at all. He was afflicted with what most of us would call scruples. As a boy, rebellion took the form of eating meat and smoking cigarettes, something that strikes us as charmingly innocent. He filched money and agonized over it like Augustine over the pears. He was also tempted to be too dapper and waste money on neat ties. He constantly worried about purity of thought, even though he was legitimately married a~ 13. When he swatted his son, who deserved it, he was anguished beyond words. When he discovered that two young pupils he was responsible for were going the way of the world, he reacted not by punish. ing them, but by going on a week's complete fast plus a further four and a half months on one meal a day. Imagine running dicipline at Central High on that basis! The teachers' union would never stand for it. But fasting was his cure for almost everything, and indeed some of his greatest political triumphs were achieved by his fasting. Gandhi had beliefs that seem distinctly odd to us. "The worship of the cow is the Hindu's unique contribution to the evolution of humanitarianism." Yet, his reason for this is something most helpful to our own Catholic concern for respect of all life. "It (cow worship) is a practical application of belief in the oneness,
and, therefore, sacradness of all life." Gandhi's three basic ideas were: 1) non-cooperation in the life of a community which denied the elementary life of men; 2) non-vio!ence; to do no harm to the oppressor, to suffer injury ,but not to return it; and 3) service of the oppressor, helping, relieving, and aiding him as it was possible. He believed he should first and always serve love and truth, never to compromise on these in any way. He believed he should give up all and nothing coula touch him. . Yet Gandhi did not believe his politics or public life was the most important thing. "My Mahatmaship (spiritual title) is worthless. It is due to my outward activities, due to my politics, which is the least part of me. . What is of abiding worth is my insistence on truth, non-violence and purity, which is the real part of me." (The interior life came first "Supplicating worship, prayers are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreaL") What are we to make of a spirituality stricter than Christianity? Of a rnan who could tell Turn to Page Thirteen
II For Children By Janaan Manternach One day Jesus was walking with his disciples from Judea to his home in Galilee. The shortest road ran through the country called Samaria. But the Jews and Samaritans disliked each other very much. Most Jews would take the long way just to avoid meeting any Samaritans. Jesus did not want to do this. Samaritans were people too, who needed to know of the Father's love. So Jesus and his disciples took the road through Samaria. By noon it was very hot. They had nothing to eat or drink. So Jesus sat down by a well outside a tOWIl called Shechem. His discipies went into town to buy soine food. It was pleasant by the well. Jesus was thirsty but he had no cup to get water. So he just sat there enjoying the rest and quiet. Soon a woman came toward the well. She carried a large jar for water and a small bucket to draw the water out of the well. She was a Samaritan. No good Jew in those days would speak with a Samaritan. But Jesus did not feel that way. Here was a human being. So he asked her, "Could I have a drink of water, please?" The woman was amazed and Turn to Page Thirteen
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Mateus transmitiu-nos 0 tema da primeira pregar~o de Jo~o ~aptista e de Jesus, quase com identicas palavras: "Naqueles dias apresentou-se Jo~o, 0 Baptista, a pregar no deserto de Judeia, dizendo: "Conver. tei-vos porque 0 Reino dos ceus esta pr6ximo". "Desde ent~o, Jesus come,ou a pregar e a dizer:'. "convertei-vos, porque se aproxima o Reino de Deus". o tema do Reino pode dizer-se que ~ 0 tema primordial da pregaJto de Jesus. E 0cupa urn lugar de privil~gio em toda a B!blia Basta abrir as Escrituras para disso se convencer. Sobretudo os Prof etas repetem mil e uma vezes este assunto, dando-Ihe uma importancia fundamental. Sob pena de reduzir a doutrina da Boa-Nova a uma sabedoria meramente humana, e imposs!vel entend~-lo, sem saber antes em que consiste propriamente esse Reino que Cristo veio i~staurar no mundo: Qual ~, entro, a verdadeira natureza desse Reino de Deus? N~o ~ urn reino temporal. Os judeus interpretavam a prega~ao *' pro f"etlca so b re 0 Reino de Deus de uma maneira , quase exclusivamente terrena e temporal. E certo que as pessoas mais religiosas entendem este reinado messianico num sentido mais espiritual que pol!tico: mas a massa do povo e tamb~m os seus chefes religiosos tomam-no a letra e alimentam a esperan7a de urn dominio acima de tudo temporal. Nto urn reino exterior e vis!vel. As palavras de Cristo s~o terminantes neste ponto, intimamente ligadoao interior: "0 Reino de Deus esta dentro de v6s." "0 meu Reino do e de ca". Nro e urn reino de privilegiados, mas de servidores: "Os reis das nayttes imperam sobre elas .•• ; todavia, nro assim vas, mas que 0 maior dentre vos seja como 0 menor e o que manda como 0 que serve". N~o e urn reino imposto pelas armas, mas urn reino pacIfico, humano, livre: e urn reino de filhos. "Se 0 meu Reino fosse deste mundo, os meus ministros teriam juntado para " f osse entregue .aos JU 'd " que nao eus ... Por oposi)~o a qualquer reino temporal, exterior, fulgurante e espectacular, que os judeus esperavam, 0 verdadeiro Reino de Deus ~, antes de mais urn reino espiritual, interior, ate ao ponto de fazer totalmente desnecess£ria a restauraJao do reino de David. o Reino de Deus gratuito, puro e simples "dom de Deus". Ninguem pode merec~-lo nem alegar t!tulos. N~o pode ser considex:ado como urn sal£rio devido a alguma classe de trabalho ou ob~a pessoal. Deus contrata livremente os oper~rios para a sua vinha, . , e da, a todos 0 mesmo salario. 0 Evange I ho "salva1~0 de Deus para todo 0 cr~, primeiro do judeu, mas tambem do grego ... " Reino n~o terminado, mas sempre a construir-se. Por isso, Jesus n~o cessa de o comparar a semente, ao gr~o de ~ostarda, a -levedura.(As Par~bolas do Reino) Se certo que com a vinda de Jesus, 0 Reino de Deus chegou, j£ esta na'terra, tambem 0 que cada urn dos homens ha-de ir realizandoo pouco a pouco em si mesmo, para ir estend~-lo depois aos demais homens, em fases. sucessivas e sem atropelar os pIanos de Deus. S~ ao fim d~s tempos esse Reino se manifestara em todo 0 seu esplendor. Entto consumar-se-a a Pascoa e realizar-se-t 0 banquete celestial.
For Children Continued from Page Twelve even a bit angry. She said to Jesus, "Aren't you a Jew and I a Samaritan? Am I not 'a woman? How dare you, a Jewish rabbi, speak to me, a Samaritan woman?" Jesus was not upset. He understood how she felt. He gently said, "If you had any idea who I am, you would have asked me for living water. The water I have .to· give can satisfy your deepest thirst." She laughed. "How can you give me water, when you don't even have a cup to draw it from the well?" She did not understand what Jesus was saying. He was talking in a kind of riddle, speaking about what thirst everyone has, a deep thirst for love and happiness. By "living water" he meant God's Spirit, the Spirit of love. So Jesus explained. "I'm not talking about this water. You drink it, but soon become thirsty again. The water I have to give satisfies forever people's thirst for love, peace, joy and a fuller life." "I'd like that kind of water," she said tQ Jesus. "Then I wouldn't have to keep coming back to this well." She did not fully understand Jesus. But she felt within herself a new sense of peace. She sensed how caring Jesus was. As·they talked a few minutes longer, the woman felt that Jesus really understood her. She still did not know what he meant by living water. But she felt loved more deeply than she had ever been loved. She began to wonder just who Jesus was, so kind and understanding, yet so mysterious. Just then Jesus' disciples came back from town. They were.. surprised to' see him talking with a Samaritan woman, but they were coming to know that he loved everyone and brought everyone he met the good news of God's
Woman Continued from Page Twelve "Give me this water, sir, so that I shall not grow thirsty and haVe to keep coming here to draw water" (John 4,15). Now that Jesus has melted her reserve, he proceeds to imprL~ss her with his prophetic insight. His apparently innocent request that she go get her husband leads her to reveal her l\larital status and gives him the chance to indicate that he knows more about it than she would care tl) discuss. Embarrased, she abruptly changes the subject, but not bE'fore acknowledging his pro:' phetic character and, later, the possibility that he might even be the Messiah. Little Iby little she is beginning to understand, thanks to Jesus' patience, his refusal to be ruffled. .And when the disciples return, she rushes off to share the good n with her townspeople. The evan list calls attention to tile detail t at she left her water jar behind. So that Jesus could finally s~tisfy his thirst? Or because h~ had satisfied hers?
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Continued from Page Twelve a conference of Indian Christians simply: "It was more than I could believe, that Jesus was the only incarnate son of God, and that only he who believed in him would have everlasting life. If God could have a son, then all men were his sons. If Jesus was like God, or God himself, then all men were like God and could be God himself."
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Continued from Page Twelve' In general, though, the churches and synagogues of our nation have a good deal to hope for together as they seek to express in contemporary terms the basic assertion of both: that God acts in history. We have moved in recent times through the "hands off" policy toward other traditions; that is, . no contact, no contamination. Often it was replaced with coffee-times. We have now moved through those times to the beginning of serious dialogue. Perhaps it is the present time that would have most rejoiced the heart of the church's Pope John XXIII, who assembled an ecumenical council and, likewise, begged pardon for' all the Christian blindness toward Jews through the centuries.
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A-l Approved for Children and Adults The Cat from Outer Space Children of Theatre Street Candleshoe Dersu Uzala For the lOVe" of Benji
The Further Adventures of the Wilderness Family Hot lead and Cold Feet The Magic of Lassie North Avenue Irregulars Pete's Dragon
Return from Witch Mountain Sasquatch The Sea Gypsies Summerdog Three Warriors
A-2 Approved for Adults and Adolescents , A Hero Ain't Nothing The American Friend The Bad News Bears But a Sandwich Go To Japan International Velvet The Black Pearl Julia Capricorn One Kingdom of the Spiders The Chess Players The lincoln Conspiracy Close Encounters of Lord of the Rings the Third Kind Matilda Crossed Swords Message from Space Fantastic Animation Fest· The Mouse and His Child ivai Movie, Movie Gray Lady Down Operation Thunderbolt Heaven Can Wait
Roseland Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger Slow Dancing in the Big City' Superman The Swarm Uncle Joe Shannon Viva Knievel Volcano Warlords of Atlantis The Wiz You light Up My life
A-3 Approved for Adults Only All The President's Men FM The Other Side of the American Hot Wax Force 10 from Navarone Mountain, Part II The Amsterdam Kill Foul Play Our Winning Season Another Man, Another Goin' South The Outfit Chance Go Tell The Spartans Paradise Alley Bad News Bears, in Break· Gray Eagle Piece of Action ing Training The Great Train Robbery Revenge of !he The Big Fix Harper Valley PTA' Pink Panther The Battle of Chile House Calls Rocky Beyond and Back If Ever I See You Again Renaldo Clara Bobby Deerfield Iphigenia RoselRnd Born Again I Wanna Hold Your Hand Sandakan 8 The Boys from Brazil Jaws II 'Scott Joplin Brass Target Jennifer Sgt. Pepper's Lonely The Brink's Job LaGrande Bourgeoise Hearts Club Band The Buddy Holly Story The Last Waltz Seven·Per·Cent Solution Burnt Offerings The Last Wave The Shootist By the Blood of Others The Late Great Planet Earth Shout At The Devil California Suite Let's Talk About Men Sidewinder Caravans lifeguard Somebody Killed Casey's Shadow A little Night Music Her Husband The Cheap Detective Logan's Run Spy Who Loved Me Checkered Flag or Crash Madame Rosa Starship Invasions Coma March or Die Stroszek Comes A Horseman The Medusa Touch Sweet Revenge Coup de Grace Mr. Klein Telefon Damnation Alley New York, New York Tentacles' Days of Heaven The-Norseman ' Thank God It's Friday Death On The Nile . Obsession The Turni",~ Point A Dream of Passion Oh, God! Watership Down The Driver Olivers Story Who Is Killing the Great The Duellists The One and On:y Chefs of Europe? F.I,S.T. On the Yard Who'll Stop The Rain Opening Night A Woman's Decision
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By Cecilia Belanger
I do not like the word "submissive!" As children, our first introduction to the subject, of slavery was that black people were subject to and submissive to white people. We looked up the meaning of "submissive" and found that it meant to be docile, yield· ing. It presented an ugly picture even to a grammar school student. Young people find it offensive. Talk to an educated youth and listen to the answer you will receive. I refute completely the arguments for submission. Did submission make a better person out of the slave? Some use the weak argument that a submissive woman makes a better wife and mother. They also go on the premise that every male is worthy of being submissive to. Neither man nor woman deserves that gesture. Submission belongs to the Creator. Christianity teaches love. You do not love another if you wish that person to be submissive to your whims and wishes. Nor do you love yourself, since no human being worth his salt would wish to make another submit, nor would he taint his soul by doing so. Words have degraded women for centuries. Now they are emerging from that long dark night mare. Let the last vestiges drop as a curtain and let more' light be revealed! The best parents I know, the best wives I know, do not believe in using words like "submissive." I am not comfortable with militant feminists, nor am I comfortable with those who refuse to use their heads. We are given by God the intelligence 'to have strong moral convictions from which we cannot escape if we are to be true to ourselves. Today we honor truths that were called lies and blasphemy in the past.
Let us freely cast off our chainsall of them. Just as our nation could not be called one whilst there was slavery, so the church still sees through a glass darkly while even a shred 'of discrimination remains. Was the slave happier for his bondage? Were women happier to remain silent? Are children happier because abused? Submission is evil and those who force it on others the worst evil of all. It isn't enough to say that a man feeds and houses his family well. We do that for cats and dogs. Anyone who breaks the spirit of another, were he to house them in a palace, still would be doing violence to their nature. Thank God that Jesus came to
-Scout Activities AttleborO-Taunton area Catholic Scouting Committee announces that in recognition of Scout Sunday, members will participate in the Channel 6 tele· vision Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday. A Cub Scout religious day will be held Saturday, March 31 at St. Mary Center, Norton, with the theme of "God, Scout and Family." The committee reports that 16 Parvuli Dei, one Pope Pius XII and six Ad Altare Dei awards were made during 1978. Fifteen Boy Scouts were commissioned as chaplain aides and 10 troops merited the Pope Paul VI National Recognition citation. Three adults received awards for their work with youth and one St. George Award was made. The Catholic Scouting Committee is headed by Mrs. Helen Silvia, with Al Manson and John Perry as Attleboro vice-chairmen and Matt Bury and Joseph Rico serving for Taunton. Father Normand Boulet is committee chaplain.
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women's defense., Thank God that we live under brighter lights than former generations. Let those who want the word "submissive" have it. But allow those who cringe at the sound of it have their choice too. Injustice is not changed to justice through the practice of ages. May the day dawn soon when fellow-creatures everywhere are no longer thought of as property, as chattels. Moral influences are the surest and most enduring. The wounds of ages are not to be healed in a moment. But let us grasp the moment and at least begin the healing. Let us pray that no one exercise arbitrary, irresponsible power over any other human being, so that in the words of one whose birthday was recently celebrated we'll alL be "Free at last; Free at last!"
Bishop Stang By Suzanne Seguin , Congratulations to Father John Perry, Stang's chaplain, who eel· ebrated his 16th year in the priesthood last Friday. Students will select courses for next year this week. Incoming freshmen will select their sched· ules on Feb. 13 and 14 in the gym. The school now has an informal hockey team. The squad is currently 1-1 with a couple of scrimmages yet to be played. Cast members have been chosen and rehearsals are under way for the drama club's Spring presentation of "Carousel."
Weddings Wait In Phoenix PHOENIX, Ariz. (NC) - Bishop James S. Rausch of Phoenix has announced a new diocesan policy on marriages - couples who wish to be married in. the church must now wait at least six months after informing a priest of their plans. The bishop called the policy, which takes effect July 1, a "wedding gift" from the diocese to couples planning to marry and said it was not intended to "impose restrictions and obstacles in the path of persons who seek to be united in love with Jesus in his church through the sacrament of matrimony." Instead, the aim of the new policy is to "provide couples with the opportunity to take a serious look into their maturity and responsibility," he said. "In this way, the couple will have time to prepare for their vocation in marriage before they are too bu~y preparing for a wedding." The policy resulted from a year-long study. It requires couples to complete a "Premari· tal Inventory" with the assistance of a priest or deacon, who will then "conduct appropriate sessions and prescribe programs" for them. According to a diocesan spokesman, initial reaction to the policy among young people has been "rather harsh."
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In this story, Gary and Penny are planning on getting married when they graduate from high school. Gary takes a marriage course, however, and learns that getting married involves a lot of practical realities. He decides that marriage with Penny would be a disaster.
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By Bill MORRISSETTE
Bowling and Cheerleading Competitio~s Set The Attleboro CYO Duckpin Bowling Tournament will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Attleboro Bowladrome. Open to all, it will be in three divisions: bantams, ages 11 to 13; juniors, ages 14 and 15; seniors, ages 16 to 18.' Trophies will go to the top three bowlers in each division. Monday, Feb. 19 is the deadline for filing entries with Father Normand Boulet,Immaculate Con<:eption rectory, 387 Bay Street, Taunton, or at the Bowladrome, 182 East Street, Attleboro. The entry fee includes three strings of bowling and shoes. Entry forms may be obtained from Father Boulet or at the Bowladrome.
Cheerleaders will have their day in the sun when the 20th CYO Cheerleading Competition takes place on March 11 and 18 at the Kennedy Center, New Bedford. The event is open to all squads in southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. ' Junior CYO, and grammar school squads will compete on March 11" senior CYO ninth grade, high school varsity and junior varsity squads on March 18. Competition will start at 1:30 p.m. each day. Trophies will be presented to the first three squads in each division. Entry forms may be obtained from Cheerleading, 403 Anawan Street, Fall River, Mass. 02720. Entries must be received not later than March 1.
Shea and Papazian Are Leading Scorers Bill Shea of Bishop Connolly High's basketball team has taken over the scoring lead in Division One of the Southeastern Mass. Conference with 288 points, averaging 22.2 per game over a 13game stretch. Don Lonergan, Attleboro, has 274 for 21.1. Dartmouth High's Marlon Burns, who had been setting the scoring pace, is now in third place with 263 points and 21.9 average. However, Burns' figures are for 12 games as Dartmouth was idle last Friday. Jim Papazian of Bishop Feehan continues to lead Division Two
with 203 points for an average of 20.3 in 10 games. Mark Bower:s, Seekonk, has 195 and 19.5. Kevin Brogioli, Wareham, has 189 for 18.9. Feehan's Tim Kelly has 167 and Holy Family's Gary Cathcart 166. Kevin Chisholm, 145 for a 16 average, Tim Leary 117, 13, and Ron Silvia, 115, 12.8, all of Coyle-eassidy rank second, third and fourth, respectively, in Division Three,. which is led by Tony Williams, Bourne, with 158 and a 17.6 average. All figures for Division Three are for nine games.
Feehan, Coyle-Cassidy Aim for E. Mass. Playoffs It seems likely that at least two diocesan high schools will make it to the Eastern Mass. playoffs. Entering this week Feehan shared the conference's Division Two lead with Wareham, and Coyle-Cassidy was alone atop Division Three. By reason of finishing first or second in their respective divisions _ almost a certainty - Feehan and Coyle-Cassidy would automatically qualify. Feehan is at Bishop Stang High tomorrow, is home to Old Rochester Tuesday and closes its conference schedule home to Seekonk on Feb. 16. Coyle·Cassidy is home to Westport tomorrow, to Case Tuesday and visits Dighton-Rehoboth next Friday in a division finale. Dartmouth looks like the eventual Division Ont: champion and an easy qualifier fer the E. Mass. playoffs, for
which Apponequet Regional of the Mayflower League has already qualified. Not likely to repeat as Division One titliest, Durfee needed to win three of its remaining five games, entering this week, to gain another E. Mass. berth. The Hilltoppers will be at Taunton tomorrow, make their last home appearance of the season Tuesday against Dartmouth and a week from tomor· row visit Connolly, still a possible qualifier at this writing. In Hockomock League basketball, Oliver Ames is still setting the pace with a 2Y2-game lead over Canton and is certain to rE'present that loop in the postseason playoffs. The league leaders' visit Canton tomorrow, h05t Stoughton Tuesday and close their season at Mansfield on l'eb. 16.
South Wins CYO Hockey Crown Fall River South nipped runnerup Taunton, 3-2, last Sunday night and clinched a repeat Bristol County Catholic Hockey League championship. Fan River North defeated New Bedford, 4·3, Somerset-Freetown and Rochester tied, 3-3. In the point stanrlings South has 27, Taunton 21, New Bedford 19, North 15,
Rochester 14, Somerset-Freetown 12. Next Sunday's schedule has South vs. Rochester, 9 p.m.; North vs. Taunton, 10; SomersetFreetown vs. New Bedford, 11. The league closes its regular schedule on Feb. 18 and playoffs start a week later.
JULIUS CAESAR (Charles Gray), Calpurnia (Elizabeth Spriggs) and Mark Antony (Keith Mitchell) participate in Roman triumph in "Julius Caesar," first in PBS series of Shakespearean plays to be seen Wednesday, Feb. 14.
The course is centered in the fact that one out of three marriages ends in divorce, many of them as the result of unrealistic expectations. This is a program that parents could use very ef· fectively.
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SACRED HEART, FALL RIVER A testimonial for Father James F. McCarthy, former pastor, will bt> held from 3 to 5 p.m. SUlldav, Feb. 18 in the school cafeteria. The Women's G\dld will be in charge of arrangements and all friends and parishioners are invited. '
ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL FALL RIVER Cathedral Choir members will join the choir of the Second Church Congregational in West Newton this Sunday. The Second Church choir is directed by David Carrier, former Cathedral organist.
ST. ANNE'S HOSPITAL, FALL RIVER The next meeting of a free series of Preparation for Childbirth will be held at 7:15 p.m. .Tuesday, Feb. 20. Prospective parents and their friends may call Mrs. Mariette Eaton at the hospital for further information. AMERICAN LEGION,
THIRD ORDER FRANCISCANS, FALL RIVER St. Louis King Fraternity of the Third Order of St. Francis will hold reception of postulants at 6:30 p.m. Mass Wednesday, Feb. 14. A meeting will follow in the church hall. All are welcome to attend.
American Legion Post One of> New Bedford will sponsor a memorial Mass for the "Four Chaplains" of World War II who gave their lives to help rescue soldiers from the Dorchester, a torpedoed troop transport. The service will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 at Seamans Bethel, 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. Refreshments and a reception for a Dorchester survivor will follow.
SS. PETER AND PAUL, FALL RIVER Robin Arruda, a sixth grader, is the winner of a Catholic Schools Week essay contest hE:ld in the parochial school. The Junior CYO will hold an executive board meeting at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. A regular meeting will take place at 7 p.m. the same night. Following snowstorms, parishionersare advised to park in the schoolyard and use the Benton Street door when attending Mass.
HOLY NAME, FALL RIVER The closing of Catholic Schools Week was marked with a family Mass on the theme of, healing. Many grandparents of parochial school children, as well as other parishioners received the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick in the Mass context and banners, special songs and contemporary translations of the readings and Gospel also emphasized the theme. A pledge of commitment to the ideals of Catholic education was made by parents, faculty and pupils. NORTH END REGIONAL Also during the we.ek a lecture ULTREYA, NEW BEDFORD An ultreya will be held at 8. on child psychology was offered p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary school by Rev. Robert McIntyre of the Providence diocese, a family hall on Illinois Street.
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sports night was held and children had a choice of ice skating, basketball or swimming on a faculty-sponsored Children's Appreciation Day. A Schools Week essay contest was held throughout the school. ST. JOSEPH, NEW BEDFORD
1\ 'Life in the Spirit seminar will begin f9110wing 7 p.m. Mass Wednesday.
NEW BEDFORD Slides of a walking tour of the New Bedford· Historic District will be presented at the Ladies Guild meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the ch.urch hall. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, TAUNTON The Junior Choir will tape music this· Saturday for the Channel 6 television Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday.
SIDELIGHTS OF PAPAL TRIP It was love at first sight when Pope John 'Paul II and Mexico's children met. At one huge gathering some 60,000 children sang, cheered and waved banners for the pontiff. They shouted "Pa-pa, Pa-pa" until he silenced them with a finger on his lips and toM them "This is a school, and we are all supposed to learn in school. Today the pope har, learned something new,' 'Papa, Pa-pa, rah, rah, rah!' "
At a children's hospital, the pope told the small patients: uDlness does not allow you to play with your friends. For this reason, another friend, the pope, who so many times thinks of you and prays for you, has wanted to come to see you." At Qne point during his Mexican journey, Pope John Paul II had to plead repeatedly, even to the point of yelling, for the crowds to quiet down so he could talK. The incident took place at Liberty Square, Guadalajara, before about 70,000 people who cheered the pope continuously at the .top of their lungs. "What? Can you not allow your pope to speak?" he asked in a loud voice over the public address system. This and his gestures calmed the peopl~ down.
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Pope John Paul II instituted 25 Indians as lay ministers 21 lectors and four acolytes during a concelebrated Mass in Oaxaca, Mexico. The ordained men, ,lndjDns of various tribes, were d~ .scribed by the pope as the "descendants of the old line· ages of thIs American land." They are veteran catechists or lay helpers in the rural parishes of the state of Oaxaca....
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Two main themes stressed by the pope in Mexico - fidelity to the church and love of the poor - quickly spread to the people. Posters and cries of the cheering thousands reflected the "semper fidelis" (forever faithful) slogan the pope launched at the cathedral in Mexico City when he said "Poland, semper fidelis.. Mexico, semper fidelis." Crowds called him "pope of the poor" and "voice of the voiceless."
At Cuilapan, Mexico, Zapotec Indian Esteban Fernandez said to the pope: UYou said that we, the poor in Latin America, are the hope of your church. Look how that hope lives, cornered into the harshest fields and mountains. In the land of our grandfathers and parents, we are treated as aliens. Very few leaders really care about our problems. "When we claim our lands, which the kings of Spatn acknowledged as ours, they tell us lies. They deceive us. They put us hi jaiL They kill us and send soldiers to watch us. "We suffer much, we have no work, there is no food for us to eat. The best lands have been taken away from us and given to cattle. Cows live better than. we."
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The pope appeared on the verge of tears several times before leaving Mexico, especially when he gave his last benediction to the Mexicans in Monterrey. He also had to fight back tears as he received the gifts presented to him by the people of Monterrey. His eyes glistened and he blinked rapidly as he expressed his "most profound gratitude" for the presents.
• • • A National Catholic News Service reporter played a special part in the pope's trip - and as a result. wrote several of his stories in longband. His typewriter was borrowed by the pope and an aide enroute from Santo Domingo to Mexico City. They said it was needed for "high-level thIngs" reported the reporter, somewhat ruefully. He can console himself for his inconvenience by reflecting that his typewriter has beCome an instant c0nversation piece.
Pope John Paul, cheerleader? In a Santo Domingo neighborhood, residents were chanting "Juan Pablo, Juan Pablo!" in cadence as they welcomed the p~pe. "You should be shouting 'Jesu Cristo!'" the pope told them, taking a microphone and demonstrating. But "Juan Pablo!" came 'back still louder and laughing, he gave up his cheerleading role.