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PAGE 8 THE GUARDIAN, JANUARY 10, 1969 Trials of Modern Priesthood Examined on TV Sh New York (NC) -- The Holy Priesthood and some of the pro- blems besetting it today were ex- amined when Archbishop John F. Dearden of Detroit, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, was interviewed on the new Guideline television program that has supplanted the Catholic Hour. The famous prelate told a nation- wide NBC television audience he doubted that "frustration" was the root cause of priests leaving the ministry, that "new breed" is not a fair definition of younger priests, and that celibacy adds substantially to the service which the priest can render to the Church. Archbishop Dearden said he found it hard to believe, as a questioner had suggested, that priests depart from their ministry into lay life because of "a sense of frustration at bucking the sys- tem." He said that undoubtedly is a factor, but that "one of the things they're concerned with and that we are too, is that there has not been an openness of commun- ication, I think, the openness of sharing of responsibility between bishop, priest, Religious and lay people in the Church that we're trying to achieve in our time." "We're trying to carry it out," he added, "though admittedly it takes a bit of time, because it's a very complex structure." Archbishop Dearden indicated that he did not like the title "new breed" applied to priests of today, as one question did. "The dedica- tion that was called for in the past is called for and found in the priesthood of today," he said "Do not be led to believe that this has been changed. The very nature of the priesthood is that it is a life commitment. On the other hand, we realize that the role that is given to a priest is increasingly complex because of the times in which we live." Fulcher Hardware has the largest selection of CORNINGWARE and' PYREX in Carlisle FULCHER HARDWARE CARLISLE, ARKANSAS Asked about priestly celibacy and the questions raised about it today, Archbishop Dearden said "basically there is a value of witness in celibacy that the Church has defended and the Church has held before mankind. "The celibate state for a priest," he continued, "frees him to commit himself completely and unqualifiedly to the service of the total Church. In a sense, he has no obligation other than those which he has taken on in the service of the Church. And he stands in the midst of the total community with a character that permits him to identify with all of them, and at the same time in such a way that no one can say that we have a privileged claim upon him. Tlts is basically one of the values that celibacy brings. And itpermits the utilization of a priest's service that permits the commitment of his life with a fullness that would- n't be possible if he had at the same time other obligations." The archbishop was asked if it is realistic to ask a man to be celibate, when he lives in the midst of all the "sex symbols" that abound everywhere today. "Admittedly, the culture in which we live complicates matters greatly," Archbishop Dearden re- plied. "I'll be the first to recog- nize that, as we must all do. On the other hand, if we were talking here of something that a man was doing just out of human considerations, I would think it's impossible. But we'retalkingabout the kind of a commitment that is made out of the deepest sort of religious conviction, sustained by divine grace and by aparticular kind of identification with the Person of Christ. And with a motivation of this sort, and with the divine help that comes with it, it can be done." Interviewing Archbishop Dear- den were Bob Teague of NBC News, Harold Schackern of the Detroit News and Arthur North of the New York Daily News. Father Donald Connelly, coordinator of the National Catholic Office for Radio and Television, was moderator. One questionner noted that there has been some criticism of the Church's efforts in behalf of Negroes, Puerto Ricans and other underprivileged persons. "We are all faced with this issue," Archbishop Dearden responded, "when we choose to do things for reasons that are pro- foundly moral and religious. We cannot always expect that we' re go- ing to be understood. But we have to seek after justice. We have to patients in the hospital institutions that we serve would like to have him he expects of those and whether or not we're ing what should be done." Asked "why has the stopped inveighing against sex and sadism?" the responded that moral ideals that we have are still taught, and the same emphasis and basis, with the same presented." "We recognize the are here," he we're convinced that the approach today to our to inform them of the ciples that are at stake, have them accept the ity of applying in their the moral values Where before we did more feeding, today we're inclined to do that. We far more important to our people, through struction, to understand judgment should be made matters and then to be that judgment." We Wonder.0! Step into the Old World at work toward it, in the ways that seem best." Asked what particular contribu- tion laymen can make to the work of the Church, Archbishop Dearden replied that "the laymen have their own special competence," and that "there are whole areas of expertise that they have that clergymen do not pretend to. And if we are concerned, let us say, with strengthening certain admin- istrative procedures in the Church that have to be maintained because of the complex organization, the know-how of the informed layman is a valuable asset, and we'll turn to him with confidence. 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