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January 13, 1991

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VOL. IDOl, NO. 1 DIOCESE OF LffILE ROCK. AR JANUARY 13. 1991 %I}EB Dear Friends in Christ: In the year 1989, the Supreme Court of the United States made some adjustments in its abortion laws. While these adjust- ments offer a my of hope, they have also set loose a tremendous reaction on the part of people who continue to violate the rights of the unbom child. Sunday, JanuaW 20th, provides us an opportunity to join men and women of good will throughout the State of Arkan- ms in behalf of the life of the unbom child. We will have a Prayer V'~-il in the Cathe- dral of St. Andrew beginning at 9:00 PM on Saturday evening, January 19th. Adora- tion will continue throughout the night until Mass at midday on Sunday, January 20th. During the prayer vigil, a rosary for life will be offered at 11:30 AM. The March for Life begins at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 20th. This year, it is necessary to stand up and be counted. No matter what the weather conditions may be; no matter what Other obligations you may have, please present yourselves and all members of your families both in our Cathedral and at the starting point of our March for Life, Loui- stana and Capitol Streets in Little Rock. I, your Bishop and Shepherd, will lead the Way. The Knights of Columbus, state-wide, are offering a full measure of co-operation for this celebration of life. Your presence will demonstrate your gratitude to for the gift of life and will be a magnificent expression of your concern for the life of the unborn. Your friend, + Bishop of Little Rock BIISE{IIP Dear Friends in Christ: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops has said, "No Catholic can re- sponsibly take a 'pro-choice' stand when the 'choice' in question involves the tak- ing of innocent human life." On January 25, 1990, Archbishop Charles Salatka, Bishop Eusebius Beltmn and I repeated that position in a pastoral letter on abor- tion and respect for life. As of this date, the policy of the Diocese of Little Rock will be that any person in pubfic life who states publicly that he or she is for the prodaoice position on the abortion question may not serve on parish councils or boards of Catholic institutions nor may they serve as eucharistic ministers or lectors. The implementation of this policy will be the responsibility of pastors and chief executives of Catholic institutions. Please note that there is no question here of exdusion of such persons from the sacraments or of excommunication. My hope, in all cases, is that dialogue with them will continue. When this policy is implemented let it be done with tact, gendeness and charity. This action is not meant to be a judgment on the standing of anyone before God, but rather an attempt to be consistent with our professed moral teaching and to avoid true scandal. Given at Little Rock, Arkansas, the 13th day of January, 1901. + Most Reverend AndrewJ. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock Bishop Arthur Tafoya stands Bishop sells mansion, moves to old rectory in poor neighborhood By Pueblo, CO (CNS) - Bishop Arthur Tafoya of Pueblo has a new home. It's not as magnifcent as the bishop's former mansion, but it fits the style of a working pastor. In December, Bishop Tafoya mold his centmydd sandstone mansion for $299,500, after selling its accumulated 50 years' worth of crystal, artwork, books and furniture. The sale was coordinated by Pat Griffeth of Es- tate Liquidators, who said she was impressed with Tafoya's decision. '~I think he's to be admired and blessed," she said. 'qAe has renewed my respect for the Catholic Oaurch." Tafoya's new home, on Clark Street in one of Pueblo's poorer neighborhoods, has Iement crisis Tom Munch/Chronicle of Catholic Life/CNS outside his new home. two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a chapel, den, living room, dining room and kitchen, as will as a basement that extends the fun length of the building. It offers a far sim- pler lifestyle than the three-story mansion, which has ornate woodwork, stained-glass windows, a chapel and numerous bed- rooms, parlors and baths The house on Clark Street had been home to pastors of St. Anthony Church for four decades until the church dosed in 1988. After that it offered housing to Vol- unteers in Diocesan Action. The Clark Street house required some work before the bishop's move. Repairs in- cluded installation of a new heating system, electrical rewiring, new plumbing and repair of cracked walls. March for Life set for Jan. 20 See page 6 IAttle Rock - Following is the Priests' Senate staZanem on the Podan C, tdf action does not allow the UN-approved economic sancdom sufficient - 1 time to be effective. There will be tragic consequences for the whole world should war be declared. ,,~ ~ < r-. c..We are pastors, teachers and dtizens of the United States. Our pastoral t~ tr ,_ "ncerns address the human consequences of the crisis in the Persian As Cathofics, we addrem the human consequences of military action. , .~= o Q "~ ~, Cu~ the lives lost or damaged by Iraq's aggression, the many lives that It has always brought trauma and destruction to all, but particularly to I ~ o ~ o -- COuld be lost in war, the freedom denied the victims of aggression. Our innocent civilians and non-combatants. The strong military build-up in I ~ 0[ ~ rr .~ ~ching role causes us to address the moral dimensions of the choices I c (0 _ ~. Saudi Arabia near the borders of Kuwait has had the effect of deterring ~mtg our nation: the urgent need to resist aggremion, to protect human further aggression, but it has also created the terrible po~bility ofwar in he'tpursue bothjustice and peace, and toweigh the moral dangers and early 1991. It .urges us to seek diplomatic negotiations for ending the Urnan costs of war. Our citizenship requires that we urge our nation to crisis. Such negotiations ,could provide redrem to the human rights viola- use its power and resources in a peaceful pursuit ofjustice for all nation~ lions resulting from Ir'pq s actions and the problems, chiefly economic, ~. - c~.We condemn the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990. We likewise which precipitated the ~ ~e~uetrm and deplore the torture and execution of Kawaiti citizens by We caU on our government leaders to weigh carefully the moral and ~ e Iraqi military forces. " ethical dimensions of future activity in this ~ We especially urge them .~. _ Despite the enormity of the crimes committed, and the many and and the global community to lead the way to peace by applying steady, t:Xcessive human rights violations which have occurred, we cannot ap- determined and persistent pressure which will deny Iraq any advantage rPa,,rc~e furtherviolenceasameamofpunishmentand retaliation or deter- from aggression and which will require Iraq to respond to the united 0 " ":ace to further aggression. Z " w-'~gremin needs to be resisted. Brutal force by any nation in over- powerful voice and action of the world community. Americans have been touched personally by the crisis as rehtives and ~~ O" I~ Z helming its own people or another nation should be condemned Such friends in the armed forces have been assigned to Saudi Arabia. We are ~ ~ resistance is most effective when it is the result of a total international proud of their willingness to serve even to the point of death. r" which seeks effective and peaceful ways of halting and rever~g t,,, ach aggression. UN~ light of this we found comfort and strength m the first actaons of the .We call on our people to continue to pray, fast, study, seek truth and trength dissolved when the UN Security Council issued a statement premure over the dangerous human and moral consequences ofwar. We ,n Nov. 29, 1990, m-anfin netmission to use "all necessary means" ~g military ini~tiatives)' to drive" Iraq fi'om Kuwait. The deadUne of desire,, seek and pray for a peaceful settiement to this crisis by political means which win be an outstanding achie maent both for U.S. policy and 15, 1991, was set. As many have testified, the latter Security Council the international community.