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WashingtOn (CNS) - Bishop George A. Stallings, Jr., who organized the breakaway African-American Catholic Congregation, has announced plans to wed in 1991. According to a story in The Washington Post, Stallings intends to marry Candace Mosley, 29, an assistant district attorney in Houston, in late spring or early summer. Stallings, 42, who was excommunicated from the Catholic Church after forming his denomination, announced the engagement in New Orleans at an inaugural banquet for a new branch of his congregation. Stallings has called the Catholic Church racist and criticized the Churda's ban on artificial birth control, married male priests and women priests. His congregation currently has churches in Washington, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Baltimore and Richmond. 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The new figures represent a 15.4 per- cent decline over the past two years and a drop of more than 43 percent since 1979- 80, when there were 13,263 seminarians in the U.S. The number in college seminaries dropped from 2,081 to 1,911 - a loss of 170 students or eight percent. This came on top of a seven percent loss the previous year, for a two-year drop of 15 percent. The declining number of college semi- narians, traditionally the main source from which theology students come, could be of particular concem to the nation's bishops and religious superiors. In November 1989 Bishop James P. Keleher of Belleville, IL, warned the U.S. bishops that they could be facing the "im- minent demise" of college seminaries if enrollments and financial support did not increase. At that time, with the 1989-90 enrollment figures not yet available, he cited a 20 per- cent drop in the previous two years - from 2,828 to 2,247. With the further declines to 2,081 in 1989-90 and 1,911 in 1990-91, the and pofitical issues? * How does Catholic imagination in the South differ from Catholic imagination i~ " other parts of the U.S.? The study was initiated by Bishop Wk R liam B. Friend of Shreveport, LA, and is ~k being funded by the Catholic Church Ex" M tension Society, a Chicag~d Churcla agency that assists evangelization efforts i~ ~ the U.S. It will lake two years to complete P! and will consist of a review of literature, m surveys and interviews. fo Vatican to continue * relations with Haiti ~' Vatican City (CNS)-Vatican officials said I~ the Holy See is prepared to continue nor W; .el relations with Haiti, even if it is heade/lot ~" a priest expelled from his order, gr~ The officials said the popular priest, Re* J,':an-Bertrand Aristide, was ejected from tht I)c Salesian order two years ago because of ~ ter lZ~)fitical activity and is not practicing 1~ bc nfinism/. AVatican official who deals in diplomafi~ gre affairs stud Arisade s elecuon ts sunply a c~. facto situation that does not depend on th! J Vatican. He said he expected no unusu~, die problems in dealing with a governmex~ N~ headed by Aristide. Son A Salesian official who handled Arisfide'l chil dismissal credited the popular ,priest wid .. 1 bringing pofitical hope to Haiti s poor. Jab, Japanese Catholic firsl 8. S woman to hold post Jucli Tok- (CNS)- A Japanese Catholic, 6 dre decline has grown from 20 percent in two ycar~ld Sadako Ogata, is the first won~_ 1~ years to 33 percent in four. to hold the office of U.N. High comm~8. "We are terribly dose to losing" those sioner for Refugees. clath seminaries, he said. Ogata s appointment ended a long scardgrax for a successor to Thonald Stoltenberg, wb 1~ resigned from the office to become dep#9" University to study prime minister of Norway, reportedUG 1~ News, an Asian church news agency base~She~ Bible Belt Catholics in Hong Kong. ~he, The new high commissioner is a vete#gl~ of intemational relations. One of the most difficult jobs within Wmhington (CNS) - A national study of Catholics in the Bible Belt has been launched by The Catholic University of America in Washington. "Anthropologists will study Southern communities to identify the cultural forms and expressions that are particular to Catholics in the Bible Belt," saidJon Ander- son, who heads the project. An advisory committee of bishops, an- thropologists, sociologists, theologians and historians from around the U.S. is formu- lating questions for the study, aimed at understanding Catholicism in the South. "We hope to learn about Cathofics by studying generational customs, what means are used to hand on the faith, and how Catholics differ from other denominations in the South," Anderson said. Among questions to be studied are: * Do the customs in a Southern Catholic church differ from those in a church in the Northern, Western or Eastern region~ :'~* Are Catholics in the South more or less Bible-oriented than other Catholics, inclined to "witue~ openly" to being Catho- lics, more or less separatist about religious U2q. organization, the high commission n: carries responsiblity for the protection 15 million refugees worldwide. M Ogata graduated from Sacred He~13ec. School in Tokyo. She ~udied political st ence at Georgetown University, Washi~(,-'- ton, and the U~ty of California. J From 1976-79, Ogata was Japan's ~ ~( ter to the United Nations, and from-19~ L,( 85 she was on the U.N. Committee 4 Trl Human Rights. r For the past ten years, Ogata has A/] teaching at the Institute of Intematiot~: ' Relations for Advance Studies on Peace ae Development in Asiaat theJesuit-run Sopt/O University in Tokyo. The day before lq I new appointment, she completed a termt 0 I dean of the foreign languages departm of the university, a January: that ecumenical dia- logue may open the way to full II truth and communion in Christ the I II Sa, or. I II Pope John Paul 11 ] I I Cenera] Prayer Intentio~...I