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PAGE-2 FEBRU,~kR 5, .! 988 ..,P~RKANSASIC~THOkW,. LEAVE, from p. 3 Learning is that magic ingredient parents savor for their children, that each child thrives on daily, and that too many "older" people seem to give up after "leaving school." We salute the Catholic schools in this diocese today. Upon them we depend for nurturing tomorrow's leaders for the church, local com- munities, state, and nation. The de- voted school administrators, school boards, teachers and volunteers who make up this network are to be ad- mired and congratulated. But those of us who have long since graduated from the school lunch program, daily homework, and the joy/anguish of report cards, should still see "education" in our own lives as essential to making life interesting and worthwhile. "Never too old to learn" is not only a maxim, it's sometfiing occurring even if we don't actively participate. We just "pick up things" as we move along. But it deserves study and planning. Learning is as vital to our growth as food, rest, love, and laughter. The sources of learning surround us. Kids are an endless source of the "new" whether it be in music, moods or moral perspectives. Agreement with them may not always be pre- sent, but as a quick peek into what may or may not be the wave of to- morrow, they provide easy access. Children, from their side, need to balance some of their "now insights" with the perspectives of parents and grandparents who haye lived through countless waves of media prophets who have declared "this is IT." Programs exist in growing abun- dance for the "graying generation." As we have an opportunity to ease up from frantic work schedules, we should try to sample some of the sources that make life worthwhile. Not to be overlooked is a means of continued learning about our reli- gion. Too often, people who are suc- cessful in their work careers, up to date, knowledgeable, interesting, and concerned, hold a religious knowledge that is stuck back in the days when they learned their catech- ism by memory or depended on "Father" or "Sister" to be the arbiter of their religious decisions. That kind of religion, often clung to with fearful ferocity, denies the exciting existence of a concerned, active, all- knowing and loving God. Lest I miss this chance to say so, one source of continued learning about religion is the paper you are holding in your hands. The Arkan- sas Catholic brings a weekly update about news and events that are molding Catholic thought. And come March 25, an even better paper will make its appearance. So re-subscribe today and subscribe also for a friend (or foe) whose percep- tions of "what makes a Catholic" could use some stirring. jwc AN INVITATION TO THE RITE OF ELEOTION FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT ( February 21st ) TIME 2:00 p.m Cathedral of St. Andrew, Little Rock Bishop ANDREW J. McDONALD, Celebrant Members of the Parish Community are encouraged to accompany the Candidates, Catechumens and their Sponsors for this event. ~7~otg : All Parishioners and sponsors should plan to attend Mass in their parishes as this P ite is not celebrated within the Mass. fact that a major issue had erupted during the service. After the walk- out, the atmosphere was heavy with silence. Rev. Servil said later that the walk- out was the first in his experience as an official spokesman for Pax Christi. The event, he noted, exemplifies the fact that "there are people who force you to be honest." Honesty was the order of the day at Immaculate Conception, where a number of parishioners voiced their opinion about the incident. "I was proud," said one woman, "that she (the protester) had the courage to speak out. I wish there were a place in the Church for dialogue." "It wasn't the time or place," com- plained another parishioner. "We go to Mass to hear the priest, not some- body who has an ax to grind." But, added another, "In this case, the priest had an ax to grind." The "ax" in this case is two-sided. On one side is the question of whether the Catholic Church has the right to speak out on political issues during the Mass; on the other side is whether the Catholic congregation has the right to respond. On a radio talk show Monday, Feb. 1, listeners had a chance to re- spond to Rev. Servil, Pax Christi and the walkout. The callers, Rev. Servil said, were "screened" by radio talk show host Pat Lynch. When asked about the incident, Immaculate Conception pastor Rev- erend John O'Donnell gave un- hesitating support to the idea of dialogue as a valid form of Christian witness. "I like dialogue'sermons," said Rev. O'Donnell. "While this kind of thing (congregational response) is al- most unknown in the Catholic Church, I think that when people are hurting, we need to give them a hearing...(dialogue) is a healthy thing for the Church." But does that justify a vocal re- sponse from the congregation dur- ing Mass? "I have no problem with people who have strong convictions," Rev. O'Donnell said. "However, there is a place, other than public worship, for people to voice their opinions. For example, when we priests speak out against artificial birth control and abortion, we know that there are people with strong feelings against that. It's interesting that the dissent- ing parishioner objected to Father Servil's sermon on grounds that we shouldn't talk politics in 'a house of God.' It's strange because there is nothing more political than the abor- tion issue, yet we have no reservation about handing out form letters tel- ling lawmakers how we want them to vote. The same holds true for capital punishment, aid to the Catholic schools, and all kinds of other is- sues." The real problem, he said, is that Catholics are not consistent in their theology. "The people who. oppose abor- ti fi,",',he t ai l, ; t*are, g en :tt le s irflb people who it l'ii:ng t6 l 6ml sl hd Little Rock--Satellite dish will be able to view "The Visit--A Retrospective," be Saturday, Feb. 6. The Catholic Cable EWTN, will air the series, tures highlights from Pope Paul I I's pastoral visit to the September, 1987. The cludes Papal Masses to be weekends, and five one-hour to be shown Monday day, Feb. 22-26, on EWTN, 3, Transponder 10. "We are so excited to privilege of i-e-airing parts Holy Father's visit," says Angelica, founder of EWTN. had hundreds of phone calls ters requesting us to show again. We pray it will be a to all who watch." One Hour Specials (9 PM): Monday, Feb. 22: "Strength Christ's Love"--Address to Tuesday, Feb. 23: "Moldi Human Person"--Address educators. Wednesday, Feb. 24: "The Purifies Culture"-- Ad( higher education. Thursday, Feb. 25: "Ho and Serving God"--Los Youth Rally. Friday, Feb. 26: "Dialogue Christ"-- Address to religious. Papal Masses (8 PM AM Sundays): Feb. 6-7: New Orleans. Feb. 13-14: San Antonio. Feb. 20-21 :. Los Angeles. Feb. 27-28: Dodger Stadium Mar. 5-6: Monterey. Mar. 12-13: San Francisco. Mar. 19-20: Detroit. Communists. How do you sense of that?" The point, he says, is that lics lack "a sense of unity, a unanimity. There is a notion sistency that should run throu theolo '--a seamless garmen is what we're trying to attain. regard, we continue to stru ARKANSAS ARKANSAS CATHOLIC (LISPS published weekly except the first week ary, July and August, and the last wee cember for $10 per year by the Diocese t Rock 2500 North..Ty;er Street, Arkansas 72207. Publisher: Most Rev. Andrew Bishop of Managing Editor: Joseph W. Editor: Karl Advertising/Marketing Mgr: Second class postage paid at Li tional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: to ARKANSAS CATHOLIC, EO. Box 7417, Little I sas 72217. Business Hours: 8:30 AM to 4 PM, Friday. Closed: weekends, Holy Days of Obligatior~, National Holidays. ........... 2500 North Tyler .... Little Rock, Arkansas ,'72~4~!