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PAGE 10 THE GUARDIAN, FEBRUARY 7, 1969 l Pope Defends Judicial Power Of Church Vatican City (NC) -- Pope Paul VI, addressing the Sacred Ro- man Rota -- church court of appeals -- has vindicated the "ju- dicial power with which the Cath- olic Church is endowed." He cautioned that, while ser- vice is the purpose of authority, it should not be confused with its source, which is divine law. Virtually the whole of the Pope's speech to the Rota con- sisted of what he called "this apologia for your specific canon- ical function." He barely touched upon the work of the Rota itself. In the middle of his speech was the remark that the exercise of authority should not become bogged down in explaining itself. He began by stating that the Church's judicial authority is "an inborn and principal expres- sion of the authority with which the founder and unique and su- preme head of the Church itself, Christ, wanted to endow her." Recognition of the Church's "jurisdictional power" is part of "that integral ecclesiology thatwe hold to be authentic," the Pope said. He called attention to the Sec- ond Vatican Council's Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Vitae, which stated: "Bishops have the sacred right and the duty be- fore the Lord to make laws for their subjects, to pass judgment on them, and to moderate every- thing pertaining to the ordering of worship and the apostolate." The Pope continued, "It i good to recall this because of the fact that, since nowadays the concept of authority in Look For This Stamp • BEEF • VEAL • PORK PURE PORK'SAUSAGE MEAT PRODUCTS Since 1893 Phone LOcust 5-1535 Little Rock, Ark. LITTLE ROCK PHONE FR 4-0381 Arkansas Priest's Ordination Memory Piece There was a big delegation of Schneiders on hand in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on December 20 when The Rev. Albert J. Schneider of Jonesboro, Ark., received Holy Orders. Pictured with the priest in the front row are his parents and his five Religious sisters. From left, they are: Sister Romaine, Sister Roseann, Sister Beatrice, Mrs. Lawrence Schneider, Lawrence Schneider, Sister Laura and Sister Eileen. In the back row, the Church is being justly led back to its reason for being, which is service, there should be no misunderstanding about the origin of that very authority, as if it stemmed from the com- munity of the faithful and did not derive its superior font from di- vine law. Nor should there be any confusion between this, its efficient principle, and the pur- pose for which Christ estab- lished it, that is, for the guidance and the salvation of the people of God. "Nor should the exercise it- self of the Church's legitimate authority be unduly hampered by explaining its functions, which are understood precisely as the mani- fold service of the ever broader and more complex needs of Church life." The Pope told the court he was addressing that its justi- fication is to be found in its "ministerial character." He said he saw in the Rota "some reflec- tions of those Christian virtues with which we desire, with God's help, that our apostolic office should be clothed." He disclaimed any taint of legalism. "That is not our thought, nor is it our purpose, A church in which an exterior and formalistic canon law would ignore the spirit of the Gospel or prevail over theo- logical speculation, or suffocate the formation of the conscience that has been lighted by self determination and retard the development of the ascetic and properly religious life, such a church would not respond to the renewing orientations of the Big Rock Stone & Material Co. Arkansas' Largest Producer Of • Ready Mixed Concrete • Crushed Stone • Washed River Sand Pbmts NORTH LITTLE ROCK PHONE FR 4-0381 JACKSONVILLE PHONE YU 2-5340 all from Germany, are, from left; Francesca Panther and Franz Panther, both cousins; and Mrs. Josef Schneider, Franz Schneider, Mrs. Franz Schneider and Mrs. Klaus Schneider, uncles and aunts of the new priest. Father Schneider's sisters all are Olivetan Benedictine Sisters, whose Motherhouse is Holy Angels Convent, Jonesboro. St. Bartholomew's C.Y.O. Condemns Sterilization Bill Before Legislature Little Rock -- The Catholic Youth Organization of St. Barthol- omew's parish here has voted un- animous opposition to the steril- ization bill that has been introduced in the Arkansas state legislature. A letter, signed by Herbert Mumford, the C.Y.O. vice presi- dent, has been distributed to all members of the Senate and House• council. Therefore it Would not respond to ours. "But the council not only does not repudiate canon law, which is the norm that spells out the duties and defends the rights of the Church's members, but desires and demands that norm." Cardinal Declares News Slanted London (NC) -- John Cardinal Heenan of Westiminster warned Catholic parents to be very care- ful about reading the Times, a London daily, because, he said, some of its Catholic news is slan- ted. Explaining to a meeting of 200 parents at St. Michael's Assump- tionist School at Stevanage in Hertfordshire why the former headmaster, Father Benedict Sketchley, resigned, Cardinal Hee- nan said much error had been published. "I don't mean lies have been told, but error has been published and many misunder- standings have arisen," he said. "This crisis, which has threatened the school with disruption, arose exclusively because of a failing out of Father Sketchley with his Religious superiors. "Above all, the crisis did not arise because Father Sketchley with 54 otherpriests, mostly young and inexperienced, signed a letter to the Times saying they could not agree with the papal ency- clical (Humanae Vitae). This had nothing whatsoever to do with this, yet in the Times this was put as the primary reason why Father Sketchley was asked to resign. I repeat, this has nothing what- ever remotely to do with [his c risis... ,, It reads: "Dear Delegate of the People, "We, the members of the Cath- olic Youth Oganization in Little Rock, strongly protest the recent bill which Senator Griffin haspro- posed• We consider as being im- moral the whole idea of restrict- ing the fruits of marriage only to those who have a certain level of intelligence• Who, pray tell, is qualified to judge this? "We strongly resent this bill because we feel that it is direct- ed at the people of low income who have jobs which are only menial in nature. These people have the same basic rights as any- one else. "Delegates of the people, we appeal for your help in the des- truction of this bill, not only be- cause it is unethical but also be- cause it is unconstitutional in the fact that it is against life, liberty, " naFORESI" FIRES I " IN T"E SIIUTH [ and the pursuit of happiness." Formation Sessions Sisters The Midwest regional of the Sister Fo ference will be held in ferent parts of the midwe! this year in an attempt to greater participation Sisters in the 18 states region• The meetings will be in e a c h instance with cinnati meeting under th age of the Archbishop Alter of Cincinnati, ruary 14-16 at the Hilton Hotel• Other be held in Chicago 23, and Denver, Colo., 28-March 2. Sister Rose Margaret S.F.P., Assistant eral of the Franciscan the Poor, Cincinnati, Midwest Regional Sister Formation chair each of the ings. Approximately 500 ving in various capacities l own Congregations, are to attend each days will be devo prayer in an effort to penetrate the Christian and to realize the of interior renewal today if religious life is the witness value documents of vatican sister Rose Margaret said, In Arkansas, Siste.r Bergup, O.S.B., of St. Convent, Fort Smith is ber of the planning the biennial conferenceS, Arkansas Sisters ther information about any of the meetings to Sister Rose Margaret S.F.P., St. Clare Compton Road, 45815. We Wonder. • . . why the Amercian press is so afraid to seditious forces at work United States for what communist. Just Down The Street from Mt. 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