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PAGE 10 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC FEBRUARY 18, Ortega delivers approve the release of all prisoners accused of being members or collabo- ultimatum to cardinal rators of the congas or of ser ng the National Guard under former dic- Managua, Nicaragua (CNS) - Nicara-tator Anastasio Somoza. The alore than guan Pres. Daniel Ortega has told 1,000 prisoners would be freed between Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo that the Feb. 5 and 15, he said. government will bar U.S. observers from He asked the U.S. to respond by the upcoming presidential electionturning over all funds earmarked for unless the U.S. ends aid to the contras, the contras to the International Sup- Presidential elections are scheduled port and Verification Commission, set Feb. 25. up to oversee contra demobilization. In addition, Ortega said he told the In New York, a spokesperson for the cardinal that the government has de- Interreligious Foundation for Commu- cided to permit four foreign priests nity Organization said the group still expelled from the country five years ago planned to send 50 U.S. religious lead- to return to Nicaragua. ers to Nicaragua to observe procedures After a meeting with Nicaraguan before, during and after the e!ecSon. bishops Jan. 29, ortega announced he would ask the National Assembly to JOIN US AT ST. ANNE'S CHURCH HALL for 8 P.M. - 12 A.M. $10 couple~S5 single Music by "Steve Pruss Kingsmen" *Country *Polka *Waltz *Rock Don't forget, a dance on 4th Sat. of each month Remount (3 Camp Robinson Rd. N.L.R. II iiiiiiiiiiii~ Sponsored by SUBWAY DEVELOPMENT CORP., OF ARKANSAS, INC. Conrad & Barbara Strzelecki For Franchise Information, cail: 851-6363 or 851-1506 I iiiiiiiiiiiiiii]iiiiiiii~i-~illiii,iiiiitvillii~t~*itill Rev. Billy Graham and Pope doh n Paul II examine a hand-made ( Carolina. The two religious leaders met privately earlier this month, ing the stateofthe church around the world, particularly in Eastern Euro Latin America. (CNS) tl Lawrence Cunningham, a U.S. Catholic scholars of theology at the University of give thumbs down to Dame, said that one strength documents is that "for the first time, Vatican catechism draft so, bc Washington (CNS) - A panel of Catho- lic scholars has sharply criticized the Vatican draft of the Catechism for the Universal Church, focusing on the catechism's structure, use of Scripture and its use of natural law rather than Christian discipleship as the framework for moral teaching. The panelists described the catechism as containing theology from the 1950s, good deal of attention is paid to ethics in a document meant to instrument of catechesis, a instrument." One of its glaring weaknesses, was what computer people would "information overload," with no ance on "what's more important what's less important." Lisa Sowle Cahill, professor theology at Boston College, said although the document's style is polemical, through its absolutist saying it was inconsistent and selective in its use of official Church teachings from the Second Vatican Council and "Too much that is the postconciliar era, ignoring or even matter of faith is treated contradicting some important insights in conciliar and postconciliar teaching, if it were." They said it fails to make needed " ' distinctions between central or essen- ment of sensitive issues =there is tial truths of faith and peripheral ele- nitely a polemical sqU( ments, and between established doc- debate, especially on issues of seg trine and theological views, and that the document is fi] "Too much that is not a matter of through and through with sexist 1 faith is treated as if it were," said Jesuit guage." Ft. Francis Buckley of the University of Jesuit.Fr. William Spohn, a profe: San Francisco, author of several cat- of moral theology at the Jesuit Sch echetical works. Unless the final docu- of Theol in Berkeley. said that docu e -" ment makes clearer distinctions be- m n. , .es one "waning, legsli tween matters of faith and those of model ofmoral life," ignoring the Church discipline or theological opin- Scriptural model of discipleship ion, the result will be widespread con- Christ" as the norm for Christiar fusion, he said. ing. He added that Sr. Mary C. Boys, a professor of the. treated the laity as "a creative ology and religious education at Bos- the Church," the new catechism ton College, cited the persistent use of the laity as =an obedient part of the Hebrew Scriptures in ways that put Church." it in "an unfavorable light" in compari- The draft document was sent to son with the New Testament, an ap- world's bishops last December proach which is rejected in recent consultation. The Vatican has asked Vatican norms on Scripture scholarship bishops to submit their and Catholic-Jewish relations, suggestions by May 31. ',I=; llillt,ll~llllll~ain~l~til|iol i., , , . , ,, ~ ~,, = ,~, , ,, , , ,, , , ,, ,.,