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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC FEBRUARY 24. 1991 PAGE 11 S9 O S" e Bishop Robert Banks was welcomed back recently to Bay after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery. Paid for the sign, as well as one that welcomed him in December as diocesan bishop that read, "under Tony Staley/The Compass/CNS the Diocese of Green Diocesan employees upon his installation new management." Priest-author encourages those who question Church teaching to remain Catholic By Steven Spearie Godfrey, IL ((INS) - Catholics who dis- .agree with some aspects of Church teach- tng should be encouraged to remain faith- ful to the Church because there is room for their viewpoints, according to a priest- author. Rev. Philip Kaufman, author of Why You Disagree and Remain a Faithful Catholic [Review, AC 10/14/90], maintains that questioning Church teaching is not Wrong if it is done honestly and sincerely. 'There is always the possibility that the leaching may be erroneous and there have been cases where teaching has been proved erroneous," Kaufman said. '~Vhat an indi- vi dual has to do in such a case is to do the best possible before God, and decide what the right thing is to do. That s what con- Science is all about- using our minds to the best of our ability to decide what we should do because it's correct or avoid because ifs evil,tt Heredity, environment and education shape the decision-making process, said the 79-year-old priest. '"We must do the best we can with the resources we have, and hopefully arrive at a correct decision," he said. "If we reach an honest consoence, there is no sin." t te pointed out that history has proven the value of conscience. 'The Holy Office (as the Vatican Con- gregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was known) was still teaching the morality of slavery in 1866." Kaufman said he wrote his book not to encourage disagreement but to tell those who disagree that leaving the Church is not the answer. "I think we ought to ask ourselves, 'What would Jesus do?' That question has to be asked about the issues we're dealing with." The book is available from Crossroads/ C~ntinuum, 370 Lexington Ave., New York, NY, 10017; 1-80~3030. Cardinal Ratzinger: Misunderstanding of papal authority rests on mistaken Views of conscience Dallas (CNS) - Misunderstandings of pa- Pal authority today rest on mistaken views of conscience, Cardinal Joseph RatzJnger said at the annual symposium for U.S. bish- Ops on moral and medical issues. VIorality of conscience and morality of would be in heaven "since they carried out all their atrocities with fanatic conviction and complete certainty of conscience." '2No longer seeing one's guilt, the falling silent of conscience in so many areas is an even more dangerous sickness of the soul than the guilt which one still recognizes as such," he said. "He who no longer notices that killing is a sin has fallen farther than the one who still recognizes the shameful- ness of his actions, because the former is further removed from the truth and con- version." authority, as two opposing models, appear A basic element of conscience, he said, is locked in snuggle with each other," a kind of "original memory of the good e said in the keynote speech, and true.., an inner ontological tendency Ratzinger, priffect of the Vatican Con- within man, who is created in the likeness ~eeg~Ltion for the Doctrine of the Faith, said of God, toward the divine." Ontology deals e legitimate supremacy of conscience,with the nature of being and reality. even of an erroneous conscience, cannot To that creation memory, Christian faith i ~ Understood properly without looking at adds the memory of "the original encoun- the relationship that must exist between ter with Jesus" repeated for each individual i COnscience and truth, in his foundational encounter with the .- If the idea of conscience is reduced to Lord in baptism and the Eucharist," he said. ilirna, subjective conviction with no rela- "The true sense of the teaching author- l on to objective norms ofgood or evil, he ity of the pope consists in his being the Said, then "Hider and his accomplices" advocate of the Christian memory," he said. Palestinians suffering under wartime curfew By Deborah Halter Washington (CNS) - Economic hard- ship, limited access to medical care and insufficient numbers of gas masks are among the difficulties faced by Palestinians living under 24-hour curfew imposed by the Israefis in occupied Gaza and West Bank, according to reports of international and Arab human rights organizations. "Ihe reports were released by the Middle 'Fast Council of Chiarches. One group, the Coordinating Commit- tee of Non-Governmental Organizations, said that Palesfinians living in the closed military zones face severe penalties for leaving their homes, including fines up to $10,000 and jail sentences of up to five years. They also risk being shot by Israefi soldiers. 'This curfew has been imposed on a defenseless civilian population who are not at war and who arc: not provided with any means of protection against war," the orga- nization said. It called attention to what it said was the "inadequate provision and dis- tribution of gas masks and the absence of any warning system for incoming missiles" in the occupied territories. The Society of St. Ires, a legal aid agency sponsored by Jerusalem's Latin-rite Patri- arch Michel Sabbah, successfully petitioned the Israefi High Court to force the gov- ernment to supply gas masks to Palestinians in the occupied territories. I Iowever, recent reports say such distribution has yet to be accomplished. The non-governmental group quoted I figh Court Justice Sharon Barak as noting "the obliffafion of the military commander to treat equally all residents of the area" - not only Jewish residents. The organization also said the majority of Palestinians in the curfew zone have limited access to first aid and health care facilities. It alleged that Israefi authorities frequently block vehides carrying Palestin- ians to hospitals. Pre-natal services and immunization efforts have been halted or significantly reduced, according to reports. Christian Brother Patrick White, a Bethlehem University professor, said in a report to the Catholic Near 'East Welfare Association that "for Palestinian parents, after the constant interruptions to their children's education during the intifada (Palestinian uprising), the curfew is just an- other serious blow." Palesunians have also been blocked from commuting to their jobs and farmers have been prevented from working their crops or obtaining feed for livestock, according to the human rights groups. AI Haq, Law in the Service of Man, an- other legal aid society working in the oc- cupied territories, reported that the curfew is lifted for brief intervals during which women are allowed to shop for food, while men are required to stay indoors at all times. It said that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which distributes food to Palestinians, has been unable to function at full capacity, and that UNRWA workers have reported food shortages throughout West "Bank. The report also said that curfew restric- tions are not announced by television or radio, and residents must depend upon loudspeakers to know when they may leave their houses. The Palestinian Human Rights Informa- tion Center said that Israeli authorities "confiscate loudspeakers from mosques and ban the call to prayers." Authorities have also arrested, beaten and tear-gassed residents, the agency said. Curfew turns West Bank into "great prison" Rome (CNS) - The Israeli curfew on Palestinians in the occupied territories has tumed West Bank and Gaza into "a great prison," say Catholic religious leaders in Jerusalem, who have called the curfew a "collective punishment" against 1.7 million Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. Palestinians face a "tragic situation of international injustice," they said in a statement sent to Catholic News Service in Rome. Jerusalem leaders signing the state- ment were Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah; Archbishop Loutfi Laham, Melkite Vicar;, Msgr. Augusfin Harfouche, Maronite Vicar;, and Msgr. Peirre Abdel-Almd, Syrian Vicar. The curfew is "demolislfing, in silence, that which remains of our economic structures," they .said. "There is threat of a human, moral, social and religious break- down." February: that churches of Latin America may strengthen their alle- giance to Christ Pope John Paul II Mission Prayer Intention Serving the Arkansas Christian community treating psychiatric & substance abuse issues with a professional, balanced program of clinical and spiritual care. "Find out about the LIVING Wanda J. Stephens, M.D. HOPE Difference" Medical Director and Founder Livin Hope 663-4673 -. ,....- - 1-800-829-4673 ln,,[l[ul:q. 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