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LV 0ffidal <Publication 0f 1he q)i0cese of ffiitle q000ck LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS, MARCH II, 1966 NO. I1 To Speed Decisions UL HOLDS balloon he was given by children dur- isit :)11 the first Sunday of Lent to their parish he basilica of San Pancrazio, ill Rome. (NC t'hoto) Constitution of Church !ssed in Bishop's 2nd Letter in Christ: eelc 1 wrote to you about tim "viewgoint" from which study the documents of Vatican Council II. As I said Viewpoint is very important in order to give what we ,StUdy the meaning the Council Fathers wish and intend I, this viewnoint in mind, I would like to write thLs u yu about the'"Constitution of the Church." But before 6 WOUld like to ask: What is the need of this Constitution ntlrch? We have hundreds of fine books about the Church. r treatise on that same subject? % Other document is the Church treated as completely and Itively as in this constitution. Being the work of a Qtll :il, this constitution is the most solemn kind of pro- It has been approved by more than two thousand g ] in Council session and finally approved and 1 by the Holy Father to be accepted and believed by faebers of the Church. It is generally recognized as the tll d nost important document of the Council. this, the Constitution on the Church was written for il instruction and application. It contains basic teach- he Church from which most of the other documents Qottncil flow as corollaries. If we are to take our part in and reform of the Church by being a witness to her Lar ate and public life, we must understand the origin, the structure, the mission of the Church. We must hurch not only with our minds but with our wills and (Continued on Pag e 2) )esan Spring, Summer at Schedule Announced leek  The Little ,ea sal.l Retreat League :i0 tills week a series u Weekend retreats acted between April Ust 28 at New Subi- ttouse in Subiaco a.n's Home Missions ittle Rock. at calendar was ] Sunday at a meet- Abbey Retreat ttll Subiaco. Among lti ng was The Rev. naUeller, represent. :esan retreat diree. ight Rev. Msgr. Conaell. six retreats in the ill be conducted at .. The first  April 'A fll be for married April 29-May 1 re- }e for members of ttho e Youth Organiza- tl, ,'le girls' retreat is Ylay 13.15, a men's a fr ,lune 10-12, and a Ctreat, June 17-19. , o: St. Benedict will malce a retreat at Subiaco June 24-26. Eight concurrent retreats will follow these. At Coury House -- July 22- 24, married couples; July 29-31, families; August 5-7, women; August 12-14, men. At St. John's -- July 22-24, wonmn; July 29-31, men; August 5-7, married couples; August 12. 14, wolnen. The last two of the summer series will be conducted at St. John's. There will be a men's retreat August 19-21 and a wo- meu's retreat August 26-28. Pope Names New Group To Study PopultTtion, Birth .Vatican City (NC) -- Pope Paul VI has named a new commission of 16 prelates and a score of experts to work up a definitive statement of the Church's position on family, population and birth. Its chairman is Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, pro-pre- fect of the Doctrinal Congre- gation, lie is to be assisted by two viee-ctiairmen -- John Car- dinal Heenan of Westminster, England, and Julius Cardinal Doepfn(}r of Munich, Germany. The 16 prelates come from 11 nations. Three are from the U.S., more than from any other country. They are Lawrence Cardinal Shehan of Baltimore, Archbishop John Dearden of Detroit and Archbishop Leo Binz of St. Paul, Minn. Cardinal Ottaviani told the N.C.W.C. News Service that the new commission has been charged with analyzing the in- formation prepared by a group of some 70 experts who have been studying the birth control problem since they were com- missioned by Pope Paul in June, 1964. The new group will then prepare a statement based on their findings which will be submitted to the Pope for his decision, the cardinal said. To Prepare Program A group of about 20 experts from the older commission will prepare a program and plan of action for the new commission. The older group includes scien- tists, doctors, demographers and historians as well as theol- ogians. It was charged by Pope Paul when he established it to investigate the entire problem of population, family and the control of birth with an open mind. It has been widely reported that the larger commission was sharply divided in its findings and has to date reached no con- sensus. No official statement has ever been released, how. ever Cardinal Ottaviani said the larger commission, which is al- most two years old, will not cease functioning. It will assist the new commission with con- sultation and advice, and con- tinued study. One of the difficulties in- volved in reaching a speedy solution, the cardinal said, was the unwieldy nature of the large group. Ite said it is hoped the new restricted group will find this less of a problem. Structure Unknown The exact structure and op. eration of the new group is not yet known, he said. "They have not even met yet. But it is hoped more will be known about how we are to proceed after the March 7 meeting of the smaller group of experts has prepared a definite agen- da" for processing material, he said. The prelates on the new com. mission include seven cardi. nals: Cardinals Ottaviani, Hee- nan, Doepfner, Shehan, Leo Cardinal Suenens of Malines- Brussels, Belgium; Valerian See COMMISSION on Page 3 The Sentry Says: The Red Cross Helps People in Many Ways. The Irish ltave Hclped to Shape the Destinies of Many Nations. For Details. Read Qui Vive? on Page 4 New Bishops Appointed For U.S. Sees Carmel Novena Opening Today Washington (1) -- Pope Paul VI has made the following ap- pointments in the hierarchy of the United States. Bishop J. Carroll McCormick is transferred from the diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to the diocese of Scranton. Most Rev. Lawrence B. Casey, Titular Bishop of Cea and Auxiliary to Bishop James Relief Fund E. Kearney of Rochester, is named Bishop of Paterson. ,, J Msgr. Peter L. Gerety, pastor of St. Martin de Porres church, New Haven, Conn., is appointed Titular Bishop of Crepedula and Coadjutor with the right of succession to Bishop Daniel Feeney of Portland, Me. Msgr. Joseph G. Vath, Offi- cialis of the archdiocese of New Orleans and pastor of the Church of St. Rita, New Or- leans, is designated Titular Bishop of Novaliciana and Auxiliary to Archbishop Thom- as J. Toolen, Bishop of Mobile- Birmingham. Msgr. Edward J. Herrmann, vice chancellor of the archdio- cese of Washington and pastor of the Church of St. Mary, Washington, D.C., is named Titular Bishop of Lamzella and Auxiliary to Archbishop Pat- rick A. O'Boyle of Washington. Msgr. Joseph L. Bcrnardin, vicar general of the diocese of Charleston, is appointed Titu- lar Bishop of Lugura and Auxil- iary to Archbishop Paul J. Hal- linan of Atlanta. These actions of the Holy Father were announced here by Archbishop Egidio Vagnozzi, Apostolic Delegate in the Uni- ted States. The Apostolic Delegate fur- ther revealed that the Holy Father has established apostol- ic exarchies for both the Ma- ronites and Melchites in the See APPOINTMENTS on Pg. 3 Little Rock -- The Discalced Carmelite nuns have invited all the faithful to unite with them in nine days of prayer in prepa- ration for the Feast of St. Jos- eph on March 19. During the nine days, begin- ning today and including the Feast Day, the nuns will pray each day, asking God's blessing on the faithful and their inten- tions. Especially do the Nuns ask all to join them in praying for vocations. Parishioners have been asked to send petitions to the Carmelite Monastery, 7201 West 32nd St. Those who can- not join at daily Mass have been asked to pray each day at home. Appeal Set Little Rock -- Arkansas Catholics and their brethren across the country will hear an appeal next Sunday for contri- butions to the Catholic Bishops' Overseas Relief Fund. The collection, which pro- vides support for the world- wide charities of the Catholic Relief Services  N.C.W.C., will be taken up in all U.S. churches on Lactate Sunday, March 20. The Little Rock diocesan di- rector of the appeal, The Very Rev. Msgr. John M. Bann, urged pastors this week to im- press their flocks with the ur- gency of the relief needs in many parts of the world. In a letter to Arkansas priests, Monsignor Bann sai d that "a great deal of the effort of Catholic Relief Services must be devoted to the immedi- ate relief of the many people who are to all intents and pur- poses undergoing starvation and famine. "Nevertheless," he wrote, "it Is the plan of CRS to intensify the programs of self-help, which are enabling many of these peo- ple to improve their status. It is almost impossible," he con- tinued, "for us here to realize See LAETARE on Page 15 Arkansas Girl Is First. to Make Final Vows as S,istcr of Charity of Refuge Hot Springs -- The Diocese of Little Rock has given its first daughter in final vows to the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of Refuge here. She is Sister Mary of St. Thomas Aquinas, R.O.L.C., the former Miss Mary O'Keefe of Fort Smith. At the same time, a Hot Springs girl, Miss Maria Nancy Ewer, was invested in the white habit of a Novice in the same order and was given the reli- gious name of Sister Mary of St. Patrick, R.O.L.C. His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher officiated at the l)rofession and investiture rit- uals in the chapel of the Mon- astery of Our Lady of Refuge here February 11. The Master of Ceremonies was the vicar- general, The Right Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Murray. Sister Mary of St. Thomas Aquinas was presented for final l)rofession by Mother Mary of St. Francis de Sales, R.O.L.C., the convent superior. In the congregation were S i s t e r Thomas' mother, Mrs. Frances O'Keefe of Fort Smith; her aunt, Sister Annunciata, an Auxiliary Sister; and an uncle, Jerry O'Keefe of Fort Smith. Among priests who witnessed the ceremony was the O'Keefe family's pastor, The Very Rev. Msgr. Thomas F. Walshe, V.F., of hnmaculate Conception par- ish, Fort Smilh. Sister Mary of St. Thomas See PROFESSION on Page 3