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LXIII NO. II of__; o.urvey on Page 3 MARCH 15, 1974 .Re opinions of Catholics of Pulaski County are ng sought regarding the Catholic secondary :aOol system of the area. A questionaire to be used r the survey is on Page 3 of this edition. 4 Cardinals Ask Congress For Anti-Abortion ,Amendment Washington (NC) -- In an when it is "capable of unprecedented action, a meaningful life" outside the delegation of four cardinals womb. Since the court had said that only "viable" fetuses can be protected by abortion laws, .... Cardinal Cody said that the court had made the unborn child's right to life dependent on "the shifting connotations of meaningfulness" which society, government or individuals apply in various situations. Sister Vivian Gets a Smile he Bluff Apostolate Counters 00neliness Among City's Elderly testified at a Senate hearing March 7 and expressed their support for a constitutional amendment that would protect the unborn. Cardinal John Krol of Philadelphia, president of the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC), said that it was the first time that a group of car- dinals had testified at a Senate hearing. Testifying before the Senate subcommittee on constitutional amendments along with Car- dinal Krol were Cardinals Timothy Manning of Los Angeles, Humberto Medeiros of Boston and John Cody of Chicago. While the cardinals did not endorse any specific amend- ment proposal, Cardinal Medeiros criticized two points included in some of the amendments proposed since the 1973 Supreme Court abortion decision. Speaking of amendments which would allow emergency abortions to save the life of the mother, Cardinal Medeiros said, "The USCC does not en- dorse such an approach and could not in conscience support it." The cardinal also criticized the states' rights approach to an amendment. This type of amendment would allow states to write their own abortion laws independent of the Supreme Court. The rights of the unborn, Cardinal Medeiros said, should arning four are forgotten in the rush of contact with one another. while shopping in a parish activities, and "Everyone has a lot of fun, Store, a Holy Spirit sometimes bewildered by the andit's been beautiful how they Sister noticed a many changes they see taking look out for one another during man staring at her. place in the Church. Every the rest of the week," she said. Sister Vivian said, Tuesday morning we meet to According the 1970 census, me if I were a nun. pray the Rosary together, to nearly a quarter of a million little conversation, I sing some of the old songs they people are over the age of 65 in he just wanted to talk love, and to have a half-hour of the Diocese, about 13,per cent of He was lonely." conversation." the state's population. Ac- this, Sister Vivian cording to Father James R. not propose to advocate sec- of what she Loneliness theProblem Savary, diocesan director of tarian doctrine but to defend the elderly in her ty around St. Peter's Sister Vivian believes that social services, Arkansas has human rights, and specifically, loneliness is oneof the biggest one of the higher ratios of senior the most fundamental of all tnarted problems the elderly have. citizens in the nation. Their rights the right to life itself." their homes, visiting taking the Many elderly people live by special needs are one of the The cardinals were not meals, arranging themselves, and while often priorities of his department, speaking simply as officials of to the doctor or times busy with sewing, "A number of programs for the Catholic Church, Cardinal sitting with them working in the garden, or other the aged are already going," Krol said, but "precisely as were ill. activities, they have a need to Father Savary said. "Such as concerned Americans who are talk and be with other people, the OEO sponsored Meals on also moral and religious Years, her circle of "One of our members can't Wheels at St. Thomas Aquinas leaders." became bigger get out of the house, so once a parish at Fayetteville, and at "We believe that what we say Gradually,she had month we go to his home. St. Vincent Infirmary here in expresses the convictions of other nuns of the Father Frank (Ecimovich, Little Rock. Also, we are many Americans who are and members of the S.V.D.), our pastor, usually working with the concept of the members of other faiths and of comes along and we celebrate Christopher Homes to provide no faith," he said. is the best day the Liturgy. When the weather housing and care for the aged Cardinal Manning said that a for Sister Vivian. gets better we're planning and infirm." constitutional amendment day she bakes a several outings together." "A program for the aged like protecting the unborn would Cookies, arranges the Presently, about 15 people Sister Vivian's is one that any "restore integrity to law itself." Parlor, and puts on a attend on Tuesday mornings, parish can set up," Father "One of the distinguishing for the senior She believes the get-togethers Savary said. "The joy a parish characteristics of a civilized the parish, not only provide senior citizens apostolate such as this can society, andaparticular con- People have special with a useful activity, but also bring the lonely is immense, all eernof the Church is the special said. "Often they allow them to keep in close because someone cared." care required to provide h, ,fly Sheridan Parish N ieleds $20,000 erida,,_ .n -- How urgently Holy realizes that the accompany'rig lnst " "n session. Meantime, Mrs. Carolyn lrlsh here needs $20,000 photograph is not a scene from The 90 men, women and Skorcz, Harold Skorcz and Mrs. opParent wHen one a local drive-in. It's a religious children who make up the Mary Hale share the church . congregation have been saving proper with their groups of :'' ....  for a long time, trying to ae- students while Mrs. Lena Cash cumulate enough money to and her class meet in the build a new church and thus cramped quarters of the tiny provide quarters for religious sacristy. instruction classes. The pastor, Father Albert J. Father Schneider is hopeful Schneider, said the struggling that the parish's prayers for little parish is still far short of better quarters will be an- the $20,000 needed to build the swered. He said many of the church and to convert the men of the parish have skills in present edifice into a parish hall construction, carpentry and with partitions to divide it into electrical work and are anxious to donate their services when classrooms. For lack of indoor space, the ever the parish finds the money parish's three Catholic high to buy materials. school students take their Father Schneider said tax- religious instruction each deductible contributions to Holy Sunday out-of-doors. When the Cross Church Building Fund weather is too cold or wet, they should be mailed to Mr. Harvey move into the pastor's Skorcz, Route 2, Box 155, What's Going On ? automobile. Sheridan, Ark. 72150. protection for those of its members who are least able to protect themselves," Cardinal Manning said. "Conversely, it is a sign of sickness in a society when it becomes callous to the rights of the defenseless and deaf to the pleas of the weak." Cardinal Cody objected to the "subjective vagueness" of the Supreme Court's statment that an unborn child is viable only Official Announcement Diocese of Little Rock 2415 N. Tyler His Excellency, the Most Reverend Bishop, an- nounces the following clerical appointments to the Personnel Board: Rev. J. Gaston Hebert Rev. Bernard G. Malone Term: three years Rev. Charles F. Kordsmeier Chancellor not depend on geographic U S Birth boundaries. The Supreme Court itself had made abortion a federal question, he said. Rgte Down Cardinal Krol told the com- mittee, that the cardinals "do Washington (NC) -- The nation's birth rate continued its downward spiral in 1973 and shows no signs of reversing itself. The NationalCenter for Health Statistics, a branch of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, released figures here showing that both the birth rate and the more precise fertility rate are at their lowest points since the government began keeping demographic figures. Last year, the fertility rate -- the number of births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 -- dropped to an all time low of 69.3. That compared with 86.5 in 1969. Prior to the 1970s, the all time low occurred during the depression year of 1936, when the fertility rate was 75.8. The all-time high occurred in the post-war baby boom year of 1957 when the rate was 122.9. Experts had expected an upturn in the fertility rate and have been surprised that their predictions have not materialized. Government statistics show that there were 3.14 million births in the U.S. in 1973. This is more than 100,000 fewer than the year before. The birth rate - the number of births per 1,000 population -- dropped from 15.6 in 1972 to 15.0 in 1973. A record high was reached in 1947 when the rate was 26.6. Authorities cite several reasons for the declining rates and number of births, women marrying later, availability of abortion, use of contraceptives and economics. The number of children per family has also dropped below the level necessary to replace those who die. Replacement level is 2.1 children per family but in 1973, the number deClined to 1.9. Tin Cup Waiting Little Rock -- With its school children setting the pace, the Diocese of Little Rock is preparing for the March 24 Laetare Sunday appeal for the 1974 American Catholic Overseas Aid Fund. A "Drop in the Bucket" collection is underway in elementary and high schools, as pupils make contributions from their spending money to help the world's impoverished. Father James R. Savary, diocesan director of Catholic Relief Services, (CRS), called this week for the faithful to be especially generous this year. "So many millions need help desperately," he said. "CRS is doing all it can for as many as possible, providing . food, clothing and medical care. But so much more needs to be done, and many millions more can be helped if we get the support of all." Father Savary echoed Pope Paul VI in a plea for sacrificial giving as a Lenten mor- tification. "We should trust in God's providence because our generosity is just a reflection of His," the director said. '"Giving till it hurts' misstates what the Church asks," he added. "Nobody is ever hurt by being charitable." The appeal for contributions from adults will be taken up in all Arkansas churches one week from this Sunday - on March 24. An appeal for generosity has been addressed to Arkansas Catholics by His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald. It will be read from the pulpit at all Masses this Sunday. Special collection envelopes will be distributed. Establishing priorities for relief is one of the most difficult tasks CRS faces each year. Millions of desperately needy persons must go without help because funds available are- never sufficient. |l St. John's Alumnus Becomes Monsignor Miami, Fla. -- Father John W. Glorie, a 1960 alumnus of St. John's Home Missions Seminary, Little Rock, has been elevated to the rank of Prelate of Honor with the title Reverend Monsignor. He was one of 10 Miami Ar- chdiocesan priests invested as Prelates of Honor and Chaplains of His Holiness. Monsignor Gl0rie is assistant executive director of the Miami Catholic Service Bureau and pastor of St. Hugh Church in Coconut Grove.