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LVIII, NO. 12 LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS MARCH 21, 1969 Official Announcement Diocese of Little Rock 305 West 2nd. Excellency, the Most Bishop, announ- the following clerical nts: Martin J. Conroy, - Administrator, Joseph, s Parish, Con- Arkansas V. Thomas J. sebangh- SSistant Immaculate Conception Parish. North Little Rock, Arkansas r Y Order of the Most Rev- erend Bishop i: RL. Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Murray, V.G. Chancellor t Follow =on law Rock .. His Excellency Albert L. Fletcher has Arkansas Catholics that laws "granting civil to the procurement of or sterilization cannot by Catholics." r on this subject was read in the diocese last BiShop wrote: ar friends in Christ: to confess and acknow- error in failing to write 4ally with regard to the now enacted, lawsof General Assembly of direct abortion think that the issue or WOUld have been changed, of anything I might have r published. Our Rep- and Senators, re- the attitude of the people did not appear to there was any moral These proposed legislation were passed my miscalculation in these questions of and sterilization would some strong opposition of the religious be- people of the State, was something in- wrong. As far as I did not it was necessary topub- Position since they al- AORTION ON PAGE 3 Laetare Medalist Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the U. S. Supreme Court has been named to re- ceive the 1969 Laetare Medal, conferred annually since 1883 by the UniversityofNotre Dame on an outstanding member of the American laity. (NC Photo) CYO Convention Set for May 2-4 Hot Springs -- The Little Rock diocesan convention of the Catholic Youth Organization will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 2-4, in the Velda Rose Tower Hotel and Convention Center, Park Avenue and Crest Street, Hot Springs. Teenage Catholics from par- ishes in all parts of Arkansas already have begun pre-register- ing for the convention. Eachparish sending delegates will be required to provide one adult chaperone for each 12 teenagers. The regis- tration fee for delegates is $5. This will cover the cost of con- vention materials, a Communion breakfast and a teenage cotillion. Accommodations at the Velda Rose will be provided for dele- gates and chaperones at the rate of $4 per person, four to a room. This will not include meals. The Rev. Joseph L. Pallo, din- cesan C.Y.O. moderator, said Hot Springs was chosen for the con- vention in line with a policy of rotating the affair among various cities. He said some areas of the diocese are arranging for bus transportation of delegates. Teenagers in parishes through- out the diocese are working to raise the funds to finance their attendance at the convention, in some places, doughnuts are be- ing sold after Sunday Masses. Junktique sales have been con- ducted in others. C.Y.O units of central Arkansas are collaborating in arranging a Teen Carnival to be held Sunday, April 13, at St. John's Catholic Center, 2500 North Tyler, Little Rock. Proceeds will be devoted to the convention. The carnival day at the Catho- lic Center will begin with a Youth Mass at 12:30 P.M. in the chapel. Thereafter, from 2:30 to 8 P.M., participating parishes each will staff a booth on the midway. Par- ents and friends will be invited to attend. The Sentry Says: ltlblic Schools Are Fed- erally Controlled. taSeball Needs to Change. (PW ltails, Read Oui Vive? oo Page 4) Episcopal Ordination Rite Planned Little Rock -- Auxiliary Bishop- elect Lawrence P. Graves will receive episcopal ordination Fri- day, April 25, at 4 P.M. in St. Andrew's Catherdral here. This was announced this week by The Right Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Murray, V.G., chairman of the arrangements committee. The late afternoon ritual will be followed at 7 P.M. by a banquet to be served at the Hotel Marion for Bishops and the clergy. Plans have been initiated for television and radio coverage of the ordination ceremony. A reception for the laity has been scheduled for Sunday, April 27, from 3 to 6 P.M. in St. An- drew's Cathedral Hail, Ninth and Louisiana Streets. His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher, whom Bishop-elect Graves will serve as Auxiliary, will be the principal consecrator at the episcopal ordination. Bishop consecrators will be Bis- hop Lawrence M. DeFalco of Amarillo, Texas, who was a class- mate of the new Auxiliary Bishop at St. John's Home Missions Seminary, Little Rock, and Aux- iliary Bishop Warren L. Boudreaux of Lafayette, La. Dozens of American Bishops and a number of out-of-state priest friends of the Bishop-elect are expected to be present at the ordination. Brazil Governor Halts Slave Traffic Belo Horizonte, Brazil (NC)-- Following disclosures by Catholic sources of a modern form of slavery in Brazil, the governor of Minas Gerals state has stalled, for the time being, the importa- tion of migrant workers into his state from the impoverished north- east region of the country. GOv. Joaquim Pereira Goncalves has ordered all trucks carrying migrant workers halted at the border of the state, Truck owners and hiring agents have been recruiting men, women and even children for virtual bon- dage for at least four years. i Mr. Wright NCCJ to Honor Edward Wright Little Rock -- The Arkansas Region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews announced this week the selection of Edward L. Wright of Little Rock to be recipient of its 1969 Brotherhood and Humanitarian Award. Wright, a communicant of Holy Souls Church, is a Knight of Malta and president-elect of the American Bar Association. He is one of the founders of the Arkan- sas Region of the N.C.C.J. and was its first Catholic co-chairman. The prominent attorney will be honored in May at the annual N.C.C.J. Brotherhood Citation Dinner, traditionally attended by more than 1,000 persons of all religious and social backgrounds and generally conceded to be the largest affair of its kind in Ar- kansas. Previous recipients of the award are Former Congressman Brooks Hays, Dave Grundfest, Bishop Albert L. Fletcher, Governor and Mrs. Winthrop Rockefeller and Rabbi Ira E. Sanders. Wright was born in Little Rock July 16, 1903. He earned an A.B. degree from Little RockCol- lege and his LL.B. from George- town University in Washington. He was admitted to the bar in 1925. In addition to being president-elect of the American Bar Association, he is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the American College of Trial SEE WRIGHT ON PAGE 3 Pope Paul Warns Of Contentions Vatican City -- Pope Paul VIhas observed that the "contestations" now agitating the Church could foster renewal but could also dis- turb peoples' faith. Speaking to the Council of the Laity, meeting here, he said it was "entirely in keeping with the spirit of the council and useful for renewal at present inprogress in the Church that a fruitful dia- logue be established between you and us." Such dialogue is more than ever necessary "in the present circum- stances which in fact are mark- ed, as everybody knows, and can see, by multiple 'contestations.' " Such contestatlons "in the right measure, can help the Church re- new itself but also at times risk disturbing the faith of the Chris- tian people instead of strengthen- ing and quickening it." He remarked that his listeners could witness these movements in their own countries. "You can appreciate the posi- tive elements theycarry and bring us valuable elements for a judg- ment about them. That is what we expect from your council, Itisone of the motives that governed its institution." The next day Pope Paul appeared at his window overlooking St. Peter's square to give a brief talk and blessing to the pilgrims and visitors below. Stressing the significance of Easter for modern man, the Pope noted that "even for some Christians the temptation today is to form themselves on an idea of a secularized Christianity, without precise doctrinal content and without the vital current which is truly that of our living, real and sacramental Christianity." In what seemed to be a ref- erence to priests leaving their ministry, the Pope told the and- ience: "In the present crisis which shatters the world, in the change which shakes the best establish- ed institutions, it is as if a dizzi- ness were affecting the firmest souls in the very bosom of the Church and even those who had generously devoted themselves to its exclusive service." 50 Catholic Schools Closing, Merging Washington (NC) -- Announce- ments of some 50 Catholic school closings, consolidations and grade cutbacks across the nation were made in the first two weeks of March. More than 40 of these were outright closings of entire schools. The reason was virtually the same in all cases as that given for the hundreds of other Catholic schools which have closed or cut back in recent months. There are insufficient funds to hire lay replacements for the dwindling supply of teaching nuns. Officials of the Detroit arch- diocese announced the closings of two elementary schools and grade reductions in three others affect- ing a total of 638 children, most of whom will transfer to public schools. Auxiliary Bishop, Thomas J. Gumbleton estimated another 25 schools will close in the Detroit archdiocese within the next year. School closings announced in other dioceses during the first two weeks of March: --Milwaukee: 18 parish grade schools with 2,501 pupils. --Chicago: St. Irenaeus parish, 432-pupil elementary school. --Winona: St. Adrian's parish high school and drop grades seven and eight in the parish elementary school. The 200 students involved will attend public schools. --Wichita: t w o elementary schools. --Springfield-C ape Girardeau: St. Henry's High School in Char- leston, Mo., and the Passionist Preparatory Seminary in Warren- ton, MO., --Covington: Cardome Aca- demy, in Georgetown, Ky. --New Orleans: St. Ann and SL Peter Claver schools will be con- solidated. Archbishop Philip M. Hannan said that with the excep- tion of a few expected closings and consolidations, archdiocesan par- ochiai schools will open on sched- ule this fall. =-Bridgeport: St. Roch's 194- pupil parish elementary school in Greenwich, Conn. --Portland, Me.: Six Catholic elementary schools. --Helena: In Butte, Moot., six Catholic elementary schools will be reduced to two schools, each containing only grades seven and eight, and the girls' and boys' high schools will be combined into a single coeducational centralhigh school.