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See c n) Legalize urder o lncurably III (NC) -- Catholics in Eng- with support from lristians as well as some and Jews, are rallying to fight the threat of d euthanasia in Britain. did so Lord Raglan, a (government party) peer, Iced his Voluntary Euthana- in the House of Lords, upper chamber. details of which have n published, would auth- to administer eut- "- the method is not de- t'- to a patient who wished Who was thought on reason- dical grounds to be suffer- an irremediable physical of a distressing nature. be required to make a requesting the ad- of euthanasia in d circumstances not less before. is made for the de- to be signed in the pre- of witnesses who declare individual "appeared to its significance" or it "assented to" if the Was unable to write. Physicians, o n e a con- would have to certify that was apparently suf- an irremediable con- Declarations asking for in such circumstances made years beforehand d a person was a legal would remain valid, be revoked at any time. also contains a clause LIENHART Ilus ,villabl,, fr to luxury air ten- oaches. - BIGELOW BUS LINES COACH LINES 10th MO 6-9891 ,..BYRON W.HOUSE EL AGENCY :0000STRAVEL DO IT SEA TRAVEL AIR TRAVEL Ctra Service Charge Only Regular Rates TO ANYWHERE! OR PLEASURE it Rlngo . . . 72201 Life Building FR 6-3511 REE PARKING i H Distributing Company ROCK, ARK. allowing "terminal patients" to be treated to whatever quantity of drugs may be required to keep them free from pain and entitling a patient "where severe distress cannot be alleviated by pain- killing drugs" to be kept if he so desires, entirely unconscious un- til death. This section would ap- ply to patients whether or no they had made out any euthanasia de- claration. The bill includes a conscience clause allowing doctors and nur- ses to refuse any part in euthan- asia treatment and it also in- cludes penal provisions including life imprisonment for falsification or forgery. The bill is a private one, not introduced officially by the gov- ernment, and when it is introduced for debate the government will of- ficially remain neutral. Political commentators at pre- sent think this bill will be rejected, but its supporters may eventually, as they did over abortion, win enough public and political support to push legislation through in the near future. The British Medical Association has declared its opposition to eut- hanasia in any form. Abortion CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ready know the teachings of the Church regarding these matters. I am sure that our people were sufficiently informed of the atti- tude of the Church notonly through their knowledge of Christian Doc- trine but also through the articles printed in The Guardian and in other Catholic newspapers and periodicals. Furthermore, both the Diocesan Council of Catholic Men and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women passed resolu- tions against these two bills and copies of the resolutions were sent to all members of the Ar- kansas Legislature. My final word in this short letter is to remind you that these new laws granting civil sanc- tion to the procurement of abortion or sterilization under certain cir- cumstances cannot be followed by Catholics. The civil law for a num- ber of years has sanctioned the granting of divorce and the disso- lution of the marriage bond, which the Church cannot approve or sanc- tion. In the same way, the civil legal Sanction given to abortion and sterilization cannot in con- science be followed by those who profess the Catholic religion. Hoping that you will pardon me for my failure to write to you publicly and personally regarding these legal enactments which are contrary to the teachings of the Church, and asking for your pray - ers in the fulfillment of my duty during these difficult days, I am Yours sincerely in Christ, Albert L. Fletcher Bishop of Little Rock THE GUARDIAN, MARCH 21, 1969 Receives Commission Michael Ray Doolittle was re- cently inducted into the Army at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and was commissioned a cap- tain. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Doo- little of 1701 Maple St., North Little Rock. After anineweeks course at the Army Medical Special Services school, he will be transferred to an Army Med- ical Station in the eastern United States. Mike was grad- uated from Little Rock Catholic High School in 1962 where he was president of his senior class and received a plaque awarded to a senior for study in religion. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and psychology at Little Rock University and did two years graduate study at the University of Texas on a fed- eral fellowship grant. He is a member of St. Patrick's parish, North Little Rock. He is mar- ried to the former Joyce Ann Tarvin of North Little Rock. They are parents of a son, Brian Edwards. Wright CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Lawyers, in which he was 1965-66 president, and the American College or Probate Lawyers. His alma mater, Georgetown, con- ferred on him last year an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. Numerous other memberships he holds include the International Association of Insurance Counsel, the American Judicature Society, the American Law Institute and the Second Hoover Commission Legal Task Force. He was chair- man of a special A.B.A. Committee for Evaluation of Ethical Stan- dards, and he serves as trustee and director for numerous founda- tions and businesses. Wright is married to the former Rosemary Tuohey of Little Rock. He is the father of Edward L. Wright, Jr., Mrs. Philip S. Anderson, Jr., Mrs. Fred B. Warner,Jr., and Mrs. James H. Atkins. He is a partner in the law firm of Wright, Lindsay and Jennings with offices in the Tower Building. PAGE 3 Dr. Ritschl CONTINUED clildren... "Hope really shapes the future in the way of a recipient who has heard a promise and must work it out." During a question period that concluded his appearance, Doctor Ritschl said the United States once was "future oriented" in the days of the western migration, but he asserted that "American morality is past centered." He said "no nation is so fu- ture centered as Israel," and he expressed the view that the stand taken by Czechoslovakia's Dubcek indicates that Marxist-Christian dialogue is possible. "In being relatively faithful to our own past, he asserted, "we should see that what others are doing is comple- mentary to what we are doing." He termed Soviet Russia "the defender of the status quo" and said that the "real idol" of FROM PAGE 2 today' s demonstrating students "is Mao Tse Tung, the advocate of permanent revolution." Doctor Ritschl, who was educa- ted in Germany, Switzerland and Scotland, has written and lectured widely on patristics and the history of doctrine, on theology, ethics, legal philosophy and the history of law, and on the poli- tical aspects of theological ethics. '11 # 9 gS I..IU113V. MAIN STREET X. ARKAHS&S Bozo Big Top Toy Shop Vali Hi Shoppers Walk 4620 J. F.K. BIvd.-NLR OPEN MON. & FRI. 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