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rI !%111 ? Volume 87, Number 11 The Diocese of Little Pock Weekly Newspaper Maw.h21, 1998 @rdinal says document 'more who heads the Vatican commis- sion that prepared the text, said it went beyond an apology to Jews, because "an act of repen- .,.a'"n an aptgy-o'o-' tance is more than an apology." The Vatican document, while for fail : acknowledging shortcomings of ures ll-year period by the Pontifical some Christians during World Commission for Religious Rela- War II, said others had acted he- BY Jhn Thavis dons with the Jews, at the request roically to save Jews. In a series of CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE of Pope John Paul II. It was care- foomotes, it defended Pope Pills fully reviewed before publication XII, who has been criticized by VATICAN crrY--In a long- by the pope and a number of some Jewish groups as too timid awaited document on the Holo-other Vadcan departments, in his criticism of Nazi actions. i cat the Vatican expressed repen- In a brief accompanying let-The text also made a distinc- t ar.e for Christians who failed to ter, the pope called the Jewish don: The failure of some Chris- 0 i Pl ose Naza persecution of Jews. Holocaust, or Shoah, an "indel- tians to protest the Holocaust 1^The document, released March ible stain" on history. He said the policies may have been linked to "% said centuries of and-Jewish Church s reflection was part of centuries of mistrust and hostility a~_.'tudes in the Church may have an effort to encourageShrisdans toward Jews in Christian environ- 'atributed to Christians' lack of to "purify their hearts by exam- ments, it said. But the anti-Semitic i .~ifi.tual and concrete resistance ining their own responsibility for ideology of the NaTi regime had ~ the Nazi oolicies, which left the "evils of our time' in antici- different origins and in fact was pation of the year 2000. m~ 6 million Jews dead. also and-Christian, it said. de or Christians, this heavy bur- The pope said he hoped the "The Shoah was the work of a of conscience of their brothdocument would "help to heal the thoroughly modem net-pagan re- er~ and sisters durinz the Second wounds of past, misunderstandings gime. Its anti-Semitima had its roots ,_re'rid- War must be call to tern-" and "mj, u. sdces and help shape a outside of Christianity and, in pur- We .~ deeply regret the er- future in which the unspeakable suing its aims, it did not hesitate to and failures of those sons and iniquity of the Shoah will never oppose the church, and persecute ~lg~hter~. of the Church," it said. again be possible." her members also, it said. it dm" an act of repentance,' Addressed to all Catholics, the The document asked whether d, since, as members of the Vatican document was also sent anti-Jewish sentiment among "a!Urch, we are linked to the sins to Jewish leaders around the Christians made them less sensi- aswe a_ as the merits of aU her chil- world. The text asked Jews to tive, or even indifferent, to the "hear us with open hearts," saying persecutions launched against Titled, 'We Remember" A Re- it represented not merely words, the Jews by National Socialism tleCtion on the Shoah," 14- but a binding commitment, when it reached power. Page text was prepared over an Cardinal Edward I. Cassidy, See Holocaust page 12 Author of the popular 'Joshua' books visits Northwest Arkansas Ye,,Marilyn Lanford of these stops in early March or how He feels. Father Girzone ize what you did ,by coming CORm SPONDENa" when Father Girzone and Sister thinks this is an important fac- here.' And I said, What did I Father Joseph Girzone there to find Jesus through Fa- ther Girzone's stories. In adgli- tion to this, the two travel fre- quently to present the message of Jesus to audiences around the country. Northwest Arkansas was one SILOAM SPRINGS When ~ther "-- ,,A 'Joset)h Girzone retired 18 y * ~"ars .... ago for health reasons, his l iences as a t riest in several :"~uCUlt " parish assignments in k_,-'Y ork led him to- the simole ;~f that people not did k^ ]esus is our rel' 4on When I '~{~ . 1o ~t~h~e, ill, I started to write to make Him real to the aern population," said Father ~Ile. ,,. his desire brin lesus to : '~tt)re to .~.. : people Father Girzone dis- "*vered tellin- d second vocation -- Mitin e story of Jesus in his Orking in offices in a large house in upstate New h., Father Girzone with the of Sister Doro v Ederer, l duets retreats for people the country who come Dorothy appeared twice in Siloam Springs --at St. Mary Church on a Sunday evening and at John Brown University on a Monday evening. The program was dried "Portrait of Jesus," which is the same name of his upcoming book. The crowd on Sunday at St. Mary was obviously a hardy bunch, braving snow and ice and temperatures that dipped into the 20s to hear the program. Drinking hot coffee and bundled heavy sweaters they heard Fa- ther Girzone explain the popu- larity of the ' oshua" books. "Not too many Christians know about Jesus in depth," he explained. In his work he discovered that Bibles are distributed all over the world and there are books to analyze Jesus, but there are few books that show how He thinks tor in the popularity of the ' ]oshua" series. Although John Brown Univer- sity is a non-denominational col- lege, this is not the first time Father Girzone has been asked to speak on a Protestant campus. A few years ago he was invited to speak at a Southern Baptist uni- versity where it was the first time in 150 years that a Catholic priest had been on campus. "There I talked about Jesus for two hours straight. And after the talk we got a tremendous ap- plause for almost 10 minutes," he told A# amas Catholia "The Baptist theologian who was with us, he was sort of shocked. I tried to walk off stage, but he said, 'Just stand there. They are try- ing to tell you something.' "The next day one of the theologians thanked m for com- ing and said, 'You'll never real- do?' He said, 'You gave us Jesus.' I started to laugh, 'What do you mean? You folks are the expert, in Scriptures.' And he said, 'Yo made us realize that even though we had studied Scriptures all ot our lives we never got to kno' Jesus. You gave us Jesus. You're bringing Jesus back to tht people." And on Monday, March 9 Father Girzone again brough. Jesus to the people at Johr See Father Girzone page 1: Visiting priest composes musical gift for bishop's 50th anniversary as priest ....... p. 4 Little Rock parish begins unique adult education program ......................... p. 5