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PAGE 8 TH-"GUARDiJIR, APRil: +s, i977' = + Dolores Curran Talks With Parents He'll Come Again in G h00ry "HE'LL COME again in glory ..." read the religion teacher to her third graders. "How do you suppose Jesus will come to us? Draw me a picture." Her collection is priceless. One showed a great parade down Pennsylvania Avenue with Jesus riding in a bullet- proof limo flanked by FBI dressed in disciples' clothing. Another had Him stepping from 1 large jet onto a red.carpet, with bands and photographers down below. Still another was straight out of 2001. Jesus was sailing into earth on a spaceship which, in the child's words, "isn't really real but since the human eye can't understand that, it takes a shape whenever we look at it." Jesus has been visiting all kinds of extra-terrestrial bodies on which other men live, the reason why,the young sci-fi artist explained, it took him 2000 years to come again in glory. "You know how long space travel takes," he said, and we nodded. SEVERAL CHILDREN drew Jesus' return as part of a television show. "Stand by for an important newsbreak," said the top with a streak and then Jesus appeared, saying, "I've come again in glory." Another had him being, interviewed by Charles Kuralt on a front porch and another drew an apartment house with dozens of little TV sets on which his picture ap- peared simultaneously and a voice saying from the collective sets, "Do not adjust your set. We have a temporary in- terference." Others used large black headlines: "Jesus is Back: Man Says He's Jesus" and "Rome is Happy." One young artist drew a facsimile of Time Magazine with a full picture of Jesus and then a subtitle, "Is He Back to Stay This Time?" It was a marvelously uplifting experience to see how easily kids put Jesus'into the context of our time. Although He was nearly always dressed in his historical garb, everything else changed. Nobody put him on a camel or donkey. There wasn't a fig tree around. Not a single picture had him descending from a cloud or a ray of sun and, most curiously, not one of the young artists drew him in or near a church. "I WAS SURE a lot of them would draw him emanating from the chalice or the altar," the teacher told me, "but they tended to use the same methods of welcoming him that we do. other dignitaries in our culture." Thus they used ticker tape parades, jet red-carpet treat- ment, television, headlines and space. I wonder how their parents would draw him coming again in glory. I suspect a good many of us would have put him in sandals holding an Easter lily. followed by his disciples. Rather than having Him come again in glory, we would be going back to his time of glory. I would love to think that suddenly one evening Jesus would appear on TV sets around the world, blot out all other images and announce, "I have come again in glory." But I suspect that thousands of viewers would merely rush to call their local stations to complain about the in- terruption. Or they would refuse to believe it was Jesus because he wouldn't appear on TV (just as he wouldn't be born in a manger) when he could appear in church. THE KIDS KNOW dif- ferently. They expect him any day in many ways. It's just a matter of time. 1977 No More Vietnam! CONTINUED FROM P,GE 6 The Soviets are really not justice through the UN. But we success of the Helsinki talks which are due to resume on June 15. The President is aware that the 35 countries sending delegates have pledged to respect human rights, basic human freedoms and the free movement of people and ideas. The conference will look at the record to see how well the signatory countries have lived up to their pledges. The Soviets are included among the signers. interested in human rights. They are concerned about economic rights. When the Americans at Helsinki, however, begin to argue for human rights, our aid to Zaire will prove to be quite em- barrassing and the Soviets will make the most of the situation. I do not mean to imply that we should ignore human rights abroad. We should deplore and condemn violations of human rights anywhere and work for ought to think twice about any proposal or escapade that will land us head-first in a quarrel in someone else's backyard. 1977 NC News Service BLACK POWER Rome (NC)--By the year 2000, Catholics in South Africa will be 95 per cent nonwhite, according to a study reported by the Oblate Information Service. i Greater* ................... Little--00OKC .... Guide i McBride CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 ever-deepening conversion. SO CONVERSION is an ever- present challenge. It will remain so as long as we are pilgrims on earth, for everY new conversion experience invites a further one. And as we grow and become more and more "converted," our joy will in- crease proportionately. Even when we come face-to-face with our God at the end of our con- version process, might we not continue to grow wildly, joyfully at a pace and depth beyond our present imagining? I like to think so. 1977 NC News Service Conversion CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 experience. Perhaps it is better to say that one should look forward to a series of mini- conversions as life goes on. Personal maturing implies moving to ever deeper moments of love of God and more profound steps in understanding Him. Each of these times of opening new doors of love and truth is a moment of new conversion. Negatively, one may speak of falls from grace, times of sin requiring new conversions and affirmations of faith in God. Human weakness being what it is, there is every chance that one will grow cold in one's fiery commitment to Christ. Hence the need for a new conversion. Think over this matter of conversion. It is a way of seeing your Christian life as a dynamic adventure in which there is no standing still -- falls, advances, slippings, rises. And even the friendly, loving welcome of Christ, "Convert, change. You can come back to Me!" 1977 NC News Service Death Penalty Return Fought Albany, N.Y. (NC) -- The New York State Catholic Conference has written to every member of the state legislature urging the defeat of efforts to restore the death penalty in New York. The conference also sent a copy of a short position paper on the death penalty which said, "We hold that the heart of the Christian tradition is the belief that no person is beyond the From the Managing Editor's Desk.. One side effect of the U.S. Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts (FOIPA) has been to undermine the investigative strength of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to FBI Director Clarence M. Kelley, it probably will cost his agency $11.6- million this year to comply with this taw. Of this amount, $6.5- million will be spent bringing 400 agents to Washington from investigative posts across the nation to help the regular staff dig out of an avalanche of paper work generated by FOIPA. SO many requests have been received for information con- tained in FBI files, that the 400 agents in the task force will join 53 agents and 322 support personnel, regularly assigned to this work, reviewing millions of items of FBI information to make certain they fulfill FOIPA disclosure mandates, so that material not exempted from disclosure may be released. Withdrawing 400 highly- trained investigators from the war on crime and subversion can have very grave effects on the country. One is inclined to wonder how many of the requests for information from FBI files have come from communists and fellow- travellers whose chief object is to undermine FBI ef- fectiveness. FBI Director Kelley says he and his agency "support the right of the American people to know about our operations, and I think also they are entitled to know how we are progressing in our FOIPA efforts and the costs and logistics involved." It would be interesting to know the names, affiliations of the who have created this problem for the nation's investigative force. Perhaps someone shO .... , ,W exercise his cmzen s right:.. information under FOIPA  ask Director Kelley to r public the names of those W!. are so concerned about what t FBI knows about them. Jesuit Loses Teaching Post Rome (NC) - A Jesuit who resigned from the Biblical Commission this over a Vatican outlawing ordination of will not be allowed University here. the A spokesman for .;-at Gregorian University said Father David Stanley of'J onto will not be teachi usual Scripture course thi because no funding haS ., provided for his travel " penses, co He has been teaching here since 1968. In a much publicized Father Stanley quit tifical Biblical after the Vatican's Congregation document restating Church's ban on dination. He objected document prepared commission as input women's ordination was ignored by the Congregation. Letter CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 Christ, what are we headed for after the last alleluia of Easter Sunday? "Loose him, let him go," said Jesus. Shall we go right back into the grave clothes of the Prince of this World, or shall we go free to increase our portion of life in Christ? Dorothy Abernethy Dover, Ark. SCOTTISH BISHOP Aberdeen, Scotland priest who runs one of remotest parishes haS named bishop of is 42-year-old Father Conti, parish priest of in Thurso, which covers area on the northern Scotland. ., mercy of God and therefore not Jmil.. IWEI to be beyond the bounds of M/)IC human mercy. 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