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PAGE 1 0 THE GUARDIAN, APRIL 8, 1977 Pastoral Musings Need of Change Exaggerated 1 By Msgr. John B. Scheper SOMEONE HAS written that the Church is looking for better methods, but that God is looking for BETTER MEN. It was the intention of the late Pope John XXIII, itwas the aim of Vatican II to discover new ways and means and methods whereby to bring the teachings of Christ to all the peoples in the world. Normally methods have to do with change. The question is - Are the changes already in practice, and the changes which are advocated conducive to make better men, women and children? THERE ARE some among the leaders and the followers in the Church who are drunk with the desire for change. It was God's plan to lead men to holiness and to provide the means towards this end. Such is the purpose of the Church, Christ's representative here on earth. The Church must always look for improvements, for new methods to lead people to God. Which are the norms by which we must be guided in discovering new methods and improving old ones? They are Sacred Scripture, especially the New Testament, decrees of the council and, in our day, the decrees of Vatican II -- and in the application of all we must be guided by good sense. There is nothing wrong with changes -- in fact, they are necessary because of new conditions and circumstances. The mode of dress for men and women changes from generation to generation (and even more frequently), yet, they are and remain the same men and women. There is nothing wrong to apply new methods to the teachings of Christ, to change the outer garment, without disfiguring or destroying the doctrines. THUS IT IS poor reasoning on the part of those who resist all changes simply because they don't like changes. Unreasonable, too, is the attitude of those who worship at the shrine of change. The more "way out" the change, the better they like it. In this at- titude lurks the assumption that if we change radically enough, and throw out enough of the old, perfection will be achieved and the world will be won. Is it not quite possible that the "reformers" themselves and their thoughtless followers may have been "taken in" by the world? THERE MUST be, and there is a "middle way," a golden mean which has its source in the past but points a sure finger into the future. The method and the message are twins. To sever one from the other will spell disaster, because the method must convey the message. The message is God's doctrine which is unchangeable. The destiny of man has not changed -- it remains eternally the same. Salvation applies to each and all without exception, and the Church will always be there to preserve the message and provide the proper methods, methods outlined in the New Testament as prayer, preaching, teaching, mor- tification, sanctification, personal witness. These involve a Church, worship, an unchanging faith, a magisterium, a hierarchy of God-ordered functions and functionaries. Karen Quinlan Morris Plains, N.J. (NC) -- Twenty-two people gathered in a room with Karen Quinlan on March 29 and marked her 23rd birthday with a Mass and readings from one of her favorite books. The ceremony was held at Miss Quinlan's bedside in the Morris View Nursing Home, where she has been a patient -- and where she has remained in a coma -- for nearly a year. Father Thomas Trapasso, pastor of the Quinlan family's parish in Mount Arlington, N.J., was principal concelebrant of the Mass. He was assisted by four other priests. Miss Quinlan's parents, Joseph and Julie Quinlan, were joined by 14 other family members and friends at the service. A nurse from Morris 'Nasty Habits' Film Ad Scored as Foul Chicago (NC) -- An exectltive board member of the National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN) is crying "foul" at the movi% "Nasty Habits," ad- vertising for it and a column by movie critic Rex Reed about it. "Both the title of the film and the ads which have flooded New York newspapers and streets cater to the pornographic tastes in the manner of current theater 'attractions' which are of- fensive to the general theater audience," said Sister Ann Gillen, the NCAN board member, who is also executive director of the National In- terreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry. She concluded: "I, for one, cry 'Foul.' " Based on Muriel Spark's short satirical novel, "The Abbess of Crewe," published in 1974, the film set the Watergate affair in a convent with movie stars Glenda Jackson and Sandy Dennis. Ads for it depict a nun lifting her skirt to reveal a tape recorder strapped to her thigh. Is 23 Years Old View also attended. As the Mass was completed, Mrs. Quinlan read a selection from "Reflections... Paths to Prayer," by Father James Turro of Immaculate Con- ception Seminary, Darlington, N.J. "It was a favorite passage from one of her favorite books," Mrs. Quinlan said. "It seemed especially appropriate for today." The passage from Father Turro's book, based on a theme from Acts 17:27, reads: " 'He is never far from any of us.' A reassuring truth that takes the edge of strangeness from life. No place is desolate or remote; for wherever it may lie,. it cannot close out the presence of God. 'He is never far from any of us.' FORT SMITH GUIDE "No situation in life can be really desperate, because no situation can negate this fact: 'He is never far from any of us.' "What is there that can blight our Christian hope; for ap- parently there is no person, pldce or thing that can neutralize the exhilarating truth that God is never far from any of us." "The liturgy was beautiful," Mrs. Quinlan said. "We thought there would be no better way to celebrate Karen's birthday than by having her present at the celebration of the Eucharist." Father Trapasso delivered a brief homily based on Christ's miraculous cure of the 12-year- old daughter of Jairus, a chief of the synagogue. All life is worth caring for, Father Trapasso said, even when it is as tenuous as Miss Quinlan's. The Quinlan family has shown it cares for and loves Karen, he said. Joining Father Trapasso in the Mass were Father George Gothie, his associate pastor; 00at00er 00uin00an relation to Karen's family), a former associate pastor; Lunches Hamburgers Homemade Chili Father John J. Catoir, Paterson diocesan personnel director; Air Conditioned and . Trinitarian Father 1505 South B - Phone 783-9829 - Fort Smith, Ark. Frederick Lawrence of the Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, ' N.J. Miss Quinlan has been in a OPEN 24 HOURS EVERY DAY coma since April 14, 1975. Nearly a year ago, her parents received authorization to have MIDLAND BOWL her removed from a respirator - - an action which it was thought would leave her unable to breathe. The family's position was termed morally correct by SPORTSMANS LIQUORS Bishop Lawrence B. Casey of Paterson, who has maintained a close personal interest in the "Check our prices, you'll be glad you didl"  case. LARGEST STOCK OF IMPORT WINES |N ]'OWN!  When Miss Quinlan was AL UDOUJ o removed from.the respirator, her vital functions continued as 1719 Roger 783-0972 Ft. Smith before, andshehas remainedin imllll,kFORT SMITH OFFICE SUPPLY  812 GARRISON k. 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In 1976, the report said, there were 1,077,000 divorces, about 51,000 more than in 1975. The 1976 divorce rate was five for every 1,000 persons, an increase of four per cent over the 1975 rate. Ecumenical Rites Held In Tenerife ........ Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands (NC) -- A thousand islanders joined a handful of survivors of the fiery crash of two jumbo jets in ecumenical services at the cathedral for the more than 570 persons killed at the airport. Bishop Luis Franc Cascon of Tenerife, who shared the pulpit with Protestant and Jewish leaders, said he and the rest of the Canary Islanders share the sorrow of the relatives everywhere. Of the 396 U.S. passengers in a Pan-American Airways jet, 327 are listed as dead, including one who died from burns two days after the March 27 crash. All 248 aboard a Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) jet were killed in what is considered the worst accident in aviation history. The evening Mass and ecumenical services March 30 at nearby La Laguna lasted more than an hour. A Dutch Reformed Church minister, an Anglican priest and the local rabbi led in prayers for the victims. Bishop Cascon also voiced concern for the effects of the crash on tourism, the economic mainstay of most of the 1.5 million Canary Islanders, and asked God's help so that "our march to progress may con- tinue." With the congregation in the 16th-century cathedral were Spanish government representatives, airline of- ficials, U.S., Dutch and Spanish investigators, and television camera crews. Four surviving stewardesses also attended the services. Coffins almost filled a huge hangar that became the morgue at Los Rodeos airport, where remains were gathered, em- balmed and made ready for the final flight home. Earlier 69 survivors had been hospitalized here or sent to hospitals in the United States. Among the few survivors in the cathedral was Mary Kay Waters of San Francisco, who lost both parents in the crash. Visiting EuroPe John Paul Madey, junior at Catholic School, Little Rock, yesterday on a Columbus Tour of and Spain, Parade, Magazine Arkansas Gazette. Paul, son of Mr. and Joe Madey of 1020 N. Little Rock, is one Gazette carriers the basis of route formance, scholarship citizenship. He is a municant of Holy Church. Young travelling with newspaper carriers across the country. assist at Easter Lisbon, where h scheduled to arrive Next Friday, the pects to meet King in Madrid. ELECTRIC Industrial Bill Poe, MEt. 500-4674 She received Communion during the Mass, and later said Licensed- Bonde d the funeral services comforted her. Insured "It shows that people in the world care. It was touching to tnn nnllO hear the local people crying in .......... the back of the church," she .  Ldtle Rock aooea. 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