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)rc re- re.] law the nU-- md OI'P nil" [e's sa d's :fits ted my de" eay a/e all ~p O1 ng J," ARKAI~A$ CAIHOLIC April 14, 1991 PAGE 7 Vatican sainthood cause Queen Isabella's cause for canonization drew criticism in March fi'om a group of Catholic and Jewish scholars in the Chicago area. "It is our conviction that Isabella's can- onization would cause significant harm both to Catholic-Jewish and Catholic-Mustim re- lations throughout the world because of her Writer dies at 86 Pope told "You should not worry" Very, Switzerland (CNS) - British novel- By Ago~aJno Bono identification with the expulsion of Jews and ist Graham Greene, who converted to Ca- Muslims from Spain," said a letter from the tholidsm in 1926, died April 3 at 86. Vatican City (CAN) - The Vatican Con- Catholic-Jewish Scholars Dialogue to Cardi- Considered by many to be among the gregation for Sainthood Causes has tern- nal Angelo Fetid, prefect of the sainthood major nove~ts of the 20th century, Greene porarily suspended action on the controver- congregation, once said, 'I disagree with being classified sial case of 15th-century Queen Isabella of According to a statement by the Newas a Catholic writer, and have all along. I .Spain pending further historical research York-based Anti-Defamation League,, the always felt that (Swiss-born theologian Rev) ~to her life, said Vatican spokesperson Vatican Council for Christian Unity s 40 Hans Kung would have had less trouble if J0aquin Navarro-Valls. , bishops unanimously voted that the pro- he had called himself a Christian theolo- Although the queen s cause has yet to posed beatification would contradict current gian. I m, a writer who happens to be a reach the frost stage of the three-step pro- Church positions on the freedom of con- Ca~otic. " , Cess to sainthood, Jewish groups have op- science. "My fear is that I m not a very good POsed honoring her, saying her rule was The beatification proposal had beenCatholic and I m not avery orthodox one, ~arked by persecutions of Jews and Muslims. linked with celebration of the 500th anni- he said in an interview published in the Navarro-Valls had no comment when asked if the suspension was the result of the criticisms. 'q'here is a momentary suspension to deepen the historical investigation of the case,- Navarro-Valls said versary of the advent of Christianity in the New World when Columbus set sail under Queen Isabella's sponsorship. Rabbi Leon Klenicld, interfaith affairs di- Priest slain rector for the Anti-Defamation League in NewYork, said that he had been informed injured ,n ~f the decision on Queen Isabella during a Phone call from the Vatican. In an earlier letter to Archbishop Edward Cassidy, head of the Pontifical Council for ~omofing Christian Unity, Klenidd strongly ~uposed any move by the Vatican to honor een Isabella, saying that she "reminds us ~Hifler and'his anti-Semitic policy that took to death six million Jews in Europe." ~Whatever the merits of Isabella in her ~rote. Spanish Rev. Anastasio Guderrez, pro- ~Oter of Queen Isabella's cause, said that e disagreed with the deosion as he already .Presented the conffrewation with more than .500 documents bound in 27 volumes and had responded in writing to further ques- lions from the congregation. hqn my opinion all Jews are ,.affainst her ecause they are anti-Catholic, said Clatierrez when asked about Jewish criticisms ~f Queen Isabella. "She is the symbol of the implanting of ~C~. tholicisrn around the wodd," he added. Almost two-thirds of the Catholics in the nuns Vatican City (GNS) - A priest was slain and two nuns were injured in an attack by uni- dentified forces in Angola, the Vatican news- paper L'O~ervatore Romano reported. The ambush by a group of armed men took place near the dty of I_ucupa on Mar. 22, the report said. Killed was Rev. Agostino Tshibitshika, a priest of the .Diocese of Saurirno. The two Franciscan nuns were said historical context, her policy of expul- ~on of Jews and Muslims, her links with the to be out of danger. quisition, would seem to make it impos- The report did not say who was suspected ~able to view her as a model for Oaristians in the kilting, but noted that the spiral of after the Second Vatican Coundl," the rabbi violence between rebels and the government has reached tremendous proportions in Angola. In many parts of the country, the guerrillas carry out indiscriminate attacks against the defenseless population and, "above all, against missionaries," the Vatican newspaper said. This kind of violence deserves the stron- gest condemnation, it added. For 16 years, Angola has been loc_ked in a war between the Marxist government and U~S. - backed guerrillas of the National Union for Total Independence of Angola, or UNITA. Efforts at peace talks have broken down. Last December, a Salesian missionary from Costa Pica was shot and killed by UNITA rebels. WOrld today are due to her." October 1980 issue of St. Anthony Mes- senger. "I go to Mass frequently, but not every Sunday. I don't go to Communion. I don't keep the rules." Two years earlier, Greene was among 88 signers of an open letter asking Pope John Paul I to restore the Tridentine Mass. One of Greene's most recent public comments on his Catholic faith was in a September 1989 interview in the English Cathofic weekly, The Tablet, in which he said the Church's stand against contracep- tion prompts increased abortion and that the debate over birth control could be solved by "a better pope." Catholicism was an element in many of his novels, and many of his characters were tom between God and sin, between good and evil. Iris greatest novel, in his own opinion and that of critics, was The Po,~er and the Glory, published in 1940. It is the story of a priest hunted by government authorities during the religious persecution in Mexico. The priest seeks to escape fear through alcohol and sex, but never loses his sense of guilt, his belief in his sacramental powers or his loyalty to his vocation. The novel was condemned by the Holy Office, now called the Vatican Congrega- tion for the Doctrine of the Faith. Receiving Greene in an audience in july 1965, Pope Paul vI told him that The Power and the Glory was among the novels of Greene's that he had read and enjoyed. Greene told the pope that the Holy Office had condemned the book and had asked for changes in the text, which he had re- fused to make. "Some parts of your books will always 101 N. Van Buren, LR 666-8504 Road Service Tune-ups Pickup & Delivery Air Cond. Repair Tires & Batteries Brake Service k__ STAR BOLT & SCREW CO., INC. Industrial Fasteners and Supplies 500 North Olive St., North Little Rock 372-7127 or AR Watts 1-800-482-9023 Brenda Kent Terry Kent Lauraetta Edgar Gail Clayton Raymond Clayton / Vki~ Graham Greene t Press/CNS offend some Catholics," the pope told Greene. "You should not worry about that." In 1973, Greene was awarded the 20th annual Thomas More Medal by the Tho- mas More Association in Chicago for the most distinguished contribution to Catho- tic fiterature. 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