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PAGE 8 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC APRIL 22, 1990 lings ims6 part in the ordination ceremony. "We "I came because I'm curious ab0Ui do not regard Fr. Stallings as any more some things, like Stallings' pro-choiCe orthodox" than does Roman Catholi- attitudes," said Jude Richardson. aI cism, he said. mean, if he said abortion isn't a sin thcS Fr. Stallings incurred automatic ex-he's not Catholic." breB'[ .... communication in February when he Fr. Stallings, in anouncing his said the African-American Catholic in February, said that abortion would Congregation would be "independent be a matter of conscience in the Afri"] Washington (CNS)-Excommunicated from Rome." . can-American Catholic Congregation(:[ Fr. George Stallings Jr., who founded Fr. Stallings, priest of the Washing- "When he called people up to joitr | the breakaway African-American Catho- ton Archdiocese and once the archdi-there was not that much exuberance;' [ lic Congregation, plans to be made a ocesan evangelist, was suspended July 3 Colette Williamson said. "I don't thinkl ] bishop of his church in May. after celebrating the first liturgy of many will join. You might have sonde | Plans call for prelates of the Old Imani Temple, which he founded, strays but most people are too deepl i[ Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox He formed a second congregation inrooted in their faith." i dl Church and the African Orthodox George Stallings (CNS) Norfolk, VA, and is trying to form Auziliary Bishop John J. Ricard t01 :[ Church to ordain Fr. Stallings a bishop another one in Baltimore. On April 8, The Catholic Review, "Most Catholia! I May 12 in Washington. of Uterecht. It is composed of small he.started Kuumba Temple in Philadel- feel affirmed by their own parishes." The site of the installation, a Baptist church groups that broke with Rome.phm. Kuumba is Swahili for "creativity." is chair of the U.S. bishops' Committe,e I church in Washington's northeast Clergy offices and titles parallel those The day preceding the ordination, Fr. for Black Catholics and the Baltirn0tel [ quadrant, is being called the Pro-Ca- used in the Catholic and Anglican Stallings "episcopal ordination commit- Archdiocese's urban vicar, i';i[ thedral of Our Lady of Africa for the churches, tee" w.'dl host a. $55-a-person black-tie "After 200 or more years of expel! [ ceremony. Bishop Karl Pruter, a bishop of the recepuon and droner dance at a Wash-ence with the Church here, we hs' [ Assuming that an acceptable Ortho- Christ Catholic Church, an Old Catho: ington hotel, seen the establishment of St. Fran :] I dox or Old Catholic ordination rite is lic member church based in High- ||@nmu-'AA1 6,. ,,=--6-- " Xavier parish and the founding oft e[ ] followed, such a ceremony would be landville, MO, said that the Eastern LItIiFHIliill I, UIiI'I [ Oblates (Sisters.f Providence, for I considered valid but ilficit, or illegal, Orthodox prelate would come from a ,,--,,--.-,--.--- women religious), to name a fe il[ 1: under Catholic teaching. The Old church "on the outside" of Eastern UU[UUm r IUIIIIWI PS People don't want to sacrifice that, ib i] [: Catholic and Orthodox churches are Orthodoxy. said. I considered to have bishops validly Bishop Pruter said theAfrican Ortho- By Kate Pipkin, Fr. Stallings' first liturgy in Baltirn i[ [ ordained in apostolic succession, but dox Church is a remnant of black was publicized through radio adverti .e;i! l! the Catholic Church would not permit nationalist leader Marcus Garvey s Baltimore (CNS) ' Excommunicated merits and leaflets left on cars at B ;'It [ Fr. Stallings to exercise any episcopal "back-to-Africa" movement of the post- Fr. George stailingsJr. Celebrated Mass more churches. [I ministry among Catholics. World War I era. The church broke for his breakaway African-American I encouraged them to go [i William Marshall, spokesman for Fr. from the Episcopal Church, Bishop Catholic Congregation and said he may :i for themselves," said Fr. Donald 1! Stallings, at first confirmed details sur- Pruter said, when the latter at that time form a new branch here. . ling, pastor of St. Cecilia parisff' i] [i rounding the denomination of the refused to ordain blacks. Between 700 and 800 people tumed Baltimore and one of,the archdioce - i! ordaining prelates in a telephone inter- One.of Fr. Stallings two priests, Fr. i out for the liturgy at t Baltimore ban=- two black pastors. "I m not surprise6 [ view with Catholic News Service, but Hugh Randolph Caines Jr., had been quet hall. When Fr. Stallings asked who he would try and start a church her. l ] | said April 11 he could neither confirm an African Orthodox deacon, accord- would come'forward and join his but, from what I've heard, most of~ [ | nor deny those details, ing to Bishop Pruter. He later was church, however, only about 40 people joining are not Catholic." " [ The Old Catholic Church is a loose ordained in the Christ Catholic Church, responded. Close to half the congrega- " confederation of national churches then left to join Fr. Stallings. tion left after the homily at the three-- brought together in 1889 by the Union Bishop Pruter said he would not take hour service. q want to see how many want to join," q Fr. Stallings shouted during the liturgy. TIlE OF' M ffUGORff] "Won t you give us a chance? Step outGuatemala City (CNS) - A and make history today." lan priest and land reform activist Inttrnttiomd Youth Prayer FNt/val Pilsrimss, Many Catholics interviewed by The he will leave the priesthood toe July 28-August 8 Catholic Review, Baltimore's archdioce- politics. san newspaper, said they came to theNaFdo Andres Giron, founder of New York. Chica Angeles service only out of curiosity. ' hal Association of PeasantS .$1,300 $1,400 $1,500 Ed Butler, a Catholic who owns theLand, told Church authorities he wc banquet hall and said he gave Fr. leave the priesthood immediately All Meat,, Indud l Stallings a rental discount, said hecampaign for Alfonso Cabrera, a G1 t714) 750-7570 1800) 628-3440 , would not leave his parish, tian Democrat presidential candle "I'm trying to see what there's so who is Pres. Vinicio Cerezo's chc , much confusion about," Buffer said. "I'm concerned that people will be successor. di ded." Fr. Giron, who often has expre: ST. MA.RyIS AM I like the feeling here but not an interest in running for presided enough to leave my own church, said for the senate, said he hoped cabJ wuld chse him as a running It [ B Natalie Mercer. "We don t want our in the November elections. ., t people to leave the Church." Members of the Guatemalan bishP ] 8undsy "=,, dpPil conference could not be reached for I comment on the priest s action. .. ! 1516 ParkerSt., NLR I D )WNTOWN DON'S_ The priest saidhe had asked ;:; [ Vatican to allow him to return to [ Chickefl Dinner...Thurs., April 26 [ SHOE SERVICE priesthood should he eventually q0_, [ politics, but he acknowledged, t Spaghetti Dinner...Sun., April 29 [ chances were slim that his petlttu i: I would be accepted. 0-'l BOOthS opel1 at 2 PM oll Sun., April 291["3"78-02-2-6M -Fr "I am not looking for office or [ ! I to,: OP .Sot.gA -,m tige," he said. "I would like to see ; t} eo le o anized so that we can | Raffle drawing at end of the bazaar/ [ . p p rg some changes in the country, , | = ' improve Jae life of the people.