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LXXX, NO. 19 Ii DIOCESE OF LflTLE ROCK, AR MAY 19, 1991 shortage said threaten Church's :haristic tradition By Jerry Fflte a Orlando, FL ((INS) - In a wide-ranging report approved April 30, the National Fed- eration of Priests' Councils said the grt~v- ", a~g phenomenon of priesfless Sundays in U.S. parishes threatens the eucharistic tra- dition central to Catholic life. i .Ordination of women and ordination of ~uarried men were among the solutions to the priest shortage that the report said should be discussed. But just before the vote on the docu- ment Rev.Joseph C. Brink, federation presi- dent, said 'q'his document is not a docu- ment on the ordination ofwomen. It's about the priest shortage and priesfless parishes." At the heart of the 14,000 - word docu- ment was the conviction, expressed repeat- edly in various ways, that'Eucharist on Sun- Clay has identified us as Catholic" and loss of that tradition would seriously harm Catho- lic life. The report is titled '~Priestless Parishe~ Priests' PerslSective" and is an overview of pastoral, theological and canonical issues Pope ends authority of controversial archbishop By John Thav Vatican City (CNS)- Pope John Paul II connected with the priest shortage. It was based in part on a national survey in which the federation asked member priests' coun- cils to reflect on the implications of the priest shortage in their lives and in the life of the Church. Of 127 voting delegates at the federation's convention in Orlando, 122 approved the report and free expressed disapproval. The report said many priests value celi- bacy for themselves but there was little sup- port expressed (in the survey) for maintain- ing the discipline "requiring all priests to be celibate." It said they considered mandatory celi- bacy less central to Church life than the community's '"oaptismal right and duty to celebrate Sunday Eucharist." In the U.S. - the question is really settled about'~ahether one has to be celibate to be ordained," it said, since we do ordain men who are married, who desire to be Catholic priests and who have been ordained in some other Christian denomination." More than 50 former ministers of other denominations, mainly Episcopal priests, have been ordained as married Catholic priests in the U.S. within the past decade. The report said the question of ordain- ing women "is far more problematic" than the idea of married priests, but "m today's Church we may not and cannot ignore or See "Shortage," page 8 ~ :'~ r " ; I Rev. Albert J. Schneider Bishop Andrew J. McDonald (C) poses with Rev. Bernard Bolds of Walnut Ridge (L) and Msgr. Adam Micek of Little Rock on the occasion of their 50th anniversary of ordination following a Mass of Celebration at the Cathderal of St. Andrew in Little Rock May 7. Not pictured is Rev. N. Charles McGinnis of Hot Springs. Sr. Carmen Beshoner joins faculty emeritus at Westark College By Sr. Pierre Vorster, OSB Fort Smith- St. Carmen Beshoner, OSB, : ...... became a member of the Faculty ,Emeritus of Westark Community College at the col- lege commencement here recen .fly. She was named during the ceremony by Dr.Joel 1L Stubblefield, president of the college. Beshoner has taught French at the col- ~.pointed an apostolic administrator for "~ lege for 20 years, and also teaches English ti's main archdiocese, in effect remov- * as a Second Language. In addition, she ing pastoral power from controversialArch- teaches French at the Junior High level at bishop Francois-Wolff Ligonde. Fwst Lutheran School. Sr. Carmen Beshoner roceives eer- The Vatican said that bishop Joseph :" She holds a B.A. degree from Webster tificate from Dr. Joel R. Stubblefield. I.afontant had been named to administer ',. College in St. Louis, and an M.~ from the the Port-au-Prince archdiocese, although '" University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She has Ligonde continues as head of the see in j done graduate and postgraduate work at I ~~.--"] ] name, A Vatican spokesperson said the un- OPI-Reuters/CNS the University of Utah, the University of Usual stepwas taken because the archbishop A young survivor stands in front of Vermont, Universite I_aval in Quebec, and Vras effectively impeded from performinghis ministry, the wreckage surrounding his home.culturalthe Sorbonne in Paris. She has also donestudy in Anger and Quimper, [ ] Lafontant, 53, had been an auxiliary Hlmdreds of eangladeshis France. Beshoner has served as President of the I ~____f ~-J I bishop in Port-au-Prince. In pre-cyclone epidemic- Arkansas Assodation of Teachers of French, IJgonde, 63, was seen by many Hai s as a collaborator of the Duvalier family s Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNS)- Weeks be-President, ofthe Arkansas Foreign Language former dictatorship, and there had been fore a 145-mileper-hour cydone killed more Teachers Association, and has frequentlyserved as ajudge for the Arkansas Foreign I talls fr his remval" The archbishp has than 125'000 peple in Bangladesh' the Language Festnral" She has been a board I I Strongly criticized Haiti's new president, Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a former Salesian country was already in the grips of a member of the Fort Smith Girls' Shelter Who was suspended from the order when diarrheal epidemic, and has worked with Cuban refugees at Fort he entered party politics. On April 26, three days befre the killer Chaffee. [ ~ i [ InJanu=y, Ligonde attacked, the presi- cyclone swept through southeast Beshoner entered St. Scholasfica Con- dent-elect as a "sodo-Bolshevik in a ser- Bangladesh, more than 700 people had re- vent in 1941 and made her monastic pro- '0 z I rnona few days before an attempted coup portedly died ofdehydration and diarrhea, fession in 1944. When asked whather plans I = / against the new government. ,An angry. Another 27,000 were seriously ill. are now that she is retiring after more than 1 1 crowd later stormed the Vatican s apostolic I / nunciature and destroyed several ,church For several weeks there had been little 40 years of teaching, she replied that she O ~ rain throughout the area, a reom~g sea- has commitments to keep. ~ ~ "Ytrst, I need to proceed with summer I 0 ~ ~ O buildings, induding the archbishop, s resi- sonal problem. The weather had been dry cornmimaents," she said. "lead a Irave]-study I i~ I~ ,~U l Ligonde.dence'Thembwasreportecllylkingfr and hot. Waterin pondsand canalshadtour to Quebec and Montreal..-attend the " / A Haitian human rights activist in the dried uP r was stagnant" When peple Benedictine Mnastic Institute in / ~ ~. i ~ ] U.S. said the Vatican move was seen as the drank the foul water, they contracted diar- Collegevifle, MN...and finish a number of removal of a cause of "embarrassment" to rhea. quilts for the annual monastery bazaar. After the Church in Haiti. See "Bangladesh," page 9that, I am open to what develops."