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General absolution option withdrawn in Milwaukee By Ethel NL Gintoft Milwaukee (CNS) - In response to a Vatican order, Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland has rescinded permission to ceP ebrate general absolution during Lent and Advent in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Weakland notified archdiocesan priests that he was withdrawing the option of al- lowing a group of penitents to make a gen- eral confession and receive general absolu- tion, which had been allowed there during Lent and Advent since 1989, and during Ordinary Time since 1977. Under canon law, the head of a diocese may determine whether the appropriate conditions exist to allow general confession and absolution. Usual circumstances for such a determination would include dan- ger of imminent death or that there are too few priests available to hear a large number of confessions within a suitable time period. Weakland issued guidelines in 1989 per- miuing general absolution during Lent and Advent when there is a large number of penitents. But the Vatican does not agree with his interpretation of Canon 961 of Church law, Weakland told the priests, adding that the Vatican maintains that a shortage of priests when there are many penitents is not a sufficient reason for the rite. '2 do not feel it would be helpful to the local Church to continue to defend my rights in this regard, even though some canonists might wish me to do so," Weakland said. The pope "does not want the sacrament of reconciliation to evolve in this way, even though there is a growing shortage of priests." His decision to go along with the request was preceded by lengthy correspondence between him and the Vatican dating to September 1988, he said. His letters pointed out the fear that without general absolution fewer people will seek the sacrament and the Church's "instrumentality" in reconcili- ation could be diminished. He encouraged the priests to reread the 1989 guidelines, which call for preaching about the sacrament of reconciliation and its benefits and encourage use of the other two accepted rites~ The other rites are for traditional private confession - either face- to-face or in the confessional - and when a communal celebration and general confes- sion of sin are followed by indMdual con- fession and absolution. The Second Vatican Council emphasized the communal nature of all the sacraments, including reconciliation. Rites with a com- munal emphasis were issued as a resulL Rev. Daniel Berrigan: "Just War" debate has no place in the Church Chicago (CNS) - It was a mistake for U.S. bishops to apply the just war theory to the Per- sian Gulf War, according to Jesuit Rev. Daniel _gerfigan. "Our value ought to be the Gospel instead of some pagan theory," he said. The 'lust war" theory was promoted by St. Augustine of Hippo in the fifth century. It holds that use of force is acceptable for certain re- sU-icted reasons. Berrigan, a longtime social activist imprisoned many times for protesting against war and nuclear missiles, is a visiting professor this spring at Chicago's DePaul University. "In one way I was encouraged because the Church had never supported us (peace activ- ists) during the Viemam War" he said. 'This time the bishops spoke out early before the war." Berrigan said support for the war may even- t 'y nin b. "I'm not sure how popular this war will be as the cost of it becomes more apparent, as sol- diem come home to nothing except the ghetto again," he said. %Ve haven't really written the last chapter on this war." Berrigan said the war and its aftermath have left many people dispirited. "Most good people, I mean people who have some conscience, are feeling very discouraged, especially after the war," he said. "People feel powerless, voiceless, bewayed." Berrigan said the war coverage was "one of the worst media performances of my fifefirne.'" The media gave absolutely no attention to the resistance and isolated people to the point they didn't really know things were happening in their cities," he said. "I was aU over the place and practically no one knew there were big crowds out in New York, Washington, San Fran- cisco and presumably Chicago. Everyone felt they were the only one resisting." 'This was certainly a grandly managed war from the point of view of never seeing the vic- rims and never seeing the resisters." S!iop 2903 Kavanaugh A Computer Store That Gives You Megabytes More THE MICRO SHOP, Inc. Phone 568-8023" 8023 Chicot Rd. Utile Rock, AR 72209 The kind of Service that you're looking for You're part of a family when you walk in our door. 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Medidnes and oral saline were also be- ing supplied by non-governmental organi- zations who were supplying dean water and medical treatment. Before the cyclone struck, the govern- ment was reportedly considering expand- ing the Bhola Sadar Hospital and setting up a Diarrheal Disease Research Center there and an oral saline project at Barisal. (CNS) John MacLeod, 53, the former New York Knicks coach who will succeed Richard "Digger" Phelps as coach of the University of Notre Dame's basketball team, has promised to re- cruit players who can "play a faster, up-tempo style of basketball." MacLeod, who posted a 707-657 record during 18 years in the Na- tional Basketball Association, said the returning players were "a good- looking crew" who want to be "good basketball players and part of a winning tradition." Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia vis- ited the area on April 23. 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