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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC MAY 19, 1991 PAGE 11 For Medjugorje-- Bishops preparing liturgical guidelines By Job,, Tt= 1 Vatican City (CNS)- Yugoslavian bishops said they are preparing liturgical and pasto- ral guidelines for visitors to Medjugorje, the controversial site of alleged Marian appari- tions. In a statement, the bishops also repeated a judgment made a few months earlier, that there is no convincing evidence yet that su- pernatural apparitions or revelations are occurring at Medjugorje. Medjugorje supporters believe that Mary has been appearing daily to young people in the Yugoslavian village since 1981. Other Church officials, including the local bishop, are skeptical and have tried to curb pilgrim- ages there. The bishops' statement was issued at the dose of a three-day national meeting. Last fall, after hearing a report from a nation- Wide commission investigating Medjugorje, the bishops forwarded a similar declaration to the Vatican, but it gas never officially published. The bishops said the national commis- sion would continue to research the events at Medjugorje. Meanwhile, they said, the reflux of well-motivated pilgrims requires greater pastoral attention. For this reason, the bishops said, the conference iiltends to prepare pastoral and liturgical directives for the site. No further details were provided. The statement said pastoral responsibil- it3, in this case belongs both to Bishop Pavao Zanic of Mostar-Duvno, whose diocese in- dudes Medjugorje, and the other Yugosla- vian bishops. Yugoslavian Church sources have said the bishops' action is aimed at taking advan- tage of the spiritual fervor at Medjugorje, while more dosely controlling what people are told and taught there. Medjugorje has developed into one of the world's most popular pilgrimage sites. Murder of priest said to be political :ly Guatemala City, Guatemala (CNS)- is, Political analysts and a Catholic human rights activist have attributed political too- JOINT VENTURE REAL ESTATE" 565- 5300 Are You Tired of Paying Taxes on C.D. Interest ? t I 0 Affordable "- Capable Quality Personal Service tiv s to the murders ofa Marist priest and a Social Democrat opposition politidan. The shooting deaths of Rev. Moises Cisneros Rodriguez on April 29 and of opposition polifidan DinoraJose Perez the following day may have been carried out by _ulwaright paramilitary groups opposed to negotiations between the Guatemalan gov- ernment and the leftist opposition, news reports said. Cisneros, who was the academic direc- tor for the three Marist high schools in Guatemala, was gunned down in his office at the Colegio Marista on the outskirts of the dty. A news report the week prior to Cisneros' murder said most of the politi- dam involved in the talks studied at the Marls1 school. In the other suspected political assassi- nation, DinoraJose Perez was gunned down in the evening on April 30 by two men on a motorcycle while she was riding in her car near her home. Perez was a leader of the Social Demo- crats' United Guatemala movement and ran unsuccessfully for a congressional seat in the November 1990 national election. Rev. Andres Giron, a Catholic priest who won election to congress in that election despite opposition from the Vatican, said that the murder of Perez was "committed by paramilitary groups which seek to "de- capitate' tho~e labor and political leaders who wish to establish a just social system in Guatemala." In late April, the Serrano government and the opposition held talks in Mexico designed to put an end to 30 years of armed conflict between leftist guerrillas and the Guatemalan military govemmenL Ultrafight groups, however, are opposed to a negoti- ated solution to the conflict. The ultraright, say political analysts, be- lieve the Serrano government has betrayed the conservative cause by negotiating with the opposition and the murders could be a warning to the government to halt the process. Church says 75 land reformers murdered Brasilia, Braz (CNS)- Church officials said that 75 peasant leaders involved in land reform campaigns were killed in Brazil last year. A report by the Pastoral Land Commis- sion of the National Conference of Brazil- Marjorle Htm~dmr, C~.S. Olin Wahrmund Members of St. Thcmsa's Parish Free Market Analysis 6624 Forbing Rd., LR 72209 (1/2 BIk. west of Univ.Ave) ian Bishops, =]eased in a news conference, Pinochet's wife -- said the htest figures brought to 563 the num ro.u ac , .e ,.,e st x Church caused years. ~We can alYm'n that as long as there is no husband's fall agrarian reform, democracy does not i~ exist in Brazil. In the countryside, the mili- tan/ arsenal of violence still exists intact," said Bishop Tomas Balduno of Goias, an Santiago, Chile (CNS) - The wife of agricultural region in central Brazil. former Chilean dictator Gen. Augosto In 1985, after more than two decades of Pinochet has said that the Catholic Church's dictatorship, military leaders mined power opposition to her husband's 15-year mill- over to a transitional governmentwhich led tary rule was responsible for his downfall. to democratic national elections in 1989. Lucila Hiriart de Pinochet told the Chil- The winner, Pres. Fernando Collor deean magazine ~ in an interview that Mello, promised to consolidate democracy "the role of the Catholic Church" may have and eliminate the nation's poverty and m- been the "direct cause" of Pinochet's loss in ral violence, but a year after taking office a 1988 plebiscite vote in which Chileans re- his crifics say both problems have worsened, jected his continuance in power as the The Church report charged that 75 ac- country's president. tivists were killed by gunmen hiredbyrich Lucila Pinochet said the Church hierar- landowners and paramilitary groups trying chy "manipulated (Chileans') consciences" to dismande the agrarian reform movemenL prior to the balloting, "in order to influence Only 14 of the 590 murders logged since the voting." 1985 have been brought to trial and there She said that the Chilean bishops "might have been only three convictions, Balduno not like what I have to say" but the Chilean said. Church's criticism - largely over human rights The Catholic Church gives strong sup- abuses- of her husband's government "was port to the efforts of Brazil's 14 million land- an exaggerated injustice." less peasants to improve their station in life. She also complained that she was not invited to any of the events during Pope John Paul II's visit to Chile in 1987, while Supreme Court orders her husband was still president. "Imagine... they punished me for being the wife of the 'macabre dictator,' by their trial, denies bail request account she said. "My merit as a mother, wife and a woman who had worked with the poor for 16 years meant absolutely nothing to these people." she said. San Salvador (CNS) - E1 Salvador's Su- preme Court of Justice has ordered a lower court to proceed with the trial of the nine soldiers accused in the November 1989 slay- hag bf six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter. The court also rejected an appeal for the release on bail of the accused soldiers. The derisions came as jury selection in the trial in El Salvador's Fourth Penal Court was set to begin, paving the way for the beginning of what will be the first civilian trial of military personnel on criminal charges in the country's history. The Salvadoran government has accused four army officers, induding COl. Guillermo Benavides, and five enlisted personnel of the Nov. 16, 1989, slayings on the campus of El Salvador's Jesuit-run Central Ameri- can University. Benavides and seven of the other sus- pects were being held without bail on charges of murder, while one of the en- listed men was at large. Call us for the tax advantage alternative. 376-7878 LIZ ADAMS McGehee & Associates 217 W. 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