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s :5: :::::::::::::::' F this _pa, st week St. John s Abbey, , along with some and fifty bishops rts of the United were given time iopportunity to ======t it means to be a ***,,,it,.,,,.,, ...... tl ................ •,.. THE GUARDIAN, JULY 2, 1982 a time of major • ally thin the Church and anl t had time to pray, mentreflect, to recreate, mow one another. scussions were ch pn the vast changes v for ,of bishop resulting enci Second Vatican  hahitishops have become fessepoken on social ... ; their moral im- iue mav Prior to the • . i  bishop could send tua, ,p, ..... u nls parlsnes anu -------'tors what needs to ler°mHe could depend fr°m,ost total assent. • s. "Y of the questions addrx and need great • ome_ )re for solutions. • ' Suhose days at St. was especially to hear from of the Cursillo it the diocese, e ne of their prayers Ioort. The bulletin w'L/i. John's was filled ,'s from people all '.ountry praying for lops That which sell a, a a - ", ' cren memory )x rCL 0 ..... n Saturday af- msuc: the "" " nter I • Abbey Church. lanta. jnpture ' causlaed from Pg. I ab( • • ,.,_hons must be made wnuC, han " b! July 9 Over- eo • _ . • whe-°mmodations are devel0 w  or o n no are interested ,. _ g establish a '), P';i in their parish or a'e:°c,a leadership role in P g program should their pastor for ar rein information 'vr'e(els of leadership ">eople planning to e day on the parish :Study program are v.J°sed to attend this .... i!, '' said Father em w I. Oswald, diocesan dtcaPtudy director :ese ox, mumans CoDed from Pg. 1 kansas for the past :  by Mr. and Mrs. Donahoe of Hunt- arks ..,Information con- hefTthese programs is , m the Diocesan insig.fe Office. 3ringP' and (-- L 21 REALTY kiy by t0ChicotRoad it, Lmte! 888-2913 :oa cts¢ Home ost otfic r the AC ! ) LOAN ASSUMPTION - )s postills area, 2 yrs. o d, 3BR, ock. Atilt with all e ergv features -- ,APTION hI. gar $15.800 luitv $497 • in the O tlTl ' O0 Fore  PAGE 3' homily. Following the Cardinal Hume led us in a If  /- reconciliation liturgy. He preached the mercy and the  ...... , forgiveness of God. Then a  .... number of bishops and .. ...... ,, . Benedictine monks scattered themselves through the church and private con- fessions took place. How touching it was to observe Cardinal Hume hearing confessions in the center of the sanctuary. When the last bishop finished going to him, he reversed roles and knelt down himself as a penitent. WHILE WE were at St. John's, the retired Bishop of St. Cloud, Bishop Bartholome died. He was 89 years old. A schedule adjustment was made and almost all of us attended the funeral• It is likely that no other bishop in the country could have had so many cardinals, archbishops and bishops in attendance. Even though I did not know this elder statesman of our Church, I was assured that he would enjoy every minute of the funeral liturgy. On Wednesday morning, we assembled in the Abbey Church for the last liturgy. The homilist reminded us that the gospel gave us the account of Jesus transfigured on the mountain. Along with Peter, we would like to remain on the mountain with Jesus. Unfortunately, it was now time to depart, to go into the valley of work. By midday on Wednesday, all of us were headed back to our dioceses. Thursday was a full day in the chancery, meeting with various priests and com- mittees. In the evening, I participated in a meeting with those who are concerned for the Guardian newspaper• ON FRIDAY I continued to hold meetings until noon. Then, I joined Mary and Leo Hiegel and Norman Schmuck for a journey to Eureka Springs• We were not out of the city when we were all overcome with hunger so we stopped at Wendy's for refreshments. Then, almost like children, we got hungry again at Harrison so we Springs shortly before five o'clock. At five o'clock, only because the church facilities were too small, we gathered in the Convention Center to celebrate the Centennial of St. Elizabeth's Parish in Eureka and St. Anne's in Berryville. The occasion was truly festive and memorable. Some Sisters of Mercy from St. Louis came for the celebration because Mercy Sisters operated a small hospital and a school in Eureka Springs in the early part of this century. The most tender and touching part of the liturgy came at Offertory time. The oldest lady in the parish, Julia Reber, carried the youngest baby in the parish in her arms, Rachel Wright. Lynn and Bruce Wright lost their first child last year. This was their new baby. I received the child recently baptized and brought stopped in for ice cream• We her in my arms up to the altar finally arrived at Eureka and elevated her before the Bishops' Pastoral Draft Continued from Pg. 1 The conditions that must be requirement, saying, "We do devastate those nearby populations." Even if an enemy attacks U.S. civilian centers, a counterstrike against civilian populations "must be condemned." -- "We do not perceive any situation in which the met for justification are that if nuclear weapons are to be used at all, it can be done "only after they have been us- ed against our own country or' our allies, and, even then, only in an extremely limited, discriminating manner deliberate initiation of against military targets...In nuclear warfare, on however all candor, we have no con- a restricted scale, can be fidence whatever that condoned. Non-nuclear at- tacks by another state must be deterred by other than nuclear means." Without judging the complex technological questions in- volved in the dangers of escalation once nuclear weapons are used, the committee says that, in the face of "very substantial doubt" about the possibilities of control, there is an obligation to the "safest possible moral course," and first use of nuclear weapons does not meet that moral obligation. --"Our objections to the use of nuclear weapons against civilians and to the initiation of nuclear warfare apply equally to the threat of such use." The threat of such use cannot be condoned, even if it "is not intended to be carried retaliatory and restrictive usage can be kept limited." In light of the dangers that at some point deterrence will fail and that an initial limited use will start a chain of escalation, the principle must be asserted that "no use of nuclear weapons can be considered moral if even indirectly it would result in significant violation of the principle of discrimination•" -- "If we were to reject any conceivable use of nuclear weapons, we would face the very difficult question whether it is permissible even to continue to possess such weapons." The committee confronts the paradox of having laid out a weighty moral reasoning against any use or threat to use nuclear weapons, versus the evaporation of the deterrent not think the facts are so clear, or the moral im- peratives so compelling that we can advance a judgment that is more stringent than toleration of the deterrent." But it emphasizes that this "toleration" does not mean approval and is conditioned on substantive efforts to modify the current state of affairs and move out of the "objectively evil situation•" It calls for a controlled, negotiated and verifiable multilateral disarmament process, at the same time warning that past efforts at "gradual" disarmament have made that term "relatively meaningless." The document also lists See Bishops' on Pg. 4 congregation. We made a gift of Rachel to GOd Who gives life. The gesture was also one of thanksgiving to GOd for the new baby. After the liturgy, we en- joyed a very fine supper and then toured the exhibits which had been put together for the Centennial celebration. In- deed Father Ray Rossi and those who worked with him deserve great commendation for such a joyful and festive celebration. THE NEXT morning, we arose and went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Nussbaum where we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast. These good people had invited the priests and the sisters as guests. Father DeClerk was able to come; Sister Consuella and Sister Elizabeth were there. After breakfast, Norman Schmuck, Father Rossi and I joined Clell McClung for a game of golf. Sometime in the af- ternoon, we returned to Little Rock to arrive at St. John's Center for another festive occasion. Saturday evening, 7:00 at St. John's will also live in our memories. James and Ruth Davis celebrated the Silver Anniversary of their wedding. Jim is the comptroller for the diocese and is charged with the care of St. John's. Father Hebert gave a stirring FAMOUS CHILl & WHOLESALE MEAT COMPANY Joe Korkames, Owner celebration of the liturgy and the reception, Pinky Schmuck and I drove through the night to St. Paul's Church in Pocahontas. ON SUNDAY morning at 10:30, it was my honor to represent Our Holy Father John Paul II in presenting papal honors to Dr. and Mrs. Matthias Baltz. For the Doctor, the honor of Knight of St. Gregory; for Mary Louise, the honor of the Papal Medal, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. A host of children, grand- children, relatives and friends filled the church. I was delighted that Father Hebert and his mother were able to be present. These honors are richly deserved because Matt and Mary Louise Baltz have been good Catholics, good parents and good witnesses to christian Catholic living• In the late afternoon, I moved on to Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro for my annual formal visit with the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters• As I reflect upon the contribution of the sisters to the life of the Church in Arkansas, I give thanks to God for their love, their support, their-concern for the needs of our people. Your friend, ÷ Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock Watch For... DIAMOND LIQUORS Rixie Exit - Highway 67 North 1421 No. 7th Street ASK FOR CHILl PHONE 782-0096 out at all," for several reasons. Among these are the "degradation it produces" in relationships between the two sides and the danger of loss of control over events regar- dless of the original intent. -- "'Christians and others of goodwill may differ as to whether nuclear weapons may be employed under any circumstances•" But even if a categorical moral con- demnation does not seem required from Christian teaching, "'it is difficult for us to see how what may be legitimate in theory may indeed by justifiable in value of the possession of nuclear weapons if use is renounced and backed by guarantees. It warns against "rapid, abrupt" aban- donment of nuclear weapons on grounds that the in- stabilities that would be created could themselves lead to catastrophe. "But a tem- porary toleration of some aspects of nuclear deterrence must not be confused with approval of such deterrence." -- Finally, "we have hereby outlined what would be at most a marginally justifiable deterrence policy," but "we find ourselves at odds with elements of current Fort Smith, Ark. 72901 Master Distributor For DPM of Arkansas & Kansas DAVE PARKER Owner Phone 782-3663 4000 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith AMPLE PARKING Easy access to drive in window. Wide aisles for easier shopping. JBLISHEI practice." deterrence policy" and are reveR "skeptical" of the basic coo argument of deterrence. )ot Little} ----- Faced with "a deterrent that BENTON GUIDE J is in place and which we cannot, according to Catholic t moral principles, approve." 77B-29B5 I the committee invokes the principle in Catholic moral DITOR .r/.. .... s/"mth,,-D, | theology of "toleration of ,RL A. @I'IIRP- " II'I ! moral evil." 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