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VOL. LXXlX, NO. 75 Texas bishop says: Olinie excommunicated By Cad Eifert Washington (CNS) - Bishop Rene H. Cracida of Corpus Christi, TX, has told the director of an abortion clinic and an obstetrician who performs abortions that they have incurred automatic excommunication under Church law. The bishop has also wamed a third person, who heads another clinic, of the same prohibition. Rachel Vargas, administrator of Reproductive Services in Corpus Christi, .Was informed of the excommunication ua a decree from Gracida dated June 1. It was made public recently by Vargas. I)r. Eduardo Aquino, who reportedly [performs 60 - 75 abortions a month at the New Women's Clinic, also in rppus Christi, announced that he too lad been excommunicated. The third person, Elva Bustamante, director of the clinic where Aquino 0fks Works, said that she had not received a formal notice. DIOCESE OF LITILE ROCK. AR In Jonesboro--- Scott Allen Chris Baldwin Girls Jonesboro - Blessed Sacra- ment parish was well repre- sented at Boys State and Girls State during June at the Uni- versity of Central Arkansas in Conway. FiveJonesboro High School juniors from the parish were se- lected to attend the five day assemblies. Attending Boys State were Scott Allen, son of Nancy Allenl Chris Bald- win, son of Larry and Melissa Bald- win, Troy Bartels, son of Anthony and Beverly Bartels, and A recently issued statement from the Corpus Christi Diocese said that Gracida's policy was "not to make any public statement about the relationship of any particular Catholic with :the Roman Catholic Church." It also said the bishop was "very disappointed" that Sr. Elaine Walbe, OSB, was born in employed as secretary and reception- Morrison Bluff, AR, to the late Alois ist in. the X-Ray Department. and Catherine Schlaf Walbe. She was A special joyous happening in her a member of Sts. Peter and Paul par- life was the ordination of her two Bene- ish and attended elementary school dictine brothers of Subiaco Abbey to ere, taught by the Benedictines of the priesthood. Rev.JohnWalbe, OSB, sort Smith. In 1937, she entered St. is presently pastor of St. Mary parish Cholastica Convent in Fort Smith, at- in Altus. Rev. Aloysius Walbe, OSB, is - nded St. Scholastica *Cademy and made lOnastic profession m 1940. After her profes- s!on, she was mis- S:ned to St. Joseph Mspital, Boonville, O, where she deceased. Tragedy occurred early in Sr. Walbe s life. Her father passed away in 1920 and on June 17, 1922, three brothers - Louis, 12, Herman, 10, and Wil- liam, 7, drowned in a Orked in Medical accident in swimming eeords and was re- the Arkansas River S O " nslble for the X- near their home. Her Ray Department. mother, Catherine, She became a Radi- was left to care for and Ologic Technologist nrovide a living for s u. . . . u . .. pent 20 years m .......... her remalnm famdv the - ur =--lame WalDe, u:sB . *" . - X-Ray Depart- " m rural Morrlson ; ertt-- at St. Joseph. Bluff in Logan County. Fr,rom St. loseoh, she was assigned In addition to family members al- "t~r two years to St. Hildegarde Hosoi- ready mentioned, her sister, Rose ! C_larksville, AR. In 1962, she wasAdams, lives in Charleston, AR. .-'msrerred to St. Anthony Hospital in Sr. Walbe enjoys music, reading, . rrilton (now Conway County Hos- crocheting, working crossword puzzles ffth:2d ;; t s:sX;R:YDseeP: =d:;p?ases of nature and the envi- Stacy Staudt Brian Stafford, son of Mickey and Martha Stafford. Stacy Staudt, daughter of John and Mary Ruth Staudt, attended Girls State. Boys State, sponsored by the Arkansas Depart- ment of American Legion, and Girls State, sponsored by the Arkansas De- partment of Ameri- can Legion Auxil- iary, were started to foster the principles of government. All five students will be seniors next school year. his letters to Vargas, intended to be "personal and private," were released to the press. Gracida's decree to Vargas said, "You must uhderstand that'be assistilig di- rectly in the procuring of abortions, you have subjected yourself to the automatic excommunication specified" in Canon 1398 of Church law. The canon states: "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs an automatic ( 'latae sen- tentiae ) excommunication." Excommunication results in the ex- See "Excommunication," page7 Dear Friends in Christ: The world stands in amazement at the developments in Eastern Europe. The BerlinWall has crumbled. There is new hope in the minds and the hearts 0Lall people. In large measure, John Paul II, as the world leader of hope, has been a cause for these astonishing events. Once a year, through the Peter's Pence Collection, we the faithful of the world have an opportunity to partici- pate in the worldwide leadership of John Paul II. We can share in his chari- table deeds throughout the world. This Sunday, throughout the whole world, we the faithful will make our gift to John Paul II so that he can meet the needs of the Church Universal. In a special way, I ask you to be generous to this sacred cause. - Your friend. + Bishop of Little Rock JULY 8, 1990 Troy Bartels Brian Stafford His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald announces the following appointments: Effective July 1: Rev. Edward Bernacki, CSSp, Chap- lain, Conway County Hospital. Rev. Wayne Epperley, CSSp, Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Conway. Rev. Joseph Sheehan, CSSp, Pastor, Sacred Heart Church, Morrilton. Rev. Francis I. Malone, JCL Chancellor ~I~,L