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VOL. LVIII, NO. 29 Official Cflublication of the q00iocese of Cittle q00ock LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS JULY 18, 1969 zation Way of Explanation Mother Church alwaysre- the loss of one who has himself to her service ,ry special way through the Priesthood. A number of recently have received Inl- and a dispensation from sacerdotal obligations, as requested. These may no r serve in the active priest- they are permitted they are membersin in the Church, per- full practice of their Unaccustomed to this, Catholics will be a bit seeing a former priest and receiving the s as a layman. The Understandable, but jus- Well as charity demand of that he recognize standing,, of those who released of their obli- by the authority able to dispensation. the western, Roman rite candidates for major or- }dge themselves to the celt- The law of the Church res this. During the Second Council, there was much about the situation of Unfortunate priests who had abandoned the priesthood, hadbeen living in an invalid marriage for years and perhaps had a family; there was a desire for compas- sion for these men, who wouldnev- er return to the active priesthood and yet ardently desired the full practice of their Catholic Faith. The Holy See began to grant dis- pensations in such cases, and la- ter on, even extended this to other cases. While one might be in agreement or disagreement with the policy of the Holy See, it is important that all realize that the Church is dis- pensing from her own law. There is no parallel here with the law governing the indissolubility of marriage; that is a matter of God's law and the Church cannot dissolve the bond of a sacra- mental marriage which has been consummated. It is the present practice of the Holy See to grant a dispensation from the ecclesiastical lawofcel- ibacy to one who reasonably seeks it; one thus dispensed ceases to function as a priest. This is not done casually; a waiting period is required, so that there will be no rash action. A rather thorough report is made to the Holy See, with the recommendation of the local Bishop. Named by Nixon Charles Keating, Jr., 45, of Cincinnati, who founded Citi- zens for Decent Literature, inc., and has been active in anti-smut work for 12 years, has been named by President Nixon to the U. S. Commis- sion on Obscenity and Porno- graphy. Keating, a communi- cant of St. Vlvian church, Fin- neytown, Ohio, succeeds U. S. Sen. Kenneth P. Keating of New York, who has been appointed ambassador to india. They are not related. The new commis- sioner is an attorney and a former swimming champion. The USCOP, authorized by Congress in 1967, consists of 18 members, and is to pre- pare a report on means of con- trolling distribution of obscen- ity. (NC Photo) ishop Pleads for Latin America Rock -- His Excellency Albert L. Fletcher has an earnest appeal for gen- the U. S. National An- for Latin America, up in all parishes of -se of Little Rock this 0. read at all Masses last Sunday, Bishop r Wrote: *dear Friends in Christ: needs of the Church in Latin Am- erica. This collection has been taken up on some Sunday in July. The collection this year will be taken up in every church of the diocese next Sunday, July 20th. The Holy Father himself has asked us to be generous because of the critical need ofe Church in South America. He has, infact, asked us to make our brothers in South America our own special concern. I am asking you to be generous in your contribution to South Am- erica for a Somewhat selfish rea- son -- a reason which would certainly be approved by Our I,ord Himself. There is an old but very true principle that has always worked in our personal lives, "the best way to obtain Our Lord's help for yourself is to help someone else." We have often noticed this in our own lives. We realize we need God's help and blessing in all our undertakings. Just as soon as we forget for a moment about our- selves and try to help someone SEE LATIN AMERICA PG. 2 years you have con- relieve the critical ivetans Fete Investment, Professions, Jubilees Comer, O.S.B., daughter of Mrs. Edna Gomer of St. Louis, pro- nounced their five temporary Benedictine vows. Novice Kathleen Blanchard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Blanchard of Jones- boro, received the religious habit. Sister M. Sonic Swirczynski, O.S.B., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Swirczynski of Muenster, Tex- as, pronounced her perpetual re- ligious vows. Jubilarians included Sister M. Regina Willett, O.S.B., of Jones- borb, who celebrated the 50th an- niversary of her religious pro- fession, and three Sisters who reached the silver jubilee mile- stone -- Sister Carine Myers, O.S.B., of Hot Springs, Sister M. SEE OLIVETANS ON PAGE 2 Two More Cursillos Scheduled Little Rock -- Msgr. B. Fran- cis McDevitt announced this week that Cursillo No. 2 for women will be conducted September 18-21 and -- His Excellency L. Fletcher of Lit- officiated July 11 at an ceremony at Holy onvent here which featur- new liturgy and acts of to religious life that from investment of an Benedictine novice to and perpetual profes- Celebration of silver and anniversaries on the feast Solemnity of St. Benedict. ;ter M. DePorres Polk, langhter of Mr and Mrs. Polk of Erath, .; Sister rine Jones, O.S.B., daugh- and Mrs. William B. nphis; Sister M. Susan The Sentry Says: Cursillo No. 6 for men will be conducted October 16-19. The Monsignor, who is Little Rock diocesan cursillo director, said preparations already are un- derway for the Cursillos de Cris- tiandad (Little Courses in Chris- tianity), both of which will be given at St. John's Catholic Cen- ter, 500 North Tyler Street here. (See Related Story on Page 9). Forty candidates, the maximum SEE CURSILL.OS ON PAOE 3 It Is Never Right to Lie. The Aged Create Population Problems. (Pr Details, Read Qui Vive? on Page 4) Diocese to Survey Laity, Religious On Obligatory Holydays Little Rock -- The Religious and laity of the Diocese of Little Rock will be surveyed next week to determine whether they prefer continuance of observance of Holy- days of Obligation as at present or modification of existing legis- lation in this regard. The diocesan-wide survey will follow earlier polls of American bishops and priests and will pro- vide information for the guidance of the National Conference of Cath- oiic Bishops in making recommend. ations to the Holy See with regard to Holydays of Obligation, observed in the United States. Laymen and Religious are being asked to make known their views to their pastors and chaplains by Sunday, July 27. A special ques- tionnaire, duplicated below, pro- vides means for indicating pre- ferences for a change or for no change and for indicating prefer- ences with regard to individual Feast Days. His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher explained the purpose of the survey as follows: "Our National Conference of Catholic Bishops has been exam- ining the question of obligatory holydays in the United States. The committee in charge surveyed each bishop of the country and submit- ted its report at the plenary ses- sion of the NCCB (National Con- ference of Catholic Bishops) in Houston in April, 1969. It was decided then to designate an "ad hoc" committee to determine the attitude of priests, religious and laity on this matter. The questionnaire that follows is for that purpose. "There are two fundamental cho- ices: either retain the holydays of obligation as they are or modify existing legislation. How- ever, if one opts for a change in the law, then a decision must be made on each of the holydays. This choice will mean either to make no change in the law re- garding that particular holyday, or to eliminate the obligation requir- ing participation at Mass on this specific day, or to transfer the celebration of the feast to a near and appropriate Sunday. "Thepressures of work in the moddrn world frequently make attendance at Mass on weekday feasts of obligation difficult or impossible. Moreover, time pres- sures often lead to rushed 9r abbreviated celebrations of the lit- urgy with a consequent loss in their teaching and inspirational value. Whether an elimination of the obligation or a transfer of the feast would remedy these prob- lems and serve the best spiritual interests of the total Catholic com- munity is the point at issue. Since this question, however, affects priests, religious and, in a spec- ial way, the laity, it seemed to the bishops only fitting that as wide a sampling of viewpoints as possible should be attempted. "In the Diocese of Little Rock, parish priests and chaplains of institutions are to present the matter to the people on Sunday, July 20th, with a request that all responses be returned by July 27th. In many places, this sur- vey will be obtained through the Parish Council. "For the benefit of those who do not receive the survey form and wish to express themselves on this matter, a questionnaire is printed here in The Guardian; this questionaire should be com- pleted and turned in to the pas- tor by July 27th." QUESTIONNAIRE ON HOLYDAYS A. Do you feel there should be a change in the present legislation concerning holydays of obligation observed in the United States (excluding Christmas)? CHANGE NO CHANGE B. If you feel there should be a change, ple3:se indicate your opinion on each of the feasts: 1. Octave of Christmas or the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God .......... NO CHANGE__ FEAST TRANSFERRED._..._ OBLIGATION REMOVED.....__ 2. Feast of the Ascension ............. NO CHANGE__ FEAST TRANSFE RRED..m, OBLIGATION REMOVED__ 3. Feast of the Assumption ............. NO CHANGE__ FEAST TRANSFERRED.,..=.._ OBLIGATION REMOVED____ 4. Feast of All Saints ................. NO CHANGE__ FEAST TRANSFERRED____ OBLIGATION REMOVED__.__ 5. Feast of the Immaculate Conception....NO CHANGE....._ FEAST TRANSFERRED.......... OBLIGATIQN REMOVEIL._._