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PAGE 6 THE GUARDIAN, JULY 19, 1974 -t ast Musings Reducing Place of County Vatican II And Confession ' By "THOSE WHO approach the Sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from the mercy of God for offenses committed against Him• They are at the same time reconciled with the Church, which they have wounded by their sins, and which by charity, example, and prayer seeks their conversion." (Vat II, the Church -- People of God, 11). No other sacrament brings so much consolation to a sinner - the mercy of God knows no bounds - the Heavenly Father receives the repentant child with open arms. IT IS DIFFICULT to un- derstand why some priests and teachers seek to belittle the benefit of confession• Nevertheless, the following are not rare occurrences. Many pastors would be able to verify them. "A confessor tells a penitent that the Church's thought on confession is changing, so it no longer is necessary to receive the sacrament except on rare occasions• There are other more 'up to date' rites in the liturgy, he explains, which have the same penitential effects.' "OR 'A NUN explains to her CCD class that in the near future, certainly within the next 10 yeats, confessionals won't be found in churches anymore. At last, she claims with a sense of achievement, the Church is ridding itself of the black box of syndrome.' "Or 'a distraught parent comes to the pastor com- plaining that his child has been told in religion class, that going to confession is only for the JOE DOLAN Insurance Agency "MR. INSURANCE" All Lines of Insurance (501) 842-2431 England, Arkansas Carlisle Drug Co. PRESCRIPTIONS PAT COOK Registered Pharmacist :arlisle Arkannl i i i CITI ENS BANK A Good Bank in a Good Community Member F.D.I.C. Carlisle Arkansas PI [AIRIE COUNTY BANK Member of FDIC "The Bank That Backs The Community" Hazen, Arkansas Msgr. John B. ScheperJ person who has committed a mortal sin. And, as everyone knows, according to the teaching of some authors, it is very difficult and psychologically exceptional for a person to commit such an evil deed. This means that the sacrament of penance, as private confession, is needed only rarely, if ever, by the majority of Catholics.' UNFORTUNATELY, such incidents are not fictitious, and the confusion concerning the Sacrament of Penance is serious. Is this the teaching of Vatican II? Let's take a look. The Council fathers state: "Pastors should also be mindful of how much the Sacrament of Penance contributes to developing the Christian life and, therefore, should make themselves available to hear the confession of the faithful. If necessary, they should invite Government Is Questioned County governmental func- tions are being evaluated. In some states, the county superintendent of schools is no longer needed. Large-size school districts today can go directly to state offices for programs, guidelines and state- aid funds. Yet, county government still provides an array of services through its courts, its recorder of deeds, assessing bodies, and other offices. A taxpayer-citizen can generally reach the cour- thouse relatively quickly from any corner of a rural county and conduct business on a face-to- face basis with his govern- mental officials. Court business can be han- dled, probate matters taken care of, matters of title to property quickly arranged. In By Joe Meisner National Catholic Rural Life Conference Field Editor The nation's institutions are being called upon to re-examine the justification for their con- tinued existence. One of the institutions being closely scrutinized today is county government. After being with Americans since the dawn of the nation, it is being asked to justify its existence. The nation developed its federal government 200 years ago and the growth of towns and states west of the Appalachian Mountains followed throughout the 1800s: The governmental framework was set up on a town, county and state level. People ask today if the town, the county, and even the state are. obsolete. 3 Catholic Groups Form Plan to Meet Rural Needs St. Paul, Minn. (NC) -- Three major Catholic organizations - the National Catholic Rural Life the assistance of priests who are experienced in various Conference, the Glenmary languages." (Vat II Bishops-- Fathers, and the National Federation of Priests Councils -- met recently to form a national program to address the needs of the Church in rural America. The meeting was a response to a four-point resolution passed by NFPC delegates. The resolution, drafted by the NFPC and the NCRLC, called for: -- Urging affiliated priests' councils to sponsor and organize workshops concerning social, political, economic and religious aspects of rural issues. -- Cooperation with the NCRLC in developing methods and models. -- Asking local councils to explore ways to make the rural ministry more meaningful and effective. -- Local councils to encourage development of a position of rural life in all dioceses. Father Reid C. Mayo, NFPC president, said, although only one-third of America's population lives in rural America, two-thirds of all substandard housing is found there. "Absentee ownership," he said, "produces extreme poverty in rural America because much of the revenue.. • is exported from local com- munities." The three organizations agreed that the proposed rural . workshops will be geared toward those actually involved in rural ministry, those who wish to develop a greater knowledge of such a ministry, and toward chancery officials and personnel boards. The group also agreed that the rural Church's neglect in the past has been a consequence of emphasis on the urban area as having priority in any diocesan programs. Following the meeting, Stephen Bossi of the NCRLC explained one of the group's major goals will be to develop personnel guidelines in order to create a special expertise in rural ministries. the diocesan clergy) AGAIN: "In the spirit of Christ the Shepherd, priests should train the faithful to submit their sins with a contrite heart to the Church in the Sacrament of Penance. Thus, mindful of the Lord's words, 'Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand,' the people will be drawn ever closer to Him each day." (Ministry and Life of Priests, 5) In the administration of sacraments priests are joined to the love and intention of Christ; "Such is especially the case when they show themselves entirely and always ready to • perform the office of the Sacrament of Penance as often as the faithful reasonably request it." (Priestly perfection No. 13). Vatican II is not the source of confusion regarding the Sacrament of Penance. Insight Needed for Disabled Child to say who they are liturgically, catechetically, socially. They have a quality of presence which is a gift to a parish. When a disabled child and the family have the courage to come forward and to be visible on them. In turn, the parish is to provide specialized services when they are needed and in an appropriate manner. THEN THE DISABLED child will have led the family and the CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 make matters worse. Gradually the family and the disabled child need to relate to others. They need to belong to a community where each one can explore the significance of what in a parish, they minister to the parish into the Light where the is happening. Within a group of arish The break d wn basic values of the Gospel, .of p . y o . . the Resurrectmn are manifest believers this exploration will prejudices and inspire others. be within the framework of the But the whole burden is not to be @ 1974 NC News Service Gospel. When an insight from the Gospel, from the life of Jesus in His relationship to His friends and to His Father, sheds ill Carlisle... TRY FULCHER FIRST! light on an event, the person can FULCHER HARDWARE Carlisle i I I short, the citizen does not usually sense the feeling of frustration that grips him when he visits the State House, or even attempts to telephone the Secretary of State's office about a matter pertaining to his driver's license. One can readily imagine the problems that might arise were some routine county govern- ment functions grouped together at a state level. The issue of courts would be of real concern. No longer would legal jurisdiction and juries rest with the people of the community. However, the thrust is not to put county courthouse business at state level but into regional centers, of grouping three, six or more counties together. Savings would result, it is reported. Cost of government to the overburdened taxpayer would be lessened, it is claimed. Services would :improve, it is strongly suggested. Yet several questions quickly ,come to mind. Are government workers more efficient at the state or federal level in comparison to those found at the local cour- thouse? Are state employees and those in the federal system more efficient and more con- scientious in serving a public they never see? Additionally, are county government offices the major cost in the taxpayer'sannual tax bill? How do'costs of county government compare with those at the state level, or federal level? Local governmental costs are I -I go back to the same situation with new courage because his heart has been changed. This struggle for insight, for faith, hope and love needs to be experienced by the disabled child as well as by his family. They should all receive the type of pastoral care that is meaningful, that corresponds to their needs. JUST AS THERE are dif- ferent philosophies of education and of therapy, so there are different schools of pastoral care. Pastoral care includes the liturgical, social and catechetical services offered by a Christian community. One school of pastoral care would apply the same norms to everyone. Because of this mentality, there has only been a vital religious education for the mentally retarded for the last 20 years. ANOTHER SCHOOL of pastoral care would say that, although everyone belongs to the church, differences in life style, in ways of knowing, and in age must be acknowledged. The pre-school child, the student, the aged, the adult person are not set aside permanently in the Christian community but there are times when everyone acknowledges that they have a special life task to cope with• So, too, the disabled person and his family belong to the parish but there are times when they need Farm Prices DroF Costs Increase e( Prices of raw farm prod,, dropped 4 per cent from Ad ue tp May 15, the third mY. decline m a row, the Agric. =u • " lve Department announ Compared with a year farm prices were up 7 per HoweVer, prices paid by mers for operating expe ( rose two-thirds of one per from mid-April to mid-May averaged 15 per cent abo' year earlier. As a result, the governm4 farm parity ratio was 79 cent as of May 15, comp I with 83 per cent in April a per cent a year earlier. P, and costs theoretically a balance at 100 per cent. [¢, chiefly for srhools, for r and some police or law"l forcement work. It is to tJ expenses that the bulk of I ] taxes go. Schools especially m ^ an increasing cost. The cost' , several departments bP' staffed in the courthouse - relatively minor when ¢ pared to the costs of  | elementary and secon school systems, fELl County road and higlvE expenses also make the co courthouse clerks s:. • J relatively small. Do liar people want control over [ education, roads or local enforcement passed farth. the level from their local c*" to a center that for many c8 75 miles or so away? - It appears one might IKe several questions be scuttling county goverr and assigning it to the "polihla euthanasia committee." 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