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" " ,, ~',%, '. , I ~. , ~ t ^ " , la , , ~ . PAGE 2 ARKAN$A$ CATHOLIC JULY 71, 1991 Collaboration in ministry is a hot topic in Church drdes these days. In theory, it calls for priests, deacons, religious and lay leaders to work together to assess txastoral needs, develop progrants to address the needs and then to implement and e~v.luate the programs. In practice, it often looks very different. A USCC stafter recently offered this de~)i- lion of collaboration in mhaisuy: a_n mmatu- ral act conmfitted by partially consenting adults, hi a room with ",all the fights oil, at a mee~lg that begins with an opening prayer. Two ttfings slfike me about this defini- tion. The fn~t is how hm'd it is for people to work harmoniously toward a common gc d. One historian stumned up the career of Otto yon Bismarck, the "Iron Chancellor" of the Gennan Empire, by sa#ng that he could give orders or take orders, but he could not cooperate. In Church circles the same drives for power and prestige mar effoils to build the Kingdom of God. A priest, trained in a seminary with a strictly hierarchical model of Chm'ch authority, finds it difficult to begin consulting with a pastoral council, a finance council and a school board. And more dif- ficult still to work with - rather than issue directives to - an expanding parish staff that may indude an assistant pastor, a perma- nent deacon, a director of religious educa- tion mid a parish business manager. But the shortage of priests and other "signs of the times" point to the need for dergy and laity alike to break out of instinc- tive and learned ways of operating to find new and more effective ways of ministering. The change will not be easy. MetanoM - a conversion or change of heart - is needed. The second thing that strikes me? The humorous tone of the definition. No mat- ter where we find ourselves on the spec- tlaun from authoritarian to collaborative styles of leadership, we have to be able to laugh at our fumbling efforts. Sometimes a good laugh creates the best opening for a true experience of conversion. AJS A NSAS :CATHOLIC ~r:ys,wd ~.I,~ ~ ot L~ Rock, mtamai i:ii~ii!:p::i::ili:.:.i::i::i:i:: :.::i: ::#i::i:ii:i:::i :: ............ : .......... PUBCJSHR ~::..#;~::~::~.:~;:~:!~I.:;~MO!! F!ev. Andrew J, McOOnald, B~ ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ; . .. : ['! :::.::!'.::::::::~i:. ~:! ili ........ M.,,.~NA.QINO EDITOR : ::::::9: L.::.::: eorroR ~iiii:/~@ :... ~:~~. ::!::CIRCULATION MANAGER ~ :~: ~~"i:~:.::.:: ::.: ; AOVERTIStNCl ~ .:~ "". : .. :.. IIIARKE.TII~Q MANA~FI :::: :: :: :: Ha" [~::~ ~rlON MANAGER [:ili ::i:.i.:.:i!::i!~:::::::.i:::ii~ 1 PRooucTION ~i~I'ANT::I ['~;.~ ;~ ~l~,u. te::m c, nm~I |pO llm~i~i~t~::i~:~::~!Z~: Ii,,~ bourn: S:ao-4.I ,.-~ ~:...: ....... . ..... . .............. ... ....... : :... ::::..: :. : -: ) ack when asphalt streets were roadways of river-washed rock, and potmd- ing hoof-beats and clankety-danks of horse- drawn carriages were the only traffic sounds, a new entity sprang forth on the barren comer of E. Third Street between S. Walker and Spruce. The year 1912 brought a beautiful new brick building, nan~ed Our Lady of Itope Cathofic Church. Two years later, a second member came into the property fmnily, n,'uned shnply "rectory". White-planked "rectory" first sheltered Rev. J. J. McGrath. During her yemx~ on the lavat of Our Lldy of Good [tope, "rectory" protected 15 resident priests from the outdoor elements, and was blessed refief in her younger )'ears to nlany missionmy priests as riley disem- barked stiff-legged from their horses. 'Old Rectory' from the hwns of Our t,xly of Good Hope- 1914-1991. In the late teens, Rectory embraced the Wade Bourne family and held them warmly within her still new-wood smelling walls through the early twenties. The Bournes kept the fires burning, meals cooked, and collars starched for the priestx The depression years of the '30s and war-torn years of the '40s aged Rectory. Econonfic conditions were so poor that Rev. George Swassner, an 11-year veteran of OLGH, often went hungry because of slim pickins in the collection basket. No way could new trappings furnished for Rectory. In fact, conditions were so pitiful that the bishop had to bail the parish out Loretta Jackson of 'l)ock" by paying its delinquent property taxes. The unhappy bishop wrote OLGt I about cutting comers, even requesting that insur, mce on Rec- tory be dropped - not a good idea since a fn-e suppo~ edly hissed its hot breath in the house at one lime. "Rectory" was shy of foot-steps for about a year in 1947 when Rev. John Boyce was plucked from the commtufity, leaving the 50 or so members of OLGH as a nfission parish. Rectory shone again in her glorious splen- dor ha the '50s when prosperity returned and a growing membership, under the lead- ership of Rev. Aloysius Dunleavy, washed away the scars and gave the house a face-lift. In November, 1952, a check for $1,500 loaned by the diocese arrived, thus allowing Rectory to radiate with new floors, wall pan- eling, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, mid a den converted from a bedroom. She served the succeeding years well tmdl age and space problems began to cramp her style. Finally, in 1983, she succmnbed to the name "Old Rectory" when the pas- tor, Rev. David I_eSieur, moved next door to a '*oetter" building purchased from Eliza- beth Knowles. Old Rectory's hard-wood floors giggled under the pitterpatter of litde feet as the ,,~.lls listened to many Jesus stories, having been ttmaed into classrooms for parish children. An energetic and persistent gToup of lay people spruced up her in- nards in the mid-eighties. C~anging times and age do not do won- ders for an old body and Ole Rectory crone cause for a couple of headaches (most fikely a few unmentionable words, too) for parish maintenance men. Al- though her roof and ceiling opened to the waters flowh)g from the heavens above, her plumbing pooped out mid her wiring system short-circuited, Ole Rectory still had her dignity. On April 1, 1991, inusterillg all the ad- hesive energy possible with rusted nails clutching to every fiber of her woodgrain, Ole Rectory was swept off her foundation tay the long, slender fingers of a moving truck. She moaned and creaked a thne or two but held herself together, as asiy stately ladywould do, while smoke bellowed from the truck and slowly etched its way onto Walker St. Trailing obediently behind the roar of the powerful engine, Ole Rectory turned one comer, then two corners, then more; she rolled past one red light then two red lights and more as she sought her new destination. If she could, would Ole Rectory have looked back? Probably noL If she could feel, she nfight have choked back mW sen- timentafism, knowing that her 77 years of service here were done, and the last noble thing she could do for this parish was to give up her favorite spot to make room for the new. (Loretta Jackson writes from Hope.) Colman McCarthy number of medical offidals re- acted to the Supreme Court riding that upheld a federal ban against funding fam- ily-planning clinics that indude abortion counseling by saying, okay, we disagree with the decision but we'll soldier on without the government's money. That principled response can be re- spected, unlike the shrillness of some abor- tion-rights groups that want it both ways: Take the money but grouse like sore losers about anti-abortion courts inflicting their agendas on the clinics. Federal grants to some 4,000 family plan- ning clinics, induding Planned Parenthood, amount to $144 million annually, with an estimated four million women being served. The congressionally approved regulations - Tide X of the Public Health Services Act - forbid money to programs "where abortion is a method of family planning." The legis- hdon, written in 1970, was the basis for the 1988 Health and Human Services regula- tions that speak of the welfare of "the urv bom child." Under Title X, that welfare is a legitimate concem for govemmental pro- tection, meaning that counseling "abortion as a method of family planning" is forbid- den. Ca-itics of the 5-4 ruling in Rust v. Sullivan are arguing the free-speech hsue, that the ITle Yol~ regulations, in the language of Justice Harry Blackmun, one of the four dissenters, are "dearly viewpoint based. While suppressing speech favorable to abortion with one hand, [the govemment] compels and-abortion speech with the other." What's the problem with a two-handed government? Are the anglings of Planned Parenthood to replace the vision of Tho- mas Jefferson, who wrote: =the care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good govemment." The destruc- tion of fetal life - abortion - is not a role in which Congress or a succession of adminis- trations has chosen to play a monied part. The Strenk, th of t]ae court's ruling is in its consatuaon :bnsts ency. No federalpro- gram currently subsidizes abortions. Prochoicers have repeatedly failed to per- suade Congress to spend money to destroy fetal life. The courts have not been con- vinced either that abortion contractors ought to be on the federal payroll. Chief S see~ to deal with the problem in another "1 way. That thought is consistent with the 1977 case, Maher v. Roe: The govemment "may make a value judgment favoring child-birth1 over aboaion, and...implement dmt judg-I ment by the allocation of public funds." I Whatever the cause, ample ways exist to / redirect "a value judgment" of the govern- poll ment, staJ~qg with convincing the public out, that it should persuade Congress to spend que money this way, not that way. This is the o@ arduous work of democratic reform, a toil. rn~ that abo~ion-rights group have either not Qar tried or failed at if they did. oth, The image of the friendly neighborhood thrc abortionist doing nothing more than broad- and ening the choices of women has not. been con; bought. If it was, public money would have heir been forthcoming by now. Along with the ling Surgeon General, we would have the Abor- we ; tionist General. That this hasn't come to pass suggests that most of the public doesn't i~g want its money spend on abortionists, those the whom Margaret Sanger called in 1914 "the hell, blood sucking men with M.D. after their-'vbl ProdIoieers have names who perform operations for the price faBed to persuade Congress to spend money to desm fe al life. Justice Rehnquist writes in Rust v. Sullivan: "the government can, without violating the Constitution, selectively fund a program to encourage certain activities it believes to be in the public interest' without at the same time funding an alternate program which of so-and-so." We In the United States, for every three lives tech conceived, two are allowed to survive to far birth, one is destroyed by abortion. In Rust for v. Sullivan, the court nJled that it's constitu" Our~ tional for the government' guided by its chief it sc public-health oflidal, to spend money on Yet~ enhancing life, not taking it. L (C0/man McCag~y wr/t~f0r the Waff~nlg~ With