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PAGE, 3 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JULY 22, 1990 "Hemrick," from page 2 Needed: More leaders age to take a risk. Most students take a 10ng time to loosen upand step out on their own. Then, too, once students begin to assert themselves, the teacher runs the risk of losing control. As I reflected on the CHD report, it OCcurred to me that there are parallels between a teacher's role and the role of those who minister to the poor. The skills needed to prompt student inita- tire resemble the skills needed by those Working to help the poor help them- selves. We need more people working in this field who, like the good teacher, have great respect and care for those who are served and thus are able to foster their many gifts. But how do we attract such people and keep them - people whose talents are such that others also want them, others who are able in many cases to pay much more and to offer more Sons of St. Francis Security? COpyright 1990 CNS Dear Editor: I feel a great debt of gratitude to those who represented the Catholic viewpoint at the recent executions, especially St. Catherine Markey for the Office of Justice and Peace, and Msgr. John O'DonneU as counselor to the d0ndemned. They were calm, clear and COurageous. And I am grateful for your sightful reporting and presentation of lie moral issues in the Arkansas Catho- Israeli suicide Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB SUbiaco Fr. John Dietzen a ust we have a good excuse to t Saturday evening Mass instead of Snnd y M s? A focal parish ~,riest sa;s that ~2e Saturday Vigil "~ass Was in~ tended to be ~hestitute only if had a I~ood on. - rom my obser- ahon, most at- tendees at the 8aturdayl~Iasa vig,l attend on a routine basis. My ~terest is kindled by an article in a . hnal Catholic magazine in which a ~I~I.P says "beware of the Saturday if .. ' it is an exception to be used only u cannot on Sunday... If you ~*~rda real re~tson, grateft~lly go on ~. ay, hut vouriob is still to observe i I y as the Lord's Day." WOUld like your comments. Dear Editor: My goodness gracioust Vincent Crane [7/15] is really worked up over the issue of girl altar servers. He even suggests that women be restricted from the Eucharistic ministries. He's afraid that, horror of horrors, we could end up with women priests and, fate worse than death, a female bishopl In particular, Mr. Crane attacks Bishop Charles Herzig of the Diocese of Tyler, TX, for his comparison of women as Eucharistic ministers and girl altar servers. He thinks that the Holy See "needs to revise Bishop Herzig's thinking for him." Bishop Charles Herzig is one of the most priestly and truly Christian men I've ever met. It seems to me that he is simply making a practical evaluation of an obvious situation. If a woman is allowed to hold the Eucharist in her hands and give it to another, why would she not be able to wash the hands of the Eucharistic celebrant, the priest? What are we afraid of?. Our Lord Jesus had no fear of women. God saw fit to use a woman, Mary, to be the vessel for carrying His Son. A woman at the well was able to evangelize a whole town after meeting Jesus. Jesus and His re- spect for both men and women is well documented in the New Testament. Even St. Paul speaks of the deaconess, Phoebe, and other women who served the Church well. How did women get to be the "unworthy guys"? How did this think- ing develop in the Church founded by Jesus? We need more leaders like Bishop Herzig who can pastor their flocks with the simple and beautiful I, too, have serious questions about Saturday evening Vigil Masses. From earliest Christian history the first day of the week, Sunday, was the day when Christians gathered to cele- brate the "breaking of the bread," the original name for Eucharist, or as we would better know it, Sunday Mass. The fact is, however, that the Church's present regulations are very specific. " The Vatican's insd-uction on Eucharis- tic worship which deals with this privi- lege places no restrictions at all on one's right to fulfill the Sunday obligation on Saturday evening. The Code of Canon Law (1248) says simply: Anyone satisfies the precept to participate in the Mass by assisting wherever it is celebrated in the Catho- lic rite either on the day (Sunday or holy day) itself, or in the evening of the preceding day. Again, no conditions or restrictions. This in no way cancels or diminishes" the other ways in which we are to keep holy the Lord's Day, Sunday, even if we go to Mass on Saturday. message of Christ. Jo Ann Bemrich Mayflower Dear Editor: Food stamps issued by the state are redeemable at private enterprise gro- cery stores. Fortunately, we do not have state owned grocery stores for the exclusive redemption of food stamps. Consequently, people have a choice of where they will redeem their food stamps, and will trade where they feel they receive the best value and service. In like-manner we need an educa- tional voucher, for primary and secon- dary schools, that is redeemal)le at ei- ther a private enterprise school or a state school (state schools presently enjoy a monopoly on the educational tax dollar). An educational voucher will break this unjust monopoly by provid- ing freedom of educational choice. But of equal importance, "choice" can provide the essential competition needed to spur improvement in state schools. Without such competition, the quality level of learning in state schools, especially inner city schools, is not likely to improve. Thomas Martin Carlsbad, CA Dear Editor:. Good people who favor independent statehood for West BankJordanians, which will permit them to let in the PLO, Syria, Libya and any enemies of Israel, are inad- vertently sowing the seeds of another at- tempt to annihilate Israel. In 1967, the Arab Nations made a mas- sive attempt by way of the West Bank of Jordan to take over Israel. The whole world applauded Israel's courage and victory against overwhelming odds. Israel pushed the Arab armies back across the Jordan River to its East Bank. The combination of the Jordan River and Israel's gaining control of its West Bank enabled Israel to use the West Bank as a butter. This buffer has prevented attacks by any of the Arab armies by way of Jordan for 23 years. Although PLO leader [Yasser] Arafat has reiterated his condemna- tion of terrorist acts, events question his sincerity. If there was any doubt as to the intentions of the PLO, May 30, 1990 ended all doubt. On that day, Israel captured two speed boats filled with Arab fighters near Tel Aviv. Although Arafat was asked to denounce the Arab raid, such a denunciation has no real meaning. It is abundantly clear that Arafat's statements denouncing terrorism are meaningless, or, if they are sincere, Ararat has lost control of the PLO. For Israel to allow the West Bank to form an independent state would mean suicide for Israel. Israel cannot be expected to participate in any attempt to destroy itself. Israel has expressed its willingness to join the U.S. in a discussion of the problem if they are assured that "suicide for Israel," which means "West Bank Statehood," would not be on the agenda. As stated by some- one, "When it comes to survival, no one experiments." There are alternatives; resettlement of West Bank people to the Mother Country, Jordan (those who wish to), Israel (and the Arab Nations who started the war that put the West Bank people in the position they are in) could participate in the adequate payment to the West Bank Jordanians for their property and resettlement. There is another alternative and that is for Israel to give the West Bank autonomy. However, the autonomy must be of such a nature that Israel will be certain that it will not be a threat to Israel's security. Leo Pevsner Oak Park, IL Dear Editor: I read with great interest and apprecia- tion the profile submitted by Jane Brown- ing [2/11] on St. Francis of/Lssisi parish in Forrest City. The article was kindly for- warded to me here in Rome by my cousin Genevieve Woerner of Little Rock. As one who was baptized and who spent my first 12 years of life in the Catholic community of St. Francis of Assisi before moving with my family to California, I owe a great deal to the parish for nourishing both my faith and my priestly vocation. Your author gave eloquent testimony to their zeal, as they struggled, clergy and.laity, to main- tain a vital Catholicism in essentially mis- sion territory. I am especially grateful for the pastoral example and encouragement not only ofFr. Dunleavy, but also of two of his predecessors of happy memory who are wordW of mention, Msgr. Charles B. McCoy and Fr. Charles Stanowski. I hope I am mistaken, but to my knowl- edge, I am the only priest or religious who can call St. Francis of Assisi parish "home;" the article failed to provide any record of the vocational history of the parish. How- ever, this omission, and the changes of parish staffing in recent years, offer us a valuable lesson and food for meditation. Priestly and religious vocations do not fall like manna from heaven, nor do they grow on trees. We cannot purchase them at the local discount store. They result from the prayer, example, positive sentiments and affection for priests and religious, and the direct encouragement of young people by their fellow parishioners. They are rooted, fostered and nurtured within "ordinary" Catholic families. I certainly share the dis- appointment of the parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi at the lack of sufficient numbers of priests which characterizes nearly every U.S. diocese. If, however, we are "shocked and dismayed at not having a resident priest," perhaps we must share the blame for not fostering the seeds of voca- tions within our homes or next door. I have learned, sad to say, that our priest shortage can at times be traced to the Catholic who says: "I think a visit to the seminary would be a great idea, Father, but I would never want my son to be a priest." I pray for the day when there will be other "sons of St. Francis" at the altar. I hope that all those whose prayer and example have blessed me, and indeed all your readers, will do likewise. Rev. Gerald B. Fessard Rome, Italy