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PAGE 14 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JULY 22, (CNS/UPI-Reuters.) Pope John Paul II hugs inmate Jaime Bellinger, who is serving a 27-year sentence for murdering his wife, during the pontiff's May 9 visit to the state penitentiary in Durango, Mexico. Pope accepts- bishop's resignation Washington (CNS) - Pope John Paul II has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Eugene A. Marino, 56, of Atlanta, the nation's first black arch- bishop, who is stepping down for health reasons. The pope has appointed 51-year-old Auxiliary Bishop James P. Lyke of Cleve- land, another of the nation's 13 black bishops, as apostolic administrator of the Atlanta archdiocese while the see is vacant. Pope John Paul has also accepted the resignation of Bishop Leo T. Maher of San Diego, who recently turned 75. Bishop Maher is succeeded by Coadju- tor Bishop Robert H. Brom of San Diego. The pope named Francis E. George, an Oblate of Mary Immaculate and coordinator of the Cambridge Center for the Study of Faith and Culture in Cambridge, MA, as bishop of Yakima, WA. Citing stress, Archbishop Mariano in May temporarily relinquished his duties after he was diagnosed as suffering from exhaustion and being in danger of cardiac stress after suffering chest pains while traveling to New York. Bishop Ryan testifies against capital punishment Springfield, IL (CNS) - Bishop Daniel L. Ryan of Springfield, testifying before the Illinois state prison review board on behalf of a condemned killer, said that capital punishment undermines the sacredness of human life. The condemned killer, Charles Walker, was convicted in the 1983 slayings of Sharon Winker and her fiance, Kevin Paule. Walker is scheduled to die by lethal injection Sept. 12. In May, Ryan had personally delivered a letter to Illinois Gov.James R. Thompson's office asking Thompson to grant clemency to Walker. Ryan, representing the Illinois Catholic Conference during a hearing before the review board, repeated part of a statement drafted by the Illinois bishops in 1988: '~Nhen any human being becomes a victim of violence, we all suffer a diminishment of our own human dignity. When any human life is taken away, all human life becomes vulnerable." Ryan said the Illinois Catholic Conference wasn't trying to minimize the crimes Walker committed and that Walker must be held accountable for his actions. ~]ae tragic deaths (of Sharon Winker and Kevin Paule) remind us of the urgent need to address effectively the plague of violent crime that afflicts our society," said Ryan. "Justice and the common good must be served," he said. "Nonetheless, the (Illinois) Catholic Conference is convinced that execution is not the only way to address these issues of personal responsibility and community safety. In spite of public opinion, we main- tain a principled opposition to the use of capital punishment. Our basis for this rests in the conviction that each human life is sacred," mid Ryan. ycott Criticize bishops' letter Washington (CNS) - An effort by Salva- doran bishops to dissuade U.S. Catholics from supporting a coffee boycott-for-peace was the "product of political pressure," not the wishes of workers, said a leader of E1 Salvador's coffee workers' union. "The bishops, to give this opinion - they Interest 12% 8% 1% Income Assistance 3% This pie chart reflects the true division of your 1990 federal income tax dollar. This division looks different than the government's for two reasons: 1. Many military-related costs which are usually kept in separate categories are combined here to reflect the costs of total military spending. These costs include the National Defense Budget, military-related interest on debt, veterans benefits and foreign military aid. 2. Revenue from Trusts Funds, such as Social Security, has been excluded from the calculation because these arepaid for by taxes separate from the income tax. Source: Calculations based on data contained in Budget of U.S. Government, FY 1990, Office of Management and Budget. Eagle Eye Publishing. Middleburgh, VA; OMB Watch, Washington, D.C. Prepared by: Local Contact: Jobs with Peace Campaign Pulaski Prioride= Coalition 76 Summer St. c/o Arkansas Peace Center Boston, MA 02110 PO Box 9015 (617) 338-5783 North Litde Rock, AR 72119 ~/2-4982 didn'tconsult with the workers to do said Julio Garcia Prieto, general of the 20,000-member union of processors. The boycott, organized by U.S. labor church groups, is aimed at pressuring Salvadoran government into peace agreement with the rebel Marti National Liberation Front. In an open letter to the U.S. Conference published in papers in early June, the ops said they wanted U.S. Catholics to they were deeply opposed to the because it would be a "harsh blow to fragile economy" of E1 Salvador. At the time, a spokesperson for the Catholic Conference said it had not stand on the boycott but complied with Salvadoran bishops' request to make opposition known. Although the Church has always closely with coffee workers, oppose the boycott was made Garcia said. He added that some - of the ten bishops signing the letter under political pressure. The government, ers and "the Salvadoran press itself trolled by the large economic interest,"! been vocal in their opposition to the cott. All Salvadorans agree with the ot of the boycott, "ending the Salvadoran and (working) toward peace in Garcia said. Woman encouragl blacks to be Jefferson City, MO. (CNS) - Carroll, executive director of the U.S. t ops' Secretariat for Black Catholics, black Catholics in the Diocese of City not to go home from church hurt or left out. :.~ "Go to your parish councils, your leadership teams and become your liturgy first meeting of the newly organized tral Missouri Association of Black held in the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Carroll said the gift of being needed to enrich the Church discrimination still existed. "We cannot do our amnesia act, something from Monday to Saturday something else on Sunday," she said, ing incorporating black cultural and cal expression in liturgies. She the group to "take your grief, noting Jesus was not understood, either." She described the =half peace" that blacks often receive at Mass and talked of white adults their children in pews between and blacks, of blacks sitting alone whites would not join them and leaving parishes because they felt come. Carroll told her audience to go make a difference by valuing their ne~, to go to coffees after Mass about the need for gifts to enrich the Church. "Articulate your pain in a way," she said. ........ .-. 5,: .