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THE GUARDIAN, JULY 25, 1969 PAGE 11 Distortions Cited artime Reprisal Killings Haunt Bishop Germany (NC) -- The has criticiz- journalists -. particu- magazine Der Spiegel handling of the the role of Auxiliary gge r of Mun- execution of Italian WOrld War II. July, Bishop Defreg- by the state in Frankfurt as the man World War II German handed on an order shooting of 17 villagers in Filet- statement magazine of seeking Defregger and also accused playing down the of May, 1968, Bishop Defreg- -cration, that no action on the slayingunder accepted norms treatment of hos- statement al- so blamed Der Spiegel for not mentioning that the original in- vestigations of the Filetto di Carmarda affair were not di- rected against Bishop Defregger but against his commander, from whom the execution order had come. Der Spiegel had also claimed that Bishop Defregger retained his liking for his former com- rades in arms. The magazine said that, at a reunion in 1961, he celebrated Mass for some 1,000 men, who had been members of the unit to which he had belonged. Church sources here said that Bishop Defregger maintains no special friendship for the mem- bers of the army unit, but, as a priest, he could not refuse an in- vitation to say Mass. Julius Cardinal Doepfuer of Munich earlier released a state- ment saying that Bishop Defreg- get did everything he could to prevent the executions. "Only when Defregger saw no other possibilities to stop the carrying out of the order did he give it to a lieutenant, who car- ried it out," the cardinal said. The cardinal said he knew of the bishop's role in the killings before his appointment as auxi- liary bishop, but added that he became convinced that, according to international law for warfare, "no culpable deed was com- mitted." "Human understanding," the cardinal said, "cannot be refused for a man such as Auxiliary Bis- hop Defregger, who in a period of deep inner conflict made a deci- sion from which he has always suffered." The cardinal further said that to ease the horrible situation for the villagers Bishop Defregger "let the women and children be removed to spare them the terrible sight." Bishop Defregger, who has ad- mitted his role in the executions and claimed he did everything he could to avert them, is repor- ted in seclusion in the Alps. The Munich archdiocese said he is temporarily abstaining from the exercise of his functions. The Munich priests' council has voiced support for Bishop De- fregger and urged Cardinal Doepf- ner to defend his auxiliary bis- hops. The Munich archdiocesan coun- cil also called charges against Bishop Defregger groundless and accused newspapers of distortion and superficiality. In an open letter to Catholics of the Munich archdiocese, Bis- hop Defregger has asked the peo- ple of Filetto di Carmarda for "understanding and forgiveness." In his letter he said: "I tried to save what could be saved. It was not possible for me totally to prevent the terrible deaths." The bishop said that although the prosecutor found the wartime deaths not subject to legal prose- cution, he did not wish to "de- fend" himself. "I can only turn myself over to God's judgment," he said, and called on his fellow Catholics to express "solidarity with the vic- tims" and "to continue to stand by my side." Red Tape Faithful Navigator Sir Knight William B. Kirk was installed as Faithful Navigator of the Right Rev. Msgr. Patrick J. Horan Assembly, Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus in Fort Smith at a meeting July 12 in the K. of C. clubrooms. Other Sir Knights inducted were James C. Boerner, faith- ful captain; Peter Golwas, faithful pilot; Joseph B. Cinl- la, faithful comptroller; James E. Wells, faithful scribe; Sarino Ciulla, faithful sentinel; Char- les E. Burger, faithful senti- nel; and William F. Bower, faithful admiral. State Master Robert S. Peters and Mike Cullen, who acted as marshall, were installing officers. The General Assembly is made up of members from Tontitown, Befouls Clarksville, Paris andFort Smith. The installation was an open meeting for guests and wives of members. The cere- Recorder monies were followed by a get- S,. Ban on Mission The young Society ban missioner, for obvious rea- sons, requested he remain name- p Lifted less and his place of assignment riests be kept anonymous. But this is how his letter read: Santo Domingo, Dominican Re- "I was glad to receive your let- public (NC) -- The Dominican Step into the Old World at @00edcrl00el00r WINE LAND You have a cordial invitation to visit the Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, the oldest and largest winery in the Southwest. The whole family will fnjoy a guided tour of the vineyards and the wine cellars where our me Wines are made and aged. Browse and in the quaint Chalet Suisse, then dine in the Wein Keller Restaurant. It has the rustic charm of an Alpine Mountain Inn and features authentic Swiss cuisine served in the con- tinental manner. Lunch is from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 until 10:00 p.m. daily, closed Sunday. Enjoy a gourmet meal, accented with your choice of Wiederkehr dinner and dessert wines. Plan a trip soon to Wiederkehr Wine Land atop St. Mary's ountain at Altus, Arkansas. It s like stepping into the Old World of Wiss charm, grace and hospitality. Oood opetlte- WIEDERKEHR To..,g,,, WIEDERKEHR WINE CELLARS, INC. ALTUS, ARKANSAS U. S. HIGHWAY 64 ter last week. The tape record- ing you sent also arrived but I haven't been able to get it out of the post office yet. "I received a notice from the post office two weeks ago, tell- ing me there was a package. A few days later I went down to pick it up, but found that pack- ages can only be picked up in the mornings. "Next day I returned and found that packages can be picked up every morning except Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. It was a Thursday. "When I returned Friday they asked for identification which, of course, I didn't have with me. "The following Monday I re- turned with passport and signed for the package. Then they said, 'Come back for it in a few more days.' I asked why and they declared, 'We never release a package until we can verify your identification.' "By this time I had lost a little of my composure and told them to forget the whole thing and send the package back to the U. S. But the official solemnly said that was impossible for 90 days, un- til the proper time had expired. So I just left. "A week later, after I'd cooled off, I decided to give it another try. When I got there I discover- ed that the papers I'd signed the week before had expired, so I would have to sign new papers. Of course, I would again need identification and, of course, I didn't have my passport with me. "So the tape is still in the post office and I doubt if I'll go near the place again. Actually I wouldn't mind so much except that the post office is a 45-minute walk from Republic government has revoked its controversial orderbarringthe reentry into this country of two foreign priests who hadbeen char- ged with interference in its inter- hal affairs. The priests, Cuban Father Sergio Figueredo, S. J., and Span- ish Father Gratinisno Varona, O.P., went to Puerto Rico in mid- June on church business and were denied permission to return by the Dominican immigration authori- ties. Father Figueredo is moderator of the University Youth Center, a professor at the autonomous state University of Santo Domingo and producer of a youth-oriented tele- vision program. Father Varona is the parishpriest in E1 Seibo. Charges were made in some quarters that the priests stirred up conflict in order to create dis- orders during the visit of New Y o r k Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, head of President Nixon's special fact-finding mission to Latin Am- erica. my mission. Tomorrow I'm being transferred even farther away. So I hope you won't mind if your tape is returned...someday." Don.t Be Confused About the Faith W Read The Guardian II I