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Deborah Hilliard Musicians play a'lively round of "De Colores" at Cursillo Mass. By Deborah HiBiard Little Rock - Approximately 160 persons from throughout the country attended the national meeting of Cur- sillo leaders at St. John's Pastoral Cen- ter here last week. The reunion of diocesan leaders, as the event is called, is held every three years. Bishop James s. Sullivan of the Dio- cese of Fargo, ND, Episcopal Liaison between the Cursillo leadership and the bishops, called Cursillo a "well-founded group which takes good Catholics and makes them good leaders in their com- munities." Sullivan explained that Cursillois based upon the premise that personal sanctification builds to evangelization which "penetrates into the environment and finds needs in community." The 50-year-old Cursillo movement was founded by a group of Spanish men who wanted to deepen their faith and their lives in the Church. The word Cursillo means "Little Course," and refers to the weekend retreats common to the program. During the 1960s, the movement took root in the U.S. Until 1961, all weekends were held in Spanish. The first English-speaking weekend was held in San Angelo, TX. According to the group's leadership manual, "the purpose of the movement is to make Christian commmunity possible in neighborhoods, parishes, work situations and the other places where peopIe live the greater part of their lives. It attempts to make it pos- sible for anyone in the world to live a Christian life in a natural way. "The ultimate goal of Cursillos in Christianity is that on the Day of Judg- ment there may be more saints," the manual says. 1 FAIR PARK EXXON | Across from War Memorial Stadium | 101 N. Van Buren, LR 666-8504 | Tune-ups ~ Road Service 1 Air Cond. Repair ,k Pickup & Delivery 1 Brake Service -k Tires & Batteries I Ornamental Iron Structural Steel Security Doors Window Guards " Estimates Cheer " , 664-4081 1023 Rushing Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 Illlllllltllilllilllllilll PAGE 8 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JULY 29, Adventists spread anti-Catholic tracts Indianapolis (CNS) - A Seventh-day" Adventist faction from Tennessee mailed an unknown number of anti- Catholic booklets the week of July 8 to homes in Indianapolis, where 2,000 gathered for the denomination's 55th world convention July 6-14. Shirley Burton, a spokesperson for the denomination, told the Indianapo- lis Star daily newspaper the tract was "trash." The pamphlet, "United States in Prophecy," calls Catholicism a pagan religion and refers to the pope as a beast. Some Adventists attending the con- vention demanded a retraction of Burton's remark and claimed that anti- Catholicism is a crucial part Of tradi- tional Adventist doctrine. John F. Fink, editor of the Criterion, Indianapolis archdiocesan newspaper, "The Seventh-day Adventists have a history of anti-Catholicism, like many other Protestant religions in the U.S. during the 18th and 19th centuries. The pamphlet calls Ca- tholicism a pagan religion and refers to the pope as a beast. However, the main body of the Church has moved away from an anti-Catholic position. The new position of co-opera- tion with the Catholic Church was exemplified by the invitation from the Seventh-day Adventists to the Vatican to send an official observer to the conference." Rev. Thomas J. Murphy, director the Indianapolis archdiocesan ecumenism, acted as the Vatican server. He addressed the July 10. The tract, distributed by the ist Layworkers Affiliate of and printed by Coming Events land, TN, also characterized those celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday "disobedient to God's Holy Law." Seventh-day Adventists consider ing the Hebrew Testament of Saturday as the Sabbath, as well Hebrew Testament law on tithing diet. Neither the tract's distributor nor publisher was represented at the ference. Herbert Ford, the denomination, told the lis Star to the church's historic an: beliefs represent only about 1,000 the church's 750,000 North America members. Other Adventists contend numbers are larger than the church willing to admit, claiming that came to Indianapolis to meet in rooms across the city. Fred Allaback, an independent gelist from Mount Vernon, OH, that "Prophecy in the United States a condensation of "The Greater troversy," written by 19th-century enth-day Adventist founder and Ellen G. White. White's book, Allaback said, against the evils of the papacy feared that Catholicism would the official religion of the U.S. Ford said that "there is a little among Adventists who live in where Catholicism is strong. ! LAUNDRY AND Dry Cleaning Laundering Spot Removal 917 Main Pine Bluff 26th & Cherry, Pine Bluff 534-4210 535-3486 RALPH & SON FUNERAL DIRECTORS CHERRY ST. AT 8TH AYE. / PHONE 534-3131