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PAfi" 11" ARKANSAS" CATHOLIC, AUGUST 1Z 1990-' from page 1 the document affirms the equal- of men and women, gender differ- aces are used to justify differences in toward men and women. second draft of the bishops' pastoral letter, rifled "One in Jesus: A Pastoral Response to the of Women for Church and defends the Church's stand the ordination of women but Says this stance and others must not be justify oppressing women. encourages women participate in all liturgical ministries do not require ordination. An draft is to be voted on at the general meeting in November. Center of Concern report says ordination is "not the primary of the majority of women in Church, it "remains the key sym- and structural barrier to the full of women's equality with report calls the "most encour- elements of the draft the bish- "public acknowledgement of the lity of the issues women have been violence against women, which occurs to individuals and to women as a group." The report is critical of the bishops' document for utilizing the "traditional romantic ideology of women." As an example, it quotes the bishops' committee as saying: "When women are fully respected as equals; when, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, their talents, dedication, and energy are fully utilized, women will 'uncover, cherish and ennoble all that is true good and beautiful in the human community.'" "What does this imply about men?" asks the report. "Such statements do not hold up before the reality of human experience. They not only place a false aura and expectation on women but they also alienate men." The report was prepared by Jesuit Rev.James E. Hug, center director, and Dominican Sr. Maria Riley, a staff member at the center. Hibernian vote bars pro-abortion members naming of the sin of sexism and the Church's implication in is significant," it says. report says the draft rightly de- "both the overt and subtle By John M. Leahy Arlington, VA (CNS) - Publicly fa- voring abortion disqualifies a man from membership in the Ancient Order of BIRTHRIGHT PRESENTS A 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION at Murrys Dinner Theatre Sunday, Sept. 9 Doors open at 5:30 PM Dinner 5:45 - 6:30 PM Play begins 7:30 PM TiCkets are $22 per person. "Call or write I IRTHRIGHT, 207 S Ringo. LitUe Rock, AR 72201 376-4650 or 661o0255 Hibernians in America, the Irish- American group resolved recently at its 85th national convention. According to the resolution adopted by more than 500 attending the con- vention in Arlington, the new rule ap- plies to renewal of membership as well to new applicants. "We are proud to take this stand," said outgoing president Michael Coogan of Dayton, OH. "Our Holy Father asked all Americans to stand up and be heard on this unspeakable crime and we are responding to that call. William S. Farrell of Sudbury, MA, National pro-life chair, said the "reso- lution and our selection of New Orleans as the site of the 1992 convention will send a clear message to our political leaders that the killing of the unborn is a tragedy." New Orleans was rejected for the 1992 Democratic National Convention, ac- cording to Democratic chair Ron Brown, because the Louisiana Legisla- ture passed a bill to ban all abortions except to save the life of the mother and in cases of rape and incest. Charles Welsh of Centerreach, NY, pro-life chair for Hibernians in his state, said the Hibernians' resolution was "a first for a major Catholic organization, and we hope that our example will help others to take up this matter." supports self-determination Washington (CNS) - A Jesuit professor at the University of Notre Dame testified re- cently in support of a U.S. ,Senate bill that would require health care providers to ask patients whether they wanted to sign a statement specifying what kind of care they want should they later become incompetent to make decisions for themselves. Rev. Richard A. McCormick, a Christian ethics teacher at Notre Dame, told a Senate subcommittee, "there is a basic human right of self-determination with regard to accep- tance or rejection of medical treatment." McCormick said "there is a correspond- ing obligation on someone to make the exercise of that right practically operable." The Senate bill, Patient Self-Determina- tion Act, is sponsored by Sen. John C. Danforth, R-MO, and awaits action by the Medicare and Long Term Care Subcom- mittee of the Senate Finance Committee. A similar bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Sander M. Levin, D-MI. Hearings were held in May by the Health Subcom- mittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. The House bill also awaits subcommittee action. Levin, in recent testimony, said the bills would not supersede state laws on power of attorney or "living wills." Currently, 41 states and the District of Columbia permit living wills. IFR , ]l !! Christ the King Church in Little I[ Rock wishes to sell (30) 12ff. [1 pews at $150 each also alllight- [| lag fixtures. These items are [! cash & carry, jj II These pews must be removed J i from the church on August 16 JJ or 17. il Please coll the parish secretary II during office hours ?o reserve !1 your purchase, 225-6774. II All CYO D A n c g Aug. I 8 tll I I pm Bring you favorite tapes. Refreshments will be available. Knights of Columbus Hall, Camp Robinson Rd., NLR Sponsored by K of C Council 6253 DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTER St. Richard Parish in Jackson, MS is accepting applications for a Director of Religious Educa- tion and a full-time Youth Minister. For Infor- mation contact: ST. RICHARD PPJCISH, P O Box 16547 Jackson, MS 39236 or call 1-601-366-2335