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x Nobel Prize winner says-- Dulled conscience root of violence By Richard Franusiak Buffalo, NY (CNS) -A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize said peacemak- ers need to work on the root causes of violence to bring changes in the world. "If the root of the problem is a dulled or dead conscience, the peacemaker must begin the hard work of peace in f i Philip Taldo . - __ L the S ringdale/ ar , coZf for ii!:l yourre.[ i ::aJ artmenu ! antrenatl IL;E:1oo3 THE GRIFFIN COMPANY REALTORS his or her own conscience," said Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Northern Ireland, whose 1976 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for her efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country. Maguire made her comments at the recent national assembly of Pax Christi USA, the U.S. branch of the Catholic peace organization. It is in the HUG CHEVROLET ',1',I CHARLESTON II 96s-2369 _ II "QualitySeMceSince 1937" I[ f 1248 South 28th Street Van Buren, AR 72956 (501) 474-5036 FAX (501) 474-3911 Polyethylene bags Liners Shee BEN GOSEY, PRESIDENT II 3300 Midland Fort Smith 783-3103 Lindy Cotner PAGE I"i ,RKAN5 C.AT/-IOLIC" AUGusT 19, death. "We are challenged to seek out neV/ institutions and structures of socieq built not on violence but on life and creation," Maguire "This will enable humanity to move forward creatively together and we will also be fulfilling our social and politi" cal responsibilities by playing our in the development in a better for all." Archbishop denies that "secret vows exchan Stq)l',en J. Kro~ynskt/Westem New York Catholic~NS Mairead Corrigan Maguire individual's conscience where "we allow God to strip away all illusions and prejudices so we can begin to know ourselves as we truly are," Maguire said. "We begin to know it is an illusion to think that we are a separate existence. We quickly realize we are one with other people and one with our universe." She cautioned against working on important issues without taking time to pray. "As Christian peacemakers," Maguire said, "we can pray and fast to allow God to restore us to wholeness. God's de- sire, with our consent, is to uproot the violence from our conscience and root us in non-violence." The way to find the meaning of non- violence is to return to Scripture and read the life of Jesus. It is there where non-violent love in action is found, she said. "Choosing to liveJesus' non-violence today is for us Christians not only be- ing faithful to the Gospel," Maguire said. "It is also meeting a growing need Churches have not taught or lived the simple message of "no killing." amongst humanity to find an alterna- tive to violence. The need to teach non- violence at every level of society was never more urgent." Maguire co-founded the Community of Peace People after three of her nieces and nephews were run down by the car of a gunman fleeing soldiers. More than 100,000 people soon par- ticipated in rallies and marches in Ire- land and Ehgland calling for an end to Northern Ireland violence. She said mainline churches need to be faithful to their mission and teach the message of non-violent love of en- emies. She said churches have not taught or lived the simple message of "no killing." "We need to also develop more fully our thinking on non-violent self-de- fense," she said. "It will rightly be said as believers that we have no need to security and defense as for this we have God. God's love casts out all fear of Atlanta (CNS) - Vicki R. Long, whose two-year relationship with ArchbishOp Eugene A. Moreno ended with his resignation from office, has claimed that she and the archbishop secretly eX" changed marriage vows in 1988, Archdiocesan spokesperson Rev. peter A. Dora said the archbishop had sured us there was no would be recognized by either or state." Anthony Fontana, Long's lawyer, t01d a TV station in Adanta that Long says she and Marino privately exchanged wedding vows in December, 1988. The exchange allegedly took place in a New York hotel. ' Dora said the "archbishop denied the entire event- said it never occurred/ He said the archbishop knew Long considered them secretly married bat We withhold our hands and our hearts from no o~e, told Church authorities it was Marino has been placed in a tal psychiatric unit, Dora said. At a Mass in the Atlanta Aug. 12, Bishop James P. Lyke, ap tolic administrator since Marino's re': ignation, asked the people of the arclr diocese to respond to the, the Atlanta Church with faith and prayers for the archbishop and othe# involved. Referring to the day's Gospel ing - in which Jesus walked on and Peter joined Him but began to until Jesus pulled him up - Lyke "We pray that, like Peter, who and whose faith momentaril) Archbishop Marino will reach out grasp firmly the outstretched hand Christ." "We withhold our hands and hearts from no one," he said, re the words for emphasis. After Communion, Lyke questions and spent about half an responding to people's concerns the archbishop and the controverSY"