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PAGE 6 +hE GUARDIAN, AUG. 30, 1974 Day Care Centers Can Constitute -Pastoral Musings Active 0000)art of Church CommUnw it ( B, Gerard A Pottebaum If both parents work full-time, lley ," , . bees h.eYs:manetirth s hhe exPressions of God de d or if a single parent works full- e DAY CARE, apartment living, and single parents are central to any discussion about responsible parenthood today. An increasing number of children are growing up in single-parent families. The parent is either divorced, separated, widowed, or was never married. MANY OF THESE people live in apartment communities. There they avoid having to keep a yard trim in summer, or having to clear a driveway of snow in winter, or having to attend to the year-round details of home ownership. Usually they have to hold down a job. This means either finding someone to babysit, or putting the children in a day- care center. In either case, a major portion of their salary goes to someone else in the business of raising children. TIlE EFFECTS remain to be seen upon children who live with part-time parents -- be they from single-parent or two- parent families. Whatever the effects, the number of children in centers is apt to continue to grow. Some experts predict that at least 5.3 million mothers with children under the age of five will be holding jobs by 1980. Some six million children under age six now have working mothers. Part-time parenthood is supported indirectly when the government provides more tax breaks by allowing certain child-care coststobededucted. time, and accumulated income is $18,000 per year or less, they can deduct up to $200 per month for one child, $300 per month for two children, and $400 per month for three or more children. If such families make over $18.000 they can deduct a lesser per cent. but still a substantial amount. ANOTttER FORCE behind part-time parenting comes from apartment owners who sell child-care services to bait working parents. Such promotion helps to collect into one place a large per cent of single parents or working couples who have children. It also provides an opportunity for the Church community to bring some of its people's talent and educationalexperience to bear outside the parochial interests of parish school and CCD. Few single parents frequent parish functions, nor are they apt to find an organization of umved needsareassimple but as basic as how to select and prepare nourishing foods. Then again, their need is for relief. CONSIDER the situation, for instance, where you've worked all day. You're tired. You seek quiet rest. You face a child (or more) demanding your at- tention. Under these conditions it's tough to be a a sensitive, responsive, and responsible parent.., even when you have a spouse, much less alone. The Church community can undermine some of its best intentions by working with only the parish structure as the model for building Christian community. Other gatherings of people such as those found in apartment communities need to be developed with as much dedication of human concern and material resources. FROM WITIllN the struggles of such ,'ommunities, we can work among his people. We can also expect to discover from within the experience of these communities what is central to the parish community: liturgical action which makes tangible the movement of God's Spirit among his people. Such action cannot be imported, nor imposed. It must grow from out of the relationships developed among the people in these communities. Drawing people out of these natural gatherings in order to sustain only the parish model of community tends to make of these people simply church- goers rather than community builders, part-time members in God's fan]fly. But as every faithfld person knows, God is not a part-time parent. Ilc has only full-time children. And the local parish is not ttis day-care ('enter. 1974 NC News Service mothers and fathers very in- viting if a parish were to try that unlikely route. So the Church community wilt need to Let's Have More Heart Transplants By Msgr. John B. Sche IT tlAPPENED on December 3, 1967 -- the place : Cape. Town, South Africa. The world was thrilled -- all news media carried the article,. Dr. Christian Bernard and his staff of techicians and nurses per- formed the first successful heart transplant on a human being. The patient was Louis Washkansky, and the tran- splanted heart came from a 25- year-old woman, killed in an automobile accident. For 18 days Washkansky lived with another person's heart. The date, the place, and the persons involved will long be remembered in medical history. IT WAS an amazing achievement, but when we look at some spiritual parallels we find that the good Lord has been President's Call for Conditional go out to meet with these underParents ontheirtheirlivingterms, cir- Amnesty Praised by USCC Agent cumstances. The objective of such an outreaching is not to pass Gerald R. Ford's declaration judgment, nor to promote that he favors leniency in church morals which have treating draft evaders and obviouslybeenviolatedbypeople deserters as a way "to bind up who "have children out of the nation's wounds" was hailed wedlock. The task is to avoid as a "welcome sign" and a standing above while suffering "constructive step" by Bishop He added, however, that in with these people as they work James Rausch, general view of present national needs secretary of the National and the time that has elapsed Conference of Catholic Bishops since direct American in- ,,,,,. Rockefeller Opposed Washington (NC) -- President NCCB) and the U.S. Catholic volvement in the Vietnam War, Conference (USCC). "it may also be that con- President Ford's approach sideration should be given to seems to be fully supported by unconditional amnesty at least the 1971 and 1972 statements of for those who resisted military the nation's Catholic bishops on service because of their con- the topic, Bishop Rausch said. scientious convictions." By Pro-Life Forces Acme Typewriter Exchange Victor Gestetner Royal Typewriters Adding * Duplicating Machines * Standard Electric SALES -SERVICE -RENTALS 521-2550 408 W. Dickson - BILL WEATHERFORD, Mgr. 442-7672 PPERLY FLOWER SHOP ] 1305 N. Garland [ Fayetteville, Ark. | PHONE 442-6227 't i i , i i BRENNAN-BOYD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL INSTITUTIONAL 442-8374 Fayetteville, Arkansas 442-2751 i i Washington (NC) -- The Providence, R.I., the day after National Right to Life Corn- his nomination would be "first mittee (NRLC) will oppose the of several." confirmation of Nelson A. Rockefeller, former New York In May 1972, Rockefeller, then governor of New York, vetoed a governor, as Vice President of bill that would have repealed the United States, a committee the state's two-year-old abor- spokesman said here. tion law, which permits abor- Prior to Rockefeller's tions on demand up to the 24th nomination Aug. 20 by week of pregnancy, and would President Gerald R. Ford, the have replaced itwith the former (NRLC)senta telegram to the law allowing abortions only President saying that when the mother's life is en- Rockefeller "is unacceptable dangered. for the office of Vice Rockefeller vetoed the bill President." despite a plea from Cardinal The NRLC is a federation of Terence Cooke of New York state organizations and claims that he sign it. The cardinal later said he deplored the veto to represent more than 1,000 and the governor's "un- right-to-life chapters, fortunate" veto message, which The NRLC spokesman said referred to "the extremes of that a demonstration by right- personal vilification and to-life groups at a Rockefeller political coercion brought to speaking engagement in bear on members of the legislature" and suggested that mill I inl'slcZan the legislature's approval of the bill did not reflect the will of the majority of the people of the CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 state. aim of loyally overcoming them Rockefeller's veto was in a constant effort towards the brought up again in February ideal." 1973, after the governor had A "merciful physician" criticized the decision of Sen. without compr_omising the James Buckley (R.-Cons.-N.Y.} Christian idealwillnot "quench to introduce a constitutional the burning flax," nor amendment to overturn the U.S. discourage the weak by im- Supreme Court decision barring posing "insuperable burdens." most restrictions on abortion. With thegraee of the sacrament B u c k I e y ' s d e c i s i o n, he will fan the dying spark of Rockefeller said, "has the "good will" into a flame that unfortunate potential of being will lighten the burden, and dangerously divisive when bring light to those who are America needs a time of confused and troubled in con- healing." science. Buckley suggested at a President Ford's remarks, which amounted to a call for what has often been called "conditional amnesty," came in a speech he delivered to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Chicago. He said he is convinced that "unconditional blanket amnesty for anyone who illegally evaded or fled military service is wrong." But he repeated his belief, ex- pressed when he took his presidential oath of office, that there is "a power higher than the people, who commands not only righteousness but love, not only justice but mercy." Of those who have fled America or gone underground, he said: "I want them to come back home, if they want to work their way back." The statement was a tur- nabout from the stance of the previous Administration as elaborated by President Richard M. Nixon. Nixon said on Jan. 31, 1973: "Those who served paid their price. Those who deserted must pay their price, and the price is not a junket in the Peace Corps or something like that, as some have suggested. The price is the criminal penalty for disobeying the laws of the United States." In both 1971 and 1972 the U.S. bishops declared that selective conscientious objectors ought to be given some form of amnesty. Numerous other religious groups and organizations have supported amnesty of some form, ranging from conditional in this business for centtlries. The people of Israel had upon evil ways. So God prophet Ezekiel with a of regeneration, words, "Tell the sprinkle clean water to cleanse you from impurities, and from all idols I will cleanse you. give you a new heart a new spirit within you. t from your bodies your ! hearts and giving you hearts. 1 will put my within you and make you my statutes, careful to my decrees.'" (Ex. 36, A('('()IDING TO Bi terminology the word goes deeper than the organ. It represents the of man's life, his true ter: it was considered of his moral and and included his reason, and his emotions. In the case of Washkansky a person had in order that he might chance to live. ! L WIIEI/E DID the new come from that ChristianSLa received? A benefact#1 needed. Someone must de I another might live. Christ Son of God, the "perfect" the Lamb of God was choSl save us from eternal dea Rh 1t -" died on the cross, that we tth have -- eternal life. . tthe What are the reasons thai tthe transplants new hearts i ith patients. It is because tP It.he hearts are spirftually dis ,. 1 as the prophet Jeremiah' lth "More tortuous than all el ith the human heart, bel th remedy; who can under ,_ it?" (Jer. 17, 9). The l hardened by sin, is in need transplant, to live with GO eternity. AS THE BENEFICIAIJ a heart transplant must co to the s u r g e r y,,so theSl must consent to receive P heart. This demands fai it can be accomplished. never fails if the parle willing and cooperative. though God desires us to even though he provides f /, the means to gain eternal II // He does not force his cur/ us. St. John says, "Any w=" accept him He empowerl become children of God." 01 12) /$', Delay could be fatal -- act I requirement of alternate vice, to unconditional, uniV] amnesty. J Bishop Rausch recently , beyond "the earlier cal-fsol[ American bishops whe, June, he suggested that t] Paul VI's appeal to goal merits to grant amnesty to ] types of prisoners might Pl OPENNESS of the marital Washington news conference embraee to iove and life must of that it was "divisive" for l' Citizens Funeral Home, Inc , -- , Rockefeller to veto the New Christian marriage as a graced York legislature's decision to , cive. I I h ecessity be the ideal of 20 I Pine Street covenant of love and fidelity, reverse the state's policy of I 'nlo Gli'dlail [ CARPETING J The ideal is based not so much abortion on demand. Buckley I West Memphis, Ark. on the law of nature as on the contended that the state to A Frim |*CeramlcnUaadfloorUlei "law of the Gospel, which legislature was acting ac- Phone 735-1000 |* Resilient Floor Tile | illumines nature's law. Not only cording to public demand. I 00l00iplm: $5" |* Linoleum and Formica l is this ideal cnsnant withbeen Rockefeller praisedthe [o nature, but the "constant effort Supreme Court abortion * Sold Outrightor Installed towards the ideal' has decision, which, he said, "gives P,0. Box 1417 [ nuil made possible by the grace of us a national policy in place of Christ which, as the Council of numerous state-by-state Little Rock iOzark Floor Co. Trent teaches, "perfects abortion debates." He added natural love...and sanctifies that the decision "can haven J -___ __|eYuCa'LBa'll Olcl" -,.-.c2: calming effect on the potential I 6_36  BROADWAY " 1222 N. MLOUR! 12207 1928 College 44h-4451 the husband :nd the wife." and potent emotionalism this ,, , , | @ 1974 NC News Service issue inevitably arouses." I 24'/9-8 E. BROADWAY * Member F.D,.LC...--,,[ "