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ARKANSAS Cm- But r sculpture Christ is seen at the head of the table in an unusual butter sculpture of the Last Supper by Norma "Duffy" Lyon of Toledo, Iowa. The sculpture was on display at the Iowa State Fair this summer. The entire piece took 2,000 pounds of butter to create. Catholic statement to be signed by Church authorities DENVER (CNS) -- Culminating 30 years of ecumenical dialogue, the church- wide assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America approved full commun- ion with the Episcopal Church Aug. 19. Under full communion, the 5.2 million- member and the 2.4 million-member Episcopal Church will retain their own struc- tures. But each will recognize the other's sacraments, clergy from either church can be accepted for work in the other, and the two can hold joint worship services. In a separate action earlier the same day, the assembly approved full communion with the Moravian Church in America. It has been only two years since the at its 1997 assembly in Philadelphia, entered full communion with three churches of the Reformed tradition -- the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church in America and the United Church of Christ. The Lutheran-Episcopal proposal, "Call- ed to Common Mission," was endorsed by a vote of 716 to 317 -- 27 votes more than the two-thirds needed for passage. In adopting it, the Lutherans agreed to accept the "historic episcopate," requiring that bishops ordained in a historical line dating back to the earliest days of Christianity participate in the hying on of hands when new clergy are ordained. The proposal calls for Episcopalians to suspend a 17th-century rule about who can be a priest and accept the ministries of all current FLC& pastors and bishops. Next year the Episcopal General Convention will meet to ratify the proposal. An earlier draft was overwhelmingly approved by the Episcopalians at then" previ- ous convention, but the Lutherans rejected it by a six-vote margin at their 1997 asser0 ' As in Philadelphia two years earlier, the Lutheran debate in Denver focused 0] historic succession in the episcopate. number of Lutheran churches around the world have the historic episcopate, but it has not been part of American Luther life and is not regarded as essential in the Lutheran tradition. The less controversial Lutheran-Moravia proposal, tided "Fo,!owing Our Sheph .e i to Full Communion, passed overwhelmi _ by a vote of 1,007-11. It was approved in by the Northern and Southern provinces a the Moravian Church in America. The Moravian Church owes its origins the reform movement of Jan Hus, Bohemian theologian burned at the stake for heresy in 1415, who is regarded as a 1 cursor of the Protestant Reformation. The Moravians, also known as Bohemian Brethren, were in contact 01Ill Martin Luther a century later, and Moravian and Lutheran churches have close relations since. Also on the agenda of the Luthe . Aug 16-22 assembly was a renort on Lutheran-Catholic ]oint Declaranon the Doc ne of Ju cation," to be ly signed by authorities of the two churO on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 31. ,. The declaration says that through logue both churches have come to see u~ they share"a common understanding of justifica,,tion by God's grace through Christ. It says remaining differences V- ...... t~e not church dividing and are no longer. occasion" for the doctrinal condera from both sides in the 16th century, at The approved the declaratillr its 1997 assembly. The Lutheran Wo_ Federation, of which the is a me .. bet, and Vatican authorities approved it June 1998, but confusion about the of the Vatican approval caused a delay, ] signing, until Lutheran authorities coauld satisfied that the Catholic approcal without qualification or reservations. By Bill Kurtz CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE MILWAUKEE -- Since Japanese pitcher Hideo Nomo joined the Milwaukee Brewers in early May, his perform- mace has been one of the team's big stories. Nomo, released earlier this year by the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs, has posted a 10-6 record for the Brewers. q'm kissing the ground he walks on," then-Brewers man- ager Phil Garner joked July 22 after Nomo blanked the Philadelphia Phillies, 5.0. Nomo's smm are big news, which is why Atsuko Tani, a professor of fore' m languages and literature at Jesuit-run Marquette University, has become a regular in Milwaukee County Stadium's press box. She translates for Nomo when he meets interviewers after pitching a home game. Tani recalled that when Brewers media relations director Jon Greenberg called her as a prospective wanshtor, he established that she was fluent in Japanese and English. q'hen he said, 'There's another language, baseball.' I mid I knew that," she told the C_atho//c Hem/d, newspaper of the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Tani said she became a fan in the late 1950s, as she was growing up in Japan and television was being introduced. She watched games with her father and followed the Yomiuri Giants, long the winningest, most popular team in Japan's major leagues. In the 1960s, she began studies in the United States and living m New Yorkwhen the firacle Mets" won the Milwaukee Brewer Hideo Nomo delivers a pitch in his S-0 win over Philadelphia in July ..................... 1969 World Series. She can recount key plays, as well as lae names of team stars, including a young Nolan Ryan.. the Nomo is one of several Japanese players pitching United States whose exploits are folowed by baseball40 Japan. Greenberg said a major Japanese network televises i of Nomo's starts -- whether day or night games live. _, He also noted that several Japanese newspal@j. re rters cover es started bylaoanese nitchers in po gam ..... ious U.S. cities, writing game stories that emphasize pitching performance. Tani, who translates questions and answers between reporters and Nomo, also translates questions asked English for Japanese reporters. ,, Mr.. Nomo is a. rather quiet person, even in Japan ',l ..... she said. "But he is very polio, and is very soft-spogen careful about what he says. Ive never heard him say thin cntmal" of teammates or g " " his manager, she addaed' e Nomo is "very happy to be here," she continued..._= respects his manager and teammates. He thinks the fie is very good, which makes his job easier." _m0 Tani does not travel with the Brewers. When No,p., pitches road games, the team hires translators in each lY' ve been very lucky in finding other people on the to help on days Nomo pitches," Greenberg said. . # Another Japanese pitcher, Hideld Irabu of the NeW Yankees, has full-time translator George Rose traveling , him. The Catholic Rose learned Japanese while teao - English. in Japanese.schtmh. ........