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PAGE 8 i THE GUARDIAN, SEPTEMBER 12, 1969 Bogus 2 3-Year-Old Priest Is Unmasked Pescara, Italy (NC) -- A 23- year-old "Brazilian priest" who conferred the sacraments and witnessed about 50 marriages in the Italian diocese of Penne-Pes- cara has been found not to be a priest at all. Instead, Lulgi Sala, a native of Italy's Lombardy region, is in the hands of Italian authorities facing a dozen counts of "swind- ling and false representations." In addition to his brief career as an ecclesiastic for six months, Sala was able to parlay his ele- mentary education into a master's degree and on two occasions gain a teacher's position. In every instance of false representation, Sala came armed with impres- sive documentation and letters of introduction. The would-be priest was ar- rested in the tiny town of Cepa- gatti on the Adriatic coast as he was filing documents to marry a 41-year-old widow. Po- lice officials are trying to learn more about him and are confer- ring with Church authorities in Pescara. The former "priest" had pas- seal himself off as belonging to a diocese in Brazil, saying he was in Italy in an effort to regain his health. On presenting aletter of reference from well-known priests in Rome, Sale was given some money by the chancery of- fice in Pescara and was as- signed to help out in Cepagatti. After what the chancery termed "a largely negative experience," Sala was released on July 1 of this year. He was at that time awaiting the approval of his "bishop" to stay on indefinitely in Italy. In the meantime, diocesan of- ficials in Pescara have admitted that as Father Sala, the imper- sonator "baptized hundreds of children and witnessed the mar- riages of about 50 couples." One of the charges of false representation stems from his chance meeting on a train with a bona-fide professor. The result Sisters Ask Mercy For Accused Slayer Chicago (NC) -- A newly organ- ized nationwide group, the National Coalition of American Nuns, has requested clemency for the ac- cused gunman in the deathofSister Dorothea Haas. The suspect, reputedly a leader in the Vice Lords gang of the city's west side, is accused of firing the bullet that strayed and killed Sister Dorothea as she slept in bed while on a visit here. The 1,800-member NCAN isde- voted to social justice and human rights. Its national chairman is Sister Margaret Traxler of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice, which also has headquarters here. Sister Margaret said the companions of the deceased, the Little Sisters of Jesus, joined in the request for clemency. of this casual meeting was that Sale emerged with a master's de- gree and soon thereafter was teaching at an institute in Cernu- sco, north of Milan. Nun's Kind Deed Brings $16,000 to Girls' Home Spokane (NC) -- On a bright spring afternoon in 1966, Sister M. Riccarda Mosely carried a plate of cookies from Marycliff High School, where she taught journalism, to an elderly Pres- byterian neighbor, Mrs. Walter , Ogden. Annie Ogden, who was 101 years old, had nurses around the clock, but she perked up as Sister Ric- carda began talking about her dream to build a "halfway house" for young women who had been DRINK Fort Smith Arkanms released from correctional insti- tutions. Later, when Spokane's Regina Hall became a reality thanks to a $10,000 gift from the Spokane Junior League, Annie Ogden's in- terest continued. She had her nur- ses read her every news story and feature article on the nun's venture. Last fall Mrs. Ogden died at the age of 103, having outlived both her parents by a century. Her husband died in 1916 and the couple's only child, Mrs. Charles Brown, also died before Mrs. Og- den. There were no grandchildren. Just recently, Sister Riccarda received a check for $16,000 from Mrs. Ogden's trust fund. Father Gardiner, Journalist, Dies Washington CNC) -- In death, at the Jesuits' Regis College in Father Harold Charles Gardiner, Denver, Colo. He was buried in S.J., 65, author, editor and the Jesuit cemetery at George- literary world luminary, came town University here. home to his beloved Swampoodle, a neighborhood close by the U.S. For 22 years, Father Gardi- Capitol once predominantly pop- her was literary editor of Am- ulated by Irish-American Cath- erica, the New York based Jesuit olics, weekly, and was a pioneer in the Requiem Mass was offered in Catholic book-of-the-month club St. Aloysius church, the hub movement, designed to encour- of Swampoodle and the parish age reading of Catholic litera- where Father Gardiner received lure. In 1962 he began service his early education, as staff editor in literature in Father Gardiner died Sept. the preparation of the New 3 of a heart attack while visiting Catholic Encyclopedia. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, Head of Garrison Avenue. Sunday Masses: 6:00, 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 and 12 Noon. Holyday Masses: 6:00 and 8:00 A.M. 18:05 and 5:30 P.M. First Fridays: 7:00 and 8:00 Miraculous Medal devo- tion--Wednesday after Mass. Con- fessions: Saturdays: 3:30-5:00, 7:30-8:30. drr ST. JOHN'S CHAPEL, 1822 North 8th Street, Sunday Mass: 10: A.M. Confessions before that Mass. Holyday Mass 7:30 P.M. CLINTON FURNITURE CO. 919 Rogers Ave. Fort Smith Phone 783-8281 ST. BONIFACE CHURCH, 1820 North B Street. Sunday Masses: 6:00, 7:45, 9:30 and 11:00 A.M. Holyday Masses: 5:30, 6:15, 7:15, and 8:30 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. First Fridays: 6:00 and 8:00 A.M. First Saturdays: 6:00 and 8:00 A.M. Confessions: Sathrdays 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. and 6:45 to 8:00 P.M. Eve of Holydays and First Fridays: 4:00 to 6:00 and 7:00 to 8:45 P.M. drdr CHRIST THE KING, 1980 South Greenwood Avenue. Sunday Mas- ses: 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 A.M. and 5:30 P.M. Holy- days: 7:00, 8:00, 9:30 and 10:30 A.M. and 5:30 P.M. First Friday: 7:00, 8:00 and 11:2 A.M. Week- days (School days) 11:25 A.M. Confessions: Saturday, Vigil of Feasts and First Fridays. 4:30 to 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 to 8:30 P.M.and before all Masses. Food Center Produce Exchange "For Those Who Care To Save" 1120 GARRISON Fort Smith Arkinles VAN BUREN -- St. Michael's Church. Sunday Mass: 9:00 A.M. Holyday Masses: 6:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. .r t JENNY LIND -- Sts. Sabina and Mary Church. Sunday Mass:ll:00 A.M. Holyday Mass: 7:30 P.M. t dr t BARLING -- Sacred Heart of Mary Church, two Masses every Sunday at 6:30 and 8:15 A.M. Holyday Mass: 8:00 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. The Fentress Mortuary 1805 North A. street PHONE 783-6178 Fort Smith Arkinses Social Workers, Mops Needed in Mississippi Storm Washington (NC) -- There is an urgent need for social work- ers and for mops in Mississippi, which was torn apart by Hurri- cane Camille last month. The U. S. bishops' National Catholic Disaster Relief Com- mittee announced that alICatholic Charities' directors in the United States have been requested to furnish social workers to the Natchez-Jackson diocese to assit in rebuilding the area. "If you are in a position to do- nate the services of a social work- er for a period of one week or more between now and Dec. I, would you please inform John M. Hayes, National Conference of Catholic Charities," declared Bishops Lift Sanctions From Communist Rite Berlin (NC) -- The bishops of East Germany have decided to lift the sanctions against parents of youths who participate in the so- called youth inauguration cere- monies, an atheistic equivalent of the Christian sacrament of Con- firmation. At the end of their elementary education, East German youths make the pledge "to give their whole power for the great and noble cause of socialism." Sanctions against Catholic par- ticipation in these ceremonies had been issued in 1955, entailing the exclusion of parents and youths from the sacraments for a six month period, "until they had truly repented of their sin and had re- paired the serious scandal." In 1967, however, the sanctions were lifted for the youths, and now thesanctions against parents have been lifted by the East German bishops. In addition to the inauguration- confirmation rite, the East Ger- man government has established socialist ceremonies for name- giving day, marriage and funeral o c c a s i o n s. These communist- inspired ceremonies are supposed to be substitutes for the Christian celebration of Baptism, Matri- mony, and funeral services, and were designed to lure Christians away from their religious ser- vices. In their statement, the East German bishops stressed that they still consider these state ceremon- ies as "substitutions for religious actions." The youth inauguration rite, in particular, according to the bishops, has a special goal of attempting to extend the Marxist-Leninist ideology to all fields of living. The bishops reaffirmed that this ideology includes atheism, calling the youth inauguration a "solemn pledge for the socialist form of living which is obligated to atheism on the basis of Marxism and Len- inism." The bishops explained, however, that they had removed the sanc- tions against theparents and youths because of the "shadiness of the pledge formula and because of propaganda." As a result, they said, participation can no longer be considered a "direct and con- scious offense against the faith." The bishops concluded that the "former sanctions no longer can be considered as suitable means to help the person toward a clear and mature religious decision." The decision of the East German bishops was published by the chan- cery in East Berlin in July of this year, but became known only recently in West Berlin. a memo sent to the In the meantime, Msgr. Leo J. Coady, the bishops' relief there is a continuing for contributions of hurricane victims in and in Louisiana's Parish (County). "There is no longer  iate need for food, me plies or bedding to Mississippi's troyed areas," Msgr. "but much money is assist victims in both and Louisiana." He also said there IsM need for cleaning cluding mops, rakes, shovels. Msgr. Coady noted cash gifts have been committee's Washin that money and other been sent directly to the! area. "People have really erous in giving," he there is a serious need for money to aid and unfortunate terrible disaster." J S. 1720 Rogers Ave. sU | SERVICE i PETIT Lumber & Su Complete Insul Glass - Aluminunl & Doors Phone 1200 South Fre5 Fort Smith, BENDER Machine Crankshaft 1018 Wheeler - Fort Smith SINCE 1920 HELPING AND HOME Sixth & GarrisOn Fort Smith Seventh AND LOAN ASSOCIATION OF I And