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THE GUARDIAN, SEPTEMBER 12, 1969 PAGE 11 Accused of Bold Effort to Undermine Church C) -. A "massive of- ecclesiastical measures against against religious auth- the then Msgr. Ivan Illich of Cuer- the press, ac- navaca, Mexico, and to attempts Danielou to have Auxiliary Bishop Mat- thins Defregger of Munich ex- before has the Church's tradited to Italy on charges of target of so many authorizing a wartime massacre. as today," said He said the "polemical fire- theologian, dean of the works" surrounding these and Faculty and other cases "have further con- since April. vinced me of the existence of are carried out a massive offensive under way to and well-identified exploit the religious occur- are striving to make rance and discredit, dishonestly, point of view pre- the authority of the pope and the Cardinal Danielou bishops." issue of the Cardinal Danielou added: I ty g- say of the bishops as well, be- Month). He cause they too are being chal- name these lenged. Calls are going up for greater authority for them, but a Danielou called for bishop would be very seriously of efficient press mistaken to believe that his the Vatican to counter authority grows with the decline of the Pope's authority. The publicity given to one and the other are perfectly joined." He added, in what might have been a reference to a widely arko_ill published interview givenby Leo I]" Cardinal Seunens of Belgium to several reviews last May: "For that reason it is unseemly to see certain bishops adding their voice to contestation and to the con- testatory press." Cardinal Danielou called a lYmond Bean systematic policy of silence "de- Cardinal Danielou testable." He said open discus- sion on matters of vital interest to the Church was healthy, but added: "I think that the problem revolves on the honesty of jour- nalists, their duty to give an ob- jective picture of the facts, furn- ishing all elements of informa- tion. Too often many of them are inspired by polemical designs, and present events in a partial perspective, one-sidedly." He added: "Today, only con- testation seems to have a right to mention in the religious news columns. Contestor-priests and contestor-laymen in the Catholic Church are few, and in no way representative of their categories as a whole. Yet people get the idea that they are legion, while if you ask the People of God as a whole you will see what trust and love there is today for the Pope and his teaching." He called for counteraction. "The Catholic press in particu- lar should react against the efforts of pressure groups. To- day it seems that in the Catholic Church there is no other problem than that of priestly celibacy. Why is that? Because of a puffing- up of the affair mounted by those with an interest in changing public opinion. "In this regard I would like to see the Catholic infrastructure especially in the Vatican made more adequate so as to allow a better channeling of information to newsmen, through the crea- tion of efficient press offices." Several times in his long inter- view Cardinal Daneilou spoke of a need for outspokenness on the part of the Church's magister- ium -- its teaching authority. He said various polemics in the Church today give rise to "the need of a clear and solemn pronouncement on specific mat- ters." Elsewhere he called for "a definite standonquestionsofprin- ciple." Finally, he said that press campaigns against ecclesiastical authority will bring forth a "clear pronouncement" from the magis- terium. Such a pronouncement "will be hailed with jOY by the great mass of Catholics and also one can well believe by many Christians who do not belong to our con- fession." He explained: "I speak of Ortho- dox and Protestants, many of whom have shown they feel and understand the importance of what the pope's authority represents for the whole of Christianity, mani- festing lively disquiet at the pre- sent condition of the Catholic Church, at the growth in it of tendencies toward secularism, and at the challenging of funda- mental articles of our faith." For the Best in INSURANCE SEE ARMIL TAYLOT, AGENT Clarksville, Arkanszs e Co. PHONE 754-2715 %hvale, Arkansas Jesuit Acquitted of Assault Chargee Chunchura, India (NC) -- A Jes- The priest's "trial" stemmed uit priest accused of assaulting from a report that he struck three children by local communist lead- children as a disciplinary measure ers was acquitted in less than two for misbehavior during the milk minutes in a magistrate's court distribution. The local communist here. legislator and party bosses mar- In the charge sheet police ac- chedFather Siluvai through the cused Father Francis Siluvai of town's streets to the police sin- FAMILY Pandua in West Bengal state of tion shouting accusations that the assaulting a group of children priest was an agent of the U.S. STORE who had lined up before him to Central Intelligence Agency receive milk donated by the U.S. "spreading American influence, Catholic Relief Services. After trying to make a second Vietnam Diamond Brand reading the first two sentences of of West Bengal." Jacqueline , the sheet the magistrate looked The c°mmunistleadersdemand- up at the accused and said with a ed the priest's arrest. He was Low Heelers smile: taken into custody and spent nearly 724-3781 "This is the way you have been 24 hours in jail before being re- Arkansas rewarded for doing good to the leased through the intervention of a poor. Case dismissed." non-Communist member of the state coalition government and other leading citizens. Police later said that the priest'sdetentionwas A for protective purposes. .G. Commissary The charge sheet specifically llO W. Main St. Clarksville, Ark. Diocese Postpones Sex Education Course Rockville Centre, N.Y. (NC)-- QUALITY CLEANERS sex education program which was to have been introduced in Phone 754-2962 schools of the Rockville Centre diocese has been postponed in- $. Fulton C larksville, definitely. Father Patrick Shanahan, sup- erintendent of diocesan schools, said the diocesan board of educa- tion decided additional time was State Bank needed t° evaluate the program" n sa S The program hadbeen scheduled Clarksville, Arkansas Sykes Florist 424 East Main St. Clarksville, Ark. to be started in 99 elementary schools and 21 high schools inthis school year. A number of church groups, in- cluding the Long Island Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith, raised objections to the proposed program. Father Shanahan empha- sized the postponment agreement was not connected with any pres- Ph. 754-8162 sure from such groups. =,.. said he was arrested on the in- sistence of the Communist party leaders. Meanwhle, following acomplaint by Msgr. Eric Barber, vicar general of the archdiocese of Cal- cutta, West Bengal's deputy chief minister Jyoti Basus, also aCom- munist, has initiated inquiries to find out "why this unfortunate in- cident occurred." 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