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The GUardian Official 00ublication of lhe CDiocese of Ciltle 00ock LXIII, NO.37 SEPT. 13, 1974 YOU A LEGION OF MERCY VOLUNTEER?" scenes like this are common at Arkansas Little Rock, where some members of Rock diocese's new "Legion of Mercy" will do work. To join the Legion, Catholic men and should send their names, addresses and phone to The Legion of Mercy, 1321 South Van Buren, Rock, Ark. 72204. Sister Marks Anniversary ick -- Fifty years in Good Counsel Church and at- life was celebrated tended Mount St. Mary Good Counsel Church Academy, before entering the Mary Delphine . Religious Sisters of Mercy Sept. of St. Edward " 5, 1924. Fort Smith. Father Louis offered the jubilee after which an an- breakfast was served Inn Hotel. I)elphine, daughter of John and Martha as a communicant of Her first assignment, following her novitiate, was to the business office of St. Joseph's Hospital, Hot Springs. From 1942 to 1948, she served as the hospital's administrator. During the next 10 years she was assigned to the business office of St. Edward Mercy Hospital, Fort Smith, and also worked in Brinkley. She presently is assistant in the purchasing department at St. Edward's. M. Delphine Close. friends and relatives who attended the Golden Jubilee Mass and breakfast included Father Janesko, Mr. and Mrs. A. Dinty Ranney of Jacksonville, Mrs. Thomas Du Val Russell of Wichita, Kansas, Mrs. Winona Epps Bishop of Conway, Mrs. Dalton Dailey, Al Hopkins, Mrs. Carrie Bullion Edwards, Miss Marie Danforth, Mrs. Delphine Mitchell Sutton, Miss Lorere Du Val, and Mrs. Julia Newman Hurster, all of Little Rock. Mrs Hurster was hostess at the breakfast. e Novena Scheduled Rock - The annual St. Therese of offered Monday, reland Move Catholics Northern Ireland Concern is growing of Northern Catholic minority for ruiting policy of a force made up former members and now disbanded police reserve. claim that they into the violence Plagues the province searches and . by the old, lnantly Protestant B Sept. 23, through Tuesday, Oct. 1, under the auspices of the Discalced Carmelite Sisters here. The cloistered nuns have issued an invitation to the faith- ful to offer the Novena prayers in their homes and to join them in the Carmelite Monastery, 7201 West 32rid Street, on Oct. 1 at 7:30 P.M. for a special Concelebrated Mass marking St. Therese's feast day. Intentions for which the Novena will be offered include those of the Holy Father for the Holy Year, a good school year for teachers and students, vocations, world peace and the private intentions of the laity joining in the prayerful ob- servance. Prayer leaflets are available by writing to Carmelite Monastery, 7201 West 32nd Rome Rejects World Text On Population Street, Little Rock, Ark. 72204. the Vatican took an active and Buchapest, Rumania (NC) -- The Vatican's delegation to the World Population Conference here became the only one of 136 delegations to officially dissociate itself from the conference's principal document, adopted without a vote. Bishop Edouard Gagnon, head of the Vatican delegation, told the plenary session that the Holy See took that action because of "persistent am- biguities, the introduction of unfortunate expressions, and the omission. of certain essential elements" in the final version of the World Plan of Action, the conference's recommendations for coping with international population problems. Bishop Gagnon stressed in his speech that the Vatican heartily endorses sections of the plan that place population policies within the broader context of "integral human development" and with the "establishment of a new economic order in tho spirit "of international justice and equalization of worldwide consumption." Different Approach But he said that, unlike sovereign states who could deal with the Plan of Action on a selective and practical basis within their own lands, the Holy See could deal with the Plan of Action only on the level of principles and values. Some values in the plan, he explained, are unacceptable, especially several sections dealing with "the family, respect for life and indiscriminate use of birth- preventive means." "You will all appreciate that here we are dealing with elements about which the Holy See by its very nature can allow no compromise," Bishop Gagnon said. The Holy See "must be faith- ful to Him from whom she receives her mission, and likewise to the whole com- munity to Whom she offers, in a spirit of fraternal service, her cooperation." Speaking in French, the bishop told delegates in the final hours of the conference that the Holy See .could not risk a misunderstanding of its position and therefore could not accept the plan, even on a qualified basis. "People expect the Holy See to take a position on basics," Bishop Gagnon said. The plan of Action, a document of 108 paragraphs, offers broad policies on population matters for nations and the international com- munity, and provides statistical background. Also included are sections on the status of women, on lowering mortality and morbidity rates and problems of internal and international migration. A major thesis of the plan is that, at present levels of growth, the world's population will double every 35 years. A major principle of action is that "all couples and individuals have the basic human right to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children and to have the in- formation, education and means to do so." Throughout the conference highly visible role. It was able to have its effect on the final Plan of Action. Most notable among Vatican amendments accepted into the Plan of Action was a phrase stating: "Independently of the realization of economic and social objectives, respect for human life is basic to all human societies." The Vatican also fought for language that would protect a couple's right to have more children as well as fewer, and PRESENTING THE SERVICE MEDAL and citation to William W. O'Donnell, managing editor of The Guardian, is Msgr. Francis X. Murphy, Little Rock diocesan comp- troller. With them is Mrs. O'Donnell. for an affirmation that a woman's choiceoftheroleof Goordion Editor wife and mother is not in- consistent with her full in- tegration into a nation's political, cultural, social and economic life. These sen- timents, however, were not picked up in the final document. The Vatican also tried to remove a phrase which said that the world should aim to reduce "illegal abortions." The text called for reduction in infertility, defective births and illegal abortion, and the Vatican argued that illegal abortion was a legal question while the others were medical questions. It asked that "miscarriage" -- also a medical problem -- be substituted for illegal abortion. But both attempts failed by a vote of 46-11 with 10 abstentions SEE POPULATION PG. 2 Cited on Anniversary Little Rock -- A Little Rock diocesan Service Medal has been awarded to William W. O'Donnell, who rounded out-20 years as managing editor of The Guardian last month. An accompanying citation said O'Donnell "has distinguished himself by meritorious service and un- selfish devotion..." and "by giving of himself and working for the Church he so loves, he has brought the truth and light to countless souls..." (The text of the citation is on Page 3). The diocesan comptroller, Msgr. Francis X. Murphy, presented the Service Medal and read the citation at a sur- prise reception in the Chamcery Office Sept. 5. The citation was signed by His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald, who is in Rome. The 59-year-old editor, a native of New Jersey, came to Arkansas in 1954 to assist Msgr. Thomas J. Prendergast, then executive editor of The Guar- dian. During the previous 20 years he had worked for the news wire services and metropolitan daily newspapers in New England. He and his wife, Eleanor, are the parents of six children and the grandparents of eight. Political Ads Tied to Pro-Life Pledge Little Rock -- The Guardian announced this week that it will deny advertising space to politicians seeking public office in the November elections unless they pledge not to con- : done or promote feticide. "The deliberate slaying of an unborn baby is a terrible sin, and, as Catholics, we are obliged to use every legitimate means to eradicate this evil practice from our society," declared William W. O'Donnell, managing editor of the Little Rock diocesan weekly. To qualify to purchase ad- vertising space in The Guar- dian, O'Donnell said, political candidates will be required to sign the following statement: "To whom it may concern: -- This is an affirmation of my unequivocal and unalterable Pre'Cana Conference Set Little Rock -- Another series of Pre-Cana Conferences for engaged couples and others contemplating marriage will be conducted on successive Sun- days, Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13, From 2 to 5 P.M. in Fletcher Lounge of St. John's Catholic Center here. Pastors are recommending that couples planning to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony Official Announcement Diocese of Little Rock 2415 N. Tyler His Excellency, the Most Reverend Bishop, an- nounces the following clerical appointment: Rev. John R. Kanda, C.S.Sp. -- Associate Pastor at St. Joseph's Church, Conway Rev. Charles F. Kordsmeier Chancellor during November, December or January enroll for the course. The three sessions will fulfill the required six hours of pre- mar*Aal religious instruction. A fee of $3 per person will be payable during the registration period from 1:30 to 2 P.M. Sept. 29. Advance registration is not required. A certificate will be awarded to each person com- pleting the series. Frank and Lois Feist, Pre- Cana lay directors, said marriage preparation is taking- on greater importance because the health of the family affects society as well as the Church. Pre-Cana's task is essentially educational, they said, and it involves presentation of a realistic view of married life. Engaged couples are given insights into the joys and dif- ficulties of married life and are given the opportunity to ask questions about themselves, their relationship to one another and their suitability to married life. Priests, professional men and married couples make up the Pre-Cana faculty. The Pre-Cana movement has gained wide popularity in the Diocese of Little Rock. This will be the second series of con- ferences conducted this year. A series last spring was well attended. opposition to feticide (abortion) and a pledge that I shall never use the public office I seek to condone or promote this desecration of Almighty God's creative power .... " Because there are about 40,000 Catholic voters in Arkansas, candidates for Congress and for state offices have always deemed The Guardian an important ad- vertising medium, O'Donnell said. Income from this advertising has provided an important part of the publication's budget every other year, the editor asserted. "This year, it may be necessary for us to forego some of this income," O'Donnell said, "but we shall do this willingly in an effort to demonstrate our respect for human life." Catechetical Fund Division Explained Little Rock -- One half of all money contributed to the Catechetical Sunday collection this Sunday, Sept. 15, will remain in the parish to help finance its religious instruction program, Father Richard M. Strock, Little Rock diocesan director of religious education, said this week. The balance will be for- Warded to the diocesan Religious Education Office to finance numerous regional and state programs conducted throughout the year. His Excellency Bishop An- drew J. McDonald has appealed for generosity, pointing to the fact that religious education is a continuing requirement for Catholics of all ages.