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PAGE 7 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC SEPTEMBER 16, 1990 In England -- New By Robert Nowell London (CNS) -A prayer service taarked the start of a new ecumenical h0dy in England which includes tholics for the first time. ArThe service was led by Anglican , chbishop John Habgood of York in don's Southwark Catholic Cathe- la 8dimilar services in Dunblane, Scot- ' and Aberys s t oW:laefionth2 or : day marked the aizations to renlace the British Council of Churches '- Twenty churches now form Churches , gether in England. The Scottish body . Called Action of Churches Together Scotland, and the oroup in Wales is the Welsh wor for "to ether." , The idea for the new groupswas en- rsed by representatives of virtually all e Britain's churches in 1987 at a conference capping a two-year ecu- menical pro ram, "Not Strangers But rul ir .,' 0 r I)elegates at the conference said in a mte al~, ~ent that "as a matter of policy at eVels and in all places, our churches .ust now move from cooperation to "-lea'. .. " Commitment to each other in arch of the unity for which Christ vraYed and in common evangelism and SerVice of the world." " e Catholic Bishops' Conference of sn and Wales was the first to re- .the proposal for a new council arrangement, and in 1989 the bishops agreed in principle to join the new ecumenical organizations. Habgood told the 2,000 people at the London service: =We shall know that we are making progress when at every level in church life we are conscious of being partners in the Gospel and feel a sense of dep- rivation if we try to go it alone." At the service in Dunblane, Elizabeth Templeton, a Church of Scotland theologian, told about 1,000 people how alien and irrelevant Christianity could appear to the majority of Scots. "I think we have hardly begun to listen theologically to the actual questions the outside world is interested in answering, because we are too busy scolding and nagging people for not appreciating our prepacked vacuum-sealed message, for not filling our pews, for not paying our awful repair bills, for not seeming to need us," Templeton said. This is the first time there has been a separate body for the churches of England.The British Council of Churches was formed in 1942 for En- gland, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales was represented by observers at the British Council of Churches since 1967. The Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland, was scheduled to open in L'rcerpool,England, in early September. The Catholic Church in Ireland, which was not represented on the British Council of Churches, will have observer status on the new body. the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has decided not to join the group, but the Church of Ireland (Anglican) and the Irish Methodist Church are members. UniVersity to offer free+ master's degree Joan Palm Paul, MN (CNS) - The University Thomas in St. Paul is offering a master's degree to 60 teachers at olic schools in the Archdiocese of and Minneapolis. were received from staff at 54 elementary schools and high schools in the archdio- archdiocesan officials. program uses money left from a fund from the 1960s. That Called the Archbishop Murray Fund, was established from ers were using the fund, he said, he devised the new plan. Now scholarship money will go directly to pay the pro- fessors. The college will receive no di- rect income from it, said McCarver. Participating teachers must agree to remain teaching in Catholic schools for at least two years after they complete their degree, said Judy Ford, archdiocesan schools director. The master's degree in curriculum instruction offered is typically an ad- vanced degree for teachers who intend to stay in the classroom. Ford said courses such as moral and religious development of students, the use of technology in the schools and multicultural education were added to make it particularly attractive to Collections and administered by Catholic school teachers. lty, said Thomas McCarver, on dean at the university. fund was restricted to Financing :ed degrees for Catholic school t:rs and principals. It had been o defray one-third of tuition costs duate classes. Catholic school s, however, found it increasingly t to afford the remaining two- ,:: tuition costs rose, said of frustration that so few teach- Orthodox-Ukrainian Catholics divided over ownership . cathedral Rome (CNS) - Russian Orthodox ac- cusations that Catholics used force to take possession of St. George's Cathedral in the Ukrainian city of Lvov are "utterly false," said Cardinal Myroslav Lubachivsky, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. The Russian Orthodox Church must "abandon its divisive actions against the Ukrainian Catholic Church and begin a coexistence with us in the Ukraine," the cardinal said. Orthodox bishops said that'Ukrainian Catholics attacked Orthodox clerics prior to seizing the cathedral Aug. 12. Ortho- dox Bishop Andrei Horak of Lvov said he was held hostage for four days at his residence. Orthodox leaders called the situation a "religious war." "The Russian Orthodox bishop of Lvov is accusing our faithful of holding him against his will for four days. As with all other accusations, this is utterly false," said Cardinal Lubachivsky. "We have been accused of violence and actions against Orthodox clergy and faithful which have never been substanti- ated," he added. "Bishop Horak was not even present" wh en Ukrainian Catholics marched on the cathedral Aug. 12, said Cardinal Lubachivsky. "At no time did anyone re- strain Bishop Horak." Also denied were allegations that Catholics broke cathedral windows. The cathedral is among the more than 4,000 churches that belonged to Ukrainian Catholics and were turned over to the Russian Orthodox after the Ukrainian Church became illegal in the Soviet Union in 1946. Return of these church buildings has become a heated issue since the Ukrai- nian Church has been allowed to re- emerge under reform policies of Soviet Pres. Mikhail Gorbachev. The controversy also has harmed over- all Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical rela- tions and Vatican relations with the Soviet government. A Vatican-Russian Orthodox plan to have a commission determine the status of each contested church fell apart ear- lier this year when Catholic bishops in the Ukraine decided not to participate. The commission was to be composed of Vatican authorities, Russian Orthodox officials of the Moscow Patriarchate, and local Catholic and Orthodox representa- fives. Vatican officials still have hopes of reviving the commission in the fall in the wake of a June meeting at the Vatican between the pope and the entire Ukrai- nian hierarchy to map a common strat- egy for the future of the Ukrainian Church. A Symbol To Depend On. Griffin Leggett Healey Roth Little Rock Forest Hills Memorial Park Little Rock Griffin Leg ett/Rest Hills FUNERAL HOME AND MEMORIAL PARK / NORTH LITI'LE ROCK GROSS FUNERAL HOME Hot Springs