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The LXlII NO. 38 OFficial 00ublication of the q00iocese oF I00ittle 00ock SEPTEMBER 20, 1974 ees To Study Evangelization Reds i:ii Bombs City (NC) -- Millions and Vietnamese not to flee but to escape from oppression, ac- to Cardinal Agnelo who visited Southeast August. in the Vatican daily re Romano, the t of the Congregation for of Peoples are two million in Cambodia - 25 per the population -- and a million in Vietnam abandoned their lands because liberty and cast their lot with a real fraternal them." Striking Exodus cardinal added: "The which was formerly for this flight en masse terror of the North bombardment. But these have stopped the Texarkana Parish Organist Honored Miss Mary Agnes Graves, who has been the unpaid organist in St. Edward's Church, Texarkana, for 40 years, listens as her pastor, Father Edward R. Maloy, reads a papal blessing at a recent citation dinner at which she also received a purse, a handpainted scroll of contributors, and a Little Rock Diocesan Service Medal from His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald, standing in rear. On hand for the testimonial was Miss Graves' brother, His Excellency Bishop Lawrence P. Graves, left, of Alexandria, La., for- mer Auxiliary Bishop of Little Rock, seven former pastors and priests from the parish and a big delegation of laymen. Pennsylvania Gets exodus of the Tough Abortion L toward the south W by people who everything and even lives in danger to from corn- oppression." SUch exodus is_taking tOWard the north Or the 'Called liberated he said. visitors to nations bor- Ion the communist world how doggedly the are guarded and exit from this cardinal highly praised charitable activity Asia and compared r priests to Moses, the people from corn- to liberation. to Cardinal Rossi, refugee villages are ing an intense factory of and fraternal help in. South while in Cambodia million refugees are still of discomfort and Y, since they are without r Work because of the war gates of (the capital city Penh. Harrisburg, Pa. (NC) -- The Pennsylvania legislature made the Abortion Control Act state law by overriding the veto of the act by Gov. Milton J. Shapp. The act requires a wife to obtain the consent of her husband for an abortion unless the procedure is necessary to save her life. For unmarried women below the age of 18, parental consent is required. The new law also requires physicians to determine whether a fetus is viable -- able to live outside the womb -- when abortion is requested at the later stages in a pregnancy. When there is a "reasonable possibility" that the fetus is viable, the act says, an abortion can be performed only to save the woman's life, and precautions must be taken to try to save the child also, if possible. John Cardinal Krol of Philadelphia praised the legislature for "affording as much .protection as is now constitutional" for unborn children. At the same time the cardinal stressed that the Abortion Control Act is "not an ideal law." The ideal, he said, "can be reached only by a con- stitutional amendment." Following Gov. Shapp's veto of the act in July, the Penn- sylvania Catholic Conference vowed to make a strong effort to seek an override. Just a few days before the override votes were scheduled, the Catholic bishops of Pennsylvania issued a joint statement urging a veto override and calling On the legislators to "maintain their courage and respond to the people rather than yield to gubernatorial and other pro- abortion pressures." Cardinal Krol called the legislators' override action "a substantial move toward fulfilling their obligation to guarantee protection for all human life and to foster those values of family responsibility so essential to our society." tdore Join Mercy Legion established Legion of Mercy, announced the enrollment of six new members this week. He said they are Michael B. McGinnis of Greenwood and Opal M. Lucas, Mrs. B.C. Schratz, Patricia Shelton, Mrs. Ray Crain and Elizabeth M. Stanfieid, all of Little Rock. Concrete expressions of Christian convictions are being made by Legion members in several Little Rock area hospitals and nursing homes, Father Kepple said. "Most of those who seek membership in the Legion," he asserted, "have been wanting for some time to respond to their sense of Christian obligation in some way. The Legion presented them with the opportunity and they took it... After all, there could be no Legion of Mercy if no one cared to make this sort of commitment. Others wishing to join the Legion as volunteers may write to The Legion of Mercy, 1321 S. Van Buren, Little Rock, Ark. 72204. Rock Father Robert diocesan of the newly- Official icement Diocese of Little Rock 2415 N. Tyler Vicar General of the of Little Rock, Francis A. announces the clerical ap- tv. Paul Hadusek, 8.B.._ Chaplain to 8e Benedictine ters, Jonesboro. Rev. Charles F. Kordsmeier Chancellor Synod of Bishops To Open Sept. 27 By Most Rev. Andrew J. McDonald, D.D. Bishop of Little Rock "Go therefore and teach all nations .... " Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gathered His apostles atop the mountain, looked out over the whole world and gave them the command to go and to teach and to baptize. Ten days later, fortified by the gift of the Holy Spirit, these men went forth to evangelize the world. On September 27, the World Synod of Bishops will open in Rome. A Synod is composed of a representation of the Bishops of each country of the world. They meet under the leadership of Our HolyFather. The topic is "Evangelization." Basically, the word evangelization means"Spread the Good News." Today, Evangelization includes the means of spreading the gospel, such as newsprint, radio, TV., and the spoken word from the pulpit. Evangelization implies an openness on the part of the evangelizer -- an awareness on the part of the Church of the situation of those to be evangelized. Each Synod since the Vatican Council seems to be the most important one yet held. The very topic of the Synod of 1974 indicates that it too will rank as the most important. For what can equal the need to touch the hearts of men in every part of the world with the saving message that God so loved the world that He sent His son to save us; that the Son so loved us that He gave Himself for our salvation. We ask your prayers for Our Holy Father and for the Bishops of the Synod that the Holy Spirit will guide and direct them in bringing the full impact of Evangelization upon the world. While I will not be part of the Synod, I do hope to attend some of the sessions. From Rome, we pray for you our priests, religious and people. Vatican City (NC) -- Among 22 Synod delegates named personally by Pope Paul VI are Archbishop John Quinn of Oklahoma City, and Canadian Bishop Edouard Gagnon, president of'the Vatican's Committee for the Family. Other American delegates include John Cardinal Wright, SEE SvNou ON PAGE 2 12 Arkansas Priests Commend President N. Little Rock -- Twelve Arkansas priests, including His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher, former Bishop of Little Rock, telegraphed congratulations to President Ford last Monday night, following the chief executive's televised news conference. The priests, assembled at Immaculate Conception parish rectory here for a North Little Rock Deanery meeting, watched the president's presentation, then wired him at the White House: "Having viewed press conference on television, 12 Catholic priests, including our retired Bishop, from Arkansas were impressed, applaud and concur with your responses and com- ments. God bless you and your efforts..." Signing the telegram, besides Bishop Fletcher, were Msgr. Francis X. Murphy, diocesan comp- troller; Msgr. John .M. Bann, Msgr. Thomas J. Prendergast, Father Ed- ward J. McCormick, Father Ralph L. Bauer, Father William J. Burke, Father James P. McDonnell, Father James P. Reynolds, Father Raymond Rossi, Father James R. Savary and Father Bede Lulbel, O.S.B. Tuition Declared Not Tax Deductible Washington (NC) -- The Of- fice of the General Counsel of the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) has urged parents of parochial school students not to attempt to deduct school tuition as a charitable contribution. A spokesman for the office said requests for information on the subject have come from all over the country. But, the spokesman said, the answer is always "No." Those raising the question claim that the Lemon V. Kurtz- man and Committee for Public Education v. Nyquist decisions against government aid to nonpublic schools ruled that church school tuition is in effect a contribution to religion. But, they continue, since charitable deductions, including con- tributions to religion, are tax deductible, tuition should be listed as a tax deduction similar to charitable deductions. In a memorandum sent to the Trenton, N.J., diocese, the Office of General Counsel said this premise is false because the court did not rule that public money paid to sectarian schools is a support of religion, but that some forms of assistance are constitutional and others are not. The office also said it would be "highly imprudent" to support a tax protest through the attempted deduction of tuition because such action would be in direct contradiction with positions taken by the USCC that have been accepted by the Supreme Court in ap- proving secular services for students regardless of the school they attend. Bishop's Office 2415 N. Tyler Little Rock, Ark. "1 was hungry and you gave me to eat." More than once, when I sit down to eat, I realize that I have never really been hungry in my life. I have always had the assurance that there would be something to eat. The world supply of food is at a low ebb. Unusual drought in certain parts of the world could mean disastrous death through starvation for men, women and children just like myself. This week of Sept. 22-29 is designated as National Week of Concern for World Hunger. It is an effort to raise our own consciousness of the plight of so many other human beings. Be grateful to God for food upon your table; be mindful of the hungry throughout the world; share your food and your wealth with those whose hands and stomachs are empty. ,b Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock \\; New Officers of Sisters' Senate Pictured here are three of four new officers elected last Saturday by the Little Rock diocesan Sisters' Senate. From left, they are Sister Andrea Levesque, S.S.J., of St. Joseph's High School, Conway, vice president; Sister Rosalie Ruesewald, O.S.B. of St. ScholasUca Convent, Fort Smith, president; and Sister Elizabeth Rossi, O.S.B., of St. Boniface School, Fort Smith, secretary. Not pictured is Sister Brenda Willett, O.S.B., of Our Lady of Fatima School, Benton, treasurer.