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THE GUARDIAN, SEPTEMBER 26, 1969 PAGE 13 g ly Life Bureau Expands Apostolate to Social Projects Denver. A statement approved at the meeting was released here Sept. I1 by Father James T. McHugh, director of the family life bureau, United States Cath- olic Conference. A paper regarding the Church's social responsibilities had been read by Father Philip Morris, S.T.D., professor of dogmatic theology, Darlington, N. J., at the three-day meeting. (NC) -- The family in the U. S. has direction. of its former empha- it will now con- With the whole social the Church in the was unanimously ap- represen- family life pro= t Sept. 6 meeting in CAMDEN DORADO s Guide Father McHugh, speaking of the family life bureau's decision to expand, said: "It's no longer a matter just of education; we must exert pressure on the social struc- ture to improve circumstances for a decent family life." The statement, he said, "is a move toward setting up for our- selves a list of priorities and commitments." The bureau thus wfllnotbe doing the same work as before. In its new tasks it will cooperate with the other Catholic agencies already involved in social types of programs, he explained. "CFM (Catholic Family Move- ment) would also be ready topur- sue some of these . . . goals," he added. The statement lists these prior- ities for the family life aposto- late: guaranteeing the well-being of all families, housing, jobs and wages, food programs and child- The statement made these specific recommendations: --A more equitable income tax system that will also respect the educational responsibilities of many middle-income families. -=Broader pension plans and more equitable social security benefits. --Adequate assistance pay- ments to broken families, to those without a male head of family, to those with sickor disadvantaged members. --Repeal of 1967 SociaiSecurity Amendment requiring young moth- ers receiving AFDC to take em- ployment or job training while placing the child in a day-care center or in the care of older children or relatives. --Repeal of "man in house" rule in the 1967 Social Security Amend- ments. --Continuation of food stamps and/or cash allotments. --Lower taxes on food--speciai co-op ventures for the poor. --Special adult education pro- grams in budgeting and money management; buyIng and credit use, nutrition and diet planning. The statement endorsed Presi- dent Nixon's plan to set up a special Office of Child Welfare and called upon dioceses to set up commissions on the family that will give direction and coordina- tion to the many agencies that are already doing admirable work in the field of child welfare. "Its specific purpose would be to focus attention on tim needs of the family in today's society," the statement concluded. Father McHugh said the state- ment is "provisional" because it concerns problems currently be- fore Congress or in White House recommendations, and these would necessarily change from time to time. Shop with your Hometown ten. Itquotesrepeatedlyfrom"Hu-Population Explosion No man Life in Our Day," the No- Guardian Advertisers vember, 1968, pastoral letter of the American bishops, as well as from Redeemer Church. Sunday 11:00 a.m. Holyday Masses: H01y Martyrs. Sunday Muss: |a Dairy i RADE A Ry PRODUCTS "erring South rlrEansas AtDEN ARK: 6-3256 862-3475 RADIO CO. COLOR TV Main ]bWtdo Arkansas CAMDEN--St. Louis Church. Sunday Masses, 7:45, 9:00 and 10:15 a.m. Holyday Masses: 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Young's Funeral Directors of Distinction JERRY YOUNG, Director E! Dorado, Arkansas Larry's Rexall Pharmacy El Dorado's Most Complete Drug Store Larry Dunn, R.Ph., Mgr. J. Roy Giles, R.Ph. 201 E. Main EL DORADO UNion 3-8111 66 SERVICE rteous--Efficient /'/' "Bud" SIMS I,/ain El Dorado I 01 East 5th Street Timmins Hardware & Furniture Co. . 863-7104 - Your Westinghouse Dealer - E1 Dorado "The Church and the Urban Cri- sis" report of the Social Action Department, USCC, of April, 1968. The statement gave general ap- proval to President Nixon's mes- sage on welfare reform, andpled- ged "our support to a proper legislative implementation of the program." It also urged federally-financed income payments and eligibility standards for the aged, blind, disabled and dependent children, in place of state plans. Referring to the Housing Act of 1968 as "one of the great pieces of social legislation in this de- cade," the statement urged Con- gress to make sufficient alloca- tions available for its adequate enforcement, and to facilitate the financing of both rehabilitated and new housing for low-and-mod- erate-income families. "We also urge the Treasury Department to effectively assist the Federal Home Loan Bank Sys- tem in reducing the cost of money to the American home-buyer as quickly as possible," the state- ment added. It also encouraged development of incentives to maximize op- portunities in the private sector for hard-core unemployed and urged expansion of public jobs and job training programs to provide meaningful employment in state and local government and non- profit institutions. The federal government "must be the employer of last resort," it added. Black Sisters Establish Office Pittsburgh (NC) -- The National Black Sisters Conference is es- tablishing an office with a full- time staff of three at Carlow Col- lece (formerly Mt. Mercy College) here. Sister Martin de Porres Grey, the Mercy Sister who initiated the first meeting of the nation's black nuns, and Sister Toniette Eugene, a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary from San Francisco, have been released by their communities to work full- time for the NBSC. Rosemary C, emperle was hired last year as an administrative sec- retary for the NBSC. Miss Gem- perle reports that the office will remain here unless a national of- fice for black Catholicism is es- tablished elsewhere. Problem for Bill Callahans Clearwater, Fla. (NC) -- At a time when mention of population explosion has some people climb- ing the wails, the story of the Bill Cailahan family has come to light here. William D. Callahan, Jr., is president and treasurer o f a firm which moved here from Cleveland last January. He and his wife, Leer have a family of 14 children -- seven of their own, three adopted daughters and four foster children. The Cailahan family began to grow 17 years ago when Kathywas born. Then came Bill, HI, now 16; Tim 15; Kevin, 13, and Charles Brendan, 8. Dad and Morn Cailaban decided Kathy needed a sister. Callahan related: "We tried everywhere to adopt a girl buteveryone thought we had enough children." At a Christmas party for homeless children in Columbus, Ohio, seven years ago, Callahan spored Mar- gie, 16. "There was Margie, eatingwith her left hand just like Kathy. She was adoptable and that was it. We found she had two sisters, Panla and Pare, and decided to take the quantity discount." Then Ann Callahan was born in 1964 and that made nine youngs- ters in the family. The following summer the Callahans heard of two girls, Terry, 10, and Kathy, 8, who needed foster homes and they were welcomed into the family circle. Sean Callaban was born three years ago. And two foster sons, David, 14, and Bud, 12, joined the family in January. Blonde Mrs. Lee Cailahan, who seems always calm, said love is the key word in her family of 14. "Children need lots of love. They thrive on it and respondwithalove of their own forothers," she said. And Msgr. W. Thomas Larkin, pastor of St. Cecilia'sparish here, added: "It's aheartwarmingsight when the Callahans and their 14 children arrive for Sunday Mass." Junking 'Junk' Mail Made Easy by New Law Washington (NC) -- Like untold m i 11 i o n s of Americans, Roger Staples of Ann Arbor, Mich., was getting more than his share of junk mail. Unlike Mark TwaJn's famous weather observation of a lot of people talking about it, but no one doing anything about it, Stap- les went the humorist one better. It wasn't humorous to Staples. First, Staples complained to Richard Schneeberger, assistant postmaster at Ann Arbor, that ads he was getting in junk mail were obscene and he wanted the flow stopped. Schneeberger de- creed the ads could not be con- sidering "pandering in nature" and the mail couldn't be stopped. "I consider the advertisements for beds, sheets, pillows, girdles, intimate feminine articles and other such materials offensive. A picture of a lingerie model in a provocative pose is just as ob- scene as anything I ever saw from so-called panderers," Staples complained to Schneeberger. Staples also followed the "write your Congressman" routine. He serif copies of his complaint to U.S. Sen. Philip A. Hart of Michi- gan. The senator sent the com- plaint to the Post Office Depart- ment. The upshot was David A. Nel- son, the department general coun- sel, ruled: "Mr. Staples is cor- rect." William F. Lawrence, assistant general counsel, elaborated: "Most people gripe about junk mail but don't do anything about it. But under the law, they can declare an ad for a sack of po- tatoes looks sexy to them. And if they do, we're obligei to act." The law, it seems, makes the mail recipient sole judge of whether an ad is obscene. It's all in the eye of the beholder -- and behold, Staples isn't being de- luged with junk mail any more.