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October 24, 1998     Arkansas Catholic
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Among his several ministries, Bishop Morris recognized the great need for evangelization toward the black communities of the diocese. He provided personnel and wor- ship space across the state, wherev- er possible. . Following the death of his viCar general in 1939, Bishop Morris petitioned Rome to accept his horn" ination of Father Albert L. Fletcher as auxiliary bishop. It was here Bishop Fletcher assumed daily responsibility of Bishop Morris' diocese. citizens. In the Southern Guard" ian, the Catholic diocesan neWS" i paper started during BishOP Morris' episcopacy, a roll count of the vote in the assembly was published which showed tlle urban vs. rural split on the vote. The bishop spoke out agaOSt the Posey Bill, writing a banker Hot Springs: "I am sure I share your views and those of all minded men, when I insist tin religious liberty is not for our" selves alone, but for everybody else who has a conscience and is sincere in his beliefs:' In matters that involved tile Church, as anti-Catholic legi#" tion and bias did, Bishop Morris spoke out; he also avoided paN" san politics, saying to a politici#' "the only position I can prudeflt" ly assume is one of neutrality." 14 Arkansas Catholic 4!