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The (}u&rd00an Official 00ublica,ion of the q00iocese off Ciltle q00och ,.. VOL. LXIII, NO. 43 OCTOBER 25, 1974 New Officers of DCCW The Little Rock Diocesan Council of Catholic Women elected new officers last weekend during the annual joint Convention with the Diocesan Council of Catholic Men in North Little Rock. The new officers, pictured above, are, from the left, Mrs. Anthony Calascibetta of tlot Springs, Second vice president; Mrs. Toney ttug of Fort Smith, treasurer; Mrs. James Campbell of Little Rock, president; Mrs. Robert Noble, Jr., of Crossett, first vice president; Mrs. John Senko of Stuttgart, third vice president; and Miss Mary Ann Chudy of North Little Rock, secretary. Concerning t Urged at Synod City (NC) -- The theologians seek "consensus :iality of consensus within and the relationship Veen ecumenism and were stressed t as two American prelates the Synod"of Bishops written -syntheses of by language groups the theology of John R. Quinn of City, metropolitan of City Archdiocese the Diocese of Little a suffragan see, asked the Holy See's laresentatives and Laymen in '75 tican Kity (NC) -- A of lay persons will be and beatified during Year, Cardinal Luigi LOndi, prefect of the Congregation for the of Saints, said in an on Vatican Radio. to the an- recently of seven nizations and already approved Paul VI, Cardinal nondi mentioned that this no laity. ust tell you, however, e list of beatifications and that will take the Holy Year is not yet are other cases examination and we hope cases dealing with the laity with relative ag to questions about when the ceremonies take place, Cardinal andi said : "These will be related to circumstances which nterest to many nations. are religi families, the Church, are individual categories. [ram has not yet been added: "All these nts are of great im- and naturally must be d because nizations and 2ations have as a main edification-of the faith- spiritual building of the Mystical Body and understanding" concerning dissent within the Church. Archbishop Joseph L. Ber- nardin of Cincinnati stressed the relationship between ecumenism and evangelization. With regard fo a consensus, Archbishop Quinn said: "The precise form that this unity will take is not clear to us. What is clear is that unity cannot be achieved by com- promise, that is, by relinquishing what is in- separable from Catholic existence... (But) the churches can and must proclaim to the world that, in the midst of our dismaying divisions, we all preach only one name under heaven by which all must be saved." Archbishop Quinn said that dissent "touches all aspects of the Church's life, touches its very foundations, affects the pyschological and spiritual climate of the Church and has a profound effect on the Church's mission of evangelization." He saw it as a theological problem, touching faith in relationship to academic freedom, conscience and the dignity of the individual, as a pastoral problem and as a doctrinal problem. He stated : "We must distinguish: 1) the Church's power and authority to demand obedience in the practical order; 2) the Church's authority to require intellectual assent to a teaching, especially to what is 'ex cathedra' (that is, formally proclaimed by the Pope), 3) the Church's right and authority to adopt a position in a doctrinal matter or in a matter of morality without reaching 'ex cathedra." The archbishop added: "There is real need to arrive at some consensus and un- derstanding about dissent, there is need for new norms which do justice to the exigencies of faith and to the authority of the Magisterium I teaching power of the Church) but which at the same time are realistic in today's conditions of electronic media and instant communication." Archbishop Bernardin stressed three points in his paper: "Ecumenism is in danger today; nevertheless, the ecumenical movement must go on and, in our time, ecumenism must have as its focus not only SEE SYNOD ON PAGE 2 In Quest of Grass Roots Views Bishop Begins 'Live-In' Program; Visits Parishes Little Rock -- His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald has inaugurated what he calls "a live-in program" that is giving him insights into grass roots views of Arkansas Catholics Since returning from the Theological Consultation in Rome earlier this month, the Bishop has begun an effort to visit all the Catholic com- munities in the State of Arkansas "to get to know the people and have the people come to know their Bishop." Bishop McDonald actually lives at the parish rectory during each visit. Hence, the title he has given the project. The visits are apart from those made for Confirmation ceremonies, blessing Of chur- ches, graduations and such. The visit is not an inspection tour," the Bishop explained. He said he wants "to listen more than to speak" and he is anxious "to find out where the people are so that he can relate to them better." He has invited widespread participation by the laity in the consultations. Bishop McDonald began the project last week, visiting St. Joseph's parish, Conway, St. Boniface parish, New Dixie, and its missions, St. Francis, Little Italy, and St. Elizabeth's at Petit Jean Mountain. Last Tuesday, Bishop Mc- Donald spent the day at the Church of the Assumption, Atkins, and Wednesday at St. Joseph's Church, Center Ridge. On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, he will be at St. Mary's Church, St. Vincent, and the missions at Clinton and Fair- field Bay. Later visits on the schedule will be announced as the times are confirmed with the pastors. Bishop McDonald set the stage for the "live-in" program last spring in a consultation with the Deans of the diocese. He explained that he wanted to get to know the priests, Religious and lay people better, as well as the needs of the diocese. Monastery Chaplain Father Joseph G. Regan, O. Praem, above, is the new chaplain of the Monastery of Our Lady of Charity, Hot Springs, succeeding Father R. Nicole, W.F. Father Regan, a member of St. Norbert Abbey, DePere, Wisc., has taught high school in Philadelphia, Green Bay and DePere, for 15 years was an instructor and director of admissions and recruitment at St. Norbert College, DePere, and has been pastor Of two parishes in the Green Bay diocese. Before moving to Hot Springs, Father Regan, a former Army chaplain, was chaplain of St. Mary Medical Center, Green Bay. The Bisbop asked that the gatherings not take on the appearance or approach of formal visitations. He said the "live ins" would help put the financial posture of Food Aid Support Sought Little Rock -- Arkansas Catholics have been urged by the Little Rock Diocesan Social Service Office to write to President Ford, members of Congress, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz, ad- vocating commitment of $1- billion worth of U.S. food, fertilizer and technical assistance to starving millions around the world. Father James R. Savary, social services director, said "the prospects for the World Food Conference, scheduled next month in Rome, are not encouraging...U.S, world food policy continues to be : 'Whoever has money can buy, unless domestic prices are affected'." Father Savary said no report he has seen "has mentioned world hunger in connection with rejection of the latest Soviet attempt to buy the equivalent of last year's entire food aid package." Confusing Americans con- cerning the nation's food aid policy, he said, are U.S. crop SEE Food oN PAGE 2 the diocese "into proper shape so that the goals and the budgets can be matched next year." Bishop McDonald suggested a number of possible topics for consideration as the Deans returned to their deaneries to plan for his visits. He said he did not want the "conversations and meetings (to) drift without aim or with too much emphasis on one or two aspects of the apostolate. Among the topics he suggested were vocations, youth, education, liturgy, minority groups (poverty, aged, handicapped), finances, per- sonnel, The Guardian, relationships among pastor, dean, bishop, pastoral councils, the Holy Year and the bicen- tennial. i Diocese Receives Apostolic Blessing Little Rock -- An Apostolic Blessing has been conferred on the Diocese of Little Rock by His Holiness Pope Paul VI in acknowledgement of birthday greetings received from His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald. Jean Cardinal Villot, Vatican Secretary of State, wrote to the Bishop saying the Holy Father "wishes me to thank you in his name for this prayerful and thoughtful gesture." The letter said: "The Holy Father prays that the Divine Paraclete may ever guide and strengthen you in your mission, and he cordially imparts to you, to your co-workers in the ministry and to those com- mitted to your pastoral care his special Apostolic Blessing." I II All Saints, All Souls Day Rites Scheduled Little Rock -- Next Friday, drew J. McDonald will be the Nov. 1, the Solemnity of All principalcelebrant of a Mass to Saints, will be a Holy Day of be offered Nov. 2atg:30A.M. on Obligation, and Saturday, Nov. the outdoor altar at Calvary 2, the Commemoration of All Cemetery, Little Rock. Souls, will be marked by cemetery rites in many parts of In Pine Bluff, the pastor, the Diocese of Little Rock. Father John F. O'Donnell, V.F., His Excellency Bishop An- willofficiate at 10 A.M. Nov. 2 at rites in St. Joseph's Cemetery, to concelebrate have been and on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 asked to bring white vestments. P.M., he will conduct services Similar cemetery rites were in the old St. Mary's Cemetery still .being arranged in other at Plum Bayou. parts of Arkansas as The Bishop McDonald will preach Guardian went to press. at the Calvary Cemetery Mass. Schedules will be included in Communion will be distributed pulpit announcements this to the faithful. Priests wishing Sunday. Food Center Needs N. Little Rock - A rush order has been placed for 1,200 Christmas toys for needy children in North Little Rock and rural Pulaski County, but Mrs. Clarence Boeckmann of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish, Marche, needs help in filling it before the Dec. 4 delivery date. Mrs. Boeckmann, a volunteer at the Catholic Social Services Food Distribution Center in North Little Rock, knows that the center will provide Christmas food, but, without help, there will be no toys for the children, and she wants to provide one for each child who receives food from the center. Starting Dec. 4, an average of 400 food packages a .week, hopefully each with a toy, will be distributed by the center. This means 1,200 toys will be needed by that date. Mrs. 1,200 Xmas Toys Boeckmann and her fellow making 'toys by providing discarded stockings may be workers are already making patterns and other help. made by calling Mr. Boeck- stuffed toys from discarded Donations of scrap material and mann at 851-1630. stockings and odds and ends of scrap material. The ladies do $ubiao to Elect New Abbot the cutting and sewing while husbands draw the eyes and mouths of raggedy-anns, cuddly Subiaco -- The Benedictine Benedictine Federation of the gophers and one model that looks like a happily stuffed monks of New Subiaco Abbey Americas. pancake with a friendly here will elect a new Abbot next Abbot David willimmediately toothless smile. Wednesday, Oct. 30, to succeed confirm the election of the new The North Little Rock The Right Rev. Abbot Michael Deanery CYO i's involved in the Lensing,O.S.B.,who announced Abbot. A date for the Abbot's project, making toys and his resignation Aug. 29. installation will be set later in consultaton with His Excellency collecting those that people A Mass invoking the guidance Bishop Andrew J. McDonald of wish to donate. CYO toy of the Holy Spirit will be Little Rock. collection points are at St. celebrated in the Abbey Church Mary's and St. Patrick's rec- at 8:30 A.M. The election Abbot Michael, who is 58, and tories and at the -Food process, in which about 75 has been ailing, has been Abbot Distribution Center, 615 monks will participate, will at Subiaco for 17 years. In Magnolia Street, North Little beginat 9:30. Presiding will be announcing plans to resign, he Rock. The Right Rev. Abbot David set Oct. 30as the effective date. Mrs. Boec[mann and workers Melancon, O.S.B., of St. His tenure will end when the at the center have offered to Joseph's Abbey, St. Benedict, eleCtion of his successor is assist anyone interested in La., Abbot-President of the confirmed.