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PAGE 2 THE GUARDIAN, OCTOBER 25, 1974 From the ! Managing Editor's Desk.. I One of the most dangerous attitudes Americans have developed in the last 40 years inclines them to be- lieve that when some- thing wor- thwhile is difficult to accomplish, they should let Uncle Sam do it. This has accounted for the horrendous bureaucracy that now rules our country. The constitution says that the only powers given to the Federal government are those spoiled out in that document. Powers not specifically mentioned are reserved to the States. Today, however, the Federal government provides livelihoods for millions of Americans. It regulates education. It has an ever tightening grip on health care. It finances state and municipal projects, including playgrounds and day care centers. It finances the killing of unborn babies and it promotes con- traception. It even tells farmers what and how much to grow. And all of this is done because the preamble to the constitution mentions government's duty to "promote the general welfare." The Founding Fathers, however, set limits beyond which the central government should not go in promoting the STEINWAY PIANOS FOR THOSE WHO WANT " THE FINEST GERALD NEAL 3417 W. 12th, Little Rock 106 Ouachita, Hot Springs 319 W. Main, Jacksonvlile L DAIRY PRODUCTS Buy It From Nearest Food Store. Synod CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the churches but the human person as well." Stating that initial en- thusiasm over ecumenism had waned because of disap- pointment at slender results, or suspicion by both Catholics and Protestants of a subtle betrayal of their beliefs, or just in- difference, the archbishop said: "The ecumemcal movement must go on... Overriding all defects is the will of Christ... " In a written intervention, Archbishop Quinn outlined a plan to reach youth that in- cludes suggesting a "youth minister disc jockey." The archbishop spelled out the "who, where and how" behind his ministry to youth proposal in a 12-page paper. It tells how the American Church can help young people "reach in" and discover God and "reach out" in Christian service to others. general welfare. What prompts these thoughts is this week's ruling by the Supreme Court reenforcing its denial of Federal aid to private schools. In this con- nection, Washington has no constitutional authority to provide aid for any schools, public or private. Education is a matter that the constitution leaves to the states. So Catholics should not be perturbed over this High Court ruling. Whoever controls the purse strings dictates the rules. And Catholic schools can do without any meddling from Washington bureaucrats. Those who argue that in- flation makes government help important should consider what our Cathiolic forebears went through to establish and maintain Catholic schools. They were at the bottom of the nation's financial strata. Many of them were forced to do the most menial work because of rampant religious prejudice. Yet they took care of their children's education by sacrificing part of their meager earnings. Catholics today seem to have lost the spirit of sacrifice. Missionaries Abroad Decline Washington (NC) -- The number of U.S. Catholic missionaries abroad dropped 273 in the past year, from 7,691 in 1973 to 7,418 in 1974, according to the 1974 Mission Handbook published here in October. The handbook, published " annually by the U.S. Catholic Mission Council (USCMC), coordination agency on missions for American bishops, says the Far East has the greatest number of U.S. missionaries with a total of 1,845. It is followed closely by South America, with 1,716. Other areas, in order of num- bers, are Africa, 1,121; Oceania, 883 Caribbean Islands, 757; Central America; 752; North America, (Alaska, Bermuda, Canada, Greenland), 241; Near ,East, 60; and Europe, 43. Mertin TV and Electronics SALES ::: SERVICE Qua*at" FRED MERTIN, OWNER (Member Sacred Heart Parish) PHONE 965 7100 CHARLESTON. ARK. l Watch For... DIAMOND LIQUORS Rixie Exit Highway 67 North In his paper, aimed mostly at ministry to high school age youth, Archbishop Quinn suggested that public school campus ministries be set up. He also advised creative and skillful use of media in youth ministry as a way of "turning our churches from empty tombs into roaring celebrations around the table of the Lord." Who should minister to youth? Archbishop Quinn presented several models which included ministry by "a single 15erson circulating through the youth culture, healing and sharing in one-to-one relationships, leading young people closer to God." He also envisioned a team consisting of a priest, Sister, lay adults and several college-age youths which could work within a cluster of parishes. Not every adult can work with youth, the archbishop asserted. He defined a "vital adult youth minister" as someone who is "God-centered, comfortable in talking about God, and willing to share the faith with others." Such a person could be a grandmother, but should not be a "physically young but spiritually uptight adult," he said. Where can youth ministry take place? On public school campuses, in special retreat facilities and within youth subcultures, the archbishop declared. A high school campus ministry, according to-Ar- chbishop Quinn, "must confine itself to the pre-evangelization stage: building relationships, caring, healing, being available." Many forms of ministry can arise. These would include rap- sessions around the campus, invitations to address a class, attendance at sports events, etc. According to Archbishop Quinn, the task of the youth minister on campus "is to heal, not to capture." Retreats -- extended time away from the normal en- vironment -- are a must in youth work, the archbishop noted. He suggested that retreats have various styles and that youth be carefully screened to prevent "disruption of the growth process for those who are truly seeking contact with GOd." Retreats should not be given without well-planned follow-up. As for the how of youth ministry, Archbishop Quinn endorsed creative use of media, especially radio. He said that radio is the most powerful electronic media because of its "availability, mobility and internal-image-building capacity." A "youth-minister disc jockey is a powerful resource," the archbishop asserted. Food CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1. prospects, the projected level of food aid, the lack of a sense of urgency in using the time food aid will buy and the confusing activity about the latest at- tempted large Soviet grain purchase. - In writing to government officials, Father Savary suggested that the approach of the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to remember that "two thirds of our fellow human beings are ill fed and millions literally are dying." He suggested mentioning support for the petition which Bishop James S. Rausch made to the United Nations last April in the name of the Catholic hierarchy, appealing for increased food aid. So Few for So Many Mrs. Clarence Boeckmann inspects the first of the home- made rag dolls turned in toward the quota of 1,200 toys being sought by the Supplemental Food Center, North Little Rock, for distribution in time for Christmas. Mrs. Boeck- mann, a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, is a food center volunteer. (See Related Story on Page 1). Letters to the Editor PUBLISHER T REVEREND . ANDREW J. McOONALD, O .l* mlhoq Lime Rk EDITOR REV. A)NSIGNOR T L. KEANY, Ph. O- Mmmt St. NW'y Academy Little Rock, Arklmlll n207 MANAGING EDITOR MR. Wll Readers Express Their Vi unnecessary." All I could say was "Oh!" and ever since wondering : what good Samaritan. Dear Mr. O'Donnell, I was very pleased that you have been Diocese of Little Rock Medal for your the Catholic life of your as Managing Editor Diocesan paper. I congratulations to the have already received. From personal and aquaintance I know zeal for the truth concern for orthodoxy Catholic Doctrine, meticulous care not to anything damaging Church and your sensationalism. I am glad that your virtues have been Please extend my Mrs. O'Donnell and the your paper. Praying you many more service as a Catholic I remain Fr. Ladislas SiekanieC Professor Pontifical Catechetical cidents are common on the highways. I was in hope my wife's presence in the car would allay your fears -- but again, I don't blame you, particularly since you are white and we are black." My reason for forcing you to stop is that one of your tires is in bad condition -- ready to blow out and probably cause a bad accident." He asked that he might be allowed to change the tire. On examination, Beverly found that what he had said was true. One of the tires was, in- deed, very near to a blow-out. The man insisted she sit comfortably in the car -- he would make the necessasry change. In a short time this was accomplished and Beverly offered to pay for the service. The man refused, saying, "The only payment I want is to know that you have had a safe trip. Here is my card; please drop me a note to let me know you have arrived without trouble." Before the cars moved on, however, Beverly managed to slip a bill into the wife's hand. The aunt who told me this story stopped at this point, but I found this ending entirely un- satisfactory and put the question, "Did Beverly write the note to say she got home safely? .... No," answered her aunt, "she had given them money and thought the note COMPLETE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS - BUSINESS AND * Tickets * ReservaUons * Hotels * Car Rentals * ToU# -- AT REGULAR RATES- 2813 Kavanaugh, Little Rock, Ark., Ph. 666-024g '.,. Co u nfrg Cobblor -- , ON THE MALL] MEN'S SHOES: . Florsheim , . Bass , Portage - Acme - Hush Puppies Dear Editor: I am very disappointed to see the article by William W. O'Donnell missing from the Guardian, October 11. It is always the first item I thumb to, followed by Msgr. Scheper's. These are always thought-pro- voking and straight forward, never nebulous. Mr. Editor, if in the future you find at times there is not enough room for your item, please take out my ad and put your article in. Bill me the same as if my ad were published. Aloysius N. Zeiler North Little Rock Dear Mr. O'Donnell: My belated congratulations on your twenty years of service that you have given to the people of the Little Rock Diocese through The Guardian. Your untiring zeal, dedication and loyalty to your work and ideals have been an inspiration to many. May God be your reward exceedingly great in this life and in the next. I want you to know what an assist your dedication has been to me personally and to the whole Retreat movement. In charity let us pray for each other. Rev. Herbert Vogelpohl, O.S.B. New Subiaco Abbey Dear Editor: Let's call her Beverly, though that isn't her real name. A relative of hers told me this story. Beverly is a young woman of 22, a Catholic, a teacher in a public school. Recently she was driving alone across country on High- way 1-40. As she drove along at maximum speed of 55 she became conscious of another car travelling beside her. 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