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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC ocrOBERZ7, 1991 PAGE 7 Teresa Zabala/CNS member of the Knights of Columbus points his finger at Vernon Bellecourt, Native American and representative of the American Indian Movement, in Washington during a confrontation with protesters who disrupted a cer- emony organized by the Knights, who have begun a year-long commemo- ration of the 500th anniversary of the evangelization of the Americas. 'Exceptionally well qualified" , Life Committee celebrate nomination Others mourn confirmation Praise from the ~ational Right to Life Committee Washington (CNS)- Judge Clarence Senate confirmation as the 106th of the U.S. Supreme Court drew a~d the Knights of %lurnbus. ,. The 43-year-01d lhomas con- ~ed on a 52-48 ~eore Oct. 15 has en sworn "ul as the second black ~%ciate jusuce in the histoD, of the %rift. His confirma- tion came after UPI/CNS Justice Clarence Thomas S~ethnes bitter hearings before the Sen- ateJudidary Committee on charges by law ~rOfessor Anita Hill that Thomas sexually ~her when they worked together at Education Deparlrnent and the Equal ployment Opportunity Conunission. th Douglas Johnson, legislative director of e National Right to Life Committee, said UPI/CNS dtlStice Thurgood Knights of Columbus, said the Catholic fra- temal organization was "gaatified" at the confirmation. He noted that the group had endorsed Thomas as "exceptionally well qualified" for the Supreme Court post. Abortion rights supportels and some civil ~g, hts groups mourned the confirmation. "It s a sad day for civil rights, for the Su, preme Court and for the American people, said Ralph Neas of the Leaderslfip Confer- ence on CMI Rights. The U.S. Catholic Conference is one of the 180 olganizations making up the civil rights conference but did not join in the opposi6on to Thomas. In the final vote, qllomas had the sup- port of 41 Republican and 11 Democratic senators. He was the first Supreme Court nominee to win Senate confnanation with- out the support of the JudiciaW Commit- tee, which split 7-7 on whether to recom- mend his confirmation. his organization Membership, giving, was pleased at "the Senate's rejection praying are "up" of the campaign waged against" NewYork (CNS)- Church membership Thomas and said is up, giving is up, and praying is up, ac- the new justice cording to statistics published in the 1991 brings "an open Yearbook of American and Canadian mind to the legal Claurehes, which is compiled by the Na- k~sues surrounding fional Council of Churches. abortion." The yearbook shows that. in 1989 the "That is pro- total religious membership in the U.S. in- gress, because Jus- creased somewhat faster than the total tice Thurgood population from 145,383,738 to Marshall Marshall was an au- 147,607. 94, an increase of 1.5 percent. The a,~. tomatic , vote population grew 0.9 percent. Roman Ca- any restrictions on abortion, 'John- tholicism and several conservative denomi- _ ia said. "We are hopeful that Justice Tho- nations, induding evangelical churches, re- will become a member of a new courtcorded membership gains for the yearbook. ,~ofity that will ,allow legal protection for While ninny mainline Protestant bodies re- ttnbom children, ported declines, most were less than one V'~il C. Dechant, supreme knight of the percent. Pope backs anti-porn meeting in Rome Washington (GNS) - A meeting backed by Pope John Paul II to plan how to fight illegal obscenity and child pomoga-aphy on an international sade has been slated for ers representing a constituency of more than 100 million. Alliance members indude top- level representatives of the Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Mormon and Protestant faith traditions united to fight obscenity and pornography. Cardinal Bernardin is vice chair of the group, which was formed in 1986 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH. early next year in Rome, according .to Car- The alliance sought Vatican support dinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago. "oath because of the Vatican's international The meeting ~ explore expansion of presence and because of'the stand it has efforts of the Religious Alliance Against Par- taken regarding pornography," the cardi- nography, a coalition of U.S. religious lead- nal said. Saturday, Nov. 2nd from 5 PM until ? Sacred Heart School in downtown Morrilton GAMES: Bottle toss,golf, dime toss, arts & crafts, bake sale, your favorite church game & a silent auction KIDDIE SECTION: Floating ducks, fish pond, bean bag toss, face painting and more/ CONCESSIONS: food, mid d#nks, etc. PRIZES: Grand Pr~.e vJII be a fur coat, also pearl & diamond ring, 12 gauge shotgun and 20" bicyc/e DINNER: Turkey w~ dressing & sausage plus all the trimmings - serving from 5 PM to 8 PM at a cost of $6.50 adults and $3.50 children DANCE: Knights of Columbus Hail from 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM with music by the Gray Ghost Band $10 per couple ( Under 18 years must be accompanied by adult) WE WELCOME EVERYONE FOR AN EVENING OF FUN & FELLOWSHIP/ "People don't need a handout, they need a helping hand." -Father Carl Sulphin, Pastor CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT In 1990, Arkansas Catholics in partnership with the Campaign for Human Development assisted the following organizations: Arkansas Seniors Organized for Progress to enlarge a statewide or- ganization in support of health care issues. South Arkansas Workers' Rights to improve their working conditions through organizing of low-wage health care workers. Eastern Arkansas ACORN Organizing Project to effect community changes in law enforcement and school board representation. College Station Community Credit Union to leverage investment funds for its members in a low-income area. If you would like more information, contact: Jo Ann Bemrich, Campaign for Human Development 2500 N. Tyler St., P.O. Box 7565 Little Rock, AR 72217 (501) 66443340, ext. 336 Please give generously to the Campaign in your parish. COLLECTION SUNDAY: NOVEMBER 24