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PAGE 8 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC OO'OBER 27, 1991 ~] [I ] ..... i;mO~uJLF-- %,I ii2ilI a c~mqmil~mal omeml~rl m i>hkh angPi c~m~l"lah~,e~ call *o ~Ik| il t~mrth here This ad, paid for by a group founded by a Seventh-Day Adventist, has been criticized by Catholic Church leaders. . II:i.11 "Sigr~." from page 1 otry, but Metro says the ads are protected under the F'lrst Amendment. The aa,, which that the U.S. go, eminent is following a Vatican agenda, take the form of a letter to U.S. Sen. Josel~ Biden, D-DE. They accttse Pope John paol II of interfering in the nomination of Judge Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supremei Court. Theywarn that if Thomas, who was raised Cathofic, joins Cathofic Justices Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia, "the Supreme Court will be further dlted toward the Vail" call. The ads, which cost nearly $12,000, were paid for by the Lap~mn for Religious Lil~ erty, an Orlando, FL-based organizafio0 founded by Da~4d Mould, a member of the Seventh-Day Adventists. Msgr. William Loft, secretary to Cardinal James A. I-rickey of Washington, said lie wrote to Metro's general manager, David Gunn, requesting that the posters be re moved. "Metro needs to be a part of the effort to achieve some community standar& which rule out blind hatred and bigotry," Msgr. Loft said in the letter. Metro spokesperson Mary Bucklew said that although Metro has received ma~y complaints about the ads and no feedimek, they will rtmmin on display in 21 rail cars unt~ the end of October. "We will not infringe upon the matter of free speech, but people have the right to complain about it," she said. In an interview with the Catholic Stair dard, Washington archdiocesan newspaper, Mould said the ads were "not about CathO" lic bigotry, but simply to spark debate." He added that the purpose of the ad was to publicize the book, The Great ControverSy, by Ellen White, a founder of the Seventh" Day Adventist Church. The 1888 book accuses "the papacy" of wielding "power over the minds of men. White also spoke against Protestant and other Christian denominations. Officials at the global headquarters for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, MD, said Mould's organization B not recognized as a part of the church. representative of the Seventh-Day Adventists sent a letter of apology to Cardinal Hickey, expressing "tremendous regret" for the advertisement. Although the ads will continue to be displayed, Catholic Church leaders said the issue is still open for discussion. "We have 30 days of bigotry to put up with; I don't see why we should remain silent," said Msgr. Loft. P 8 0' cl Support quality education/ Attend the 3rd annual SPANFERKEL. Saturday, Nov. 2 in St. John's parish hall, Russellville This event is sponsored by St. John's Catholic School with proceeds to benefit the school in providing quality education. Enjoy a dinner of roast hog with all the trimmings served from 4 PM to 7 PM. Adult plates $6, child's plate (under 12) $ maximum is $18. Carry-outs are available. Play your favorite game at 7:30 PM. Win Prizes! Fayetteville 442-7314 Member by invitation National Selected Morticians Tile & Slate Roofing 375-8229 Heating & Ventilating Systems Gutter Work 1508 Scott Street Little Rock