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LXXIX, NO. 41 ! kh.._ DIOCESE OF LITI'LE ROCK, AR II Though we might never know it from our dust-covered, gold-leafed, flower- pressing, document-filing family Bibles, the Sacred Scriptures are at the very core of what it means to be Catholic. Though we don't win many religious arguments by quoting from the Bible, and though we don't treat the Bible as if it were a handbook of simple answers, & I II I NOVEMBER 4, 1990 IL. IE I~osam Archives/Afl~mas Oazolts Bishop John B. Morris presided as nine priests (Inside Communion rail) received the purple robe of monsignor In a ceremony Jan. 30, 1935, In the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. At right are visiting bishops, and on the !eft is Abbot Edward B.uergert, OSB, of Sublaco. Vatican 1989 YJeny Fiheau diocese under its bishop. It cast the bishop ' hlngton; (CNS) - Twenty-five years as chief pastor, teacher, priest and guide in the faith of his portion of the universal ,mis fall, bishops at the Second Vatican Church. It spelled out new relations be- z acil concluded their deliberations by tween him and the priests, religious and laity in his diocese. oving 11 of the council's 16 docu- ' Those documents launched the eeping-reforms that touched every as- Seminaries of Church life from ecumenism to Every document of Vatican II affected llt rt, v seminary training because changes in any a capsule look at those docu- aspect of Church life require adaptations t ta. in the way its future pastors and sacra- mental leaders are prepared. From that perspective Optatam Totius, the Decree on Second Vatican Council is some- the "council of the bishops" one of its most important was to take the theology of seriously and restore to them an that had gradually eroded in over the centuries. document spelling out the role was Christus Dominus, the De- o~ the Pastoral OJ~c* of Bishops in the It called for reform and inter- of the Roman Curia, the central administration, and or- the formation of national or re- conferences. gave new importance to the Priestly Formation approved by the council, was basically a housekeeping instrument. It was designed to put seminary structures and programs on a path that would en- able them to train future Church leaders appropriately. In another sense, however, that house- keeping job was absolutely central to the whole project of renewal. Major new features of pries@ forma- tion that the council decree called for included: *Systematic adaptation of general Church norms by bishops' conferences to make the seminaries in each country See "Vatican II," page 18 Vatican City (CNS) - The Vatican announced a $54.7 million deficit for 1989 - far less than expected - and said it had managed to cover the shortfall through orldwide contributions and profits from its city-state operations. The relatively good financial news was Information has been received at the Chancery Office of the estab- lishment of a chapel under the title "Queen of the Miraculous Medal" in Little Rock. The advertisements announce confessions and rosary preceding a Tridentine Mass. Catholics should be advised that this chapel has not been established by Bishop AndrewJ. McDonald, nor does it enjoy official standing as a place of worship. The bishop invites interested persons to attend Tridentine Masses on Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 at Morris Chapel, St. John's. Center, Little Rock, at 10 AM. Celebrant will be Msgr. John E. Murphy. Rev. Francis I. Malone, JCL Chancellor credited to better management and an "austerity" campaign at the Vatican. A statement also offered "heartfelt thanks" to bishops, priests, relgious and lay people - and asked for their confined contributions. See "Debt," page 12 ,-co 3