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in South divided Ry Mark Pattison Washington (CNS) - Churches in Africa are "as divided in every as is 3' other institution in the a Methodist theologian Washington on the role churches in South Africa's current Political situation. !C Urches there 'Mill be taking sides bedeviling the process" toward a non-racial government in South Rev. Charles Villa-Vicencio, fellow at the Woodstock ical Center in Washington, the sponsor. At the same time, Villa-Vicencio said, %hernative church" made up of "inside and outside the institu- Church" and expressing "a kind Christianity" is "beginning realize its need to play a difficult role" about a new South Africa. sources of the divisions are and political instead of he said. "You can't have theology in an abnormal soci- ;s are dealing with divi- he said, with a meeting among representing all ideological ts of view planned for November. be ' /elling and screaming" ag,, "but that's okay as long meet again," he said. South African churches are with their divisions, he said, "is m of what ought to be in the Church worldwide." South African church, Villa- said, has three roles to play in South Africa. to push South African Pres. W. De Klerk's government to all the way" in negotiations with leaders to form a new African constitution, as well as i whites to make the inevitable to a system not dominated he said. is to play "a servant role," { a leadership role, he said, citing Charter a Bus! dze bus available, from school bus to air conditioned coaches. " Ston-eigelow Bus Unes Arrow Coach limes 663-6002 or toll froo 1-800-632-3679 " 1om Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu's claims that he provided "caretaker leadership" when South Africa's anti- apartheid organizations were banned and its leaders in jail, but now wants the church to keep its distance from the negotiations. The third role is to "be the conscience of the nation that will emerge, a spokesperson for the poor and op- pressed." The church, he added, has "one permanent ally in political life. That is the poor and the oppressed." South Africa, he said, "likes to picture itself as Christian, anti-communist and capitalist. And you can argue that it's none of these." The Christian Reformed Church, the denomination to which many Afrikaners ruling South Africa belong, has long endorsed apartheid. And South Africa's state-run business, he said, resemble,Marxist models but with Western efficiency. But with signs that the government is putting some state-run business in pri- vate hands, Villa-Vicencio said churches must convince the state "not to sell off the family silver just when blacks are ready to sit down at the table." Uruguayan bishops concerned about poverty Montevideo, Uruguay (CNS) - The Uruguayan bishops' conference called on all sectors.of society to joirr in overcoming the country's socio-eco- nomic crisis and pointed tothe sharp decline in the standard of living of Uruguayans. The bishops issued their call in a document entitled "Uruguay: Country of Brothers, Everyone's Task." The bishops said that they had ob- served with *concern "the progressive decline in the standard of living of our people." They said they did not want to ' blame the government or any one sector for the decline, nor did they wish to become involved in a political debate over its cause. Instead, they called on all Uruguayans ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVEMBER 4, 1990 PAGE 11 Nameless children of Romania starving St. I-ouis (CNS) - The Catholic Health Association has started a fund to pro- vide care to thousands of Romanian or- phans who have no names and live in squalid conditions at government or- phanages. The fund hopes to raise $1 million by next spring, said David J. Sauer, the St. Louis-based association's vice presi- dent for administrative services. The money will be used to take the orphans out of government-run or- phanages and place them in homes modeled after one established in May by Mother Teresa of Calcutta for Romania's AIDS babies. Caritas Internationalis, an umbrella Catholic aid organization headquartered in Vatican City, ..... wil! distribute the funds, and is organizing Caritas chap- : ters in each of Romania's- seven dioceses , .......... so Romanians may look after the children. Sauer and Dr. Robert Fredricks, senior vice presi- dent of medical affairs at St. John's Hospital and Health Center, Santa Monica, CA, went to Romania in Au- gust at the invitation of Caritas Internationalis officials. They visited numerous orphanages . for both the nameless orphans and children will AIDS. Fredricks, who chairs the orphans fund, told of one institution where 200 nameless orphans and 220 adults were peasant women" who had no training. At another institution, they found 300 malnourished children "naked, and liv- ing in a feces-smeared environment," too weak to brush away the flies that landed on their eyes, face and mouth, Fredricks said. He said lie was told that in 1989, 170 children at the orphanage died for a lack of powdered milk- the only food given them. The orphans are called "irrecuperable," having their fate de- cided by age three for ailments as in- nocuous as clubfoot, Fredricks said. The Catholic Health Asso- ciation launched its first-ever fund drive, Fredricks said, because the as- sociation board of direc- tors "felt it was such a special need," he said. The biggest obstacle thus far to estab- eNsca e 8 .h lishing an al- ternative or- phanage sys- tem is convinc- ing Romanians to work in the private sector, Fredricks said. "They're very suspicious, very para- noid people/he said, "unwilling to quit a government job with a government pension." A starving, nameless child in a government orphanage in Romania. Contributions may be sent to: Name- less Children of Romania Fund, c/o Catholic Health Association, 4455 Woodson Rd., St. Louis, MO, 65154- $797, Attn. Finance Department. For cared for by a staff "largely made up of details, call (314) 427-2500. i Ark sas Chri_stian community treating I psychiatric substance abuse issues witli a professional, | balanced program of clinical and spiritual care. I HOPE Difference." I I L0V0 q l l Stol em, MO, /1( "XlSlf 11 atD(x:lomHospilal,500S.Universily, Suite121 -K OEor OPE( )