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LVIII. NO 45 Official 00ublication. of the CDiocese of 00illle 00ock LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS NOVEMBER 7, 1969 i Sy.od ParaEuayan Officials tions Are Excommunicated; All City (NC) -- Tabula- Votes from the recent of Bishops disclosed substantial approv- 13 recommendations sent Paul VI and that "yes qualifications" were initially reported. on the questionofmaklng In various matters avail- the synod, there were than five "no" votes of the 13 issues. On the experts, there were 25 as against 97 "yes" 18 "yes" 'votes with issues, all approved by Ps, though as many as votes were cast calling of a particular dealt with such matters of a bishop's corn- keeping the Pope's au- improving relations congregations, con- on internal, of submis- decrees to the strengthening the biennial synod and bishops' recomm en- SUbjects for synod dis- was disclosed in the of its action to have Strong position with re- The bishops ap- a recommendation that d laity be formed to seek especially for the poor, Called on a Vatican com- to how national can provide aid for the Pope's pro- fund for the pro- nations. latter two subjects were in five specific ques- the Synod approved to interrelationships tional bishops' confer- The results of this voting follows: 1 -- Concerning the activity of the Church; that all the dio- all episcopal confer- lut into practice rapidly been determined by Va- with the spiritual riai help to the missions promoting missionary Voting: yes, 127; yes 16; no, 0; ab- 0. 2 -- It is desirable that between episcopal con- s, especially between ones, and those having Cultural and social her- gradually increase at a certain association level. Voting: yes with qualifications, YNoD ON PAGE 2 Sunday Masses Suspended Armistice Day 1969 His father may think of V-E or V-J Day, 1945. His grandfather may think of Nov. 11, 1918. To this GI and thousands like him in Vietnam, this Armistice Day will bring him one day closer to home. (NC Photo) DCCM.W Set To Convene Little Rock -- His Excellency AuxiliaryBishop Lawrence P. Graves will be tbeprincipal spea- ker at a banquet to be held in the Skyway Room of the Hotel La- Fayette tomorrow evening, No- vember 8. The banquet will be a highlight of a two-day convention spon- sored jointly by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Men. H. G. Rountree of Rogers, state president of DCCM, will be mas- ter of ceremonies and will intro- duce Bishop Graves. Preceding the banquet at 6:30 P.M. a social hour will be held in the foyer of the Skyway Ballroom. The Rev. Msgr. James E. O'Con- nell, moderator of the Council of Women, will give the keynote address at a Concelebrated Mass to be offered in St. Andrew's Cathedral at 11 A.M. tomorrow morning. He will use the theme of the convention, "Forward To- gether," as his subject. His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher will be the principal celebrant at the Mass. Concele- brants will be Monsignor O'Con- nell and The Rev. Msgr. Francis X. Murphy, moderator of the SEE CONVENTION ON PAGE 3 Sentry Says.. Give Generously to Clothing Drive. Football Has Grown Into A Monster. befalls, Read Qui Vive? on Page 4) Asuncion, Paraguay (NC) -- The archbishop of Asuncion has declared that all government auth- orities responsibIe for the "un- controlled repressive beatings" of priests and Religious have been excommunicated, and he has sus- pended Sunday Masses in all 49 parishes of the archdiocese to protest the beatings. Thus, the showdown between the dictatorial regime ofGen. Alfredo Stroessner and the Church in Paraguay seems to have reached the point of no return after months of increasing repression of all Catholic-sponsored movements. Archbishop Anibal Mena Porta of Asuncion invoked canon law "and the violation of rights of clergymen" to declare that"those authorities who ordered the phy- sical assaults against priests and Religious have incurred ex- communication," the heaviest spiritual penalty of the Church. Three priests, one of them 73 years old, and several nuns were manhandled or beaten during a demonstration at the Catholic Uni- versity campus here Oct. 22 pro- testing the expulsion of Father Francisco de Paula Oliva, S.J., DCCM-W Convention a professor in the school of phil- Fee Changed Little Rock -- The Boards of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Men have changed the registration fees to be charged at the convention to be held in the LaFayette Hotel tomorrow and Sunday, November 8 - 9. A registration charge of $3 will be collected from those wishing to attend only the meetings of the convention. However, the fee will remain $10 for those who will add the social hour and banquet to their general registration. Announcement of the fee change was'made by Mrs. James L. Camp- bell of Little Rock, co-chairmen of the convention. osophy. When the excommunication de- cree was read at Christ the King church, police and firemen ar- rived, fired tear gas bombs and used water hoses against men, women and children to break up the congregation. Archbishop Mena Porta and his priests' council said in the order cancelling Sunday Masses that "the Church, as a sign of protest and sorrow, renounces on this day the loftiest expression of the liturgy, which is the holy Mass, well aware that the gravity of this measure corresponds to the ser- iousuess of the situation." For a traditionally Catholic country where Sunday Mass is an important social and religious event, the impact of the can- cellations was immediately reflec- ted in press and private comments, including those from Stroessner followers, which condemned police repression. The 73-year-old priest, Father SEE PARAGUAY ON PAGe 2 i I BULLETIN Msgr. Hemmen Dies El Dorado -- The Rev. Msgr. Edwin A. Hemmen, 70, chaplain of Warner Brown Hospital here for the past two months, who since his ordination in 1925 held pastorates and chaplain- cies in Brinkley, Forrest City, Jonesbero, Texarkana and Searcy, died unexpectedly Wed- nesday morning. The funeral will be at 11 o'clock this morn- ing, Friday, in St. Andrew's Cathedral, Little Rock. Burial will be in his native Detroit. i i Benedictine Sister Dies Fort Smith -- Funeral services were held for Sister Patricia Mc- Mahon, O.S.B. at St. Scholastica Convent here last Wednesday. She was a daughter of the late Peter and Mary (O'Brien) Mc- Mahon, was born in Coal Hill, Ark., January 9, 1896, and en- tered St. Scholastica Convent in Shoal Creek. She made profession of vows June 28, 1915. In 1965, she celebrated her Golden Jubi- lee as a Benedictine Sister. She died suddenly after suffering a stroke Monday at a doctor's of- fice where she had gone for a check-up. Sister Patricia's years of ser- vice began in 1914 at St. Boniface School, Fort Smith, as an ele- SEE SISTER ON PAGe 2 titurgg, Seminaries, Poor on U.S. Bishops' Agenda Washington (NC) -- Liturgical changes, guidelines for improving seminary training, a statement on priestly celibacy and helping the disadvantaged will be some of the matters considered here during the semi-annual meeting of the Nat- lanai Conference of Catholic Bis- hops (NCCB) November 10-14. One major item on the agenda, prepared for the gathering of 200 bishops, will be aprogress report on the United States Conference Task Force on Urban Problems. The bishops established the Task Force at their spring meeting in St. Louis last year to provide information and coordination for various diocesan agencies con- cerned with social action and the prob ",ms of the poor and min- ority g',: aps, throughout the Uni- d States. The bishops meeting in plenary session will hear presentations on matters related to the work of the Task Force which will suggest ways the Church might improve the traditional operation of its service organizations in order to give fuller and more effective wit- ness to its concern for the dis- advantaged. One such proposal to be con- sidered is the creation of a Cen- tral Office for Black Catholicism. The idea for such a central office originated with the Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, whose leaders have complained about lack of meaningful contact between the black Catholic community and members of the hierarchy. The NCCB will consider guide- lines proposed by its Committee on Priestly Formation for ira- . provement for seminary trMning. If the detailed guidelines are approved by the NCCB and by the Vatican Congregation forCath- olic Education, they will become the official policy in U.S. semi- naries. Proposed liturgical changes to be considered by the bishops in- clude new translations of the Or- dinary of the Mass, and new rites for baptism, marriage andfimeral liturgies. The translations were prepared in consultation with the international Committee on Eng- lish in the Liturgy. The bishops will consider a statement on priestly celibacy which two NCCB committees -- those on priestly formation and doctrine -- were asked to pro= pare when the most recent bishops' meeting was held in SEE B,sxoPs ON PAa- 3 .T ,-