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LXXI, NO. 46 NOVEMBER 12, 1982 Nurse of Year, Page 4 Father Riddell, Page 4 DCCW Expands, Page 7 Health Clinic, Page 8 te Council Rock -- The Arkansas Council or has reconstituted itself as the Conference of Churches and and the Catholic Diocese of will become an active member. Bishop Andrew J. Me- announced the council change, the s kind in the United States, following annual convocation at Trinity Cathedral here last Tuesday. The ivill become effective Jan. 1, 1983, and convention to formally receive churches will be held early in ,arried Ordained N.C. (NC) -- Father Dennis a married former Episcopal priest, a Catholic priest Nov. 1 at Conception Church in Hen- by Bishop Michael J. Begley of N.C. Kuhn shares the title of being,the I former Episcopal priest to be Catholic priest in the United States Daniel Munn of the Diocese of Ga., who was also ordained on in Springfield, Mo., Father became the first married priest to be ordained in the have become Catholic priests developed by the National of Catholic Bishops for admitting Episcopal priests to the Catholic In June 1980 the Vatican for the Doctrine of the Faith to a request by the bishops' con- 'for permission to develop such terms. agreement stressed that, while the Episcopal clergymen in the group admission to the Catholic Church allowed to function as married after ordination, the church's of priestly celibacy was not The agreement said that to the Catholic priesthood, or ordination, would be required on the facts in each case. at Father Kuhn's ordination were Carol, and their three children, 10, Stephen, 8, and Dorothy, 6. the New Year. One-hundred-20 delegates representing virtually all Protestant denominations in Arkansas voted to restructure the council and broaden its scope by opening its membership to all religious congregations. Bishop McDonald and several other religious leaders voiced hearty approval of the change. The Bishop told the delegates that Catholic association with leaders of the old council has been "so practical and open that we really are just formalizing what already Official Announcement Begley said he believed Father do a good job as the new diocesan ,outh ministry. Kuhn said he left the Episcopal because of growing disenchantment changes within it. He said he especially with the revised laws which allow divorced to remal:ry in their church dment. ' changes within the Episcopal Church him, he added. Most disturbing )iscopal Church was acting on tid. "'She wasn't consulting the or Greek Orthodox churches. Ordination of women, for example, without consulting the other atholic Christendom." Kuhn, who said he believes the (2hurch is at the center of Christian "'The Episcopal Church-is this Christian unity." Diocese of Little Rock 2415 N. Tyler 2"he Most Reverend Bishop announces the following clerical appointments: Rev.. Thomas Foley, M.M., Chaplain, St. Vincent Infirmary, Little Rock. Very Rev. J. Gaston Hebert, V.F., Ad- ministrator pro tem, Our Lady of Good Counsel parish, Little Rock. Very Rev. John Kordsmeier, V.F., Priest-counsellor to The Guardian. Rev. John Sutton, Administrator, St. Francis parish, Forrest City, and St. Andrew's, Marianna. Rev. Royce Thomas I . Chancellor I estructured has been a reality for many years." Plans for reconstituting the council were worked out by committees over the last 18 months. Bishop McDonald said he informed Arkansas priests of the plans during their last deanery meetings and the response was very favorable. Officers of the Arkansas Council of Chur- ches, whose terms will carry-over until the annual 1983 convocation next Fall, are: President, The Rev. P.H. Russell, presiding elder of the Pine Bluff District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; First Vice President, Mrs. Mimi Dortch of Little Rock, Episcopal; Second Vice President, The Rev. Bobby D. Coleman of Cumberland Presbyterian Church, North Little Rock; Secretary, Mrs. Daisy M. Long of Little Rock, African Methodist Episcopal; Trustees, The Rev. Dale E. Bard of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, North Little Rock, Mr. Richard C. Butler, Jr., of Little Rock, United Methodist, and The Rev. W.S. Jones, pastor of Reads Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Little Rock. Church Views Largely Ignored by Electorate washington (NC) -- Issues varying from family farms in Nebraska to the death penalty in Massachusetts to nuclear weapons in many places made this year's election possibly a record-breaker for Catholic Church outspokenness on referenda and initiatives. That there was such involvement by the church was a product in part of the increased number of initiatives on state and local ballots. In all, there were 52 statewide initiatives this year, the most since 61 ap- peared across the nation in 1932. The most visible issue obviously was the bilateral nuclear freeze, a proposal which has gained the endorsement of more than 150 U.S. bishops. The freeze was on the ballot in nine states, 14 counties and 15 cities. It passed in all but a handful. Besides the freeze, there were at least five other initiatives and referenda around the country on which the church spoke out to one extent or another. On four of the five, though, the side the church favored lost. --In Nebraska the state's three Catholic bishops and the Nebraska Catholic Con- ference issued a "strong endorsement" of an anti-corporate farming initiative which was referred to as the "save the family farm" amendment. Hunger Ingathering Slated At Fairgrounds Nov. 20. "I want to play computer games, pat a Hungry Worm. Adults may choose from bunny, go to a class especially for me, milk a goat, play with clowns, buy a Christmas present from a faraway place." Any child, pre-school or elementary age, could be saying that about the Hunger Ingathering scheduled from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. Saturday, Nov. 20. "There's something for everybody," said Elinore Dalheim of St. Joseph Parish, Pine Bluff. She is a Catholic representative on the Inter-Faith Hunger Task Force that is planning the Ingathering to be held in the Hall of Industry on the State Fairgrounds; Little Rock. For senior high and college students, a panel of international students will present "Youth in Dialogue: What Do You Say to a variety of mini-workshops, including some moderated by His Excellency Bishop Andrew McDonald, led by Father Joseph H. Blitz, and presented by Carolyn Chalmers and Jeanne Whitesell. All will be invited to sing songs of the Hunger Movement, try international foods, watch films, or be made up as a clown! The closing worship service will include bagpipe players and the blowing of the Jewish ram's horn -- as well as more traditional prayers and organ music. Further information is available from Sister Mary Catherine Dunn, Pine Bluff, phone 534-2883 or Sister Maggie Fisher, Chancery Office, Little Rock, phone 664-0340. The Ingathering is an annual project that brings together persons of all faiths who want to help feed the needy. The IHTF also sponsors Hunger Hikes to raise funds with which to relieve hunger, and it sponsors a Rice Depot. established last July, to distribute Arkansas rice to needy families through local food-providing agencies. TV Mass Little Rock -- Father William J. Burke, pastor of St. Patrick's parish, North Little Rock, will be the celebrant of the weekly Mass for Shut-ins Sunday at 7 A.M. on Station KTHV. Channel 11. Lectors will be George Siebenmorgen and Mike Doolittle. Servers will be John Bennett and Travis Jaworski. Music will be by the St. Patrick's parish choir, directed by Mary Smith. with Charlotte Halter at the organ. The amendment, to the state constitution, was approved by voters despite lobbying against it by corporate representatives, such as the Prudential Insurance Co. --In Minnesota, the state's Catholic bishops issued an eight-page analysis of the social costs of gambling in connection with a proposed state constitutional amendment permitting the legislature to authorize on- track parimutuel betting on horse racing. Despite the bishop's warnings, the parimutuel betting initiative was approved by the state's voters. --In Massachusetts, the bishops opposed a constitutional amendment permitting restoration of the death penalty in the state. The death penalty, though, was approved in Massachusetts by about a 60-40 margin. --In Alaska,the bishops urged passage of a state ballot measure that would have limited state abortion funding to life-of-the-mother cases. Here again the bishops were on the losing side of the initiative. Only about 41 percent of Alaska's voters supported tightening the abortion funding regulations. .--In both California and Massachusettes, voters were asked to approve state con- stitutional amendments on nonpublic school aid. The California measure would have permitted loaning textbooks to students, a program struck down last year by the state supreme court, while the Massachusetts measure would have loosened the state constitution's stringent prohibition on even indirect aid to parochial schools. Both suffered major defeats, in California by a 61-39 margin and in Massachusetts by a 63-37 margin. Pope Talks To World From Spain Vatican City (NC) -- Pope John Paul II returned to Rome and then went to his mountain retreat at Castelgandolfo for a rest after completing a 10-day tour of 16 Spanish cities during which he delivered 50 addresses on subjects centered on spiritual values for secular living. Millions of Spanish turned-out to greet the Pope and listen to his counsel. In Madrid, he spellod-out "the platform of a healthy society," and he said: "The church, rightly respecting the spheres that are not its own, marks out a moral course which coincides with, and does not diverge See Pope on Pg. 4