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LXXX, NO. 44 DIOCESE OF LITTLE ROCK, AR NOVEMBER 24, 1991 I~ utors~N,S David Duke Catholic, Jewish At annual meeting -- Bishops tackle tough issues Blacks, Native Americans, women among topics Washington (CNS) -- As their annualmittee on the Lit- [ fall meeting came to a dose, the nation's urgy. Catholic bishops Nov. 13 voted down four More than half proposals that would have reduced the the bishops voted number of holy days of obligation currently to eliminate theBishop Gregory observed in the U.S. obligation to attend But votes also were pending on two other Mass Jan. 1 and move the celebration of proposals -- to transfer observance of the Ascension to Sunday, but neither motion Feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15, and All drew the two-thirds majority required. Saints Day, Nov. 1, to the following Sun- In other action, the bishops voted down days. lay preaching norms after some of them The written ballots were not counted by dled them undear and unnecessary. The the end of the session, so the results were norms were defeated in a 141-107 vote. They not immediately available, were requested by Auxiliary Bishop Emil A. The proposals for change were intro- WcelaofRockvilleCentre, interim chair duced by Auxiliary Bishop Wdton D. Gre- of the bishops' Committee on Pastoral Prac- gory of Chicago, chair of the bishops' Com- See "Bishol " page 11 s elated over David Duke's defeat But sound caution By David Mabury Arkansas Catholic Staff Catholic, African-American and Jewish aders in Louisiana and Arkansas were Lated by the defeat Saturday ofgubemato- al candidate David Duke, but sounded a |ote of caution about both Duke's political hture and the future of race relations in QleU. S. In a heavy turnout, former G0v. Echein ~wards won 61 percent of the vote to bake's 39 percent. Edwards was favored by percent of black voters and 45 percent ~'white voters, according to an estimate by he Associated Press. "I think it showed that the people of Louisiana voted their consciences," said ~The Catholic bishops of Louisiana had eclined to endorse Edwards but had is- i ed a joint statement dec'bring that racial ~d religious division and preju~ce have o place in our electoral process. The bish- t)ps had urged voters to take a "calm, ratio- approach" to the election. An exit poll by ABC News reported that percent of white Protestants voted for bulge, while the white Cathofc vote was split almost in half, with 52 percent for Duke, Archbishop Hannan disputed the poll s dings. He noted that Duke lost by a hefty in Jefferson Parish, his home terfi- ~ryl which is more than 60 percent Catho- and nearly 100 percent white. "It was .C.a olics and blacks and Jews who .~rried this for Edwards, Archbishop ,aid. _ Archbishop Hannah, who now heads the "1 .... Petho5c television station in New Orleans, p alike l~_bScly against Duke because the |i ]1 ernor s race was not merely a political t !! of hostages latest In series of kidnappers' concessions By Deborah Halter A former advisor to the Catholic Chu h in Rome who once said "]'here must be no ransom paid for me ifI am kidnapped"was freed Nov. 18 after nearly five years as a hostage of Islamic Jihad captors. British envoy Terry Waite, 52, who was kidnapped in January, 1987, while trying to free American hostages, was released along with American Thomas Sutherland, 60, Dean of Agriculture at the American Uni- versity in Beirut who was kidnapped in July, 1985. The re- . .... :~/ lease brings to six the num- ber of Western hostages freed since the United Na- tions began working in Au- gus~ to ar- range a broad swap involving Western and Arab captives and Israeli sol- diers. But the U.S. also UPI/CNS should have been negotiat- Fr. denco ing, according to former captive Fr. See "Jenco," page 8 I Br. Cyprian Hill, CFP, dies I Page 16 i , . .... :$ , ) "d ',t ] . -"~ U'~'r'- t ']~9' ~---~ t---~