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PAGE 10 ARKANSAS CATHOLJC NOVEMBER Z4, 1991 Bishop Wcela said the vote against the preaching non'us came from both ideologi- ::~:i:i:~::i:i: cal sides those who thought the proposal n& restrictive enough and those who con- i:::::)::::::::::: sidered the amended version too limiting. However, support was substantial in motions approving a new Leetionaty for Masses with Clu'klren, with the stipulation ! !iii::i::iii: ~:i i i ! ~::: i:i i i i::::ithat a study be made within three years of the "pedagogic implications of introdudng "BishopC' from page 1 children to the liturgy." rices. The 825-page lectionary, designed prb He said typical uses might be to allow a marily for children ages 5 to 9, now goes to lay Spanish-speaker to preach at a Mass the Vatican for fipprovaL Its changes indude being celebrated by a priest who was not shortening or omission of readings consid- fluent enough in ered to be inappropriate for children and Sl:~nish to give a re-transhtion of passages that may confuse homily, or to bring or disturb young Mass participants. in a lay person to One proposed change that stirred much preach at a discussion and was overruled was to use the children's Mass term "feed box'" instead of "manger." when the ordained But before the vote, the bishops' Corn- minister does not mittee on Liturgy got permission from the relate wellto American Bible Society to change the word young people. "feed box" back to "manger" and make O bj e c t i o n s other slight changes in the translation, which from the bishopsthe Bible society owns. included the corn- In another Scripture - related action, the Bishop Wcela ment that the prelates were nearly unanimous in their ap- norms would be proval of a plan to use non-bishop schola~ "untimely, unnecessmy and unenforceable," to approve Scripture translations. by retired Bishop Wdliam E. McManus of An ad hoc committee will now choose a Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN. group of w_holars to act as a board of cen- Heading into the 1990s there are more poor Americans than when the '80s began. The number of people living in poverty rose from 31.5 million people in 1989 to 33.6 million in 1990, the latest year for which figures are available. That's 13.5 percent of all Americans. Mi 1980 '81'82 '83 '84'85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 YEAR Source: U.S. Census Bureau, "Hunge~ 1992: Second Annual Report on the State of World Hunger" )1991 CNS Graphics sots and grant the n/h//0baat for all Scrip mre t slations and explamtory notes. is latin for "nothing stands in the way," a judgment by an official Church rep- resentative that a book contains no errors of faith or moral teaching. One dissenter was raised New York Aux- iliary Bishop Austin B. Vaughan, who said "some things are too important" to turn over to non-bishops. A day earlier, journalists were told by Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka that most Catho- lic laypeople contr~ute less than they can or should to the U.S. Church. Cardinal Szoka, former archbishop of Detroit, now is the Vatican's chief finandal coordinator as head of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See. "U.S. Catholics are certainly in a position to contribute more than they have" to the Holy See's rising $86.3 million operating deficit, Cardinal Szoka said. The Vafican's annual defldt has nearly tripled in U.S. dollars since 1982. He said the rate of giv- ing as a percentage of income has dropped significantly among U.S. Catholics in recent decades and is far below the contribution levels of American Protestants. Without debate the bishops approved new social resl~nsi]aility guidelines for the investment of funds of the National Con- ference of Catholic Bishops/U.S. Catholic Conference. The guidelines direct manag- ers of the N USCC inveslment portfo- lio, worth about $105 milfion, to use con- ference investments to promote luality and affirmative action for women and minori- ties. It bans investments in companies that produce contraceptives, engage in abortion activities or are primarily in the business of weapons production. It calls for investment policies that promote an end to South Africa's system of a~rt/u~ or strict radal segregation. It also provides, for the first time, for the N~USCC to engage in shareholder ac- tions to try to influence corporations to adopt more socially responsible polities. Bishop Anthony M. PiUa of Cleveland, NCCB-USCC treasurer, suggested to the bishops that they might use the new NCCB- USCC guidelines as a model for investment policies in their own dioceses. The board chair of Catholic Relief Services told the bishops that the agency is "not well understood" by them and that it needs more money to keep up with increas- ing demands. "Unless CRS can find new ways to in- o'ease its revenue, it will be unable, at its present level of income, to sustain the value of its commitment at a time when the de- mands on the agency's services are grow- hag," Bishop James A. Griffin of Columbus, OH, told the bishop. CRS is the U.S. bish- ops' ow.rseas relief'and development agency. Another aspect of work which could use an increase is in the priesthood, and Bishop KennethJ. Untener of Saginaw, MI, made headlines in Detroit Nov. 12 when he told a Detroit Free Press reporter that he thinks the Church should ordain women priests. Bishop Untener later told Catholic News Service in a brief hallway interview at the bishops' meeting that he believes the Church should be discussing the issue of women's ordination, "and if you ask me my opinion, I think we should ordain them." By a 221-4 vote, the bishops approved a statement pledging the Church's commit- ment to chikJren and after one archbishop called it qhe most important document we've dealt with at this meeting." Archbishop James P. Lyke of Atlanta, prais- ing the statement, "Putting Children and Families Fwst: A Challenge for Our Church, Nation and World," urged it be made "ac- cessible to all the people" when it is for- released on Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany. The statement, which urges Catholics to become persistent, informed and com- mitted voice for children and families," is a product of an unusual collaborative effort of the bishops' committees on domestic and international policy and marriage and fam- ay. In assessing the situation of US. children, the statement said this country has "the highest divorce rate, the highest teen-age pregnancy rate, the highest child poverty rate and the highest abortion rate in the Western world. "We have neither a comprehensive farm ily policy nor a consistent concern for our children," it added. "And the youngest members of our society are paying a huge price for our neglect." At the urging of Bishop Elden F. Curtiss of Helena, Mr, the bishops approved 165- 5 a 14-page docu- ment expressing ~solidarity with the Native American community" as the U.S. commemo- rates the 500th an- niversmy of the ar- rival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. Tided "1992: A Tune for Remem- Bishop Curtiss bering, Reconcib ing and Recommit- ring Ourselves as a People -- Pastoral Re- flections on the Fifth Centenary and Native American People," the docmnent says the bishops will be advocates on behalf of Na- live Americans on "health, hou~g, employ- ment, education, pore .rty and other national issues." Because the vote was taken after some bishops had already left for home, the motion will be completed by mail. Before the vote, Auxiliary Bishop David Arias of Newark, NJ, asked his fellow bish- ops to amend the docmnent to indude a statement on the positive" contributions of missionaries who came from Europe to evarv See lm," next page wins door prize W~Bhington (CNS) - Unlike some other conventions, the annual meetings of the U.S. bishops don't ordinarily feature such things as drawings or door prizes to boost atten- dance. An exception was made when the bish- ops met in Washing- ton Nov. 11-14. Af- ter the opening prayer of the final session Auxiliary Bishop J. Terry Steib of St. Louis, chair of the bishops Committee on Black Catholics, took the podium to hold a drawing for a free trip to New Orleans for the National Black Catholic Congress taking place there next July 9-12. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of I.~ Angeles won. BL and 1 igood with heah