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PAGE 14 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVEMBER 24, 1991 Senators oppose amnesty for Salvadorans Washington ((INS)-Twenty4 U.S. sena- tors have urged Salvadoran Pres. Alfredo F. Cfistiani not to grant amnesty to two Sahra- doran military officers convicted in the case of the Jesuit slayings. The senators said their appeal came in response to reports that the Salvad~-an government was seeking amnesty for Army Col. Guillermo A. Benavides and LL Yusshy Rene Mendoza. Thomas Quigley, U.,K bishops' policy adfiser for Latin Amerb can affairs, said that U.S. Congressional pressure on Cristiani was "a way of ensuring the integrity of the judidal process." Enough Retirement Income? Guaranteed income after retirement IS an issue we all need to consider. A Life Income Plan through St. Vincent Infirmary Medi- cal Center is a way to ensure monthly or annual income for life. Learn how your charitable contributions can work for you while helping to provide quality healthcare for future generations of Arkansans. Return the coupon below (with no obligation) or call 660-2380 to talk about the giving plan that is best for you. Jacque Brund/CNS A fallen statue of Our Lady in a bombed-out Croatian church reflects the status of Croatia's fledgling independence as the Serbian-led Yugoslav army continues to crush the tiny republic. Church leaders have asked why the U.S. has not come to the aid of Croatia, and Pope John Paul II has issued a "grief-stricken appeal" for a "global solution to this tragedy," designates Edmonton, Alberta (CNS)- ~hchbisbop Jo- seph N. MacNeil took three puffs from a cer- emonial pipe to signify the Church's solidarity with native people. Indian, Metis -- people of mixed ancest~ -- and white members of Sacred [lean parish joined in smoking the pipe during a three-hour eucharistic celebration. The group marked the designation of the inner-dty parish, in one of Edmonton's most socially troubled neighborhoods. "I'his is a day of great rejoidng," Archbishop MacNeil told the overflow crowd. The congregation celebrated with a blend of Catholic liturgy and traditional native prac- rices: burning sweet grass, throbbing dnm~, and chants by members of the Native Brotherhood, a group of inmates from the maximum security Edmonton Institution. Guards in plainclothes sat with the congregation. The parish is open to the estimated 30,000 Indian and Meds Canadians -- mostly Catholic ---who live in Edmonton. Eleven years ago, a small group took the first larger quarters hi a warehouse. The parish was given statlLs as a native parish with the appointment of Oblate Fr. Garry LaBoucarle, a Mefis, as pastor. 'They feel at home and don't have to worry about how they act or dress," Fr. IaBoucane said. About 200 people attend Mass regularly on &todays, but more look to the parish for help. John Waniandy, a Metis and member of the parish team, is deluged with requests for hous- ing, food and clothing from families and indb viduals poorly equipped to cope with a com- plex social system and discrimination. "I've paid my dues on Skid Row," said Waniandy. 'I know how the skids work." Three Alcoholics Anonymous groups help fight alcoholism. Social gatherings help strengthen members' sense of identity and build ties with other natives struggling to survive. Waniandy said he believes native people have ~sitwe values to teach the non-nat~e commu- nity. "We look after each other in the inner city," I Clipandreturnt0theSt.VincentDevel0p- step toward the parish's spedal designafion with he said. q'he larger society doesn't. Material !. the establishment of the Native Pastoral Center things are not important for us. We don't worry Foundation, 5520 W. Markham, Little ment I in Sacred Heart School. The center moved to what's down the road." Ii Rck' AR 72205"3300" II Please send me more information on: I I I7] Giving Thrugh Life lncme plans 11 OAKFOREST I [] Giving Through Your Will ] Your Estate Planning Guide II CLEANERS t : ame :] Address LAUNDRY Zip I Little Rock, AR 72204 ,"/-2M I I ,l t l I I 8717 w. Markham I ,,jl ar i . v i Pro-life meeting Vatican includes By John Thavis Vatican City ((INS)- The Vatican, in an exploration of anti-abortion strategies, opened a meeting of pro-life movements that for the first lime induded representa- lives of the controversial activist organiza- tion Operation Rescue. Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, presi- dent of the Pontifical Coundl for the Fam- ily, said that pro-life groups needed to share experiences so that they could better counter a "dangerous concentration of anti- life forces." Participating for the first time in a Vati- can meeting was Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, the controversial move- ment that employs civil disobedience in its efforts to shut down abortion clinics. "I'm tremendously encouraged to be here, and I think it's an hnpfidt recogni- tion of Rescue as a viable part of the pro-life movement," Terry said. Operation Rescue is a private, secular group thal stages m~,s blockades of clinics in an effort to stop women from hax~}g abortons. HmKheds of Operation Rescue partidpanls, including several Catholic bish- ops, have been anested at such blockades around the U.S. "We all want to make abortion illegal, and I drink the history ofnonMolent direct action, not only in America but in other parts of the world, has shown that laws are changed when people take to the streets," Terry said. Cathofic representatives of eight pro-life groups appealed to the pope to silence U.S. Catholic politidans deemed "accomplices" of abortion. The group's petition accused 27 Cathofics, induding New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy of "notorious acts and/or state- ments which enable, support or condone abortion." "If the political leaders fail to "repent and retracf' their positions on abortion, the pope should "publicly excommunicate" them, the petition said. Also induded in the list of offenders were New York's Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, Vermont's Sen. Patrick Leahy, Mmyland's Sen. Barl:rara Mikulski, and 17 other mem- bers of Congress. Partidpants were divided on whether the Caaurch hierarchy should take specific ac- tion against the politicians. Bishop James T. McHugh of Camden, NJ, a member of the U.S. bishops' pro4ife committee, said tie thought the idea of the Church disciplining such politidans would be ineffective and inadvisable. People were also at odds over Opera- tion Rescue's tactics, which one Italian par- ticipant said would leave Italians with the mistaken impression that "pro-life people are violent people." Bishop McHugh said he thought Op- eration Rescue mystified many pro-lifers around the world, and that in many Third World countries, such tactics would be dif- ficuh and perhaps impossible. Speaking to the approximately 1,50 Far- fidpants at the threeday meeting, the Pope John Paul II stressed cooperation among pro4ife groups and said they should respect their different approaches to the issue. II Q I |