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PAGE 6 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVEMBER 25, 1990 Bishop Haddad: ignores Eastern By BUl Pritchard Washington (CNS) - A Lebanese Melkite-Catholic bishop said the defeat of Gen. Michel Aoun and the collapse of the Christian enclave has left a country occupied by foreigners, but with the possibility of a political future in which Lebanese political groups will be on an equal footing. The disproportionate political power of the Maronite Catholic community is gone, said Bishop Andre Haddad of Zahleh. "We cannot say now the first role is for the Maronites." The goal is to free the country of foreign occupation, the 60-year-old bishop said. But that might be long, political process rather than a violent eviction of Syrian, Israeli and Iranian occupying forces. Haddad said that for a while Leba- nese, Christian and Muslim, "loved Aoun's goal of ridding the country of foreigners" but it turned out the general could not deliver. The general and his army of approximately 20,000 never broke out of the Christian enclave, an- chored in East Beirut, during the two years he was head of government in the Christian zone. The bishop said that in 1989, he delivered a message from the Syrians to Aoun which seemed to suggest an alliance. He said the message told Aoun "'we respect you, we love you because we need a strong Christian leader .... Bring some intelligent politicians around you and take their advice.'" The next day, March 13, Aoun de- clared his war of liberation against the Syrians, the bishop said. Haddad said his 120,000-member Eastern-rite diocese has been virtually ignored by Latin-rite Church officials - including the papal nuncios assigned to Lebanon. The Melkite bishop said the nuncios sent by the Vatican to Lebanon have never visited his diocese. Haddad said Lebanese Christians need the help of the church in the West to remain a presence in the Middle East. He said he believes it is "not the aim" of the Church to see the Middle East "where Christ was born" empty of Christians. -2 1248 South 28th Street Van Buren, AR 72956 (501) 474-5036 FAX (501) 474-3911 Polyethylene bags Liners Shoots BEN GOSEY, PRESIDENT t By Tracy Early New York (CNS)- Bishop Michael H. Kenny of Juneau, AK, arriving in New York from a visit to !raq, said the U.S. should use the current crisis as an oc- casion to "address the long-standing grie, ances of the Arab people." This should involve not only dealing with the Pales. tinian ques- tion, he said, but also such issues as U.S. relations with the Gulf emir- ates and U.S. responsibility for turning the entire Middle East into an "armed camp." "I would also raise the that went to Jordan and Iraq. Using a State Department list of pri ! i ority hostages with health or age prot [ [( Ictus, the delegation asked for release l. of five. Ken ny and a colleague were ] allowed to fly to Jordan with four, iden" [ L tiffed as Michael Barmer of Louisiana, | Randall Trinh of California, Dr. Abdul Khanjt f Illln's and Ri oi di!iii! i ! "For me, the feelings abotlt the trip are mixed,' said Kenny. "I happy to see u! get four pie out, but 1' am also cow scious we left a lot still there;' He also said SUPPLY Wood & Steel Furniture IEI Computer Furniture Q Systems Furniture Q Office Chairs Total Project Coordination Q Interior Design Asdstance 782-0311 Fax 782-5604 812 Garrison Ave., Ft. Smith Your One Stop Office Furnffure & Supply Center" Mike Cullen Bill Conrath Pat Cullen Church, so far as it is able, seeks to ofief charitable assistance in the spirit of the Gospel," he said. Acceptance of others "is clear and tangible sign of being Christiarl" Accusations that Church people are ing to win converts when they assist ina~r grants "cannot prevent them from acting as authentic followers ,of Christ who assist tlaeit neighbors, not by virtue of a religious for" mality," but because all people are "loved bY Fayetteville 442-7314 Member by Invitation National Selected Morticians d, SMITH FORT i m An estimated 400,000 Muslims live in Italy, basis of relaUons with Musl s but mostare in the country onlywhilewai~g for visas to the U.S., Canada and Austral~ Rome (CNS) - Catholics in Europe, NorthFitzgerald said. America and Australia need a better under- "These people are in need, and tlaC standing of Islam to help the growing num- ber of Muslim immigrants entering their countries, a Vatican official said. "Acceptance without prejudice" must be the basis for the Church's work with any group of immigrants, said Rev. Michael Fitzgerald, a member of the Missionaries of Africa and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. "It is desirable that Catholics be able to understand some fundamental beliefs of Islam Western countries could help bringpeace." ' t st a solution to the current crisis, he sug- Kenny reported that he found jot" [ gested, by pulling back and allowing an dan suffering from the effects of the ( al Iraqi crisis, but Ira is a renfl unhtlrt, ArabKuwait.summit to resolve differences over by the embargo againstq ppathem.YHe als0 ][ Kenny traveled with an 18-member reported an absence of opposition to ] al It Fellowship of Reconciliation delegation Saddam among Iraqis. I "Accepl2nce with0ul pR3ludice" hein ordersaid, to facilitate mutual understanding' ~' question, to what degree cNsa ut,, he was hapPY does the way the West is do- Bishop Michael Kenny escorts an American about making ing business OUt of Iraq. personal co~: with the Arab world contribute to dis- tact with some Iraqis, and the opporttv parities between rich and poor," he said. nity to "communicate a resolve f0(