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PAGE g Free Religious THE GUARDIAN, NOVEMBER 28, 1980 Catholic Exhil Arka Anglicans Asking nsas Programs Goal Washington (NC) -- A Federal Communications Commission member told the UNDA-USA general assembly in Washington that it is likely "government will come to expect special in- terest groups to seek out available channels, and to provide some of their own programming, possibly at their own expense." However, the com- missioner, Robert E. Lee, added that he does not favor paid religious programming and that rather than paying to get their programs on the air, special interest groups may be asked to invest more time and expertise in ad- vising producers of special programs. "I think religious programming should be free," said Lee to UNDA, a group of Catholic broad- casters, producers and diocesan directors of com- munication. During his talk to the group, Lee also said: --American communicators should not look to immediate changes in federal com- munications policy under Ronald Reagan. --The FCC is considering having spectrum channels, which are now reserved for instructional purposes, used for other purposes as well, but that he will try to protect the status of the instructional channels used by Catholics and others. --Increasingly diverse programming will lead to more permissive programming, requiring parents and educators to teach children values. --"It is possible" he will be asked by Ronald Reagan to serve as temporary FCC chairman early next year until the president can ap- point a new chairman. Lee likewise told the UNDA participants that in the 1980's, "The issues which may at- tract the most attention probably will be those dealing with new gadgets and with the competition brought about by technological developments." But questions of information use will be even more important, he said. "As religious com- municators, you will bear much of the responsibility for teaching us how to deal with the information issues." He also advised them to learn about technology. "You can't sit back and expect others to carry your message , for you because others won't, not when the means of carrying your message are available to you with a little planning and foresight," Lee said. His address was one of several speeches the ap- proximately 200 participants heard during their assembly at the Capital Hilton Hotel in downtown Washington. Convening under the theme, "Media in the 80's, Power- Responsibility," they also took time to visit such media agencies as CBS News, the FCC, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Association of Broadcasters and others. Gabriel Awards for excellence in broad- casting were presented during a special UNDA banquet. The call to serve was heard Friends and Single Schedules Activities Little Rock -- The Friends and Single Club, a group of unmarried Christians 21 years of age or older, will open their December ac- tivities with a skating party at the Royal Ice Palace Friday, Dec. 5, after meeting at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church at7 P.M. On Saturday, Dec. 6, those with reservations to the :.:.:..........-.........-...-.-.......-.-.-.-.- ........... . ......... ,................ ii Russellv,lle Service, Inc. Phone 968-4411 SOl Went Main ellville, lrknnn Renaissance Music Fair at the University of Central Arkansas will meet at Forest Place at 6 P.M. A Christmas Party is slated at the home of Cathy Dillon, 1905 Biscayne, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Club of- ficers will be elected at a meeting Sunday, Dec. 14, at Holy Souls, the January calendar will be planned and New Year party plans finalized. Club dues must be paid at the meeting, $10 per person and $2 for former members receiving the calendar. The group will meet at Holy Souls at 6:30 P.M. Saturday, Dec. 20, to decide where to go for dinner. On Sunday, Dec. 21, members will meet at Holy Souls at 6 P.M. to go caroling. A Grab Bag Night at Holy Souls is on tap Saturday, Dec. 27, at 6:30 P.M. On Wed- nesday, Dec. 31, a New Year's Eve Party is scheduled at Holy Souls, with dinner served at 8 P.M. Deadline for reservations is Monday, Dec. 15, at $12.50 per person. WOESTMAN BARBER SHOP 309 West Main St. AIR CONDITIONED Russellville A rkans Ed Woestman, Proprietor Pe o00te.Ss00oa000000. Dignified Death London (NC) -, Doctors and nurses have been asked by the Church of England's (Anglican) Board of Social Responsibility to help those who are dying to die with dignity. The call came in a statement issued against a backdrop of public debate on euthanasia. "The Church of England believes that doctors' duty of care for their patients in- cludes enabling those who are dying to die with dignity; that there is no moral obligation on doctors to hasten or prolong dying by artificial means in every case; that pain-killing drugs may be administered even though they might shorten life; and that neither of these two courses of action should be described as euthanasia," said the statement. "The fact that distress is not always adequately con- trolled in hospitals is one reason for current interest in legislation in favor of euthanasia. The Board for Social Responsibility therefore calls upon doctors and nurses to secure the well- being of patients and help. those with terminal illness to die with dignity, find to that end to take adequate steps to control pain," it added. frequently during the con- ventiom Christian Brother Richard Emenecker, superintendent of the Bureau of Cable Communications for the City of Pittsburgh, told UNDA members that they must influence the developing communications system. "It can be shaped and it has to be Shaped more directly by you than by the FCC com- missioners," Brother Richard said. Frances Forde Plude, a communications consultant, also advised religious communicators to be in- volved. "I urge you to make not just a contribution but a total commitment," she said. In the final address at UNDA, the Rev. William Fore, assistant general secretary for communication for the National Council of Churches, described a communications future with both positive and negative aspects. More programming will be available, but com- munications will also be treated as a commodity to be bought and sold and not as a service, Mr. Fore said. The main-line churches also will have to deal more with the "electronic church" of TV preachers. Despite some contributions, the electronic church offers viewers "a superficial God, a trivial God, a God who's some kind of supernatural 'Daddy Warbucks,"' Mr. Fore said. He advised UNDA mem- bers to "take the Gospel more seriously," work through local parishes and accept the limitations of the media for spreading the Christian message. During his homily at a Mass in which the Offertory gifts included a copy of the Nielsen TV ratings, Paulist Father John Geaney, UNDA- USA president, asked communicators "to give each other peace. That power of giving peace is very much part of the power of the media in the B0's," he said. In a brief interview, Feeling for Cuban Little Rock -- A long" jour- ney, filled with both hardship and hope, came to an end here Nov. 8 for a small 6-year-old Cuban boy and his 41-year-old mother. The youngster succumbed to pneumonia at the Arkansas Children's Hospital here, but not before he and his mother had known the warm, loving care of the diocesan Spanish community and members of the staff at St. John's Catholic Center. The story started in com- munist Cuba when Mrs. Juana Quintana was told by doctors that American physicians could cure her son, Jesus Quintana, who was suffering from mental retardation. So Mrs. Quintana left her husband and mother in Cuba and came to the United States as a refugee. The lonely duo, who were unable to speak English, arrived in Miami last spring and then were sent to Fort Chaffee in June. Then Jesus, who had severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy and was prone to upper respiratory infections, was brought to Little Rock for examination. Meanwhile, a sister of Mrs. Quintana in New Jersey, who came to the United States about 15 years ago, told Mrs. Quintana she would be sponsored, hut not Jesus. The sister said Jesus would have to be placed in a 24-hour-care facility. When Mrs. Quintana and her small son, who also needed physical therapy because his muscles were severely contracted, arrived in Little Rock, they were met by the Ramon Escobar family. Ramon works at the Catholic Center in Little Rock. "The entire Spanish community assisted her," Ramon said. With her son being shuttled between the Easter Seal Society's respite program site and Children's Hospital, Mrs. Quintana went to work at the Catholic Center. She lived in Fletcher Hall for several weeks until she obtained a full-time job. Then she moved to an apartment near her son. Suzanne Blanco, ad- ministrator of the Refugee Resettlement Program sponsored by the Little Rock Diocesan Catholic Charities Organization, said the State Department paid for the care, which "runs into thousands of dollars," that he received at Children's Hospital. But the long journey was in vain when Jesus died of pneumonia. Father Albert J. Schneider. director pro-tern of the Mexican-American Apostola- te, and Father Joseph H. Blitz, director Justice and Rosary for the both Spanish Many of the Mrs. Quintana t her son to bury Jersey. As she "I'm glad to many friends. coming." And the workers were for a chance to cared. ral JERRY ELDORADO, Capuchin Father Tony Scannell, newly-elected president of UNDA- International, said that religious communicators world-wide must begin portraying the crucial questions of the 80's. Instead of just broad- casting Masses and preaching, they must discover "how we can be prophets again, how we can discuss the vital issues of hunger, disarmament, in- justice, the lack of the free flow of information and the gross maldistribution of wealth," he said. "We as church have to show the links between these and the Gospel itself so we're not talking politics, we're talking the essence of our religion." Keep Current Read BLYTHEVILLE Soybean Robertson BUSCH 00a00VAnP00 COURIER NEWS Blytheville, Ark. THE FARMER'S BANK & TRUST "'The Oldest Bank in Mississippi THE BEST IN BANKING BLYTHEVILLE ARK. 61 IMPLEMENT ( Massey-Ferguson Tractors PHONE 763-8137 Combines BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. " |in HIGHWAY 61 NORTH Greater Little Roe I 00.OFO. oRUO STORE | Rexall | C.B. Wright- I.E. Motto= | PHARMACISTS / Phone 374-4926 q 915 EAST NINTH STREET ilECIIIIg CO. ELECTRICAl. 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