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VOL. LXXI, NO. 49 DECEMBER 3, 1982 Subiaco play. Page 5 Bishop replaced, Page 6 Recital art, Page 7 Social worker, Page 8 Speaks at Black Homecoming Excellency Bishop Eugene A. Marino of Washington, D.C., is shown attendants at the first-ever Black Catholic Homecoming y at St. John's Center. At his extreme left is His Excellency hop Andrew J. McDonald of Little Rock and in middle (partially is Father Michael Aureli, who arranged the event. Over 100 Catholics from throughout the state met and discussed problems projects. S. Bishops Stn'ctly Against Missile System Plans By NC News Service ton t NC) -- President Reagan may to place 100 MX missiles in a dense pack ilion in Wyoming, but he won't get much for the idea from members of the hierarchy. U.S. bishops have called the MX thing from "'morally indefensible" to madness." In addition, the merits of have been questioned by the second of the U.S. bishops' proposed pastoral on war and peace, which says the MX ,ilize the arms race. from the comments of some Mass Sunday Ltle Rock -- Father Martin Iott, O.P., of ,k-based Dominicans, will be the of the weekly televised Mass for ls this Sunday, Dec. 5, at 7 A.M. on Channel 11. reader for the Mass taped by the Center of St. Vincent Infirmary Infirmary Chapel will be Sister Mary OP., of the Little Rock-based who also will give a Communion Sister Elizabeth Ann Webb, i., of SVI, will be the second reader. will be furnished by Sister Janet O.P., of the Little Rock-based Iriieans. bishops at their annual meeting in Washington, the third draft of the pastoral may turn out to be even tougher on the new missile system. "I believe we should strengthen our position against destabilizing steps in the nuclear race by clearly opposing the MX deployment," said Archbishop John R. Quinn ofSan Francisco, the immediate past president of the bishops" conference. The MX missile has evoked public op- position from some bishops not because of any particular basing mode, which lately has been the dominant issue in the MX debate, but because of the fear that the missile could increase the chances of tripping the nuclear hair trigger. While government officials have debated how to place the missiles, critics of the MX fear that such a highly accurate ar- senal would make both sides feel they must either launch their missiles in a time of crisis or risk losing them altogether. "The strictly deterrent utility of the MX." said Archbishop Quinn. "'is seriously questioned by technical experts and its deployment could well be to increase first strike tendencies on both sides of the arms race." Critics also cite the weapon's cost and contend that the United States and the Soviet Union already are at nuclear parity. President Reagan's statistical analysis notwithstanding. Curia Reshuffling Hinted by Pontiff As Cardinals Meet Vatican City.(NC) - Pope John Paul II opened a meeting of the world's cardinals with hints that he is preparing a radical reshuffling of the Roman Curia, the church's central administrative offices. Addressing more than 100 of the 120 current members of the College of Cardinals in the Vatican's Synod Hall, the Pope said that, when the late Pope Paul VI reformed the Curia in 1967, "he was aware of the need to take a further step in this field. "We wish therefore to dedicate the present meeting to this important problem," he ad- ded. The Pope's Latin-language talk made little reference to the financial problems of the Holy See. He said only that "the growing worries about the economic problem are the object of constant and vigilant attention." Among the other topics of discussion outlined by Pope John Paul for the four- or five-day meeting were a review of the proposed new Code of Canon Law, expected to be promulgated later this year or early in 1983, and the church's relation to the world of culture. But he returned several times to the issue of Curia reform. He said a meeting of the College of Cardinals in November, 1979, had dealt only with individual problems and not with the whole picture. "While our meeting in 1979 had as its theme only some problems which then demanded an urgent discussion, it is necessary on the other hand to place the problem in its entirety on the agenda of the current meeting," Pope John Paul said. "It will be necessary to seek out in- creasingly for the structures of the Roman Curia that pastoral orientation which results so clearly from the entire teaching of the Second Vatican Council," he added. "Both the activity and the co-operation among in- dividual dicasteries tdepartments) of the Curia must reflect ever more fully this direction." The Pope told the cardinals that "the first and fundamental question that we must ask also -- and perhaps above all -- of the Apostolic See" is whether "our witness is sufficient to the field of love toward man and social love." A Vatican communique said the cardinals heard reports from Agostino Cardinal Cassaroli, papal secretary of slate; John Cardinal Krol of Philadelphia, and Giuseppe Cardinal Caprio, president of the Prefecture of the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, during their first morning session. Cardinal Caprio reported on the Vatican budget for the current year, said the com- munique, which did not mention the figures. Cardinal Krol, who reported on the work of the 15-member council of cardinals for the study of the organizational and economic problems of the Holy See, said the budget had been "attentively examined, discussed and accepted," the communique added. Seven of the nine U.S. cardinals attended the Opening session of the cardinals" meeting. Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle, retired ar- chbishop of Washington, did not come to Rome for the meeting. Humberto Cardinal Medeiros of Boston was admitted to Rome's Salvator Mundi Hospital Nov. 23 with an Holy Day Little Rock -- The Guardian offices at 2500 North Tyler Street. Little Rock, and 26th and Willow Streets. North Little Rock, will be closed Wednesday. Dec. 8, for the observance of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Con- ception, a Holy Day of Obligation. undisclosed illness. In his address, Cardinal Casaroli described the purpose of the meeting as "the better organization and ever more satisfying func- tioning of that organic service which comes under the name of the Roman Curia." He said the services of the Curia are "'given by men and therefore always exposed, as in the church of God itself, to the insufficiencies and even the defects of all that is human." Cardinal Casaroli said the topic of Curia reform had been discussed at length by the heads of Vatican agencies last April and that the Congregation for Saints' Causes had already submitted to the Pope plans for "a profound reorganization which, when ac- cepted by His Holiness, will involve a radical rewriting" of certain sections of "Regimini Ecclesiae Universae,'" Pope'Paul VI's 1967 apostolic constitution on Curia reform. The cardinal made clear that the suggestions put forth at the meeting would have no binding effect on the final decisions about Curia reform but would be "submitted to the consideration and the decisions of the holy father." The papal secretary of state said the car- dinals would hear reports during the meeting on the liturgy, the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for Culture. He said also the cardinals had received before the meeting a summary of priorities drawn up by each Vatican agency for its future opera tions. Each Vatican office "cannot limit itself to responding, almost passively, to the concrete needs which from time to time present themselves, but must, as much as possible, be aimed at confronting in an organic manner the present pastoral and ecclesial demands," Cardinal Casaroli said. Vatican Silent On Finances Vatican City (NC) -- A meeting of cardinals from throughout the world on the Vatican's economic affairs closed Nov. 22 against a backdrop of total Vatican silence and a swarm of rumors. Father Romeo Panciroli, director of the Vatican Press Office, declined to comment even on the number of cardinals attending the council meeting. In an interview with the Vatican correspondent of La Stampa, daily newspaper based in Turin, John Cardinal Krol of Philadelphia said the council was studying Vatican organizational structures in order that a certified public audit could eventually take place. Guadalupe Feast Celebration Slated N. Little Rock -- The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated by the Hispanic community Sunday, Dec. 12, at St. Mary's Church here. The annual celebration, sponsored by the Catholic Hispanic Office, will begin at 2 P.M. with a procession and Spanish Mass. Father Roberto A. Torres, director of the Hispanic Office, will be the celebrant. Music will be furnished by the Hispanic choir. A fiesta will take place in the parish hall after the Mass. Music, food (donation only) and entertainment will be provided. The public is invited.