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87, Number 46 The Diocese of Little Rock WeekJ2/ Newspaper December 5, 1998 Rare Middeke CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE FORT BENNING, Ga. -- More than people, protesting the continued Operation of the U.S. Army School of the tkllleric~Ls at Fort Benning, risked arrest hy railitm.v police Nov. 22 when flu y rossed the line" and entered tile mili- Those risking arrest formed a memori- al funeral procession, led by actor Martin Sheen. They carried coffins and small white crosses bearing the names of Latin Americans who the protesters say were vic- tints of SOA graduates. Before leading the solemn proces- sion, Sheen said the SOA "is an See SOA page 4 The nonviolent protest, at the main gate of the b se, concluded a two-day vigil of about 7,000 participants honoring vic- :fires reportedly kidnapped, tortured and raurdered by some of SO. s graduates, are Latin American soldiers. The SOA, nicknamed the "School of KSsassins" by its critics, has trained ow'r 000 Latin American soldiers. raduates of the school have been impli- Cated in abuse and atro 'ities cited in human rights reports Central and The vigil was organized by SOA Watch, by Maryknoll Father Roy decorated Vietnam veteran, and outspoken critic of U.S. policy in Latin America. All the priest has spent about four federal prison for his civil disobe- protests. Some of the estimated 7,000 people who joined bearing the names of people believed to have program at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. a protest Nov. 22 at the U.S. Army been killed under orders of Latin School of the Americas hold crosses American graduates of the training 'David E Kern ROCK CORRESPONDENT Lukewarm or uncommitted Catholic need not apply. We're looking the ti w, the caring, the Mentoring These words come close to describing for parishioner participa- in one of the Diocese of Little Rock's and most ambitious programs -- Parish Mentoring Project. The goal of the program, which the Action Office unveiled in January, to help families move from welfare to a more satisfying position in soci- The diocese began the program alter elimil ated Aid to Families of Children and the Arkansas Assembly established in 1997 a to help people on welfare acquire them self-sustaining. Jess Pair, 68, of Christ the King Parish Smith, agrees that the Mentoring ! NS i D E child received life-saving treatment .... " ................. .p. 2 bishops accused of "spiritual abuse". ............................... p. 7 Project is not for the weak, "nor those who demand success." "We weren't asked to succeed," Pair, an accountant and Mentoring Team spokesman, said. "We were just asked to try." Frank Zanoff, 60, of St. Francis of Assisi in Fairfield Bay, said, "When you read the Gospels, this is what we're sup- posed to do. It shouldn't be anything extra. This is what Jesus expects us to do." Zanoff, a retired AT&T employee, is a deacon and a mentoring team member. Mamie Forte, 75, of St. Joseph Church in Pine Bluff, leads her parish's mentor- ing team. "It's just a pleasure to help these people because they need it; because it's part of our ministry to feed the poor and clothe the naked. We should all do this. It comes from my heart." She is a Eucharistic minister and retired from Sears after working 35 years as a person- nel director for the retail store. Teams in the three parishes have had varying Success with the program. The leaders talked about their efforts, but maintained confidentiality for the peo- ple they serve. The diocese started preparing for the program with a $30,000 grant in September 1997 from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, an See Welfare page 8 !! , !! !4-