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December 7, 1962

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In Local Talk Councii'00 Work Won'f Bring Overnighf Changes, Arkansas Theologian Says Wynne, Ark. -- Referring to changes that might result from the Ecumenical Council, an , Arkansas theologian who teach- es at St. John's Home Missions t African beat provided a Seminary, has declared that accompaniment to "none of these changes will of Gospel en- come about overnight." at a Mass offered Ethiopic Rite in St. The Rev. Everett A. Ball- mann, professor of Theology from the Pontif- and Sacred Scripture at the )ian College chanted classical Ethiopian lan- Little Rock seminary, spoke on of Ge'ez to the accom- topics that are under discus- of African drums, sion for possible change, at a and rhythmic hand clap- meeting of 67 women from as the Gospel was en- eastern Arkansas parishes in by Archbishop Asrate Forrest City, West Memphis, Yemmeru of Addis Helena, McCrory, Marianne, Crawfordsville and Wynne. , . . They gathered at St. Peter's parish here recently for an :lIario Fontana of Rome Eastern Deanery meeting o1' new director of Health the D.C.C.W. of the Vatican, but his does not include the Father Ballman said that )ersonal physician to "some of the proposed changes Pope John XXIII. will be left up to the discretion of the hierarchy ef a particular - the death of Dr. Filippo country. The attitude of the Whom Dr. Fdntana suc- people wilt be one of the chief the Pope has been at- by Dr. Antonio Gasbar- Bologna. Pontana, who was born in 1963. Its is president of the ol l)eeonfl)(r 11, 1903, HOSl)ital Association of Rome. a staff doctor of the Vatican's health services since John Thanks Little Rock See Toward Council Costs hence Amleto G. Cardinal Ci- cognani, Vatican secretary of state, was received in the of- fice of His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher here a few days ago, expressing the Pon- tiff's "sincere thankfulness." The $8,000 was delivered per- Rock--The Diocese of Rock has received an Blessing from His Pope John XXlII for contributed to him to the cost of the Sec- Council. signed by His Emi- Pine Bluff in Pine Bluff Quality & ReliabilitY" For Over 55 Years We Give & Redeem S & H Green Stamps Requiescat Our firm is particularly equipped to serve Catholic Families. ' FUNERAL CHAPEL Cherry Street at 8th Ave. Robinson & Son Mortuary Pine Bluff  Since 1890  Phone JE 4-3131 Affiliated With Robinson's Co-operative Burial and Life Insurance Dependable Protection concerns in putting changes in- to practices", he said. "We are all creatures of habit and we all become ac- customed to the habitual or traditional way of doing things, whether it be in our daily work or in the way we worship God. This is a universal weakness and makes any change dif- ficult," he continued. Father Ballmann said that "no bishop is going to intro- duce changes, no matter how beneficial they may be in themselves, if he realizes that they may confuse, disturb or scandalize a considerable num- ber of the Faithful. However, we have been praying for months 'that the decisions of the Council may find us gen- erous in assent and prompt in fulfillment' [" The Little Rock priest, who also explained some of the pro- posed changes in the liturgy, holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Catholic Univer- sity of America in Washington, D.C. and a Licentiate in Itoly Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. Since the first part of the Mass is "essentially instruction- al", Father t]alhnann pointed out, it has been suggested that: it be conducted from the pul- pit. "The readings from Scrip- ture and the prayers are to in- struct and prepare the congre- gation for the Holy Sacrifice," he said, "Itowcver, with the pagsage of time, tim instruc- tional aspect of the Mass de- sonally to the Vatican by Bish- op Fletcher who is attending the ecumenic council. The money was donated by the Faithful in a special collection taken up in all churches in Ark- ansas on October 7, nine days after tim Bishop left for Rome. The text of the letter follows: Your Excellency, "The Second Vatican Ecu- menical Council now meeting in Saint Peter's Basilica at the invitation of tlis tIoliness Pope John XXIII is a most import- ant event in the history of the Church, and the Holy Father has expressed the prayerful hope that its decisions 'will have the effect not only of shedding the light of Christian wisdom and supplying strength and ardor to the hearts and minds of individuals, but also of permeating the whole range of human activities'. "Such an assemblage of all the Bishops of the Universal Church, accompanied by ex- perts and advisers, entails no small expenditure for the Holy See, and the Sovereign Pontiff is heartily grateful to those of His Brothers and children who thoughtfully contribute to the fund set aside for this purpose. He therefore directs me to acknowledge with cordial ap- preciation and express His sin- cere thankfulness for the muni- ficent offering of eight thou- sand dollars, which Your Excel- lency has placed at His disposal /' with this intention in mind. "In pledge of a rich recom- pense of choice graces and -.: favors for such devoted attach- ment to His person and genei'- ous concern for the See of Peter, the Holy Father lovingly , imparts to Your Excellency, and to the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Little Rock, A His special paternal Apostolic Blessing." ! SHAFFER HALEY, Inc. Real Estate - Insurance Sales - Loans - Rentals 118 South Pine Pine Bluff ' Arkansas Phone: JE 5-0410 creased with increasing ignor- ance of the Latin language. Thus, it has been proposed that the fore-Mass be given its true instructional character by re- turning it to the pulpit and to a language understood by all," he explained. "Another area which calls for a change in attitude is Holy Scripture", regarding differ- ences between the so-called 'Catholic' a n d 'Protestant' bibles. All the books of the Bible are being given their due place in the Canon of Sacred Scripture, he said after explain- ins the confusion in IIoly Scrip- ture that resulted from the de- rogation of certain books by Martin Luther and other here- ties. "We have heard of the seven books which the 'reformers threw out' and we are familiar with the fact that Luther refer- red to the Epistle of St. James as 'an epistle of straw'," Father Ballmann asserted. But now, he said, the books are finally being given their due place. For ex- ample, "The Complete Bible," published by the University of Chicago Press, and the "le- vised Standard Version". "Certainly there are still dif- ferences in the Bible but they are becoming more academic rather than theological" he said. "In fact, in the future we may adopt a common transla- tion of the Bible for everyone, Catholics and Protestants. This has already been done in some countries." DEC. 7, 196213 THE GUARDIAN Pine Bluff J. E. BOYCE AGENCY All Forms of Insurance Real Estate Sales 612 W. 6th Street Phone JE 4-7041 Pine Bluff, Ark. LEA'S MEN'S STO00:E National Advertised Brands The Better Clothing For Men Phone JE 4-0381 322 Main St. Pine Bluff Arkansas THE PERDUE COMPANY, Inc. PRINTING - STATIONERY Office Supplies & Equipment Pine Bluff Arkansas [ 00hainberq's W , L'2 , IJ.* Jefferson Square Pine Bluff, Arkansas For the Best in Shoe Repair, Quality Materials and Workmanship .... 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