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PAGE 6 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC DECEMBER 9, | 990 Church ignores rural Bur ar chair of the Sociology De- partment at Benedictine College in society, sociologist says Atchison, KS, is co-author ofa ]O8O report following up research initiated in the Notre Dame Study of Parish Life, St. Louis (CNS)- The Catholic a project probing contemporary Church reflects secular society in ig- noring conditions in rural America, according to sociologist Gary Burkhart. 3aere's a suburban bias today," said Burkhart in an interview With the St. Louis Review. "Most of the orientation, if not resources and attention, goes to suburban and city areas." Catholic parish life. The study found that historically the Church hierarchy has addressed the needs of urban ethnic groups and overlooked those of rural and small town Catholics, despite the fact that one-third of all U.S. Catholics live in rural areas and small towns with fewer than 50,000 people. In the last few years, the Church has begun to take a look at the rural areas and design programs addressing such problems as the rise in poverty, alco- holism and drug abuse, domestic vio- lence and crime in rural America, Burkhart said. There have been setbacks, however, when urban-type programs have been imposed by "bishops and people who staff chanceries who are urban-oriented. The programs often don't fit the needs of the people there." The basic issues "on the Catholic side" of talks are papal primacy and authority, the doctrine of infallibility, "and the differences we have in oUr recognition of holy orders on the part of our separated brethren," Flanagan said. While the issues pose "problems," he said, they are under discussion in the various dialogues. "The Anglican and,the Luther) dialogues, particularly on the interna" tional level, have been unusually sue cessful," he said According to government statistics,While Anglicans and Catholics ree C the ten million impoverished rural ognize the need for some kind of sty Pfiifip om lete [ Americans constitute 18 percent of all preme authority within the church, In the 1{" P 1 ] people who live outside metropolitan Flanagan said, "they don't seem to agree " Sp ngdak/ I Travel | areas. One-fourth of rural children live in the way in which the Catholic Churcl} Jtll J Fayettevillt I . . | in poverty, exercises that authority, but in theOrY ~. area, caffusforIArrangements I/ Major problems include unemploy- they accept the need for this kind of Fr- affyourreaE / I/ ment, dilapidated housing, .supreme authority if they're goingt ~~~ ~ estate needs. I II [ " New. or [0business or BOB PETERS, ereI homelessness, hunger, poor health care have any unity." t 0t ~'~llpremousty ~ , 0wner/Manager / d Anglicans also recognize the EucM [ a[ owne mes, l pleasure ---- / an, a lack of educational opportunities, rist as Catholics do 'with a few exceV i th ; ...... : i. also apartments - -, IO majorcredJt cards i ,, " tions, one of them being that Anghc~ [ ' ] on =w= ~,.=j ~ j d nt accept that the sacrament C# l: ~t ana renta I " ted t .B'shops hear report, msue no statement be kept in reserve in churches ft] u prayer, Flanagan said. x Merliur, orie ' The ecumenical movement is .aliVe: [di even while it lags at times," and it sh~~ ~ ht Rome (CNS) - Yugoslavian bishops fers from "apathy and selling it to ~ [-ta $pringdale, AR 72;64 ! 9107 R0dney Parham Rd.,. | heard a report Nov. 27-28 from a com- people to get them involved, he sal' I ' "I don t think that the fact that u, ] k Suite 5 Little Rock) mission investigating the alleged Marian, .he i apparitions at Medjugorje, but decided council put so much emphasis on tic i Pt not to issue an immediate statement on movement has really gotten over to 1 'eel the controversial events there. , . : c broad mass of neonle, he stud. ; | ,. I1 " " ," ~'C ~ "@q !)3 N 198i when six children claimed they seriously to heart. But up to now, i d0~ I ~ were having daily visions of Mary. Since then, Medjugorje supporters say, Mary think we've been able to get out | :L appearances have continued on a regular basis. , Most members of a diocesan inves- ONt tEN' tigative panel concluded that the events were not supernatural, but their report " 'S i] was never pubhshed. At the Vaucan 8300 Midland request, a nationwide commission of Fort Smith [i Yugoslavian Church and medical ex- perts was convened in 1987 tO further study the events. The commission pre- 78,"-3108 11 sented an extensive report to the i II bishops in November. In 1984 and 1987, the Yugoslavian bishops asked for an end to organized Lindy Cotner )J Church pilgrimages to Medjugorje. The : request was reiterated last May in a let-[ iiiii ili ii ii!i!!i ill ter from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, i , ,, 1248 South 28th Street Van Buren, AR 72956 (501) 474-5036 FAX (501) 474-3911 Polyethylene bags Liners Sheets BEN GOSEY, PRESIDENT head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Pilgrims, including many priests, continue to flock to Medjugorje from around the world. Ecumenism getting down to "nitty-gritty" By NeLl R Isakson Worcester, MA (CNS) - Dialogues between the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations are "getting down to the real nitty-gritty" of the fundamental beliefs that divide them, according to retired Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan of Worcester. Parmh secretaries,. Ill Remember to send, yui" P:r!py :fileti I ii P. O. Box 7417 mock I!i 72217 tli