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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC DECEMBER 9, 1990 PAGE 7 ic Bishop Howard Hubbard: women." "friends and supporters" of tile Chief police stood outside the convent to ,d Catholics don't need Work for "affordable day-care cen- Minister, who opposed English as a prevent intervention by local police. ters, shelters for the victims of domestc medium of instruction in schools and Tile court has asked the state au- nt Pastoral to combat violence and guaranteed alimony pay- colleges in the state, thorities to respond within six weeks. .it sexism in Church merits for a woman and her childrenThe petition maintains that tile The petition also demanded a transfer Ln when a marriage has failed." school, run by Franciscan Sisters of Our of tile case to New Delhi with a direc- * "Mobilize to condemn pornography Lady of Grace, a Meerut diocesan tion to complete a trial within six 1 Albany, NY (CNS) - Catholics don tandmedia.,the exploitation of women in the congregation, Was misunderstood by months. ae Uadav s supporters as challenging his need to wait for a U.S. bishops pastoral * Promote sound marriage and family poli, cy. better to begin values "in all of our Church-related pro- Consequently, the local criminals, in 0 0 O 0 6 LP lighting the evils grams, services and policies." a" 0fseMsm, Bishop * Do more to "provide alternative to league with the local authorities, at- -- -- -- 7 " ...... ic"I'IOward j. I'Iubbard of AI- abortion, post-abortion counseling and tacked the convent and raped two support groups for the separated, di- nuns, the petition says, alleging that the .e hany said in his vorced and widowed." ,u' digcesan newspa- * Work more closely with women re- .,B . ,- A b, per, The Evange- ligious and "continue our superb com- I 'l .me gzJt.l atm3orms I e llst. "It is impera- v~ mitment" to support retired nuns. ~11tire for the Hesaidin his second statement that I~~ tU _~ 1~~~ I ,ff Church in our there are "three other major concerns of of diocese to react many women" which the church in Albany t media rely" BIshop Hubbard cannt, reslve n its wn' but which need I ----A PIe as esend ag; ==r pt :n 2 :'-- ............ " lll against the forms ,, robe 'addressed in an open, candid and , of inequality, discrimination and patent constructive fashion. abuses" women suffer in society and in Th, ese, he said, are: II the Church," he said. * The exclusion of women from or- ] Name In a separate statement he urged seri- dained ministry." I Zq I! G'r'%~,~..,,,.;,o,,oo i Addres I I . Us, prayerful study and dialogueon is- * ""Certain aspects of the Church's ] k 11 SUes of women in the Church that "areteaching on human sexuality, in ,particu- CI beyond the capacity of any one bishop, lar its teaching on birth control. diocese or group of persons to resolve " * The ordination-jurisdiction linkage ] [State Zip _ [[ because they involve questions of univer- in Church law, which excludes women ~ L_ _~~~ ~ Z-~~._] ] lal Church teaching or law. from "certain administrative or decision- RCel;iogb'usa? _~ A ~rd--'vviTE~TanTy'o'u~gZ -- -- , Hubbard issued the two statements making responsibilities, because they are I ! fo d / following an announcement that a pro. not eligible to be ordained. ~ Mall toP O Box 7417 Little Rock. AR 7ZZlT__] POsed national pastoral letter on the He said a "credible, persuasive, heal- 'c011cerns of women, originally slated for ing and growth-orientated" resolution of I~~ 1 debate and vote at the bishops' mid- those issues is possible only if they are :NOVember meeting, would be delayed-studied and discussed "in an atmosphere ,because the Vatican has asked the bishops of civility, mutual respect and trust, NConsultwith other bishops conferences prayerfulness and confidence in the before completing the document, guidance and inspiration of the Holy While the eventual outcome of the Spirit." . ational project is up in the air, he said, lie urged his people to "pursue the l " g the Arkansas Christian community treating / / psychiatric & substance abuse issues witti a professional, / . I helieve that there are certain findings concerns of women with the seriousness / balanced pr0gram of clinical and spiritual c e. : that have emerged.., which are irrefutable they deserve and with the sincere willing- / ~d certain specific recommendations (in ness to allow the spirit of God's wisdom | -- the latest draft of the document) which to break down the sexism which has / "Find out about the [dYING | :'ust be implemented, shackled us." I K/ BV' 8; / Among findings he cited the :employ- / HOPE Difference," , ientandeducationalinequifies that fall [ LOV Q (uates'''earea) / [ I,proportionately on women, especially Petiti0n alleges police ~VIV[~V[-~ Medical DirectorandFounder / l~moritv women, and the del~radafion of anda Stephens, MD, .~en "by physical abuse and incest in collusion [] Palle 0! 111818 R0 7 ,0s / the home, sexual harassment in the /(( }l atDoctorsHospital,500S.Univer- ly, Suite121 / rkplace and rape and pornography in / 663-HOPE0r1 OPE(Nati0rlw ) 'l Le wider society. New Delhi, India (CNS) - The Su- SOciety's sexism is "all too frequently preme Court of India has received a \ ) in the Church," he added, and petition alleging police collusion in the 'women relate how often they feel undervalued and trivialized by eao~rs.~ = ' Without waiting for a national state- :at from the bishops, Hubbard said, officials and people of the Albany can: ; 11 ~p :, romote the equality of the sexes" l a Preaching, teaching and Church prac- i: rice. * "Sensitize our priests" and other to women's "unique needs, gifts charisms" and make an ability to work with women "an essential quali[ica- for ministry within our diocese." ~en to women" all "ministries not ordination." inclusive language" wherever appropriate. Advocate "Church and societal poll- support just remuneration for July 13 rape of two nuns in their con- vent in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The petition seeks a federal probe into the rape and robbery at St. Mary's Convent in Gajraula about 70 miles east of New Delhi, reported UCA news, an Asian Church news agency based in Hong Kong. UCA News did not say who filed the petition. The Supreme Court sent notices to the Chief Minister, to the chief home secretary, a police officer of Gajraula and to a government hospital surgeon. The convent attack, which evoked widespread condemnation from Church and women's groups in the country, is being investigated by the state police department. The petition to the Supreme Court alleges that the rape was committed by LAMPS LAMPSHADES REPAIRS 5608 R Street Little Rock, AR 72207 501/666-2628 "Pete' Zakrzewski Fran Yaniger