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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas December i wnut i laOu Catholic Church must respond to major changes in society AP The Roman Catholic Church has had to respond to some unexpected changes in but it must continue to do says the Steven director of the Catholic University of Americas National Center for Family Studies in was part of a pro gram on Families and conducted recently at the Franciscan Renewal Center In t think the Catholic like all has had a strong In terest in family and he There have been major changes in our lifetime that people didnt Those changes have had a dramatic effect on the he its women That change alone affected the family in all kinds of The rising divorce rate was another change that the church did not he With this came an increased number of singleparent the majority of which are headed by The church must also address the elderly Preister The steady decline in the number of those entering religious life had also caught the church off he said There simply will not be enough The Catholic Church in the United States is in the forefront in respon ding to these Preister Largely because of the efforts in the church in the United the church has changed its requirements on marriage he people who divorced felt they had no place in the Catholic they dont feel that in the church as a whole granted only 300 marriage an but In and every year since annulments a year have been he But there still are problems with Preister One of the problems with an nulments is most people dont understand I dont think were do Ing enough to Only about 10 percent of divorced Catholics file for Divorced Catholics need to be educated on the new requirements for he Annulments are handled differently from diocese to the process should be handled like a pastoral ministry by the which should help the individual recover from the he Some treat it like a pastoral and others treat it like a court he Because of the increase in the divorce the churcli now re quires a couple to attend a marriage preparation class before they can be married by a Marriage preparation helps couples address things that they otherwise wouldnt couples who have taken It say they would go for help now If their mar riage was in and they pro bably wouldnt have done It If they hadnt taken the j To help the the church Is becoming involved in programs of such as Meals on the priest To combat the shortage of the church is giving more respon sibility to the he pointed The church also has shifted In Its attitude toward he ding it had once refused to condone women working outside the Now it has encouraged a just wage for women who are In the church has become concerned about the femlnizatlon of Preister i i The largest problem for single parents is The majority of these households are headed by If she is she isrtt going to make as much as a The men out of the by and do not help support the The church Is concerned about how many women are living in On the issue of fair the church first had to look in its own back Preister said The Catholic Church in the United States employs 2 million Increasing a diocese is looking at its pay scale for The first thing we have to do is look at how we are pay ing our women Appalachian religion primitive AP In coping with poverty and a sense of Appalachians adopt a escapist religion like that of downtrodden people in the Third a researcher Poor people in both areas tend to worship in ways that afford them a little power in an otherwise mean spirited and uncaring says Mary Lee a and former theology professor in West She is examining the religious similarities between the two groups for a their worship ceremonies in clude exercising power over animals they consider evil tarantulas in South America and snakes in Ap she who has worked with the Knoxvillebased Commis sion on Religion in Appalachia to prepare pastors to work in the 13 State regions rugged and remote also studied religion in Brazil for five years as a Presbyterian educational She described life in both regions as simple and surrounded by power structures that are flexing more authority over them while becoming more indifferent to their Continued from Page 5A residence at Baylor told a convention of Texas Baptists that Southern Baptists are middle to uppermiddle class Americans who have isolated themselves from the Although churches need he weve gone providing all sorts of facilities family life bowling saunas and Thousands who drive by those buildings every day are angry at the injustice those buildings he We as individuals need to learn what it means to invest our lives in people and in the word of Officials urges rejection of death penalty WASHINGTON AP Declaring Catholic bishops are deeply troubled by trends indicating a shrinking respect for an official of the Catholic Conference has urged Congress to reject extension of capital punishment to the federal Theres a sense of powerlessness both in the Third World and in Ap in not being able to own land or have any say about mineral she theres an increasing cycle of poverty that is going on in both The tax base is there are fewer health fewer government People in both areas therefore adopt a religion that offers them an escape from their grim surroundings and an outlet for their need for con trol over their she ad ding There are certain ways in which they reach out for a sense of being worth They move toward an escapist form of For in our region theres a larger attendance at Pentecostal with highly almost erotic religious You also see that in Latin where theres a more primitive worship as a way of cop ing with their Daugherty says poor people in Brazil conduct religious ceremonies with tarantulas and which they believe represent When in youd see fire speaking in spiritual operations with the laying on of Thats not too dissimilar in some of the rural churches The serpent is a symbol of evil but also of death and They focus their anxieties on the serpent and then reach take up the serpent and conquer by not being bitten and so they do have a sense of having power and being lov ed by That really is the phenomenon that you witness in both Selftaught religious leaders in both regions reflect their peoples more literal and personalized inter pretations of rather than any in tellectual she says and adds I would say the predominant religious coalitions are self selfstarted churches which have indigenous They are selfappointed and usually have no theology She says that because rural chur ches in both world regions have no formal congregations gathei at yards and wherever they can to Continued from Page 5A greatest Jesus still work ing in around and through us to establish the kind of peace that can not be baked or It is the success of God using Christmas to get the message across that can make even the exchange department at the store not so bad when the gift didnt it This Christmas so many people are willing to give ol themselves for the site of others that Its beginning to a lot lifce everywhere you go May this Christmas season and the New Year be what God basin store for you so that you will be what God store for a special gift all wrapped up to By LANNY and BOB BENSON presented by First Baptist Sanctuary Choir SUNDAY 15 at PM 14K GOLD JEWELRY OUR ENTIRE STOCK OF FIVE SHELLJEWELRY Count on Bealls to bring you more than halfprice savings on 14Kgold right before Come choose from a dazzling array of charms and Originally SALE SPECIAL PURCHASE SERPENTINE CHAINS The flexible favorites in necklaces and Necklace Bracelet Sijyin tp Sunday te i F Jl 1 jfejQ FJE to fiuwtoy I i i I
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