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Cincinnati Catholic Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 20, 1983, Cincinnati, OhioFriday May 20.1983 152nd year no. 30 100 e. Eighth Street Cincinnati Ohio 45202 mphhm�p4o> to stress Devotion to Mary a touch of the class of 83 Xavier University a May 14 commencement exercises brought out the child in at least one senior who came prepared not Only to reflect seriously i the opportunities for learning Xuy had provided him but also the Good times he had experienced at the Cincinnati school Over the past four years. By father Kenneth j. Doyle Vatican City no the Vatican on May 17 released the program for Pope John Paul ii a june 16-23 trip to his native Poland a program which has a Strong spiritual tone emphasizing Marian devotions. The visit the Popes second to Poland during his pontificate will take the Pope to several of Poland a major cities including Warsaw Cracow wroclaw and Poznan and includes nine Public masses stops at several shrines and the crowning by the Pope of six Marian statues honoured by poles because of miracles attributed to Mary a intercession. The schedule does not specify whether the Pope will deliver a speech at All the Public ceremonies. If the Pope delivers speeches according to the pattern of previous trips he would give 16 to 20 Public addresses during the eight Day program notably fewer than during his 1979 visit. In 1979. During quieter and less tense Days in his Homeland the Pope gave More than 40 formal addresses. The Popes 1979 visit during which he strongly supported labor organizations Independent of the government is generally credited As a major Factor in generating the Pride and initiative which led a year later to the formation of the Independent labor Union Solidarity. Hie Advent of martial Law in Poland in december 1981 and the outlawing of Solidarity in november 1982 have provoked regular and sometimes violent confrontations Between polish citizens and their government. Vatican sources speculated that the number of the Popes Public appearances in his Homeland in june had to be limited at the demand of Poland a communist government. The schedule provides for the Popes final Day to be free of formal commitments. Vatican sources said that this Day would provide the Opportunity for the pontiff to meet individuals and groups of his choosing. A visit with Solidarity Leader Lech Walesa is not specified in the program but it would quite Likely come during that final Day and government leaders have told the press that they would be incapable of preventing such a meeting. Poland a president Henryk Jabiro Iski i scheduled to Welcome the pontiff upon his arrival in Warsaw from Rome june 16. Other government leaders Are scheduled to meet the Pope june 17 in Warsaw s Belvedere Palace. The schedule does not say whether gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski polish prime minister and head of the communist party will attend. On june 22 in Cracow the Pope is scheduled to beautify father Raphael Kalinowski a 19th-Century priest known for his skill and kindness As a confessor. Father Kalinowski gained his reputation As a confessor in Wadowicz the Small town near Cracow where the Pope was born. Gdansk the Baltic seaport which gave birth to the Solidarity movement is not among the papal stops but the schedule Calls for the Pope to dedicate a new Church in Nowa Huta an Industrial Center near Cracow which is a Solidarity stronghold. The schedule was released by the Vatican the same Day Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Gnu Zeno and Warsaw Cardinal fran Ciszek Macharski of Cracow and three other polish Bishops met in private audience with the Pope. Silence on nuclear Issue would be a betrayal Mansour Case conflicting views on obedience abortion ministry by Lis Schevtchuk no news service to Agnes Mary Mansour who was dispensed from her vows As a sister of mercy in order to keep her Job a director of Michigan a department of social services it was a Case of a a Freedom of conscience and commitment to other people Quot especially the but to the Vatican it was a Quot National scandal a a Case requiring Quot decisive action a and a source of confusion because the department the former nun runs handles abortion funding. Beyond the main matter of the government Job that then sister Mansour took in december 1982, were conflicting views on religious obedience and ministry. On one Side were is. Mansour and women religious critical of the Vatican a handling of the Case. On the other Side were Church authorities who said the vow of obedience religious make to the Pope was at Issue and that firm Steps a including Pope John Paul ii a personal intervention in the Case a were necessary because the abortion Issue is so important. Is. Mansour who had been a sister of mercy for 30 years before being granted a Dispensa Tion from vows May 9, was told by archbishop Edmund c. Sotar of Detroit to resign last february because she refused to criticize publicly state funding of abortion. She has said she is personally opposed to abortion but that As Long As it is Legal it would be unfair to deny funding to poor women who cannot afford it. Archbishop Szokan a order to her to resign was repeated May 9 by auxiliary Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua of Brooklyn n.y., who was named by the Vatican congregation for religious and secular institutes at the Popes directive to serve As its Delegate in the matter. When is. Mansour declined to resign Bishop Bevilacqua dispensed her from her vows. An earlier Appeal for a leave of absence granted by her order was denied by the Vatican. A High level Vatican source told no news in Rome that a leave of absence of sister Mansour a would have been just a game a trick to evade the issues because she would still have represented her religious Community. Quot this Case called for decisive action a the Vatican source said. Bishop Bevilacqua it it Aid May 11 that then sister Mansour had no Choice but to resign from the Sisters of mercy when her views of religious ministry conflicted with those of Church authorities. In the end Only one question was relevant he said a does a religious have a right to determine the nature of his or her ministry and occupation in the face of a specific contrary determination by Church authorities the churches answer has been and remains obedience figured in is. Man sours reasons for leaving the Sisters of mercy As Well. However while obedience to the poor was one reason she cited another was obedience to a vow of service to the poor and to her conscience. Quot of my four vows the vow of service to the poor sick uneducated and oppressed has always been the primary one for me and the one that has Given meaning to the other three vows including obedience a she said. She added that had she Quot agreed to Vatican demands i would have allowed in no Uncertain terms Church intrusion into state iffy hrs and catholics Wou Klace again be suspect and possibly denied the privilege of Public service. To be faithful to the Sisters of mercy my vows my Church and even god i must be faithful to myself and i furthermore must be free to be the Sisters of mercy Detroit province said they acknowledged is. Man sours dispensation from vows with Quot deep regrets and said that the procedures used in the Case Quot reflect neither respect nor mutuality and cannot therefore Occa Fisit a peace or the National administration of the Sisters of mercy of the Union said it is considering a canonical Appeal of the Case. A the experiences of the last three months demonstrate the need for reconciliation within the Church a said a May 11 statement from the mercy Sisters Central administration based in Silver Spring my. Notre Dame ind. No Quot the Church must be a participant in the process of protecting the world and its people from the spectre of nuclear destruction a said Cardinal Joseph l. Beraardine of Chicago in his May 16 commencement address at the University of notre Dame. Quot silence in this instance would be a betrayal of the churches Mission the Cardinal told tace audience of nearly 14,000 gathered for the University a 138th graduation exercises. Cardinal Bernardin received an honorary doctor Jurf. Laws degree at the ceremony. Discussing the pastoral letter Quot the Challenge of peace gods Promise and our response a which the . Bishops approved May 3 at a special meeting in Chicago Cardinal Bernardin said Quot the premise of the letter is that nuclear weapons and nuclear strategy constitute a qualitatively new moral problem. A from a moral tradition like ours which judges some but not All uses of Force to be morally legitimate the nuclear Era poses a profound a indeed a revolutionary a Challenge. The extreme scepticism of the pastoral regarding our ability to control any use of nuclear weapons is a pervasive influence throughout its policy analysis of use and deterrence a explained the Cardinal. Papal message backs Bishops peace efforts Washington no a Pope John Paul ii is praying for the . Bishops in their Quot efforts to proclaim the gospel in its fullness and to Foster peace in the world a said a Vatican Telegram delivered to the president of the National conference of Catholic Bishops archbishop John r. Roach of St. Paul Minneapolis recently. The Telegram signed by Cardinal Agostino Casaroli papal Secretary of state was sent in response to greetings to the Pope sent by the . Bishops As they gathered in Chicago May 2-3 to debate and Issue a National pastoral letter on War and peace and questions of nuclear deterrence. Here is the text of the Telegram to archbishop Roach Quot holy father was pleased to receive the message which you sent to him on behalf of the Bishops of the United states gathered in Chicago and he assures you of his prayers in your efforts to proclaim the gospel in its fullness and to Foster peace in the conciliation service offers holistic alternative to court by Shannon Flynn even if her Law school professor was joking Mary Walter Feltner was disturbed by his words Quot As attorneys you la be capitalizing on Peoples for a time that observation left is. Walter Feltzar questioning her Choice of profession a until she found a Way to prove her professor wrong. Now an attorney she directs the Christian conciliation service a a religiously oriented Agency established in Cincinnati less than a year ago to help individuals mediate disputes they might otherwise hire lawyers to Battle out in court. Forms. Walter Feltner the service allows her to exercise her Faith and her Legal training a but More than that it allows her to see participants in the process emerge from conflicts Quot healed rather than broken a a our court system is set up to resolve Only narrow Legal issues. Most of us however expect the courts to be healers of conflict a she told the Telegraph in a recent interview. Given the adversarial nature of court proceedings she continued a your courts do anything but heal the Christian conciliation service pcs was established in Cincinnati last fall. By december it began taking cages and has now handled More than 30, according to is. Walter Feltner a member of the College Hill presbyterian Church who helped set up the Cincinnati of fice. Nationwide the service is More than 30 years old has chapters in More than 60 cities and is sponsored by the interdenominational Christian Legal society. In a Cincinnati the has Only one. Is. Walter Felt a Quot disputants a flat1 which covers Prii Well As How business partnership which had already been in litigation for two years. Parties in the Case had not spoken re another since the is filed in 1980. W Metz now a traffic a station his former owed him when share of their As Well Asun of the 30 come before the most have Ini disputes divorce Well As custody include of sprites and Mediati olt of property arguments among neighbors or businessmen. To Date the most Complex Case has involved the dissolution of a one an the a Back productive amount of anger a they the us from stray or. Metz session was less promising and ended with or. Metz feeling discouraged. During the next month or. Metz prayed often and began to feel he should withdraw his claims against his former partners he said. A it he put his decision in writing and at his request a third mediation session was convened. At that session formal agreements were drawn up to resolve outstanding issues and the men decided to split already incurred court costs equitably. Or. Metz appreciates the impartiality of the mediators and the manner in which they handled the conflict. Quot they kept it Clear that this was our problem not theirs to pleased with the outcome of the process or. Metz said he now works As a consultant for his former partners. A conciliation is really a powerful instrument a he observed. More than 60 mediators or Quot peacemakers were trained at workshops held last year at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and mercy Center. Nevertheless is. Walter Feltner says More volunteers Are always needed. Quot As a mediator you have to go into the proceedings with an attitude of prayer a noted Annette Kreiner a Para Legal in the real estate division of a prestigious Cincinnati Law firm who was a panellist in or. Metz Scase. A the a Espin Sivility i mediation provided by the Christian conciliation service has received the support of local judges she noted adding that in general judges Are increasing the cases they refer to mediation. Father r. Daniel Conlon clerk of the archdiocesan due process Board also Speaks favourably about the conciliation service and sees potential applications of its approach in disputes involving archdiocesan personnel. A no one can argue with the concept behind the conciliation service he says which he commends for its consideration of the people a their relationships As Well As the specifics of the conflict. Despite its name Christian conciliation service it is available to anyone regardless of religious orientation stressed is. Walter Feltner. The name she explained reflects the organizers conviction that As followers of Christ we Are called to a put ourselves on the line to be As Christ was a a reconcile of information about the Christian conciliation service is available by calling 751-8373.

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