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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta JL2 IBTHBRIDGS HERALD Saturday, June 1, Pope Paul carries burden too great for happiness This month Paul VI will complete 10 years as Pope. having been elected on 21 June, 196o. For the Roman Church it has been a tumul- tuous decade in which tradi- tional disciplines have been loosened and the ancient cer- tainties of the Church have been diluted. These were partial conse- quences of the Second Vati- can Council .which was con- vened by his predecessor, Pope John, and which turn- ed into one of the greatest confrontations of minds and consciences in all religious history. Patrick O'Donovan writes an assessment of the lonely and tormented man and liis task. This is the first of five articles to appear in the Re- ligion section of The Her- ald. By PATRICK O'DONOVAN London Observer Giovanni Battista Montini is the Bishop of Rome. Give or take a few of doubtful vali- dity, he is Number 260 in that astonishing line of saints, sin- ners, civil servants, career clerics and even soldiers. He is also, of course, the Pope in the Roman Catholic Church, but he is the PorJ3 be- causo he is the Bishop of Rome. There are bishoprics as old as his in the Middle East and his is only one of the great patriarchates that were said to be founded by Antioeh and Alexandria. But Rome was given the place of honor because it was traditionally the See of the sen- ior apostle, St. Peter, and also because it was at the time the centre of the known world. A very large number of Christians who would not ac- cept his authority or some of his doctrines would still accept him as a sort of presiding bis- hop in the Christian world. They would give him "primacy of honor though not of jurisdic- SAND f GRAVEL k ASPHALT k TOLLESTRUP T SAND AND GRAVEl Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE 4 Servant of the servants of God But there are claims to dater them. INHERITED The claims Pope Paul inher- ited when he was elected 10 years ago are colossal. They are outranked possibly only by those Eastern teachers and mystics who claim to be ac- tual reincarnations of God. He claims not only a terrible authority but also the rarely declare infalli- bly on matters of faith and morals. The old clinching tag in matters of dispute was "Rome has spoken; the mat- ter is ended." He still claims to be head of a universal church and his claim is probably the greatest stumbling block in tire path of the reunion of the churches. His titles include not only Servant of the Servants of God but Vicar of Christ on Earth. His, in fact, is an ab- solute monarchy. There is no constitution to limit his action, except perhaps the scriptures, Notice The public is invited to meet with the City Council to discuss matters pertaining to Civic Affairs. Any person interested in making statements to or asking questions of Council may appear at a Public Meeting to be held in the Council Chamber on Monday, June 4, at P.M. JOHN GERLA City Clerk and he is in a special position to interpret those. He is responsible to no one, except his God and the immense elaboration of the funeral rites that accompany a dead Pope are, perhaps, a recognition of the weight and danger of this responsibility. The fact that he can claim infallibility does not mean that he can do no wrong, not make appalling political errors, and not from time to time issue confident orders that have to be rescinded by a successor. VIOLENCE But there is no machinery for deposing him though some of Paul's predecessors were removed by violence, and there is a hidden passage all the way from the Vatican to the Castel San Angelo so that he can escape to that great round fortress in times of dan- ger. The present Pope is not in danger not even from the Latin Mass Society though there has been one sad, mad aHpmpt made upon his life. He is supported by the Col- lege of Cardinals and a civil service in Rome, all of which is known as the Curia and is usually looked on with some suspicion by Northern Catho- lics. He also has a large diplo- matic corps to keep him in- formed and to look after the in- terests of his flocks. All these are in effect a very real limit to his powers of innovation. They represent the weight of tradition, and a Pope cannot easily chuck his cap over a windmill one morn- ing. Pope John XXIII did just this when, of his own initiative, he called the Second Vatican Council, but having done this he listened, he had to listen, to his advisers. This built-in in- ertia, or mechanical governor, must be remembered when the Pope seems at times less than or to be over- compromising. SOVEREIGN He is also a temporal sover- eign over a miniscule territory of churches, palaces, museums, ministries, radio station, sup- ermai'ket and gardens in the middia of the City of Rome. This civil service, this sover- eignty is meant to ensure his total independence of any civil government. Before the French Revolu- tion, the Catholic kings and emperors used almost to run their own national churches, to appoint their bishops, and even to interfere in papal elections where the Holy Spirit is meant to be sovereign. To the same end he is sur- rounded by fantastic pomp. Pope Paul's private life is both simple and lonely, and some of the greater pomps have been reduced. His Noble Guard has been dismissed. Great silver trumpets no longer sound from the dome of St. Peter's when he enters. Great fans at the end of long poles no longer wave beside him in public, fans that came from Persia by way of Byzan- tium. Monkey see, monkey do Painting, like monkeys, can be fun, but Sherry Lloyd found out fast this week that the two don't mx. Sherry was sprucing up the children's zoo at Vancouver's Stan- ley Park Gardens in preparation for its June 1 opening. Sheila, a Gibbon, almost beat the brush into the paint can. Food prices may soften OTTAWA (CP) Food prices should not increase at the same levels as last year and "may soften a bit'1 in the next six months, President Harold Knif- ton of 1GA Canada Ltd., pre- dicted Thursday. Speaking to reporters after a session in the Commons food price commilte, Mr. Kniftan said food costs seem to bs stab- lizing after rising 12.9 per cent in the last 12 months. But despite the increase, he told the committee, food costs are not out-of-line. Wage in- creases, world and domestic food shortages, inadequate sup- plies of fresh produce and beef and a rising demand contrib- uted to the rise in costs. WANTED SCRAP IRON NOW PAYING MORE FOP ALL TYPES OF SCRAP METAL Farm Industrial Anything Made of Iron! COPPER BRASS RADIATORS BATTERIES CAST IRON Truck Loads Carloads Truck Scales Magnet Crane Service National Salvage Company LIMITED NEW LOCATION 206 33rd Street North Phone 328-1721 "Scrap is Our Business" Man in the news: Irish elect gentle chief New York Times Service DUBLIN Though the shad- ow of the grim civil war of 50 years ago hangs over the next president of Ireland, Erskine Hamilton Childers is at 67 a rather gentle, refined gentle- man, whose chief apoeal, es- pecially to women, is his air of cultivation and tact. He is also a Protestant in a country that is 95 per cent Ro- man Catholic. In one sense that may have helped his cause: the Southern Irish felt it would be a nice gesture to Northern Ire- land to elect a Protestant presi- dent. Childers is a somewhat dis- tant man. He seems unfitted to the rough nature of Irish poli- tics. His English accent and style are frequently mimicked by his political opponents. He created some amusement among his opponents by saying that he would install a "think tank" in the presidential resi- dence in Phoenix Park, Dublin, a stately Georgian house once occupied by the former British rulers. In one respect, though, he dif- fers from the republic's three previous presidents: he does not speak Irish, also called Gaelic. BACKGROUND The Childers family has a long background in English and Irsih politics. In 1872, Hugh Childres won a byelection in Yorkshire, the first held in Brit- ain under a secret ballot, and went on to become secretary for war, chancellor of the ex- chequer and home secretary in the Gladstone government. Childer's father, also named Erskine, had a long involve- ment with reform policies for Ireland and he eventually com- mitted himself to the violent Irish Republic cause. In the civil irfjh Press, as advertising war lie was a publicity organ- izer for the Irish Republican Army and was captured by the forces of the free state govern- ment, sentenced in a military court and shot in November, 1922. The day before his execution he saw his son and told him never to speak of the civil war or his execution, to shake the hands of the executioners, and to do nothing that would cre- ate bitterness. By common con- sent, Childers has largely car- ried out his father's wishes. HYPNOSIS His mother was MayAlden Osgood, the daughter of a Bos- ton, Mass, physician, the first man to use hypnosis in an American hospital. Thus, Chil- ders, like the outgoing presi- dent, Eamon De Valera, is half American. Childers was born in London, Dec. 11, 1905. H e went to a private school in England and took an honors history degree at Trinity College, Cambridge. Then he was Paris man- ager of a travel agency be- fore Joining De Valer's new newspaper in Dublin, The ager. He was elected to parliament in 1938, and has had long ex- perience in government posts, holding the ministries of mails, transport and health under three premiers. He has been married twice. His first wife, Rutto Ellen Dow, was a Protestant and a daugh- ter of a British general. They were married in 1925 white he was still at Cambridge. There are two sons and two daughters of this marriage. After her death he married Rita Dudley, a Catholic, in 1952. They one daughter. INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO ROSSITER AGENCIES 1TD. ESTABLISHED 1911 lowtr Fleer 517 4th Ave. 327-1541 CURRIE'S FINE FOODS I CATC OPEN 7 DAYS IEHIO A WEEK and A.M. TO P.M. Fresh 1516 9th Avt- s- _ BETWEEN THE TWO Produce HOSPITALS I wonder where I can get the hitch in my 'git-along fixed? MINUTB MUFFLER INSTALLATIONS 308 4th St. S. Phone 327.8888 Open daily S a.m. to 6 p.m. THE 15-25 GOLF CLUB NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW! Lethbridge weather upset our plans a dry fail and a dry spring have prevented the seeding of fairways We are f :d to install a sprinkler system this year Your donations are needed to enable us to get the job done An investment in youth recreation will pay big dividends in our community Within 2 years over 500 teenagers will be members of this club They will be in a healthy, outdoor activity for 10 to 20 hours a week They will develop skills, sportsmanship and honesty They will be helped and supervised by skilled, dedicated adults r FILL IN, CLIP AND MAIL THIS PLEDGE FORM LETHBRIDGE and DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION ASSOCIATION (15-25 GOLF BOX 471, LETHBRIDGE As my donation to the Association, I pledge the following sum Name of Donor Address J WHAT KIND OF DONATION IS NEEDED? Donations have ranged from to Your donation is welcome whatever the size 0 If you donate you may name a student to be a Charter Member. This gives him Free Membership in the club until the end of 1974 and a Charter Member Certifi- cate. students have donated students have donated schools have projects going to raise funds is a youth Golf Club in every Junior and Senior High School 1525 GOLF COURSE Project of the LfTHBRIDGE AND DISTRiCT YOUTH RECREATION ASSOCIATION Arta acres Lease from City of Lethbridge for per year DONATIONS ARE CHARITABLE DONATIONS ;