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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Hard lo tell one. world how other world lives Saturday, Junt 1, 1972 THE UTHSRIOGI HERALD XT ,J Fiery RC priest tells of poverty in Latin America slums i i_ .1__u KIT ntLmS. kina rlAnmnifAiH rnn- In thlTlk SH.Q 3Cl. S3IQ tllO 1 bllt GVGH til By JOSEPH MacSWKGN MONTREAL (CP) The ,iery lillle priest said lie was called away from the confes- sional in his Peruvian mission one night because "someone SAND GRAVEL ASPHALT 4 TOLIESTRUP A SAND AND GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. A PHONE 328-2702-327-3610 A died and they wanted me lo say a response, a prayer." Rev. Enrique Angelo Ca- macho went into a chest-high- packed single-room dwelling, no worse than countless fncrs in Latin American slums. A 22 year-old woman, dead from giv- ing birth to her fiftli child, lay amid blood, filth, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, flies and staring kid- dies and neighbors. "I'm don't know what to the priest mum- bled. Outside he found words and spoke them to the sky: "If You give me a chance, I'll change tlus goddam place. If You ever condemn any of these be luncheon address here on "the role of the Calholic church In the development and libera- tion of Latin said in an interview earlier that talk about lite afler dealh is fine, but "a life afler birth" is the vain dream of millions. His spcecti to the Canadian Association of Latin American Studie; came under the 34th an- nual meeting of Canada's Learned Sacielies, in the midsl of two-week sessions. HAW) TO FIND WORDS "The difficulty is to find the words to tell one world how the other world lives." said the 39- year-old Dominican, last of 15 children born to a Portuguese-1 American couple in Boston. Father Camacho, who hasj lived in Peru seven years and acts as adviser to two fishing and agrarian dis- missed with an impatient shake of Ihe head Ihe question of priestly celibacy, which troubles the church in some countries. "I call Chimhotc. where 1 j live, my bitcl he said. i As lor Ihe church's attitude on birth control, he declared: "The workers say their lives are already controlled and now somebody wanls to control Hie wombs of their women. You don't eliminate misery by elimi naling the miserable. 1 believe in planned parenthood, but it has to be a human decision, not something a computer gives oul." Father Camacho. who holds degrees in philosophy and has sludied sociology and trade un- ionism as well as co-operatives, recalled in his prepared speech j that Latin American bishops I have denounced oppressive con- ditions and called on the faithful to become actively involved in change. Groups of priests, religious and laymen, termed everything from "progressives" to "sub- some of them em- bracing Marxist analysis, have embarked on social projects. "It is a fact that today in Latin America these small groups are causing many people Father Camacho. delivering a WE STILL HAVE A GOOD SELECTION OF Bedding-Out Plants It's Not Too Late To Planl Dan's Greenhouse '4 MILE E. OF ALBERTA STOCKYARDS Open daily Including Sunday 8 a.m. Ill 9 p.m. 'New houses, apartment construction shows drop Insurance firms to hike auto premiums in B.C. OTTAWA (CP) Construc- tion started in April on 15.533 new houses and apartment units in Canada, down 5.4 per cent from the exceptionally high level of a year ago, Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. re- ported today. The federal housing agency said Ihe figure represented an annual rate of housing starts to- talling units in all parts of Canada, compared wilh in March and for the first quarler of the year. CMIIC said all uf the April decline was recorded in multi- ple-dwelling construction, such as apartments. II was down 24 per cenl from April, 1971. Sin- gle-family house construction was up nearly 40 per cent. The actual number of con- slruclion starts in urban areas cf population and more in the first four months of 1972 was 49.295, up 21.G per cenl from starts in the same period last year. There was a slighl decline in mortgage interest rates under Ihe National Housing Act lasl month. The average rale ap- plied for home ownership con- struction was 8.78 per cent, compared with 8.79 in March. The rate for rental housing moved down lo 8.85 per cent from 8.01. TORONTO (CP) Many in- surancc companies have an- nounced they will increase their i premiums for automobile insur ance in British Columbia 01 .luly 1. The new rates follow approval of new aulo premium schedules by the British Columbia Insur- ance Board. The new schedules were filed by the Independent Insurance Conference w h i c h represents insurance companies across Canada. It is the first general increase in auto insurance premiums in the province in 17 months. Although Ihe new rales have nol been announced indications are that over-all premiums will go up by about eight per cent in Vancouver, six per cent in Vic- toria and Vancouver Island and by as much as 14 per cent in certain inland areas of Ihe pro ince. A spokesman [or the Cana- dian Underwriters Association, (lie largest group of automobile insurers in Canada, said the as- sociation has not yet formally iiled its proposed premium in- creases with the British Colum- bia Insurance IVard. The inokesman said, how- ever, the CUA expects to have its new rale schedules in use be- fore July 1. An official of the insurance board said the new premiums will be announced only when they go into effect. ANNUAL SUPPLY Canada's annual consumption of milk and dairy foods aver- ages about 830 pounds per per- son. lo Ihink and said the priest. "Five years ago, few of us would have suspected that in 1972 in Latin America, priests, religious and laymen would be. tortured and assassinated by re- actionary government i as in Brazil and Guatemala- women religious in Brazil and pro- gressives persecuted, watched, jailed and dcporled." A "Theology of liberation" was being evolved, prompting Christians not only to denounce injustices but to support "realis- tic reforms." Many positive actions had been taken by the military junta which seized power in Peru in October, 1908, but [he country was wracked by an earthquake. May 31, 1970. and recently by 1 floods. "One of (he institutions that gave supporl to the objec- j lives of Ihe 'Peruvian revolu- tion' was surprisingly Ihe hier- archy of the Catholic church, but even (hat was calculatedl.T cautious." It was a testing lime for all institutions in Latin America, and some citizens felt that capi- lalism as it ppcrales In lha Third World "is evil, immoral and inhuman in it-self." lacking the checks of more developed countries. Father Camacho said Iho challenge to political, economic, social and religious institutions the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sab- lo renew Ihemselves or fade oul of exislence." "I.believe this crisis is telling Ihe church thai il inusl como down from Ihe clouds, come out of its ivory lower, give up ab- stract denunciations of evil. The church must opt for tho oppressed and opt against the I oppressor us well. In the degree thai Ihe church becomes more involved in the world and wilh people, il will become less involved with Ihe internal prob- lems of ils own organization." 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