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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Portrait inspection Pope Paul VI admires two portraits of himself by painter Reynolds Thomas (background, with beard) dur- ing a recent private audience with the Wilmington, Del., artist. said the Pontiff when he first saw the paintings which Mr. Thomas-worked on for half a year. Is Pope Paul broken-hearted? BY PATRICK O'DONOVAN (Last of five parts) There is a certain inde- cency in writing about living men. But it must be done, else public life would come to a sudden and utter halt at least our sort of public life. Politicians have to be writ- ten about continually, and kindness is neither necessary nor expected. The same rules apply to Popes, saving only the fact that they are re- sponsible not to an electorate, but to their God. Popes of the Roman Church are part of a process that is unending or is nothing. They are not mourned as kings and queens are mourned. Their lives and policies live in a context in which human time is of no importance. And, since the conception of time apparently does not exist in eternity, this phrase has often been used as an excuse for every sort of ecclesiasti- cal delay and procrastina- tion. Different So it is not only unfair, but rather nonsensical, to bring the same standards of judg- ment to bear on Pope Paul as those to which Edward Heath or President Richard Nixon must bend while in office. They are all human, and yet their political mechanisms run in very different ways. This does not mean that all popes are, of their office, great and good. It means only that they must be evaluated in a different manner. Journalists and clerics may be ready to announce that the churches are dying, If not already dead. And it is true that the churches are less full. That people simply drift away from the old ob- servances is of some truth, but this in my experience of curious friends does not mean diminution in that of prayer. There are no longer any so- cial pressures to make a fam- ily go to any sort of church on a Sunday. Indeed, to be a busy, bust- ling, public Christian is now almost an eccentricty. Bereaved And then there are the priests who quit; they do not find the sacramental life rel- evant because they think it unnatural not to be married, because they think their bi- Servant of the servants of God shop does not take enough no- tice of them. They call a press confer- ence and disappear, and leave, always, some congre- gation shocked and bereaved. But in this sort of context, the Second Vatican Council was meant not only to moder- nize the church, but to reform it fundamentally. It was meant ,to open windows and in place of a blast of fresh air coming in it seems that the windows have been Awareness of God Several astronauts say they were deeply moved by their ventures into space, including moon veteran James B. left, who observes that his experiences gave him a sense of "closeness to God." Veteran Frank Borman, right, says the Apollo 8 trip around the moon was the "final leg in my own religious experience I saw evi- dence that God lives." used as a means of escape from a discipline that had suddenly been relaxed. No Pope presiding over such a blasted battlefield has any right to be happy or to be optimistic or, I suppose, to lose his essential faith in the Holy Spirit. But once in Milan, as a busy and almost euphoric archbishop before the aggiornamento began, Pope Paul said to the large crowd that greeted his ar- rival: "I feel myself to be your friend. You look at me with a silent question in your hearts. Now I am empty-handed with nothing to give you, but I know that you seek for some- thing which is beyond work, wages and material things a little of the true life, and in this I have immense treas- ures to give you: hope, dig- nity and light. You have souls, and I have treasures to give Melancholy But since that Christian confidence, a human melan- choly seems to have set in, a very gentle but in no way a despairing melancholy that seems at times to come to the brink of pessimism. A man in such an office, in such a time as this, who under- stands his responsibility and accountability to God, and who does not find that every prospect pleases, is entitled to a sadness though never to a despair. The progressives in the Roman Church thought that the Second Vatican Council would be not revolutionary, but a marvellous source of increase. A reporter must say that this has not been true. The Church has changed in a revolutionary manner. It is certainly more Chris- tian, possibly more holy, cer- tainly, in the Western world smaller. It is certainly the largest single welfare and charitable organization in the world. And it is certainly showing a crumbling, at least along its more intellectual edges, Rubble So the Pope has had to pre- side, not over ruins like so many of his predecessors, but over the intellectual rubble left by one of the greatest confrontations of minds and consciences in all the history of religion. (It got a bit rough at times.) My personal view is that Pope Paul is broken-hearted. But I met a sturdy Northern bishop of the Roman obedi- ence the other day and he said he found Pope Paul both invigorating and inspiring. Nothing wrong there, he said, and he returned to the slums over which he is the ecclesiastical prince with joy and such energy as is allowed a good old man. There are these two sides to this man. He loves and delights in the presence of the faithful. Then he mourns the crumbling, and maybe makes too much of its significance. But, tinder Gcd and human- ism, this seems to be a good man who is not only sad in himself but compassionate in a way that hurts like a brok- en bone and attempting to be as constructive as any states- man. He adds to public life "the secret ingredient" which is. called love. And that is why he matters in international af- fairs like a great fleet ter- rible with guns. DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES as a continuing memorial Ph. 327-5322 or 328-4565 PLACED IN HOTELS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, PRISONS DIAL-A-THOT 327-4581 HONPA BUDDHIST CHURCH 3611 Forestry Ave. School English Speaker Rev. James H. Burkey CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS AND TESTIMONY 1912 10th Ave. WARD 2nd a.m. a.m. a.m. p.m. 28th St. and Scervc WARD 4th a.m. a.m. a.m. p.m. 2223 6th Ave. 'A' WARD 6th a.m. a.m. a.m. a.m. 2808 28th St. a.m. t SOUTHSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720-21 Ave. S. Donald P. Givens, Evangelist Sunday: Bible Study a.m. Worship: a.m. and p.m. p.m. For information and Home Study Phone: 32S-0972 or 328-0855 EVERYONE WELCOME Church Chuckles byCARTWRIGHT "The following sermon Is not intended as any infringement of the rights of non-believers." Mturaoy, jvne 23, _ me LEHIDKIDOB HERALD BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH iNorth American Baotist General Conference) 329 19 Street North Church Moderator: MR. OTTO FRITZ 327-6779 and English classes) Worship Service Gospel Service "We Preach Christ the Power and Wisdom of God" EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive PASTOR-REV. H. J. JOST-Phone 327-6113 Service "LOVE, HATE and FORGIVENESS'' Service "FOUR QUESTIONS IN JOHN 14" "A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL1' THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue S. Corps Officers MAJORS THELMA M. CORNEY, JOAN M. PIERCE School Worship Service WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME Lckeview Mennonite Brethren Church T509-29IH Street So. H. P. NIKKEL, Co-ordinator Phone 345-3335 School Service Program SPECIAL BIBLE STUDY THURSDAYS p.m. Lethbridge Independent Baptist Church For Information Phone 328-3257 1714 14th Ave. South "Listen to p.m. Sunday" CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST J. 425 llth St. S. R. CHAPMAN, Minister Mr. D. Maisey, Organist "DIAL AN ANSWER" 3274774 Family Service a.m. (Worship service for adults S.S. Classes for Children) Evening Service p.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites you to listen to the Back to God Hour every Sun- day night at p.m. over CHEC radio. Topic for Today: CAN NATIONS BE GOOD? That question has become very pertinent in view of Watergate. We had better examine that matter befcire it is too late. The Christian Reformed church is located tt 1807 2nd Ave. 'A' North in the city. Services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. You are invited cordially. Of the Nazarene CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4 AVE. S. SUNDAY "The TRTJTH That HEALS" School Service 'CHRISTIAN SCIENCE' WEDNESDAY Meeting READING ROOM p.m. Open Tues., Thurs., Sat Ave. and 16th St. S. Phone 327-8827 REV. R. G. DEASLEY Minister Res. 327-4786 SUNDAY SERVICES School for all ages Service Service MIDWEEK SERVICES AS USUAL A Friendly Welcome Awaits You ETHEL 716 23rd ST. N. a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL a.m. p.m. WORSHIP SERVICES EVENING SERVICES (NURSERY FACILITIES FOR ALL SERVICES) BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 7th Street South Service THE BIBLE TRUE? Speaker MR. H. BLACKER Wednesday Class A Hearty Welcome Awaits You Here a a THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA (EPISCOPAL, SAINT AUGUSTINE'S Corner 4th AvinUl and llth Street South ARCHDEACON CECIL SWANSON, Priest in charge Communion Prayer Sermon: "MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE" ARCHDEACON SWANSON MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, July 5th a.m. Holy Communion SOUTH LETHBRIDGE ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4th AVE. and 10th ST. S. SATURDAY, p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY, 9 a.m., a.m., 12 noon ASSUMPTION 2405 12th AVE. S. SATURDAY, p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY-8 a.m., a.m., 11 a.m., p.m. (Folk Mass in Hall at a.m.) LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. L ISRAELSON 520 7th Street South Borne of the Sunshine Evangel Hour Listen every Sunday p.m. CJOC1220 K.C. School with classes for all ages. Worship Service Inspirational Music and Singing Tuesday p.m. Prayer and Bible Study Friday p.m. Christ's Ambassador's (Young People's) Service A HEARTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO ALL AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU. Lutheran Churches CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 12th Street South Phone 327-0709 ELCC PASTOR HAROLD MARTIN Service with Holy Communion July 3 to 7 Vacation School a.m. to p.m. Daily Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd llth Avenue and 24th Street South ELCC PASTOR ALBERT OLSON Service Speaker Pastor H. W. Martin EVERYONE WELCOME IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6th Avenue and 18th Street S. Minister W. F. Schoepp Phone 327-4336 Office. 328-6987 Rei. Service School 8 p.m. Worship Service llittn to Lutheran a.m. CFAC CaTgary THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES MODERATOR: RIGHT REV. N. BRUCE McLEOD, TORONTO President of Conference: REV. P. A. CLINE, Edmonton Chairman of Presbytery: RcV. KEN JORDAN, SOUTHMINSTER -4th Ave. one1 llth St. S. KENNETH MORRIS and WILLIAM CALDERWOOD Ministry of Music: W. M. WOOLHOUSE A. K. PUTLAND, Org. Emeritus Worship with Rev. Ken Jordan ol First United Church in charge. Music: Salo "GREEN PASTURES" Sanderson Soloist Mrs. Evelyn Anthem "Open Your Eyes" MacFarlane NURSERY SERVICES AVAILABLE McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Southeast Lethbridge from 15th Ave. and 24th St. S. MINISTER REV. BLAKE ANDERSON Choir Direeton Mr. H. Van Eqttren Organist: MRS. C. GREENE SUNDAY, JULY ut Service at Southminster church SUNDAY SCHOOL SUSPENDED FOR SUMMER MONTHS FIRST UNITED CHURCH Center 5th and 13th Street North MINISTER REV. K. JORDAN Director ef DOROTHY CLOCK ATCM, RMT SUNDAY, JULY 1st Service at Soulhniinstcr Church ;