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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday. March 8, 1971 THE IETHGRIDGE HEPAID It Alberta priest marries nun to test church laws EDMONTON" iCT. A a- year-old Edmonton area priest and a 51-year-old nun mealed here they were manied m a civil ceremony Pec. 16. Rev. Joseph Fournier of sub- urban St. Albert and Anne La- force said they love eacli other and one reason for getting mar- ried was an attempt to change the Roman Ca'.holic of celi- bacy for priests. The wife, who entered the order of the Grey Nuns in 1WO, has been released from her vows. Father Fournier, who entered the Oblate Order when 19 years old, said he could have asked for a dispensation, returned to the state of layman and then married. "But I don't uant that." he added. "I want to be a But I want to work and operate as a priest." TEMPORARY SITUATION Father Fournier who has been a retreat master at the Star of the Xorih retreat house in St. Albert, said he under- stands his action has incurred excommunication but does not seem too concerned about that prospect. "I miss preaching m the program for keeping parks clean MONTREAL tCP) Claire Kirkland-Casgrain, Quebec tourism minister, today announced a new pro- gram to keep Quebec's pro- vincial parks clean All people entering pro- vincial parks will be given an empty garbage bag and a number. When they leave the parks, they will present the full garbage bag to a park official. Once a week, a bag num- ber will be drawn and the winner will bo ghen a free weekend for two at a pro- vincial park. Catholic he said it'll come." His wife added: "This is a temporary situa- tion He will be accepted even- tually They are living now in a two- room basement suite in Ed- monton. Father Fournier said he told the Provincial, his religious su- perior, of the marriage in Janu- ary. He said he says mass every day in the house." Sometimes friends attended the "other times it's just the two of us Father Fournier said the dif- ference between his situation and that of most other priests who manied is that "thev walk out to solve their own problem. "We didn't get married to solve our own problems. "At my age I v.-as settled. I had security, I had comfort and at Cl I could coast down. "I could have continued as a celibate "But we want to break the structure. "But "The structure of the church thonv Jourdan. dated Feb. 11, is not that important to me Fournif-r said a mar- ried pries; would bring tne need organization, yes to people." Ho sald me, need structure. >es. "But not to make an absolute of it." Father Fournier said that, for In a letter to Archbishop An- the time being, he is receiving son.c tr.e 'j ar i en' CALGAHY CP ees at .upport i r o m i Packaging Ltd agreed u> d e Order bui Iwv." ne conirat- n.t; a ife live when that spokesman uakes tlien doesn't orry the p.ud p.ifier cor. i veniag workers mi the Piai peuple had "dropped' nes po'.ato ibuti Tile c-untraii friends left." men and IN TURKEY These are the four U.S. airmen abducted by five armed Turks on the outskirts of Ankara. From left: Airman 1 .c Richard Caraszi of Stam- fara Conn.; Sgl Jimmie J. Sexton of San Angelo. Tex Airman 1 c. tarry i. Heavner of Denver, Colo, and Air- man I.e. James M. Gholson of Alexandria, Vo. in auardt-d Wr a :r oxer an uniun Naiil the addruvnal l'i fu' vie vo- iiu'n :tri .iiN-nip- is (H a-t hrj- ftir rpen Trv cmpluM-i .in1 the Pulp am; S ilwhi'.i' Work- eri. K AM LOOPS li! I pi_Tho Kamluops P.ii lias fro.-> civil legal aid cln.u- local residents twice n -.un1! 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