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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, September 7, 1974 inalysis Episcopalians debate ordination By ELEANOR BLAU New York Times Service NEW YORK Last month, 11 women were ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal church in a ceremony that set off waves of controversy in the 3 1- milhon member church Much of the subsequent debate culminating in a deci- sion by the House of Bishops to call the ordinations invalid has focused not on the central and highly emotional issue of ordaining female priests, but on the related and complex issues of what constitutes a valid ordination and who decides this INeither the constitution nor the canons of the Episcopal Church specifically preclude women priests But the language used includes such terms as the pronoun Try Before You 3uy UP'TO 30-DAY TRIAL ON YOUR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION MAI CO SMITH-JONES [HEARING AID SERVICE RIPLEY OPTICAL 6183rdAve S Phone 328 544? and tradition has reserved this order of ministry for men In recent years, the tradition has come under increasing challenge In 1970, the general conven- tion voted to recognize women as deacons, the order below that of priests In 1972, the House of Bishops one of the houses of the Bicameral Convention voted in prin- ciple, at an interim meeting that the priesthood ought to be open to women At the convention a year later the House of Deputies defeated a resolution to accept women as priests Many observers contend that a majority of the lay and clerical delegates to that House supported the resolu- tion and that it lost only because the vote was by diocesan units, not in- dividuals In Chicago, where the House of Bishops voted, 128 to 9, to call the ordination invalid, Dr Charles V Willie, who had delivered a sermon at the Philadelphia service, denounced the body's action as, among other things, "male arrogance He subsequently resigned as vice-president of the House of Deputies and as a member of the church s executive coun- cil Prof William Wolf, a theologian at the Episcopal Specialists in all types of Engines ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Service Centre CUSTOM ENGINE PARTS LTD. 1605 3rd Avenue South Phone 328-8181 Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass also resigned in protest from the churches joint com- mission on ecumenical relations In the Episcopal Church and other churches of the worldwide Anglican com- munion, as well as in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, the authority to ordain rests with diocesan bishops in the context of the concept of "apostolic succession This holds that, beginning with the original disciples, Episcopal authority has been passed down from generation to generation through a consecretion ritual in which bishops lay their hands on priests Interpretation of this has varied over the centuries There is almost universal agreement now, however, that this authority cannot be pass- ed on by the bishop-acting alone, but requires involve- ment of the ecclesiastical community of which he is a part A major disagreement in the current controversy over women priests is how this community involvement is ex- pressed Those who consider the Philadelphia ceremony in- valid stress the organized church and its laws and note that the candidates did not go through all the canonical, prescribed steps, notably approval from their parishes and dioceses In addition, the women s diocesan bishops had not authorized the four bishops who participated in the Philadelphia ordination to act on their behalf Therefore, "the ingredients for ordination simply were not present the Right Rev Arthur A Vogel, Bishop of West Missouri, declared at the Chicago meeting "Only a rite has been undergone Taber bishop named TABER (HNS) Stake executive secretary Lyle M Platt was named bishop of the Barnwell ward, LDS Church, at a re- cent sacrament service here He succeeds Marlin R Anderson who has served the ward for seven years Counselors to Bishop Platt are Sheldon Rogers and Edward J Shimbashi both drawn from the stake high council They replace counselors J Beverley Johnson and Reed C Jensen Continuing as ward clerks are David Burbank and Benjamin Platt The re organization was effected, on approval by the First Presidency of the church, by stake president Kenneth P Anderson and counselors Garth M Harris and Burns W Wood Replacements for the stake councillors and executive secretary will be appointed at the quarterly conference of the Taber Alberta Stake which is scheduled for September 22 Clergy tour institutions More than 20 clergymen participated this week in an orien- tation tour of Lethbridge Municipal Hospital, the Auxiliary Hospital and Southland Nursing Home Guided by Rev Kay Hurlburt, hospital chaplain and sponsored by Lethbridge Ministerial Association, the clergy were introduced to medical staff and facilities m each caring institution Baha'i expansion planned More than Baha'i adherents participated recently in the largest Baha'i conference on the North American continent Meeting in Wilmette, 111 members commited themselves to a five-year plan for expansion and consolidation of their faith A Baha'i reading class is conducted each Sunday at 11 a m in Lethbridge Members meet at 610 12th Street C North 20" LUGGAGE STYLE FANS It has been brought to the attention of Torean Manufacturing Com pany by the Canadian Standards Association that the 20 luggage style fans may be hazardous if placed in windows and exposed to water The 20 luggage style fans manufactured by Tcrcan Manufacturing Company have the following markings on the CSA label LR 8647 Model 1091 LR 8647 Model 1098 These fans are not intended for use in windows and neither the instructions nor oackagmg indicate 'hat they are So be used in that manner However similar fans manufactured fay other companies are marked as WINDOW FANS and Torean Manufacturing does not want any misunderstanding to occur in regard to the use of I's fans Therefore if you have a 20 tan and the CSA label has either of the above markings make certain that it is not used in a window in order to ensure that there is no misunderstanding in this regard in future all shipments of these styles of fans from Torean Manufac luring Company will bear the label DO NOT USE IN WINDOW TORCAN MANUFACTURING COMPANY 141 Snidcrcroft Road, Concord. Ontario L4K1B6 Relief worker notes change in attitudes Space ship Josef Blumnch, a foi mer NASA rocket desigr er, has designed a spaceship which he say he was inspired to buil after reading descrip tions of it in the Old Testa ment The model ha been on display in Mon treal at the Man and Hi World exhibition By GEORGE CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) A man for a quarter century has moved among the homeless, sick and hungry of the earth in efforts to ease their plight says that during those years the world s attitude has ignoring to caring It s a miracle that has happened in our time said James MacCracken, long- time executive director of Cnurth Service (CWS) vvho was removed from that post in June It has always been in the Judeo Christian tradition to go and tend the suffering, al- though nations historically have concentrated only on their own interests But now the entire world s attitude to- ward suffering and starvation has changed The whole human family is concerned with the agony of afflicted neighbors wherever and whoever they are Whether it s a volcano a war or flood people everywhere are concerned and want to help. It comes out of the Judeo- Chnstian technique It has be- come an almost Pavlovian re- action But it was not always that wav said MacCracken 52 a United Presbvtenan who worked in aiding the rootless and impoverished, first with the United Nations, then with the interdenominational Christian relief agency, CWS He noted in an interview- that in past periods of history, national populations generally shrugged off the horrors in distant places, such as mas- sive starvation or genocidal tribal slaughter But now with missionaries and church assistance proj- ects all over the planet and with the heightened sense of interdependence and mutual international responsibility, natural emergencies evoke worldwide concern and the once-common massacres have become exceptional in- stances Citing such a case in 1970, in which feared mass reprisals were averted, he said 'I'm convinced tha-t when Biafra fell it was the presence of church relief personnel that prevented Nigeria from tak- ing vengeance The churches, in the fight- ing had flown night-time air- lifts of food through Nigerian flak to jungle air strips to feed the besieged Biafrans CHURCHES PAVED WAY However only in the after- math of the Second World War shaken by the Nazi atro- cities did the world begin see- ing itself as a mutually de- pendent neighborhood, with governments the United Na- tions and the United States Peace Corps following the path of church relief agencies The agency has resettled 200 000 displaced persons since the Second World War It dispenses about mil- lion yearly in food, funds and medicines in 40 impoverished countries It carries on a vari- ety of self help agricultural and vocational training serv- ices to make communities self-supporting It pioneered 'food for work programs, planting trees, building roads and dams MacCracken was dismissed from his post in a policy dis- pute by Rev Dr Eugene Stock well, head of the Na- tional Council of Churches Overseas Ministries Division of which CWS is a depart- ment i The dispute in which Dr Stockwell contended the agency should seek "systemic change of oppressive govern- ment conditions causing pov- erty in addition to relieving the plight of its victims still is to be settled You have to work with all sorts of says MacCracken "or you don't operate Subway Realty 120 C North Mayor Magrfllh Drive Harumi Rrijita SUBWAY REALTY is pleased to announce the appointment of Harumi FUIJ ta as Sales Rep resentative He invites his many friends and customers to call on him m regards to any Real Estate needs SCRAPER FLEET FOR SALE IN B.C. 4-Cat Scrapers-overhauled with lots of work in an established territory Exceptionally profitable- Ideal for a Cat owner to expand his business ONLY Will consider real estate and cash Write Box 91, Lethbridge Herald More than just another Province, it's another world. 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