Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
8 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID September 18, 1971- Time has arrived to act on prison reform in U.S. By REV. DAVID POLING agenda of the national church conferences has been crowded with Vietnam and die Black Experience for several years. Neither topic is exhausted and neither situa- tion concluded. But other con- cerns are starting to emerge to Jar the conscience of tiic Chris- tain community. Rehabilitation, prisons and prison reform are coming to the top of the list. The sensational trials and the horrifying disruptions thai have circled prominent prisoi'-ers hnve shaken the public at large. While these celebrity prisoners and explosive causes demand attention, they are not related to the long-term question that is being raised: What can hap- pen or what is developing lo give us a hotter feeling for the place ana purpose of the jail, reform school, detention centre and penitentiary? The first interest of the rali gious community in times pasl for the prisoner was as an act of compassion for those whc were despised and fallen and rejected. This motit is traced throughout the New Testament and on into the Early Christian era. At the same time, Chris- tians (even Jesus) had been under arrest and conviction for their faith. So an even greater concern demanded the attention and observation of the Church: Will Pope Paul promulgate constitution for RC Church? By PATRICK O'KEEFE VATICAN CITY (AP) A question has arisen whether Pope Paul will go through with plans to promulgate a "fundamental law" or consti- tution for the Roman Catholic Church. Baltic lines have been forming over a proposed text, with some elements in the church calling il n big step backward. Iji effect, the document symbolizes what may be a push by old-line cardinals and bishops, and the Pope himself, to restore the chvrch to the unity and stability it knew be- fore the Second Vatican Ecu- menical Council. In secret preparation since 1966, the constitution stresses the authority of the Pope as sole head of the church. It ap- pears to subordinate the syn- ods of bishops to the Roman Curia. It reminds all Roman Catholics to obey their reli- gious superiors. Although the draft uses such CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4 AVE. S. SUNDAY "The TRUTH That HEALS" School Service "MATTER" WEDNESDAY Meeting READING ROOM Noon p.m. Open Tues., Thurs., Sat. Attend this Free Public teclure "WHAT'S NECESSARY ABOUT By Neil H. Bowles, C.S.B Member of the Board of Lec- tureship of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, at The Lethbridge Community College, Dr. Kale Andrew's Building, Room No. 7, Sep- tember 24, 1971, to p m. popular expressions as Pilgrim Church" and "the people of God." its tone is one of command and finality akin to papal decrees before the ecumenical council. The draft says: "There is no appeal against a sentence of the Roman pontiff." DECISION DLLAYED Another canon insists that priests and nuns must adhere to doctrines enunciated by the Pope and bishops when they exercise an authentic teaching authority, even though they do not want to proclaim the doc- trine with a definite act. This could cover the ban on artifi- cial means of birth control. Bishops have Latin copies of the dratt. They are to submit comments to the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of Canon Law, headed by Per- icle Cardinal Felici. He is to present the document to the tliird World Svnod of Bishops in October. The synod will have no vote to accept or re- ject it, however. Well-informed sources say Cardinal Felici had hoped to have the draft ready for Pope Paul's signature by Decem- ber. The tumult over the doc- ument has been so strong that the Vatican has put off a final decision until at least 1973. Some critics are banking on opposition to grow so much that the document will be scuttled. A hint of this came last week from L'Osservatore Ro- mano, the Vatican newspaper. It spoke of promulgation of the constitution as "a possibil- ity." CRITICS WIDESPREAD Criticism has come from the Canon Law Society of the United Stales, a congress of Superior-generals of Roman Catholic religious orders and such progressive-wing figures as Leo Joseph Cardinal Sue- nens of Belgium. Summarized, the chief criti- cisms are that the draft: the au- thority of Pnpe and bishops and the need for rigid obedi- ence to these figures by other Roman Catholics. the development of the theological and struc- tural concepts evolving from ecumenical council. r m s the ecumenical movement by statements too unyielding for many non-Ro- man Catholics (o accept. couched in patronizing and "triumphalistic'1 lan- guage. Some critics say a "consti- tution" already exists: the ec- u m e n i c a 1 council's decree "Lumen Gentium." also called "A Pastoral Constitu- tion on the Church in the Mod- ern World." That document, widely hailed by Protestant ecumen- ists, presents the Roman Catholic Church as a body dedicated mainly to serving its members instead of issuing arbitrary orders. Its oim people were beliind bars for the faith. Century by century, the Christian church has had this twin concern lor the despised of men and (he devoted of the saints. EDITOR'S NOTE This column was written before the recent rebellion and tragic aftermath at AtLica, N.Y. But now a third factor is being weighed by churchmen the innocent. What is the Cliristian outreach for the indi- vidual and family who are being victimized by the soaring crime rate and by the collapse of our prison-rehabilitation system to change the habits, motivations and impulses of the criminals? Can the citizen in an urban so- ciety stand the onslaught of the addict who preys on the unpro- tected, the elderly, the innocent to satisfy his craving for drugs? Can New York City, lor instance, endure Uie chronic habits of addicts, many of them three end four-time losers, revolving in and out of prison and convulsing the pub- lic with their deadly problem? Thoughtful .churchmen are now facing the needs of the lor- gotten: the victims, the afraid, and the innocent and they are almost everybody. Two options have now been discussed that will surely be topics for the days ahead: 1. The establishment of prison colonies. Society has used the isolated turf-concept before, be it a Devil's Island or an American frontier settle- ment. It may be that segments of restricted land will be the sentence that double and triple offenders will receive for the rest of their lives. Their own families or wives may have the choice of enterirjg Oils enclave or not. But somehow the com- pacted, vulnerable community has to be protected from the offender. 2 The operation of prisons by independent, profit-oriented coi-porations. Taxpayers are putting up to a year per inmate. A new tack might be to pay a creative group a bonus for every con- vict who is rehabilitated and stays straight, even for 18 months. We have to have new ideas for old moral dilemmas. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Older formula is revived Confirmation words changed VATICAN CITY (Realm) Pope Paul has changed the wonls used for centuries by Western bishops in the sacra- men if confirmation, replacing 'hen; with an even older for- taken from the Eastern rile church. As the bishop aiuioints with oil the forehead of the candidate for confirmation, he will in fu- ture pronounce the words: signaculum doni CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE SALVATION HEALING MIRACLES Pastor: Rtv. T. W. Roycroft Corner 5lh Ave. and ]3th St. S. Service Service Spirilus the sign of the gift of the Holy Spirit." The formula currently in use in the Western church is: "I sign you with the sign ol the cross and confirm you with the Christ of salvation. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." In an instruction published by the Vatican Wednesday, the Pope said he prefers the ancient Byzantine formula because it expresses the gift of the Holy S'pirit and recalled the outpour ing of the Spirit which took place on the day of Pentecost. The Pope said the new form of words for confirmation have been in use in the Eastern church since the fourth and fiftl centuries and are still used by churches of the Byzantine rite. The formula now abolishet first occurred in the Western church In the 12th century, he said. Abortion laws said inequitable Church of the Nazarenel 9th Ave. and loth Si. 5. -Phone 327-8827 REV. R. G. DEASLEY, Minister Res. 327-4786 SUNDAY SERVICES School Worship Mid Week Services As Usual A Friendly Welcome Awaits-You TORONTO (CP) The law pverning abortion is inequita- le and puls responsibility in ic wrong place, says a com- ities of the United Church of Canada ui a booklet called Abortion "just released. The booklet, prepared by a joint committee of the church's board of evangelism and social service and the board of mwnen, elaborates on abortion resolutions adopted bv the gen- eral council of Uie United Church al Niagara Falls, Out., last January. The introduction says the 1202 3rd Avenuo S. A. DANIEi. GOLDSMITH Minister a.m.-FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL a.m. and p.m. BRIAN CUMMINS KENYA Y.F.C. DIAL-A-THOT 327-4581 Bible Babtist Church The ALL B bio Boliaving ALL Biblo Teaching All Biblo Preaching Church CIVIC SPORTS CENTRE (All-Purpose Room) 120 11 St. South Sunday a.m. Morning n.m. Eveniui; p.m. EVERYONE An Indepondftnt Pro Millennial Winning Now Tostamcnl Baptist Church K. D. OLDNEID, Pnilor PHONE .128.6178 booklet is intended primarily as a guide lor clergymen in coun- selling women. The booklet says the inequal- ity in (he present law concerns the hospital committee system. "The criterion lor deciding whether a woman should be granted an abortion is inevita- bly subject to a wide variety of interpretations, which often de- pend more on persons] Attitudes to abortion than on medical judgment. "Another serious injustice is the extreme inequality of access to hospital committees: The law discriminates against poor and less determined women, and especially against those who do not happen to know a sympa- thetic gynecologist, or who live in smaller communities." Rev. A. G. A. McCurriy, asso- ciate secretary of the board ol evangelism and social service, said the position of the church is that abortion "should be a privato matter between a woman, her doctor, and hope- fully her partner." CENTRA! CHURCH OF CHRIST 455 lllh St. S. Mr. D. Molsey, Organlit J. R. CHAPMAN, Miniiler Family Service n.m. (Worship service for adults S.S. Cliwscs for Children) EVERYBODY WELCOME CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 7lh SI. South 11 :V of Bread p.'.< 4z'j School .lERTING THE LORD IN THE AIR" Speaker-Mr. W. Pickford Wednesday, Class A Haarly Vi'elcome You Herel NORBRIDGF COMMUNITY CHURCH 1402 B Ave. N. The Evangelical Church In Canada PASTORS: K. W. HEEBNER O. PAHL School a: Service WELCOME AWAITS YOU CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720 2lit Ave. S. SUNDAY Study Service p.m.-Evening Service WEDNESDAY Study NORMAN FISK, EVANGELIST Phone 320-5781 Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 1309-29lh Slreel So. H. P. NIKKEI, Coordinator Ph. 345-3335 School Service Christian R irmed Church Invites you to listen to the Back to God Hour Radio broad- cast, heard every Sunday at p.m. over CHEC. Hear the dynamic radio minister Rev. Joel Nederhood as he deals vith today's problems in the light ot the authoritative Scriptures. Ht addresses you Local services every Sunday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Ths .-I- Is located at 1807 2nd Ave. 'A' North. YOU ARE INVITED St, Aiti aw's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 5lh Avenue South MINISTER-Thf I. D. HANKINSON, B.A. OPGAN'IJ" MR. W. VANDER KOOY liERE ANY WORD FROM THE Sacr? lent of Holy Communion NG THE BATTLE" Chur School: C asses at a.m. I. irsery and kindergarten during church Baptist Church 23rd Street North N. CARLSON, PASTOR Worship Worship JAPANESE UNITED CHURCH Pin AVENUE and 9lh STREET NORTH Paston W. E. HARMS Joined Japanese language service at p.m. In Taber English Service and Sunday School at a.m. THE COMMUNITY IS WELCOME! EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH Uth AVI. flnd Mayor Magraln Drive Phont 327-6113 Pastor: REV. H. J. JO5T Christian Education Hour Worship "WHY I BELIEVE THE BIBLE TO BE THE ETERNAL INSPIRED INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD." Service "HOW TO COME TO SALVATION." A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL! FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1614 5th Avenue South Minister, REV. G. R. EASTER, 8.A., B.Th. Orgonisl, MR. LUCIEN NEEDHAM School for all ages GOD BE p SUPERSTITION OR PRACTICAL p.m. Mid-Week Prayer Service EVERYONE WELCOME LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE 5JO 7th Str.el South REV. W. I. GAMBLE, PASTOR Home of the Sunshine Evangel Hour School With Classes for all ages Worship Service of Evangelism Wed. and Bible Study in the home of. Mrs. Esther Vik, 530-7th St. S. Friday, Ambassador's Youth Service Let's Grow With Lethbrirlge A KEABTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO YOU AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU Lutheran Churches CHRIST MNITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 South 327-0709 p.ui I O? 'if MARTIN ..UTHERAN CHURCH Ccrrrir -enue end 18lh Street S. iniiter W. I. icr ,-hone 327.4336 Office, 328-6987 s.'n School and Bible Class II.W1 Worship ;ational Meeting (.urfieran Cli -fi of the Good Shepherd ELCC illh f.vt'ie and 24th Street South r TOR ALBERT OLSON a.m.-JWir' School i Service mion Flr.it Sunday of Each Month llilen iri :S Lult.or a.m. CMC Calgary THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA SAINT AUGUSTINE'S Corner 4th and 11 ih Street South Rector: Rev. R. L. Crisfield, B.A., B.D. Rev. E. R. B.A., L.T.H. Organist and Choir Director Mr. Edward Greenwood L.f.C.L a.m. Holy Communion Holy Communion Choral Eucharist, Senior and St. Monlca'i Choirs (Nursery Provided) Regular sessions of Church school for be- ginners depl. Field trip for Junior and Senior Church School MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, September 23rd, Holy Communion ST. MARY THE VIRGIN SS RECTOR: The Reverend Conor Robert W. Cowan, B.A., Ulh. FIFTEENTH AFTER TRINITY Eucharist School Hall Eucharist Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, for Parish Communion THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, WETHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES Moderator: DR. A B. B. MOORE, Toronto President of Conference: REV. R. J. THOMSON, Colgary Chairman of Presbylery: REV. KEN JORDAN, Pincher Creek SOUTHMINSTER 4th Ave. and llth St. S. MINISTERS: R. W. K. ELLIOTT REV. A. T. KING Musical Director, Mr. W. M. Woolhouie Organist Emeritus: Mr. A. K. Rutland SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1971 Worship Music Anne Campbell Singers "THERE IS A RIVER" Prolhcro; "0 CLAP YOUR HANDS" Falling; Senior Choir "THE LORD'S Gates School meeting in all departments Nursery Services Also Available McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lelhbridge from 15lh Ave. and 24lh SI. S. Minister: Rev. L. Brian Jones, M.A., B.D. Choir Director: Mr. H. Van Eqtcren Orgonisl; MRS. C. GREENE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1971 PEARLS FOR PEBBLES" CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Sunday School Registration Continuing Sept. 19, 1971 Nursery Facilities for Tiny Tots. FIRST UNITED CHURCH Corner of 5lh Avenue and 13lli Slrcel North Miniilen REV. R. E. (Ted) ESKDALE Director of Muiic-MRS. DOROTHY CLOCK ATCM, RMT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1971 DIVINE WORSHIP at a.m. Sermon OP INFANT BAPTISM" (Mr. Eskdale preaching) ALL SUNDAY SCHOOL SESSIONS WILL BE HELD AT A.M. EVERY WICEK. "A CITY CTIURC11, WITH A RUIIAL WELCOME"