New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
6A New Braunfels Herald-Ze/fi/ng- Friday, August 23. 1985Bishop says church not practicing its teachings
Although American churches often complain that society is economically unfair to the poor, it’s a rare thing for officials of the church to say it itself is guilty of the same fault.
But that’s what two Roman Catholic spokesman said — that while the church preaches a better deal for the poor, the church doesn’t put those words into practice in its own household.
Bishop Willliam McManus, who retired earlier this year as bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., says a ‘wide, glaring gap” separates what the church teaches about economic justice from the way it treats its own employees.
“The U.S. bishops advocate a preferential
option’ for the poor, but I have seen little preference shown to the church’s lowest paid, most insecure employees — janitors, domestics, rectory secretaries and organists,” he said.
Citing the latest emphasis on justice for the poor in the draft of the bishops’ planned pastoral letter on the U.S. economy, he says it urges the church to set an example, but the church falls far short of doing so.
He said in a recent address. “Getting Our House In Order,” at St. James Cathedral in Brooklyn that increased Catholic contributions are necessary to pay church workers better.
Similar criticism was reported by National Catholic News Serv ice in an editorial in the
Seattle, Wash., archdiocesan newspaper The Progress.
It said that the church “has a Kleenex approach to employment. It uses people up and then tosses them aside.”
All levels of the church have a “scandalous history of abusing its workers,” who often leave their jobs “burned-out and bitter,” said the editorial, written by acting editor Bill Dobbs.
It said church wages have improved over the last IO years, but further adjustments are needed.
The editorial drew such voluminous reader response, Dobbs says, that a follow-up editorial was published, answering questions and saying the first one “blamed the church
for past mistakes but failed to praise it" for recent improvements.
However, the paper stood by its original position, saying: “People have been hurt. Not deliberately, not maliciously, but hurt nonetheless.”
Employees of various Protestant and Catholic organizations recently have become more assertive in seeking better pay. Staff workers rn New York for the National Council of Churches have organized for collective bargaining.
At the Vatican, lay workers early this year proclaimed a “state of agitation” until officials agreed to consider pay raises.
While most major Protestant. Jewish and Roman Catholic bodies have advocated
unionization of workers to obtain improved wages, the religious groups seldom encourage their own employees to join a union.
On the contrary, McManus said, some Catholic hospitals and schools have actively sought to block collective-bargaining
At the U.S. Catholic Conference in Washington, formerly the National Catholic Welfare Conference, he said treatment of lay employees varied from “poor” to “terrible” when he served on its staff from 1945 to 1957.
But he said the situation has improved since the Second Vatican Council of 1962-65 when the national agency was restructured.BrieflyFilm scheduled at Church of Nazarene
Chuck Swindoll’s film “Strike the Original Match” will be shown Sunday at 6 p.m. at New Braunfels Church of the Nazarene, 1465 Interstate 35 E.
In the film, seven couples discuss disillusionment, shattered lives, anger, bitterness and Christ's forgiving and healing love.
Pastor Jeff Mihelich says it is “an inspiring film with practical, workable suggestions for improving any marriage.” All interested persons are invited.Openings available for Mothers' Day Out
The Mothers’ Day Out Program sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church, 312 Guenther, has openings for the fall semester.
Youngsters ages 4 months to 2 years will be accepted. The program is each Monday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to2:30p.m.
All interested persons are asked to call the church office at 625-2532 for more information.
Spirit of Life open day care center
Rare Bear I .and is a new day care center sponsored by Spirit of Ijfe Fellowship Church, 419 Enchantment.
The church plans an open house for the center Aug. 31 from 2 to 6 p.m. Openings are available for youngsters ages 18 months to 12 years. The center will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a m. to 6 p.m.
For more information or to register, call Betty Wood at 625-7166 or 629-5344
Married priests seeking restoration
By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP religion writer
An appeal is mounting in Roman Catholicism, especially from many former clergy dispensed from active priesthood in order to marry, that they be restored to regular priestly duty.
Their plea takes on international breadth this Aug. 26-30 near Rome at what is billed as the first world synod of Catholic married priests.
“We’re willing to serve the church if the church is willing,” said Frank Bonnike of Chicago, former president of the National Federation of Priests Council and now head of a prison school.
The current shortage of priests is expected to become more acute in the next decade, and several bishops and national hierarchies have suggested the church may need to open the priesthood to married men.
There have been some concessions. Former Episcopal and Lutheran clergy, who were married in those churches, have been admitted to the Catholic priesthood.
It seems “somewhat inconsistent" for the church to accept these married priests, but reject those “who have been Roman Catholics all their lives," Bonnike said. “It’s hard for people to understand. ”
CORPUS, an organization of dispensed American priests now married, says about 4,200 in that category want to return to active priesthood — about a third of the 13.000 who left the U.S. priesthood in the last 20 years.
The number of former Catholic priests worldwide is about 100,000. and studies indicate about a third wish restoration to active priesthood That would be a substantial pool of trained priests.
A proposed statement that
Americans are presenting to the meeting at Ariccia, Italy, about 20 miles south of Rome, appeals to Pope John Paul ll and bishops for readmission to “full and active priesthood.”
The statement points out that Roman Catholicism had married priests for its first 12 centuries, with the basis for it in Scripture, and that priestly celibacy has never been a matter of doctrine, but a discipline that could be changed
It has applied only to the Western rite of the church, and not its Eastern rite branches.
Delegations to the meeting in Italy were planned from the United States, Canada and most West European countries, w ith about 200 expected to attend.
European proposals for the meeting were said to focus on the Scriptural basis for optional celibacy
in the priesthood, noting that some of
Jehus’ apostles had wives, and that St. Paul stressed their “right” to marry
Another proposed paper was to deal with the issue of ordaining women, which the pope has ruled out.
About IO Americans released from the priesthood were scheduled to take part, including Terence I)osh of Minneapolis, executive secretary of CORPUS, and Bonnike. who now heads Pace Institute, a private school for Cook County prisoners.
Others included Bernard Henry, personnel director at St Joseph s Hospital in Chicago Heights; Robert L Charpentier, a theologian at Berkeley Theologial Union in California; Anthon) l*adavano, a theologian at Pompano College in New Jersey, and Frank McGrath, w ho teaches religion at Chicago City College.★ Example.
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