Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives May 22 1983, Page 21

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 22, 1983, Tokyo, Japan 22 Pacific stars and stripes May 1983 Solzhenitsyn gets hits drop in religion London up Nobel prize Winner Alexander delivering an uncompromising message to the said Mankind is in chaos because of the decline of the exiled soviet writers re Marks followed ceremonies during which he was honoured with the Templeton prize for Prog Ress in religion religions equivalent of the Nobel which Solzhenitsyn received in if we perish and lose this the fault will be ours Solzhenitsyn warned guests at London ancient since leaving the soviet Union nine years Solzhenitsyn often has deplored the West for its spiritual exhaustion and the communist East for its persecution of he now lives in Caven Clad in peasant the bearded author based his message on an old russian saying from his childhood men have forgotten surveying russian history Over the Solzhenitsyn concluded that hatred of god is the principal driving Force of marxist philosophy even More Funda mental than All their political and economic he castigated last years Temple ton award american evangelist Billy for saying he had not observed any religious persecution during a highly publicized tour of the soviet before the multitude of those who have perished and who Are oppressed May god be his Solzhenitsyn behind his remarks Lay painful memories of stains forced labor exile in Siberia and his fight against cancer experiences that forged such literary works As the gulag archipelago and cancer the modern worlds Faith in the nuclear bomb was another of his in the defense of peace reposes chiefly on Stout hearts and steadfast Solzhenitsyn the West has been in trouble Ever since the meaning of life ceased to stand for anything More lofty than the Pursuit of Solzhenitsyn but he said he saw Hope in where society appears to have pre served a moral sense to a greater degree than the West and was less affected by the destructive spirit of Solzhenitsyn spent several weeks in that far Eastern country last the Templeton award ceremony was held earlier at Buckingham where Prince Hus band of Queen Elizabeth presented the soviet author with a a Check and the Templeton John an american presbyterian established the award 11 years ago to stimulate spiritual Progress and religious a panel of five judges representing the worlds major faiths chooses the Alexander Solzhenitsyn gestures during his acceptance speech after he was awarded the Templeton prize for Progress in religion a Bishops letter stirs talk on defense work times the people of Cather Ines roman Catholic Church Here had something special to discuss after mass Many of them build submarines that carry nuclear and sunday they talked of those weapons and of the american roman Catholic Bishops stand against until recent Many people Here the moral questions about working on nuclear weapons systems had not seemed but for and especially those roman catholics who build Trident submarines at the electric shipyard in nearby that All changed two weeks ago with the overwhelming passage of the Bishops pastoral the letter called on catholics and All men and women of Good will to make peacemaking their most important spiritual and worldly it took real courage for the Bishops to even attempt this said the Joseph the pastor of where about 75 percent of the congregation Are electric boat or Navy workers and their to bring the matter even closer to Daniel the Bishop of the diocese of in which the town of Preston was one of the drafters of the a portion of the addressed directly to defense suggested that anyone who studies the letters teachings might be led to quit his or her we Are the first generation since genesis with the Power to virtually destroy gods the letter we cannot remain silent in the face of such after the mass at about a dozen including electric boat and Navy talked in the Church meeting Boyd who retired from the Navy after Many Tours aboard Polaris submarines that carry nuclear said the issues raised in the letter reminded him of an old every time there was an emergency Drill aboard i was scared to he i was is this the real thing if we have to fire one of those what will we go Back Home to total annihilation the parishioners at the meeting agreed the letter was a positive and important but some were sceptical of its our main enemy is an atheist said David an Engineer at electric i dont think they care what gods words Treyve got to listen to something that meaningful to them our deterrent one Virginia helped work for a nuclear freeze referendum in Preston last the pastoral letter has removed a stigma from the antinuclear she its no longer possible to say the freeze movement is communist the pastoral letter has caused much but no terrible outburst in the father Finnerty once or electric boat workers have asked for counselling about the morality of their but no one has he the Norwich diocese is preparing for that Bishop Reilly said the diocese will provide financial assistance and counselling to anyone who leaves a defense Job As a matter of but the he did not say anything More than that anyone in defense work should examine their conscience and make their own will it be a mortal sin to work on the Trident Reilly we dont say sin comes in when you act against your this we will be used by people to help form their the Robert of our lady of belongs to the Justice and peace commis Sion of the Norwich the commission has kept the people of the diocese informed about the pastoral letter As it went through several drafts Over the past two whenever i bring up the topic on a sunday i get a very few people who Are father Washabaugh some people agree Many have said to i wish youd said that a lot

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