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- -6-TH PROGRESS Frlda 7, Jan. 2% 1965 'That They/vtay Be One' (Continued from Page 1) "For a long time we hated one another and ignored one another; then began talking about one another; then to each other; then praying for One another, and now praying with one another. But in the past four years we have come a long ways--we are not only talking and listening to one another but trying to understand one another." Doctor Brown emphasized: "We all have been guilty of and responsible for the scan- dal of division among us. But when two groups, who have b e e n quarreling, mutually confess and forgive, there is, indeed, a new situation. We will overcome our discord-- not to conquer or compromise each other, but to reach out to one another. All that has happened so far leads me to believe that the Holy Spirit is in this and will, indeed, bring the fulfillment all our hopes and prayers." Sharing the platform with the speakers were the Most Rev- erend Thomas A. ConnoUy, Archbishop of Sattle; the Most Reverend Thomas E. Gill, VG, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle; and the two Protestant prelates with whom they dined the previous night. These were Rt. Ray. Ivol Ira Curtis, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia; and dinner host Bish- op Everett W. Palmer of the Seattle Area of the Methost Church. The CCD's Apostles of Good Will from 17 Tacoma parishes Monday joined their Protestant counterparts from 85 Protestant churches and one Orthodox par- ish in "An Evening of Christian Friendship" at UPS. Altogether there were 450 lay leaders and 110 ordained cler- gymen participating in the UPS' student center dining hall to head Father Greenspun in the featured talk. Here again, Father Green- spun emphasized the same points of Sunday when he said, "The lay movement for Christian unity is a crucial one." The program took an un- recedonted move when the rge group was divided into sections, each at a table with a discussion leader. The "liv- ing room dialogue" was, thus, put into practice and lasted for some 45 minutes. HIGH-RANKING church officials share the platform at Sunday's Public Gathering of Prayer for Christian Unity. Shown above (from left) are Rev. Neketas Palassis of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and one of the three co-chairmen; Rev. William Chalmers, Magnolia Presbyterian pastor and a co.chairman; Dr. Robert McAfee Brown, one of the two main speakers; Rt. Rev. Ivol Ira Curtis, Episcopal Bishop; and the Most Reverend Thomas A. Connolly, Archbishop of Seattle. Unity Dr. Blake Cites Urgency o0,ovo S00ro. Of Church Union SAN FRANCSCO (NC) ---The Ray. Eugene Car- son Blake, stated clerk of the United Presbyter- ian Church in the U.S.A., said here that recent develo W merits in the Roman Catholic Church have made the need for non - Catholic u ni t y efforts "'more im and more Citing the "amazing and mir. aculous renewer' of theCath- olic Chmv.h, Dr. Blake said "no Protestant dares ignore either the ality of Cholic renewal or its bearing upon the life and direction o f a 11 Christian {:hurdles." The chief exective officer of the United Presbyterian Church spoke January 24 in the Epis- copalian Grace cathedral where four years ago he first pro- posed a merger of the Presby- terian, Episcopal and Methodist Churches a n d t h e United church of Christ' Sinoe then a group called the Conttation on Church Union has met three times to study the possibiRty of such a step. Dr. Blake said Christians today "dre not pursue or s e p a r a t e denominational goals as if our present de- nominational divisions were not a scandal and a sin." There is "no reason," he said, to think "that any later time will be e better time" for religious un4ty. "We daxe not excuse our- selves or abdicafce our respon- uty by ang its accx lishnumt to the next genera- fion. or after so maw] years-- dozen or 25 or 50, as some hve suggested," he said. Dr. Blake said the aim of e..humh ucfion must not be to increase the power of the churches but rwther to increase ability to be of service. "Any church union moti- vated by a desire for increas- ed wealth, efficiency, mono- poly, or domination is a Inter-Faith Celebration Held in Spain MADRID (NC) --The Unity Octave was held jointly forthe first tim e by Catholics and Protestants in Spain. With the authorization of the Catholic bishops, a large num- ber of Catholics gathered with their separated brethren at a Protestant chapel, and jointly observed the three first days of the octave. They observed the rest of the octave in a Catholic Church. Also for the first time, a Cath- olic priest and a Protestant pastor appeared together on a religious television p r o g r a m during the Unity Octave. A monk from the French Protes- tant Community of Taize was the Protestant representative on the program, which was devoted to the question of Christian un- ity. dangerous union and one that must be avoided." he said. Also, he said, "we must be against any church union which is established tt the expense of truth. A union produced by compromising convictions is not according to the will of Christ." He warned against a church union "tha/c would in any way threaten the ecumenical move- ment or diminish the obligation m continue to cooperate with all Christian churches in their common witness to the Lord- ship of Jesus Christ." Ecumenical Hicjhliqhts Around the World Build on Common Heritage Archbishop Dearden Says ANN ARBOR, Mich. (NC)--Catholics and Prot- estants should work to- ward unity by building on their common heritage, Archbishop John F. Dearden of Detroit told a ministers' meeting here. The archbishop, addressing January 18 the 26th annual Michigan Pastors' Conference, said Catholics and Protestants share the bond of baptism, be- lief in Christ, reverence for His word in Scripture, and deter- ruination to a p p I y scriptural teaching to daily life. ,rchbishap Dearden said the ecumenical council has put Catholics on notice to avoid words which "do not repre- sent our separated brethren with accuracy and truth and fairne" and actions which "mbitter our relations and erea a ellmato of distrust and suspidon and resent- ment." The council, he said, had ai- m eceuraged establishment of a "dialogue among competent experts from different churches and communities." A further goal of the council, the archbishop said, is coopera- tion among all men of good will "for the common good of hu- manity." "In collaborating to solve our social problems, we can give witn to the concern of Christ for the underprivileged and outcast," A r c h b i s h o p Dearden stated. The archbishop said it is es- sential that Christians seeking unity should pray together. "Prayer alone will guarantee that we truly seek unity in Him, that we face each other with humility and candor, that we want to give glory not to our own name but to His," be said. Pope Paul's Car To Aid Poor TRIVANDRUM, India (NC) --The car used by Pope Pint VI during his visit to Bombay is to be sold to finance the first institution to be set up in Kerala state by Mother Teresa, India's "lady gainst slums." The White American car, pre- sented to the Pope in 1963 by Notre Dame University alumni, was given to Mother Teresa as a Christmas gift after the Pope's departure. T h e : Yugoslav - born n u n, feander of the Missionaries of Charity congreffatiou, revealed she planned to sell the car, preferably in Kerala itself, to finance an institution for the welfare of the poor to be star- ed by her c.mmn, unity. Ecumenism Across Canada OTTAWA, Ont. (NC)-- Ecumenical services in w h i c h Catholics, Angli- cans, Protestants and Or- thodox joined were held throughout Canada during ob- servance of the Octave of Prayer for Church Unity. The main service was held here in historic Notre Dame basilica. C a n a d a's Governor General and Mrs. Vanier at- tended. The congregation which crowded the church heard a ser- mon, reading of Bible selec- tions and recited litanies during the service conducted in French, English and Greek. Msgr. R a y m o n d Limoges, vicar general of the Ottawa archdiocese, presided and the sermon, in English and French, was preached by Father W. B. Gregory of the Grand Semin- ary here. Other participants in- cluded Rt. Rev. F. R. Gartell, dean of Christ Church Anglican cathedral; the Rev. A. W. Mur- he, moderator of the Ottawa Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Canada; the Rev. F. R. Harback, chairman of the Ottawa Presbytery of the Unit- ed Church of Canada, and the Rev. Philip Ramphos of the Greek Orthodox Church. It was the first time that an interfaith service had been conducted in the 140-year-old Catholic cathedral. Gov. Gen. Vanier described the service as "wonderful" and Mrs. Vanier said she "almost cried --it was so touching." In a joint statement issued in connection with the octave, the Rev. J. Logan-Vencta of St. Giles Presbyterian c h u r c h, president of the Ottawa Coun- cil of Churches, and Father Al- lan MacInnes, O.M.L, president of the Ottawa diocesan ecumeni- cal commission, said the divi- sion among Christians is "de- plorable." "This division is very unfor- tunate and a loss for all hu- manity," the statement said. "Recently the momentum of ecumenical activities has in- creased considerably, not only among theologians and pastors, but also among worshipers at the parish level. We do not pre- tend that there are not serious difficulties that divide us. In fact, one of the principles of sound ecumenism is the frank statement of our beliefs with humility and charity." SISTERS were very much in evidence among the participants of 5,100 at the Seattle Center Arena. A BUFFET and informal reception followed the public gathering Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom LaFollette for dignitaries, committee members and their wives. At one of the tables were Father Treacy, Presbyterian Minister and Mrs. Clarence Sinclair of Mercer Island, B. Franklin Miller, Episcopalian lay leader; Lutheran Pastor Oscar Rollander, Father Palassis and Father John Doherty, CCD director. Christians of the NC .......... T" ! Archbishop Connolly, Bishop Curtis and Bishop Palmer at dinner. One hundred and fifty voices comprised the Ca NAMES WORKING GROUPS: Calls Three Decrees WCC Names Group to Discuss Beacon Unity with The Vatican Christian world as a whole or as the focal point around which other churches should congregate?" He continued: "It is one thing to talk to- gether. It is another thing to act together. O n e sensitive point is the possibility that the Roman Church will take the initiative and then ask others to go along with it. "This is a danger. We think we should discuss common pro- blems together and act on them as e body." According to WCC officials here, one of e working group's first steps may be to ask for an exchange of rep- resentatives between the WCC and the Holy See. Calls WCC Action 'Step Forward' VATICAN CITY (NC) --The World Council of Churches' ap- pointment of a working group to discuss Christian unity pro- blems with the Vatican wes called "a step forward" by the secretary of the Secretariat for Promoting Chirstian Unity. Bishop Jan Willebrands said that "now we must study the proposal (to name a working group) accepted by the eetml committee of the WCC and determine the attitude and re- ply of the secretariat. I don't believe I can now make a public statement on this." For Fuure ENUGU, Nigeria (NC) --The central committee of the World Council of Churches has named an eight-man working group to hold regular meetings on interfaith matters with t h e Catholic Church. The decision to appoint the group was made unanimously by the 100-man policy-making committee of the WCC, which represents 214 Protestant, An- glican and Orthodox churches in more than 80 countries. The committee is not author- ized to negotiate unity with the Catholic Church or to make any decisions without the agreement of the WCC's mem- ber churches. A WCC report on the appoint- merit said the group is planned as a strictly consultative body that "would not be able to make any decisions." The re- port added that a "clear dis- tinction must also be mede be- tween the subjects which can be properly discussed between the World Council and the Roman Catholic Church and those which must be discussed in bilateral conversations be- tween the individuai member churches or confessional bodies and the Roman Catholic Church." The central committee said the questions with which the working group can deal in- dude: Practical cooperation in charitable, social and interna- tional matters. Theelogieal studies c o n- cerning ecumenism. Spedfic problems which have caused tension between Catholics a n d non - Catholics such as mixed marriages, re- ligious liberty and proselytiz- ing. Common problems in the mission fidd. R was reported here that the naming of the working group followed six months of talks between representatives of the WCC and the Veticau's Secre- tariat for Promoting Christian Unity, h e a d e d by Augustin Cardinal Bea, S.I. The secretariat's two obser- vers at the central committee meeting here lauded the WCC decision and said that it "is in harmony with the recert decree of the ecumenical coun- cil on ecumenism." The obser- vers ere two French priests: Fathers Pierre Duprey, W. F., the secretariat's undersecretary for Eastern c h u r c h e s, and Father Jerome Hamer, O. P., former rector of the Domini- can's ecumenical study center at Le Saulcheir near Paris. The Ray. Lakes Vischer, who was a WCC observer at the ecumenical council, said the newly named working group will have to leap "a pretty formidable procedural hurdle" in its discussions with Vatican representatives. "The question is," Dr. Visch- er stated, "does the Roman Catholic Church conceive of it- self as being a member 0f the Fight BIRTH DEFEr. MARCHOF Catholic-World Council Talks Predicted NEW YORK (NC)--The World Council of Churches has ap- proved "exploratory" talks with C a t h o 1 i c representatives, 'a World Council official said here. The Rev. Dr. Franklin Clark Fry, president of the Lutheran Church in America and chair- man of the World Council's 100- member c e n t r a I committee, said procedures ,for the talks were outlined at a meeting of the committee in Enugu, Ni- geria. Dr. Fry spoke at a news con- WASHINGTON (N C) Three "epoch-making documents" promulgated by the Second Vatican Council chiefly "will influence the life of the Church for all the for- seeable future," Cardinal- d,a&" signate Lawrence Shehan Baltimore asserted here. Preaching at the dose (Jan. 25) of the Chair of Unity Octave observance in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Con- ception here on the day he was elevated to the College of Card- inals, the archbishop said the three documents are the Consti- tution on the Sacred Liturg,L the Constitution on the Churc and the Decree of Ecumenism. "Other documeats still to be produced are indeed important, some of them necessary fe- im- plementation of the decisions contained in these three. But it is on these that the work done by the council thus far must be judged. It is chiefly the which will influence the life oF" the Church for all the forsee- able future," he said. The liturgy constitution al- ready is having profound in- fluence on the life of the Church through simplification of sacred rtes and through widespread use of the verst acular in the Mess and th sacraments, the prelate said., The Constitution on the Church, he said, is "of even greater significance." T h e archbishop continued: "Here we come to the very heart of the council, to the central purpose which Pope 3ohL proclaimed in calling th council into existence-- t h e Church's deepest reflection on her innermost nature and on her mission; the renewal of her inner life; the restora- tian of her original beauty." Cardinal-designate S h e h a n said the council produced t Decrec on Ecumenism as first definite step toward cur- ing the two great schisms in the history of the Church which have left wounds that even to- terence January 22 after re- day are "a source of weakness turning from 10 days at the Ni- to the Church and of scandal gia aumtag, to the wld."