The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 8, 1976 · Page 21
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 21

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, December 8, 1976
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The ceremony, offering general forgiveness of sin to 12,000 participants, was an effort by the Memphis Diocese to draw the once-faithful back to the fold. The Rev. Peter Buchignani, director of the matrimonial tribunal for the diocese, said yesterday the effort is stirring response from many Catholics whose marriages are not recognized by the church. "This offers a tremendous amount of hope to many people," he said. Buchignani, vice chancellor of the diocese, said the tribunal takes requests from persons who want their former marriages annulled and investigates grounds for the request. "There has been a noted increase in people requesting the service of the tribunal," Buchignani said. "People whose marriages are not recognized by the laws of the church, who are not aware of the tribunal, are now being a lot more open to rectify their situation." Bishop .Carroll Dozier, head of the Memphis' diocese, said he was "overwhelmed" at the response to the mass at the Mid-South Coliseum, where the sacrament of communion was given without the ordinarily required individual confession. The rite of general absolution' usually is permitted only during war time or crisis situations and Sunday's reconciliation is believed to be a precedent in this country. Though unusual, the ceremony is not considered locally to be radical and received a "beautiful response" from the church hierarchy, Buchignani said. "Everything was followed according to church norms." A second mass reconciliation ceremony is planned Dec. 12 in Jackson, Tenn., and about 4,000 Catholics are expected to participate. Buchignani said the ceremony is only the beginning for those seeking marital recognition. "The person has the obligation to seek the ordinary means of the church," he said. "We hope they have made the move in this direction it is not made in one moment of ceremony. "Through general absolution, sin is forgiven. That does not exclude the ordinary manner for private in- dividual confession. While sin is forgiven, there is also the responsibility that within a reasonable time the person will make a sacrament of penance." Buchignani, who is also a marriage counselor, said the Catholic Church has begun to recognize certain grounds for annulment since Vatican II made sweeping changes in church practice in the mid-1960s. For example, he said, "It is possible today that a young couple can attempt to marry but they are so basically immature there is no way they can fulfill the obligations of marriage. In this case, an annulment can be granted but prior to Vatican II, this kind of case was unheard of." A marriage, he said, is now considered "a covenant relationship that takes into consideration the total personalities involved. "I've been deeply touched by the effect this effort has had on people," he said, "and I wouldn't be surprised to see this kind of program start to spread throughout the country." Harrises Scuffle In Courtroom Twin SizeMat I V " or Matching Foundation Jjj y '.: ' FULL SIZE f ' 1 y Mattress or Matching If f, FnnnHntinn Fnrh Pi pre w m Mattress or Matching Foundation Each Piece " QUEEN SIZE Mattress or Matching Foundation Each Piece When Purchased In Sets 68 Pick Your Size of Famous Spring Air Quilted Bedding Quality crafted by the makers of the popular Back Supporter mattress. Hundreds of innercoils provide gentle firm support. The handsome blue and green medallion ticking is multi-needle quilted to thick layers of urethane foam for luxurious surface comfort. Extra heavy steel borders prevents sagging sides and shifting upholstery. Vertically stitched borders for greater durability. The matching foundation complements the mattress for maximum comfort and restful sleep. KING SIZE $78 Mattress or Matching Foundations Each Piece When Purchased In Sets OAKLAND (AP) - An Alameda County courtroom erupted into violence yesterday when William and Emily Harris refused to sit through an arraignment hearing on charges of kidnaping Patricia Hearst. It took several deputies several minutes to subdue the former Sym-bionese Liberation Army members after Emily Harris denounced Superior Court Judge Alan Lindsay as one of "a dying breed playing with people's lives ..." The Harrises were wrestled to the floor kicking and fighting. Harris was slammed against the wall and his glasses flew off, while his wife was handcuffed. The incident began when Lindsay refused to postpone the arraignment and directed the court clerk to read the indictment. Emily Harris stood as he began reading and started toward the door. When bailiffs restrained her, Bill Harris stood to assist her and he also was grabbed by bailiffs. Emily again headed for the door when the clerk resumed reading. But when a deputy twisted her arm behind her back, Bill jumped to his feet and the battle began. Bill was slammed against the wall, a small table was overturned and the defendants and seven or eight deputies and a matron sprawled in a pile on the floor before calm was restored. The Harrises eventually were arraigned on the 13-count indictment, but had the entering of their pleas delayed until at least Dec. 23. Lindsay set a trial date for May 2, but said that probably would be changed. , CURTIS FIELD 2121 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. West Palm Beach .689-7800 Monday to Friday 10 am to 9pm

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