Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 20, 1974 · Page 25
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Sunday, October 20, 1974
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Catholic Laymen May Join Masonic Lodges By GEORGE CORNELL- NEW YORK (AP) - Roman Catholic laymen, burred from belonging to Mnsonlc lodges for more than two centuries, now may do so without cliurcli objections so long as the particular lodge doesn't foster anti- Catholicism. That's the interpretation nut by U.S. Catholic leadership on a recent letter from the Vatican's office on doctrinal matters. The step comes after several years of exploratory friendly gestures between some American Catholic leaders and Masonic groups, chiefly sessions arranged by the Rev. John A O'Brien of the University of Notre Dame. Father O'Brien, recently hospitalized with a stroke, became the first Catholic priest to speak at a Masonic meeting in 1964 in South Bend, Ind, am afterward took part in similai conciliatory gatherings in the rising ecumenical mood of the period, saying: '·'We're all children of the same' Father, and It's abou line that we put our broth-! erhoocl into practice." Freemasonry, an inter- uitional fraternal order open to ill believers in God, includes about 4 million Masons in this country, with lodges in each state operating under an independent, statewide grand lodge. Although s o m e Catholics previously have been members, Icspitc the broad church pro- libition against 11, the new ruling limits application of the ban pnly tti cases in which a specific lodge opposes the church. The letter, from the Vatican's Cardinal Franjo Seper, says lhat the church's canon ' 2335 still stands, subjecting Catholics to excommunication if they poin Masonic or o I h e r associations which "plot" against the church. But he adds that it may be given a "strict interpretation," that is, applied o n l y in instances of specific lodges where such anti-Catholicism exists. The ban against Catholic membership first was imposec by Pope Clement XII in 1738 on {rounds that Freemasonry fos- .erccl vague, naturalistic religion, and involved secret oaths and conspiracy against Catholicism. Over the years, there has jecn a succession of papal condemnations, proscribing Catholic participation. A statement from John Cardinal Krol, of Philadelphia, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, says tho Vatican letter makes clear that the longstanding prohibition is not equally applicable to all Masonic groups. As the letter indicates, he says, the "canonical provision concerning excommunication is to be interpreted precisely, not broadly, in the light of the actual altitude and practice of a particular Masonic or othei group." However, lie said the letter shows .that the "church contin ucs to discourage Catholic membership in Hie Masons,' and to excommunicate those joining societies .that are "ac lively hostile to the church." Stock Market Fluctuates, End Week Mixed NEW YORK (AP) -- Stock prices swung widely on a day- · to-day basis this past week but the over-all results, like the week's economic news, were mixed: The Dow Jones average of 30 industrials slipped 3.2D points lo close at 654.88. but advancing issues outnumbered declines 1,022 to 739 among the 1,994 issues traded on the New York Stock Exchange. "The market is coming off extreme 'negative thinking," Lucien Hooper 'of Thompson ; McKinnon Auchincloss Kolmeyer observed following the previous week's big gains. But in- veslors. cautious after months of sleep declines and bad loss: es, appeared wary Ihis week of : coming lo any conclusions '_ about the market. On Monday, the momentum ; of the previous week's rallj '· and a lower prime rate of II'A : per cent posted by most major . bank sswept the Dow uo atiolh cr 15 points, bringing the mar . ket's record four-day advance 1 to 88 points, but late day profi ; taking gave the first clue tha ·_ the historic rally was pulling to a close. Tuesday the Dow plunged 15 loinls and brokers said in-| 'estors had begun cashing in omc of the slocks Ihal had ral- ietl so briskly. Disappointing iarnings reports combined with urther profit-taking to push the ow down another 16 points Wednesday. DRIVE LAST'S The downward drive lasted nlo Thursday morning before he Dow turned and ran up a moderate advance of 9 points. Friday, the Dow burst forward in an early rally when ,wo major banks, including New York's First National City lowered their prime lending rates '/i point to 11 'A per cent, the third consecutive weekly decline in Ihe key rate. The Dow quickly ran up 10 points b e f o r e more profit-taking pushed it back and held it to a moderate advance of a little more than three points for the day. . Xerox Corp., was the Big Board's most active stock this past week, off 7 to 68V4 after a poor earnings renorl, follower by Westinghouse Electric, up % to 9%, and Polaroid, up 2% to Wi. Eastman Kodak, also hur by weak earnings, fell ^Vs to 69%, while McDonald's rose 354 o 3Z'A. The NYSE broad-based com losite'index rose .59 to 38.08 Ins week, and volume on Ihe Big Board lolaled 82.89 million down from 95.73 million a week ·"arlier. The Amex market value in Jex rose 1.01 this week;lo 9.0 and the National Association o iccurily Dealers index , fo: wer-the-counter stocks rosi 2.33 lo C2.75. SECURITY GUARD AWARDED PLAQUE WASHINGTON ( A P ) P'rank Wills, the security guar who discovered the Watergati burglary, has received a plaqu and help in obtaining a new jo from the Democratic Nation Committee. Wills, who has been unem ployed for much of the t i m since the June 17, 1972 break-i was lauded Friday by Den: cratic National Chairman Ro ert Strauss as a man wl played "a truly unique role the affairs of this nation." AMPI riles Suit To Recover Funds U'lTLE ROCK AP) - Asso- atud Milk Producers, Inc., cd suit Thursday in U.S. Ms- id Court here ngonsl David Parr, one of its former offi- als, in an eTtoH to recover iout $244,000 in corporate ncls that Parr allegedly con- ii'C(l to donate to political ampaigiis. Parr, who was ousted from MPI ill 1972, has pleaded guil- at \Vashington to a charge led against him by the Water- ale special prosecutor's office Volvlng illegal campaign con ibutions of $222,000 dollars. Parr also has pleaded guilty Little Rock to an indictment largihg him with conspiring to legally donate 522,000 in AMPI orporale funds to the Ilumph- cy-Muskic campaign. The AMPI suit filed Thursday jalnst Parr alleges thai Parr cted in violation of the trust nposed upon him by Ills ern- loymcnt when he made the il- Help Without Red Tape Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sun., Oct. 20, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE,.ARKANSAS ' 7C Free Clinics Gain Acceptance LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In the poster-decorated waiting room of the Los Angeles Free Clinic, a middle-aged woman shared a bench with long-halr- cd adolescents, children and an elderly couple. "You can't fjnd a private doctor open in Ihe evenin-gs. and I work during the day," Ihe woman said. "And I don'l like the county hospital; besides, it's too far away. The treatment's just as good here. I bring my children, egal contributions. AMPI also has filed suit gainst Harold Nelson, the for- aer AMPI general manager, lo ecover $330,000 in illegal cor- orate conlributions t h a t Ncl- on has pleaded guilty to mak- Iclson, however, reponded to lat suit by saying that AMP.I's oard of directors had partici- ated in his illegal unding activities. political Union Rejected CONWAY, Ark. (AP) -- Em- ployes of the Baldwin Piano )rgan Co. here Friday rejected union- representation by Ihe Jniled Brotherhood of Carpen- ers. ' ' · . ·. The vote was 202 for and 85 against. The election was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. The plant manufactures pianos. . · A young woman also waiting said she "got a present from a riend" -- venereal disease. "I was in a hospital in New Jersey," she said. "They kept no for two weeks and never javo me a diagnosis. .Here you don'l get bogged down in so much bull." Teen-agers' with VD. Women with ailing children; Elderly couples willa arthritis. They are .ypical patients of the nation's free clinics, today. With little of the attention thai accompanied their birth in 1967, free clinics that once treated only bum-tripping flower children are getting patients from throughout their commu nities. The patients are drawn by the promise of getting help .vithoul red tape and wilhou the cost of organized medicine. There are about 400 free clin ics nationwide handling abou two million patients annually according to the National Frei Clinic Council, a ; San Francisco based organization founded t ooidinale funding for clinics nd to share information. CLINIC BUDGETS The council channels money o clinics from the National In- titule of Drug Abuse and from he Department of Health, Edu- ation and Welfare. State and oral agencies often augment rec clinic budgets with fund- ig. "A growing number of people at our clinic are over 30 and ninority group members, par- icularly blacks, have grown to constitute almost one-third of he patient load," says Leonard Jomberg, executive director of he Los, Angeles Free Clinic, one of the nation's largest and oldest, SV4%. 5 3 A% We have a savings program and interest rate to meet your needs. Fayetteville Savings Loan Association 201 N. East Avenue Door Clinic in doctors, mental The Open icattle has icalth counselors, legal consultants and employment advisers. "Lots of people in the city right now don't have a drug iroblem, but have one of basic survival," said Cheryl Scott, crisis services supervisor at Ihe Seattle clinic. "How do you get welfare? Where can you sleep? Eat? What happens if your old mar throws you out on the street with two kids? If you. need an operation? If you need coun seling and supportive informa tion? We try to help." Few free clinics are house; in medical buildings or hospi tals. Most are in houses or downtown stores. Many aie in ghetto or depressed areas, am some cater exclusively t blacks, homosexuals, Spanish urnamed senior citizens, ln-i ians, or women. In some, rock nusic croons from speakers nd the walls are alive wilh losters. The clinics handle all but ma- or illnesses and surgery. Yen- 'real disease is the most common problem. CONTRIBUTION "Many people now coming in imply cannot afford orthodox medical care or feel they can- lot get it in bureaucratic, institutionalized, professionalized medicine," said John Vogt, associate director of the Westport Tree Clinic in Kansas City. Although some clinics ask ptients to pay for services according lo their financial situation, most rely strictly on contributions. Doctors and nurses volunteer their services in most :ises. The first free clinics sprouted ·n 1967 in San Francisco's rlaight-Asbury district and in Cambridge, Mass., to fill medicine's generation gap. Others soon began in Los Angeles and other cities. Their chief concern was bad drug trips, hepatitis VD and unwanted pregnancy. The medical establishment wouldn't treat the unwashed rebellious street people "with out threatening them morally legally or ·emotionally," Som berg recalled. At first, the Los Angeles clin ic had to face the suspicion tha greeted the opening of mos free clinics. Local residents dis dained it as a hippie hangout Police feared it would beconn meeting place for drug uscri nd pushers. Some parents vere outraged the clinic would real children without parental nowledge or permission. · Today the clinic has fancy ottered commendations from ity and county government] ho California legislature and lie National Rehabilitation As.- ociation. * GAINED CONFIDENCE ,' "We slowly but surely gained he confidence, of the commu; lity," Somberg said. "We starH ed attracting people who aj irst suspected the clinic of )eing too radical to seek its help." , 'J The Haight clinic has outgrown its original quarters ana, low occupies five buildings. It las a rock medicine division to supply medical aid at rock con-- certs, a drug detoxification unit, a project for t r a i n i n g medical students in the clinic, a vocational rehabilitation prdr 5vam and a division that hclpi communes provide for medical needs. \ Gary Pryor, director of the Southern California Free Clinic Council, says clinics, with uri- graded quality, might becoms providers of service under na'- tional health insurance. "Free clinics wouldn't go out of existence," Smith said. "Either they 'vvil! continue lo serve those who identify with the lifestyle, or the clinics wilt change their image to accommodate a broader segment of the community." 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