Texas Gulf Coast Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 10, No. 29, Ed. 1 Friday, December 12, 1975 Page: 1 of 6
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"Speaking in tongues"
opposed by Southern
SARASOTA, Fla. (RNS) — Dr. Jaroy
Weber, president of the Southern Baptist
Convention, declared at a press conference
here that “the mainstream of Baptist belief is
not in sympathy with the tongue’s
While in Sarasota for the annual meeting of
the State Southern Baptist Convention, the
SBC president, w ho is pastor of First Baptist
Church, Lubbock, Tex., spoke on the con-
troversy over the charismatic movement that
has broken out in the denomination.
Describing the modern-day practice of
speaking in tongues as “unbiblical,” Dr.
Weber said, “People have a right to believe as
they feel led, but not to disrupt fellowship,”
At the same press conference, the Rev.
John Pelham of Pelatka, Fla . newly elected
president of the state convention, said he
would oppose any efforts to remove
Charismatic congregations from fellowship in
Southern Baptist bodies. He said he felt the
issue should not be a test of fellowship.
Five congregations have been removed
from the fellowship of local Southern Baptist
bodies this year because of charismatic ac-
tivities. Resolutions on the subject were
adopted at two of the state convention
sessions this fall.
The Baptist Convention of Maryland
resolved to ‘call upon all Baptists
everywhere to practice Christian love and
patience towards those with whom they may
disagree in the interpretation of Biblical
passages relating to the value and validity of
A resolution passed by the Arizona
Southern Baptist Convention encouraged
pastors to preach and teach the doctrine of
the Holy Spirit to counter what it called the
“disunity’' sometimes caused by “pseudo-
charismatic” movements in local
From? the Bishops’ desk...
A Clnmstmas message
To our beloved priests, religious and laity:
Greetings and good wishes!
In a few more days, we will celebrate the birth of our Lord in Bethlehem; and I wish to
convey to each of you my very special greetings coupled with the wish that you may have a
very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
A year ago. before celebrating midnight Mass, we were privileged to see the telecast of
our Holy Father as he performed the ceremony of opening a special door at St. Peter’s
Basilica to signal the beginning of the Holy Year. This was, indeed, a very special year: one
of pilgrimages to Rome; one of reconciliation arid spiritual renewal. It is possible that we
will be able to view again, this Christmas Eve, the closing of the Holy Door which will
remain sealed until the year 2000. Let us hope that we really participated in the program of
renewal and reconciliation.
What beautiful truths and ideals there are which characterize every Christmas and how
truly happy and peaceful are those who make these truths and ideals their own!
In the first place, we have with us the great mystery of the Incarnation which gives us a
God — man in Jesus Christ; His mother, Mary; the foster-father, St. Joseph; the crib;
Bethlehem; angels; joy and glory. For the earth was enveloped in the darkness of sin, but
Christ, our divine light, came and dispelled the darkness Through this divine light, Christ
shows us that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
The spirit of Christmas infuses new life into those who follow the Lamb. It is a special time
for children. They see in the crib the image of their God as a Babe and their love goes out to
Him. Grown-ups are happy too. It is a time for giving gifts and there is more joy in giving
than in receiving
!3uf Oirisimjss- /iJsa /-('minds ns n,f slrsnj’prK nf fh'» poor 'ind ihc fnrgnlleri “He came
unto His Own and His own knew Him not.” There was no room for Him at the inns of
Bethlehem. Yet, He had control over the whole world but He chose to be born in an humble
In our world and especially in our own country which boasts of wealth and easy living,
there are thousands of individuals who are poorly housed, poorly clothed and poorly fed.
There are hundreds of persons who are lonely and forgotten. These, too, we will remember
bv deeds of kindness and the warmth of charity.
May the Christ-Child, His Blessed Mother and St. Joseph come to each of you with an
abundance of joy and happiness! May you and your Loved ones have a truly peaceful
Christinas, and may 1976 bring you many blessings.
Devotedly yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Thomas J. Drury
Bishop of Corpus Christi
SENIOR ALTAR SERVERS
Forty of the M Senior Alter Servers at Christ the King Church Corpus Christi, who
received awards at a special ceremony recently. 12 received Certificates of Merit; 16
received Sanctuary Crosses; 12 received the Zuccefto.
Photo Courtesy Ray's Photo Service
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VoJ. X No. 29
Fmftay, DecembeR 12; 1975
Monica Baldwin, former nun dies;
wrote 'I Leap Over the Wail'
LONDON (RNS) — Monica Baldwin, the
former Roman Catholic nun whose renun-
ciation of her vows in 1942 made worldwide
headlines, is dead.
Her book. T Leap Over The Wall.” was an
Miss Baldwin was a relative of Stanley
Baldwin, a pre-war British Prime Minister.
She was a convert to Roman Catholicism
from Anglicanism before World War I and in
1914 became a Canoness Regular of the
Latera.n of St. Augustine at the English
Convent in Bruges, Belgium.
In 1942 she was dispensed from her vows
and returned to secular life. Shortly after this
she wrote “I Leap Over the Wall” and made
her home in the Channel Islands between
southern England and France.
In 1968, following Charles Davis's
resignation, she gave an interview to The
One Solitary Life . . .
He wji born in an obscure village. He
worked in a carpenter shop until he was
thirty. He then became an itinerant preacher
He never held an office. He never had a
family or owned a house. He didn't go to
college. He had no credentials but himself.
He was only thirty-three when the public
turned against him His friends ran away.
He was turned over to his enemies and went
through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed
■ ■ ■ .» / ■ 1 ) i if . . - \ ! :. r i,,-
was dying, his executioners gambled tor his
clothing, the only property he had on earth.
He was laid in a borrowed grave Nineteen
centuries have come and gone, and today
he is the central figure of the human race,
All the armies that ever marched, all the
navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments
that ever sat, and ail the kings that ever
reigned have not affected the life of man on
this earth as much as that
One Solitary Life . . .
“Principles of Morality”
Fr. Mark Chamberlin —
INCARNATE WORD ACADEMY
Times here in which she said she had made a
mistake in leaving the convent. During the
talk she referred to Mr. Davis's “A Question
of Conscience.' She said:
“What so struck me was that both he and I
had failed for similar reasons. We were
neither of us sufficiently damped on to God
by prayer He doesn’t once mention the word
prayer in his book....
“I am convinced that in his case, as in
mine, fhe cause of fhe trouble was failure to
guard the citadel in the early stages. The
enemy gets a foothold. When the big attack
comes you are swept away. You’ve got to
have enough faith to hold on and let God lead
you to the precipice — or even over it if
necessary That’s what 1 should have un-
derstood 25 years ago.”
In 1970 Miss Baldwin wrote an article in the
masses-circulating Catholic Herald in which
“It HI becomes a ‘failed nun' to hold forth
about the Catholic priesthood. Nevertheless, I
have, during a long and misspent life, met,
seen, heard, spoken with, listened to and read
about a very great number of priests. As a
result 1 think that Catholic priests should not
Miss Baldwin’s T Leap Over the Wall” was
about her experiences on leaving the convent
She also published “The Called” and the
“Chosen” and “Goose over the Jungle.”
Our Priests , .
— our future
PARISHES FROM WHICH SEMINARIANS COME AND ARE NOW ENROLLED IN
Name of Parish No. Major Seminarians
No. Minor Seminarians
Corpus Christi Deanery (13Total) (41 Total)
Christ the King, C.C.
Corpus Christi Cathedral, C.C.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, C.C.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, C .C.
Ss. Cyril & Methodius. C.C.
St. Joseph’s, C.C
St !’ •'» if k’< r’ f'
i»l. Plus A.l.t.
St. Anthony ’s Robstown
Sacred Heart, Mathis
St. Gertrude's, Kingsville
St. Martin’s, Kingsville
Christ the King, Laredo
St. Vincent de Paul, Laredo
St. Luis Key. Laredo
St. Mary s, Bayside (Mission)
Our Lady of the Skies. NAS, Beeville
Our Lady of Refuge, Refugio
St . Joseph’s, Beeville
FROM OUTSIDE THE DIOCESE
(More next week)
Catholic Mutual reports another record year
The Catholic Mutual Relief Society
reported another record year for 1975 with
assets increasing three-quarters of a million
dollars. The report was made at the annual
trustees’ meeting of the Society in
Washington, D C., held during the national
fall meeting of the American Hierarchy The
19 Board members, all of whom are or-
dinaries of this 86-year-old Church-related
organization, reviewed the society's per-
formance of last year.
Archbishop Sheehan reported that the
Catholic Relief Insurance Company, which is
a wholly-owned subsidiary of the society,
“still enjoys an ‘A+* or excellent rating.”
Churches and schools continue to be
plagued with substantially large violence
type losses such as vandalism and arson. The
trustees were told that the present theft loss
ratio is in excess of 170 per cent and it seems
to be constantly on the increase. The
hierarchy were told that the increased
wanton type of damage being inflicted on
church property runs the gamut from graffiti
to arson, and that instances of arson have
reached epidemic proportions.
The trustees were also alerted to an alar-
ming increase in liability law suits against the
Church for injuries to the public occurring on
Church premises. They were warned that
because of this trend, all assureds should
protect themselves by carrying adequate
amounts of liability insurance.
AFTER THE TRUSTEES' MEETING
Left to right, seated: Most Rev. Eldon S. Schuster, D.D., Bishop of Great Foils#
Montana; Most Rev. Ignatius J. Strecker, D.D., Archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas;
Most Rev. Francis J. Furey, D.D., Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas; Most Rev. Daniel E.
Sheehan, D.D., President of fhe Society and Archbishop of Omaha, Nebraska; Most Rev.
Lambert A. Hoch, D.D., Bishop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Most Rev. David M.
Maloney, D.D., Bishop of Wichita, Kansas; and Most Rev. Marion F. Forst, D.D., Bishop
of Dodge City, Kansas.
Second row: Most Rev. Hilary B. Hacker, D.D., Bishop of Bismarck, North Dakota;
Most Rev. Richard H. Ackerman, D.D., Bishop of Covington, Kentucky; Most Rev.
Thomas J. Drury, D.D., Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas; Most Rev. Leo T. Maher, D.D.,
Bishop of San Oiego, California; Most Rev. Frank K. Greteman, D.D., Sioux City, Iowa;
Most Rev. John L. MorWovsky, D.D., Bishop of Galveston-Houston, Texas; and Most Rev.
Nicholas E. Walsh, D.D., Bishop of Yakima, Washington.
Last row, standing: Mr. Richard J.O'Meara, Vice President; Rev. Monsignor Edward
P. McCaslin of Omaha, Nebraska; Most Rev. Sylvester W. Treinen, D.D., Bishop of Boise,
Idaho; Most Rev. George H. Spelfi, D.D., Bishop of St. Cloud, Minnesota; Most Rev.
Thomas J. Connolly, D.D., Bishop of Baker, Oregon; Most Rev. Carroll T. Dozier, D.D.,
B shop of Memphis, Tennessee; Most Rev. Henry J. Soenneker, D.D., Bishop of
Owensboro, Kentucky; and Mr. Thomas J. Hanrahan, Executive Vice President.
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