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14 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 'Jul Archbishop Quinn calls for Roman curia reform, new cou By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Archbishop John R. Quinn called for major Roman Curia reforms, new ways of selecting bishops and a new ecumenical council in an address June 29 at Oxford University. The quest for church unity requires changes in the style of governance of the Catholic Church, the recently retired San Francisco archbishop said in a speech marking the 100th anniversary of Oxford's Cam- pion Hall. The archbishop took the cue for his address from Pope John Paul II's own request, in last year's encyclical on Christian unity, for leaders and theolo- gians of the Christian churches to help the pope "find a way of exercising the (papal) primacy which, while in no way renouncing what is essen- tial to its mission, is nonethe- less open to a new situation." Archbishop Quinn said a new council to open the mil- lennium should let the world's bishops discuss frankly and openly key issues facing the church. Among such issues, he said. are clerical celibacy, women's role in the church, the role of bishops' conferences, general absolution, liturgical incultur- ation, ordination of women, contraception, and reception of the sacraments by the di- vorced and remarried. i Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St., Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 RESTAURANT SPECIALIZING IN DELICIOUS GERMAN FOOD PRIME RIB CHARBROILED STEAQK COUNTRY FR}ED CHICKEN SEAFOODS • SALAD BAR BANQUET ROOM FOR PRIVATE PARTIES FOR ALL YOUR CATERING NEEDS, CALL  [482-2640/ ,*= I Hwy. 162S. 393 3rd. Ave., Jasper, IN U.S. Jesuit Father Francis A. Sullivan, who taught theol- ogy of the church for decades at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, called Archbishop Quinn's talk one of the most important public statements on church reform by an experienced, high-rank- ing Catholic prelate since a May 1969 interview with the late Belgian Cardinal Leo Jozef Suenens in the French Catholic periodical, Informa- tions Catholiques Interna- tionales. Vatican officials had tried to prevent publication of that in- terview, in which Cardinal Suenens called for Curia re- form, more local voice in selec- tion of bishops and more sub- sidiarity in the church as prerequisites for Christian unity. Archbishop Quinn, who headed the San Francisco Archdiocese for 18 years, is a former president of the Na- tional Conference of Catholic Bishops. He said Pope Pius XII called for applying the principle of subsidiarity -- invoking higher structures only for those things that can'tbe done at a lower level -- to the life of the church. To call for local selection of bishops -- as was done in most of the church until the early 19th century -- or for less cen- tralization of authority in other areas is not to challenge or question the primacy of the pope, but to address the issue of what is the appropriate or prudent exercise of that pri- macy, he said. He said in urging discussion of a wide range of current church issues by a council, he was not necessarily advocating changes in church teachings or policies but simply arguing that one of the chief obstacles to Christian unity today is "'the way issues are dealt with by the Curia." "It must also be said that this is a concern all over the world," he said. "Recent events in Switzerland, Austria, Ger- many and France, in Brazil, Africa and the United States are only one indication of how widespread this concern is." Archbishop Quinn said the widespread concern "has to do with the appointment of bish- ops, the approval of documents such as the 'Catechism of the Catholic Church,' the grave decline in the number of priests and the consequent de- cline in the availability of Mass for the people, the cog- nate issue of the celibacy of the clergy, the role of episcopal conferences, the role of women and the issue of the ordination of women." "Two things are involved in these issues: the decision of the Holy See on a specific issue and the way in which these decisions are reached and implemented," he said. "For instance, are such deci- sions imposed without consul- tation with the episcopate and without appropriate dialogue? Are bishops appointed against an overwhelming objection of people and priests in a given diocese?" ST. JOHN P He "said the Curia, which! "an administrative of papal staff, sore, as if it is a "tertium quid": third entity -- between i pope and bishops. 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