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27, 1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 15 oma City Archdiocese sells all of its Disney stock OKLAHOMA CITY (CNS) -- Archdiocese of Oklahoma ity has sold all of its stock in Disney Corp., citing the lovie "Priest" and a fantasy pavilion at the Walt World theme park as its ections. Disney stock closed at $61.125 New York Stock Exchange n Sept. 17, when the archdio- sold its 3,400 shares. Father Edward J. Weisen- vicar general for the rchdiocese, told Catholic News Sept. 18 that the approx- $200,000 the archdio- ese received from the sale ,ould be "reinvested in other, ppropriate funds." "We are saddened fhat this family-oriented corporation chosen to pursue financial at the expense of honesty !nd moral integrity," Father in a Sept. 17 nnouncement. He told CNS that the promo- ion of "fant .... ,, aY weaaings at a Walt Disney World wedding pavilion was "lacking in any understanding of the profoundly sacred nature of marriage." Talks broke down with the Diocese of Orlando, Fla., where Walt Disney World is located, on the fantasy weddings issue, Father Weisenburger added. He said Dominican Sister Lucy Vazquez, Orlando's dioce- san chancellor, then sent all U.S. dioceses a letter stating that no Catholic priest living in or visit- ing the Diocese of Orlando could take part in any way in the fan- tasy weddings. Father Weisenburger's letter also labeled the movie "Priest," which was distributed amid great controversy last year by Disney's wholly-owned Miramax Films subsidiary, as having "por- trayed Catholic clergy as moral- ly destitute and emotionally troubled due to church teach- ings." Miramax "would not have por- trayed African-Americans, Jew- ish persons, or other minorities in a manner as viciously hateful and untrue," he added. "Disney has steadfastly refused to apolo- gize, accept responsibility for this matter, or further supervise Miramax." "Priest" has been one of the rallying points for the Southern Baptist Convention and the American Family Association's boycotts of Disney, both launched this year. "We are pleased to stand with many devout Christian brothers and sisters throughout the Unit- ed States who have likewise cho- sen to sever all ties with an orga- nization whose actions we find to be morally reprehensible as well as antithetical to the values they formerly professed," Father Weisenburger said in his announcement. He told CNS the issue first came up about three weeks ear- lier at a meeting of the arch- diocesan finance council. He said a priest had noted the archdio- cese's Disney investment and wanted research done on it. The announcement said arch- diocesan officials "foundour- selves guided in this action through a careful study of numerous documents published by (the) Catholic League for Reli- gious and Civil Rights" in New York, which has also taken Dis- ney to task since the "Priest" controversy. The Disney stock wa s part of the archdiocese's long-term pat- rimony, and the returns accrued from that patrimony were used to fund archdiocesan programs, Father Weisenburger told CNS, adding that he did not know how long the archdiocese had owned the stock. He said the recent appoint- ment of Jesuit Father Leo O'Donovan, president of George- town University in Washington, to the Disney board of directors made no difference in the arch- diocese's ultimate decision. Contributing to this story was Mark Pattison in Washington. SCRIPTURE SEARCH By Patricia Kasten SON, GO Gospel for Sunday, September 29, 1996 Matthew 25:28.32 Following is a word search based on the Gospel reading for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, A Cycle, a statement about human nature. The word clues are left to right in the order in which they appear in the reading. 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