AN AMERICAN priest has adopted a 13 year old black youth from one of Chicago's ghettoes. Fr George Clements, a civil rights activist from Holy Angels. one of the city's largest black parishes, said the main reason for adopting the boy was to try to make sense "in the little corner of the ghetto." The adoption finally went through last week: the Chicago archdiocese has indicated that "a priest is not free to adopt a child" but did not block the proceedings, which began last December.
Fr Clements is now leading a crusade urging black families to adopt homeless black children. "There are hundreds of black children waiting to be adopted and if every church sponsored one child they would all have homes," he said.
TWO CANADIAN government ministers have sharply criticised the Social Affairs C'ommission of the national bishops' conference for its attacks on proposed new oil and gas legislation. They rejected charges that the Bill would seriously prejudice land claims by Indians and Eskimos in the potentially oil-rich northern part of the country affected by the Bill.
SLAVS have been urged by the Pope to remain faithful to their cultural, national and religious heritage. The message came in a letter written on the Pope's behalf h Cardinal Casaroli, to participants in a pilgrimage honouring Ss Cyril and Nlethodius in Velehrad, Czechoslovakia. The two saints are the co-patrons of Europe with St Benedict. The letter mourned the fact that "historical events have destroyed the communion of the Slavic nations." It was released by the Vatican last week.
EIGHT hundred people are expected in Albuquerque, United States next month at a conference named after Caterina Tekakwitha, the Mohawk Indian woman beatified last year. The conference will bring together Indian Catholics and Church people who work with them under the auspices of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions.
A JESUIT priest has been released from the Romanian prison %here he has been held for the past two sears, the Jesuit press headquarters in Rome announced last week. Fr Michael Godo was sentenced to six years imprisonment for alleged illegal currency dealings. lie has been prohibited from leaving the country.
MANY seminaries in Africa are now having to turn away applicants because of lack of places, according to Aid to the Church in Need. ACN is helping to build a new seminary in Upper Volta: it has promised about £50,000, half of which it sent last year. It intends to send the second half this year.
CHRISTIAN Aid has made a grant of £5,000 towards the cost of building. equipping and staffing a children's home in the remote famine-stricken Turkana region of north-west Kenya. The grant will help provide shelter and schooling for up to 250 children in the village of Lokichar. It will be sent via the National Christian Council of Kenya.
FR ED V4 A R D Schillebeeckx, the controversial theologian whose views have been investigated by the Vatican, has received the 1982 Erasmus Prize for Culture. The Erasmus Foundation announced the $40,000 award last week and said Fr Schillebeeckx won the prize because of his faith and his writings on theological issues. The Belgian-born priest, a Dominican, teaches at the University of Nijmegan in the Netherlands.
ruE RECENT Israeli attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor has been condemned by Pax Christi-USA. Pax Christi did not question the sincerity of Israel's motives for the attack hut said it "could not endorse military action as a means of achieving this or any other otherwise desirable goal." Once pre-emption was accepted as a rule of action the world's peace would become "hostage to the vagaries and whims of individual personalities and arbitrary decisions," it said.