A "paternal warning" from Pope Paul VI to persons who mislead the faithful by "words, writings or behavior, along the paths of personal opinions and subsequently of heresy and schism" has been widely viewed as directed at the rebel French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
The pontiff made his remarks in which he made no specific reference to Lefebvre, on June 29, the same day the traditionalist archbishop defied Vatican authority by illicitly ordaining 20 priests and 16 subdeacons. Lefebvre, 72, a foe of the reforms of Vatican II, has continued to defy papal injunctions that have followed the suspension by the Vatican of his priestly functions two years ago.
Preaching a bitter sermon at the June 29 ordinations at his seminary in Econe, Switzerland, Lefebvre assailed Pope Paul and the Vatican, denouncing "the hand of the devil which is in Rome." A Vatican spokesman, meanwhile, termed the Econe ordinations "entirely illegitimate."
The All Africa Conference of Churches, composed of 115 member churches from 31 countries, has condemned intervention of foreign nations in African affairs. In a statement issued from AACC headquarters in Nairobi, the ecumenical organization charged that "the superpowers and their allies have taken advantage of the precarious internal socio-political situations in certain African nations and states in order to transfer their cold war rivalry to Africa and to turn the continent into a battleground, all for the furtherance of their interests."
A Roman Catholic nun with impressive credentials and experience as an educator will become the principal of a public elementary school in Danby, Vt. The choice of Sister Rita Marie Emerson by the Danby school board generated citizen protests, but after a full airing of the questions raised, the board reaffirmed its decision.
The new principal is expected to be called "Miss Emerson" by her pupils next fall.
Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America, the group that split from the Episcopal Church over women priests and other issues, are undecided as to whether they will seek admission to the decennial Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops worldwide, which convenes in Canterbury, England, July 22, According to the Rt. Rev. James Mote of Denver.
"I'm not sure I want to sit and listen to a lot of heretical bishops." said Mote, who is now in England on a religious pilgrimage. Mote said he expects three other bishops of the breakaway church to join him in England shortly.
A spokesman for Archbishop Donald Coggan, who as Archbishop of Canterbury is titular head of the Anglican Church, has said that the rebel bishops will not be admitted to Lambeth if they do seek recognition.