After all the statements, petitions, marches, protests and demonstrations about it, now there is a musical drama about the nuclear arms race.
"Sunday Eyes" is the title of an hour-long work produced at Southern Baptist-related Grand Canyon College in Phoenix, which is described by its authors as "not pro nor anti anything," but designed to stimulate discussion of the ethical implications of nuclear weaponry.
The plot involves Jim Johnson, an engineer who designs the guidance system for nuclear weapons, and his wife Leann, who has become involved in the peace movement. Faithful Christians, they belong to a church where antinuke Pastor Eliot has kicked up a fuss by opposing the reopening of the local nuclear plant, which provides jobs for most of his congregation.
Mozelle Sherman, performing arts director at the college, said that he hopes to take his 15-member cast on a road tour of churches and colleges.
British Roman Catholic bishops have asked Pope John Paul II to permit married non-Catholic clergy who wish to convert to Catholicism to be ordained as priests and remain married.
Britain's Cardinal Basil Hume said that British bishops do not see their request as weakening the church's clerical celibacy rule. In 1980, the Vatican approved a similar scheme to accept into the Roman priesthood dissident Episcopal clergy who had left their church because of modernization of the liturgy and ordination of women to the priesthood.
The Vatican's Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a new document Thursday reasserting the church's traditional strict rule that only priests can say mass and consecrate the eucharist.
"In order that they may be able to carry out their work, especially a work so important as confecting the eucharistic mystery, our Lord marks out in a spiritual manmner those whom he calls to the episcopate and to the priesthood," the document said.
It said that Christians who are deprived of the eucharist because of their inaccessibility or a shortage of priests are still united with the church "through their desire for the sacrament."
The National Baptists, the nation's largest black church body, gathered this week in Los Angeles, under new leadership for the first time in 30 years.
Presiding over the more than 20,000 delegates was the Rev. Theodore J. Jemison, who unseated the Rev. Joseph H. Jackson of Chicago last year. Jackson's tight grip on the presidency, plus his opposition to the nonviolent civil rights protest movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., caused a split in 196l, when King and other liberals in the church left to form the National Progressive Baptist Convention.
Jackson, who sat in a prominent place on the speaker's platform during this year's convention, now heads a foundation making educational grants.
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The Rev. John E. Boyles, assistant minister at National Presbyterian Church, has been named interim minister at First Congregational Church.
The Rev. Francis X. Moan has left his post as chaplain at Georgetown University Law Center to become national coordinator of Jesuit refugee work at the U.S. Jesuit Conference here.
The Rev. Thomas W. McMillan, a former missionary educator in East Africa, will organize a new Southern Baptist congregation in the Newington area of Fairfax County.