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Crossroads / volume (None) 1971-19??, May 01, 1974, Image 1

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Belmont Ibbey College VOLUME III -ISSUE I MAY, 1974 Papal Delegate Visits Abbey Belmont Abbey was the privileged host of the newly appointed Papal Delegate for the United States, the Most Reverend Jean Jadot, D.D., on Founder’s Day, March 21. Archbishop Jadot was born Nov. 23, 1909 in Brussels, Belgium and was ordained a priest in 1934. He served as a military chaplain in the former Belgium Congo, and was National Director of Pontifical Missionary Work for Belgium when he was named in 1968 Titular Archbishop of Zuri and appointed Apostolic Delegate for Laos, Malaysia and Singapore. In 1969, he was further given the position of Pro-Nuncio in Thailand and also has served in this regard in Cameroon, and Gabon. He is also Apostolic Delegate for Equatorial Guinea. As part of the Founder’s Day celebration, the public was in vited to participate in a sung high mass in the Abbey Cathedral • Archbishop Jadot was the principle celebrant of the more than twenty priests con- celebrating, including bishops of the dioceses of Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Savannah, and Abbots Edmund and Walter of Belmont Abbey. In his homily the Apostolic Delegate praised the Order of St. Benedict. Quotes by Popes John XXIII and Paul VI extolling the virtues of the Benedictines were read. Using the Order’s motto, “Ora et Labora’’ or “Prayer and Work” as a basis, he congratulated the Benedictines on their good work and service to mankind. At the close of this impressive service. Abbot Edmund Mc Caffrey thanked Archbishop Jadot and the other bishops for attending the celebration and, pledged continued loyalty to the Holy Father on behalf of Belmont Abbey. Later in the afternoon. Abbey students and faculty were in vited to meet with the bishops at the Chi Rho House, headquarters of the Campus Ministry. The Papal Delegate blessed the , i ^ I Archbishop Jean Jadot, Abbot Edmund McCaffrey and Bishops of the Province of AtlanU concelebrate Mass in the Abbey Cathedral for the I ^ , r’nu.. anniiaiFounder»8 Pay CelebraUonhetd March 21. | photo by Phil Nofal house, then he and the other dignitaries talked informally with members of the campus community. Founder’s Day com memorates the passing of Saint Benedict, who founded the Benedictine Ordpr at Monte Casino in 526, and thus started the tradition monasticism. of Western Reprinted by permission of FREE LANCE, student newspaper of Belmont Abbey College. Demonology Lectures Given The pages of the Bible and the history books were opened and the devil was introduced, his background given and his role in the history d man was explained in a series of four lectures presented by Belmont Abbey College. Fr. James Solari, O.S.B., Academic Dean of the college and a teacher of theology, and Fr. Lawrence Willis, O.S.B., a teacher of theology and history, presented the first lectures in an attempt “to put the devil in better perspective’’ because of the public interest in him that has arisen since the book and film, “The Exorcist,” became popular. Fr. Solari prefaced his remarks on the Scriptural record of demonic activity by saying that those who experience ex cessive fear of demonic possession after seeing the movie are perhaps “eVnotionally unstable, have neurotic disor ders or are unsophisticated in religious education.” Beginning with the first Biblical mention of Satan in the Book of Job, Sdari outlined the development of the Christian concept of the existence of an evil force. In Job, Sdari ejqilained, Satan was not an “adversary” of God and man; rather, he acted as a “heavenly prosecutor” of Job, testing the man’s human virtue. Later, during the Babylonian Captivity of the people of Israel in the sixth century, B.C., in fluence of Persian religion began to change the Jews’ concept of Satan. Persian religion, he said, was based on dualism, or a belief in equally strong powers of good and evil. This thinking, Solari con tinued, influenced Jewish thought so that by the last century, B.C., Satan had become more of an evil being, between God and man in power, con stantly trying to thwart the plan of man’s salvation. “The Jews felt a need to admit intermediary beings between God and man, and a need to explain evil that could not be reconciled with the all-holy God,” Solari said. The full text of Archbishop Jadot’s homily Is printed on page four of this Issue of Crossroads. So Satan and demons became more and more important in Jewish thought and later in Christianity. Concerning actual demonic possession Solari suggested that perhaps the most outstanding instance in the Bible was the case of Judas Iscariot. (John 13). Exorcism, or casting out demons who have possessed someone, Solari defined as “Invtrfcing the name of God, to whom the demcxis are subject.” (cont. on pg. 4)

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