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MAROON Oct. 3; 1980 Loyola I nivcrsUy, New Orleans V 01.58. N0.5 S.F. Archbishop wants review of birth control stand By CINDY HITE After years of conformity within the Catholic Church, the Vatican's immovable position on birth control has been challenged by an American Archbishop. In an unprecedented move, Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco, called on the Vatican to sponsor "a completely honest examination of the birth control issue resulting in new church doctrine of "responsible parenthood," according to an Associated Press report. Quinn is president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States. Rev. Stephen C. Rowntree, S.J., assistant professor of philosophy, said that he was "very pleased" with Quinn's request. "I hope that there will be a free and open debate about the issue," Rowntree said. Rev. John R. Payne, S.J., assistant professor of religious studies, also agrees with Quinn. "I think he's right. The evidence is on the table," Payne said. "The issue needs to be seriously reviewed." Rev. Gerald M. Fagin, S.J., chairman of the religious studies department, voiced his approval. "I was very happy that he raised the question. Birth control has become a great pastoral problem," Fagin said. Rev. Stephen J. Duffy, S.J., associate professor of religious studies, called Quinn's request "praiseworthy," but said it may have come too late. "Birth control has already created a division in the church. It they can clarify it, it will be to the benefit of everyone," Duffy said. Loyola student disapprove of abortion. At least that's the opinion of more than 70 percent of those questioned in an informal Maroon poll of about 100 students. Seventy-three percent of the students disapprove of abortion, while 87 percent are against federal funding for abortion. Most of the students (93 percent of those polled) approve of birth control, but 81 percent of the students questioned disagree with the Catholic Church's stand on birth control. The Catholic Church feels that no artificial birth control should be practiced. Eighty-seven percent of the students polled feel the university should distribute birth control information, but only 33 percent feel it should distribute contraceptives through the Health Center. However, information on birth control is not offered through the Health Center at Loyola. The center refers students to a gynecologist. Some priests feel such information is not the university's responsibility. Rev. Leo A. Nicoll, S.J., associate professor of history, "doesn't support giving out detailed birth control information," especially if the student is unmarried.Fagin said that birth control information is available from other sources, but said there are methods which are available and acceptable, such as the Billings and rhythm method. Rowntree added that at a Catholic institution, there's a "basic presumption that unmarried people will not be sexually active, so they will not need birth control." LU Puerto Means want statehood By KAREN LANG Many Puerto Ricans would like to add a new star to Old Glory. "The commonwealth status has served its purpose," said Rafael Mayoral, a sophomore international relations major and director of the Puerto Rican Statehood Student Association in New Orleans. "It's time for a change," he said. Although Puerto Ricans are American citizens subject to federal laws, many would like to see Puerto Rico become the 51st state. Currently, Puerto Rico is a commonwealth or "associated state," that depends on the United States for defense, international relationships and economic stability. But, many governmental functions remain localized.The association sponsored a statehood drive last week to get students "acquainted with Puerto Rico," said Mayoral, who added that of Loyola's 125 Puerto Rican students, 80 are pro-statehood. Among Puerto Rican voters, nearly 48 percent support the New Progressive Party, which advocates statehood. If that party defeats the Popular Democrats in the Nov. 4 gubernatorial election, progressive candidate Carlos Romero-Barcelo, who is presently governor, promises a 1981 referendum on Puerto Rico's status. The alternatives are statehood, commonwealth status and independence.Mayoral believes starehood has a good chance of winning. He believes an independent Puerto Rico wouldn't be able to survive economically. If statehood is approved on the referendum, there would be a petition to Congress for admission to the union. "Americans are reluctant to think of Puerto Rican statehood," said Mayoral, "but once they get to know about it, I think they will get interested." Officially declared a colony in 1978 by the United Nations, Puerto Rico would receive more federal funds with statehood., and Puerto Ricans would receive the right to vote in federal elections. Statehood would also mean that Puerto Ricans would have to pay federal taxes. The 3,349 square mile island would be the third smallest state, behind Rhode Island and Deleware, and would rank about 23rd in population, with four million inhabitants. I JD I FALL FEST: Loyola celebrated the coming of fall last Friday in the quad. Students enjoyed booths, bands, dunking, volleyball, food, frisbee, beer and just having fun. The event ended with "The Pink Panther Strikes Again." For a better look at the fun-filled day, turn to page 8. (Photo by Mark Bolello) Stats are out on your major By MARIA C. WARD There are more students majoring in communications at Loyola than in the entire College of Music, according to enrollment figures released by the Office of Planning, Management and Evaluation this week. Communications majors account for 24.6 percent of the student population in Arts and Sciences. In A&S, biology is running second with 10.9 percent choosing this major. On the other end of the science scale is physics with two percent and chemistry with 2.5 percent combined. Modern Foreign Language majors are also scarce, comprising only 1.4 percent of A&S students. Russian is the most popular MFL choice with eight majors, while Spanish has only one. Religious studies and philosophy combined account for only 1.2 percent of all A&S majors. Psychology, dental hygiene and political science have substantial enrollments of about seven percent. General studies majors and students who have not specified a major account for 9.8 percent of the A&S population. In the business college, the leading major is general business with 41 percent. Accounting is second with 24.3 percrnt of all business students. Other popular business majors include management, marketing and public administration with seven percent to eight percent each. Continued on page 4 NOTICE Due to the Octoberfest holiday and midterm exams, there will not be an Oct.lo issue of the Maroon However, we'll be bade Oct. 17.
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