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Thirty-two THE GUARDIAN if CATHOLICS CANNOT LOGICALLY ATTEND PROTESTANT SERVICES Once We Realize That the Catholic Church is the One Divinely In- stitued Re!igivn Which All Ought to Join We Can Have Nothing te Do With Other Religions--Our Position Is Clear for Its Un- derlying Principles Are Clear:--Average Catholic Has Only One Desire to Be Allowed to Profess and Practice His Religion in Peace--Is Not Intolerant or Narrow-minded. (Bombay Examiner) times even brutal. But at foundation A Protestant Questions it was sound; and its soundness can Father Hull, the able editor of the, be proved by the way in which the old Bombay Examiner, is often called up-I principle had held its own and rind- on to answer questions that bear upon the practical moral or religious life of atholics. His answer to the query I which follews is so full and explana- tory that we are pleased to publish it in full: , Sir--A Protestant friend invites me to be present at a "Service of Song" as it is called, where beautiful hymns are sung by a mixed choir and the presiding pastor-va Baptist--lectures at intervals on uch general subjects as the enormity of sin, the conquer- ing power f grace over sin, etc. Can we as Catholics, who firmly believe that ours is the only true religion re- vealed by God, consistently and logi- cally attend such services? If we don&apos;t, we are put down as intolerant and narrowminded, and are told that no possible harm can be done by at- tending, but only good. I should be glad to know the specific rule of the Church on the subject of attendance of Catholics at non-Catholic services. Even if one does not actually join in the service, is one justified in being merely present thereat? Yours, etc., (Signed0 Comment on the Foregoing Letter You need not be in the least'dis- turbed at ben:,' called intolerant and narrow-minded. ]'eople who have convictions and principles will always earn those names from other people who have not the same convictions I and principles. Thoe ,who acknowl- ::: edg restraints and restrictions always look straight-laced to those who do " not acknowledge the same restraints and restrictions. This sort of thing happens, for instance, When a Catho- lic woman declines to cntract a mixed marriage which otherwise might be desirable. It happens when a Catho- lic woman refuses to marry a man because he is a divorce, or when, afte :'/: making an unhappy marriage, she re- fuses to take advantage of the di- His great desire is to make his Cath- olicism as unobtrusive as possible, and to be left alone just as he leaves other people alone. But in point of fact his modesty does not always meet with its reward. As soon as Catholic principles require him to act differently from those around him, he is not allowed to do so sive person. He does not thrust his , AN USURPED PREROGATIVE. religion on other people, or rush round ! preaching or persuading them. In fact, The laying of the cornerstone of the quite the contrary. The average Cath- two junior high schools in course of olic has usually only one desire: to be erection at Cedar Rapids, lowa, was allowed to profess and practice his re- in charge of the Freeaasons. Writ- ligion in peace without being taunted ling on this occurrence in the Novem- or abused for it, or made fun of for it. ber issue of the "Christian Cynosure," official organ of the National Chris- tian Association, Rev. N. P. Uhlig, a Lutheran divine, quite correctly states: "What if the ceremonies had been turned over to the Catholics or to any cated itself in all sorts of ways after l in peace. According to Catholic prin- standing the test of ages. [ciples, a Catholic o*.ght to confine his Belief and Disbelief. ]religious relations to his own church, The Protestant Reformation, by its [ and nt take part in the proceedings of extensiveness alone, led to the disso-t therrelig lens. He can join any un- lution of this idea. It produced sepa- ] denominational enterprise of a social rated sects, eacll retaining some of the or charitable nature; but as soon as man who tries to keep free from the system of perquisites, commissions and bribes which he finns prevailing around him. Penalty of High Ideals It is the penalty which everybody has to pay for the privilege of living up to ideals higher than the aggre- gate of his surroundings. I suppose the Pharisees considered our Lord "In- tolerant and narrow-minded because He insisted on the unity of marriage or condemned the practice of corban. In the same way the pagan world must have denounced the apostles as intol- erant and narrow-minded because they forbade the eating of meats offered to idols. Even some of the more easy- geing Chrtians might have imputed the same faults to St. Paul when he scarified their abuses and laxties or laid down laws for the agape or for the conduct of widows and virgins. Similarly what a terrible reputation St. John musb have got for telling his faithful to avoid heretics, and not even to bid them Godspeed, Need of Standing Firm. There is a particular need for stand- ing firm to one's convictions and prin- ciples at the present time, when the generality of people have lost all con- victions and principles themselves, and cannot understand the reasonable- ness of anybody else having them. A brief analysis of the way this came about will help to make our point e] eal'. , Old Tinte Firmness. The Early Church and the Middle Ages were periods of clear-cut and firm convictions and principles. God had made a revelation, and Europe gradually accepted it in a body. The belief may nt have been very scientific; only among philosophers and theologians was there any system of evidential proof. Christianity as a revelation was taken for granted, and what Christianity involved was as clear as day. Everybody knew what he had to believe and what he had to do. If someone arose and began to teach doctrine contrary to the Chris- t ion traditionall Christendom was as- tonished and sCandalized. The novelty I was repudiated as a heresy, 'and its propounder was den0uneed and segre- L somewhatgated as a heretic., The procedur was[ r0ugh-and-ready, and some-] old doctrines and reject.ing others. It tried to reconstruct Christendom on what it called "a broader basis," the basis of agreement in essentials and liberty in non-essentials. But when all the sects came to be compared, the essentials were reduced to very few points, and a further movement of ra- tionalism and modernism reduced them to.vanishing point. The world became accustomed to every degree of belief and disbelieffrom the max/- mum of the Catholic down to the mini- mum of the Agnostic. Henceforward the only thing that remained was for people to agree to differ. Each man's religion was his own private affair, and no one else odght to be concerned about it. Hence thh modern reign of "toleration and broad-mindedness." The Correct Attitude, The great idea of the time is that no man has a right to trouble his fellow- man for not agreeing with him. In ordinary intercourse the differences nmst be left in the background, and people must live and let live. The corrcct,ttitude ought to be: "I won't interfere with you, or make it dis- agreeable for you because you don't believe what I believe." But in re- turn for this, one has a right to expect from the other party the san.le prin- ciple: "I won't interfere with you, or make it disagreeable for you because you believe what I don't believe." That is a fair quid pro quo, and the only basis for true toleration and broad-mindedness. Catholicism ]nobtrusive. 'But what is it that really happens? As a rule the average believerespe- cially the Catholic believer--is our the affair is identified with a sect, he must quietly abstain from participa- tion. And yet as soon as he proposes to exercise this, his obvious privilege of liberty, he is set upon and taunted and perhaps ridiculed, as "intolerant and narrow-minded." NOT SO MODERN "Anesthesia," the professor was speaking learnedly and solemnly, "is very modern. The dark ages knew nothing of it. In their... " "Pro:lessor, may I interrupt a mo- ment?" called out the wag of the class. "Did not God put Adam to sleep before He took the rib out of him to fashion Eve?" 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There would !iZpi:itas! hrii!hae !ha!!! ! fihpes!r;mti!!s`igri:ratwl:hgn while all the Protestant sects dissolve of which not every taxpayer is part land parcel. It matters not whether and perish." this group is large or small; for the school board to favor a klan was an I un-American act." Those outside of the Craft have all the more reason to be opposed to Masons being permitted to lay corner- stones of schools erected from public funds because of recent declarations by representative Masons that the fu- ture of this sect depends on these in- stitutions.--(C. B, of C. V.) bIATTHEW ARNOLD'S PROPHECY Matthew Arnold, one of the great- est literary lights of the last genera- tion, and a Protestant, in one of his books makes the following prophecy: "This is why the man of imagina- tion, nay, the phil.osopher, too, will also have a weakness for the Catholic Church; because of the rich treasures of human life which have been stored within her pale. 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