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ally: [raq dsi- 2I'e~ ' the yin- anti- COla" I the edb :t eli- refit- seto January Survey Question: How do you stand on "fight to die" issue? Moral Values the Support [21 Oppose Responses need not be signed, but. only this form (no photocop- Ies) will be accepted. No phone calls, please. Mail to: Arkansas Catholic Survey PO Box 7417, Little Rock, 72217 Additional comments welcome. Ls to December's Que Aon: How often do you con" go to amfe, s/on ? us to 43% Monthly (or more often) Iraq 14% Three time a year it. At 14% Twice a year ker'S 14% Yearly ce it 14% Less n to Some comments farm our readerx race, M ..-Confession is a help to spiritual growth. ,ould t ost parishes need more regularly sched- U.$ ed hours or half-hours for confessions. ~vlany times the priest is late, both the priest twaiti and~d pe_pepenitent seem rushed It takes courage aight .... ,, nmaiti x xfffman, from page 2 exile to confess one's sins. The priests should be on time to emphasize the importance of the sacrament. ...Hard to get to church twice - once for confession, once for Mass. Have to wait for Lent or Christmas and such for more con- fession times. Some priests discourage re- peaters. ...Confession is a sacrament that seems to be forgotten, or neglected or ignored. Individual confession needs to be strongly encouraged as one of the "tools" to help us to get closer to God. Preparation for an individual confession makes us aware of our sinfulness. Confession is definitely a sacra- ment of healing and forgiveness, it is an encounter with Christ. ...As a child, we had to go to confession on Thursday before fn'st Friday and the Saturday before the third Sunday. In my fifth grade school year, my father sent me to the pubfie school. As a result, I only went to confession on the Saturday before the third Sunday. The confessor asked me why I missed the Thursday before fwst Friday. When I told him, he said my parents "...are going to Hell, because they took you out of Catholic whool." That frightened me so badly at age ten, that Dee been scared of confession ever since. I'm in my upper 60s now, but the fear is still there. tatorships in smaller nations also represent zra a grave danger to world peace, the bishops said. Develop non-violent means of conflict resohation: The bishops insist that non-vio- lence is a practical, realistic alternative to warfare. ' /msAs CA 0fiC' " ' PAC ' .... s Dear Editor:. I am writing to say that I am opposed to the proposed use of military force by the U.& in the Middle East. I am pleased that the U.S. Catholic bishops have taken a strong stand on this issue, urging that Pres. Bush pursue a negotiated settlement to the crisis. While they have condemned the in- vasion of Kuwait by Iraq, the bishops have :stated that the circumstances do not justify a U.S. -led invasion of and Iraq. It is unfortunate that the U.S. frequently does not weigh moral values when foreign policies are made. The U.S. simply rites "national security," or in this case, oil, and then proceeds on a course of action regard- less of its moral implications. The unprecedented call-up of troops, reserves and national guard units has al- ready had a significant effect on the lives of many people in the country and in Arkan- ms. At Our Lady of Good Counsel parish, we have lost our pastor, Ft. Keller, for at least six months. Many people have sup- ported our troops through various means. I befieve that the best way to support the troops in the Middle East is to call or write Pres. Bush, Senators Bumpers and Pryor, and our Congressmen, and urge them to do whatever they can to work toward a peaceful solution to this crisis and to bring our troops home, Walter I rfmacher Dear EdiiorI. We would like to express our sincere heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the ladies of Holy Souls and St. Anne's for the cakes, cookies and time and trouble and remembering the inmates of the Wrighls ille Unit of the A.D.C. at Christmas time. The Wrightsville Catholic group is still young and we are so very thankful and ap- preciative of the support of our leaders and teachers, Jim Conner, Dr. Paul Thessing and Danny Caxin. Naturally we are proud of our Catholic group and our two volunteer priests, Fr. Bracken and Fr. LeSieur. May the new year see us grow in the love and faith and let us not forget our support- ers and helpers. Thank you. The Wrightma21e Catholic Inmates jim Wr sh vme &mr/ . This part of the pastoral letter has been Since the pastoral was adopted in 1983 Little Rock For the kingdom... !gnored. Arms sales to nations such as Iraq there has been a series of successful non- violent actions around the world. The first ~. fal~aevf actually increased. As a result we now .,_ Dear Editor:. __ the prospect of a major in the was in the r ppines, fo owed shor by is a comment on what appea d in - iiddle 'East - a in which American Haiti, Korea and Chile. , .-'-7.. 'T xploring Our Faith" [12/2] in the Ar- . , Then in 1989 Poland s non-violent .- 2 kansas Catholic_ The column quot , 0b- Arms sales to nations such st ggle against its 45-year occupation by jections by some reader to Fr. Dietzen s ex- the Soviet army met with success, and , planation of the Immaculate Conception have actually increased, thereafter the entire Iron Curtain crumbled. q of the Blessed Virgin. Fr. Dietzen spoke of ,t- .vac mldierswill be shot at byweapons manufac_ There are still those who think non-vio- Mary as "conceived without sifi,'"her sinleus lence is impractical. But the record is that conception in thewomb," "the sinless entry 7J; tur -In .the West. in the past five years at least a dozen mifi- (into the world)" of Mary. The reader ac- . war as a means to solve con- tary dictatorships around the world have , ,~zl~ Not Thank you cused Fr. Dietzen of being biased against # only must nuclear war be pre- been overthrown by non-violent movements. nag . vented, the bishora said, but itself must In many cases the Catholic Church has thrO be ah~n~ _ r- ooaauoned as a means of settling dis- played a leading role in those movements. ary o putex The conch? Where the approaches t l~. They quote Pope John Paul II: "War advocated by the bishops in the peace pas- to the tragic past, to history; total have been follcraed they have worked. It should find no place on humanity's The one proposal which was ignored - that agenda for the future." we stop selling arms to nations such as Imq Polls show a major shift in attitudes - has produced the only major threat to in recent years. Did the pastoral world peace today. play a part in this? We don't know,By anybody's standarcls ofpracticality that !pastoral can hardly be any question the is a very strong track record. affected public opinion. Copyright 1991 Ivan Kauffman L III G @IIII Rev. |olin Dletzen ~a a retired maval off'met rMng in Orl mdo area. When my wife was 50 old, she needed a about two left, the ,when received the a young Vir- be has because of the love and generosity of a person and family we will never know. We thought you might be interested to know that Carol arid I, along with 25 other have founded a d,.aritable orga- nization called the Organ Transplant Foun- dation of Central We help patients and their fan~q~ waiting for organ donors w~h perso~n support, and money for expenses when we have funds. Last year almost 25,000 died who could have been donors. Only about 4,900 imtividuais or fam_2~ms agreed to do- nate organs. For their own reasons, ap- proximately 20,000 declined or were not aware of the oplmmmity. Our whole family is thankful to our donor family for the time they have given Dear Ed~or$. Thank you for that wonderful letter in your Viewpoint column of Nov. 18. I, too, am a mother of a wonderful son who is gay. The writer has expressed my thoughts exactly, as I went through the same trauma and finally reached the same con- dusious. I salute that mother for writing the ar- tide and for your paper for publishing it. Helen G. Martin RusseIlvme IF & I Iii II Carol They will alwa~ have the consola- tion of knowing that their loved one's tragic death resulted in continued life for some- one else. Thank you for writing and sharing this information. The information and experi- ence you are willing to share might en- courage others who, like you, wish to spread the kindness you received. Within the past several months Pope John Paul 1] pointed out organ donations as one of today's most needed acts of charity toward our fellow human beings. Those interested may write to the Organ Transplant Foundation of Central Florida, 1651 North Semovan Blvd., Orlando, FL, 32807; 407-380-6900. Copyright 1990 CNS marriage, and favoring the celebate life. The reader did not like the implication that vir- ginity is a holier state than marriage and raising a family. If we are willing to accept the Bible as it is written, we must condude that the holy book definitely gives that impfication, too. Please read Exodus, chapter 19, verse 15. When Christ chose His apostles, He did not tell them: "Get yourselves some wives, and then come and follow me." No, He de- manded that they leave everything, even wives, and follow I-rim. Those who would do this for Irma would receive a hundred- fold reward in this life, and everlasting life hereafter. (Matt. 19:27-29) When the young man asked Jesus what he must do to gain eternal life, Jesus told him to keep the commandments. The young man said he was already doing that. Then Jesus told him: "if you want to be perfect, go sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come follow Me." Jesus speaks of following Irma as the way of perfection. I'm not saying that ery- body who chooses the celebate life will be holier than those who choose marriage. Certa aly we have married people who make greater sacrifices to be faithful to their state in life than many religious, and will receive a greater reward in heaven. But that is no argument that celibacy, chosen for the sake of the kingdom, is not a higher state than m r ge- John Wane, Subim o