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PAGE 3 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC FEBRUARY 25, 1990 "Kauffman," from page 2 colonies and to impose police state gOVernments. Rather than attack directly we decided tOengage in a "cold" war which would isolate the Soviet Union until Stalin had passed from the scene and the police state fell apart of its own defects. Obviously McDonald's, which is in- Lesfing millions of dollars in the Soviet nion with little prospect of any prof- its for several years, thinks the Cold War is over. So do many Wall Street inves- tors, who recently have been selling off their defense industry stocks. Three-fourths of the American People, according to a recent New York Ti~aes/CBS News poll, believe the Changes in the Soviet Union mean U.S. litaryspending can now be cut - and uY.uYan overwhelming margin say they The arms race has been Dear Editor:. I am grateful to all charter members of any parish for spearheading the building of a church. However, when the building is completed, that particu- lar job is done. Being a charter mem- ber does not give one the right to rule the "Church" (the Body of Christ). From the time we are baptized in the Christian faith we are all ONE and should be working to strengthen that faith and passing on the Good News. We have a division in our parish - the Charter, preVadcan II people and the Vatican II people who want to grow in their faith. Because the division is so great, and sad, the bishop met with our parish with lightly nor to be bandied about in the political arena to the point where we can't think clearly. The 2/4 issue made some good points with the U. S. Bishops' statement that "ours must be a society in which there are no throwaway children either be- fore or after birth." They then pro- ceeded to focus on the unborn and to absolutize our response. It seems to me that we need to listen to our own words. The real life story about "Andrew" is beautiful but let's think about it. Two points stand out in my mind. Andrew is almost 20 so his mother was in a hospi- tal to have an abortion before 1973, before Roe vs. Wade. Point two - the priest did not apparently forbid her to have an abortion but shared words of No Smoking puli it Only about half the people in the poll From what I hear, other parishes too d they thought the Cold War was have a problem with their older mem- .. er, but even among those who said it bers wanting to rule the parish as well wasn't e laili" y t over about a third thought., as their pastor, and refuse to accept hit rl spending should be reduced, change. nu lch brings us back to the basic We are all on the same level with God. "1 estion posed bv these two recent No one is more or less in His favor. t~VerltS. J , ar If the Cold War isn t over, why Arvie Matalon We selling the Russians Big Macs? Bella Vista dff the Cold War is over, why are we paying for it? tk ght 1990 Ivan Kauffman going on for so many years members recently. The meeting was life with her, which enabled her to be e Ve come to acceDt it as very political and one sided - with our inspired to make the right choice. The side being so atrociously heckled we only love - the love of love - prevailed. norm state of affairs. Could not speak nor keep our trend of Now, I feel the same passion and ~Vant~ -, t the money to be spent on things thought. [At this meeting] there were outrage over the killing of innocents in drug programs, homelessness and ethnic innuendos and untrue acCusa- E1 Salvador as others do of the unborn. UUcation. dons made. A national policy that continues to use guns and bombs to impose the will of the powerful on the weak makes me cry out "STOP the killingl" Can't we see the connections between the disposal of life by abortion and the disposal of life by guns? Maybe we'd do better to lead people to make the right choice by helping them to turn to the waY of Jesus. Marie Miller Fort Smith Abortion & Guns Postcard lesson Dear Editor:. It is encouraging to have you broaden our understanding of the human con- dition in the area of the unborn. It becomes clear that this unique and intimate life issue ought not to be dealt Dear Editor:. We would like to thank you very much for printing our letter last September in your paper asking your readers to send us postcard greetings. Our proj- ect was a terrific success because of a lot of nice people. We received a grand total of 5,925 postcardsl We learned that each state is very different but all states have nice people. Thank you for teaching us about our country. Fourth Grade Class St. Augustine of Canterbury School Belleville, EL Dear Editor:. Medical science warns that cigarette smoking can cause cancer, and warn- ing labels are on all cigarette packages. If the Church agrees with the above it seems that it should be addressed in the Sunday homilies now and then. It seems to me that the homilies rather than being directed solely to the Scrip- ture readings of the day, should ac- knowledge problems of the day. I don't suppose cigarettes were a big problem when the Scriptures were written. However, if the hierarchy says the homilies will pertain to the Scripture readings only then so be it. I doubt seriously that cigarettes will ever be addressed from the Catholic pulpit as there are too many good people includ- ing many priests (excluding my pastor) that smoke cigarettes, and the ones that don't, don't want to rock the boat, and ones that do, don't want to preach what they don't practice. Tony Classen Charleston B X I? rL It @ Fr. John Dletzen have discouraged the practice :fl~ ,Writing out our sins for confession q have sug- gested it could ptm of Ileal Zed " ~ : .... l~u|ctin and ]~;~~ pro -. top ~G::? IIleg~a. nl to help ~ ~ tt live without ll addiction. Ill 4qe of the tools I I l SUggested is writing out my feel- h~ a~d things I have done wrong. This tl~at~af a tremendous sense of free- ~.~ and helped me to get rid of some 1 [ thari p ogram s fifth step involves g this information with someone else. In my opinion, it would serve as a basis for a really significant reception of the sacrament of reconciliation. I chose to share my fifth step with a lay person, but still feel I may share it with a priest and ask forgiveness through the sacrament. At no time did I feel scrupulous, though I admit it could be a problem with someone else. I feel strongly that writing is a great _. help in sorting out feelings, admitting wrongs and understanding myself bet- ter. Once that happens, I feel I will become a more productive member of the body of Christ. You make a good and strong point. While Alcoholics Anonymous was the first group to enumerate the "Twelve Steps," the process proved equally effective in other types of addiction. The cautions I proposed concerning written confessions are valid generally but the circumstances you describe certainly could be a legitimate and important exception. I have a number of times talked with individuals as they worked their way through the fourth step ('to make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves"), and then assisted them through the fifth step ("to admit to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs"). Sometimes this was done in the context of the sacrament of penance; the occasion became a powerful spiri- tual sacramental experience for both of us. I'm sure some people would protest that the sacrament of reconciliation should not become a personal psycho- logical assessment or therapy session. That is quite true. But neither is it properly a purely clinical recitation of sinful actions and prayer of absolution. In order to fulfill his ministry properly and faithfully, the confessor should understand the disorders of souls and apply the appropriate remedies to them. Discernment of spirits is a deep knowledge of God's action in the hearts of men. It is a gift of the Spirit as well as the fruit of charity. It is one of the skills the confessor should bring to the sacrament. The celebration of this sacrament is always an act in which the Church proclaims its faith, gives thanks to God for the freedom with which Christ has made us free and offers its life as a spiritual sacrifice in praise of God's glory. The process of the fifth step fre- quently may constitute a perfect occa- sion for the sacrament of penance. (A free brochure explaining Catholic teach- ing on cremation and other burial policies is available by Sending a stamped, self-ad- dressed envelope to Fr. John Dietzen, Holy Trinity Church, 704 N. Main St., Bloom- ington, IL, 61701.) Copy, 199o c2s