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a time set for or is it up determine the ? law or rule length of a set- Come under a die- In general, the will vary the occasion, the or the urgency of $ ::: said of the adorned them- elaborate cos- eir day that they God&apos;s handi- of the devil. current Catholic adornment? of St. Cyp- be taken in rela- In ancinet times, and magnifi- a woman were loose living, ood reason, weFe of perverse sex- They were con- -aches of modes- to sin. -gitimate is a rood- makeup, designed generally at- was excessive when women out of the home, sidered ordinary of female orna- judged according fashion, popular aad the intent of as receive the Last Supper? a priest? tis a question which The QuesUon Box By VERY REV. MSGn. JOHN E. MURPHY. S.T.D. Professor of Moral Theology and Vice-Rector St. John's Seminary, Little Rock, Ark. still puzzles Scripture scholars. From the four Gospel accounts of the Last Supper, we know that Judas entered the Cenacle room and joined Out" Lord at the Passover Feast with the other Apostles; Our Lord made the accusation of betrayal against Judas; Judas was made aware of the fact that his in- tended treachery was no secret to Christ; he left the table be- fore the others. St. Matthew and St. Mark relate the events in a sequence that would indicate that Judas left before the institution of the Eucharist, without, how- Questions for this column hculd be addressed directly lo The Very Rev. Msgr. John E. Murphy, Vice Rector, St. John's Home Missions Semi- ary, Little Rock, Ark. They must be signed with the name and address of the per- son submitting them. Un. signed questions will be ignored. ever, saying that he actually left. St. Luke, on the other hand, gives the entire account of the institution of the Eucha- rist first, and then quotes Christ: "But behold the hand of him who betrays Me is with Me at the table." His accouht is the only one that indicates the presence of Judas through the institution of the Holy Eu- charist and ttoly Orders. St. John tells us about the betray- er at the table, Our Lord's con- versation with him, and the sign of identity in the dipped morsel of food, after which he says: "When, therefore, he had received the morsel, he went out quickly." St. John does not describe the institution of the Eucharist as happening before or after this. ............. ,+ SPECIAL CEMENT Wait for the NEW 1966 EDITION Saint Joseph Daily Missal and Hymnal Completely revised Qnd up-to-date according to the new liturgy effective March 27, 1966 SEE NEXT WEEK'S R FOR MORE DETAILS AND PRICES. Nevertheless, tim morsel giv- en to Judas indicates that they were still eating the Passover meal, and it is sure that the Eucharist, was instituted after the meal was over. So it can be concluded from Matthew, Mark and John that Judas was not present for reception of the Eucharist, and that he was not ordained to the priesthood. St. Luke seems to say that he was. The weight of opinion among Scripture s c h o 1 a r s leans towards the three Evangelists whose accounts would seem to exclude Judas from the recep- tion of these Sacraments. :h .: O Q.--If there is only one Medi. ator between God and man (1 Tim 2:5), why do we need priests? Cann6t we go directly io GGd (Christ) with our needs and gratitude? A.--Christ redeemed us from the sin of Adam and Eve and from our own sins; but Ite left our salvation up to us, by leav- ing tim means of salvation with us. In the sacraments, He be- queathed to us the fruits of Ills redemption: but someone must obviously be found to dis. tribtte these fruits of His death and resm'rection. It was therefore clear that Christ's priestly mediation be- tween God and ourselves had still to be continued in a visi. ble form. This could be pos- sible only if someone else took His place; someone else who, in His name and in His power, could administer those sacra- ments and become steward of His mysteries. (See St. Paul's 1st Epistle to the Cot:inthians, 4:1.) In the New Testament, Christ is shown as the .eternal High Priest and sole Mediator, who communicated His priesthood to His Churel and to the Apostles. There is, and re- mains, only one High Priest, just as there is only one who, as Teacher and Shepherd, leads and teaches IIis Church. tlowcver, from the very be- ginning of His public life, Christ assembled a group of disciples around Him. He told them they were to become fish- ors of men (Luke 5:8-11). Urged on by his conflict with the Pharisees, Jesus became in- creasingly open in His preach- ing, and declared that His teaching and Ills mission were not destined to end with Him- self'; He wished to choose men wh(: would carry on His task. After many hours spent in prayer, lie selected twelve successors, whom He called Apostles. These H,e trained very carefully in their future work. He promised to give them power over the Kingdom of God and eternal life; they were to be able to bind and h:ose everything connected with the service of men's eter- nal destiny;; they were to re- ceive the Holy Spirit and the l)ower to forgive sins or to re- tain them (John 20:21-23). When, at the Last Supper, He prefigured His sacrifice of tile cross under the symbols of bread and wine. He said to them: "Do this for a commem- oration of me" (Luke 22:19). He gave them the injunction to baptize and to teach all na- tions. As His Father had sent Him, so He in turn sent them; He handed on to them His mis- sion. The apostles, in turn, passed Christ's mission on to others through the imposition of their hands on those whom they or- dained. So it continues to the present day, in an unbroken imposition of hands and trans- feral of power. This is a pure gift of Christ, who alone gives to men the power to administer sacra- ments. Without this ability re- ceived from tIim, every priest would be powerless. Christ the eternal ttigh Priest, has con- ferred His priesthood upon llis Church. THE GUARDIAN MARCH 11, 1966--5 i [ II T. RANG E BUT TRU E S L,ttle-Known Fact, tot Catholic; By M. J. MURRAY sm, loe0, .o,w.c, N,w, s,,t,e 3_.9_q9. ToNS  cE__HFNT A O_OQO CIIO y+AIS OF STONE WERk" U$'D IN THE N$C " IIE VAS+-fI[/CHURCH OF THE ANNuNcIATIOP AT NAZARETH. HRI$TIAN$,OEW,S 41ND MOSLEM5 PUT IN TOTAL OF I)+O00 WOPJ<ING DAY5 ON "THE JE4JILpING ]--'Working to Beat Hell Counsel For Teenagers Loudmouths .By Rev. Joseph T. McGloin, S.J. This column has been in existence just about two years. And before it was a column, the author's ideas about young people were showing up for some years in other places. Often enough the ideals +of youth can get confused with things which" .have nothing .to do with their real purpose in life -- money, first, and then comfort and pleasure and hap- piness sought in all the wrong places. There are, unfortunately, teen-agers like the "brain" who plays a little chess now and then, who quit school at 16 be- cause "nothing there was worthwhile." He also makes no bones about the fact that he is superior to everyone else at this ripe old age of 18, though he does nothing but play chess and read up on pahnistry, be- cause that is "really'a science." YOU'D HAVE to be blind not to admit the existence of young people like this -- pleasure- seeking, t h r i 1 1-seeking, irre- sponsible, shallow minded, completely immature. The pap- ers are full of them. No one could possibly deny their exis- tence. But--it's time we adults gave the same credence to the headlines and the polls about youth as we give to correspond- ing articles about adults. We read about youth's escapades, and nod knowingly that this is typical of youth itself. But if we ever happe0 to read about a young pqrson who devotes his Saturdays to helping the poor, or about the young Catholic boy and ,girl who attend daily Mass, we look on these young- sters as only individuals and not "typical." Someone has referred to a segment of our young people today as "the new breed." Now this is a handy term, one which has a certain amount of truth hidden in it. But the fact is that every generation is, in a sense, a "new breed," and, in another sense, it isn't "a new breed" at all. It's just that we adults have en,ly now discovered a few of youth's real qualities instead of only reading the headlines about them. This "new breed" is supposed to be a minority characterized by many very good qualities -- intellectual curiosity, solid study of anything and every- thing, dissatisfaction w i t h mediocrity or with "excuses" instead of answers. But 1 feel that youth with these charac- teristics, at least potentially, is in the minority only publicity- wise. Youth, as a group, .is eta- dewed with far more virtues than faults. Find the key to each one, treating him as an in- dividual and not as part of some publicized mob, and it is the rare young l)erson, not the usual one, who will not rise to the challenge. THE OTHER DAY I took part in a two-hour "open-line" radio show, where the director and guest talk for awhile, be- fore the phone-lines are opened for questions. There were many interesting questions, and it was not surprising how many adults asked "Are there any ac- tivities I can volunteer my son for during the summer?" Now here's a good example of something which, under- standably, can bug young peo- ple. Being young, they some- times have to have things called to their attention. Being" young, they have to be trained. But teen-.agers are "trained" a lot better by giving them the weapons with which to accept responsibility, to see the rea- sGns for volunteeri:,ag and then do it Gn their own rather than having mother "volunteer" for them. There is a boy in our neigh- borhood, a fifkeen-year-old, who asked his father if he'd get him a job for the summer. Luckily, the father had the innate wis- dom to tell him to go get his own jgb. This boy has more neighborhood jobs than he eal handle this summer, and he does them exceptionally well. But he wouldn't have done nearly as well had papa not paid him the compliment (which he instinctively wanted) of telling him to go get his own job. BUT TillS COLUMN, which tries to aim at teen-agers, seems to have aimed itself this time mostly at adults. The fact is, however, that it won't hurt you teen-agers to understand that when you act like a real teen-ager, using the character- istics of real youth, you're not alone at all. You have lots of company, the majority of young people, in fact, though not al- ways the loudest talkers. It See Fit, McGLOIN on Page 6