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THE GUARDIAN, MARCH 21, 1969 PAGE 5 What should be the atti- )t the members of a family a Person who is divorced husband and who now a pending marriage out- h? The Question Box By Very Rev. Msgr. John E. Murphy, S.T.D. Director, Diocesan Department of Education 2500 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, Ark. It would be wrong, however, to break off completely the previous associations of friendship and family life which have been dis- turbed by the unfortunate mar- riage. An attitude of friendly re- The procedure contem- by definition, seriously It is wrong, therefore, any expression of ap- :would person in her sinful very nature of sin to cooperate and positive way in ctivity which constitutes and friends of the no choicebut tomani- r disapproval in every They should do their Prevenf the evil course this, they must, develops, accept accomplished fact. Sub- they must explore every of effecting the recon- to the Church of the Who are living in the state Questions for this column should be addressed directly to The Very Rev. Msgr. John E. Murphy, Diocesan Direc- tor of Education, 2500 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, Ark., 72207. Each question must be signed with the name and address of the person submitting it. Un- signed questions will be ignored lationship should be maintained which will, on the one hand, con- vey no impression of approval, but which, on the other hand, will suggest a continuing charitable forbearance, and a willingness to be helpful in moments of emer- gency and need. Such an attitude will leave the way open for future Lentis lime 111 approach to the problem in chang- ing circumstances, and will also help to maintain friendly relations with the children of the invalidly married couple who, of course, have no share in the guilt of their parents. Q. - I was reared a Protestant, but am now a Catholic; but I am still shockedby drinking and gamb- ling by Catholic groups. Don't you think such conduct harms ecu- menism? A. - Petty gaming and drinking, even when no one verges on intox- ication, often shock people of Pro- testant background. Catholics may be too little aware of this feel- ing. They should respect it and avoid unnecessary shock. For in- stance, a Catholic host would do well to avoid serving cocktails to Protestant guests, unless he knows they have no aversion to them. At the same time, ecumenism is a two-way street. Protes- tants have a duty to try to see why Catholics (Jews and some Protes- tants are in the same category) do not regard moderate drinking or petty gaming as evil in them- selves. The aversion of certain Evangelicals to these practices is itself of comparatively recent growth. There are things better todo with one's time than drinking beer and playing poker for small stakes. There are also many things worse. If an evening of conviviality can ease some of the cares of life, promote neighborly love, andpos- sibly divert one from real temp- tations, it has God's blessing. Real scandal and sin enter in, of course, when there is danger of excessive drinking. Those who direct such parties must see to it that this danger is remote. Q. -- Why is it that the Church so often fails to take a stand on important matters like civil rights, fair housing, labor disputes, etc.? A time to hear Christ's plea as He calls to us in our needy brothers. ...won't you answer His plea! 9N AND SACRIFICE ARE THE WORK OF SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH SEND YOUR GIVI" TO It Novtrtmd Edbvcd T. O'ld#tlra Tke V R#twrcmd Jo)m M. Bafra N=wml DPfector d'llll Ddoces Dlreclr row York, Ntw york iOOOJ Little Rock, Ar#A#as ?2207 A. -- Pope Leo XIII, Benedict XV, Plus X/I, John XXIII, and Paul VI have written prolifically on the Church's stand on many civil and social matters. The decrees of the Second Vatican Council clearly indicate basic Church teaching and attitude on the dignity and rights of the in- dividual. In her role as mother and teacher the Church has not often been silent on key issues. Failure to become involved in an issue may indicate that there is no clear-cut moral issue which the Universal Church feels free to proclaim or defend. The matter of civil rights, for example, (as it is aspecific controversy in many American localities) is not always cut-and-dried. Labor disputes have two sides, both of which may be at least partially right. In in- stances like these, the Church would naturally be hesitant to step in and champion a side that is partially right and partially wrong. Persons within the Church may rightly feel free to take up, as Christian individuals, a particular position; for better or for worse, they do not represent always the official Church position. It is important to remember TRANGE BU.T : E Litl-K-no:n Fact; I:or Catholics By M. J MURRAY (?npyr ght, 199, N.C.W.C. Newa Service Protests Wasted U.S.-Vatican Diplomatic Ties Declared Unlikely Vatican City (NC) -- Protestant organizations in the United States that have been protesting to the U.S. government against the pos- sible creation of diplomatic ties with the Vatican can stop their fussing. Even if President Richard M. Nixon wants such relations, Pope Paul V/does not. That does not mean that if the U.S. government insisted, Pope Paul would refuse outright. It does mean that any diplomatic overtures from the U.S. Govern- that no one diocese or locality represents the whole Church; hence, the failure of the Church in one place to become involved with important matters does not mirror the entire Church's hesitancy. Q. -- Is it reasonable for the Church to ask that we love our enemies? A. -- By an enemy is meant one who is hostile to another, or one who manifests his hostility by harmful acts. It is not commanded that we manifest any degree of external affection towards an enemy. Our obligation of loving an ,enemy does not arise in the fact that he is an enemy, but in the fact that, despite his ill will, he is our neighbor, a child of the same heavenly Fa- ther, and a brother of Christ. Op- posed to charity is hatred, the direct antithesis of love. love of an enemy requires that we bestow on him the marks of friendship which are due all men, and that we manifest our love for him externally when we find him in circumstances in which Christian duty demands help and assistance. Revenge on an enemy is wrong when it is motivated by hatred, but not when it seeks to prevent further evil or harm which may result from his unjust activity. ment would be met with resis- tance from the Holy See. And given the fact that many Americans -- including Catholics -- are opposed to the establishment of U.S.- Vatican diplomatic relations, President Nixon would have to be very powerfully motivated to in- sist. So far, President Nixon has only indicated that he wants "that line of communication" -- with the Vatican -- kept open, and that ways of keeping it openare"under study." An authoritative Vatican source in a position to know denies that the questionof diplomatic relations "was even hinted at" by either the Pope or the President during their talk of more than an hour, March 2. The same source confirmed what has long been said in Vatican circles: that PoiSe Paul is highly satisfied with the present cordial relations between the Holy See and the U.S., and that he feels that any benefit that might be derived from formal diplomatic relations would be far outweighed by the discord they probably would pro- voke among Americans. The Church enjoys full freedom in the U.S., where laws evenguar- antee its right to carry out its activities. President Nixon's own direct contact with the Pope was, by his own warm acknowledgment, highly satisfying. The same Vatican source commented that "there was an excellent rapport between the two men. Of course, there could not have been a perfect sympathy of views because one is a spiritual head and the other is a material chief." In this jet age, the President of the U.S. and the Pope have ample facilities to engage in direct con- versation if they feel the need. President Nlxon showed at the end of his conversation with Pope Paul that he intends to do just that. "I will come back to see you," Mr. Nixon told the lpe on taking leave of him. ZIP :