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THE GUARDIAN, APRIL 4, 1969 PAGE 5 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. What must an excom- person do to be re- in the Church? "Resource to the c0nfes- is the only practical ad- la most cases. Many falsely imagine them- to be under excommunica- instance, because of the of the Easter duty.) they are unaware of necessary before ty may be incurred, such of the law and the Censure of excommunica- reserved, can be URedonly SUperior who imposed it, the Holy See or the Bishop. excommunications Led by any confessor, has special faculties from the excommunica- during Lent he from excommunica- te the Bishop. In there is danger of ex- or where it is to remainunabsolved one day, the excom- municated person may be absolved by the confessor, although the penitent still has the obligation to abide by the commands of the superior who imposed the excom- munication. Suppose one confesses a sin for which he has incurred excommun- 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. ication. He is told by the con- fessor to return to him within a certain time. On his return he need not g've his name but may be identified by a "pass word." By this time the confessor has re- ceived the faculties for absolution and the instructions of the super- ior. These instructions specify how the penitent is to make sat- isfaction for his sin. W r W Q. - Can an indulgence be gained from an unblessed rosary? A. - Yes, if the indulgences are granted to the Rosary as a de- votion rather than to the beads as such. Such indulgences are men- tioned in the official collection of prayers and devotions enrich- ed with indulgences. Q. - Who is the author of the 'Stabat Mater'? A. - A widely accepted opinion attributes this hymn to Jacopone da Todi (1230-1306), an Italian Franciscan; but the arguments in his favor are not conclusive. Q. - What is an impure thought? A person contemplating marriage cannot help having some sexual thoughts. A. - Not all -- or even most -- sexual thoughts are impure thoughts. To be mortally sinful, the thought of a sexual situation has to be deliberately cultivated for the purpose of enjoying the forbidden sexual pleasures that it excites. It is mortally sinful because it already half includes the immoral act which is its logical consequence. To admit or dwell on impure thoughts that are not gravely disturbing to the indi- vidual, out of mere levity, is not gravely sinful. In itself, it is not a sin for en- gaged couples to dwell on the thought of sexual relations when they are married, but this is not without its dangers, for such thoughts easily arouse venereal feeling, the enjoyment of which is not yet permitted to them, and may lead to the premarital use of sex. For him, iust another day... He will not celebrate the Resurrection. He does not even know of Christ. Will you leave him thus in the darkness and despair o] Good Friday, when your love and sacrifice can bring to him the ioy of Easter morning? AND SERVICE ARE THE WORK OF IETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH SEND YOUR GIFT TO e R4rkt Itrvdmd Kd T. O'Mtm'a Tke Very Reueresd Jolm M. Bmm /Ibll/Nr#cJor OD DOCe, IrecWr 365 Ftftk At'tm Ill 2415 No, lblr Stret Nt york, Ntw york JOOOJ Ltt#t Rock, Arkansas 2207 Q. - Why should a good Buddhist, a good Jew, a good Protestant need to become a formal member of the Catholic Church at all, since one is not strictly obliged to choose a better way than what is good enough? Should not those in good conscience be left alone? A. If it were merely a question of choosing a better religion among various good religions, your objec- tion would have merit. But the Catholic-Christian religion does not exist as simply the best of many religions, all capable of bringing man to salvation. It is the only means that God has cho- sen for the salvation of the hu- man race; and what saving power there Is in other religions comes not from what they particularly supply, but from what they, by God's grace, have in common with the Catholic Church. They may be compared to broken veins of ore, which owe their existence to the mother lode. The Catholic Church alone has all the resources that God has in- tended to bring men to salvation -- the sacraments and a divinely guided teaching authority. W 1 t h- TRANGE _BUT TRu E L-it'tle--Known Facts for Catholic, By M. }. MURRAY ('{q)yright, 1969, N,P.W,f'. News Rervlce At the Vatican Committee Established To Combat Illiteracy Vatican City (NC) -- Pope Paul VI, announcing the creation of a committee to coordinate the Church's worldwide struggle against illiteracy, said that the "hunger for education is in fact no less debasing than hunger for food." Making the announcement at a general audience, the Pope said that the Church's work in il- literacy programs lacks a "har- monious coordination." For this reason, the Pope said, the Pontifical Commission on Jus- tice and Peace has formed aCom- mittee for Human Development. "The Church wants to testify that it is faithful to the title of 'servant of mankind' as the Sec- ond Vatican Council defined it," the Pope said. The Pope's statement that the "hunger for education is in fact no less debasing than hunger for food," was taken from his ency- clical The Development of Peop- les. Another reference to that encyclical came earlier in the day when the justice and peace commission first announced the formation of the committee at a news conference. According to a prepared state- ment read at the press conference, the formation of the Human De- out the Pope, the unity of the Church of Christ would utterly collapse, to the ruin of Catholics and others. This is not to say that it may not be wiser to leave in good faith sincere non-Catholic religionists, if no certain good is foreseen to come from debating with them. Pope Paul himself affirmed that we should emphasize what we have in common rather than what di- vides. But he added that the pre- rogatives of the Church of Christ are not the results of human ambi- tion but derive from the will of Christ and that, "rightly under- stood, they are for the good of all and make for common unity, free- dom, and Christian perfection" ("Eccleslam Suam,"ll3). velopment Committee "coincides with the integral development of the whole man urged by the encyc- lical." The formation of the committee is also a response to an invita- tion by Rene Maheu, director gen- eral of the United Nations Educa- tional, Scientific and Cultural Or- ganization (UNESCO) "and to the universal Church," the commis- sion announced. Initially conceived as a "moral support" for UNESCO's literacy campaign, the new committee will further "be concerned withhuman development of a much broader scope than illiteracy," the com- mission said. "It will internationally promote and coordinate the efforts of Cath- olic groups in basic education, leader formation, vocational train- ing, cooperative and community development, and other fields." The committee will also col- laborate with other specialized agencies of the United Nations, such as the Food and Agricultural Organization and the International Labor Office. Taking part in the news con- ference were Archbishop Eugenio de Aranjo Sales of Sao Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, president of the new committee; Father Jo- hannes Schuette, S.V.D., vice sec- retary of the justice and peace commission; the justice andpeace commission's president, Manrice Cardinal Roy of Quebec; and its secretary, Msgr. Joseph Gre- million of the Alexandria, La., diocese. Archbishop Sales said the pru- pose of the Human Development Committee is to help local chur- ches, funding bodies, lay move- ments and other organizations "on a regional and international basis so that they can become even more productive." Archbishop Sales explained: "We are open and eager to col- laborate with other Christian Churches as well as with n0a- Christian bodies and with all men of goodwill to serve our one hu- man family." ..... ZIP: .