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,PAGE 3 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC MAY 27, 1990 "Boseo," from page 2 The global ecosystem is the machine you might say converts our solar Another reality income" into usable income. The Poignant and priceless ecosystem regulates climate, generates soils, maintains foresi.s, pollinates crops and provides food from the sea. It gives the nutrients we need to survive and It takes more than 100 babies to exert the Stress on the world's re- sOUrces and environment of Just one baby born in the :gets rid of our natural wastes in the process. It is a free and irreplaceable PUblic service, provided by the Crea- tar. Only one drive 80, when one considers the role of earth's ecosystem in human survival, along with the notion that civilization much greater mark. It takes more than 100 Bengali babies to exert the stress on the world's resources and environ- ment of just one baby born in the U.S., according to the National Geographic Society. Babies from Bangladesh will not grow up to 'own automobiles and air condi- tioners. Nor will they eat grain-fed beef, microwave popcorn or individually- wrapped cheese slices. The yearly destruction of millions of acres of tropical forests can be directly linked to the affluence of people in rich countries. Hardwood forests in Central America are hacked down to help pay the interest on loans from Western banks. African forests are cleared for pastureland to make cheap pet food for the U.S. Indonesian rain forests are cut down to make cardboard to package Japanese electronics. So you see, with- out realizing it, people like us can cause more damage to tropical forests than the people who live in them. rapidly eating up its "savings," a myth Americans represent only five percent debunked, namely, that the threat to of the earth's population, while consum- ~ planet is overpopulation, stemming na poor people in developing coun- ing about 60 percent of its energy and resources. In America, people live well, ~ffs who do not know when to stop and in doing so put a disproportionate llaVing babies, strain on our planet. - Not true The problems with our Let us acknowledge our responsibil- ~~tale d ~ ~hSete ~h rT: mUmC h ?nOr t ~Oomd ity to take a leading role in the preser- vation of the earth, keeping in mind ~t~bers of people, but more from the what Pope John Paul II asked of us in .~pact of people on the ecosystem and his New Year's message: non-renewable resources. Here is "The ecological crisis reveals the we must look at our own life- urgent moral need for a new solidarity, and examine our consciences, especially in relations between the ' :. ile it is true that developing coun- developing nations and those that are .tries severely strain their environments, highly industrialized." clear that rich countries leave a Copyright 1990 CNS Dear Editor:, I liked your response to the "Give Life a Chance" ad [5/20]. I would like to respond in agreement to your editorial. The typical pregnant (Afro-American) teenager/woman that I see in my neighbor- hood does not look so serene. She looks scared, she looks tired, she looks bewildered. I see it everyday, these women carrying their "future chiefs of tomorrow." I look forward to one day a child being born that will bring world peace and be that leader to solve world hunger. But, until then, the reality sets in. Not two blocks from me, "T" is 14 years old. She has had two children. She could not take care of the first One, and "good Lord," she has another one. She hasn't done a great job in taking care of this last child - so, I keep it most of the time. What hope does she have? Do you honestly think she looks like the woman in the ad? Yes, I believe you should give life a chance - but, not like I see it in my neighborhood. Not like the people I grew up with. Not like "T". Not like those little girls struggling just to survive on a day-to-day basis. Not like '~", who eats molded cornbread from the kitchen floor because someone told his mother that "God loves you and this baby is a blessing to you." I look at '~J" and wonder what quality of life he is going to have. I look at the ad and say, "Gosh, she looks so happy being pregnant," and, the preg- nant teenager says 'Why am I so unhappy?" When the ad stops running, "T" and her two children will still be in the same pre- dicament, and '~J" will still be eating the government-issued food from the can. And the million dollars??? Carol Blow Little Rock Dear Editor: May I offer my congratulations to you and the entire staff of Ai'kansas Catholic. The center-fold in ,the recent Mother's Day is- sue wherein you published quotes from the school children describing their mothers was refreshing, poignant and pricelessl Many of us as adults get so bogged down in our attempts to use flowery words, and long, flattering phrases honoring our moth- ers, that we often lose sight of the simple, gentle beauty of our mothersl The honesty, sincerity and simplicity of the children's re- marks "said it allI" Many thanks. Mary Mattingly Little Rock Dear Editor:. I feel the time has arrived or should I say is overdue to establish a system of special collections similar to United Way. 'We are trying this month to finish the CASA drive and looking at the Communications drive followed by the Latin America drive. It seems we are finishing up one and starting an- other. My idea is to assign a quota to each parish to a special collection fund, which could be paid quarterly, then dispense the money on a percentage basis, depending on the char- ity and using past records as a basis. Make the figures realistic, not inflated. A lot of older members are living on a limited income and don't have a lot of extra money. I doubt this letter will be printed but I do have the satisfaction to know I tried. Buddy Wadder Osceola Fr. John Dietzen y wife and I are older Catholics. ~cently visited another part of the r and read about indul- gained by to a local have been Catholics OUr lives, but question indul- What is present teaching on this subject, the of the Church," and so on? this practice is still officially en- is there available any corn- reference that lists Church that are "indulgenced"? We hear much about this any- two sources for Catholic teach- about indulgences today are the Constitution on Indulgences Doctrina) of Pope Paul 967) and the Enehiridion (C0rn- pendium) of Indulgences published by the Vatican (El, 1968). As you indicate, the Church is un- questionably more careful today in speaking of indulgences because this area of our faith has been so badly misunderstood in the past. Traditional teaching about indul- gences is founded on two basic Chris- tian truths. First, every sin is not only a disobedience of God's law, it is a viola- tion of the order established by God and a rejection of His love. This means that complete forgiveness requires not only conversion but a re- integration of that divine order and plan. Second, as Pope Paul pointed out in the Apostolic Constitution on Indul- gences in which he called for reform of the whole indulgence structure, the early Church community "was fully convinced that it was pursuing the work of salvation in community." Our doctrine of the Communion of Saints teaches that all children of God in Christ, whether in this "life or in eternity, are linked in the Mystical Body of Christ. Thus, says the Holy Father, the Church "undertook various ways of applying the fruits of our Lord's re- demption to the individual faithful, and of leading them to cooperate in the salvation of their brothers, so the en- tirebody of the Church might be pre- pared" for the fullness of God's king- dom. The remission of temporal punish- ment for sins already forgiven through prayer, fasting and good works has been called indulgence for hundreds of years, though the principles of faith go back to the beginning of Christianity. A few things are worth keeping in mind. 1. The number of formally - indul- genced prayers and works in the Enchir- idion is reduced drastically, placing much more emphasis on living faith- fully our daily lives as Christians. The main concern, it says, "has been to attach greater importance to a Chris- tian way of life and lead souls to culti- vate a spirit of prayer and penance and to practice the virtues of faith, hope and charity, rather than merely repeat- hag certain formulas and acts." 2. Partial indulgences are granted using only those words, with no deter- mination of days or years as was corn- things to avoid confusion. Contrary to what many Catholics believe, an indul- gence of one year, for example, did not mean one year "off of Purgatory." 3. Plenary (full) indulgences can be gained only once a day with proper conditions fulfilled. 4. The Church takes great pains today to keep the understanding of indul- gences in harmony with the Gospel and wifll the teachings of Vatican Council II. In this, as in all the Spiritual life of the Church, "it is hoped that the faith- ful will be more effectively moved to live holier and more useful lives, thus healing the split between the faith they profess and their daily lives.., by gather- ing their humane, domestic, profes- sional, social and technical enterprises into one vital synthesis with religious values" (Enchiridion, No. 4). (A free brochure answering questions many ask about Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is 'available by 'sending a stamped, self-ad- dressed envelope to Fr. Dietzen, Holy Trinity Church, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL, 61700. Copyright 1990 CNS mon previously. This is among other