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PAGE 2 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JUNE 24, Urban legends of popular religion- ists die hard. A hoary one resurfaced recently: Procter and Gamble's logo is a Satanic symbol. Cardinal Bernardin, Rev. Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell and other religious leaders have denounced the claim as false. It keeps coming back. A recent flyer from a New York radio station spreads another urban legend: Madalyn Murry O'Hair has a petition with 27,000 signatures before the FCC to stop the reading of the Gospel on the air. The plea is to get a million signatures on petitions for the Chris- tian viewpoint. A quick call to the FCC office in Kansas City proved the charge ground- less. There once was such a petition (RH2493). Itwas denied in 1975. There has been no attempt to revive it. Why do people buy into these stories without checking them out? A need for "enemies" to explain the presence of Jesus came to take away our sins, not our minds. evil in our country? The need to be- lieve the worst about those different from ourselves? An approach to faith that says it contradicts human reason? Whatever the source, believing and spreading these stories have nothing to do with Christianity.Jesus came to take away our sins, not our minds. We need to use them. AJS ARKANSAS CATHOLIC will not publish the week of July 1, 1990. The next issue will be on July 8. ARKANSAS CATHOLIC I I Is I:~Jb~shed 48 tlrm~ a year, for $12 per yNr, by the C, atholc ~ of LJffio Rock, Adumus Clho~Ic. Inc.,2500 N. Tyler St., Lille Rock, AR 72207 (501) 864,.0340 [FAX (501) 684-1075]. PUBUSHER: Moat Ray. Andrew J. McDomdd, Bishop MANAGING EDITOR: Ray. Albert J. EBTOR : Debonm HlUlaRI ADVERTISING I MARKETING DIRECTOR : R~n IL PRODUCTION MANAGER: Roy. J~ 8chrllz CIRCULATION MANAGER : Agnu Knlffig Third ~ poltage ~ at ~ Rock, AR. POSTMASTER : ~ chang, of addre~ to: ARKANSAS CATHOUC, PO BOX 7417, LITTLE ROCK, AR 72217. Bush neu houri are 8:30 to 4, Momley - Friday. Closed on weekends, Holy Day'l, and N~dlonal Holidays. Offices ate located in Mon'b Hal, St. John's Corder, 2500 N. Tyk~, Llttle Rock, AR, 72207. ImIB IBBB il,i lie IBIB IBIB l ~ IBIIB BIle eli BIBB To subscribe, send coupon wlth I check for $12 to the above address. I I Name I I Address I I Parish -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --l.d om to an immigrant Maronite-rite Catholic father and an East Texas Prot- estant mother, baptized Catholic as an infant, attended First Christian Church with my mom, enrolled in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School and served Mass before I made my First Commun- ion: I was a 1940s ecumenical wondert I drew deeply on my mother's strong Biblical faith and I was formed in Catho- lic tradition by the Incarnate Word Sis- ters who taught at our school. I was always getting into trouble with the sisters; hut, if I went home and complained to my morn, I had worse Sister Perpetua did not talk about God, she was God. Protestant trouble. Those women had an uncanny understanding of men, of little boys, of me. Sister Perpetua did not talk about God she was GOd. Sister Magdalene assumed I would be a priest and beat me up until I agreed. Sister Joseph as- sumed I would be a criminal and beat me up until I disagreed. Sister Immaculata had a tiny ivory skull in the middle of the long rosary which hung from her right side, which Rev. Michael Jamall I thoughtwas the shrunken head ofakid who had been bad. We spent alot of time in church, which didn't do a whole .... lot for me. One First Friday, 45 .... years ago, with the Blessed Sacra- ment exposed, the endless I-Iave mercy on us" re- sponse to the Lit- any of the Sacred Heartsentmeand my fellow thugs under the pews in spasms of laughter - you know, the kind you cannot stop. We stuffed our hands in our mouths and pushed our faces into the floor but we couldn't stop laughing. We were suf- focating on our hilarity. On the other side of the aisle were the "demons of Genesis," the girls, with Kleenex on their heads looking at us in disgust and rolling their eyes until Sister Regina got their treacherous message. The sisters wore long red leather belts on the opposite side of their long rosaries; today they would be arrested for carrying that kind of ammunition in public. Sister Regina wrapped that belt around our necks, pulled us from under the pew and was choking us to death in God's church until she heard us gasping desperately, "Have merCY on us." Etched into my memory is Mother Scholastica, whom we called "thejir~" because GOd made her appear whet" ever we were plotting the overthrow d civilization. She never said a word,j t gazed with the serenity of the Sphi until we m el ted away in to pools of guilt- Did they make a difference? You beg The memory of those utterly dedicated women is entwined in the story of rny Catholic faith. I am bonded to ther forever. I would not exchange a ment of my childhood among the carnate Word Sisters; I am their son and brother. (Rev. MichaelJamail is director Family Retreat Center in Beaumont, Reprinted with permission of theEast TeY.~ Catholic.) lvan r-~ere's been a lot of talk recently in some circles about Ucafeteria Catho- lics." It's a label some people use to describe other Catholics who don't share their views on certain issues. The people who use this phrase say that you can't call yourself a Catho- : lic if you pick and choose which parts of Catholic tradition and teaching you accept and which parts you reject. Being a Catholic isn't like walking down a cafeteria line, they say. You can't take what you like and leave the rest behind. If you want to call yourself a Catholic you've got to accept everything the Church teaches - no exceptions. And of course they're right. Being Catholic isn't a simple matter of indi- vidual taste. You can't simply decide for yourself what being a Catholic is and then call yourself a Catholic. If we all did that eventually there would be as many different brands of Catholicism as there are Catholics, and the word Catholic would lose its mean- ing. The problem most of us face is that the Catholic Church stands for so many things. To use the cafeteria analogy, there are so many things on the line we can't fred room on our trays for them all. The list of things you have to believe if you want to qualify as a Catholic is really rather awesome. Doctrines such as the Trinity, the Virgin Birth, the bodily Resurrection, eternal life, etc., often stretch our mental credibility to the breaking point. Yet they're all essential aspects of Catho- lic belief. The sacraments are also at the heart of Catholic faith. Weekly Mass, regular confession, baptism and confirmation are essential, yet the vast majority of Catholics miss Mass at least occasion- ally and many haven't been to conf sion in years. Catholic morality is an area nearly everyone has at least some lems. The Church's moral ranges from our obligation to help t The list of things you ha to believe if you want to qualify as a Catholic is ally rather sponsibility to take g care of our families. It covers a hats". rude of public issues, from abortiOn See "Kauffman," next Pl'g