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Q.Last night I went to con- When I had confessed ut half of my sins Father and said: "That is say an act of Contri- Was this a valid cont'es- .----It was, indeed. Mayhe needed rnore patience; on the other hand, we Uld not string out a whole of venial sins or minor ts. When you have corn- no serious sin, it might to concentrate atten- )rl Oil one (it another of your )re prominent faulls and see at Progress--or retrogression '.ou have made in this regard the past week. should never make con- the routine recitation of tany of sins, practically un- z/llg from week to week. above all, do not confess w often you have missed bur morning prayers, or your before or after meals. You have neglected pray- , Just say so simply, and re- lye to be more cm'eful about it. And maybe find out what causes you to miss them: lazi- ness, or weakening faith, or thoughtlessness. Even counting the number of lies you have told, or the num- ber of times you have been im- patient, is usually a waste of Questions for this column should be addressed directly to The Very Rev. Msgr. John E. Murphy, Vice Rector, St. John's Home Missions Semi. nary, Little Rock, Ark. They must be signed with the name and address of the per.- son submitting them. Un- signed questions will be ignored. bl Dear Ollslgnor Nolan: Please return coupon with your offering time and a mechanization of your preparation for confes- sion. Just-ask yourself how trulhful you are, or how de- ceitful, or try to find out what makes you lose patience. If you make your confession a meaningful evidence of your love for God, and an honest asking for His sign of loving A. SISTER IN YOUR FAMILY HOLY FATHER'8 "MISSION AID 1n'11'XlE ORiEN'AL NUilIH IF Have you ever wished your family had nun? YOU Now you "can have a 'nun of your own'--and CAN'T share forever in all thegood she does ..... Who GO is sheZ &:healthy wholesome, penniless girl in I'OURSELF her teens or early twenties, she dreams.of the TRAIN dayshe can bring God's love to lepers, orphans, A the aging .... Help her become a Sister? To pay SISTER all her expenses thisyearand next she needs only $12.50 a month ($150 ayear, SaO0 alto- gether). She'llwrite you to,express 'her thanks, andshe'll pray for you at daily Mass. in just two years you'll have a 'Sister of your own.'... We'll send you her name on receipt of your gift. (All gifts are tax.deductible, of course.) As long as she lives you'll know you are helping the pitia ble people she cares for .... Please write us today so she can begin her training. She prays some- one will help. dll= TELL In south india a/one 272 Sisters-to-be need A sponsors. $1,500 will train five of them .... FRIEND Show this column to a friend. We'll send him (or her) full information. FOR Babies usually are the center of attention, BABIES meant to be cuddled in someone's arms. In NOBODY Poovarani, south India such is not the case. WANTS Sister Augustine still needs your help for the babies nobodywants .... Only $3,200 will finish and equip the small orphanage she needs for 25 babies. Name it for your favorite saint (in lasting memory of your loved ones) if you build it all by yourself. Send Sister at least as much as you can ($i00, $75, $50, $25, $i0, $5, $2). Jib DOLLARS For only $I0,000 you can build a complete GO 'parish plant' (church, school, rectory and con- FAR vent) in south India .... Ill nlemory? ,IlL F MAKING Remember the missions. Our Legal title: CATH- A OLIC NEAR EAST WELFARE ASSOCIATION, When you WILL? tell us to use your bequest "where it's needed most" you enable the Holy Fatller to take care of mission emergencies immediately. CA ENCLOSED PLEASE FIND $ FOR NAME STREET '- ...... . ..... : CITY-  TATE IP CODE' CATHOLIC NEAR EAST WELFARE ASSOCIATION IYI00_AR I00ART M Iggl.l00lN.q FRANCIS CARDINAL SPELLMAN, President MSGR. JOHN G, NOLAN, National Secretary Write: CATHOLIC NEAR EAST WELFARE ASSOC. 330 Madison Avenue ,New York, N.Y. 1001T Telephone: 212/YUkon 6-5840 forgiveness, Father will have more patience. Q.--In the English New Testa- ment (Matthew 6:12-13), we read this translation of a verse from the Our Father: "Forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors." When, by whom, and why was this translation changed to our present.day "trespasses"? A,--The Gret_'-. word ill Mat- thew 6:12 is preperly translated 'debt,' in its religious sense of 'sin.' And so most biblical translalions have it. In his ver- sion of the Our Father, St. Luke uses the (Greek) word for sin (Forgive us our sins). Our (Protestant and Catholic) Eng- hsh liturgical usage has "tres- passes." Why? This is the tra- ditional form that derives from common usage in England in the 16th century, as laid down in. an ordinance (1541) of Henry VIII. Tim word in turn derives from an English version of. the new Testament by William Tyn- dale (1494-1536). Of course it is .just a different choice of word; the meaning is the same: Tres- passes equals debts; both mean "sins." , $ , Q.--Several years ago, a bust. ness venture .of mine failed. Under the National Rank- ruptcy Act, my propertY was seized, distributed proportion- ately among my creditors --al- though none of them received the, full ,amount owed-them -- and I was then legally dis- charged from any future liabil- ity for debts then existing. Since then, I have been fairly successful in a second business venture. Am I .now obliged in conscience to reimburse my former creditors? A.--Theologians are common- ly ".agreed that, Whenever in- solvency is the result Of. eco- nomic conditions or business hazards which the debtor could not have foreseen and for which he is not morally re- sponsible, he may take advan- tage of the civil law provisions for bankruptcy, and consider the legal cancellation of his debts as exonerating him from any future obligations in jus- tice toward his creditors. But if bankruptcy has been brought about by the debtor's own fault, he is morally l'e- sponsible for the debts, even lh(mgh released by the law. The person who lives beyond his means: one who is negli- gent or imprudent in conduct- ing his business; he who gam- bles or speculates rashly; all who knowingly and willingly waste their resources, are morally responsible for the loss they ()ause their creditors, and are bound to make resti- tution in full. Not only does honest bank- ruptcy preclude culpable negli- gence and the dissipation of one's resources, with tile fore- knowledge of future inability to pay debts; it also presup- poses full compliance with all the prescriptions of the bank- ruplcy procedure, l)artieularly that the bankrupt is not con- cealing any assets, or entering into fraudulent arrangements with preferred creditors, or olher interested parties, to the detriment of the remaining creditors. In providihg the honest deb- tor with a second chance at r('mcdying his financial diffi- culties, sound bankruptcy laws not only promote the con]n]on good of the husiness world -- most creditors accept the risk of bad debts incidental to busi- ness, and make provision for them in their budget -- hut also heighten somewhat the creditor's chance of ultimately recouping his losses. For while the bankrupt is freed from a strict obligation in justice to repay -- also from any legal redress -- charity and equity still urge that he make good his creditors' losses in full, if subsequently he is in a position to do so. [---'Working to Beat Hell Counsel For Teenagers l e:Nude: Look By Rev. Joseph T." MeGloin, S.J. Undoubtedly, "I .will get. the usual few.letters on this column righteously poclaimlng that no priest should mention such things, and accusing me of in- jecting hitherto undreamed of thoughts into the minds-,of our otherwise.deaf, dumband,blind Young taeople: Maybe-I'll even get lettexs accusing me of being "a sexy priest." But lettersor no letters, here we go. I doubt if rm telling anybody anything new, espec- ially those few who read news- papers. Resides, this column pretends to voice principles on occasion, and principles in the abstract are not much help. It's no good going "tsk, tsk," as mere and more of milady ap- pears in public. It's important that we know why her unveil- ing is neither just the good clean American way nor some- thing to be taken lightly. Nor can we shrug off the fact that she is often surrounded by re- porters and photographers eag- er to report her "courage" to a aiting world. Of course, ynu don't have to look far to find women in vari- ous stages of public undress. They are to be found for in- stance, in any honky-tonk or strip joinl. The odd thing is that the American public tends to h)ok down on this class of person, all the while smiling approvingly at those who dress or nndress similarly at the beach. THE BIKINI bathing suit, is a pretty crtumny, degrading phenonl(,uon - especially on a supposedly civilized and often (;lherwise innocent young girl. But the fact is that the l)ikini is showing up more and more cn out" beaches and especially in our newspapers and maga- zines, becoming nlore and IllOl'C accepted though no more ac- ceptable than ever. It is quite possible that a kook could start a fashion trend. It is indeed discouragiug to speculate on the type of girl or woman who basks in the "ad- nitration" she merits from the bikini. Certainly, she would have to be pretty stupid to ima. gine that she is being admired for her personality or because of something deeper than com- mon old desire and concupis- cence, with a rare, genuine ap- preciator of art forms in the audience. It is hard to imagine the pride of the parents of a fourteen year old girl who, when interviewed on the beach and pictured in her bikini, gushed girlishly, "Oh, yes, I get many nice compliments ot my bikini." You can just bet she does. But I don't think I'd care to meet her father. I get embarrassed when I have to shake hands with a zombie. We Americans malce quite a thing of the lofty opinion we bare of women. But in practice we don't really like them at all. In fact, they don't seem to like themselves very much some- times either, especially w h e n they deny their human person- alities in an apparently compul- sive rush to attract attention by their bodies alone. Some Am- ericans have, in fact, devolved and descended into a cult of body-worship. We don't put wo- men on a pedestal any nlore, as our An)eriean forefathers gal- lantly and wisely did. We lull; them on a reviewing stand, and we pin a blue ribbon on them instead of handing them a diplonla or even a wedding ring. TIlE ATTIT[JI)E of a good part of America towards wo- men is characterized by the "girlie" magazine, which pre- sents physically lovely women as sheer decorations and not as lmman heings at all, In fact, a dedicated editor nf one of these high class cultural magazines has made no secret of the basis for his success -- that men have beconle absorbed, as spec- tat, ors, in the adoration of the female body. It would l,e hard not to see, when you view tile situation ob- jectively, tile incredible imma- turity of many an American male in his attitude towards women, and, of course, tile con- tradiciion in a woman's alti- tude as she seeks this unique s,rt of insulting' attention, t say "insulting," because it is an insult to her personality, lier mind, her self  that is, if any of these things is still fnnction- ing. Things like a wolf-whistle based on only physical attri- butes, and a so-called sport known as "girhvatching" have to be some of the most imma- ture indulgences of the so- called mature male. Certaimy women are sup- posed to be attractive, and any- one can appreciate them when they are. But they are also sup- posed to be man's companion ill See FATHER McGLOIN Page 6