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PAGE 6 THE GUARDIAN. SEPT. 13. 1974 Pastoral Musings '" i Each of Us Is Part Anticipating Was Vatican II Misinterpreted? Adulterer, Part . By Msgr. John B. Seheper-- Upholder of Morahty The Holy POPE JOHN XXlll opened Vatican II Oct. 11, 1962, and it was closed by Pope Paul VI on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, 1965. He remarked at that time, "No other Council in God's Church has been held on such a scale, or has been accompanied by work done in greater earnest and greater tranquility. No other Council has treated topics of greater variety or of wider interest." The final deliberations of the Council are included in 16 decrees. These documents do not read with story-book ease, neither do they consist of dif- ficult or legal terminology. They contain hard boiled doctrine, and furnish food for a lifetime, and plot the road to salvation -- temporal and eternal. THESE DOCUMENTS should not be and are not the source of DAIRY PRODUCTS Buy It From Nearest Food Store. confusion. Father Joseph Manton, C.Ss.R. penned the following in "Crossroads "June 1972: "Poor Pope Paul, because of his stand on things like birth control and celibacy, the liberals like him not at all. But Pope John XXIII .... Ah, there, they assure you, is someone else again! There was a true for- ward looker..." Was he, though? The truth is that Pope John, warm, genial, and portly, was way out - but only in front! He was so much the traditionalist that he said the beads every day, and not just the final decades, but the entire 15. Read his biography, "Diary of a Soul," or the en- cyclical, "Mater et Magistra," and you will realize that he never could have amaea any change in the traditional teachings of the Church. What he wanted from Vatican II was simply to present the age-old truths in a more modern and appealing package. AND SURELY it was not Pope John and not the Council, but the commentators, who launched an attack on the devotional life of the average Catholic. They snipped at the beads and benediction and the Way of the Cross and novena and" the like. But read Vatican II, and you will find devotions that have behind them the tradition of centuries and are warmly commended.., repeat, warmly commended. But to some liberals, the law seems to be: If the people like it, get rid of it. The Council never said that. It said that in the spiritual life of the ordinary Christian there was room for two things: the liturgy and popular devotions. READ SOME MODERN Catholic literature and you wonder if you are reading right. There, the idea seems to be to distinguish about the real presence, wonder about the virgin ,birth, interpret the Resurrection, and condone pre- marital sex so long as it represents a vehicle of love. Take the statues out of the Church, and bring a far-out catechism in, and if you dissent or iI you aemur, you are medieval and you are Tridentine. You will find this in some Catholic periodicals, yes - but in Vatican II, not at all. Back m January 1966 Pope Paul laid it on the line, "They would be mistaken who think that the Council represents a break or, as some would have it, a liberation from the traditional teaching of the Church !" WHY, THEN, the confusion? Cardinal Wright summed it up best, "The clear, fixed stars of the Catholic faith are momentarily obscured by theological smog." Thus speaks Father Manton. Meditate upon it. By Father Carl J. Pfeifer A RECENT edition of CBS' "60 Minutes" contained a mini- documentary on life and death in a small town in Northern Ireland. The town has suffered intensely from years of sporadic violence. The 20- minute TV visit showed bombed out stores, banks, and homes. There were scenes of deserted streets. People locked them- selves up in their homes and lived in fear. On Friday they ventured out into the stores and markets. Armed soldiers patrolled each street. In- dividuals were searched. The wife of a man shot down in cold blood told of her son's fearful nightmares. The town doctor spoke of the sufferings of young and old. A gloom)' teenage dance revealed the pain of living in that small rural town. THE TOWN was torn by hate. Catholics hated Protestants. Protestants hated Catholics. Dozens of men, women, and children had been killed. Protestants killed Catholics who, in turn, killed Protestants1 And the process repeated itself over and over. Much of the documentary was familiar to anyone watching the evening news over the past several years. What was striking about this short documentary on the "troubles" of Northern Ireland was that no one of the townspeople was ever identified as "Catholic" or "Protestant". The viewer had no way of knowing who was on which side. IN INTERVIEWS the unidentified Catholics or Protestants spoke with the same Irish brogue. The suf- ferings were equally painful, no matter what the sufferer's religious, or political iden- tification. The Irish citizens, whether Catholic or Protestant, looked, sounded, and suffered the same. It was a deliberate television technique. The TV camera showed both sides without identifying either so that the viewer became aware that both sides in this prolonged hatred needed reconciliation. Neither could absolve itself and con- demn the "enemy." The real enemy of that small Irish town was within the hearts of all its citizens. AS I REFLE(TED upon this presentation, I marvelled at how subtly it made so profound a point. The point it made ex- tends beyond that Irish town. Who needs reconciliation? Everyone. You do. I do. Reconciliation within oneself, with nature, with one's fellow man, with God. The program reminded me of one of the most touching, challenging stories in the Gospels. Jesus was sitting in the Temple one day. A group of religious leaders self- righteously dragged an em- barrassed woman up to Him. They made her stand before Jesus and loudly accused her of adultery. She was a sinner. They, of course, were good men, concerned about the law of Moses. She was an adultress. They were upholders of traditional morality. JESUS' RESPONSE to them and to the woman are By Joe and Alice Rolf St. Theresa's Parish Little Rock What is the real the miracles Christ To some in his dm a blind man.meant He league with the devil. Tt the changing of water into or the feeding of 5,000 people were works a master magican! just on an Ego-trip? In the ill, feeding the comforting the lonely, was Christ just prove He was God? It is unlikely, because knew Him immediately. the Baptist reco Chosen One at a Andrew knew he had Messiah after only a meeting. A thief Jesus on the cross. Jesus Savior of Mankind, must surely stood out in any But even though Christ: out, and even may visible to many as poor and He offered rich who could see no being poor. TO the powerful, Christ was humble from a remote village miracle, no matter howl could impress them. i could not be bought. He not be used. These people the showoffs and no one-upsmanship could: them understand the message of reconciliation. No, the meaning miracles was not Morrilton Shoppers Guide profoundly unsettling. First he was silent, stooping down to write in the sand. Then he looked up and quietly challenged the accusers, "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." To their credit the Scribes and Pharisees got the point and one by one retreated into safe anonymity among the crowds. Jesus forgave the : ' ' I woman with a caution not to sin [ . BUDW'EISlg LAGER BEER MAUS IMPLEMENT COMPANY again. I Who needs reconciliation? Each of us does. Jesus ! 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Christ could work miracle of forgiveness others could not. He among sinners and still man. Christ could see and poverty while others and became rich. He could' positive solutions. Christ understand fear, despair, and loneliness while passed by. He could offer hope and comfort. Christ could do all things, not simply was the Justice, but because as he was able to laugh, cry, and understand. More portantly, he could do things because as a hurt could reach out and another human and ;s understand, and I care !" was a man who recognized evil and of evil and knew that it a part of God's creation. 1 man, he knew He had the given power to heal new creation. Jesus told His followers I likewise, and in promised that the allow them to perform  greater miracles. AS promised, this happened continues to happen. Paul understood he heard the words, do you persecute me! Ignatius understood the of Christ's love after military cloak with a beggar. St. Jghn BOsco heard it in the children playing. Today we can see Se tinuing miracle of and his continued our midst. It can be religion class, in the child's eyes that say, seen God, because I Christ in you." It is se home for the elderly look says, "I have seen because I was lonely came. You understood felt." It is in the of a mother wb was hungry, and, Christ came so it would hungry." What greater there be than sharing love? What more could miracle? It is a miracle that can be