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THE GUARDIAN, OCTOBER 3, 1969 PAGE 5 The Question Box By Very Rev. Msgr. John E. Murphy, S.T.D. A friend with whom I religion asks me: "Why become a Catholic? It Solve any of my prob- should I answer? Catholicity will not solve in the manner of good- w h i c h promise influence, paw- will on the contrary with the world ("I ing not peace but a 10:34), and it de- mortification of the "let him take up his cross Me," Math. 16:24). should solve the great problem of "Who am a I here? What destiny e? and how can I achieve Director, Diocesan Department of Education 2500 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, Ark. it?" The only reason for becoming Catholic is that the Catholic re- Questions for this column should be addressed directly to The 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. liE,on is true, intended by God for the salvation of the human race, the authentic repository of RIGHT REVEREND EDWARD T. O'MEARA NATIONAL DIRECTOR ion Sunday, Money or More? Sion Sunday may be for many just an appeal day for money. -- money is desperately vital for the missions. cannot be trained and sent to Africa, Asia, or America on good will alone. Hungry poor people cannot on sweet talk; food and clothes cost money. People diseases need medicine, clinics, hospitals, and trained people. Illiteracy can only be reduced when schools, and teachers are supplied. People finding Christ need s, places to worship, and native seminaries and convents. from poor sanitation, poor environments, and inhuman all require money. true[ Missionary activity necessarily is involved in econom- more true -- for many missionaries, their only source is the generous support from their fellow-Christians. m and through the Church, the missionaries, and the serve -- depends on us. Mission Sunday is more than just giving money, otherwise scratches the surface of our personal sense of Christian Think for a minute... We have been baptized, confirmed, together at Christ's table .... we profess the cam- saints, and membership in God's People -- the catholic- Church. We all share in Christ's mission, not as outside or isolated humanitarians. frightful mediation -- the spirit of Christ is alive in us to the degree we have His missionary sense. is a sense of belonging to others: those we live with and we don't. It is a sense of serving others: the immediate and the world family. It is a sense that responds out of for others and doesn't count the cost. And it is the sense :with each other in God. - .... 800 mission territories receive direct aid from the many are totally dependent on this support. They need Only you can give. May your giving be more than just a to a worthy cause. For in liturgy and in life we celebrate of our faith -- Christ lives among us... help us worldl Will you send a sacrifice, to me, today for the and Service are the work of The Society for the Propa- of the Faith. Please cut out this column and send your to Right Reverend Edward T. O'Meara, National Director, Avenue, New York, N. Y. 10001, or directly to your Director. Msgr. John M. Baan, 2415 North Tyler Little Rock, 797, .Joeeee.lle.eeeeolleO.el" Jeoeoeoeeo*e. ..**.*.l...,...e..l.,.*l'''''''l''''" ............. STATE ....... Z ......... the teachings of Jesus Christ, the guardian of the sacraments by which eternal life is attained. If it does not answer that des- cription, there is no reason for anyone's being a Catholic. If it does so answer, everyone should be Catholic. Although the Catholic religion does not promise prosperity and power, it does promise spiritual peace for those whose souls are transformed by God through the sacraments of Baptism and Pen- ance. St. Paul enumerates the gifts of the Spirit who puts the soul into the state of grace as "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentle- ness, and self-control" (Gal. 5:2). But this happy state, though in itself permanent, can be disturbed or even ruined when sin leads us to prefer the level of our corrupt nature. Therefore the measure to which this interior peace and joy are had depends on the surrender of our wills to God, which is never perfect and seldom permanent on this earth. But the great problem of returning to God is tremen- dously simplified by the Catholic Church. That, very briefly, is the answer to your friend'sques- Clan. Qo -- Isn't it a bit anachron- istic to refer to a. Pope as "His Holiness?" Weren't there some Popes in history who were less than holy? A. -- By parity of reason, we should have to abolish all titles of respect. Titles and addresses of respect always refer to the office, never to the individual. We address a judge as "Your Honor," even though some judges have been less than honorable. The Papal dignity is holy, just as a judgeship is honorable.  tt 4 Q. -- If a person has come into possession of something of value which he knows with certainty to belong to another, what is his obligation? A. -- A person who has know- ingly received, or taken, some- thing of value which belongs right- fully to another is referred to as a possessor in bad faith. He is bound to take every reasonable step towards returning the object to the one to whom it belongs. If it is impossible for him to do this, he must, after waiting asuit- able time, donate the thing, or its equivalent value, to a chari- table cause. He is not allowed to gain personal profit from an act of theft for which he incurred the guilt of sin. One who has received stolen goods unknowingly is referred to as a possessor in good faith. Once he becomes aware of the situation, he must make every effort to make restitution to the rightful owner, either directly or through the one from whom he received what had been stolen. The latter is then bound to make restitution to the possessor in good faith for any payment that had been made. If restitution to the rightful owner is impossible, a possessor in good faith may, after a reasonable in- terval of time, claim the stolen property as his own.. TRANGE BUT TRU E Little-Known Facts for Catholics By M. J. MURRAY ('p.vri4ht, 1969, I.C.W,C. I'cws ScrvJce In Cardinal's View Pro-Red Italians Are 'Holy Water Font Catholics' Rome (NC) -- Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, prefect emeritus of the Doctrinal Congregation, has said that pro-communist Catho- lics in Italy should be called "holy water font Catholics" be- cause they are closest "to the door of the church and far away from the altar and pulpit." The cardinal made his obser- vation in a periodical, Relazioni, published by a group of Catho- lics and supporters of the tradi- tionalist and rightist tendency in Italy. The cardinal was commenting on a tendency in some Italian Cath- olic circles today to play down the Church's earlier condemnation of communism and to favor new approaches to communism and was criticizing those who vote for communist government offi- cials. These Catholics, said the car- dinal "are not so very active in the church to get near the altar and the pulpit. They do not frequent the sacraments very much . . . When they go to Mass they are the first to leave because they are closest to the holy water font and the door. Sex Binge bought it. T h e bawdy movie-make rs raised their eyebrows, pointed enviously to some odorous films turned out overseas by a few de- generate Swedes and Frenchmen, and brayed "adult entertainment." The jelly-spirted college presi- dents pontificated solemnly about their institutions not being "cus- todial" in relation to their inmates, and you bought that, too. With it, you also bought the convenient contraceptives, the four-letter chants from student activists, the psychedelic orgies, and all the rest of the sorry sex parade which promenades interminably across too many college campuses these days. You got put down, Morn and Pop. You were so hung up over being thought square and Victorian and unmod that you ended up an un- easy vegetable, doing nothing at all. Except once in a while view- ing with alarm, of course, and even then worrying that someone would think you were guilty of widening the generation gap. It's not too late to get back in the ball game. Here are the things you ought to start doing right now about this sexbingewe seem robe on: --Stay away from the morbid movies and the purulent plays, and urge everybody you know to do the same -- especially yourchild- CONTINED FROM PAGE 4 ren. --Elect local judges and civic officials who hate pornography for profit, an(i who guarantee in advance of election to harry the youth corrupters relentlessly and ingeniously every day they're in office. --Tell your state legislators in no uncertain terms to cut off all money to tax-supported colleges which refuse to police their own facilities and student bodies, and which decline to adopt definite, hard-boiled standards of sex con- duct on their respective campus- eS. --Above all, see that your own children know what's right and what's wrong about sex before they blow themselves up with its age-old dynamite. And don't let anybody box you into that old semantic trap about what's "right" and what's "wrong." The rightness and the wrongness of sex are as old as our Judea-Christian heritage -- as old as the Ten Command- ments -- almost as old as Adam. So stop trying to justify your- self. Stop dropping out. Adopt a code of behavior you really believe in and suck to it. Even- tually, you'll get something from the kids you are certainly not getting now: Respect. Tell them the human body is supposed to be a temple, not a brothel.