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I THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 5, 1969 PAGE 9 P Aid Others Disillusionment New Zealand -- In- of following the usual pat- and erecting a church, a or a monument, the dio- of Dunedin is to mark the nary of its establishment by others. John Kavanagh of Dune- announced that $25,000 be raised and spent to de- an agricultural faculty at a in the Samoan Islands. 9 In a pastoral letter, he said that n the diocese was set up in , Catholics in other lands d with money and sent Sts, Sisters and Brothers. Woods arson is a crime, p Among Catholics Traced Dunedin, New Zealand (NC) -- Resentment and disillusionment are widespread among contem- porary Catholics because they er- roneously believe that the Church "led them up the garden path," according to a noted lay theolo- gian, author and publisher, Dr. Frank Sheed. Dr. Sheed, now lecturing inNew Zealand, went on: "The truth is that the ecclesiastics knew that the laity has led itself up the garden path -- and left it there because the situation was con- sidered harmless. But harmless it was not -- illusions were left which should have been removed." Dr. Sheed, 78, who was speak- ing on "The Disillusioned Cath- olic," said that some of the il- lusions that should have been re- moved included: --The general view that priests and nuns are really different; that they are free from the temptations of the flesh. --The notion that celibacy and the priest grew up together and by the grace of the sacraments, all masculine desires were re- moved. ("Now we can hardly open a newspaper without reading about a priest marrying a nun, just as a doctor marries a nurse.") --The notion that the utterances of the Church in every field are necessarily right; that anyone who criticized Rome was a bad egg." Dr. Sheed said that these notions were, of course, totally wrong. "But because they were allowed to persist we have disillusion- ment all over the place. Years ago a fed-up Catholic left the Church -- now he stays, full of resentment and unhappy because he feels he has been led up the garden path," he explained. As an example of the harm that had been done, Dr. Sheed cited the notion that the clergy are be- yond temptation. When a priest urged the virtue of charity, the sinner said: "It&apos;s all very well for him -- he hasn't got temptation." "They can't say that about St. Augustine, who published an ex- amination of his own conscience," said Dr. Sheed. "I don't suggest that all bishops should do this -- but I do suggest that their dio- cesan papers would sell out if they did." Dr. Sheed said that there has been a progression to the stage where the Catholic now deludes himself that everything old is wrong and that the new needs no justification other than that it is new. "No one calls on a person ques- tioning the Church to prove that he is anyone in particular," said Dr. Sheed. "So we have the cur- ious situation where the Pope is not infallible, the hierarchy is not infallible.., but every second Catholic isl" On conscience, Dr. Sheed said: "There is the profound illusion -- more upsetting than any-- that the individual conscience is suf- ficient. The Church is un- necessary. Conscience gives the answer. "This, of course, is based on the erroneous belief that con- science is the voice of God. In fact, it is our own voice. Con- ::,l00en Red Studio I .... i II'---..-.  / ICERTIFICATES for FREE Gifts. ll"ow i. New  / IC.EESES, DomesUc and Import- II At I led. C.'DIESandCOOKXES. |L.1115 West 4th St. J / I ARKING  1 / / '/Telephone MO 6-5405 ?l Phone FR 4-I___74_6.6 j L 1500 Rebsamen Park Road IIII I iI IiIiI IT'S I',,0 SECRET! At Freiderica, gift shopping is easy, convenient, economical. Lovely gifts for each name on i i iiinlnl 4b Ko el FROM s53.95 Lot of Free ]Park/ Cardinal Says Priest Is 'Man for Others' St. Louis (NC) -- A priest, if he fully becomes "a man for oth- ers," is warmly and personally linked to those whom he serves in his ministry, John JosephCar- dinal Carberry of St. Louis told the District 1 convention of the Serra Club here. Addressing Serrans from Mis- souri and nearby Illinois, Cardi- nal Carberry emphasized the other-directed nature of the priesthood. "The priesthood is not possessed by the priest for himself, but for others," the Cardinal said. "The priest is a man who does not live for him- self, but for others." science is having a carnival at present; it has been given a tot- ally new role." On sex, Dr. Sheed argued that this is the age of "the sover- eignty of sex." "People," he said, "dream, drool and crave for sex, yet they never really think about it. I suggest that sex is for pro- creation, otherwise it would not be there at all. This is not the whole answer, but it is worth thinking about. "Sex is the only power we have to produce beings who will be here eternally in God's image. So there is something sacred about it. If this were not so, it could not be desecrated as it is. Sex is like no other power we have. And it can go haywire." Referring to Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae, on birth, Dr. Sheed said: "I questioned people about their attitudes to the Pope's encycli- cal, and no one suggested to me that sex can be dynamite. They told me that sexual intercourse is the highest act of love and that the whole object is 'to de- velope the personality of theother partner.' "It is great fun, but it is certainly not the highest act of love because there is too much self-satisfaction in it to put it at the very top of love's activities. As to development of the other partner's personality, their ar- guments didn't cover the irri- tation of the husband when he finds his wife does not want her personality developed that parti- cular night." Dr. Sheed criticized complaints about the institutional Church, claiming that they showed an odd notion of the Church. To do its work, he said, the Church has to have an organization. Where- ver there is an official there is your li.' ' 0wner-managers 5600 "R" at Taylor ..Sriji.ii1 a grievance and depending on "'  the zeal of the official there may Rupert Blakely and James Green One Block South of be a thousand grievances, he invite you to stop by soon. Heights Theatre added. G Js "The person who expects aper- ....... 6TH  BllYGO fect human organization hasn t watt accessornes TEEEgBONE FR5-07,57 grown up," Dr. Sheed said, "I HOME-OWNED ru__ Z.L -texAn LITTLE R(K,  know all about bad popes. 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