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ARIG~,NSAS CATHOLIC DF.~EMBER 9, 1990 PAGE 3 "Curran," from page 2 Several years ago, I made my mother- in-law a set of farmer/farmer's wife dolls because I thought they would fit the decor of their home. But Grandma was delighted with them as dolls, not decoration. She moved them from place to place, decorated them in seasonal dress, and showed them to her friends. She told me she loved to play dolls as a child (I neve:ri, j:Oy and this gift gave her an excuse to recapture a bit 0fchildhoodjoy. She would never have bought the dolls for herself but it seemed okay to play with them if they Were a gift. That's the real value of giving an adult a toy. It gives them permission to he children again and we all need that OCcasionally. I recall tile expressions on my Children's faces when they watched their dad and his childhood friend break into spontaneous play with a set 0flarge wooden blocks unearthed from Grandma's attic on a visit. These two grown men got down on the floor and re-enacted the torpedo game they created in childhood, corn- Dear Editor: t I wish to thank Fr. David,LeSieur for his:helpful suggestions in Wiewpoint" (12/2/90) on how to put the correct raeaning into Christmas parties and Other celebrations. Radical confusion Just think what changes for the bet- tar Would follow if many of us read his SUggestions and put them into practice! Sr. Frances Teresa Adams, OSB St. Seholastica, Fort Smith plete with strategy and noises. They became as animated as if they were kids again. Their recall of moves and coun- termoves was instantaneous. They were kids again and our kids loved it. There's a difference between playing with one's kids and playing like a kid again with a childhood friend. So my suggestion is to put a toy under the tree for your spouse, parent or friend instead of a shirt tiffs year. It tells them you still recognize and ap- Giving adults toys as gifts is a wonderful idea. preciate the child in them. And put a toy on your list, too. What toy would you like to have around to- day to enjoy when TV gets you down? A model to build? An ant farm? A re- mote controlled car that goes in all directions and makes all kind of noises? A soft cuddly kitten? Let those who love you know. You'll save them a lot of shopping and get something fun, to boot. Copyright 1990 Alt Publishing Co. Mass at St.John's on the third Sundays of October and November. I have certainly appreciated it, as I am sure have all the others who were there. I hope to be able to get to the next one on Dec. 16. And I, as I am sure there are many others, would welcome the traditional Latin Mass on a regular basis and perhaps at convenient places around the diocese. PhlUip Kalcich El Dorado Arkansas Catholic. I requested the ex- tras to send to relatives so that they can become better educated and under- standing of many things relative to mental illness. I wish to express my gratitude for the informative and helpful articles in this particular issue that pertain to mental illness. I have a loved-one who suffers from this disease, so these ar- ticles were especially meaningful to me. Again, thank you for your superior coverage on this subject. These articles were well worth the yearly subscription charget Betty Key Little Rock Dear Editor: Thank you for all that you have done for the Campaign for Human Develop- ment this year and in years past. Ar. kansas Catholic has certainly been ex- emplary in its coverage and editorial support. I found your "Perspective" response to the criticism of Mr. Louis Graves par- ticularly well done and right on the mark. Please know of our thanks for all that you've done for CHDI Timothy Collins, Acting Director Campaign for Human Development Washington, DC Dear Editor:. Anyone who confuses the gentle charity and justice of Christ, such the likely be- friending the man with AIDS, the heroin addict, the death row inmate, the oppressed of Latin America, as listed by DKH, with such radical social organizations as ACORN, DKH in response to my letter of Nov. 18 ducked the issue, an exercise in mental acrobatics. The issue as presented by Capi- tal Research Center is 'The Campaign for Human Development: Christian charity or political activism?" CRC contends that the study of CHD continues, and adds that the tIonorable William Simon (former cabinet member) sent a copy of the report to members of the Knights of Malta of the U.S. Support for ACORN does not always qualify as aid for the poor. For example, the CHD once gave the Dallas chapter of ACORN the sum of $50,000. The chapter urged members to soak their computer bills received from utilities in hot water and iron the card before returning so the card could not be machine processed. Members were told to overpay by a penny and demand credit. 'This sort of guerilla theater is satis- fying to the utopians but of little help to the poor" - from 'The Coercive Utopians" or "Social Deception by America's power players by the Isaacs." St. Paul's message, "God loveth a cheer- ful giver" is a well accepted truism but a parallel quotation from Scripture, as the research center notes, is '%e ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers." "Put in its simplest terms, the evidence still clearly indicates that CHD's commit- ment is not to Christian charity, but to a brand of radical politics, which is to say, radical political power, alien to our political consensus." Youth Project, given annual CHD sup- port, works in such social fields as commu- nity organizing, organizer training, anti- corporate and anti-defense organization, and American policy in the Central America and Carribbean areas. (This is a direct quote from CRC whose positions are in harmony with "I'he Coercive Utopians and James L. Tyson's "Prophets or Useful Idiots." Respectfully submitted to the diocesan Su erior coverage Dear Editor: Americans for Democratic Action, National newspaper in the interest of presenting truth ~'|1 ~pMIDhkii!~~ ~lIlb~! Organization for Women, gay lib groups, to Arkansas Catholics, who do support di- " " Dear Editor: etc., should back off and ask some questions' ocesan programs in generous fashion. Thank you for sending me three about the use of dollars given by Arkansas Louis Craves extra copies of your 11/18 issue of Catholics ostensibly to charity. Nashville I[ read your column faithfully and diversity, of tribunal process able to handle the universal Church for remarriage of I was attracted to your letter because volume of legitimate questions and Catholics. ~]~ tired ot' the repetition of issues it echoes some of my own concerns cases, cases that deal not only with If anyone has more insights on how ~[ aeerning marriage validations and II ~Ulments. about the content of this column. At very least, 40 percent of my weekly mail deals with marriage and remar- riage situations that involve annulments or other types of cases. While each circumstance is different, I'm continually confronted with the question: Do I deal with this again or is the subject getting too old? It seems clear that for a very large minority of Catholics (my guess is close to 50 percent), questions about divorce, annulment and remarriage are close to the top of their Catholic conscience, either for themselves or their children, brothers or sisters, friends, often even their parents. "privileges" (primarily Privilege of the Faith or Pauline Privilege), but often with matters of actual justice and ob- jective fact, as in annulment cases? The question presents itself: Is this person really, objectively married or not? Is he/she now free to marry someone else and still remain fully, sacramentally, an active member of the Catholic Church? In some parts of the world, Church leaders eventually were forced to ac- knowledge their inability to establish ways to decide these cases on a one-by- one basis as we do. Our American tribunals have been overall, and still are, heroic in their to be responsive to these very real concerns of millions of Catholics, I'd like to hear them. In the meantime, I'll keep evaluat- ing my balance in presenting the doc- trines, processes and attempts at fairness that lie beneath the Church's efforts to serve and heal people with these criti- cal kinds of spiritual needs. (A free brochure explaining Catholic teaching and practice on annulments is available by sending a stamped, self-ad- dressed envelope to Rev. John Dietzen, Itoly Trinity parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL, 61701.) Copyright 1990 CNS