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Adelaide Southern Cross (Newspaper) - July 25, 1947, Adelaide, South Australia
National Library of Australia radio replies Michael Langtry a poisonous letter pms a Ftp protestant listener Sydney i hmm be very interested to hear what Yaw have to say to the pm dosed letter published in the. Daily Telegraph of june 1 the letter is an attack on the Catho Lic Church on myself in particular and on the Christian religion itself. It appears Over the name Michael Langtry of Lorn Maitland. But it would be useless to go to Lorn Mait land to look for Michael Langtry.". In vain you would seek his name on the electoral Roll. It is not there. And if you wrote to him at Lorn Mait land your letter would come Back to you branded address All of which to say the least does not add to the prestige of Michael but let us take his letter on its own merits. Good beginning sir wrote Michael Langtry to the editor of the Telegraph As a Catholic i endorse what j do Ryan said in his letter of protest against the complaint of Thos. Despite that apparently Good begin Ning no Catholic wrote Michael Langtry a letter. I Call it a Good beginning because Thos. Asst of the so called United protestant association wrote to the Telegraph depreciating the Catholic contribution of some thousands of pounds towards the British food fund. A protest against or. Asst s effusion provides a Good background for the claim to be a Catholic. But alas Michael Langtry Catholic of Lorn Maitland is quite unknown to the Catholic priests and people there. Catholic bigotry i do think however his letter coh tins that our Catholic Church is also guilty in certain directions of a similar Type of the Catholic Church in t Michael Langtry a Church and you would search in vain for any sneers on the part of that Church against any Good done by protestants or any others whether individually or collectively. Nor will you find any Catholic Effort whether in print or by radio devoted to publicising the personal delinquencies of any individuals in order to discredit the religions to which they belong. Question Box fanatic the fanatical Fervour of a question Box conducted by one of our priests Over station Sam is something of which i at Many times feel that s the session you re listening to now and i am the priest who is the. Cause of such distress to Michael but despite his expression one of our priests i deny that his religion is mine or that mine is his. As for the charge of fanatical Fer Vor i have been accused by listeners far More often than not of being a cold calculating logic chopper de void of All feeling and warmth your session one Man wrote to me is All head and no i believe that is an exaggerated Esti mate but i admit that i distrust the emotional and sentimental approach to the subject of religion. I prefer the Appeal to reason. False witness i have heard him speak writes Miehael Langtry most unc Harit ably of Good Aid honest protes Tants it would be As difficult for him to quote an instance of that As it would be to find the same Michael Lang try at Lorn Maitland. Meantime Good and honest protestants will certainly not approve of dishonest pre tence to be a Catholic for the purpose of writing such a letter nor of Michael Langtry a treatment of christianity itself. Self betrayal much of the trouble in the world to Day is do to the. Priest who whether he is Catholic protestant moslem bpm dust or jew can find no truth in any Reed except is no Catholic wrote that sentence. No professing Christian of any kind who knows anything of christianity As it really is could have written in such a Way. The Christian who believes his to be a divinely Given selections from the question Box session conducted by Bev. Or. Rumble m.s.c., broadcast from station 2sm every sunday night. Religion cannot admit any truth in the claims of the moslem and Budd Hist religions to be equally revealed by god. God does not reveal contradictory religions. Monopolistic christianity our Hierarchy continues Michael Langtry keeping up is pretence to be a Catholic should disown and discipline All priestly bigots who seek to Lead their flock along the narrow Road of bigoted monopolistic so now it is christianity itself that is bigoted and monopolistic to please Michael Langtry i must apparently say that the moslem and Buddhist religions Are just As True As the Christian religion and that it really does t matter whether you believe in All of them or bits of each of them or none of them. The thing you must not do is to believe in one of them especially in christianity if i begin to teach those ideas then i would deserve and expect to be disciplined and disowned by the Catholic Hierarchy to which i am subject As Michael Langtry is not. Inside our Church Many rogues have used and still use such paths for their own Advance one can but ask Michael Lang try to name them. Owr Hierarchy should Lead their sheep along the path of Christian humility and not to the exclusion of the full Christian truth. That also is required. Inside our Chur a Are Many guilds and societies which Are used too often for the Benefit of the fellow Catholic rather than the fellow some people would find that admission useful if Only they could believe that it was really made by a Catholic. But to believe that would put too great a Strain on anybody s credulity save that of the editor of the but he was prob ably preoccupied with the thought of Good copy to fill his columns rather than with the merits of the letter it self. I will merely add that i am More than Content to leave Michael Langtry to the verdict of my listen ers. # forty hours hum curious Annandale would you please explain the expression the indulgences associated with the forty hours Devotion the expression simply Means that there Are certain special indulgences. Which May be gained by catholics who take part in the religious service known As the forty hours Devo indulgences what Are indulgences indulgences Are the remission of All or of some of the expiation we must make for our sins either in this life or the next. Whenever a human be ing commits a sin two things Are necessary to secure god s forgiveness of it by repentance and to try to expiate the evil conduct by proportionate self denial. If we do not fully expiate our sins in this life we shall do so in Purgatory after death. And few indeed fully expiate their sins in this life. By gaining indulgences catholics Are Able to diminish the amount of expiation they would other Wise have to make in Purgatory. Who Grants them who Grants the indulgence _ our lord himself through the Catholic Church. When establishing his Church Christ said to her in the persons of the apostles what Soever you shall Loose on Earth it shall he. Loosed also in heaven if therefore the Church acting in the name of Christ releases us from our indebtedness to god s Justice because of our sins that indulgent decision of the Church is ratified in heaven. In reality it is Christ himself through his Church letting us off future punishment due to the sins of which we have previously repented. Nature of the Devotion what is the forty Hows Devotion it is forty continuous hours of prayer m the presence of Christ him self publicly displayed to the people in the holy eucharist. Special ser yes usually begin Friday last through saturday and conclude on the third Day sunday. Catholics i urn be in attendance so that there Are always some at prayer m the Church during the whole forty hours. The Devotion is obviously suggested by the time that elapsed Between our lord s death on the Cross on the Friday and his resurrection on the third Day following sunday. Indulgences granted what indulgences we associated with this forty Hows Devotion catholics gain a partial indulgence to. Years each time they visit the Church to spend some time in prayer during the forty hours. A plenary indulgence May also be gained on each Day of the three Days on the occasion of such a visit provided special prayers Are said for the Pope s intentions and one goes to confession and communion during the appointed period. Why such a service to whom is the forty Hows de voted it is devoted to the adoration and Praise of Christ in grateful acknowledgement of his goodness to us and in order to beg his special Blessing upon the Church conversion of sin ners and peace on Earth amongst All nations. The Pope s intentions for which we Are asked especially to Pray include All those purposes. Obligation of communion is a Catholic by Ned wider pain of mortal sin to receive communion after going to confession no. A Catholic is hound under pain of mortal sin to receive holy communion once a year at easter time and if at any time he should be m danger of dying. At other times even though he has been to confession he is not obliged under Pam of mortal sir to receive holy communion. After having made a Good confession the better thing of course is to receive holy communion if possible. But it is not necessarily an obligation to do so. Of Sam or Ami a woman in the crowd. Chat Wood priests Bishops and the Pope himself teach that if a Little soul which has left the heavenly bosom to be incarnated Dies without baptism it will never see god face to face. Human souls do not leave the Hea Venly bosom to be incarnated. They Are created by god at the moment of Conception having had no exist ence prior to that moment. It is True that if an infant Dies without baptism it cannot enter heaven to see god face to face. The Catholic Church did not invent that doctrine. Its Only reason for teaching it is that Christ himself taught it. He said most clearly unless one be born again of water and the holy ghost he cannot enter the kingdom of Law of Christ you cast aside from the divine pre sence a Little soul who is prevented by Accident or deliberate fault from receiving the ritual of baptism. We have nothing to do with the matter. We but state that Christ instituted the rite of baptism and declared it necessary for the attain ing in heaven. The soul of an i baptised Iris Ahuj of its very to his the capacity Given by baptism for that heavenly experience. /. Here we can hew. The warning let to one despise the least of these my Little cams for their Angels see god face to face and suchlike words. You have not paid sufficient Atten Tion to the subject our lord had in mind when he spoke of those words. He was warning his listed hers against giving scandal by corrupting the souls of children and teaching them evil. He was in no Way dealing then with the question As to whether baptism is necessary or not for in trance into heaven and the text can not be quoted in reference to that subject. Teaching of the Church As a Man and an apostle you will say it is wot a woman s place to approach Christ so Wear As to hear his words let her listen Only to what priests in that you Are mistaken. I do not say that in interpreting the words of Christ we must not depart from the authentic teaching of the Catho Lic Church which Christ appointed to be our guide. And that obliges me As Well As All others who want certainty As to the True sense of the religion god has revealed. Further mis quotation but a Mother notices when she tries to bring her children to his knee to be blessed that Christ forbids his Foremost apostle Peter himself to keep them away from his in finitely Sweet presence. Again you Are inaccurate. St. Peter was not particularly mentioned in the Case you give. Also Christ s purpose on the occasion was to teach his listeners the necessity of learn ing from Little children dispositions of child like humility and simplicity before god and he warned them that unless they did so they would not enter the kingdom of heaven. If there were any lesson Here concern ing the children themselves since Christ taught the necessity of baptism for Entrance into heaven the lesson would be suffer Little children to be baptised that thus they May come to me in heaven. We cannot attribute to Christ a teaching in one place which would conflict with his teaching elsewhere. Joy in limbo a Mother knows that without seeing god there is to Joy and to Light for her Little owe. A Mother does not know that. We ourselves in this life without seeing god Are not deprived of All Joy and of All Light. If a baby unfortunately Dies without having been baptised even though it is deprived of the supernatural vision of god it will have All the natural Joy and Light of which it is capable in limbo. It will there know god and love god even As we can know and love god in this life without actually seeing him. And it will be As Happy As it is capable of being Happy far happier than any natural experiences in this world can make us Here and now. There we must leave this matter till next time when i will Deal with your further difficulties. Atheistic communism St. Francis Clyde Why do you always speak of atheistic communism i do not always do so. Usually when the subject is introduced i speak merely of communism. When the attitude of communism towards re Ligion is mentioned then i speak of it As atheistic. Have Mot Mamy Christma spoken in support of communism none who have really understood the Christian religion and have also understood the real nature of communism religious toleration whilst i admit that communism is itself come med Only with social Wel fare it is hot opposed to religion. No one has to give up his religion in order to be a communist. No one can be a True communist unless he not Only Abandons religion but does All he can to destroy All be Lief in religion. The Sydney communist review of october 1937, in Page 55, says the communist Atti tude is and remains that religion is the opium of the people and that our party Aims finally to free the con science from the religious spook. Naturally communist parents can
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