The Catholic Fact Book

Toolan, David

CORRESPONDENCE (Continued from page 338) tion asserts that it takes its criteria for what can be done not only from its notion of man and woman's nature but also from its notion of their...

...basic tenets of belief and forms of worship (including sacraments, the rosary, Stations of the Cross, hallowed prayers...
...For the highly mobile American Catholic family or interested observer, the fifteen hefty volumes of the 1967 edition of The Catholic Encyclopedia are a bit awkward to carry around...
...There is no longer room in our church for prelates who act and decree in secrecy...
...about the complex creed, cult, and code of Catholicism its history (the papacy, Roman curia, ecumenical councils, heresies, schisms...
...This line of reasoning is certainly not relying on a "notion of biological nature," as the editorial states, but on a much fuller notion of the human person, who is touched "in the body and through the body," and who is also called "to share in a special way in his mystery of personal communion and in his work as Creator and Father.'' JERRY BRACKEN, C.P...
...and a useful glossary of code words that includes everything from angelism, kulturkampf, and Pauline privilege to weeping crosses...
...To the Editors: The editorial, ["What Comes Naturally," March 27] is fascinating, confusing, and confused...
...Vocation is a key idea in the document as it is in natural moral law...
...D.T...
...How so...
...Quarrelsomeness now Las Vegas, Nev...
...Deedy has condensed nearly everything that might have slipped your mind (Quick: what are the corporal and spiritual works of mercy...
...It is because of this vocation that "marriage possesses specific goods and values in its union and in procreation which cannot be likened to those existing in lower forms of life...
...If Rome cannot honestly approach a question of faith and morals, and too often here for example the evidence shows it cannot, the time to be filled with quarrelsomeness is now...
...Throughout history the results of this type of action have been painful to the church, driving many away from the home that should be theirs, driving a wedge between man and his love of God...
...and biographical sketches of saints and famous Catholics...
...You write, "Those who are dissatisfied with the Vatican 'Instruction' are under the obligation to develop an alter364 The Catholic Fact Book, by John Deedy...
...information on pilgrimage sites, cathedrals, museums, universities, religious and lay organizations (with addresses...
...Thomas More Press, $23.95, 412 pp...
...CORRESPONDENCE (Continued from page 338) tion asserts that it takes its criteria for what can be done not only from its notion of man and woman's nature but also from its notion of their vocation...
...But it does have a single word "quarrelsomeness' ' which it hopes not to be and would have been more forceful if it had been...
...moral teachings (rules of marriage and divorce, a handy guide to major papal encyclicals with excerpts from several, the role of individual conscience, etc...
...Forthis reason one cannot use means and follow methods which could be licit in the transmission of the life of plants and animals...
...This is a book to browse in, and Deedy is a clear, sure guide through the labyrinth...
...IN BRIEF...
...This means that something that could be done by following natural, biological processes is not to be dona in humans because of their vocation to share in God's work...
...You will be glad to hear, then, that the encyclopedic John Deedy fulfills a crying need for a single, handy reference volume that almost fits into your pocket...

Vol. 114 • June 1987 • No. 11


 
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