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Keywords: Religion / Belief



SOME time ago John Brown and some of his friends were discussing wireless programmes. In the course of the conversation one of the company, Mr Jones, a Catholic, said that he and his family frequently listen-in to the broadcasts of non-Catholic sermons.

John Brown wonders whether Mr Jones can be said to be taking part in non-Catholic services when he does this, or whether his action is sinful for other reasons.


John Smith earns 25s. a week. He is the only son of the family and his father has a good wage. John Smith gives his wage to his mother, who allows him a shilling a week for spending-money. Ho finds that this it not enough to enable him to buy cigarettes, go to the cinema, etc. This week he is going to get an increase of 2s. 6d. If he does not mention this fact and keeps the extra money will he commit a sin?

Mrs Smith, I am glad to report, has received a universally bad press. " John Smith's mother is being grossly unfair " (Beecher; Dublin). "It is worthy of comment that he would receive better consideration from a proper employer

devoid of mother love . . the only alternative is to foster his mother's meanness. save his shillings up and buy a coffin. It will give him some pleasure writing out the epitaph: ' Here lies my mother's love ' " (Fagan; Bolton). " Mrs Smith must certainly be a very closefisted woman" (Rialto; Dublin). Despite this 100 per cent. attack, correspondents in general did not allow their feelings to get the better of their reasons, and the majority would not approve of any deception or lying by inference. M. IL, Reigate, finds two sins: lying and depriving his mother of the pleasure of knowing of the rise— but M. K., with a few others, thinks that Mrs Smith is teaching her son the right use of money. The point whether we are dealing with Mr Smith or Master Smith is not made clear in the scruple. I presume Mr Smith,

A number of readers sensibly concluded that he should keep the 2s. (id. and squarely tell his mother that he had a right to it. Easier said than done in some cases!

The prize (Matters of Moment, Ignatian Meditations, and Great Catholics, the Catholic Book of the Month) goes to Wilkinson, Shipley, Yorks, for a straightforward statement. But no one really stated the principles

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