Summer 1968

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In the second article of this series (Fall, 1967) we discussed the credibility of Roman Catholicism. Since then that credibility has been at¡ tacked and defended anew. How does the question stand today?



The young man with his guitar gazed off into nowhere. He was one of today's "beautiful" people, one who was, In the light of recent writings at least by his own profession, is it still possible to assert "turned on to love." Mass or, as he preferred, the Eucharist Roman Catholicism's had been for him on some occredibility? casions a truly meaningful experience. "I do believe, I do believe," he had asserted, quot+ ing heroes Simon and Garfunkel. Having heard the Mass GEORGE K. MALONE by the Electric Prunes, he had even decided to try com+ posing his own guitar Mass. He of course expressed today's conventional gripes about the institutional church, "When I go to Mass at Saint Frigida's, it's cold and impersonal. There just isn't any love there--the vibrations are really bad. If you say that Christ is truly present there, I just won't believe it, and I don't." But then the neighboring parish of Saint Amorosa, staid and conservative, announced that it was for the first time planning a guitar Mass to be developed by and for the young people 175

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