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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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,IGION AS I SEE IT':
'rofessor Shows Logic of Catholicism

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By CHARLAINE ACKERMAN

"Because the basic tenets of the
?" Catholic faith have not changed
to this day, one often questions
how Catholics can believe them,"
Prof. George B. Harrison of the
English department told a B'nai
r B'rith Hillel Foundation audience
Tuesday night.
Affirming that Catholicism is
flourishing today, he nevertheless
admitted that it stands as an
enigma to non-believers, due to
difficulties of theological language,
prejudice and a complex doctrine.
Doctrine Logical
"When held up to reason, the
Catholic doctrine is very logical,"
Prof. Harrison asserted. The bases
of this explanation, he continued,
are the fact of God, the divinity
of Jesus and the divine origin of
the Church.
"Because they cannot accept
that 'the order in the world hap-
pened by chance, Catholics be-
lieve that God is the mind that
divined the universe," he ex-
plained. He attributed this belief
to the difficulty of reducing the
infinity of the Supreme Being to
finite expression.

PROF. G. B. HARRISON,
... discusses Catholicism

Prof. Harrison then set man
apart as the only creation of God
to have a soul, a rudimentary as-
pect of God. "Humans are incap-
able of happiness, however, be-
cause of the original sin of Adam

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and Eve in establishing their own
laws of good and evil," he said.
"God came to earth in the per-
son of Jesus to show man the way
of truth," Prof. -Harrison con-
tinued. Evidences of Jesus' divin-
ity are present in the four gospels
of the New Testament as well as
archaeological records, he as-
serted.
Declaring that some conclude
Jesus to be an imposter or a de-
luded man, Prof. Harrison held
that everyone must admit that
Jesus altered history more than
any other man.
"Catholics find in the occurence
of the Resurrection, an uncontest-
able proof of Christ's divinity. Any
aspects of miracles that are dis-
turbing to outsiders are accepted
by Catholics because of the very
nature of Jesus' life.
Divinity, Humanity Linked
In discussing Catholicism as a
way of life, Prof. Harrison said
that Jesus established certain
links between divinity and hu-
manity through various sacra-
ments. The fact that these, when
practiced, produce certain spiri-
tual results, cannot be criticized,
he asserted, by those who have
never experienced them.
"The sacrament of penance,"
he said, "as opposed to popular
thinking, does not justify sin .or
make defying God easier. Rather,
it strives for the fully integrated
person by replacing sin with love."
Prof. Harrison also cited the
eucharist as the center of Catho-
lic life and worship. By repeating
the sacrifice of Jesus, the mass,
and- the partaking of bread and
wine, offer the greatest instance
of the fusion between the material
and supernatural.
Explain Hierarchy
"Catholics today consider them-
selves as members of a great so-
ciety," Prof. Harrison said. In ex-
plaining the hierarchy of the
Church, fro mthe Pope to the
laity, he stressed the importance
of the family.
SGC Issues
Appointment
Statement
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is
the text of the statement issued by
Student Government Council con-
cerning the recent appointment to
f111 the vacancy.)
In regard to the seating of
Richard James Ugoretz to fill the
Student Government Council va-
cancy until the election of Fall,
1959, the Council would like to
state:
1) That the selection of Mr.
Ugoretz was based solely upon the
petitioning and interviewing pro-
cess, and in the view of the Inter-
viewing committee was the finest
selection to serve the best inter-
ests of the student body.
2) That it is the ruling of the
Chair in regard to the seating of
Michael Fishman to fill this va-
cancy that any appointing proce-
dure is a direct result of action
taken by the Council or of mem-
bers of the Council. This particu-
lar appointing procedure origin-
ated with the violation of election
rules and falsification of financial
statement by Michael Fishman
which caused the Council to re-
fuse to seat him as a member
which, in turn, created a vacancy
on the Council to be filled by ap-
pointment procedure. Thus, the
appointing procedure was a direct
result of the election rule viola-
tion. Thus SGC could not justifi-
ably appoint Michael Fishman to
the vacancy which he himself
created. Therefore, it would be
logically absurd and parliamen-
tarily impossible to seat Mr. Fish-

man in this vacancy.
3) That the vote on the motion
to seat Mr. Ugoretz on the Coun-
cil was 14-0 with one abstention.
County Sets
Salary Hike
A three per cent increase in the
county salary scale is a highlight
of the county budget for 1960.
Adopted Tuesday, the budget
will attempt to meet government
and private industry competition
for employees. An additional four.
per cent adjustment is set for
1960.
To prepare a preliminary master
plan for the county, the County
Planning Commission has received
an increase in appropriations. It
will receive $41,712 in 1960 as com-
pared with $30,207 for this year.

Auto Leader
To Receive
'U' Award
American Motors' George Rom
ney will receive another honor
soon.
The president of 1958's most
improved automobile company in
regard to sales will receive the
University of Michigan School of
Business Administration's business
leadership award May 8.
The award, a medal, is given to
"a businessman of accomplishment
who has shown an understanding
of the responsibility -of business to
society and an interest in business
education." This is an annual
award presented by the Student
Council and faculty of the Busi-
ness School.
After receiving the medal, Rom-
ney will speak on "The Compact
Car Revolution-a Case History in
Consumerism," at 8 p.m. in the
Rackham Lecture Hall.
Food Service
Changes Made
Two personnel changes to pro-
e an expansion and reorgani-
zation of the University's Resi-
dence Halls food service operation
were announced recently by Leon-
ard A. Schaadt, business manager
of the residencebhalls.
Lynford Tubbs, who has been
with the Residence Halls system
since 1950 and is manager of Mary
Markley Hall, has been appointed
coordinator of food services.
Kathleen Hamm, who, started
with the University in 1927, has
been made food consultant,

-Daily-David Arnold
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