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Published every Friday by the Catholic Northwest Progress Co. 907 Terry Avenue, Seattle 98104. Telephone MAIn 2-11880 Second-Class Moil Privileges Authorized at Seattle, Wash. President, Most Reverend Thomas A. Connolly DD, JCD Father James H. Gandrau ........................ Editor Mary eresnahan ........................ Associate Editor PAGE 8 FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 1965 His Finest Hour II men desire instinctively to call -- great men their brothers. The an- cient Greek philosopher Aristotle wise- ly said: "that in man is his true self which is noblest and best." This is why when noble men like Winston Churchill live and die something of the best lives a lot and dies a little in every one of us. We believe that Winston Churchill, like our own late President Kennedy, will live on forever in the hearts of free men, not only for what he did but also for what he was. In this connection, we are reminded of what President Kennedy once said while standing in the House of Commons: "It was here Sir Winston -" :mobilized the English language and sent it out to battle." But Winston Churchill could not have mobilized and synthesized the deep-  Cat and noblest sentiments of mankind unless he himself was on fire with their L meaning--therein lay the power of his personality and the source of his great- It is indeed significant that in less than two years we have witnessed the passing of the two most beloved states- men of our day: John F. Kennedy and Sir Winston Churchill. And while their age, nationality, and circumstances of death were extremely different  they both possessed a deep faith in God and everlasting life. This quotation of Churchill the artist bears testimony to his belief in eternity. It serves as an ex- cellent epitaph and strong reminder to-a generation that is seeking truth, justice and happiness in a world without God: "v]'hen I get to heaven I mean to W spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting I expect orange and vermillion will be the dullest colors upon (my pal- ette), and beyond them will be a whole range of wonderful new colors which will delight the celestial eye." We pray that this noble lover of freedom and democracy who gave Eng- land its finest hour now enjoys his own " ness. --the eternal unending hour of paradise. Towards Public Decency : A/e were extremely pleased to read the excellent editorial in the Jan- . uary 28 issue of the Seattle Post In- . telligencer entitled "Appalling Erosions i of Moral Standards". The guest editor- ial taken from the San Francisco Ex- aminer asks the question "What has happened to our national morals? .... " "The article goes on to show point ::by point the low standards to which public morality in America have sunk, : It mentioned as an example that magazines and newspapers publish pie- tures and articles that flagrantly volate the bounds of good taste. This editorial appeared on page 16 of the Post Intelligencer. On pge 8 i) of the same edition we find advertise- ments for motion pictures and a bur- lesque show which are, in our .opinion, of questionable taste. For example, the ad for "Warm Nights and Hot Plea- sures" playing at one of the local theatres, has this come on: "Where love & S.., goes skin deep." The second feature is "Price of Flesh" with this caption added "Due to extreme nature this film . . . positively adul'ts only. You must be 21." A/e sincerely hope that among other things the San Francisco" Exam- iner's editorial printed in the Post Intel- ligencer will influence the Wpe of movie advertisements published in that newspaper. We mean to be perfectly fair how- ever and therefore must add that we have seen some improvement in this type of advertising in the local dailies. We hope the Seattle Post Intelligencer will be a crusader in a movement to- wards public decency and good taste. I me Com nts on What If Innocent Dies? * Editor, The Progress: The past year has seen the Bible used to justify everything from the abol- ishment of public welfare to the continuing of racial segre- gation. Perhaps this is an effective way of proceeding. If I can pick two or three words from Scripture to justify my position then my opponents are against "I and God". A few years ago Communist authorities in Eastern Europe did a little Bible reading and began to use the quotation "there is no God" to prove the philosophy of atheism being ad- vanced in some state schools. A more complete reading of this Old Testament passage re- veals, however, that it states, "The fool says 'there is no God'." The latest of the "holy causes" are recently expressed views on capital punishment. In their anxiety to have God on their sideI think many are .overlooking a closer question. If capital punishment is morally justified -- and I would not concede that it is --we must determine whether or not it is really an appropriate part of our own system of justice. Many prison officials op- pose capital punishment for ordinary murderers. One who takes another's life usually does it in rage or for a profit. Clearly, the enraged killer does not expect to get caught. In neither case is the pur- pose of deterrence served. Of course, the executed killer will be stopped from further crime -- but wouldn't the same purpose be served by life im- prisonment? There are many more argu- meets against capital punish- ment, but the most compelling, I believe, is that judges and juries can make mistakes. We recognize this fact through pro- visions in our basic law for the right of appeal in criminal proceedings. The unjustly imprisoned man can be freed; what Shall society do when it later dis- covers that it has taken the life of the wrong man? I hope that our Legislature will act this session to abolish capital punishment, righteous- ly indignant, Bible quoting citi- zens nothwithstanding. Grog J. Works 1922 Ferry Ave. SW Seattle For Unity Editor, The Progress: As a Catholic layman I was one of the fortunate ones who gathered at the .Civic Center Stmday and participated in the Public Gathering of Prayer for Christian Unity. The impression, I believe, of ell who attended this historical meeting is one Of a deep sense of dedication to this need for a restoration in the bonds of charity. This longing for Christian brotherhood to include all peoples of good will every- where, I believe can best be defined as an air of expec- tancy, for light and guidance 'for the Holy Spirit moveth where it wills.' As I viewed this remarkable drama the words read by Fa- ther William Treacy reminded all that Christ was in their midst "where two or more are gathered together, in My ne." In a certain same I am im- pelled . . . to give attention to this challenge before the Chris- tian world, one of divine ur- gency; because some 40 years ego my younger sister, Sister Paul Marie, had become secre- tary to Father Paul Francis, and was one of the original group who founded the Society of the "At.One-Ment" Gray- moor, N.Y.; and viewed in retrospect, the meetings being held throughout t h i s nation such as this one, gives encour- agement and hope to a desired and long sought after, the union of the Christians. And by prayer, and in the love of God and neighbor, we shall finally be one in bap- tism, as we are in faith, to worship together in spirit and in truth. In the fulfillment of His will, the granite walls of prejudices though deep, will fall to the trumpet sound of a United Christendom. Edgar B. Miller, 2119 3rd Ave. W., Seattle. Nix on Capital Punishment Editor, The Progress: After 27 years of case history research with the Ohio State Prisons, I beg to differ with you regarding the deterrent factor in the Capital Punishment issue. You can make dogmatic statements on the subject 'til you are blue in the face, but the fact remains that the indi- vidual perpetrators of serious crime are just as much aware of the death penalty as anyone else, but that intense psychologi- cal circumstances and influences encase the serious criminal and place him in a progression of action far removed from the in- fluence of legal persuasion. Please check the FBI charts re. the increase of serious crime in the USA. Capital Punishment does exist in most states but the graphic increase in serious crime is an alarming matter of mathematics. In my research, THE ONLY instances of serious crime be- ing deterred on a community level are those in which the police forces are made more efficient and well-motivated agencies. Don't' get me wrong. Capital Punishment may be moral; it may be sanctioned by God; we might even theorize that we might be a society of criminals if this blunt divine threat did not exist throughout history. But in 1965, while we hold this principle and doctrine as abso- lutely true, PLEASE don't let any stupid jury system apply it to human beings. Let's wait for direct and clear communications from God for each individual case. Haven't you heard that juries have mistakenly applied the death penalty in dozens of cases in our own century? How can Prayer for 1965 LORD, give us saints! Not only devout men, but men for whom God is all. Not only men mindful of all fleshly miseries and ready to help in all misfortunes, But men at whom one cannot look without seeing You; Whom one cannot hear without listening to You. Authentic witnesses of Your Majesty; Prophets who deliver Your message. Look at Your children, Lord . . . alas, they no longer love themselves; EVERYWHERE egotism is hard and hatred is brutal. Everywhere there are divisions and dissensions which prepare for terrible tomorrows. Have pity on us, Lord. The earth is dark without You. We need saints. Great saints to call down upon us Your grace. You alone can raise them up. Take them where You see fit, among us or elsewhere. AMONG the poor as well as among the powerful; Among the wise as among the ignorant; Amo0g the lay people as among the clergy; From the world in its madness, or in the solitude of the cloister. Lord, give us saints . . . Amen--Translated ]rom the French of Most Rev. Ancel, Auxiliary Bishop of Lyons ',Grant Him... Wisdom Strength and Courage Unity, Capital Punishment i i i you say that the question of morality confuses the issue? The Death Penalty itself may be moral. But is its de- termination and application by a fallible system moral? It has been proven objectively immoral in those cases in which the death penalty has been lowered on innocent per- sons. Again, not the penalty itself, but its determination. But isn't it worth it as long as it deters crime? Crime is on a rampage! Excuse my informal presenta- tion, but I am old, poor, weak, and arrogant. I just hate to hear over-simple solutions to complex modern problems. They do seem to be a kind of attack on the serious study, re- search, and sincere hard work of so many great contemporary thinkers, some of the best of which are your own. J. D. Lerner Olympia Like Titanium Editor, The Progress: In his letter to The Progress January 15, Mr. R. 3. Hilton asks for editorial comment on an important issue raised by Progress correspondent George Kramer, regarding the lack of results from a "peaceful, Chris. tian approach to the problem of world Communism." Please let me offer Mr. Hil- ton some remarks which might clarify Mr. Kramer's articles. First of all, Mr. Hilton, world Communism is not a problem but a monace. The boys in the Kremlin mean business when they say that they intend/to take over the world. Their suc- cesses to date are clear evi- dence of this fact. Second, t h e Communists play by a different set of rules than we are used to. Such household phrases as right, wrong, honest, integ- rity and sincerity have en- tirely different meanings for the Communists than they do for us. To the Communist, ANYTHING t h a t promotes the growth of Communism is good, right, true and/or sincere. Third, the Communists are derstand and practice it. Because of these facts, it is impossible to deal with the Communists rationally. T h i s does not mean that because we can't deal with them, we have to kill them. We CAN follow Christ's mandate to love those who persecute us with- out surrendering 0urselve8 to them. On the contrary, a complete discontinuation of negotiations with the Communists, while re- maining vigilant and strong enough to discourage an overt attack, would result in their self-liquidation and the eman. cipation of millions now en- slaved behind the Iron Cur- rain. Communistic socialism, as well as any other kind of so- cialism, is simply not effi- cient enough to be self-sup- porting. Without the material support of the United States over the past 40 years, Com- munist Russia, let alone any of her satellites, would not be a threat to us today. Look at it this way: The threat of Communism is something like a titanium fire. Once a piece of titanium has ignited, no amount of water or chemicals will quench it. In fact, such material spreads and intensifies the eombution. Noth- ing will put it out. The only defense against it is to isolate it from other burnable mate- rials and wait for it to burn out. The sooner we adopt this tactic toward world Commu- nism, the sooner it will burn itself out and disappear. Edward L. Poole 11500 38th Ave. N.E. Seattle More on Tribes Editor, The Progress: I read and enjoyed th , docu- mentary on Chief Seattle in the Catholic Northwest Progress. For the last month I have been the chairman for history research on the Indian in our ninth grade class. Therefore, your article fit in just at the right time. I would like to know if you could send me any informa- atheistic materialists. To them, tion on tribes of the Northwest. religion is the "opium of so- Pat Callaghan, eiety." Therefore, they have no 101190th St. SW. concept of morality as we un- Everett.  Euphemisms By FATHER JOSEPH GUSTAFSON SS OW that Red China has an A-bomb of whatever variety and has become a greater threat than ever, new argu- ments are being circulated about the need of admitting her to the nearly de- funct UN. What curious reasoning: the worse ona'E enemies become, the more reason to invite them to this curiosity called euphemistically "united." Perhaps it is another instance of a psycho- logical quirk which seems to lie deep down in human nature. You may recall from your :hool days that the ancient Greeks called the Furies the Eumenides. These three crones with snake-heir, dogs' heads, bats' wings and heaven knows whatever lovely c h a r m s, (including Chanel Number Five) punished the failures of humanity by hounding men till death. But Eumenides means "the kindly ones"l This is grammatically a euphemism. Red China is not only to be the likeliest threat tOthehumanity, but she has already beam t|| III equally greatest threat to our Church. Attli ) one time there were more than 10,000 mission- aries in Red China, 3,923 schools, 286 hospitals, 781 dispensaries, 254 orphanages, and 29 print- ing presses. Now there is atheism, widespread misery and potential world ruin. All this information about our Faith we learned from "A Catholic's Believe It or Not" (published by Dell in pa- perback). "one  I ;; q But when one cannot face ugly facts tends to hang a pretty name on what is ugly. "Planned Parenthood" comes to mind, too. Or as Chesterton said of "birth control," it means no control and no birth. George Bernard Shaw put it even more strongly but since this is a "family magazine" look it up for yourself. A Few Dollars For Peace By, FATHER JOHN B. SHEERIN CSP l|fl HE BOMB won't go away. Much as with his head in the clouds!" But if ever a man we would like to forget 'about it, the had his feet on earth it was Pope John, and his nuclear bomb stiJl holds the threat of global annihilation over our heads. The Soviet Union may look less frightening to us now that the regimes in the occupied countries are beginning to talk back to the Kremlin. But the bomb itself is just as frightening as ever, only more so. Red China exploded a mon-, ster last October. France is getting ready to test one in the Pacific. There is talk of India and Japan getting into the act in order to rival China. And a report from a Swedish agency has started the rumor that Soviets are stepping up their development of nuclear weapons. What should be the American response to all this feverish activity in manufacturing massive murder that may transform the whole planet into a vast cemetery? Step up our nuclear pro- gram so that none of our enemies (or friends) will get ahead of us? That would be the quick- est way to bring on disaster for the whole race of men. Schema 13 at the Council denounces any unrestrained arms race as a catastrophe for the human race. Pope John also, in Pacem in Terris, de- nounced the arms race. "Justice then, right reason and humanity urgently demand that tho arms race should cease; that the stock- pBes which exist in various countries should be reduced equally and simultaneously by the parties concerned; t h a t nuclear weapons should be banned; and that a general agree- ment should eventually be reached about pro- gressive disarmament and an effective method of control" (Part lII, no. 112). The cynics will say, "Good old Pope John peasant commonsense told him that nuclear madness would inevitably end up in mushroom clouds and the massacre of millions. We like to imagine that the world is ruled by highly intelligent men who would be too rational ever,3111L to plunge the globe into Armageddon. It is a comforting thought but Pope John the realist had another idea: "It cannot be denied that the conflagration may be set elf by some unexpected and obscure event." For these reasons, I was happy to read that President Johnson has asked Congress to con. tinue support of Arms Control end Disarmament Agency and to increase its budget, granting it $55 million over the next four years. Althoug ,.iL some members of Congress have tended to looh [ on the agency as a somewhat futile and pur. poseless body, it has a record of accomplish meet. It should however do mrre, and to be more effective, it needs more funds. When we consider that the budget allocates $500 million for this year alone to military aid and assistance to South Vietnam and Laos, the allotment to the peace-making agency seems very little, reports } There are that Red China has been lj ) so frightened by the awful destructiveness of the monster it exploded that it is having second thoughts about ever using it. There are similar reports to the effect that the Viet Cong in North Vietnam are not enthusiastic about the prospect of being incinerated in a nuclear war. However I would rather place my hopes in a hard-work. ing ADCA than in vague rumors. Rumors did not end the Second World War nor will the third be prevented by anything less than hard work ! | end faith, blood, sweat, toil and tears. Forgiveness Is Not Easy By. FATHER LEO J. TRESE / S WE make our examination of con- science, there is a danger that we may 'too easily and too quickly slide over one of our most essential duties-- the duty to forgive. The importance of this c, bligation can be judged by the fact that Jesus, in His preaching, returned to this topic time and again. One ex- ample among many is found in our Lord's Ser- mon on the Mount. "I say to you, love your enemies," He tells us, "do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute and calumniate you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven... For if you love those that love you, what reward shall you have? Do nc, t even the publicans do that? And if you salute your brethren only, what are you doing more than others? D not even the Gentiles do that?" Jesus' repeated emphasis upon this duty to forgive is not only an indication of its impor. tahoe, but also of its difficulty. For many of us, it is easier to be chaste, temperate, truth. ful and honest than it is to be forgiving. Our most stubborn temptatmns often are our temp- tations to resentful or vengeful thoughts. inner feeling of security, if we heve a reason- )) able confidence in our own intelligence, for ex- ample, then we are not too greatly disturbed if someone calls us a fool. If we are convinced of our own basic worth, it is pretty difficult for another to wound our dignity. We are reluctant to admit it, but the at- tacks which hurt us most are the ones which come closest to the truth--closest, that is, to what we fear is the truth. If we already are dissatisfied with the image of ourselves which ) we have in our mind, then snubs, slights and criticisms can really be painful to us. It is surprising how many of us there are who consider ourselves to be good Christians, yet still bear grudges against other.s. We often expose this dichotomy in our conversation as we detail our grievances to some sympathetic ear. Usually we conclude our recital of injuries with some such remarks as, "I don't wish him any bad luck (Oh, no?) but some day So-and-so } is going to get what's coming to him." It is quite a feat of moral gymnastics to be able to receive Holy Communion while nourish ing resentful, even inimical thoughts against some other soul for whom Christ died. Some. how we manage to rationalize our contradictory The urge to hatred is one of the most endur-, behavior, "I forgive but I can't forget," is one ing vestiges of our animal ancestry. The jungle such rationalization. code of tooth-and-claw is still in our veins and threatens to engulf us whenever we suffer in- jury at the hands of another. For some of us, the effort to conquer this animal instinct is more arduous (and therefore more meritorious) than for others. The more vulnerable we are to hurt, the harder it is to forgive those who hurt us. Our greatest natural (as distinct from super. natural) protection against animosity is our own Yet, how can we genuinely forgive if we aL keep the wound raw by dwelling upon the in-  b iury done to us. It is of the most urgent necessity that we be able to make an act of love without any ifs or ands. "I forgive all who have injure me and ask pardon of ell whom I have injured." To be able to say that with complete sincerity is the prime requisite frr maintaining commmication with God.