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12--THE ,PROGRESS Friday, March 8, 1963 00iiltiiiiiiiitii!ti00 .... JnPnn HE missionary progress and development of the Church in Japan presents a very interesting picture. The Church, although highly respected in Japan, is not undergoing a very phenomenal growth. In fact, converting people in Japan to the Church has to be done almost on an individual basis. The Japanese people are traditionally reserved and they still, to an extent, consider Christianity a Western Religion. Unfortunately, one might say that young Japanese people under 40, in general, are living in a religious vacuum. They depend solely on natural law and conscience and have no definite religious guide. At times, whenever they are removed from their environ- ment, it is interesting to see that they do have a greater in- terest in organized religions; especially as far as their children are concerned. This is seen among the young people who move to cities like Suzuka to work in the factories there. It is an altogether new town. On the whole, much of Japan is new and modern. In fact, maybe that is one of the reasons that hinders progress in the Church. Students No Longer Demonstrate In the past, as we recall, the Japanese students were quite boistrous in political demonstrations. It seemed to be as much of their education as textbooks and classrooms. But a recent analysis shows that this has completely changed. It is very difficult to secure gatherings of students to form demonstrations on any point. This is due probably to the fact that students are no longer interested in the same way in political subjects. Also they are much more subdivided in their opinions and factions and also Society for The Propagation:of the Faith ..... Ray. Stephen Szeman, Archdiocesan Director 907 Terry Avenue, Seattle 4--MA. 2-8880 they are, to an extent, more imbued with a materialistic attitude. For instance, university festivals in Japan this winter have been noteworthy for their !ack of political color. Since the end of the war these university festivals have often been used by radical student bodies to wage campaigns motivated by politics. This year only the Tokyo University festival had a political theme, "Let's Take the Constitution into Our Own Hands." Other universities stuck to merry-making. In fact, one spent $300,000 for that alone. Also, students have found that once they have graduated and are looking for jobs, if they have been known to belong to radical demonstrations they have a very difficult time finding a job. On the whole, it has been said that today these youths are youths without lofty ideals who feel the most important thing about life is to enjoy it. A noteworthy incident in the whole picture of Japan is a new film produced by an American Catholic priest that was recently shown at the Imperial Palace. This full length film with Japanese dialogue was directed by Father Hyatt who is from Seattle. It is entitled "Iga Aru Jinsei" (A Life With Meaning) and depicts the story of a young Catholic nurse whose deotion to her Faith and to her patients win the admiration of the entire hospital staff. The film's premiere in Kyoto two months ago was shown at a gathering of 300 civic and educational leaders. Akil Wanibuchi, a young television actress, who made her movie debut in the movie, played the lead. A Catholic, Miss Wanibuchi donated her time to the project. Her older sister, Haruko Wanibuchi, is one of Japan's leading teen-age film idols. The movie was financed by the Good Shepherd Movement as part of a widespread effort to use mass communications to spread the work of the Catholic Church. Filmed On $10,000 The stow was filmed in location in Kyoto with the coopera- tion of the Shochiku Motion Picture Company, one of Japan's oldest film studios. Limited by a slender budget of $10,00{1, the black and white production is based on actual incidents in the local Kyoto hospital. Experts, who cooperated on the project, say that the film has received favorable comment from both English language press and Japanese press. Closing on this optimistic note, it seems that little by little the people are recognizing the intrinsic worth of the Catholic Church with its basis of morality. They are noticing too, that life does have more meamng than pleasure and that there is a need to fill this vacuum in their lives. @ Cut out this column, pin your sacrifice to it and mail it to Father Szeman, Archdiocesan Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 907 Terry Ave., Seattle 4, Wash. ST. 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Redemptorist superiors were told by the Holy Father that Faculty of Three Schools Hit Decision On Four Theologians WASHINGTON, Mar. 5 (NC) --The faculty of three schools at the C a t h o 1 i c University of America has criticized the re- fusal of the administration to permit four prominent theo- logians to be considered :as speakers at a campus lecture series. The faculty of the School of Sacred Theology, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and of the School of Canon Law, three of the nine schools which make up the university, said the institution has a duty toprovide opportunities for public discus- sion of issues of "general intel- lectual concern." In identical resolutions, the faculties, disagreed with the contention of the university's administration that the institu- tion's impartiality on several controversial Church i s s u e s would be sacrificed if the four spoke on the campus. They also called for appoint- ment of a committee to study "departure from proper aca- demic procedure at this univer- sity as it touches the work of this faculty." The faculty criticism is part of a controversy over a deci- sion by the administration to remove the four theologians from a list of 12 speakers sug- gested for a Lenten lecture series sponsored by the gradu- ate student council. The theologians are: Rev. John Courtney Murray, S.J., and Rev. Gustave Weigel, S. J., both of Weodstoek (Md.) College, a Jesuit seminary; Rev. Godfrey Diekman, O.S. B., liturgical scholar and ed- itor of Worship magazine; and Rev. Hans Kueng of the Uni- versity of Tuebingen, Ger- many, a figure prominent in ecumenical council matters because of his book, "The Council: R e f o r m and Re- union." Msgr. William J. McDonald, rector of the university, has said the four were removed from the list of candidates as speakers for the lecture series because they are known to hold Slipyi 'a similar, definite point of Freeing Of Archbishop view" on certain Church issues Seen No Proof Of Soviet Change be00ngcouncitdebated in the ecumenical Msgr. McDonald said that the WASHINGTON (NC)--Sen. an act of enlightened self-inter- university has "no official po- Hubert Humphrey has cautioned est, for as a living martyr, sition" on these council issues. against reading too much into Archbishop Slipyi was a source It was suggested that the four the Soviets' recent action in re- of inspiration and courage for not be invited in order to main- leasing Ukrainian Rite Arch- his flock." Cain the university's impartial- bishop ffosyf Slipyi of Lviv from He sai(l the people of the Sty. prison. Soviet Union deserves a "bill The resolutions adopted by He said in a Senate speech of rights" to guarantee their the three faculties said that the March 4 that the freeing of freedom as individuals, university "in no way commits Archbishop Slipyi, who had been "Unless such respect for basic itself or its members to con- imprisoned for 18 years, "does human rights is introduced currence, much less to identifi- not in itself herald the return throughout the area under cation, with the opinions ex- of religious freedom to the SO- Soviet rule, Archbishop Slipyi's pressed by such speakers" as viet Union." ordeal will have been in vain," the four theologians. Suggesting that the Soviets Humphrey said. "His victory of The arts and sciences gradu- 'may belearning gradually that faith and courage must guide us ate school apr6ved the resolu- religious faith thrives on perse- in this task." tion by voice vote. The vote cution," Humphrey said the de- among faculty members of the cision to free the 71-year-old School of Sacred Theology re- prelate "can be interpreted as Protestant Monks portedly was 11 to 3. The dean Visit Pope John of the arts and sciences grad- uate school is Joseph O'Connor VATICAN CITY (Radio, NC) and the dean of the theology Lake City Area --His Holiness Pope J o h n school is Rev. W a l t e r ft. XXlII received in audience Schmitz. three monks from a Protes- Six of the eight members of Shop At Your tant monastery in Taize in the canon law faculty report- eastern France. edly voted for the resolution March 4. The other two mere- Friendly In the group were Pastor hers were out of town. Roger Schutz, founder and The faculty of the graduate prior of the Taize community; arts and sciences school agreed |GA Pastor Max Thurian, a theo. to send the minutes ofitsmeet- logian and writer; and Brother ing, including quotations from Alain Cfiscard. Catholic newspapers critical of Pastors Schutz and Thurian, the decision about the theolog. Iillfjll|lll[|lrt who were guests of the Secre- ions, on to the university's ruuuLlnEn lariat for Promoting Christian board of trustees. Unity at the ecumenical coun- Msgr. John F. McClafferty, cil's first session, previously assistant to the rector for uni- 145th & Bethel! Way visited Pope John in October, versity development, said in 1960. response to newsmen's inquiries about the resolutions of the the- ology and arts and sciences graduate faculties, which pre- ceded by several days the ac- tion of the canon law faculty, that the resolutions of the fac- ulties of the two schools cannot be regarded as the "official" view of the entire teaching staff of the university. He also stated that the reg- ular procedure for referral of university m a t t e r s to the board of trustees is for this to be carried out through the rector. Msgr. 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