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March- 15, 1963 Catholic Northwest Procress---3 the great historical divide' BY RIGHT REV. MSGR.. AII.,BE M. McG, RATH Moderator, First Annual Archdiocesan Development Fund Campaign UNDAY, March ! 7, will launch the final phase of the Archdiocesan l:)evelopment Fund Campaign. It is a significant date. St. Patrick had many campaigns for goals and purposes similar to those of our own Archdiocese. And surely on his own Feast Day, the Aostle of Ireland will bend an attentive ear to our prayers, and lend a helping hand to our efforts, for success in this Christ-like endeavor.. Three factors are now combining to make this campaign an inevitable and an outstanding success. First, there is the self-sacrificing liberality of our parishioners. Our Catholic people have re- peatedly demonstrated that they are indeed a generous generation, and perhaps they are the most generous Catholics of all time and of all nations. 'Secondly, this campaign has the necessary leadership of the clergy. The Archbishop, the pastors, and the priests have given and are now giving the needed inspiration, indoctrination, and spiritual leadership to the campaign. And our par- ishioners have accepted this leadership, and are implementing its many and divers directives with real humility and remarkable obedience. Thirdly, this campaign hasgoais and objec- tives which are real needs and vital spiritual nec- essities. We are not supplying superfluous trim- mings or adding architectural gingerbread; no, we are trying to provide the basic necessities for the salvation of souls. These goals and objectives are now well known to all our people and they are: the en- largement of St. Edward's Seminary; the build- ing and staffing of I 0 or 12 Catholic high schools; and providing Catholic homes for the aged, In 1962 about 150 young boys expressed their intention to study for the priesthood at St. Edward's Seminary. About 50 of these were ac- cepted; the others could not be accepted because there was no room for them. This is without doubt a shame and a disgrace that must not be allowed to continue. The tragic lack-of Catholic hig'h schools in this Archdiocese is now obvious. The vast major- ity, 75 per cent to 90 per cent, of our boys and girls have now to be denied their birth right to a Catholic high school education. The herculean task of building, staffing and financing these in- stitutions is now a duty and an obligation binding in conscience on each one of us; and the present campaign, with its pledges and their payments, is the logical and reasonable method of solving these problems. The Archdiocese of Seattle now stands on the great historical divide. The century of the pio- neer has passed; the new century of the new sci- ences and the old paganisms lies ahead. The C'hurch must accept the new problems and the new challenges, sublimating and sacramentaliz- ing them; she must travel, not in the horse and buggy, but on the jet plane with its atomic and hydrogen energy; she must welcome the children of the "population explosion" as candidates for her Baptism, her schools, and her seminaries. And as we begin March 17 /:he "general phase" of this campaign, we pray: May St. Patrick obtain for us the grace to see that we are doing the will of God; that in selling pledges we are real|y trying to sanctify so- ciety and save souls; that in building high schools, old folk's homes and seminaries we are merely obeying the divine command: "Preach the Gospel to every creature." St. Patrick, pray for us.