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2---THE PROGRESS Friday, March 19, 1965 '... that You Love One Another As I Have Loved You' Rev. John D. Lynch Following is the complete text of the sermon preached by Father ]ohn D. Lynch at the Mass o/ Reparation for the violence in Alabama of- fered in St. ]ames Cathedral Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. follow- ing a civil rights march. Father Lynch, moderator of the C a t h o I i c Interracial Council of Seattle, led the march. If you salute only your brethren what more are you doing than others? Do not even pagans do this, and if you love those who love you what reward Clergy of All Faiths Join Selma March (The author of this ar- ticle, a curate at SS. Paul and Augustine Church in Washington, D.C., and vice chairman of the University Neighborhoods C o u n c i l there, was one of some 40 Catholic priests from many parts of the country who joined Protestant and Jewish clergy in the March 9 pro- test march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Selma demonstrating against denial of voting rights to Negroes.) By FATHER GENO BARONI SELMA, Ala. (NC)--As we came over the bridge we saw the state troopers lined up about 200 yards ahead. I was marching in the second line just behind Dr. King and other leaders, and from where I was it looked like a whole regiment waiting for us. All of us had already made our commitment in mind and conscience. As some of the clergymen put it. we were go- ing to Golgotha without the cross. Still, as we marched we couldn't help asking each other what tear gas felt like and hop- ing that, if there was going to be violence, at least the older clergy wouldn't be badly beaten. I suppose some people were surprised at the s p e c t a c I e --there were perhaps 300 or 400 priests and ministers and rabbis of us in that body of 2,000 marchers.-coming out to dem- onstrate in defiance of a Fed- eral court's injunction. But we didn't make the de- clsion lightly. During a meet- ing back at Brown's chapel, the AME Church in Selma that was the focal point for our activities, speaker aRer Take the experience of 40 of us who came from Washington aboard a chartered plane. Af- ter driving the 50 miles from the airport at Montgomery, we arrived in Selma at night. When we entered Brown's chapel we found it filled--peo- ple were packed into three bal- conies. As we came in, the speaker stopped and the people struck up the Battle Hymn of the Re- public. The aisles opened, peo- ple embraced us and kissed us and gave Us their places to sit. Afterwards others offered to open their poor homes to us. Children, teenagers, adults--aU asked if they could do any- thing for us in any way. After an experience like this, it isn't possible to stand aloof from the pain of these people who have been victimized and brutalized for claiming their rights and their human digni- ty-that dignity and those rights which Pope John XXlII told us men have a duty to claim. There was tremendous dis- appointment with the role played by the federal govern- ment in this crisis. When we came over the bridge, we had hoped that we might find Federal troops or marshals waiting on the other side to protect us. Instead there were the state troopers. After a while you begin to wonder whether there must be violence and brutality on the part of the authorities in every city and county in the South before the Federal government will step in to protect the rights of citizens. Many of the Selma demon- strators said bitterly that the President apparently found it easier to send marines to Viet- nam to protect people there have you? Do not even the pub- licans do this? This is my commandment "that you love one another as I have loved you," words taken from the gospel of St. Matthew and St. John. Your Excellency Archbishop Connolly, Y o u r Excellency Bishop Gill, Right Reverend, Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, and my fellow workers in the mission among God's people, my dear Sisters and my people of God. The entire United States has been sliocked and dismayed in the last ten days by the acts of violence that have been perpe- trated in certain parts of our country especially these latter days in the City of Selma, Ala. These are only the most re- cent of a long series of violence and death which has resulted because man has not learned God's second commandment that Thou shalt love one an- other. All this violence has re- sulted from racial dissension, jealousy and envy. And some think it horrible that men have been attacked and so it is. Very few of us ever look beyond the appearance and see the real evil that lies in such acts of aggression a n d oppression which result in death and se- vere bodily injury to our fel- low Americans--those who are THE MOST REVEREND Archbishop Connolly presided Tuesday at the Mass of Reparation for the atrocities suf- fered at Selma, Ala. The Archbishop, above, participates in the singing of the Mass. "WE SHALL OVERCOME SOMEDAY . . ." was sung Tuesday by Seattle Civil Right marchers who later attended a Mass of Reparation in St. James Cathedral. joined to us by so many com- mon ties. You must realize that the real evil of these actions lies in the fact that they are an effront- ery and an insult to the Majesty of Almighty God Who created these good people out of noth- ingness as He created our- selves. He made them to His own image and likeness; He offered the blood of His own Divine Son for their salvation and yet man has taken up clubs and guns and destroyed the very image of God. Truly we have sinned against our God, and we must do repentance. The world very seldom thinks of ever making reparation to God but all of us here this evening, with our Archbishop and Bishop and all the people of God are joined together in an act of offering our hearts, our minds, our love, our dedi- cation, our resolve to always better ourselves and to love one another as an act of repar- ation to the Majesty of God that is being trodden under foot in other parts of our country. The Reverend James Reeb and Jimmie Jackson are only the latest of a long line but we include them all, for no one is greater than another. God has died for all. We always are anxious to brag about the ac- complishments of our country. Many of our citizens have shed their blood for the preservation of democracy. How proud we are to claim that we have par- ticipated in their great act of devotion, loyalty and patriotism to our country. But if we are going to share the glory of our fellow citizens we must also share their guilt and by a strange paradox of the will of God both those who swung the clubs and those who felt its blows are our brothers in the great family of humanity. They are our fellow Americans. In their bodies resides the grace and the very image of God. They were redeemed by the very blood that has redeemed US. It seems a long leap from Selma to Seattle but human nature can do it in one stride. If we were ever to examine the causes of such violence in parts of our country, north as well as south, we can trace it back to the most hideous evil that lies traitor within the human breast; if charity is the greatest of all virtues, then hatred must be the worst of all evils. And yet in our own city we find the seeds of that same evil which likewise may grow into a great conflagration; the very aets of violence that we decry about the people in the South may very well be our part some day as well. Perhaps the seed is there in only very small proportion but how big a tree can grow from such a small seed. Did you ever think of what a beautiful Cathedral we are in this evening? We have only the best of materials, built of brick and mortar, and plaster; its stained glass windows trying to reflect the message of the Gos- pel; only the greatest artists available were allowed to come in and decorate this beautiful house of God. And yet I do not want to shock you but this beautiful Cathedral is nothing but junk in comparison to the human body. This has been built by human hands, but the body, God reserved that privi- lege to Himself. We call this God's house because He lives here. Ah, it's only temporary. His one purpose in staying here for a short time is to reside permanently in His real temple, the body and soul created ac- cording to His image. How much do we as Catholics, and as other Christians, reflect the image that resides in the bodies and souls of other men? How often have I heard such epithets as nigger, coon, levelled against the very image of God? If some one called your sanctuary or your temple or your Cathedral a shack you would be shocked, taken aback. What a great sac- rilege it must be to level these very words against the living temple of God. Do you think that God is unmoved? Do we really respect the image of Christ we find in our neighbor? Did God only have one mould in which He created man? Or are not all men His children? Do not all men regardless of their race, creed or color re- flect the very image of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? How often do we greet our fellow Americans and our fel- low Christians on the street with respect? God wants only the best, and yet the seeds of segregation are growing with- in our city.. Our ghettos are growing and flowing o v e r their bounds every day be- cause we don't want Jesus Christ living next door to us. We find our fellow Americans children of God receiving an inferior education b e c a u s e they are cut off from the gen- eral flow and run of society and culture. Every one of us has a sincere responsibility to see that this despicable sin of segregation i s completely eradicated from our society. The Bishops of the United States and yes, all the other re- ligious leaders of our land have branded segregation as the worst of sins. You know, when you mention sin today, the first thing that the old Protestant thinks of is the alcoholic and for a Catholic he thinks of sex. speaker rose to say that the law of conscience is higher than Federal law. If a man is not free to follow his con- science, we.agreed, he is al- ready dead in spirit. The actual confrontation came about 10 yards in front of the police line. The authorities told us we could not pass beyond the line because it would en- danger public safety. Dr. King asked to make a statement. He said we had a right to walk to Montgomery to PrPtest 1 the governor about the bruta violence Of Sundr.y, March 7, when scores of peace- ful demonstrators were injured by. the tear gas and clubs of troopers. Dr. King then asked permis- sion to pray. We knelt in the middle of the four-lane high- way. The sun was shining brightly as we prayed. Bishop John Wesley Lord, the Method- ist bishop of Washington, urged us to love America and love one another. Msgr. Thomas Reese of Wilmington reminded us that Christ had made all men brothers. Rabbi Richard Hirsch of Washington recalled that no men--whites included-- are really free unless all men are free. Dr. King made a further statement, urging his followers to avoid hatred and respond to provocations with love. In the midst of our prayers, the police line opened up. If it had ben Dr. King s wish, we would certainly have continued marching. But instead he and the Other leaders turned us back and the group returned to Selma. The feeling among those who had taken part in the march was definitely one of frustra- tion and disappointment. We were grateful that there was no violence. But many had seen this as the high water mark of d i r e c t involvement by the churches in the civil rights movement in the South. And, immediately at least, there was not much to show for it. Clergy had come from all over the country for this dem- onstration. Inevitably we thought of what would happen to the people of Selma after we left. The state police took movie films of the marchers every step along the way. What happens to these people now? The clergy who took part in the march were and are emo- tionally and spiritually involved with the people's sufferings. Even if we wanted to avoid this, we couldn't have. than to take steps to protect citizens of our own country. W h e n people's legitimate hopes are frustrated, as they have been repeatedly in Selma, VATICAN CITY (N.C.) there are great risks involved. --Pope Paul VI urged a There is a real danger that they noon crowd in st. Peter's will lose heart and begin to de- square to pray to Our Lady spair. In Selma I heard people for peace in an obvious refer- singing "We Ain't Gonna Be once to fighting in Vietnam Turned Around"--but I also re- and racial strife in the U.S. member a 16-year-old boy Appearing at his window named Maurice with a band- above the square March 14, the aged head who was singing a Pope again appealed for an end song that went, "There Ain't to armed conflicts in all parts no God." of the world. The dangers are particularly He particularly urged Cath- great in regard to the students olios to pray to the Blessed and young people who provide Virgin for "countries where so much of the leadership in the war and guerrilla warfare are civil rights movement. Those still tearing human lives to who believe in the noble phi- pieces and where discord losophy of non-violence as a because of race and color way of life are hard pressed creates hatred, victims and by others who regard non-vio- disorders." lence as nothing more than a tactic, an instrument to be em- ployed when it is useful and abandoned when it no longer serves the purpose. The march had many good side-effects. For one thing, it demonstrated as never before that the clergy are prepared not merely to speak about the principles of e q u a 1 i t y and brotherhood but to act upon them. Priests, ministers and rabbis showed that they could walk as well as talk. It also gave a tremendous boost to the ecumenical spirit. This experience created a deep and meaningful bend among clergy of many faiths from many parts of the coun- try. Catholics, Presbyterians, Unitarians, Lutherans, Jews, Episcopalians--we got a new and healthy respect for each other on that highway out of Selma. The march underlined the civil rights commitment of the Catholic clergy as never before. Many of the speakers in Brown's chapel pointed out with happiness and gratitude that this was the first time that SO many Catholic priests, acting with their bishops' permission, had joined them on the front lines of the movement. There were priests in Selma from Washington, D.C., Chi- cago, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Wilmington, San Antonio, Bos- ton. Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, De- troit, and probably other places. I think one monsignor spoke for all of us when he said that the sense of unity and sharing his experience on this occasion was as close as he expects to come in this life to the feeling of unity and brotherhood in the next. Pope Asks Peace in Vietnam, U.S. Race Conflict The same day the Vatican equality and the moral and City daily, L'Osservatore Ro- menu, denounced the "bestial violence" in Alabama nd de- plored the murder of the Rev. James J. Reeb, Unitarian min- ister of Boston who was killed in Selma where he had gone to take part in proetest demon- strations against violence used by police against Negroes seek- ing to register to vote. An editorial entitled "Racist Infamy," signed by the daily editor-in-chief, Raimondo Man- zini, declared: "In an age such as ours which aims at the highest affirmation of the dignity of man--of every man--and at affirming . . . the moral Civil Rights Mass Mirrors Apostolates (Continued from Page 1) The Mass also capped a weekend of mourning, called: Friday by civil rights spokes- men in the Seattle area, Stand- ing in silent vigil from Friday through Sunday on the steps on the Federal Court House were members of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), National As- sociation for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Student Non.Violent Coordina- las will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, March 20, starting at the African Methodist Epis- copal Church, 14th Ave. and E. Pine St. The CIC will meet at 8 pm Thursday, March 25, in St. Peter Claver Center. Guest speaker is John Bundy, University of Washington student in the Far E a s t e r n department. Bundy spent last year working in Mis- sissippi for the Council of Fed- material development of each one, it is difficult to believe that some states of the Amer- ican nation persist in denying the exercise of civil rights to members of their own communities because of the color of their skin and for other physical reasons." It said that "the wave of grief over the death of the Rev. James Reed is finding e deep echo in the entire world and in every man." The editorial also spoke of the ecumenical aspects of the Selma, Ale., struggle, saying: "It is significant that Cath- olic priests and religious per- sons of every confession stand $500,000 Gift To College ST. PAUL, Minn.--The Col- lege of St. Catherine has re- ceived a gift of $500,000 from I. A. O'Shaughnessy, St. P a u l philanthropist. O'Shaughnessy designated $300,000 of his gift for an en- dowment chair in the depart- ment of education and $200,000 for the general capital fund of $4 million now being secured by the college during its campaign to match a Ford Foundation challenge grant of $1 million. The gift places the total capital program near the $3 million ring Committee (SNCC), Central Area Coordinating Committee on Civil Rights, Unitarians for Social Justice, Urban League, Greater Seattle Council of Churches, Jewish groups, Seat- tle Conference on Religion and Race, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the CIC. The mourning period was held "to stand in silent witness to express indignation not only to the people in this country but also to our leaders who have been unwilling to guarantee human and civil rights to Ameri- cans, black and white in Selma and throughout the south." For the Catholic Interracial Council there is more to do. A public demonstration and march for voters' registration Viet Cong Arrests erated Organizations (COFO). mark. Benedictines to Form Community in Mexico ST. BENEDICT, Ore. (NC)nThe community of the Mount Angel Benedictine abbey here has voted to establish a foundation in the diocese of Cuernavaca, Mexico. The decision closely followed a vote of the community to es- tablish a foundation in the Boise, Idaho, diocese. "The chapter," Abbot Damian Jentges, O.S.B., said, "has voted to take definite steps toward the beginning of a foundation in the Diocese of Cuernavaca, Mexico. The decision was reached at the same time as that concerning the new foundation in the Diocese of Boise, Idaho." The abbot explained the step into Latin America follows the urging of the Holy See that Religious of North America extend their spiritual influence into Latin America. He said that for four years Bishop Sergio Mendez Arceo of Releases Priest Cuernavaca has been urging the Mount Angel Abbey Benedictines S A I G O N (NC) -- Father to establish themselves in his diocese which is in the state of Leon Dujon of the Paris For- Morelos south of Mexico City. The bishop suggested that the eign Missions was taken pris- Oregon Benedictines establish a seminary as well as aid in other oner in Kontum province, cen- tral Vietnam, by the communist ways in the diocese. Viet Cong February 24. The abbot said detailed plans have not yet been perfected, He was released the next but several priests and Brothers will be sent to Mexico this day. summer for orientation. side by side . . . in defense of human values." Vatican Radio echoed the paper's condemnation of the Selma killing and noted that the U.S. press gave great promin- ence to the presence of nuns at the Protestant minister's funeral. The broadcast said the "in- dignation and emotion aroused throughout the world by the assassination at Selma are rea- sons for comfort. They are an indication of the spreading of sensitivity and moral maturity. They are a hope for the future. But there is still an immense job to be done before all men have recognized, theoretically and practically, the rights con- ferred on them by God and na- ture. PRIESTS AND SISTERS, young and old, wait at Seattle'st Federal Building to join in the Catholic Interracial Council's march Tuesday led by Father John D. Lynch, moderator. I do not want to seem flippant or to deny that the abuse of alcohol or sex is seriously sin- ful but these are sins that re- sult from human weakness. How God must hate sin that results from human malice. How slow he will be to show His mercy for sins that arise out of hatred. Pardon the bluntness of Holy Scripture, but St. John says "He who says he loves God and hates his neighbor is a liar." Therefore as Christians what is going to be the end result of our act of worship together this eve- ning is that we dedicate our lives, our sorrows, our burdens, in reparation for the offences committed against Al- mighty God, and to remember that we must love one another. You know Christ did not leave us a spiritual smorgasbord, where we could select the plates of pious preferences. God made the menu and it's not ala carte In that doctrine given to us by Christ we must love every per- son, carry his cross, help him through life to save his soul. Any other alternative is com- pletely against the teachings of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. You cannot select all the rest and reject this one. It is all or nothing and nothing is Hell. By our Apostolic teachers we have the doctrine from the scriptures "He who hears you hears me." As Christians and as Catholics we have been taught by our own Pope, by our own Archbishop that we may not follow the crowd in this avenue of hatred. Will we follow? Tonight we are not asking for punishment or condemnation but we are asking Almighty God for prayers. To return to the simile of the Cathedral, let us pray: May we have O Lord a charity like the zeal of the candles that burn upon our altars? May we have the innocence of the altar cloths that drape the altar upon which your Holy Sacrifice is to be of- fered. And may our lives be like the church bells that call so earnestly to men to come and worship God. May we the influence of the holy font which offers a blessing to every one who passes by. O Lord may we have the patience of the Church's pillars which bear great burdens silently. May we have the impartiality of the Church's pews which wel- come all men--rich and poor, white and black, westerner or oriental. O dear God hear your Church. Rev. James J. Reeb Killed in Selma THE REV. James J. Reeb, 38, of Boston, died two days after he was attacked by white segregationists in downtown Selma. He was one of three Unitarian white ministers beaten as they left a Negro restaurant. Mr. Reeb was rushed to Uni- versity of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham for a 70-minute emergency brain operation on the night of the attack March 9, but con- tinued to weaken. Mr. Reeb is survived by his wife and four young children. --RELIGIOUS NEWS SERVICE PHOTO :   ;6 ,:;i':':'L: e. j + fjfie Scriptural Rosar!/ Daily at 6:00 p.m. KBLE- Seattle Radio 1050 -- Beginning March 1st THE ROSARY HOUR P.0. Box 186, Unlverslty Station Seattle THE UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS is dull (except for the faculty and students.) -has only a small program for building muscles. (It has a big one for building minds.) -is unabashedly religious (but welcomes atheists, relativists, agnostics, in the hope of teaching them truth.) -does not talk about achieving balance between conservatism and liberalism in the future. (It already has it.) -has not joined the modern world. (It wants the modern world to join it.) THE UNIVERSITY OF DALLASan institution dedicated to excel- lence in the great traditions of the Wesfin science, art, philosophy, politics and literatureinvies non-permisslve parents to send their sons and daughters to it. WRITE: Admissions Counselor, Box 431VP, University of Dallas University of Dallas Station, Texas 75061. The UD faculty includes such scholars as Dr. Donald Cowan and Dr. Allen Reid in the Sciences; Father Louis Lekai and Dr. Anthony Kubek in History; Dr. John C. Broadhurst in Education; Dr. Louise Cowan and Dr. Eugene Curtsinger in English Literature; Professor Heri Bartscht in Art; Dr. Willmoore Kendall in Poli- tics; Father Gilbert Hardi in Theology; Dr. Frederick Wilhelmsen in Philosophy; Father Ode Egres and Father Moses Nagy in Languages.