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Terry Avenue, Seattle 98104 Telephone MAIn 2-8880 Published every Frlday by the Cothoflc Northwest Progress Co. Second-Class Mall Privileges Authorized at Seattle, Wash. President, Most Reverend Thomas A. Connolly, D.D., J.C.D. Rev. James H. Gandrau ................................... Editor Mary Bresnahan ................................ Associate Editor Page 4 FRIDAY, APRIL I0, 1964 Cause and Effect NE OF the most absurd and falla- cious arguments put forth by the de- fenders of dirty books states that the eradication of pornography is suppres- sion of sex knowledge. Many are falling for the line that smut reading is a prac- tical and sage outlet for the sexually aggressive who would otherwise act out their inclinations. The truth is exactly the opposite. The reading of erotica is not a harm- less psychological aphrodisiac--it is a serious danger to the community. Dr. Nicholas G. Frignito, Medical Director and Chief Psychiatrist of the County Court of Philadelphia, clearly pointed out the causal relationship be- tween reading obscene books and per- forming obscene acts in a recent address made before a meeting of the East Orange (N.J.) Decent Literature Com- mittee. The following excerpts from Dr. Frignito's talk clearly reveal the de- moralizing effect of Pornographic litera- ture on the youth of our nation: "The devastating effect of smut is evident by the increase of anti-social behaviour, particularly sexual offenses. This is the experience at the Phila- delphia County Court where thousands of children and adults are examined each year. "The court's experience is extensive and accurate. Though reports are not the result of controlled studies... "What is presented here on the in- fluence of smut is the long experience of many professional and other workers in the county court. In the years 1949 to 1959, this court has a rise in the number of its cases which was greater than the total number of cases in the almost half century since the court's beginning in 1917. Represented in the increase are more sexual offenses, offenses of physi- cal assault and other public indecencies. pornography: The lewd picture, the smutty storybook, the obscenely pictured playing card, indecent films, the girlie magazines. All these are readily available to children from the seventh grade into high school. Such items can be purchased from older persons in school areas, local stores or newsstands. Pornography fos- ters impure habits and desires. Physical damage frequently results from sexual misconduct .... "Pornography can cause sexually aggresstve acts and in some instances lead to the slaying of the victim. This is particularly true when delinquents have been erotically stimulated by smut books devoted to flagellations, sadism and masochistic rituals, The court records verify this." In view of such overwhelming evi- dence, it is difficult to see how decent citizens can sit by and watch America's youth become perverted under the false banner of freedom. No matter how you slice it, Pornography is a scheme of avari- cious and depraved psychopathic persons to enrich themselves at the expense of all we hold sacred as a strong people and a moral nation. t K'S Birthday Party By 4. J. GILBERT ASHINGTON -- This capital is greatly interested in a birthday party--which won't be held here. It, and other eapitals, will be closely watching Moscow where, April 17, it is expected, Communist leaders will gather to mark the 70th birthday of Nikita Khrushchev. The greater than usual interest arises from the Chinese Rods' latest blast against the boss of Kremlin, including an appeal to the Soviet Communist party "to repudiate and liquidate Khrushchev's revisionism." The Free World is waiting to see what Khrushchev will do in re- action. It is believed he will make his move at his birthday party, but it is not expected here that he will ask his fellow ROd leaders to read the Chinese Communists out of their fraternity. It is thought, rather, that he will seek to strengthen his "peaceful coexistence" policy, which the Peking Communists profess to abhor. Stirred up again Is the debate whether the Free World mm profit from differences be- tween Peking and Moscow. And, only lately, new consideration has been added, whether we can take cognizance of the different de- grees of Communism in the various countries of the Communist world. There have been influential urgings here for the United States to cut loose from "estab- lished myths," to start thinking "unthinkable thoughts" about the cold war, East.West rela- tions, underdeveloped countries, the nature of the Chinese Communist threat and similar matters. On the other hand, there are those who say that at least some of these so-called myths are in reality principles, and that our trouble today stems not so much from adhering to them, as from not adhering to them strongly enough. It is argued that we are not adapting our- selves to a world situation that is "cemplex and fluid." It has been countered by some that perhaps we have diusted too much, and it is asked how long we can continue to ad- just to situations which our opponents create. It is contended that different countries in the Communist world threaten us to different degrees. It is said Red China presents a serious threat, while Poland and Yugoslavia present none at all. It is proposed that we increase our dealing with Red countries to the extent that each one abandons the Marxist ambition of world domination. Undoubtedly more would have been heard about these various views if the civil rights issue were not so dominant at this time. Even with this serious domestic issue, we may hear more about them if Kbrushchev takes some startling action at his birthday party. Between the Red Lines HE importance of "peaceful coexist- ence" as a weapon against America and the free world was recently spelled out by one of the most authoritative or- gans of the Khrushchev line, the Czech- slovakian Communist daily newspaper :ailed Pravda: "Peaceful coexistence is the in- ..vitable condition for the further development of the proletarian revolution today . . . Peaceful :oexistence makes possible the fast progress of oeialism (Communism) in the world. It de- prives the reactionary forces of their weapon of anti.communism... It offers the most efficient tssistance to the world revolutionary move- ent." Translated from Aesopian language, this means that the Communists look upon "peace- ful coexistence" as the best weapon by which they can foment violence, conquer the world, and prevent the West from taking any anti- Communist action. Clever Communist propaganda has tricked nany Americans into accepting "peaceful co- gistence" at face value, instead of reading etween the Red lines. Americans see peace as t future where all men and nations live in har- nony. The Communists see peace as the con- Ution after the proletariat has arisen, murdered he property-owners, and established compulsory theistie Communism as a world system. Ameri- ns look upon "peaceful coexistence" as getting dong aa best we can with reasonable men of [ifferent ideologies. The Communists look upon 'peaceful coexistence" as a period of buying ime until they are strong enough to bury us. Americans believe peace means the absence ,f war. Communists believe peace is just another rrn of their war against the West. The Czech 'ravda revealed this clearly when it exhorted 'arty members and sympathizers to recognize 'the need for a flexible alternation of armed and ceful forms of fight." This same Communist newspaper goes on to explain how "peaceful coexistence" works: "Economic collaboration is economic com- petition at the same time... Peaceful coexist- ence is a special brm of the combination of mutual struggle and collaboration. Every step of Collaboration must eventually be fought for against the representatives of the extreme re- actionaries." In simple American language, this means that Communists are saying that collaboration with the free world is good as long as it benefits the Communists; but when it no longer promotes the advance of world Communism, it must be fought. Look how this tactic works against the West. Here are two recent examples of applica- tion of this principle: 1) The Soviet Union collaborated with the U.S. for vast shipments of American wheat much needed by the Communists, but balked and threatened to withdraw from collaboration when told she would have to pay cash. The U.S., ap- plying the theory of "peaceful coexistence" as we understood it, immediately agreed to loan the Soviets money to pay for U.S. wheat. 2. When news reached Genoa that the Com- munists had shot down an unarmed U. S. train- ing plane lost over West Germany, U. S. offi- cials at a disarmament talk with Russia agreed that the incident should not affect any disarma- ment decision made by either nation. Again, the U.S. was faithful to the false illusion which sup- poses the Communists want to live in true, peaceful coexistence. Moscow's Pravda summed up "peaceful co- existence" with this ominous definition: "In conditions of peaceful coexistence, the Socialist (Communist) world grows strong (while) imper- ialism (the West)progressively grows weaker." Communist "peace," a world enslaved under the peace of Budapest, will be the final answer unless* the U. S. reverses its policy of co-called "peacefull coexistence" with the Communists, A Father's Prayer By GEN. DOUGLAS MacARTHUR (Written to his son, Arthur, during early Pacific War days.) "[UILD me a son, O Lord, who will be strong IJenough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory. "Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know thee--and that to know himself is the foundation stone of know- ledge. "Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail. "Build me a son whose heart Will be clear, whose goal will be high, a son who will master himself be- fore he seeks to master other men, one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past. "ND AFTER all these things are his, add, I pray r% enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seri- ously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember thesimplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the meekness of true strength. "Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, 'I have not lived in vain.'" Cordova Reader Reports Quake Editor, The Progress: Well, Good Friday 1964 has passed but not soon to be forgotten by Alaska. Where do you start to tell a story like this. . . Cordova damage is well over one million dollars but no lives were lost here. Considering that the center of the quake was less than 75 miles away, we were so very lucky. Less than that distance away an entire village was swept away (53 people saved and 23 people missing). Valdez is a total wreck. Thirty-one people lost their lives on the Valdez dock. Seward is in the same condition. I was in the church when the quake hit. The boys were serving ... If you've never lived through a thinl like this, it is so hard to pmture. The church started to shake like jeUo. We left the church to stand outside. The surrounding mountains were shifting as if they were sand dunes. The ground was rippling like waves. The top of the school flag pole was making at least a nine- foot arch. It lasted for four minutes. Of course, when it was over, none of us imagined the havoc that it had caused throughout western Alaska. We were put on a tidal wave alert. We had to leave our house for higher ground. Around two in the morning the water started rising. The water went to 17 feet in less than 60 seconds. You should have heard the roar. Our city dock was ruined and a few houses along the waterfront were lost. What saved us all is hard to say but the town is on rock and many claim that was the ONLY thing that saved us. An aerial survey has been taken around us and just a few miles away glaciers have moved as much as a half a mile. One mountain is split in half and another tbe top is sheared off. Our Copper River Highway is ruined. They figured that it will take at least $17,000,000 to make it passable and $30,000,- 000 to restore it to where it was. What has happened to our fishing industry is hard to tell at this time. We fear from re- .ports that it is a lost industry m our area and only time will tell. This, without a doubt, has set Alaska back at least SO years. Needless, to say, we've lost many close friends in other towns. One friend lost her mother, sister, mother-inqaw and eight nieces and nephews. The story could go on for- ever. One is so thankful to be alive and things are of so much more of value than before. Many prayers are needed for not only the ones who are lost to us but for all Alaska and its people. It is going to be a long road back but we are on our way. Mrs. Marie Ujioka Box 932 Cordova, Alaska Great Expectations HERE ARE few of us who have not at some time and m some manner asked the per- sonal, interesting and impor- tant question: what do we want out of life? The phrasing of the question will naturally vary. What is life all about? Is the game worth the candle? How shall we manage our life bet- ter? These and similar ques- tions are commonplaces of every normally thoughtful and inquisitive human being. One sociologist has placed the varying aspirations of man into four categories: the desire for new experiences, the urge for security, the wish for recog- nition, and the wish for re- sponse. 1. The desire for new ex- periences leads to wanderlust, and is characteristic of all ages. 2. The urge for security is a stabilizing element in every life, and it does much to hold civilization together. S. The wish for recognition drives us to the accomplish- ment of difficult and demand- ing feats. It stimulates the young to study their lessons for a gold star, and business men to serve their government with- out pay. 4. The wish for response is the normal wish we all have for the affection of our friends. These various desires and urges are human, normal and largely inescapable. The fact of the matter is, that we achieve them best and in their most reasonable proper- portion by cultivating a reli- gious attitude toward life. F i t h furnishes adventure and new experience. God be- stows security. Charity engen- ders response, and heaven will be our supreme recognition. --Walter J. Sullivan, C.S.P. I i An Element Of Fantasy? By REV. G. JOSEPH GUSTAFSON, S.S. OME fine day, will the Director of Health, Wealth and Stealth write a letter to the president of a Catholic col- lege or university somewhat along these lines: "Reverend and Dear Doctor Supine: One of the professors on your faculty (as we have learned from sources on your campus) has been attacking our new comprehensive pro- gram for the benefit of all the people at the expense of some of the people. Further, it has been reliably ascertained, contrary to Directive O.G.P.U., Section 8, that you have made no effort to bring his undemocratic and anti-social criticism to an end. ACCORDINGLY, OUR Dr. Slumboodle will call at your office April 13 at 2 p.m. to investi- gate the situation and to prepare a report in full for the head office. It is our sincere and benign hope that you will be able to explain the alleged reasons for this on-campus aberration and will be able to offer convincing evidence that it has ceased. Etc., etc., etc." ALL THIS IS pure fantasy. But one would like to have it remain such. But if poor old Doe Supine is in hock to the Department for 10, 20, 30 millions, he had bet- ter have his answers pat. Why should the em- inent Director of H, W, and S tolerate the criti- cism of little selfish conservatives who have no power, but only convictions about personal rights and private initiative? And as for the element of fantasy, it would not hurt any of us to take a second look. The world laughed at Hitler when he laid out his fu- ture for all the world to see in Main KampL We still remember how our sides ached to watch the antics of Charlie Chaplin in "The Great Dic- tator." Chaplin was a comic genius, but along with the appeasers and the pro-Reds turned out to be a poetical fool. t f Buddhist Suicide -Christian Martyr By REV. JOHN B. SHEERIN, C.S.P. ABOUT A month ago in New York became martyrs, have given the impression r City, a killer stalked and stabbed that the apostle should love death. Ihave in ,,,,-,,o,-, ;, ,h .........  ..a. ,rt.., mind, for instance, Igrmtius of Antioch, who ..... , wrote: le[ me oecome me men o! neasts . . . s.,mur% w o'V:e!e2a00 e00ou00o *he w00oa* o* Oo. and I am ground by the t e act mat ,m re- teeth of the beasts to become the immaculate spectable, law-abiding citizens saw the assaults bread of Christ. Ignatius was a great saint but and not one telephoned the police. As the three the Church does not ask that all apostles have attacks spanned thirty minutes, one phone call a similar love of death. It is enough that they could have saved the woman, be ready for death even though they hate the DOES THIS mean that the law of life in thought of it. New York is to save your own skin at all costs? After reading about this case, I came across a pertinent statement by Karl Rahner in his Christian Commitment. He said that the apostle in the modern world must be "ready to pur- chase eternal life by the witness of earthly death." In spite of what skeptics might say, Rahner is perfectly right. The apostle today must be ready for martyrdom. This is the practical test of an apostle: if he is not ready for martyrdom, he is not an apostle and his work is doomed to failure. And let me say that alongside the New Yorkers whose chief aim is to save their skins, there are thousands of other New Yorkers who are ready here and now for martyrdom. HOWEVER I think it's very important to get our concept of martyrdom straight. As Rahner said, the apostle mustbe ready for martyrdom. He did not say the apostle must have a love for having his head cut off or his body riddled with bullets. Maybe the Buddhist monk who soaks himself in gasoline and sets himself afire may have a perverted passion for death but that's not true of the Christian mar- t-yr. Now, I admit that some of the early Chris- tian writers, including men who eventually IN 1923 Pope Plus XI praised St. Francis De Sales and said that he had helped to refute "a misconception already in vogue in his time and still widespread in ours, namely, that true sanctity, conformed to the teaching of the Cath- olic Church, surpasses the bounds of human effort and at the very least is so difficult to attain that it can in no way concern the ordi- nary Christian... " I think the notion that martyrdom includes a love of death is just such a misconception. Martyrdom is the peak of holiness because it is the most adequate way to imitate Christ, but Christ did not love physical death. He did suffer the agony of the Cross not because He loved agony but because it was the will of His Father. DID ST. PAUL have a passionate love of his beheading? He had love for Christ and he took the headsman's ax as a necessary but un- loveable way to "be dissolved and be with Christ." Father Martindale in his biography of St. Paul doubts that Paul had any ecstatic feel- ings as he faced death. "I want to think of St. Paul just now as the very simple, quite lonely servant of Jesus Christ whose work was fin- ished, and who was just asked by God to over- come his tiredness, go to an appointed place and die." God's World: Be Your Better Self By REV. LEO J. TRESE F YOUR circle of acquaintances is at all extensive, almost certainly you know someone who seems to go out of his way to make himself disliked. Very probably you have said of him (or of her): "Isn't it too bad that he makes himself so disagreeable? He could be such a likable person if he wanted to be." They are puzzling tragedies, these people who seem deliberately to rob themselves of the happiness of friend- ship, who seem under some compulsion to make themselves offensive. FORTuNATELY SUCH persons are the ex- ception in any social group. However, muny of us who like to think of ourselves as quite nor- mal individuals do exhibit a trace of this ten- dency. It is not that we feel a compulsion to repulse friendship and to make ourselves ob- noxious to others. It is rather that we do not cultivate to the full our potential for likable- hess, for personal charm. Much too often it is our worse self which we show to others. The sad part is that quite probably our "worse" self is not our real self at all. One reason for our occasional offensive- ness may be that we nurse a suspicion (greatly mistaken) that we are not particu- larly likable. We secretly' envy others who seem to make friends easily, others who are sought after and admired. This dissatisfaction with self sometimes becomes acute and, like a dog with a festering sore, we snarl at those who hold out friendly hand. We may pretend that we do not care 4 whether others like us or not, but we do care. We want to be accepted by others but, lacking confidence in our own attractiveness, we pre- sent an unamiable exterior and defeat our own desire. THE TRUTH is that every one of us has, basically, a very engaging personality. It could not be otherwise, since each of us has the same basic mental and emotional equipment for win. sing affection. We may differ from one another in intellectual attainments and in physical ap- pearance, but these have little bearing on the matter. One does not have to be a genius or a beauty in order to be loved. To give full rein to our natural attractive- hess of personality, we have only to be ourself --ourself in the best sense of the word. The world thrives on variety, and so too does friend- ship. It would be a dreadfully dull world if all ti the people in it possessed exactly the same kinds of personality traits. WE NEED the lively, bubbling person who enlivens any gathering. We need .the warm. hearted, outgoing person who gives a lift to our spirit. We need the active, go-go person who moves us to get things done. We need the quiet, introspective person whose companionship is so restful and relaxing. There is a place for and a particular attrac- tl tiveness to each differing type of personality. No one can be all things to all men. It would be absurd for us to envy the role of someone else when we have our own individual talent for friendship. I