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PAGE SIX FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 196b 'Journal of a S,)111' discrimination because good Pope John he Progress is pleased to begin its 18-week series on the life of Pope John XXIII, "Journal of a Soul" in this our Easter edition. We feel that perhaps no man in this century has bet- ter exemplified in his life and work the graces of the Risen Christ. In an age shot through with atheism and skepticism on all sides Pope John had the courage to be Christian, to seek the things that are above, without fearing the consequences. The Church is being renewed at this moment in all areas of her sacred liturgy, in her relationship with her separated brethren, in her con- cern for the poor, and those who suffer brought the message of Easter forcefully and unmistakably to a weak and doubt- ing world. We know that you will enjoy reading the diary of a modern saint and we hope you pass along your copies of The Progress to non-Cath- olic friends or neighbors so that they too can come to know the man whose life has .had so profound an impact on the lives of all regardless of race, color or creed. May we take this opportunity to wish all of our readers the choicest blessings of the Riseri Christ this Easter Sunday morning. The Drinking Si[cKrtess t is a well accepted fact that alco- holism is a disease. Yet according to the laws and health provisions of this state an alcoholic can be at death's door and he is still treated as though he were only a misbehaving drunk. Washington State has over 75,000 citizens suffering from chronic alcohol- ism M these people can not live happy normal lives with alchohol  and they can't live at all without it. It is estimated that every true al- coholic affects the lives of at least five or ten other people besides himself. His wife, family, employer  working part- ners, etc.  all are touched by this dread disease. There could be as many as 750,- 000 people in Washington State whose lives have been or is being scarred by the drinking sickness. Representatives Ray Olsen, Elmer E. Johnston, and Ann O'Donnell have introduced into the State legislature House Bill No. 695 which, if passed, will do a great deal toward helping alcoholics attain the kind of care they desperately need if they are to return to sobriety. This bill authorizes the Department Hast Thou Forsaken Me? By W. L. ClClONE AND STILL I hear through whispering winds as ageless as the sea A cry of anguish from the Son, "hast thou forsaken me?" And clearer now beneath the mist a vision wrought with pain; Still bound is He in pale despair so sacrificed in vain. A tear rolls softly from His flesh to clearly rend the veil; His silent stare is yet compassion, knowing that I'll fail. WHAT human weakness shackles me so strong that I can't free My hand from holding fast the nail that binds Him to the tree. For many born have seen the day and many dead the night; And still I flounder not in dark, yet never seeing light. of Health "to provide financial assist- ance and consultative services to arrest in the development, establishment, con- struction, maintenance and operation of community, public or private, non-profit facilities throughout the State for the referral, care, custody, treatment, recov- ery and rehabilitation of alcoholics." At present there is in the State of Washington practically no place [or an alcoholic to go except to jail. For the vast majority the only crime the alcoholic has committed is being sick. : The bill, as it now stands, grants a { million dollars a year to the University ii: of Washington and Washington State University for medical and biological re- search. In order to finance the newly proposed rehabilitation programs the , .... , class H (cocktail lounge) license fees would be increased 10 per cent. The as- iii:::: sociation of class H licensees realizing the worthwhile community objectives to = be obtained from the increase has gra- ciously consented to go along. We urge our readers to write to the members of the Senate asking for the immediate passage of House Bill No. 695. Still Carrying The Cross Hopeful Ou:look! 'Human Obsolescense' T..jow soon can we expect a cure for patients are being prolonged with new l JL cancer? combinations of drugs, and many sci- It is a disease of trerfiendous complex- ity, yet research gaiJs already, have led scientists to predict we will see the prob- lem solved within our lifetime. There is reason for this hopeful out- look. Within the short span of 25 years, we have made such progress as this: A drug has been developed in treating a rare type of cancer found in women after pregnancy. It is the first solid tumor ever to respond favorably to chemo- therapy. The "Pap" smear was developed, mak- ing it possible to discover uterine cancer cells in an early and curable stage. The mortality rate of cancer of the uterus, once the most feared of all forms of can- cer in women, has dropped 50 per cent in 25 years. At present, there is no preventive ot cure for leukemia, but the lives of entists believe that cures will be found for this type of cancer sooner than for any other cancer. Hundreds of scientists in many branch- es of cancer research are working long hours in laboratorles across the country to find new clues to fathom the mys- teries of a disease which takes the lives of more than 800 Americans a day. The head of one of the largest re- search centers has said, "People think there is a lot of money available for cancer. There really isn't. There are many things we wish could be done..." This is worth keeping in mind when. you are asked to contribute to the Amer- ican Cancer Society during its annual April Crusade against Cancer. The pace of support for cancer research must be stepped up to bring closer the day of victory. Your dollars can help. History in the Making BY J. J. GILBERT ASHINGTON--The people of the United States saw history in the making when they witnessed on tele- vision President Johnson's strong civil rights speech to an extraordinary joint night session of Congress. Over a period ef eight days following the clubbing March 7 of Negro demonstrators by peace officers in Selma, Ale., tensions in the nation over the race question seemed to focus more and more on this city, and on the White House in particular. There was the biggest pic- keting ever and a "sit-in" in the Executive Mansion itself, an unusual and somewhat tense late Saturday afternoon press conference in the White House rose garden, and a demonstration by some 15,000 persons the next day in Lafayette park across Pennsylvania Avenue. The President's reaction to all this was highlighted by his emotional speech to Con- gress calling for enactment, without delay, of foolproof law guaranteeing to Negroes and everyone else the free use of the ballot. He said he believed God favored the undertaking he was initiating on that occasion. One got the impression the President ex- pected enactment and enforcement of Iris pro- posed law would make future demonstrations un- necssary. He took occasion to remind that it is wrong for persons to demonstrate in violation of laws enacted for public safety. This could have been a reminder that the over-all situation could be worsened by actions from either side, It also recalled the President's words to a delegation of clergymen March 12 that he did not intend to be "blackjacked" into taking what he might feel was rash action. The President did not say what he might do if the situation grows worse. There had been agitation for him to send Federal troops into Selma. There is no doubt this is one thing the President considered as a rash act, at least at the time he received the 18 clergymen at the White House. Use of Federal troops is something official Washington devoutly hopes will never be necessary. What would happen after such a step is anybody's guess. The President's speech got a lot of applause from the joint meeting of US Senators and Representatives, but not all members, by any means, joined in it. It was greatly heartening to all people of good will, but it could have angered even more persons who persist in deal- ing unjustly with their fellow citizens. And, as the President noted, one should not speak only of Selma when ticking off pos- sible trouble spots. Inflammatory incidents could flare up in any section of the country. The speed with which pressure built up and focused on the White House shows the serious- ness of the situation, the deep feelings that are involved, and a desire on the part of some to put the whole matter upon the Chief Executive. The President has turned the focus, and a large responsibility, back upon the people. And, as he has warned, trouble can start anywhere in the country. BY J. J. GILBERT WASHINGTON  At a time when the nation is striving to expand and improve education at the ele- mentary and secondary levels, testimony is accumu- lating here that soon a college education will not be enough to see an active man or woman through life. Education will have to become a near life-long process in this country, if we are to avoid a great deal of "human obso- lescence," it has been asserted, and an impressive number o! capable authorities already are active in pushing continuing education. Within an area of a few downtown blocks in Washington are a half-dozen institutions for advanced and continuing study, in- eluding centers maintained by John Hopkins, Georgetown and Pittsburgh Universities. There are other such agencies in other parts of the city. One center in what has been called downtown's "egghead row," is the famed Brookings Institution, whose president, Dr. Robert C. Caulkins, has said "a man can no longer operate on what he learned in college." Once a man trained to adapt himself to fairly fixed cond- tions. Nov, changes come so swiftly that man must be taught constantly to accommodate to new conditions. Ideas and inno- vations which once took centuries to spread over a small part of the globe, today go round the earth in months. To be top- flight in his line today, one must strive constantly to keep abreast of trends, not only in the pure sciences, but also in government, economics, polities, sociology, and numerous other subjects. Here are some points underscored in discussion of phenomenon: Graduate scientists, engineers, economists, political scient- ists, administrators, financiers, and others need continuing ape-. eial education properly to keep up with the times. A man would need 460 years to read one year's output of scientific information; one day's grist from round the world would fill 148 encyclopedia-size volumes. In this century, it is predicted, factories will run themselves, and factory managers will be concerned with planning plants of the future. The average citizen is constantly called upon to use more and more highly complicated technological developments in the home. Every day, some of his decisions and maniptilatious could be vital. Men spend long years preparing for jobs which suddenly be- come obsolete. At the same time, man needs greater ientifie and .technological knowledge to make decisions in the political, economic and related fields. Increased knowledge and understanding is neeeseary for philosophical adjustment to the world. To the extent that it is lacking, it is argued, the world could seem more allen and hostile. Curricula should be developed to produce adaptable and flex- . / ible graduates. Interest in bobbins should be utilized to continue the education of adults. It has been estimated that 25 million American adults have some involvement with educational activities, but that only 3.5 million fit into the general education categ,,ry. The majority take some "pragmatic" courses related to their jobs or hobbies. There is much of a do-it-yourself nature in the adult education field. But, an increase in independent study is noted by some authorities. The field is so broad and varied, these authorities say, that it offers hope for more serious educational pursuits. There is need, it is argued, to strengthen the attention we give to the arts and humanities, along with science, and to hate. grate these too often isolated segraents of education. 'To One Who Fears God... ' By FATHER JOSEPH GUSTAFSON SS HERE have been so many differing judgments of Louis XIII, king of France, that one hesitates to make pro- nonncements. He has been called the tool of Richelieu, a degenerate Medici, a dilettante, a man of keen intelligence but of weak will . . . this is the field of the historian; we shall not trespass. We are concerned only with his true memor- able death. We have been reading (or rereading Coste's Life of St. Vincent de Paul). As the end approached, the king asked for Vincent though he also loved his personal confessor, Abbe Dinet. On entering the king's bedroom, Vincent said in Latin "to one who fears God all will be well at the end." To which his highness replied, also in Latin, "and in the day of his death he will be blessed." Isn't it wonderful to muse that kings (and priests) once knew Latin? Anyway, nothing in Louis' life became him like the ending of it. "Never," wrote Vincent, have I seen greater nobility of soul, greater tranquility, greater dread of the slightest action that seemed sinful, greater kindness or sounder judgment in a person in this state." At the very last moment of life, he sang the Te Deum and in a clear firm voice joined the prayers recited at his bedside. Perhaps with the English ritual this will once more be possible, But not merely because of the vernacular. Only if the faith be served by it. Did you ever meet anyone on a deathbed this kind of Christian resignation? We hope so. We have the memory of our mother's death to match it. To a certain bishop most dear to her who asked her in beautiful spirit of faith to greet his beloved mother, she replied, "Oh, I will. And I want to be with Dad again." This is faith in its workings upon the human soul be it king or peasant or prince or pauper. Charity Is More Important By FATHER JOHN B. SHEERIN CSP. N an Irish play, probably one of Lady Gregory's, one  the characters says, "Sure and 'tis bet- ter to be fightin' than to be.lonely." This may be humorous but it's not exactly Christian. The four evangelists emphasize that Christ constantly preached charity as the great- est of the virtues. It is, therefore, disturbing to read about the quarrels among Catholics today in regard to the council reforms, especially in the liturgy. Recently the secular press played up the campaign of a group calling themselves Tradi- tionalists. They are agitating for the return to many of the liturgical practices that have been abandoned these last few months. I confess that I totally disagree with their program but I also disagree with Catholics who lampoon or lam- baste them as "rebels against the mind of the Church." As someone has said, we need an ecumeni- cal movement among Catholics. Why be genial to Protestants and Orthodox only to come back home and pour vituperation on fellow-Catho- lics? It is to be expected that there will be objections to some council reforms. Thank God! the Catholic Church is not a monolithic police state that bans any and all criticism. It is to be expected that reforms will be a jolt to those faithful Catholics who have settled down to the status quo and who have perhaps developed a certain amount of nostaglia for Latin and the priest's back. But quarrels about these reforms are a dismal contrast to the spirit of the first Mass when Our Lord said, "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, that you have love one for the other." Charity is more important than the acceptance or re- ]ection of the reforms. Controversy is a good thing. Ever since the beginning of Christiariit' there have been con- troversies among Chrisnans. To a degree, these controversies have been an illustration of "faith seeking understanding." When the Jewish Chris- tians protested against certain customs, when St. Paul protested against the customs of the Jewish Christians, the early Church did not sup- press these controversies. The Church is forever striving for a more perfect unity and controversy is one way toward unity. It is not only a good thing for individuals to bring their protests to the surface by way of discussion in controversy but it is also good for the Church. Through the give and take of diseusslon we often develop new insights intol the truth. But always the manrier of e0nducting the discussion is of supreme importance. In a very true, sense the manner is more important than the matter, for nothing is as important as love of God and love of the neighbor for the sake of God. The right manner means the kindly manner. Each partner in a controversey must respect the honesty, the integrity and the good intentions of the other partner. In the old days df belliger- ent apologetics, the apologist often tried to con- quer an enemy rather than win a friend. The aim today in any discussion among Christians should be to respect the person even if he is in error and to strive to win him to the truth rather than to devastate him by the force of irresistible logic and unanswerable arguments. Surely it is easy to sympathize with a person who regrets the disappearance of Latin. We can prove ourselves stout defenders of the Faith in controversy but if we do it in the wrong manner, we are wasting our time. It Is Not Ours to Judge By FATHER LEO J. TRESE wso women were chatting as they toed in liaae at the checkout coun- ter. "The thing I can't stand about Grace," one woman said, "is "the way she's always criticizing other people, always seeing their afults." The lady made the remark with a perfectly straight face. She was quite oblivious to the fact that she herself was doing what she pretended to abhor. One of the most touching incidents in our Lord's life surely was His treatment of the woman caught in the act of adultery. Frightened and shamed, she was dragged before Jesus by the Scribes and Pharisees as He sWr teaching in the Temple courtyard. The woman's accusers posed what they thought was an inescapable dilemma to Jesus: should the woman be stoned to death as the Law of Moes prescribed? If Jesus said, "No, let her go," He would convict Himself of contempt for the Law, held so sacred by the Jews. If He said, "Yes, stone her," His reputation of compassion for sinners would be destroyed. "What dost thou say?" the Pharisees urged. Seeming to ignore their question, Jesus leaned over and wrote in the dust with His finger. What He wrote has remained a secret fdr twenty centuries. Were His markings an aimless tracing, or did He begin to spell out the sins of the men who stood before Him? In any event, as He continued to write He diretad the accusers, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her." One by one they slunk away until the pitiable woman stood alone before Jesus. Only then did He look up with merciful eyes to say, "Go thy way, and from now on sin no more." Christ's admonition, "Let him who is with out sin among you be the first to cast a stone," should be graven deeply in the heart of each of us. A saint will weep for sinners and pray for sinners, but it takes someone much less than a saint to condemn a sinner. Almost always it will be a selfish spouse who accuses his or her partner of Selfishness. It will be a self-seeker who censures a fellow em- ployee for toadying to the boss. There will be a basic streak of covetousness in the person who imputes dishonesty to another. It will be a funda- mentally proud or ambitious person who points to pride or ambition in his neighbor. Psychologists have a name for this }:.bit ," fault-fiading or of criticizing others. They calf it "projection." It is a defense mezhani:m b which we try to still our uneasiness conccrnin;: our own unacknowledged and perhaps Unrec ,- nized weakness. Subconsciously we try to get rid of our unworthy feelings and desires by projecting them onto someone else. : This matter of forbearance toward others, el patience with their mistakes and compassion for their sins, is caormou.sly important hr the liv ing of a Christlike life. In fact, there is nc genuine Christian life without it. J /