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P00-00itSieC-00'00r Cited 30 YEARS IN REVIEW For'Lilies'Role ishops Hit Film Trends i!ili:iiiii!!ili!iii!i!iii!iiiii!ii! i!iiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!iiiiiiii!i!! --Religious News Service Photo SIDNEY POITIER SHOWN ABOVE IN HIS AWARD.WIN- NING ROLE IN THE "LILIES OF THE FIELD". (N.C.W.C. News Service) HOLLYWOOD  Sidney Pottier became the fie'st Negro to win a motion picture academy award as best actor for the role of a Baptist who helps nuns build a chapel in "Lilies of the Field." The film, based on a book by Colorado author William E. Barrett, was classified by the National Legion of Decency as A-l, morally unobjectionable for general patronage. The film's other honors include its selection by the National Catholic Theater Conference, Washington, D.C., to receive a "Religious Drama Award" at the conference's Detroit conven- tion, August 24 to 28. The movie has an interreligious, Interracial theme and has won wide critical acclaim. Mr. Pottier, who commented in accepting his Academy Award at Los Angeles that it had been a "long journey to this moment," became the first Negro to win an Oscar in the top acting category. The movie's story is of a Negro Protestant ex-GI who helps a group of German nuns build a chapel in the Arizona desert. In the picture above, taken from the film, Actor Pottier com- pletes work on the chapel by placing the Cross atop its spire. "Lilies of the Field" won a top award at the Berlin Film Festival, which also named Mr. Pottier "best actor." It also was cited by the International Cinema Office "for its spirit and ideas contributing to spiritual progress" and by the Inter- national Evangelical (Protestant) Film Center for its "contri- bution to the ecumenical idea." NEW YORK (NC) -- The U. S. Bishops' Com- mittee for Motion Pic- tures, Radio and Televi- sion, i a statement marking the 3Oth anniversary of the National Legion of De- cency, called for a mature ap- proach to films on the part of movie makers and movie audi- ences. In a wide-ranging, 6,500-word review of the past, present and future of the film industry and the legion, the Bishops' com- mittee stressed the need for in- telligence and responsibility in movie studios and movie the- aters. At the same time the Bish- ops warned of two disturbing trends -- the efforts of "pow- erful factions in Hollywood" to revive a "anything goes" policy on film making and the "growing tendency" among some producers to "challenge the Judaeo-Christian vision of man." They expressed hope that, in the spirit of the Vatican Council's decree on com- munications media, "the signs and symbols of the film medium (will) speak to all men of who they really are --made in the image and sign of God." The statement was signed by the members of the Bishops' committee: Archbishop John J. Krol of Philadelphia, chair- man; Bishop Walter W. Cur- tis of Bridgeport, Conn.; Bish- op Loras T. Lane of Rock- ford, I11.; Auxiliary Bishop John A. Donovan of Detroit; and Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Man- ning of Los Angeles. It was is- sued April 15 to coincide with the 30th anniversary this month of the founding of the National Legion of Decency, which pro- vides moral evaluations of cur- rent films for the guidance of Catholics. The statement -- entitled "The National Legion of De- cency: 30 Years of Christian Witness"--began by emphasiz- ing the power, for good and ill, of the new mass communica- tions media. It underlined their influences by referring to the modern world as an "audiovis- ual civilization." Among recent events illu- strating the power of the me. din, the statement cited their treatment of the last days of Pope John XXIII, which made this an "ennobling experience whose intimacy and depth the whole world shared;" the "sen- sitive coverage" given the Vatican council and the pon- tificate of Pope Paul VI; and the moving treatment of the events surrounding the assas- ination of President Kennedy. "There can be no ques- tion then that the Church 'welcomes with joy' the new communications revolution," the Bishops said. Turning to the history of the Legion of Decency, the state- ment recalled that at its founding in April, 1934, it was unique in the Catholic world. Now it is one of 42 national Catholic film offices throughout the world. The "primary function" of the national legion office, the statement said, is "to offer a service of moral guidance to the film patron so that he may be able to make a discriminat- ing choice of motion picture entertainment." The Bishops cited statistics to demonstrate a shift in Holly- wood policy -- imposed by the impact of television -- away from family films toward those designed for the mature viewer. In 1938, of 535 movies reviewed by the legion, 496 (93 13er cent) were approved (Continued on Page 2) i ._ I EFFORTS IN FOREIGN I I J . "Official_ Newspaper. f the Archdiocese.of Seate)e ......... ' ........ nl 17 1964  41 Pub shed ever [:ride $400 er eer 10c erco VoJ. 67--No. I b Seeffle Wash., Friday, Ap" , ( " y " y) p y -- p py Sunday, May 3, has been designated a s "P I e d g e S u n d a y" to inaugurate the second annual Archdiocesan Development Fund Campaign. The archdiocesan drive, con- ducted in all parishes and mis- sions throughout Western Wash- ington, is being held for the de- velopment of the educational, charitable and religious facili- ties of the Archdiocese. According to the Most Rev- erend Thomas A. Connolly, Archbishop of Seattle, the faithful of the Archdiocese last year pledged the amount of $2,938,272.49 in the first an- nual campaign. To date $2,- 505,286.38 has been paid on these first-year pledges. Monies from pledges paid have been used to purchase and renovate the seat'tle db'ntown New Washington Hotel, re- named The Josephinum as a residence for senior citizens, and also to purchase properties for archdiocesan high schools in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham and other sites. Vocation Day. Draws Parishioners of all parishes I and missions will be asked on "Pledge Sunday" to sign n Boys To Seminary pledge as they did "so gener- ously' last year and to con- tribute to the Archdiocesan De- velopment Fund in accordance May 3 PRISONERS OVERJOYED: Archdiocese Designated As 'Pledcje Pope Warmly Greeted Gives $50,000 Sunday' To Alaskans with their means. In making the announcement of the start of the second an- nual campaign, the Archbishop said: "Once again, we express our profound appreciation and gratitude to the generous and considerate parishioners for the assistance and coopera- tion that they so ably and readily manifested last year. May we not expect the same this year?" Headlines and Deadlines: A visit to St. Edward's Seminary -- an anticipat- ed event in the long line of service by faithful altar boys throughout the Archdio- I cese -- will be fulfilled by some 750 servers Wednesday, April 22, in the archdiocesan minor seminary in Kenmore. Hosts will be the Most Rev- erend T h o m a s A. Connolly, Archbishop of Seattle, and the seminary faculty and seminari- ans, headed by Very Rev. Mich- ael J. O'Neill, S.S., president. i The visit by the altar boys and their parish priests will mark the annual Vocation Day at St. Edward's and will open with a solemn high Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the seminary gymnasium. Presiding will be the Arch- bishop. The Rev. John P. McManus, S.S., of the seminary will be i celebrant. Deacon will be Rev. Mr. Lester McCloskey; and subdeacon, Ray. Mr. Donald Espen, Assistant priest will be Father O'Neill. Chaplains to the Arch- bishop will be Rays. John Sproule and William Queenan, S.S. Christopher Kane, a gamin- arian, will be master of cere- monies. Giving the sermon will be Ray. Joseph Marquart of St. Luke's Parish. Lunch will be served after- wards. A program of athletic contests and tours will follow in the afternoon. Archbishop Howard Notes 40th Jubilee PORTLAND, O r e. (NC) -- Archbishop Edward D. Howard of Portland, 86, quietly observed his 40th anniversary as a bish- op by offering a Mass of thanksgiving in the chapel of the chancery office building here April 8. The Archbishop, who has been a priest for 58 years, was con- secrated April 8, 1924 and served as Auxiliary Bishop of Davenport, Iowa, until April 30, 1926, when he was named Arch- bishop of Oregon City, second oldest archdiocese in the U.S. The name of the See was changed to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon on Sept. 26, 1928. WORLD'S MOST EXPERIENCED AIRLINE 1320 FOURTH AVE. SEATTLE 1. WASH. MAIN.4-2121 Khrushchev Relishes 'Death Tale' By George N. Kramer, Ph.D. A flurry of mild excite- ment was generated Mon- day when an unfounded rumor spread that Khrushchev had died. Nobody relished the false re- port more than Khrushchev himself and nobody profited more from it. Tuesday he was wreathed tn smiles as he enjoyed a glass of red wine at a reception for visiting Polish leaders in Mos- cow, while the world press was publicizing the unexplained re- port. Now that everything has been restored to normal and Khrushchev is celebrating his 79th birthday, one may well pause to analyze the implica- tions of this strange episode which the Soviet Foreign Of- fice called "pure provocation" by a West German news agency. Despite an apology which had been made by the agency but which the Soviet office declined to accept, the Soviets insist on formally protesting and making propaganda out of the error. The rumor itself is of no consequence, but the flurry it created is somewhat discon- certing. Too many people ex- pressed anxiety that the pass- ing-of the Kremlin boss would (Continued on Page iS) INMATES AT ROME'S Regina Cecil (Queen of Heaven) prison reach out to kiss the hands of Pope Paul VI during his visit to the jail where some 1,200 prisoners gave him a warm greeting. The pontiff celebrated Mass for them and recited the Our Father and Hail Mary with them. He repeatedly blessed prisoners around him, distributed gifts and told them he wished he could give them their freedom. NO 'EASY WAY' A check for $50,000, representing the contribu- tions of the faithful of the Archdiocese, was sent Wednesday by the Most Reverend Thomas A. Con- nolly, Archbishop of Seattle, to the Most Reverend Dermot O'Flanagan, Bishop of Juneau, for the relief of stricken Alaskans in the recent earthquake. The contributions will be used to help quake victims in An- chorage, Seward, Kodiak, Cordova, Valdez, Whittier and other areas, struck hard by the calamity on Good Friday. The financial aid came from the "spontaneous outpouring of generosity on the part of the Catholic people of the Archdi- ocese of Seattle," said Archbishop Connolly. Special collections at his direction were taken April 5 in all churches and chapels of the Archdiocese for the distribution of food, clothing and medical relief for earthquake sufferers. Exact amount of the total collected was $49,101.22. A check for an even $50,000 was sent to Bishop O'Flanagan by Archbishop Connolly ....  ........... Alaska in one of the biggest tremors ever recorded by seismographs was rocked by the earthquake of Good Friday, battered by resultant tidal waves and burned by ensuing fires to leave thousands homeless and properties extensively dam. aged. One week after the mighty upheaval the Most Reverend Egidio Vagnozzi, Apostolic Delegate to the United States, brought to the 49th State on a personal inspection tour via Seat- tle the personal blessings of Pope Paul VI and a check for $10,600. The Apostolic Delegate also presented to Bishop O'Flana- gnn a check for $5,900 from His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York. The Diocese of Juneau, which includes Anchorage and the other cities and towns in the earthquake-stricken areas, is one of the suffragan sees of the Province of Seattle. Medical School Moral Family Limitation Under Study, Bishop Says WOLFHURST, O hi o (NC)  Steuben- ville's Bishop John King Mussio said here there's just no % asy" way of limiting morally the size of a family. The prelate told 460 members of Catholic women's clubs April 12 the Church does not order large families. "I am certain, though, that means will be provided for con- scientious parents to achieve their purpose without semi- impossible conditions or hap- hazard chances," he said. "Our efforts must be continually brought to bear on searching the means allowed us to accom- Royal Family Visit Fatima FATIMA, Portugal (NC) -- Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco and their chil- dren visited the Marian shrine here April 13 along with thous- ands of other pilgrims on a brilliant, warm day. After attending Mass for the sick and receiving Communion, the Prince carried the umbrella over the Eucharist during the blessing of the sick by Bishop Joao Pereira Venancio of Lei- ria, Portugal. Afterwards the family joined the procession to the Chapel of the Apparitions, where they heard Mass and ex- changed medals with Bishop Pereira Venancio. Princess Grace said the visit was the fulfillment of her long desire to see the Marian shrine. plish a safe and moral family limitation plan. "There is much to be studied about the (progesterone) pill, but there is much already de- termined about the pill which forbids its use in certain cases," the Bishop continued. "With all this discussion, however, there need be no confusion. We have certainty about what we cannot do. What we can do in these cases is still to be thought out." The Bishop said Popes Plus XI and Plus XII, speaking as teachers, have said contracep- tion, contraceptive sterilization and medicine for direct contra- ceptive purposes may not be used to interfere with the mari- tal act. The Bishop added: "This means that human inter- vention in the generative sys- tem is wrong." Bishop Mussio recalled that certain nations in recent times have decreed birth con- trol as an economic or social panacea, but later felt com- pelled to offer large bounties for large families. "It is one thing," he stated, "to strive for a reasonable bal- ance in this matter, another to manipulate the most sacred and intimate manifestations of our human makeup and responsibil- ity to meet the time schedule of a few so called social stu- dents, or rather 'messiahs' of our national salvation." An unfortunate effect of the present widespread discussion, the Bfshop said, is the fact that some are inclined to suppose the Church in time will change its teaching on the birth control question. "She will never change what she has pronounced as doc- trine--and the teaching of the popes is certainly a pro- nounced doctrine," he said. "You can see how fatal this would be to the authority and teaching power of the Church. "If she could change her mind today on such questions, she could do the same tomor- row. Who would submit them- selves to sacrifices and real hardship for a ruling which might be otherwise tomorrow? And what a tragedy for those of past years who indeed suf- fered very greatly to observe the will of God as declared by the Church on this matter." May Go To State TRENTON, N.J. (NC) A committee estab- lished by Gov. Richard J. Hughes to study the op- eration of the Seton Hall College of Medicine and Den- tistry in Jersey City will prob. ably recommend that opera- tion of the school be taken over by the state. That was indicated here by the chairman of the special eight-member committee after its first meeting. George F. Smith, former president of Johnson & John- son, New Brunswick, N.J., pharmaceutical firm, said the committee will determine the value of the school's assets and try to report to the State Legislature before June. 'My guess is that we will in- ferentially recommend taking it over," Smith said. The state, which has no other four-year medical col- lege, moved into the Scion Hall picture when informed by school authorities that the annual financial deficits were proving extremely burden- some. Estimates of the an- nual operating deficit range from $700,000 to $1 million, Smith said state subsidies to the school are "legally impos- sible" if the school remains in control of Seton Hall, a New- ark archdiocesan institution. Father Donnelly Goes To Rome Post ::: WASHINGTON (He) : The Rev. John P. Don- nelly of the Spokane di- ocese, is leaving the di- rectorship of the Bureau of Information, National Catho- lic Welfare Conference, to be- come Rome correspondent for the N.C.W.C. News Service. He will take the place of Msgr. James I. Tucek as a I Communism Must Live with Church, Cardinal Declares ....... 2 ACCW Plans for 40th Convention .............................. 3 Soiled Screen (Editorial) ....................................... 4 Wife Feels Like Prisoner in Home ............................ $ Lots of Room for Mission Medical Center .................... 6 Catholic- Lutheran Luncheon at Palisades ..................... 7 Two Families Have 12th Child Baptized ....................... 8 Happenings Around the Archdiocese ............................ 9 Fourth Degree Essay Contest Opens .......................... 19 Did You Know These Mission Facts ........................... 1 priest-member of the Rome In Today's Progress 1 bureau. Msgr. Tucek resigned recently to return to his dio- cese of Dallas-Fort Worth after several years in Rome. James C. O'Neill, veteran staffer in Rome, replaced him as head of the bureau. A new Bureau of Information director will be appointed in the near future, according to Msgr. Paul F. Tanner, N.C.W.C. general secretary. Father Donnelly has been FATHER DONNELLY director of the Bureau of In- formation since December, 1962. He had been editor of the Inland Catholic Register, newspaper of the Spokane dio- cese, for more than three years following his gradua- tion in 1959 from the Univer- sity of Missouri School of Journalism. He was ordained May 24, 1958, following studies at St. Edward Seminary, Kenmore. Wash. He is the son of Mrs. Julia Don- nelly of Spokane and the late Roy W. Donnelly.