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2,yHPRORESS Fric00ay, Ap,00&apos; 009641 ....... Apostolic Delegate Visitor Princess To Marry Quake Loss Estimates Rising Outside Holland AMSTERDAM (NC)N Dutch Princess Irene, whose conversion to Catholicism was revealed in January, will not marry her Catholic fiance in this country to spare her mother, Queen Juliana, political diffizulties. This was announced at the airport here just before the Queen and her husband, Prince Bernhard, emplaned for a state .visit to Mexico. The royal .couple said they accepted with regret the Princess' decision to marry Prince Carlos of Bour- ibon-Parma, a pretender to the Spanish throne, outside the Netherlands. ' The announcement of Prin- cess Irene's conversion touched off a political furor here, and in February the Princess renounced her claim to the Dutch throne. , A day later, April 8, follow- ing Princess Irene's arrival in 'Paris to visit her fiance's fam- ily, a spokesman issued a atatement on her behalf say- ing that she had not accom- panied her parents to Mexico to avoid creating political dif- ficulties for them, but omitting any mention of her marriage. The omission was widely.. interpreted as a denial of her statement that she would be married outside The Nether- lands. However, G. J. Lammers, director of the Dutch govern- ment's information service, stated April 10 that the state- ment issued at the airport would remain unchanged. He added that the Dutch govern- ment will make no comment on any announcement made by Princess Irene outside The Netherlands. IN PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL, ANCHORAGE, FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY OFFICIAL VERGIL KNIGHT IS VIS. ITED BY ARCHBISHOP EGIDIO VAGNOZZI, APOSTOLIC DELEGATE TO THE UNITED STATES. By Ed Farrier ANCHORAGE, Alaska (NC) -- Preliminary and unofficial estimates indi- cute a minimum of $300,- 000 will be required to re- build and repair Catholic insti- tutions damaged or destroyed in Alaska's Good Friday earth- quake. The eventual cost may be far higher. Additional funds will be re- Sisters Save 750 in Fire LEVIS, Que. (NC)--Grey Nuns of the Cross and citizens guided 630 children and 120 aged persons to safety when fire raged through a home for the aged and children here. The fire, of undetermined origin, broke out April 5 in a base- ment cloakroom while the 800 persons in the home were attend- ing Mass. The nuns quickly shepherded their charges to a section of the large five-story home which was cut off by fire walls from the part where the fire occurred. The home, L'Institut St. Joseph de la Delivrance, was 65 years old. Spain Opens Jewish Museum TOLEDO, Spain (NC) -- The Spanish government has an- nounced that a Jewish museum and library will be opened here in Toledo, a main center of Spain's Jewish community before the Jews were expelled from the country in 1942. The government's announcement said the center was being opened to "maintain and strengthen the ties that for centuries have bound the Sephardim to Spain." The Sephardim are Jews who trace their origin to Spain and Portugal. Relics Returned to France < AUXERRE, France (NC) -- The relics of the missionary St. Marsus, which had lain for llO0 years in Essen, Germany, the city of his birth, were returned to this city April 5 by Bishop Franz Hengsbach of Essen. Bishop Hengsbach was here to dedicate the new church of St. Marsus, built in part with financial help from Germans in the Ruhr. St. Marsus had been sent as a missionary to Auxerre and died there. Says Priest Slain in Burma . RANGOON, Burma (NC) -- An Irish missionary, identified as Father Watt, was killed by rebellious Kachin tribesmen in northern Burma, the newspaper Nation of Rangoon reported here April 7. The dispatch said the priest was killed in an ambush and his body mutilated March 23 about 40 miles from the Kachin capital of Myikyina. Apparently he had been warning villagers not to take part in the tribe's war of independence against the govern- ment of Burma. The Kachins are fierce tribesmen who were adept headhunters before missionaries persuaded them to reform. . ( , .... quired to sustain several small parishes which were literally dismembered by the quake. Nor is there any way of com- puting accurately the inevitable slowdown in Church expansion plans. In many areas, Church au- thorities stressed that the per- sonal losses of individual Cath- olics, in lives and property, far exceed any damage to Church institutions. , "Even harder hit than the property of the Church have been the people of the Church," said Rev. John A. Luney, pastor of St. Francis Xavier c h u r c h in Valdez. "Catholic relief will be re- Bishop Urges Tamer Fiestas PALO, The Philippines (NC) -- Merriment and expenditures for fiestas are out of hand, Bishop Line Gonzaga of Pale has told his people in this part of Leyte. Referring to the fact that some villagers spend their entire savings and even go into debt to prepare for sumptuous feasts f0i" Visiting friends, the Bishop said that "fiestas should be held to"the minimum expense." : : Bishop Gonzaga's plea was in line with a recent one by Arch- bishop Mariano Madriaga of Lingayen-Dagupan who urged his 0ple in d pastoral letter to invest their money in credit unions instead of throwing it away for "frivolous fiestas." quired for some of my par- ishioners for four or five months until they can get back on their feet." Bishop Dermot O'Flanagan of Juneau has launched a re- lief effort, called Bishop O'- Flanagan's Relief Fund, with headquarters here, to distribute aid "throughout the entire dis- aster area." Its address is P.O. Box 339 in Anchorage or the chancery office, P.O. Box 1301, Juneau. Here is a community-by-com- munity rundown of some major Church losses: Anchorage: The new $6 mil- lion Providence Hospital suf- fered about $150,000 in damage. The hospital gave heroic ser- vice in the quake, treating more than 200 sick and injured in the first 36 hours. Sister Barbara Ellen, admin- istrator, said practically the entire hospital will have to be replastered and repainted. "Al- though there appears to be no structural d a m a g e ." Provi- dence is already heavily in debt, she said. The spirit of community cooperation in the wake of Cardinal Deplores Expulsion Of Sudan Missionaries DAR ES SALAAM, Tanganyika (NC)--Laurian Cardinal Rugambwa, of Bukoba has issued an official statement expressing his deep regret over the recent expulsi,on of Christian missionaries from the southern Sudan. :He emphasized the substan- tial contribution these mission- aries made to Africa and ex- pressed the hope that the Su- i:lanese government will "re- examine the whole questioff with objectivity." Following is the text of state- ment: "In the name of all Catho- "We hope that the Sudanese authorities will reexamine the whole question with objectiv- ity." FDR Grandson Is Christian Brother MORAGA, Calif. (NC) -- A lies in Africa, I wish to ex- grandson of the late President .press our great sorrowon hear- F r a n k I i n D. Roosevelt has ing ioI the expulsion from the joined the Christian Brothers. southern Sudan of all Christian James Roosevelt, Jr., 19, is missionaries. These mission- now Brother Matthew David, F. aries have favored that coun- try with the best years of their lives with zeal and sacrifice for the Christian religion and for civil progress. "The treatment which they have been accorded violates the sacred rights of justice and liberty. Our hearts go out in prayerful sympathy to our brother Africans who are now deprived of the religious assist- ance which is one of their fun- damental rights. S. C., studying at the Brothers' novitiate here in Napa County. He will complete his novitiate next January. He attended La Salle High School, conducted by the Brothers, in Pasadena, Calif. Brother Matthew David is the son of the U. S. Representative from California and the former Romelle Schneider, who is a Catholic. They were divorced in 1955 and the legislator subse- quently remarried. THE MOST REVEREND BISHOP DERMOT O'FLANAGAN HANDS TO SECRETARY OF STATE HUGH d. WADE A CHECK FOR $10,000 PRESENTED TO THE STATE OF ALASKA ON BEHALF OF POPE PAUL Vl. the disaster was demonstrat- ed by the gesture of Alaska Methodist University, itself heavily d a m a g e d, in pre- senting all proceeds from a play in its auditorium to the hospital. The Catholic Junior High School in Anchorage suffered moderate damage and re- mained closed I0 days after the quake. An estimated $50,000 may be required for repair of the school and rectory. Kodiak: Although the town was heavily damaged, Griffin Memorial Hospital (a Catholic institution), the local Catholic grade school and church all es- caped damage. However, ac- cording to a Church spokes- man, "the critical problem for Catholics in Kodiak will be the task of supporting their hos- pital, church and school when they themselves have been vir- tually wiped out." Palmer: The local Catholic church suffered damage esti- mated at $50,000. Now unusable, the building may be con- demned. Seward: Minimum damage to Sacred Heart church and rue- tory is estimated at $50,000. The church was so seriously damaged it may be condemned. Valdez: St. Francis Xavier church is "almost a total loss," according to Father Luney. The church rectory sank three feet into the ground. Five members of the parish were killed in the tidal wave that followed the earthquake, two of them men with wives and children surviving. "The people of my parish, and all in Valdez, have suf- fered horrible personal losses," Father Luney said. "They had their jobs and businesses and now all this is gone. There is no way for them to be immedi- ately self-sufficient." The Rev. Francis Cowgill, as- sistant pastor of Holy Family church in Anchorage and one of the directors of Bishop Flan- agan's Relief Fund, said he has already been asked to provide some aid for quake-impover- ished families and expects such requests to mount sharply in coming weeks and months. Other Church authorities pre- dict the same. LEGION 30 YEARS OLD: Late Vocation THE REV. John Michael Hickey, 51, for more than ten years Superintendent of Public Schools in Erie, Pc,, is shown entering the North American College in Rome to sing his first Mass. He completed studies for the priesthood at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome and was ordained there by Car- dinal Marella. He will return to the Erie Diocese for assignment in July. Priests Must Stay Put Bishops BUDAPEST (NC)--The Hun- commenting that "to have great garian Bishops' Conference has ,artists in the film medium, (Continued from Page 1) for the general public. In 1963, of 283 films reviewed, only 70 (2.62 per cent) were approved for the family and almost 50 per cent were placed in cate- gories "other than those for the family or young people." In this connection the state- ment cited the introduction since 1857 of two new legion categories designed to ac- commodate serious films aiming at a mature audience. These are the A.Ill rating ("morally unobjectionable for adults) and the A-IV rat. ing (morally objectionable for adults, with reserva- tions"). Discussing the question of the treatment of evil in films, the Bishops warned of "over- simplification." "For some good people," they said, "films must e v e r remain pure escapist enter- tainment of such bland nature that the treatment of evil is categorically to be excluded." Rejecting this view, they cit- ed the Vatican council's me- dia decree which stated that the treatment of evil in mass media, "subject to moral re- straint," can "serve to bring about a deeper knowledge and study of humanity and . . . can reveal and glorify the grand dimensions of truth and goodness." But at the same time, the statement continued, the leg- ion, 'especially in the last de- cade," has observed "many departures from the ideal" in the matter of the treatment of evil in films. "In all such cases," it de- clared, 'the film maker has lacked the fundamental quali- ties of an authentic artist. Above all he has lacked a re- spect for man and a loving un- derstanding of him. Without these qualities a film maker's treatment of a moral evil can only be a trafficking in the anguish and tears of those who would call him brother." The Bishops then turned to the responsibility of audiences, told its wandering priests to stay put. In a move to stop priests from switching dioceses, the Bishops told the itinerant clerics to remain where they are or go back where they started and stay there. there must be a great audience to receive them." The legion's efforts to this end, they said, have included giving special recommenda- tions to superior films and the "more fundamental" policy of urging film study in schools. Score Recalling the endorsement of film study in the coun- cil's decree and in Pope Plus Xll's encyclical Miran- da Prorsus, the statement said progress in this area "has been slow but there have been encouraging begin- nings," At the same time, it said, "high optimism is not yet war- ranted." It blamed educators for failing to appreciate and act upon the importance of the "communications revolu- tion" and said: "Young people are still taught as if films and televi- sion did not really exist, as if the media had influence nei- ther upon the formation of their lives nor upon the mold- ing of 20th century culture and values... "In the past, when films were, for the most part, escap- ist entertainment designed to appeal to the most unlettered member of the mass audience, educators might have been per- mitted the privilege of ignor- ing them. "As Christian educators they ignore films at the risk of rendering the good news of salvation totally irrelevant to a confused world." The Bishops emphasized that moral ratings 'of films will con- tinue to be a principal function of the National Legion of De- cency. "If legion services were necessary in the past, they are even more required today," they said. They called the record of the American film industry "entirely commendable" and noted that last year 85 per cent of American movies were rat- ed by the legion as acceptable for at least some segment of the audience. But, they added, "during the past six months the national of- fice has been confronted with efforts on the part of power- ful factions in Hollywood to revive the 'anything-goes' pol- icy of pre-Production Code days." "If these producers were to have their way; nudity and various forms of voyeurism would become standard ele- ments for film treatment," the statement declared. A "new and far more serious problem,"itcontinued, is "the growing tendency on the part of some film-makers to chal- Film Trends lunge the Judaea-Christian vis- ion of man." While this is more pronounced in some foreign films, "never- theless in Hollywood produc- Communism Must Live With Church, Cardinal Declc 'es WASHINGTON (NC)Franziskus Cardinal Koe- nig of Vienna told members of the National Press Club here April 6 he believes Communist nations will even- tually learn to live with the Catholic Church. "We have only one world and we must learn to live together," he said. The Austrian Cardinal, whose own country is dedicated to neutrality between the Eastern and West- urn blocs, said that "in time" some practical solution will be found, even if the official anti- religious policy of the Com- munists does not change. "The official policy of the Communists states that re- ligion should be eliminated be- cause it is against social prog- ress," said Cardinal Koenig. "But evolution shows that the elimination of religion is im- possible. Some of the Soviet leaders are beginning to realize it is impossible." As an examlfle, he said the government of Hungary will eventually be forced to find some compromise between its official policy and the re- ligion to whieh most of its citizens adhere. He said Cardinal Mind- szenty "is inclined in a way to stay there but read, to leave the country if the Pope wants him to." On other issues Cardinal Koenig said: That the election of a non- Italian Pope "will probably not come at the next election." That he "could not believe rumors" that the coming third session of the Vatican Council would be the final one. He said a fourth session might be suf- ficient to end the work of the council Fathers. That the College of Car- dinals should reflect the pro- portional numbers of Catholics in different countries. That "early in the next session" the council would for- mally vote its approval of re- ligious liberty for all people. That the decentralization of Church authority in the Re. man Curia is "very necessary,, and that in time it will be ac- complished: Cardinal Koenig is in Wash- ington to participate in the 175th anniversary program of Georgetown University. He will also receive an honorary de- gree from the Catholic Univer. sity of America. CWV State Meet Slated tions there are already enough signs to justify concern," it In Tacoma said. Specifically it cited what it called "covert attempts to condone and even promote" premarital sexual indulgence. It accused films of this sort of being "fundamentally dishon- est" in treating this theme in a glamorized and falsified man- ner. Referrin t0the Legion of Decency Pledge taken annually by U.S. Catholics, the Bishops noted that it does not impose any new obligations but simply puts into words the duties of any sincere Christian in his atti- tude toward films. "The purpose of the pledge," they said, "is to provide Catholics with the annual op- portunity of making a cor- porate witness to their Faith in those matters which per- tain to a mature and Christian choice of film entertainment. By their pledge they freely commit themselves to a sup- port of the Legion's aposto- late." The statement outlined the legion's review operation and said it merits "confidence." It noted that reviewers include movie critics and other profes- sional laymen, priests, husband- wife teams, student counselors, and the Motion Picture Depart- ment of the International Fed- eration of Catholic Alumnae. "No film of any consequence is classified without a qualita- tive analysis and consideration of the written opinion of 30 to 40 (frequently more) of these reviewers," it said. The Bishops' statement point- ed out that the ecumenical council so far has adopted two decrees, one on the liturgy and one on the mass media. It con- eluded: "Both documents are con- cerned with a world of signs and symbols--the first directed to God, the second to men . . . Through the liturgy we live among the signs and symbols through which God speaks to us and we to God. "May the signs and symbols of the film medium speak to all men of who they really are-- made in the image and sign of God." Charge Top Positions Hard To Get TACOMA--The Catholic War Veteran's annual state conven- tion will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, here. Saturday highlights include the convention banquet and dance in the Doric Motor Ho- tel, convention headquarters. Celebrant of the convention Sunday Mass in St: Leo's Church will be Rev. Francis X. Murphy, state chaplain and pastor of St. Joseph's Parish, Elma. Presiding at all business sessions will be Miss Mary Fleming of Seattle, state com- mander. Convention host will be the CWV's District No. 2, headed by past state commander Ro- bert Fitz. The Rev. Henry Rozycki, O.S.B., pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, is dis- trict chaplain. parts of the cou n try could "adopt" poorer parishes where the farm economy is failing. He also stressed the need for cooperatives. "Here is an opportunity for Christian Ireland to initiate and surpass the guilds of the Middle Ages in its coopera- tives," he said. A number of Protestant cler- gymen attended the meeting by special invitation. a small firm might wish to em- ploy only his co-religionists." But, he added, "with large companies and public undertak- ings the case was obviously dif- ferent." "All sections of our people are discriminated a g a i n s t," said Father Coulter, "but the middle-classes are particularly affected, for the top positions in the professions and execu. BANGOR, North Ireland (N C)--Catholics in Northern Ire- land will always be hindered because of their religion from reaching top positions in busi- ness, a priest charged here. Speaking at a meeting of the Christus Rex society, an or- ganization for priests, Rev. James Coulter of St. Columba's College, Derry, said one could understand how "the owner of tive careers can never be theirs." He said the situation contin- ues "because both parties have failed to come to an accommo- dation with each other's ideals." Another speaker at the meet- ing, Rev. James McDyer, C.C., the head of an agricultural co- operativ e society, suggested that wealthy parishes in some Labor Study Given To Pope VATICAN CITY (NC) -- A monumental study on labor problems, entitled "II Lavoro," was presented to Pope Paul VI by two of its authors, Bishop Luigi Civardi, former ecclesl- astical adviser to the Associa- tion of Italian Catholic Work- ers and Msgr. Pietro P a v a n, CARDINAL KOENIG Cardinal To Visit Gonzaga U SPOKANE--Eugene Cardinal Tisserant, dean of the College of Cardinals, will visit Ganzaga University May 10, announced Very Rev. John P. Leary, S.J., university president. During his visit to the cam- pus, said Father Leary, the Cardinal will bless the new Jesuit faculty residence and chapel. In the afternoon a special honors convocation is planned for members of the university faculty, student body and peo- ple of Spokane, at which time Cardinal Tisserant will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree from the university. That evening he will be hon- ored at a civic banquet at the Davenport Hotel here. "Gonzaga is deeply hon- ored to have His Eminence, Eugene Cardinal Tisserant, dean of the college of Car- dinals, come to the university and receive a degree from us," said Father Leary. "This man has been a leader in the thought of the Church for a long time. His long years of experience, sharing in some of the great judgments of our days, and the warm repute in which he is held by so many, will make his visit to the uni. versity a memorable one, I know." Beatification Causes Advance VATICAN CITY (NC)--Pope P a u I VI ordered publication April 8 of the decrees attesting to the true martyrdom of a French Jesuit in Madagascar in 1896 and the heroic nature of the virtues of an Italian nun who died in 1922. The Pope's decision, which entitles both servants of God to the rank of venerable, com- pletes one of the major steps toward ultimate beatification. Before the process is completed there is still required accept- ance of two miracles by the Congregation of Rites. The J e s u i t, Rev. Jacques Berthieu, was killed in a tribal war in Madagascar, now the Malagasy R e p u b I It. Sister Maria "Fortunata entered the Benedictine convent at Veroli, Italy, at the age of 14, arid spent 70 years there, spinning and working at the loom. professor of sociology at at Rome's Lateran University. 'Junkie Priest' Is The Pope congratulated the two men on the book, which is the joint effort of 17 scholars. English 'Summa' To Appear NEW YORK (NC)--The first three volumes of an edition of the Summa Theologiea of St. Thomas Aquinas that has Eng- lish and Latin on facing pages will appear May 11, published by McGraw-Hill. The 60-volume work is being prepared by English-speaking Dominicans throughout the world. The supervising editor in America is Rev. T. C. O'Brien, O.P., of the Domini- can House of Studies, Wash- ington, D.C. Father O'Brien said this is the first such hi-lingual pub- lication of the Summa in Eng- lish. Following the appear- ance of volumes one, two, and 13 this spring, he said, the re- maining volumes will be pub- lished at the rate of 12 per year. About 40 scholars have la- bored on the monumental work of the Church's great 13th century theologian. This edition will have a new, idio- matic translation. Praised in Senate WASHINGTON (NC) -- A priest who has won the nick- name "the junkie priest" for his efforts to help drug addicts was praised in the Senate for his "dedication and selfless, hess." Sen. Kenneth Keating of New York lauded the work of Rev. Daniel Egan, S. A., in estab- lishing a "halfway house" in New York for addicts seeking rehabilitation. He said Father Egan's pro- gram may be "the start to a new, rational and humane ap- proach" to the problem of drug addiction. He noted that the fiest's story is told in a new oak "The Junkie Priest," by New York newsman John D. Harris. Cardinal Suenens In Chicago May 3 CHICAGO (NC) -- Leo Jo- seph Cardinal Suenens of Ma- lthus-Brussels, Primate of Bel- gium, will speak here May 3 and answer questions from four panelists before an audi- ence estimated to total 5,000 persons. His subject is the Second Vatican Council and its implications. The John A. Ryan Forum is sponsoring his lecture.