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Worth Repeating By JOHN COGLEY HE CHURCH is the Church, made up of the people of God. If any parallels are to be made between those who govern and those who obey, perhaps the family is the best example. The good father cannot be Terry Avenue, Seattle .104 Telephone MAIn 24880 Published every F:rlday by the Catholic Northwest Progress Co. compared to a military general, a naval admiral, or a ,lcond.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 political potentate. He does not think of his children Page 4 FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 191 as anonymous names on a roster or as "subjects" but as fully human beings, whose opinions matter to him, The Charity f Christ whose specialneedsconcernhimdeeply, whoseviews C must be considered before action is taken, whose ad- vice he seeks sedulously . . . I think something like The spontaneous contributions in the there is a question of building a [oar. that is what the laity are looking for in the Church. sum of $50,000 for victims of the ish church or erecting an archdiocesan They have no designs on priestly authority, believe me. What they are seeking, rather, is a sense of "be- Alaskan earthquake is indeed a tribute school, there is legitimate selfiinterest longing," of being accepted as thinking, reasoning, re- to the generosity of Catholics in the Se- involved. But in your gift to the people sponsible persons. They want to feel free to express attic Archdiocese. of Alaska, it was indeed the charity their opinions, to have their opinions taken seriously Those of us whose apostolate de- of Christ alone that urged you. and to know that such wisdom as they have acquired , The Progress wishes to add an is as available to the Church as it is to the world. ponds upon the generosity of the people Amen to what Archbishop Connolly has ceaselessly marvel at your unfathomable so frequently said: "the strong faith here Brazil Won'/ See willingness to give. in the Northwest is exemplified time and There wasabsolutelynothing self- time again by the generosity of its Him Die on The Stool ish in this act of charity. Often, when people." 'Soiled Screen' e were happy to see Sidney Poitier Therefore, it is difficult for us to win an Oscar for best actor of see how Christians can spend two or 1963. But giving a top Academy Award three hours watching a movie which to the first Negro who starred in an graphically portrays the life of a prosti- A-I movie with a religious theme in no tute, with no clear reference to the Big way whitewashes Hollywood's badly Realities of God, Mortal Sin, the Super- soiled screen, natural, and come away unscathed. Such : The moving story of how a hymn- was the plot of "Irma La Deuce." singing Baptist helped nuns build a Cath- Some have said to their parish priests olic church made "Lilies of the Field" --"But Father, the plot, while im- a beautiful example of the motion pic- moral in subject matter, presented situ- ture industry's tremendous potential for ations so humorous that one just couldn't good. Other Oscar winners, however, get bad thoughts." such as "Tom Jones, .... Irma La Deuce" This moral judgment is indeed possible and "Cleopatra" reflect and promote the for some. It is why the Legion of cheap, shallow paganism of the times. Decency often does not condemn certain IVe do not object to the treat- movies of this type outright. It allows ment of such subjects as prostitution, individuals to make prudential judgments "" divorce, abortion, dope addiction  in view of their own character. the favorite themes of the modern But the real question the sincere cinema. These evils exist in our so- Christian must ask in udging his abil. dety. 1Ve cannot bury our heads in ity to view such films is this: "Can the sand. I be exposed to the theme of prosti. But as Christians who believe in the tution and find myself laughing with, Divinity of Christ and the existence of becoming sympathetic toward charac- the supernatural, we cannot view sin ters who are living immoral lives and dispassionately. Our standards for proper not lose something of the horror of treatment of a "delicate theme" ought mortal sin?" not to be simply: Was it technically per; Sex areal is admittedly an essen- Gratitude from Archbishop Duke feet? (this might qualify "Cleopatra"), tial qualification for Hollywood per- Was its musical score skillfully adapted? formers. Can we say in honesty that the FAlter, The Progress: ("Irma La Deuce"). Was it terribly fun- producer is really not interested in sexual Many thanks for your kind editorial in the North- ny? ("Tom Jones"). arousal, but only in clever treatment of west Progress of March 29th. Over the years we have been grateful for the Whether we like it or not, we a delicate situation? blessings of God in our ministry. Now He has granted must take Christ's sense of values to "Irma La Deuce" is just one ex- the added grace of helping the Church and souls by the ticket office. By His standards, how ample. The Oscar-winning "Tom Jones" giving it greater strength and often would we ever get past the pic- provides another. Granting that some direction under the Administra- could be entertained by this movie with- tion of our beloved Archbishop photos, erotic books and rec- Johnson. erda, these magazines are now tures on the marquee? out committing sin, the Christian still Asking your precious prayers being sold for one dollar or The U.S. Bishops' Committee for must ask himself, "Will my moral values and assuring you of mine, I more per copy. The harm they remain . . . do is simply incalculable. Motion Pictures, Radio and Television be strengthened or weakened by the ex- Devotedly yours in the Sa- We are faced with a nation- this week issued a statement warning perience?" The last frame of the Tony cred Heart . . . wide moral crisis which we Christians against the disturbing down- Richardson production puts this parting Most Reverend cannot ignore or sidestep. We ward trend in the motion picture in- bit of philosophy on the lips of its hero: William M. Duke can do something and we dustry. They cited in particular efforts "Tomorrow, do thy worst! I have lived Vancouver, B.C. problemmUSt do somethingnow, about this of "powerful factions in Hollywood" to today." Obscenity Deluge Our youth and our adult pop- ulation will be seriously revive an "anything goes" Policy on film T.he liberal critics of the day will cry Editor. The Progress: harmed unless this challenge making and the "growing tendency" .L in indignation that "Tom Jones" We are in a position to know is met and moral sanity "re- that the Christian concept of stored to the nation. We among some producers to "challenge the is a social satire and seen in this light it purity is about to suffer the strongly urge that you join Judaeo-Christian vision of man." is most constructive and enlightening, most severe test it has ever forces with citizens for de- The real problem facing the sur- But for thousands of teenagers out for YoufacedareSinCeundoubtedlythe time OfawareChrist.of cency.Cent literature to fight for de- vival of western civilization is one of a Saturday night at the movies, "Tommy the seriously immoral f i 1 m s Mrs. Theodore Hermes values. The world is confused today pre- boy may not have been perfect, but he that are currently being re- Mrs. Allen Stover leased and shown in all parts SDS Local Moderators cisely because it is groping for a Big sure had a ball." of the United States. However, Idea. The Big Idea that has inspired our The Legion of Decency celebrates we doubt very much that you are aware of the current del- Mayor's Thanks Judaeo-Christian Culture is that of a Per- its 30tb birthday this year. IVe con- use of paperback pornography sunni, Provident God. gratulate the members of this organ- that has been appearing dur- Editor, The Progress: Today, the God of revelation and all ization for the splendid job they have ing the past two years. Like- As I leave public office I the cultural-moral values that this com- done in pointing out the moral im- wise, we doubt that you are wanted to take this occasion aware of the latest type of to thank you for the many mitment implies is being questioned and plications inherent in motion picture obscene "girlie" and nudist courtesies that you have ex- doubted and tested by modern man. For productions over the years, magazines that have appeared, tended to me while I have S.D.S., The National Modes- served as Mayor of this city. some the new god, the new Big Idea, is There is, however, a grave danger ty Crusade, has collected some Gordon S. Clinton, Natural Science  for others it is Medi- that the purpose of the Legion listings s00 different paperbacks which Mayor deal, almost without relief, on City of Seattle cine -- for still others, Social Security. can be misinterpreted. By merely avoid- such subjects as prostitution, But for the majority of mere nominal ing condemned shows, some brave souls a d u 1 t r y, fornication, in- believers, there is only confusion, seem to believe that the Legion ratings cest,ism, sadism,hemsexualitY'obscene languagelesbian" Effective it would appear that many script will enable them to make heaven with and intimate pornographic de- writers and motion picture producers their coattails scorched, scriptions o, , Di ib tion sincere and dedicated as they may This fallacy is not the fault of the tions. These are being printed str u and distributed and sold be to their profession  have some- Legion lists, but rather illustrates a fail- throughout the nation. |T IS not enough to assert how lost sight of God as the Big ure to emphasize the ideals of virtue and For the most part, they Idea and have substituted other big a keen sense of Christian values in our have met with only token ! the natural character of the opposition and the civil offi- right of private property, in- ideas in His place, approach to the modern world, dais have been reluctant to cluding productive property, but the effective distribution take any action through the Schema 17 ]0000:p[ored courts because they have among all social classes is also b e n successfully "brain- to be insisted upon. washed" into thinking that As Our predecessor Plus XlI the higher courts will reverse states: "Ordinarily, as a nat- the lower courts in this mat- ural basis for living, the right ZURICH, Switzerland (NC)m The mission there. It said the commission is corn- ter. Factually, these books to the use of the g o o d s of ecumenical council's project on the posed of 60 council Fathers who were appointed do not stand a chance of the earth, to which corresponds "presence" of the Church in the rood- by the Theological Commission and the Commis- ever getting to a higher the fundamental obligation of court, granting pr!vate property to all ern world will consist of an introduction and sion of the Lay Apostolate respectively. In the field of magazines, we if possible,' while among the four chapters, if the text now under considerS- An appendix consisting of six chapters will now find color photos of d e m a n d s arising from the tion is approved, it was claimed here. not come up for discussion on the council groups of completely nude moral dignity of work, is also Orientierung, fortnightly o f t h e Jesuit floor, according to Orientiernng. It will instead women and men as well as the one that includes "the con- Fathers here, said that the draft of schema 17 be incorporated in the main draft, which first the provocatively posed single servation and perfection of a photos that run page after social order which makes pos- ' must be approved by the council Coordinating page from cover to cover. To- sible a secure, even if modest, , now referred to four council theological experts Commission bdore it is passed on to the court- gether with obscene stories property to all classes of the ! in Rome will be considered by a special corn- ell Futhere. and advertisements for films, people."--Mater Et Magistra. 'The Ages Of Faith' By REV. G. JOSEPH GUSTAFSON, S.S. HERE IS a hallowed old phrase we are all only too familiar with "the ages of faith." What does this mean if, with the philosopher, Berkeley, one is to "remove the mist arid veil of words?" Or does it have any real meaning? Our readers will quite possibly and almost spontaneously call the middle ages the ages of faith par excellence. The thirteenth, "the greatest of centuries", and all that . . . This was the era of the great St. Thomas; of St. Bonaventure. It followed close on the apostolic years and efforts of St. Francis of Assist and St. Dominic. It does indeed look good to us in 1964. BUT TO denominate it as the age of faith is conveniently to treat history in u hurried way and to ignore painful facts. Francis and Dominic were reformers, each in his own way. Dominic sought to wipe out a hideous spreading heresy; Francis tried to re- store the ideals of Christ in a beautifully human way while never losing sight of the divine. Thomas himself was a kind of revolutionary, be- lieve it or not. Provincial councils condemned some of the doctrines imputed to him and even his own Order was a bit slow to see his worth. So this was no simple era of faith, at all. IT WOULD seem, rather, that every age since the advent of Our Lord is an age of faith. Only the faith takes different forms while we glorify the past and run down the present. Surely our age is an age of faith even while disbelief spreads. It needs faith above all if its values are to be restored. The duty incumbent upon each of us is to diffuse that faith which alone makes life meaningful. It is an age of faith finally in the usual sense in that thousands have died and are dying for it behind "curtains" of one material or another. And millions are still living for it and in it. What Caused Alaska Quake? By REV. JOHN B. SHEERIN, C.S.P. ,D ,I Y strange coincidence, an article on earthquakes appeared in Science on the very day of the earthquake in Alas- ka, March 27. It dealt especially with earthquakes in the Pacific region. The learned author, Dr. Hugo Benioff, showed an expert knowledge of seismology but admitted that the human mind has not penetrated to the deepest core of central mystery--what causes earthquakes? The California Institute of Tech- nology scientist advances several theories to explain these quakes but he admits the cause is shrouded in mystery. ONE TRUE criterion of a wise man is that he admits his ignorance. In contrast to those who claimed to be wise but could not prove it, Socrates admitted he was wise because he was aware of his ignorance. This present generation ought to be wiser than its predecessors because we are more aware than our forefathers of the limits of human knowledge. Recently, I listened to a sociologist lectur- ing on his research in anti-Semitism and I came away from the lecture with a deep con- sciousness of how little we know at present about the root causes of prejudice. And how little progress psychoanalysis has madet Think of the patient, sympathetic, fear- less inquiries of Freud. He made a profound contribution to our knowledge of the inner work- ings of the mind and yet that contribution is dwarfed by the amount that we don't know about the mind and its functioning. WE APPRECIATE what psychoanalysis has done to relieve mental ills and to shed light on the mysterious ways of God in the processes of human thought and feeling. Yet how little we really know of the inner secrets of great men who achieved greatness even though their psy- chology should have doomed them to mediocrity. How little we know of a Lincoln, a St. Ignatius, a Luther. Lately some young friends of mine died of cancer. Medical science is making a magnlfb cent attempt to discover the causes of cancer but the death of a friend brings home to us how sparse that knowledge is. OR TO TAKE it down to a more prosaic lev-t I el, there is the common cold. My doctor tellsff r me, "I want to be honest with you. We know i of nothing that can cure a cold--except for cer- tain dangerous drugs that I will prescribe only in emergency." In brief, human reason has ad- vanced only a very short distance into the vast mystery that surrounds us. For that reason I have always felt that there was an element of pathos in the case of those men who left the Church in search of truth out-l-.  side of religion. They abandoned Christ as air myth only to become disillusioned with Reason. I have in mind, for instance, the case of Father AIfaric, a French priest and scholar who left the priesthood in 1910 and was excommunicated in 1933, dying in 1955. In his autobiography (trans- lated to English, the title would be "From Faith to Reason") he tells how he began to discover the myth of Christ and then gave himself over to a purely rationalistic study of the origins of 1-- Christianity. THERE IS tragedy in such apostasy but them is pathos in the disillusion that must set in when the defector finds how poor a substitute Ration- alism is for Religion. It seems to me that this disillusionment on the part of non-belieVers is creating a very confused situation in the United States. They have what we might call "religi- osity." That is, they profess to have abandoned all religious beliefs and yet they allow them-j. selves to become involved in projects and move-Iv ments that are basically religious. Their non- belief is like an empty shell, lacking the en- thusiasm of the dedicated anti-clericals of the  last century. God's World: Only For Survival By REV. LEO J. TRESE eR most of us and for most of the time life moves along in fairly comfortable and satisfactory fashion. To almost everyone, however, there do come periods of exceptional stress, periods when life becomes a struggle for sur- vival. It may be a single day; a day at home when the baby is fretful, the clothes washer breaks down, Junior cuts his lip at play and dinner scorches on the stove; or it may be a day at work when one mistake, emergency and frus- tration piles upon another. '2 just hope I sur- vive until this day is over," we say. A SINGLE day is not too bad, but there may come a period of weeks or months when everything seems to go wrong. There may be grave illness in the family. There may be finan- cial stringency with past-due bills piling up and insurance lapsing. There may be parental wor- ries, such as an older daughter's infatuation with a divorced man. There may be a misunder- standing with in-laws which results in bitterness. Whatever the particular burdens may be, life becomes erie weary and worried day after another. Whether our term of agony is but a day or whether it stretches through months and even years, we have one strong support in our dis- tress. This is the virtue of hope, the confidence we have in God's love for us and the trust we have in His provident care. We remember the old saying, "It may not he your way and it may not be my way, but all in His own good way, God will provide." So, we hang on. We keep putting one foot doggedly in front of the other, moving from one hour and day to the next. AT TIMES the black temptation to surrender does descend upon us. "I feel like giving up," we say. "I simply cannot go on." But we do not give up. We do go on. Perhaps we remem- ber back to happier days when we so easily assured God of our love for Him. "Oh my God," we glibly proclaimed, "I am willing to suffer anything for love of Youl" Now, we wryly re- fleet, has come our moment of truth. God has taken us at our word. Now has come the time for us to lay our love for Him on the line. And, to our everlasting glory--literally to our ever- lasting glory- we do plod on. There is much unsung heroism among our Catholic people. Most of us, I think, are in- clined to undersell ourselves in this respect. Most of us have far more fortitude, when fortitude is called for, than we realize. True 'qM enough, we are pretty weak and imperfect creatures. Even the best of us return to God only a minute portion of the love which is tits due. However, it is precisely the love of an im- perfect creature which God asks of us.