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Population Solution Comes Slowly GENEVA (NC)A Vatican spokesman, appearing at a meeting of the 18th World Health Assembly, de- clared the Catholic Church is not indifferent to the problems of birth regulation, but he warned that generalizations regarding a solution might do more harm than good. At the same time Father Henri de Riedmatten OP suggested that it would be helpful to have an international body to advise nations on population problems. He said such a group should not deal in theory alone but should give "scientific advice on prac- tical issues insofar as they come within the realm of science and medical practice..." Father de Rietmatten gave his address a few hours before the World Health Organization (WHO) announced here that it would supply birth control information to any member nation wishing it. Father de Riedmatten's talk was given special attention at the international meeting because he is secretary of the special papal commission established to consider population problems, as well as being the official V[tican observer at the WHO. The Dominican priest assured the WHO that the Catholic Church does not object to responsible scientific considerations of population problems. "The Church's silence and apparent slowness do not mean ndifference or neglect," he said. "On the contrary, they show how mportant these problems are in the eyes of the Church. The hurch will not rashly take decisions which may have far-reach- ing consequences, but she sincerely wishes to cooperate, loyally and unrestrictedly, with all people of good will, and more sepe- cially with the specialists in the matter." Father de Riedmatten said Church authorities have paid great attention to WHO studies in the field of population. He said it is unfortunate that the urgency of the situation has led the world organization to be more concerned with methods of control an with "fundamental scientific investigation." Yet he said the He studies may still lead to solutions "more in keeping with e process of nature." He warned that when population problems are seen strictly from a demographic viewpoint the need for methods of birth reg- ulation are sometimes exaggerated. Turning to the problems of individual parents, Father de Riendmatten acknowledged that "today a married couple must consider the creative potentiality of the marriage act, even be- fore it is accomplished . . . This is one of the most sacred rights of man, which society must respect; but the married couple must bear in mind the serious obligations deriving from exeercise of this right. "Undoubtedly," he continued, "the capability of a human person to assume such responsibilities will depend on his full and harmonious development . . . The accomplishment of his moral duties is often far easier for a person who is not yet ac- quainted with the refinements of civilization than for a person who fully enjoys them. "Therefore, when we ask that no one should upset the ex- isting scale of values nor give undue publicity to certain tech- niques without first ascertaining the wisdom and the complete liberty of motivations which have led persons to choose and adopt these techniques, we do in fact express our confidence in man's capabilitiy of understanding and in a manner which proves his absolute freedom of making a decision." Father de Riedmatten admitted that it may be proper for some married couples to consider the interests of their country when they make a decision regarding their family. He said: "Even if the present demographR: situation of a country does not prove to be alarming, it is not forbidden wisely to foresee the future." But Father de Riedmatten said Church authorities are "deeply concerned" about making generalizations, "the result of which may be disastrous," from these individual problems. Even if married couples are faced with the necessity of limiting their families, Father de Riedmatten said there are several alternatives they could take. One, he said is the method of the fertile period (rhythm), the practice of which could be aided by modern science. "In this regard we feel that the Catholic moral teaching is in absolute conformity with the physical norms set by nature and which cannot be disregarded without danger." Bishop Blesses Bell Bishop Joseph O. Bowers, SVD, of Accra, Ghana, blesses bells in his Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, assisted by Fathers P. Wilderburg and Domi- nic Andoh. Bishop Bowers was born in the Diocese of Roseau, Domenico, in the Caribbean, and educated at the Seminary of the Society of the Di. vine Word, Bay St. Louis, Miss. He has worked in Africa most of the time since his ordination in 1939; he was consecrated bishop in 1953. (NC PHOTOS) TF-fl:: PROGRESS--5 Friday, k,la 28, 1965 CIC Asks For Presidential Extension A resolution, recommending that the prohibition of discri- mination on the basis of race, color, creed or national orgin in the sale, lease or occupancy of residental property on which loans are insured by federal supervision as members of the Federal Reserve System, the Deposit Insurance Corporation or other federal agencies, has been directed to the attention of President Lyndon B. John- son by the Catholic Interracial council of Seattle. The resoultion calls for the extension of Presidental exe- cutive Order 11063, issued in 1962 and directing all govern- ment agencies to take the ac- tion necessary to prevent dis- crimination in the sale, leasing or rental property owned or operated by the federal govern- ment with loans guaranteed by the government or by the re- development of land under the urban renewal program. The order also directed such action with respect to the lend- ing practices of lending institu. tions, involving loans guaran- teed by the government. Both Senators Warren G. Mag- nuson and Henry M. Jackson have answered with favorable replies on the CIC's resolution. 400-Year Liturgical Practices Are Just Recent diti li S' As a priest, my heart goes 'Tra one St out to them because they are Intraditional afraid, afraid to follow where the Spirit leads, yet "They who Editor, The Progress are led by the Spirit of God, If it is possible may a priest they are the Sons of God." My heart goes out to them be heard in regard to Mr. Ver- because they are not strong in ra's letter "for Catholic Iden- faith, for the Lord has said: tity." No one, especially not a "And seel I am with you member of the clergy will dis- always, even to the end of pure the sincerity and the de- the world." Dvotion to the Church of the o-called "Traditionalist." And my heart goes out to them because they do not love However, what is so painful enough, for "love casts out Is that they are in fact "un- fear." English? I will not argue, but Traditionalists," basing as they A PARISH PRIEST please let the Mass remain do, their arguments not on the Archdiocese of Seattle beautiful. We have so many true Tradition of the Church, but upon a recent, recent in the total life of the Church English Can which spans 20 centuries, upon a recent set of practices corn- Be Beautiful n:dfrom the Council of Trent Editor, The Progress: hence barely 400 years The editorial by Father Jo- old. seph Gustafson SS in the May Practices necessary in their 14 issue of The Progress gives day. But which in many ways me hope that something may arefar from being in the main- be done about the use of the stream of true Catholic Tra- English language in the Mass. dition. It was the beauty and con- This is obviously not the fortuity of the Latin that de- place to ascertain who is at lighted me as a convert. I do fault in the persorverence of not object to the use of the )these practices beyond their English now. I object, only, to useful life-span. But it is the the choice of words. Pwhlace to point out that those There are beautiful words in o claim to be the defend- the English language. Why can't they be used? When the Priest intones "Get up" instead of "arise" my soul shudders and the whole mean- ing of the text is lost to me. I deplore the use of "you" and "your"--so cold. I cannot accept speaking to God as I would to the man next door. To me, HE is deserving of special terms that show forth our very especial love and re- spect. If Our Lord's Prayer is ever changed to "Your will be done," I will simply give up. choices of words. Why, then, even in the reading of the Epistle and the Gospel, must the most prosaic words be chosen? These words should be up- lifting. I will give one small ex- ample.- "To /His angels God has given Command about you, that they should guard you in all your ways. They shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone." Pleasant to the ears and we are all intelligent enough to get the meaning but now we can expect to hear something like this: "God ordered His angels to ers of Orthodoxy, a role a- scribed in theology to the lawfully consecrated Bishops, actually attack the basic doc- trine of the faith: that the Church is the Body of Christ and is moved toward its final destiny by the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit. To attack, as they attack (again we do not doubt in good faith and sincere, albeit mis- guided concern), -- to attack the decisions of a general coun- cil, is to deny that the Holy Spirit is operative in the Coun- cile, and is to resurrect the an- heresy of Montanus, that Spirit of God acts only through the individual. It is, in short, to arrogate to themselves (although in their sincerity they do not ee this) the role of Prophet of God and defender of the Faith, a role bequeathed by Christ to the College of the Bishops under the Rock-Peter-the-Pope. Would that the "traditional- who despite (heir claim are mercifully few in number, --would that they would put down for a moment their tra- ditionalist-journal and take up a basic text on Church History, would that they would delve in- to the richness of the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, now so available hrough the wonder of the pe- er-back book. Let them drink deeply of the source of Faith in the Scrip. turns and they will see that it is the College of Bishops with Peter at its head that is the ROCK and not the Church, which Christ tells us is ani- mate, living, dynamic, grow- ing and progressing until the day of the coming of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Let them swear their alle- gienee to their Bishop and ex- pend their energy in carrying out the work of the Body of Christ on earth as outlined by Pope and Bishop, confident that only in this way will they be sure of freedom from error nd self-delusion. Let them engrave upon their hearts and minds and have up- on their lips the saying of Pope St. Clement, the third successor of Peter in the Chair of Rome: ' "Where the Bishop is, there is the Catholic Church, and the Catholic Church is where the Bishop is." guard you in every way. They will guide you so that you don't stumble over a rock." An exaggeration, maybe, but not too greatly exaggerated. I have listened to much worse. At any rate, unlike Mrs; Scott in the May 21 issue, I am grateful to the "Our Reader's Write" section of The Progress for the opportunity of expres- sing views that are, at least, to me, very important. I do not read every word of The Prog- ress but what I read I find in- formative, edifying and inspir- ing. For those fed up with "Our Reader's Write" I suggest they not read it. For the rest of you, I hope it will be con- tinued. Most of us, I feel, en- joy the opinions of other Catholics, whether or not we agree. BETHINE FLYNN Zeballos, BC Keep 'Readers Write' Open Editor, The Progress: Please do not listen to the 'bored of other people" per- son. She's tired because she doesn't want to learn more "Our Readers Write" is like an open rostrum for discus- sion and debate; also like an open door--to come and go as we please! Should we all stop asking questions and expressing our- selves now? She got her point acrossl I'm all for keeping the 'read- ers' write' column open, even if it is just for the lowly and ignorant! MRS. M. WORTHINGTON 423 Alabama St. Bellingham Why 'Train' Got A-I Editor, The Progress: Before reading JMP's criti- cism of "The Train" in last week's Progress I had no in- terest in the picture. Now I can't wait to see it. (Theatre managers take note: never underestimate the pew- or of The Progress). JMP does not understand the A-I rating which reflects only. the moral aspects of movies. This rating may be given to films lacking in artis- tic merit, a dull film, even one dealing with bad people if their immorality is not shown as acceptable. The Legion of Decency pub- lishes a "Catholic Film News- letter" which reviews most of the new movies. JMP may obtain more information on movies by writing to: Sub- scription Manager, National Legion of Decency, 453 Madi- son Ave., New York, NY. Of "The Train" Catholic Newsletter says: "A realistic and intense film dealing with attempts of the French underground to frustrate the removal of some of the French treasures into Germany during the Occupa- tion." The Newsletter has some criticism of "The Train" though not the same as JMP's. Also, the Legion of Decency has nothing to do with the ad- vertising connected with a pic- ture. JMP .was not "led astray" through seeing "The Train." Quite the contrary he or she took positive action in writ- ing a letter to the editor. Perhaps JMP has saved oth- ers from being disappointed as he was and some good has come of the whole darn thing. 3. M. WORKS 3442 44th Ave SW Seattle When Youth" Aren't Kids Editor, The Progress: Last week, I read Janine Arnoldussen's letter to the edi- tor entitled, "Is the Aspirancy an 'Elite Corps' or a 'Corpse'?" Moreover, I liked what I read. The teen-agers are often knocked for acting like chil- dren, and are knocked again for acting as if they know it all. They are called "crazy," "mixed up," "stupid," and "strange." Yet, surprisingly enough, every now and then, one of these "crazy mixed up kids" comes up with an idea that is quite sound, and we are amazed when one of these "misfits" is interested in something else besides Beatle music, short skirts, and ironed hair. It was once said that you can tell how badly a person wants a thing by what he is willing to give up in pursuit of his goal. Phoniness is detected in adver- sity. A teen-age girl wants to become a nun because she feels that that's what God wants of her and she cant say no to God. How many adults are this "crazy?" By the same token, she wants to be a nun in the framework of her own person- ality and ideals. Is this what we call being "mixed up?" How many grown men and women work at being themselves? "I knew that if I didn't get to the'convent now, I'd prob- ably never get there." Since when is such foresight stupidity? Or is it strange want- ing to be a nun living in the modern world rather than in the Middle Ages? We can hardly deny that many aspects of the priesthood and the religious life, especial- ly those regarding the training period, need re-thinking and re- evaluation. This is particularly true of the seminary and the aspirancy. But it is easy to say that it doesn't work and to close up shop. Anyone can do this since it doesn't take any courage to be a quitter. Why not try to improve the situation? I am not so naive as to be- lieve that every boy or girl desiring to go to the seminary or to the convent is ready for such a step during his or her high school years. But what if some are? Should they not have the opportunity, aspect. ally if they feel that it is now or never? Hope Springs from Revolution in Ilbarra, Writes Lay Missioner Editor, The Progress: There is a higher, prouder tilt of the head, and a notable spring in the step of the worker of Ibarra. For today, construc- tion has started on Ibarra's first factoriesL These three factories ere the fruit of our past year and a half of forming cooperatives; educating the men toward mass-pro- duction and cooperative methods; begging, cajoling and pressur- ing national, local, public and private assistance. lbarra's three largest artisan groups are leaving the Mid- dle Ages and joining the 20th century in a cooperative furni- ture-door.window factory, a shoe factory, and a mechanic's shop. There seems to be a latent feeling of potential revolution al- ways in the air. The kind borne of the frustrations of a people who know they are living on a subhuman level, yet unable to do anything about it. They have been ready for a revolution -- an industrial revo- lution -- a peaceful, productive revolution. And for all this, there is an obvious new spirit among the workers: a kind of self-respect that comes from the hope that now they themselves may be able to solve some of their own problems .... Not the problems of owning a car or television, washing machine or refrigerator, or even the university for their children.., rather, the daily, desperate preoccupations with food, shoes, and clothes; a single cold water faucet to replace the three-block trek to the common water spigot; a toilet instead of the streets; electricity rather than the solitary candle; or that their child be one of the six out of 100 to go on to high school The worker's monthly earnings is $10. The average monthly expenses (for a family of seven) includes $2.50 for rent, clothing and food and $7.50 for medicine and education. Total expenses: $10. In the carpentry cooperative. In the carpentry cooperative, every board is shaped by hand-- sawed and planed -- every hole is laboriously chiseled -- and the quality of the work is usually poor. In a usual 10-12 hour day one man can make one chair sell- ing for $2 and the worker earns 42 cents. With machinery in production line, one worker could produce seven chairs a day and labor costs would be reduced to six cents per chair. It would then be possible to double the worker's salary, pay for upkeep on machinery, and sell the same chair at $1.80. Given a sense of confidence that a cooperative project could be successful, the Latins will usually work it out -- but using their own methods and in their own good time. In the past year and a half our project was halted severnl times by political changes in the national and local governments, and by just ma.ny plain unexpected, unexplainable, and unbelievable events. . . . As on the appointed day of the formal s!gning ever of the promised Church lands for the three factories, we learned that the Bishop had left the day before for Rome. Then upon his return three months later, when arranging for the same appointment, we were greeted with "What Lands?" . . . . . . Or the difficulty we had in keeping AWAY the local people the day Point IV came to our new project. The whole town participated.., school was let out and many of the mrch- ants closed shop to watch the mile-long marching parade led by the visiting "gringos". In a most solemn ceremony they were made Honorary citizens of Ibarra and given the keys to the city. And we must admit that our biggest preoccupation was whether they would ever get to see our project, as at each stop there were delegates awaiting them to present their own per- sonal petitions (from garbage and fire trucks, to artificial legs and chicken coops). And after a thousand similar merry-go-round incidents which make life so interesting and at times frustrating, 11 different organizations finally signed on the dotted line in the largest com- munity artisan reform effort in Ecuador: Diocese of Ibarra, two acres downtown land, $20,000; City Government and Coop. members, labor and materials, ,000; Electric company, transformer and high tension lines, $2,500; National Departrent of Industries, construction materials, $27,- 500; National Central Industrial Development, feasibility study, $2,500; National Development Bank, capital loan, $12,000; Three cooperatives, hand tools, $1,000; Provincial Government, labor and materials, $2,100; Total Euadorian contributions, $75,600. Two Peace Corps Volunteers will continue to teach mass pro- duction methods to the Carpentry Cooperative. Papal Volunteers (ourselves) have extended for one year to see the project through until it is built and operational.... Many people together have accomplished a great deal to date. Over the past three years you have been responsible for the following projects in the betterment of Ecuador: Assisted in paying the bills of the Institute Campesino: in- cluding salaries of two full-time workers. Helped defray transportation costs from Guayaquil to Ibarra of several tons of US relief food and clothing. Purchased an adobe brick-making machine: also paid for materials for 75 stoves, and 22 latrines. A radio transmitter for the educational radio school was do- nated. Assisted in completing the concrete washstands for the 92 women who make their living by washing clothes at the river. Two poor students, and also a family, are being assisted to enter and study in the US. Paid for costs of starting and initial operating loans to four cooperatives (carpenters, shoemakers, mechanics, end a lumber buying cooperative). Provided a loan to the Carpentry Cooperative to buy a few small power tools. Some tools were also donated. Printing Press Fund for diocesan newspaper d Ibarra was begun by Father Robert Miller of Lake View, Ore. There are many other individuals and families who were recipients of your generosity in a more direct manner through food, clothing, and medicines. We offer you anew our stewardship to the people of Ecua- dor, and ask you to continue your own personal assistance, and if possible, to interest another individual, a group, or an insti- tution to consider this project. (We will be happy to send more detailed information or machinery list upon request.) We seem to be daily rediscovering the culture . . . like the full blown 12-piece orchestra in the street that strikes up at 3 am beoause some fellow wants to serenade his girlfriend. (The poorer the la.l, the smaller the band.) This provides the whole neighborhood with an elegant street dance, but more important, we are all usually pulling with the fellow that the doors will be open and all invited in -- the signal of acceptance and approval by beth the girl and parents. If the house remains dark, band and boy silently steal away. And the day when Peace Corps first arrived.... They had been warned of possible Communist demonstrations; and on hearing shots and shouts at 4 am, they quickly barricaded the doors with all available furniture. Arming themselves with dubs and sticks, they ventured to peek out the window, just in time to view the passing of the weekly procession to Our Lady and the band, sky rockets and firecrackers. Or the privilege of being invited to the "Mother's Day" fiesta by the members of the Carpentry Cooperative . . . These tough, unlettered, grown men were honoring their mothers in certainly one of fle most beautiful ways they could -- and they must have spent several days' wages to "do it up right". The shop was elaborately decorated, and little cakes and wine had been made. Crude, hand-lettered cards and a bouquet of flowers were presented to each mother. But surely the most impressive ef all was the recitation of poetry by each of the workers to his mother. And as the worker knelt before his mother, she then gave him her blessing and demonstration of filial affection which' will be long remembered by us. It has been an interesting challenge improvising some of the things we had previously take n for granted. Our homemade oven and icebox are no show pieces, but tthey serve us well. The wooden plunger-type washing .machine is ctnplete b for a small motor .... Peanuts we buy by the 25-pound sack to roast and grind into peanut butter, and with mayonnaise selling for $3 quart we make our own. Family health seems to go in cycles, and we've been on the upswing the past few months. Pat was operated on in November, and John was laid up most of December and January with amoebic hepatitis. The children seem to thrive with nothing more serious than a cold or the flu. The kids don't miss TV as they have only a vague memory of it. And they are kept plenty occupied with their 7 am-5 pm schoolday. Joe, Mary, and Molly attend all-Speni speaking schools. They've adjusted so well that English is now mandatory when at home. Any story books, spellers, and religion books (in English) for eight to 10-year-olds would be greatly appreciated. (T h e y can be sent by ordinary marl and are Customs ;Free on this end.) A good deal of our family "togetherness" time is spent spoil- ing our 20-month-old Ecuadorian, Patrick, whose limits for spoil- age had long ago been reached. Your letters and encouragement play an important part in our decision to continue this work. For this, we are most grate- ful. JOHN AND PAT LITTLE Apartate No. 109 Ibarra, Imbebura Ecuador PS--AII financial assistance for Ibarra and for the support of the Little family is tax deductible if sent through Father Steph- en Szeman, archdiocesan Director, Papal Volunteers for Latin America (PAVIA), 907 Terry Ave., Seattle 98104. Not too many years ago, it was impossible for a Negro lad to study for the priesthood unless he went to a special seminary down south where he could be accepted. This was far from the ideal but for the young Negro bey it was his only hope. It was for him a now or never situation. You can knock the 'kids' if you want, but remember this, some of them are dying for an opportunity to accept the chal. lenge that is often denied them by the "adult world," and sometimes it takes one of these "crazy mixed up kids" to re- mind us that we ourselves are not always so lucid in our thinking. FATHER LOUIS BURRELL  St. Anselm's Rectory 6045 Michigan Ave. Chicago, Ill. Words Hurt True Cause Editor, The Progress: May I take this opportunity to thank you for the courtesy you extended me by including my recent long letter in your 'Letters to the Editor" space. even though it was in support of an extremely unpopular cause? On perusal of the works of our learned lexicographers I can find no connotations concerning the use of any word or words being delegated for use to any person or group or movement, but how the intolerant do bleed when their pet words or epi- thets ere turned on them. I hearby apologize for my use of unChristian words ber- rowed from our "Civil Rights" advocate. "Malcontent, bigot, immoral, rabble-rouser, publicity-hound Communist, rift-raft, fools and henchmen" are indeed ugly words which describe ugly ac- tions and attitudes, which are constantly being directed to- wards people who do not de- serve them, even if they have the temerity to disagree with extreme, unreasoning action. Too bad the constant users of these words and attitudes oannot see that they are dam- aging the legitimate Negro cause. GRACE E. MUER 3110 S. Van Asselt Ct. Seattle II