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I 0--THE PROGRESS Friday, May 31, 1963 . &apos; JRPRfl: TOO FEW FRCTS Japan's million LMOST all of 95 know of a reli- called Yet are glen Christianity. there only 300,- 000 Catholics in the country, and some 70 million have never had direct contact with a prieL or Catholic layman. Their knowledge of the Faith is at best superficial; at worst, false: the Church to them is strict in her observance, uncompro- mising in her doctrine and un-Japanese in her thinking and ceremonies. Before conversions can increase (now averaging about 10,000 a year) THE CHURCH MUST IMPROVE JAPAN'S KNOWL- EDGE OF THE GOSPEL: Through Communications Media The Japanese read more than any other people in the world. Last year alone, 2,700,000 copies of the Bible were sold, placing Japan third among Bible-reading nations. What opportunities for the apostolate of the press! Through the Witness of a Holy Life At this point in Japan's receptivity to Catholicism, the Church's point of contact is in the Christian ethic--the "Kawaga" working in a Kobe slum, the "Iwashita" leaving his books for his lepers--and in the image projected by the World--Church-- bishops, priests and laity. Japan is not yet ready for mass conversion, for millions have not had an opportunity to see and judge the Faith. But Cris- tianity is increasingly attracting public attention--Prime Minister lkeda devoted part of a greeting to the nation describing his meeting with the Holy Faith, something unthinkable a few years ago! What the nation needs now is enlightened and energetic Catholics--throughout Japan and! $Ociefy for ThePropagation :of the Faith Rev: stepll:enlSzeman: Archdiocesan Director 907 Terry Avenue, Seattle 4--MA. 2-8880 Incidentally, just the other day we heard an interesting little description by Rev. Thomas Dwyer on getting a haircut in Japan: Father Dwyer says, "About ten minutes by bus from our mission here in Fukuoka, just opposite the famous Kyushu Uni- versity, there is found my favorite barber shop. Now, all barber shops in Japan like to give good service, but this shop is head and shoulders over anything I've seen so far. There are six chairs, so one has rarely to wait more than five minutes. "Three of the six barbers are brothers. All six are very serious young men who rarely speak to the customer, except to say, "You aae most welcome" to a man entering the shop and "Thank you very much" to a customer just leaving. It is a quaint feeling to enter a barber shop and have eight people say almost in unison, "You are most welcome." Eight people? Yes, two are girls whose chief duties are to sweep the floor, wipe the mirrors, sterilize the towels and generally help the barbers. The shop is as clean as a Dutch front perch. "Almost every customer gets a shave. For this operation the barber puts on a white mask which covers his nose and mouth. It always reminds me of Ben Casey. Each eustomer gets his hair washed. This is done very efficiently. The barber puts a plastic cover over you and pours a large dose of liquid soap on the hair. You then proceed around him to the rear of the shop where there are three low sinks with wooden spoons in front of them. "After the rinse, the barber, with dextrous fingers, proceeds to give a massage to the scalp, neck and shoulders that lasts fully three minutes. Then the final touches. After about 45 minutes it is all over except for the whisk-broom which the barber uses energetically as if expecting a large tip. (Tips are not given, of course). He is paid 180 yen (50 cents) and receives the money with a deep bow. Eight voices trail the customer as he loaves. "Thank you very much." One feels like a new man. Not bad for 50 cents--a hair-cut, shave, wash. rinse, massage. "Retiring home the bus is jammed with university students. Two old men are pressed close to you and you peek in on their conversation. "Prices are getting very high aren't they?" says one. The other heaves a sigh and says with great nostalgia. "Yes, remember when haircuts were fifty yen?" e Cut out this column, pin your sacrifice to it and mail it to Father Szeman, Archdiocesan Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 907 Terry Ave., seattle 4, Wash. the ultimate in atmosphere t and fine dining Entertainment Nightly an;On Near Fourth MA 3-7340 WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE IN OUR TEACHER'S SUMMER AWARD? Distinctive Continental Broier Entertainment Nightly QIar: Jet 1628 5th Ave. MA 3-5226 A vacation position is being offered with F. E. Compton& Co. whTch will pay over $1.000. Many other teachers have taken advantage of this opportunity and found if very worthwhile both professionally and financial. 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(609,380) Idaho 061,146) Washington 84,123) 8oath Dakota {T46,570} fmuth Carolina (77,021) Mississippi {561,641) Montana (140,034) Maryland (555,898) North Dakota (138,407) Iowa (513,059) tlavail |131,971) Oklahoma (492,915) Rhode Island 021,070) Connecticut (428,562) OlsMct of Oumha (105,021) Wast Virginia (426,725) New Hampshire (99,625) Kansas (420,192) Delaware (77,332) Arkansas (416,561) Wyoming (73,116) Oregon (369,122) Vermont (72,493) f'olorada t352,206) Nevada (58,147) Arizona (283,280) Alaska (44,8791 U.S. Catholic School Population Surveyed THIS IS ONE OF THE CHARTS contained in a new The chart shows that the Catholic school system in New publication which dramatizes the size of the Catholic school York state is larger than the public school population in system in the United States. The new booklet, entitled any one of 34 states and the District of Columbia, shown in "Catholic Schools U.S.A." was released by the Department the shaded areas of the chart. of Education of the National Catholic Welfare Conference. In U.S. Education: NCWC Spokesman Says Catholic Schools Cannot Be Overlooked WASHINGTON, May 28 --The size and contribu- tion of Catholic schools mean Federal efforts to raiseeducational stand- ards will be inadequate if chil- dren in these schools are ig- nored. This is the thesis put forward by the Department of Educa- tion of the National Catholic Welfare Conference here in a new brochure, "Catholic Schools U.S.A." Msgr. Frederick G. Hoch- walt, department director who has testified before Congress on Federal aid to education pro- posals, released the new bro- chure. Msgr. Hoehwalt explained that the publication stresses the relative size of the Cath- olic school system and the contribution made in both ed- Ucational and financial areas. "Do you realize," the Mon- signor asked in an interview, "that the Catholic school sys- tem in New York state is larg- er than the public school sys- tem in 34 states and the District of Columbia? "The brochure also notes that the Catholic school system in Pennsylvania is larger than the public school system in 26 states and the District of Co- lumbia." Msgr. Hochwalt commented that "it seems to us that any effort to raise educational stan- dards in order to meet national responsibilities would be woe- fully incomplete if it does not seek some solution to assist all children." "How can we safely exclude from assistance a school sys- tem educating 5,253,791 stu- dents at the elementary and secondary levels?" he asked. "Think of the number of stu- dents whose educational start- Hochwalt cited, testimony on this subject which he has given in appearances before Con- gress. "The figures are very dra- matic," he said. "For instance, in Buffalo, the percentage of all children in Catholic schools is 37.6; in Chicago, 32.9 per cent; in Boston, 31.8 per cent and in Cincinnati, 27.9 per cent." "The educational and finan- cial contribution of the Catholic school system to the common good is so great that it cannot be ignored," he said. Asked what consequences he saw for Catholic schools if they are excluded from a pro- gram of General Federal edu- cation aid, Msgr. Hoehwalt answered that e x c I u s i o n might "s e v e r e I y wound" Catholic schooling. "We have as strong a desire to maintain high educational standards as anyone, but we honestly believe that we will not be. able to effectively up- grade our standards, and, at the same time. expand our fa- cilities if more money is spent on public education with no benefits to our students." Msgr. Hochwalt said the saving to taxpayers by Cath- olic schools is "enormous." He commented that "the $2.5 billion Catholic schools save taxpayers is, in effect, a sub- sidization of 1 o e a I public schools by our system." If public school systems had to hire teachers for the children now in Catholic schools, he said, the cost would be at least $929,018,722. If the entire Catholic system were to be duplicated, be add- ed, it would mean building at least 12,968 schools. "It would mean prociding another 178,985 classrooms," he said. "The National Education As- sociation recommends 50 pro- fessionals for every 1,000 pu- dards could be upgraded pits. In terms of the present eluded :in a general educational Catholic school 'population, 289,- program." 150 people would have to be .Although the new brochure hired and paid for by local. does not report on the percent- state and Federal taxation," age of children in Catholic he said. sch0ols in big cities, Msgr. Msgr. 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