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0 Tarry Avenue, $eottle 98104 Telephone MAIn 2-8880 r Published every Friday by the Catholic Northwest Progress Co. $ecol-Class MaU Privileges Authorized at Seottl e, Wash. President, Most Reverend Thomas A. Connolly, D.D., J.C.D. Rev. James H. Gondrau ................................... Ed tar Mary aresnahan ................................ Auoclate Editor PAGE 4. FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 1964 For Us Sheep ast week Christ called home another priest of the Seattle Archdiocese. Since February of this year, Father Edmund Barry, Monsignor Edward Mc- Fadden and Father Laurence O'Larey have gone home to God and but three have been ordained to take their place. The flock continues to grow, the gates of the sheepfold are bursting wide, but the number of shepherds remains the same. Our loss looms even greater when we realize that these three priests were not retired, bedridden or incapacitated by reason of old age, but were fully en- gaged in the active ministry, daily bring- ing Christ to hundreds of souls. The death of Monsignor Edward ]. McFadden last May 15 ,t the age o/63 marked the passing of a giant. A thriving school system and a vig- orous parish life are the hallmarks of the contemporary generation of Catholi- cism. But between this present and the pioneering efforts of a century ago straddle a group of churchmen as hearty as the past they inherited and as far- sighted as the future they gave us. Mon- signor McFadden stood tall among them. The nostalgic mention of names like Bishop O'Dea and Monsignor Gallagher and of incidents stretching from Cleve- land to Menlo Park to St. James Cathe- dral that he often recalled link the past and the present of rather young Arch- diocese of Seattle. As superintendent of schools from 1936 to 1947, Father McFadden took :Sisters' schools attached to local parishes and built these into an educational system ever-increasing in size and standards. Many of our Sisters remember well his classroom-by-classrom visitation and his insistence of excellence and achievement. Later, in Tacoma he was responsible for ,th construction and maintenance of " Aquinas Academy -- the most recent of the parish high schools for girls. Signifi- cantly, he died on the Feast of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the patron of Chris- tian schools. In his two pastorates of St. Teresa in Seattle for nine years and then St. Patrick in Tacoma for 11 years, he was at the helm of that surging rally of Cath- olic life so marked in our own day. He renovated the venerable building of St. Patrick's. He was Dean of the West- ern Deanery. In 1963 he was appointed Domestic Prelate. He was Chaplain of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus in Tacoma. Social, civic and educational affairs were a constant interest. he very week he died, he was serving on a committee for racial equality in Tacoma. Preliminary plans of the new parish convent for the Sisters were taking up much of his time, and of course, there was his traditional Irish loyalty to the sick. Father Laurence O'Larey, 45, was taken in the prime of life. Plagued with ill health most of his priesthood, he nevertheless worked tirelessly to carve a thriving St. Pins X Parish out of the newly-established community of Mountlake Terrace. Few realize the long hours Father O'Larey spent, both in the parlor and on the telephone, counseling couples with marital problems. Assistants who worked with him tell us that he worked out a one, two and three-month follow-up pro- gram with difficult cases which proved most successful. In an age of zooming divorce rates, a priest of Father O'Larey's insight and understanding will indeed be missed. Father Barry, who died an assist- ant at St. Ann's, Tacoma, at age 68 had also carried the cross of ill health throughout most of his long ministry. He pioneered many of the old parishes of this Archdiocese. The baptismal, marriage and sick call registers of Sa- cred Heart, LaConner; St. Thomas Aquinas, Camas; and St. John, Mid- land, all bear his signature. His heart was bad physically, but big spiritually. He never stopped working and even at his age performed the full round of duties at St. Ann's. He took great care in the instruction of new con- verts and was sought out as confessor and spiritual advisor by hundreds. The loss of good priests is reckoned, not in dollars and cents, but in souls. The passing of these three of God's anointed Points up most forcefully our desperate need of vocations here in the Northwest. It reminds us of our oblige- tion to pray daily for vocations to the priesthood. And don't forget to include in your prayers the souls of Monsignor McFad- den and Fathers Barry and O'Larey, who have laid down their lives for us sheep. The World is a Piper By MARY ANN PUTMAN As doves that fly before the crows Children run--dispersed from rows And gravitate toward Satan's shows Where blood of innocentia flows... Past fields where winds of knowledge blow To buried seas where gladness goes And finds no laughter in repose. They find the roots of hurting grows Before the gates of time must close. 'Don't Bother Me, I'm Leaving' Paternal Blessing Revived Editor, The Progress: One of my sons was married to a very lovely Cath- olic girl this past week. Taking a page from the Old Testament, I gave them my paternal blessing before they left to start a new life. As the bishop and priest are in charge of the spiritual welfare of their die- cese and parish, the father is in charge of the spiritual and material welfare of the family unit. All too often he'is allotted the two duties of provider and Favorite Saints HE saints were real people. They stood so many feet high, weighed Anonymous Government By REV. G. JOSEPH GUSTAFSON, S.S. HE F.P.C. says "Go ahead." The Justice Department, how- ever, institutes a suit against you under the terms of the Clayton Anti-Trust Act. The fact that the Clayton Act is practically unintelligible even 'to the govern- ment is only of minor concern--to the govern- ment. It is certainly a curious and hazardous sit- uation in which any businessman may find him- self today. Two vast governmental agencies decide to vie with each other for power. Quite left out of consideration is the corporation which is supposed to be the object of all this benefi- cient legislation for the "common good." MORE ACCURATELY yet, the whole corn- plexus reminds us of the old cartoon which de- picts the wide-eyed terrified patient listening to a cluster of doctors discussing his case. "Shall we operate?" asks one. "Why not," chorus the others, "what do we have to lose?" Who actually makes such life and death de-, eisions? Perhaps five anonymous bureaucrats vote against another four, or three against two. Or, if the case is taken all the way to the Su. preme Court, perhaps a certain justice disquali- fies himself for proper reasons, then we are presented with an infallible decision of five to three. Untold millions may ride upon this slim decision and the welfare of many thousands of employees. HERE IS a case in point. A public utility presented its argument to a state commission for a $34 million increase in rates; the commis- sion ordered a $40 million decrease. Then, on the grounds that the rate structure had been under study since July 1962, the commission ordered a retroactive deduction to that time and a refund of $80 million! So, "what do we have to lose?" Only our shirts. Gospel in Real Slow Motion By REV. JOHN B. SHEERIN, C.S.P. S lateness the fifth mark of the Church? Why have we A m e r i c a n Catholics been so everlastingly late in getting on the bandwagon of social reforms? The Rev. Philip S. Hurley, S.J., chaplain of the Catholic Interracial Council of New York, recently spoke about the Catholic role in the campaign for racial justice: "The fact remains that up to now, the see- ular and not the religious institutions have been in the vanguard of the struggle to vindicate in the practical order the rights of the Negro." He acknowledged the many official Catho- lic pronouncements on racial justice as well as the direct involvement of priests in the movement but the Catholic rank-and.file have dragged their feet on the segregation question. Is there something in the Catholic blood- stream that makes us dawdle on social reforms? Except in the case of the labor movement, Cath- olics seems to have missed the bus in social action. The Church has laid down very clear principles for social reform but the trouble has been in their application. WE HAVE parroted the principles and left the secular humanists to apply them in practice. Meanwhile we looked down our noses at them as they went about their work in the slums, in combating discrimination in employment and housing and in fighting for better community relations. Almost every day now we read of some Cath- olic organization or leader coming out in support 0 0 O e 0 WHY WAS he one of the 10ne voices at that time? Why did Catholics talk about gradual in- tegration, why did they temporize and hang back and piddle around with words when unbelievers were hustling and rousing the American people to put essential Christianity into action? :3 This policy of non-interferenee with social evils is not restricted to American Catholicism. Catholics below the Rio Grands took a sen. turies' long siesta while God's children all around them were being maltreated. At the Notre Dame University commence- ment some weeks ago, Archbishop Miranda of Mexico City deplored the unfair distribution of wealth that obtains in Latin America. He said: A W "WE ARE living at the very moment in which, while we must preserve all the eternal and immutable things established by God Him- self, we are destined to despoil ourselves of those forms and structures that correspond to the past, and adopt the ones that correspond to the new age." It is inspiring to read about the latin American hief'areh today. They are the spear. head 0f the gigantm movement for social re- O) I , form in Latin Amerlea. But why so late? Why did the Church in Latin America wait till the continent is tottering on the edge of Corn- munism? Perhaps it is pointless to speculate about the past. If someone is to blamel let God be the judge. The important thing now is to urge all t last the American people, spear- , headed by able Senatorial leader- ship, have come of age. The tull and ;:Complete implications of democracy. :'which many Americans have feared for i 340 years will now begin to rise and dis- pel the clammy and foggy misconcep- tions, prejudices, hatreds and ignorances that have created the greatest social prob- lena in American history. Like the golden sun rising above the Cascades sweeping :ii away the clouds and smog, after seven days of dreary, damp weather, the day looks bright. Last week's passage of the Civil ,/Rights bill by the U.S. Senate is one ,'of the landmarks in the history of American democracy. Outshining even Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, the new bill will prohibit discrimina. tion in employment, public accommo- dations, education and other areas of A -- New Dawn disciplinarian, and either so many pounds. They of theCivilRightsbill. Why are they Johnnies- Catholics to gtt into the ,pirit of the Second shirks any other, or the wife had good teeth or broken come-lately? Vatican Council, a' council not of speculative ' tom of paternal blessing re- blond, some had curly hair and racial justice in the early 1930's. Southern radio Paul said in his opening address last fall: U.S. social life. Never before have the American people under the guidance of their President and Congressmen passed a law with such far-reaching possibilities for the development and growth of American life. Equality, like freedom, is now the law of the land. While the passage of a law does not solve all our difficulties, it will give us the real experience to learn that such just laws do not infringe on individual rights and freedoms, but rather guaran- tee them. How can all Americans be free when the freedom of 20 million Americans is limited by the whims and prejudices of a majority? Strengthened by our prayers, impelled by our consci- ences, and guided now not only by the law of God, we Americans must eradi- cate the evils of segregation which have stifled our life at home and blighted our reputation abroad.  Water on Both Shoulders the American Jewish Congress, was revealed as legal advisor to the group. When the Horace Mann League announced this action at a press conference held in the NEA headquarters building here, William" G. Carr, NEA executive secretary, hastened to assert that this fact did not connect his organ- ization with the action. He said the room n which the press conference was held had been reserved by the National Council of Chief State School Officials, and that the Council, like other NEA building tenants, had access to its public facilities. The NEA, he stressed, "has no con- nection whatever" with the case. "I JUST express the hope," said Cart, "that it is not going to kick out the props from under what I've been hoping was an increasingly friendly and cooperative relationship between the public and private schools and I don't see any reason why it should." But some people continued to have doubts when the Horace Mann League used for a re- turn address the NEA headquarters building. Carrying water on both shoulders is risky. ASHINGTONA hope for better relations between public and pri- Vate schools that flickered encouraging- ly for six months has been doused by the National Education Association. Only last September, a top NEA official pro- fessed to see improving relations between public and private schools, and expressed concern lest an attack on private colleges launched by a pub- lie school group would affect this trend adverse- ly. Now, it has been established, the NEA has voted financial aid to the group that made the attack. THE HORACE Mann League, a by-invitation- only group of public school administrators, filed suit in Annapolis last year against Maryland laws granting state help to finance non-religious facilities--such as science buildings--at four pri- vate Maryland colleges, three of them church- related. The League said it would go all the way to the Supreme Court, if it had to, to put an end to such aid. Leo effer, general counsel of rived, and comments and guide lines expressed by one of your priest writers. Your coverage of current events, and articles on faith to help the reader better under- stand and live his faith, are read with interest in this family. P. $.M. Olympia News to Vietnam Editor, The Progress: Trying to keep up with the developments in the Church while living in Vietnam and reading local papers is almost impossible, and certainly the priests here cannot keep us abreast of the news. Therefore, before I become completely ignorant of the prog- ress in the Church (and in the Archdiocese of Seattle), would you please enter a subscription for me to The Progress. MRS. CHARLES NEUHAUS Hq. MACV (SOG) A.P.O. 143 San Francisco Marital Bliss Maintains Balance Marriage is not automatically a well-balanced partnership. It requires continuous effort by both husband and wife. Husbands are apt to let pre- occupation with work or other outside interests take prece- dence over their rightful family responsibilities. Women, on the other hand, often tend to put love of children ahead of love of husband. This makes him feel inadequate and unneeded. The wife and mother who keeps first things first and helps her husband do the same makes a wise investment both for time and eternity. Least of Brethern To "feed the hungry" is to render a personal service to Christ Himself. "As long as you did it for one of these the least of My brethren, you did it for Me." (Matt. 25:40) some were bald. Some of them died as young children, and some lived to be very old. They come of every class of society and reflect various de- grees Of intelligence. They spring from every nation under heaven and appear even in the most unlikely times and places. SOME WERE refined and had exquisite manners as, for example, St. Francis de Sales. St. Benedict Joseph Labre was a beggar, never took a bath, and had lice. St. Louis was a king and St. Elizabeth of Hun- gary was a queen. St. Augus- tine was once a playboy. St. CamiIlus de Lellis had been a drunkard and a gambler. Some saints were great missionaries. S t. P a t r i c k brought the faith to a whole nation during his llfe time. St. Theresa, patroness of mis- sions, never got far from home. Some lived long lives of sanctity and some won it only at the end, as, for example the good thief. THE GREATEST s a i n t s come not from the French, nor Italians, not from the Irish, but from the Jews. Our Lady, queen of all saints, was a Jew, so was St. Joseph, and so was St. Joseph's mother.in.law, the good Saint Anne. All saints had one thing in common: sanctity and sanctify- ing grace. We, too, are called to be saints. That indeed is the pup pose of the world, to add mem- bers to the Mystical Body of Christ--to produce saints. --Walter J. Sullivan, C.S.P. Responsibility to Poverty-Stricken Half the world is hungry; the other half is confronted with one of the most ennobling op- portunities ever offered to man by the Lord. Living Up to the weighty but challenging responsibility that is yours is neither simple nor easy. But God will provide a way if you seek it. stations lost no time in stopping the program as soon as they heard his views but there were many Catholics in the North as well who thought he had gone temporarily berserk when he actual- ly urged Catholics to practice what they preached and "to put up or shut up." "THE CHURCH looks at the world with pro- found understanding, with sincere admiration and with the intention not of conquering it but of serving it, net of despising it butof appreciating it, not of condemning it but of strengthening it and a,.rving it." , God's World: Eleven Other Promises ByREV. LEO J. TRESE OST of us learned, in childhood, about devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In the intervening years we may have forgotten much of what we learned. We do know that Jesus made twelve promises through St. Margaret Mary to all who would have a true devotion to His Sacred Heart. Probably the promise which we remem- ber best is the twelfth one: "I "will grant the grace of final penitence to those who communi-, cats on the first Friday of nine consecutive months." This is a magnificent promise. Obviously it presupposes good will on the part of one who seeks to qualify for it, It would be folly for a person to receive Holy Communion on nine First Fridays simply as a form of "fire insurance," and then feel free to embark on a life of sin. Such a person would be guilty of presumption and would vitiate Christ's promise. BECAUSE OF its implications for eternity, this promise of final penitence is one we remem- ber best and prize most highly. Many of us have forgotten, perhaps, the other eleven promises which Jesus made. They are wonderful promises, breathtaking promises. Considering the riches they offer, it is surprising that all of us are not going about with a badge of the Sacred Heart pinned to our underwear and with the litany of the Sacred Heart as a "must" feature of our daily prayers. The question is, can we afford not to hav. @)] a great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? The scopu of the  promises seems almost in- credible. However, before we say, "It's too much! It can't be true!" let us first put Jesus to the test. We easily can do so by giving His Sacred Heart high priority in our prayers and devotions. In doing so, however, we must make sum that Jesus takes precedence over self. This is not :l a matter of bargaining with our Lord. We must not say, "I want peace in my home," or, "I want help with all my undertaking," and, "there- fore I shall begin to have a devotion to the Sacred Heart." First must come the offer of our love to Jesus. First must come the selfless censeera- tion of ourselves to His Sacred Heart. Pri- marily because He asks it of us, shall we hang His picture on the wall and make our tion.Hly Communions and Holy Hours of repara- , IT IS WHEN we offer Jesus our love (such as we can muster) without any demand for recompense, that the largesse of His promises will be unloosed upon us. Being human, we probably cannot exclude all selfishness from our motives--but Jesus is satisfied with our best.