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907 Terry Avenue, Seattle 98104 Telephone MAIn 2-8880 $econd,Clau Mall Privileges Authorized at Seattle, Wash. Ray. James H. Gandrau .............................. Editor Published every Friday by the Catholic Northwest Progress Co. President, Most Reverend Thomas A. connolly, D.D., J.C.D. Mary aresnohan..... .... ........... ........ Associate Editor PAGE 4. FRIDAY, JULY I0, 1964 on Guard, Columbia! By MARK L. HERMAN, M.D. (Adams, N. Y.) DESTINY'S spotlight roamed the stage And chose the warrior for this age. T'was "woman," proud, with head held high And truth to transfix any lie. The die is cast  we'll fight at 10st. For "woman's" will to strive is strong, ,. To lift the race she'll face the throng; Surviving Would-be Saviors orKe:--'-r" s00o,, breast, By REV. G. JOSI:PH GUTAFON, .S. Glorified Social W \\;Vith savage claws and never rest Till dead the beast  no more to feast . . . AMERICAN democracy is in the pro- most societies the military and the religious When men forget Columbia's stand  tess of being saved by so many have gotten most of the surplus, 'in ours the other but to live together in a "meaning- ful existence" as part of the community. We do not say that these roles are bad, nor that the priest should not be part of them. But we must be careful, both priests and laity, to properly assay the adulation he receives. The priesthood is a divine institu- tion w the priest is profoundly move than a social worker. Ordained to offer sacrifice, to bring God down upon an altar under the appearance o[ bread and wine, to be a mediator between God and His people is his sublime vo- cation, dignity and responsibility. We hope that the revision in the Church's liturgy, designed as it is to make the Mass more meaningful, will make the role of the priest more meaningful as well. Because it is only while offering Mass and conferring the Sacraments that the true nature of the priesthood can be understood and appreciated. Divorce sac- rifice and the supernatural from the smiling face, the black suit and the Ro- man collar, and you could end up With a glorified glad hander. And who wants to go 12 years to a seminary for that? ’ any priests rode)) are amazed at their new public acceptance. Doc- tors, lawyers, businessmen, housewives regardless of religious persuasion--show a genuine friendliness and admiration for their calling. But in many instances if you ana- lyze what is admired in the piest, you discdver that it often has little to do with the basic meaning of the priest. hood. The priest has [or many become the great prototype o/ the self.sacri- ficing, dedicated social worker. Non- Catholic doctors will tell him how much good his little visits do psycho- logically for his patients, The nurses are impressel with his fidelity to the infirm of all classes of society. He cheers people up. And, now, in the area of civil rights, the priest has become for many a savior of the down-trodden minorities., In the rectory parlor, he has gained a reputation for being an A-1 marriage counselor. And perhaps even if he doesn't have the formal training of the psychiatrist, his • services are certainly a lot cheaper. The priest is good for democracy, He teaches people how to get along, not to hate each In A Personal Manner but we must bear in mind that in this field also as in msny others, surprises are to be expected, unforeseen obstacles and slowing-down. Faith offers the best solution here. It teaches us that on the one hand we must not harbor any illu- sions and that the working . Christ's grace re- "quires human cooperation' which in its turn requires time. On the other hand, if Christ has asked us to have a faith capable of moving mountains, He authorizes us to ask of God and to hope for miracles of grace. All the more so since Christ Himself so ardently desires unity and since man- kind today has great need of it in order that God's design upon men may be realized and that they may find unity in Christ. Question . What are your expectations f6r the coming session of the Ecumenical ,Council? Reply: I expect Important things. This ses- sion is called Idartly to collect under several headings the fruit of the labors of the two pro. ceding sessions. For example, in regard to the fundamental drafts dealing with the Church, with the bishops, with Divine Revelation, with ecumenism. Together with the annexed declara- tions moreover, it has still to face other import- ant documents, as, for example,' drafts on the collaboration of the Catholic laity in the apos- tolate of the hierarchical church, on the mis- sions, on the training of the clergy, on the Re- ligious orders and congregations, etc. Question: Do you believe it will be possible for the council to complete its work this year? Reply: I believe it is impossible to make a forecast. Certainly everything must be done to ensure that the work proceed with all freedom but at the same time as speedily as possible. On the other hand, no official declaration has been made so far which would exclude the pos- sibility of a fourth session. Question: Would you care to compare the ecumenical aims and methods of Pope Paul and Pope John? Reply: We have a saying tp the effect that comparisons must not be made between saints, that is to say for the purpose of placing one higher than another. If, therefore, we compare the two pontificates here, we do not do so in order to place one abovethe other but rather in order to single out the characteristic features of each one. Pope John has undoubtedly the great merit of having stirred up the movement especially by his extraordinary charismatic personality,, by the lovableness and the simplicity of his manner, by making Christian unity at least an indirect aim of the council and finally by addressing to non-Catholic Christians the in- vitation to take part in the council as ob- servers. Pope Paul VI in his turn has made Pope John's line his own. We may go further and say that he has emphasized even more strongly that Christian unity constitute one of the four prin- cipal aims of the council. He has moreover brought to bear upon it a great doctrinal and theological competence which casts ever greater light on the problems presented by the meeting between Catholics and non-Catholic Christians. What has been written about the supposed yielding of Pope Paul VI and of his departure from the line and the proposals of Pope John is therefore out of place. And vermin letinfest the Land, It wilI be woman's lot to fight And rid us of the Marxist blight, satanic ill . . . of Kremlin swill. OH MOTHERS of our Nation's sons, You face again Attila's Hurts-- With garb of cunning and deceit, Unholy in their thought and deed, The Devil's kin . . . a world of sin. We need you now as ne'er before To save our Land forevermore Your moral strength, the strength of ten, Shall shore the fair'ring ranks of men, And God will bless . .. your steadfastness. Submerged Nation? A Scientific Approach Editor, The Progress: Your editorial on Oral Contraceptives in the June 19 issue of The Progress presents the scientific ap- ,preach to the current question on the oral contracep- tives. Many untrained minds will readily draw the ira- mature conclusions you pointed out. I am glad that your edi- torial focuses on simple thoughts which numerous arti- cles on the subject simply do not mention or blur entirely. Theology, like science, ,is dynamic. Theological investi- gations are carried on in many institutions and one should not anticipate in any manner the mind of any church. New discoveries do not always proceed from studies in a given field by a theologian or a scientist. Very often a specific phe- nomenon is investigated only to increase one s understanding when the truth is already evi- dent, for one's own personal intellectual interest and certain- ly for the enlightenment of others. There are too many conclu- sions that are drawn before a study is begun and a few premises are distorted into re- sults. It is at this time that "si- lence is golden." I wish to recommend to the reader the article by John J. Lynch, "Notes on Moral Thee. logical Studies, June, 1964. Dr. Maurice L. Or|genes Jr. 3906 N.E. 45th St. Seattle The Evacuations ERE IN Rome, St. Peter and St. Paul can be cited: Paul belongs even from a pure- ly historical point of view, to the most remarkable figures in humanity. As for the Apostle Peter tlnd his position in the Church of Christ, although proof of his stay and death in Rome is not of essential importance for the Catholic faith, We nev- ertheless caused the well-known excavations to be carried out under the Basilica. The method approved by critics; the result-- the discovery of Peter's tomb under the dome, exactly under the present papal Altar--was recognized by the great major- ity of critics, and even the most extreme skeptics were im- pressed by what the excava. tions revealed.--Pope Plus XlI The MagicWord A TELEVISION s h o w once featured the gimmick of giving con- testants $100 for saying the "magic word." The magic word was invariably a common word used many times each day in the course of ordi- nary conversation. There were no clues and noprompting: the i magic word, if said at all, just popped Out by happenstance. Children and gullible adults are often beguiled by the at- tractiveness of magic, flim- flammed by the specious glitter of unmeaning promises that of- fer something for nothing. In- deed, grown men and adven- turers in all ages have explored short cuts to success and sought large returns from small invest- ments. Paths of history are lit- erally strewn with the wrecked hopes of those who sought fountains of perpetual youth and easy methods of making silk purses from sows' ears. Something for nothing, or much for little, or at all events the best bargain in town, is the siren song of modern adver- tising, which would have us borrow ourselves out of debt, stay thin with much eating, stay solvent despite lavish spending. "Say the Magic Word!" Fine, but just what is the magic word? Actually, there is a won- drous promise made by our Savior. The promise is brief, clear and startling, "Whatso- ever you ask the Father in My name, He will do unto you--ask and you shall re- ceive, that your joy may be full." It is a doctrine of Catholic Faith that our prayers are al- ways answered. Sometimes un- fortunately we ask for things that would not be conducive to our salvation, and in our best interestsuch things are denied. Still all true prayers in a very real way, are answered. --Walter d. Sullivan, C.S.P. would-be saviors that we wonder how much longer it can survive. Recently the Center for the Study of Democracy (ah, there's a fine phrase) came under the critical gaze of the Wall Street Journal which excerpted some fascinating remarks. ONE W. H. FERRY produced this little gem of political acumen: "The Federal structure of the United States is faulty, the 'states are an anachronism and a source of injustice prevent- ing rational use of all resources for all peoples' •.. the Constitution is an obstacle to the achieve- ment of equality and complete citizenship for all." As we are writing this on the Fourth of July, the stupid remark takes on an added piquancy. The Founding "Fathers" somehow founded such ideas? Robert Heilbroner, a popularizer whose skill we have often admired and, at least once, praised publicly, contributed this: "We should examine capitalism as a 'sys- tem of privileges, a secular religion' . . . in merchant businessman gets it... We have to de-eeonomize society -- to move the market- place back from the center of things . . . We @) need higher taxes and control of consump- tion.'" Well, bye-bye, Robert, it was nice to bare known you! This new religion of yours, which advocates higher taxes and restrictions on what we can buy is beyond us. We'll stick with the alleged yranny of the Pope who knows where his legitimate powers end. We can't, somehow, ) see Galbraith instead of Paul VI! V Somebody named Harvey Wheeler adds his straw to help break the camel's back: "Sclenee has proceeded 'beyond the prome- thean solitary scientist' . . . It is necessary to constitutionalize science . . . We need a Fed- eral science agency system in which decisions will be made bureaucratically." So some mysterious nonentities will run everything. And all in the name of Democracy. This year we, reluctantly, will celebrate the 4th of July and the Fall of the Bastille! For the first U time, ever. TheBigMoral Problem By REV. JOHN B. SHEERIN, C.S.P. controversy Catholic HE in circles over "the pill" is assuming the pro- portions of an explosion in a fireworks factory. It was probably because of the temperature of the controversy that Pope Paul June 23 announced he would "soon" give the Church's answer to the question, Pope Plus XII banned the use of the pill to prevent pregnancy but permitted its use to check uterine ailments. He did so in the light of the biological, medical and anthropological knowledge of the time but that knowledge has progressed since Pope Plus issued his ban. Of cotnrse, the rules laid down by Pope Plus still bind the faithful but Pope Paul in- dicated that his coming pronouncement might revoke them: "They must therefore be con. sidered valid at least for as long as we do not feel in conscience obliged to modify them." This question of the use of a pill to delay ovulation and thus limit the number of off- spring brings up the larger question of the morality of intervening in natural processes. Most of us feel that it is downright "unnatural" to change nature and that in attempting to do so, we will bring down coals of fire on our heads. Nature, we say, will get her revenge. THE REV. OWEN M. Garrigan of Seton Hall University gave an interesting talk'on this very point at the Catholic Theological society convention in New York June 25. His topic was "Moral Problems Arising From Man's Interven- tion in Nature." He cited the traditional idea that nature is unchangeable because it is a re- flection of God!s will and intention and that man has no business "tinkering" with it, else he will open up a Pandora's box of evils. To "tinker" with nature would therefore be immora'l. Yet this idea can hardly be reconciled with Scripture, Father Garrigan said that man @ has a vocation to frustrate nature. Genesis tells how God blessed man in the beginning and commanded him not only to increase and multiply but also to subdue the earth and rule V over all its creatures. It is true that man would not have progressed unless he had changed and subdued nature. From the first plough that cut into the earth to the atomic energy that diverts the course of rivers and carves out harbors, man has been intervening in nature. I CONFESS that I had "the creeps" when I heard Father Garrigan describe some of the • experiments on animals that may-eventually be IP' applied to humans. He told for instance of a male rat that was  treated with a certain hor- mone and began acting like a female. It built a nest and carried the young to the nest. He spoke also of a possible change in the cell di- vision of a human brain that would result in the development of superbrains. We shudder to think of any "tinkering" with brain cells when we remember the shocking newsphoto of Car-• dinal Mindszenty, taken after a brain drug had been administered to him during his trial. In the future, therefore, the big moral prob- lem will not be birth control but breeding con- trol. Father Garrigan urged that we be slow to accept attempts to breed betier human beings but that we should hold ourselves open to de- velopments. Each case will have to be judged on its merits after long experimentation with animals. In certain cases, the risk may be well worth while. Would it be morally wrong, for V instance, to bring about a change in the infant that would eliminate any possibility that he would ever develop cancer in his lifetime? I would consider this intervention in nature a corporal work of mercy. God's World: Read To Freedom By REV. LEO J. TRESE VATICAN CITY -- C o n t r a r y to some published reports, Pope Paul VI is not departing from the program of reform and renewal initiated by Pope John XXIII, It was stated here by Augusfin Cardinal Bea, head of the Vatican's Secretariat for Chris- tian Unity. Cardinal Bea made his observation in an in. trVlew with the American correspondent Win- ston Burdett, for the Columbia Broadcasting System. *'What has been written about the supposed yielding of Pope Paul VI and of his departure from the line and the proposals of Pope John is •.. out of place," said Cardinal Bea. "Popa Paul VI is undoubtedly proceeding in quite a personal manner, but at the same time he is keeping consistently and vigorously to Pope John's program, which he made his own from the moment of his first radio mes- sage less than 24 hours after his elevation to the pontificate." Cardinal Bea said Pope Paul has emphasized even more strongly than Pope John that the goal of Christian unity constitutes one of the four principle aims of the Vatican council. The present Pope, hE said. has "cultivated a vivacious and vigorous personal activity" in the area of meetings with non-Catholic Chris- tians, bat examples of this, the Cardinal called attention to the Pope's January meeting with :Greek Orthodox Patriarch Athetiagoras and his decision to return a relic of the Apostle St. An- drew to the Orthodox church in Patras in Greece, Responding to a number of questions, Cardi- nal Bea declined to predict whether the work of the council could be concluded in the session that begins in September. He did say that he expected "important things" from the upcoming session. Among them, he named statements on the Church, the bishops, revelation and ecu- menism. The text of the CBS interview follows: Question: Your Eminence. you once said that the obstacles to Christian unity were very vast, of a kind requiring the faith that moves mountains. Do you feel that any mountains have been moved yet? HOw would you measure the progress that has thus far been made? Rqply: Certainly mountains have been moved in recent years. Even before the pilgrimage of Pop Paul VI, I had said that what had occurred since the announcement of the council surpassed the brightest hopes we could have entertained beforehand. This is even more true after the pilgrimage and especially after the Holy Father's meeting with the PatriarCh Athenagoras and the other Oriental Patriarchs. How can the progress of these years be mEasured? Perhaps it can be said that in com- parison with past centuries the events of these latter years constitute immense progress. But when compared with the tasks which still lie ahead of us, they constitute, on the contrary, a mere beginning; a very important and promis- ing beginning, but nevertheless only a beginning. Question: In view of the quickened pace of developments in the past year, would you care to revise your earlier estimates of the time that will be needed to achieve the goal of Christian unity? Reply: I should certainly be willing to do so, "IF you abide in my word," Jesus tells I us, "you shall be my disciples in- deed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 9:31-32). Our Lord meant, as He Himself went on to explain, that acceptance of His teachings would free us from the slavery of sin. It is obvious that we cannot view the world through Christ's eyes and make our judgments in accordance with His values, and still remain a chattel of Satan. WE MAY feel, with considerable truth, that we do abide in Christ's word and that we have shed the shackles of sin. We concede that we are far from perfect, but we do try to maintain union with Jesus. However, freedom is not a gift which is acquired once and forever. It has been said often that the price of freedom is eternal vigi- lance. If this is true of political freedom, it is doubly true of spiritual freedom. To abide in Christ's 'word, to retain His mind, is not ac- complished by a single decision. Our grasp upon His truth will be main- rained only by a continuing effort to probe more deeply into His mind and to absorb His truth more fully. Only in this way will our Christmindedness survive the secular culture in which we live. Our mind is influenced, inevitably, by what we feed into it. We saturate our minds with daily newspapers, with magazines and television pro- ( grams which are wholly secularistic in their underlying philosophy. What we read, see and listen to is not necessarily bad. But, it is com- pletely divorced from all supernatural consid- erations. It is oriented to the here and now, and # ') frequently man's short-term values are substi- tuted for God's eternal values. EXPOSED DAILY to the secularistic view- point, our mind imperceptibly can become the mind of a worldling. If we are to abide in Christ's word, if we are to keep our Christian mentality from being diluted by our daily .intake of secularistic thought, we must balance our intellectual diet dk with a generous measure of spiritual reading. Our growth in the knowledge of Christ and His truths must keep pace with o'ur growth in the knowledge of world affairs and secular progress. A few words from the pulpit Sunday hardly can offset the thousands of words which the world will speak during the rest of the week. OUR PROGRAM of spiritual reading need not be an expensive project. Some of the finest of • Catholic literature now is published in paper- v back format at modest prices, tf we are to keep Christ's word and to retain our spiritual and in- tellectual freedom, we must continue to uncover, through our reading, the limitless riches of Christ's truths. #