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D _ Friendly Relations Visit Shows Pope. Paul D Rece,ves Official Newspaper for the Archdiocese of Seattle Italian Vol. 66--No. 31  41 Seafie' Wesh., Friday, Aug. 2, 1%3 President Scores Coverage Of Ward Trial: , Vatican City Daily Hits Secularist Trend In U.S. VATICAN CITY, July 31 (Radio, N.C.) m The Vatican City daily news- paper has criticized secu- larist influences in the United States and the sensa- tional coverage by the world press of the Ward trial in Lon- don while at the same time commenting on racial integra- tion in the U.S. The editorial in L'Osservatore Romano, signed by assistant editor Federico Alessandrini, dealt first with the problem of racial integration in the U.S. The newspaper said it recog- nizes the difficulties involved in the problem, noting that "it is a simple matter to solve for those Who are distant and strangers to the environment." It also stated that only six of 146 dioceses in the U.S. have not yet integrated their schools. L'Osservatore quoted Dr. J. H. Jackson, president of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc., the parent conven- tion of Negro Baptists, as say- ing: "If a prize were given to a religious denomination for merit in the fight against segregation, the prize should go to the Catholic Church." Laws Not Enough The editorial then continued: "The courage of those p01i- ticians more conscious of those duties to the community which call upon them for leadership can do much. But the laws, as good as they may be, do not suffice alone to form a new reality when it is a matter of banishing prejudices, affirm- ing in consciences the peren- nial values of the Christian message as the foundation of a true equality--not only legal but also moral--and especially when it is a matter of promot- ing and rendering effective a sense of that charity which is the true animator of brother- hood, and therefore of con- cord." The general statement of this problem was followed by an editorial note that seemed to refer to the June 17 U.S. Su- preme Court ruling barring recitation of the Lord's prayer and Bible reading in the public schools, although no specific reference was made to the ruling. "There are indications in American life," the editorial stated, "of a 'laicization' of the European variety which tends to exclude religious in- fluence from life. "That separation which until a few years ago was meant to affirm only an equidistant im- partiality between the public powers and all religious de- nominations now tends to be- come almost legally agnostic. A long and noble tradition seems to be /veakened. Christians Can Do Much "But as far as the private citizens are concerned, the Christians can do much to re- form, in themselves and in their environments, those states of mind which give bad counsel -- and in certain cases oppose themselves openly -- to the profession and practice of Christianity. Their efforts will be at the same time a religious and a civic service." Turning to newspaper cover- age of the trial of Dr. Stephen Ward, charged with procuring and with living on the earnings of prostitution, the Vatican City daily said: "Except for rare and praiseworthy exceptions," the general press dedicates col. umns and pages to the trial "in all its most abject de- tails, so that the episode has become one of the most re- pugnant which journals have reported in recent years." L'Osservatore made c I e a r that its criticism "is not simply because immorality is reported, for immorality presupposes the consciousness of morality, but the display of absolute indif- ference to decency." "The news chroniclers be- lieve," the newspaper con- Prelate Predicts Faster Pace At Council Session CINCINNATI, July 3i (NC) -- The change of popes will not change the character of the Second Vatican Council, Arch- bishop Karl J. Alter believes. The Cincinnati Archbishop, former chairman of the Na- tional Catholic Welfare Con- ference administrative board, said that he expects the coun- cil, which will resume Septem- ber 29, to follow "the course already set." The only change he looks for, he added, is in a "speeding up" of the procedure of the council meetings. Sees Canon Law Changes In addition to the liturgical revisions approved by an over- whelming vote at the council's first session, Archbishop Alter believes the council will lead to changes in canon law. These changes, he said, would eoncera the further interna- tionalization of the Roman curia, the Vatican administra- tive staff, and "a decentraliza. tion in favor of more local episcopal authority Jo decide questions where local informa- make clear their relationship tion and judgment are re- to the universal Church . . . quired." We can foresee also an expan- In an interview with the sion-of the competence and au- Catholic Telegraph, Cincinnati archdiocesan weekly, the Arch. bishop emphasized that the in- ternationalization of the Roman curia "will require a more universal outlook not only on the part of the present curia officials but on the part of all of US." Curia Needs Best Men "The curia," he pointed out, "cannot become more interna- tional in character unless bishops throughout the world are willing to send more of their best men to Rome for service in the curia." As for decentralization, the Archbishop expressed his hope that the council will bring about "a clarification of the status of bishops that will thority of national conferences of bishops," he said. Archbishop Alter admitted that improvement in the press coverage of the coun- cil "is desirable," and indi- cated that "certain changes in bringing this about are under consideration." But he took a negative view of admitting reporters to the council sessions. "What good will it do them to hear speech- es in Latin?" he asked. "Their presence would bring the danger of misinterpretation' of highly important dogmatic and moral statements. Because of this danger, the Fathers would not always feel free to speak candidly. Many of them would object to this proposal." HeadWnes and Deaa00ines: I What's Mark On Paper? By George N. Kramer, Ph.D. For five long years the mountain labored might- fly and, to borrow an ex- press-ton from the ancient Latin poet Horace, brought forth a ridiculous mouse. This is to say that after five ears of persistent effort the est finally succeeded in get- ting the Soviets to initial a document cast in the form of a treaty agreeing to a partial nu- clear test ban. Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko is expected to sign it tentatively for the Soviet Union next week, while British For- eign Minister Lord Home and Secretary of State Rusk will sign for the West. At first widely heralded as a bisturid breakthrough for peace, it was very soon re- garded with "calculated opti- mism" and "cautious enthu- siasm." Those who heard President Kennedy's speech to the nation Friday or read it in the papers must have noticed the rela- tively small importance he at- tributed to the treaty draft as such. While hopefully describing it as a "victory for mankind" and (Continued on Page 5) Nuns Till lO0-Acre Farm A NUN of the Franciscan Mission of the Divine Mother. hood order drives a tractor in a wheat field at Godalming, England. It is one of the many jobs done by the nuns on the 100-acre farm surrounding their training school for missionary nurses. (NC Photos) Step.Up Urged In Referrals To Birth Control Agencies BALTIMORE, July 30 (NC)-- The Maryland State Board d Public Welfare has urged case- workers to take the initiative in referring couples on relief to birth control information agen- cies. The board acted in accord- ance with a policy approved last Setember which permits case workers to suggest to cou- ples on relief that they consult their physicians, the health department or Planned Parent- hood clinics for information on birth control. An informal report submit- ted to members of the board here by Mrs. Elizabeth Don Leavy, head of the division of supervision of local services, showed that only 119 couples in Baltimore and in eight counties had been referred to birth control information cen- ters during the past I0 months. Mrs. Ralph O. Dulany, a board member, said that case workers should suggest that couples on relief seek birth control information only 'if it is warranted and if the families have no religious objections." tinued, "they ought to collect, annotate and amplify for var- ious reasons -- either for money or to accuse society-- the more apparent evils of so- ciety, the leprosy which seems to corrupt the body and, more than the body, the soul itself. "The fact is that the post. tive sides of our times are disappearing and are being overcome by the defense, direct or indirect, of those negative and deteriorating aspects, with the result that there is lacking an authentic sense of true social conduct, even in the most qualified sociology. "That is," the newspaper concluded, "there is missing that awareness that the pro- tection of moral values is not mere conventionalism or a manifestation of the spirit of the 'petite bourgeois,' but re- spect for the dignity of the per- son and for the conditions of life and of death for a society of men who want to be civil- ized." Bishop Gill To Bless USO Home The Most Reverend Thomas E. Gill, V.G., Auxiliary Bishop of Seat- tle, will formally bless the quarters of the USO-National Catholic Community Service Club Sunday, August 4, at its new location, 217 Seneca St. The solemn ceremony will be- gin at 8 p.m. Bishop Gill will preside at a reception, following the cere- mony and honoring 140 volun- teer workers and 18 assisting organizations. The event highlights the club's grand opening, scheduled within the 10-day Seafair cele- bration. Among the dignitaries invited to participate are Rev. Dennis G. Moore, Lt. Col., chief of Catholic chaplains at Fort Lew- is; Rev. Bernard Filmyer, Lt. Cmdr., chaplain at the Whidbey Naval Air Station; and Rev. John J. Curran, Capt., chaplain at McChord Air Force Base. VATICAN CITY, July 29 (Radio, N.C.)  His Holiness Pope Paul VI stressed that the state visit of Italian President Antonio Segni to the Holy See was tangible proof of the good working relations b e t w e e n Church and State. President Segni's visit July 24 was the fifth by a head of state during the Pope's month. long reign. The others were President John F. Kennedy, President Eamon de Valera of Ireland, President Joao Goulart of Brazil and King Baudouin of Belgium. The visit of Italy's chief of state was taken by Vati- can observers as forecasting a possible return visit by Pope Paul to the Italian Presidentiul P a I a e e, the Quirinal. After an elaborate cere- monial p r o t o c o 1, President Segni was received in private by the Pope for 35 minutes. Following this, in an address televised throughout I t a I y, Pope Paul noted that this was the third time within a year that President Segni had been received at the Vatican on a state visit. The first was his July 3, 1962, visit to Pope John XXIII after his election as President of Italy, and the second his Women Active Vincentians LISBON, Portugal (NC)- Portugal's St. Vincent de Paul Society has an active women's section which reported distrib- uting more than $500,000 in charitable assistance last year, in addition to operating nurs- eries, schools, hostels and soup kitchens. The St. Vincent de Paul women, who number 17,600 in 884 conferences, are making in- tensive efforts to recruit young people into their ranks. Pope Sends Earthquake Victims Aid VATICAN CITY, July 31 (Radio, NC)- His Holiness Pope Paul VI has sent emer- gency aid and messages to Yugoslavia expressing his sym- pathy over the loss of life and the d a m a g e to earthquake- stricken Skoplje. The telegrams were sent to Archbishop Josip Ujcic of Bel- grade and Bishop Smiljan Cekada of Skoplje. The message to Archbishop Ujcic said in part: "We share wholeheartedly in the sorrow of the noble Yugoslav nation . . . and We ask you to communicate to all the ecclesiastical and civil authorities and to your beloved people the expres- sion of Our sentiments." The second message, sent to Bishop Cekada. was signed by Amleto Cardinal Cicognani, Papal Secretary of State, in the Pope's behalf, saying: "The P o n t i f f intimately shares the grief caused by the cruel earthquake which de- stroyed your city and your re- gion and, mourning with you over the death of so many, he recommends with fervent pray. era their souls to the divine mercy and embraces the wounded with paternal affec- tion . . . to help you provide for the most urgent needs the Vicar of Christ sends an emer- gency contribution to assist the most needy families." Announced By Delegation: Bishop Furey, Pope Divides Msgr. Hastrlch Pittsburgh Named By Pope Exarchate WASHINGTON, July 31 (NC) --His Holiness Pope Paul VI has made the following appoint- ments in the hierarchy of the United States: Auxiliary Bishop Erancis J. Furey of Philadelphia becomes Coadjutor Bishop with right of succession to Bishop Charles F. Buddy of San Diego. Msgr. Jerome J. Hastrich, Vicar General of the diocese of Madison, becomes Titular Bishop of Gurza and Auxiliary to Bishop William P. O'Connor of Madison, Wis. Bishop Furey was named Auxiliary to the late John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C., then Archbishop of Philadelphia in 1960, and was renamed Auxili- ary to Archbishop John J. Krol, Cardinal O'Hara's suc- cessor, the fellowing year. Archbishop Krol named Bishop Furey a Vicar General. Born in Summit Hill, Pa., in 1905, Bishop Furey was or- dained in Rome March 15, 1930. WASHINGTON, July 31 (NC) --His Holiness Pope Paul VI has divided the Exarchate of Pittsburgh into two jurisdic- tions which will have the status of eparchies immediately sub- ject to the Holy See. One eparchy is located in Pittsburgh, while the other is in Passaic, N.J. Bishop Nicholas Elko is ele- vated to the status of Eparch of Pittsburgh. Bishop Stephen Kocisko becomes Eparch of Passaic. He has been Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh since 1956. These actions of the Pope were announced here by the Apostolic Delegation. The Eparchy of Passaic will have 94,682 faithful of the Byzantine Rite, 69 secular priests, I0 Religious and 68 Religious Sisters. It will in- elude 74 parishes and 13 paro- chial schools with an attend- mace of 2,247 pupils. The Cathedral Church of St. Bishop- elect Hastrich was Michael in Passaic can accom- born in Milwaukee, November modate 3,358 persons and is 13, 1914, the son of George P. and Clara M. (Dettlaff) Hast- rich. He was ordained at St. Francis Seminary February 9, 1941. He made post-ordination stud- ies at the Catholic University of America, specializing in the work of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. a spacious edifice suitable for episcopal functions. Bishop Elko, who has been Apostolic Exarch of the By- zantine Rite Exarchate of Pittsburgh, was named Apos- tolic Administrator in Decem- ber, 1954, and was consecrated Titular Bishop of Apollonias in 1955. Pontiff Greets Head of State THE VISIT of Italian President Antonio Segni to the Holy See July 24 was the fifth by a head of state during the first month's reign of Pope Paul. After an elaborate ceremonial protocol, he was received (above) in private by the Pope for 35 minutes. (NC Photos). visit to present the Balzan Peace Prize to Pope John. In expressing his wishes for Italy's freedom and independ- ence, Pope Paul expressed the wish that it "not consider its incomparable and religious heritage as a burden left over from past centuries, but rather as a source of constantly youthful energies for its new culture and modern develop- ment." He stated: "May it be the glory and fortune of Italy not only to call itself Catholic, but to feel and really be Catholic.'" In an exchange of gifts after the audience, the Pope gave the President a silver-framed autographed picture of him- self, a mosaic copy of the image of Our Lady of the Romans which is venerated in the city's Bascilica of St. Mary Major, and a gold medal com- memorating h i s coronation.: President Segni gave the Pope: a !7th-century monstrance of silver set with precious stones. Report Claiming Church Anti-Buddhist Challenged NEW YORK, July 31 (NC)A veteran priest- journalist has challenged statements by a U.S. min- ister linking the Catholic Church to alleged anti-Buddhist acts of the South Vietnamese government of President Ngo Dinh Diem. Rev. Patrick O'Connor, S.S. C., Far East correspondent of the N.C.W.C. News Service and a former president of the Cath- olic Press Association. said that "to imply that the Cath- olic Church is responsible for government policy in Vietnam would be sheer misrepresenta- tion." He also said that, whatever the faults of the Diem gov- ernment, "life in South Viet- nam i s im- m easure- ably freer, easier and better than in Communist- ruled N o r t h FATHER Vietnam." O'CONNOR Father O'Connor in a letter to the New York Times, July 25, denied several statements about the situation in South Vietnam attributed by the Times to the Rev. Donald S. Harrington. The Times, in a July 1 news story on a sermon preached by the Rev. Harrington at the Community Church here, re- ported him as saying that the Catholic Church and the United States government must share responsibility w i t h President Diem for the death of a Budd- hist monk who publicly burned himself to death in Saigon as a protest against the Diem: government's p o 1 i c y toward Buddhism. The U. S. government has been a e t i v e I y supporting South Vietnam's war against Communist Viet Cong guer. rillas. President Diem and his family are Catholics. Cath. olios in South Vietnam num- ber about 1.25 million (nearly nine per cent) in a total population of some 14.1 mil- lion, The number of Buddhists is variously reported. Some esti- mates say the population of South Vietnam is 70 per cent Buddhist. Other estimates, how- ever, say the number of prac- Louisiana Bishop Takes Desegregation Step BATON ROUGE, La., July 31 (NC)Bishop Robert Emmett Tracy has ordered racial integration at four Catholic high schools in September, 1964, as the "initial step" toward abolition of segregation in all Catholic institutions in the Baton Rouge diocese. The announcement was made by the Bishop in a pastoral letter which was read July 28 from the pulpits in all Catho- lic churches in the 12-parish (county) diocese. Bishop Tracy directed that racial bars be dropped in the llth and 12th grades of four Catholic high schools in East Baton Rouge Parish in Sep- tember, 1964. The prelate said this will bring the Catholic high schools in line with public schools which will begin accepting Negro students in the 12th grade in September in the par- ish. The integration of the public schools was ordered as a result of a recent Federal Named Prefect ILDEBRANDO C A R D I- NAL ANTONIUTTI, 64, has been named Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Religious, filling the vacan- cy caused by the death of Valerio Cardinal Valeri July 22. court order after an eight- year legal battle. Bishop Tracy said the court order came too late to effect integration for the Catholic schools this year. Bishop "[racy said the action is the "initial step" in the eventual integration of all Catholic institutions, educa- tional and otherwise, through- out the diocese. He said the complete desegration w i 11 come "all in due time." The Bishop said that regi- stration at all schools affected will be held in March, 1964, at a date to be fixed later. He stated: "Let us all pray that we may meet in good con- science the delicate and acute social problems of our times. We shall be judged by God for our part in this advance by a more Christian society. Sup- port for the Church's program of social justice will make that judgment easier for it will in- duce in our souls-a Christlike attitude of peace and harmony and good will toward all men but especially toward those who are of the household of the Faith." In addition to the Bishop's pastoral letter, a pamphlet entitled "Official Position of the Diocese of Baton Rouge on Racial Justice" was dis- tributed throughout the diocese. The Bishop said in the pam- phlet that he had sent to the 40,090 Catholic homes in his diocese a copy of the 1958 statement of the U.S. Bishops on the issue of racial justice, and a copy of the pamphlet "Let's Talk Sense About the Negro," by Rev. Clement J. McNaspy, S.J., ricing Buddhists is only three or four million, while the Gen- eral Buddhist Association, the organization behind the cur- rent protests, has only one mil- lion members. The Times story on the Rev. Harrington's sermon said he listed several instances of alleged government repression of Buddhists and favoritism to- ward Catholics. It quoted him as saying: Embarrassing To Church "This situation must be ex% tremely embarrassing to thd :; Roman Catholic Chqrch. If it goes unreprirriani,'he Cath- olic Church can have no future in Vietnam. "It is utterly contrary to the spirit of Pope John. It casts a shadow of shame on the new brightness Pope John had (Continued on Page 2) Criticism Of Catholic Press Called 'Unfair' NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (NC)--The executive sec- retary of the Catholic Press Association has de- scribed recent criticism of the Catholic press by the president of the American Med- ical Association as "unfair and inaccurate" and has asked for an apology. In a letter to Dr, Edward Annis of Miami, AMA presi- dent, James A. Doyle, head of the CPA's national office here, refers to remarks by Dr. Annis which characterized an edito- rial in a Catholic newspaper as "typical of the distortion of the Catholic press." Doyle wrote in his letter: "It is simply not a fact that distortion eharaeterizes the Catholic press. What is typi- eal of Catholic publications is a never-ending seareh for truth--a regular and constant effort to apply the fundamen. tal truths of the Catholic Faith to all those aspects Of social life today which are the legitimate concern of all peo- ple and all publications." Dr. Annis made his remarks recently in commenting on an editorial in the Catholic Star Herald. newspaper of the Cam- den, N.J., diocese. The news- paper was critical of the AMA's opposition to Medicare. Presi- dent Kennedy's proposal for hospital care of the aged under the Social Security program. Doyle said: "If Catholic pub- lications happen to disagree with your feelings and say so, that's not distortion--that s de- mocracy-and it's typical of the freedom of expression and the freedom of the press we all want to guard most jealously." "I think you owe our Cath= olic press an apology," Doyle wrote, "and we would be happy to give you the opportunity-- in our association publication-- to set the record straight, so that our editors and publishers will know that you know them well enough to characterize them properly--as honest, fair. inqmring journalists, seeking after truth in a variety of im- portant areas of American life life today." / / /