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THE PROGRESS rday, u*. 4, 1%2 U.S. Bishops Ask Prayers For Ecumenical Council i Text of Statement On Vatican Council WASHINGTON, Aug. 22--Foliowing is the full text of the statement entitled "Statement on the Ecumenical Court- all" issued by the Administrative Board of the National Caholic Welfare Conference on behalf of the cardinals, archbishops and bislmps of the United States/ Ever snce the H o 1 y F a t h e r announced in 1959 his intention to con- voke a General Council, a sense of religious ex- pectancy has grown ever m o r insistent through- out Christ's Church. Such an expectancy once filled the minds and hearts of the Apostles and the other dis- ciples as they awaited in the Holy City and coming of the Divine Spirit, Who would teach the Apostles all things and bring to their minds whatever Christ had said to them. As we stand on the thres- hold of another solemn meet- ing of the successors of the Apostolic College, the Bishops of t h e United States gladly join their voices to that of the Supreme Bishop as he calls the entire Christian world to reflect upon the nature of the Council and to continue to pre- pare for it, as for another Pen- tecost, by prayer, penance, and holiness of life. An Ecumenical Council is an extraordinary exercise of the teaching, ruling and sancti- fying power with which Christ endowed His Church. and which unfailingly resides in her Bish- ops united with Our Holy Fath- er, the Vicar of Christ. History demonstrates how these solemn gatherings of the successors of the Apostles have borne witness to the unique character of the Church; for they have reaf- firmed that Christ's Church is a society both visible and in- visible. Council's Abreast of Times The Church is a visible so- ciety which is more than the sum of its visible members; it has Christ as its invisible Head, and the Holy Soffit as its prin- ciple of supernatural life. It is a society which acts upon and reacts to its envioronment, yet lives its independent divine life. It has an inward and in- distructible dynamism, e v e r growing in accord with its own divine constitution. Each of the twenty Ecumenical Councils has been at once a response of the living Church to the chang- ing needs of the world and the times in which it lives, but each has a 1 s o occasioned in some degree the kind of growth which m u s t characterize the Church until *.he end of time. F r o m the prototype of all Councils, the "C o u n c i r' of Jerusalem (Acts 15, 1-29), through the twenty Ecumenical Councils, from that of Nicea in the Year 325 to the First Vati- can Council in 1889, all were -- BE READY FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR SWEATERS CLEANED and BLOCKED THE MOST IN DRY CLEANING SH 6-1618 FITZGERALD'S 1.HOUR HARTIItlZIItG EASTGATE---LAKEHILLS 3287-148th S.E,, Bellevue at least in origin -- responses to Pressing and immediate cri- ses. These crises have at times been brought on by the ravages of false doctrines--by the early hermies concerning the Trinity and the Incarnation; by the f u n d a mental misconceptions concerning the nature of the Church, Divine Grace, and the Sacraments, prevalent in t h e Sixteenth century; by the ex- t r e m e rationalism and the widespread rejection of the su- pernatural, which was the in- tellectual climate of a great part of the Western World in the nineteenth century. Another crises was caused by the eneroachment of the secular power upon the spir- itunl, which led up to the First Lateran Council. Still others from the tragedy of Christianity t o r n apart by schism, which motivated the calling of the Council of Con- stance, the Second Council of Lyons, and that of Florence. In meeting these crises, the Councils gave valid and au- thentic a n s w e r s to specific questions, they made clearer and more explicit the nature of the Church and the meaning of its doctrine. Coming Council Is Unique While certain external con- ditions and pressures lend spe- cial timeliness to the calling of a Council now, yet Our Holy Father has repeatedly insisted that these are not the main rea- sons for the am)roaching one. Perhaps it is not too much to say that the coming Council is unique in this, that its direct and conscious purpose is the internal renewal of the Church. The longs t a n d i n g disunity among Christians, the menace of atheistic Communism, the materialism which engulfs so much of the modern world and infects so many of its people-- these would indeed be valid reasons for a Council, and will in all likelihood be considered by the Bishops in their delib- erations. B u t the principal reason has been stated by Our Holy Father as a renewal of the life of the Church -- a renew- al which will restore "to full splendor the simple and pure lines that the face of the Church of Jesus had at its birth.., presenting it as its Divine Founder made it." In the attainment o this ob- jecti-re, each part of the Church has its own special gift to bring. What, then, will be the tel.  of the Bishops of the United States in the forth- coming Council? To "conceive of them as mere delegates of the Church in the United States would be to mis- understand the constitution of the Church, the function of a Bishop, and the nature of an Ecumenical Council. An Ecu- menical Council is not a sort of congress or parliament made I Mde I .ld.,'e I I  D,o.es . I I BLIEJIS v M_riol I I Chubbies & Chubettes j Sizes 6 Mo's. to 14 Years SUZY-Q SEW SHOP LA. E-7585 65S21/a lSth N.E. RE-ELECT SAM SMITH SAM SMITH Co-Sponsored the SURPLUS FOOD LAW which made available Tood items supplemenfinq the Unemployment nd Welfare Checks of thousands of the Citizens of our State. Many Older Persons were particularly benefitted. SAM SMITH Co.Sponsored the Unemployment Law which raised Checks from $35.00 to $42.00 per week and extended the cov- erage from 26 to 30 weeks. (1959). 4r SAM SMITH was re- sponsible f o r m a n Yl Welfare rece|p|ents] who showed promise fo Receive Vocafion,al Treinlng which enables them to become prop- orb/ owners and ex payers thus relieving our state's streinedl Welfare budgeL SAM I SMITH WILL WORK FOR EXPANSION OF_ THIS PRO;RAM., [ SAM SMITH DESERVES RE.ELECTION : RE.ELECT SAM SMITH & ANN O'DONNELL State REID. Democrats, 37th District Primary Election Sept. !1 Pald for by Friends of Sam Smith 1 Mrs. M. K. Smith, Chairman (Paid Advelsement) WEST COAST MEMBERS of the Administrative Board, National Catholic Welfare Conference, who signed the statement asking Catholics and non.Catholics to join in prayer for the success of the Ecumenical Council, including (from left) His Eminence, James Francis Cardinal McIntyre, Archbishop of Los Angles; Archbishop Thomas A. Connolly, Seattle; and Archbishop Joseph T. McGucken, San Francisco. Signing also were: Their Eminences Richard Cardinal Cushing, Boston; Albert Cardinal Meyer, Chi- cago; and Joseph Cardinal Ritter, St. Louis; Archbishops: Patrick O'Boyle, Washington, board chairman; Lawrence J. Shehan, Baltimore; John F. Dearden, Detroit; William E. Cousins, Milwaukee and John J. Krol, Philadelphia; Bishops: Emmet M. Walsh, Youngs- town, Ohio; Allen J. Babcock, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Albert R. Zuroweste, Belle- ville, Ill. up of delegates elected to rep- resent various churches or par- ties or interests. It is a solemn meeting, whose members are divinely constituted to bear wit- ness to the contents of Divine Revelation, the D e p o s i t of Faith, and to enact disciplinary regulations for the Universal Church. Duties of Bishops Are Great The attending Bishops will represent precisely what they are -- successors of the Apes- ties gathered together in sol- emn council. At the s .e time, they are expected to bring to the C o unc i 1 the benefit of their experience and discern- merit as religious leaders in their own experience and dis- cernment as religious leaders in their own lands. Hence, the Bishops of the United States may be expected to bear wit- ness in the Council to the ele- ments which, under God, have led to the remarkable growth of the Church in the United S t a t e s and to its generally flourishing condition, nd to make known their iudgment on whatever further development or reform appears to them to be advantageous for the Uni- versal Church. In making their contribution to the Council, the Bishops of the United States will be con- scious of the limitations of the Church in this country. We are all a w a r e t h a t, relatively speaking, we are a new and re- cently cultivated part of Christ's vineyard. We cannot boast the saints that have aris- en in the churches of Europe and even in some in our hem- isphere. We have not produced the number of profound schol- ars and brilliant writers who adorn some of the older cen- ters of Christian culture. Bear Marks of Our Origin Undoubtedly, we bear the im- print of our past -- of a Church which was born and has grown to maturity in an atmosphere not always friendly; which has had to struggle almost every step of the way to produce the t h e institutions necessary for its preservation and develop- ment; whose people are sprung from ancestors, many of whom, a few generations ago, came to this country unlettered and in great poverty. It has had to struggle against an excessive preoccupation with material things, occasioned not only by its needs but also in part by the very wealth our country has produced, and against a public philosophy strongly af- fected by a special kind of sec- ularism. The marks of our ori- gin and history are centainly upon us. Possess Religious Vitality But whatever the limitations of the Church in this country, we are humbly and gratefully aware of the strengths which have resulted from its exper- ience. We know, first of all, the advantages which have come to the Church f r o m living and growing in an atmosphere of religious and political freedom. The very struggle which the Church here has had to face has been responsible in large inca.sure for the vitality which it has developed as it grew to maturity, unaided by politi- cal preference but unimpeded by political ties. Our lay peo- ple, men as well as women, are to an extraordi: ry degree ac- t i v e, energetic members of Christ's Mystical Body. Devotion to the Mass, love for the Eucharist, recourse to the Sacrament of Penance, active participation in every kind of parochial, diocesan and national Catholic life -- these are the signs of relig- ious vitality which so often impress visitors to our shores. The vast educational system which continually tries to im- prove itself bespeaks the de- termination of our priests, re- ligious, and faithful to educate Catholic youth in the light of the true Faith. The growing en- thusiasm for the liturgy and for spiritual retreats is indica- tive of an intense desire for a rich spiritual life. The flower- ing of this spirituality is evi- dent in the remarkable growth of contemplative vocations, in t h e successful efforts of the Church in charitable works, in the constant concern for the spread of the Gospel in other lands through increasing mis- sionary activities, in the mani- festation of love for our broth- ers of all races and nations, which energizes our Catholic Relief Services and similar or- ganizations. Meanwhile, there have been manifest in: the lives of our people a constant loyalty and devotion to their spirituals hop- herds at every level, but pre- eminently to the Supreme Pon- tiff. From the background of such a national Catholic life, U.S. Bishops Ask Prayers For Council (Continued from Page I) delegates" of' the American Church is to misunderstand, they warned. "An ecumenical council is not a sort of congress or par- liament made up of delegates elected to represent various churches or parties or inter. ests. "It is a solemn meeting, whose members are divinely constituted to bear witness to the contents of Divine Revelation, the Deposit of Faith and to enact disciplin- ary regulations for the Uni- versal Church," they said. However, the prelates said, Bishops do bring to the coun- cil the benefit of their own ex- periences. Hence, the Ameri- cans will bear witness to the elements which have led to "the remarkable growth of the Church in the United States and to its generally flourishing condition . . . " The statement cited the back- ground of the Church in our Nation, declaring that "the Bishops of this country are confident that they will not go to the council empty-handed." They warned that there should b e n o "extravagant hope" of Christian reunion as a "direct and immediate re- sult" of the council. WEEK-END SPECIAL! at your favorite... U.LS,DCENguITCE TABLERiTE OUAUTY POT ROAST. ..... ,.43 Prices Effective Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 2S the Bishops of this country are confident that they will not go to the Council empty-handed. Out of the rich experience sup- plied in such large measure by their own flock, they hope that they will be able to make some specific contributions to the in- ternal renewal of the Church Universal. The gererat prospect for in- ternal renewal through the coming Council appears favor- able indeed. F r tl.e opening of no other Council had such thorough preparation b e e n made. The work has involved not only the members of the Roman Curia, but also Card- inals, Bishops, Priests, and laymen from all parts of the world -- wherever special com- petence was to be found. To this Council, each Bishop will bring the native abilities from his studies, his reflection and from the administration of his own diocese. The whole body of the Bishops will have at their command the learnine of the i i , Church's most competent theo- logians, canonists and histor- ians. Deliberation Expected The Bizhops will come not to give hasty answers to questions by the Preparatory Commis- sions or mere routine approval of their recommendations, but to deliberate unhurriedly, to ex- press their m:ure judgment, and in due time to cast their conscientious vote. Further- more, the ultimate decisions of the Council, thanks to the mod- ern advances in the field of communications, as exemplified most recently by Telestar, can be fruitfully transmitted to the ends of the earth with unprece- dented speed. One of the most heartening auguries of a successful Coun- cil is the widespread recogni- tion that whatever is done toward the achievement of its immediate objectives and in the direction of that ultimate Christian unity, for which there is a sort of universal desire, must be done in the spirit of Charity, of true Christian love. Only a deepening and broaden- ing of the virtue of charity can bring about Christian renewal within the Church. Only charity can produce the atmosphere which is an absolute prerequisite for that final Christian reunion toward which we look. Surely this v iew inspired those words which Our Holy Father addressed to the Gen- eral Preparatory Commission j u s t before it completed its work two months ago. The Su- preme Pontiff took as the theme of that discourse the Gospel of St. John, the Gospel of Love. He bade not only the members of the Commission, but through t h e m the whole Christian w o r I d, to reflect especially on the sublime words with w h i c h the Evangelist qpened his Gospel, on the par- able of the G o o d Shepherd, which Pope John has in a par- titular manner made his own, on the discourse of Christ aft- er the Last Supper, and above all, on the prayer for unity with which that disceur' ends. Unity To Come Slowly While there appears to be a notable increase in the spirit of charity, both on the part of Catholics toward their separat- ed brethern m.:'. a correspond- ing growth of the same spirit in them toward us, yet our people must be warned against any extravagant hope of Chris- tian reunion as a direct and im- mediate result of the Council. Christians in this country, of several hundred denominations, s h o u 1 d be particularly con- scions of the wide, deep and inveterate divisions, especially in the field of Christian teach- ing, which separate the many religious groups here and throughout t h e world. There can be no general r e u n i o n while chasms of doctrinal di- vision exist. Yet charity can help to prepare the way for the even- tual closing of these chasms. We must therefore, rejoice in the growth of the spirit of charity. All Catholics have a special duty to deepen that spirit and to broaden and in- tensify its practice as a main source of Christian renewal and as a prepat_tion for the hoped-for ultimate reunion. As we reflect on all these circumstances so auspicious for the coming Council, we have a right to look forward to a gen- erous measure of success in the achievement of its immediate objectives. When, however, we consider the nature of those ob- jectives -- the renovation of the internal l i f e of Christ's Mystical Body the "renewal of the spirit of Gospel" the "re- storing to f u 11 splendor the simple and pure lines that the Church of Jesus had at its birth" -- we can only conclude that the grace of God must be counted on to play the most im- portant role in the Council's achievement. The Fathers meeting in Coun- cil will certainly have the grace of nrotection from error in teaching matters of faith and morals. Such a warranty is im- plicit in Christ's promise to all the Apostles of H i s abiding presence and in His declara- tion to Peter that the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church. But the Fath's of the Council will need more than this. They will need positive divine guidance in the face of the manifold problems which the w o r 1 d of today presents. They will need Christian cour- age if they are to meet ade- quately the needs of the con- temporary Church. They will need, perhaps above all things else, an intensification of Chris- tian love. They will succeed in their task only if the Holy Spirit broods over them, breathing into their minds and hearts His illuminating and en- ergizing erace. Prayer, Fasting Urged The Gospels speak of certain spiritual triumphs which de- pend on prayer and fasting. Since that day when Our Holy Father first announced his in- tention of calling an Ecumeni- cal Council, the faithful of the w h o 1 e Church have poured f o r t h their prayers, begging God's blessing on this arduous and supremely important proj- ect. Now as these three years of preparation draw to a close e "... to dwell m :the all the --years that remind us of the time Christ gave to the prep- aration of the Twelve for their apostolic mission and for the infusion of the Holy Spirit " and as the successors to the Apostles await in prayerful re flection t h e opening . of .the Council, longing for a similar infusion of Pentecostal grace, we unite with the Successor of St. Peter in urging upon all an intensification of prayer and acts of penance in a spirit of, daily sacrifice. We ask in particular that I during the days immediately preceding the Council, all the faithful join in a novena of prayer and penance, to be carried out in all the par- ishes, schools and religious houses of this country, that God may pour forth His abounding grace on Our Holy Father, on all the Fathers of the Council, and particularly on the Bishops of this cone- try, that none may fail in the Council's great work of full evangelical renewal with- in the Church. In conclusion, we invite all our non-Catholic brethren who glory in the name of Christian to join us in asking that the Holy Spirit enlighten and guido the Ecumenical Council so that it may become an instrument for the promotion of Christian unity according to the mind of Christ. * AVID SAID this in the 26th Psalm, crystal- lizing "the hopes of everyone who is reaching for his bit of heaven. When you use the Maryknoll Missal these words be- come a part of your offering to Christ on the Feast of the Holy Family. 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