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. 4--THE PROGRESS Friday, Sep. 13, 1963 With Pride And Gratitude he purchase of the New Washington Hotel as a residence for senior citi- zens ought to fill Catholics of this Arch- diocese with a deep sense of pride and gratitude. Pride, because your response to the Archdiocesan Development Fund Cam- paign of last February and March has made this investment possible. Gratitude, because hundreds of men and women whose declining years might have been wasted away in anxiety, can now look forward to long, full lives in an atmos- phere filled with a measure of material secur@ and an abundance of Christian dignity. Recent surveys indicate that resi- dences for senior citizens operated along the lines which Archbishop Connolly has i outlined for the soon-to-be renovated New Washington Hotel (see page 1) adds an average of nine years to their occupants' lives. This ought not to be too startling when we stop to think about it. The human mind and body is de- signed by God for use. For every news flash about the high pressure business executive found slumped over his desk the victim of heart failure, there are a hundred thousand stories of men and women who literally shrivel up and die because living no longer offers any chal- lenge. But these stories are so common they never see print. A whole new world opens up to the senior citizen who lives in an at- mosphere especially designed for his needs and interests. With the daily en- richment of his spiritual, social and cul- tural life, he has a reason for living. And old age truly becomes, in the words of the poet, "The last for which the first was made." ertainly the most encouraging and in- spiring aspect of the Archbishop's announcement is the fact that it was a voluntary.gift made up of the gifts and sacrifices of his people. The purchase of the New Washington Hotel is a monu- ment to the respect we Catholics have for the aging members of Christ's Mys- tical Body. We do not pass off to the state or federal governments the moral responsibility we have to care for our elders. We do not say, as do the Com- munists and the materialists, that because a man's capacity for producing wealth is slipping he is no longer of value to so- ciety, so let's ease him out of existence as quickly and painlessly as possible. We, as Christians, rather recog- nize the wisdom, dignity and respect that is the distilled fruit of age and experience and we, likewise, recognize that old age is the most precious and important time in a man's entire life it is his direct preparation for eternity. ut we must not, of course, get car- ried away by what our prayers and monetary sacrifices have accomplished. The work has just begun. For those who have been faithful to their Development Fund pledges, this is an occasion of le- gitimate pride and gratitude. For those who may have become a bit careless in their commitments, the announcement of our recently acquired home for senior citi- zens ought to serve as a new stimulus to action. Keep This Spirit Alive nce again this year special congratu- lations are in order for the literally thousands of volunteers who are now working on United Good Neighbor or United Fund campaigns throughout the Archdiocese. While the federal govern- ment and our own State government are spending billions of "dollars on welfare programs it is encouraging to see so vig- orous a voluntary effort being made on the part of individual citizens to help those in need. From Bellingham to Van- couver in every community men and women are volunteering their time and talents to do what must be done if our society is to meet its responsibility to its less fortunate members. We cannot help but note that these united and voluntary efforts are much more responsive to the needs of our citi- zens and provide services far more eco- nomically than our government could ever do. The total cost of raising these funds is less than five per cent of the amount raised. Individual groups of citizens in each community see to it that the funds are spent wisely to meet the particular needs of each area. Only if this vigorous effort on the part of volunteers to make our communi- ties better places to live continues, can we continue to be a strong nation. On Several Subjects Excerpts f r o m speeches Pope Paul VI made on vital subjects prior to his election to the Papacy follow: --On writing: "The tempta- tion for knowledge of evil has a strong attraction. There are those who say that it is neces- sary to have experience of evil to write about good. This is not true. Above all "things, keep yourself pure and do not be afraid to put great theses in your writings." (Address to third National Congress of Ital- ian Writers. September, 1956). --On pastoral ministry: The Cardinal spoke out in Septem- ber, 1958, in Milan against "the many parish priests, par- ticularly in cities, who resign themselves to practicing their ministry for those people who attend church and thus find their pastoral zeal satisfied." something. He stressed the need for pas- tors to learn "all those ele- ments inspired by a great love for souls which must be exercised to attract the lambs Outside the flock." --On the Catholic press: Catholics have "the honor of defending it, the obligation of propagating it and the need to make it live in themselves and in the world," the Cardinal said December 4, 1960. -on modern ar t: Artists "seem to have abandoned the idea of producing works which are intelligible," and critics "use language that requires a special knowledge in order to understand the meaning," the Cardinal told a congress of artists in March, 1963. "We, the audience, make pathetic efforts to understand at least We believed that the kingdom of art was beatl. rude, whereas today it is pain and confusion." -on ecclesiastical authority: "Here and there come people with ludicrous temerity speak of 'humble disobedience' to to the hierarchy as a right and as a brilliant discovery of the spiritual life," the Cardinal said in a sermon in May, 1963. "The clear and responsible in- structions of ecclesiastical au- thority are vivisected to find through sophistry and casuistry the necessary arguments for evading their grace meaning. What is missing is a sincere and loyal 'sense of the Church.' What is wanting is an under. standing of the inviolable and generic principle of the living Church which is its interior, beloved and declared unity." . 907 Terry Avenue, Seattle 98104 Telephone MAin 2-8880 Second-Class Mail Privileges Authorized at Seattle, Wash. Published every Friday by the Northwest Progress Co. President, Most Reverend Thomas A. Connolly, D.D., J.C.D. REV. JAMES H. GANDRAU--Editor MARY BRESNAHAN--ASsociate Editor God's Peace Corps Freedom In Russia By REV. JOHN E. SHEERIN, C.S.P. e are accustomed to a Khrushchev who sometimes scowls, some- times smiles. A few years ago, Metropolitan Nikodim of the Russian Or- thodox Church said some stern words about the Sec- ond Vatican Council but he was smiling and jovial when he dis- cussed -the Council A u g- ust 30. At the Central Com- FR. SHEERIN mittee meeting of the World Council of Churches at Roches- ter, New York, he gave a press conference in which he dis- cussed Roman Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations since the end of the first session last year. Metropolitan Nikodim is a picturesque figure. The 34- year-old prelate who has risen fast in Orthodox circles is short of stature, chubby, pale- complexioned, blue-eyed a n d brown-bearded. Except for his flowing robes, he gives no im- pression of high ecclesiastical dignity and yet he does convey a sense of great self-confidence and extraordinary intellectual adroitness. Embarrassing Ouestion On this particular occasion, for instance, he was asked a somewhat embarrassing ques- tion, "Has the Russian 0rtho. dox Church been passing through a period of renewal?" He replied with n twinkle in his eye, "Renewal? Why, yes, the old people die and young people have been taking their place." In response to questions, Nikodim assured the p r es s that the Second Vatican Coun- cil had improved Russian Or- thodox-Roman Catholic rela- tions. He paid tribute to "Pope John of blessed memory." With Nikodim was Archpriest Borovoy who made sure that the press heard this tribute: He repeated the tribute very distinctly so that the words could not be missed. Nikodim a I s o mentioned that as "a service of broth- erly love" Russian Orthodox priests administer e e r t a i n sacraments to Roman Cath- olics in parts of Russia where no Catholic priests are available. This is done, he said, on an "individual" basis and not because of an explicit agreement with the Vatican. One of the reporters asked if recent changes in Soviet Communism had been felt in any way in Church-state re- lations in Russia. The Met- ropolitan responded that the 22nd Party Congress had been a purely party affair. "Our Church has no relation with the Communist party. Our Church acts within the frame- work of the Soviet Constitu- tion and in accordance with that Constitution, the govern- ment does not interfere in Church affairs. For instance, our sending of observers to the Vatican Council was en- tirely our own decision." 'Difficulties' A reporter then asked why members of the Russian Em- bassy met the Russian Ortho- dox observers when they ar- rived in Rome. Nikodim an- swered that it is not at all unusual for members of the Consular Section to meet in- coming Russian visitors to Rome. But Archpriest Boro- roy, who was one of the ob- servers at the Council, de- clared that he was not met by Russian officials on arrival but by Monsignor Willebrands and his assistant. Moreover, he said that he had gone to Rome for the fu- neral of Pope John and again for the coronation of Pope Paul but on neither occasion was he met by Russian gov- ernment officials. Borovoy admitted that the Russian observers had some "difficulties" with a certain group at the Vatican Coun- cil. (I believe he was refer- ring to the bishops of the Ukraine who were alleged to have registered a protest against the presence of the Russians.) However, Arch- priest Borovoy said that in this tense moment the ob- servers had not asked the Russian officials for help but the Secretariat for Promot- ing Christian Unity. What was the reaction of the press to the Russian Orthodox prelates' remarks? I would say that they were quite con- vinced t h a t Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations have im- proved considerably due to the Council. As to the assertion that the Russian Orthodox Church is independent of the party, it was obvious that the press tried to listen to this claim sympathetically but went away from the conference skeptical. They took the re- marks on this subject with a grain of salt. , i i i , I .111, AC f ig-fi on us n _-. a r By REY. G. JOSEPH GUSTAFSON, S.S., Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, St. Thomas Seminary, genmore THE news from the Diem regime is as | utterly confusing to us as it is to the State Department. This is an awful thing to have to say! There are those who have private axes to grind: secularists, pinkists, rightists, Catholi- cists (not Catholics) and like that there. One should, at least by now, learn that "The Wan- derer" rand the National Council of Catholic Men, the Social Action Committee of this or that diocese, the "Osservatore Romano," "The Progress" and "The Register," "The Priest" and "America" are not part of the infallible magisterium (as it's called). None of these en- joys infallibility. Not even Marquette's School of Journalism can go this far. The primary partisans, so far as we can presently discern, are either Viet Nam na- tionalists, or Buddhists (of highly questionable political character) or vague groups aligned for their own personal purposes to one or another group thus roughly divided. In short, we haven't the faintest idea what is going on. But we think that it is currently of supreme importance to realize this and to say so publicly. It's rather strange, then, that the State De- partment should deliver so peremptory a note to the government of the Diem regime. It seems to be unconcerned over the latest love affair between Khrushehev who promises to bury us, and Tito who drools over our gift of our latest fighter planes and our munificent foreign aid and even special assistance to a stricken town call Skoplje. Ex- president H o o v e r would have helped Skoplje, great humanitarian that he is; He would, otherwise, we think, confess to a con- fusion equal to our own, to thousands and thousands like us. God's World: When Your Years Are Many By REV. LEO J. TRESE "hall I live with my daughter (son) or shall I lve in a residence for retirees?" This is the decision which confronts many elderly persons, who, being widowed, find it impracticable to maintain a home or an apartment of their own. It may be a long time, if ;:: ever, before you have to make this decision. However, your i eventual choice will be the i:: sounder if thought out now, ii calmly and rationally, while it still is a distant possibility. Money Not Primary To simplify discussion, let us presume that money will not be the primary consideration, i In this age of social security, i" it probably will not be the i major problem. Let us assume also that you are a widow What we say here will apply as well to widowers, but wid- ows outnumber widowers by five to one. Let us assume, finally, that your alternatives are a room at Goldenyears Manor or a room in your mar- ried daughter's home. If it is a son, rather than a daughter, whose home is under consideration, the elements of decision will be the same. They will apply with double force, however, if it is a daughter-in- law to whom you must adjust. Having made these as- sumptions, which will be the wiser choice? It is safe to say that you will be happy in your daughter's home, and she and her family will be happy with your presence there, if you can fulfill the following conditions: 1. You are not ashamed or resentful of being old. Some of the unhappiest of elders are those who fight age, as though it were an enemy. They can- not let themselves relax to enjoy, as they should, t h e i r mellow years. They avoid their own contemporaries and seek to share in all the activities of a younger generation; as though, somehow, youth might rub off on themselves. Act Your Age 2. Having accepted grace- fully the fact of your age, you act your age. You exchange visits with friends of your own generation. You belong to or- ganizations and take part in activities that are keyed to retirees. You do not expect to be included in every invitation which your daughter receives, nor to accompany her and your son-in-law each time they go out for an evening's enter- tainment. When they entertain their own friends, you remember "a good book I'm reading" or " a letter I must write" and retire early to your room --unless the inslstenee that you remain is too emphatic to doubt its sincerity. You ,never resort to the "poor little me; I know that I'm only an old lady" taetic to make you r daughter feel guilty. 3. You have a heroic control over your tongue. When your daughter and her husband have their inevitable spats, you quietly efface yourself. You never take sides, no matter bow wrong you know the man to be. You refuse to discuss her husband's faults with your daughter. The most you will say is, "You married him, my dear. You just have to learn to live with him." You never, but never inter- fere with the disciplining of the children. You will be tempted often. Many times you will disagree with your daugh- ter's and son-in-law's child- rearing methods, but you will bite off your tongue before you will let them or the children know it. The youngsters never will hear you say "Your mother is too strict with you," or "Your daddy lets you have your own way too much." 4. You are not a domineer- ing person. You are able to see your daughter as an adult, capable of making her own decisions and no longer dependent upon you. You do not try to tell her hw to dress, how to cook or how to run her home. Unless your opinion is asked, there is FATHER TRESE never a peep out of you. You pay your daughter and her husband the supreme com- pliment of letting them make their own mistakes. If you can fulfill these four requirements, by all means go and live with your daughter. You, she, her husband and children, all will be happy friends together. (Father Trese welcomes let- ters from his readers. The in- creasing volume of letters prohibits personal answers but problems and ideas contained in such correspondence can be the basis of future columns. Address all letters to Father Leo J. Trese, care of The Progress.) God In His Works n the "Idea of A Uni- versity", C a r d i n a 1 Newman pat.iently and reverently presents an absorbing and beautiful notion of God. "He created all things out of nothing, and pre- serves them every moment, and could destroy them as easily as He made them . . . "He is ever present in His works, one by one and con-{ fronts everything He has made by Iris particular and most loving Providence, and mani- fests Himself to each accord- ing to its needs. "God is a Being who, though the highest, yet in the work of creation, conversation, govern- ment, retribution, makes Him. self, as it were, the minister and servant of all... "The laws of the universe, the principles of truth, the relation of one thing to another their qualities and virtues, the order and harmony of the whole, all that exists, is from Him . . . "From Him has been every movement which has convul- sed and refashioned the sur- face of the earth. The ever - teeming, inexhaustible swarms of animalculae, the myriads of living motes in- visible to the naked eye . . . are His. His are the tribes and families of birds and beasts, their graceful forms, their wild gestures, and their passionate cries . . . "To Him must be ascribed the rich endowments of the intellect, the irradieation of genius, the imagination of the poet, the sagacity of the politician . . . The old saws of nations, the majestic pre- cepts of philosophy, the lumin- ous maxims of laws, the oracles of individual wisdom, the traditional rules of truth, justice, a n d religion, even though imbedded in corrup -'" tion, or alloyed with the pride of the world, betoken His or- iginal agency and His long- suffering presence." Walter J. Sullivan, C.S.P. Calendar SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, MASS: Incline, Domine--Bow down thy ear (Green). Gl., 2nd Pr. of 7 Sor- rows of the B.V.M., Cr., Pref. of Trin. Mass for Parish. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, SS. CORNELIUS, POPE AND CYPRIAN, B I S H O P, MAR- TYRS, MASS: Intret--Let the sighing (Red). GI., 2nd Pr. of Holy Martyrs. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, COMMEMORATION OF THE IMPRESSION OF THE STIG- MATA OF ST. FRANCIS, MASS as on Sun. (Green). No. Gl., 2nd Pr. of St. Francis, no Cr., Com. Pref. Or MASS: Mihi aurora--But God forbid (White). Gl. WEDNESDAY, S E P T E M- BER 18, EMBER WEDNES- DAY OF AUTUMN, M A S S : Exultate Deo--Rejoice (Violet). Extra Pr. after Kyrie, no GI., 2nd Pr. of St. Joseph Cuper- tino. Fast and Partial Absti- nence. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, SS. JANUARIUS AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS, MASS: Salus autem--The sal- vation (Red). G1. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, EMBER FRIDAY OF AU- TUMN, MASS: Laetetur car-- Let the heart (Violet). No GI., 2nd Pr. of SS. Eustace and Camp. Fast and Abstinence. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2I, ST. MATTHEW, APOSTLE 4 AND EVANGELIST--EMBER SATURDAY OF AUTUMN, MASS: Os justi--The mouth of the Just (Red). Gl., 2nd Pr. of Ember Sat., Cr., Pref. of Apos- tles. Mass for Parish. Fast and Partial Abstinence.