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ID---THE PROGRESS Friday, Sept. 13, 1963 Father Szeman YOU The teachings of St. Paul bring back to our minds /that the whole Church and all her members must be in a state of mission, of evangelization, of sanctifi- cation, and of conquest. This missionary work is not the task of just one member but the task of each member, the responsibility , of every single person. No one is exempt from it. The layman is called and directed toward the apostolate as a result of Bap- tism and Confirmation; as a layman, it is his responsibility, his .. right and his duty to engage in the apostolate. The Church.is his affair. Mission Countries In missionary countries the role of the lay person, of course, has been very great. In fact, a great majority of the mission work could not go on if it were not for the catechists -- paid and volunteers -- who have helped reduplicate, help to multiply the work that one priest can do. For instance, in Korea today the ranks of the Church are swelling and the ratio of adult baptisms to priests is the high- est in the Far East, and one of the highest in the world. The catechists are now reinforced by over 10,400 member Legion of Mary, which has a praesidia in most of the nations parishes. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning. At Home Even here in our country, of course, you realize that there are mission fields. There is either a shortage of clergy or a poor distribution of our 56,000 priests. There are still too many Catholics being denied adequate parish life and more priest missionaries are needed right here in the U.S. . For instance -- 12 of our 50 states claim less than seven , per cent Catholic population. North Carolina is only one per , cent compared to 14 per cent in Tanganyika. In one 350 mile stretch of U.S. 27 leading from Georgia to Florida there are , " the years ahead will provide relief to these priest-denied Catho- lics who live in this country's mission fields. Lay Theologians In fact, there is even a professional status for lay theolog- ians. At the University of San Francisco for instance, there is the Institute of Lay Theology. Right now it has 22 highly quali- fied lay theologians working in 38 western parishes as Inquiry Forum directors, but it's necessary to find many more men with college and religious backgrounds who are willing to do this work in parishes at a beginning salary of $600 monthly. The results of the forum discussions given by these men in parishes show that one out of every four people who attend the- complete series of 20 lectures is-converted or' returns tO the Faith, and there have been 1,112 such occurrences to date. This figure does not include the one out of every 16 persons who, ". while remaining uncommitted at the end of a series, indicates . that he would join the Church within a year. Nor does it include , the one out of every eight who has been reinstroduced to the spiritual value of their Catholic Faith. Based on these figures, ILT estimates that the addition of 1,000 professional lay theolo- " gians in the U.S. would have a minimum potential of 50,000 conversions a year. Applicants for this work must be able to study for one year in San Francisco at their own expense. The year's course  of studies includes 396 hours of class time in church history, '- apologetics, Christology, ecclesiology, positive and ascetical  theology, plus miscellaneous subjects such as communications, . direct mail, missiology and the application of social doctrines : to parish life. . As everyone can see the Church is moving ahead. The role of the lay person is taking its proper perspective. It is important, . therefore, for every individual to make sure that they are con- ? tributing, that they are following the command of Christ to "go forth and teach all nations."  Cut out this column, pin your sacrifice to it and mail it to Father Szeman, Archdiocesan Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 907 Terry Ave., Seattle 98104. . Korean Lad Brings About Reunion A HEARTY laugh was evoked from Rev. Gerald Moffat, archdiocesan CYO director, by Peter Gi:vanni, 12, a Korean orpha n who arrived Saturday in Seattle to attend school in Spokan e. With them is Rev. Reinard W. Beaver (Capt.) Army chaplain with the 7th Divi- only four towns that have Catholic churches so if you are going to go on a vacation there make sure you plan your stops. Many Catholics in the priest poor areas of the U.S. see a priest fewer times each year than do the people living in the remote jungle areas of the Amazon River. There are, however, sion in.Korea and bound for a new assignment in Nuremburg, Germany. Peter, of Korean several congregations of priests, Sisters and Brothers working and Caucasian extraction, an orphaned cripple since infancy and socially "unwanted" in his on this problem and the extension lay volunteers are growing native ]and, was befriended by Father Beaver in an orphanage in Pohang and started last in number and influence. Consequently, there is reason to hope  .... ye0r th'e.paper work to' bring him to the U.S. The Pohang institution has been a recipient of :aid ft'om: various persons in the Bellevue area. Father Beaver, formerly of Walla Walla, : ." ) and Father Moffat are members of the 1956 ordination class of St. Edward's Seminary. --(Progress Photo by W. C. Heib ]r.) Catholics Urged To Join Industry To Better Films .............. VENICE, . Italy, Sept. 10 (Radio, NC)--A call to -Catholics to penetrate the film industry to produce better movies, was sounded by Giovanni Cardinal Ur- bani, Patriarch of Venice, at a reception held in con- Z/ection with the :fenice Film Festival. Cardinal Urbani, following the example of his predecessor as Caholic Award Patriarch, the late Pope John, invited dignitaries and film in- Given 'Hud' dustry tenders who were here w.l for th-e festiyal to vis:)tlhiS ::yeSi:i). r.m dence.. During the visit he SlOkd' " V E N I C E, (Radio, NC) -- 0ii":ihe ::pio-blems of today's movies,: =: , The Cardinal said that there are many motion pictures today which deal with the "most shameful hum.an paSsions.:' AI, though h acknowledged that many good films are being pro- duced, he also said that a "pain- ful reality" is always more ap- parent. ."That reality," he said, is the "incapacity of the_movie industry to liberate itself from certain Freudian complexes, from certain themes of exas- perated sexuality and from certain problems of congeni- tal perversion." To combat this situation, Car- dinal Urbani said, the Church is continuing its programs of reviewing movies, recommend- ing good ones, condemning bad ones and :in general backing ef- forts-aimed at educating the taste and judgment of movie goers. He added that he be- lieves that still another Church program should be undertaken, saying: "At the Second Vatican Coun- cil the voices of the Shepherds were raised, commenting on a project dealing with the modern inst.rumentsof Social c0mmuni- cation; In regard to the movies, the prevailing v!ew was along this line: "There should be promoted a vastpublic opinion cam- paign to interest Catholies in m o tl o n picture production. There are needed backers, writers, directors and artists. Specialists are needed, and prommmg : experiments and undertakings Of v a r ious i groups and institutions should be encouraged and helped, .... Wha a vast field of activity for the Catholic laity, which is dedicated" to the consecration of the world, a task which re- veals itself t0day to be always more neoessiry and urgent." When . you: patronize our advertisers, tell them you saw their message in The Progress. "Hud," a Hollywood produc- tion starring Paul Newman, has been given the International Catholic Office of the Cinema (aCID) award at the.film fes- tival here. A special communique of the Catholic organization ci t e d "Hud" for its high qualities and also took aim at the low moral quality of most other entries in the festival, as L'Osservatore Romano, daily Vatican City newspaper, pointed .out. The citation said "the jury of the International Catholic Office Of the Cinema for the 1963 Ven- ice festival, from the rare films that defend human values, has singled out for the award of its prize a work--"Hud" of Martin Ritt--tbat is opposed to the myth of today's false hero as an exponent of the new genera- tion who searches for and chooses his path in liberty and in the affirmation of his con- science." L'Osservatore e a I 1 e d the mass of entries in this year's Venice festival "an arid des- ert of moral and esthetic values." Meanwhile, it was announced that this year's international Catholic film festival, sponsored by aCID will be held in Assisi September 25 to 29. Says Billy Rose Drops 'The Deputy' NEW YORK (NC)--Variety has reported that producer Billy Rose has decided to fore- go plans for his Broadway production of the controversial German play, "The Deputy." The show business weekly magazine gave no additional details on Rose,s action to drop the play which is an at- tack on Pope Plus XII, alleg- ing he was indifferent to Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II. Written by Rolf Hochhuth and first produced in Berlin, the play bas been roundly criticized by Catholics, includ- ing the German hierarchy, as a false picture of the latv Pope. Cardinal Hits Commumst RegimeAcjain BERLIN, Sept. 10 (NC) Stefan Cardinal Wys- zynski has again warned Poland's Communist gov- ernment to stop its anti- Catholic actions, according to reports here. The Primate of Poland -- speaking out for the third time in three weeks against restric- tions on Church activities and government efforts to restrict Catholic influence--declared: "Neither machine nor indus- trial combine can enslave men who have once stopped bowing to emperors and will never again agree to becoming en- slaved." Cardinal Wyszynski spoke in Warsaw Sept. 7 at the consecra- tion of St. Stanislaw church. He told a congregation of about 2,000 that there can be no co- existence and peace until free- dom, truth and justice are re- spected. In late August the Cardinal spoke at a Mass at the Polish national Marian shrine at Czes- tochowa attended by 6g,0g0 peo- ple. He told them: "We are still waiting for the realization of justice in our homeland, not only for privi- leged groups, but for all the people, especially the Cath- olic faithful." A week earlier he had spoken at the same place against gov- ernment efforts to stop pilgrims from gathering at the shrine. Reports have also reached here that a part of the major seminary of the Katowice dio- cese in Poland has been taken over by the Polish government, The government, reports state, claimed that the seminary did not need all its space because of the number of seminarians drafted into the armed forces. Merry-Go.Round Helps Church CONEY ISLAND, N.Y. (NC) --It's a case of ride the merry- go-round and help the Church at popular Steeplechase Park here at Coney Island. The amusement park carried out a custom established by the late George C. Tilyou. For the 65th year the Tilyou family contributed a day's gross re- ceipts to Our Lady of Solace church in Brooklyn. Fully Air.Conditioned MUKILTEO-BY-THE-SEA ENJOY 'DINNER DANCING' (no cover charge) EVERY FRI. & SAT. 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