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/ r? Curia Seems 'Lose In Council Debate By MSGR. JAMES I. TUCEK VATICAN CITY (NC)--The opening discussion on the schema "On Bishops and the Government of Dioceses" in the ecumenical council indicated a short, hard-hitting battle in the week to come with the Roman curia a sure loser. One of the clear issues was whether or not powers now exercised exclusively by the Roman curia should be returned to bishops of dioceses. The Roman curia--the congregations and offices which assist the Pope in the central administration and government of the worldwide Church--was not technically a party to the debate, since technically it has nothing to do with the council. The Fathers of the council are such because they are bishops of varying degrees of eminence, title and powers, whether Pope, Cardinal, Archbishop, Bishop or otherwise, as set down in canon law. The members of the curia are in the council as bishops, but they obviously have not forgotten, either in the council's preparation or in its progress, the interests of the curia. And therein the current battle lies. All speakers at the council's general meeting of November 5 discussed the general acceptability of the schema. All of them said in effect: "The schema is generally acceptable, but . . . " The "but" in all except one speech was in reality an arrow that pointed directly at the heart of the curia. The one exception was the speech made by James Francis Cardinal McIntyre of Los Angeles, who did not touch upon the curia directly. Instead, he expressed fear over giving juridical powers to national conferences of bishops. The other speeches made these three chief points: 1. An open accusation of tampering with the schema in a manner not in keeping with council regulations. 2. Insistence that the curia should be made more inter- national, $. Insistence that powers should be returned to the bishops in all things necessary for the proper government of a diocese. Archbishop Leo Binz of St. Paul, who is a member of the Commission for Bishops and the Government of Dioceses, referred to the schema as "an unhappy schema" with "no real introduction, no connecting link and no real conclusion." This, he said, was the result of the fact that five chapters of the original schema had been deleted when it was returned from the Coordinating Commission. He revealed that the schema was completed in March, 1963, and that only the bishops near Rome and the experts of Rome (Continued on Page 2) DH::ddii:e-"---00sS:--Wcls 'HolyArchbishPLand' Visits Roadblock Vo, 66--No. 4s womb. F,00do00 Nov 8 ,963 All About? By George N. Kramer, Ph.D. B The Soviets did it again, the third time within three weeks. !} Another U.S. troop convoy of 12 vehicles and 44 men was :: blocked on the Berlin corridor at Marienborn checkpoint Mon- day, hemmed in by Soviet arm- ored vehicles and surrounded by threatening machine guns and other weapons. The really big issue that concerned our State Depart- ment was how to explain this rudeness on the part of Khrushchev's bully boys. There were even admissions that this latest incident was probably not due to misunder- standings or lack of communi- cation or the irresponsible acts of low-level Soviet military commanders but that it had been planned that way. However, there are some who are still expressing doubts that this is the explanation. They wonder if it wasn't just a neat little 4-hour trick to impress Red China that the Soviets could be tough. Or perhaps this was one way of trying to get Presi- dent Kennedy to agree to a summit conference on Berlin. Or maybe the Soviet military leaders staged this show to convince the political wheels in the Kremlin that they would not be so soft toward the West. Since guessing is in order here, might the purpose of the Soviets have been to distract attention from what has been going on in South Vietnam? Just guessing, of course. Goodbye, South Vietnam Unify Out of  welter of garbled and conflicting news reports since Friday a somewhat co- herent story of the coup in South Vietnam emerges. Many aspects yet require explanation:and some of the truth is wrapped in mystery, because Vietnam censorship of the news still prevails. However, some reporters have succeeded in sending through apparently reliable dis. patches. Not much information has been furnished by official re- leases from Washington. White House and State Department sources said they were still awaiting a full account of the (Continued on Page 5) -Ireland, That Is BY THE MOST REV. THOMAS A. CONNOLLY Archbishop of Seattle Via Western Union ROME, Nov. 6--The Fathers of the Council scat- tered to the four winds over the long week-end just passed. There were no general congregations of the Council Friday, the Feast of All Saints, November I, nor Monday, November 4, an Italian national holiday commemorating the victory of the Italian Army over the Austrians in World War I. This holiday is usually observed June 2 but due to the critical illness of Pope John XXIII, it was postponed to last Monday. It might be well to remark here, in passing, that had the standardized, perpetual world calendar been !i! in effect, we would have had no long holiday but :: ( .  ::: would have been compelled to remain in durance vile, as the saying goes. i Most of the Italian Bishops and a great number of the German, French, and Spanish Bishops as well L as those from North Africa returned to their respec- tive dioceses, to complete unfinished business and En Route To Medical Missions NINE MEDICAL MISSION SISTER novices from the Philippine Islands arrive in Philadelphia after they had traveled 10,000 miles to complete their religious formation in this country before assignments to profession hospital work around the world. In the group are four pharmacists, two graduate nurses, two accountants and a secretary. For Senior Citizens: New Washington Hotel Now The Josephinum In keeping with the finest Catholic tradition, the latest "child" of the Church in the Northwest, the residence hotel for senior citizens, was christened during the past week, within a month of its acquisi- tion, and was given the name of The Josephinum. Thus the former New Washington Hotel, at Second Avenue and Stewart Street since 1906, has not only begun a new life, but has been given a new name, and has been placed in the care of a new sponsor. By the choice of the name it is evident that the building, its works and its guests will be put under the patronage of St. Joseph, to whom, in another era, was entrusted the manage- ment of the humble house at Nazareth and the care and protec- tion of its precious guests. While many names were considered for the new senior citizens' hotel, His Excellency, Archbishop Connolly, presently in Rome attending the second session of Vatican II, felt that the holy man of Nazareth, whom Almighty God selected as the spouse of the Mother of God, and the foster father of His Divine Son, and the head of the Holy Family, should be put in charge of the new Seattle family of senior citizens which will be occupying The Josephinum. Needless to say, the choice of the name met with the en- thusiastic approval of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark, who will be important members of the staff of The Josephinum, and of Colonel Joseph Primeau, new manager. (See story and coupon page 3). Declared Blessed REV. LEONARD MURIALDO mote a subversive emaneipa- tio of the needy and suffering workers." Instead, the Pope said, the Church immediately, in the per- son of men such as Blessed Leonardo, extended "her lov- ing, positive and disinterested aid to the sons of the people. She surrounded them with un- derstanding, affection, educa- tion and love, and she paved the way for their social prog- ress." Pope Paul said that on the occasion of the beatification of Blessed Leonardo, the Church "speaks to us of the still un- satisfied and urgent needs of our society. She still exhorts us to give to man, and parti- cularly to the man who does manual labor, paramount con- sideration in the omplex pat- tern of economic production and social progress. Pope's Christmas Message Dec. 23 VATICAN CITY (NC) -- Pope Paul VI will broadcast his Christmas radio message to the world Monday, Dec. at 8 p.m. Rome time, 2 p.m. EST. Announcement of release on local stations of this, the first Christmas Message of the new Holy Father, will be published in The Progress at a later date. In Rome VATICAN CITY (NC) --Blessed Leonardo Muri- aldo exeml}lified the Church's concern for the "still unsatisfied and ur- gent needs of our society," Pope Paul VI declared at the beatification ceremony in St. Peter's for the Church's new- est Blessed. The Pope, 12 cardinals, num- erous bishops and 20,000 pil- grims from all over the world filled a good part of the apse of St. Peter's November 3 for the concluding ceremonies marking the beatification of the 19th century Italian priest who devoted his life to the education of working class youths. ]Present also in the basilica were 450 members of the Pious Society of St. Joseph of Turin, Italy, which was founded by Blessed Leonardo to carry on his work. Turin's mayor and the city's standard bearer also were given places of honor at the ceremony. Referring to Blessed Leon. ardo's work with young boys who had to support themselves and their families at very early ages, the Pope said the Bless- ed's effort should be "viewed against the historic background of the 19th century, which ap- plies in our century, since it shows us once more the social charity of the Church. "With the development of mod- ern industry and the consequent formation of a working and pro- letarian class, the Church did not issue clamorous manifestoes (as did the Marxists) to pro- catch up with current items. A number of others visited Lourdes, Athens, Malta, Sicily, Vienna and the Holy Land. Visits In Ireland I also visited the Holy Land, of Ireland, that is. There I have my own personal shrine, the home where my saintly . mother was born. She was of that class of valiant women, mentioned in the Scriptures, a woman of rare, mature judg- ment and a divine sense of humor. A visit to the Isle of Saints and Scholars is always a re- freshing experience, spiritually and otherwise for there one 32 Deacons Assigned To Duties ST. LOUIS (NC) -- Joseph Cardinal Ritter has directed fourth-year theologians in St. Louis diocesan seminaries to "get out into the field" for broader pastoral experience. The direction came after 32 young men were ordained as deacons last month. They are scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood next spring. The 32 have been given weekend assignments to parishes in the St. Louis area. They will teach, preach, baptize and help dis- tribute Communion at Sunday Masses. Creation of a permanent diaconate was approved by the Fathers at the Second Vatican Council October 30 in areas where local bishops feel it necessary. This is the first time deacons have been used in the St. Louis arch- diocese for these purposes. The program is welcomed by pastors here who are getting an added "assistant" for a few months, but its primary purpose is to give the future priests greater preparation for their role, according to Father Oscar Miller, C.M., of Kenrick Seminary. comes into contact with people for whom the Faith is a living, perpetual source of motivation, people who live close to God. It is indeed "home" to me and my host of first and second cousins who see to it that I do not forget it. God bless them all. On my way to London, I sat next to the Rt. Rev. John Moorman, Bishop of Ripon in England and leader of the Anglican delegation of observ- ers to the second session of Vatican Council II. You may recall that recently he declared, in a. press inter- view, that he believed that An- glicans could accept the Pope as the natural head of a United Christian Church. This was the first hopeful statement made by an observer thus far in the Council, that the Primacy of the Pope was not an insuperable obstacle to Christian Unity. He said that if there is to be a final unity among Christians, there will have to be a central head of the Church and that that head will clearly have to be the Bishop of Rome, even though there would be some difficulty in recognizing the basis upon which his primacy rests. The bishop is a very happy, congenial little man and the (Continued on Page 2) The Nhu Children Arrive In Rome i THE THREE YOUNGER children of Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu are met on arrival in left. The children; from left, are: iRome by their uncle, Archbishop Ngo Dinh Thuc, Stotementt :Ngo Dinh Le Quyen, 4; Ngo Dinh Quyhn, 10, and Ngo Dinh Trac, 15. Archbishop Thuc ROME (NC) Archbishop Pierre Ngo dinh Thuc of Hue, Vietnam, met his nephews and niecewhose father was killed in the military coup d'etat which overthrew the government of the late President Ngo Dinh Diem  on their arrival in Rome. Neither the Archbishop nor the chil- dren made any statement. Archbishop Thuc is the brother of President Ngo Dinh Diem and NgO Dinh Nhu, both of whom were killed November 2. The Archbishop, however, had is- sued a statement the day before No- vember 4 at the airport in Nice, France, before returning from a visit there to the ecumenLcal council here. His state- ment said: "I have no further information than what has been published by the press on the latest developments in Saigon. "I am certain only of these essential points: "1. My brothers fell gloriously in fighting all foreign domination. "2. As true Christians they gave their lives for the unity and the integral independence of Vietnam. "3. As true Christians they par- doned their enemies because they knew not what they were :doing. "As a Christian and Vietnamese bishop, I am thinking of all Vietnamese who have fallen in this fratricidal fight. "I ask the Good Lord to accord them eternal rest, and for our beloved fatherland, Vietnam, peace in liberty and fraternity." f .J President Calls For Prayers On Thanksgiving WASHINGTON (NC) -- Presi- dent Kennedy called upon Americans to pray for guidance to "sustain us in the great un- finished task of a c h i e v i n g peace, justice and understand- 807 Attend ing among all men and na- tions." Nocturnal Vigil He made the appeal in his proclamation setting aside No- Nocturnal Vigils on the eve vember 28 as the day of ha- of the first Saturday of Novem- tional Thanksgiving. ber attracted a total of 807 He urged Amerieansun that persons in St. James Cathedral, day to thank God for their Seattle, and St. Patrick Church, "manifold blessings" and to Tacoma. resolve to share them with The Cathedral had an attend- "our fellow human beings once of 351 and there were 456 throughout the world." at St. Patrick's. "On that day," the President The devotions are scheduled urged, "let us gather in sanc- on the eve of the first Saturday tuaries dedicated to worship of each month in answer to re- and in homes blessed by family quests of Our Lady of Fatima affection to express our grati- for prayerful observance of tude for the glorious gifts of first Saturdays. God." McCormack Asks Aid To Humanities WASHINGTON ( N C ) Speaker of the House John W. McCormack of Massachusetts said here that aid to education should fissist the arts and humanities as well as the sci- ences. McCormack said that as the nation m a k e s ,'incomparable strides" in science, "it must move forward with equal steps toward a broadening and a deepening of its cultural and intellectual life." "There is only disaster in closing our eyes to the arts as we concentrate on the sci- ences," he declared. The House Speaker made his comments as he received the 1963 Cardinal Gibbons Medal presented by the alumni asso- ciation of the Catholic Univer- sity of America November 2. He described as "most con- structive" a suggestion ad- vanced last June by Msgr. William J. McDonald, rector of the Catholic University, for creation of a national founda- tion modeled on the National Science Foundation, to assist graduate students in the arts and humanities. McCormack said the propo- Cardinal Gibbons Medalist "FOR HIS DEVOTION to the processes of a free and democratic government," Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack was awarded the Cardinal Gibbons "Medal of the Alumni Association of the Catholic University of America. At the presentation in Washington are: Frank McQuade, alumni president; Msgr. Joseph B. McAllister, vice rector of the university and Mr. McCormack. sal is "worthy of every consid- eration." "While we must be powerful militirily, we must also be strong spiritually.., For deep faith is the affirmative strength that could well be the differ- ence between victory and de- feat," he said. He paid tribute to the Catho- lic University for providing a "well-balanced" education in which both science and the hu- manities is included. McCormack also lauded the late Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore for whom the Gib. bons Medal is named. He said Cardinal Gibbons was "perhaps the first great ecumenist in the hierarchy of the American Church" an d stood for "genuine and com- plete Catholicism in entire harmony with a genuine and complete Americanism." He said the ecumenical coun- cil in progress in Rome is "one of the great events of history." "While military power is nec- essary as a deterrent to Com- munist aggression, the ecumen- ical spirit everywhere is neces- sary for a future world of peace," McCormack said. In Today's Progress Fifth Council Week Saw Major Moves ............. 2 Senior Citizens May Register Now for the Josephinum... With Extreme Caution (Editorial) ................ 4 "I Don't Believe in Shotgun Weddings" . ...... Complete SU Library Plans Told ................ 8 Archaeology Jesuit's Topic.. 9 CYO Tacoma Office in Full Swing ................ 10 Tacoma Tertiarles Plan Concert .............. 12 McDONALD McGARRY INSURANCE BROKERS 747 Dexter Horton Bldg. SEATTLE, 98104 MA 3-2212 / ,)