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Official Archbishop's Communique: Nov. 29:0000,963 .... PROGRESS--3 Vigil Of The Feast ' Of The Immaculate uropeans Join In America's Grief mm 1 Conception (Continued from Page 2) THE MOST REVEREND THOMAS A. CONNOLLY, bishops who are working for the Saturday, December 7, the Vigil of the Feast of the immaculate Conception is a day of fast and partial bsthaence. Catholic University Collection lastors and others concerned are reminded that the Collection for the Catholic University of America is to be taken up on Sunday, December 1 st, in accord- ance with the Official which appeared in the Cath- olic Northwest Progress of November 22nd. The pro- ceeds should be forwarded to The Chancery with- out delay. Thanksgiving Clothing Drive Pastors and'others concerned are reminded that the Thanksgiving Clothing Drive should be brought to the attention of the faithful Sunday, December 1st. Nocturnal Adoration The Reverend Pastors of King and Pierce Coun- ties are requested to announce at all Masses Sunday, December Ist, the hours of adoration suggested for their respective parishes for the "First Saturday" Vigil a St. James Cathedral, Seattle, and St. Pat- rick's Church, Tacoma, during the night of Decem- ber 6-7. THE CHANCERY By Order of the Most Reverend Archbishop November 29, 1963. Month's Intention For Family Rosary: World Peace Through Mutual Esteem, Trust and Charity Even then it seemed to take a rather lorlg time for one ac- tually to realize the shattering consequences of the statement. The news spread up and down the Via Veneto like wild-fire but from the shocked silence that followed, one would think that all were in a state of sus- pended animation. People sat or stood and looked out into space. Then they slowly moved toward one another, seemingly for protection from some un- seen enemy for there was a sense of impending doom abroad, as if there had been some type or other of divine visitatio D. People gathered in small groups and whispered their surprme and shock at this senseless, unspeakably tragic disaster. It was not long be- fore sadness gave way to fury and anger and rage that this world champion of peace and justice and freedom had been cut down as a guerilla would have hacked down his prey in some remote jungle. A number of Americans had come into the hotel lobby here from the street to commiserate with one another and while the women and many of the men wept unashamediy, one of their number held forth in a vehe- ment denunciation of the South and all its ignorance, the barbarism, the savagery, the viciousness that was embodied in the soul of the assassin. Crowds gathered at the Amer- ican Embassy and stood silent- ly in mourning as a cordon of Italian police was immediately thrown around the building. They maintained an all-night In a World troubled by suffering and the threat vigil along the rail separating of an annihilating war, the intention proposed by the Via Veneto from the em- the Holy Father for December, the month of Advent bassy g a r d e n s, talking in and Christmas, expresses the hope of men every- where; "That peace among peoples, through mutual esteem, trust and charity, may governments always claim and be promoted by every possible means." The late 'Holy Father, John XXIII, in announcing this in- tention, must have had in mind the thoughts of his final en- cyclical, 'acem in Terris," which began: "It is eident that Peace on Earth, wlich men of every era have;" yearned for most eagerly, e.an be firmly estab- lished only if the order laid down by' God is dutifully ob- served." The dignity of the human per- son is God's free gift. It readily follows that in human society to one man's right there is a cor- responding duty in all other per- sons. It is the duty of acknow- ledging a n d respecting it h e rights in question. Peace among peoples cannot survive when individuals or strongly demand their own rights, while perennially re- fusing to recognize their God- imposed duty to respect similar rights of other individuals and of other nations. Yet no one will esteem a person he cannot trust. Hence our prayer must ask for mu- tual trust among all peoples, founded on the threefold vir- tues of truth, sincerity and fidelity. Where truth is miss- ing, the whole structure of communication of ideas is completely undermined and therefore made impossible. Also essential to peace is Christian charity which sees all men as sons of the same Heav- enly Father. Through charity, comes cooperation among all men in the work of bringing harmony and peace to the world. '... This is A Dark Hour In Our H,sfory'" : (Excerpts From lshop Gill's Sermon) / The following are ex cerpts:rom a sermon by the Most Reverend: Thomas E. Gill, V.G., Auxiliary Bishop of Seat- tle, given :Monday a t the the solemn pontifical requiem Mass which.  he celebrated for the repose of the soul of John F. Kennedy. " . . . This is a dark hour in our history. Bells of mourning from end to end of this vast land -- and far on across the world -- are tolling a doleful ymphony of sorrow. "Not only is an eminent, tal- ented, beloved figure in Ameri- / burdened heart in a fetchingly understanding and exquisitely human message of feeling for his bereaved family. The theme of all these expressions has added up to a monumental trib- ute to this great/and good man, this martyr-Patriot of modern America, John' Fitzgerald Ken- nedy. . . Foregoing therefore further reference to his really extraordinary talents and com- petency in all those areas of public life which benefitted by the masterly touch of his inter- national and national leader- ship, i should like to acknow- ledge the excellence of his ca- reer as a Christian gentleman. "He never backed away from the issues posed by that can life dead; not only is a ,identification. He took very President of the United Stgtes, seriously the obligation and in ,the midst of his first]and : the opportunity to make his promising years of the presi: dency dead--his remains 'lying in a coffin and even noW! con- signed t o the cold ear; 'not only has a world-wide Aeader whose counsel has been re- spected 'and listened to all across the globe in the control and settldment of grave issues Faith respected among men by the cogent force of his own good example. He did not believe in compromising the uncompromisable. He re- fused to humiliate truth by saying or thinking that it doesn't make any difference. He not only assented to the truth of his Faith, he honestly and consistently tried to live that beset the human race, been it. suddenly removed from the in- . "Surely, like the rest of hu- ternational scene where he was roans, he suffered his limita- so much needed; but this inspir- hag leader, this professed and proven friend not only of all Americans but of all mankind is dead of an enormously evil, maddeningly irrational,, sicken- ingly sudden act of wanton de- struction, leaving a great na- tion n0t ,only stricken with grief for its bereavement but anguished by the indignity and tormented/by the horror of it all. '  "Truly'his is a dark hour in our history .... "We have been telling these condolences to each other. The telephones /of this cathedral parish house, so remote from the nation's capitol, have been in restless agitation for three days and, most of three nights because so many of our warm- hearted fellow citizens wanted to tell us how keenly they feel our grief over the untimely end of our first Catholic President. "Most of all, the entire na- tion has held out its heavy,. / / tions. It would be unconcion- ably cruel to deny him the hhlp of your generous, faithful and enduring intercession by im- plying flawless perfection. "It is safe, however, to say that his effort was impressive and edifying. His monument is the image that survives him of a man who honored his com- mitments. His precious legacy to his progeny and to poster- ity is the shining, manly lesson of steadfast, self-disciplined per- sonal responsibility and fidelity to the ideals handed him with the torch of faith. "But of John Kennedy him- self, more.oh incomparably morel -- t h a n monuments, memories and tributes sur- vive . . . Oh yes! John Ken- nedy survives. His indestruct- ible soul no assassin's bullet could touch, is now in eter- nity. "This is our concept- as it was his concept--of man, of life and of death... " hushed whispers. Signed Condolence Books For several days thereafter, thousands trooped into the em- bassy to sign the condolence books and officially register their sympathy. Groups from many organizations marched silently, two and three hundred strong, behind furled American and Italian flags, preceded by uniformed members bearing im- mense floral pieces which they deposited in the EmbaSsy Lob- by. All flags on the government buildings (where : apparently only flags are flown) were at half-mast; the :entertainment world came to a complete stand- still, not only in Rome but throughout Europe. For example, in Munich, the 15 million dollar opera house, recently completed after hav- ing been destroyed during World War II, was being dedicated with the performance of one of Richard Strauss's operas when word was received of the death of President Kennedy. The per- formance was immediately ns- pended and the glittering rows of nobles, diplomats, govern- ment officials and noted artists silently rose and left the build- ing. The Holy Father celebrated a Mass of requiem in his priv- ate chapel Saturday morning and sent a personal note of sympathy to the late Presi- dent's widow, to his parents and his family. A low Mass was celebrated in the Church of Santa Susanna Saturday evening by Francis Cardinal Spellman, at which many of the Council Fathers were in attendance as well as mere- bers of the diplomatic corps and the American colony here. Last evening, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Pope's cathedral in Rome, Francis Cardinal Spellman celebrated a solemn pontifical Mass of-re- quiem before some 39 cardinals, hundreds of the Council Fathers from all countries, ambassador and Mrs. Reinhardt and the en- tire diplomatic corps. The huge basilica was filled to capacity for this official tribute to the memory of our late president, 'Shame Of America' There are nine or ten daily papers published here in Rome for this great reading public and they outdid themselves in their encomiums and eulogies of our former, great leader. However, there was a note of criticism and condemnation' in many of them over this un- civilized manifestation of vio- lence here in the United states, a country that has always pro- jected the image abroad as a law-abiding land, governed by law, where justice is served sination of President Kennedy was generally regarded as the shame of America where ac- tually, all claims to the con- trary notwithstanding, people do not seem to know the differ- ence between ballots and bul- lets. Much to "our embarrassment, the spirit of hate and violence was further intensified by the monstrous murder of the ac- cused assassin which supplied the local press with the choicest kind of fodder to feed its read- ers. The blame for all this is to be shared by hundreds of bigotted, prejudiced, biased, so- called citizens of our country. 'If We Love Our Country' Chief Justice Earl Warren summed up the situation very succinctly when he said, "If we really love this country; if we truly love justice and mercy; if we fervently want to make this nation better for those who are to follow us, we can at least adjure the hatred that consumes people, the false ac- cusations that divide us and the bitterness that begets violence. Is it too much to hope that the martyrdom of our beloved Pres- ident might even soften the hearts of those who themselves would recoil from assassination but who do not shrink from spreading the venom that en- kindles thoughts of it in others." While he aimed his remarks at the extreme rightists, the same is true of the leftists for in our democratic way, we allow communist Russia to ship into our country tons of lying, inflamatory propaganda when we can't even lip a two- page bible tract through the Iron Curtain! In the civilizing process that our country has been under- going for several hundred years, the city of Dallas has somehow been overlooked and neglected. The American forces network which taps all the national net- works of the states and broad- casts from three or four sta- tions in Stuttgart, Munich, 14- 1945, etc., gave excellent cover- age to all the sad, historic events of the past few days and in English. We were also able to see some TV coverage via Telstar of the march from the capitol to e White House yes- terday and from the White House to St. Matthew's Ca- thedral and thence to Arlington Cemetery. I just had to get all the fore- going off my chest for whereas you have hundreds of friends and neighbors with whom to dis- cuss these sad events, I have only you, for the most part, with whom to commune. Votes Final Approval Since my last communique, the council voted the final ap- proval of its first completed constitution, that on sacred liturgy, which permits the wide use of the vernacular in the Mass, the administration of the Sacraments and in some in- whatever the price. The assas- stances, the recitation of the Divine Office or breviary. The final vote of approval showed there were 2,158 for the schema and 19 against it, with one nul vote. Cheered By Fathers All that is left for the docu- ment to become the council's first decree or statute is formal promulgation by Pope Paul VI in a public congregation, which, we learned yesterday, will take place on December 4, the clos- ing convocation of this 'session. The outcome of the voting was cheered by the fathers for it was the first such counciliar decree since the first Vatican Council in 1870 proclaimed the concept of Papal Infallibility. The official promulgation of this decree will give national or regional conferences bishops around the world the signal to carry out the re. forms passed by the Council. The decree itself does not make the observance of the reforms mandatory. It will be up to the bishops' conferences to decide for t h e m s e I v e s whether, when and how to in- stitute in their dioceses the changes that the decree will permit. Accordingly, no pastor or priest, diocesan or religious, may on his own authority establish or institute any changes in the liturgy, the Mass, sacraments or breviary, until he is author- ized to do so by an official document from his Chancery. So. no one may, as it were, "jump the gun." Gratitude Expressed During the Council session yesterday, Monday, J o s e p h Cardinal Ritter, in the name of Archbishop of Seattle, is seen leaving a session of Vatican spread of Christ's Kingdom in II accompanied by Most Reverend John M. Fearns, auxili- many parts of the world. ary Bishop of New York. Archishop Connolly, Bishop I have met Father Robert EI- Fearns and other prelates in the picture are carrying brief liot, C.Ss.R., the former person- able pastor of Sacred Heart cases containing material on the council. The Fathers are looking'forwardto their trip home when the council adjourns Church in Seattle and director of the Palisades Retreat. He December 4. was in for lunch here today. I have also met James Kelly of the U.S. Embassy here, the son of Mrs. Pearl Kelly, one of Our esteemed Lourdes Centen- nial pilgrims and James Me- Wayne of Magnolia, also in the embassy but connected with the N.A,T.O. organization. I intend to see Mother Par- rett'of the Religious of the Sacred Heart and Monica  K aurar of the Cenacle Sisters some time this week. I have to look out for our J here. ,  I also had an interesting visit the generalate Of the Sisters Notre Dame de Namur a week or so ago where the Amer- : ican consulter is Sister Freder- icai former Provincial on the Pacific Con st of this great teaching community. I cannot end this dispatch without asking you in your to pray faithfully and for the light and :ilguidance and strength that our new president, Lyndon " Johnson, will need to dis- charge the duties of the high office that was so suddenly thrust upon him. Pray for us, too, please. in the matter. This is a rather far-fetehed excuse for chang- inl a document that had re- cewed the overwhelming ap- proval of the Fathers of the Council but some of the so- called intellectuals among our writers and newsmen were said to be sponsoring 'the change. Handbills against the tract were distributed outside St. Peter's Basilica to the Fathers as they were entering the morn- ing session yesterday but I think the move had just the opposite effect. No literature of this character may be passed out within the Council cham- bers. The final vote showed that 1,598 voted for the document and 503 voted against its adop- tion with II null votes. The re- quired two-thirds majority was 1,408, so the measure passed with 190 votes to spare. This was rather a close vote, how- ever, and it showed the amount of lobbying that had gone on during the past few days. Ecumenism Foremost The discussions on the ques- tion of ecumenism continues but it will scarcely be finished or even half finished before the end of this session. There are many pros and cons brought forward with re- gard to its adoption but as the discussion continues, this fact is brought out quite clear. ly, that hundreds of the bishops do not live in any type of pluralistic society, that many of them probably have never had the occasion to speak to a Protestant or shake his hand or mingle with those of other faiths They seem to think that the all the American bishops, pub- schema on licly expressed our gratitude and appreciation to our fellow bishops for their messages of condolences and for the" cele- bration of so many Masses of requiem for our late President. The final vote on the tract on communications w a s al s o passed yesterday and that, too, will be officially promulgated by Pope Paul VI on December 4. This document, although it had been passed and approved previously, met with some sud- den opposition that seemed to arise almost over night. Last week, Cardinal Doepfner of Munich availed himself of an exception mentioned in the rules governing the Council business, and called for a vote on the entire document, as a whole, although it had been al- ready approved. It was gener- ally thought that some lay mem- bers of the Catholic Press'had prevailed upon him to take this action in order to effect a change in the documents so that they would be able to act inde- pendently of the bishop in any given diocese. The lay editor would thus be able to dictate the editorial policy of the diocesan paper, apart from the bishop's wishes Churches Packed Here By Mo W Elayne Grady and Pred Cordova diocese as the nation and the world mourned the slain Presi- dent. At noon Friday, shortly after news of the President's death had been announced from Dal- las, school childr, gathered in the cathedral to recite the rosary. Later Friday, at 5:30 p.m., some 1300 people filled every seat in the cathedral for a pontifical requiem Mass cele- brated by Bishop Gill. The sermon at that Mass was given by Rev. John D. Lynch, who said, "God never allows an evil to happen except that he might draw a greater good out of it. By some un- known decree of the Divine Will, our country will be a better nation through the death of John Kennedy. "God wishes to teach us a lesson. We have spawned the society in which this act was perpetrated, because we have abandoned spiritual principles, and have given ourselves to secularism and materialism." Pointing out that individual Catholics have the respon- sibility to better the country, Father Lynch said, "The family is the barometer of the nation. What the average home is, that is America. If husband and wife live as if there is no God, then America will have bureau- (Continued on Parse 10) ecumenism is a gigantic effort on the part of the Church to button-down every Protestant and unbeliever ahd persuade him to join the Cath- olic Church, that it is a world- wide movement to disseminate Catholic propaganda for the same pumose and ends. On the contrary, as the schema itself proclaims, it is a movement attempting to reach some type of under- standing between those of dif- fering faiths or denominations whereby they will more readily be able to understand one an- other's religious convictions, whereby they may be able to unite at least in spirit despite the diversity of beliefs that separate them, It is, pastorally speaking, an eminently desirable good for it is a unity that is desired by Christ. It is this underlying purpose of true ecumenism that should prompt us to un- dertake a renewal of our own religious aspirations and to manifest a solicitous charity and understanding toward our separated brethren. The entire situation was splendidly outlined by Dr. Out- ler in his talk at the reception for the observers several weeks ago which I reported at length Schedule Set For Forty Hours Adoration in honor of the The schedule for Forty Hours Blessed Sacrament during the month of December is as fol- lows: First Sunday--Sacred Heart, Bellevue; Holy Rosary, Ed- monds; St. Joseph, Tacoma. Second Sunday--Our Lady of Guadalupe, Seattle; St. Andrew, Sumner. Third Sunday--Mt. St. Mary, Bellingham. Fourth Sunday--Mt. Carmel Juniorate, Seattle. Fifth Sunday -- Marymount, Tacoma. and to which I would respect- fully refer you. The discussion continues each day. Some Crises There are three behind-the- scenes crises that have not as yet been resolved and it is be- lieved that the Pope himself may have m intervene person. ally in order to reach some de. finite conclusion regarding them. They are: The controversy over the re- form of the Roman Curia, the establishment in Rome of a senate of bishops to govern the "This is a dark hour in our history," s aid the Most Reverend Thomas E. Gill, V.G., Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, speaking at noon Monday in St. James Cathedral after celebrating a solemn pon tifical requiem Mass for the re- pose of the soul of John F. Ken- nedy. At least 1,500 people crowded into the cathedral for the Mass, sung by the choir from St. Thomas Seminary. Members of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Honor Guard partici- pated. (Excerpts of Bishop Gill's sermon, this page.) Throughout the weekend, St. ,Tames Cathedral led the Arch- Mass Sung For Nation's Chief (Continued from Page 2) At the Communion of the Mass, Mrs. Kennedy joined by U. S. Atty. Gen. Robert Ken. nedy and U. S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, received the Holy Eucharist from the Cardinal. Other members of the congrega- Church with the Pope, to which the Curia would be subject, tion also received. by the way and the reconsti- tution of the conciliar commis- sions to speed the work of the council. This move would have for its purpose a reorganization of the commissions to the end that the Holy Father's sug- gestions on the Curia and on the government of the Church would be embodied, in the various schema that still have to come up for consideration and approval. The present theological com- missmn is charged with drag- ging its feet, as it were and in addition, one rumor has it that recently Cardinal Ottaviani sub- mitted his resignation to the Holy Father. Perhaps one of you might. tell me how I could verify and substantiate that rumor!l However, and this bears out somewhat the above-mentioned information, the H01y Father re: cently informed the Fathers through the secretariate that he had decided to increase the size of the Council's 11 drafting oom* missions to 30 members each. Most of them have 25 mmbers now except the Christian Unity Secretariate which has 18 but which will have 30 under the new set-up. The Pope will name one new commission member for each of the 11 commissions and four to the Christian Unity Secre- tariate. What is mere important is the statement that the pope has authorized the commle- sions to elect new vice-chair- men and secretaries, posts now held by the so-called conservative members of the Tn his remarks, Bishop Han; nan told the distinguished con- gregation: "At this time of sorrow, of butch,, he would have us re- member the passages from Josua and Isaia he had used in accepting the presidential nom- ination: "'Be a'ong and of good courage. Be not a f r a i d, neither be thou dismayed. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eeglea; they shah run and not be weary.'" As the body was borne from the cathedral to be carried to Arlington National Cemetery, a military band played the hymn, Holy God, We Praise Thy Name." Those in the congregation at the Mass and thousands outside the Cathedral were given spe- cially prepared cards, printed at the request of Mrs. Kennedy; bearing a likeness of the late President on one side and a- prayer for the repose of his sod on the other. More than 10,000 reportedly were printed but the supply was exhausted by the time the Mass was over. As the cortege disappeared from the cathedral, the throngs who had been standing on the sidewalks near it poured into the church. Many knelt in" prayer. After the service at the ca- Curia Thus, the newly con- thedral, the funeral cortege stituted commissions would proceeded to Arlington National be "packed" by bishops Who Cemetery, where Cardinal Cusl4- would more readily represent ing blessed the grave and re, the will of the Council Fathers as it has been manifested on many occasions during this session. This would solve a real prob- lem because Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani has made it plain that he does not feel bound by the stand the Council Fathers took last month when they approved by an overwbelming majority the doctrine that bishops have a right to share with the Pope in the government of the Church.. : Meeting People I have broken bread with the MaryknoU Bishops at their house here a few "alas!' to the east of the Flora. They are jusdy noted for their hospital- ity to the bishops and it is al- ways an interesting-occasion to talk with our own missionary cited final prayers. Toward the conclusion of the prayers, the, Cardinal sprinkled holy water over the casket and referred to "the wonderful man whom we bury here today." At the graveside, the flag : which had covered the coffin was folded and handed to Mrs. Kennedy, w h o was flanked by Atty. Gem Ken- nedy and Sen. Kennedy. When Cardinal Cushing finished thif= prayers, Mrs. Kennedy lit an "eternal flame" that will con,:. tinue to burn at the head of: John F. Kennedy's grave She then stepped away, with the Attorney General holding her hand. After shaking hands with members of the clergy,- the Kennedy family left e grave site. Ask for it at your favorite food store WHY PAY MORE? ;I SAME / taste. BURKE /L smeJJ . MOUTH effectiveness WASH O as fhe "over.pr;ced" brand " ONLY. . AMBER, RED or BLUE Burke Sales Ca., Seattlt