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4--THE PROGRESS Fr;day, Nov. 30, 1962 II I Moneymaker "'[ believe in Money, the Dollar Al- l mighty, purchaser of heaven and earth and in Christmas Shopping, the mid-winter money-maker conceived of the spirit greed and born of Madison Avenue." Thus would begin many a modern businessman's credo were he ever to stop and honestly analyze it, sac- religious though this may sound. Whatever else there is to be said for the four or five mad, hectic weeks that precede the birth of Chris, one thing is certain  those who are re- sponsible for the fiasco are men of great :Jaith. They believe in the almost in- ::finite value of money and in the pub- )lie's willingness to spend great quanti- :ties of it in their behalf. Modern businessmen sink entire 'for- ;7;tunes into Christmas radio, television, ?:and newspaper advertising; they shell out '!thousands in window displays, larger payrolls and promotional stunts like dropping Santa from a parachute or fly- ing him in by helicopter. Designers and sales clerks, along with shop owners, often work around the clock lest a single idea go untried or a precious penny be lost. The shopping days before Christmas are no picnic for businessmen. They are days of long hours and hard work, of fear and anguish and uncertainty. They are days of faith and hope and great expectations. We are not saying that every shopkeeper who writes "Merry Christ- mas" across his little store u,indow and li,es his shelves with Christmas gifts is an atheist, a miser, or a com- plele materialist. [['here is a place for moderate gift giving during this holy season. And ]or those who give and receive in the spirit of the Christ Child, u,e are certain this cuslom is good and holy. Our only concern is whether or not at Christmas time those who believe in money don't sometimes show far more zeal, work harder and risk greater stakes than those of us who claim to believe in God. Offbeat Apostolate NEW YORK, (NC) -- One of the country's best known jazz authoritie is a tall, prematurely white- haired Paulist priest who has just arrived here from Boston. He is Father Norman J. O'Conner, C.S.P., jazz colum- nist, disk jockey and padre to some of the country's most famous jazz musimans. The Detroit-born Paulist, who recently completed a stint as Catholic chaplain and Newman Club director at Boston Univer- sity, has been named director of radio, television and films for the Paulist Fathers' com- munications division. In his new post he will develop the production and consultant fea- tures of the department wl.:le continuing his own jazz radio programs here and in Boston. A practiced defender of jazz and jazzmen, Father O'Connor has devoted a good part of his priestly life to what is possibly the most offbeat apostolate in Paulist history -- incarnating Christ in what someone has called "the underworld o f jazz." Defends Jazz clarions, such as a pretty girl in a slinky dress, undulating dancers or people overindulg- ing in prohibition-era speak- easies, The memory may say 'immoral,' but the music can't be. In itself, one musical note is exactly like another." In add'9.on to his jazz shows here and in Boston, Father O'Connor writes a weekly column on the sub- jeet for the Boston Globe, has written for Metronome a n d Downbeat magazines, and is one of the founders and directors of the New- port (R.I.) Jazz Festivals. "I enjoy being with jazz performers," he said. "They're interesting people, people with a sense of humor, creative people and, for the most part, deeoly religious people. Mind, I didn't say given to religious practice. The instability of their live makes that difficult. But deeply religious, more so than most classical artists I've met." The Paulist noted that the majority of jazz musicians are either Negro, Irish, Ital- ian or Jewish, and that most of these come from homes with religious backgrounds. "They may rebel against "Jazz has no morality," that background," he observ- he emphasized during an inter- ed, "but they rarely throw off view at the Paulists' offices entirely their early religious here. "If a listener thinks jazz conv:ztione." is immoral, it's because he The Paulist .priest, obviously brings to it remembered asso- in an expanswe mood, even had some kind words for rock 'n' roll. "Early rock 'n' roll, the music of the early 1950's" he said, "had a close kinship with American country music. The later stuff is mostly commer- cial junk and has no musical validity." He was equally unperturbable about the gyrating antics of most of the rock 'n' roll sing- ers. "I'm not really concerned about the Elvis Presleys and the U.S. Bur'-," he said. "I'm mueh more eoncerned over the rant that American youngsters apparently need this kind of hero. What are we failing to give our young people that creates this n:-'l? I would like to see a really solid study of the myth of the American hero, because the phenomenon is not confined to American youth." Father O'Conner came to an appreciation of jazz by way of the classics and study of the piano. At the University of Detroit, from which he was graduated in 1948, he was a member of a jazz combo. After entering the Paulist seminary, he wrote his doc- toral thesis at Catholic Uni- versity on the esthetics of popular music, including jazz. He admits that his super- iors required some persuasion before agreeing that the sub- ject was serious enough for advanced study. Why Castro Wins OUR WEEKS OR so ago "victory on Cuba" was proclaimed from headlines and editorials in our general press. Many even went to the extent o f suggesting that the Krem- lin's kindly boss, being so benevolent in the Caribbean, would enter a conference which could bring about complete dis- BUDENZ armament. It was this small "column of ours which in con- trast was conspicuous in point- mg to the Lenin-Stalin "stra- tegic retreat" in which Khru- shchev x as' engaging for our "demorali: tion." By mid-November, most of the daily press had veered around and belatedly admitted , .the possibility of great Khru- /shchev-Castro gains. Let us take the Associated Press dis- patch of November 15, by Wil- liam L, Ryan. Its opening sen- .tence says: "If Fidel Castro is tot to emerge in the guise ef ::ictor and hero from the U.S.- ::;oviet confrontation, it may be *necessary one of these days qor the United States to reheat .he " -. Cuban crisis. ..... iU. , Outwitted " The political b a b y talk in 18 the New York Times could moan: "Russia has fulfilled neither her agreement to re* m o v e all offensive weapons from Cuba nor her promise of U.N. inspection of the with- drawal." Even though this has since been partly emeliorated, Soviet Cuba remains as a per- manent and serious threat -- a great Castro gain. These were admissions that the American nation had been outwitted. The Worker of No- vember 18 came forward to confirm that this was so when it showed its Communist teeth against us. In the same lead- ing exoressmn, it went on to add nastily: "In Washington, the Pentagon and other war-mongenng ele- ments in the Kennedy Admin- istration are s t ill playing around with the Cuban crisis as though it were only a week end game, in which it bluffs its way to taking the jackpot. But the chips with which Washington is playing are the lives of the entire American people and ihe peo- ples of the rest of the world." The tremendous propaganda which is now to flood the world to our detriment was forecast by the Red organ , few days bef o r e, on November 13, It then asked: "Who saved w o r 1 d peace? The leading statesman of the capitalist world, Mr. Kennedy? No, It was the high.minded humanitarian deed of the, Corn- iffhe mention of "reheating" the munist leader and statesman ,,':risis. is unfortunate; it can 'hasily be used by the Kremlin, of the socialist countries, Nik- )[agMoscow often does, to dem- ira Khrushchev." nstrate that America is ag- Conspiracy Of Silence iii'essive. But the dispatch that Why, we may ask on our ltows was , s ou n d on the part, has" this r:ness occurred? whole, specifically in its sug-. The American nation has been ,gestion of Sowet.Castro col- confronted with Khrushchev's lusion." The next flay, November 16, Roscoe Drummond, the com. entator, had this to say on /CUba: '"The outlook for any elean, satisfactory settlement becomes more elusive, more uncertain, more disturbing ev- ery day." And by November perfidy b e f o r e and has suc- cumbed to it, Why succumb again? One major answer is that given by Pope Plus XI 25 years age that "the conspiracy of silence" on Communism by most of the general press of the world is responsible. To put it bluntly, we are being self-poisoned. Nothing brings this to the fore more dramatically than the appearance of Alger Hiss in a nation-wide broadcast over the A m e r i e a n Broadcasting Company's network in mid-No- vember. A convicted perjurer, convicted moreover, because ments to the Soviet govern- ment, was allowed to address the people. What makes this disgraceful exhibition m o r e ominous is that the president of the com- pany is a former figure in of- ficial Washington. Thus there is displayed again what cloudy judgment was used when Khru- country and "the spirit of most. Nothing more than this act gave the Soviet leader pres- tige in Latin America. Those who study Communist publications know that t h i s creation of a "a favorable at- mosphere" to the Communist line is one of the conspiracy's chief objectives. If the Reds themselves are not able to bring this about directly, then they are to persuade non-Com. munists to perform the task. What had been done on Cuba was reviewed in great detail by Herbert Aptheker, the edi- tor of Political Affairs, in the March and April, 1961 issues of that publication. He showed how the Cuban Revolution must be "brought home" favorably to the American people.. And he recommended particularly the late C. Wright Mills "Lis- ten Yankee," whose main theme was that Castro was not Behind The Iron Curtain Shortage ( ' U S - Chaplains Is Gravely WO weeks ago I flew from Rome to Frank- furt, Germany to give a few talks to Catholic chaplains in the armed Ii',i ; ' services. I con- ducted days of :i:.::i!:::::"..!?. recollection in Frankfurt and Augsburg and [ also spoke on .:: T h e Second Vatican Coun- cil to Army and Air Force men and chap- FR. SHEERIN lains in Wiesbaden and Heidel- berg. There were many encourag- ing and indeed inspiring facets to these contacts with men in the armed services but there was one very disappointing feature. The armed services. especially the Army, is in grave need of Catholic chap- lains. The Army has immediate need of 150 Catholic chaplains. Constantly Ask For Priests The military Ordinariate s constantly asking for more priests in the armed services but for various reasons, there is still an almost scandalous shortage. Yet these men in the Army, Air Force or Navy need more spiritual help abroad than they do at home. The young unmarried ser- vice men have been taken out of their family environ- merit which has shielded them like a protective shell and they are exposed suddenly to temptations they are unpre- pared to meet. Then too, in the case of those who are married, we have to remember that not only they should recewe spiri- tual help but also their families. The situation of the men in the Navy points up the prob- lem in dramatic fashion. There are thousands of Catholics in the Navy who leave on long voyages and who never see a priest from beginning to end of the voyage. In some cases, a chaplain may fly by helicopter from one vessel to another that has no chaplain but such visits are all too rare. Must Face Up To Problem At any rate. this problem of the shortage of chaplains is one that the Catholic Church in America must face up to. It will not disappear just because it is embarrassing and betokens a spirit of ingratitude to men who are defending us against an imminent peril, It is a problem that will be with us for the rest of our life- times as we can expeo Ihat the threat of war will hang over us for many long years to come. One helpful suggestion is that )er k)red our seminaries allow students to join the Reserves for the period of their seminary train- ing. Such seminarians could help to stimulate other semi- narians into an interest in chaplaincies and at the same time, these seminarians would be preparing to enter the armed forces as chaplains with a very satisfactory rank. It is perhaps true that a static concept of the priest- hood is causing the shortage of chaplains? In the reality of military life we have a grave spiritual situation that looks to the Church for help. There is no time to lose. The Catholic Church ila America knows the problem. It should move swiftly to solve it and there is only one solution -- more priests. ,2alendm God's World: We SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, MASS: Ad te levavi -- To Thee I have lifted (Violet). No Gloria. Credo, Pref. of Trinity. Mass for Parish. MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, CON- FESSOR, PATRON OF THE MISSIONS MASS: Loquebar-- I spoke (White), GI., c. of Feria. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, ST. PETER CHRYSOLOGUS, BISHOP, CONFESSOR, DOC- TOR OF THE CHURCH, MASS: In medio -- In the midst (White). GI.. 2nd Pr. of Feria, 3rd of St Barbara. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER $, WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT, MASS: (Violet) as on Sun. No. Gl., 2nd Pr. of St. Sabbas, omit Lead A Double Life i. By Rev. Leo J. Trese ,'y ,, Dsychologists have characterized our present era as @: n an age of anxiety. More people worry about more "i :i:;! things than at any other tme in man's long history.  Psychosomatic illness has been on the increase. Men- .:, tal breakdowns have been more widespread. Even the :i:! rise in juvenile delinquency .0i has been ascribed, at least in ):i!i!! part, to the tension of o u r iii i times, as young people rebel against the uncertainties of the ! future. The cold war and the threat of an atomic war of aenihila- q[, tion get much of the blame for this state of affairs. We live in subconscious but constant fear i,.,' of the awful havoc that the hy- ....... drogen bombs may wreak upon us at any moment. We try to :,.'-i whistle away our fears in a , : hundred ways, but the under- ..:-, current of anxiety always is ....... with us. :.: Source Of Fears i So runs the reasoning of the social scientists. They may be quite correct in their diagnosis. .... Yet it hardly would be pessi- ,o_ ble for anxiety to so possess us unless we first had surren- dered our first-line defense REV. LEO J. TRESE L against anxiety: our faith in bring us to eternal union with B God and in His providence. Himself. This, it seems to me, is the God can do all things. fears. God knows all things. God When I say "we" I really loves me. How can I believe do mean we, we Catholics as these truths and still be a well as other less favored tel- victim to worry? low citizens It is not that we The explanation can be only have formally renounced our that I live my life on two faith. Intellectually we still levels. On the level of prayer ...... believe in God and in all that and religious obserVance I live # He teaches through His by faith. On the level of day- av: Church. to-day activity I am a prac- " Yet, even as our minds give ticing atheist. That is, I feel assent to divine truths, emo- the whole weight of the future 1 | ()I ces tionally we are on the verge is on my own shoulders. Suc- , of atheism. Our faith is not an cess or failure depend entirely active, operative faith. Our re- upon h u m a n cleverness and ligious belief does not pene- ability. If my own skill or in- trate and pervade our attitudes telligence (or that of my tel- and feelings; and it is attitudes lows) is lacking, then disaster and feelings, rather than lofty is inevitable. If I guess wrong concepts isolated in the mind, or falter at any point, all is which motivate our actions, lost. We Believe In God's Love The secret of a spirit serene We say that we believe that and confident is to let our re- God in infinitely powerful, that ligious belief breech the bar- He has created and that He rier between head and heart controls the entire universe. to let faith dominate feelings We also profess to believe and attitudes as well as in- that God is infinitely wise and tellect. that He knows always what is We are human and therefore best for the accomplishing of by definition imperfect. Conse- His ends. quently we scarcely shall es- Further, we assert our firm cape all worry even when we belief in the fact that God have brought our faith alive. loves each one of us with an However, if we have to admit individual, personal love which that. anxiety is our frequent seeks always what is best for companion, we shall do well to us; best calculated, that is, to ass'ess the state of our faith. Alleluia. no Cr., Com. Pref. THURSDAY, D E C EMBER 6, ST NICHOLAS, BISHOP CONFESSOR, MASS: Statuit ei -- The Lord made (White). GI., 2nd Pr. of Feria. F R I D A Y, DECEMBER 7, ST. AMBROSE, BISHOP, CON- FESSOR, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH, MASS: In medio-- In the midst (White). Gl., 2nd Pr. of Feria. First Friday: 2 Votive Masses of Sac. Heart permitted (White). GI., 2nd Pr. of Feria, 3rd of St. Am- brose, no Cr. Pref, of Sac. Heart. Fast and Abstinence. SATURDAY, D E C E MBER. 8, IMMACULATE CONCEP- TION OF B.V.M., MASS: Gnu- dens gaudebo--I will greatly rejoice (White), Gl., 2rid Pr. of Feria, Cr., Pref. of B,V.M. Mass for Parish. Funeral Mass forbidden. Holyday of Obli- gation. gi "" ;ease' 'A C, nta ous ._. By REV. G. JOSEPH GUSTAFSON, S.S., Ph,D. Professor of Philosophy, St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore The chief of the .Washington State protection against a driver who, basically, can- Patrol recently made an observation not drive. He may be simply incompetent or which struck us as notable and worth drunk or a show-off or too young or too old. But science is morally neutral: a high powered modern auto can be and often is, a lethal weapon. Anyway, Chief Roy A. Betlach looking over a week-end report of eleven deaths pointed out that "if that many people died as a result of some contagious disease, the en- tire state would become concerned. Schools would close down. parents wouldn't let their children out of the house, and near panic would prevail in many areas." We have no space to quote him, as we would like to do, at much greater length. passing on. Most of us realize that auto accidents, seriously disabling or fatal accident, are be- coming commonplace, The day may come (if this business goes on) when one will resign a Communist! The Red editor at that time proclaimed that this book had a circulation of oneself to getting "clobbered" on the highway 400,000 copies with additional with the same resignation that one summons thousands in a "condensation up towards the inevitable heart attack or roke or terminal cancer, or whatever becomes the sign of our mortality as men. As you may well suspect, we have our own private theory as to what is wrong, at least in considerable part. No matter what our State Police do (and they do extraordinarily well) or what planners of highways dream up (here the picture is not always clear) there is no possible appearing in Harper's Maga- zine." Our general press and other communications agencies never fully answered Mr. Mills; often they echoed him, This "atmos- phere," symbolized by the Hiss incident, has proved most in- jurious. Let us end it. Press Is Target Of Red Takeover By J. J. Gilbert ASHINGTON, Nov. " 28  :A reminder of the central position of a responsible p r e s s in free nations has been issued by a unit of the Senate's Committee on the Judiciary. A subcommittee has released a collection of articles describ- control to the. employ -- who are led by the Commun- ist agents. Senator Eastland contends in his introduction to the 100-page booklet that Americans have come to take the blessing of a free press for granted. He warns: "An attitude of mind which regards our free press as a God-given, irrevoc- able natural right inclines to- ing how the Communists put ward disregard of the influene- free newspapers among their es at work to corrupt and de- first targets in the Red take- stroy this priceless possession. overs of 11 nations. "We must not fall into this Writers who witnessed Com- munist penetration and ex- ploitation of the press give first hand accounts that drew from Sen. James O. Eastland of Mississippi, chairman of the judiciary subcommittee, the comment that the Reds see a free press as a "powerful bul- wark" against them and have been "ruthless' in efforts to destroy it. A Cuban newspaper:nan re- lates that the Castro Reds began by confiscating the properties and o f fie e s of newspapers favorable to the Batista regime. "1"hen the Castro forces turned gradually on the news- error at any time; and it is especially dangerous to do so when the United States is threatened as never before in its history by the aggressive, worldwide Communist em- pire." The study is entitled "Com- munist Penetration and Ex- ploitation of the Free Press." It was issued by the judiciary subcommittee t o investigate the administration of the in- ternal security act and other internal security laws. Telephone papers which had supported An their revolution. They agitated --rOS'""' to provoke internal dissension among employees, applied eco- IS 'First Aid' nomic restrictions, physically interefered with delivery of the papers, began accusing their editors of collaboration with Batista and finally seized the publications outright. The author of the Cuban ac- count claims many of the tricks used to destroy the in- tegrity of Cuban papers are planned for other Latin Ameri- can countries, even though their governments are no t Communist. For example, one device is to plant numerous Red agents among the mechani- cal and editorial employees of a pub'!cation. The.v launch a campaign of a g i t a t i o n whose ultimate aim osten- sibly is to turn out the man. agement and v.ive the paper's BAD BOLL, Germany (NC)-- Telephone pastoral work is "first aid" which tries to re- store confidence to an injured person, a Catholic priest has said. Father Karl Pehl, head of the Catholic telephone pastoral service in Frankfurt, Germany, spoke at the second European Conference of Telephone Pas- toral Care held here. The task of the service, is to restore basic confidence in the injured human being of our times, Father Pehl sat@. The conference was organ- ized by the Standing Bureau of the European Conferenee on Telephone Pastoral Care at Geneva, headed by Protes- tant P-stor Martin. 907 Terry Avenue, Seattle (4) Telephone MAin 2-8880 Second-Class Mail Privileges Authorized at Seattle. Wash. So we do hope that this much will make our Published every Friday- bY-the Northwest Pr0gress---_---- readers do some fundamental thinking about .P_re!den_t-M!s! Reverend Thm_as A. Connolly, D.D., J.C.D. something which is, m reality, a moral matter: REV. JAMES H. GANDRAU--Editor "Thou shalt not kilt." MARY BRESNAHAN--Associate Editor II ,t