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Telephone MAIn 2-8880 Published every Friday by the Catholic Northwest Progress Co. 907 Terry Avenue, Seoffle 98104 Second-Class Mall Privileges Authorized at Seaffle, Wash. President, Most Reverend Thomas A Connol/y, D.D, J.C.D. Ray. James H. Gandrau .............................. Editor Mary Sresnahon .......................... .Asloclote Editor PAGE 4 Friday, Dec. II, 1964. Because We Love ost of us go half way through life without realizing it is one of those do-it-yourself deals. This observation ap- plies to our spiritual life as well. The new legislation which has reduced fast- ing before Holy Communion, both as regards food and alcoholic beverages, to one hour, is a good case in point. This relaxation of the Eucharistic fast would leave preparation for Communion up to the individual conscience rather than up to an ecclesiastical law. There has been a trend in the Church, since the Protestant Reformation, to regulate and legalize everything. This approach tends to treat mature Christians as mere children, leaving personal initia- tive in the area of religion to a bare mini- mum. The result of too much legalism is a religion of "I have to's/' "I have to do this, I have to do that, if I am to save my soul." he Second Vatican Council is attempt- ing to return a proper emphasis to religious motivation The primary reason why we go to Mass, say our prayers, prepare well for reception of Holy Com- munion is because we love God, not just because we have to. There will be need for canon law, rules and precise regulations as long as there are Christians who bear in their bodies the blood of Adam. Our point is that the new fasting laws and other seem- ng relaxations of ecclesiastical law at- tempt to put a proper emphasis on the commandments of God and His Church. Catholicism is not growing lax. It is rather teaching mature Christians to obey out of love because they want to, not merely out of fear because they have to. Arab Catholics Speak BY ELMER YON FELDT . . (N.C.W.. Nm hI'4) ERUSALEM, JordanThe heads of different Catholic communities in Jordan have issued a joint statement in an effort to assuage the rising tide of anger and resentment in this Arab na- tion over the ecumenical council's action deny- ing that the Jewish people as a whole are guilty of Christ's Crucifixion. A truncated version of the statement was printed in the Jordanian press after days of bit- tar attack by the press on the Church, the Pope and the council, and after a storm of protest against the council's action by Christian com- munities in Jordan. ''The Statement issued bY the Catholic com- m,thie, emphasized that the council statement does not absolve all Jews at the time of Christ from the responsibility for His death, that it is not yet a definitive action of the council and that it has absolutely no political motivation. The statement was composed by represen- tatives of the Meikite, Armenian, Chaldean, aronit e, Syrian and Latin Catholic rites in 3ordan. Also participating was a representa- tive of the Custody of the Holy Land. However, the Jordanian press refused to print the full statement of the Christian com- munity, though it was offered as a paid adver- tisement. The press insisted on the deletion of two paragraphs in the statement. One denied that.the statement was guided by political mo- tivation. The other deplored the campaign aainst the council action by the press, charging that the press stories sowed confusion and spread false information, "All heads of Catholic communities in Jor- dan held a conference on the afternoon of No- vember 25 after they had received precise information from the Vatican. To present this clearly to public opinion, they wish to state the following: "1. The ecumenical council's draft declara- tion was entitled 'Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions' and its reference to the Jews does not absolve the Jews from the his- torte events of Christ's Crucifixion as related by:the Gospels. :, "L The text concerning the relations of the Church with other religions and referring to the Jews remains a draft not finally adopted. The final discussion of it has been postponed until the next session of the ecumenical council, Which has not yet been fixed. ': "3. The vote cast on Nov. 20, 1964, on the draft text concerning the Jews ws not final. ..e supreme authority of the Church has in- rfered in an excepti0al way and has delayed !efinal decision it to the forthcoming session on the council, despite the fact that it had won majority of votes, according to press re- i "4. The draft of the declaration as it Was presented by the relator--reporter -to the coun. ciLdo not commit itself to any political view :is inspired by a desire of the Church to live ine and charity with all men of all religious. .:':We deeply regret the campaign carried iiti0il and a tendenti00s interpretation i':as resulted in disturbing public opinion stalin sowing confusion in the minds of people. It !1 cause unfortunate consequences opposed to i'he interests of the country. "$. All Catholic spiritual heads in Jordan hat this statement will enlighten public oii and ,,. . will help the poople i'undersiand the q ,..Thig statement was cabled the Prime Minister of Jordan by the heads of the Catholic communities." The Jordanian press refused to print para- graphs four and five, but printed the rest of the text offered as an advertisement. The tense atmosphere in which the joint statement was issued can be gauged 'by the fact that a stream of telegrams and other mes- sages has poured into the offices of the ecu- menical council and appealing for immediate action to nullify it. Typical of the reaction of Arab Christians to the council's decision is the telegram re- ceived by the Latin-rite patriarchate. It came from a prominent Catholic family in the village of Tul Karm and was sent in behalf of the entire Catholic parish there. "The local papers inform us that the Vati- can has absolved the Jews from the Crucifixion of Christ," the message states. "This is a crime that will never be forgiven and is a con- tradiction of the Gospels. If the c0uneil does not abandon this decision, we shall be obliged to separate from the Church." A message from a Catholic family in Am- man declared: "History will never forgive the council its sin and its contradiction to the Holy Bible. We Christian Arabs protest ener- getically against this gigantic falsification. We want the Holy Father to intervene according to the teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ to prevent a split in the Christian Church." Other protests from entire Catholic parishes have been received by the patriarchate from Ramallah, Bethlehem, Beitjala and Jerusalem. Meanwhile, a Greek Orthodox deputy has denounced the council's action in the Jordanian parliament in Amman and has invited all Arab Catholics to split from Rome and join the Or- thodox Church. Deputy Semi Haddad also de- manded that the Jordan government take action to prevent Catholic 'missionary societies from purchasing land in Jerusalem, charging tlmt their aim is to internationalize Jerusalem and enable the Jews to expand and occupy the Arab world. Other deputies demanded a blacklisting of all the council Fathers who voted for the state- ment on non-Christians which would bar them from Jordan. They also asked for seizure of schools under Catholic auspices. Prime Minister Bahjat Talhouni replied that the Jordan government could not interfere in the council's action, but he expressed pub- lie regret for the attitude of Augnstin Cardinal Bea, president of the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, who proposed the declaration to the council. In 'a later broadcast, he called on Arab Catholics to reappraise their union with Rome. The anger of the Jordanian press can be seen in a boldface frontpage commentary in the Jerusalem Times, which charged the Vati- can council with guilt "even heavier than the Jews." He added "the Vatican's 'kindhearted' act puts it into a double crime: the guilt of crucifying Christ and contradicting the teach- ings of the Bible." In the wake of the pt:ess campaign, some youngsters hurled stones as a group of Italian Bishops arrived at a hotel here. An Armenian Christian innkeeper explained how the council's decision had its repercussions on him. "I am not a Catholic," he said. "But as I was walking with my wife and daughter, some Moslems who know me as a Christian began to curse the Pope and all Christians and me because of the council's declaration. It was such a bad time to make the statement. Why couldn't the Vatican have made the statement when the British still controlled the Holy Land?" Advent Meditation By Mm'y Ann Putnam What do you want for Christmas? What do you hope to find Cascading boxes tied with gold Your fingers may unwind? Or the whole hurt earth your arms may hold As you bend, being kind? With arms stacked high with yule logs Coming through pine decked doors Do you imitate Christ's meekness As you stumble on fresh waxed floors Holding your tempery outbursts in Subtracting from time's great wars? Where shall you go on Christmas Eve To desecrating inns Or a cave of hushed, heart content Where an Angel's hymn begins? When you glance out your window Christmas morn What shall you choose to wear, A suit from a smart haberdashery Or a heart that is wrapped in Prayer? What shall you eat on Christmas, Goose wings and wine-mince pie Or bread crusts of humility ,. As God's suffering poor go by? Moral Brinkmanship Sacred Value of Christmas Editor, The Progress: I feel it is my duty as Catholi Action work to try to make other parents aware of the urgent need to keep Christmas as a Holier Season. I have worked on this for several months and it has been a long, sometimes frustrating project since I have five children four and one-half and under. But, through the spiritual strength that God gives me, I somehow got it finished and sent to you. I am so sick of all this ma- terialistic, gift-giving Christ- mas. I want to do something about it and I hope I can. I guess I am trying to fulfill what our late President Ken- nedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Please help me accomplish my goal by publishing this in your excellent pape r, The Progress. Christmas Is Different at Our House At our house, Christmas is celebrated in a little different way than in most homes. There are no Santas or other decorations that are not in the true meaning of the season. To us, Christmas means one thing, the Birth of the Christ Child. Our five children are ell of pre-school age so there is no difficulty in bringing them up in this spiritual Christmas atmosphere. They are not old enough yet to recognize the materialistic Christmas that society has pushed upon us. We hope that through this early training they will always recognize Christmas in its real meaning. It seems the stores will stop at nothing in order to entice the public to buy, buy, buy! They want the public to be- lieve that you can't have a good Christmas unless you have lots of gifts for every- one. It seems to me that Christ is being pushed out a little more with each passing Christmas season. Isn't it ridiculous really? And how tragic, to corrupt people's minds into thinking such things. I am so sick of it all that I am determined that my children aren't going to grow up End be just like everyone else. We're going to be different. ,It behooves me to hear par- ents bribe their little ones, saying that if they aren't good, or whatever the reason may be, that Santa won't bring them what they want for Christmas. We have all heard these things so often. It's always for CHRISTMAS! My husband and I firmly believe that birthdays should be the big day of gift-giving and keep Christmas as a spir- itual feast day. We exchange a few gifts, but they are religious gifts such as Catholic books, stat- ues, rosaries, etc. We give the children little books about Je- sus and a statue for their bed- room. It is amazing what a deep spiritual root things like this can be in children. There are so many things a person can give and at the same time bring sctme spiritual enlight- enment to family and friends. We place our Nativity scene in the living room so our fam- ily and friends can see it. Every time our two-year-old goes past it, she takes the in- fant Jesus, kisses it and puts it back in place. What love she must have for the Christ Child at this early age. Instead of using a lot of store ornaments, I have made many of ours from lovely re- ligious cards. They are very attractive and different hang- ing on our tree. f also paste these pictures on candles which we have burning at various places around the house. We have a large front win- dow and on it says: "Please, Keep Christ In Christmas." What better way could peo- ple he reminded of the true meaning. On our front door, we have a round wreath with a Nativity scene in the center. Next year, I hope we will have our lifesize outdoor Nativity scene done. Our way of observing Christ- mas has other good points, too. This season is a sentimental time of year, but it is also a very hectic one; for mothers especially. There is all the shopping, preparing and a little extra financial burden. By keeping gift giving to a mini- mum, it makes it easier for all concerned. In the past, I, like a lot of Other women, have still been wrapping presents late on Christmas Eve, exh a u s t e d from shopping and doing last minute preparing. Deep inside Why More High Taxes ? By REV. G. JOSEPH GUSTAFSON, S.S. N A RECENT issue of Parade a Cana- dian reporter related his experienc- es during a tour of Red China. His most memorable experience, as far as we are concerned, was his interview with a young couple beth of whom worked on a com- munal farm. What distinguished this couple was the fact that they had the ineffable privilege of privately "owning" one-thirtieth of an acre. How good can a socialist government get? Officials explained to the reporter (perhaps apologetically) that this alleged private owner- ship had been necessary in some cases "to keep the workers content." And, besides, it has "greatly increased the commune's output." It might even put an end to mass starvation among the poor peasants of that wretched na- tion. Has China like Russia (as we noted some weeks ago) discovered Adam Smith? We refer of course to the real Adam Smith, not the monster portrayed in some of our text books and in some of the columns of our Catholic press. Not that even Adam Smith, pure and unadulterated, could solve twentieth century problems. No one seems to be able to do that; least of all, the socialists who offer solu- tions for everything and for nothing. Because of personal associations we dug out Raymond Moley's biography of John C. Lin- coln, a study of a remarkable Christian capi- talist and a complete humanitarian. (These at- tributes, we must add for some of our readers are not at all incompatible. Joe Kennedy is such a person.) Anyway, in his life of Lincoln, Mr. Malay, remarking on the widely accepted nineteenth century dogma that there would be e persistent growth in poverty, observes that hourly and weekly wages have risen to "heights undreamed of" and despite the hazards of accompanying inflation since the war still buy "a remarkably high standard of living." Personal savings tmve increased spectacularly. Individual investments in homes and furnish- ings are vastly greater than they were in the prosperous 1920s. We have ourselves often thought along these lines as we look at the veritable "shrubbery" of "IV antennas in the poorer parts of town and pass long lines of parked cars. So why do we increasingly ask for more and more government interference and increasingly high taxation in the war on poverty The Chi- nese violently against their Communist princi- ples act as we used to do. They conceded to necessity, at least a little bit. Mother General And Sister GI By REV. JOHN B. SHEERIN. C,S.P. RE nuns persons? It seems to me that this was the nub of the council debates on Religious that-began No- vember 10. The schema now entitled "On Religious" was originally called "The Accommodated Renova- tion of the Religious Life." But as the discussion progressed, it became evident that the renova- tion would have to be a restoration of Scriptural emphasis on the person rather than a mere dis- carding of old habits, customs and external for, ms. Reform would have to begin with the premise that the nun is a mature, adult person and not an infant in Mother Superior's arms. On November 11 there was a barrage of criticism directed against the schema. Some of the Bishops denounced it as too juridical, some said it was antiquated in its approach to the needs of the day, others urged a better train- ing for novice masters and novice mistresses. But underlying most of the talks there seemed to be a concern for return to a spiritual the- ology based on the Scriptures and the Liturgy. Monastic and convent life had taken on in- fluences and customs of other ages: it was time to get back to the pure fonts of religious life. Both Cardinal Ben and Cardinal Doepfner, for instance, insisted on renovation of religious life through return to the Scriptures, the latter con- tending that too many institutes still retain the deadening influence of the last century when the approach to the religious life was exclusively moral. Cardinal Ricketts of Lima compared the Church to an army when he commented on the schema on Religious, asserting that in every well-organized army there are special- ized fields of activity and therefore the rflig- ious order should stick to its specialty. A religious order should stay with its spe- cial line of activity but I think that the People of God should not be thought of as an army. The Christian is not a faceless being, a number, a mere uniform. He is a person endowed with unique spiritual gifts. The Christian must be obedient to the call of external authority in the form of superiors but he must not neglect obedience to the Holy Spirit within. This, I think, was the core of Cardinal Suenens' criticism of the schema. He said the document was unacceptable because active Sis- ters must be made conscious of their human qualities and allowed to act as adult women. They are not cogs in the machine or infants or soldiers who have no will or mind other than that of their superiors. They are mature persons with a responsibility to develop their personal- ities by thoughtful personal decisions, initiative and action. In the spiritual formation of active Sisters, two dangers must be avoided, according to Cardinal 8uenens. First, maternalism in su- periors and 2) passive abdication of personality in subjects which leads to infantilism. The Rev. Joseph Buckley, superior general of the Society of Mary, speaking on the same subject and in the name of 130 Council Fathers, remarked that some superiors today claim there is a crisis of obedience. If there is such a crisis, Father Buckley would put the'blame on superi. ors rather than on their subjects. "Young people today do not accept easily the archaic formulas according to which the voice of the superior is purely and simply the Voice of God." Opinions Vary from Readers I would think how relieved I would be to have Christmas over with for another year. I know that Catholics feel in their hearts that the Christmas season is the pre- paring for the Christ Child, but I sincerely feel that if a little less preparing mate- rially and more preparing spiritually, t h a t Christmas could be brought back to be a most Holy Time that God intended it to be. I am sure the biggest gift we as parents, could give the Christ Child would be to start guiding our little ones in a "New Way of Observing Christmas." What better gift could we give him. Entirely too much emphasis is put on a child's viewpoint; what I mean is a child sees Christmas as two things. The first is the presents he wants and knows he'll get. Second, if explained, the sacred birth- day of the Christ Child. Parents who do not teach their little one right from the cradle, cannot expect them to grow up with the true fervor connected with this Holy Sea- 8on. My husband and I sincerely wish that parents read this ar- ticle carefully and try their best to apply it to their homes, too. We are sure you will find great rewards in doing so. By doing this you will become better Catholics besides mak- ing your home a more Holy dwelling. i Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McDermand, 5945 39th Ave. S., Seattle. Canada's ACLU Editor, The Progress: Hurray for your excellent edi- torial in The Progress on the ACLU. Oddly enough I have been compiling a similar column on our Canadian Civil Liberties association which follows much the same pattern here as it does in the US. eg: The banning of Christmas carols, prayers and nativity scenes from public schools; promotion of the sale of contraceptives; freedom for the publisher of pornography or the retail store selling same. They go to bat here for any Communist and so on and so forth. The stand I am taking is also that our priests should not give these groups stature by appear- ing on their platforms as guest speakers or on panels when most of the Boards of Directors and supporters are known Com- munists---card carriers and oth- erwise. Similarly you will find that we have our counterpart of other front groups started in the U.S.. We have our peace marchers and ban the bombers, The Ca- nadian Campaign for Nuclear Institute, Voice of Women, Ca- Thanks from UGN Editor, The Progress: As you know, this year's United Good Neighbor cam- paign was a success with $5,- 482,838 or 102.8 per cent of goal raised. On behalf of the United Good Neighbor campaign organiza- tion I want to express my sin- cere thanks for the support which was given the drive through the coldmns of the Catholic Northwest Progress to help make this success possible. Specifically, I should like to mention the outstanding edi- torial in the September 25 issue. Also, the pictorial se- ries which you ran weekly through May and June an- swered many questions for the contributors and gave the drive a needed boost. Again, many thanks. Jack Ehrig Public Relations Chairman United Good Neighbors Apple Now Harmless In older times an apple was always found on the Christmas tree to signify that the apple by which Adam and Eve had nadian Campaign for Nuclear sinned and lost paradise had Disarmament and Fair Play been made ha'mless when For Cuba Committee. Since the Communist Party is one of our five legal political parties, communist membership is not too secret and their names appear frequently in these front groups. Patriein Young 1030 Nanton Ave. Vancouver, B. C. Christ came on earth to re- deem the human race. The evergreen tree itself was the symbol of the tree of life; the candles placed on its branches represented Christ the Light of the World and the gifts with which it was hung were in imi- tation of Our Divine Redeem- er's priceless gift to us.