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The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS Page Sixty-One .e • Survey Contrasts Belgian Catholic Action Prospects ECONOMIC DISTRESS SEEN AS CAUSE OF MORAL DE. CAY, HOPEFUL GROWTH OF CHRISTIAN TRADE UNIONS By REV. ,ANTHONY COPPENSp , ,&apos;: ,. '(Belgium Correspondent N.C.W.C. News, Service RUSSELS--At a recent meeting here of' the French-speaking section, of Catholic Action for men, it was staIed that the pre-war enthusiasm for Catholic Action work has lessened and that the downward movement in religious matters, manifested• all over the world, is also noticeable in Belgium. Analyzing this trend , speakers at the meeting made the following points: The clear ideas and the steady principles which Used to guide the young men are not the characteristic note of the present day. Imbued now by only hazy convictions, they landed on new roads and they •cannot see by them- selves where these roads are leading. TACOMA GREETINGS PUGET SOUND PLYWOOD, Inc. TACOMA Season's Best Wishes Finest Quality Candy for All Occasions MARCOE & SONS Candies 4110 S. M St., Tacoma GA. 5172 "Not Famous But Goad" BELLARMINE HIGH SCHOOL Full High School Course for Boys Accredited by State and Northwestern Associations ' ....... 2300 South Washington' Street' FLETT DAIRY Natural & Pasteurized HOMOGENIZED MI- Direct From Our Farm to You !.< • , . ,. • . ,, PH. GA. 3301 K STREET GRILL Most delicious home prepared meals on K Street. 1104 K St. MA. 9058 ROY T. EARLY CO. ...... Engineers & Builders , 321 Mida!e Wb-[elaY, . MA. 4444., Tile former ways and meaus have be- come obsolete; the advice of ,the elder is not listened to; family and. religious traditions are shaken. • The cause of this moral decay should be traced mainly to economic distress. For the last 30 years Europe has been living under abnolmal conditions. Wars, strikes, money inflations and the like have spread a feeling of complete, in- security which is accompanied by the' spread of materialism: This has troubled many consciences with the result 'that the notion of good and evil is alqmst destroyed. Long and strenuous efforts have re- mained without results. Not only the older, but also the younger generation are filled with disappointment in facing a future which looks dark on account of past: and present hardships. It may be deplored that, just as after World War I, the practice of religion is on the wane, but nothing prevents the Catholic Church from coming into her own again. S)me say it will not be' done as easily as before; but it will come and is coming already. First of all, it was a real comfort to see hundreds of men from all parts of Belgium. all heads of families, who had left their work to attend this Catholic 'Action rally in order to study their mor- al and social obligations and to see what may be done for the strengthening of religious life.. It was also consoling to hear that the efforts of Catholic Action between the two wars have been crowned with suc- cess. The 'free (Catholic) primary schools have about 100,000 pupils more than the official schools. Christian Syndicates The Christian Syndicates (unions) are in full progress. They comprise nearly one-half of the industrial workers of Belgium and enrollments are becoming more numerous every day. At a recent meeting of the Confederaiion of Chris-• tian Syndicates it :was decided to assessl each member 25 cents a year for the benefit of the Chritian:lab0r: unions or- ganized among, the Negro. workmen in the Belgian Congo. These' "satisfactory 'aSpeCts 'are pai-tly due to te ,fact that many,members of the socialist, uious cannot ,any. longer put up with the coarse materialism preache d by socialist leaders and spread by their press. Furthermore, the collab- oration between Christian employees and employers is opposed by the socialists who are partisans of class war. The Christian unions are constructive; both employees and employers want to build up a wm'king partnership along the lines of the Papal encyclicals. The fact re- mains that. Christian tmtons ,are neces- sary institutions; fusion with the so- cialist unions Is made Impossible for Catholics owing to the atheism, the anti- clericalism and the marxism Of the socialists. New Apostolate In bygone days, the people came to the Church; means must be found today to have the Church go to the people. This new apostolate, suggested by Bel- gium's Catholic Action has started. In the principal towns of Belgium schools have • been opened for training lay cate- chists to teach religion not only to the children but also to grown-ups. Besides the methods now used in France to bring Christ back to the working class are followed in Belgium. Two Jesuit Fathers, with the full consent of Bishop Stephen Carton de Wlart of Tourney, will settle down in a mining district, liv- ing in a Workman's house. They Won't have anything to do with • parochial work, but by creating friendly relations with all :Wbrkers they seek to spread kn0wl- edg'd bf Clh;ist,' the G0spel 'ahd the soclal teaching of the Church. ' ' TACOMA Visitation Villa SOUTH TACOMA Gravelly Lake Drive South ot Lakewood Center Boarding and Day School for Girls RIDING--0UTD00R SPORTS EXTENSIVE CAMPUS--SMALL CLASSES INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION For Further Information Address SISTER DIRECTRESS SEASON'S GREETINGS PACIFIC FRUIT AND PRODUCE CO. 1179 Dock street Phone MA. 7171 ELECTRIC SERVICE CO. WIRING - RANGES - SUPPLIES WHOLESALE AND RETAIL 2 STORES TO SERVE YOU JNO. P. HARTMANf Prop, (Member St. Leo Parish) 1125 Tacoma Ave. 720 So. 38th MAIn 2816 GREETINGS WESTERN LUMBER MFG. CO. 2517 East llth MA. 2004 o GRIGGS CUT RATE DRUG Exclusive Prescription Service Prescription Delivery 3523 McKinley MAin 9255 HOOVER STORE EQUIPMENT CO. Globe Slicers - Bite Elec. Saws Frederick's Refrigerators & Cases Cube Steak Machines - Scales & Butchers upplies 1726 Pacific MA. 3534 • CHRISTMAS GREETINGS LINCOLN MEAT MARKET EVERETT LAYCOCK, Prop. QUALITY AND SERVICE 3801 South G. St. GArland 2390 HOLIDAY GREETINGS Farmers Feed & Seed Co. Hay ... Grain . . . Flour Seeds and Fertilizers 1457 E. 26th, Cor. Portland Ave. MA. 2641 (North GREETINGS HIGHLAND GOLF COURSE 13th and Pearl Streets Phone PR. 9019 I JOHNSON IUSH CO. ROBERT, d. SCOTT EverytMn˘ : i'.: Ja;tbr $uppliel 1920 Pacific Ave, Phone MA. 5394 'PEERLESS LAUNDRY ' AND DRY CLEANERS Complete Laundry and Cleaning Service •. "AN INDEPENDENT LAUNDRY" MA. 6464 2912 So.12th COY'S FLOWER BOX We specialize in Funeral Work . . . Cor- sages, Bouquets, Wedding Parties, Potted Plants, front oilr Caeuhoue. 1010" K .S%. MA. S590 BO:B = & RAY'S BAY STATE MARKET Quality Meats and Friendly Service 11th and K St, HA. 75 R. F. D. I LAKEWOOD FEED & FUEL CO. J. LOFGREN, Owner Authorized' Albers Feed Dealer, Fuel, Fertilizer and Feed. LA. 3522 I SIASON'S GREETINGS '   ' Thirty.Third Street Grocery Staple and FanCy Groceries - Fresh and Cured Mats * Vegetables - Fresh Fruits 3222 So, D. GA. 9937 SEASON'S GREETINGS PARK HOTEL ; 602 A. St. Tacoma Philadelphia has been the capital of the country under three different govern- ments. It was the capital of the United Colonies until 1781, capital of the United States under the Articles of Confedera- tion from 1781 to 1789, and under the ConstitUtion from 1790 to 1800. PENNY WISE STORES DrugsSundriesToiletries T0baooo A Suburban Store with Downtown Prlcee GA. 2747 5436 S. Tacoma Way ,TACOMA RUBBER STAMP CO. Bronze Tablets  Notary Seals  Stencils  Badges and Steel Dies 933 COMMERCE HR. 3259 McKINLEY PARK CLEANERS RUBEN RAYNOR DON MITCHELL Ws Operate Our Own "Cleahlng Plant Operating . COMMUNITY CLEANERS "  GAHand 4171 $60 Ilc'Klnley Ave. " ' 'GArland Johnson and Anderson PARKLAND, WASH. GRan. 8442 and GRan. 8356' GENERA[. MgRCHANDISE The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS Page Sixty-One .e • Survey Contrasts Belgian Catholic Action Prospects ECONOMIC DISTRESS SEEN AS CAUSE OF MORAL DE. CAY, HOPEFUL GROWTH OF CHRISTIAN TRADE UNIONS By REV. ,ANTHONY COPPENSp , ,': ,. '(Belgium Correspondent N.C.W.C. News, Service RUSSELS--At a recent meeting here of' the French-speaking section, of Catholic Action for men, it was staIed that the pre-war enthusiasm for Catholic Action work has lessened and that the downward movement in religious matters, manifested• all over the world, is also noticeable in Belgium. Analyzing this trend , speakers at the meeting made the following points: The clear ideas and the steady principles which Used to guide the young men are not the characteristic note of the present day. Imbued now by only hazy convictions, they landed on new roads and they •cannot see by them- selves where these roads are leading. TACOMA GREETINGS PUGET SOUND PLYWOOD, Inc. TACOMA Season's Best Wishes Finest Quality Candy for All Occasions MARCOE & SONS Candies 4110 S. M St., Tacoma GA. 5172 "Not Famous But Goad" BELLARMINE HIGH SCHOOL Full High School Course for Boys Accredited by State and Northwestern Associations ' ....... 2300 South Washington' Street' FLETT DAIRY Natural & Pasteurized HOMOGENIZED MI- Direct From Our Farm to You !.< • , . ,. • . ,, PH. GA. 3301 K STREET GRILL Most delicious home prepared meals on K Street. 1104 K St. MA. 9058 ROY T. EARLY CO. ...... Engineers & Builders , 321 Mida!e Wb-[elaY, . MA. 4444., Tile former ways and meaus have be- come obsolete; the advice of ,the elder is not listened to; family and. religious traditions are shaken. • The cause of this moral decay should be traced mainly to economic distress. For the last 30 years Europe has been living under abnolmal conditions. Wars, strikes, money inflations and the like have spread a feeling of complete, in- security which is accompanied by the' spread of materialism: This has troubled many consciences with the result 'that the notion of good and evil is alqmst destroyed. Long and strenuous efforts have re- mained without results. Not only the older, but also the younger generation are filled with disappointment in facing a future which looks dark on account of past: and present hardships. It may be deplored that, just as after World War I, the practice of religion is on the wane, but nothing prevents the Catholic Church from coming into her own again. S)me say it will not be' done as easily as before; but it will come and is coming already. First of all, it was a real comfort to see hundreds of men from all parts of Belgium. all heads of families, who had left their work to attend this Catholic 'Action rally in order to study their mor- al and social obligations and to see what may be done for the strengthening of religious life.. It was also consoling to hear that the efforts of Catholic Action between the two wars have been crowned with suc- cess. The 'free (Catholic) primary schools have about 100,000 pupils more than the official schools. Christian Syndicates The Christian Syndicates (unions) are in full progress. They comprise nearly one-half of the industrial workers of Belgium and enrollments are becoming more numerous every day. At a recent meeting of the Confederaiion of Chris-• tian Syndicates it :was decided to assessl each member 25 cents a year for the benefit of the Chritian:lab0r: unions or- ganized among, the Negro. workmen in the Belgian Congo. These' "satisfactory 'aSpeCts 'are pai-tly due to te ,fact that many,members of the socialist, uious cannot ,any. longer put up with the coarse materialism preache d by socialist leaders and spread by their press. Furthermore, the collab- oration between Christian employees and employers is opposed by the socialists who are partisans of class war. The Christian unions are constructive; both employees and employers want to build up a wm'king partnership along the lines of the Papal encyclicals. The fact re- mains that. Christian tmtons ,are neces- sary institutions; fusion with the so- cialist unions Is made Impossible for Catholics owing to the atheism, the anti- clericalism and the marxism Of the socialists. New Apostolate In bygone days, the people came to the Church; means must be found today to have the Church go to the people. This new apostolate, suggested by Bel- gium's Catholic Action has started. In the principal towns of Belgium schools have • been opened for training lay cate- chists to teach religion not only to the children but also to grown-ups. Besides the methods now used in France to bring Christ back to the working class are followed in Belgium. Two Jesuit Fathers, with the full consent of Bishop Stephen Carton de Wlart of Tourney, will settle down in a mining district, liv- ing in a Workman's house. They Won't have anything to do with • parochial work, but by creating friendly relations with all :Wbrkers they seek to spread kn0wl- edg'd bf Clh;ist,' the G0spel 'ahd the soclal teaching of the Church. ' ' TACOMA Visitation Villa SOUTH TACOMA Gravelly Lake Drive South ot Lakewood Center Boarding and Day School for Girls RIDING--0UTD00R SPORTS EXTENSIVE CAMPUS--SMALL CLASSES INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION For Further Information Address SISTER DIRECTRESS SEASON'S GREETINGS PACIFIC FRUIT AND PRODUCE CO. 1179 Dock street Phone MA. 7171 ELECTRIC SERVICE CO. WIRING - RANGES - SUPPLIES WHOLESALE AND RETAIL 2 STORES TO SERVE YOU JNO. P. HARTMANf Prop, (Member St. Leo Parish) 1125 Tacoma Ave. 720 So. 38th MAIn 2816 GREETINGS WESTERN LUMBER MFG. CO. 2517 East llth MA. 2004 o GRIGGS CUT RATE DRUG Exclusive Prescription Service Prescription Delivery 3523 McKinley MAin 9255 HOOVER STORE EQUIPMENT CO. Globe Slicers - Bite Elec. Saws Frederick's Refrigerators & Cases Cube Steak Machines - Scales & Butchers upplies 1726 Pacific MA. 3534 • CHRISTMAS GREETINGS LINCOLN MEAT MARKET EVERETT LAYCOCK, Prop. QUALITY AND SERVICE 3801 South G. St. GArland 2390 HOLIDAY GREETINGS Farmers Feed & Seed Co. Hay ... Grain . . . Flour Seeds and Fertilizers 1457 E. 26th, Cor. Portland Ave. MA. 2641 (North GREETINGS HIGHLAND GOLF COURSE 13th and Pearl Streets Phone PR. 9019 I JOHNSON IUSH CO. ROBERT, d. SCOTT EverytMn˘ : i'.: Ja;tbr $uppliel 1920 Pacific Ave, Phone MA. 5394 'PEERLESS LAUNDRY ' AND DRY CLEANERS Complete Laundry and Cleaning Service •. "AN INDEPENDENT LAUNDRY" MA. 6464 2912 So.12th COY'S FLOWER BOX We specialize in Funeral Work . . . Cor- sages, Bouquets, Wedding Parties, Potted Plants, front oilr Caeuhoue. 1010" K .S%. MA. S590 BO:B = & RAY'S BAY STATE MARKET Quality Meats and Friendly Service 11th and K St, HA. 75 R. F. D. I LAKEWOOD FEED & FUEL CO. J. LOFGREN, Owner Authorized' Albers Feed Dealer, Fuel, Fertilizer and Feed. LA. 3522 I SIASON'S GREETINGS '   ' Thirty.Third Street Grocery Staple and FanCy Groceries - Fresh and Cured Mats * Vegetables - Fresh Fruits 3222 So, D. GA. 9937 SEASON'S GREETINGS PARK HOTEL ; 602 A. St. Tacoma Philadelphia has been the capital of the country under three different govern- ments. It was the capital of the United Colonies until 1781, capital of the United States under the Articles of Confedera- tion from 1781 to 1789, and under the ConstitUtion from 1790 to 1800. PENNY WISE STORES DrugsSundriesToiletries T0baooo A Suburban Store with Downtown Prlcee GA. 2747 5436 S. Tacoma Way ,TACOMA RUBBER STAMP CO. Bronze Tablets  Notary Seals  Stencils  Badges and Steel Dies 933 COMMERCE HR. 3259 McKINLEY PARK CLEANERS RUBEN RAYNOR DON MITCHELL Ws Operate Our Own "Cleahlng Plant Operating . COMMUNITY CLEANERS "  GAHand 4171 $60 Ilc'Klnley Ave. " ' 'GArland Johnson and Anderson PARKLAND, WASH. GRan. 8442 and GRan. 8356' GENERA[. MgRCHANDISE