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4—THE CATHOLIC TIMES
THE
CATHOLIC TIMES
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TtusPaper Printed hy Union Labor
Putting llw Blame
Where II Belongs
A magazine a little more than two years old,
selling for 25 cents, issued every other month,
has climbed to a new circulation high of perhaps
four million (as it claims) it is certainly the
best seller nn the newsstands. Already, on 1 ose
same new sstands, it outshadows Readers Dipest.
Whv is it pardon the expression so dis
tinguished' For accuracy' News coverage' Policy?
Style or excellent editing' Alas, for none of the
characteristics that usually go to make up journal
istic repute and financial returns. In fact is is not
fi*ttnpuuhed at all. Notorious is th* word.
It is often wildly inaccurate, uses irrespon
sible rumors, collects “information” from private
detectives, paid gossip mongers, bell hops and worse,
and disseminates dangerous innuendoes and insin
nations. It may occasionally offer one fact and
then build up fancies without number*
1 upon it.
Its style has been compared graphically to that
nf the vulgar scrawls one sees sometimes on the
walls of public places, the handiwork of morons.
Only its editors are hy no means morons. One
of them is an able ex Communist fired from the
Hearst chain another has been living by hie shaip
wits for quite some time, capitalizing on the sen
sational and publishing a half dozen border line
pulps. The success of these men is due in large part
tn their knowledge of human nature of at least of
human nature as it manifests itself in 1955.
“What our readers want is fads, gossipy lads,
that they don’t get elsewhere,” says its publisher.
“Our readers like sex,” he continues “and we give
them liberal hunches of it.
A Chicago wholesaler concurs “If someone had
fold me two years ago that we would sell the num
ber nf magazines of the expose type I hat we have
in Chicago this year 1 would have said that he was
crazy.” And a dealer in Dallas adds that the low
down magazines” are “selling the best of any on
the newsstands.”
Of course this rightly arouses one’s indigna
tion. It would be easy to decry the evils of such
literature: How it corrupts the heads and hearts,
what it does to our youth, or to public morality
or even to public taste It would he quite easy
tn castigate publishers and distributors, whole
sale and retail, who engage in this diabolical traf
fic All this has been done many times hut a some
what different aspect of this national a^iuse caught
Our attention
Publishers of filth it need not be added
are not philanthropists’ They are not usually
(save in the case of Commies in the business)
interested in pushing special causes 'ITiey are out
fnr the mighty dollar, and for nothing else. They
either make money or fold up. They are supply
ing the demand and following the oldest law of
economics
Thia, then, is the point that struck us. Blame
them as much as you like, hut th not blame them
alone. You may have heard the story of the so
ciety matron who said of a dirty magazine: “I’ve
read il from rover to cover and I think it ought
tn he thrown out of the house She ought to know
she and some millions nf others make these things
possible
This Is I hr Lord’s Dav
Sundays Gospel brings an emphatic lesson on
the proper observance of the Ixird’s Day, which
was the Sabbath under the old dispensation and is
now the Sunday. One of the Commandments nf God
directs positively that the day is to be kept holy, and
there were those who interpreted the Command
ment most strictly it was Io a group of these ex
tremists that Christ pqt the question, “Is it lawful
to cure nn the Sabbath'" Not that the question
was merely theoretical, for a man was present who
had dropsy, and Christ was asking hi? hearers if
they thought God would he offended if His day
ere used to relieve the suffering man of his in
firmity
Receiving nn answer, the Savior settled the is
•ue by performing a miracle which healed the man.
And if any nf the lawyers and Pharisees were dis
posed tn object He silenced them with a reminder
that what He did was no more a violation of the
Commandment than were some of their own prac
tices “Which of you," He asked, shall have an ass
nr an ox fall into a pit and will not immediately
draw him up nn the Sabbath'” Thus He made it
clear that He was not setting the Commandment
aside, nr teaching any “liberal” interpretation nf
it He said nn another occasion that He came “not
In destroy the l-aw h.it tn fulfill it.” Rut Hr did
reject the attaching nf unreasonable meanings tn
the word “holy."
The Church nf Christ today insists, as He did,
that the Ix»rd s Dav must he kept holy, that because
it is His day it must he set apart from the other
days of the week that it must he devoted primarily
to the worship of God, including the performance
of charitable and other activities in His service
that it must not be used for servile works, except
such as are strictly necessary that it is not to be a
day for money making, or any sort of self indulgence
in which God is forgotten Christ's healing nf the
dropsical man was, of course, an act nf mercy,
giving glory tn Gnd, and thus entirely in keeping
with the proper obseriance nf the Izud's Day, the
example he cited nf permissible servile work the
rescuing of an animal that had fallen into a pit
comes plainly within the classification of “neces
sary"
The essential point is that the day belongs to
God. designated in a special manner for the pro
fession of man by the obedience and loyalty he owes
his Creator and Redeemer: any way of spending Sun
day that ignores nr violates its purpose is a public
demonstration nf disobedience
Vet this disobedience is not the worst feature
of the “modern Sunday, in which a brief “token”
attendance at dmne worship is followed by occu
pation* «nd practices that are completely pagan
and secular. The day ought tn he nne on which,
freed from the cares and pursuits of our routine,
harried lives, we draw refreshment and happiness
through spending a few hours close to God
St. Paul, in Sundays Epistle, gives us a hint
of the spiritual richness we are losing hy making
our Sundays so shallow and empty he propose* for
our meditation the importance of having “Christ
dwelling through faith n your hearts, sn that being
rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to
comprehend with 11 the Mints what is the breadth
and length and height and depth, and to know
Christ's love which rurpasses knowledge.”
If Jacob had never received, if David had never
sinned, if Solomon had never acted unwisely, and
if Peter had not denied his Master ... it would he
forthwith announced that Bible history is a fiction
and not a fact.—L. T. Townsend, Bible and Nine
teenth Century, (pp. 169-70).
All human discoveries seem to he made only for
the purpose of confirming more and more strongly
the truths contained in the Holy Scriptures.—St.
John Herschel (1792-1671.
Von may find a nation without a king, without
cities, without laws, w’ithout coins but a nation with
out a temple, without prayers, without oaths, wihnut
a God—no one has ever seen or ever shall see.—
Plutarch (first century).
T-et your charity extend to the whole earth,
for it is over all the earth that the members of
Christ's Rody are spread.—St. Augustine.
Every problem drinker has trouble w’ith himself
long before he has trouble w-ith liquor. Ralph A.
Habas, Hom tn Live Without Drinking.
Not by years hut bv disposition is wisdom ac
quired Plautus 254 164 C. Trinummux.
Just Among Ourselves
Patting Comment Considered or Incomiderate
A long railway journey, and a chance copy nf a
Cross Word Puzzle Ronk. Here are the elements
of scholarly review Have we forgotten all the odd.
ments of vocabulary amassed in the hey-day of
crosswording back in the late 1920's? How' do w«
stand on the sun god in two letters, and the solar
disc in four? Have we retained ready memory nf a
Siamese coin? Do we know the weight of India?
There was a time when crosswords were recom
mended as things of positive educational value.
Happily, such a recommendation never carries much
weight (even that of India, with the plain, sane,
ordinary mass of people. Only those bemused spec
ialists who spend time in institutions of higher
learning snatch at the word educational as an ex
cuse for doing what they want to do such as
attending great conventions in centers of intellect
ual life, like Atlantic City, for instance.
Even TV is recommended sometimes as an in
strument of education and so it is, if you take
education to mean any sort of influence exercised
on emotions, mind, memory, or morals. Fagin in
Oliver Twist, who trained boys to be pickpockets,
was a notable educator. Unless you use an adjec
tive like good or had with the noun education, that
noun loses meaning it becomes a cloud-word,
vaguely and deceivingly suggestive of value. It is
like the unrelated comparatives used in advertising
longer, milder, more satisfying. Milder that what?
Prussic acid?
Well, the crossword puzzles in this book of con
temporary issue call back the dear old days of not
so long ago. The same words that irritated father
are presented for the vexation of junior. For ex
ample, the definition "bitter vetch” appears with
its w'hilom regularity, and sometimes the puzzle
maker, tired, no doubt, and no wonder, sets
down the single word "vetch." What is vetch any
how? Work it out. and you find that it is a synonym
for "era." Thus does education educate.
Here you find the word “Balem”. It looks like
a proper noun, but then all the words and defini
tions in the list begin with a capital. So, not know
ing what this “Balem” may be, you work around
the word and finally key it into place it turns out
to be "Para” or perhaps "para”, and, as the nld
disputants used to say, redit difficultas, that is, the
primal puzzlement bounces back at you.
Harking hack to ers, that hitter vetch thing,
which sounds too foul for further investigation,
isn’t is a wonder that the puzzle-men do not vary
their definition of this term? Efx could readily be
defined as “favorite expressions of speakers and
panelists or “three fourths of formerly” i ha,
there’s a bit of subtlety!) or “the end of letters
and answers, hut not of correspondence.” Er, w«
find (in this same mine of erudite expression, the
puzzle book) is the name of a Teutonic deity. And
so we leave it.
Ernie the sea-eagle is with us still, the hook
attests, and so is old eri the silkworm. This same
eri could leave his silk-weaving. nne supposes, and
appear as “beginning and partial development of a
city in northwest Pennsylvania or’submit to this
direction: “one letter more and you have a seafar
ing Norseman.” But only Ted Shane could be thus
inconsiderate of the coccoon-guarded placidity of
eri the spinner.
The puzzle maker is not only prosaic and un
imaginative in his definitions. He is often dully
unfair, and he is frequently misinformed. It is
hardly cricket to give the infinitive to embalm when
the answering word is the noun mummy. Or does
the puzzle-man consider that to mummy is a satis
factory synonym for to mummify? It is plainly a
mistake to put wit in the word list and expect
humor in the keyed blocks. And vice versa. Nor
may one righly define art by science. and science
hy art. Vet those educators, the puzzle-makers, do
these things regularly.
Is it fait Io work in Scottish expressions and
words, or French summers, or Latin conjunctions?
Is it reasonable to expect the puzzle-solver to know
that oo Is a bird, or that aa means lava, or that tt
is a kind of shot? Why should a normal person
seeking mild divei tisement be expected to know
that taa is a Chinese pagoda, and that a Turkish
regiment is known as a/ni’ Is the spirit pleased
or the mind enriched by knowing or recognizing
such random and inconsequential words as these?
These, we hold, are mere irritants, unfair, unjusti
fied These things do not make a bard puzzle, but
a poor puzzle.
It is too much, perhaps, to expect the puzzle men
to indicate parts of speech for us. Yet it is dis
tressing tn riffle vainly through mental files in
search of a word for record (hook? list? notes?
ledger? disc? history? account') and then find that
the word record has the proper accent on the last
syllable, and is a verb. Even when a word is known
as a noun or verb, there are sufficient difficulties
in finding the required equivalent to fit into the
little squares. Take the word switch, for instance,
as a noun. It may mean false hair it may mean
an electric (or must one say electronic’) gadget
it may mean the fork of a railway it may mean
merely a change it may mean a flexible bit of
willow or hickory once ardently applied in the pro
cesses of early education.
Or consider the word conductor. It may mean
a railway official it may mean a man who leads
an orchestra or a group of tourists it may mean
a substance, that can carry an electrical current.
The solver of puzzles is m^ant to cope with diffi
culties such as these Rut it seems out of line tn
expert him tn grapple with the troubles that come
of nnt knowing what part nf speech hr is working
with.
WASHINGTON LETTER
WASHINGTON The confer
ence of Foreign Ministers to be
held at Geneva in October is
building up into a meeting of ex
traordinary importance and in
terest.
Accustomed to high-level talks
with communists that produced
no results, Americans might
have looked upon the forthcom
ing Geneva conference with con
siderable lack of interest, ex
cept for these facts:
It will present the Reds with
their first opportunity to show
that the smiles they put on at
the ‘summit” conference recent
ly held in Geneva are not fraud
ulent. It is believed here that
Moscow did not expect to be
“called” so soon on its show of
goodwill. But it'is felt that Mos
cow must do something next
month or lose some of what it
hoped to gain.
It will come at a time when
the United States is about to
embark upon a national election
campaign. What happens at Ge
next will surely he subjected to
some vigorous debate round this
country.
It will either be the first of a
series of meetings held at rela
tively brief intervals and giving
some hope for peace, or it will
be the last of such meetings for
a considerable period and con
demn the world to “cold war”
for a long time.
MONSIGNOR HIGGINS
The July 25 release of this
column was an open letter to a
number of correspondents who
had recently accused us of being
pro-labor in
the bad sense
of the word.
We tried to
make it clear
in our reply
that, while we
are admittedly
pro-union in
the traditional
Catholic sense
of the word,
we are not biased in favor
of organized labor or blind to
its faults or prejudiced against
employers.
At least one diocesan news
paper saw fit to endorse our po
sition editorially, but some of
our readers still have their fin
ger.. crossed. One of them says
in a recent letter that we are “a
watchdog for a group ... I
might even say a counsel for the
defendant and therefore cannot
even hint that they might be a
wee bit guilty.” He will not be
convinced of our open minded
ness or objectivity unless and
until we “admit in specific cases
that labor leaders are wrong
For whatever good it may ac
complish, we are happy to oblige
our correspondent by taking up
in the present column a recent
case already widely reported and
discussed, in which some labor
leaders were definitely and hypo
critically in the wrong.
“Case Dismissed" on T-H Ground*
The case involved a sub-divi
sion of the Teamsters’ Union in
Portland, Oregon. A number of
people who work at the Portland
office of the Teamsters’ Union
expressed a desire to join the Of
fice Employees’ Union In eynical
violation nf their own principles,
the official* nf the Teamster*
:«5e-
Reds Smiles to Be Tested Soon
Many warnings have been
sounded here and abroad that
the communists, in putting on
the sipile, are only adopting a
new' tactic. Their objective is the
same as it has alw'ays been—
world domination by commun
ism—and their dedication to its
achievement just as great. The
top Reds, although they were
much more pleasant in aspect
than were Stalin and 1-enin, con
ceded nothing to the W'est at the
recent "summit” meeting, it was
pointed out.
The Administration here has
indicated that it is aware of this
fact. President Eisenhower has
said that the purpose of the
“summjt” meeting he took part
in at Geneva was to establish a
spirit of goodwill with which it
was hoped world problems could
be approached. Secretary of
State John Foster Dulles has
said the forthcoming Foreign
Ministers’ meeting will put thia
new spirit to the test.
Administration spokesmen
have indicated some of the things
Soviet Russia can do to show its
goodwill. These include
Termination of the unnatural
division of Germany and agree
ment to free elections in that
country agreement to an ade
quatp inspection system to per
mit a slow down in the arma
ments race removal of barbed
Emphasis on Labor's Duties
successfully opposed this move.
Eventually, the case was brought
Jo the attention of the National
]abor Relations Board, which is
charged with the responsibility
of protecting the right of work
ers to organize into unions of
their own choosing. An examin
er /or the NLRB found the Team
sters’ Union guilty of unfair la
bor practices but the Board it
self, hy a vote of 3-2 dismissed
the case.
The two dissenting members of
the Board said that the union
had “run the entire gamut of
employer unfair labor practices”
in attempting to thwart the ef
forts of its employees to organ
ize a union. The majority of the
Board did not deny that the un
ion had done these things, nor
did they say—as accused by the
Wall Street Journal that “it
was all right for the union to
them.” Their ruling was based
on a technicality and had nothing
to do with the findings of the
NLRB examiner. The majority
dismissed the case solely on the
grounds that the Taft-Hartley
act. which the Board adminis
ters, does not apply to non profit
organizations such as unions.
This may or may not be an ac
curate interpretation of the law
as it now stands. The issue will
have to be decided eventually by
the courts. If the courts uphold
the opinion of the majority of
the Board, the labor movement
ought to ask the Congress to
amend the law immediately in
such a way as to provide un
equivocally for the universal cov
erage of all employees of labor
organizations. Meanwhile (he la
bor movement ought to use every
available means to force the
Teamsters’ Union into line re
gardless ef legal techmcalitie*.
Dirty Linen
This will be a good te*t ef the
wire, land mines and machine
guns which make up the Iron
Curtain in middle Europe end
the colonial status imposed upon
communist satellites break up
the network of communist sub
version and espionage which the
Reds have extended round the
world.
Even the most sanguine would
hardly expect all of those things
to be accomplished at the ap
proaching meeting. It is not too
much to expect, however, that
something will be done about
Germany. As a matter of fact,
what the Soviet Union is wilting
to do about the unification of
Germany and the holding of free
elections in that country could
well be the measure of the Ge
neva meeting’s success.
Moscow has adopted the smile,
it is believed, because it was no
longer getting anywhere with
the frown and the fist. Through
a more pleasing demeanor, it is
felt, she expects to throw' the
West off guard, lead the west
ern nations to relax their vigi
lance aitd their defenses, and
possibly to get them to differ
among themselves.
It is conceded that all of these
things could very well happen,
given time. Perhaps it is a for
tunate thing that Russia is call
ed upon so soon to prove her
new look.
integrity of the labor movement
and. more specifically, of the
labor press. The fact that unin
formed or unscrupulous critics
of labor have exaggerated its
faults for their own anti-union
purposes can no longer be cited
as an excuse for labor’s failure to
wash its dirty linen, and to wash
it in public if necessary.
And over and above the prob
lem of dirty linen—racketeer
ing. racial discrimination, juris
dictional squabbling, etc.—there
is the even more important prob
lem of labor’s being too sensitive
to legitimate criticism of its own
policies too prone to exagger
ate the merits of its own case
and to magnify the faults of the
opposition. This lack of matur
ity is particularly evident in
some of labor’s periodicals, which
do not even pretend to give both
sides of controversial questions.
In this respect, the labor press
is no different from the official
press of many influential busi
ness organizations. But two
wrongs don't make a right. The
time has come for both groups
—unions and employers’ associ
ations—to make a good examina
tion of conscience and to amend
their ways accordingly.
No Sacrod Cows
Neither group is a sacred cow
neither can expect to be immune
from criticism. They are both an
swerable, not only to their own
constituents but to the general
public as well. They are both
living in glass houses conse
quently, they ought to stop
throwing stones at one another
in the form of partisan propa
ganda. Or, to put it another way,
they ought to Mart thinking more
about their duties and less about
their rights. Fnr the surest way
to forfeit the latter is to neglect
to fulfill the former.
Inquiry Corner
Lather Healey
Q. If usury is immoral how
can Catholics work for organi
zations which charge interest—
especially the high rate of in
terest which is charged by cer
tain loan companies?
A. Usury is a word that has
two different usages "lending
money for interest” and “an ex
orbitant rate of interest.” The
second is forbidden by civil law'
as well as by moral law. Gener
ally speaking the civil law estab
lishes the just rate of interest,
for circumstances are different
in our involved financial situa
tion than they were in an agri
cultural society (e.g. in the Mid
dle Ages). While there could be
sinful complicity in encouraging
people to incur debts which they
w'ill be pressed or unable to pay
it would not seem to be sinful
usury for a Catholic to work for
any organization which abides
by the legal interest rates. Some
loan companies undoubtedly vio
late the civil and moral law in
this regard and some others may
violate the Christian code of so
cial justice, but we cannot call
any charging of interest immor
al.
Q. Who was St. Bridget?
A. St. Brigid of Ireland was
horn in 451 and died February 1,
525, in Kildare. She w'as the
daughter of an Irish chieftain
of Leinster she founded two
monastic institutions in Kildare
and in the “Book of Armagh”
there is mention of her great
friendship with St. Patrick. She
is one of the patron saints of
Ireland. St. Bridget of Sweden
(died in 1373) A.D.) was the wife
of a prince of Sweden and was
the mother of eight children,
one of whom became a saint. Af
ter the death of her husband she
devoted her life to penance and
contemplation and she is famous
for the extraordinary graces she
received and for the “Revela
tions” on the Passion of Christ
which she w'rote. St. Brigid of
Kildare’s feast day is February
1, St. Bridget of Sweden’s on
October 8.
Q. Will married people be re
united in heaven? What if a
widow marries with whom
will she he united in heaven?
A. In heaven we will enjoy
the company of all blessed in
addition to the beatific vision
(or we might say as part of the
vision of God ’face to face’). It
seems likely that we shall be
especially happy in the company
of members of our family,
RICHARD PATTEE
Arab Refugees
BEIRUT—On the way back
from a day spent with the new
ly designated Patriarch of the
Lebanese Maronites, about 20
miles from Bei
rut, I visited
two of the
a ps estab
1 i s e o.r
Arabs who
were forced to
leave Palestine
when the state
of Israel came
into being aft
er the termina
tion of the Brit
ish mandate.
Father Fran
cis Kennedy
from the United States, in charge
of the Pontifical Mission in this
country, took me there to see
firsthand what is being done in
Lebanon to care for the home
less and displaced under the re
sponsibility of the United Na
tions. It is a moving and depress
ing sight.
Permanent Stagnation
I-ebanon has not received
very large number of these un
fortunates in view of its own
smallness and the impossibility
for it to absorb a hundred thou
sand refugees into its economy.
The result is a sort of perman
ent stagnation, in which families
by the dozens are doomed to
look forward to an endless future
in which there is little hope and
not much more than existence
on the basis of an international
dole.
In the beginning, Father Ken
nedy indicated, it was especially
urgent to separate Christians
from Moslems since some ten per
cent of the refugees were of the
Christian faith—almost all Ca
olic. Once this had been accom
plished, the next job was to set
up something in the way of liv
ing quarters.
One of the two camps I saw
was an assortment of shacks in
which families live under condi
tions of the greatest misery.
The other was a new and per
manent construction in which
Concrete homes, with a chapel
and school are being erected.
Land was ceded by a community
of Maronite religious and, with
international aid, a village is be
ing built to care for the refu
gees. From the physical point of
view their situation will have im
proved vastly in the new quar
ters, although the moral implica
tions still remain namely, that
the more permanent and decent
the homes are. the more certain
it is that they will remain her®
indefinitely.
Horn* It Palestine
It is a hard fact, about which
far too little has been said in
eur country, that these refugees
•re here and in Syria and nr
daa. »a well a* in the Gaae strip.
friends and others whom
knew- and loved on earth. Christ
clearly answered the question
about marriage w'hen the Sad
duccees presented as an objec
tion to the resurrection
problem of a w'idow' who re
married and w'ould then have
more than one husband in
heaven. He said: “The children
of this world marry, and are
given in marriage but they that
shall be accounted worthy of
that world, and of the resurrec
tion from the dead, shall neither
be married, nor take wives.”
(Luke 20:27-35)
Q. A fo e classmate rd
mine (in a Catholic high school)
has just married a divorced
woman. I've been wondering
what my attitude should he
when we meet: should 1 re
proach him or ignore the sin’
A, You should not ignore, the
sin. You should pray for him,
and, at least by your attitude
show him that you do not ap
prove. (Matthew 18:15-17) Any
thing you do should be directed
toward his conversion and the
correction of the sinful marri
age situation, but your own
prudence will have to dictate
the best means. Sometimes a
blunt reminder of his duty to
God and to his own soul will
move a man to repentance, but
with some others it will make
them resentful and hardened in
sin. If you can get him to talk
with the pastor or perhaps
a priest from the school you and
he attended you might ac
complish something. A true
friend will not be satisfied to
leave his friend in such a sad
state, but the ultimate solution
rests wih him and his response
to God’s grace.
Q. When is the feast of St.
Bernard? What is he famous
for?
A. August 20th in the least of
St. Bernard of Clairvaux. He was
a man of many talents, hut is
best know'n for his leadership in
the (then) new Cistercian Order
and for his preaching in behalf
of the Crusades. His writings
earned for him the title Doctor
of the Church and he is general
ly considered to be the last of the
Fathers of the Church, He died
in 1153. A.D.
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because they were cast nut
their homes in Palestine at the
time Israel was created. The
argument is sometimes advanced
that this is all very well, hut
that the best thing would be for
the Palestinians to make the best
of the mess and settle in any on®
af the Arab countries where
there is space and a chance for
the future.
There are various difficult ie«
confronting such a solution. The
first is that many left their
hones assuming that they would
return and since they have lived
in Palestine for centuries, no
other place is home. It i* as
though a resident of Baltimore
were tossed out of his home and
after spending years in a camp
in, let us say, Scotland, was told
he could go to some other Eng
lish-speaking country such aa
British Honduras and live there.
Such a step might be theoret
ically possible, but the Palestin
ian-especially the Palestinian
Christian—has not even a remot®
desire tfl try to settle in Yemen
or Saudi Arabia where the at
mosphere and outlook are totally
different from anything he ha*
ever known. The most forceful
argument is that these Palestin
ians want to go home. And horn®
is Palestine, and no other place.
Doomed to Exist on Charity
The Lebanese government ha*
received many of these refugees.
So re can work in jobs that do
not require an official labor per
mit. Bu* l^banon is made up of
a delicately balanced assortment
of religious groups. The influx of
thousands of Palestinians, either
Christians or Moslems, can very
easily upset this equilibrium
which is the basis of the polit
ical divisions of the nation.
Moreover, the existence of the
refugee problem is a standing
argument for Arabs with respect
to injustice they allege was com
mitted against them in turning
Palestine over to Israel. If the
problem disappeared, it would
be tacit acceptance of the exist
ence of Israel—an attitude which
the Arabs are not at all disposed
to take.
If one looks to the future
there seems little in the way of
hope for these forlorn thou
sands—wards now of the U.N,
and destined to live and die un
der conditions not op their own
choosing. One cannot but feel a
profound sense of pity and com
passion for these unfortunafps
who run the risk of becoming (he
forgotten of this world. It i* to
be hoped that, even in a world
made callous by misery and
calamity, there is still a place in
the hearts of men from which a
ray of hope can come to these
thousands, who have been eject
ed from their ancestral land and
doomed to exist nn th® chanty
of the United Nation*.

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