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4—THE CATHOLIC TIMES Friday, Oct. 12,1956
The Washington Letter
esting development of recent
weeks is the number of warn
ings sounded in various parts
of the country against the
United States being misled by
the latest maneuver of the So
viet Russian leaders.
In newspapers through ar
ticles. cartoons and editorials
—and even in “trade” publica
tions, notice is being served tn
be on our guard. Americans are
being told that communists are
working for victory over the
West even while we are absorb
ed with a World Series in base
ball and a vigorous, though
shortened, political campaign.
It is being widely stated that
the Red leaders have adopted
the "smiling facade” as a new
tactic, but that they have not
abandoned their goal of world
domination. In this connection,
one publication has made the
interesting suggestion that the
new Russian tactic has made it
difficult for the West to chal
lenge the real motives of com
rnunism and the real character
of the new Red leaders on the
world stage.
The tale nf the good monk
Is io the point Though really a
holy man, a cloistered priest,
he could not get along with a
companion and reported it to
his superior. "But, my good
man,” said the Abbot, "I know
from the Rule that you do
not speak to one another, how
is it you cannot get along?”
"We do not speak, that is
true,” replied the monk, "but
you should see the way he
hands mo hnly water!”
It is the most normal thing
in the world—especially among
human heings living close to
gather—to have tensions and
disagreements. The first rule
in handling tension situations
i« to admit that they are norm
al If you have not had them,
either you are dishonest or
you are a refugee from some
No married couple should
ever believe that just because
they are having some “ten
sums” that there is no longer
love and that their marriage is
doomed As long as you are
alive you will have tensions.
Between the Linet
Where there is real love,
however and some sense
the sun never sets on an argu
ment between t«o people It
is therefore essential that ten
sions be solved soon Do not
delay It will get harder and
harder to solve them.
It is sometimes fun to watch
those uho love each other and
who have had an argument.
They are constantly looking
from the corner of their eye for
I chance to get together again.
Ever since May 17, 1954,
when the Supreme Court of the
United States unanimously rul
ed against segregation in our
public schools, the National
Association for the Advance
ment of Colored People has
been under severe attack n
several of the southern states.
This is very unfortunate hut
not, of course, surprising, for
the N A.A I’., tn its great
credit, probably did more than
any other single, organization
to prepare the way for that his
toric decision It was Thurgood
Marshall, N.A.A P.’s bril
liant legal counsel, who argued
the case (and several previous
cases before the Court. Many
proponents of segregation will
never forgive him for winning
the case. hut. unless we are
badly mistaken, history will
honor him as one of the great
lawyers nf his generation and
will probably indicate in a
footnote more in sorrow than
in angel that he might well
have been appointed to the
Supreme Court hnnsclf except
for the color of his skin.
Be that as it may, the time
has come' for law-abiding citi
zens of the United States
whatever their personal opin
ion of (he N.A.A.C.P.—to rally
to its defense in those slates
where its very right to exist
ence as an organization is be
ing challenged not merely by
private individuals but by gov
ernment itself. The involve
went of the government of
gome of the southern states in
the campaign against the As­
Red Smiles Are Fatal
What with the top rulers of
Moscow dashing here and there
■—to any country that will in
vite them smiling on the
multitudes and kissing babies,
the harried people of a strife
weary world are anxious to be
lieve they have had a change
of heart. For the West simply
to deny that the aims and the
motives of the Reds are as high
as they would have people
think might not be enough in
itself. The Reds could counter
with some dramatic not nec
essarily great concession
(which should have been made
years ago, anyway) and steal
the whole propaganda advan
This is speculation, of course.
Whether it stands up or not,
American publications see no
reason for our people here at
home to be misled. If the latest
Russian move has made it nec
essary for the West to move
with caution in international
relations, the publications feel
that the people of the United
States should bear constantly
in mind what communism is,
Keep on the Track
Never attribute unworthy
motives to thp other party's
conduct In nine out of ten cas
es you would he in error. I be
lieve most of you iVho have
talked out disagreements would
concede that, in spite of what
was done, the motives wore gen
erally good. Good motives soft
en any act, no matter how
Never make an important de
cision when you arc not your
self Anger, jealousy, loneli
ness, moodiness, discolor the
picture and warp your judg
ment. One small mistake in
judgment at this time can de
rail your whole life It is hest
to wait, to remain silent and
just “cool off.” Sometimes it
is good to go out and take
brisk walk, or to work in the
77ie Yardstick
IN A AGP and the Law
sociation cannot he Ignored or
laken lightly. One does not
have Io he a supporter or an
admirer of N A A.C.P. to recog
nize that those slates which are
trying Io outlaw the organiza
tion by administrative ruling or
by legislative fiat are clearly
violating one ot the most fun
damental principles of the nat
ural law in the field of political
action That principle is the
freedom of association, which
is givep to men not by govern
ment but by the very law of
nature itself and which may
not legitimately be taken away
from them by government.
In the words of 1eo XI11
"Although private societies ex
ist within the Stale and are,
as it were, so many parts of
it, still it is not within the au
thority of the Stale universally
and per sc to forbid them to
exist as such. For man is per
mitted hy a right of nature to
form private societies the
State, on the other hand, has
been instituted to protect and
not to destroy natural right,
and if it should forbid its citi
zens to enter into associations,
it would clearly do something
contradictory to itself because
both the State itself and pri
vate associations are begotten
of one and the same principle,
namely, that men are by nature
inclined to associate."
The history of nazism, fas
cism and communism in our
generation tragically demon
strates that any government
which violates this principle
of the freedom of association—
and what it hopes to achieve.
What does Soviet Russia
want to achieve? A man who
should know, Konrad Adenau
er, Chancellor of the Federal
Republic of Germany, told the
American people when he was
in this country last summer.
The Soviet Russians, said
Chancellor Adenauer, want to:
Lull the vigilance of the free
world smash the mighty pro
tective shield of NATO drive
the United States out of Eu
rope make Europe fall like a
ripe -fruit into the Soviet lap.
and through industrial poten
tial and skill of its people
achieve for the Soviets decisive
superiority over the United
"I consider the new tactics of
the Soviet Union more danger
ous than the former aggressive
conduct, since it plays upon the
longing for peace which lives in
all men,” he said. He added
that this danger is not yet
acute because the Kremlin
hopes to achieve world domina
tion through the slow under
mining of the West.
If any one can go for days not
being eager for a reconciliation,
then one seriously doubts that
there is love between them.
Another rule is to learn to
understand the other’s point
of view. It is not so much what
he or she says, hut what he or
she means. Often there is no
disagreement at al). It is what
is read between the lines, the
way it is expressed, or the man
ner in which one or the other
reacts to what has been said.
A technique is needed to han
dle apparent disagreement.
But some never learn this tech
nique, try as they will. It is
a mysterious personality prob
lem. Once that is realized, how
ever.’ if is the beginning of a
garden or maybe a good warm
hath will do the trick.
Never give in and let your
self worry when you are on
your back, insignificant as it
sounds. Somehow things al
ways look upside down when
you are in that position.
Talk It Out
Remember small things in
marriage can become "tremen
’dous trifles.” This cannot
sufficiently emphasize. Not ob
viously appreciating the spe
cial dish she cooked. Not put
ting a button on his shirt. Not
remembering to give her an ex
tra dollar. Not being there to
smile and greet him when he
comes home. That is the type of
tremendous trifle which can
fester into a poisonous distrust.
Talk out the problem when
the lime and the situation are
most conducive to a calm dis
cussion. The best time would
he when you arc not fatigued,
not worried, but relaxed and
in a good humor.
Everyone of us has a regular
periodic cyclo when, unless we
are on our guard, we are edgy,
pugnacious, explosive. We have
all seen and experienced being
on the sunny side of our cycle
—e.g., one of the children
brecks a vase, we laugh and
quickly remark "Children will
be children,” or if we get a flat,
"Why 1 needed the exercise
anyhow.” But when we are on
the stormy side of our cycle,
that is quite different! Then
when one of the children asks a
perfectly, reasonable, intelli
gent question, we are ready to
break his ear drum.
Bv Msgr. George G. Higgins
for whatever reasons of polit
ical expediency or local pre
judice is taking the first
step down the road that leads
all too quickly to the violation
of other human rights and
eventually—unless the process
is reversed—to some form of
totalitarianism. These are
strong words, admittedly, hut
no stronger than the situation
calls for.
We are not talking for the
moment about the wisdom or
the prudence or the timing
of N.A.A.C.P.’s strategy in the
struggle against segregation.
We are talking about its very
right to exist’ as an autonomous
organization in a free society.
There is no law which says
that any individual or any gov
ernment has to agree with the
strategy of N.A.A.C.P. But
there is a law -the very law
of nature itself—which states
imperiously that no power on
earth has the right to legislate
a voluntary organization out of
existence unless, of course, in
the words of lx*o XIII, the or
ganization in question is pro
fessedly seeking an objective
"which is clearly at variance
with good morals, with justice,
or with the welfare of the
If need hardly he pointed out
that l,eo XJ11 and his success
ors would not concede that
N.A.A.C.P. is such an organiza
tion. On contrary, N.A A.C.P. is
professedly seeking an objec
tive which is in complete har
mony with Christian social
Church in Argentina is concern
ed over the avowed aim of
restoring a laissez-faire econ
omy of some of the leaders of
the Aramburu government The
lot of the workers was sub
stantially improved under Per
on, pven though the deposed
dictator pushed through labor
benefits in a political maneu
ver to create a solid backing
for his regime. The wealthy,
however, apparently learned
nothing from the lesson of Ier
onism. They seem again bent
on perpetuating their old priv
ileges whether or not those in
the lower economic brackets
lack housing and are underfed,
unclothed and uneducated. In
pursuing its policy of obliter
ating all vestiges of Peronism,
the present government has
aroused the fear of the work
ing classes that their gains un
der Peron are being slowly
chipped away.
In the face of this trend to
ward a revival of individualis
tic capitalism, the Argentine
Bishops issued a joint pastoial
letter last May denouncing cap
itualism as placing money
above duty to society. Only by
applying the social teachings
of the Church could the eco
nomic and social ills of the
nation he solved, the Bishups
Specifically, they called for
a living wage for all provisions
making it easier to own pri
vate property restoration of
the Christian sense of the dig
nity of work promotion of a
genuine, free trade union or
ganization participation of the
workers in all stages of eco
nomic life through industry
councils, profit-sharing provi
sions and other measures: im
provement of rural conditions
shorter work weeks, providing
leisure time for the develop
ment of a wholesome family
and social life, as Uell as the
proper use of material goods,
and measures fostering the cul
tural advancement of all
Almost simultaneously with
the Bishops' joint pastoral
came a warning from the Ar
gentine Young Christian Work
ers organization that Argen
tina's labor problems are be
ing so handled as to bring
about “the possibility of turn
ing the working class toward
With a great bloc within the
laboring class still embittered
by the overthrow of their hero,
Peron, and with communists
taking advantage of the situa
tion to team up in promoting
strikes and sabotage, the gov
ernment has struck back with
shut-downs, lock-outs and lay
offs on political grounds. The
.IOC lashed out at this policy
as an “insane spirit of retalia­
These Rest Home Scandals
Periodically we read in our daily press about
the “shocking” conditions in the so-called "Rest”
Homes providing care for the elderly and bedfast
people. Recently, this same story has been re
ported in Columbus and Franklin County. The
Department of Public Safety has "discovered"
questionable operations and poor care in these
To anyone who has visited many Rest
Homes, this discovery will not come as anything
new. It has been apparent for years that living
conditions and nursing care in most of these
homes is most inadequate. Yet the same pat
tern is followed each time the conditions are
publicized. First comes newspaper headlines,
then a flurry of public interest, “anger” on
the part of public officials, strong determina
tion to correct abuses, then—nothing. Condi
tions remain inadequate, helpless people lack
decent care and treatment.
Admittedly this is not a simple problem.
These people have to be given care by some
one. Their relatives either cannot or will not
provide a home for them. Many of their rela
tives, especially grown children, cannot be
absolved from some of the blame for the
treatment of their dear ones in these
Homes. The Bishops of Ohio, in the
meeting of the Ohio Catholic Welfare Confer
ence in February. 1955, highlighted this point
when they said: “While insisting on the serious
nature of the state’s responsibility in this matter,
w-e feel impelled to call attention also to the
strict duty of children to do all in their power
to care for aged parents who are unable to care
for themselves.”
Under these circumstances, the Building In
spectors and the Fire Inspectors cannot close
these homes. Where would the people go? There
simply is no place for them.
Who Deserves Forgiveness?
Financial terms are used in Sunday’s Gos
pel to make clear the lesson taught by the
parable of the wicked servant who, after being
forgiven the great debt he owed the king, re
fused to show any clemency toward his fellow
servant who was in his debt for a small sum.
The “ten thousand talents” mentioned as due
the king was a fantastic sum—it would be near
ly twenty million dollars in modern currency
which it would he utterly impossible for
the servant to pay hence it is obvious that it
represents serious offense against. God, mortal
sin, by which man has incurred a debt of pun
ishment he can never wipe out through his
own efforts yet his sincere repentance and
his earnest plea for mercy are answered by the
all-kind God with forgiveness.
On the other hand, the sum owed by the
one servant to the other was insignificant in
amount—less than twenty dollars—standing for
some petty injury done by one man to his
neighbor, or some material obligation unsat
isfied yet when this small debtor asks for
patience and pity from his fellow-man, whn
himself would he lost if God demanded a strict
accounting of him. the reply is a harsh rebuff
and a demand for full and immediate pay
ment. "God, have mercy on inc. a sinner,"
is a prayer that properly comes into the mind
nf each of us whenever we meditate upon our
Argentine Churchmen Worried
Over State Attitude Toward Labor
tion which is making countless
working families homeless and
without means of support.”
In all, Argentina is restive.
Even in the military, which has
influenced the power of gov
ernment for a generation, is
split. One Peronist military
clique staged an abortive revolt
last June, and some two-score
officers were promptly brought
before firing squads for execu
The torture rife under the
Peronist police set-up has not
yet been completely wiped out,
and the freedom of Argentina's
press is not yet secure.
There is a widespread feeling
among militant Catholics and
olriline conservatives that the
revolution—which they view as
a victory for the religious feel
ing of the nation—has been
stolen by the secularists. Re
sponsible for this, they say, is
a whispering campaign claim
ing that the late General Lon
ardi, who came to power imme
diately 'after Peron’s ouster,
aimed at establishing a "cler
ical-fascist” state.
The Aramburu government
The only alternative is to try to improve the
conditions in these Rest Homes. This is a very
difficult task, in view of the problems presented
hy the guests in these homes, the limited in
come provided for their care and the difficulty
in finding qualified people to work in these
The responsibility for licensing these Rest
Homes in the State is vested in the State De
partment of Public Welfare and is carried out
through its Division of Social Administrati n.
Reportedly, this agency asks the State Health
Department and the State Building Inspection
Department to inspect the Homes. These De
partments request their local counterparts to do
the job.
It seems that the State Welfare Department,
through its Division of Social Administration,
has a responsibility that goes much farther than
simply issuing a license to Rest Homes upon
the recommendation of the local Fire and
Building Inspectors. Certainly the Welfare De
partment should develop an adequate and
elevating set of standards to guide Rest Home
Operators towards providing proper care for
the people whom they accept. The Welfare
Department should also work with the Rest
Home Operators in an intimate and constructive
manner in order to stimulate in them a desire to
provide decent care of their charges in compli
ance with the better standards that should be
Probably the recent news items represent
just another stir that will accomplish nothing
in a positive way. We cannot help but wonder,
sadly, how long it will be before responsible
people will become sufficiently aroused to cor
rect the terrible conditions in these "Rest”
misdeeds and our failures how can we rise
from our knees to turn savagely upon our
neighbor, to denounce him for wrongs he has
committted against us, and to oppress him
with the command "Pay me what thou owest”?
But this assuredly is not Christian conduct
it is. instead, a yielding to the pagan, material
standards of the world. If we are to bear our
selves as Christians in the spiritual warfare,
that marks our progress through life we must,
St. Paul instructs us in the Epistle of Sunday’s
Mass, "put on the armor of God.” It is com
plete armor: it includes the breastplate of
justice and the gospel of peace, which means
fairness and kindness in our dealings with our
fellqw-men forgiveness of offenses committed
against us, just as we hope to be forgiven our
offenses against God.
Thus protected u’here we are most vulner
able, we can with confidence gird ourselves
with truth, and take up “the shield of faith,"
and “the sword of the spirit, that is, the word
of God.” Then wp shall be enlisted under the
banner of the All-Holy, All-Powerful, and of
whom shall we be afraid? “For Thou hast made
all things, heaven and earth, and all things,
that are under the cope of heaven Lord,
Thou hast heen our refuge from generation to
Father Healey’s
Q. Is there: any study group
which meets in the afternoon?
There is none in my parish and
I would like to take my part
in some study club, but cannot
attend in the evening because
of my working hours.
A. If there is no possibility
of organizing such a group
through a parish society (Coun
cil of Catholic Women, Holy
Name, etc.) or through direct
appeal to the pastor (he may
know others who want such an
activity at the same time) the
hest course to follow would be
to write to the Confraternity
of Christian Dostrint Office.
Simply address Rev. James
Kulp, Confraternity of Chris
tian Doctrine, 246 East
Town Street,* Columbus (15)
Q. A. professor speaks of
changing “values" and “mores"
and seems to imply that moral
laws regarding sex are simply
rational agreements entered in
to by scholars and civic lead
ers according to the needs of
the time. What can I say ex
cept that the Ten Command
ments do not change?
A. If such a man accepts the
views itself as a caretaker re
gime pending the restoration of
full constitutional law and an
elected government, I* has
promised that elections will take
place before the end of 1957,
and is holding off any attempt
at solving such major issues as
the education question until the
elections. But there is a feel
ing among many who claim to
know the pulse of the people
that unless the provisional gov
ernment placates the workers
to some extent, it will not last
to assure the promised free
There is a feeling that Ar
gentina is heading toward trag
edy, because it seems unable to
heed the advice of its Bishops’
“If the restoration of Argen
tina is to be accomplished in
the light of the eternal truths
of justice and charity, the var
ious conflicting groups will ask
of God and of religion a clear
knowledge of their respective
functions in society and of
their obligation to cooperate
in achieving the common wel
Bible he can scarcely allege
that the moral law can be
changed by any man e.g. "What
God has joined together let no
man put asunder” (Mark 10:9)
Usually the examples given by
such men to show the change
of “mores” are cither referen
ces to sinful, violations of God’s
law or simply differences in
customs (e.g. modesty in dress,
company-keeping, etc.) Modes
ty as taught by the moral law
and the Catholic Church does
not vary in the reality but
there are differences due to
climate, circumstances, etc.
(eg clothing suitable on the
beach is not suitable in
church). When pseudoscientists
put forward statistics on im
morality (adultery, birthcon
trol, euthanasia, etc.) as proof
that the moral law is changing
or should be changed they are
ignoring historical facts. These
moral laws have been widely
disregarded in many countries
hut history is definitely on the
side of the Ten Commandments
inasmuch as it describes the
results of such “popular"
changes in "mores” as invar
iably disastrous.
POSS.n0 Com’"'”'
Co dered or
Once in a while, to give a filip to our thinking, it is profit
able to leave momentarily the current essay on bombs or blondes
jets and jettisons of science, and to turn attention to
things written in an earlier time than our own. Important truths
may indeed claim “the eternal years of God,” but we need- wait
an eternity to consider them. It is well, now and again, to
make an effort to recall the fact that our fathers and grandfa
thers were not altogether stupid, even without nuclear science
and the hoi inspiration of weekly reviews and monthly digests.
About thirty-five years ago, G. K. Chesterton wrote an
which he called “Turning Inside Out,” and it .is as timely now
as if it had been written during the last thirty-five minutes.
deals in general with the moral of a novel by Hutchinson, namely,
"that a woman may gain a professional success at the price of a
domestic failure and it touches in special upon the thing called
education, particularly as considered in conjunction with
the stir and hurrah over women’s rights and the equality of the
Says G.K.C., “In this matter the modern mind is inconsistent
with itself People of the progressive type are perpetually
telling us that the hope of the world is in education. Education
is everything. Nothing is so important as training the rising gen
eration. Nothing is really important except the rising generation.
They tell us this over and over again, with slight variations
the same formula, and never seem to see what it involves. For
if there be any truth in all this talk about the education of the
child, then there is certainly nothing but nonsense in nine-tenths
of the talk about the emancipation of women.
"If education is the highest function of the State, why
anyone want to be emancipated from the highest function of the
State? It is as if we talked of commuting the sentence that con
man to be President of the United States, or
coming in time to save him from being Pope. If education
the largest thing in the world, what is the sense of talking about
a woman’s being liberated from the largest thing in the world?
It is as if we were to rescue her from the cruel doom of being
poet like Shakespeare, or to pity the limitations of an all-around
artist like Da Vinci ....
"Private education really is universal. Public education can
be comparatively narrow. It would really be an exaggeration to
say that the schoolmaster who takes his pupils in freehand draw
ing is training them in all the uses of freedom But the mother
dealing with her own daughters in her own home does literally
have to deal with all forms of freedom, because she has to deal
with all sides of a human soul ... In short, if education is really
the larger matter, then pertainly domestic life is the larger mat
ter, and official or commercial life the lesser matter ....
“If education were merely instruction, (the mother)
briefly instruct her babies in the multiplication tables before
she mounted to higher and nobler spheres as the servant of
Milk Trust or the secretary of a Drug Combine. But the moderns
are perpetually assuring us that education is not instruction
that it is not a mechanical exercise, and must on no account be
an abbreviated" exercise. It must go on at every hour it must
cover every subject. But if it must go on at all hours, it must
be neglected in business hours. And if the child is free to cover
every subject the parent must be free to cover every subject too ..
"If you exalt the education you must exalt the parental power
with it We cannot insist that the first years of infancy are
of supreme importance, and that mothers are not of supreme im
portance Every word that is said about the tremendous im
portance of trivial nursery habits goes to prove that being a nurse
is not trivial. Ail tends to the return’to the simple truth that
the private work is the great one and the public work the small.
The human house is a paradox, for it is larger inside than out
"The educationist generally deals with only one section of
the pupil’s mind, and always deals with only one section of
the pupil’s life. The parent has to deal not only with the whole
of the child’s character, but also with the whole of the child's
career. The teacher sows the seed, but the parent reaps as well
as sows. The schoolmaster sees more children, but it is not clear
that he sees more childhood certainly he sees less youth and
no maturity ....
"Everybody knows that teachers have a harassing and often
a heroic task. (But, once the pupil has gone from their charge,
they are unlikely to hear much of him again) and in this sense,
they have ... a happy task. The eynic would say that the teach
er is happy in never seeing the results of his own teaching. I
prefer to confine myself to saying that he has not the extra
worry of having to estimate it from the other end. The teacher
is seldom in at the death. To take a milder theatrical metaphor,
he is seldom there on the night. But this is only one of the
many instances of the same truth: that what is called public
life is not larger than private life, but smaller. What we
public life is a fragmentary affair of sections and seasons and
impressions it is only in private life that there dwells the full
ness of our life bodily.”
There is much here for modern meditation. The valuable
marks of G.K.C., uttered long ago.—as our generation counts
time, are proposed as an up-to-the-minute challenge at this
very hour. For our day is a day of mothers-from-home, mothers
in quest of a good time and alert for baby sitters, mothers bent
on careers. The same mothers are loud in proclaiming the abso
lute need of education while they refuse to stay at home
attend to it.
Q. Is it allowed to get one's
fortune told or go to a spiritual
ist just for fun or curiosity?
A. No. These practices involve
contradiction of Christian be
lief. Whether they are false,
based upon the cleverness of
the practitioners or have some
diabolical assistance they are
contrary to Christian faith and
morals. The Holy Office declar
ed in 1917 that it is wrong to
attend a seance “simply look
ing on, even though one tacitly
or expressly protests that he
does not wish to have anything
to do with evil spirits." It
was condemned in the Old
Testament (Deuteronomy 18:
10 Exodus 22:18) and is super
stitious and unnecessary Any
encouragement to it is cooper
ation in evil.
a reprieve
Q. Were there ever any won*
en prominent in the Old Tests
ment as prophets or anything
like that?
A. There were several women
who had positions of import
ance in the Old Testament and
Mary, the sister of Moses might
be honored by some such title
(Exodus 15). Debbora,
acted as judge for the tribes
of Israel (Judges 4) and Holds
(IV Kings 22:15), the prophet
ess. are mentioned in the old
Testament and we might in
clude Anna, the daughter
Phanuel (Luke 2) who is men
tioned in the New Testament.
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