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Sunday, January 15, 1950 THE' OBSERVER EDITION OF OUR SUNDAYVISITOR Educate For Purify Symptoms, Bishop Advises Statement On 's Problem (The shocking plethora of sex crimes, mounting steadily all over the nation, is the grave concern of all branches of society-- parents, churchmen, law enforcers, ~edical men, and others. Medi- cal men and law experts seem agreed that society's moral code has degenerated to a point where man no longer regards women as inviolate. Immodesty in women's dress; stimulation of youth- fuI curiosity by sexy comic books, movies, and literature, and street-corner gangs have bee~ advanced as some sources for such crimes. In the light of the situation, Bishop John F. Noll of Fort Wayne, has written a series of articles dealing with sex crimes. This is the first article.) MOST REV. JOHN F. NOLL Bishop of Fort Wayne (N.C.W.C. News Service) sex orgy which ha~ been sweeping the nation and causing anxiety in the hearts of parents, are youths only one year removed from high school, according to J. Edgar Principal offenders in the wild child even under high school age should not be instructed on the subject of sex, but rather that such instruction should be given, in small doses, at different inter-i vals, by a parent and in a modest Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Radio commentator Jimmy Fid- ler has criticized motion picture producers who emphasize the "sex appeal." He reminds them that the "A" pictures may be more costly to produce but always have drawn larger patronage. Only recently in London, Lady Astor declared: "I do not think young people are sexy, but they are having it thrust upon them by constant and insidious reminders."i She pointed the accusing finger at film advertisements which she said were often "misleading, sexy and filled with.., glamorous half- naked women." Nothing is accomplished by treating merely symptoms. We must look for the causes and re- move them. This might imply cen- sorship of pornographic maga- zines, lascivious contents of the so-called pocket books, and a more erigorous approach to the movies. Many Too Unreasonable There are many people who are just a little too unreasonable about censorship as it applies to the printed word. If they were equally unreasonable to its appli- cation to other matters, then there would be no "pure food" laws. The principle is the same whether it be applied to the body or to the mind. Have we not laws which :forbid injurious drugs, narcotics, marijuana cigarettes, which forbid the adulteration of food, which prescribes the pasteurization of milk ? When high school children read lewd literature, when they fre- quent suggestive movies, it is nat- ural for them to become sex con- Bcious, and what they think much about is what they are strongly tempted to reduce to action. FBI Director Hoover tells us that sex crimes have increased greatly since 1947, the very time that sex instruction was intro- duced as a part of the curriculum of many public schools. I could quote a score of the most highly reputed psychiatrists and physi- cians who maintain that classroom way. The Christian religion through- out the ages has always taken the: attitude that people should be edu- cated towards chastity, towards purity; that when this is done the child's mind will be on the acqui- sition of virtue rather than on the: prevention of the opposite vice. One who is doing his best to culti- vate the virtue of patience will not easily become angry; the one who aims at temperance will not be- come intemperate; and the one who strives to live purely will not easily fall from virtue. On the other hand, feed the child's mind! with sex, and "as he thinks so will he do." The publishers of "sex books" are the ones who profit most by the sex consciousness. Observing that people are acquiring the ap- petite, they see to it that the op- portunity will be given them to sa- tiate it. New books of that char- acter come off the press once or twice a month. Several large pub- lishers sgecialize in these, and that they are interested in having the situation aggravated in order that their sales might become greater, is clear from the volum- inous circular literature which goes out to youths all over the nation. We are talking about moral matters, but since a moral citizen- ry is neede~ if our nation is not to meet the fate of many once powerful nations of antiquity, every organ of publicity, should lend itself not merely to a cam- paign against unchastity, but rather to a crusade for chastity among youths. When he was in- stalled as chancellor of the Uni- versity of Denver, Albert C. Ja- cobs, former Columbia University Provost, told more than 5,000 per- sons that the United States was presently in greater danger of in- ternal collapse than of foreign in- vasion. He denounced those who identify freedom with license, or use it as a "cloak for the charl- atan or propagandist." We believe in taming the wild horse. St. Paul believed that he instruchon" on sex only arouses athee must. . "keep,, his body under sub- sex Impulse, and that in this c s jectmn. But many Amermans act knowledge does not suppress but on the theory that children should rather excites the animal instinct, be allowed to follow their urges. Educate In Modest Way [In fact that was a feature of pro- . J I gressive education a few years Thin does not mean that the a l ago but it h d to be discarded. Even the most noted evolutionist in the world today, DeNouy, auth- or of "Human Destiny," holds that m at the moment intelligence and free will were given to what is now the human being, it became his duty to perfect himself, to ex- i ert a mastery over the animal part of him, and pursue things of. the spirit. (To Be Continued) HOLT'S Arch Service Station CONOCO QUALITY PRODUCTS YOUR MILEAGE MERCHANT ) MONUMENTS MT. CARROLL GRANITE AND MARBLE WORKS GEO. W. IVEY SONS Props. Workmanship Guaranteed All Work Done by Pneumatic Tools and Sand Blast, Prices Right. Phone Blue 256 Mr. Carroll, IlL Complete Hospital Addition March ! Rockford--Work on the new ad- dition to St. Anthony's hospital, Rockford, will be completed about March 1, architects announced re- cently. By that date the inside plastering will be completed and the terrazzo floors laid. The new department will in- elude laboratories, private offices and a small auditorium. A new elevator now being installed is ex- pected to be ready for use next month. St. Anthony hospital observed the 50th anniversary of its found- ing with a ieriea of special events CHURCH UNITY Plans for the observance of the Church Unity Octave. January 18-25, on the campuses of universities and colleges throughout the United States have been completed by the National Mission Commission. National Federation of Catholic College Students, in cooperation with the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. Graymoor. N. Y. Pictured is the official poster of the National Chair of Unity Octave. It is the work of Mary Lou Barret, of Siena Heights College, Adrian, ~Ich. (NC Photos) Of Vatican Ottawa, 0ntario--(NC)--Current events attendant on the appointment of a diplomatic representative to the Vati- can by the Canadian government, have revived great inter- est in this proposal. When-His Holiness Pope Pius XII officiated at the for- mal opening of the Holy Door to inaugurate the Holy Year, the Canadian government, having no diplomatic representative to the Vatican, was not represented at the opening ceremony. Louis St. Laurent, Prime Mints- Mr. St. Laurent tolda press conference here that had it been possible he would have liked to attend the ceremony personally as a Catholic. As it had not been possible for him to attend he had asked Ambassador Desy to "rep- resent me personally as a Catholic at the opening of the Holy Year." When asked by one reporter if he were setting a precedent, Mr. St. Laurent said he was not set- ting any more of a precedent "than I do when I go to church on Sunday." He stated he had beer. attending church for some 68 ~ears and he planned to continue to do so for the rest of his days. While Canad~ as such was not officially represented at the open- ing of the Holy Year, the province of Quebec had two members of the Quebec Government attending as official representatives of the gov- ernment of that province. At that i time, Premier Maurice Duplessis of Quebec voiced regret that Canada with its large proportion of Catholics had not yet seen fit to name an Ambassador to the Vatican. There has been considerable ~ressure brought to bear on the ederal Government in the last two years to name a Canadian en- voy to the Holy See, but such an appointment has been opposed by a number of non-Catholic church groups. However, such an appolntmenc has been urged by several of the 1Brgest and most influential non- sectarian Canadian daily newspa- lers. Nun Who Served 62 Years Dies . St. Anne du Ruisseau, N.S., --- (NC)-- Sister Mary Justine has last July, including a golden ju- bilee Mass and banquet. died after serving 62 years as a Sister of Charity. She was a na- tive of this community and is sur- vived by a brother, Melbourne Sur- ette, who is still at the old family homestead. For the last 30 years Sister Justine taught at the Acad- emy of the Assumption, Wellesley Hills, Mass. Previously, she had taught at Lawrence, Mass., Arn- prior, Ont. and Boston. Notre Dame ROTC Unit Rates Best In National Test Notre Dame, Ind.--The present sophomore students of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at University of Notre Dame are the best in the country, according to the results of a comprehensive test announced recently by official tabu- lators. The examinations, which were based on the collegiate trainees' study of naval science, were ad- ministered last year to 3712 first- year students in the program. Notre Dame, whose 109-man unit compiled a mean score of 117.40, towered more than 18 points above the natioqal average. Individual first place honors also went to Notre Dame, where one student scored 144 out of a possible 150 on the test. Due to the Navy's system of identifying papers only by college and number, however, the name of the highest ranking student could not be determined. Last year's sophomore class at Notre Dame placed fifteenth among the 51 units who particil~ated in the second year exam. Their mean score of 117.19 was almost four points above the U. S. average. Among the 50 schools that took part in the third-year competition, Notre Dame's unit finished eighth, !with an average score of 76.64, as compared to the nationwide mean of 62.34. Captain Thomas Conley, Jr., USN, is Commandant of the Naval i R. O. T. C. unit at Notre Dame. eWs Seetion---Fage 6A: Poles Can Obtain Indulgence Of The Holy Year Loyalty To God And Church Urged By Primate In London London -- (NC) -- Archbishop Stefan Wyszynski, Primate of Po- land, has told his people that, be- cause of the impossibility of organ- izing pilgrimages to Rome, Polish Catholics can obtain the Holy Year indulgences at home. Official Polish propaganda, as heard here, has characterize6 the Holy Year as a political and finan- cial maneuver by the Vatican. The government, it was reported, has refused to grant the Primate a passport to go to Rome. "As a token of special favor, His Holiness permits all faithful in Poland to benefit from the gra- ces of the Holy Year as in the Eternal City," Archbishop WTs- zynski stated in a pastoral giving directives for the celebration of the Jubilee Year. Setting down the objectives to be soughtm" Holy Year prayers in Poland, the Primate said: "One must first of all request that all remain firm in their loyalty to the Most Holy Saviour and His Church. May the longed-for peace return at last to the souls of all, to mu- tual relationship at home. May it prevail in the life of the individual nations and the family of nations. "May those who suffer perse- cution keep that undaunted strength which has covered the Church with the purple of martyr- dom since the dawn of Christianity. May God comfort those who are tormented by pain and sorrow." Even as the Primate's pastoral was read in Polish churches there were signs that the regime is step- ping up its campaign against the Church which has been in a lull during the past two months. The lull seems to have been due to the fact that the regime's propaganda organs were busy promoting gifts and greetings for Stalin's birthday, celebrated December 21. Students From 32 Nations At Catholic U. Washington--(NC)-- Students from 32 nations are enrolled at the Catholic University of America. Chinese students are most numer- ous among those from abroad on the campus, with 24 enrolled; Ca- nadians rank second with 16; Italy has eight, six are from the Philip- pines and five each come from Co- lombia, Cuba, France and Vene- zuela. In addition to the foreign stu- dents at the Catholic University, 16 high school and colleges abroad have been affiliated with the Uni- versity. St. Peter's, South Beloit--Second 3unday after Epiphany. . . OC elle Hickey Furniture PHONE 147 ROCHELLE, ILl,.. Carney & Langenecker Rochelle, Illinois Men's end Boys Furnishings Serving fkis ~ommunity nearly Forty Years HEATING HOME APPLIANCES Rochelle IIUnois