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Page Four THE OB SEPVEI FdSruary ,a193g THE ) /'1[  the Official OBSERVER  Newspaper Published of Every the Diocese ot Thursday Rockford TEE OBSERVER--Publication offices 845 Bluff St.. Dubuqne, Iowa. Entered as second-class matter Nov. 27, 1935, at the Post Office at Dubuque. rows. under the act of March 3. 1879. Snbscriptlon--Prepaid: United grates, yearly $I00: Canada, $2.50; Europe. $3.00. All communlcatlons should be addressed to the office ot T!w. OBSERVER, 845 Bluff St.. Dubuque. Iowa. or 704 So. State St., Freeport, IIL Brlef correspondence, especially news of the Diocese of Rockford, is welcome. THE PHYSICIAN OF THE AGE The beginning on Feb. 12 of the seven- teenth year of the pontificate of His Holiness, Plus XI, is a significant event. He is the phys- iclan of the age, and like a great and wise. physician, diagnoses infallibly the world mal- ady saving, Thou ailest here and here, and prescribes te remedy. To a sick and dis- traught world tossing in delirium and frenzy he says, Thou hast left thy Lord, thy God, the fountain of living waters; thou hast gone astray in the desert and dug for thyself cis- terns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. Return to the Lord the God" and be healed. In a world war-shattered and torn by dissension he is a voice of harmony and peace. The trouble with the world, he points out, is its revolt from Christ, an the reinedv for its malady is return to Him. Christ is the health and salvation of the individual and of society. The program of the Pope therefore is the Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ. Christ reigning in the individual, in the family, in society, is the recovery and re- form, the peace and prosperity of the world. To accomplish the cure of the world, he insists, all of life must be sanctified; the good and virtue must reign and prevail everywhere. The interior and the individual must be re- formed first and through them all society. World reform, social reform begins with self reform, and the reform of self is the follow- ing of Christ, the healer of individuals and nations. Thus the great physician to his age. CO-OPERATE WITH THE SCHOOL Many promising minds are ruined in the high school years by lack of discipline in the home and by its failure to co5perate with the school. The time between graduation from the grammar grades and entrance into college is the silly age among bovs Pretty generally they will not work or stuct unless'the discip- line of the school is supported by the influence of the home. Too often parents, especially mothers, instead of supporting the discipline of the school, break it dow'n. They go on the supposition that in matters of discipline the teachers, especially if they be priests or relig- ious, are always wrong and their predous young hopeful is always right; whereas al- most without exception the precise contrary is true. As a result of such parental idiocy the boy is confirmed in his habit of laziness, begins to lag in his studies, his mental future is ruin- ed, he fails, has to quit school, and another intellectual tragedy is added to the long score of the cruel kindness of fond parents. The years between twelve and eighteen constitute the critical age of youth. His mind and character are being made then for better or for worse. If he can be tided over that cri- tical period, he is generally safe for the rest of his life. During that time wise parents co- operate in the education of their boys; fond, that is, foolish parents do not. CAN WE CONDEMN THE CHINESE? Tbe Chinese authorities, believing that "bul- lets are cheaper than rice" condemn vagabond lepers to the firing squad. Such treatment is entirely in harmony with the feeling of the Chinese people; boys and girls taunt the lep- ers, .and adults spit upon these unfortunates. A missionary tells of the difficulty he had in finding a refuge for a 20-year-old leper girl. One of the Christian Chinese women gave th girl a home, but the Christian matron's pagan husband objected. "Then I tried to get the girl to our leper asylum," he continues, "but she was refused transportation in any way. "The Chinese have a grim dread and loath- ing of leprosy. Many of our Catholics are Good Samaritans and'would gladly give shel- ter to a leper, but other members of the fam- ily and even neighbors would' be sure to object. "So this poor girl must go the way of most lepers. She will wander and rest and beg her bowl of rice, trying to get to our place in Kongmoon. Boys and girls will laugh at her, and grown folks will spit as they pass her. And unless the authorities change their phil- osophy of 'Bullets are cheaper than ride,' she will meet the fate of most vagabond lepers,-- a soldiers' firing squad." There is a growing tendency among Amer- icans to adopt this pagan philosophy of deal- ing with the unfit. It is a purely utilitarian philosophy and masquerades under the name of "euthanasia," "eugenic legislation," and the like. Visionaries of the Nineteenth Centuw conceived of a vast humanitarianism that would operate without supernatural religion. Take away religion, however, and mankind soon reverts to paganism with its callous con-i tempt for human life, w-ith its condonation of suicide, "mercy killings," and murder of un- wanted children. Only Christianity can tame the tiger in man. USE NOT ABUSE One of the most ancient and persistent of heresies is Manicheeanism. Originating away back in the mists of antiquity, it is the strange delusion that there is something inherently and intrinsically evil in all matter. That hor- rible heresy reappears again and again in the course of the ages and full of life and vigor survives to the present day. Mnicheeanism reappeared with the Cathari and Albigenses and other heretics of the Middle Ages, with Protestantism, especially in its Lutheran and Calvanistic phase, in the first born of Calvin- ism, Puritanism, which in turn begot hatred of innocent amusement, blue laws and Prohi- bition. Hence also the dreadfully dreary Sun- day the preachers impose w-hen and where they can. "The Puritans," rightly observes Macaulay, who is their great champion, "hated tearbaiting not because it gave pain to the bear but because it gave pleasure to the spectators." All heresv indeed seem s tarred with the same dirty {anicheean stick.: BY OTHER EDITORS Broadminded? leaders upon the Spanish Bishops for protesting against the wanton The Church has alvays number- destruction of property and lives ed among her members the ever ou the part of the Spanish Reds. "complaining Catholic." Broad- That publication is the Indianapolis mindedness, or liberalism is their Commercial. Its observations are cry. Unfortunately, to&ay, their ilk so fair and to the point that we is a large and overgrowing aggre- quote more at length than is ordin- gation that constitutes a real men- arily our custom. "Are we to as- ace to the power, influence and same," the writer says, "that the , work of the Church. They whine Catholics of this and other coun- because the priest preaches a ser- tries are supposed to turn hand- men it's poor--it's too long--it's springs with joy over any activity too short, because the Church is of the Loyalist government? Do behind the times in her teachings we forget that millions of dollars' on marriage and birth control, be- worth of church property, some of cause fast and abstinence are de- the finest cathedrals in the world, creed during Lent. They see no as well as much private property, need for collections, yet the have been wantonly destroyed by churches are too small, poorly a government that now lays claim heated or improperly lighted. They to the respect and help of other cannot agree with the Church's ties? Are we to forget that legislation on the Christian educa- sands of churchmen, not to men- tion of youth. So they will not ion helpless nuns, have been brat- send their children to Catholic ally mm'dered by the Loyalists, schools and colleges. They are Communists, Anarchists and crimi- "broadminded" and modern. They nil classes? We do not understand send their children to prominent how a clergyman of any denomin- non-Catholio colleges where con- ation would have the nerve to criti- tacts are made with the cultured else Catholics under the circum- and refined "upper strata." Namb# stances. It has been our obse'a- pamby, they follow every.new scat- tion that the Catholic Church has ter-brain scheme introduced in the behaved with great restraint and name of science And when the creditable calmness under the cir- Church launches out in condemns- cumstances, and we do not believe tion of these false teachings, the}" Protestant clergymen bring any i freely and loudly express their dis- redit to themselves by being erR- agreement with her teachings. This is the opinion of a lrot - They are forever compromising, ;stint." We call the attention of rearranging, adjusting and accom-our readers to the last sentence: modating their faith to suit their "This is the opinion of a Protest- manner of living. They ignore the ant." 'e ought to add that the wisdom of the admonition that to opinion of most other Protestants, tamper with fire is to be burned, if they could get even an approm- Anti-Christian and immoral books mitten of the truth from our Amer- are a favorite form of pastime and ican press.--Ave Maria. in anti-Christian society they move with graceful ease. Practically the New Diplomacy indwelling of Christ in His Church and the rule of Christ's Church The old diplomacy had this, has no place in their lives. "He among other advantages, that its that despiseth you, despiseth Me" practitioners could afford to yield means nothing to them. a form for the sake of a substance, It was whining Catholics who without having to reckon too much brought on the so-called Reforms- with public opinion. In the world tion It was the broadminded of diplomacy, in the comity of ha- Catholics that lost France "the tions, this was a point of great first daughter of the Church" toa importance, and one of the worst reign of terror and anti-clerical- features of the new order is that ism, It was the liberal Catholics the statesmen of different countries that saw no harm in Free Masonry meet with a crowd of journalists I who brought Mexico to her pres- -aiting to proclaim, in large head-] ent sorry state. It was the lacks- lines, that one has worsted the oth- daisical Catholics in Spain that er. Concession becomes more dif- gave life to the present day ficult in proportion as a minister scourge in that suffering country, is dependent on popular favor. W'hat harm this type of Catholic Hereditary monarchs have been may bring to the Church in Amer- able to do most in the way of ica is a question of vital concern gestures and concessions. Auto- to the rank and file of the faith- critic rulers can do a good deal. ful. Only intense daily living of Those who can hardly do the least the truths of Catholicity and are the elected ministers of dome- strong enthusiasm for the cause on critic countries.--Christopher Hol- the part of the true Catholic can Its in London Tablet ward of[ the dangers.--Evangelist, Albany, N.Y. A Lesson for North A Protestant Editor Europe Though self-respect is a good Sneaks thing, and it is hard for those At least one--rpubltcation has not whose self-respect has been in- been afraid to express itself con- creased not to fall a victim to the cerning the unfair attack of cer- temptations of pride. But there rain self-constituted Protestant are no such risks in being humll- i :;.-!L i*c.,/- :00And Life Goes On BY d. P. M. America's Most Widely On-read Columnist Total Strangers? In a depot I picked up a paper Some person had left behind And idly turning its pages This thought came to my mind: That man who bought this paper Is a total stranger to me, Yet I kndw quite a bit about him From just little things that I see. He likes to work cross-word puz- zles- See how he's done this one here, And a pretty bright fellow, I take it, For this puzzle is pretty severe. He's a neat chap, and very meth- odic- Note how his letters are made, Each of them even and perfect, With a stroke bold and unafraid. He's out of a job, I imagine, Notice this "Help A:anted" ad, He's made a firm ring all around it, . Perhaps for his memo pad? / And h likes to fool wittl a pencil Like I do, the idle old chump, See how he's rigged up a mustache On the visage of poor Min Gump! Yes, we tell quite a bit about our- selves Vehen a book or a paper we score, And I hope he wins out with some sort of a prize On that limerick he clipped from page four.* Why All the Shooting? Why all the yapping about the young government clerk down at Washington who's, just been dis- covered to have maintained for three whole years (pay roll and all) a CCC camp which existed only in his mind's eTe? Isn't that ex- actly what America needs more than anything else right now? Young people of vision and imag- ination? No Sympathy Here You've probably been readin about that Episcopal dean who has taken it upon himself to fast from food? Well, recently in a morn- ing Chicago paper there was the headline: "FASTING DEAN CRIT- ICALLY ILL" Seeing which, one of the gang around the Merchants lobby, thinking the headline refer- red to "Dizzy" Dean and his re- cently-publicized contract troubles, remarked: "If that guy's dizzy enough to go on a hunger strike just because they only offered him ten thousand bucks for next sea- son, he OUGHT to be sick." What Else? I was just thinking, if a prima donna marired a dwarf, would that make him a singer's midget? Stormy Weather And of course you've heard, oI have you, of the 96-year-old Belvi- estrian much more of a problem than the drunken driver. Yes, but wouldn't some of those streets in Boston make anyone walk as if he were half tigh!L - [ Tit for Tat People who live in glass houses Shouldn't throw stones, they say, And people who live in bricks shouldn't toss Glass on the right of way! Sales Talk? And, come to think of it, wouldn't a copy of the YEARBOOK make kind of a nice little Valentine to send to a 'friend? Or would it? Quickies We live to learn: too bad some of us don't learn to live. Those who achieve real immor- tality are the ones who are re- membered, not for their cleverness but for their kindness. When a woman describes a hat as "a perfect scream," you may depend upon it that a woman she detests was wearing it. Consolation Anyhow, the fellow who's never been on top is saved one thing. He never has to go through the torture of fearing he's beginning to slip. I'll Say Whoever it was who first said "everything in the modern home is operated by a switch---except the children" certainly hit the nail on the well-known button, didn't he? Some folks journey for miles to put on a pair of skis and slide for dear life; other folks try their doggonedest to keep from ski-ing --and then, like as not, fall down and break a hip. It's all too com- plicated. The other day a little tot in the kindergarten of a Freeport school came running up to the teacher and exclaimed excitedly: "Oh, Miss M., what do you think! our folks are going to move out onto a farm." "Is that so, dear?" replied Miss M. with kindly interest, "when will you move?" "Three days ago. I think," an- swered the child brightly. I read the other day of a swank Hollywood cafe whicl employed a bouncer to toss people, out if they became a bit too "high." Since the business recession, they say the bouncer's now out on the sidewalk in front of the cafe trying to throw people in. Isn't life comical? Hold 'Em Tiger! Chicago Examiner: "Lost 2 sets false teeth. Urgently needed. $10 reward. Phone Sheldrake . My word! Fancy losing both sets dere woman who recently re-lat the same time! The lake breeze ceived an official notification thatlmus t have been unusually brisk toted, it is very certain that for if she didn't hurry up and comelthat evening four hundred years the whole bal- across with her old-age assessment I "  -- ance of civilization has suffered tax she just needn't bothev looking I Excuse, Please greatly from the unreasonable con- for any assistance from the out- I know I said last week that I tempt in which the inhabitants of side in the declinin' years of her]thought we'd had about enough on North Europe had come to hold the life. |Eddie Cantor's five daughters and inhabitants of South Europe. Mus- Bing Crosby's four sons, but I can't solini has ended that. He has com- pelled the Nordic once more to re, ;2ceN;: ?re:mllY?a 2)ettNet fYr:nt a spect the Mediterranean--compel- . ...... ..... n the onl wa-" in whichlyungi r_r...,,  ,ooa h.Iatner town m ueorgm: le(1 ll; 1 Y ) ,, . in this sad world it is possible tIi'''^r'u o:''7v'''-ooocuvt.,,r.v-,o tOr ?i: he compel national respect--by mak-[_ " :', " . . nave you a new oaDy at your mg a nmsance of himself. And thel_ ,, inhabitants of North Europe, at any[ nuse" rate owe a large debt of gratitude' _. _ . ---: , - ' /he L;roogeo ano rarow P'ath to the great man who taught them sense and manners.--Christopher Boston authorities announce that Hollis in The Ave Maria. they are finding the drunken pod- Adults More Destruc- tive Than Children "For Rent. Children preferred." --a brand new sign hanging be- fore a brand new apartment bui|d- ing in Berkeley, California. Says Otis R. Marston, the owner, a landlord of twenty years standing: "It's taken me a long time to realize that children aren't half so destructive as adults, but now I know it's true. In my experience, all the children have ever done was scuff a little paint or plaster off the wall. Adults have cost me a small fortune in one item alone, and that's replacing sink boards they ruined by jabs with ice-picks." How long fvr him and how long before other landlords will recog- nize those strange anomalies--par- ents without children--as the most destructive people on earth.--Cath- olic Herald- Citizen, Milwaukee ris. SWEET BABE DIVINE Sweet Babe Divine, within Youl eyes I see n eager, searching look, What do they seek, those wistful lights, That peer upon each shady nook? Is it a gift, a treasure rare, Or for Your locks a diadem, Oh, answer me, sweet Infant Child, Can it be that You long for them ? My heart I'd give if it were pure, Then, Jesus, mine iS not for times like this, have real tears of yearning love, And for Your rose-bud lips a kiss? --Antoinette Kuhn PURITY Within the sanctum of pure souls A fragrant lily grows, Whose perfume weary hearts cot- soles And Heavenly peace bestows. "--Antoinette Kuhn PRAYER It is an ember glowing red, Upon a heart with love songs fed, A simple glance, that upward darts Into God's own sweetest of Hearts; In hours of joy, in hours of pain, Its tender trust soars not in vain. Exalted accents gently roll Upon its channels to the console, This mystic dream of virtue rare, Perfnmes lone lives for it is Pray- erl --Antoinette Kuhn resist passing this one on to you. When the fourth and latest ad- dition to the Crosby menage was brought home from the hospital, Bing said to the oldest boy: "Well, son, what do you think of him?" The lad studied the baby glow- eringly for a moment then replied: "I know one thing. I'm going to be lots meaner to this one than I even was to the twins." The Liturgy and Its Meaning ST. BLASE BLESSING Q. I know a man who doesn't believe in the blessing of throats on St. Blase's day. He says it does no good. How can I ex- plain? A. The Catholic Church has the pious custom of blessing the throats of the Catholics, who wish this blessing, on the feast of St. Blase. This feast we celebrate on Feb. 3. No Catholic is compelled to have his or her throat blessed, but we might add that many non- Catholics as well as Catholics avail themselves of this opportunity. Why this pious practice? St. Blase in his early years studied philosophy and later medicine, be- coming a physician. In his prac- tice he encountered so much mis- ery and sin that he decided to give up his practice and become a physician of souls. He studied and became a priest and later Bish- op of Sebaste in Armenia. He im-! mediately began instructing the  people not only by his words but by his example. Because of his great virtue and holy life, God showed His approval by permitting St. Blase to work many miracles. From all parts, the people came to him for the cure of bodily and spiritual ills. At that time the Christians were persecuted, and St. Blase was seized and cast into prison. While on his way there, a poor mother whose only child was dying of a throat disease, threw herself at the saint's fee-t and implored his intercession. Touched at her grief and poverty, he offered up his prayers and the child was instantly cured; .and since that time his aid often has been solicited in cases of a similar nature. Refusing to worship false idols, St. Blase was be.headed in the year 316, after being scourged and torn with hooks: thus, the reason why Catholics invoke the aid of this saint for throat ailments. God blesses those who seek help through the intercesion of His par- ticular friends, the saints. Whether you receive relief from a particular throat ailment or not should not prevent you from seek- ing this particular blessing invoked by the Church. By showing your good will ou draw down upon yourself and your families God's blessing through the prayers of the saints. Receive this blessing with a cor- rect mind and intention, not super- stitiously but as a prayer, believing in the power of the Church's pray- er expressed in the blessing. Christ healed the sick with His word and hand. He also healed the afflicted through the media of clay. spittle, His garment, etc. Can he not now still do good to the sick by way of the Saints? Certainly. It is Little-Known Facts Catbolics M. g. MURRAY Copyright, I, lq'. C, W. C. News-Servlce i + S>c/ WEALTH THE SEA Amplifiers Are Used " { I For Hard-of-Hearing Address All Cmmuni:;tE:n;REEPORT IL L i ll ;N;?: f.hk;aZ: n g wn:::l e:: d f ;ir: OBSERVER, 704 S. STATE A ., , - THE has been held at the Convent of \\; %%%%%%%%'( iMary Reparatrix, directed by the NOTICE valid owing to some known or hid-[Rev.. Daniel F. X. Hart, of the lm ortant that all questions den ln,ahdatlng lmp'dlment oI It ls " p nder s n2me " ' " " "  " "lJeuit Retreat house Manresa, Sta- d?:tP:ErthiEste:ih:+:iui!isS 31rCr3smSntlleandAn?):sn(t!htsieh!e31tt?n IrS:tndat ,)2 t:h3tim:t:llatt ur3 ;ff will not be answer . " was no. bond) " " " -  .- . -. uestlons acouetlcon amptlfxln ' tem in are ever publiJed. .Q " a marriage k divorce breaks the  - . " " . which ask for a private answer _ . . ". + __ _:__^ . /the chapel and contessiont. must be accompanied bl a sf e Done Ota true re,r,,,+ ........ addressed, stamped env" op.  annulment there was nP trite mar-I invite only honest and worthwhile questions. LEASE NOTE: Lest we be misunderstood re- arding an answer of two weeks ago about adults staying at home on Sundays to watch children or the house and so miss Mass, we make this explanation: we took for granted the case where circum- stances of distance, lack of convey- ance, only one Mass, etc. made it impossible for these caretakers to attend another Mass. Naturally, the i caretakers of children or the house are not excused from Sunday Mass when they can +ittend another aSS. Q.--Is it wrong to wash a car on Sunday? A.--It is, unless you have the ex- cuse required to do servile work on Sunday. Q.--Is it permitted to have a non-Catholic as a bride's-maid or best-man when.they are relati#es? A.--It is not permitted. Explain your case to the pastor and, if he ihinks your reason sufficient., he will ask for the required permis- sion. Q.--Is it a sin for boys (or girls) around 14 years to smoke? A.--If the parents do not wish them to smoke, it is a sin of dis- obedience. Q.--Is it wrong to wear cos- metics? A.--A great deal depends on the user's intention. To use them from vanity might }De a venial sin. To use them for enticing and tempting :others to wrong conduct would be igravely sinful. Merely to hide a defect in one's appearance; to give a health tinge to one's ap- pearance would be no sin. A mod- erate use of cosmetics seems to us today to be the practice and law- ful. Christ who heals, not the candle in itself, nor St. Blase, nor the priest. Q.--Strictly speaking, is not the At the Messing of the throats rosary fifteen decades or myster- the priest prays, "Through the in- ies? tercession of St. Blase, Bishop and A.--Yes, but custom and practice Martyr, may God deliver thee from have given the name to the five all diseases of the throat and from decades (in English). Of course, riage: in a divorce the bond is broken. In a separation the bond PLAN NEW NEGRO .STUDY is not broken, the marriage re- I Vashington.--A special auvsory mains, but the couple live apart,committee for the American Youth separately. I Commissmn. of which the Roy. Dr. ha?; "tWoo hYed'utrbiie Jdewah =:th:h:lGii:ar!malCii!:Eiiliii!'! i!ni!ere" Blessed Virgin according to St. once, is a member, will make a Luke II 22? study to determine "What Effect A.--Thev were purified not be-the" Minority Racial Status of cause the): did something sinful, for Negro Youth" has Upon Their Per- motherhood is most praiseworthylsonality Development," the director and good, but because of obediencelof the American Council on Educa- te the law of Moses given in thetion announces. The study will Book of Leviticus XII 6. This law/begin immediateh'. was given as a reminder, as a warn- ing regarding sins of the flesh, of human concupiscence. In fulfilling the law of purificat!on and offering a sacrifice, the Jewish family was reminded of the correct use of mar- riage, and warned regarding its abuse. The Jews were forbidden to eat pork. Why? Not hecause eat- ing pork is sinful in itself but be- cause the abstinence from pork warned them about the idolatry of the pagans who ate much pork. The Church nowadays bas the beautiful ceremony of churching of mothers. This ceremony is au ex- pression of thanksgiving to God; of petitiou for the child; and a re- minder of the Church's high regard for motherhood and Christian mar- riage. Q.--Would it be wrong for a Catholic to eat meat sandwiches on Friday, at a club meeting where all the other members are non-Catho- lics? A.--Yes it would be wrong. Why not be loyal and true to your ch-urch and show publicly your obe- dience by abstaining. Q.--Are we allowed to eat suet pudding on Friday? A.--You are if the suet is used in small amount as a condiment. Many Radicals On Time Staff, Charge every other evil. In the name the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Ghost. Amen." "Time," the weekly n e w s- magazine, is accused of being a haven for left-wing writers who are carrying on propaganda, ac- cording to J. B. Matthews, him- self a radical and first president of t h e Communist-dominated League Against War and Fas- cism. Mr. Matthews' accusation, which bo based on a statement in The Nation, radical maga- zine, was discovered in the 2an- uary Consumers' Digest by alert Patrick F. Seanlan, mana editor of the Brooklyn Ta and reprinted in The Ta Jan. 29. Matthews wrote: "An editor of 'The Nation' writes that it is notorious that Time, Inc., runs the best-appointed boarding house for left-wing writers in the country.' An editor of 'The Nation' should know u n d er whose tables left-wingers put their feet:" of to gain the usual Rosary indul- of gences the fifteen decades need not be said. IF GOD DIDN'T--WHO DID? (Catholic Information Society of Narberth, Pa,) "Sonny" mused old man Stone- ax ten thousand years ago, "do you know that if the sun stopped shin- ing, or the rain stopped falling, or the soil stopped growing :hings, cr the animals stopped breeding, it would be just too bad for you and me and every other living crea- ture." "Righto'." agreed the boy. "What a break that everything is as it is:" "Break, nothing!" retorted the parent. "Such things cn't happen by chance. The gods made them that we might live." "The gods'." How do you know?" "That's easy, sonny--if the gods didn't, who did?" History records that from the Q.--Can two Catholics (one a convert) married several years, ob- tain a divorce or annulment? A.--As you should know, Catho- lics (nor anyone else) cannot re- ceive a true divorce from a valid, consummated marriage. The State might grant a divorce but that is contrary to God's laws. The church can decree an annulment because there is no true marriage in that case. Hence, Catholics may not marry after so-called divorces (nor may others) ; with a decree of annulment, one may marry since believer in a supreme being or be- ings of some kind. To disavow ar+y Creator would have been to e!im- inate a First Cause and that has never been in accord with man's intellect. To deny a personal Mak- er or Makers Whom man must seek and worship would hae been to choke the desire for God .hich He implants in the minds and hearts of every man. To become a sincere Atheist a man must be wrenched from his plumb. He must believe in a great Nothingness witbout any sound scientific reason for such a bli Or his reason must be overpower- ed by the mind of one whose r qes- tige attracts to himself blind fol- lowers. Or he must be emotional drawn to anything that is balIy- hooed to relieve the world of mis- ery and persecution. Or finally, having sought for the Truth in false "or incomplete religions, he gives up in dismay, believing that all creeds are myths, shams and opiates. Thus he arrives at such unintellectual and unscientific phil- osophies as that the Universe el- ways was or that it created itself --that life comes from matter-- that man is a mere animal whose destiny is here and now. "In the beginning was tim Word," writes St. John, "and the Word was with God, and the Word was God--all things were made by Him and without Him was made nothing that was made." This inspired statement is sim- ple. definite and entirely reason- able, states every believer in God, and to those who may disagree, he merely asks: "If God didn't, ;ho did?" there was no marriage bond pre- viously. (The Pauline Privilege. earliest times every rational being of non-baptized entering t h e has been by nature and intellect a Church, is not here considered). Regional NCEA Will Convene In Chicago, April 6 Chicago. -- "The Educational Policies of the Cathblic Secondary Schools," will be the theme of the regional convention which will be attended by delegates from schools accredited to the National Catholic Education association. The meet- ing will be held in Chicago at the Stevens hotel, April 6. At the last national convention of the National Catholic Educa- tional association at Louisville Ky., plans were drawn up for six region units. This diocese is embraced in the North Centra unit which will meet in Chicago. Committee heads announce tha three prominent Catholic educa- tors in the midwest will be dis- cnssion leaders and invite dele- gates from all Catholic high schools to attend the event. Q.--What is meant by a divorce; a separation; an annulment? A.--A divorce is a breaking of the bond of a valid marriage. A separation is permission for validly married people to live apart An annulment is a declaration by Church (or state) that what was considered a marriage never was