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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1961 THE OBSERVER PAGE 5 WASHINGTON BACKGROUND i O By Norms Krause Herzfeld laureate" and this recognition of poets, that in his dedication THE MAN WHO UNABASHEDLY quoted T. S. Eliot during the he proclaimed, "This day is for my cause a days of days." presidential campaign has now moved into the White House, and the hearts of poets, critics, musicians, artists and lovers of the arts are unabashedly leaping up at the thought that perhaps President Kennedy will improve the status of the arts in America. Many feel the aris have nowhere to go but up in the U. S. value system, that in spite of all the homegrown statistics about paper- backs, local symphony orchestras and off-Broadway openings, philistinism is the accepted way of life. A beginning was made when the Kennedys personally invited more than 150 U. S. leaders in the arts and sciences to the in- augural f[stivities as honored guests, saying that they hoped to establish "a productive relationship with our writers, artists, composers, scientists and heads of cultural institutions." The necessarily limited list was confined to "prize winners" in their various fields, not always the best way to encourage the starving poet, but it was a good beginning Included were such luminaries as poets E. E. Cummings, and W. H. Auden, playwright Arthur Miller, novelists John Steinbeck and William Faulkner, painters Charles Burchfield and Stuart Davis, sculptor Alexander Calder, composers Roger Sessions and Samuel Barber, architects Mies van der Robe and Eero Saarinen and ~onductor Eugene Ormandy. Likewise Kennedy had a hand in selecting the program of the inaugural concert, which for the first time was made up of serious music only and greatly cheered Howard Mitchell, music director The Society for/the Propagation of the Faith the National Symphony Drchestra, who said, "I remember playing for Mr. Roosevelt. We'd play a number and then Iviickey Diocesan Directori THE RT. REV. MSGR THOMAS Rooney would come out and amuse them." The 1957 inaugural S. GREEN, 507 Avenue B Sterling, Illinois. concert was similarly memorable, featuring, as it did, FiXed Telephone (MAin 5-0640). Waring and his Pennsylvanians singing "Mamie, We All Love You.",I This year's concert was also helped, by the fact that another event was held the same night, but elsewhere, enlisting the talents o[ Frank Sinatra, Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Durante, Ella Fitz- CATHOLIC PROGRESS IN gerald and a host of others, so there was no compulsion to mix HONG KONG During the past year, another year of progress f o r the Church in Hang Kong, the previous average of 1,000 converts a month has been maintained. Ten years ago Catholics numbered less than 40,000; they are over 160,00'0. Last Christmas, alone, there were upwards of 3,000 baptisms. With this rapid growth it is necessary to have con- stant additions of new churches and s c h o o 1 s. Each church in the city area must hold about a thousand per- sons and, as land is so scarce on the rocky island, all the new churches have to be in combined church a n d school buildings. Three large buildings of this k i n d were built in the city district during the past y e a r. Five other schools were opened or are shortly to be completed. Several hospital wings, clinics and welfare stations have also been added recently. The intensive work in the parishes keeps pace with the increased congregations Spiritual a n d charitable activities are closely organized, w i t h a vigorous Di- ocesan Council for the L ay Apostolate co-ordinating the work of all the parishes and mission districts. Parish sodalities and confraternities are numerous; their meet- ings are well attended and the zeal of the members is exercised in the instruction of new converts. There are sixteen conferences of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which is within two years of its centenary in Hang Kong, and there are 144 praesidia of the L e g i o n of Mary with 2,300 members Though these numbers are impressive the Catholics are barely five per cent of the whole population, which is more than ninety per cent pagan, hence there a r e no delusions as to the difficulties of maintaining a Catho- lic life and outlook. As a great many of t h o s e in the colony are refugees from Communism a n d are c o n- scious of the sad lot of their relatives and friends in the present China they have a strong incentive to fol- low a better way of life, and the most fervent prayers of the Catholics are offered for the spiritual liberation Df the Chinese people. STATISTICS FOR ASIA CATHOLICS IN PROPAGANDA TERRITORIES : 9,706,142 Statistics compiled from reports sent to the S a c r e d Congregation "de Propaganda Fide" Tevealed that there were 9,706,142 Catholics in territories of Asia that are them with Mitchell's violins and tympani. The accent at the concert was on American composers, Gersh- win, La Montaine and Randall Thompson, and this emphasis in- creased even more when Mischa Elman, who was to play a Vivaldi. concerto, got lost in the snowstorm Kennedy's taste for history was marked by Thompson's "The Testament of Free- dom," a setting of four passages from the writings of Thomas Jefferson. Half the chorus was also lost in the snowstorm, but the remaining voices gave a stirring performance which brought, in turn, great Kennedy concentration and applause. Among the magnificent Jeffersonian passfiges Kennedy heard were: "The God who gave ~s life gave us liberty at the same time the hand of yorce may destroy but ca~lnot disjoin them I shall not die without a hope that light and liberty are on steady advance . The ]lames kindled ~)n the Fourth of J~dy, 1776 have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; oa the contrary, they will con- sume these engines and all who work them." Even Paul Hume, the tough, uncompromising music critic of the ,Washington Post, who once gained fame by exercising his critical faculties on the voice of Margaret Truman and receiving in return an unprintable letter from her father, is virtually purr- ing over the promise of new cultural frontiers. "The confidence of men and plans at work in Washington in the years imnlediately ahead," Hume wrote recently, "offer Presi- dent . . . Kennedy opportunities for historic attainments in the world of the arts qmte as glormus as those to be won in domestic ~, or international ~irenas of understa/lding and mutual assistance. John Walker, director of the National Gallery of Art here, is looking forward to a new stimulus to art because of Mrs: Ken- nedy's interest in it. In a recent interview he told how Mrs. Ken- nedy often came to the gallery as a child with her mother, how he later arranged for her to meet noted art critic and historian Bernard Berenson in Florence, and that "B.B" and Mrs. Ken- nedy carried on a correspondence in the last years of his life, Berenson finding her "one of the most stimulating and delightful people he had known " PERHAPS KENNEDY'S most effective public gesture for the arts was his selection of poet Robert Frost to read one of his earlier poems at the inaugural ceremony itself. (He might well have paraphrased one of his famous pieces and read "Stopping by the Capitol on a Snowy Morning.") So delighted was the great old New Englander with his unofficial designation as. "poet Would Put Paper in Schools LITTLE ROCK, Ark: -- The]our own diocesan newspaper ir Rev. William M. Beck, Little]the classroom is an excellent Rock diocesan school superin-lway of keeping-our pupils tendent, has recommended uselabreast of what is going on of The Guardian, d ~ o c e s a nlaround them, since The Guar- newspaper, in the classrooms]dian uses all the resources at of Catholic schools. ]its disposal to present current He said in a Catholic Presslaffairs. in the light of the best Month statement: "The use oflChristian thinking." First Catholic Women's College NEW DELHI, India'The way set up the college. In India has been cleared for the estab- a college must be affiliated with lishment of the first Catholic a university to have its courses recognized, and the degrees are women's college in New Delhi. granted by the university itself, Delhi University has accepted not the college. The congrega- the offer of the Society of the tion is negotiating for land ou Congregation of Jesus and Mary which to build the college. For Your Dining Pleasure in a Friendly Atmosphere We 'Welcome Catholic groups f or Communion Breakfasts--Luncheons Privacy available [or all aHairs A Family Treot FEATURING SUNDAY BUFFET 12 to 5 p.m All you con eat $1.95 Children $1.25 Said Frost later, "I'd like to see a Secretary of the Arts in the President's Cabinet. Somebody asked me what would he do. He'd Dear Editor: l sonous evil, diabolical commu- introduce taste into the Cabinet. Reach into the Post Office and In last week's observer Fath-inism? make them stop stamping 'educational material" on poetry er Smith in his article "The Ene-I "Weep not for me, Daughters books." : mv is Satan" stated Communism[ f Jerusalem, but weep for your- Frost, nearly 86 today, is not one of that "new generation . . [is intrinsically evil -- its evil na- selves and your children." These born in this century" to which, the President said in his inaugural ture flows from the source of all were the word-~ Our ~ord m~d address, "the torch has been passed." Frost wrote his poetry evil, the devil -- it is diabolical. !heweepmg women on H~s way for nearly 20 years and had it systematically turned down by We have been given the weap- ~o Lmvary. 1 ~ . . Is the day approaching when Amemean editors. He achieved acceptance as a poet only m 19 3 ons to fioht the dmbohcal evils after going to England and publishing a volume of verse of communism by Our Lady of we momers wm weep over our Fortunately, he came back and was here to give testimony to America, and above all, to the human Spirit. This raises some age-old questions about the artist in society which the Kennedy exemplar may not easily affect: Where are our new generation Robert Frosts and how do they fare? How does the ordinary artist or intellectual achieve communication with his contemporary society, so that he is not just talking to himself or a handful of his fellows? How does the ordinary artist or intellectual, who very likely will never win those few available prizes, make a decent living with his art and thought? How, indeed,-can we become convinced that he is an "ordinary" and vital part of our society? / PLAYING FOLLOW THE LEADER--In many places in Ker- ala, India, the means for crossing streams is limited. In the above photo, six boys lead a Discacled Carmelite Father across a stream bridged by a fallen coconut tree. A little girl takes the safer course and combines the stream-crossing with a bath. U. S. Priest Is Korea's Only Foreign Beggar CHANGSONG, Korea-- (NC) --A U. S. missionary here says he is Korea's only foreign pro- fessional 15eggar and has membership card in the beg- gars' union to prove it. This is how the Rev. Francis Woods, S.S.C became a mem- ber of the union, called the Heavenly Visitors' Society. After the Korean war refu- gees from communist N o r t h Korea and Koreans returning home from other parts of Asia had to depend on various relief organizations for t h e i r' livli- hoods. To better their lot and ensure a fair distribution of relief goods, a group of refugees or- ganized the Chung Sa Whey, the Heavenly Visitors' Society. This has taken the form of a beggars trade union, recogniz- ed by law Membership cards, with a photo of the bearer, are issued by the various police stations Father Woods' p a r i s h of Changsong is a d i s t r i buting point for Catholic-donated re- 1 i e f goods. One day a man came to him, told him he was head of the beggars" society and asked the priest for help. The Columban m i s s i onary made a deal. He would give them help if society members would keep order when relief goods were being distributed. The arrangement worked out satisfactorily, and F a t h e r Woods was given a member- ship card. Father Woods says that he prizes that membership-card highly as a sign of his friend- ship with the destitute of Ko- rea. "Several of my destitute: friends are n o w exemplary Catholics," the missioner said. Forty Hours St. Laurence, Elgin- First Sunday of Lent. St. Peter, Spring Grove--First Sunday of Lent. Legion Office Scores Films Not Rated NEW YORK -- (NC) -- The NationaI Legion of Decency has warned. Catholics against for- elgn or independently produced movies which are not submitted either to the Motion Picture Code Administration or the le- gion. " "For t h ~ practical moral guidance of our people, any film which does not carry a Legion of Decency rating is. by that very fact unworthy of the patronage of t h e faithful," Msgr. Thomas F. Little, execu- tive secretary of the agency, said. Contained In Memo Msgr. Little's comment was contained in a merr~orandum to diocesan legion directors. He said the memo was prompted by "continued inquiries about 'unrated films.' " He cited the Nov. 30, 1960, statement of the U. S. Bishops' Committee for Motion Pictures, Radio and Television. The com- mittee, discussing foreign films and those independently produc- ed in this country, said. Often Salacious "These films are rarely sub- mitted for moral appraisal eith- er to the Production Code or the Legion of Decency or to any organization and are very often of a salacious and seriously ob- jectionable nature. The legion is an agency to 3rovide moral evaluations of films. The Motion Picture Code Administration is a cooperative agency of the Hollywood film industry designed to maintain standards of decency on a vol- untary basis. MaN. g:30 P.M WREX-TV Channel 13 children because the message Fatima in Her Fatima message. Equally diabolical is the sup- pression, the "Silent Curtain" which has descended u p o n America concerning the Fatima warnings of Our Lady of the Rosary. We have already seen the ful- fillment of the prophecy, "Rus- sia will spread her errors over the world provoking wars and persecutions." Are we marking time until the prophecy, "Na- tions will be annihilated" comes to pass? How easily we Catholics have fallen into Satan's trap! If the devil can keep us thinking Our Lady's warnings are unimpor- tant that we don't have to be- lieve them, much less put them into practice into our daily lives, his dominion will spread, his will increase. Isn't it time we tore down this 'Curtain of Silence"? Isn't it time we begin to apply the anti- dote of prayer, penance, repara- tion, and amendment of life which the Immaculate Heart of Mary gave us against this pal- ~armion 65, St. Procopius 73. Marmion 63, Elmwood Park 50. Marmion 67, Harlem 64. Newman 64, Riverdale 45. Newman 70, Rock Fails 96. Boylan Central 47, Jefferson 45. St. Thomas 58, Beloit Catholic 56. St. Thomas 53, Byron 36. Aquin 66, Lena-Winslow 72. Aquin 96, Winnebago 81. Marian Central 69, St. Mary 62. Mooseheart 58, Serena 82. St. Edward 57, McHenry 60. St. Edward 48, Joliet Catholic 55. given to us by Our Lady of Fati- ma has been ignored? Mrs Allen M Johnson De Kalb, Ill. To the Editor: It is after some months of in- ward struggle that I write you these few lines and in advance I regret to say what you fear is right. Maybe you are able to help me in my Milk Action for orphan babies. What is there to do if there is no milk for a baby? Last week died again four or- 3han babies in the orphanage in my neighborhood and one of the nurses broke down completely from despair. You can't get milk out of a stone, can you? The orphanage needs $3,500 for this necessary food. I hope you may hear once (maybe soon): "I was a Babe and you gave Me milk, come in, dear friend!" 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