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Newx Section--Page 6A THE OBSERVER EDITION OF OUR SUNDAY VISITOR Sunday, March 14, 1948 Reform Act Observers Say London, Mar. 8--(NC)--The Communist coup d'etat in Czechoslovakia is seen in the worst light among Catholic Czechs and Slovaks in London. They fear an intense cam- paign against the Church, with her insistence on the rights of man, and attempts at her ultimate obliteration. "It seems as if the last outward trace of freedom will disappear now," one well-informed~ spokesman said today. "Naked communist rule will replace the rather unreal game of parliamen- tary democracy on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain. What the fu- ture holds for Czech and Slovak Catholics cannot be easily fore- told; I think it can be best left to the imagination." This spokesman, a Slovak, point- ed out that communists had now wrested control of the Slovak Na- tional Council from any effective opposition. "A. M. Husak has set himself up with four colleagues as virtual dictator, though the com- munists represent (together with the Social Democrats who uphold them) only about 18 per cent of the population." A n o t h e r highly*authoritative Czech spokesman told the Catholic Herald in London that today Cath- olics represent about 73 per cent o f Czechoslovakia's 12,000,000 people. "The stronghold of the most active section of the Catholic Popular Party is Moravia," he said. "The Party itself is today compounded of various groups, in- eluding the Agrarians. Beyond all doubt the two Catholic prelates in the former Cabinet (Msgr. Jan. Sramek and Msgr. Frantisek Hala) were men who stood in high esteem with the broad public." This same spokesman further told the Catholic Herald: "Among the numerous factors that have brought the political crisis to a head in Czechoslovakia, an impor- tant one that seems to have been completely lost sight of is the seizure of Church property under the Agrarian Reform Act. Of the twelve main Cabinet Ministers who have resigned, three are members of the Catholic People's Party: Vice-premier Msgr. Sramek (lead- ing member of the wartime Czech Government in Exile in London), Msgr. Hala, Minister of Posts and Telegraphs, and Prof. Adolf Pro- chazka, Minister of Public Health." The introduction of the Agrarian Reform Act about a month ago aroused the sternest oppositior among vigilant Czech Catholics this spokesman said. "There is one point which I must make," he con- tinued. "The communists--though they pressed for this crippling measure against the Church with very plain intentions-- are not wholly answerable for its passage through Parliament. The Social Democratic Party, the position of which incidentally in the deepen- ing crisis over our country is somewhat uncertain, came out in J determined support of the corn- munists and helped to pilot the bill through with a substantial majority. The Catholic Herald, and also the London Catholic Times, have been banned from Czechoslovakia, it is reported here Catholic Daughters Set April 5, ! 7, Events InSavanna Frank C. Walker Receives Laetare sentative on its Legal Committee. Son of David and Ellen Comer- ford Walker, Mr. Walker was born at Plymouth, Pa., on May 30, 1886. His family moved to Montana when he was three years old. After at- tending Gonzaga University at at the University of Notre Dame Spokane, Wash., for several years, Mr. Walker entered the Law School from which he was graduated in 1909. From 1909 to 1912 he was assistant district attorney of Silver Bow County, Montana, and in 1913 was elected to the Montana State Legislature. Young Ladies' Rosary Sodality Holds Election 1948 Rockford--At a recent meeting of the Young Ladies' Rosary So- I dality of St. Stanislaue parish, l the following officers were elected: Fourth Alumnus To I Rose Koteski, prefect; Sophie Be So Honored By I Kowalski, vice prefect; Lottie Ma- Ikosh, secretary; Eleanor Drozyn- Notre Dame University !ski, treasurer; Margaret Muraski, Social Chairman; Stephania Buch- mann, Publicity Chairman. Notre Dame, Ind.--March 7-- The Honorable Frank Walker, war- time Postmaster General and presi- dential advisor, and prominent New York business and civic leader, was announced last night as the 1948 recipient of the Laetare Medal, awarded ~nnually since 1883 by the University of Notre Dame to the outstanding American Catholic lay man, The announcement was made by the Rev John J Cavanaugh, C SC president of Notre Dame Mr Walker is the sixtysixth distin guished American to receive the Laetare Medal, so called because the award is announced on Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent Others who have received the honor in past years include John Gilmary Shea, historian; General William Starke Roscrans; Maurice Francis Egan, diplomat; Chief Justice Edward Douglas White; Admiral William S Benson; Miss Margaret Anglin, actress; Former Governor Alfred E. Smith; John McCormack, singer; Dr. Irvin W. Abell; Thomas F. Woodlock, econ- omst; Former Assistant Secretary of State G. Howland Shaw, and Dr. Carlton J. H. Hayes. William G. Bruce, Milwaukee publisher and civic leader, was awarded the 1947 Laetare Medal. Mr. Walker is the fourth Notre Dame alumnus to be awarded the Laetare Medal: The first was Justice Timothy E. Howard, Class of 1862, former Chief Justice of the Indiana SupremeCourt, who re- ceived the honor in 1898. Charles P. Neill, Class of 1889, noted econ- omist, received the 1922 Laetare Medal, and Dr. Albert F. Zahm Class of 1883, distinguished sci- entist, the Laetare Medal for 1925 Father Cavanaugh, in announc- ing the award to Mr. Walker, said that "as a cabinet member for five years during the trying period of World War II, and in many other )ositions of responsibility in the Government of the United States Mr. Walker has been for many years the ideal public servant. "In his extensive business rela- tionships, and in his personal and family life, Mr Walker has ex- emplified at all times the highest Christian and American princi ples," Father Cavanaugh added "He has given generously of his time and resources to every good cause, and the University of Notre Dame is especially proud to honor this noble and gifted alumnus and member of the Associate Board of Lay Trustees at Notre Dame" During the twelve momentous years of President Roosevelt's ad- ministration Mr. Walker held sev- The group is making plans for a semi-formal dance to be held May 1 at which a May Queen will be chosen and crowned. The next meeting will be held Sunday, March 14th after the 9 a.m. Mass which the group will attend in a body and receive Holy Communion. The breakfast com- mittee for the March meeting consists of the following members: Marie Goetz, Bernadette Ciem- bronowiez, Stephania Buchmann, and Jean Cichocki. Marks Of Church Current Catholic I nformation Topic Sterling--"The Holy Roman Catholic Church" and the marks by which it may be known was the topic of instruction for the mem- bers of the current Catholic infor mation class last Wednesday eve- ning in St Mary's church A ques- tion of one of the members regard- ing the source and authorship of the bible led to a lively and in- structive session. The Rt. Reverend Andrew J. ~urns, pastor, invited the members of the class to attend Sunday Mass and other Lenten services at St. Mary's and stressed the necessity of prayer and particularly the value of family prayer. Interested per- sons were urged to attend the Wednesday evening services and "Question Box" session at 7:30 in St. Mary's church. 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