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In 3 SecUonu [ditlon o| (Ob00 eru e'r OUR 00USDAY VISIIOR MARCH 30, 1947  OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE ROCKFORD DIOCESE ewo SecUom VOL. XXXV, NO. 48  Christian Fraternity, Dignity Of Labor Are Lessons For Men From St. Benedict, Pope Writes "In Ninth Encyclical Of Pontificate Holy Father Calls World To Rebuild War-Wrecked Abbey At Montecassino Vatican City, March 24.--(Radio, NC)--Consider auur fellowmen as Brothers in Christ; as members, regardless of race, nationality or social class, of one Christian family, and respect the dignity of both manual and mental work--these were the lessons of St. Benedict, which apply to our calami- tous times as well as they did to the stormy period in which His Holiness Pope Pius XII Fr. Vanderpool Says First Mass In Batavia Church Fr. J. J. Laffey Preaches; Former Minister Is Congratulated By Friends Batavia--In Holy Cross church at Batavia on Sunday, March 23, the Rev. James A. Vanderpool, as- sisted by the Rt. Roy. Msgr. Wm. J. Donovan, pastor of the parish, offered his first solemn High Mass. Many who had known the newly- ordained priest when he was rector of Calvary Episcopal church at Batavia were present to rejoice with him. Monsignori and priests of the diocese of Rockford attended the Mass and offered their congrat- ulations and best wishes to Fa- ther Vanderpool. An air of quiet devotion and deep faith filled the church through the ceremonies. The Rev. John J. Laffey of Mooseheart, in the sermon at the Mass, gave as his text: "You have not chosen Me but I have chosen you, and have appointed :ou that you should go and bring forth fruit and your fruit should remain." Father Laffey spoke of the sacri- fices demanded by our Blessed Savior from those who would ac- cept his call. "And so it came to aSS that yesterday Bishop Boy- n, a successor of these apostles, these friends of Jesus, laid his con- secrated hands upon James A. Vanderpool, placed the stole of jurisdiction, and adjusted the chasuble of suffering on his shoulders and assigned to Father Vanderpool his part forever in the priesthood of Jesus Christ. 'For the Lord,' says the Holy writer, 'hath sworn and He will not re- petit---Thou art a priest forever.' "Now the Catholic Church, knowing the mind of Jesus Christ, and teaching it through Bishops and priests for years before a line of the New Testament was written, has never in any age lost sight of the momentous injunction of St. Paul, 'to impose hands lightly on no man,' because it is forever. Her priests must therefore 'present themselves approved unto God, workmen of whom she need not be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.' "This happy and holy occasion recalls, to older priests different memories and varied successes.-- Yet few of us ever made the sac- rifices, cut the ties or had more love and faith than James Vander- pool did when, following his con- science, he left the dear friends Continued on page 4, News See. Announce Ceremonies For Holy Thursday The Chancery ()ffice has an- nounced that ceremonies of Holy Thursday will begin at 11 o'clock m St. James pro-cathedral, Rock- ford. All the clergy of the diocese are invited for the Pontifical Mass and the solemn blessing of the Holy Oils. The Spring conference for the diocesan clergy will be held in Muldoon high school at Rockford on Tuesday morning, April 15, at II o'clock. drew this conclusion in an En- cyclical letter "Fulgens Radiatur," addressed to the Bishops of the Universal Church on the occasion of tbe 14th centenary of the death of the sainted founder of the Benedictine Order. It was Plus XII's ninth encyclical in the eight years of his pontificate. In his letter the Holy Father appealed for material means to restore war-shattered Montecas- sine Abbey. He said the resurrec- !tion of the motherhouse of the Benedictines is a debt "undoubt- edly owed Benedict by human so- ciety." He referred" to his unsuccessful efforts "by persuasion, admoni- tions and protests" to save the famous abbey, where Benedict wrote his Rule and where a noted school of copyists labored in. the eleventh century, and commented that "it seems as if the mother- house of the Benedictine Order wished to participate in the mourning and adversities of its children." In the Dark Ages, the Pontiff declared, the disciples of St. Bene- dict were almost the only persons who concerned themselves with preserving the works of, Roman civilization .and contributing again to the advance of the arts and sci- ences. England, Holland, France, Germany, Denmark, the Scandi- navian countries and the Slavonic peoples can boast of these monks as "the authors of/civilization," he said. "With this chosen militia the Kingdom of God was reaffirmed everywhere," His Holiness stated "far surpassing by peaceful con- quest Rome's armed domination." In comparing the period in which St. Benedict lived and worked to that of today, the Holy Father also expressed his belief that Christ furnishes continuous assistance to His faithful, that Continued on pag 4. News Sec. Plan For Alternate Pope If Nazis Seized Plus XII Denied At Vatican City N Vatican City, March 24 --(NC. by Cable)-- The report that an alternate wartime Pope had been selected and would have reigned from a neutral country had the nazis occupying Rome seized Pope Plus XII, were described as ab- solutely without foundation by au- thoritative sources here. The story, printed "in a London mblication purported to give the Church plans for combatting any attempt on the part of the nazis to molest the Pontiff. "It was considered at one time highly probable that the SS (Elite Guard) would attempt to arrest the Holy Father," the correspon- dent of the publication wrote. "In view of this danger, a certain )relate had been appointed by the Pope who would automatically be- come Pope in his place in case of arrest. "Thus the German SS men would have gone out against Pope Pius XII and would only have taken Father Eugenio Pacelli, a simple priest, into custody. His suCces- sor would already be reigning in a certain neutral country where he was in readiness." 7,500 Educators Very Rev. Msgr. Frederick G. Hochwalt, Secretary-General of the National Catholic Educational Association who reports that some 7,500 educators are expect- ed to attend the 44th annual meeting of that organization, to be held in Boston, April 8-10. --(NC Photos) NCCW President Opposes Teaching Sex In Schools Mrs. Henry Mannix Appears On 'Town Hall' Radio Forum Washington, March 24.--(NC) --Because public school classes in preparation for marriage and family relationships would re- quire sex instruction on a mass scale, Mrs. Henry Mannix, Presi- dent of the National Council of Catholic Women, has opposed the inauguration of such classes. She voiced her objection as one of the two adults on America's Town Meeting of the Air radio program, broadcast from the Department of the Interior auditorium here. The program was broadcast over the ! American Broadcasting Company chain. "As a parent, I know that the duty of giving sex instruction lies first of all with the mother and the father," said Mrs. Mannix, who is the mother of ten chil- dren. "I cannot in conscience rele-. gate this duty to the school. Moreover, as every parent real- izes fron/ experience with his own children, the 'how' and 'when' of giving instruction on sex varies with each child. A teacher in the classroom cannot meet these indi- vidual requirements with the same understanding, responsibil- ity, and love as a parent. "Of course, every school, public or private, should support the role of the homo and the family in educating its pupils for mar- riage and family relationships, bttt without trespassing upon those intimate phases of such education which are at once the right and duty of the parents." Eight of the speakers on the program were high school students who differed sharply in their views. Miss Eulalie Harrison of Washington argued that the fam- ily "is the very bulwark of our Nation," and said that the govern- ment through its schools, "should never take over the responsibili- ;ies of the home." CPA President Tells Congress Groups Postage Rate Increases Would Work Hardship On Press Humphrey E. Desmond, Milwaukee Journalist, Says Proposed Rises Would Bankrupt Catholic Papers Washington, March 24.--Increases in second class postage rates proposed in legislation now pending in Con- gress "would put virtually the entire Catholic Press in a state of bankruptcy," Humphrey E. Desmond told the House of Representatives Committee on Post Office and Civil Ser- vice here last Wednesday. Mr. Desmond, General Manager of The Catholic Herald Citizen, official organ of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, appeared before the Committee as President of the Catholic Press Association of the United States. The House Com- mittee has before it a bill to in- crease postal rates in the various classes. Mr. Desmond appeared Tuesday before a subcommittee of the Senate Civil Service Commit- tee. Tbe Senate group has no postal bill before it, but is collect- ing information on proposals par allcling the House bill. Although pointing out that "it is impossible to predict the extent of tim disaster," Mr. Desmond told the Congressmen that "the pro- posed increased rates would (I) triple the postage bill of the aver- age Catholic publication; (2) put virtually all of them in red ink, and (3) result in the suspension of some publications and the sharp curtailment of the service of others." Mr. Desmond declared that "from 25 years experience in this field, I feel safe in saying there are not a half-dozen Catholic pub- lications that have a margin be- tween income and expense large enough to pay a triple postage bill without going into red ink." "I would like to suggest," the witness said, "that publications de- voted to religious, charitable, edu- cational, scientific and like causes be given a separate classification and be exempt from any increase in postage rates. They are cul- tural rather than commercial un- dertakings and any additional bur- dens put on them would result in a lessening of their efforts in the causes they sponsor. They fit the pattern that has always warranted low second-class rates." Mr. Desmond emphasized to the Congressmen that "the publica- tions for which I speak are radi- cally different from the small sec- flar weeklies which circulate al- most exclusively within the county in which they are published." The latter benefit from the one un- changed provision that leaves the local delivery rate at one cent per OUnd for papers of 12 pages or ss. The C.P.A. President pointed Continued on page 8, News Sec. Says 'Fighting Faith' Needed To Combat Communism Brooklyn, March 24 --(NC) Terming the current conflict a death struggle between two con- trary philosophies, the Rev. Wil- liam J. Smith, S.J., told the week- ly forum of the Crown Heights Roqnd Table Conference and Labor School here that the menace of Communism can be met only "by a revival and a renewal of a fight- ing Catholic faith, in the home. on the street, in the shop, in public life--everywhere." "I do not think that we will learn to fight for the things we have and for the ideals which we know until the danger of losing them becomes more threatening and imminent," Father Smith said, in urging Catholics to end their lethargy "If we are to master the conspiracy which threatens to envelop the world, we must stir up in our hearts the spirit that spurred the first Christians. n Marmion Plans New Facilities For Resident Cadets $40,000 Addition To Be Made To Barracks Housing Underclassmen Aurora.--With the large number of cadets now enrolled at Marmion Military academy at Aurora and many applications for admission to the school year of 1947-48, the Benedictine Fathers have found it necessary to provide additional fa- cilities for resident cadets. A $40,000 addition will be made to the present barracks that house the freshman and sophomore ca- dets. The annex to the present bar- racks building was constructed some years ago with a view to the addition of two more floors. This summer the fl(ors will be added and rovide living accommodations in he barracks building for all resi- dent students at Marmion Military academy. With 530 students now at Marmion fhe addition will per- mit an enrollment of more than 600. The architects have completed work on the plans and submitted them to contractors for quotations. Building is expected to begin this spring or early summer that the building may be completed and equipped for the opening of the academy next September. Cubans Choose Catholicism When Faced With Communism New Orleans, March 24--(NC)-- Realizing the issue as basically a choice between Christianity and communism, the people of Cuba are undergoing a Catholic revival, the Rev. Edward McCarthy, O.S. A., told the second annual confer- ence of the Inter-American Insti- tute of Catholic Colleges of Lou- isiana, held at St. Mary's Dom- nican College here. Father McCarthy, who is at- tached to the University of St. Thomas of Villanova, Havana, which was founded less than a year ago, made reference to the lack of vocations on the island, as well as the general rejection of Red doctrines. "Conditions have improved greatly within the past 15 or 20 years, Father McCarthy declared, "because of th0 increase of Cath- olic schools on the island. Par- ticularly noteworthy work is being done by young women who, with-" - out remuneration and often at great inconvenience, conduct cat- echism classes. The Hour Ot St. Francis Is now heard each Sunday after- noon at 3:45 p.m., over Station WCFL, Chicago. 1,000 on your dial.