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FR+DAY, AUGUST 25, 1961 THE OBSERVER WASHINGTON BACKGROUND L j Eura rou rupert - Un nown most remote Swiss and Austrian villages, Frank Sinatra records in an Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam, a French gas station attendant in Paris whistling Cote Porter's "I Love Paris," and jazz everywhere But the two most potent American contributions to the changing ways of Western Europe (and both causes and effects of its current prosperity) are the mass production of the automobile and installment-buying. Relatively few European r o a d s and fewer European cities were made with the motor car in mind. Traffic jams and air pollution now en- mesh a world they never made. The courtyards (Edttor'.~ No~c: Mrs. Her:fold has just returned from a five-IWest Germany especially needs more workers. Much of Westlkeeps a map of the world in his children's room so they will know wcck trip to Frci~zcc. West Cer~m,y Britain7 the Netherla~ds,]German prosperity, ironically, comes from the fact it was so that Germany is a small country, "something Hitler never learn- Switzerla~d a~d A~Lstria. This is the first in a series of three completely destroyed in World War II that it had to rebuild its:ed. ' Caught between forgetting and remembering their past, i factories from the ground up. They are consequently the most West Germans will have to wait for history to resolve their inner cotumns o~ wester~ ~urope toaagj modern in Europe and set production records. Also responsible[turmoil. is the fact that the Germans seem to be the hardest working1 France, too, beneath its prosperity, is deeply truobled. Im- By Norma Krause Herzfeld people in Western Europe. They are in fact often criticized for paled on the Algerian war, the country is in a state of seige. For Iworking too hard ~the last year French citizens have had to carry identity cards. in~nt~k'~'~ ~t~:r L~:~ ~i~l~ur:PnCs~Sf~:lane?rl~:na' t~:?eg; West Germans are feared for their growing military powers as Always on the brink of civil war, with an unknown number of "' J ' well as their economic power. Other European neighbors who unknown Frenchmen still in prison from the last uprising, France to high living on the expense account. One hears rock 'n roll in th~ felt the fury of Nazi military might are not altogether happy is all too familiar with search, seizure, arrest, roadblock, flying about German rearmament. Many West Germans themselves squads of gendarmerie, sometimes looking for terrorists, some- are not happy about rearming and seem to have as little con- times for those who disagree in print too strongly with the fidence in the death of Nazism and militarism as do some of their!government. neighbors. There is a noticeable revival of the old German t student corps with their caps and sashes militaristic bent andI ~OME Iq~I~CHIVIISN THl~K I~KISblI.91~I~T ]LJI~ UAULIA~ lS chauvinistic mvstioue, and some eoplen ~ 'sa~v the wa,v !'~ rn~de~salvati n for France, some think he is a disaster. Somehow or other they do manage to express themselves m white chalk on easy for these elite graduates into positions of Dower in the ~ov-', " " ernment by those already/ in ~ower. Even man~vwh o ehh '~w ~h~t Ibuildings, and, walls' "Algeria. ,is French), . . France,Before De. West Germany must arm in self-defense and who want a firmlGaulle! Peace m Algeria! Renegohate! Down With stand to protect Berlin express fear and dfSmay at the thought Racism." There is Gallic whimsicality: "Vive Moil Vive De. that the aged Chancellor Adenauer's successor may be Defense Gaulle" And on a bridge across the Seine a carefully written] Minister Franz Joseph Strauss. They consider this extremely passage from Matthew 24 about wars and rumors of war. Butl of the Hofburg, the vast old imperial palace of the Hapsburgs in likely, and they believe ~trauss to be a dangerous militarist. President De Gaulle remains aloof, intent on restoring to France "a national will of its own." Not much restoration of any kind Vienna, and the Place Vendome, that "splendid square" which is aI ON THE ONE HAND IS THE GERMAN INSTITUTE for Con- will be possble unless France is able to disengage itself in Algeria, "masterpiece of 17th century Parisian town-planning," are now itemporary History in Munich which decided to publish only a where the savage French defense of the Bizerte naval base shock- literally parking lots. Installment-buying has put everyone on very limited editon of 5 000 copies of the lately authenticated ed much of France and Western Europe The French "national . , h~els, made weekends and hohday m foreign countries possible iHitler s Second Book (written a few years after Mein Kampf) in will" remains the will of President De Gaulle, however. And after r the average industrial worker, and consequently done much order not to risk arousing new interest in Hitler's ideas. On the De Gaulle? They shrug and say, "We will have to find another break down cultural barriers as well as to produce the most other is the West German who says quite passionately that he De Gaulle." casual border-policing since before World War I. , SHARING OUR TREASURE FRANCE, WEST GERMANY, ITALY AND BRITAIN, major auto-producing countries, vie for markets, making the automobile a large factor in their export programs and a pillar of their economies In smaller countries the selling and servicing of the imported cars is a big business. Installment-buying has raised the standard of living every- where, but one crucial area where it has not yet made any headway is housing Low down payments and short-term credit for housing are relatively rare phenomena. Serious housing short- ages remain in spite of unprecedented public housing programs since World War II. Construction and re-construction go on everywhere and the usually low skylines are now full of high- rising narrow concrete rectangles of apartment houses, some a drab gray, others bright white blazing with colorful balconies and doorways. Nevertheless, 3,000 boats to house the overflow of families, young couples in Austria must put off marriage because they may need $2,000 for a "deposit" just to rent an apartment, and a family with young children in an overcrowded Paris apartment waits patiently for the very old man down- stairs to die so they can put in a bid for his apartment, too. LABOR SHORTAGES EXIST ALSO, and the mobility of the worker is increasing, not only within countries but within Europe. 17 Notre Dame Sisters to Attend English Meeting MEQUON. Wis. -- Seventeen School Sisters of Notre Dame teaching in the Rockford diocese ROOFING COMPANY, Inc. Since 1888 Roofing Acoustics Rockford, Illino|s PHONE WO 4-6795 will participate in a conference on the teaching of English com- position at Notre Dame of the Lake Wednesday through Fri- day, August 22-25. About 1,000 SSNDs will attend. Diocesan schools represented include S t. Bernadette, Rock- ford; St. M a r y, Galena; St. James, Belvidere; and St. Anne, Amboy. rnngs Rev. John A. O'Brien, Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame) Do you want to share your Faith with a friend? If so, tell him about the peace and joy which flood your soul when you receive Holy Communion. Ex- plain to him that you receive not a symbol of Christ but the Real P r e s e n c e, Body and Blood, soul and divinity, of Jesus Christ. It is t he Real Presence in our tabernacles that makes our churches not merely meeting p 1 a c e s but houses of God and inspires the reverence, devotion and love of the faithful. It was this teaching of the Church which made a powerful appeal to George R. Klick, and was largely instrumental in his conversion. "I was raised in Kings M i 1 1 s, Ohio," related George, "where I was reared a Baptist. I moved to South Bend and fell in love with a Catholic girl. I took the pre- marital instructions a n d we were .married by a priest. Invited to Inquiry Class "Our two children have been brought up in the C~tholic Faith, and I went with tl/e fam- ily to Mass on special occa- sions. But after 19 years of marriage I still was outside the fold. Then one day I re- ceived a letter inviting me to .^ r v o jla Catholic Information c 1 a s s I that was about to start atHoly I N t K I I K t g ff B K I IlCross church. It was sent to all J I A~II~ ~ADIkI~ lKIr'E IO1~ Jlthe non-Catholics married to ,i~ ~ ~ ~ -~,*,~ ~,'*~. n~.~ J parishioners. n 3327 N. Main SL, Rockford If "The letter stated that the DIAL TR 6-1811 Jlpurpose of the class was to af- Inford us an opportunity to so- -'cure a thorough understandin FOR FINE FOOD Shoemakers /or Four Generations SHOE SERVICE Steaks Chicken Seafood B05 E. State Rockford Rockford 205 N. Church St. You can bank on the Illinois National in more ways than one! Convenient way to pay bills A CHECKING ACCOUNT Pay utility bills, insurance premiums, charge accounts, other items, without leaving home or desk! Jl ur "Then one day I received a letter inviting me to a Catholic Information class." of the Catholic F a i t h. We weren't asked to commit our- s e 1 v e s in advance and we would be free to drop out any time we wished. Naturally I had picked up some informa- tion from my wife and chil- dren. But there were many things I didn't understand, and the use of Latin in the Mass and ceremonies didn't h e 1 p matters. Greatly Surprised "I decided that I had nothin to lose and perhaps much to THE REV. WILLIAM P. KNOTT, assistant pastor at St. James Pro-cathedral, Rockford, was born in Elgin April 22, 1932, the son of Everett and Eleanor Mitchell Knott. lie graduated from St. Edward high school, Elgin in 1950 and attended St. Meinrad college, St. Meinrad, Ind. until 1953. Father Knott studied philosophy at the Institute Superieur de Philoso- phic, Louvain, Belgium from 1953 to 1955. He studied theology at Schola Minor, University of Louvain from 1955 to 1959. Father Knott was ordained on June 28, 1959 in the Chapel of the American college, Louvain, by the Most Rev. James A. McNulty, bishop of Paterson N.J. I-Ie was appointed assistant pastor of St. Mary, Freeport in August, 1959 and in Nov. 1960, Father Knott received his Rock- ford assignment. In April, 1961, he was appointed chaplain of the Catholic Women's League of Rockford. gain, so I went. Father Joseph Murphy, C.S.C conducted the class I was greatly surprised to learn that t h Catholic Church w a s established by Christ~15 centuries before Mar- tin Luther founded t he first Protestant Church. Jesus not o n 1 y founded the Catholic Church but also authorized it to t e a c h" all nations in His name. "I was attracted particularly by the doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. I read the sixth chapter of St. John's Gospel and saw how clearly Christ taught hi s doctrine. He was willing to allow Peter and the other Apostles to leave Him rather t h a n tone down or change this g r e a t teaching. 'This is a hard saying,' said some of His hearers. 'Who can listen to it?' Need More Letters "But it made sense to me, and drew me into the Church with which He promised al- ways to abide. What a world of difference there is between receiving a mere symbol of the Lord and Jesus Christ Himself! To enable one to receive Holy Communion with a good con- science and in the state of grace, Christ instituted another wonderful sacrament -- conies- sion. Along with 22 others, I was received into Christ's true Church, and the day of my First Holy Communion was the happiest in my life. "If our separated brethren only knew the divine gift--the Real presence--awaiting them in the Catholic Church, millions of them would soon be knock- ing at her doors. What greater gift can an omnipotent God give us? Surely God must have inspired the priests at Holy Cross church to send that let- ter to us, who were already on the fringe. If such a letter were sent out in every parish, how many thousands it would bring in!" Father O'Brien will be glad to have converts send theft names and addresses to him at Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, I n d i a n a, so he may write up their conversion stories. 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The reason for all religious practice is part of the essence of man's being. The thinking man, whether he be schooled to express his thoughts or not, finds within his mind and heart a compelling motive to pay homage to someone greater than himself: someone who called him into existence, who gives him health and strength, blesses him with food and shel- ter, delivershim from his enemies, causes the sun and the rain to nourish his crops and the stars and the moon to lend enchantment to the night when the work of the day is done. Missionaries' Work Missionaries, therefore, must be ever alert to the sensibilities of those whom they seek to convert to the knowledge of Christ. These people believe but they do not know what they believe or in whom to place their belief, and the missionaries are there to tell them. This is a missionary's work, which brings blessings, consolation and encouragement to all who hear him. On the other hand, there are many amongst us endowed with the gift of faith who are more guilty of idol worship than the ignorant child of our far off lands. The idols of pleasure, the love of luxury, of food and drink, wealth, pow- er and prestige have been the idols of many from the beginning of time. Are we not here worshippers again of false gods,of our own making? Need More Charity We speak of idolatry and condemn the pag- ans, the ignorant and the primitive children of the forest who have never known the mes- sage of eternal salvation, while at the same time many millions of our own people turn a deaf ear to the pleas of missionaries. Today we pride ourselves on being the strongest, richest nation in the world. Yet, the strength of a country lies in its faith in God. Faith gives understanding, a spirit of self-discipline and sacrifice. Charity and sacrifice go hand in hand. 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