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A Catholic paper stimulates Dlsty, a ' love of Cathcllo Ideals, and an interest in the activities ofthe Church cf Christ. it makes for a great advance in the knowledge and love of religion. i00hr (Oh00 rrurr The Official Organ of the Diocese of Rockford "You are my voice. I do not say that you make my voice heard, but that you are really my voice itself; for few In- deed would be the number of children of our common Father who could learn my • wishes and thoughts without the aid of tho Catholio Press."Piua XI to Cathollo lournalistek SEPTEMBER 24, 1936 A WEEKLY JOURNAL DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH VOL. i., NO. 44 The Note Book BV THE OBSERVER • Empty Schools • Man Made Deserts • Eloquent Cu'toon Superintendent W. H. John- son of the Chicago public schools announces a pronounced decrease in the attendance of the elementary grades. The de- crease is put as high as twenty per cent. A similar decline is announced from New York by the leading papers there. The attendance in the element.ary .grades is noticeably shrinking m all the large cities of the United States. The Chicago Daily News for Monday, September 14, re- marks on the decrease in at- tendance in the elementary grades of the Chicago public schools, "The decrease was at- ributed to Chicago's decreasing irthrate in recent years." Yes, and the decreasing birth- rate is due to birth control, as is the rapid decline in popula- tion over all western and north- ern Europe and English-speak- ing America, according to three great authorities on vital stat- istics quoted in these columns, among whom is Robert R. Kuc- ' zynski, greatest authority on the subject in the world. The Dust Bowl, consisting of Montana, I d a h o, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and the western parts of Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas, is the mistake of man, not the fault of God. God made that section into the most magnificent meat and wool-pro- ducing country in the world; the greed and stupidity of man turned it into a Dust Bowl and a desert. A pioneer cattleman of the Old West tells how it was done in Social Justice beginning in the issue for August 31. Incidentally the pioneer ockmen of the West and Pres- mt Roosevelt recently were ,ght in maintaining the sage brush country was a natural stock country not meant for farming and ought not be plow- ed up. It was ploughed up; the buf- falo grass was destroyed that fed the cattle and held the land, which blew away and turned into the Dust Bowl; the farmers on it were ruined; the territory was spoiled ,either for grazing or farming. Early agricultural professors with new theories about scien- tific farming in the pay of greedy interests were respons- ible for the ruin of the sage brush country. If the waste of our natural re- sources continues, they will be soon all gone. Our magnificent forests have been destroyed and our water-shed with consequent erosion and floods and drouths and the irreparable ruin of tens of millions of fertile acres• Thus is our magnificent coun- try ruined by greed and stupidity. The politicians talk about con- 5ervation of natural resources; never do anything really (Continued on page 6, column 6) HOLY NAME MEN NAZIS RENEW PERSECUTION OF CATHOLICS" T h r o t t I e Protest Bishops Against Slander of Adult Hitler's National Socialist government in Germany is continu- ing its persecution of the Catholic Church by means of official decrees! and by the state-inspired attacks oil individual Nazis, according to word received iron 1 Germany by the cor-i respondent of the National Catholic i Welfare conference at Amsterdam. i Charge League with Reds ! Some of the latest acts of the, Hitlerites against the Church are as follows: 1. Nazi papers and officials con- tinuo to make the charge that the Catholic Church is in league with Communism. The charges continue despite the fact that the Germa bishops recently issued a pastoral letter showing the absurdity of the accusations. Catholic papers in Ger- many were not allowed by the gov- ernment to print the pastoral letter of the hierarchy. 2. The German Bishops have also been denied by the Nazis the right to protest against the slander of the Church in the so-called immoral- ity trials. The Hierarchy isued a pastoral defending the Church, the priesthood, and the religious orders from the almost diabolical accusa- tions made by the Nazi press• The official organ of the Berlin diocese, which carried thi's pastoral, was sup- pressed by the government• 3. Dr. Wilhelm Frick, Nazi Sec- retary of the Interior, has laid down the law to all churches as regards the flying of the official Nazi flag with Swastika. This flag, he says, must be displayed on all national holidays. He warned the pastors that he would tolerate no subter- fugdff-s-ffdh--as:]Tmiting the slzeoY the Nazi flag, or using inferior ma- terial, such as paper. Slander Exiled Prelate 4• A forthcoming trial against a Cologne firm accused of illegal trans- actions in liquor traffic is said to be meant to involve the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Ludwig Kaas, former head of the Catholic Center Party, who is now a Canon of St. Peter's in Rome, and who recently was named Secretary of the Sacred Congregation of the Basilica of St. Peter. All this goes to show that the Nazi regime is ap- parently not in a mood of redress- ing injustices or of restraining its fanatical anti-Catholic followers. Catholic Boy Breaks Record In Scholarship London.--At the age of 12h years, Ronnie Calvert, of Mouton, near Man- chester, has passed the examination of the Joint Matriculation Board gaining the school certificate. The usual age for passing the examina- tion is 15 to 16 years. He secured credits in English, history, mathema- tics and physics, and passed in French and chemistry. He is a pu- pil of De La Salle college, Pendleton. Ronnie has won several prizes for sports. Novitiate, West Point For China Missioners BY GEORGE HAGAR A race horse who has never paced a track will not win a derby, even though he has all the good-will and fghting spirit in the world. So the missionary priest who is to carry his message across blister- ing plains and glaring snowdrifts, in loneliness or in hideous babel, must have a taste o.f that sort o thing. -e must learn to figat wit' the oength of his own" holiness i he to come through at all. Wherefore---Bedford. The inissioner, you know, is a strange mixture of deep mysticism and almost ludicrous praeti(.altty. He must be holy, yes, out ne must be able to cook a fair meal, too, to take care of his own clothes mend his own drain pipes and learn not to be a bear around the house. Roughing It Wieh a Vengeance At the Maryknoll novitiate at Bedford, Mass., 30-some young fel- lows just out of a four-.year college and a daily visit to the Y;t:ssed Sacrament. It was once a frame house and a commodious barn, this no-itiatg, 17 miles northwest of Boston at Bed- ford, Mass. Eighty cows, 600 pigs and some 3,000 chickens called it home. The foreman lived in a stur- dy farm house which had weathered many a New England blizzara in its 150 years, and was ready rc.r any number more. Exit Ca,,le; Enter rowces The novices took over he arn. (Continued ou page 3, column 3) Explores Mine This unusual pose of His Emi- nence Jean-Marie Rodrigue Cardi- nal Villeneuve, Archbishop of Que- "be c, was taken recently when, ac- companied by some of his clergy, he donned a miner's uniform for a trip through the King Mine of the Asbestos Corporation at Thet- ford Mines, in the Province of o'-ebec. SCRIBES RECORD RED BRUTALITY Government C r u c i fi es Priest, Head Down The brutality of the Spanish gov- ernment red sympathizers was told in copyrighted stories by two large news services last week. One de- scribed the crucifixion, head down, of a Catholic priest, and the other told of killing orgies indulged in by Madrid Socialists. Joseph Lee Mason, who writes a copyrighted story from Gibraltar to the North American Newspaper Al- liance, himself saw the body of Fath- er Jose de la Cora, crucified head down, on the main door of his own parish church at E1 Saucejo. Mr. Mason entered the town of E1 Sauce- jo with the first detachment of White troops after the Reds had been expelled. Townpeople told the American correspondent that the Left V¢ing soldiers had dragged the priest from his pulpit while he was preaching before a large congrega- tion and then crucified him. As the priest was hanging on the church door his brother, Raymond de la Co- rn, was brought out and shot before the priest's sight. Mr. Mason also tells of entering a house that had been ransacked by the Communists. There he and the Rightist soldiers found three Car- melite nuns, two of them dead, the third alive but with her face slashed with knives. At Almorgen he ran across a soldier who had been a pri- soner of the Communists. Both of the soldier's eyes had been gouged out, his face had been slashed, and his fingers had been cut off. The rifles and the machine guns used by the Communists are of French manufacture, according to Mr. Mason. James Papsworth, a young Eng- lishman who was a member of the staff of the newspaper, Vanguardia, of Barcelona, writes for the United Press from London a copyrighted ar- ticle on the killings in Madrid be- fore September 4, when he left the city. Armed Communists stopped stran- gers on the street asking them to show identification cards signed by Left Wing party members. T h o s e who had no such cards, were arrest- ed. Few of those arrested, however, were taken to prison. Instead they were questioned by the "cheka," and as a rule taken to the outskirts of tom where they were shot. When Reds Bu rn ,ch, Building 'St00ffs Bur] so completely tt was not even black. The flames had been so fierce they burned everything quite clean white. When the Spanish government forces burn a church, they do not merely char it--they destroy it com- Bishop's Message Diocese of Rockford Chancei-y Office--1245 North Court Street September 17, 1936. Reverend and dear Father: For long years cognizant of the sufferings of the Mexican people, imposed by a small group which has set itself at the head of the Mexican government and sought to drive the idea of God out of the minds and hearts of the people, we have wondered in in what manner we could come to the assistance of our brethren beyond the Rio Grande. The Mexican tyrants, besides" destroying our schools, seminaries and churches, have striven to destroy the priesthood, which is the medium by which Christ transmits sac- ramental graces to His children. They have seen in the priesthood of Mexico the oe obstacle to the communistic government which they sponsor. Ecclesiastical property has been confiscated, churches closed and violated, free assembly refused, freedom of speech and the right to teach denied, and bishops, priests and religious have been exiled, thrown into prison, and many exec- uted. With them the lay people who have harbored their spiritual leaders have in like manner suffered for the religion they love. In truth, the priests and people of Mexico have suffered a long and violent persecution at the hands of those .who reject God and in every way outrage the sacred ministers who are dedicated to His holy sacrifice. Ve have come at last upon a satisfactory plan of helping our persecuted brethren. If the Faith is to be preserved and contin- ued. Since it has become impossible, even in secret places in Mexico, to continue the education of young men for the priest- hood of Jesus Christ, the bishops of the United States have de- cided to establish in the United States near Mexico a seminary for the education of Mexican candidates for the holy priesthood. We have given our hearty approval to this plan, for which it is necessary to call upon you and your parishioners to give an of- fering for this holy cause. We, therefore, set Sunday, September 27th, for a collcctlon which will aid in the establishment and maintenance of a semin- ary for the education of these young men who will dedicate their lives for the cause of the religion of Christ in Mexico. You will please explain this situation to your beloved par- ishioners at all the Masses on Sunday, September 20th, and ap- peal for contributions to this worthy cause. This collection will be taken up as an envelope collection at the Masses on Sunday, September 27th. Special envelopes for the collection will be for- warded to you from the Chancery office. You will please send the offering of your people to the Chancery Office as soon after the collection as possible. With kindest regards and best wishes, I am Sincerely yours in Christ, EDWARD F. HOBAN, Bishop of Rockford: Shaw's Indignant Letter Causes Momentary Mystery New York.- (Special)--A three column letter by George Bernard Shaw, aged English playwright, to the editor of the New Yor k Times was proved this week to be much ado about nothing. Indignant Mr. Shaw charged that "Catholic Action" in the offices of Will Hays, Holly- wood movie czar, had censored the • • " t mowe scenario of hs play, S. Joan," which dealt with Joan of Arc. Archbishop John T. McNicholas of Cincinnati, representing the Legion of Decency, promptly denied that the Legion had ever seen the script of the Shaw movie. The Legion of Decency, he said, is not a censor- ship body and never sees movies un- til they ae released to the public. Will Hays confirmed Archbishop McNicholas' statement that the Leg- ion of Decency has nothing to do with movie production. Hays added that it would have been difficult for the Legion to check on Shaw's movie since neither script nor scen- ario was ever submitted to any Hol- lywood studio. The mystery was solved in England when one Paul Czinner, a movie di- rector, said that he had showed Shaw's play to some officials of Cath- olic Action in Rome, Italy, to get their personal opinions on the work. There was no official censorship by anyone, said Mr. Czinner. Cardinal Urges All To Vote; Each As He Considers Is Best C h i c a g o .--W'hen His Eminence George Cardinal Mundelein, Arch- bishop of Chicago, paid his first visit to Chicago's city hall this week to register for the November election he chatted with newspapermen. "I talked to a priest this morning," he said, "and told him to get the people in his parish to register and also to see that they go to the polls. We have people on both sides of the fence. All we have to do is to see that our people vote. It is not our duty to advise them how to vote. We ought to be very thankful to Al- mighty'God for the liberty and peace the Church enjoys in America." f World News Flashes Of Catholic Interest Denies Charge er.priests at the church which he [served were taken out and shot London.--Dr. Maria Montesseri, lagainst the nearest wall. He hid in well known educator, denies having I the church vaults, changed his lay made a statement that churches in ldress and escaped at nightfall. Spain have been used as arsenals I by anti-government troops. I Heads Seminary Bigots Refuted St. Louis-Parochial school stu- dents have the same right ,to the services of the municipal Depart- ment of Health as have children of the public schools, according to an opinion given by City Coun- selor Wayman. Bigots had pro- tested. Enrollment Doubles Peking.--Registration for the en- trance examinations at the Catholic University of Peking have reached a total of 380 for the university and 230 for the Middle School Depart- 'ment, thus showing almost 100 per cent increase over last year. ! Baltimore.The Very Rev. Dr. John J. Lardner, S.S., has been made superior of 8t. Mary's sem- inary of Theology, Roland Park, it has been announced. Discuss Catechism Washington. -- Members of the hierarchy and clergy from all parts of the United States will participate in the National Catecheticai con- gress of the Confraternity of Chris- tian Doctrine at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York Oct. 3-6, accord- ing to the preliminary program re- leased by the National Center of the Confraternity here. Youth Important course take a close-up view of mis- sion life for one year. Just before they plunge into four years innse theological study, they sla,-lve he letter of Divine Law, o live more the spirit. It is a year of dpeclal siArltual training, too. The Divine O,ce Is chanted In choir every -'riday and every day during retreats,--a deep burly organ of many young aroats. There are two half-hour medOations a day, too, besides the qsual "spir- itual exercises" every re;Igiu l-or" forms, Mass, Communion. "€0 min- utes' reading from a pidual book pletely. W• R. Knickerbocker, writ- ing for the International News Ser- vice, describes thus how one typical incendiary job was done: "General France says that at least 1,000 churches have been burned in Spain during this civil war. I learned from San Maria what 'burned' means. "How they manage the job techni- cally is beyond me. It looks as they must have used a ton of gasoline. This was a big church about 100 yards long and thirty wide, early fourteenth century. It was burned The entire roof had fallen in. Noth- i Bishop' s Guest ing but the walls remained. I "I was told the church had con-[ Chicago.--A group of 125 unem- rained four good paintings of Murll- i ployed workmen made a retreat at lo, an original choir of the Knights St. Francis Retreat House, Mays- Templars, a valuable fifteenth cen-I lake, over the week end. The tury Tryptych and a set of sacred I Most Roy. Bernard J. Shell, Aux- choir books said to be unequalled in i iliary Bishop of Chioago, paid all Spain. One hundred and fifty I expenses. churches, I was informed, have been R-fli burned in the province of Seville iRee s Reds' alone. This is quite credible for tn es every village and town we passed London.--A refugee priest from there were two or more churches Barcelona has reached his brother's gutted, their bells lying at the foot home at Long Eaton, Darby. He is of the towers." i Father Gamell. He states that oth- Washington. For the first time in the history of the National Council of Catholic Women, youth will participate actively and ex- tensively in the proceedings of a national convention held by that organization whenf the Council gathers at its sessions in Galvs$- ton, Tex., Oct. 18-21. 30,000 AT RALLY Prague.--More than 30,000 Catho- lic women took part at a Congress of the "Union of Catholic Women and Girls in Moravia" Just held at Brno, Czechoslavakia. Anti-Atheist Paper Makes Rapid Strides New., York.--In the little more than a year of its existence the growth of Wisdom, Catholic paper published for the purpose of combat- ting atheistic communism and mod- ern paganism, has been remarkable. The paper is edited by its founder, the Rev. Paul B. Ward, C.S.P., who is assisted by Anna McClure Shell, prominent convert. It is maintained by an entirely voluntary staff of writ- ers, artists and business office and circulation workers. To help finance the publication a Thrift shop is conducted and the proceeds help to distribute free, thousands of copies. It is circulated, with hierarchical approval, in this country, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, France, England, Italy, Spain, the Philippines, India, Australia and New Zealand. BP, GALLAGHER WARNSOFREOS A Iso Disagrees With Rep. Lemke Detroit.--The liberty of the United States can be savel only by check- ing the spread of Communism through the promotion of social jus- tice and the spread of Christian ideals, the Most Rev. Michael J. Gailagher, Bishop of Detroit said in an address delivered at a meet- ing of Catholic study clubs here. Bishop Gallagher also expressed dis- approval of the "money plank" of William Lemke's Union party. "In recent years," said the bishop, "I have often warned against the progress of Communism• These warnings have fallen on deaf ears. What has happened in Spain should make us realize that the greatest menace that confronts us here is that of Communism and organized atheism. Clear Thought Difficult "The great issue now is between the Catholic solution of our social problems and Communism. When a man has no work and no means to support his family he is not in a posi- tion to*think clearly." Gratitude To illustrate this statement Bishop Gallagher narrated the experiences of refugees whom he met in Rome and France. He told of a nun who had done social service work for destitute families. The head of one of these families told her that when the uprising came he would have to kill her. In another instance, a Com- munist young woman in a hospital discovered that an injured Sister was in the same ward with her• The Communist sereemed her hatred of the nun, saying that if she were able she would kill the religious. "Remember the Reds are organiz- ing their cells in our city," the Bishop said. "Wherever a Red cell is formed it lists the names of all those who axe leaders in opposing Communism. If a Red uprising is staged, they are the first to be killed. Bishop Gailagher, condemning Lemke's money plank, said that it did not agree with the ideas of the Rev. Charles E. Coughlin. Not Ft. Coughlin's Idea "This plank," Bishop Gallagher added, "provides for government control of credit. Under such a plan the government could allot credit to some corporations and withhold it from others. Father Coughlin advo- cates privately owned banks in the various states. This makes possible local control of credit. "I want to say this because the Catholic Church might be blamed for that money clause." Father Coughlin's book, "Money --Questions and Answers," stated the bishop further, has the approval of Miss Gertrude Coogan of Chicago, a leading authority on money. Miss Coogan, he noted, collaborated in preparing this book. Not A Catholic Party "The people," added the bishop, "should study and spread this book and thus promote the movement to have Congress resume its constitu- tional power to issue all money." The bishop emphasized that the Union party is not a Catholic party, and that no Catholic party would be established. Bishop Wings Way Over His Diocese Montreal, Sept. 18. -- A flight of 4,000 miles was made in Northern Ontario last week when the Rev. Paul Schulte, O.M.I., the "Flying Priest" and founder of the MIVA, piloted a plane carrying the Very Rev. Dr. Gilles Marchand, provincial of the French Oblates in Eastern Canada, on a tour of Oblate mis- sions. Many isolated sections were visited. On his return Father Mar- chand was informed of the serious illness of his mother here, and he was able to be with her when she died. ENTER VICTORIANS Lemont, Ill.--At the sixth annual reception and profession at Fournier institute 21 received the religious habit in the Clerics of St. Viator, and 22 took vows. Servant of God F a t h e r Joseph Freinademetz, S•V.D., who worked indefatigably in the Shantung Province, China, • from 1882 until his death, Janu- ary 28, 1908. He was one of the first members of the Society .of the Divine Word, whose American headquarters are at Techny, Ill. The canonical process for his beatification was recently Insti- tuted at Yenchowfu, China. Priest Settles Strike; Praises Labor's Courage Cleveland.--Under the terms of a decision of an arbitration board, of which the Rt. Roy. Msgr. Joseph F. Smith, Vicar General of the Diocese of Cleveland and rector of the Cathe- dral of St. John the Evangelist, was impartial chairman, members of the Street Car Men's Union employed by the Cleveland Railway company were awarded an increase of six cents an hour in wages and given a week's vacation with pay after hav- ing been employed for five years. Representative Martin L. Sweeney, union arbiter, also signed the award, while William H• Boyd, representing the company, dissented. The decision, in stating what it conceived to be proper in employer- employe relationship, said: "In human society the unit is the family and not the individual. The employer, therefore, should deal with his employe not merely as an indi- vidual but as the head or member of a family. "The employer must consider the needs of the family as well as the individual; that with reasonable economy the working man may be able to feed, clothe and educate his dependents. "During the depression the dol- lars of the wage earners went fur- ther in aiding the unemployed and their families than the money that came from any other source. Again, during the depression, the wage earner did more to protect our in- stitutions by his courage, his con- fidence and his economics than any other element in our American life." Swiss Deny Permit to U. S. Sect Lucerne, Switzerland, Sept. 14.- The government of Canton Lucerne has refused permission for a public meeting which was to be held here by the so-called "Jehovah Witness- es" with "Judge" Rutherford as the speaker. Rutherford's subject was to have been "Armageddon, the Battle of God." The Canton government maintains that this lecture would have caused "disturbance of the reli- gious peace and confusion of minds." ELECT PROVINCIAL London.--The Rev. Laurence Pow- ell, O.F.M., was reelected provincial of the Immaculate Conc.eption Pro- vince of the Franciscan "Order of Friars Minor at the triennial chap- ter, held at Forest Gate. Mysterious Trappists The Trappists have a reputation of doing all sorts of frightful things, such as keeping perpetual ' silence and diggin$ their own graves. They are so different that almost everybody wants to know all about them. There are only three Trappists monasteries in the (1nited States. One is near Du- buque and the others are in Rhode Island and Kentucky. In this issue of The Witness a writer who uses the pseudonym of John J. Holbrook tells what the Trappists do and--what is more important.--why they do it. Best of all he describes this ancient order in a modern style that would be acceptable to any metropolitan newspaper or glossy paged maga- zine. MESSAGE FROM POPE READ TO NATL. MEETING Cardinal H a y e s Says Catholics Will Support Flag New York, Sept. 18.--An impres- sive message which expressed the desire of His Holiness Pope Pins XI "to speak to them from him heart as if he were among them," was read to the thousands of dele- gates present at the opening of the third national convention of Holy Name society here yesterday. The communication, sent by Hil Eminence Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, Papal Secretary of State, and ad- dressed to His Eminence Patrick Cardinal Hayes, Archbishop of New York, said that "by this letter, which is meant to eqdence his cordial ben- evolence towards the society and his paternal encouragement of its mem- bers in their efforts to realize its aims in their private and in their public lives, and by the patronage and assistance of Your Eminence who has so often and so well in- terpreted his thought in the past, the Common Father will in some way be present at this important assembly of his dearly beloved sons." The Holy Father's message was read at the solemn Pontifical Mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral with which the convention was opened yester- day morning. Cardinal Hayes pre- sided at the Mass. The Most Roy. Stephen J. Donahue, Auxiliary Bish- Op of New York, was the celebrant, Referring to the Holy Father's declaration that the Holy Name so- ciety inspires in the Faithful the noblest ideals of service to God and to country and inspires them to the defense of the sacred interests of true religion and true patriotism, Cardinal Hayes said: "The word 'patriotism' seems to be an obsolete word just now in our own country. Barely do wo see it. We are informed that even in our schools and our universities, in- stead of patriotism, we hear Com- munism. Imagine America trying to keep from its citizens the word 'patriotism' ! Sacrilege and Apostacy "Today we are in a world of battle, a battle against atheism sacrilege in Spain, a Catholic coun- try, and apostacy in Mexico, an- olther Catholic country. It is serious situation. We may have to battle here in America for the flag that flies over our heads. When I was a boy, we were taught to have much reverence for the flag. Now it is a struggle among the children to get them to respe0t the flag. "America will never find ths Catholic Church undermining, de- stroying government. "Therefore, dear men, true relig- ion, true patriotism, means that we are sons of God. We have a country that we may hope to become citi- zens of, the court of Our Heavenly Father. In the meantime, we are citizens of this beloved land of ours, Loyal to Christ, Country "When I was a young priest, men were a kind of shy of manifesting their faith in a public fashion--shy of it. But now, oh, what a mani- festation on the part of our men in this city, and I am sure it is the same throughout the land. "A convention of this kind al- lows our members P,o stand up so they may be counted for Christ under the banner of His sacred name. I know you delegates here today, and those you represent, are going to be loyal to Christ and loyal to your country . o ." After the Mass thousands of dele- gates from all parts of the United States and Canada, and from the Bahamas, Mexico, Puerto Rico and China were registered at the Wal- dorf-Astoria hqtel, convention head- quarters. Spiritual Director= A special meeting of the Holy Name Spiritual Directors inaugurat- ed the first business session. The Very Rev. Thomas F. Conlon, O.P., national director of the Holy Name society, presided. 4,000 at Holy Hour More than 4,000 men filled St. Pat- rick's cathedral for the Holy Hour service tonight. A terrific storm pre- vented the ceremonies being held at Randall's Island stadium. Arch- bishop McNicholas gave the meditae tions at the service. Cardinal Hayes presided. A driving rain failed to halt & procession into the cathedral, which was led by a score of Dominican priests, 16 monsignori, and a guard of Knights of Columbus in full dress uniform. Cardinal Hayes was es- corted by Alfred E. Smith, former supreme Court Justice Alfred E. Tai- ley and Dr. Raymond Sullivan. New 'York.--The pledge of a faith to a cause--the Holy Name society's oath to fight atheism  renewed, Catholics from all parts of the na- tion Monday turned homeward to combat forces working against their religion. More than fifty thousand Catho- lics Sunday knelt before an altar at Randall's Island and rededicated themselves to purge this country of all forces contrary to religion. 'lhe huge outdoor rally marked the elo- ing of the society's national convert-