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WASHINGTON (NC) -- The an- nual reports of the National Cath- olic Welfare Conference depart- ments given to the Bishops of the 'United States assembled for their annual meeting here showed vi- tality and growth in the work of the Church in the United States. Reports of the departments and bureaus of the National Catholic Welfare Conference show that problems are being dealt with in ever-increasing number and di- versity; that the work of the con- ference is constantly better known around the worldi and that it is being used as a pattern for co- operative action in many places. The NCWC is the voluntary agency through which the Bishops of the United States deal with matters of common interest on a national level. Praised by Vatican The Sacred Consistorial Congre- gation at the Vatican has ex- pressed gratification over the achievements of the NCWC, Arch- bishop Karl J. Alter of Cincin- nati, chairman of its administra, tire board, told the annual gen- eral meeting of the Bishops here. He said a letter from the con- gregation praised the "zeal and fatherly care with which the Bishops of the United States dis- cussed the needs of clergy and laity and brought "great benefits for the whole nation and for each diocese." Archbishop Alter said the letter also expressed the hope that the unanimity of purpose and execu- nnual tion, which alone can achieve[the twice-yearly meetings of th, satisfactory results for such great Bishops' Representatives for programs, may become even Catholic Hospitals stronger. THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF There are now 43 episcopal conferences in countries through- made to the Bishops include these: THE DEPARTMENT OF EDU- CATION reported that its "great- est challenge" was to explain Catholic education to an audience created by the Federal aid to CATHOLIC MEN reported that it sent to its affiliated organizations in the past year more than 100,- 000 pieces of literature on the Federal aid to education issue. THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN said that an increase of 1,104 in the past year brings to 13,582 the total number of organizations affiliated with it, THE YOUTH DEPARTMENT emphasized two serious national education debate, problems confronting the youth ,apostolate The first it said, is a THE NCWC LEGAL DEPART- .'. ' - I new treno in me memos ot gam- MENT said the controversy over . l ermg tunas ~rom me community Federal aid to eaucation was ~ lIor VOluntary social agencies ann "uniquely significant' oecause it th .- T r. , - [e secono is me oearm oi tralneu "probed the nature of the wnole/ ~personnel in uatnouc youm WORK. ~nurcn-~tate relationship." I THE IMNIIGRATION DEPART- THE PRESS DEPARTMENT re- . - i~w~lvr reporteo mat ns work |nan ported that the U.S Catholic press I was mane neavler nurlng the past reached an all-time mgn clrcula- I - . lyear necause oi ns eHor~s on oe- tion of 27 560,781 ann matme ' nalI oI remgees Irom t:astro N.C.W.C. News Service wasnls- .1 t:uoa, it also reportea an mcreas-I l:rlouteu to unurcn puoncatlons in . 1 ~ . " 65 countries mg uegree of cooperauon ny gov- ernment officials THE LATIN AMERICAN BUREAU noted that U.S. priests and Religious serving in Latin THE SOCIAL ACTION DE- PARTMENT warned of anti-com- munist groups which divert atten- tion from critical Red gains out- side of the United States. "THE FAMILY LIFE BUREAU reported expansion in its efforts to strengthen family life, but also warned of a drive to "liberalize" abortion laws. THE BUREAU OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS pointed to a "real service" to the Church fro~ HOLD MAJOR MEETINGS .J Inaugu Sister, Rockford; Rev. Brother Ireneus Philip, F.S.C provincial, Christian Brothers, St. Louis; and the Rt. Rev. Gerald Benkert. O.S.B Abbot of Marmion abbey Event Highlight The opening prayer was given by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Basil Marchis and the closing prayer by the Rt. Rev. Mstgr. Magnus A. Schumacher. Highlight of the evening was an address by the Most Rev. Loras T. Lane. Wednesday night two campaign organization meetings were held. At 6 p.m. 150 pastors and parish chairmen, associate chairmen and basic gifts committee members met at the Holiday Inn to discuss progress and plans for the initial solicitation phase of the drive. Committees Meet At 8:15 p.m 700 men commit- tee members from all the par- ishes met at Holy Angeles school to orient team captains. Princi- pal speaker was Monsignor Wahl. Thursday evening, 500 members of the women's committee met at Holy Angels school. Mrs. Harry Murphy, chairwoman, presided. John P. Hart was the principal speaker. Scheduled Conferences The United education develop- ment program is being conducted here to finance the updating of AURORA -- Twenty-three hun- dred unit leaders of the United Catholic Education Development program attended four major meetings this week as the largest fund raising effort in this city's history moved into its intensive phase. Monday evening, 1,000 cam- paign leaders from all 12 partici, pating parishes attended Bishop Lane's informative dinner meet- ing at the Hilton Inn. Launch Campaign The event officially launched the city-wide fund-raising pro- ram and its theme, "Four Is- of Light in a New-Age ~mrora." A huge 800-square foot drawing of the city with the four high schools pictured, formed a backdrop behind a 50-person, 2- tiered speakers table decorated in white and red velvet Following introduction of' local campaign leaders, diocesan and order officials were introduced through a cordon formed down the center of the ballroom by school plus the establishment of a new boys high school on the eastside of the city and a new girls high school on the westside. Marmion Military academy cadets. Dinner Speakers Participating on the dinner pro- gram were the Madonna high school string ensemble and glee club and the Marmion military academy glee club. John P. Hart, general campaign facilities at Marmion military chairman, presided. Speakers in- academy and Madonna high cluded: Ben Michels, basic gifts chairman; John Thill, St. Therese parish chairman; the Very Rev. Raymond J. Wahl, chancellor of the diocese of Rockford; Rev: Mother Mary Ida Marie, O.P mother general of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield; Rev. Moth- er Mary Calestine, O.S.F provin- cial superior, Franciscan School America totaled some 2,700 by the end of 1960. It estimated that some 50 laymen would go to La- tin America as Papal Volunteers during 1961. THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC NURSES, reporting that it has 104 diocesan affiliates and a membership of 18,000, noted that it had voted in 1960 to accept Catholics who are licensed prac- tical nurses as members and said 12 diocesan councils are now en- rolling them. THE NCWC BUREAU OF IN- FORMATION reported that 83 archdioceses and dioceses now have their own information di- rectors. THE BUSINESS OFFICE cited a new high of 19 pamphlets printed in the course of the year, with the English translation of the new Rubrics of the Roman Breviary and Missal in high de- mand. THE FOREIGN VISITORS' OF- FICE, in addition to handling de- tails for 30-day visits to the U.S. by 10 foreign student-leader groups, said that it was in con- tact with 7,200 foreign Catholic students studying at non-Catholic centers in the United States. THE OFFICE FOR UNITED NATIONS AFFAIRS said that de- centralization of UN activities makes it imperative that organi- zations and persons concerned with the UN increase their ef- forts to share information. THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA CONFERENCE reported that 17 new chaplains have entered its work, bringing the total of its chaplains to 58, of whom three Continued On Page 3 in this issue World News 2 Meet the Clergy 3 Washington Background 5 Sharing Our Treasure 5 Mission Column 5 May They Rest 5 Women's Page 6 t filled Official Newspaper d the Rockford Diocese Vol. XVI--No. 46 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1961 10 PAGES Bisho Calls Rite Symbolic Virtues ROCKFORD -- The laying of the cornerstone for the new $4~z million St. Anthony hospital took place Sunday with the Most Rev. Loras T. Lane officiating. Ap- proximately 200 persons witnessed the ceremony at the site of the new building on State street east of Alpine road. Ceremonies consisted of talks by various lay leaders, choral se- lections by the student nurses' choir and the actual cornerstone laying with an address by Bishop Lane. Bishop's Remarks The following comments are ex- cerpts from the Bishop's speech "The corner-stone ceremony which you have witnessed today may be said to have a three-fold symbolism--that of faith, of hope and of charity. "It is symbolic, first of all, of faith. Faith in Him in whose name we have blessed this stone, and who is the beginning and end of all our actions This project has, since its beginning, been under- taken in complete faith and confi- dence in Divine Providence In return, God has blessed it in many ways and today in this cere- mony we pause to thank Him pub- licly, and to pledge our continued faith in His merciful, guidance. "Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it.' Prayerful Hopes "Secondly, the corner-stone may be taken to symbolize hope. Our hearts are filled today with prayerful hopes not only that St. Anthony hospital will achieve its lofty purposes as an institution, but also that the hopes of all those individuals who will come here in the years to come, will be ful- in God's own measure. That Meetint Set ForManagers ROCKFORD -- An open meet= ing for all Catholic employers and managers will be held at Holiday Inn here on Monday Nov. 27. The meeting sponsored by the Catholic Employers and Managers Group of the Rockford diocese, will feature an address by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Daniel Cantwell, chaplain of the Chicago Catholic ~gmployers Group, on the mean- of the encyclical, Mater et agistra. The talk will follow a 6:.30 dinner to which all employ- ers and managers are invited. The announcement of this open meeting was made by Mr. John B. Caron, Rochelle, chairman of the Rockford diocesan Catholic Employers and Managers Group. Mr. Caron stressed that these Catholic employers groups are now organized in only four din- cese of the United States. The groups meet monthly to discuss the social teachings of the church with special emphasis on the problems and respoh~ibilities of management. Since many em- ployers are unable to attend these monthly meetings, the group plans the open meeting as a spe- cial service. The Nov. 27 meeting is open to all Catholic employers and maa0gers. ROCHELLE BUSINESsMAN--Mr. John B. Caron is shown addressing the World Catholic Employers Congress in Santiago, Chile attended by more than 300 members from various nations of the world. The Rochelle businessman, chairman of the Rockford diocesan Catholic Employers and Managers group, was the only,representative from the United States PROGRESS--Cornerstone laying ceremonies at the new St. An- thony hospital on E. State St. Road in Rockford last Sunday fea- tured an address by L. C. Bachrodt, chairman of the building com. mittee of the hospital's lay advisory board. Seated in the picture are: Sister M. Jeanette, O.S.F member of the general council from the Franciscan motherhouse in Peoria; Dr. Eugene T. Leonard, president of the medical staff; the Rev. Francis J. Moroney; Francis E. Hickey, president of the lay advisory board; the Most Rev. Loras T. Lane who presided during the ceremonies; and Sister M. Canisia, council member.--(Herzog Photo. BREAKTHROUGH BUT NO COMMITMENT By FATHER ROGER ia new step and a sign of a bet- MATZERATH, S.A. ter understanding. N.C.W.C. News Service I A number of theological and t nontheological factors account for l~w u~bm -- ~ne granuat . . . the present Catholic atUtude growth in friendly relatmn~ be " "ltoward the World Council of tween the Catholic Church and[Churches Council Has Matured One of the most important of these reasons for friendlier rela- tions is that the council itself has matured in its ecumenical think- ing. In the formative stages of the council many liberal tendencies were apparent. At meetings such as the Life and Work conference meeting at Stockholm in 1925 and the Faith and Order conference the Protestant - and - Orthodox World Council of Churches is re- sponsible for a new breakthrough. Five Catholic priests appointed by the Holy See are present as of- ficial observers at the World Council's third assembly, sched- uled to run from November 18 to December 6. It is the first time that the Holy See has been rep- resented by official observers at such a meeting. While expressing no commitment by the Catholic Church, the presence of~ the Catholic observers at the meeting of Protestant and Orthodox dele- gates from 175 churches is both Rockford Group Announces 'Ddu ,r YThT: nlhnweeeaPr?gtr?u Tde Christian churches but they felt that it could and should be brought about by simply overlooking dif- ferences in doctrine. Such a short- cut, patch-work view of Christian unity betrayed a basic lack of understanding of the nature of what they were seeking. Moreover, some participants -- world congress of Catholic Em- veloped countries. ployers organizations held in San- tiago, Chile was attended by ap- proximately 300 representatives from all parts of the world. The majority were South American businessmen but there were 70 from Europe, 20 from Canada, and one from the United States, Mr. John B. Caron, Rochelle businessman and chariman of the Rockford diocese Catholic Em- ployers Group. "The proceedings of the three day international meeting were reported to the Rockford Catholic Employers group in their recent meeting by Mr. Carom Disparity of Wealth Another highlight of the world congress in Chile was a detailed statistical presentation made by the Brazil delegation concerning the disparity between the Euro- penn-North American countries and the South American coun- opinions received the condemna- tion of Plus XI in his 1928 encycli- cal, Mortalium animus (On the Promotion of True Religious Uni- ty). In the course of time, however, many responsible leaders in the Protestant ecumenical movement through serious study and con- stant dialogue have come to see more clearly a sounder basis of Christian unity. Progress Made The World Council of Churches arose from a fusion of ~e "old "Faith and Order" and "Life and Work" movements. When the council was formally established in 1948, it defined itself as a "fel- lowship of churches which accept our Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour." At the present time there is general agreement with Dr. W. A. Visser't Hooft, secretary gener- al of the World Council, who has declared': "We can only affirm Investments by South Americans in word and in deed . . . that the A. con.tributing cause to the dis- only unity we are concerned with parny is me practice ot mre]gn is unity in obedience to truth Uni- investment by South American ltv sought beeause we are called businessmen. The resolutions oi[bv the~une Sheoherd to form one the world congress recognizing ~ , [flock.' (Ecumenical Review, Oc that eleven billion South Ameri can dollars are invested in the foreign market, stressed that it was the primary responsibility of the employers of South Ameri- ca to make use of their own re- sources by investment in their own countries. ' The Santiago meeting also rec- ognized that the main need of South American business is that of trained people especially in in- dustry. During the Congress the employers group from Belgium made arrangements with Bolivia to take trainees from Bolivia for a concentrated training. Rockford Project The Rockford Group of Catholic Employers has sent an invitation to the businessmen's organization of Colombia with detailed ar- rangerrtents for a one to two year training period available for young men from Colombia in the industries represented by the Rockford group. tries. This study showed that one of the reasons the people of Eu- rope and North America enjoy a higher standard of living is the fact that they have access to cheap row materials produced ions increased friendliness between the Catholic ChurCh end the World Council of Churches are not one-sided. A development has also taken place in the Church. More Balanced View Chief among the elements on the part of the Catholic Church has been the stimulus provided by His Holiness Pope John XXII1. His evident good will toward all Christians has had many favor- able reactions. Catholics in the past have been criticized for in. sisting too much on doctrine in unity matters and forgetting other factors. The accent of the Pope on practical charity has accom- plished much to bring about a more balanced view among Cath- olics. The willingness of the Pontiff to talk to Protestant and Orthodox leaders has had the effect of bringing about a greater friend- liness Dialogues between Cath- olic and non-Catholic theologians held on a high-level of friendly communication free of bitterness and heated argument have follow ed his inspiration The lead in this matter has been taken by the ST. LOUIS (NC)--A new ap- proach to Federal school legisla- tion was urged here by Rep. Hugh L. Carey of New York at the clos- ing session of Citizens for Educa- tional Freedom. CEF is a lay group, composed largely of Catholics but with sum Protestant members, which claims 20,000 members. Its purpose is to secure true freedom of choice, the equal protection of the laws and the free exercise of religion, for all parents and students. Carey said he voted against tha administration education bill be- cause the proposal was discrimin- atory to the seven million children in private schools. Carey said that an entire school generation has been deprived of federal assistance, during the 14 years federal school aid proposal.~ have been debated by Congress. Set of Standards "Mter 14 years, it is time for a legislative I.Q. exam on any new approach," he said. "I propose a set of standards on which to weigh future proposals. "First, it must fit the major constitutional requirement that i the Congress apprehend an emergency, or seek to provide for the general welfare under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. "A second requisite must de- monstrate an understanding of the pluralistic, universal nature and traditional entirety of our schools. We do not have a separate system of public schools, and a distinct system of private schools. We have a single pluralistic system with countless segments joined under public supervision without control "The system changes from state to state in 50 states, and varies again within the state We have secular, sectarian, private, inde- pendent, parochial and vocational schools, yet they can all ba classed in a sense as public. Pub- lic authority makes attendance compulsory, and the syllabus and curriculum are under public su- pervision." The third requirement should b i clear prohibition of Federal con- trol of the educational system, h said. "We do not have a national or Continued On Page 3 Vatican's Secretariat for Promot- ing Christian Unity. Not acciden. II ,I,I tally the secretary picked for this t 1 U[~U,Ug body is Msgr. Jan. G.M. Wille- I brands a Dutchman who canI VATI h- . ' ' - UAJ.N CITY, (~L:) -- T II speak to Dr. Vlsser't HooIt, the lsovi,~t Cornmnni~t nartv'~ onn p, secretary general of the ,World ~ ~'~7L --v : ~-- ,luvmnatmn Ot a~anmsm is no~ Council, in his own language I merely a blow against "devlatmn' Demand of Times but an attack against the old It was the Secretariat for Pro- communist ideology, according to muting Christian Unity that an- [nounced the choice of the five i priests who are the official Cath olic observers at the World Coun-i cil sessions here. They are Father Federico Alessandrini, experl oa communism for L'Osservatore Ro- mann. Writing in the Vatican City weekly, Osservatore della Dora- Edward Duff, S.J director of the enica, Alessandrini observed that vantage of the Soviet Uniot to give up an instrument of dominion enjoyed by no other world pox~er " He noted that two road are now open to Soviet Premier Niki. ta Khrushchev: either that of so- cial-democracy of a new bourn goois type, or that followed al- ready by his predecessor Stalin. He believes that Khrushche~ will follow the second alternative he. cause it is "easier and morn easily justified." are striving to bring about Chris-i tian unity give "holy joy" to the children of the Catholic Church. No hint is given here that the Catholic Church wishes to par- ticipate in these attempts: It has the unity others are looking for. Yet the Holy Office saw the ac- tion of God's grace behind such strivings and urged that prayer be offered for the people who are making these efforts cesan Federation of Young Chris- All the ~ctors accounting for[tian Students. BISHOP LANE Sunday, November 26: 1:00 P.M.--St. Charles, Mr. St. VIary academy, Study Day. Din- tuber, 1955). Inshtute of Socml Order at St t Undoubtedly such thinking will ' " . he recent atthcks of the congress Lores (Mo) Umverslty Father have to progress far more before " . " " : of the Soviet Communisl i)artv Joseph Edamaran S J, head of the Catholic Church finds it en against Stalin and Stalinism con- the Jesmt province of Kerala m tirely acceptable. Yet progress" . ",' firm. the fact that, in the eyes of southern Indm Father Ivan Ex has been made and each step ; - " St viet leaders "the commumst truss chancellor of the Allaha brings about a greater degree of ' . idt~.logy confronted with reali- friendliness bad diocese in north India' Father . - ' , ' . ry has proven mauequate ann s "" e" ,Jan C Grout the Dutch Hmr r " , a~empt t~lv any " ' . Ialse. The Sacra" " re ati n o~ " l archy's delegate for ecumemcal a ~ong g o ~ me 11 ' ummany ne sale 'me Hol Office uall r r " -, WOrK anu eamer Ivl a LeUUl ou,id " ' " " " y,us y ese yea anu~ ' " : . '1 eulogy remains, ou~ oecause U r OI lSl:lna, uommcan lnsl] cautious in its declarations, said[ " " "l millions of militants in the USSR in 1950 that the attempts of those Continued On Page 3 and in the world consider i~ true; separated from the Holy See who and it would not be to the ad-