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News Section--Page 2A THE OBSERVER EDITION OF OUR SUNDAY VISITOR Sunday, December 3, 1950 Red Philosophy lains Screwey 'Be' And 'Not Be' Matter Embodying Own Opposite Basis For Communist Doubletalk Milwaukee--(NC) -- tIow can communists call themselves demo- crats when they deny basic human rights wherever they hold power? Why are Soviet artists and sci- entists so frequently attacked and forced to recant and apologize for deviations from the Party line? How these and other questions puzzling to non-communists can be answered in the light of Marxist ~hilosophy is shown in a new book Idea-Men of Today" by Vincent E. Smith, published here by the Bruce Publishing company. Dr. Smith is on the philosophy faculty of the University of Notre Dame and is editor of New Scho- lasticism, philosophical quarterly. His book is a study of the "eold l war of ideas," of the basic philo- sophical conflict from which many of the pressing problems of the modern world spring. He explains today's conflict between East and West in terms of the opposition b e t w e e n traditional Christian thought and Marxist philosophy, a combination of Hegelian dialectics and materialism. Communist lies and doubletalk, which have led to much present confusion' over ,,the meaning,, of such words as democracy and "freedom," have their roots in Marxism's denial of basic philoso- phical ~principles, Dr. Smith as- serts. Western man, he says, has always insisted on the validity of the principle of non-contradiction, that is, that a thing cannot "be" and "not be" at the same time. But the Marxist denies this principle and holds that matter "embodies its own opposite" and "moves be- cause it is self-contradictory." The Marxist, therefore, although holding in theory that man's con- duct is determined by economic mo- tives and in practice making him a slave, is able, on the basis of this notion of self-contradition as the supreme reality, to call his system free. For in contradicting him- self, at least in theory, the Marx- LAST HOLY YEAR BEATIFICATION l Double Tragedy Pictured in the famous "gloria" of Bernini, above the Altar of the Chair, in St. Peter's Basilica, is this official beatification painting of newly beatified, Blessed Marguerite Bourgeoys, laundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame, the last of eight beatification ceremonies of the Holy Year. (NC Photos) t M r " Hal "round up" with entertainment and S " a ~.S y refreshments. Name 31atom At the meeting on Dee. 4, the Organization Meet nominating committee will sub- . . mit a list of nominees for the Aurora--Monday evening, Dec. coming year. After the election 4, a re-organizational meeting of the Holy Name Society at St. Mary's Parish, Aurora, will take place. The men of the parish have expressed a lively interest in the: coming meeting. More than three hundred men are expected to at- tend. A recent meeting was ad- dressed by the Rev. Daniel Geo- ghegan, newly appointed assistant ist sees nothing absurd, Dr. Smith at St. Mary's, and a re-organiza- states. The close connection between tion committee appointed consist- Marxism and pragmatism, a philos-I ~g of', T. M; Coy.ne,rChan~m~ne o h ~r DtlllrOyp flk ~else ~ a p y founded in America by Char- , ".., lea Pierce and William James~ ex-~ her{my. . .... plains the subservience of Soviet At.presenb plans.are oe~ng zor- artists to the state, the author mmatea xor m~eres~mg ann pro.~- able programs. A short period will !be devoted to business; this will be followed by discussions on timely Catholic topics; meetings will Dr. Smith include John Dewey, Bertrand Russell, Freud, Bergson, Kierkegaard and Sartre, whom he groups into two schools, the sci- entific and the existentialist. claims. Marxism, he says, holds that ideas exist only as guides to practical action, that whatever has no relation to th2 practical has no existence. Thus the arts exist only for the practical purpose of ad- vancing communism, and artists who deviate from this aim are se- verely punished. Other philosophers discussed by THE WISCONSIN CHEESE MART, Inc. OPEN SUNDAYS AND EVENINGS HOME FRUIT JUICES MADE FROM REAL FRUIT 58 KINDS OF NATURAL AGED CHEERE FREE DELIVERY 1104 NEW 1fORK Tel. |-162S AURORA Strikes htarmion Academy Priest Aurora -- The mother of Father Ernest Schnaus, O.S.B., head of the music department at Marmion Military academy, had been buried. John M. Schnaus, his father, of Jasper, Ind., and he accompanied another son of the family, Father Urban Schnaus, O.S.B., of St. An- selm's priory, Washington, D. C., to the raih'oad depot. Father Ur- ban boarded the train. The train had barely left the station when Mr. Sehnaus collapsed. The heart attack was fatal. Mr. Sehnaus died with his son, Father Ernest, at his side. The agent at the next station was notified of Mr. Schnaus' death and Father Urban returned imme- diately to Jasper. On Friday, Nov. 24, Father Ern- est offered the solemn Mass of Requiem in St. Joseph's church, Jasper, for his deceased father. The previous Monday, Nov. 20, the funeral Mass of his mother had been offered in St. Joseph's church. On April 9, 1949, Mr. and Mrs. Schnaus were in an automobile ac- cident. Mr. Schnaus recovered rap- idly. Mrs. Schnaus was seriously injured and for more than a year was a complete invalid. Father Urban Schnaus offered the Mass for his mother; Father Ernest of- fered the Mass for his father. May their souls rest in peace. Aurora Sodality Plans Christmas Party Aurora---Plans for the annual -- I I r AURORA MONUMENT CO. Memorials of Artls~ic Beauty ond Permanence Complete Service Anywhere Albert H. Johnson 727-729 South Lincoln Ave. AI. L goyce AURORA, ILL. OFFICE PHONE 2-3045 .... 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Magazine Makes Bow In New Size, Format St. Louis --(NC)-- The Histor- ical Bulletin, quarterly of the Saint Louis University history depart- ment, has made its appearance in a new size and format with the current issue. A little larger than the popular magazine size, the Bulletin con- tains a new editorial feature, a sec- +tion listing all books in medieval, modern and American history pub- lished or announced since the pre- vious issue as an aid to teachers. The Bulletin is edited by the Rev. Lowrie J. Daly, S.J. ST. JOSEPH-MERCY HOSPITAl. Aurora, Illinois An accredited School of Nnrsinl eon- dueled by the Sisters of Mercy. Four years Hish fiehool required. Next clmm geptember 1. If Interested, write SJgter Superintendent of Nurses at once. Christmas party of the Sanctuary sodality of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish are complete. Wed- nesday evening, Dec. 6, in the: church hall. a potluck supper will l be held at 6 p.m. Mrs. O. A. Paw- lowic and Mrs. E. W. Weise are l co-chairmen for the evening. Mem- bers of the sodality unanimously] voted to replace the annual grab-I bag with suitable gifts from each[ member for children in St. Vin-~ cent's Home at Freeport. Newly-elected officers for 1951 are: President, Mrs. Theodore Mal- ley; treasurer, Mrs. John All; financial secretary, Mrs. C. L. Flinn. Retiring ofli(.ers are: Presi- dent, Mrs. Leon I,ies; treasurer, Mrs. Theodore Malley; financial secretary, 3h's. ttugo Grahn. Aurora School Auxiliary Annual Potluck Dec. 5 Aurora--The ladies of Madonna high school auxiliary will meet Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the school auditorium. A potluck supper at 6 o.m. will feature this annual Christmas party of the auxiliary. The senior mothers are in charge for the evening and ask all the members of the auxiliary to bring a gift for exchange and to be ~rom0t for the 6 p.m. dinner. 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