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In YLree Seclion Belisious e(tion December 21, 1952 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE ROCKFORD DIOCESE VOL. XLI NO. 3u4 New ork---(Special)---Before leaving for Korea on December 17 to spend Christmas with the G.I.'s in Korea, Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, accom- panied by Dr. You Chan Yang, Koreaa Ambassador and the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edward E. Swanstrom, executive director War Relief Services, N.C.W.C., wished God-speed to the U.S. steamship Nicoline Maersk at Pier+ 2, Brooklyn. The ship is bound for Pusan, Korea, and carries 12,200 bales of clothing and shoes weighing 1,220,000 pounds; 8,000 pounds of medicinal supplies allotted to the Maryknoll Sisters Clinic in Pusan; a two-ton truck to supplement other vehicles supplied by War Relief Services---N.C.W.C. for dis- tribution of these supplies; an x- ray machine and 22,000 pounds of rice. The clothing and shoes were collected in the recent Thanksgiv- ing Clothing Campaign and it was noted that this first shipment is being made just 12 days after the close of the drive. Medicinal supplies and rice were sent by National Council of Catholic Women through "Adopt- A-Family" program for Korea. Also included in the shipment were 50,000 new garments allocat- ed to Korea through the N.C.C.W. Monsignor Swanstrom announ- ced that a boat leaving San Fran- cisco for Korea on Friday, Decem- ber 12, also carried 250,000 pounds of clothing and shoes collected in parishes on the west coast and 87,000 pounds of rice and food p a c k a g e s collected through N.C.C.W. Dr. You Chan Yang, when asked about the situation in Korea, said: "I have this to say to the Ameri- can public: The challenge is to help the pitiful plight of Koreans so hopelessly under the yoke of communism. "Far and foremost, as far as ma- terial and all other useful imple- ments from the United States are concerned, Catholic people of America have been far ahead in this emergency. With winter on in Korea, everybody has been talking about something they hoped to do, At National Meeting Denver--(NC)--The National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. has de- clared that government aid to parochial schools would be a "devastating blow to the publi school system" and violate the principle of separation of church and state. , , But the council, which claims to represent nearly 35 million persons affiliatea with 30 Protestant and Eastern Orthodox sects, said also that the philosophy of secularism must not be allowed to gain control of the public schools. The group made these points in "a let- ter to the Christian people of J kmerica" adopted during the final! business session of its five-day )iennial general assembly here. In many respects, the 3,000-word message paralleled that issued by the American Catholic Bishops whereas War Relief Services has promised--and is keeping its promise--about something they will do. We are eternally grateful for the wonderful cooperation we have received from Catholics in the United States." following their annual meeting in schools should accept the respon- Washington last month. The sibility to provide full support for national council warned that "our culture is in danger of becoming pagan," and said that to offset this trend, "religion must be placed at the heart of higher education." "We cannot admit .... " the group declared, "that in a public system of education the state should have the unchallenged right to monopolize all the hours during which a boy or girl receives in- struction five days of the week." It went on to say, however, that "those who promote parochial an His Excellency, the Most Reverend John J. Boylan, D.D., Bishop of Rockford Extends to all the faithful of the diocese His greeting and prayerful remembrance at Mass on Christmas Day Your Bishop rejoices that in each heart on Christmas morning the Christ Child may be born anew. As the entry of the Child into the stable at Bethlehem brought the brightness of the heavens and the song of the angels, so on this Christmas Day your Bishop prays that in each one of your hearts there may again be heard the words, "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will." those schools, and not expect to receive subsidies or special privi- leges from public authorities . . . "The solution of the problem lies in loyal support of our public schools and in increasing their awareness of God, rather than in state support of parochial schools." The Catholic Bishops:hiP thhe:~ recent statement, saia t at w ell the state makes more difficult the task of parents in providing reli- gious instructions for their chil- dren in parochial schools by de- priving them of their right under the federal constitution to auxil- iary school services, "this can only be regarded as an utterly unfair and short-sighted policy." And where the Catholic hier- archy had found the public schools dangerously secularized, the Pro- testant message declared: "It is unfair to say that where religion is not taught in a public school, that school is secular or Godless. "The moral and cultural atmos- phere in a school and. the attitude, the viewpoints and the character of the teachers can be religious and exert a religious influence without religion necessarily being taught as a subject." (Origtna! Cut-Out by Sister Mary Jean Dorcy, O.P.)