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PAGE 4 THE GUARDIAN, JANUARY 3, 1969 J Qui Vive?. by The Sentry Population Explosion? The fact that this is an era of contradictions is too obvious to need proof. On the one hand we are told that the birth rate must be reduced while on the other the life span has been greatly increased. According to a doctor who headed a symposium on the subject of birth control at the University Medical Center recently, "The de- sirablility and need for a large family is gone." This opinion is by no means general. It is true that there are occasions when married couples may make use of legitimate means in spacing the births of their children, when they have good and valid reasons for doing so. Medical research has succeeded in discovering means to prolong lives of people in many instances far beyond the biblical allotment of three score years and ten. This is not an unmixed blessing, because many of these old people are obliged to live in rest homes either because their children are unable to care for them in their homes or neglect to do so. Again in many instances the elderly people just go on existing and know little of what goes on around them. Certainly life gives them little pleasure. Again many of them live so long that they spend all their available funds and must depend upon charity. Despite these facts the doctor mentioned above said that "Medicine had provided an almost unbelievable death control, now it has become necessary to provide birth control." The medical men give no sound reason why the elderly should live longer and why babies should not be allowed to live at all. After all, people are not bern for this world but for the next. Babies haven right to be born and to be given a chance to get to heaven. At the same time that we read of the so-called population explosion and the assertion that unless positive means are taken to control the population we shall run out of food, one wonders if such calamity howlers ever heard of God, the Divine Provider as He is described in Psalms 492 and 64. in these Psalms the Lord speaks of His ability to provide for any and all needs. He multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed a curious crowd that followed Him. Is it not reasonable to suppose that He will provide for all the human beings whose immortal souls He creates? What about the enormous amount of food that is provided for dogs, cats and other pets. It is a fact that the people of this nation spend annually two and one-half times more money for dog and cat food than they do for baby food. While millions are living in poverty, ac- cording to President Johnson, we have a dog and cat population that is living in luxury. Furnishingfoodfor them and for other pets has become a gigantic industry in this land of alleged poverty. If any one doubts this assertion just take a look at the special departments in your food stores and see what well-fed dogs and cats are eating. There are 730 million pets to be fed in this nation at an annual cost of $821- million. With all this rich-in-calories-food available for unnecessary pets, how can anyone say that we can't afford to feed more babies or provide enough food for them? There was a time when the pets were fed with the offals from the tables which now are wasted in our over- flowing garbage cans. How can anyone dare deprive potential human beings of a chance to enjoy eternal happiness, without some very serious reason? Honor Societg Launches National Drive for Federal Tuition Grants Columbus, Ohio (NC) -- A nat- ional Catholic women's organiza- tion has launched a campaign for state and federal tuition grants to students attending independent colleges. Kappa Gamma Pi, honor society of Catholic women's college grad- uates, cited "spiraling costs and declining enrollment in the na- finn's independent colleges-- many of them Catholic," as the basic reasons for the campaign. The society is enlisting its 14,000 members to take partinthe drive "to even the academic score between publicly financed state universities and the private inde- pendent colleges." Coordinating the campaign in Ohio is the Columbus chapter of Kappa Gamma Pi, with a com- mittee headed by Mrs. William H. Thorne. She pointed out that the average tuition at a state-fi- nanced college in Ohio is $500, compared wRh $1,200 to $2,000 at private colleges. Under the society's proposal, grants from state or federal sour- cos would equalize the tuition dif- ference by granting to the pri- vate college student the amount of the difference, thus enabling him to be free of economic pressure in choosing his college. Mrs. Thorne cited a recent study of Ohio college costs made by the East Ohio Gas Company of Cleveland, which showed that a four-year college education in Ohio costs more than $10,000 for astu- dent attending a private college and a little less than $6,000 for one attending a state-supported col- lege. A statement from national Kap- pa Gamma Pi headquarters ack- nowledged that the tuition dif= ference is not the only reason for the trend toward enrollment in- creases at state colleges and de- clines at independent colleges. Higher rates of state support, together with the availability of federal funds to large universi- ties, the statement indicated, "have enabled these institutions to raise faculty salaries and improve facilities on a scale with which it is increasingly difficult for private colleges to compete." A Perplexing Problem Increasing Crime Rate Faces New Administration Washington (NC)-- Crime in the nation, which was a talking point in the recent national elec- tions, will be a problem for the new administration which takes office here on Jan. 20. It can't be referred to simply as "crime in the streets" or "crime in the cities." Crime, it is reliably reported, is in- creasing just about everywhere in the country. A report by the Federal Bur- eau of Investigation says there was a 19 percent increase in crime during the first nine months of 1968, as compared with the January-September figures for 1967. Violent crimes, as a group, increased 21 percent. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, whom President-elect Richard M. Nixon has asked to stay on in his administration, called particular attention to the fact that, on a nationwide basis, robbery offen- ses continued a sharp upward trend with armed robbery up 37percent. Street robberies, he said, were up 37 percent for the first nine months of 1968, service station robber- ies were up 31 percent, busi- ness house robberies up 28 per- cent, chain store robberies up 20 percent, and robberies in resi- dences up 19 percent. He also noted that firearms were used in 65 percent of all the murders committed in the first nine months of this year, and that the use of firearms in serious assaults rose 26 percent in that period. Pocket-picking, an offense not heard of as much as purse- snatching these days, was up 25 percent, while purse-snatch- ing was up 42 percent. Shop- lifting, against which merchants have been complaing more and more of late, increased 12percent. Thefts of articles from auto- mobiles rose 21 percent. Burglary is still growing in volume. Burglaries committed in residences at night were up 19 percent. Burglaries committed in residences during daytime rose 24 percent. Burglaries in non-residences at night increas- ed 10 percent, and in the day- time, 25 percent. Each region of the country re- ported increases in all crime classifications -- northeastern states, 25 percent; north cen- trai states, 16percent; southern states, 17 percent; and western states, 19 percent. For the crime of murder, the increases were more nearly the same for all sections of the country -- north- eastern states, 16 percent; north central states, 12 percent; south- ern states, 15 percent; and western states, 17 percent. Thefts of automobiles were up 28 percent in the northeast- ern states: 19 percent in the north central states, 17 percent in the southern states, and 20 percent in the western states. In cities with populations of 250,000 or more, the average increase in crime was 21 percent. Introducing Arkansas Seminarians A freshman at Holy Trinity Seminary of the University of Dallas, Texas, Mike is a son of Albert R. and Betty L. (Owen) Aureli of Route 3, Box 38, Pine Bluff, Ark. He was born February 14, 1950 and attended St. Jospeh's Elementary School, Dial Junior High School and Pine Bluff High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. Mike also was president of the Pine Bluff C.Y.O. He enjoys all sports and currently is on the seminary football team. During summer vacations, he works for a mobilehomes sales company. Mike is Freshman Social Representative at Holy Trinity and is majoring in humanities. He has two sisters, Sandra and Dora, both 20, and two brothers, Greg, 15, and Tom, 9. From the Editor's Desk.: | There are f few aspects L I of man's f00F--.I most specta- 00r"l cular scien- [ | tific achiev- I| ement -- or- i| biting the :I. -I moon -- that htsi have not been r thoroughly iK:V en reported by the news media!id as to the prayers offered foJ by the three astronauts. Man has looked deeper ever before into the vironment into which the Cr placed him. And a great of knowledge has been including further the existence of ural laws. By strictly observing these science has been able to put men in orbit around the return them safely to has opened for mankind the bility of one day exploring er reaches of space. The existence of natural one of the proofs of the of God. A law without a is a contradiction. Some had to establish natural that power had to be able trol everything in nature its operation in strict with the law. Otherwise would be chaos instead of o] the material realm. Another aspect of the venture that seems to caped the press is the on man's being that derive his existence in space. sees space as an infinite! But space, too, was God and it is not infinite, gardless of whether it outer boundary, it has limitations within itself. in space is not another Man, being radicated in can imagine nothing not spread itself in spacear it l him, not to occupy space #}!rd. It to be a contradiction. Buff simp was created solely for the!God, oi erial universe.  h There is an infinitely higllr at i., der of existence than that ith. ] If[lures on earth, an existence q:. espre neither by having its being[ tipased succession of instants -- L ,..t zes an nor in parts --space. D. d the P, but her man explores Mars, Saturn or Venus, l never know this higher lifee:ike a he passes from the materimY ble rn, Y Werq verse to the spiritual realrn,: _. #n qvq I  .= dical t uaJtty '. MASS GUt?:':, JANUARY our . 5 Sunday II Class i,-, , The Holy Name of Jet o d.- Mass of Feast of Epipha lepr'', 6 Monday I Class The Epiphany of Our Gloria. Creed. Preface Epiphany. 7 Tuesday IV Class Feriai Tuesday. MassofJ phany. Gloria. No Preface of the Epiphany. 8 Wednesday IV Class Ferial Wednesday. Creed. Preface of 9 Thursday IV Class Ferial Thursday. Gloria. Creed. Preface of I0 Friday IV Class Ferial Friday. Gloria. Creed. Preface of I1 Saturday IV Class Saturday of Our Lady. Preface of Blessed Mary.