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PAGE EIGHT "QUI VIVE?" (Continued from page 1) we had to have an Armegeddon to shake us loose from our stupid complacency. It looks that way. It is to be hoped that when peace comes that we shall not return to the evil practices that brought on the war. Dorothy Thompson is one of those columnists, who blow hot and cold. One day they come up with some almirable deduction and the next they are far from the beaten track. Recently Doro- thy had one of her good days. She pointed out, whether by accident or design, the very essence of our modern trouble. It is, in short, that religion is something In the lives of aost of our peopi that is a thing apart. It is a Sunday dress that is discarded during the week days. She says that while we have "an imposing priesthood and pas- torate and vast institutions for worship and for charity, yet the Christian Idea is estranged from the characteristic and directing institutions of our civilization. It does not govern in the field of econondcs, of international rela- tions and education. They are secular and mundane." The Chris- /Jan ideals and morals are left in the churches. It is considered re- spectable to belong to a church. Americans go in for that sort of Udng. It is like belonging t o a reputable club or fraternity. Af- ter all, Christ came upon earth to show men the way to heaven by His teaching and example. He established a Church and a very exacting code of morality. He did not expect that His followers would choose from among His command- ments the Ones that they thought were nice and convenient mad would' discard the others. He did not tell His teachers to Stress the second commandment, but to gloss over the sixth. He taught, and His church still teaches, that the Decalogue governs all the activities of men. Economics mttt be gov- erned by Ethics, even though mod- em educators deny this. In- dividuals and nations must deal Justly with one a4aother. The sanctity of marriage must be up- held. The mother's place is in the home, government authoriza- tion to the contrary, notwithstand- ing. The Blessed Virgin looked after the home. St. Joseph earn- ed the living for the Holy Family. No force of arms can make the world sate for democracy. The Ten Commandments can do this. Religion must govern men's lives in economics, lit social relations and in international laws. Only In this way can freedom be pre- served. FILIPINOS' (Continued from page 1) myrrh and gold to offer to our God and King. But, instead of incense we offer fervent prayers; instead of myrrh we offer tears from penitential eyes; and though we have no gold, we offer Thee, O God, our broken hearts which we pray Thee to accept and hold most precious in Thy sight for our eternal weal, and meritorious to gain on earth the blessing of jus- tice for the minds of men, char- ity for the hearts of men, and peace for all the children of men." Receive Navy Merit Award Flushing, N. Y.(E)--Leo W. Clif- ford, who received a Congressional citation for bravery during the at- tack on Pearl Harbor, has been awarded the Navy "E" button for meritorious service. He is a mas- ter craftsman employed in the U. S. Navy Yard at Pearl Harbor. His wife and child are residents o St. Mary's parish here. mr l l Fentress Mortuap/ !.'  .,,...,.... :-, .:..,': ,:..,:.. The Only Establishment In Western Arkansas designed, built and dedi- cated exclusively for Funeral Serv. Ices. PHONE 6178 D I MOTHER LOVE for C H M R O 1 T S H T E I R A S N Size 4 x S 1-2 Inches NEW and REVISED Edition A manual for Christian Mothers entirely re-written with in- structions of the Arch-Confra- ternity Christian M o t h e r s. Printed on thin text paper. Round Corners. The prayer- book that every mother should have. No. F001 Black Cloth red edges $1.7S No. 3501 American Seal Loather, red under gold edges ....... $2.50 No, 7501 Real Morocco Lsather, red under gold edges ........ $3.S0 Order from The Guardian European Catholics Fear Air Attack On Rome Vaictan City. (-- Speculation and a certain anxiety continue among European Catholics regard- ing the eventual aerial bombard- ment of Rome, it is indicated by widely echoed comments in Ca- tholic and non-Catholic publica- tions. Typical of the latest comment is the observation the Protestant Tribune of Lausamne, Switzerland, which says: Soldier's Inquiry I About Mass Richmond, Va. (E)--An editorial which appeared in the Christmas Day issue of The Richmond New Leader, secular daily, had as its subject a soldier's attendance at Christmas Mass. The editorial follows: Mster, can you tell me where the Catholic church is?" He was a soldier. That much you could see through the engulfing fog and darkness. When you walked to his automobile to give him direc- tions, you saw that he was in his late 20s and that he was driving a Georgia car. His voice was in- telligent; his answers were polite. You told him to turn from Belvi- dere into Franklin. and then to skirt the park till he came to the cathedral. Then you watched him drive off in fog so thick that he was out of sight before he was opposite the old Travers house. It was not then 5 o'clock. Had that boy driven from Camp Lee or from Bellwood or from nearer guard duty? You did not know, but you pictured him as he found the ca- thedral, and mounted the steps and opened the door, and then, in the familiar light of the altar, bow- ed in his prayers. You had no right to ask him for whom he pray- ed. That was too sacred even for your silent musing in the darkness. You could permit your- self the warming thought of the pride that boy's Christian parents would have had in him if they had known that he areused him- self and drove perhaps for miles through a dangerous fog in the blackest of a Christmas Eve to go to church and tO say the prayer he had learned at his mother's knees. Knowledge of that would have been the sweetest Christmas gift those parents could have re- ceived." "An attack against Rome would have the profoundest repercus- sions among Catholics throughout the world. The Holy See, while not abandoning the neutrality im- posed upon it by circumstances, would find more difficulty in main- taining the balance of its equili- brium in the midst of belligerent nations, as it has been able to do hitherto." Catholics generally, recognizing the justice of the earlier concern manifested regarding Athens, with its important symbolic value in the history of human thought, and regarding Cairo, center of Moham- medan culture, having high moral significance in the eyes of mil- lions of followers of Islam, feel that Rome merits equal considera- tion. Rome embraces not only sovereign neutral Vatican City but the whole city is considered as the common heritage of Christians, sanctified by the blood of count- less martyrs, and the center of their spiritual life. In Vatican circles there is no confiznation of international press reports regarding alleged initia- tive on the part of the Holy See to have Rome recognized as an "open city." There is complete calm in Vati- can City. No precautions have been taken for the protection of the artisic treasures of the Vatican and its various buildings scattered about Rome. .: PEACE PLAN (Continued from page 1) man rights, human dignity, and neighborliness; the mistake has been made "of confusing the means for the end in our social living and aspirations." Primary Pernicious Error Archbishop Stritch said the totalitarian systems represent the climactic denial of the intrinsic unity of the human race, which, he said, the Pope places "as the first of the pernicious errors in our world." The Archbishop added that "essential human unity does not mean that we must destroy sane nationalism with rightful sov- ereignty and independence but that we must fit them into the fact of human solidarity." Statism, the Archbishop went on, "talks about efficiency in gov- ernment and forgets the first ob- jective of all government, the common good," declaring that "the American Revolution was a pro- test against arbitrary encroach- ments of the civil authority on the rights of individuals, and we know the jealous precautions exercised in the framing of our Constitution," Citing the necessary, social con- THE GUARDIAN, JANUARY 8, 1943 ABSOLUTioN-oN-THE-scENE 0F-BATTLE Bearded and Jungle.worn as the fighting men to whom he brings spiritual consolation, Father Stephen J, Dzlenis (right), of Detroit, Army Chaplain, gives absolution to a group of United States trooRs!, before they went into battle In the Bung area of New Gu/nea. INP photo. (N.C.W.C.). cepts of human rights, dignity and which is impossible without the Archbishop said. "We have gone neighborliness, Archbishop Stritch said "human rights" are founded in "our rational nature and the fact of God," while human dig- nity "has its roots in our very ra- tional nature and free will," al- though "as a clear social concept it broke upon the world from the Cross of Calvary." Neighborliness, he added, also "came to us from the Cross" and in that concept "we are asked to give more than mere justice to others, we are asked to give them charity." "These three social concepts which call to God and to Christ," he asserted, "are strikingly absent in the totalitarian and fascist and communist sys- tems, but they must not be for- gotten in the peace if there is to be a better day for the world when our victory comes." Justice Better Than Wealth There has been much confusion on the question of "the real rich- es in life," the Archbishop said, declaring that "to spend ourselves in the sanctification of our souls, striving for the fullest development of our talents and faculties for the good of our neighbors, is the high- est good in life." "Certainly in the new world we want an equitable distribution of wealth, a family sufficiency, economic enterprise," he added, "but the thing we want most for men is the free opportun- ity, encouragement to love the Lord their God with their whole heart, their whole mind and all their souls and their neighbor as themselves. Justice is better than millions, and charity ennobles ,ustice." The Pope's plan unfolds the 'pictlzre of a good peace, and it must be our inspiration," Arch- bishop Stritch said, adding: "If perchance the leaders of men prove unwilling to make it their ulti- mate objective, it will still be the good peace for which from van- tage points left us we shall struggle and contend." "Our country is facing its great- est historic responsibility," the out to war and we shall fight to decisive victory. At the peace- table we shall play the dominant role. The whole world looks to us for a better day. We must not disappoint our own people by los- ing the peace, and we must teach the whole world that the Stars and Stripes really mean freedom and peace and neighborliness and justice and charity. As youths in whose souls there burns an ar- dent patriotism y.ou must play your part in the winning of the war and the making of the peace. The war you will win for us, and God grant that the peace we shall make for you." Requiem Mass For Cadet Killed In Parachute Jump Brooklyn. (E)--A Requiem Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church here for Aviation Cadet Timothy F. Keane, 24, who was killed in a parachute jump while in training at Waco, I Tex. Likens Pontiff's Message to In A High Court New York.--His Holiness Plus XII, in his Christmas sage, gave a judgment that "like a verdict in a high court justice," the New York Times in an editorial. "No Christmas sermon a larger congregation than message of Pope l:'ius XII dresses to a war-torn world at season," the Times says. Christmas more than ever he lonely voice crying out of ence of a continent The whence he speaks is more ever like the Rock on which Church was founded, a tiny land lasiaod and surrounded b sea of war. In these stances, no one would expect Pope to speak as a political or in any other role than that a preacher ordained to stand' the battle, 'tied impartially,' as says, 'to all people and collaborate in any new will bring a just peace.' " The editorial adds that "just cause the Pope speaks to some sense for all the peoples war, the clear stand he takes the fundamental issues of conflict has greater weight and thority." The judgment in his teances, the paper adds, "is a verdict in a high court of jt rice." Brit[sh King Visits 'Bad Penny' Plane Los Angeles. (E)--Nicknamed "Bad Penny," an American Fortress, commanded by John B. Bruce, 24-year-old d'ena resident, has achieved fame in England that it attracted King George VI surprise visit at an English field. The plane has participated raids over Lille, St. Nazaire, Rouen and many cities of It was so nicknamed because matter how tough the ship always has come back. On the occasion of the visit of the King, who was panied by Maj. Gen. Carl SD commander of U.S. Army Forces in England, and Brig. Ira C. Eaker, head of the Command in Europe, Capt. was congratulated and the King to the members of crew. News of the royal visit was closed in a letter from Capt. to his mother Mrs. Loretta Bruse, of Pasadena. Born in ton, Ia., Capt. Bruce has in Pasadena since 1929. He tended St. Philip's School. ARKANSAS' FLAG OF Manyc"'rnanutacturmg plants througtvL,-t txe tom,try, are being rightfully awarded the Army-Navy YE" Flag. for Excellence. If there was a comparable award eligible to companies like ours, we would have long since earned it., Some 1,200 employees of this company are helping win this war--giving their all--in serving some $500,000,000.00 of War Industries with the needed power for victory., The good oM::'A. P. & L." emblem is flying in the breeze as a symbol of dependable.servi.ce to our country, s war error( and a definite pledge of our all-out effort.