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PAGE SIX THE GUARDIAN, JANUARY 15, 1943 U. S. Press Hails Pope's 11 00essage As Great Source ()f Hope For Belier Worm (By N.CW.C. News Service) A widespread, favorable and even enthusiastic reaction of the American people to the :L942 Christmas Message of His:Holi- ness Pol Plus XII marked the receptionS, in,this country o: flint solemn anr significant pronfice- men. "' '# ' In addition to giving the state- ment of His Holiness many col- umns of news space, the American Press, from coast to coast, with few exceptions among the import- ant papers, opened editorial pages to an analysis of, and commentary on, the Papal utterances. ' "A constructive and inspiring' Message" is the way the San Fran- cisco Examiner characterizes the Papal utterances. Saying that "the people of the United States gain new confidence in their cause, and new strength for it, from this Mes- sage," the Journal American de- clares that the Pope, "respected and admired and widely loved re- ligious leader, never fails to re- mind people of all races and faiths of their spiritual duties, and of the blessings dependent upon their performance. "He never fails to appeal to all the people of the world, without respect to race or faith, to forego a manner of life which is un- worthy and to accept and' sustain ideals and relationship beneficial rather than destructive to' man- kind." 'Sensible and Right! What the Pope said in his Mes- sage, declares the New York Daily Mirror, "is so sensible and right that it ought to be studied by all thoughtful men who are looking forward to the establishment of a peace that will be difficult tO de- vise and hazardous to maintain." '"A man great in courage and' in, teUect speaks" in the Message, the paper adds, saying that "perhaps no other man can command such an audience." "Particularly iri s world shattered and divided by war," the Mirror asserts, "a world in which there is yet no hope of  peace, few voices are as powerful as the voice of this speaker, His Holiness Pope Pins XII, spiritual  leader of th world's 340,00.0000 Roman' Catholics.' ........, In an editorial on the Mesage, the Brooklyn Citizen says "it is comforting to know that in this world of turmoil there stands such a rock of common sense as Pope Pins." "Even while cannons roared on the battlefields and bombers dropped their devastating loads on targets below," says the Citizen, "the clear, calm voice of the head of the Roman Catholic Church was heard above the tu- mult, preaching the Christmas gospel of peace and calling for a better world based on the right of the individual to work and enjoy he fruits of labor and the main- tenance of the family in a state of material and moral health." The paper also says that represent- ing "a church that has been in ex- istence for nearly 2,000 years, the Pope is able to see clearly through the fog that obscure's man's vision." The Pope's message was "a rea- soned and tolerant yet resolute plea for justice for the common man in every part of the world," the Chi- cago Times declares, while George E. Sokolsky, in the St, Louis Globe- Democrat, calls it "an inspirational revolutionary document lighting for all mankind the eternal light of hope for the individual." Saying the Pope avoids "philisophical confusion," Mr. Sokolsky points out that the Pontiff "states the human freedoms in the simplicity of an everlasting morality." The Catholic Church he adds, "has had a long experience with human vagaries and it has learned that morality centers in the home--not in the church and' surely not in the State." For this reason, the writer stresses, "the Church so em' phasizes the family," as does the Pope in his Message. Promises 'Brighter Tomorrows' The Cleveland News views the Pope's statement as "a simple THE Imitation of Christ by Thomas A KemDts 410 pgqe 3 1-2 x S Inches (Edition Without Reflections) Translated from the original Latin by the Rt. key. Richard Challoner, D.D. With Appen- dix containing Prayers for Mass and other devotions. Clear Type on India paper. No. M4 fruit. Leather, limp cover, sold side, round corners, red edges ...................... $1.80 No. 306 American Seal Leather, limp cover, gold edses ......... $2.00 Order from The Guardian formula for peace" and as offer- ing "a hopeful vision of the world of tomorrow." "It seeks to pro- claim the end of the era of social injustices of man toward his fel- low man," the paper declares. "ltIis Holiness has always been deeply conscious of the social in- justices of this modern world and he expresses the hope that these may be ended." The Pontiff's voice, the News concludes, "can barely be heard above the din of war today, but his message gives to the world the promise of a brighter tomorrow." '"The world will be a better place for the words of a great Christian and statesman," com- ments the Peoria, Ill., Star, while its local contemporary, the Jour- nal-Transcript, asserts that "the whole of the Christian world is grateful to His Holiness for cour- ageous words, for hopeful words upon a vital question." The Pope's avoidance of direct allusion to any belligerent strengthens rather than weakens the application of his Message "to underlying issues of th war," de- clares the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot saying "it is the impious deed that Pope Plus denounces," the "doer of the deed" being "left to the identification of those who read the deed's description." The Passaic, N.J., Herald-News says the Pope "gave the people of the world much solid food for hard thinking," and the Wilkes Barre, Record states that "the just and decent peace of which the Pope so earnestly and profoundly spoke is one which, if the people of the United States have their way, the United Nations will never waver in championing." , Peace Efforts Unabating While "a lonely voice in the gloom that envelops Europe," it was "a voice that rang clearly and :stirringly" and "carried with it the hope of all men of goodwill wherever they may be, for a bet- ter world" says the Sharon, Pa., Herald, commenting on the Papal words. "It would be shallow to regard the Pontiff's words mere- ly as his perennial holiday sea- son call for peace," the editorial continues. "He never has halted his efforts, not only to prevent war, but to stop it. That these, so far, have fallen on barren ground cannot be construed as a reflec- tion on his efforts; it is that the nations, and the men who have grown hard and unkind have not vet run their span of evil. While Pope Plus has reiterated to a large degree what he has said before, it is noteworthy that his declara- tions have become more forceful with each season." "It was a Christmas message of courageous idealism and hearten- ing hopes, in which all men of good will, whatever personal approach they may make, can join," asserts the Saratoga Springs, N. Y., Sara- toglan, with the Uttica, N. Y., Ob- server-Dlslmteh declaring the Pope appealed to "'the conscience ot the world' in an eloquent Christ- mas plea for peace." Such an appeal of the Pope, de- clares the Chattanooga, Tenn., New Free Press, "was far-sighted and worthy of his great position," adding that "if his advice were followed, the war clouds soon would be chased from the world." "Those are stirring words from one of the world's greatest spirit- ual leaders. May they hasten the ace for which we all pray." us comments the Syracuse, N.Y. Post-Standard, and the Hunting- ton, L. I., Long Islander says of the Message that "not in our time has a more significant utterance been made," for "it can truly be said that his was the authentic voice of Christianity speaking to the conscience of all humans re- gardless of race, creed or condi- !tion of servitude." "Christmas itself stands as a challenge to these modern pagans who have brought disaster upon us," the' editorial adds. "Yet nothing more clearly demonstrates their impot- ence to stop the progress of the Christian ideal than this voice reaching out through the ring of hatred-inspired zealots to briDg to the world again the age-old story of hope inspired by the Babe in the manger at Bethlehem." 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When the prince returned, the royal pater discovered that, according to his way of thinking, he had made a grievous mistake by letting the boy go. A few minutes after the escorting caravan arrived, the young man proudly presented himself to his anxiously waiting father. When the son approached the royal throne, the old man's eyes grew big in consternation, and he cried out: "How dare you to come into my august presence all dressed up?" The young man wore the usual loincloth, but, besides 1 that, he was adorned with a / kept incanCheCkbe successfullyand under control. rabbit's foot on a silver chain, I This accom- a pair of celluloid cuffs and a i plished' Freudists and other ani- stovepipe hat. i malistically inclined scientists to This incident brings up the ques- / the contrary notwithstanding. tion: When is a person properlyHwever, the grace of God and dressed? There are two essential conditions to be kept in mind in human attire: protection and comfort of the body and the safe- guarding of the soul's health. A general and accepted style of nudity does not, as a matter of fact, militate against good morals. This can be attested by conditions among wild tribes in blazing-hot Africa, where morality is on a much higher plane than in Paris, formerly the world's fashion source. Sex difference beyond the child stage should always be modestly shielded. This makes for charm, especially in women. It is even observed as a fundamen- tal among the savages. Slacks and shorts and bathing suits may be all right in the pri- vacy of the family, but abbreviated garments in public denote only lack of a refined soul. Custom and the vogue are no excuse for ex- treme dress or undress, because these daring departures from de- cency have been invented by Satan himself. 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An old masculine saying, commenting on the way women dress, ran thus: '"As you show, so shall we peep." Women should, at all times, study to be dressed attractively, but they ought never to aim to be attired temptingly. In the first in- stance, they do God's bidding; in the latter, they work hand-in-glove with the devil. No refined girl with a sound and healthy mind will do it, custom or no custom. If you still think that hese ideas are old-fashioned and out of order, then answer this: Why do not brides walk up the middle aisle in slacks; why are maidens, snatched away fr.om their dear ones in the bloom of life, not buried' in shorts? Answer: Be- cause it wouldn't look right. Why not? Because it is not done in polite society. These are the only replies and explanations that can be given. Still, a mentally honest person has to grant, irrespective of his modern views on the subject, that a living bride or a maiden's corpse in a seminude gown would be less offensive to God and not so harmful to man. Wise, sensible women will dress decorously, to be attractive. Only the right kind of men are worth attracting. Therefore, do not sell your soul to the devil to gain the body of a roue. : It is preferable to have all the world against us, rather than to have Jesus offended with us. Amongst all who are dear to us, let Jesus alone be specially be- loved. (By N.C.W.C. News Service) States legislatures is not an Washington .--Relief from the great evil of divorce, which has "practically made a farce of American marriage," is to be found only in complete uniform- ity of standards in the divorce laws of the 48 States, the Rev. Dr. Ed- gar Schmiedeler, O.S.B., Director of the Family Life Bureau, Na- tional Catholic Welfare Confer- ence, declared in a statement is- sued here I " . ! The Amemcan Bar Association, Dr. Schmiedeler said, owes it to the nation to set in motion a cam- paign not only for greater uni- formity in divorce laws but for ;"higher standards under which 'the sacredness of the marital re- lationship will be recognized and safeguarded in the interest of na- tional welfare." His statement prompted by the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court unholding the validity of Nevada's lax di- vorce laws in all the States, Dr. Schmiedeler said he recognized, of course, that there is only one fundamental remedy for the evil of divorce--"and that is no divorce whatever." "American divorce has practical- ly made a farce of American mar- riage," Dr. Schmiederler said. "It has become d scandal to the rest of the world. "And now comes a decision of the Supreme Court in a recent case bidding fair to make matters still worse. "The most deplorable effect of the decision probably .will be to encourage a trend in the direction of lax standards in State divorce laws. In effectas Justice Jack- son stated in his dissenting opinion it 'repeals the divorce laws of all the States and substitutes the law of Nevada' in the case of all marriages where the husband or wife 'can afford a short trip there.' Demoralizing Decision "The able Justice said more--a good bit more, in fact. For ex- ample, he said that the majority opinion in the case was a 'de- mpralizing decision.' He said fur- thermore: 'If the Court's decision is carried to its logical conclusion, a State could grant a construc- tive domicile for divorce purposes upon the filing of some sort of declaration of intention,' and ad- ded, 'then it would follow that we would be required to accept it as sufficient and to force all States to recognize mail-order divorces as well as tourist divorces. Indeed, the difference is in the bother and expense--not in the principle of the thing.' "Still, the decision stands. It is a 6 to 2 decision. Justice Mur- phy joined Justice Jackson in dis- senting. Relief is to be found only in complete uniformity of stand- ards in divorce laws. To achieve uniformity in legislation by 48 possible undertaking. for that purpose exists in American Bar Association. ing the confusion that seems inevitable consequence of the preme Court decision that lion owe. it to the tmtion to tiate a movement not alone greater uniformity in divorce but for higher standards which the sacredness of the tal relationship will be and safeguarded in the interest national welfare. Such a ment would have powerful port. "It would seem that the American people will matters go on as they have going, or even go to lengths as a result of the decision. The 1937 estimate divorces in the United States 250,000--a quarter of a one year. The figure is even higher now because of disturbed war conditions and many hurried marriages that taken place the past two years. Lesson From France "France might well teach lesson or two in regard to the ter of divorce  poor France, which we are so help. Like ourselves, France let serious evils undermine family life. But unlike she has admitted that the of her family life has been real cause of her downfall. shal Petain pointed to this repeatedly. Just within the month, General de Castelnau issued a denunciation of laws customs aimed at destroying Christian family and branded vorce as one of the primary of the French disaster. He cut against 'legislators and accomplices who have into French legislation the ciple of divorce and against singular facilities, accorded, on the eve of her downfall, to misguided element which kept sisting on their application.' disclosed that tendencies at time--just before the of unoccupied ened the hope that soon might be in France a dence that would pay due to the essential laws of marriage and called upon the ple to carry on 'with preserverance and confidence campaign undertaken to rid legislation of the cancer of so harmful to the dignity, ity and stability of the home.' "One of the first steps Pertain's Vichy Government to make the securing of a much more difficult than ly. 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