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7 i:! Qui Vive? ,; ' By ! The Sentry withi pic.! HAPPY YEAR the ,: ' As the year 1961 begins, tile '[ have much for which to be grate- The ' Catholics of the United States ful. According to a report from ; ne National Catholic Welfare Conference, the Church during the past year has 'r ..... enjoyed "a ypereus it stormy" period in uus country. Because of the fact that a member ef the Catholic Church was a candidate for the presidency, the Church went through a period of very close scrutiny and to her credit and to the credit of the majority of Americans she came through with flying colors. The most gratifying part of the success of gne campaign of President Ken. nedy was that he received no assistance from the Church as such. The calumnies that were hurled at the Church were re- ceived, for the most part, in ,silence by the Church officials,  hut to the ever.  lasting credit of [i a large number i of Protestants and Jewish lead.  ors, it must be [lk( said that t h e y  took up the cud- gels against the o u n w ar r anted oentrF and Editor and, at t i m e s, Wcleus attacks that were made ..Pon ..Mr. Kennedy because of s rengion. The theory that a Catholic could not be elected to thelhighest office'within the gift .of the, American people was re- i eted. at.the polls. Even after elcuon was over some die. nard politicians and bigots at- temptefl to cast aspersions upon the votes in some areas. These slander had: no foundation in fact. It is good to be able to re- late that while the Republicans were questioning the vote in Illinois and Texas, no Demo- cratic complaint was made against the number of absentee ballots that were cast in Cali- fornia. After all it is not strange that the Catholic Church is vili. fled and calumniated by many who are outside the folu. R=ther it is a fulfillment of prophecy marie by Christ casmn ,,i , , on one oc : h" they persecute the Master, fw much more the disciple." In 7-yr. It Is because of the words nrlst used in establishing His aUrch that she comes in for so much adverse criticism. The Church always speaks with au- thivrity, the authority which was saP'" ,_o ler by Christ when He u: All power is given to Me m heaven and upon earth nA the Father hath sent Me, I sen Yi'o._Ging therefore teach all WasStO observe all things, "- a nave commanded YaWl uday2 bholl I am with you _ .. y, even unto the consum. marion of the world" This is the divine commission which stimulates the Catholic Chu to always and under all circum- stances insist upon the obser- vance of the teachings of Christ. The Catholic Church is always conscious of her mission and saa urance that she does not . -u alone, but her Founder, nrist is always present to su;i tain her and preserve her, unt the end of time. EDUCATIONAL FADS Most Americans are aware of the fact that there is a very de- cidefl rebirth in this countr of oefip.rtance of the knowlYdge ..... ',r_elgn languages. There is a .:7", uefinite need for the people - rue United States to break the 0000rier The State de . ,=t Is very much concern- etl in having everyone in the for- eign service and even all those Who are in the armed forces Proficient in such widely used laa:dgge._s as French, Spanish rman. It is certain that the knowledge of lan'uaes is a great a, ..... o as tar as ubhc rela ions a-- P " - " concerned. Dean How-: ara E. Sollenberger of the State uepartment,s Foreign' .Se,,rvice School of Languages said Lan- guage furnishes a means of eom- mmication, supnlies one of the etlmes of Understanding the culture. Lan ua e is the t00?o:00h which of ;u= me activities and beliefs tralsmi.em.ety are reflected and teu It is a tool, ave  hicle of communicatmn and -apon m diplomacy, propa- Psychological war- the Tower of Babel World conference tables, learned that lan. factor." about the and Just ed is a differences of: present time, trend to Volume L ' Official Publication of tile Diocese of Little Rock I 1 ___ J _ i LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS, JANUARY 20, 1961 New Benton Landmark THIS BEAUTIFUL new 55-foot Bell Tower, surmounted by a 15-foot aluminum crucifix, stands beside Our Lady cf Fatima Church in Benton, Ark. It will be blessed next Sunday, January 22, at 2:30 P.M. by Ills Excellency Bish- op A 1 b e r t L. Fletcher. the tower w as erected by Mrs. Dewell Gann, Jr., in memory of her late husband, Dr. Dewell Gann, Jr. It contains a 310-pound bronze bell. At the time he blesses the tower, Bishop Fletch- er also will bless the Notre Dame School; now in its second year in C, ur Lady of Fatima par- ish. Bishop to, Bless Benton's Notre Dame Scho,ol Benton--Ills Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher will bless Notre Dame School in Our Lady of Fatima parish here next Sun- day at 2:30 P.M. The school, now in its second year of operation, has four Class- rooms, furnishings for which were provided at a cost of ap- proximately $1,000 per room by Mr. arid Mrs. tarry Hastings of LittIe' R0ck, Whose donation was in memory of their daughter, Marre Sherry; Layne McCoy of Benton, McCoy-Couch Company, furniture manufacturers, and Joseph Gerard of Benton. Jack Cadelli of Fort Smith helped in making it possible to install terrazzo flooring through- out the school. Wiseman-Bland of Memphis was the architectur- al firm that designed the build- ing. Bishop Fletcher will be assist- ed during the blessing ceremony by the Benton pastor, The Rev. N. Charles McGinnis, and the IAttle Rock diocesan chancellor, i The Right Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Murray, who will serve as Mas- ter of Ceremonies. The Olivetan Benedictine Sis- ters from Holy Angels Convent, Jonesboro, staff Notre Dame School. : Inauguratlon Starts Early For Cardinal Washington, iN:) -- Richard Cardinal Cushing began iris day for the inauguration by celebrat- ing an early morning Mass here and leading the congregation in the Church's "Prayer for Civil Authorities." The Archbishop of Boston who later recited the invocation at the inauguration of President Kennedy, joined priests and Local Priests Attend CCD Workshops Five workshops, designed to help advance the work of the Confraternity of Christian Doc- trine, have been conducted this week for the clergy of the Dio- cese of Little Rock under the patronage of His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher. The Roy: George A. Levasseur C.C.D. Director of the Diocese of Lafayette, La,, presided at each of the workshops. During morning sessions, he discussed "The Priest- The Soul of the Confraterhity" and the necessity and value of the C.C.D. Execu- tive Board. " A luncheon was served each noon with Bishop Fletcher pre- siding, and .thereafter, Father Levasseur discussed how to or- ganize a parish C.C.D. and how to keep the parish confraternity active. Each daily workshop concluded with an address by Bishop Fletcher on the Lit.tle Rock diocesan, program. The f'.rsz workshop was held in LitCe Rock last Monday for priest of the Little Rock Dean- cry. On Tuesday, there was a workshop for the North Little Rok and North Central Dean- eres. On Wednesday, priests of tle Northwestern and Sub[ace Deaneries met at Fort Smith. Yesterday, there was a workshop in Hot Springs for priests of the Southwestern, Southeastern and Western Deaneries, and the final workshop is being held today in J,nesboro for the Eastern and Northeastern Deaneries. Excommunication Proclaimed For Haiti's Renegades Vatican City, (E) -- The Holy See has excommunicated all )ersons who were in any way connected with the expulsion of two prelates from Haiti by the government of President Fran- cois Dural[or. Archbishop Francois Poirier of Port au Prince was expelled from that Caribbean country on November 24 and has returned to his native France. I-to has de- nied as "absolutely false and ut- faithful in his own archdiocese, those in the nation's capital and those in many otimr areas in petitioning for God's guidance of the new Chief Executive. The Cardinal offered his Mass in the National Shrine of the hn- maculato Conception. The prayer he recited was com- posed in the late 18th century by Bishop John Carroll, first Bishop of Baltimore and the first f(reign languages ,, schools in this Bishop of the American Hierar- terly Without foundation the are certain chy. See HAITI in Page 5 cedure. In venture _may t! i needed for o' ''---,,,cts Likeso 2 dA IL" g" IM " arts uua ' er school ubjects once n nnua ifur Ica LISIC' -- langutge of a fore,g- fO M ch 5 WO k h S regular , et r ar .... its attraction:__Le; r s o p .rc, _a ,nderstanu a speaK anu,: ,ractical language ."/;.," School ayetteville -- With the ap- workshop will be similar to the is not strmt.'. 0val of Kis Excellency Bishop one held last year. There will The united St? r/rn [bert L. Fletcher, the Newman be programs pertaining to chant, presentsc }-ie'inn,,-- California. mndation of the Univeisity of Latin, Latin pronunciation, or- aansas will sponsor its second gan, vocal production, basic con- guage ,,e ordinary s mual Liturgical Music Work ducting and Holy Week services. ontrast to 'iass for one he chedule O Vweek. The Arl on Sunday, March 5, at the our says . -,ass hours a d )ax Center in Fayetteville. Details concerning the work- ;:chool has slimY;ok, plus th] a part of the Center's shop will be announced in The l program and an ef-I Guradian as soon as final plans ve says a :d e studY plus field: ]elp provide additionall are formulated. Inquiries con- eglu!itdui: lt:Ueeaa h to parisheSls nowfbeingtlX Dip-for./cerning the worksimp may be di- e ra--, rgram I rected to Dr. Catherine F. Mc- Hugh, Fine Arts Center, Music ee QUI vIVI on pug i llait, =u, and the planning corn-iDepmitment University of Ark- [ -=e Wfll ineet February 5. The l ansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas. II ) I NO. 3 10,510 Enrolled in Arkansas Cathol!c L:ittTS:o:fk Sc:ho, ols; Record Total Seen Stabil,z,ng 305 West Second W:th the approval of His Excellency, the Most Rev- erend Bishop, the Very Rev. erend Vernon F. Gallagher, C.S.Sp., Provincial of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost, announces the follow- ing clerical appointment Rev. Joseph F. Rengers, C.S.Sp., Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph's Parish, Conway, Arkansas. By order of the Bishop: Right Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Murray Chancellor Catholic View Of MRA,Made Unmistakable (N.C.W.C. News Service) The Catholic attitude toward the Moral Rearmament move- ment has been emphatically clarified in important Church documents recently released in various parts of the world. The documents make it amply clear that priests and religious are forbidden to participate in Moral Rearmament meetings without special permission of the Holy See and that the Catholic laity is discouraged from taking an active part in the movement. The documents issued by the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office--the Vatican body en- trusted with safeguarding Cath- olic faith and morals--reinforce the condemnation of the Moral Rearmament movement made by numerous Catholic prelates dat- ing back to 1938, when the late Cardinal Arthur Hinsley, Arch- bishop of Westminster, England, forbade Catholics to take an ac- tive part in the movement. At that time the Cardinal con- demned .the MRA in these words: Tainted "The movement is so tainted with indifferentism, i.e., with the error that one religion is as good as another, that no Catholic may take any active part therein or formally cooperate therewith." This warning was repeated in 1946 by the hierarchy of England md WMes. Other cautions on the move- merit were issued by His Emi- nence Josef Cardinal Frings, Archbishop of Cologne, in 1950; the late Cardinal lldefonso Schu- ster, Archbishop of Milan, in 1952; Itis Eminence Ernest Car- dinal Van Roey, Archbishop of Malines, on behalf of the Bel- gian tfierarchy in 1952, and this year the hierarchies of the Phil- ippines and Ceylon. Fhe Moral Rearmament move- ment. also known as the Oxford Groui) movement, and as Buch- man[sin, was launched by Dr. Frank Buchman, a Lutheran minister, in 1909 at Princeton, N.J. It professes not to be a new religion but aspires to reform 'the world through the propaga- tion of what are called the "four absohites"; absolute honesty, ab- solute purity, absolute unselfish- hess and absolute love. 'Team Sharing' To achieve their goal of "re, making the world," the MRA followers lean heavily on what they consider the "ever-present guidance" of the Holy Spirit and on "team sharing"--a kind of public confession of religious ex- periences and past sins. in recent months Bishops in various parts of the world have released a definitive judgment on the movement made by the Congregation of the Holy Office, August 8, 1951. Sent to Bishops througimut the world for their guidance, the do- cument reads: "The Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office has been asked whether it is fitting that the clergy and members of religious communities should take part in the reunions and meetings of Moral Rearmament. '"lheir Eminences the Cardi- nals and the priests of this Sac- red Congregation, in a plenary See MRA on Pag e 5 Father-Daughter Fete Set at Mount Little Rock --The annual Father-Daughter Banquet will be held at Mount SL Mary's Academy next Sunday start- ing at 6 P.M. in the auditor- ium. His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher will speak. Pastors of all Greater Little Rock parishes have been invited. ., I iiii iii I i -- Journey in The Rain His Holiness Pope John XXllI is seen through the rain.spat. tered window of his limosine as he rides on his way to visit the headquarters of the Sacred Congregation of the Eastern Churc h . The Pontiff started his new year with a series of visits to the Sacred Congregations, which are the equivalent to ministries in a civil government. (NC Photo) Pope Tells Consistory Of Fears for Education Vatican City, (E)--His Holiness Pope John XXllI voiced concern over restrictions on Catholic schools in parts of the world as be'addressed a secret consistory to azinounce formally the names of four new cardinals. The new Princes of the Church are Joseph Cardinal Ritter, Arch- Cardinal Speilman Hits Public School Aid Proposal New York, (E) -- Francis Car- dinal Spellman has charged that Federal aid to edncation propo- sals by a Kennedy Task Force threaten "thought control" on millions of Catholics and others. The Cardinal said control is threatened in the proposal's de- mand that a child must atteud a State scimol before he can re- ceive his share .of Federal aid taken from taxes. The Cardinal expressed confi- dence Cengress would not enact what he called the discrimina. tory proposal that $5.8-billion be spent in four years to aid only public elementary and secondary schools. The Cardial said it would See SCHOOL AID an Page 5 bishop of St. Louis; Luis Cardi- nal Concha Cordoba, Archbishop of Bogota, Colombia; Jose Car- d inal Quintero, Archbishop of aracas, Venezuela, and Giusep- pe Cardinal Ferretto, Italian-born member oil the Vatican adminis- trative staff. Pope John said that among his other anxieties at the begin- ning of 1961 are tim continued persecution of the Church in many parts of the world, the growth of materialistic ideas and ctntinued obstacles to peace. He said his hopes are placed in the 'coming ecumenical coun- cil, the things he saw in his re- cent series of visits to the offices of the Holy See and the benefits the four new cardinals will bring to the Church. His first sorrow, the Pope said, is the fact that "there are enor- mous territories, diverse and populous nations where, alas, persecutions are rife and true freedom is violated." He added, with apparent re- ference to Ceylon and the Su- dan, that "there are the burden- some restrictions which check and stifle flourishing scholastic establishments which are exclu- sively devoted to the education and the moral and intellectual training of the young, and which are a result of the toil and sweat of missionaries over many gen- erations." In places where the activity of See CONSISTORY on Page 5 Father Beck Says Growth Levelling Off Ten-thousand-510 children are enrolled in Arkansas' 69 Cath- olic elementary and high schools this year, it was announced this week by The Rev. William M. Beck, Little Rock diocesan su- perintendent of schools. This is an increase of 117 pupils over the number enrolled last year, and Father Beck sees in these figures "a levelling-off trend" in total registration. Until this year, he pointed out, the average annual enrollment increase since 1951 had been a- bout five per cent. The stabiliz- ing of the enrolhnent level ap- parently results, he said, from the fact that children born dur- ing World War ]I are now out of elementary school. No Great Increase No great increase in Catholic school enrolhnent is foreseen for the immediate future, Father Beck said. The 56 elementary schools of the diocese now have a total en- rolhnent of 8,386, as compared with a total of 8,336 a year ago. The 13 Catholic high schools in the state have a total enrollment of 2,124, an increase of 67 over last year. Analyzing these figures, Father Beck found that approximately 50 per cent of the total Catlmlic school enrollment is in Pulaski County, which contains Greater Little Rock, and Sebastian Coun- ty, where Fort Smith is located. Three elementary schools were closed this year, due to small enrollments. These were located at Marked Tree, Mena and Rat- cliff. 'Remarkable Efforts' Father Beck said "remarkable efforts have been made in the past year by different parishes in replacing inadequate school buildings or in improving exist- ing facilities." He cited the new Catholic High School, scheduled to open soon in the west end of Little Rock, and new elementary schools now in use in St. Augus- fine's parish, Nortl Little Rock, and hnmaculate Heart of Mary parish, Marche. In addition, St. John's parish in Russelh, ille now has two new classrooms, and Holy Souls School, Little Rock, which has the largest enrollment in the diocese, is in the process of adding two new rooms. Several additional classrooms also are being built at St. John's School Hot Springs, Father Beck said. In Jonesboro, Blessed Sacra- meat parish, is in the process of planning the erection of a new building to replace the old parochial school. Rev. William M. Beck New CHS To Open Soon Little Rock --- Pulaski Coun- ty's new $1,117,000 Catholic High Scimol for boys will open in the [tear future, it was announced his week by The Rev. William E. Galvin, the school's rector. Workmen are still putting the finishing touches on the beauti- ful edifice that stands on the crest of a spacious tract of land at University Avenue and Lee Street, hut it is expected they will be finished soon. Some equipment and furnish- ings already have been moved into the new building from the overcrowded and outdated quar- ters at 25th and State Streets, and it is expected the priests who staff the school will soon occupy their nc:w living quarters. Exactly when classes will be- gin in the new building..was not. known as Tlae Guardian went to press, but Father Galvin was confident it would be only a matter of days before the stu- dent body makes the. transfer. Outwardly, the new building has appeared finished for weeks, but there taave been countless details of the construction work to be completed inside. Czech Reds Jail 4 Priests Vienna, iN:) ---Four Augustin- ian priests have been sentenc- ed to jail terms for "anti: government activities" in com- m u n i s t Czechoslovakia, i'a Czechoslovak paper received here reported. The daily Rovnost of Brno said that Father Miroslav Bera was given a seven-year prison term by a "people's court" in Brno. Father Florian Jane[k, it added, was sentenced to three.years of solitary confine- mont. The other two priests received ligMer sentences. The pat)el" said that the priests continued to hold "se- cret" meetings in violation f a 1950 law. Helping Little Rock Diocesan C.Y.O. Raise Needed Funds The Catholic Youth Organ- tle Bock, and made phms fo" Members of the arrangements few--John Pierpa0!i, John Cia, ization of the Diocese of Lit- an Italian-style spagfietti din- committee pictured above are: Orville Haston, tlcrman Sick, tle Rock needs monc;v to de- ner to be served to the general nst .... zow iozn left h[,' Mitchell Allen,T Thomas Bat-, fray the cost of its expanded public Thursday, February 9, "- " , "'  -- '"" tisto, Robert Norti, Jerry Cli- program, and these men and in St. Andrew s Cathedral Hall, John DalSanto, Mrs. John Lips- mer, Mrs. Murrell McCumber, women have volunteered to Ninth and Louisiana Streets. "meyer, Nh's. Howard Taylor, Miss Ivlarl, e i)anforth and Al, Mrs. Mitchell Allen, M's. lter- fred SullL an. Back rowLouis help The Rev. John E. Barnes, The dinner will be served man Sick Mrs Alfred Sul- u.,,  ...... ,. the C.Y.O. director, to raise it. Clarence They met in recent days in from 4:30 to 8 P.M. Tickets hvan,' Mrs. Robert' Nord, Mrs. la,. t, azz.v, t..la, tlie C.Y.O. Conference Room at will be $1 for adults and 50 Carson Bray, Mrs, ttarry Cia Boeckmann, GeOrge Wildgen, 309 West Second Street, Lit- cents for cMldren under 12. and Mrs. Be.t Parker. Second A1 Isonnlan and Bert Parker