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PAGI F..JGHT I I I Bible Book of God And Man, Says Biblical Sunday Statement (By N. C. W. C. News Service) Olean, N. Y.  The Bible is "God's book and man's book alike," the Very Rev. Thomas F. Plassmann, O. F. M., President of St Bonaventure's College and President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, says in a statement I issued here in anticipation of Septuagesima Sunday on Feb- ruary 1, as Biblical Sunday. It is recalled by Father Plassmann that i Septuagesima Sunday was "the day in the early Church when the monks, the clergy and with them the Faithful opened the Holy Bible i on its first page and thereafter "QUI VIVE?  continued the reading of the ,, sacred volume throughout the (Continued from Page 1) i year." "Septuagesima opens the rule, are toler,nt, but they never most sacred season of the yea'r," have liked the brazen attitude of he added, "a season set apart for mct. They ring door bells aaldl devout prayer and meditation, a try to force their literature upon season of penance and sacred soli- unwilling readers. Many of these tude." fanatics are, no doubt, sincere. "Christ stands between the two Judge Rutherford chimed a gel- Testaments," Father Plassmann lwing of 2,000,000 Imp, in 86 adds. "He draws, from the old to countries. If this be true, it proves prove His Mission. And the new @nly that people are guillible. It gives testimony thereof." does, however, slmw what strides "There have been times when any organization can make by de- her authority was mistaken for vlon to a cause. Certainly the usurpation, and her vigilance for Witnesses seem to be ardent pro- narrowness, but from her infancy meters of a religion that has little ;to the present day she has never to recommend it. It follows that if swerved an inch from guarding those, who really have the true with equal care the Bread of Life religion would only put forth a on her altar and the Book of Life real effort, great things could be which adorns that altar with its done for God and His Church. inspired canticles and spiritual lessons. Bicycle riding seems to be due "Because of the prevailing il- for a rejuvermtion. The scarcity literacy, of the difficulties of of automobile tires has prompted transcribing the sacred volumes, many citizens to think of the "old and of the high cost of manu- bike." Mrs. Roosevelt has start- script writings, the Holy Bible was ed the fashion by purchasing a inaccessible to the rank and file bicycle. Society girls are having of the Faithful in the early cen- t h e I r pictures taken beside turies of the Christian Era. Only "bikes." The Ladles' Aid and P. monasteries, presbyteries a n d T. A. will be the next to line up schools were privileged to possess with "wheels." Some folks, who copies of this Holy book. Mean- rode a bicycle in their youth ma.. while, the pastors of souls picked lve to learn a new balance, now the choicest parts from the Old that their proportions have chang- and New Testaments and read and ed. All in all, it is a splendid ex- ' explained them to the Faithful at ercise, especially when one has to Holy Mass on Sundays and Feast pump up hill. If the more sedat iDays; they embodied biblical lea- riders get on the road tn a num-: sons in manuals of prayer and in- bet, they may be able to set a struction and portrayed biblical good example for some of the dar- scenes through the medium of the lug juvenile riders who now dart fine arts and other educational d'e- In and out among automobiles de- vices in the firm conviction that tying death, to say ncthing of traf- God's word must reach the minds fie regulations. It will be Inter- and hearts of God's people.' The eating to watch the return of the art of printing rendered its first bicycle. In the gay nineties riders fruits to the service of the Holy had special regallas for their wheel Bible, but it took centuries before trllm. Men wore bicycle pants, this holy book found its way into which were checkered, and long every humble home." stockings that met the pants be- low the knees. Women also had Catholic people read and ponder ppropriate riding skirts of the the information supplied in our bloomer type. The tandem, or hi- Catholic riewspapers and maga- cycle built for two, may come zincs. into its own once more. Then Let us now analyze the world young men may take their girl situation. The Supreme Head of friends for a spin on Sunday the Catholic Church has definite- afternoon, The prospect seenm ty condemned the brutal anti- jolly and it will be a lot of tim, religious totalitarianism rampant It will be a great change from the into the world today. The Ameri- rPeeding cars. If people must give can Bishops have re-echoed that up motor translmrtation it will teaching. Of course, paganism has mean that many present customs long been condemned. must chaage. The automobile haa But One Answer given us ease of travel, but It cer- tainly has been responsible for With the success of the axis many evils. The physical ills that powers, there is grave menace have come from lack of exercise of the Catholic Church through- have been bad enough, but the out the world and, undoubtedly, moral evils have been terrible. All the darkest period of persecution this may eUse men to think.. If and despoilment ahead that the they do, perlim they will realize Church has ever experienced. This how puny are their best efforts, 'is evident from the German Bish- when a little thing like a shortage ups' Pastoral, issued from Fulda of rubber causes a stalemate In in June of 1941. With the success tbelr scheme of existence, of the Allied powers, we may en- tertain hope, at least for the emer- PRESS gency era world order in which peace, based on justice and char- ity, will prevail. (Continued from page 1) . Our conscience is clear, and, the United States have been cau- therefore, should make us strong. tious and prudent in casting final The war stems totally from the decisions. Until recently, all the failure of human statesmanship. elements of many problems fac- The Catholic Church is affected hag the world' were not clearly in many ways, notably because known. Many events had yet to (a) its property has been confis- transpire before a whole picture cated, (b) its institutions have could be obtained and' ultimate been suppressed, and (c) the judgment passed. Thought and Apostolic authority of its Bishops sentiment of the people were in has been paralyzed by civil ha- flux and much indecision tern- terference, In other words, the porarily prevailed. As a conse- Catholic Chiarch is the innocent quence, efforts ranged over a victim of the oppressor nations. wide field of thought and specula- Cannot Stand Aside tion, without specific unity and We cannot stand aside during purpose, the carnage which prevails. We Suddenly, however, two events must keep alive the moral law took place: the one, the statement and the rights of the Church at of the American Bishops on tbe all points and all periods of the Crisis of Christianity, published conflict. Our free Catholic Press in November; the other, the in- will aid powerfully, bearing the famous attack by the Japanese at burden of constantly shedding Pearl Harbor ha December. At light on moral responsibility, on once, as by an electric shock, the justice and charity and the Divine thought and policy of this country commission of the Apostolic crystallized into a hard and solid Church. unity of plan and action. The We must keep our eyes focused United States was at war. at all times on the Peace table. Pledged Resources, Prayers What do we seek there? We seek, The Catholic Church, with tra- first of all, the incorporation of ditlonal loyalty, pledged its re- the Holy Father's peace program, sources, its institutions, ar/d its so ably and lucidly broadcast in consecrated personnel to the his Christmas peace message. President of the United States Above all, we seek to make the for the preservation of our ha- world a safe place in which to tion and the destruction of the rear Christian families, free from evil influences dominating our the horrors of ever-recurrent enemies. More, it pledged its pew- wars. In the second place, we seek erful and constant prayers to the restoration of our Church and God, Who orders all things. What its educational and charitable in- was a jig-saw puzzle, baffling, in-istitutions and properties in all telligence on account of parts that parts of the world where they were wanting, was not a clear and. have been despoiled by civil pew- definite problem, with no parts" era. In the third place, we seek wanting, with minds cleared of in all parts of the world the free- doubt and definitely shaped, and dom and inviolability of her rain- objectives fixed. While a solution isters who have been deprived of of the problem is now being their Divine right and freedom worked out by our civil authori- to teach according to the commis- ties, the millions of American sion of Jesus Christ. Catholics are giving every ounce These things are essential. Ac- of loyalty and support, spiritual cordingly, the value of political and material, to the President and and economic and social theories the Nation that a victory of peace are for the time secondary, and with justice may crown their el- can be measured in relation to forts, them. For the year 1942, the most In all this disturbing period, important objectives of the Cath- Catholics were constantly made olic Press will be the essential aware of the religious aspects of things. the situation through the Catholic U.S. Great Moral Voice Press. I cannot too greatly empha- Of the heads of civil govern- size that in the months to come, ments on the world horizon today, it will .be Imperative that our 'our hope is in the President of ] THE GUARDIAN, JANUARY 30. 1942 ::: "PRIVATE DOBBS" IN ACTION IN USO FILM , BIE00 cre$ I ii:i Here ts the graphic story of young Mr. America and the Army as portrayed in the use anniversary film, "The Private Letters of Private Dobbs" which wa premiered recently in Washington. Upper left, Pet. Dobbs says goodbye to his girl friend Sally; upper right, Pfc. Dobbs wrestles with hl pack and equipment In the barracks; lower left, Pfc. Dobbs and two of his buddies sing the register at the nearby use "home away from home," operated by its member agency, the National Catholic Com- munity Service; lower right, a bit of oncentration--while Soldier Dobbs psn that letter home to Sally. IN.C.W..) I i pl000Ts CALoT00 T0 iSES ,,,00PORTS By Pete lVlo During these times of stress and uncertainty any one who will. fully destroys property is certainly guilty of more than vandalism. He is guilty of treason, and treason is punishable by death during time of war. We are sending our young men across the oceans to kill the, vandals who have usurped the power of all the free peoples they have conquered. We must stop egomaniacs who have pillaged, plundered and murdered a quarter of the globe. There is no 11fe, liberty, or pursuit of happiness in the conquered countries. Nay! not even in the countries of the conquerors. They have even raped the goddess of freedom, and the irony of it all is that they. have done it in freedom's name. If we are -! I going to stop these vandals who I are thousands of miles from our i That is one advantage of ath- shores, we certainly must stop the I letics---at best the boys get discip- I ones who are amongst us. It may line. That's what we need now be harsh, but concentration camps are too good for Little Rock tire slashers. If they are of rich par- eats they should be punished more severely because they have had advantages which the poor do not enjoy. the United States. Unstinted sup- !port and loyalty will continue to . be given to him and to the United States Government. Beyond the presence of the Supreme Head of the Church at the peace table, the greatest hope for a moral voice among the civil powers will be the voice of the United States government. In the harmony of these voices is our hope for jus- tice to the peoples of the earth and for the preservation of the rights of the Catholic Church and of her children. The Catholic Church, by its lu- cid and timely Encyclicals issued during the past 50 years or more, has given mankind the principles by which all nations may live in , peace and adequate prosperity. To a large extent, these same social principles have found acceptance in our country in recent years. They will also demand recognition at the peace table. World economy will no longer suffer a monopoly by privileged classes, of the com- forts and rewards of civilization, considered in the national and in- .ternation structure. Certain old systems have entered into decline. Improvident liberalism, fanatical demagoguery and ruthless indi- vidualism have featured the era about to close. The new era to follow the peace settlement, we fondly hope, will be marked by the moral .forces symbolized by the Holy See and so fervently and providently broadcast ko the hu- ,man race by the last five Popes !of imperishable memory. Is it too much to hope that our President, whoever he may be at the time of peace, may be an instrument to keep the peace set- 'element on a high moral plane? The providential purposes of America in world history are by no means exhausted. Here is hope. Here, at /east, is a line of action. Confident of Catholic Press All ,these great events and as- pirations will be reported and' commer/ted upon in the Catholic Press. I am confident that the Catholic editor will not be found wanting in the great tasks that lic before him, I know that my fel- low Bishops in the United States will support and aid him in his task. As for the Catholic people, I once more urge with all my strength that 'the Catholic Press be read and pondered. more than ever. Well-disciplined' I athletics make well-disciplined of- ficers and soldiers. This idea is not wanting to be told in running rampant through- o u t t h e country, especially amongst boys and girls of the "up- per classes." Following is a poem written by a former student of a  well-known university. He had everythinga good body, good education, good mind, a good' fam- ily and plenty of money, but he just would not be told. Most 'wise guys' find out for themselves, to their sorrow. JUST FACTS Boys, this, may sound preaehy, But really it ain't, It's just a word o' warnin' From one who ain't a saint, I was right where you are Not many years ago, I had the same temptations And some that you don't know. Of course, I thought I knew it all I wanted to be free, But now I'm broken down and old, And just passed twenty-three. I've seen this land from end to end, And know all kinds of people; But when up high/ I always crave To jump off from the steeple. Just recently I' met here, The girl of all my. dreams. I wrote her gobs of letters, Just reams and reams and reams. She came when I was weary Of life and all its woes, The GI knew I loved her, And wanted to propose; I wanted to, but couldn't, And I'm not exactly shy, So that night when I had left i her, There came a whisper, i ,,Why?,, In answering thronging mem- omes came To cluster round my cot of times, and girls, and places And things I thought Forgot. Again I heard the chanting Of a choir far away, The words were "Non sum digmus;" The time has come to pay. The 'years are still ahead of me, But I'm already old, And all because I scorned by chance, I never would be told. Japanese Broadcast Propaganda (By N. C. W. C. News Service) An official Japanese radio broadcast saying the "Catholic mission" of Hung Kong had sent a message to certain missionar- ies in the Philippines expressing the hope that they would cooper-' ate with the Japanese armies, is labeled as sheer propaganda with- out any basis in fact by those in this country familiar with the Catholic missions in the Orient. It is pointed out that the par- ticular Catholic missioners in the Philippines are not subject to any- one in Hung Kong, and that thus i no person in Hung Kong would be competent to instruct, or indi- cate procedure to, the missioners of the Order in the Philippines. Rather, it is the reverse, since the community's house in Hung Kong is under the jurisdiction of su- periors in Manila. It is further pointed out that in any case, 95 per cent of the members of the particular Order in the Philippines are Americans and hence subject to orders from the United States and not from anywhere else. Those familiar with the mis- sions also say that this patently baseless broadcast is of the same strip with a palpably false report from Tokyo that the Archbishop of Manila and another Bishop pledged "whole-hearted coopera- tion" with the Japanese forces for the .creation of a "new order" in East Asia. It has been observed that Japa- nese propagandists have been at- tempting to persuade missionar- ies as well as all others that their best course is cooperation with the Japanese, on the score that thus they would have an easier time of it than if they resisted.: These reports are, in the judg-I ment of students of the missions, linked with this propaganda. I It also has been observed that' in recent official broadcasts, Ja- pan's authorities have apparently been making serious efforts to "play up" religious angles in a manner that is so exaggerated that the broadcasts are obviously stamped as nothing more than propaganda. An instance was a re- cent broadcast alleging that U. S. troops desecrated church property' in the Philippines. At the same I time, the Japanese radio has been stressing freedom of religion in Japan. JUBILEE (Continued from page 1) thedrals and principal churches. In this connection it is considered fitting that the Pope's Feast Day be celebrated with especial solem- ' nity throughout the world this year. 3. The Apostolic Benediction will be broadcast to the entire world after a Mass of Thanksgiv-i ing to be celebrated by His Holi- ness in St. Peter's Basilica on May 13, the actual day of tim jubilee, or on the following day, which is Ascension Thursday. 4. It is not advisable that pil- grimages to the Eternal City be undertaken for the occasion, but it is recommended that the faith- ful be invited to attend, on the day of the observance in the Vati- can, religious ceremorlies In their local churches. Editor-in-Chief, Cath61ic Action of the THE GRANDMA INTERFERENCE The estimable gray-haired lady was sad and Her daughter had told her to move out, and to go somewhere else. ; "No, madam; that isn't possibl, e, for I know your d ter. "I ::' :' am telling you, she did." ,e got lw "Then, please explain what was the provocation?" "The other night, after her baby was put to bed, it started crying, and it cried and cried and cried. She went in to see if there was anything wrong, and, when she discovered nothing of an unusual nature, she closed the windows i and the bedroom door and let it' cry for over an hour. I wanted to go in and pick up the poor thing, and then she told me angrily that if I was bent on interfering with her raising her children, I had better get out." "Tell me--after it cried for over ' an hour, what happened?" "Naturally, the little precious. was exhausted, and it fell asleep.". "When did all this happen?" "Monday night." "Did it happen again Tuesday night?" "Yes, the same thing, but not so bad." "Last night, we did not hear a peep out of it, but I'm so miser- able about my daughter's telling me that, after all I did for her!" If grandmothers only would understand that they can do no earthly good by spoiling grand- children, things would move along much more smoothly in many a home. First of all, by their indulg- ing kindness, they may ruin par- ental discipline; secondly, they: make the task more difficult, and they irritate the mother, who is sometimes already on edge on ac- count of the child's tantrum or its unreasonable notions and bad dis- position; thirdly, the harmony and good feeling in the home are de- stroyed. It is strange how a grandmother who has raised her own family in an excellent and successful manner will unconsciously place obstacle in the way of her daughter and son who want to follow her good example in rearing children. While the young mother was bathing her sore eye, she was in- terrupted by the telephone ringing. When she walked back to the bathroom, she just caught little Patricia gulping down the eye wash. Mamma gave her a good spanking. Grandma promptly ar- rived on the scene from which the infantile yells came, and she scold- ed the mother for being so cruel. "After all, that lotion was not poisonous." The daughter explained to Grandma that it was her fault that the child got a good little thrashing -- which announcement sounded outrageous to the totally I innocent mother till she was RUBBER (Continued from page 1) Father Nieuwland, a native of Belgium who earne to the United States as a child, was graduated from Notre Dame University in' 1899 and ordained a priest in the Congregation of the Holy Cross I in 190.3. After completing gradu- ate work at the Catholic University of America, he returned to Notre Dame where he taught until his death in 1936. Early in his scientific career Fa- ther Nieuwland chose the field of acetylene chemistry for his life work. This field had been shun-i ned by most investigators be- cause of the danger of explosion, and the young priest undertook his work literally at the risk of his own life, working until he so con- trolled acetylene reactions that they could be studied in general laboratory work with compara- tive safety, Father Nieuwland made syn- thetic rubber production possible through a reaction discovered by him and developed with his help by industrial chemists who heard him describe it at a scientific meetingwhich produced "mono- vinylacetjdene," an acetylene deri- vative that can be "polymerized'" into long "chain" molecules. Overcame Cldef Barrier This process of polymerization, graphically described by a YOUng laboratory assistant of the priest as "making one molecule turn around and bit the tail of its neighbor," had proved the stum- bling block to previous efforts in the snythetic rubber field. In 1935, four years after the first synthetic rubber had been commercially produced from Fa- ther Nieuwland's monOvinylace- tylene, the priest-chemist was awarded the Nicholas Medal, the highest honor of the American Chemical Society. In an address at the presentation It was stated that he "provided the cornerstone on which a new branch of our chemical industry is being built." A notable factor of Father Nieuwland's discovery is that the rubber produced' is of such qual- ity as to encourage peacetime pro- duction on a modest scale, thus preparing the groundwork for the extensive emergency production on which the nation is now em- barking. While more costly than natural rubber and somewhat inferior to it in durability, synthetic rubber from monovinylacetylene is more I reminded. Bessie of all the whippings she childhood from her grandmother of the present the worst was when she hold of a small bottle with in it and was caught in of tasting it. :,l , "Mother, you were so fr and you licked me so hard even today I have a dread of my children drinking any  when they don't know what  Exit Grandma, somewhat ish. What makes women as mothers so inconsistently from what they were as Can it not be that ishly love their more than they did their children? Selfishness, yes must be at the bottom of mothers, they took their affection and attachment granted; they were with day long, and they did so things for them when they little. It is not so ordinarily, grandmothers, since they have the same work themselves into the the little ones. Therefore, occasions when they are with grandchildren, or they have porary control over the usually they lavish no kindness on them, and the youngsters in such a Grandma always will be very come and will be considered stanch defender in case the is a little hard at times. the "kids" are crazy about 0! nie, but they are spoiled, s same time, for parental discl is undermined, and Mother ha# 1 trouble afterward. :i  If this analysis seems to beli far-fetched, then think of] .. grandmothers who, forced by_ fortune, have to raise grand' dren. They do not follow the policy and method. They pt and reward in the same 10 | ways as they raised their own4 dren. There is not much false damaging pity and gene shown the young ones, even tf. are orphans, for whom it is na to feel more pity: - ,:, Grandmothers should maK rule, when there is a storm  ing or breaking, to take a waa./! the drugstore and buy a pilt ice cream for daughter, to he cool down after the ordeal is Daughter will love her the for it, and the grandchildren:. I more apt to be grateful to G nie in later years. resistant than natural rubb oils, heat, oxidation and oZ and sunlight deterioration. For reason there are many indus 1 and art uses for which it se: much better than the natural duct. As a result of its special P erties, limited quantities ell synthetic rubber were made peacetime in plants operated most of the major rubber panics and' a few chemical petroleum companies. In tile tension of this production vast scale to meet a national e gency the work of the bril riest and of the other cher who perfected the produc crowned. Was Distinguished Botanist, 1 ll Although known to the ' and to many of his colleagues as a great chemist, Father Nie.! land as well achieved distinC { in botany, his hobby. He foul in 1909 the American Mid Naturalist, published at 1 Dame, and edited the perio until his death. In spare morn* he might often be seen travd about the countryside on a, bicycle in search of buts ar specimens, of which he added eral hundred to the univerSr herbaria. Always a believer in publiS the results of his research so they might aid others, he was faithful in attending scie meetings of the many societi which he was a member. It at "one such meeting, the First ganic Symposium in Rochestel Y., September, 1925, that an in trial chemist first learned the priest of his work on cog catalysts for polymerizing ace lene. ! Father Nieuwland was reaP! sible for another chemical dt cry that was later to achieve P! lar fame. In his doctorate t]l at the Catholic University America he described a reaC in which a highly toxic gas, 1i to be known as Lewisite, was P duced. Evidently not desiria'. develop a substance that migb  used in destroying human life, ther Nieuwland did not atteraP ! identify it. During the World War he tioned the substance to W. Lewis at a scientific mee4 Lewis identified' the gas ai vinylchloroarsine and perfectCa production, but fortunately war was over before it rea ,;i the front-line trenches. ' i