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Qui Vive? book critics of the nation their list of the best for 1941 As a rule this ten best sellers. This that a great many read the books, which a sort of condemnation value, because the taste is poor. The are read by the few little publicity on the fiction list is led by J. Cronin's, "Keys of the Most of the readers of are satisfied that Dr. /d a very good job of the Catholic Churc]. and characters w i t h dealt. This is an indica- wkat we said above that reader is content light literature and that think that this book portrays the Catholic are not very well with the Church's doc- qualified critics label a travesty upon Cath- and the claracters of and nuns as caricatures. an be little doubt that the the point entirely to show what is 'Y tolerance. He does this the that one as good as another. which the condemns. The Catholic iS tolerant toward those not of our faith, but this mean that she condones a creed- and calls it It is because the stands firm upon the of Christ and will allow with them that she by non-Cath- good to one neigh- doing good of Christ is Chris- Cronin's type of Cath- make excellent rotar- the worst feature of of this book is that be a difference of it among Cath- very plainly that have been serious- by the environ- they live. They up- not recognize error glorified. This reminds Catholics who after mdenmed picture, re- sow nothing wrong a sign that they have with error that is vitiated, so that it is truth, --.......--. American paid to the case of Stanley HI, who was in a Chicago court, to for twenty-five upon women. If should report that of American colleges were using Hit- as a text book, be a tumult among and rightly so. How- Julius Miner, who sen- young nan made a which went because most people not by principles. said was that student, respect- a conscientious attend- was a son that any well be proud of when he became Nietzche's philo- superman." Nletzche moralist by some. He influence in Ger- that there are COdes, one practiced by the other by the weak. is called by morality. Nietzche Christian morals re- morality. The make new stand- and enforce them and war. This is the is taught in many and that is prac- midst with the help On the other hand ing billions of 0ol- millions of lives er. The death of Hit- sooiates meansnoth- the philosophy of on. This false not only in is dispensed from in the guise of These vicious everywhere in young and old. a great man has with respec- he does with oth- It seems inane destroy a foreign and at the same his counterpart and in the comic are provided for our and sororities schools, came criticism recent- N. y. The crisis When a high school suicide because, of a sorority, she was to be sorts of charges these sorori- "snobbish, un- danger6us to stu- balance.,' One in favor of said that if cliques would There may be assertion, how- condemnation of d sororities and the ;hem to function on Page 8 Sr. Madeleine t, .,bches Civilian Defense--America Listens Little Rock--Sr. M. Madeleine, of the Charity Sisters of St. Vin- cent de Paul, who is sister to His Excellency, Bishop Morris, may be termed an air-raid veteran. The reason--she lived through the hor- rifying spectacle of an apparently impregnable France fall" before the Nazi blitz by ar and land. In several visits to Little Rock, since her return to America after the Fall of France, Sister Made- leine related the horrors of Euro- pean warfare and warned Amer- ,cans against ,'complacency." Her persistent warnings even before the entrance of the United States into the war, are beginning to be talked about in various sec- tions of the country. Colliers of February 21 issue, in "Western Rampart," writes: "One swell angle to the defense plan is the way all sorts of peo- ple are working. Take the little fishing town of Santa Cruz, on the north side of Monterey Bay in California . . . Gentle Sister Madeleine, Mother Superior of the Sisters of Charity, was in France when the Nazis swept through. For a year she has been preaching to people  Catholics, Jews, Protestants--on civilian de- fense. She has told' thousands that, if invasion comes, people must not jam the highways, must not be stampeded by fake broad- casts to flee eastward. The Ger- mans stampeded French civilians in that way, choked the roads with refugees, and so prevented men and guns from moving up. Army and Navy heads on the Coast say Sister Madeleine is worth a bat- talion of soldiers." Man Called to Bear Cross With Christ, Says Msgr. Sheen War, Man's Own Folly, Speaker Reminds Those Who Ask Why God Permits Strife, Distress New York. (E).--"The 'things of God' imply suffering as a prelude to glory," the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Ful- ton J. Sheen, of the Catholic Uni- versity of America, said' here Sun- day night in his address over the "Catholic Hour," in discussing the question he said is being asked so frequently at present, "How can God permit war?" The Catholic Hour can be heard in Arkansas over Station 'KARK by transcription each Sunday eve- * * * $ * * * $ * * * * * $ $ * ATTENTION * * HIS Excellency, the Most Rev- * * erend Bishop's Lenten pas- * * toral, which began in last * * week's issue, is concluded in * * the current issue, page 4. * Dominican Priest Conducts Mission For Mena Church Mena.--A very successful mis- sion was conducted last week by the Rev. Ambrose Smith, O. P., head of the Southern Dominican Mission Band, with headquarters in New Orleans. Father Ambrose expressed great satisfaction with the large num- ber of the faithful and non-Cath- olics attending the services. A class for converts was held each evening preceding the evening services, and this group, also, was well attended. The adult mission ended Thurs- day night with Benediction and the Papal Blessing. The children's mission, conducted every after- noon, closed Friday morning with Mass, Benediction and the Papal B]essing. Theater Owner Fined For Showing Lewd Films Miami, Fla. ().Convietion of Gus Copeland, owner and operator of the F1agler Theater here, on a charge of violating the local or- dinance prohibiting lewd and ob-] scene motion pictures is the fruit of efforts made by the Greater Miami Committee of the National Organization for Decent Litera- ture. Copelad was fined $250 in Municipal Court following charges brought against him for the show- ing of two objectionable films. Both films were condemned by the National Legion of Decency. The charges were preferred by former City Attorney Abe Aro- novitz, a member of the local N. O. D. L. Committee, and Dr. Glenn C. James, pastor of the White emple Church. ning at 8:30 o'clock. The original program is broadcast at 5 o'clock Central War Time, and may be heard at this time over the Red Network of the National Broad- casting Company. Recalling a scene between the Saviour and St. Peter, Monsignor Sheen declared "Our Divine Lord set in contrast 'things of God' and 'things of men.'" "The 'things of God,' " he said, "imply suffering as a prelude to glory; the Cross as a gateway to resurrection; death as the condition of life. In other words, war, suffering, trials and pains, can and do fit into the di- Vine plan. "The 'things of men,' on the contrary, seek to avoid the cross, to escape the law of sacrifice, or, in the language of the rroOde psychologists, they seek 'self-expressive'  which in lss euphemistic language means 'sel- fishness.' That to Our Divine Lord is 'scandalous.'" "Applying this lesson "to our own times," Monsignor Sheen continued: "Why cannot the Di- vine Saviour Who once in His human nature chose Good Friday, choose it now again in all those who are incorporated under His Headship? True, He can never suf- fer again in the human nature He took from Mary, and' which is now at the right hand of the Father; but He can suffer again in other human natures, in His Mystical Body, which is the Church. Can- not He Who once set His face to Jerusalem now set it toward Ber- lin, or Moscow,, or Warsaw, or anywhere where Truth is cruci- fied? Do not the Cross and the Passion need to be actualized in each new age? Is Calvary only a historical event which happened once and will never happen again; or is it a law, which operates whenever evil becomes concen- trated in persecution and injustice, that goodness sacrifices itself like a true soldier, that the world per- ish not?" Belleville Children "Adopt" Service Men Belleville, Ill. (E).  Cathedral grade school here has joined in a nationwide movement of Cath- olic,schools by organizing a plan of "adopting" individual men in the service and praying and of- fering good works for their wel- fare and safety. Each child was permitted to choose a particular branch of the military forces. Priest Commands Air Patrol Rev. Celsus Wheeler, O. F. M., Superior of the Franelsc/m Monastery at St. Bonaventure College, St. Bonaventure, N. Y., who has been appointed commander of the Olean Squadron, Civil Air Patrol. Father Celsus is well known for his interest in aviation and is COo ordlnator for the C.  A. civilian pilots trinlng course at the college. (N.C.W.C.) No. l0 Appeal For Relief of Distressed To Be Made By Bishops Mar. 15 Laetare Sunday Selected by Bishops' Relief Committee as Date For Unified War Emergency Appeal (By N. C. W. C. News Service) ' Washington.--The Bishops' Relief Committee, which last year made available over one million dollars for distribution to the distressed war victims in more than a dozen ountries, $600,000 of which was disbursed through His Holiness Pope Pius X!I, will sponsor its 1942 "War Emergency Relief Col- lection' in most dioceses of the country on Laetare Sund! March i 5. Announcement of the appeal date was made by the Most '' Rev. Edward Mooney, Archbishop of Detroit and Chairman of the Administrative Board of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, the members of which comprise the Bishops' Re- lief Committee. Archbishop Mooney has addressed a letter to all Ordi- naries calling attention to action of the Bishops taken at the San Francisco Priests to Assist HonoluluBishop Religious Valor of Pearl Ha,bor Heroes Recounted (By N. C. W. C. News Service) Kennedy, Assistant Chancellor 0f San Francisco. (E).Emerging still from the smoke and debri: the Archdiocese of San Francisco, of the Pearl Harbor debacle are stories of the valor and exemplary and the Rev. Charles S. Gienger, religious devotion among the soldiers and sailors who made valiant Assistant Pastor fo St. Edward's attempts to defend the Hawaiian Islands from the Japanese attack. Church in this city. San Francisco. (.  At the urgent request of the Most Rev. James J. Sweeney, Bishop of Hon- olulu, the Most Rev. John J. Mitty, Archbishop of San Francisco, has permitted two San Francisco priests to go to Honolulu to assist Bishop Sweeney in his spiritual work as Vicar Delegate of the Armed Forces of the United States in the Pacific Ocean. A cablegram informed Arch- bishop Mitty of the safe arrival of the two priests in Hawaii. The priests are the Rev. Dr. Edwin J. Several of these stories have reached this city in copies of the Catholic Herald, wee.tly newspaper of the Diocese of HonOlulu. They are related  the c01wa, ".r, iews from Diamond Head." . Joe Nelles was "a fine Catholic soldier:" He died that way. On the fateful morning of December 7 he attended the 6:30 Mass at I Hickam Field with several hundred other boys. He received Holy I Communion and then without breakfast prepared the altar for the l  8:30 Mass. As he was thus en-[ .  , . gaged three Japanese bombs'struck [ Death L;lalms the building, levelling the struc-I Member Of St. Scholastica Fort Smith.--Sister Mary An- toinette Rust, a member of the Benedictine Community of Fort Smith, died at St. Scholastica Convent Friday, February 20, at 1:30 p. m. She had been in ill i health since last October. At the time of her death, Sister Antoinette was 67 years old', and had been a member of the Bene- dictine Community since 1912. She is survived by a brother, Frank Rust of Duette, Arizona, and a sister, Miss Mary Rust of Pres- cott, Arizona. Funeral services were held Sun- day afternoon at 3 o'clock with the Rev. S. J. Peoples officiating, assisted by the Rev. Mark Berger of St. John's parish. The Rev. Raymond Wewers, O. S. B., and the Rev. Damien Wewers, O. S. B. of Subiaco Academy were present in the sanctuary. A Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Scholastica chapel Monday morning, at 9 o'clock with the Rev. S. J. Peoples as Celebrant, the Rev. Peter Post, O. S. B., as Deacon, and the Rev. Patrick McCarthy as Sub-deacon. Father Peter Post spoke briefly, in fitting tribute to Sister M. Antoinette's simple and' unassum- ing life. ture in five minutes. Later Father Edward Sliney, the post chaplain, went to the razed building. There he found Joe Nel- les--lying in front of the spot where the high altar had been. A Knight of the Altar had made the supreme sacrifice. Another Joe---Joe Silvalived through it, became a live hero. Only God knows why he isn't :dead. At the height of the Japa- nese attack on Hickam Field, he saw three gasoline trucks in the midst of falling gombs, probably targets already well within the sights of the heavy bombers. Joe and two other soldiers rushed to the trucks amid the rain of bombs drove the loaded fuel vehicles to safety. Had they been struck, the whole flying field would have be- come an inferno. But Joe wasn't through Against machine-gu n strafing from the air, he kept the hospital supplied with water from the swimming pool after the mains had broken. Another incident of the Pearl Harbor tragedy might be entitled "The Sermon." For it involved a sermon that recalled an event of the first World War told while the projectiles of the second fell I from the skies all over and about the chapel wherein it was preach- ed. The preacher was Father John Connelly, chaplain at anotler Ha- waiian post. The bombs began to fall just as he started Mass at- See PEARL HARBOR on page 2 Hong Kong Vicar Asks Japs Release Missionaries New York. {EL--Short-wave listeners here have heard a radio statement that Bishop En- rico Valtorta, Vicar Apostolic of Hong Kong, which fell to the Japanese a short time ago, has made an appeal to the Japanese authorities for the freeing of some 60 missionary priests who had been interned on the fall of the colony, It is known that there were 26 Maryknoll priests in Hong Kong at its fall, and' 41 mis- sionary Sisters as well. It is pre- sumed that these priests as well as the missionaries from other nations presently at war with Japan constituted the 60 mis- sionary priests who were in- terned. Closed Philippine College Conducted By Augustinians Villanova, Pa. ().--The College of St. Augustine, conducted by the Spanish Augustinians at Iloilo Philippine Islands, has been clos- ed, it is stated in a cable receivecl from one of four American Au2 gustinians stationed there. The message, signed by the Rev. Henry C. Carr, O. S. A., of Phila delphia, and sent to the Provincial of the Augustinian Monastery of Villanova, said: "School closed; Fathers well; contact relatives." The other American Augustin- ians in Iloilo are: The Rev. John V. Casey, Lawrence, Mass.; the Rev. Leo J. McCarthy, Boston, and' the Rev. Alfred J. Monte, Philadelphia. "Christians, Naive--Clergy, Parasites", Says Nazi Leader Hess' Successor in Vitrolic Attack on Church (By N. C. W. C. News Service) New York. 0D.-AThe Nazi Gov- "National Socialist and Chris- Christy of No Avail ly enough, for all His omnipot- by God some anthropomorphic be- ernment's determination to anni- tian ideologies are irreconcilable. "The Christian churches have ence, leaves to the efforts of the ing sitting around somewhere in hilate the influence of Christian The Christian churches are based recognized the danger to their ex- priests the task of revealing Him. the stratosphere. We must open ideas as irreconcilable with party principles is expressed in a pro- on the ignorance of mankind and istence brought about by the ex- Thus it our youth in the future the eyes of mankind to the fact act sciences and have therefore hear no more of Christiarity, that besides our little earth, so nouneement by M. Bormann, suc- all their efforts tend towards the tried to quell scientific research or whose doctrine is so inferior to very insignificant in the great uni- to falsify it by their dogmas with ours, Christianity will automatic- the aid of a pseudo-science, theo- ally cease to exist. logy. Our National Socialist ideo- "It is astonishing too that be- logy is by far superior to the con- fore the beginning of our actual ceptions of Christianity which in era man had no knowledge of the all essential points are only bor- existence of this Christian God rowed from Judaism. This is an- and that even since that time the other reason why Christianity is great majority of the inhabitants of no avail to us. of this earth has never heard any- "Nobody would know anything thing about Christianity and thus, about Ctristianity if he had not according to a quite arrogant but been stuffed with it in his youth Christian conception, is damned. by the priests. The so-called 'Dear "When we National Socialists God' does not deign to implant in speak of our faith in God, unlike young people an innate knowledge those naive Christians and their of His existence, but astonishing- clerical parasites we do not mean verse, there are other bodies in- conceivable in number,  count- less bodies surrounded like the sun by planets and those again surrounded by smaller bodies, the moons. The natural power which makes these innumerable planets move in the universe, is called by us Omnipotence or God. The pre- tension that this cosmic power could be interested in the fate of every single being, of every one of these earthling bacilli, could be influenced by so-called pray, ers or other astonishing perform- See NAZI on page 8 cessor to Rudolf Hess as National Socialist Party Chairman, a copy of which has become available here. Bormann's statement, of very recent date, was issued as an of- ficial instruction to his subordi- nates. It came into the possession of Douglass Miller, author of the widely known book, "You' Can't Do Business With Hitler," who was for years commercial attache on the United States Embassy staff in Berlin. A translation of Bormann's pro- nouncement' follows: maintenance of this ignorance among as great a part of the popu- lation as possible, for only thus are the Christian churches able to maintain their power. In contrast to them National Socialism is based on scientific foundations. Christianity h a s unchangeable principles .fixed some 2,000 years ago and hardened ever more into dogmas which bear no relation to reality. National Socialism on the other hand, if it is to continue the accomplishment of its task, must always follow the latest results of scientific research. 1942 annual meeting authoriz- ing the general collection and the recommendation of the Com- mittee that the appeal take place March 15. Pointing out that the spread of war and involvement of this country has not only multiplied the reasons for the "War Emer- gency and Relief Collection" but has brought the need nearer home, Archbishop Mooney, in the letter, said: "The Church and people in the Philippines and Hawaii suffer. In the latter place, the residence of the Bishop has been bombed: There is a serious shortage of priests: all schools are closed, and the Church faces the problem of caring for even the temporal needs of the Brothers and nuns, as well as large numbers of the flock stricken by the scourge of war. In the Philippines of course, there is at present no way of even esti- mating the great suffering that must prevail." "No (me can foretell," Arch- bishop Mooney added, "from what quarter may come further appeals for the bare necessities of life. It is only certain that they .will be increasingly numerous and impel- ling." "--t'vear's collection, held off Passion Sunday, was the first comlehensive, unified, nation- wide.',ppeal to Catholics for funds for the relief of the suffering and distressed abroad. Previously, as the need became apparent, spec- ial appeals were made in behalf of particular relief needs. In the interest of efficiency and economy, as well as for the avoid- ance of multiple appeals to the faithful, the Bishops at their 1940 meeting decided to sponsor an an- nual single fund-raising campaign for all relief needs and set up theBishops ' Relief Committee. to conduct the campaign and to co- ordinate the work of several re- lief committees which had been created in response to special ap- peals. All the monies received from the collection will be used and drawn upon only by the committee ap- pointed by and directly responsible to the Bishops, and only for such charitable purposes as are already being aided, or as the Bishops deem require aid. OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT HIs Excellency, the Most Reverend Auxiliary Bishop will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on the following des: March 1 at 10 a. m. at St. Francis Church, Forrest City, for Forrest City and Wynne: and at 3 p. m. t St. John's ChUrch, Brinkley, for Brink- ley and mission. March 8 at Immaculate Con- ception Church, Blytheville, for Blytheville and missions. March 22 at St. Michael's Church, West Memphis, for West Memphis and missions. April 12 at 10 a. m. at "St. Mary's Church, Helena; and a 2:30 p. m. at St. Cyprian's Church, Helena. April 19 at Fort Smith. April 26 at 10 a. m. at SL Benedict's Abbey Church, Su- biaco: and at 2:30 p. m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Morrison Bluff. May 3 at 10 a. m. at St. Ig- natius Church, Scranton, for Scranton and Prairie View; and at St. Scholastlca Church, Shoal Creek, at 2:0 p. m. May 10 at Searcy for Searcy and Bld Knob. May 17 at St. Joseph's Church. Pine Bluff, for Pine Bluff and missions. May 24, Pentecost Sunday, at St. Andrew's Cathedral for Lit- tle Rock, North Little Rock, Carlisle and Hazen.