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Y_L0f Lent. That day marks the :ad of fasting, abstin- ;n'd rar tile Holy Faiher em f;stng ae to the extent that J00i; i00o&. fi;'; S dispeused his lople  the other special days ;iw;; lliowr io e n to bind. Fo0d rationing 00%rom 00fi;ir Ways as has always been " I!. a that the people should pleasures. Each one ]aeans ; il their most That s what he enjoys u " 0000000000)easure to g,ve p Some r prtleularly fond of the movies. ) tCd be a great sacrifice for I,o stay away from such en- '.ment. If so, they can do ce in this manner. It goes utsaying that dances aad .. orms of entertainment not be held under Catholic s _during the IIoly Season. Who are fond of soklng [ king liquor can do penance Lug up such practices dur- 1 at. Each individual is the i dge of how he can do pen- ' The Bishop recommends a tr to the old custom of reclt- thee. Rosary in the family cir- i.o practice could be more elal to the fa4nily than this ,devotion. Of course the fre- ; reception of the sacraments i:ance and the Holy Eucharist cessary at all times. that the recreational in this country should be Either a certain amount is necessary for the this nation, or it is not. many contend, then inquisitors should If it is not, then the movies ad see- should be abolished of the war. It stressed time and again facilities to their utmost, tak- er military and necessary travel. If this be true, motorists singled ovt and give an account of their and comings any more than Who travel for fun? The officials have been check- of B and C gas at race tracks and events. If these no right to drive to such have they and others crowd trains and bus- to seek recreation? a great many people, needless trips on and trains. These Just as culpable .as Who are making the of trips. People are movies in larger hum- before. They are other recreational Very few are these places. They private cars or ride It is unfair to hound the get extra gas mileage all others go scot- are rationed now and are not checked. people are willing in every way pos- ereational events must to secure the best cy should be, by all t is not fair to pick on baseball and other and to wink at those the nmvies and other centers. Snooping of- no place ill the Ameri- life. We are at war ourselves from suel newspapers never opportunity to dis- France, the Span- Ich ignorance of the War do they dis- must be considered a conceal their bigotry. refer to France md the term is used he belongs in the as Hitler and Mus- apparently do not Just form of gov- satisfies the people is their concern There is a con- to the so-called form of government existed in Spain and A cur- of the conditions Spain under this will show that government of the The first is that through their law- resentatives. Now are now, and ve been, Catholics. nflnorlty is prac- e. It will be con- intelligent person do not murder by the tens of they desecrate articles. did all these It follows that in the on Page 8 :.:. i.'' ;::'.L ......... r'CL.,,./!-*' "  THE OFFICIAL GAN OF THE DIOCESE OF LITTLE ROCK Volume':%b' % "'";'. L1TTL" ROCK,RKAN%AS, MARC 5,94 = = ' NO. 10 "1 3ovtet ,:00iume Mtsrepresents Reltgnous 300tuatnon In Kuss00a ..........  ..... ? .......... '" ..... i" ..... / III II Remarkable Pastoral Letter ns On D00ocesan,AttemptToDeny Rel=9=ous Centennial; Reminds Of Gratitude To God/Persecution (ondemned ..... Authoriati00 e Document "Reveals I:'r 00'i00wv00r From Iceland , Insult To Historical Veracity; .,, v . ,, iv. "--' Bishop s House Russians Kept In Ignorance t  I1' / I I A'."?,;ai A . . (By N.C.W.C. News Service) ." ]ys rllgn Mass 7 Louisiana Lisbon.--An elaborately;prepared Soviet volume--to be Shreveport The Rev. John C. O'Dwyer, who was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood, Sunday, February 14, 1943 by His Excellency, The Most Rev. John B. Morris, D.D., was the Celebrant of a Solemn High Mass at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb- uary 28, in St. John's Church, Shreveport, Louisiana. The Rev. John J. Druhan, S.J., pastor of St. John's was the deacon of the mass, and the Rev. George IT. Day, S.J., was the subdeacon. Mr. Raymond L. O'Dwyer, brother of Father O'Dwyer and student at St. John's Home Missions Sem- inary, Little Rock, was the master of ceremonies, assisted by Mr. Julius J. May, S.J. The sermon appropriate to the occasion was preached' by the Rev. John J. Druhan, S.J. The procession preceding the mass included a number of small girls from St. Vincents Academy, Sh'eveport. Miss Emily O'Dwyer, youngest sister of Father O'Dwyer, presented the paten at the Offer- tory of the mass on a beautifully decorated pillow. At the con- clusion of the mass, Father O'Dwyer expressed his appre- ciation to the pastor and priests at St. John's, the choir and to the members of the parish. A number of Father O'Dwyer's relatives and out of town friends attended the mass. Father O'Dwyer's family has resided in Slreveport for the past eight years as members of St. John's parish. : -During the past Week the newly ordained has visited the churches and re- ligious institutions throughout the city and conferred his blessing. Stuttgart-Slovac Jonesboro Send Gudrdian Checks Guardian Office.A check for $12.00 from the Stuttgart Coun- cil with the best wishes of the Grand Knight, Lewis Reinhart is kindly acknowledged this week as payment of Stuttgart's John B. Morris Council of the Knights of Columbus on the Picture Service o The Guardian. Also publically acknowledged for the first time is the check for $12.00 from the Jonesboro Coun- cil that was received sometime ago from F. J. Metz, Grand Knight. The Knights of Columbus have chosen a very practical diocesan work in this form o real Catholic action, in giving each year as a state group the entire cost of $i54.00 for the Picture Service which illustrates the timely na- tional and international news events of the Catholic world. It is expected that considerable interest will be taken in the state convention at which this Coun- cil, young in Columbianism, has offered to act as host. Monday, April 26, 1943, should be a great day for the Knights of Columbus of Stuttgart-Slovac- town. Hakon Loftsson, 23-year-old n,- tive of Reykjavik, capital of Ice- land, who is studying for tlne priesthood at St. Mary's Semi- nary, Baltimore, Md., and so far as is known, is the only native of Iceland in the United States preparing for the priesthood. He is a convert to Catholicity, and expects to return to Iceland after his ordination in 1948. (N.C.W.C.) vnsmt Of NCGv, Set For Mar(n 15 Little Rock.At a special meet- ing conducted by the Very Roy. Msgr. Jas. E. O'Connell, Diocesan Director of the National Council of Catholic Women, and Mrs. Granville Sutton, District Presi- dent, the date for the District meeting of the NCCW was set for March 15th at Our Lady of Good CounSel Hall. Those attending the special meeting were the Rev. Richard J. McCauley, the Rev. Edward R. Maloy, the Rev. B. F. MeDevitt, Miss Mary Pierce Keith, Mrs. R. C. Harville, Mrs. John IfJerre and Mrs. R. C. Clark. Organized in the Diocese of Lit- tle Rock five years ago, at the invitation of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Bishop, the Na- tional Council of Catholic Women represents the efforts of the 'wo- men of the Diocese in all things Catholic. At the meeting on March 15th, reports will be made by the presi- dents of affiliated Parish units of NCCW as follows: : Miss Mary Pierce Keith for St. Andrew's Ca- thedral Parish, Mrs. R. C. Clark for St. Patrick's Parish, Mrs. R. (2. Harville for Good Counsel Parish, and Mrs. John Kierre for St. An- ne's Parish. Reports of special work und'er the supervision of District Com- See NCCW on page 8 COMMUNION IN BATTLE -AREA From the wind.swept islands of Alaska comes this picture of Cath- olic ervloemen receiving Holy Communion at battle-scarred Dutch Harbor, The chaplain is Father Justtne C. Durocher. USNI fox,.. .... merly  Arlington, Ma (N.C.W.C.) - ' Pastoral Letter .1943 To the Clergy, Religious and Laity, Greeting: This year the Diocese of Little Rock is one hundred years old. It was born when the Holy Father, then. Pope Gregory XVI, issued the decree of erection on November 28th, 1843. The Diocese of Little Rock is one of the older dioceses of the country. Baltimore, the first Diocese, is only a little more than fifty years older. The Dioceses of Chicago and Hartford were erected at the same time as Little Rock. In those days practically the entire country was a vast mission field. The hundredth anniversary of the Diocese of Little Rock finds Arkansas, the State which comprises it, still a real mis- sion field. There are still entire counties without a Catholic Church. In the broad expanse of about 53,000 square miles, we have only a little more than 34,000 known Catholics. Our Catholic population is scattered, and only in a few places are the parishes large enough t6 have a pastor and an assistant. Thanks to good roads and the automobile, Catholics are able to hear Mass oftener than in the old days. But almost every parish has its surrounding missions at a distance of from 25 to 100 miles. In spite of all my efforts and the heroic missionary lives of my two predecessors in the See of Little Rock, the number of Catholics has continued to be comparatively small. There are many evident reasons for this fact: the Diocese has never bone- y . fited by immigratmn from Catholic countries; the entire pop- ulation of the State has been relatively small with few large cities which seem to attract our largest Catholic populations. For years after the Civil War, the whole region was is-. poverished and this condition discouraged any kind of coloniza- tion. In many sections of this predominantly agricultural State, cotton was practically the only "money crop." Some of our citizens, especially politicians, have stifled the agricultural and industrial life of the State by shortsighted and selfish inter- ests. The immense natural resources have been largely un- touched or misdirected. All these obstacles have impeded the natural growth of the State, blessed by God with every type of soil for agriculture, with oil and minerals in abundance, with mighty streams for electric power and irrigation, with ample rainfall, healthful climate and beautiful scenery. These are some of the reasons which have affected the natural development of the State--they have also affected the development of the Church. Catholics came to the State in small numbers and settled in scattered places. There were too few priests to find or follow the scattered members of their flock. Many Catholics who came to Arkansas disappeared into the vast territory and after a generation or two were lost to the Church." During the past century it has been uphill work for bishops, priests, sisters and even for the faithful themselves. 1 marvel at the courage and faith of my two predecessors, Bishop Byrne and Bishop Fitzgerald, laboring with such constant apostolic zeal in the pioneer days of the Diocese. Beginning with abso- lutely nothingwith few to help themthey laid the founda- tion on which l have largely been able to build. They were the "sowers" who now have the reward but did not, during their lives, have the consolation of reaping the harvest. In moderate measure, I have been able to reap, with God's help and continued blessing, some of the fruit from the seed they sowed. Future bishops and future generations of Catholics! will reap in full measure. l would be ungrateful, however, if I failed to acknowledge the many blessings from the good God during my long episco- pate of almost thirty-seven years in the Diocese of Little Rock. Sometimes, things around us grow so gradually that we do not notice the change. This is frequently the cae with me when See PASTORAL on page 4 Guardian Subscription Campaign Progresses- Cooperation Fine Guardian Office. --- Indications of a very successful 1943 Guard- ian Subscription Campaign are in evidence with reports from pas- tors and arishes over the Diocese the last two weeks. Second and third reports from i some parisles show a fine spirit of cooperation in the 'follow-up' tictivity of the campaign. In many parishes pastors have appointed committees to call on families who have failed to subscribe in spite of i urgent pulpit appeals. All payments on subscriptions are acknowledged directly to each individual subscriber through the mail within three days after pay- sent reaches Guardian Office. If you have not received an individ- ual receipt your payment has not been received by The Guardian. New Subscriptions are started promptly. Readers get their first copy of The Guardian the same week that payment on a new sub-, scription is received at The Guard- ian Office. The fine response of many sub- scribers and the full cooperation of the pastors has given consider- able encouragem.ent to The Guard- ian Board. Sometime later it is intended to publish a listing of parishes and the percentage of their standing. circulated strictly for propaganda outside Russiain which an attempt is made to explain and justify the religious situation in the land of the Soviets, is a colossal offense against truth, it is asserted in a remarkable document that has just come to light here. Recently Let Liberte, Swiss Catholic daily published at Fribourg, carried an editorial on the true status of religion in Soviet Russia--an editorial occasioned by the preface written for a book. "The Truth Concerning Religion in Russia." This preface, signed "Serge, Guardian of the Patriarchal Throne, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kalenskoe/' sought to make clear the alleged attitude of the Russian Orthodox Church toward the Labor Mediator, I Monsignor Francis J. Haas, Dean of the School of Social Sciences at the Catholic University of America, who has been named by President Roosevelt to a nine- member National Railway Labor Panel, which will consider cases that representatives of the rail- road operators and employes can- not settle th,'ough arbitration Kohler photo. (I'q.C,W.C,J P00-r-raayer For God's Help Secret Of Malta Defense By George Barnard London. (E)The secret of the successful defense of the Island of Malta, said Lieut.-General Sir William Dobbie, former Governor, speaking at St. Helens, Lan- cashire, was the fact that God's help was asked for by the people and was received by them. Sir William Dobbie is not a Catholic. Soviet Government since the German invasion. 'Patriarchate' Revived The document that has now become available is a thorough and authoritative statement on this subject. This "counter- preface," by a person inti- mately conversant with the whole situation of religion in Russia, says that the "Moscow Patriarchate," actually defunct since 1925, "has suddenly been brought back to life in Soviet Russia with the publication of this book." The author of the "counter-preface" brings out the following facts: 1. Although published in Rus- sia, the book is not on sale there and is being carefully concealed from the knowledge of the Rus- sian people. Not even a review of the book appeared in::any Rus- sianqanguage paper, but a fult page was devoted to itih the Eng- lish-language "Moscow News." With the exception of specially- bound copies presented to in- f}uential foreigners at Moscow and Kuibyshev, the entire edition is being sent abroad, principally to England and the United States. 2. The "truth" as presented' in this book, is so discordant with fact that it constitutes a superla- tive offense to the very concept of truth. i " * * 3.,,Th s s not the hrst tme that the Russian Orthodox Church has been used politically by the :Soviet Government; but the Soviet !regime now realizes more fully that it prepared the way for the Nazi trump of "religious libera- i tion" through its 25-year polio Y of absolute atheism. Furthermore, the , emigrated Russian Church hierarchy is numbered among Hitler's most ardent sympathizers, and a Russian Orthodox cathedral has been erected in Berlin at Hit- let's personal expense. Thus, the Russian Orthodox Church has be- come the pawn of both the Nazi and Soviet Governments. 4. Through terrorist methods, the Orthodox Churches in the oc- See RUSSIA on page 8 ONCE PRISONERS, NOW CHAPLAINS Among the priests completing the course of naval indoctrination at the Chaplains' School, U. S. Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Va., are thee two Maryknoll missioners, who were interned for six montts by the Japanese, recently arrived in the United States from the Orient. Father John Paul Bordenet (left), is from Terre Haute, Ind., and Father John Joseph Daly, is from Worcester, Mass. Koo roan characters appear on the paper before them. 0fll01al Navy photo, (N.W,)