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Page Two THE GUARDIAN, APRIL 16, 1927 .... equipment, offices, heating and Published Weekly " [ ~ Mt garages, etc., etc., and its fin( THE CATHOLIC PUBLICATION, SOCIETY i II[] ' lilt of the Diocese of Little Rock _ _ 8.,W T ............. ]IL]I ONE CAUSE OF PROTESTANTISM S DECAY [H] lrevisinSUbject' andf courSe,rejectiontO oftheho( ritietset ]~ter~d at, e~ond-class matter March 21. 1921, at the postoffice| till . mittees. In due time would ari at IAtt~ R~k, Ark., under the Act of Congress of MarchS, 1879. | ~m= .... ,~::~ "" - .... - recriminations calling for the ncrl ate ~/]8~CRLPTION PRICE, $2.'00 THE YEAR ~ | "~\ .... Protestantism's failure as a religious and Protestant fraternalism in America," sent to the lem uman acuv cu- sme-lh-ngh-c-m-mlt-t-eesif-t he i;s .Wh a a addr&s i, desired the ,ubseriber should gi,e! moral influence in the United States is the editors of a large number of papers a question-] y thata theme of frequent discussion nowadays not only hairs on the subject of Governor Smith's presi-,terial for contention th.n sbo.ld r eh us in the or-ans of Protestant o ini n"- " "n the dential candidacy. The questionnaire was typi-Iwrd that in itself offers albwa -- Y ' g" Brief ne .... rrespondence is g p 0 OU~ 1 ........... debate), it is altogether . . .ya ~~ The kindness of the clergy in this matter is cer- , ......... cal oz ~ne (llsnones~y o$ these professional fo- .m,y securer press as well 'me writers on subjec merit .............. tions coming before the bureau -- ors rengmus ammos ms, lnqmre standards would occupy the IEV. ~EO. H. McD]~RMOTT ............................. Managing Editor All communications about "The Guardian" should be addressed to gev, ~ ~L McDermott, 807 West Second Street. OFFICIAL ORGAN T~e Gtml-dlan i~ the official organ of the Diocese of Little Rock. grad I pralr God that it may be an earnest champion of the cause of right, j~Aee ~d truth and an ardent defender of the religion which we all lova ~o well I extend to it my blessing with the sincere hope that its career may be long and prosperous. JNO. B. MORRIS. APRIL 16, 1927 Bishop of Little Rock.l] Easter Sunday. -0 Alleluia ! Alleluia ! Alleluia ! .O Let His Resurrection be yours also by the re- ception of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist. O The hearts of our Catholic people of the Dio- cese of Little Rock should have their generous response to the appeal of the Rt. Rev. Bishop that he may auspiciously continue the splendid Missionary efforts toward making Catholicism stronger and more influential in the State of Ar- kansas. This already has been the resultant in a measure of the fruit of the Vineyard from out the zeal and labors of the several young priests whom the Bishop ordained the past few years. "0 BUDGET YOUR RELIGION A prominent non-Catholic gentleman, resid- ing outside Little Rock, stated to a priest that if the wealthy Catholics in that community did for the church what the average poor non-Ca- tholic does, the position of the church today in Arkansas would be an envious one. This gentleman owing to his interes s,'is fa- miliar with the financial conditions of both Ca- tholics and non-Catholics and the judgment ex- pressed in his statement which we/have quoted materiaIly, is regarded as conservative., Granting that this is so: That the gentleman fs informed on the subject and one in his posi- tion must of necessity be so. The indictment of us is a serious one. Anc taking it seriously, let those of precise and orderly turn qf mind com- pare the budget of their expenses for the oper- ation of their automobiles, their expenditure for entertainment and other items that are not of necessity with their annual budget for the Church. Of course there are many who do not keep such accounts, for them, let them estimate what they spend dn recreation and amusements for one week and compare it with what they do for religion during the same week. For several months the Guardian has been trying to bringJts readers to a realization of their own individual responsibility for the wel- fare of Religion, and we have seized every op- portunity to dwellon it, for this we make no apology, hoping that results will finally vindi- cate us. We who are blessed'with the Faith are so content and so sheltered from spiritual prob- lems and storms, so sure of the security of the guiding influence of our lives that it does seem that we have lost our sense of gratitude for that influence. F. .0 THE ANNUAL COLLECTION FOR THE SEMINARY. On the 26th day of May, Ascension Thursday. six young men, who have been enrolled at St. John's Seminary for the past five or six years, will be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood at St. Andrew's Cathedral. Our Seminary thus gives evidence again of its sterling worth to the diocese. Each yea it sends forth a class of almost invariably take for granted the present decadence of Protestantism and freely predict its complete disintegration. Whatever their dif- ferences of belief as to the causes and cures they debate, these commentators are unanimous in their view of the condition itself. Within the last month two national maga- zines, neither of them religious, have published articles in which the passing of Protestantism is either candidly conceded or necessarily im- plied. Both articles were contributed by non- Catholics one of them a Baptist. Writing in the Woman's Home Companion for March, Mr. Frederick L. Collins answers in the affirmative his own question: "Shall We Tear Down the Churches?" He makes it clear that he deals only with Protestant churches and, indeed, admits that ,even the "humblest" Catholic "edifice would be seriously and sincerely missed" if it were eliminated. What Mr. Collins suggests, he explains, is the "immediate redhction, by at least one half, the number of existing places of (Protestant) worship without reducing existing opportunities for worship." In short, he pro- poses to "scrap" some 90,000 buildings at pres- ent dedicated to Protestant religious uses. All this Mr. Collins recommends in the conviction that Protestantism can be salvaged as a religion by treating it like a business. What is signifi- cant is his admission that Protestantism in many places has "failed to function." Even more frank than Mr. Collins in acknowl- edging Protestantism's collapse but incompar- ably less hopeful of its recovery is Mr. Herbert Parrish, in the Atlantic Monthly for March. Mr. Parrish titles his article, "The Break-up of Prot- estantism." In the course of it he ventures var- mus explanations to account for the process of whether the recipient believed "religious issues should have place in the field of national poli- tics" and whether "the nomination of Alfred E. Smith or any other Roman Catholic, with the collective support of the Roman Catholic ele- ment would inject this issue?" Like those two, the other questions were so framed as to assume as proved the very thing about which the in- quiry was professedly made. Here is one more specimen of the "questions, .... In the event of the election to the Presidency of Alfred E. Smith or any other Roman Catholic acknowl- edging allegiance to a foreign ecclesiastic, would you have confidence in his presidential oath to support the Constitution." One of these "questionnaires" was received by Talcott W. Powell, manager and editor of the Middletown (N. Y.) Times Herald. Mr. Powell is the son of a Protestant minister. E. Rowland Harriman and W. Averell Harriman, owners of the Times-Herald are also Protestants and Republicans. Mr. Powell, making his paper's reply to the Fellowship-Forum's trick questions, said in part: "Your questions are unfair, leading and are worded to coerce answers favorable only to your side of the issues you raise. "Lest you charge me with bias, let me assure you that I am the son of a Protestant minister and that the Times-Herald is controlled and managed entirely by members of Protestant de- nominations. As editor of this paper I am at present opposed to the candidacy of Governor Smith. "The Times-Herald sets up no shibboleths, political or otherwise; its policies represent the honest belief of its directors on each issue. We do, however, believe in hard, clean fighting. In disintegration he describes, but he offers no hint effect you are asking us to aid you in a rankly of a remedy. Indeed, he disclaims either the unsportsmanlike fight against a man who has hope or the desire that the dissolution be pre-lalways played the game according to the rules. vented. "It is my conviction," he says, "thatlWe feel that he is entitled to the same consider- the sooner Protestantism disappears from Amer- ican life, the better." Mr. Parrish condemns the "narrow sectarian spirit" of Protestantism and its alliance with the Anti-Saloon League, and criticizes ruthlessly the willingness of the Protestant sects to condone hypocrisy and mendacity in the interest of Prohi- bition. Mr. Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University, himself a Presbyterian, is another witness to this Protestant propensity to abet in, tolerance, and he is also an example of the repugnance with which intelligent and broadminded men and women regard this sort of bigotry. Only recently Dr. Butler found it necessary to deplore an "appalling revival of in- tolerance" and to denounce the "activities of persons clad in sheets, persecuting here a Cath- olic, there a Jew, then a negro"to realize the program of government by "native-born, white Protestants." How this religious bigotry may disgust fair and conscientioug Americans had still further exemplification a few weeks ago when the Fel- lowship Forum, which calls itself " a voice for diocese, comes to the attention of our Catholic people. Local matters are, of course, paramount to the people of a parish. However, our Right Rev- erend Bishop once each year asks his people to give consideration to the seminary and its needs. He has set aside Easter Sunday as the time for taking up a special collection for John's. This Sunday should mean an opportun- ity for the Catholics Arkansas to show their appreciation for this institution and its work. In justice they should, indeed, demonstrate their recognition of its importance. It may be that the priest who serves them is a product of the institution ; at any rate, it is more than likely that the pastor of the future will be a priest who has been educated in our own diocesan sem- young manhood which, by painstaking eff0rts,]inary. it has cared for, instructed and ti'ained. rhe The needs of the seminary grow with the young ' " men whom is preparing for this year s passing of the years. What at one time would suffice for its maintenance is not now nearly sufficient. This year it has enrolled its largest number of students. In May it turns out its largest class at one ordination. It depends upon the g nerosity of those whom it is endeaOoring to serve in order to meet what would otherwise constitute a yearly deficit in expense of main- tenance. Be generous to the Seminary on Easter Morn. .o. FEDERATIONIZED EDUCATION (Editorial, Washington Post) It is astonishing that a body of educators should be so ignora at of the Constitution as to assume, that the federal government can take Ordination Class will be soon leaving its walls to give their all in spiritual ministration to the Catholic people of Arkansas. Within a few weeks after their ordination the young priests will be engaged with the varied duties of their ministry somewhere in our very midst: In the performance of the Divine Master's ork they will be constantly using the knowledge gained in the classrooms at their Alma Mater. They will be fortified in their zeal and cleanness of life by the spiritual influences which the insti- tution makes a dominant part of their daily lives. It is only on the occasion of an ordination ceremony or other ecclesiastical function that this institution, which furnishes priests to the ation from his opponents. "When the time comes for the battle we shall be there, but we shall not hit below the belt be- cause he takes advantage of a sacred Constitu- tional guarantee to worship. God according to the dictates of his conscience. "Your questionnaire is an adroit impertinence to any real American." There can be little doubt that thousands of men and women who have a sense of fairness, a pride of intellect, and a respect for their Americanism not to mention sentiment of charity and ,Christian fellowship are lost to Protestantism every year by reason of the viru- lence of some of its champions. It is all the more strange that this is true since Protstants could, if they chose, act their creed that "one religion is as good as another" and all entitled to respect. It appears, however, that Protest- antism, after having sacrificed almost every fundamental of Christianity in order to be "in- dependent" is nevertheless unwilling to forsake its unworthy companionships in order to be tol- erant." f control of the school system. It would be still more astonishing to see those educators still in- sisting upon the innovation, assuming that it could be effected, after they had learned what would follow. A federal department of education would be worthless unless it had jurisdiction over the public schools. No doubt the National Educa- tional Association had( in mind the transfer of jurisdiction over the schools to the federal gov- ernment. If that is desired, the end can be at- ained only by a constitutional amendment. The public schools are maintained at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, raised by state taxation. Included in the cost is the pay of thousands of superintendents and tens of thou- sands of teachers. The direction and control of the public school system by the federal govern- ment would call for an establishment as large and ramified as the postoffice department. The scramble for "pork" in the shape of fed- eral buildings would be magnified into a riot at every session if congress were required to pro- vide every schoolhouse in the United States. What curriculum would be selected by the bureaucracy at Washington for the education of America's youth? Would the United States permit teachers to instruct their charges that i man is descended from a monkey? Or would congress stimulate that no theory should be taught unless its validity had been established by some commission or bureau of educational standards, appointed by the President by and with the advice of the senate? .Naturally, a bureau of educational standards would require a laboratory, a library, testing of congress, if not of the Union, longer than those great filled the Middle Ages with war. ERICSON'S The Masonic-Kluxer hies the assertion of the Erickson, who is believed to have to discover America, was a the ground that "the Roman as it exists today was not then that time." (sic!) Lief Ericson ginning of the eleventh centurY' a Roman Catholic, he must have for there was no other Christia days. The Echo, Buffalo. BRUCE BARTON Swatting Bruce Barton Nobody Knew,' seems a certain Catholic preachers and They take him to task for the divinity of Christ and His humanity." We make no brief for BartOn. him? In his book, even though the divinity of Christ he has urable lot in bringing Christ others who might not have kn wise. And that is considerably $' of us carping, critical CatholiCS Tablet, Brooklyn, N. . A NOTABLE t Bishop Canevin was chosen to largest and most prosperoUS United States. He betrayed to obtain the mitre or to tastes, and indeed his whole c proclaim and demonstrate those rare prelates who slightest fear of provoking a retort nolle episcopari- I do a Bishop. He resigned his See, than he had intended, but not unable to spend years in that better world to which to lead the Christians under The Transcript, Hartford. LENT IN NEW yot The Knights of ColumbUS to all Catholic papers and throughout the country, following item: "The $4, of the New York Chapter, was opened with elaborate March 12. . exhibitions diving were held. . as the orchestra for dancing struck orchestra played for dancing during luncheon . . at torium was turned into a building of its kind ever auspices in this country." In- ord, Louisville. FORD'S FATHER WAS J We have looked up in two I[ nry Ford, and can thority that he is what is usU American. Henry's father, bora at Brandon, County cork migrated to Michigan, where I,ittogot, a farmer's daughter" in 1863. William Ford seeins to Episcopalian (there are that faith "when he came to Henry developed into a gre nothing would do him but a Ford plant in' Cork, to not forget the land of his passage will occur in his The Fords, in and about ant farmers; and William to Greenfield, Mich., was quite his married life on a forty-acre here a striking answer to the o that the Irish are shiftless We file Henry and mark hir The Citizen, Milwaukee.