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.,r! PAGE TWO Published Weekly by THE CATttOLIC PUBLICATION SOCIETY rd the Diocese of Little Rock 1109 WFNT SECON]) STREI,:T Entered as second-class ulatter March 21 1911, at the posttfftiee at Little Rock, Ark., nnder the Act of Congress of March 3. 1879. SUBSCIIIPTI(}N PRICE, $2.00 Till,: YF.AR CllANGE (.IF ADDII.I,:SS When a change of address is desiled the sub.';criber should give both ttu old sod tl'e new address. C(}RRESPONDENCE Matter intended for publication in The Guardian shotlld reach us not later than Wednesday Inorllillg. Brief lews c ) " "rdspoIR (. l( e S always welcome. The kindness oI the clergy in this matter is cordially appre- ciated. REV. GEO H. MclIFRMOTT. .................. Managing Edtr All commtmicatiols about "The (;uardlan" s ould I,e addressed to the Rev. (;co. II. Mel)ermolt. 307 West Second Street. ()F1;ICIAI, APPROVAL, The I;uardmrl is Ihe oflicial orga  of t m )iocese of Attic Rock and 1 pray God thai it may be at earnest c am'flea t t .' eu2tse 0f rigtt iustice and truth and an ardelt defcmler of the religon whefi weal ,eve so well. 1 extend to it my bessing w t tle sneere hope t at its .career nlay lie long alRl pros Je ells. J()IIN 11. MORRIS. Bishop of Little Rock. 16 Little Rock, Ark., April 28, 1923. Fourth Sunday after Easter. O- "A 'good peaceable man," says the Imitaticm, "turns all things to good. A passionate man turns every good into evil and easily believes evil." -o-e What a pleasant wor!d this would be if we all followed the exholtation of St. James, read in the Epistle of the Mass: "Let every man be swift to hear, but slow to speak, and slow to anger." O-0 It is sad to be made an orphan by the death of the parents, but it is sadder still to be made an orphan by the legal practice of divorce. 0-O Ireland is to be admitted as a member of the League of Nations. This means recognition of Irelantt as a separate and independent nation. O-O A new aristocracy is arising and that is aris- tocracy in medicine, and like all other aristocra- cies it is meeting with disapproval. Inordinate- ly high fees for specialists and consultants are being resented and condemned, and if public .opinion is not brought to bear upon this tendency to commercialize medical practice, people of mod- est means will be shut out from the help which physicians of great skill are capable of render- ing. 0-0 A prominent clergyman of very liberal views recently preached a sermon in New York on "How can we get along together?" "By cultivat- ins a sense of humor," is a brief summing up of his sermon. A little later we find the author of this profound philosophy defending the execution of Vicar-General Butchkavitch by the Soviet Gov- ernment of Russia, and characterizing as a "co- lossal hypocrisy" what Bishop Manning of New York had denounced as an outrage, and we are disposed to think that he should be learning to cultivate other senses besides the sense of humor. .0-0 The get-together spirit is very much to be com- mended, but it sometimes calls for concessions in religious matters which can not be granted ex- cept at the sacrifice of Christianity itself. The latest demand in the interest of the amalgamation of Jew and Gentile is that the story of Jewish responsibility for the crucifixidn of Christ be dropped from the Bible. One prominent Pro- testant divine thinks this could be done, "since," to use his own words, "the record of the cruci- fixion had come down verbally, and that 'theo- logically' the story could be passed over in the interest of harmony and good will." But when we recall that the reverend gentleman who is so liberal in his views is the one who denies the Divinity of Christ, we are not likely to be im- pressed by his judgment as to what may be '%heo- logically" conceded in the interest of harmony. O-C There are' compensations everywhere in life. The following passage from an address of a new .piscopal bishop in Massachusetts makes up for the disloyalty to our Blessed Lord disclosed by "the utterances of prominent clergTmen, of New York: "The man who cares must have been :shocked to note, as he could not help noting," the Bishop continued, "the smugness and the care- lessness with which the stupendous truth of the incarnation was set forth, as if it were a theorem in geometry; with no hush in the voice, with no sense of awe, with no fear, with no apparent ap- preciation of the august mystery. The knowl- edge among those who attempted to lead was often so slight as to be both dangerous and dis- astrous. "One asked sometimes if the Lord who was ibeing defended woud recognize his defenders, whether he would confess that he ever knew them. Surely we know as never before that the church ...must be a church, which not only reads ' but: diligently studies. Christianity must be known. The Church Service League is trying to devise methods of serious adult education." O-O 'The custom of devoting a certain time to a .,given practice which has become a national habit wi'th us, is beginning to meet with opposition, and THE GUARDIAN, SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 1923 \\;" the opposition is showing itself in a way that is always effective with Americans--in ridicule. One clever writer who is tired of the reform which manifests itself in some-sort-of-a-special- week idea, suggests a list like this could be ex- tended indefinitely: "No Candy Week," "No Tip Week," "No Bargain Sales Week," "No Telephone Call Week," "No Slang Week," etc. O-O THE SOUL OF RELIGION of the policy and the administration of the Order, education to which they have lent a very comprehensive program was adopted, age. after the delegates have dispersed. If we are to judge from the many enthusiastic repos that have gone forth from this Y. M. C. A. Confer- ence, its results should promise nothing" short of g religious renovation of America. Still it appears to us, the evange]s of the new religious movement might well emulate the greatest of all mission- aries, St. Paul, who could say of himself, "so fight I, not as one that beateth the air " (I Cor. ix, 26). The most important speaker on the occasion was the General Secretary of the Y. M. C. A., Dr. John R. Mott, whom the Oracle of Arkadelphia (Vol. xviii, No. 18) calls the greatest religious economist in the world, having been in the service of the organization for thirty-five years, and hav- ing made twenty-five trips around the world. Surely a man of such vast experience in religious endeavors should be able to tell the world what is wrong with it. Dr. Molt finds that the one great need of the world today is a closer fellow- It deplored the extravagance which has char- acterized the administration of the affairs of the Order and called for retrenchment; it made sug- gestions regarding the Supreme Officers; and, amongst other recommendations, made two wise and important ones with regard to membership. Doubtless the details of the whole reconstruc- tion program will be given very wide publicity, and hence we confine ourselves to expressing our The seventh Annual Convention of the Y. M. [entire approval of the suggested economy, of the C. A., which was held in our city last March is recommendations as to the restrictions to be ...... now a part of history. But the fruits of a con- thrown around the actions of the Supreme Offi- vention, if there should be any, must begin to cers, and of the precautions as to the admission show themselves within some reasonable time of members into the Order in the future. We have so much admiration for the Knights of Columbus, that we should be sorry to see the Officers shabbily treated, but we concur abso.. lutely with the Detroit resolution which contends that the expenses of the offices of the five Su- preme Officers: Supreme Knight, Supreme See- retary, Supreme Treasurer, Supreme Advocate, and Supreme Physician, should not exceed one hundred thousand dollars for one year, and they did by five thousand live hundred, which is an average of more than twenty-one thousand for each office. The suggestion that no salaried official of the Knights shall hold office, political or commercial, is admirable, and if made and acted on years ago would have spared the Order some humiliation. And as the recommendations concerning mem- bership bear upon the clergy, directly or indi- rectly, we give them a hearty endorsement. In future, if the recommendations of Detroit be car- ried into effect by the Supreme Council, the form -0-0-------- their i i EI)ITORIAL EMBARKING WITHOUT Now comes a Protestant missionary "No wonder we are not making any China. Our missionaries have forgotten commission." All of which is too true. other hand, Catholic missioners are progress. The difference is found in the the priest becomes one of his flock. He with the people. On the other hand, Catholic is rather exclusive.The O-O- NO OCCASION FOR ALARM Following his father's example George visit the Pope. There will be more the meeting than there was when called at the Vatican. King Edward's was without pomp and ceremon. script. "0"0 --------- HOPE BEYOND One of the clever column writers of says this: "Youth hasn't much money youth. The farmer hasn't much moneY, has independence. Neither is satisfied, are to be envied." Most of us have money, but all who wish can have ship with Christ, and a desireto take the message to others. It will be interesting to observe in what manner the Y. M C. A. shall attempt to bring about a closer fellowship with Christ. The holding of conventions, the spreading of the writ- ten Word of God, the Go-to-Church movements, the Sunday-school classes, the spread of the Y M. C. A fraternity: will all these things be equal to the task? Or will they be merely a "beating of the air?" Christ is the very life of our religion And a fellowship or union with Christ is the very soul of religious life. But ever since the rebellion of Luther and his associates, the Christian sects that left the true fold had to be content with a life- less religion. Fellowship with Christ has become among them.a mere phrase devoid of its truest meaning. The cause of this was the rejection of the sacramental system of the Church. "It is the glory of Luther," says a writer in the Lutkerwn Quarterly, "that he destroyed the Sacramental for admitting the clerg'y will be in the nature of and independence of thought, of spirit, an invitation on the part of the Order rather is young anyhow.The Western world, the sermon has replaced the Mass ; the policeman's club is a lamentable substitute for the Sacra- mental grace of God. The social, economic and moral causes of the Reformation do not tell the whole story The real causes were mystic, mani- festing themselves in a widespread neglect of the Sacraments--a masterpiece of Satan's strategy." Without the Sacraments there can be no heav- enly glow to the fires of religion, and all the preachers in the world will no bring about a closer fellowship with Christ, unless they bring Christ Himself and His vivifying grace to the hearts of men, through the divinely instituted agency of the Sacraments. The prophet Jeremias of old lamented ,Israel's rejection of the grace and protection of God: "They have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, an5 have digged foi" themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water" Would he not say the same of the Protestant sects today? The world has had too much of a soulless religion. Present-day condi- tions give us ample proof. What we need is a closer fellowship with Christ through the virtue- making power of the Sacraments. Needless "o say, the Y. M. C. A. ar neither authorized nor equipped to supply that iSower. E. O-O ADVICE TO ITHE K. OF C. More than twenty years of association with the Knights of Columbus have made us familiar with the workings of that splendid organization of Catholic men, and we are free to say that our admiration for the Order has kept pace with the years. We are convinced that as a body the Knights Of Columbus have conformed to the con- ditions indicated by Pope Leo XIII as becoming in any body of Catholic men desirous of being always in harmony with the mind of the Church, and we have never had any sympathy with the criticisfi indulged in against this or that indi- vidual Knight. But there is one criticism which we welcome, and which we trust will get due consideration at the nest Supreme Convention, and that is one which comes to us from some of the Knights thenselves. At a meeting'of Knights of Columbus held in Detroit, February 11, 1923, presided over by Judge Moynihan, State Deputy of Michigan, to consider ways and mean for the reconstruction than application, and hence will be free from questions which belong to the laity, and, as to the laity, applicants must furnish evidence that their practical Catholicity includes the support of the Church, and, for the very proper reason, that those who are able to contribute and do not are not practical Catholics, and that those wlio are not able to contribute to the support of the Church, shoul.d be neither encouraged nor ptr- Knights themselves, we hope they will reach every member of every Council throughout the country, and influence him in the selection of delegates for the next Supreme Convention. T. .O-O EXAMPLE IN 2DUCATION O-I LA UNCHING PLACES OF Rightly a great outcry of moral 'S arisen in our country against RusSia . religion. But let us not forget that tin on religion is nothing but the outcome erature and the teaching that for been in vogue in that unfortunate mitred to incur other obligations. We have real perpetrators of the atrocious crimes picked out only three recommendations from a ins committed are to be sought in the very detailed program, and as they come from serial chairs and the editorial rooms the crusade against Christianity was laU will be well for us and the future of if we save a little of our"|hdignation idea." Commenting on this statement, Rev. Bart It is the commonest of commonplaces that we Hartwell, in the Baltimore Catholic Review. says, become like those with whom we associate. This "Undoubtedly, as a result of Luther's preaching is true of Catholics, as of others, although as we the living waters of the seven fountains of the know from a long pastoral experience, they are Savior ceased to flow for rnny. As a conse- often emphatic in denying it. quence, the preacher has dispossessed the priest; Take, for instance, the matter of education. The tendency in modern times is towards the secular viewpoint, and neither appeals nor threats on the part of the Church can prevent some Catholics from following it. And this is a real danger, for there is no more powerful agency for developing the secular spirit than education. We are all deploring the evils of our day, and puzzled as to what causes these evils, but the public schools of the land have become such an idol of the people, that we are afraid to say a word in criticism. But the time has come when that word must be said, for there is too much at stake to remain silent. The conception of a pure- ly secular state, which will suffice for itself is a dream. It cannot perform its functions without the aid of a spiritual power, and the prayer of Invocation at the closing exercises will not take the place of that power. Purely secular educa- tion has been heralded as the panacea for all the ills of the nation, but it is a failure even where it was hoped it would prove most powerful. It is not training men, even in civic virtue, for it is not inculcating that restraint and that sub- mission to authority so essential to good citizen- ship; as a consequence we have growing up a race of young men who are headstrong and ob- stinate and who will obey no municipal, state or national regulation that is not backed up by the presence of the police. For this reason our ob- jection to public schools is not so much what is taught in them (although much of, it is very ob- jectionable), as what is not taught in them. The principle on which they are based is false, be- cause it is not Christian. Christ has said, "He that is not with me is against me," and a system of education which excludes Jesus Christ from all consideration is unworthy of the suppoFc of a Christian people. Extreme writers are wont to blame public schools for all th moral corruption in the world, but that is not quite a fair way of stating an objection. They are not the source Of it, but our objection is they are powerless to check it, because ghey are not in a position to infuse into our educational system any principle of moral or social life. Much could be written in development of this view, but it is advanced now in this brief and crude form for the benefit of parents who will soon have an opportunlty of studying in their returning children the effects of the system of against those who in our midst are thing to undermine Christianity and t every form of religion. The evil see these men will in due season ripen ful harvest.--Standard and Times, 0-0- NAME OF GOD An Englishman, Lord Esher, National Review of his country, says has been furnished that a bodY of set to work in the spirit in drafted the American Constitution, can Europe, and, if encouraged, the whole a workable scheme for international against sudden aggression and for the tim limitation of armaments." To which the London Universe rejoinS: we seem to remember that the fulton, unlike modern peace treatiE to acknowledge the Name of God. us back to Pope Plus XI and his best possible place at which to take present, of the subject."Cathelic -O-O----------"" A TROCIO US EXPLOITEES One sometimes wonders how a churl business and a decadent in morals i.s gather about hm a group of credUlOU women and work his will upon them. the mystery is not so hard to solve, all people there is a desire to reaat thing beyond the pure material, in the soul of the simplest folk some the ideal. Even in a community so material as a big industrial American dreds of poor souls are hun bread. This desire has been men to exploit this pitiable condition, on its returns, to indulge their lust of to throw deceit in the eyes of a lic, all under the guise of religious has happened so often in the be no longer a singular affair. Seam: a record of deceit, fraud and, at pendage of a prison sentence, have set up a colony of weak-minded and whilst enslaving their dupes body, have themselves sat in the That these men come sooner or clutches of the law is small evil that they do. Their victims charge on society and the rail reaches far and wide. The religious frauds may give the pru but society itself seems to be unat and take hold of these blaggards debauched their innocent World, Chicago.