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PAGE TWO THE GUARDIAN, SATURDAY, MAY 19, 1923 I'ubllshcd Weekly by THE CATHOLIC PUBLICATION SOCIETY o[ the I)iocesc of Little Rock 309 WEST SECOND STREET ETttered as second-class matter March 21 191l, at the postoflice at Little Rock, Ark., nndcr tile Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. SUBSCRIPTI()N PRICE, $2.00 THE YEAR CIIANGI OF A1)I)RFSS When 2 change of address is desired tile subscriber should g:vc hell: the old and the new address. C()RRESPt)NI)ENCE Matter illtcnded for i*t|bht'alion ill The Guardiall shouhl r,ach tls Ilo! later thall ,Vc(hlesday morntllg, Brief llews coYl'e,,q)OlldCllce is always w@lcoll'C. The kindness of the cl,ergy ill [Ills nlaitcl is cord/ally appre- ciated. REV. GEe. II, Mcl)ERMOTT. .................. Managing Editor All connnutncatio.s about ":J'he (;uaadialW should be addressed to the Roy. Gee. I1. Mcl)crmott, 307 West ,%econd Street. OIi'F[CIAI, APPROVAl, The Guardian is the official orgal of the 1).)cese of Little Rock, and [ pray (led that it l:llIty Ill: all earncs e lallllO l tl e c ius( o rig t 'uslice still trtlth Slid al'J lr(lellt  ere er of the re g )i w ch we all love so well [ extend to t my bless ng with tl c sincere holm that its career n'lay be long and [)rt)slll'OUS. 1 JOHN B. M()RRIS. BiShol) o! Little Rock. SATUItDAY, MAY 19. Pentecost oz' Whitsunday. .o-o---- "'And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost." -0-0 Let us pray:. "0 God, who on ths day didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us, by the same Spirit, to relish what is right and ever to rejoice in His con- solation." .o- Taunts and recrimination, never in good taste, are especially out of place in our time, but it is difficult to allow the conduct of those British Protestants, who object to King George V. visit- ing the Pope, to pass without animadversion. o-o Those who are puzzled over the non-appear- ance of the reign of righteousness promised when the world had been made safe for democracy, should head the observation of Cardinal-Mercier: "The religious results of the war are the secret of God, and none of us is in the Divine confi- dence.' -0-O Governor Silzer of New Jersey coined a new verb and one which gives the definite touch and tone to an action. Every one knows just what he meant when speaking about the ways and means of a certain bill before the legislature. The Gov- ernor said : "'But although these Senators wanted to carry out their agreement, they found suddenly that they couldn't. Opposition developed. Excuses were made. Instead, of coming into the open there was 'ku-kluxing' behind closed doors." 0-O Last Tuesday Arthur Brisbane's Today column stated that, "G. K. Chesterton, a good Catholic, and H. G. Wells, a good radical, have not been on good terms. But the other day, when Chesterton's Catholic Weekly, The New Witness, died, Welis I enforce this view we may fall back on the face-' tious Mr. Dooley, who, on being asked "Are you a Romanist?" said: "A which? .... Are you a Ro- man Catholic?" "No, thank God, l'm a Chicago Catholic.' .... Tis the same thing," said his ques- tioner. 'r. o-o- PREACH OPTIMISM. With the echo of last Sunday's Gospel foretell- ing the gloating spirit of the fanatic still ringing in our ears, and with evidence in ghastly abund- ance that the bigot is abroad in the land, it takes courage to urge the preaching of optimism, and yet this is the program which we recommend, and on which we lay special stress just now as we approach the days of the valedictory and the bac- calaureate address. So many Catholic men are disposed to see hos- tility to their religion where there is really no hostility, and to blame bigotry for the loss of a job they did not have the ability to hold, that it behooves all who are to be called upon to address the graduates of 1923 to adopt an encouraging and not a discouraging tone They should urge the young men who are going to take their place in business or in the various professions to bring with them the sound principles and sane morality of Catholic teaching and to trust the generosity and fair mindedness of the average non-Catholic who is sound at heart, and who is looking for ef- ficiency and not sectarlan advantage. T. O-O" A PUZZLE It is gratifying news-to learn that the versatile Chesterton is going to lecture soon in "-England on "Why people don't I)ecome Catholics," for while we realize that in the last analysis, conversion is dominantly the work of the Holy Ghost, we are frankly puzzled why so many who come close to the promised land of the Church never enter it. Dr. Pusey, who was so closely associated with Newman in the Oxford movement, is a case in point. Florence Nightingale, who wrote these words to Cardinal Manning: "But if it is true, why cannot J. join the Catho- lic Church?" is another. A third case comes to hand in the person of W. H. Mallock, who died recently, and who is by far the most conspicuous of the scholarly men who flirted with the Church, and who defended the position of the Church in our own days, but who never entered it. When Mallock published his well known book, I r9 '"  ' "Is Life Worth L'ving. enthus'mstic Catholics veel"e getting ready to welcome him into the Church, and they were, in a measure, encouraged in their anticipation, by the conversion of his sis- ter. Even The Tablet of London, which is never carried away by feeling, claims that Mallock stat- ed the position of the Church with so much clear- ness and cogency, that one would be justified in hoping interior conviction would follow as a re- ward, but in another column it alludes to intel- lectual scepticism, and this, in our judnent, was the obstacle to conversion. ation for all who wish to inveigh against worldli- ness in every form. We are all familiar with the great minds in the Church who have written pro- foundly and spoken eloquently about the deadly influence of the worldly spirit, but we do not oft- en find amongst great minds in the world men who can equal the late Franklin K. Lane, Secre- tary of the Interior in the Cabinet of Mr. Wilson, in a plea for a reognitivn of the spiritual ele- ment in life. During the war and the days suc- ceeding it, Mr. Lane had ample opportunity of no- ticing'the gross materialism of our age, and when it came to pointing out a remedy for the evils whic he so much deplored, he did not hesitate zo s'ty: "] do not believe we will change the world nmch for good out of any materialistic philosoghy or by any shifting of economic affairs. We need a revival--a belief in something bigger than our- selves, and more lasting than the world." In another of those splendid letters from which ve have been quoting, he goes into detail in sta- ing the evils from which the world is suffering, an in suggesting remedies for those evils. "My conviction is that we can find no solution for theproblems of social, political, econnomic, or spiritual unrest." "The man's the man philoso- phy has taken hold of the world We have lost all traditional moorings. We have no religion. We have no philosophy. Our age is greater than any other that the world has seen." We have been lifted clear off our feet and taken up into a high place where we have been shown the Universe. The result has been a tremendous and exagger- ated growth of the ego, and we have regarded ourselves as masters of everything, and subject to nothing Agnosticism led to sensualism, and sensualism had its foundation in hopelessness. We are materialists because we have no faith. This thing, however, is being changed. We are coming to recognize spiritual forces, and I put my hope for the future, not in a reduction of the high cost of living, nor in any scheme of government, but in a recognition by the people that after all there is a God in the world. - Mind you, I have no religion, I attend no Church, and I deal all day long with bard questions of economics, so that 1 am nothing of a preacher; but I know that there never will come anything like peace or serenity by a mere redistribution of wealth, although that redistribution is necessary, and must come. And so profoundly convinced was Mr Lane, of this need, that in his summing up of a program for the young men whose study of social "questions interested him, he included his advice with these two thoughts: "The first is that the ultimate problem is to substitute some adequate philosophy or religion for that which we have lost; and the second is to concentrate on the simple economic problem. Have we the cheapest system of dis- tribution possible?" It was too bad that a man of such a fine spxr itual sense should have been forced from public' life by the clamor of the material needs of his family, and especially as he did not live long' enough to satisfy even that ambition. T. O-0 wrote Chesterton a friendly note, saying, "1 Catholicism is still to run about the world giving tongue, it can have no better s,pokesman than G. K.C." . Brisbane goes on to say that, "It is safe to predict that Catholicism will be alive and 'giving tongue,' as Wells puts it, long after the socialism of Karl Marx and many other :ready-made social theories will have gone to tM mental junk pile." Back of today's Catholics are 1500 years of close study of human nature and human beings. "The Catholic knows it does not guess." O-0 THE WORD CATHOLIC AGAIN Passing in review our reading of ppers and periodicals which extends over forty years, we recall no word which has 5een the subject of more comment than the word "Catholic." Just about the time when we Catholics are beginning to feel hat it belongs to us exclusively because we have used the term through good report and evil re- port, some new claimant appears on the scene and insists that the word has no existence except in .the hyphenated form. RomanrCath01ic , Greek- (atholic, Anglo-Catholic. The latest objector to our monoply of the wo'd "Catholic" is a corres- pondent in (The Atlantic Monthly, who takes issue with the title of an article by Hilarie Belloc." The Anglo-Saxon amd the Catholic Church" in a pre- vious number, and this is the way he states his objection: "I do not think the term Catholic as applied to the title and contents of the article is an undisputed or even legitimate word to use. Of course the author is speaking of the Roman Cath- olic Church ...... The word Catholic goes back to the very infancy of the Church, but in the fourth century it came into more frequent use ,s a distinctive description of the Church in order to bland the Donatists a sect:" As to the phrase Roman Catholic, we should, as Cardinal Vaughan advised, use it, claim it, defend it, but in the true ,13atholic sense. Unfortunately the ambiguity of the English language makes it appear that Ro- man qualifies Catholic, as if there was another kind of Catholic, and wheneve/" we hear the word Catholic misused or misunderstood, we should be ready to explain that throughout the history of to is to be Catholic, and to There is no provision made for the highbrows; they too, must receive the Gbspel hke httle clu-1, I dren; and we have observed in all Mallock's splen-I ! I:00iTNDTk! DDNJI0000I0000'O I did tributes to the prospects of Christionity as  hVll00dlYli00h DRU/4.ff00ROIO i . , % re resented b the Church of Rome, there is this - .. P Y = ...................................................... 4 postulate called for "the cridibility of any reli- gion being granted.". Intellectual rationalism had done its deadly work T. 0-0 DELIGHTFUL OPTIMISM It ued to be a pleasantry to quote the comfort- able doctrine about eternal punishment taught by various non-Catholic denominations. Unitarians were suposed to regard themselves too good to b damned, and Universalists contended that :Al- mighty God was too good to damn anyone. And now along comes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with I the most delightful optimism imaginable on the dread subject of punishment hereafter. In an ad- dress recently delivered in Chicago, he said, when the bad ones die they go into a gloomy purgato- rial room, and after varying sojourns, are event- ually called to tteaven. He sets forth his com- forting teaching in this fashion: / "If men were really bad," he said, "They'd ap- plaud the villain instead of the hero in the play. The normal man is born through no will of his own; he grows up and marries; he gets a job and rinses a family; then he dies. Does that man / need punishment? Great Scott! No! What that I man needs is compensation." [ And the normal citizen will get compensation,' beginning with the moment of his death, declared the lecturer. "At the instant of death," he continued, "the ethetic body, a sort of enveloPe duplicate of the real body, floats off. There is a period of rst and sleep, varying from a few hours to several months, depending upon the spirituality of the person In extreme cases there is the heavenly waiting room. Some spend centuries there, but they all finally get called." T. O'O A PLEA FOR THE SPIRITUAL St. Paul may be relied upon to 'furni'sh a text for every theme, and when he bewailed those who mirM earthly things he surely furnished an inspir- THE KOOL KOIN. Kloncilliums, kegles, klommmde-=a-rne klansmen together wih Kamelias and all other ko-ordinated bodies need not fear the warmth being produced by the frictlon beLween Emperor Simmons and Imperial Wizard Evans. Under the fiery cross the fire of words rages over things] that have passed out of the hands and out of the I pocletbook, of mere klansmen, the latter ones t hcld, a proprietary interest in the subject matterl of the dispute but that interest seems to have been surrendered to the higher ups, together with the right of kontinous kontest konserning it. For any disregard of or disrespect to the law and the machinery of the law that, may have been shown in the past it is now evidet that in the fu- ture kort attendants and/gourt attorneys will be more than amply kompensated:. If Emperor Simmons speaks the truth koncern- ing Wizard Evans, and if Wizm'd Evans speaks] the t'uth koneerndlng Emperor Simmons, then is I it beyond preadventure that hoth are prett) fat I Turkeys financially/, But even fat turkeys still I krave provender. "ihe wizard says that the em-I peter is trying to organize an auxiliary for no other purpose than his own financial profits and the emperor responds with the allegation that this organization of the auxiliary has angered the wiz- ard because it beat the latter to it by some 24 hours. When and ,whe, the fields are ripe for the reaper he has to work fast in making hay while the sun shines. ' I Furthermore the emperor insists that the wiz- I ard received more than $100,000 in fees durin six months. This should make it evident that a' not inconsiderable element of the people is still as 100 per cent American as it was in the days When the late Phineas T. Barnum was taking toll from the ones that are born every minute. If Emperor Simmons be right the $100,000 that accrued to Wizard Evans kame in the form of lagniappe as he was enjoying koncurrently a salary of $15,000 per . annum and was charging to the Klan every solitary item of his living expenses including house rent, grocery bills, light and automobile maintenance. Surely is ardy in self protection. With the pickings so fat no are so fiery as between the ins and among the pickers. But the rank and klan need not be disturbed further the means to make their kc ldansmen fall out then is it certain will kollect their dues. Ko-operation, and komradeship may be burned aWaY krueible of keen and kaustic comment, koin will always remain keel and So. therefore, let everyone from gle kick in." Commercial-Appeal, FUN WITH FUNDAMENTALS' The World Conference of Christian talists, in session at Fort Worth, excited about a report of its doings by a visitor who said that the Catholic sympathy with the orthodox fight for Christian fundamentals. Congregationalist brethren, co put through a ringing resolution to that, "inasmuch as the papal mental matters is not in harmony gelical position," the Pope couldn't ference. The episcopate of Plus written down as a failure. N.Y. KINDNESS Of all the gifts to be prayed for, at heart, tact and gentleness in manner most desirable. A brusque, shy, curt cold indifference, a snappish petulanee, appearance of stolidity, antagonize and rob even really kind actions value. It is worth while to do a kind fully and tactfully. There is a certain of demeanor which never makes a guards the feeling of a loved one as mother cherishes her little delicate such tact becomes natural, and one makes others happy without trying to! The Missionary. LACK CAPABLE EDITORS' It is to be regretted that at times press seems to be inimical to Catholic but we are willing to believe that this s er to lack of definite knowledge than will, or bigoted purpose 'One must a study of religion in order to be able intelligentfly; and we think it  the a fact to say that very few of our ters of the public press have had an to makeanything like a fair Certainly, neither the public sChool nor lar universities gave them such an We are inclined to think that iCatholics at times do not seem to deal in the matter of religious neWS is have not a sufficient number of the journalistic field. And i is should remedy this defect.pitt NEVER PRESENTED' During the war the Germans having chopped off the hands of The following excerpt from the rein Colonel Repiion, the British ed by the Ave Maria, are in the archiv.es together with  our Sims' denial of German suL was told that the Pope promiSed.to protest to the world if a sin'gle proved of the violation of Belgian cutting off of children's hand' An instituted, and many cases e,xaml help of Cardinal MerCier, who was, case could be proved. One but the evidence pointed to found, " 's hand having amputated the cl)lld pose of begging! Little of the good the Vatica presentation eemS to knowledged. The complui'nt is Vatican case is never presented world The Echo, Buffalo. CATHOLIC CHURCH Men join the Catholic Church verse and sometimes seemingly sons One class is drawn to attracted by the sweetness of eloquence of her ritual ; some, like er Overbeck, paint themselves temple like Pugin.. St. Peter's, at many converts. Multitudes are by studying history, some by nature; multitudes again, bY Scripture. Not a few are charity. "Why do you quired a chaplain in a tramp who had asked for want to die in the same with thebig white bonnet, me." I once met a sailor not read and write, had Church and had been "What made you a Cathohe? sailing all about the world," Exchange. . : ,, j,:. ,,,'.,' .:.%