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T E UARDIAN, JUNE6, 1969 Time for a Cleanup { ! The Sentr u : Celibacy and the Priesthood During the past year, the question of celibacy for Catholic priests has come up for considerable discussion. Within the past few months, a Catholic priest was quoted in the secular press as saying that the Council should abrogate the existing law. The newspapers have published several cases of converted Protestant ministers, who were ,:::,,,; permitted by the Holy Father to become priests and to still live with their wives. There never has been any doubt about the fact that the law of celibacy, which applies to all those in major orders in the Western Church, is a law of the Church and not of God. For many years in the early days of the church, members of the priesthood were encouraged to live the celibate life and, at times, this was ordered, as at the Spanish Synod of Elvira early in the Fourth century. It was not a law of the Church, binding on all who received major orders, until the time of Gregory VII. Finally, at the Lateran Council in 1139, the marriages of those in major orders were declared to be invalid. It must be clear to everyone who is capable of right thinking that the Catholic Church authorities have the greatest respect and rever- ence for the holy state of marriage. It was instituted by God in the very beginning for the propagation of the human race. Christ raised marriage to the sacramental state. And so the law of celibacy must be considered in its relation to the life of a priest. As St. Paul, a celibate, pointed out, the unmarried state for priests and bishops is practical. He referred to the fact that apriest must, first of all, be solicitous about the things of God, while a husband has a wife and children, who demand a great deal of his attention. It does not require much knowledge of the duties of a priest for one to realize that a wife and children would handicap him in his work and would be an extra burden to those who support him. Consider the economic status of the priest. Many have a vow of poverty and receive no salary. The salary of the average priest is very small, certainly not adequate to support a wife and family. Even Protestant ministers, who receive a much higher salary than priests, find it hard to get along on what they receive, which according to a recent news article averages in some cases about six thousand dollars with extras, h great many priests receive as little as a hundred dollars per month. Of course they are provided with their lodging and board, but think of the extra expense to the parish or institution if it were necessary to make a similar provision for several others. How far would $100 go in providing clothing and other essentials for a family. No self-respecting man would ask any woman to marry him and to live in such penury. There are a great many men and women who do not marry for such practical reasons. They have obligations which they could not adequately fulfill as married people. Just consider the tremendous number of men and women in our Religious Orders where marriage would be impractical, to say the least. The Cop on the Beat It has been quite evident for some years that records seem to be more important than the actions recorded or unrecorded as the case may be. No one seems to have had the courage to attack the modern system of records, even though it was taking efficient men and women away from their real work and putting them behind desks to keep the records straight. It started in the schools, but the school authorities had enough common sense to keep the teachers in the classrooms and to hire clerks to keep most of the records. The epidemic of record keeping spread to the hospitals where we have the present abuse of registered nurses copying charts and keeping records instead of attending the bedside needs of the patients. This work is now done by practical and student nurses. Then the miasma of the plague spread to the police departments in our large cities and took the cop off the beat and put him behind a desk. The ones who remained on active duty were motorized and were thus prevented from doing the effective work that used to be done by the cop on the beat. He was the one who used to keep his finger on thepulse of the neighborhood. He strolled leisurely along his beat. He had time for a chat with the folks along the way. He prevented crime by nipping it in the bud. He talked with the teen- agers and corrected and admonished them before they got into real trouble. From a city once widely known for its law and order, Boston became a city where crime lurked in every corner. The newspapers of the nation carried the stories of unsolved strangulation murders and rapes. People were a/told to go out after dark. The subways became crime areas. Then the Boston Record, a newspaper with the largest circulation in New England, decided to do something about it. It published the record of crimes, especially crimes involving juveniles. In one year 4,689 youngsters had their names on the police blotter for everything from murder to heaving a rock through a window. Of these 1,857 were under 17 years old, 364 were girls. In the 17-20 age, 2,442 were boys, 364 were girls. Of the city's 2,539 police officers, 284 were behind desks. The newspaper has obtained results. In the past two years, 200 policemen have been taken away from the desks, and are pounding their beats, checking the doors of the stores, shining flashlights in the dark places where the gangs gather. More cops are coming from beh/m/ the desks. This is the way to prevent crime. Put the cops back on the beats everywhere. It has been proven in Honolulu and in other cities that clvfllau clerk-typists can do the paper work faster, more efficiently and more economically than men trained to be policemen. Thus men are set free to do the work they were trained to do. The hospitals should take a hint from this experiment and hire clerk-typists to keep the record, thus freeing the nurses for work they have been trained to do. Lawyers have used trained clerk- tists for a  time. The Old P.O.A.U. Anti-Catholic Agency Loses Tax Exempt Status Washington (NC) -- Lawyersfor Americans United for Separation of Church and State are investi- gating all possibilities in seeking a course of action to take since the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) took away its tax-exemption status. The tax privileges were denied Americans United because, ac- cording to IRS, the organization is an "action group." Glenn Archer, Americans United executive director, denies this, saying his organization is an "edu- cation group." He pointed out that Americans United do not take legislative action and that it does not have a lobbyist. "We think it is a strange pro- posal" on the part of IRS, Archer said, "especially since our oppo- nents go tax free." This was in reference to church groups which oppose the ideas of Americans United. Archer said he believes the re- moval of the group's tax-exemp- tion is because of "ideological reasons, not financial reasons." He said the total budget of Ameri- cans United is not enough to add any substantial amount of money to the government coffers. Archer said it is not known when the organization's lawyers will come to a decision about what action to take in the matter. They have the choice of accepting the IRS ruling or challenging it. Ar- cher did not indicate which way the lawyers may be leaning, but he was obviously distressed about the ruling. The IRS crackdown on Ameri- cans United's tax exemption came at a time when all tax-exempt groups are facing mounting questioning. The powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has been studying tax reform for several months, is considering tougher laws against the tax privileged foundations, and there are more indications that churches will lose their tax-exemptions on unrelated business activities. The United States Catholic Con- ference and the National Council of Churches, in a recent joint statement, agreed that unrelated business activities of the churches should be taxed. Americans United, formerly known as Protestants and Other Americans United for Separation of Church and State, presentlypays taxes on its land andbnildinghere. It also pays sales taxes on sup- plies, according to Archer. The INS ruling against the or- ganization will do away with tax exemption on the part of indivi- duals who donate money to Ameri- cans United. Contributions to the group cannot be tax deductible when the new ruling goes into effect, which probably will be at the end of this year, Archer said. Retreat Conference Advisor Changed Pittsburgh (NC) -- Bishop Harry A. Clinch of Monterey, CallL, has succeeded John Cardinal Wright of Pittsburgh as episcopal advisor to the National Catholic Laymen's Retreat Conference. Bishop Clinch is presently at Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz, Calif., recovering from a heart attack. He entered the hospital May 24. Hospital spokesmen said his condition is satisfactory and the bishop will leave the hospital early in June. Cardinal Wright made the an- nouncement of Bishop Clinch's succession at a meeting here of conference board members, who assembled to say farewell as the cardinal prepares to leave in June for his new post in Rome. The cardinal has served as the conference's advisor for 22 years. John J. Raymond of Detroit is president. Founded in 1928, the conference has 180 retrsathous- es in 50 states affiliated with it. Some 250,000 men make retreats u t the houses yearly. From Me "T: Managing Editor's Desk.. Now that the U. S. Su- preme Court has elimi- nated resi- dency re- qu i re ments for the col- lection of welfare funds, poli- tlcians no longer can use the promise of in* creased relief appropriations to win election to public office. Henceforth, the working, taX- paying voter will be repulsed such a pledge. What he will look for will be politicians who pro- raise to reduce relief appropriS" tions to keep dead beats out of his area and to reduce the nu  bet already there. In fact, there may well be competition between states to see which can cut itS relief payments most. The "something for nothing" concept that has been the guiding principle of American welfare pro- grams since the Roosevelt erahaS finally stirred up a whirlwind. As far as the Federal government iS concerned, the Supreme Court l repealed the laws of God that m shall earn his bread by the sweat of his brow, and that sloth is s capital sin. Rich harvests of God-given fOOd are now rotting in the fieldswldle millions of ne'er-do-well nle laze around, indolently living oi their neighbors' hard-earnedta" es. They not only don't work: they won't work. in far too mY. cases, these drones have been o relief so long, they are con* winced they need never workag' There is only one cure for this disease -- cut relief PgY ments to the barest minimum zno put able-bodied male welfare as" cipients to work as malnteP.a@ personnel, thus saving taxY ere substantial sums. TheSe leaches can keep parks andldg* ways free of litter, clear dr I age ditches, scrub floors and cle windows of public buildings, col* lect garbage and trash, and cu grass on public property. And if they refuse to earn the relief payments, clap them inw jail for not having a visible means of support. 'Do You 1 Remember? l 50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK The Guardian reported: Little Rock -- The Palace 'rhea" ter was the scene of the llth ag" nual commencement of Little Ro College May 30. It featured diS" tingulshed speakers on timely topics, honorary degrees co" ferred and diplomas awarded. There were 13 graduates. TO thousand attended the ceremO' 215 YEARS AGO THB WEEK  Ombm Tontltown -- The Rev. lbe Lazzri, O.S.B., newly or dai_, priest born and reared in T.Z.Ja. town, celebrated his first here at St. Joseph's Church,  21'Icers of the Mass were follows: deacon, The ReV. lm; Bodmayr, O.S.B., prior of Sublaco Abbey; subdeacoll,j. Rev. Cyril Lange, O.S,B.; a tant priest, The Rev. L. IL SclzW- fer, pastor of St. Joseph's.