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i! ) " J I' . Published Weekly by THE CATtIOLIC PUBLICATION SOCIETY oI the Diocese of l,ittle Rock 309 WEST SECOND STREET Entered as second-class n, atter Jlarch 21, 1911, at the postoffice al Little Rock, A'rk.. ander the Act of Congress of March 3 1879. SUBSCRIPTION PI(ICE. $2.00 TIlE YEAR CIIAN(;E OF ADDRFSS Whe a change of address is desired the subscriber should give both e old and the new address. CORRISI'ONDEN('E Matt'er intended for Imbheation ih The Gtmrdian should re,cb us not Later than Wednesday rnol'nlllg, Brief ,lews correspondence is always welcome. Tixe kindness of the clergy in this matter is cordially appre- ciated. REV. GEO. II. McDERMOTT ................... Managing Editor All communications about "The Gnardlan" shouk] be addread to the Re. Geo. II. Mcl.)e'mott. 307 ",*cst Secon.d Street. OFFICIAL APPROVAL The Guardlan is the official organ of the Diocese of L'htle Rock, and !r pray God that it may be an earnest champion in the cause of right justice and truth and an urdent defender of the religion whh we all have so well. I extend to it my blessing with the sincere 'hope that its career may be long and prosperoue, JOhN B. MORRIS, Bishop of Little Rock. Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 1, 1923. ... - . ::' Pacifists who will not admit the need of war under any consideration must be dreadfully shock- ed and sndalized at Rear Admiral Rodgers, vho insisted in a recent speech that the use of armed ' :,) force was necessary to uphold law, as it exists in the world today. Incidentally, he minimized the ':::i,' value of the League of Nations as a factor for :: ' peace, except in cases where the desire for peace )::I actually outweighed the causes for war. H o-e Dr. Walsh has shown so much skill in vindicat- ing the claims of Catholics for recognition by the scic.ntific, that we are not surprised to hear that a new name to a list practically unknown not only to the world, but also to Catholics themselves. To the great names of Mendal, Haug and Pasteur, he now adds that of Fanchard, who published two hundred years ago a book which anticipated near- ly all modern advance in dentistry. O'C Spring Bank is doubtless a new nazne to our readers, but it is destined to become known. I is the place selected for the meetings of the Group Conferences in the middle West of the Catholic Hospital Association. It is situated near Milwau- kee, and it is placed at the disposal of the asso- ciation which one day may own it altogether, as it seems to be the aim at present to have similar meeting places conveniently located throughout the country. Originally it was Father Moulinier's idea to form the Catholic Hospital Association into sections from the begin,ning, but the idea of one strong national organization prevailed, and Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.. -O-O "Bear ye one anothers burdens, and so you shall fulfill the law of Christ." O-O Kluxer or Krusader? That is the latest ques- tion for the boys to answer. They do not know Just where they are at, but many of them look' upon it all as a Katch-for-Koin. O-O Readers of the current number of The Dublin Review will be delighted with the references which Sir Bertram Wurdle makes to Sir George Mivart, who was so clover in science, and so weak in theology. O-O When Maud Gonne Mcbride tried to interfere with a Free State meeting, President Cosprave silenced the heckler in typical Irish faction, but in language more effective than chivalrous "Had you not dropped your husband's name until after he was executed?" - O-& The hopeless optimist who will not admit that there is any service leakage from the Church gets a jolt from time to time. The latest has been imparted by the publication of a book--Medieval English Nunneries, from the pen of Eileen Power. The author is aClecturer in Girton Colllege, near Cambridge, England, but her name is an indica- tion that all the Powers have not kept the faith. t , . ,, 00 , , --: CathOlic WHters, is the special Intenti0" to be prayed for by the members of the League of the Sacred Heart during the month of August, and it is to be hoped the subject will be taken in its widest scope, so that it may include everything that is implied in it. We cannot say that the com- pensation is big, but we can say that the harvest is great and the laborers in that special field com- paratively few. o-o It will be gratifying news to hear that the habit of taking drugs cannot be laid at the door of the indiscretion of physicians in prescribing mor- phine, etc., to their patients. "Of several hun- dred addicts to whom I have spoken," writes Dr. Copeland of New York, "only two or three blamed the physicians." "I am glad," he adds, "to testify that. relatively few persons acquire the drug habit as a result of the unwisdom of doctors." THE GUARDIAN, SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, l!23 The hopelessness of controversy often occurs to us. Recently we were reading Froude's "Life" of Erasmus, and we met a delicious morse] in a book whose whole purpose is to sneer at the dis- pensing power in the Church. The writer was discussing the request of Henry VIII to be di- vorced from Queen Catherine, and he calmly makes this statement: "Catherine was past child- bearing. It was just one o those situations in which the dispensing powers of the Popes might be usefully exerted, and Clement, so far as he was concerned, would have made no objection at all." What is t',.e use of attempting to argue with a writer whose smug superiority permits him to sit in judgment on everyone, and who does not hesitate to slander a pope when it suits him. But the superiority complex of James Anthony Froude makes it hopeless to argue with him. .0-0 Sometime ago the question of book censorship received a great deal of attention, and now that the booksellers are promising their cooperation, we may expect some decrease in the output of nas- tiness in a form that is calculated to do much harm. During a recent convention of publishers held in Detr}!t a stand was taken against immoral books in the following resolution, and the re- marks of the one dissenting delegate were voted stricken from the records: It behooves each one of us, therefore, to take a stand for clean books as we do for clean bodies, clean homes and clean stores and don't let it be said that" we are lacking the appreciation of our responsibility towards our community to sell nothing but wholesome books. Of course, gentle- men, I realize that perhaps when we refuse to deal in fhis class of books we are losing business and possibly an immediate profit, but I don't be- lieve we lose in the long run and, I for one, do not want to be a party in any such business, which means the lowering of he moral standards of our community. K. OF C. GROWTH AND ACTIVITY The spread of the Knights of Columbus is a re- markable phenomenon. The organization is not much more than forty years old, and yet i* has al- ready branched into other c6untri'es besides the United States, for whose benefit it firs{ came into existence. And as an evidence of its ambition to be not only international but universal like the Church itself, it held its Supreme Convention in Montreal, Canada, this year. At mat convention the interesting information was given o the oub- lic that eighty-five new councils were establisheC during the past year; and whilst we have not be- fore us the number that these accessions add to the:order, we feel reasonably certain that it was larger than the number0f deaths, and the deaths for the past twelve mgnths were 5,542. But mere members do not bring out the healthy growth of the K. of C. and the useful activities in which they are engaged, and of these we have some intima- tion from the press reports of the Supreme Con- vention. We like the stress which is being laid on the ed- ucational work carried on'under the auspices of the Order for disabled veterans; we regard the welfare program in Rome, as admirable in every way, and we applaud the stand the Knights are taking against those who would inject racial or religious bias into the government or social life of this country. It seems late in the day to protest our devo- tion to principle and our loyalty to country, but if we must protest against any imputation against one or the other;.we say in the words of the Su- exasperation might be avoided if the spirit of our Government were kept in mind. ihe Fathers who framed our Constitution visited on three coordi- ' r nate branches of government, the Legislative, the Executive and the Judicial, and if each branch re- spected the rights of the others, Yriction would not result and criticism would be avoided. Of late years there has been a disposition on the part ing example of the prevalence very odious form, by taunting this nation which has done so m [ When we first had intimations of Europe did n, put the vices during the war which we them we confess we received a now when we are taunted that of the Executive to ignore the other branches, and war for national profit, we are that has been carried to the extent that whenever less. However, the proverbial a crisis arises the cry is heard on every side, every cloud is in evidence even "What is the President going to do?" and not a word is said about Congress. Is it any wonder therefore, that the President is exposed not only to criticism but ccnsure, for if he is tho only person to move when economic or political disaster theraten, he is the one to fake the blame; and after the experience of President Wilson's scornful settin.g aside of the senate in the matter of the Treaty that ended the war, fu- ture Presidents may well feel the wrath of of- fended senators. T. O-0 ...... OVERWORKED PRIESTS Ever since President Harding was stricken with the illness which proved so fatal, the press has been discussing the cause of his breakdown, and it is now generally conceded that the Presi- dency is a trying position for any one, but that it is a killing one for a man of Mr. Harding's gentle and kindly nature. The discussion has gone the length of devising schemes whereby the office of the President might be relieved of some of the nu- merous details which onsume time and strength, and the British system which presses he Prince of Wales into service for the King comes in for commendation. What the predential office doe or the presi- dent, the pastoral ffice does for the .pastor, it drives him into retirement or an untimely grave. The stt6nuousness of our age and of our'land has invaded the sanctuary, and the priest is so robbed .of that leisure which is said to be the greatest of all teachers, and which, theoretihally is supposed to be his, that he has no. time to find his soul or to rest his body. The Church, it Is true, tries hard to protect her priests from too.great absorp- tion in the material side of life by insisting on meditation and spiritual reading outside the Di- vine,Qffice, but her material solicitude is not al- ways able to pope with duties devolving upon a priest in greater number than can be found in any other public man. A priest is expected to attend to so many things that it is no't surprising that some of them are neglected, that his own spiritual growth is arrested, and that the Church is de- prived of capable ]e'adership. He has aiI the du- ties bound up with the pastoral office: Marriages, baptisms and funerals; he has confessions to hear, and sermons to prepare and to preach; he has a school to finance and to superintend;; he has the importunities of the poor to face, and civic duties which he should not neglect. All these must be attended to, and a priest who is systematic in the management of his time is equal to every demand, but the priest who is not is swamped. But.there are many 'other demands which the complexities of our modern life seem to make on the time of a priest, and it is in meeting these that the problem of the overworked priest is to be solved. But to succeed, tact is necessary on the part of the priest, and consideration on'the part of the people. Every zealous priest Will try to adapt his life to the needs of his parishioners, and if, now and then, he seems to fail, a generous people will always understand that "Father never fails us unless something unusual has turned up." preme Grand Knight, "We can tolerate any rea-]This will not prevent overwork of priests, but it sonable difference of opinion, but we shall not[ will help. tolerate reflections on our integrity. We have[ o-o been overpatient with Our slanderers. We shall l AN EXAMPLE--AND A REBUKE not be ]n the future; the law can be invoked to check malicious lying." So that the growth of the K. of C. is stisfactory, and the future full of promise.  T. "O-O CRITICISM AND CENSURE Ever since the death of Mr. Harding there has been much agitation over the propensity of the American people to indulge in criticsm of public disenchantment which America is ing will teach the fundamental your neighbor, you must love wise there would be no not be too great. A very of that lesson is to avoid those glements, against which we have with the wilfully disturbed we can do the world more own business, which, by the science, disturbed enough to ing abilities. And there are that that is what the United President Coolidge is [with the attitude of France I obligations towards this country, has money to finance money to pay debts, is not likely ca to any feelings of altruism in Dr. Butler, President, of has just returned from a rope, and he had this to say: "It wise to allow our European any illusion that the lnited League of Nations." And David Jayne Hill, ternational questions always approves of boasting about the not being involved in the Europe, and ncurs in this lamented PreMdent. "It is and disinterested agent of and advtmcing civilization, with conscience, than be shackled by a wfiich sm'renders our freedom to a military alliance the right ca's duty to the world." should not join the League of not enter the Court of as Mr. Hill so splendidly puts it, of this fie,ion should shrink from ly rsent such temptations to are *re-tdya to accept the Lea League's Court, let us be honest  cursing the League. If the for us its law and its Court are ble." /But tie, whicbjs a making 0u: posit'io] -clearer England and France at dagger we know what side to take? No, selfish. Wo shall be doing by holding aloof from its showing that there is at least not militaristic! EDITORIAL A JOB FOR A In Governor Walton the state a chief executive who knows ho' lessness and who does not itary force to protect citizens According to the governor's men, and in Kansas it took the form of urging people to pledge themselves against a practice which is so injurious to the nation. No doubt this is in a measure true, but, as theNew York Times so justly observes, the late President re- ceived very considerate treatment both from the press and the public, and there has come to light no evidence that he resented that discussion of his policies which every public man may very well expect. But with the friends of Mr. Harding and the friends of every other man in office, either in Church or state have a right to expect, and that is freedom from hasty censure or unfair blame. We recall an instance of a Catholic layman, who was disposed to blame his bishop because the bank in which both of them kept accounts, failed, although the bishop did not lnow the man per- sonally, and never knew that he had a sum of money or deposit until the catastrophe, and whilst censure is not often indulged in with such mani- there was wisdom in the decision, for only[lest unfairness, it is altogether too freely invoked, through a strong and nation-wide organization [when some one must be blamed, As 'far as crit- could the greatness and magnitude of the activi-[mising or censuring our Presidents is eoncernl, ties of Catholic hospital be brought home to all. we are simple enough to believe that some of its For years good Catholics have been scandalized by the conduct of delegates to conventions which meant continental journeys, wzth no provision made for attending Mass on Sunday. And this quietly setting aside of a grave obligation has happened in the case of societies otherwise almost ostentatiously Catholic. As we never failed to enter our protest against sttch unnecessary laxity, we have been edified by 'the conduct of The Fraternal Order of Eagles, who, on their way to Denver. Col., to attend a convention, stopped their special train in Bur- lingon, Iowa, in order that the Catholic dele- gates and their wives might hear Mass. As the Eagles are not a Catholic society, this example of consideration for those members who are Catho- lics, is a rebuke to societies professedly Catholic, and we commend it wholeheartedly for, in days when the ,spiritual is made to yield to the tem- poral on the slightest p{ovocation devotion to the one thing necessary on Sundayto worship God -:- is worthy of commendation. T. O-C AMERICAN SELFISHNESS! Ingratitude is so base that even those who are not capable of displkying any refined feeling are shocked . at any exhibition of it, and Catholics will never be allowed to forget the gentle com- plaint contained in the words, "Were there not ten made clean and where are the nine?" until the Church ceases the public reading of the Gospel on the thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Nation, as well as individuals, can be guilty of ingratitude, and all Europe is now giving a strik- Blake, there have been 2,500 throughout the state during Catholic Advance. NEEDED A JOINT The time has come when licans both should rise up of a masked organization which dent for having testified in the otism of so fine a body as the bus. The effort to make Mr. President a letter written when h of Massachusetts is an outra exhibition of super-government guish the liberties of the re national political chairmen canism enough to provide at shall not be used secretly or politics.--N. Y. World. FACTS--NOT Popular writers frequently the matter of physical science or rejects proof not on its meritS, astical authority. The intelligent ( whatever science has proved to not mistake mere hypothesis olic mind, based on the sand years, does not jump at sions. That is why not accept the extreme evolution ascent from the ape. Thus far mere hypothesis founded on a historic man and the wild ge e bastic writers; If a man could murder on the same flimsy would rise up in revolution Michigan Catholic. :5.,.i:.) :U , i