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PAGE TWO THE GUARDIAN, OCTOBER 11, 1930 Published Weekly THE CATHOLIC PUBLICATION SOCIETY of the Diocese of Little Rock 307 WEST SECOND STREET Entered as second-class matter March 21, 1911, at the postoffice at Little Rock, Ark., urlder the Act of Congress of March 8, 1879. SUBSCRIPTION PRICE $2.00 THE YEAR CHANGE OF ADDRESS When a change of address is desired the subscriber should give both the old and the new address. CORRESPONDENCE Matter intended for publication in The Guardian should reach us ~oL later than Wednesday morning. Brief news correspondence is e.lways welcome. The kindness of the clergy in this matter is cer- tainly appreciated. RT. REV. MSGR. J. P. FISHER ............................ Business Manager All eommufiications should be addressed to The Guardian, 807 West Second Street, Little Rock, Ark. OFFICIAL ORGAN The Guardian is the official organ of the Diocese of Little Rock, and I pray God that it may be an earnest champion of the cause of eight, justice and truth and an ardent defender of the religion which we all love so well. I extend to it my blessing with the sincere hope that its career may be long and prosperous. JNO. B. MORRIS, Bishop of Little Rock. OCTOBER 11, 1930 EXTENSION SOCIETY. The Catholic Church Extension Society of Chicago is celebrating the silver jubilee of its foundation, and in commemoration of the occa- sion the Society has published a special jubilee edition of "Extension," the magazine of the Society. The jubilee edition is a masterpiece of printing, and engraving, a tribute to the zeal and energy of the officials of the Society and a record in cold type of the work of twenty- five years. But no printed expression or memorial would be fully expressive of the place that the Cath- olic Church Extension Society holds in the minds and hearts of American Catholics. The real memorials of Extension are scattered up and down this country. They are not great basilicas, neither are they massive institutions. They are simple country churches scattered over wind- swept prair.ie, in forest clearing and on the banks of lonely rivers, as well as sheltered in mountain nooks. To these simple churches come thousands of Catholics to share the glories of the Faith that is the same throughout the world and to participate in the solemn mys- teries that are the heritage of every Catholic. But this is not all. There are countless l riests working in these missionary sections through the help and generosity of Extension, for it was Extension that gave them to the Bishops of the missionary Dioceses and in many cases it is Ex- tension that helps them to stay at their posts. Extension has dofted the United States with thrones for the Christ King. In America we are more or less accustomed to the story of the accumulation of great wealth and the upbuilding of efficient and gigantic or- ganizations for gain. But Extension Society is a great organization built and developed to the highest degree of efficiency for the purpose of distributing the goods of this world to obtain the graces of Religion for thousands. It is truly American in its greatness and in its effi- ciency and it is ruly Catholic in its mission, and there does not appear to be any exaggeration in saying that the Catholic Church Extension Society is the glory of the Catholic Church in this country. The Catholic Church Extension Society is the gift of the Bishop of Oklahoma to the Church, for it was his dream. He made it a fact and a glorious one. Today it continues its career under the able guidance of Monsignor W. D. O'Brien, who was one of Bishop Kelley's early associates in the work. He is a veteran in the work of the Society, having been long associ- ated with its work and played an immense part in its development. Today he is guiding its destinies to even greater results under the sym- pathetic and devoted guidance of His Eminence, Cardinal Mundelein, who in spite of the tre- mendous responsiSilities of the great archdio- cese he presides over finds time to be actively interested in the humble beginnings of the Church in the scattered places of this country and its passessions. A striking proof of the growth of the Society is best expressed in the following figures. In 1905 Extension Society gave to the poor mis- sions of this country $1,934.00. In 1930, the Society gave to the American missions $1,662,- 605.26. These figures are sufficient to ell its story. For ourselves, here in Arkansas, Extension has meant a tremendous lot. The organization has given to the Church here an immense sum of money, $63,572.70. These funds were all devoted to the building of churches in various small places. To this sum should be added at least $10,000.00 more which represents inten- 4ions and subsidies to priests living on the mis- ,sions. With all our heart The Guardian extends its grateful greetings to Extension Society. May ,it live and prosper for many years to come car- ,tying on its great work for tI4e honor and glory )f Christ the King and the good of souls. F. TELL IT WELL. Jane Austen, in her novel, "Sense and Sensi- bility," describes one of her characters, Mrs. Ferrars, thus : "She was not a woman of many words, for, like people in general, she proportioned them to the number of her ideas." The prompting is to commend the e ample of Mrs. Ferrars; but we forbear. Where would our social life be if such a policy were universal? People may be affable and cordial in their chat- ter without necessarily exhibiting any ideas. On the other hand, Mrs. Ferrars may have been a sour and silent little woman, and her ideas chief- ly prejudices and resentments. The thing to be aimed at in conversation is to "tell it well," however trivial the tale or vulner- able the opinion. Are you in good and pleasing voice, have you fluency in the right words and do you put it over without seeming to monopo- lize time? The attention one gets is the test. So you no doubt have seen a common-schooled woman, without any wide experience, excel a world-traveler or a college professor in the gift and personality of conversation. .0 IMI IGRANTS AND CITIZENSHIP. A reminder of what immigrants have contrib- uted in all parts of the United States to the up- building of community and national life is con- tained in news from the Citizens Military "Train- ing Camp recently held at Plattsburg, that a Polish youth whose parents emigrated from Warsaw 2 years ago had been adjudged win- ner of the essay contest in American citizenship. He is Victor J. Rafinski, 19 years old, a junior in St. Francis College, Brooklyn. The subject of the contest was "The Struggle for the Adop- tion of the Constitution." Young Rafinski's closest competitors were a Princeton student, a student from Dartmouth, and an assistant instructor at Columbia Uni- versity. A total of 2,360 men, comprising the largest C. M. T. Camp in the country, took part in the competition. The judges expressed themselves as amazed with the intimate knowledge of American his- tory concisely and interestingly presented by young Rafinski in an exceptionally well written paper. In 1929 Rafinski's essay on "What American Citizenship Now Means to Me After Attendance at the C. M. T. C.," was selected as the best submitted from his company. He is attending St..Francis College on a scholarship given by the Long Island Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, which he won in competition with hundreds of other graduates of public and pri- vate schools in 1928, following his graduation from St. Francis Preparatory School. It is safe to say that scarcely anyone who has attended American schools, public, private or parochial, has not had occasion to envy the excellent scholarship and probity of foreign- born .students and the children of immigrant parents among his classmates. Moreover, scarcely any American community has lacked its prominent citizens among the so,called ira- migrant class. The charge that crime in Amer- ica is due principally to immigrant classes is without foundation. 0 THINK FOR YOURSELF. A man would be insulted were you to ask him who thinks for him. Yet few people at all times think for themselves. A close study of life would disclose the astounding situation that not only do few persons think for themselves but very few really want to think. It is too much effort. Billions of cigarettes are sold annually. Very few of the hundreds of thousands of cigarette smokers did their own thinking when they se- lected the brand that they smoke. They bought a certain cigarette because some person did their thinking and advertised that this particu- lar cigarette "satisfied" or that one profitably might "walk a mile" for a package. A wise, Parisian does some thinking and all American women shorten or lengthen their dresses. Fads that run rampant across the country mean that many people are letting others do the thinking for them. Few of us do any real honest or straightforward new thinking. For the most part we are slaves to the ideas of some one "else. Our minds when not alert are.like machines obeying implicitly any idea that can be gotten across. We dislike to be out of the procession or not to follow the crowd. To think and to think aright is the only true freedom. A few minutes of honest thought can bring to us some of the greatest blessings if only we will step out of the ranks of those who follow the lines of least resistance and let others do their thinking for them. Some people pretend to be thinkers. They do not seem able to think in the right way. They do not think, they only think that they think. Quite often they are following some one else who is in precisely the same boat. Would we think, and we mean think right, we must use common sense. And common sense unfortunately is rare. ARE CATHOLICS PREJUDICED? Towards the latter part .of last year a certain Rev. W. H. Rogers, pastor of the First .Baptist Church in Wichita, was asked the question, "Why are Protestants prejudiced and bitter against Roman Catholics?" As a preface to his answer the Reverend gentleman stated that the question might be reversed. Moreover, he stated that "he did not believe that any pro- fessed Christian should be prejudiced against any man because of his religion." Moreover, he stated that he would "plead to the world for religious liberty for the Catholic as well as for the Protestant." These sentiments are very fine but they lack considerable punch when used as a preface to the following statements. The Reverend pastor gave the following rea- sons for the prejudice of Protestants against the Catholic Church: 1. "Because the Roman Catholic Hierarchy maintains an insolent attitude towards the Prot- estant church and ministry." This statement is enlightening. According to the dictionary, in- solence is pride or haughtiness manifested in contemptuous and overbearing treatment of others; arrogant contempt; brutal impudence. If minding one's own business be insolent and insisting upon doing the Father's Will be impu- dence, then the Catholic Hierarchy is guilty. Every bishop and every priest is taught to hate evil, but not the evil-doer; he must have charity and show kindness toward the latter. People, who came into personal contact with Cardinal Gibbons. found no insolence manifested toward them; those, who knew Cardinal Mercier per- sonally, recognized a heart filled with naught but the greatest charity for human-kind. And these men are but representative of the general- ity of the Hierarchy. The minister gives as his second reason: "The Roman Catholic Church officially refuses to fel- lowship with Protestants in any religiou coun- cil or conference." On what basis could the Catholic Church "fellowship" with some 400 religious bodies, thereby acknowledging that God in complacency looks upon the numerous divisions in Christianity? Truth is one; Christ established but one Church and the nearly 400 varieties cannot all be correct sfnce truth is one and God is truth. The Reverend pastor" gives as his third reason : "The Roman Catholic Church refuses to join with the Protestants in any distinctive form of religious work or worship." Why should the Catholic Church join in any distinctive form of religious work or worship? To do so would be tantamount to admitting that "one church is as good as another," a fallacy upon which Pretes- tantism is built and to which it owes its many divisions. Suppose the Catholic Church did join other churches in religious works and serv- ices. The Catholic goes to church to adore God, to thank Him for His favors, to ask His forgive- ness, and to implore a continuance His Mer- cies. Would the Catholic feel very much at home if his church, where the silence, that is characteristic of Catholic churches where our Eucharistic Lord dwells, were to be converted into a sort of social center? What would be his reaction if he were called upon to inject "more whoopee" into his church serqices? This very expression was used by a church official in speaking to his colleagues when he said: t,w he average church needs pep and a certain amount of restrained whoopee under proper su- pervision to make it attractive to the young people." Another minister, on the western edge of the Middle West, arranged courting booths for the young people, while another, in the East, provided a terpsichore as his entertain- ing number for the benefit of the blase congre- gation. Even after his laying aside these circus performances which, after all, do not represent the generality of the non-Catholic churches, would the Catholic gain anything by becoming a sermon worshipper, by singing a few l%vmns and laying aside the rich legacy of the Mass and the other beautiful and realistic ceremonies of the Church ?--Our Sunday Visitor. HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE? "It is evident to anyone free to use his reason that if the Bible is to be understood it must have an interpreter." "As in a former address we saw that God found it necessary to protect its writing; today we learn how God has safeguarded its inter- pretation. "The Catholic Church has always taught and practiced this doctrine, and she does so today. Her position on the interpretation of the Bible is historic and axiomatic. Prompt and clear is her answer to the question, How do we "under- stand the Bible? It is by unfolding the secret. This is done by learning the meaning of the authors of the book under the guidance of the official interpreter, the Church. "For the Bible is not self-interpretative. It tells us ifi its sacred pages that it does not con- tain all that God spoke to men, and this is one of the reasons why the meaning is not self-evi- dent. ." "Truly, if Christ had intended a book He would have written it. Not a book, but a Living Voice was the Teacher of our religion in the beginning, and so it is today. The of the Church instructs Her c continuous life animates them, as wisdom and age and grace with "Since we need an interpreter, one in the Living Voice of the C nent to ask, How do we unde St. Jerome, erudite interpreter gives this advice to Paulinus: 'I know that you cannot thoroughly the spirit of the Holy Scriptures to precede you and to point out the guide is the Catholic Church. Unde: tion we understand the Bible in the and natural way that the most sons of life are learned. It is in ner that the citizen of the United stands the Constitution. The us to show how the Catholic not stands and knows, bht lives the Dr. Francis L. Keenan, Professor Scripture and Moral Theology. O. SAVED CIVILIZATIOt*q. The Church has seen civilization go. She has stood in the wilderneSS seen it transformed into cities and wealth, and power, and grandeur. watched the death and decay of and great monarchies. Through dred years and more, she has met every type and race of man light of day ever shone. From as from the civilization which she learned some lesson or other. taught her this, that without retigio orderly worth while existence is utter impossibility. Indeed not but many times, she has saved we now know it, by calling a people belief and the practice of religion. she did it, she accomplished that task, for which the world we live in an unpayable debt of gratitude bY lishment of schools in which His teachings has an honored you and I enjoy even the slig ings of our present civilization and in the moribund state of a pagan or dan country, it is because the her great teaching orders, such as tines, Augustinians, Dominicans, brought order out of chaos and rui the cross of Christ and the teachings in the classroom.---Rev. John P. Catholic Mirror. ,. O. MORTALITY IN EDI An insurance editor, A. Wilbur tributes an ingenious mortality umns of the New York American. show that of every 1,000 American- will enter high scho61, and lege. But onIy ten will get as far year. This mortality seems sive, and it would be interesting to cause. Mr. Nelson attributes it to lack and suggests the value of an every prospective high-school and dent. Educators would feel happier know that this decrease of eighty P' due to wise college administrators. willing, as well as able, to t raining should be encouraged.To quick of wits, rather than to scholarships and similar helps ed. But the young person who academic gate, under the im opens to four years of a dolce ence, should be informed, that he has made a mistake in The financial aspects of the deserve consideration. But they us to alarm. The academic as ly more important. Also they monly neglected.--America, N. Y. INTOLERANT SPIRIT, "There is no guaranty in puttillg munity in bondage to the ignorant. "Liberty today has such broad Hughes said, "that it taxes the ablest statesman to provide measurably assure it. Liberty found in the purpose to secure the individual--an .ordered freedom--subject only to such sound-and tolerant judgment essential to liberty. "The most ominous sign of dication of an intolerant spirit. It gerous when armed, as it usuall cere conviction. It can be the genius which watched over our has guided our development---the spirit of civil and religious libertY. "Democracy has its own capacity ny. The interests of liberty are those of individuals, and hence and freedom is in danger of own altar if the passion for trol of opinion gathers rice Charles Evan Hughes.