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.... 2--THE GUARDIAN Priest-Editor's Beatification Being Sought Vatican City, (E)--The Carme- "lite Fathers have asked the ecu- lnenical council to rec.ommend the beatification of a Dutch Carmelite priest who gained fam.e as a hero of tile Catholic press during the war and died in a nazi concentration camp. The priest-journalist is Fath- el" Titus Brandsma, O. Carm., who fought the attempt to turn th Catholic papers of The Ncthcrhmds hit.o nazi propa- ganda organs. When she rettn'ned to The INetimrlands after World War II exile, tim late Queen Wil- he]mina praised Father Bran- dsma, saying "Even when in ctlains im bore witness to the truth." ttis Iloliness Pope John XXllI said a recent biography of the priest "A Journalist 1Ylartyr" by Msgr. Fausto Val- llano, director of the ecumeni- cal council's press office--kept him awake one whole night last fall. Raimondo Manzini, editor of the Vatican City daily, L'Osser- eaters Romano, said in the book's preface that Father Brandsma was a marvelous journalis who showed other newsmen how dedicated they must be to their profession, "and how they must be ready to die in the service of truth." Born in Oeegekloster in the ahnnst entirely Protestant Dutch province of Friesland in 1881, Father Braudsma entered the novitiate of the Calced Car- meliio Fathers in 1898 and was ordained in 1905. l-ge was (hen sent to Rome for graduate work in phihlsophy and theology. Father Brandsma's many arti- cles on theological and devo- tional subjects had already gained him a wide reputation in the Dutch press when he was named to the faculty of the DECEMBER 7, 1962 Agnostic Gets Post Office Job Washington, (E) -- The Post Office Department has reversed an earlier decision and hired for Christmas work a college student who refused to affirm belief in God. The student is Andrew C. Teter, 21, a University of Mary- land junior, who refused to sign an oath including the phrase, "So help me God." Teter says he is all agnostic. Teter first was turned down for the job at the local post office. Then he sought help from the area branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. After the ACLU spoke with postal officers, he was given a form in which the mention of God was crossed out. A Post Office spokesmen said "no one has refused the oath since Benjamin Franklin" founded the postal service. Catholic University of Nijme- gen in 1923. He was rector there in 1932-1933. In 1935 he was appointed spiritual direc- tor of the Catholic Journalists' Society of The Netherlands. The same year he went to the U.S., and lectured at several Catholic institutions there, in- cluding the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. On August 5, 1941, following the German occupation of the Netherlands, the Dutch Bishops issued a joint pastoral con- demning nazism. Copies of it were smuggled to almost every Catholic church in Holland. The nazis, confronted by the Bishops' outspoken condemna- tion of their racist theories, sought to conteraet the pastoral by having Catholic newspapers carry nazi propaganda releases. It was then that Father Bran- dsma went into action, follow- ing instructions of the late Cardinal De Joflg, Archbishop of Utrecht. At a meeting with nazi o& ficials, the Carmelite priest told them that no Catholic newspaper could print material "TRY IT ONCE--YOU WILL WANT IT AGAIN" FAMOUS CHILl Distributed by Arkansas Packing Company 414 East Markham Street Little Rock, Arkansas 7th & Main Economy Drug Store s Prescription Delivery Service No Extra Charge REGISTERED PHARMACISTS i Professwnal Prescription Service 700 MAIN STREET PHONE FR 4"5526 "A Progressive Bank For A Progressive Valley" ARKANSAS VALLEY BANK " Dardanelle, Arkansas MEMBER F.D.LC. SAINT JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE Patron of All Teachers (Pope Plus XIh May 15, 1950) INVITES YOU to work full time for God with his CHRISTIAN BROTHERS whb teach more than 650,000 boys and young men in 78 coun. tries of the world. For COMPLETE information, mall the coupon below to: Brother Kenneth Edmund, FSC 6501 Clayton Road (Box N) St. Louis 17, Missouri Name age Address City Zone  State SAINTS (C6"fitinued from Pae: 1) ...... Cbngregation of Priests Of the Blessed Sacrament in France. Blessed Antonio was an Italian Servite priest, and Blessed Franceseo was an Italian Ca- puchin Brother. contrary to the teaching of the Church and its bishops. On December 31, 1941, he sent a letter to Catholic editors urging them to sign pledges against the publication of arti- cles favoring nazism. "If you want your newspaper to be called a Catholic news- paper," he wrote, "then this sort of article must be refused, no matter what the conse- quences for the newspaper or even for yourself . . . We are not yet sure if those respon- sible will resort to violence,. but, in case they do, remember that God always has the last word, and He rewards His faithful servants." On January 19, 1942, Gestapo agents arrested Father Bran- dsma. Its was sent to the pris- on at Scheveningen, where he remained Under interrogation for six weeks before being sent to the concentration camp at Dachau, Germany. Father Brandsma died within six months after his arrival at Dachau. His fellow prisoners who survived hailed him later for his great charity and strong spirit of resignation and aban- donment to God's will despite his severe illness and brutal beatings. COUNCIL (Continued from Page 1) tainly this project on the Church is one of the most im- portant items to be treated by the Second Vatican Council.!' It reported that the council Fathers generally accepted the proposal and quoted one of them as stating: "If the theme treated in these days is to be a kind of central point of the council, from which the general directives are to be taken for all the future discussions, it would be advis- able to coordinate all the work of revision on the different projects with the study of the Church." The project, Ilowever, was also criticized. One speaker said its form was too juridical. Another answered that "as long as one lives in tim world one cannot do without institutions and juridical norms." Other critics said the propos. al does not cite ttle Fathers of the East enough and that it does not quote sufficiently from the Scriptures. Criticisms also were made of its style. d YJoim ( Published Weekly by The Guardian Press, Inc., 811 West MB, Entered as second-class "matter March 21, 19:  post office at Little Reek, Arkansas, under = Congress of March 8, 1897. o  Second-class postage paid at 0  Little Rock, Arkansas "#fSS  SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $3.50 the year The Guardian is the official publication o the Diocese of It has proved its worth during the many years of its existence. II wholehearted support of the priests and people of the diocese, its high goal, as an instrument of Catholic Action. can be achieved. ALBERT L. Bishop  Little EDITOR RIGHT REV. MONSIGNOR THOMAS L. KEANY. Ph. D. Mount St. Mary's Academy, ;' Little Rock, Ark. MANAGING EDITOR BUSINESS MR. WILLIAM W. O'DONNELL MR. AUGUST Address All Departments P.O. Box $628 Telephone -- FR Business Hours 8:80 A.M, to 5 P.M. Monday through Friday 8:80 to Noon. Closed on major National Holidays and Holy Days of studies of the council in ques- tions related to their specific competence, such as the com- munications media, and in questions regarding special as- pects of their activity in the world." One bishop has told the Fathers of the council that lay experts should be called on to contribute to the work of the council in fields in which they are specialists. ?['he Bishop, whose identity was not revealed, spoke Dec. 4 during the 33rd general meet- ing of the Second Vatican Coun- cil. The council press com. munique said that he suggested that "laymen could make a valuable contribution to the studies of the council in ques- tions related to their specific competence, such as the com- munications media, and in re- garding special aspects of their activity in the world." All of the more than 200 ap- pointed "experts" of the coun- cil are priests. The council bul- letin said the bishop who called for use of lay talents and know- ledge in connection with the council itself also "requested a solemn proclamation by the council on the importance 'and the function of the apostolate of the laity in the Church .to- day." More Amendments The day's session was opened with the announcement by Archbishop Pericle Feliei, coun- cil secretary general, that ano- ther set of amendments pre- pared by the liturgical commis- sion was being distributed to the 2,104 council Fathers pre- sent, and that they could be w)ted on before the closing ses- sion on the feast of the Immacu- late Conception. It appeared ttlat an effort was being made to have at .......... - ' least the first chapter of the Tim proposal's general treat- council's document on the litur- ment of the role of bishops was praised, but one speaker com- plained that it overlooked titu- lar bishops and another called for a study of the nature and limitations of the power of bish- ops and "in this respect to clari- fy the powers of episcopal con- ferences and of patriarchs." Present Day Realities It was also urged that "the doctrine on the relations be- tween Church and State should be formulated in a way which takes into account realities of the present day and n such a way as not to be unduly offen- sive to the State." The speaker who called for a council proclamation on the lay apostolate also suggested that "laymen could make a valuable contribution to the Shrine Dedicated New Orleans, (E)--More than 700 Holy Name members at- tended the dedication here of sllrine in honor of Blessed John of Verc011i, a Dominican who founded the Holy Name Society in 1274. The shrine, built at a cost of $16,000 from donations of Holy Name members in the New Or- leans archdiocese, is in St. Dominic's church. The church's pastor, Father Edward L. luglms, O.P., said it will be- come "a rendezvous for prayer- ful laylnen" and "a new pilgrim- age attraction." gy completed in final form be- fore the end of the first ses- sion. (Meanwhile, a Vatican spokes- man was announcing that the Pope's general Wednesday audi- ence for the public was being canceled for the second week in a row. But in contrast to the previous week, when he was confined to his bed, the Bishop of Rome" was scheduled to go to the window of his study to bless the people in St. Peter's square below.) Changes in the unity propos- al's text, the bulletin reported, were suggested in "those refer- ences to the relations between the different churches and the state, and in those which ap- pear to call into question the morality of certain customs in the Oriental nations." State Church An expert of the U.S. Bish. ops' press panel commented on this, saying that the reference to Church and State may have to do with the fact, for example, that the Greek Orthodox Church is the state church of Greece. tie noted that the King of Greece is represented in the tIoly Synod, the ruling body of that churcll. The reference to morality, the expert continued, could per- tain to tile practice of divorce and remarriage which is per- mitted by so me Orthodox churches. The press bulletin reported tlmt the first of the two liturgy ANNIVER DEPARTED Priests who have labored spiritual and temporal the people of Arkansas are pr here on their anniversarie. list compiled by Father Will and are recommended to ful of the Diocese for in their prayers and Holy NOVEMBER ANNIVERSAR I1 Rt Rev Vincent Wehrle .... Rev Lawrence Smythe ..... Rev Othmer Wehrle, OSB-- Rev Henry W Nix ...... Rev William J Kordsmeier Alumnus Of St. John's Very Roy Welter J Tynin-- Iionorary Alumnus of St. V Rev Dr A Stocker, OSB-- Rev Victor Beuckman, OSB Rev Basil Egloff, OSB .... Rev Patrick J Higgins .... Honorary Alumnus of St. Roy Vlenney Stocker, OSB- Rev Stephen Heinkele, OSB Rev Plus Zwyssig, osg--- Pre-Christmas. Show Scheduled New York, (1) and Christmas," a special part series, is being on three Sundays before mas on the "Look Up television program. 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