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Qui Five? By The Sentry the great feast of Christmas we are reminded of Icrennial criticism that is di- at all those people, who symbolic term Xnms for Word Christmas. The editor large daily paper, recently that it was "both timely necessary to mention with emphasis the impropriety of i Word Xmas." tle went on to :that the term is meaningless, students X equals the un- quantity, which is so faro- to mathematicians. In real- the term Xmas, X is the letter "Chl." In the sym- of the Catholic Church, one sees this letter combined another Greek letter P, which is the same as the R. The Greek letters X and "Rho," P have al- been used as an abbreviation which means the "An- One." So one can read- " %- ,# , Volume XXXII Faithful ""' Renew This is just another ex- of how smart our modern become when they cut off from a cultural o, r'ek Pledge out with the horse and bug- era that is so often ridiculed, i t the only remnant of the k language that is found in At the request of His Excel- modern school ,s the Greek ,llency the oMStnReVrenda, orda Bis00p ' society. Very few mem- and in c e with the cus- of these fraternities or soror- I tom established at the time o realize it, but these Greek the inauguration of the Legion of societies are a throwback Decency, the faithful of the Dio- the days when cultural edu- cese of Little Rock will take the existed in every school. To pledge of the Legion on this Sun- day, Dec. 12th, following the Feast of the Immaculate Concep- tion. Founded in 1934 by the Apos- tolic Delegate to the United States, the Legion of Decency has effect- ed immense improvement in the type of pictures shown. Pictures have been purged of immorality and indecency. However to be effective, this pledge must be re- newed periodically. After the work of thqLegion of Decency is explained, the faithful how Xmas came to be used I will rise and repeat: ort form for Christmas and ] "In the Name of the Father, and so. Christmas, itself, is lot the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. for Christ-Mass. So the I Amen. Christmas came from the as- "I condemn indecent and im- ion of the Mass with the [moral motion pictures and those  of the Nativity and the I which glorify crime or criminals. }e season from December 24 }I promise to unite with all who CJtUuary 8. The editor, who protest against them. ;that those, who use Xmas "I acknowledge my obligation IB, ihowing ignorance or indif- to form a right conscience about e, was really displaying a pictures that are dangerous to my ]IP of each in his comments moral life. ti] the matter. This Is not a i "As a member of the Legion of t of great importance except Decency, I pledge myself to see ][People do not like to be called only good pictures. I promise, further to stay away altogether from places of amusement which show picturds that can be an oc- casion of sin." Phone Station I Rated One Of World's Busiest THE OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE DIOCESE OF LITTLE ROCK LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS, DECEMBER I 0, 1943 AMONG NAVY CHAPLAIN GRADUATES especially when they are informed and the accuser This is an important however, in another way. an example of the manner many superficially In- writers attempt to foist  views upon a gullible pub- It is in this way that errors current and since most accept what they read in as the truth, it is of importance that news- only correct information. of the reliability of reminds us of the and vigorous effort that made by the secular of this nation to discredit France of Spain. and columnists have called tll sorts of malicious names, a "hMf-pint Mussolini" to of Hitler." It is just instance of the failure of men of the press to inform They identify per- as governments by applying name to them. They a Fascist because the government of Italy aided the Spanish Civil War. If he were a Fascist, there is In this form of govern- prevents it from being fair. Fasces are used "Ls a symbol of authority. is no reason to make the [Fascist one of reproach any than tim term Democrat or There are different cf Fascism just as there are kinds of Democracy. is pure Democracy such as in the New England town and representative Demo- SUch as exists in most parts  United States. Neither of is to be confounded with Democracy which up tn Spain previous to War. A Democracy is by the people. The that existed in Spain to the Civil War did not tile people. This can be seen by any unprejudiced The Democratic of Spain murdered priests, men and women and Ca- People by the thonsands. people do not do such and Spain is a Catholic Five student chaplains from the same city, Troy, N. Y., Were among the graduates in the recent class from the Naval Training School for Chaplains, College df William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va. Four of the five were Catholics, pictured, .left to right: Chapla!n Charles H. Tessier, St. Joseph's Seminary Chaplain Joseph T. Ryan, St. Patrick's Church; Chaplain William H. Turner, Our Lady f Victory Church; Chaplain Joseph P, Varden, acred Heart Church. (N.C.W.C.) New Orleans. 00One of the busiest telephone pay stations in the world is located in the Nation- al Catholic Community Service- use club here. The station, at- tended by five women assistants is maintained as a service to men in uniform, many of whom other- wise would have to spend their last hours in this country waiting for a telephone wire that never cleared. In wartime the telephone becomes the closest link with home. The station has been in opera- tion several months, between 5:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sundays. Every fifteen days the number of calls put through has doubled itself. "The four switchboard girls and I relay the calls to the long dis- tance operator, who makes the actual connection," explained Mrs. Loretta Caronna, senior super- visor at the pay station. "We see the boys waiting, some as long as J12 hours, for their calls to go through." Most of the calls, Mrs. Caronna said, ai'e put through to mothers of servicemen, and seventy-five percent are made collect. There are plenty of laughs, 'but more tears, connected with her job. Some of the boys come rushing out of the phone booth shouting, "It's a boy!" or "She said yes!" Once they put a call through for a sail- or just out of the hospital and completely bandaged. As he came from the booth he began to cry, paid his money hurriedly and limped painfully down the stairs. Later they learned he'd had to tell his family he was permanent- ly disabled. Sick calls are ahvays given priority.  Comfortable chairs and a supply of reading material are provided for the long period or waiting for calls. Leo Daschbach I Used To 'Impossible' IAmerican Missioners, I Face New Problems By Rev. Mark Tennlen, M.M., Maryknoll Chungking Procurator Chungking, China. (E)American Catholic Missioners:in the Far East are gloriously carrying forward .the torch of achievement con- fided to them by veterari hnissiQners of: the Old World. 'I have just returned here from seeing Missions in action in both India and China, and I have been deeply impressed at the initiative and zeal of our American Missioners. English, French, Italian, Belgian and German Missioners inform- ed me that the job the Americans are doing is one of which the whole Church can be proud. An old! German Bishop jokingly told me! that the patron of the Americans must be the Apostle Thomas for they took no one's word for any- thing. "When they are told that a task is impossible," he said, "the AneriC;agO:hadand rdO it."tl : p s equen y reminded by European missioners in India that it was impossible to convert Mohammedans to Catho- licism. The American Jesuits in Patna refused to accept this view and today their optimism is bear- ing fruit. One American priest has a score of Mohammedan con- verts with many others, taking instructions. Maryknollcrs in China have shown the same spirit. Assigned to Kwangsi, reputed to be the most difficult place in China to make converts, they made their center in what was tcalled the "City of No Conversions." Today they have a thriving parish in the city and nearly 15,000 converts in the surrounding territory. After twenty-five years on trial, the American Missioners have shown that they can measure up I to the rigors and demands of Mis- sion life. Their severest test has come during this war. Deprived of imported food, they must live entirely off land. Many of them sick, mosl of them isolated, they are carrying on the st,'uggle until war's end when new recruits can ;swell their ranks. American ginccntians lived in a hideont for nearly a whole sum- met to escape capture. They re= turned to find their Misshms sack- ed and d,stroyed. American Frailciscans are now ill a coull- try town jlist beyond reach of the Jat0anese, waiting for the first ch; nee to return to their people. Father Robert Cairns of Wor- cester, Mm:s., Maryknoller on San- clan Island, probahly has been murdered. Brother Damien Whealen, an American Christian Brother, was killed as he per- / A dime out of every [ 1 d"'r-'-- , I$ OUR QUOTA I 'I for VICTORY with ] II. $. WAR BONDS } Ohio, lies in a Wuchow liospital with four fractures afler Japan- ese bombs blasted his Mission and buried him in tim ruins. Many others have gone through similar exnm-iences. Many have been Catholic churches and directs the club. llg ,ed : &elogrt :eo:Vs]lvePl'q'ehVcatholic Chib .,ubilce forned an erl'and of lTlercy in be- g  - -, . ) sieged HongkonK. Father Russell Sn.i. , ,, ..... h ,H,,,, J New York Cty. (112--The Carroll spri{kle, a Maryknoller frmn  "=:.'2..'. ."', '":.-- Club will observe its silver jubilee S;a[n'"Frnco'led" e ;on January 23 with a Mass and the,-" ...... a ,. , .... I Corporate Colnrounion service at s:"leer;esoreorl'r'anISt. Patrick's Cathedral, followed itv , ,, ,h, ert,,, I by a breakfast at the Waldorf- ,n'{ t'":" .*. .......... . I Astoria -  e is me man o1 " , lle. The Democratic form] s. " I, . :rnment does not suit all L_.tL--. k --:J every wbere in the world, rathe[ a mlu eople would rather have j ___ __I ! -of religion than anything[ t I / ) anco has done an excel- AA,I,IB,' dF4 ||lb' and he has kept his ha-IYIULIIC/ :) Ullll }f tile war as he said he NO. 48 the fact that the at his very door. The of Spain has been a to the cause of the al- It is about time that or prejudiced news and columnists tell the Spain and France. A should serve the ends and proclaim the truth. Father Sch idt Subiaco, Sings F Mass In Mo. too,=, o, l.'ur. Everyone from the to the humblest citizen :i galnst it and yet It seems ll.tVernment has been en- t it from the very out- t ]War by paying needless- ,  "] vIVE. on page 8 / Verona, Missouri.--A Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated for' Mrs. Mary Schmidt, by her son, the Rev. Clement Schmidt, O.S.B., rector of Subiaco College, Thurs- day morning, November 18. Mrs. Schmidt was the mother of a priest, and five daughters in the Benedictine Order. Assisting Father Schmidt was the Rev. John Kunkel, O.S.B., Springfield, deacon: the Rev. L. L. Engeman, Pierce City, sub- deacon; the Rev. Michael Ahren, Billings, master of ceremonies; an d I the Rev. L. J. Herzog, pastor, who preached the sermon. Also present in the sanctuary were the Rev. D. J. O'Driscoll, Monett, and the Rev. J. W. Brop- hy, Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Schmidt is survived by her husband, Richard Schmidt, five daughters who are nuns, Sister M. Beatrice, a recent jubilarian, Clear Creek, Sister M. Irene, chief cook in Subiaco Abbey and Col- lege; Sister M. Lorene, teacher in Fort Smith; Sister M. Clarissa, teacher in Lebanon, and Sister M. Rosalia, R.N., nurse at St. An- thony's hospital, Morrilton; an- other daughter, Mrs. Pauline Berkenbach, Monett; three sons, Frank Schmidt, Albert Schmidt, and Aloys Schmidt of Verona, and four brothers and two sisters in Rupert, Ia. caught in battles, been wounded, and imprisoned. Others have en- dured concentration camps. Despite all these troubles, 1 have not heard one man ask to go home. Unless spial circum- stances forces a contrary decision, the Americans are sticking to the end. They intend to prove for once and all that they are no less generous, no less courageous, no less sacrificing than the European Missioners of the past. Godless Education Cause Of DelinQuency St. Louis, Mo.The moral bank- ruptcy of yooth is attributable to Godless education, according to "The University News", student weekly of St. Louis University here. "America is now reaping the harvest of a system of education which for three generations has systematically excluded training in religion and morality from the education of youth", continues the editorial. "What is worse, in ac- tual practice our states have pen- alized religious education by forc- ing those parents who demanded it to not only pay the ordinary Allow For Religious Gift In Withholding Tax, Edu00:ators Ask Washington. (E)--Speaking on behaif o'.' the National Catholic Edu- cational Association, of which he is Secretary General, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. George Johnson asked the Senate Committee on Finance to amend the Internal Revenue Code so as to permit employers, in corn- putting the withheld tax of the employes, to make deductions for con- tributions which their workers certify they will glve the religious, educational or charitable institutions. Monsignor Johnson told the Committee that Catholic elementary and secondary schools "derive their support from people in very Cathedral Circle Mem0ers Announced Rt. Rev. Msgr. Francis A. Allen, Rector of the Cathedral announces the following who will serve as C0000holi Club Head chairmen of the Parish Circles during 1944: January: Francis K. Jackson; February: Paul Col- lins; March: Tom Newton; April: John P. Powers; May: Henry P. Barre; June: Mrs. John F. Truemper; July: Mrs. Blick Mar- tin; August: John Porbeck; Oc- tober: Mrs. Ben Booth; November: Mrs. James Allen Greeson and December: Mrs. Sidney J. Gibson. Or/ Friday evening, December the chairmen met at the Ca- thedral Rectory and held the draw- ing which determined the circle to which each member of the parish is to belong during 1944. All mem- ,bets of the parish are being noti- fied by mail, of their  respective circles. The present system of circles, inaugurated in January, 1942, has proved tremendously Successful, and has been of great aid to the parish in carrying on various" activities throughout the 3ear. The following is the list of the members of the January, 1944 Circle: Mr. Francis K. Jackson, Chair- man, Mrs. Elmer Allen, Mrs. Leo Anthamatten, II, Miss Helen Beck, Miss Hilda Beck, Mr. and Mrs. Win. F. Bergman, Mr. Robert Bona, Mr. and Mrs. James Bona, Mrs. D. M. Boone, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Breaux, Mr. Gee. Bujarski, Mr. and Mrs. Victor J. Burgy, Mrs. Gee. Burnap, Mrs. Lee A. Capestro, Mrs. E. L. Carlisle, Mrs. Ethel Casey, Mr. and Mrs. John Cia, Mrs. Chas. Cook, Mrs. H. P. Crawford, Lt. Col. and Mrs. Gee. F. Cronin, Miss Theresa Dar- scheid, Mrs. Jno. C. Deacon, Miss M. Delaney, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Dobbins, Miss Emma E. Flemming, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gamill, Mrs. F. J. GinoccMo, Sr., Simon Glynn, Mrs. J. P. Gracie, Mr and Mrs. Frank J. Haley. Mrs. Don Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Win. Hammond, Mrs. A. Everett Harris, Mr, and Mrs. Ed J. ttart, Mrs. E. J. Haster, Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Hausen, Mr. Stephen Helm, Mrs. J. C. Heinz, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Herbert, Mr. J. C. Herner Meet WAC Technician 3rd Grade (Sergeant) Eva Mac Coron, of Flint, Mich., who also has two brothers in the Army. Her duties as clerk in the purchase and con- tract section of the Quartermas- ter Corps office at the First WAG Training Center, Fort Des Moines, keep her very busy, but in her "off duty" moments she serves as ,resident of the Catholic Club at Fort Des Molnes. Official WAC photo. (N.C.W.C.) Movie Of Vatican Available To USO Washington, D. C. (E)--"The Story of the Vatican", first com- plete motion picture ever filmed inside Vatican City, has been made available for showin'g in use clubs and is currently being i displayed in several of those oper- fated by the .Natidnal Catholic Community Service. The six-reel, hour-long feature depicts much of the splendor and Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Hm'nibrook Mr. J. A. Hunter, M:. and Mrs. Iaeovelli, Mr. and Mrs. Jack J. Ingrain, Mr. and Mrs. John David .lournee, Miss Mary Pierce Keith, Mrs. James Keith, Mrs. John L. Kenney, Miss Rose Lafferty, Sgt. and Mrs. Leo V. Longhead, Lt. and Mrs. P. Lonquiea, Mrs. E. L. See CATIIEDRAL on page 8 beauty of the Papal state includ- school taxes but also to build and !ing St. Peter's Basilica, the murals sut)port their own system of re- of Michaelangelo in the Sistine liious schools. Americans do not Chapel, the Vatican Librm'y, radio i seem to realize that as far as re- Istatin' and post olYice. His Holi- ligion and morality are concerned ness Pope Plus XII appears in there is practically no difference several scenes. The fihn was pro- between the American pul:)li(: duced by "The Mm'ch or" Time" schools and those of Russia and and is narrated by Rt. Rcv. Msgr. 3ermany. Fulion Sheen. POOR FED BY PAPAL KITCHENS Twenty thousand meals daily are served to the poor in Rome by kitchens established by Pope Plus XII, such as the one pictured here. A new kitchen recently opened there was named in honor of Sister i Severina who wal killed during a bombardment of aome as she was preparLng meals to eeJrve the vic. tims of a previotm bombing. (N.CW.C.) moderate circumstances." He said they make these personal sacrifices because they "believe in the necessity of a religiotls edu- cation for their children," Dut at the same time "they are saving the Government millions of dol- lars every year." The Monsignor said: "Under the circumstances, it wuuld seem that some way should be found according to which they can get credit for their contributions at the time that the employer com- putes the amount of their income that is subject to the withholding tax." Monsignor Johnson addressed the Committee as follows: "I am appearing before your Committee at the direction of the Executive Board of the National Catholic Educational Association to request your consideration for a !provision in the Current Tax Pay- ment Act of 1943 that would per- mit an employee to certtfy the amount which he will give to re- ligious, educational, and charit- able purposes during the year in order that this amount may be deducted by the employer in computing the amount of income subject to withholding tax. "The National Catholic Educa- tional Association is an organiza- tion made up of the following De- partments: A Department of Col- leges nd Universities, a Depart- ment of Seminaries, a Depart- ment of Secondary Schools, a De- partment of Elementary Schools and a Department of Superinten- dents. The Executive Board is composed of representatives from these various departments. "There are in the country 25 Catholic Universities, 168 Catho- lic Colleges, 2,105 Secondary Schools, and 7,944 Elementary Schools. All told these schools enroll, according to the biennial census of the Department of Edu- tation of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, 2,584,461 stu- dents. They emtploy 97,464 teach- ers. This represbnts a very large educational undertaking which is supported for the main part through voluntary contributions on the part of the Catholic peo- ple of the United States. "Catholic elementary, and sec- ondary schools derive their support from people in very mod- erate circumstances. Because they believe in the necessity of a religious education for their chil- dren, they are making the finan- cial sacrifice that is neco, ssary to provide Catholic schools. Inci- dentally by assuming the burden of educating their own children, they are saving the Government millions of dollars every year. Under the circumstances, it would seem that some way should be found according to which they can get credit for their contribu* tions at the time that the employer computes the amount of their in- come that is' subject to withhold- ing tax." Blames Parental Neglect For Delinquency Washington. (E)--The Rt. 23ev. Msgr. Edward J. Flanagan, found- er and director of the world famous Boys TOwn, told a Senate subcommitlee, here, that parental neglect is the chief cause of the widespread juvenile delinquency. Monsignor Flanagan tesiified before the Senate sub-cormnittee on wartime health and education, of which Senator Claude Pepper of Florida is chairman, which delved into the problem of youth- ful delinquency. "The present war," Monsignor Flanagan said, "is being fought primarily for future generations land it would be a hollow victory indeed if we were to sacrifice our children in the process of winning it. A mother renders' more in- valuable service to her country right in the home than the most skilled riveter or machinist could ever contribute." While Monsignor Flanagan did not suggest a detailed program for aid in curbing delinquency, he asserted that "too often women leave their homb for the high wages of defense plants just to increase unnecessarily the already adequate earnings of their hus- bands." He declared it is not "de " ratable for women to work if they have the care of small chil- dren."