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+ , (: Page Thirty-four ,GROPING TOWARD BETTER THE DEMOCRACY OF THE THINGS CATHOLIC CHURCH (From the Catholic Standard and Times Philadelphia.) For :t long time discerning men, with souls attuned to the richer har-&apos; monies of life and with minds appre- ciative (ff the higher values of human existence, have complained of the un- satisfactoriness of modern civiliza- tion; now this painful sentiment, that an essential quality is lacking in the general make-up of the vorld in which we live, is becoming more common and pronounced. It has become artic- ulate through magazines and news- papers that are always quick to re- flect the .temper of the passing hour and to catch the fleeting mood of the public. Our generation is beginning to realize that, in its feverish activity and in its mighty endeavors, it has missed something which above all things it ought to possess and With- I out which it can,'njoy none of the r things for which it has toiled and labored. The tremendous efficiencyi of which it boasted has somehow mis- l By R. J. Purcell, Ph. D., Professor of 'History, Catholic University America: The organization of the Catholic Church is hierarchic in form, but es- sentially a perfect type of democracy. As an axiom, this statemenL requires analysis rather than demonstration. The Clmrch is ruled from above, but its rulers, its hierarchy, are democrat-' ically, if indirectly, selected. They are 1 of the elect in point of training, serv- l ice, ability anti godliness. They rep- resent no other caste; certainly never a social or financial group; where the Church has been free and untram- meled. The method of election is dif- ferent but the result is quit the same as that which obtains in the choice of officials in well ordered political dem- ocracy. Woodrow Wilson, despite the rigid- ity of the CCalvinistic training, as a student of history recognized the force of the Church for democracy in the Middle Ages. In his book, the "New Freedom," the Church is de- scribed as the .sole means by which a man J:rom the masses cored rise to carried aml failed to yield what was'power anti dignity. The Church  " ' t expected. ihe elumve something tha proved a safety valve "Th--- ' "+" ' el " : z :' e that he might not It is a promising sign that our ag i become a pope of Christendom." And is no longer feeling comfortable as a prelate, the peasant might serve among the things which it has created the state an([ control its pohcms, like and that it is reaching out for those better things that give dignity, value and zest to human existence. The poignant sentimen of the disillusion- ment that is torturing our age and making it pause in its wonted pur- suits is an ernest of a return to saner and nobler ways of living. The living generation, in spite of its apparent i'rivolty and artificiality, has again become conscious of the stirring of its soul that had long been forgotten and sadly neglected. It is experiencing a change of heart and mind. A hunger and craving for spiritual things are awakening in many hearts. The ab- sorption in the things of the sense has been proved unprofitable. The soul is coming into its own. For a time we were proud of living in what we called with much aptness and fitness an industrial age. We rejoiced in the increased loduction] of commodities and at the multiplica- I tion of material goods. We did not i notice the sim altaneous deterioration of men and the decline of human hap- piness. Industry had assumed undue .proportions m our life; from a means it has become aM end. Gradually it has.usurped a dominant position and instead of serving man it has enslaved him. Is not the lmrry with which the an Anslem, a Thomas, a Becket, or a Langton. Prelates were counselors of kings aml often regents (luring a minority or royal absence, for they were train- ed in the laws, canon and Roman, as well as in morals and theology. The feudal lord on the other hand, skilled in methods ol' war at ease only in field or castle. The nobility was a caste, more than today, separated by wide and impassable barriers from the reeman, wno in turn was ot' a rank unattainable to the present. Once a +,i always a serf, as far as the Feudal State was concerned. Tne Church in doctrine denied the distinc- tion, anti in practice broke it down. Through the Church, the State was saved from "dry rot," from the sole rule of an in- bred, deteriorating noble-estate. Through the Church new men and new blood were given opportunity. Equality before the law and equal opportunity, political, economic, and social, are the characteristics of dem- ocracy, wilether the state be described as a republic or as a constitutional monarchy. In America, there are class differences and social distinc- tions, but they are not permanent. They can be bridged. modern man and woman perform their Eifth avenue in one generation may work, the excitement under which be a long way from Second avenue, they labor, an eloquent sign that tkey] but in the second or third generations are only trying to get through with I the position may be reversed Few unpleasant tasks? The damand frlAmerican leaders, social, political, or more production has truly made a industrial, date back more than a slave of man. It has take the joy 'couple of generations. The ireat ran- out of work and rendered it hatefult jority on the contrary are men, lf- for no slave ever loved his work. Thus I made men ot" the masses, who have we have discontent, unrest, destitu, lforce dl their way by sheer strength of tion, in the midst of plenty, and a character, by ability, or occasionally restiveness that drives man from by chance. There is no permanent change to change and permits him to proletariat, regardless ol' what dema-+ find peace nowhere. This is the l gogues may declare. precious legacy of an industrial age, I Good Americans who know their an age that placed material values t theoinnow is the time of the good the first and scorned the things that were I not tangible and that could not be ex- t country are proud of the political leaders who were born and schooled pressed in figures. I in poverty. They recall the strug- The age is corn!rig to an end. Even gles of Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, the craze for pleasure and the wild Webster, Harrison, Tyler, Jefferson, everywhere, indicate at bottom that Davis, Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, man's longing for the spiritual has Grant, and Garfield. They are aware again been awakened and is keenly that, since Washington, we have had aroused. Material civilization is giv- no president who was wealthy relative ing him all that it can give; but it still to the times in which he lived. Until leaves him unsatisfied. Not long and recently the Supreme Court was a man will turn his eyes in the right poor man's bench and until the period direction and seek and find the thing of the eighties few were the senators that will also nourish his soul. He ol' independent means. In industry, will reinstate the spiritual in its right- the mtisters of capital have been men ful position, and make the material from the soil. Only the exceptional subservient to the higher aims of life. man has derived his position and Not inappropriately this interestlhg wealth from his ancestors. Far more phenomenon that we see going on un- capitalists have been immigrants or der the surface of daily events has the sons of immigrants, who first been styled the spiritual awakening, viewed America from Castle Garden. It means that man is becoming aware] This is one phase of American democ- and mindful of his real needs; that he racy, equal opportunity for all eiti- is beginning to see that he has been trying to feed on chaff his soul, al-]zens" most starved on such a diet. To carry] Good Americans who happen to be around with oneself a starving soul,] Catholics are equally proud of the that is clamoring for a nutriment in I democracy within the Catholic Church. keeping with its nature, cannot but I They see in the Church an institution bridging all barriers, financial, social, So the modern generation will listen intellectual and racial. They see a to the demands of the soul in order to find the peace and rest which it has church rooted in the soil, with a hier- not tasted for such a prolonged achy and a priesthood from the hum- bler classes, with sympathies broad- period. ened and intensified by obstacles over- A civilization, freed from spell of come. Nowhere and at no time, has industrialism' and giving proper recog- this condition been more true, for no- nition to spiritual values, will bring i where has the Church been granted back to us many things for which we with that, supreme joy and hapiness. have been longing. It will restore This spiritual awakening cannot be beauty and gladness in a world.thatlful 1 and lasting except for the co-op- has become drab and gloomy. 'It will eration of religion, for which it con- restore pedce and contentment in a sequently represents both a challenge world that was torn with strife and land an opportunity. Religion will not embittered. Instead of morbid excite- I ment that exhausts the body and lbe found wanting; it will quicken the leaves the mind empty, it will give the "spiritual sense and bring it to finest soul calm possession of itself and, and richest flowing. i I greater freedom from outside influ- ences. Glance over the great names in the American hierarchy. Jean Cheverus, [the emigree priest who worked for a time as (lay laborer and who was later first Bishop of Boston. A friend of President Adams, who headed the sub- scription list for a little church, he so won the Boston Puritans that they I formally protested when he was re- called to be a cardinal in France. Archbishop John Hughes started in life as an immigrant and a gardener, yet he was Lincoln's personal repre- sentative in Europe during the war between the States. John England, the first bishop of Charleston is re- membered as one who on his conse- cration in Cork refused allegiance to the crown on the grounds that he hoped to acquire American citizenship. John Ireland, the late Archbishop of 'St. Paul,, was an immigrant boy who rushed from ordination to serve as a U. S. A. chaplain. Cardinal Gibbons, typifying the ideal Churchman and citizen, was a grocer's clerk. The list could be extended until it would ap- pear a chronicle of hierarchy. Such is the democracy of the Church, and such is the democracy of America. The two are quite similar. THE GUARDIAN There is no incompatibility. Uncon- Called the Frequent-Earnest-Prayer trolled and free from pernicious in- Everybody there is happy, fluences, the American electorate can And is singing all the while, be trusted to select as its political In the town of Don't-You-Worry, leaders men worth while, whatever On the banks of River Smile." their status. Untrammeled, the Church will ever select and advance its best men. THE HUMAN MIRROR "TOWN OF D()NT-YOU-WORI{Y" "There's a town called Dont-You- Worry On the banks of River Smile; Where the Cheer-Up and Be-happy Blossom sWeetly all the while, Where the Never-Grumble flower Blooms beside the fragrant Try, And the Ne-er-Give-Up and Patience Point their faces to the sky. "In the Valley of Contentment, I In the province of I-Will, You will find this lovely city, At the foot of No-Fret hill. There are thoroughfares delightful In this very charming town, And on every hand are shade trees Named the Very-Seldom-Frown. "Rustic benches quite enticing You'll find scattered here and there And to each a vine is clining .............................................................................................................................. w . BESSER FURNITURE CO. House Furnishings, Stoves, Hardware and Tools Of All Kinds 510-514 Center St., Little Rock, Ark. Phone 4-5116 Phone 4-4350 E. LAMPARELLI & CO. LADIES' TAILORS and Furriers 809 Main Street. Little Rock, Ark. + i i o a ,i + o i i,  , i , o + o u i) ' i :::::::::::::::::::_-_-;-::::5:_--L I Try the CENTRAL LUNCH ROOM For Good, Wholesome Foods--Popular Prices and Real Service 523 Center St. Little Rock, Ark. L. S. STAHL Tin, Sheet and Cornice Worker, Hot Air Furnaces Metal, Slate and Tile Roofing 113-115 E. 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