KAGL 4 GEORGIA BULLETIN THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1963
^ Archdiocese of Atlanta
SERVING GEORGIAS 71 NORTHERN COUNTIES
Official Organ of the Archdiocese of Atlanta
Published Every Week at the Decatur DeKalb News
PUBLISHER - Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan
MANAGING EDITOR Gerard E. Sherry CONSULTING EDITOR Rev. R. Donald Kiernan’
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u. 5. Supreme Court Chief
Justice Earl Warren arrived in
Atlanta Monday for an anniver
sary lecture at Georgia Tech.
Alas, the circumstances sur
rounding his arrival were more
reminiscent of an arrival of Ni
The City Fathers invoked strict
security regulations, with even
the press barred from normal
coverage. The official reasoning
behind the cloak and dagger pro
ceedings was to avoid any em
barrassment to the Chief Justice.
Officials feared anti-Warren
demonstrations by those who are
opposed to some of the rulings
of the Supreme Court.
The whole thing sounds silly.
Is this America 9
A group calling itself the At
lanta Committee for the Impeach
ment of Earl Warren has oppos
ed his visit. It has produced a
number of bill-boards in various
parts of town urging his impeach
ment, So what 9 They never
threatened violence or public dis
order. They were simply stress
ing the Democratic right to pro
test the Chief Justice’s visit --
they disagree with his stand on
We do not agree with the aims
1962 was a year which saw
great advances both in the pro
duction of pornography and in
legal measures designed to curb
its distribution. Yet, one of the
great lessons to be learned in
the fight against smut literature
is that merely condemning it is
Some quite sincere Catholics
and others have been moved to
join various groups aimed at
combating the threat which por
nography holds against society.
The national organization of Ci
tizens for Decent Literature has
been one of the most fruitful
efforts in the fight in recent
years. Alas, even with this or
ganization the tactics differ from
state to state, city to city. While
the aims and purposes of the
Committee stress the positive
elements of education and law
enforcement, in some cases its
work is being hindered by the
purely negative approach of con
or purposes of the anti-Warren
forces, but we believe that they
have every right to make peace
ful protests. This is what is at
stake. Frankly, we feel such
protests are childish and imma
ture, but there is no city ordi
nance that stops people acting
this way as long as they do not
threaten the peace of the com
The action of city officials has
probably given the Anti-Warren
forces much more publicity than
they deserve. It has also led \
many people to believe that pres
sure groups have no monopoly
Atlanta is a big city with big
ideas and a big future. Its citi
zens have grown in stature along
with the urban growth. It should
not be necessary to apply the
heavy hand of police security for
Mr. Warren’s visit. The Chief
Justice of these United States is
a big enough man to face dissen
ters. Long before he was elevat
ed to his present position, he
spent many a month on the poli
tical campaign trail. In the past
he has endured a lot more heck
ling and picketing than he could
ever expect from the Atlanta im-
peachers. It is time we all grew
for our part we believe the
battle against smut literature be-
gins in the home, not in attacks
on retail or wholesale outlets.
We believe that the positive ap
proach of our encouragement of
good reading is, in the long run,
the only genuine way to elevate
the literature tastes of society.
Thousands of dollars in public
funds are spent for the erection
of central and local libraries.
Yet, a recent survey in some li
braries comes up with the unin
spiring disclosure that few people
use the library for serious read
ing. Books of e scapism and school
texts are the biggest benefits that
many of our youngsters get out of
, Here is indeed a job for pa
rents in contributing to a posi
tive approach to the problem. A
little more television discipline
is also needed. Too many parents-
blame television for the dull
minds of their offspring. How
ever, television is controllable.
"IF YOU ASK ME WE GOTTA CONVERT 'EM"
LITURGY AND LIFE
Corporate Contrition Act
BY REV. LEONARD F. X. MAYHEW
Last Sunday, Septuagesima, the Church init
iated a dramatic corporate act of contrition.
To capture our attention the Liturgy took on a
complete change of tone from the Epiphany
season. The Intro it opens on a penetrating note
of horror awakened by our consciousness of sin
and of the hopelessness of relying on our own
resources. "The groans of death surrounded me,
the sorrows of hell encom
passed me: and in my afflict
ion I called upon the Lord."
For "death" read "sin",
the death of grace. This intro
ductory act of contrition
finishes on a note of humil
ity and prayer and resolut
ion: "He heard my voice. . .
1 will love Thee, O Lord,
my strength: the Lord is my
firmament and my refuge and my deliverer."
THE Liturgy focuses its emphasis in the Epist
le, in what is surely one of the most obscure
Pauline passages read on any Sunday of the year.
Having urged us to "run the race" of the Christ
ian life energetically enough to win the imperish
able crown of salvation, St. Paul gives us a warn
ing against complacency. He draws a parallel bet
ween the Jewish people under Moses and our
selves, the new Israel.
"Our fathers were all under the cloud, and all
passed through the sea and all were baptized in
Moses, in the cloud and in the sea." The lum
inous cloud that preceded the Jews through the
desert was a pledge of God's presence and pro
tection. Paul takes the cloud and the miraculous
passage through the Red Sea as symbols of Christ
ian baptism. "And all ate the same spiritual food
and all drank the same spiritual drink." The
manna and fresh water that God provided for
Israel in the desert were foreshadowings of the
divine nourishment of the Holy Eucharist. "Yet
with most of them God was not well pleased."
Spiritual privileges are no sure guarantee of
salvation. They were not for Israel - and they
will not be for us.
PRIVILEGE is a curiously complex idea. We
seldom use the word any more without a pre
fix. We speak of over-privileged children, usually
meaning pampered and irresponsible delinquents.
We discuss under-privileged nations and mean
those which are overwhelmed by starvation and
disease. We preen ourselves on our communal
prosperity or our personal comforts and claim
to be appreciative of our privileges.
PRIVILEGE denotes a special advantage enjoyed
by an individual or a group toward the attainment
of some end. It bestows a headstart toward a
particular goal. Or, it removes some of the normal
difficulties involved in reaching that goal. The
purposefulness, the direction of the privilege to
ward a definite end and goal, is an essential ele
ment of the idea. As a result, privilege always
bears in its train added responsibility. In former
times, at least ideally, the concept of honor al
ways included a sense of extra obligation and
duty. When this ceased to be recognized even ab
stractly, the entire notion faded away. "Noblesse
oblige" - nobility and privilege bind a person to
duties beyond the ordinary - is a motto as true
for us who are spiritually privileged as it was in
the days of knightly chivalry.
The particular abuse of privilege that Saint
Paul blames in the Septuagesima Epistle is abuse
by sins of omission. The Israelites enjoyed their
privileges, they were proud of them, they pretend
ed at least in words to be grateful for them. But
they did not put them to use. They failed to recog
nize and pursue the purpose for which they had
been bestowed. We may all to easily make the
A CERTAIN Latin American diocese where the
people were lax about the practices of religion re
ceived a group of American priests. These worked
tirelessly and with some success to lead the
faithful back to the Sacraments. The bishop of
the diocese frequently pointed out to his priests
and people: "This is most important. But it is
only the beginning. The Sacraments are means,
means to an end. Their end and goal is love and
justice and fully Christian lives." Privileges are
bestowed for a purpose.
Our supernatural privileges so far outweigh
those of Israel as to stagger our imaginations.
Each ignorance, prejudice and injustice; every
slowness to accept Christians standards in every
area of life is an abdication of responsibility and
nullifies the effect of our spiritual privileges.
"Yet with most of them God was not well pleased."
AN ALTAR BOY NAMED "SPECK"
BY FR. ROBERT W. HOVDA
(Priest of the Pittsburgh Oratory)
FEB. 17, SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY. "The seed
is the word of God" (Gospel). As the seed is
sown, buried, as it dies for the sake of new life,
so the Word of God as we known Him in the flesh
in Christ Jesus will die, will be buried, will rise
again. And this is to be in order that all of us who
will accept Him as our prototype, our ultimate
human form, our life, will have deliverance
through Him from the "troubles" of which we
complain in the Entrance Hymn.
So the second Sunday of this time before Lent
continues the Easter-orientation begun last week.
The Word came among us not merely to display
His glory. He came to enter fully into our world,
our "troubles", the paradoxes of our existence.
Is The Word
He came to show us clearly that what a limited
and defective vision may see as senseless, futile,
is really full of purpose and of hope.
The sin and evil of which this
new season in the Church’s year
makes us especially conscious
— these sad realities have their
answer in the victory of the
Word-made- flesh over the
death we will know and the mo
ral failure we have already
MONDAY, FEB. 18, MASS AS ON SUNDAY.
The First Reading in this week’s Mass is many
things: encouragement, warning, a very personal
message from Paul the Apostle. But in the liturgy
it is the Church teaching us, it is God teaching us
with the words of that inspired Scripture which the
Church must communicate to men. And the les
son is that we are sinners, saved by the Word,
that we do not place our trust in our own strength
(see the Collect which preceds the Reading).
TUESDAY, FEB. 19, MASS AS ON SUNDAY.
The greatness of the Revelation God has given
to all of us (whether or not we have known such
private visions as the Reading speaks of) does
not change the fact that we are still sinners.
So the Christian’s direction is always fundamen
tally Godward, not manward.
Salvation is His gift, not our achievement. And
we find ourselves most perfectly, even our relation
of love with one another, in the worship of God.
Continued On Page 5
BY GERARD E. SHERRY
Have you ever received an anonymous letter?
We have, quite frequently. And sometimes we
wonder what type of people go in for this sort of
thing. It’s not that we’re too perturbed about
them; after all, only some are actually malicious
in their content. But one wonders why these people
are so afraid to sign their own names.
Of course, there is a simple answer, even to
that question — anonymous letter writers don’t
really believe what they write. They know its
wrong to perpetuate the poison pen but they have
to get their pet peeves out of their systems. Many
of these peeves are imaginary. Most of the real
ones concern differences with the editors on this
or that matter. Such writers haven’t got the nerve
to stand up for their own convictions so they hide
under all kinds of pseudonyms.
One of the favorite signatures of these anony
mous writers is "A Subscriber". True to my pro
fession, and being
full of charity, I al
ways look in the
street directory and
the telephone listings
to see if there is such
a person. It is possi
ble that there is an
Arthur Subscriber or
an Albert or even Au
Sad to relate, we’ve
Hence, we presume that he or she wishes anony
A. Subscriber was one of those who wrote us
this week. He (or she) was mad about something
we wrote last week and suggested we read a cer-
tain publication for our education and enlightment.
It seems this periodical stood for the things he
(or she) stood for, and he (or she) couldn’t figure
out how we were so foolish (or ignorant) to be
unaware of the pearls of wisdom available in it.
A copy of the recommended reading was attached
to the letter, and we read it with interest.
Alas, we weren't moved a bit. Indeed, we get
the publication in our office and it is old stuff
to us. Furthermore, the recommended reading
happened to be a political diatribe about all kinds
of people who had opposite views to the publica
tion in question. We’re not interested in attacking
people — we want to love them.
Another favorite pseudonym is "Indignant Read
er". This type of writer normally blows off steam
and threatens to cancel a subscription if we don’t
stop offending him (or her) over some matter not
to his (or her) liking.
We think it good that readers get indignant
over things. There’s nothing worse than a pas
sive readership. If readers aren’t aroused either
for or against something then we’ve failed to inte
rest them. And that’s bad. However, cancelling
a subscription over a disagreement with an editor
is a poor way to fight for one’s point of view. Any
editor worth his salt will not bow to such pres
sure, just as he won’t bow to the pressure of ad
vertisers. Yet, there are readers who think that
their point of view is the only one; and they let
us know in no uncertain terms. "Indignant Read
er is normally an "either or else" person who
winds up being frustrated because he (or she)
can’t get his (or her) own way.
Naturally, we couldn't leave these comments
without mentioning an old friend, "Disgusted",
He (or she) writes regularly to us about the
problems of the day. His (or her) demand is that
we correct our ways and write only what he (or
she) wants published. Anything else is disgusting
to this particular anonymous writer. Obviously, we
can’t oblige, and often wish we had an address
so we might write in order to tell him (or her) our
side of the story. Unfortunately the Post Office
can’t find a "Disgusted" anywhere in its direc
We mentioned malicious letters. They come in
under all kinds of queer signatures. These let
ters are usually from sick nonnl# — sirk in rh*
l head (and the heart) that is. They are rnad at
editors as a matter of principle. They’re probably
mad at everyone else too — their families, their
never found a Subscriber.
neighbors, their grocer, their butcher, their post-
mas and their garbage man. There’s very little
one can do about them - except maybe to pray
that they regain their sense of personal dignity.
Yes, we’re awfully sorry about such writers, and
we seek refuge in a smile in order that we don't
become equally hateful of them as they appear
Editors, supris ingly enough, also are human.
They have a great respect for readers — espe
cially those who have the courage of their convic
tions. It doesn’t matter whether the reader dis
agree with the editor or not. The reader’s opinion
is often as sound as this scribe’s. And we must
always respect another’s opinion, even if it doesn’t
always meet with our approval.