The Georgia bulletin (Atlanta) 1963-current, February 14, 1963, Image 5

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GEORGIA BULLETIN THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1963 PAGE 5 GEORGIA PINES Parish Life Differences scene of parish rejoicing; sickness is a parish concern and a parish project brings nearly 100% cooperation. There are drawbacks too. In a small parish the people do not have the inspir ation and guidance of the good Sisters, the charity of a catholic hospital or the availibility of a parish priest. I think, however, in Georgia whatever be the assets or liabilities of the big cities or the small towns one thing we all have in common though is our devotion to the Church. This point, devotion to the church, was mani fested when the Archbishop asked for a counting of the catholics living in these 71 north Georgia counties in order to determine our resources. At meetings held in Atlanta, Griffin, Rome, and Athens the response was immediate and com plete. In the large cities as well as the small' towns it was that "Georgia spirit" which took hold and with determination choose to not only do the job, but do it well. THIS FIRST archdiocesan census, will be a tremendous project. It will be a project which has to be done as complete in the country areas as well as the city areas. It is a project which will require 100% cooperation of everyone in every parish. In some parishes there are always a few who never seem to quite join. Meetings are uninter esting, parish projects are too time consuming etc. I guess a whole litany of excuses could be written as to why they never "join in". Not so with the census. This is a project which affects us all. Its results will have a direct bearing on the future of the church in Georgia for the next decade. Archbishop Hallinan has enlisted the support of the Monks at Conyers and the Visitation Sis ters by asking for their prayers. He has asked the sick to pray for its success too, and he has called upon every able-bodied adult to give 4 hours of their time on Sunday, March 3rd. for this apostolic work. Following a tradition of success in church projects, whether we live in the big cities or the small towns of North Georgia let us all hear this call and lend our time and talents to insure the success of this first census. Join. QUESTION BOX Christian Revolutionary? BY MONSIGNOR J. D. CONWAY Q. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT MORE CATHOLICS SHOULD BL REMINDED OF THE WORDS OF JULES CARDINAL SALIEGE, ARCHBISHOP OF TOULOUSE: "A STRONG CHRISTIAN IS NOT A PART OF A SYSTEM. HE IS A REVOLUTION ARY IN THE GOOD SENSE OF THE WORD. HE REVOLTS AGAINST ALL INJUSTICES, BUT ES PECIALLY AGAINST THOSE WHICH DO NOT AFFECT HIM". A. I am sure that St. Paul would agree: "Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and 1 am not inflamed?" (II Cor. "129). The Sermon on the Mount was one of the most revolu tionary talks ever given: a call to revolt against the estab lished system of the world. And one of its precepts is that we must love everyone, even our enemies (Matt. 5: 43-48). We are simply putting the love of neighbor into prac tice when we revolt against the injustices done to him. We do not really love him if we can see him unfairly treated and not feel the hurt of it in our own heart. *** Q. I WONDER IF MANY OF OUR GOOD PRIESTS ARE NOT MORE INTERESTED IN THE AL MIGHTY DOLLAR THAN IN THE RELIGIOUS LIFE WHICH THEY HAVE CHOSEN. I FOR ONE WONDER IF IT IS NOT A RAMIFICATION OF SIMONY TO HEAR SUNDAY AFTER SUNDAY, BAZAARS, SECOND COLLECTIONS, RELIGIOUS ARTICLES, CHRISTMAS CARDS, BAKE SALES, CHILDREN’S ENVELOPES, STIPENDS, RUM MAGE SALES, CHURCH DINNERS, ETC. A. Tithing is the answer, man. A good healthy, generous donation each Sunday by every parish ioner, sufficient to balance the budget! Q. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH GAVE COMMUNION TO THE LAITY UNDER BOTH KINDS (BREAD AND WINE). WHEN JESUS ESTA BLISHED THIS SACRIFICE HE SAID. "THIS IS MY BODY: THIS IS MY BLOOD". A. The Catholic Church still gives Communion under both kinds (bread and wine) in many of her Eastern rites. In the Latin Church the use of the chalice for the Communion of the laity w as discontinued about the Thirteenth Century. Possibly one of the final vestiges of its former use is found in a directive of the Council of Lambeth, in 1281, that the laity should receive unconsecrated wine with Communion. (Priests receive in this manner to day during the Mass of their ordination.) In 1433, during the Hussite controversies, the Council of Basle granted permission for com munion under both kinds in Bohemia, but30years later this privilege was revoked. A century later, Pope Pius IV gave permission to some German bishops to allow the use of the Chalice in the Communion of the laity, but this privilege was revoked after one year (1565). BY FATHER R. DONALD KIERNAN Following two weeks of rain, fog and freeze, last Sunday came as a welcomed respite from the inclement weather which had plagued north Georgia. The day started and finished without a single cloud appearing in the sky. The tempera ture rose to early summer heights and it was truly one of those days when you would want to take a breath of fresh, clean air and say to your self, "gosh, but its good to be alive". After the last Mass in our mountain parish the parishioners were standing around talking to one another and it was reminiscent of the "good old days" when church was the place you met and made friends. This was the first .Sunday in months that the weather permitted this kind of convivality, and it seemed that the good people were making up time for time lost. I COULD not help but think of the great difference that exists in parish life between the big cities and the small towns even in an area confined to our own archdiocese. I guess what brought on these reminiscences was a meeting which took place at St. Joseph’s Church, Athens, at which our Archbishop spoke to the leaders of the coming census project. I’m sure that the topics dis cussed and the problems presented were some what different than those found in a large city parish. (There was one man present who had the problem of picking up a census in a town of 5,000 where only 7 catholics lived.) However, that same resolute will and determined spirit to "do the job well" was mirrored on the faces of all those men present. In this regard I’m sure that the catholics living in the big cities and the catholics living in the small towns are just alike, though. It is a will and spirit which has charact erized Catholics in Georgia for well over a cent ury. Small towns and small parishes carry with them a feeling of unity and closeness not usuallv found in big metropolises. This is understand able. In a small parish a death is a shock to the parochial community; a marriage is the LITURGICAL WEEK The Seed Is The Word Continued From Page 4 This is not pessimism about man but rather the greatest optimism. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, MASS AS ON SUNDAY. So our hymn response to that first lesson begins: "Let the heathen know your name is God; that you alone are sovereign over all the earth" (Gradual). If we "glory in our infirmities" (First Reading), we do so not to protect or encourage our sins but to affirm joyously the saving love of the Father, our dependence on His grace to keep our "steps' steadfast in your paths" (Offertory Hymn). THURSDAY, FEB. 21, MASS AS ON SUNDAY. The Communion Hymn of the Mass is a psalm long used by the Church as a baptismal hymnu It is our Baptism into Christ which enables us to approach the holy table of our sacrificial meal. It is our Baptism which first introduces us to that purpose and hope of which the Eucharist is the continuing symbol and food. The Easter feast toward which we look is also the great baptismal feast, the time for the celebration of the sacra ments of initiation. FRIDAY, FEB. 22, ST. PETER'S CHAIR. Catho lics the world over will make today’s feast an oc casion for renewing their prayer for Christian unity. And also their prayer for the Holy See that the venerable authority of the Church of Rome may be exercised everywhere and always with love and humility. We ask the intercession of Peter and Paul for the whole Church and especially for the human instruments by which God keeps the Church in visible unity. SATURDAY, FEB. 23, ST. PETER DAMIAN, BISHOP, CONFESSOR, DOCTOR. In this second year of the Second Vatican Council, today’s Mass commemorating a great teacher and reformer of the Church in a previous age will have special significance for all of us. The texts of the Mass stress faithfulness, proclamation, "sound doc trine" (i.e., doctrine in conformity with the Word of God). The Council is concerned especially, as was today’s saint, with proclamation, preaching the Good News clearly and intelligibly. POPE JOHN SAYS; Redemptorists 9 Principal Task Is Parish Preaching ACROSS 1. Salutation (L.) 4. Wise Men 8. Retains 11. Roam Around 14. Command 15. Repeat 16. Pro 17. Mimic 18. Era 19. Estrange 20. Choke 21. To employ 22. His Letter to Flavian was called the 24. Docile 26. Masculine Nickname 27. Eradicator 30. A Loose Robe 33. Ukase 36. Start in Motion 40. Stick (Sports) 43. Concert Hall •15. He succeeded Pope 46. Saga 48 Penetrate 50. Irish People 51. A Lively Dance 53. Present Time 55. Surfeit 56. Eye Spots; Plural 58. Adversary 60. Hexa- 61. Having a Will 63. Goddess of Agriculture; Roman 65. Eternal, Poetic 67. Going Together 71. Fly 74. Repair 77. Always 78. Type of Tree 79. One (Prefix) 81. 9th Greek Letter 84. Anger 85. Numbered Road (Abbrv.) 86. Male 87. Adjacent 88. . .. Gabor 89. Article 90. Be Indebted 91. Hence 92. Detachment; Abbrv. DOWN 1. Diminish 2. Force 3. Swelling 4. Sound made by an Animal 5. Unit 6. Mountain Pass; India 7. Cath. College in New York 8. Ancient Greek Goddess—Health 9. Actors' Equity Assoc.; Abbrv. 10. Dip 11. In 440 He was sent to .... 12. Church Section 13 To Think 23. Point of Compass 25. Manuscript 26. Difficult Problems 28. Former Name, Tokyo 29. Journey 31. Graduate Science Degree 32. Suffix used in Adjectives of Greek Origin 34. 10 Mills 35. Mentor 37. Missile 38. A Musical Direction 39. English East Coast County 40. Produced 41. Swiftly 42. Surface Decorations 44. Physician; Colloq. 47. Plow Cutter 49. Rant 52. Plan of Ground 54. Measurement 57. Chemical Suffix 59. Meadow 62. Valuable Fur 64. Saint; Fr. 66. Storm Direction 68. Overgrown with Vines 69. Temerity 70. Large 71 Select 72. Solemn Promise 73 African Tree 75. Sports Team 76 Operator 79 Serviceman's Organization 80. At this Time 82. Label 83. Orinoco Tributary ANSWER TO LAST WEEK’S PUZZLE ON PAGE 7 VATICAN CITY -(NC)— The Redemptorist Fathers have been reminded by His Holiness Pope John XXIII of the great importance of their work of preaching parish missions. Speaking to the congre gation’s world leaders during their 16th General Chapter here, the Holy Father said: "IT IS the task of your cong regation to enkindle a more fer vent Christian life among the people by preaching missions. This task is so essential that, according to the words of St, Alphonsus Liguori, if it is re moved the institute will lose its very reason for existence." Leading the Redemptorist at their audience with the Pope (Feb. 9) was Father William Gaudreau, C. SS. R, Rector Ma jor of the community, an Ameri can. With him were members of the Redemptorist General Curia and leaders of the con- Editor To Speak Gerard E. Sherry, Managing Editor of The Georgia Bulletin, will be the featured speaker on February 20 at 8:00 p.m. at the new Knights of Columbus Cen ter, located at 2620 Buford Highway, between Lenox Road and North Druid Hills Road. Officers and publicity chair men and other officials of paro chial and archdiocesan lay or ganizations are invited to at tend the talk, which will mark the observance of Catholic Press Month. ARNOLD VIEWING Genesis Has Seamy Side BY JAMES W. ARNOLD People who were astonished that they ever made a movie of "Lolita" will be flattened to learn that they have now made one out of that seamy part of the Book of Genesis concerning Lot and the spec tacularly wicked city of Sodom. The original of this one makes "Lolita" seem like "My Little Margie." While tamer than its source material, the film, a 153-minute color extravaganza called "Sodom and Gomorrah," has its lively moments. Director Robert Aldrich follows the formula of his last film ("What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"): to give the masses thrills with out uplift. The result: a sim ple -minded crowd-pleaser likely to induce premature baldness in anyone who thinks the screen is more than a playpen toy for infants. SHOT IN the wastes of Mo rocco with an international cast generously sprinkled with gorgeous, ungifted Italians of both sexes, “Sodom" is a frankly non-religious Bib lical epic. A few grudging moments are allotted the fearful supernatural realities of the Old Testament, but attention quickly turns to more vital business: exposed flesh, brutality, exhuast- ing spectacle. This much is in' "Sodom’s" favor: it rewrites the Scriptures with an unabashed maximum of holim and minimum of hypocrisy. There is little religious fervor for the sex-and- action to hide behind. Much of it, of course, we’ve seen before. The all-purpose score by Miklos Rosza ("Ben-Hur", "King of Kings"). The conflict between the strong Hebrew holy man (Stewart Granger as Lot) and the corrupt pagan rulers (Anouk Aimee and Stan ley Baker). The torture scenes, with the giggling guards and the roasting slaves, and the orgies, where the extras lounge around filling their gob lets with grape juice and chomping turkey legs while dancing girls struggle through impossible choreography. The climactic combat between hero and villain (the shepherd’s staff, symbol of peace, becomes a lethal weapon); the vast battle scene, in which thousands, of horsemen wave, yell, rush off in all directions, and die as messilyas possi ble. “SODOM” has its own built-in extras. The re quired suggestions of perversion are admirably delicate, and restricted, through some puzzling application of the double standard to women. For a film-maker, the heaven-sent ruin of the city Is a rare and glorious opportunity to blow up a whole set. Then there’s the piece de resistance (coup de grace?) when Lot’s wife (poor Pier Angeli, who’s been having trouble enough with the dialog) becomes a pillar of salt. To his credit, Aldrich attacks the cliches with vigor and creativity. The torture, for example. Imaginative new devices include a man with a spiked vest who hugs starlets to death and a ferris wheel that bastes victims over a slow fire. The Granger-Baker combat is sadistic but fast, inventive, excitingly cut. Most rousing of all is a 10-minute "war" between charging Arab cavalry and Lot’s wily Hebrews, who hide in the hills, pour down burn ing oil, then bombard the foe with slings and burning arrows. Funniest character is the chubby Arab shiek who screams "charge" whenever he spots a camera and leads his men into a hole every time. Ultimately the idiot has them ride right up to the base of a dam the Jews are fe verishly trying to destroy; cheerfully, the whole cast drowns. It’s all ridiculous, but man, the images on the screen move. JEHOVAH'S vengeance on Sodom is less im pressive, consisting chiefly of immense noise, standard earthquake shots and ersatz masonry falling on confused sinners. But one is struck by the way the victims cling to their evil ways dur ing the holocaust: draining goblets, plundering, killing and smooching. As the roof fell in on one pair of lovers, a wit in the audience captured the essence of the moment: "Boy, what a kiss!’’ Aldrich adds his own dry comment by making the final conflagration look disturbingly thermonu clear. Three performers are worth mentioning. Miss Aimee uses her "La Dolce Vita" experience to suggest the Sodomite queen’s decadence without being overly explicit. Baker plays his man like a coiled snake; everyone applauds when he dies. Granger’s Lot is a distinguished, virile gray: the Hebrew prophet according to H. Rider Hag gard. But his religious acts are restricted to stuffy sermons and an occasional fluttering of the eyes to heaven. Most of the time he is breaking bones and banging heads with that staff. Since Scriptural scholars probably won’t see this movie, they may as well know all the bad news. Abraham does not appear; it is Lot who begs the angels to spare the city for "even 10 just men." Lot’s rebellious daughters (sullen teen agers Rosanna Podesta and Claudia Mori) are at least true to character. Lot’s wife is depicted as an upper caste ex-slave who never quite un derstands why she should give up all the fun in Sodom for the hardships of a Hebrew wife. Gene sis says Lot escaped with his family, in the film he leads out an endless column reminiscent of the exodus in "The Ten Commandments." THE PILLAR-OF-SALT incident is handled in the worst possible way: literally, theatrically. God seems unreasonably cruel to pretty little Miss Angeli, whose "looking back" is related to loyalty to her husband and conscience. Biblical commen tators think it was more than just a backward glance and ascribe harder motives: wilful diso bedience, morbid curiosity, regret for posses sions left behind. They also suggest she died of natural causes (probably volcanic gases) and that her abandoned body was encrusted with salt like most other objects in that forlorn Dead Sea region. Most audiences, however, will take little note of this, and this is the ultimate harm of a film like "Sodom," for all its old-fashioned dash and inspired corn. The Scriptures are less than they are, and the historic characters are less, and even the sinners are less. Inevitably, God seems less, too, and the viewer walks out into a diminished, degraded world. gregation’s 71 provinces, vice provinces and missions. THESE superiors began their deliberations, expected to last a month, by considering pos sible changes in their constitu tions and preparing an election of newConsulalors. The Pope reminded the Red emptorists that the updating of religious rules and con stitutions to make them adequ ate to the needs of the present day demands "the greatest pru dence." Pope John explained: "What is substantial in the religious life and constitutes your parti cular purpose must be cons cientiously conserved, but what is subject to the changes of time may be brought up to date ac cording to the needs of your epoch." for the best in... ^ pest ^control' Service calirj' Glover Machine Works Incorporated Marietta Georgia God Love You MOST REVEREND FULTON J. SHEEN "What 1 Saw at the Council!" Thus far we have written: "I Saw Poverty", "I Saw Holiness "I Saw Martyrdom" and "I Saw a New World". This article is entitled, "I Saw Catholicity at the Council." Catholicity means universality; it means seeing the Church everywhere in the world, as the Good Samaritan saw the needs of the Jew before he saw his own. During the Council we took notes on each of the 600 speeches. After listening to several hundred, we wrote this reflection in the back of our note book: "The more a bishop has endured per secution, the more he has suffered or practiced poverty, the more Catholic he is". Not a single bis hop from be hind the Iron Curtain, not one who had endured persecution either under the Japanese dur ing the war or from the Com munists in China, Korea or Vietnam ever spoke of their scourges or brainwashings. The great Cardinal from Po- jland never mentioned his years in prison; the bishop who had gasoline poured over him and was then set afire never said, "Look at the conditions in my country"; the bishops who had been on death marches never spoke of how they got their scars. The personal, the local, the diocesan, the national interests were all submerged in great concern for the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ in the world. Like Our Lord in the Garden, they were saying: "Take me, but let them go their way." Prosperity narrows one’s vision; it insulates from suffering; it cramps apostolate. But piety, sacrifice, a spirit of poverty and a concrucifix- ion throw open the windows to the world so that the Pole talks of Africa, the Yugoslav speaks of Asia, the Korean refers to Europe, the Vietnamese talks of Oceania. But why? Then we recalled that Our Blessed Lord said it would be so. When did He send His Apostles into the woxdd? After He had suffered! "Go ye into the world" was not mandated during the Sermon on the Mount but after He rose with scars on Hands and Feet and Side. As John XXIII said, "The Catholic is to be missionary." The more we are one with Christ, the more we try to help others. At the Council, these suffering bishops begged for a lew Mass stipends for their priests. When the stipends were gone, we saw the symbol of the world’s greatest pain-four empty hands; the two begging hands stretched out to me, and the two empty hands I extended to them! Oh my fellow Catholics! Will you not send $27, now or throughout the year, to make up for the lowly 27<t which is now the average annual per-capita contribution of United States Catholics for all the Holy Father’s Mis sions? Thank you! GOD LOVE YOU to Mr. and Mrs. D.S.R. for $5 "Because of the newspaper strike in Cleve land we are forced to save the money usually spent on papers. We know of no better place to send it than to the Missions." S.K. for $1 "This is an offering saved by drinking white milk instead of the more expensive chocolate milk at lunch.” A.E.L. for $2 "I don't have running water or TV, but I do have a home and six wonder ful children and a loving husband. This is for those with much less than I.” We are not only asking for your sacrifices, but for your prayers. Send your request and an offering of $2 for the WORLDMISSION ROSARY, and we will send you these multicolored beads blessed by Bishop Sheen. Each time you say the W ORLDMISSION ROSARY, you will remember to put aside a sacrifice for the Holy Father’s Mis sions. Cut out this column, pin your sacrifice to it and mail it to Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen, National Di rector of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 366 Fifth Avenue, New York 1 N. Y. or your Archdiocesan Director, Very Rev. Harold J. Rainey P. O. Box 12047 Northside Station, Atlanta 5, Ga.