The Georgia bulletin (Atlanta) 1963-current, July 25, 1963, Image 5

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THURSDAY, JULY 25, 1963 GEORGIA BULLETIN PAGE 5 GEORGIA PINES ‘Well Done Saints in Black and White ST. PETER of ALCANTARA • •• by REV. R. DONALD KIERNAN One night many years ago when I was serv ing as assistant pastor of Savannah’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, I received a sick call to the Candler Hospital. After I had administer ed the Last Rites to a sick person, I made a visit to a friend who was also a patient in the same hospital. Much to my surprise I found my friend un conscious. The room was filled with visitors and tears filled the eyes of all those in die room. HIS WIFE asked me to baptize him for he had only moments to live. It was a spiritual act which he had deferred for years - after all, he thought, this trip to the hospital was merely for observation. Death was the last thing he had on his mind that day when he | registered with the hospital re- [ ceptionist. The event might have been any spiritual ministration repeated by any priest in a busy city parish except for the events which took place some months later. Archbishop O’Hara had been expelled from Rumania by the Communists and he had returned to his See city of Savannah. Following break fast one morning, the Archbishop, the Cathedral Rector, Monsignor McNamara, and myself were talking at the table. i MONSIGNOR McNamara recalled a tragedy which had taken place some years before. It seemed that one morning the Savannah news paper carried a story in which it related that two little girls had been burned to death the night before. Archbishop O’Hara glanced at the paper as he came out of the Cathedral following his Mass, and was so moved that he immediately went over and visited the parents of these two little girls. Neither were of our faith, but the Archbishop had such a warm feeling for the people of Savannah that their tragedy was also his. After recalling the incident, Monsignor Mc Namara told the Archbishop that the father of one of these little girls had joined the church just before he died. THE MAN who I baptized that night at Cand ler Hospital was the father of the other little girL Archbishop O’Hara had a genuine love for the people of Georgia. His love for them too was not without return. Soon after his arrival in Georgia in 1936, it was not unusual to hear people of all faiths talk about **Our Bishop O’Hara.” His person was defended in many a pulpit of other churches when Paul Blanchard objected that his serving as Nuncio to Ireland was in violation of theMcCarran-Walter act; (events pro ved Blanchard wrong) and when he was expelled by the Rumanian Communists he returned to ”his Georgia” a hero and was given an invitation to address the combined houses of the Georgia Legislature. KNOWN throughout Georgia as a distinguished clergyman and capable administrator, he always found time to care for those less fortunate. On one flying trip home he was only in Savannah for 45 minutes before he got into his car and drove to visit the orphanage at Washington. Yes, it is a happy reflection of the years in which he served the Church he loved so well and the prayers of all Georgians will always be for His good and faithful servant. QUESTION BOX Cardinal’s Title BY MONSIGNOR J. D. CONWAY Q. PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY A CARDINAL’S FIRST NAME IS USED AHEAD OF THE TITLE OF CARDINAL, AS IN FRANCIS CARDINAL SPELLMAN, INSTEAD OF CARDINAL FRANCIS SPELLMAN. A. It is simply an old custom, apparently de rived from the official Latin title which is some thing like this: Eminentissimus ac Reverendis- simus Dominus Franciscus, Sanctae Romanae Eclesiae Cardinalis, Spellman - the Most Eminent and Most Reverend Lord Francis, the Holy Roman Church’s Cardinal, Spellman. In most modem languages this inverted order is going out of use. Even the official directory of the Holy See, the Annuario Pontificio, names the Arch bishop of New York as Emo e Rmo Sig. Card. Francis Spellman - that is: The Most Eminent and Most Reverend Sir Cardinal Francis Spell man. *** Q. IS IT TRUE THAT A BOY OF 12 WAS ONCE MADE POPE. A. No; it has often been claimed that Benedict IX be came Pope at the age of 12, but it seems that he was ac tually 20. He was one of the worst Popes the Church has had. He was driven out of the | city in 1044, faced an anti- Pope in 1045, resigned the same 'year, and then tried to depose himself, but seized Rome by force, only to be driven out again. In the list of Popes his name appears three times: first from 1032 to 1044, again in the year 1045, and a third time in 1048, when he resigned for good and retired to a mo nastery to do penance. (At least that seems the more probable story; some say he kept trying to become Pope again.) In 1046 Henry III, King of Germany, came to Italy to have the Pope crown him as Holy Roman Emperor. He found three Popes claiming the Tiara - and the strange thing is that all three of them: Benedict IX, Sylvester III, and Gregory IV are still listed as real Popes. Henry took charge of the situation, and for the next 10 years the Emperor practically named the Pope, and he continued to exercise great influence even after Pope Nicholas II, in 1059, reserved to the Cardi nals the right of electing the Pope. The great eleventh century reform of the Papacy got under way shortly after Benedict IX had been Pope for the third time. It began with St. Leo IX in 1048, and is usually called the Gre gorian reform because of its great central figure, St. Gregory VII (Hildebrand). But I suppose young Benedict IX should get some credit: he was such a discredit to the papacy that he made reform urgent. *** Q. I AM EXPECTING MY SECOND CHILD ANE> I WOULD LIKE MY ONLY SISTER TO BE ITS GODMOTHER; BUT SHE IS NOW EXPECTING HER THIRD ONE, AND FRIENDS HAVE TOLD ME THAT I AM NOT SUPPOSED TO ASK AN EX PECTANT MOTHER TO BE SPONSOR. A. Friends can tell you the craziest things. Of course she may be sponsor, if hhe is able to get to the church. *** Q. COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHY THE SACRAMENT OF EXTREME UNCTION WAS AD MINISTERED TO POPE JOHN SO LATE IN HIS ILLNESS? IT WAS REPORTED THAT BISHOP C. VAN LIERDE, O.S.A., WAS WAITING A FEW DAYS IN THE OUTER ROOM FOR THE WORD. I WAS ALWAYS UNDER THE IMPRESSION A VERY SICK PERSON SHOULD RECEIVE THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK WHEN HE IS IN DANGER OF DYING. WHY WERE THEY WAIT ING? / j- 3 >3 •7 A. I think I know why, but the reason is not very edifying: old habits are hard to shake, even when they fail to make sense. No good was accomplished by the waiting, and at least two evil effects resulted from it: first, good Pope John was deprived of graces during those days of anxious waiting, and secondly, the Pope whose great aim was to be a good pastor, was forced into the position of giving bad pastoral example. Certainly he was not to blame, and I am sure he was so holy he hardly needed graces. But your im pression is the correct one: the sick should be anointed as soon as there is reasonable fear that they may die. And well-instructed Catholics should know that its purpose is to help restore them to health and to give them the graces they need dur ing their illness. It does not condemn them to death. In my own ministry I have sometimes waited to anoint people until their approach to death be came quite certain, but that was because they had been trained in the old fashioned ideas that the last anointing meant death; and their doctor jud ged that they would be practically scared to death. Modern Catholics have your impression; andvery rarely is a sick person frightened by the holy oils. Usually they are greatly calmed and com forted. Q. ARE THERE ANY ORIENTAL OR UNIAT RITE CATHOLIC CHURCHES THAT ACCEPT MARRIED CANDIDATES FOR THE PRIESTHOOD OR RELIGIOUS LIFE? IF SO, WOULD THEY AC CEPT THESE CANDIDATES FROM CATHOLIC RITES OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? A. Most Oriental Rite churches accept married candidates for the priesthood, but not for monastic life._There are still problems about using married priests in the-pastoral ministry in the United States. An Oriental Rite church could not accept a Ca tholic of Latin Rite as a candidate for the priest hood. However, a transfer of rites is sometimes possible when reasons are good enough. Per mission for such transfer must be obtained from Rome. *** Q. A FRIEND BELONGING TO THE LUTHERAN CHURCH ENDED OUR LAST HEATED CONVER SATION ABOUT RELIGION BY SAYING THAT THE REFORMATION FOUND WE WERE WRONG AND PROVED IT. A. Your friend has not acquired the spirit of the dialogue. He should say: Back in the 16th cenjoury we had an unfortunate and rowdy quarrel about religion. There were many abuses in the Church which needed to be remedied, and Martin Luther, an Augustinian priest and theologian, set out to remedy them with more zeal than prudence. He came into violent clash with Ca tholic authorities, and the result was a sad split in the unity of Christ’s Church.. As we look back we see sins and faults on both sides, and we judge that if true Christian charity, patience and cooperation had prevailed the whole mess could have been avoided. It ill behooves us now to try to' prove either party wrong. We should rather face up to the fact that unity is the desire of Christ, and that our divisions displease Him. Our problems today are much greater than those of 1520. It is hard to ur 4 o the harm of four centuries of fighting or to heal the fissures of ages. But we should try t« use the virtues which brotherhood and unity demand; love, patience, tolerance, justice, truth and humility. Ami we should combine them with prayer, faith and honest study, trusting die final solution to God. (Thus spake die ecumenist Lutheran, and you as a Catholic applauded ms words.) 19. 20. 22. 23. 24. 25. 27. 28. 29 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36 37. 38. 40. 41. 44. 45. 46. 47. ACROSS 49. Reremouse 50 Blow 51. Pen 52. “I”; German 53. Myth 54. Exposure for Drying 55. We Learned Of This 56. Saint From Autobiography57. of St. Algae-like Road Gather An image Blue Grass Genus Charger Forder Innuendo Stuff Fought Peas: pi. (arch.) Groove Eater His Father Was A ... Denoting Unfit Ships In Lloyd’s Registry Capital of Delaware Storage Place Trimmed To Tame World Food Administration Asks log Ashy Tiny; Spanish Watery Part of Milk Chemical Strength Existence George Bernard ... 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Mr. James Scherer, ac company some of its members to Camp Bert Adams. The boys were at the camp from July 14th through July 20th. Cathe dral Rector, Monsignor Cassidy visited the boys on the 16th. and 18th. celebrating Mass on the camp grounds. A Shrine was erected on the camp site last year under the direction of the Archdiocesan Director of Boy Scouts, the Rev. Richard Morrow. Pictured above, left to right, in the first row: Danny Holmes, David Bleakman, Chris Nunez, Phil Duffy, Richard Farns worth, Billy Milkey. Second row: Jim McKenzie, Stuart Garner, Jim Fredericks, Mike Horn, John Kurtz, Char les Nunez. Third row: John Wyant, Pe ter Fisher, Norvin Hagan, "Fa ther” Scherer, Jim Bresnahan, Donald McQueen, Larry Fisher, Bill Kilgore. Ask End Of Death Penalty 55. 56. 58 59 60 61. ANSWER TO LAST WEEKS PUZZLE ON PAGE 7 LAWNDALE, Cal. (NC)--The Catholic Council on Civil Li berties has advocated the abo lition of the death penalty as a punishment for crimes in time of peace. The council pledged itself to "work for the abolition of the death penalty, in the interest of justice and human rights, for the spread of Christian charity, and for the moral welfare of our nation.” THE PRINCIPLE tradition ally invoked in support of capital punishment is its ne cessity or great utility for the ARNOLD VIEWING Kidding The Unkiddable BY JAMES W. ARNOLD "Bye Bye Birdie” tries to satirize the cult of rock-'n-roll, the one thing that defies ironic ex aggeration. How can any satiric Elvis Presley be funnier than the real Elvis Presley? How can any set of comically screaming and collapsing teenage girls be more ridiculous than the genuine scream ers and collapsers? To be honest, "Birdie,” the wide-screen color version of the late Broadway musical, occasionally achieves the impossible. The young songwriter (lean, confused Dick Van Dyke) complains that teenage idol Birdie has been drafted just as he has sold Birdie the title song for his next picture, 'Mumby Jumbo Gooey Gumbo.” WHEN Birdie (cleverly acted by swivel-hipped Jesse Pearson) arrives in an Ohio town, he comes screaming on set on a motorcycle in a gold lame spacesuit, swaggers to city hall under an arch of solemnly cros sed guitars. After he gurgles a song, we find that not only the girls but all the citizens have fainted, as the camera pans over the demolished square and the soundtrack plays "Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Presley is not the only insti tution victimized. Musical comedyplots: the hero- songwriter wants to be a chemist, but his mother prefers him to make something of himself. Pos sessive Mothers: brilliant Maureen Stapleton par lays a baggy mink, squeaky oxfords and a perse cution complex into some funny moments. She tries suicide by putting her head in an electric oven, moaning to her son: "I spent three days with you in the maternity ward-did I desert you?” OTHER satiric targets are sexy musical num bers (Ann-Margret sings "How Lovely to be a Wo man” while dressing in a teenage uniform of jeans, sloppy sweater, long wool sox and baseball cap), and the American Father, who emerges as a Jo nathan Winters-type farm goods salesman capable of boasting, "I’ve been in fertilizer for 20 years.” Best spoof is the solemn chorale in academic garb honoring Ed Sullivan (wisely, the film uses the real Sullivan; no comic substitute was needed). The fun is mostly wholesome, except Vor a bit when black-wigged Janet Leigh inexplicably stops being a helpful secretary and crashes a Shriners meeting to do the Dance of the Seven Veils. To aid the box office, Bobby Rydell, a Dead End looking kid with likeable but modest talents, teams with Ann-Margret, a very pretty girl who always seems to be auditioning for the musical version of Lucrezia Borgia. The results do not jar any seismographs. "BIRDIE” credits belong to the satiric barbs of scenarist Irvin Brecher, to choreographer Oona White ("The Music Man”) who has concocted the liveliest teenage leaping and neck-twisting since "West Side Story,” and to director George Sid ney, who injects rhlfeical joie de vivre with color filters, cartoon images imposed over the action, camera angles and movement. But the basic joke in "Birdie” (adoration of the absurd) quickly deflates into routine musical protection of society, the coun cil’s statement said. But nine states and about 35 nations have abolished the death penalty and their capital crime rate has not increased, it added. The statement pointed out that the death penalty is more com mon among less civilized peo ples and in totalitarian regimes pies and in totalitarian regimes, and "least used where human dignity is respected and human rights held sacred.” It said that in practice the wealthy or influential are rare ly sentenced to death. "You must be poor, friendless, men tally retarded, or a member of a racial minority to qualify for hanging,” Miss Mattews A funeral Mass was said this morning at St. Thomas More for Miss Elizabeth Mattews, of 222 Adair Court, Decatur. Father Mathew Kemp said the Mass. Miss Mattews died Monday in an Atlanta hospital after a long illness. A native of Madi son, Wisconsin, she had lived in the Atlanta area most of her life. She attended St. Pius X High School, She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Mattews, a sister, Miss Mary Mattews and her grandmother, Mrs. Monica No votny. farce with undistinguished songs (except for "Put On a Happy Face”). The plot leads up to a gim mick finale involving speed-up pills and the har- rassed Moscow Ballet; all of it is just a cut above the Three Stooges. POST-MORTEM notes on "Cleopatra”: The $40 million conversation piece has enough good reviews (some of the critics ought to get saliva tests) and curiosity customers to pull it ultimately out of the red. This is good news for stockholders, who little to do with the fiasco in Rome. A reading of producer Walter Wanger’s dread fully honest diary of the production ("My Life With Cleopatra,” Bantam, 60 cents) forces some painful conclusions about the world andtheindus- dustry: _ Over-valued by the public, film performers must be coddled beyond mere human endurance. If a producer loses his star, he loses his audience and his money, and thousands are broke and out of work. Thus Miss Taylor is paid a $1 million fee; provided a $3000-a-month villa for herself, Mr. Fisher, assorted children and animals; given $3000-a-week expense money; and allowed to bring her personal physician for six weeks at a fee of $25,000 plus expenses. This sort of thing might have dented the character of Abraham Lincoln. THE scandal did not become world-wide breakfast-table conversation because of satanic press agents at Fox. The studio was scared bleach- white. Editors plainly thought people wanted to read about it. Swamped, the Associated Press de scribed it as "the biggest story ever handled from Rome, of only slightly less world-wide in terest than the death of a Pope.” Much of the ludicrous expense and artis tic failure was due to selfish bickering by man agement and labor. British hairdressers struck because Miss Taylor brought her own stylist from Hollywood. Stuido men were so busy slitting each other’s throats they never could agree on script, location or budget. Profit was so dominant a fac tor that the casting department toyed with Cary Grant and Burt Lancaster as Caesar and Antony. WHEN eventually Mankiewicz was hiredtosave everyone's skin, he had to work on a crash basis, shooting days and writing nights and weekends. Ultimately he completed a potential classic, six hours long, to be released in three-hour seg ments. The company mercilessly chopped it to less than four hours to recoup losses immediately. That the released version makes any sense at all (in spots it seems like a collection of coming attrac tions) is a tribute to Mankiewicz’ commercially abused artistry. - Finally, "Cleopatra” raises serious questions about the industry's system of self-censorship. Reasonably, there should be some limit on what is shown to a mass audience other than simply what is photographable. In this film we take solace in the taste of Mankiewicz and costume designer Irene Sharaff. But as the history’of "Cleopatra” demon strates, the victory of art over commerce in mo vies can hardly be depended upon when the big blue chips are down. God Love You BY MOST REVEREND FULTON J. SHEEN A survey by Montana State College has just revealed the follow ing facts about the average woman in the United States: . . .She spends the equivalent of a year of her life on the tele phone. . . .She eats 160 pounds of meat, 353 eggs and 5 miles of spaghetti a year. . . .She smokes 146 packages of cigarettes annually. . . .She dumps 400 pounds of edible food into the garbage every year. . . .She spends 1 1/2 times as much for clothing as does her husband but returns 13 per cent of her purchases. If these facts fell upon the eyes of the hundreds of thousands who live in the dumps in the cities of Latin America or the starving in India, would they not ask: "What do you share with us? We cannot gather up your garbage. We cannot pick up your discarded clothing. We know that you and your family average 4.66 pounds of food a day while we average 1.23 pounds, and most of that is rice. We know that what you throw in the garbage pail in the United States would be a banquet for us for many days. We would like to be the way you are, wear your robes, smoke your cigarettes, but we cannot and we never will. In 17 years there will be 14 billion people in the world, and three-fourths of them will be as we are now—hungry, im poverished, malnourished, ignorant. You will get richer; we will get poorer. "But are you not Catholic? Does not your Faith tell you that as Christ offered His Life for your sins, so you should offer a drink or a morsel of food to us who resemble Christ in His poverty? We are not Communists. We will not tear clothes off your back out of envy, but we are asking this much—that you share a small fraction of your purchases with us. If you pay $10 for a dress, will you not give a dime to the Holy Father and his Society for the Propagation of the Faith for us? Out of the average 2,920 cigarettes you smoke a year, could you not give us the price of just one package?” "Do not be mathematical about it. Just learn to sharel If you saw a Woman who had had too much to drink and was dis gracing womanhood, would you not feel ashamed because you, too, were a woman? Then why not feel sorry for us women? We, too, are daughters of Eve; we, too, love our Queen Mary. All we ask is love—not a tithing, but just a small sharing of your blessings. We cannot gather up the crumbs you share, but the Holy Father can. He has a Society in the United States which does this for him. Send it to him through The Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Remember, it was founded by a woman. Let us women stick together under Mary ami her Son. Thank you/** GOD LOVE YOU to A. C. S. for $5 "In thanksgiving to our Blessed Mother of Perpetual Help for graces.” . . .to M. S. for $6 "We saved this by not having coffee breaks.” . . .to C. H. for $3 "I am 14 years old and I Ifve on a farm. 1 see food growing every day and am never hungry. So I send this to you in hopes other children will not be hungry.” MISSION combines the best features of all other magazines: stories, pictures, statistics, human interest. Take an interest in the suffering humanity of the mission world and send your sacrifices along with a request to be put on the mailing list of this bi-monthly publication. Cut out this column, pin your sacrifice to It and mail it to^Moat Rev. Fulton J. Sheen, National Director of The Society for the Pro pagation of the Faith 366 Fifth Avenue, New York V N. Y. or yuur Diocesan Director.. Rev. Walter W. Herbert, 811 Ca^houna Place, Tvichmond 20, Virginia.