November 5, 2010

What was in the news on Nov. 4, 1960?

By Brandon A. Evans

50 Year LogoThis week, we continue to examine what was going on in the Church and the world 50 years ago as seen through the pages of The Criterion.

Here are some of the items found in the Nov. 4, 1960, issue of The Criterion:

  • Theologian says: Reformation of Catholic life is needed to inspire Protestant understanding
  • Osservatore Editor: Denies Vatican paper urged vote direction
  • Vote dictation by clergy un-American, prelate says
  • Why I am going to vote for Kennedy
    • By Alan T. Nolan: “Two factors combine in 1960 to decide my vote for Kennedy: 1) The fact that he is the Democratic candidate. 2) The fact that he has high personal qualifications for the office. Thus, my comments are concerned with two considerations, the party and the man. … Nixon’s standards of political conduct also concerned me. … He is too much concerned with winning and not enough concerned with the cost.”
  • Why I am going to vote for Nixon
    • By Mark Gross: “As a Catholic American, I will vote for Nixon. I believe the probable policies of a Nixon Administration would better serve the nation—and thereby the Catholic Church—than would the probable policies of a Kennedy Administration. … I believe Kennedy unwittingly asks us, in effect, to veer toward the newer evil of over-collectivism—toward the ‘usurped collective domination’ which Pope John [XXIII] warns against today.”
  • Jesuit scores ‘distortion’ in image of the Church
  • Question Box: Mixed marriage problem posed
    • “Q. As the Protestant half of a mixed marriage, I remember promising to raise our children as Catholics. However, I cannot remember specifically promising to send them to the parochial schools.…
    • A. Canon 1374 states that Catholic children shall not attend non-Catholic, neutral or mixed schools, namely those which non-Catholics also attend. … The non-Catholic partner in a mixed marriage may claim that he is not directly bound by Canon Law. However, he must keep in mind that his Catholic wife is bound by this law and that he has promised not to interfere with her proper practice of her religion.”
  • Desire for unity at peak, Archbishop Alter says
  • Phony ‘Catholic’ pamphlet probed
  • Puerto Rican prelate ‘explains’ pastoral
  • U.N. refugee program is aided by Holy See

(Read all of these stories from our Nov. 4, 1960, issue by logging on to our special archives.)

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