August 12, 2011

What was in the news on Aug. 11, 1961? Public welfare legislation and should mom stay home?

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, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Here are some of the items found in the August 11, 1961, issue of The Criterion:

  • Decries giving socialism tag to public welfare legislation
    • “GALVESTON, Tex.—Archbishop Robert E. Lucey of San Antonio said here that opposition to public welfare legislation on the grounds that it is ‘socialism’ is a ‘shopworn’ argument. ‘I find no cause in logic or in history for giving socialists all the credit for constructive legislation in the field of human welfare,’ he told the state AFL-CIO convention. ‘Civil government should seek the common good, and if it has police power to defend the rights of the strong, it also has a duty to assist the weak and the needy. This is not socialism. It is love of neighbor. It is patriotism and good common sense,’ the archbishop added.”
  • Belgian cardinal dies; foe of Nazis and Reds
  • New office will assist S. America
  • What they hope for: Laymen ‘view’ Council
  • Shawe Memorial teacher designs novel monstrance
  • English get secretariat for unity
  • Name Terre Haute couple to receive papal honor
  • Colleges advised to stress business ethics courses
  • Pro-Castro priest exposed as fake
  • Opinion of our Readers: Dispute stand on socialized medicine
  • ‘Promise of the Future’: Automation and Society
  • Politics in Germany: Catholics, Protestants cooperate in one party
  • Rumors have the Pope naming new cardinals
  • ND scholar hits dither over moon
  • Catholic medical educator supports aged health plan
  • Mother and Teacher: Popes confirm Church’s right to speak in social matters
  • The Faith Explained: The spiritual works of mercy are more urgent
  • Delaney still gunning for Federal school bill
  • Professor flunked Castro soldiers, flees to St. Louis
  • Internationally agreed: Let mother stay home
    • “WASHINGTON—An international meeting of family life specialists, both Catholic and non-Catholic, agreed that mothers who work outside the home are ‘paying too heavily’ for what they get from it. … [Msgr. Irving A DeBlane] said delegates agreed that the working mother situation leads to such disadvantages as a ‘notable imbalance in the child’s emotional life’; misunderstanding between husband/wife and between mother and children; increased household expenses; physical wear and tear on the mother; birth control; and an unhealthily extreme spirit of independence among women.”
  • U.S. priest heads project to feed Peruvian children
  • Bishop asks minimum wage in Spain
  • Catholics urged to push temperance
  • Laud positive aspects of Pope’s encyclical
  • Believes future of world rests with Latin America

(Read all of these stories from our August 11, 1961, issue by logging on to our special archives.)

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