February 1, 2013

What was in the news on Feb. 1, 1963?

Statistics reveal just how much Catholic schools save taxpayers, and Pope John predicts the council may last beyond 1963

Criterion logo from the 1960sBy Brandon A. Evans

This 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 Feb. 1, 1963, issue of The Criterion:

  • NCWC official raps aid-to-education plan
  • Statistics reveal: Schools save taxpayers $2.6 billion annually
    • WASHINGTON—Catholic grade and high schools save the nation’s taxpayers $2.6 billion a year, according to the Education Department, National Catholic Welfare Conference (NCWC). Msgr. Frederick G. Hochwalt, director of the NCWC Department, commented that a program of federal school aid limited to public schools would increase the tax burden of citizens whose support of Catholic schools makes possible this tax saving. … ‘Although [President John F. Kennedy’s Jan. 29 education message to Congress] is silent on this, obviously high administrators in the government are aware of the contribution Catholic education has been and is making to the common desire for educational excellence.’ ”
  • First in the area: St. Mary’s, Aurora, pioneers physical fitness program
  • Church’s renewal seen big step toward unity
  • Chicago cardinal: Suggests practical steps to curb race prejudice
  • Council body reports to pontiff
  • Still going strong: Father Pat Peyton to initiate Rosary Crusade for children
  • Gives radio interview: Council stand explained by Cardinal Ottaviani
  • Papal volunteers lauded by nuncio
  • Deplores Atlanta ‘Wall of Shame’
  • Nun’s advice: Don’t feel sorry for ‘poor sisters’
  • Sports can help cause of peace, pope declares
  • Style Show is hailed as ‘best ever’
  • NCCW restates stand on ‘equal rights’ proposals
  • Cattle to aid seminarians
  • ‘Shared-time’ proposal weighed in Chicago
  • Schools to participate in foreign policy study
  • Protestant leader sees new hopes for unity
  • Catholic legal expert: Asks Jewish assistance on school-aid problem
  • Pope hints council may go into 1964
    • “VATICAN CITY—A sense of ‘Christian solidarity’ has resulted from the first session of the Vatican council, His Holiness Pope John XXIII told a general audience here. Pope John also indicated for the first time that the council may last beyond next December. … ‘We bless God because the council went so well, even if there was some uncertainty and lack of experience at the beginning.’ … He said that the council will resume in September and conclude in December and even ‘perhaps later because when people come together and things go well, the desire to remain together can arise.’ ”
  • Urges return of religion to U.S. public schools
  • Priests use two-way radios
  • Raps U.S. education for ‘ignoring’ God

(Read all of these stories from our Feb. 1, 1963, issue by logging on to our special archives.)

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