September 13, 2013

What was in the news on Sept. 13, 1963?

Catholic intellectuals seek a rights charter, and additional sessions of Vatican II are foreseen

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 Sept. 13, 1963, issue of The Criterion:

  • Pope reaffirms Church stand on communism
  • Catholic intellectuals need ‘rights’ charter
    • “NEW YORK—Fears that unless certain procedural practices of the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office are corrected, the Catholic intellectual stands ‘in jeopardy of being eliminated as a meaningful force in the life of the Church’ were voiced in an article in the September 14 issue of America, a national Catholic weekly. Written by Father Robert A. Graham, a Jesuit scholar who is an associate editor of the magazine, the article said the issue has been raised ‘not by triflers or nobodies, but by top-notch scholars whose learning and good sense are equated only by their loyalty to the Holy See and their proved respect for the voice of the learning Church.’ … In his article, Father Graham cited certain practices of the Holy Office which have come under particular criticism, especially among European Catholic intellectuals.”
  • Additional sessions of council foreseen
    • “NOTRE DAME, Ind.—Cardinal Joseph Ritter said ‘we can expect more than one additional session’ after the second phase of the Second Vatican Council concludes on December 4. ‘Procedural changes might make a big difference,’ the Archbishop of St. Louis speculated, ‘but I know of none that have been publicly announced. All the council Fathers are quite accustomed to the established procedure; this should result in greater speed in the second session.’ ”
  • Cubans to help ease shortage of teachers
  • More Hungarians going to council
  • What the Papal Volunteers are doing in Latin America
  • Named to succeed ‘Hoodlum Priest’
  • Atlanta prelate: Sees Index as obsolete for the modern student
  • Vietnam censors cut pope’s message
  • An educator’s analysis: Intellectual freedom within Church seen real poser for council
  • 12th annual CYO grid Jamboree set Sunday
  • ‘Mailbox missioner’ leads many to faith
  • Pros offer grid special
  • Varied background – single goal
  • Layman’s role in Africa paramount, Jesuit says
  • 60% of Catholics in U.S. in favor of Mass in English
  • Penetrate film industry, prelate urges Catholics
  • Slaying leads to vocations
  • For convicts: DCCM sponsors novel truck driving course
  • 27th year set to open at Marian
  • Cardinal Ritter given big Bolivian welcome
  • New Albany parish program: Pre-schoolers attend Bible class
  • Msgr. Higgins speaks out: Charges realtors’ group encourages race bias
  • ‘Race decency’ pledge drafted
  • Clergy parley on race slated in St. Louis

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