July 18, 2014

What was in the news on July 17, 1964?

The right of workers in economic policy, and a call to end the ‘legal murder’ of capital punishment

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 July 17, 1964, issue of The Criterion:

  • Stresses right of workers to voice in economic policy
    • “VATICAN CITY—Workers have earned a right to a voice in making national economic policies and to a just share of national income, a Vatican letter has declared. At the same time, the letter urged workers’ organizations not to become mere pressure groups, but to work with management for national and international prosperity.”
  • Won’t send observers: Greek Orthodox Synod rejects bid to council
  • Impact of Eastern Rite on council emphasized
  • Holy Father plans trip to Orvieto
  • Pope Paul VI travels to Castelgandolfo
  • Expert analyzes commission work: Sees accelerated pass for council’s third session
  • National Catholic paper is planned
  • Little Sisters’ drive nears goal
  • A layman’s hopes for Vatican Council II
  • Japanese ‘Ave Maria’ hit song
  • St. Louis official gives background on unusual mixed wedding rite
  • Sudan is planning national church
  • U.S. labor aiding the Church against Reds in Latin America
  • Young priest-journalist stirring ruckus in Spain
  • St. Louis schools plan teacher aide system
  • One year in parish work to precede ordination
  • Pope voices auto safety warning
  • Dearth of priests in Brazil
  • Editorial: End legal murder
    • “It has long been a custom in Indiana at biennial sessions of the General Assembly to seek abolishment of capital punishment. And it has been a companion custom to give the seekers a polite hearing, then file the bill in some convenient burial ground, such as the House Judiciary Committee. A new effort to end legal murder will be made in the 1965 Assembly. … Although only eight of the 50 states formally have outlawed the electric chair, the noose, the gas chamber, the firing squad and other devices of legal murder, many of the remaining 42 have all but allowed capital punishment to fall into disuse. … Statistics and experts in criminology are in agreement that the death penalty is almost wholly ineffective as a crime deterrent. … We hope those who are asked to help the committee in its organizing work and who believe in its objectives will give such time, effort, and money as they can to the elimination of a brutalizing, degrading, ineffective concept of crime control.”
  • Explains Bible ‘contradictions’
  • Don’t live in the past, parishes cautioned
  • Church seen too cautious on rights
  • Delayed Vocations seminary already needs expanding
  • Weather forces postponement of swimming finals
  • Nuns on daily TV in ‘Bible Belt’
  • Group endorses voluntary prayer
  • Pope cites special role of St. Peter in Church
  • Cultural enrichment plan launched by Ohio diocese
  • Retreat is scheduled for Perry County men
  • 25 Sisters mark Golden Jubilee at St. Mary-of-the-Woods
  • ‘Technical’ Mass music composed
  • Holy See, Tunisia sign ‘modus vivendi’
  • Rome states views about atomic threat
  • Nuns give yeoman service
  • Pidgin English set for liturgy
  • Pope lauds Council of Constance
  • Prelate’s prayer opens GOP parley

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