August 28, 2015

What was in the news on August 27, 1965?

Opposition to a federal program for birth control is voiced, and the Lafayette Diocese gets a new bishop

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 August 27, 1965, issue of The Criterion:

  • Opposition is voiced to federal program for birth control
    • “WASHINGTON—A spokesman for the National Catholic Welfare Conference and the Pennsylvania Catholic Welfare Committee said those agencies oppose use of ‘public power and public funds’ for birth control programs on civil liberties grounds. Provisions of birth control legislation before the Senate Government Operations sub-committee pose ‘serious dangers to civil liberty, while offering no genuine prospect of relieving the problems of poverty, crowding and disease which they purport to solve,’ declared William B. Ball, representing the national and state bishops’ secretariats. … ‘If the power and prestige of government is placed behind programs aimed at providing birth control services to the poor, coercion necessarily results and violations of human privacy become inevitable,’ he stated.”
  • Abp. Schulte installs Bishop Gallagher
    • “LAFAYETTE, Ind.—The age of renewal in the Church obliges the faithful ‘to bear witness to the truth that unites us and not to the confusions which may divide us,’ a bishop declared here. Preaching at the enthronement of Bishop Raymond J. Gallagher in St. Mary’s cathedral here [on Aug. 23], Bishop Leo A. Pursley of Fort Wayne-South Bend stated: ‘If the present situation, with all its challenge, increases our burdens, it also enlarges our opportunities; and if it allows us a broader scope of freedom, it also demands a more exacting sense of responsibility.’ ”
  • Integration of schools is mandated
  • Dearth of vocations is probed
  • Fr. Andrew O’Keefe dies at age of 66
  • Chancery lists clergy assignments
  • 97 percent of adults believe in God, survey indicates
  • To start Home for the Aged
  • Mass at Fair
  • Gives dispensation from abstinence
  • Pope refers to mission of layman
  • CYO Talent Show is ‘dominated’ by Holy Name Parish
  • Play is scheduled by Christ the King teenage thespians
  • Abbey ruins put on block
  • Aussie Catholics double in number
  • Petition planned: Nuns want active role in revising Canon Law
  • Archbishop Cody cites Chicago race problem
  • Convention action: K of C mobilizes for war on smut
  • CFM meet slated at Notre Dame
  • Germany gives help to missions
  • Adult Education course expanded at Marian College

(Read all of these stories from our August 27, 1965, issue by logging on to our special archives.)

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