Twenty-Seven Evils To Be Remedied
Sanctification Of The Home
" FIRST we must KNOW, THEN we must ACT," is Mgr. Richard Downey's slogan.
TWENTY-SEVEN EVILS " MILITATING AGAINST THE SANCTITY OF THE HOME." THESE HAVE BEEN CATALOGUED BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF LIVERPOOL IN A PROGRAAIME OF CATHOLIC ACTION WHICH WILL BEGIN IN THE LIVERPOOL ARCHDIOCESE NEXT WEEK AND IS SCHEDULED TO BE CONCLUDED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR The Archbishop's campaign is for the Sanctification of the Horne. The evils are: 8 RELIGIOUS, 9 MORAL, and io SOCIAL.
To combat these all Catholic Action organisations will study an intensive course which has been carefully planned to point out and clarify each actual evil and to supply the remedies.
In response to this lead the Catholic Herald is arranging for a special series of articles (see next column) by expert theologians on each of the monthly subjects.
The Archbishop of Liverpool himself will introduce this feature next week.
lin a letter to his parish priests, the Arch• bishop writes: There can be little doubt that the reChristianisatioe of society for which the Holy Father insistently calls must begin by a renewal of Christian life in the individual and in the home.
Accordingly, it is my wish that a strong united effort in this direction shall be made throughout our archdiocese during the corning months in the form of a campaign for the sanctification of the home.
The campaign will be the pervading thought during the coming month, and priests and people will join in a corporate effort to achieve the objects.
Prayer and Penance
It should Sc understood that prayer and penance must form an integral part of the campaign, especially on the part of those who are to take part actively.
In the same way, action must be based on knowledge, and it is to be hoped that members of Catholic Action and others taking part shall be acquainted with a detailed knowledge of the subject in hand. Given this necessary background of prayer, penance and study, I shall have reasonable grounds to expect that the campaign will have its desired effect.
Classified Evils and Remedies A comprehensive programme has been published by the Catholic Action Board, which classifies twenty-seven " Evils militating against the sanctity of the home," and plans a year's course of " Remedies— prayer, penance, knowledge and action."
Under three major headings are classified the evils: Religious, Moral and Social, and these are further sub-divided. Among them are points that have previously been more or less overlooked and have long been in need of attention.
The Social Factor
Especial attention is given to the social evils—those unfortunate circumstances that make for the break-up of Catholic homelife.
The Liverpool Action Board will be unable, of course, to provide actual remedies for all of them, but at least it shows an awareness to the social factor, and that is a step towards the alleviation of the evils.
Among the " Religious Evils " one finds the " disappearance of religious sentiments from the home—pictures, holy water, etc.," and among the " Moral" there is the always timely reminder, " Want of respect on the part of children towards their parents" and " Want of charity in the family circle."
Every Month's Duty The exact application of the remedies are not explained in the Board's leaflet, but they are divided into Knowledge and Action (with prayer and penance), and each month has its special items.
The programme comes into operation next month (March), when the knowledge, i.e., special study, will be " The Family, Origin and Nature," and " Marriage: its institution, purpose and sacramental value," and the Action will be the " Sanctification of the Sunday and Holy days: The Mass a Family Sacrifice and Banquet "; " Frequentation of the Sacraments"; " Selfsacrifice, Mortification and Penance "; " Religion in the Home—Family Prayers (League of the Holy Family), Grace at Meals, Religious Pictures and Crucifix, Holy Water."
To Fight the Social Problem
September is the month concentrating on the " Home and the Worker," and the " Action " in this month comes to grips with some of the social evils by the " Inauguration of Parish, Township or Deanery Enquiry Bureaux for advice on housing, unemployment, etc." The Press Campaign takes place in October, and the education of public opinion." The leaflet, which also contains a Reading List, can be obtained from the Liverpool Archdiocesart Catholic Action Board, Cathedral Buildings, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, price one penny each or eightpence per dozen; postage extra,