MEN IN HIGH PLACES"We happen to be living between two concepts of human ways of life," said Pope John XXIII in his third Christmas message. "On one side [there is] the reality of the world examined, studied, and reduced to practice according to the design of God; on the other--we are not afraid to repeat it--the counterfeit of this same reality, made easy by technical skill and the ingenuity of man."
Speaking last week from the Vatican, the spiritual head of the Roman Catholic Church appealed to those with the highest responsibility in public and social life "not to counterfeit truth." He directed his words not only to heads of state but "to all without exception: Educators, parents, teachers, to all who work with head or hand or heart; to those--and we emphasize this--responsible for public opinion, which is being formed or deformed by means of the press, radio, and television, by the cinema, by meetings and exhibitions of every kind. . .
"Have a sacred terror of spreading those germs which desecrate love, break up the family, mock religion, loosen the foundations of the social order. . .Know how to build with quiet perseverance and untiring endeavor the conditions for better times, healthier, more just, more secure. . .
"We have confidence in God and His light," concluded the pontiff. "We have confidence in men of good will, satisfied that our words may rouse in the hearts of all upright men a note of manly generosity." (Associated Press)