The Jeffersonian (Jefferson, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 4, Ed. 1 Saturday, December 1, 1951 Page: 2 of 4
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REV. JOHN G. O'ROURKE. EDITOR
"THE HISTORIC CHURCH FOR AN HISTORIC TOWN"
Entered In the post office at Jefferson, Texas as second class ol
null matter January 24, 1949, under the act of March 3, 1879. The
Mbgcriptlon rate to THE JEFFERSONIAN, which Is publlsat.
monthly, is two dollars per year. Address all communications to THE
JEFFERSONuAN, liox 705, Jefferson, Texas. Editor's phone, Jef-
The official orM'i of the mission churches of the Immaculate Con-
ception of ihe Ulessed Virgin at Jefferson and ol Our Lady at Fatima
nt Daingerfleld, THE JEFFERSONIAN is published with the ap-
probation of the Most Rev. Joseph P. Lynch, L>. D,
Bishop of Dallas. Humbly It intends to carry out the mandate of ]
Our Divine Lord: "Golfig, therefore, make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and ol
the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all thai I have commanded
Its only purpose is to serve the HISTORIC CHURCH of tht
Un-American Discrimination Is Protested
FATHER OF SOMF OF CHILDREN DENIED RIDE
STATES INCIDENT IS REMINISCENT OF WHAT
WE FOlHTj NOTES SAVING OF $65 A CHILD
Christian ages to whom the DIVINE FOUNDER spoke these words
of sacred promise: "Behold I am with YOU all days even Jnto the
consummation of the world."
CRITICS OF SPAIN SHOULD SPEAK OUT
In the newspapers edited by those not of Catholic faith ap-
pear constantly articles attacking reported restrictions on
Protestants In Franco Spain. If said restrictions actually ex-
ist. all real Catholics would favor their repeal.
Newspapers and individuals attacking alleged denial of
religious freedom In countries far across the seas now have a
chance to prove their sincerity. In our own United States a
law Is being enforced in some states which places penalties on
those who patronize religious schools. Effect of the law is to
restrict the freedom of religious people to educate their
children in a school of their conscience. In many instances the
withdrawal of transportation benefits actually coerces parents
to take their children out of the sehool of their choice. This
obviously Interferes with religious liberty.
If critics of Frai.ro Spain be honest, let them now protest
not only the reported restrictions on Protestants in Spain but
let them also blast restrictions placed on Catholics in our own
U. S. A. Such a fair-minded opposition to every curb of reli-
gious liberty will prove the integrity and honesty of our edi-
tors not of the faith. .
Readers may send to us their collection of clippings from
the pipers and publications of our Baptist, Church of Christ.
Episcopal. Methodist, and other non-Catholic brethren who in
print attack with as much steal the injustice to Catholics in the
U. S. A. ah they pour forth in the matter of the faults report-
edly attributed to our confreres in the land of the Spanish.
Marshall Tactics used in
the recent "Marsnall incident"
;ie reminiscent of those we
lound evil enough in our enemies
to stait a war over. Sieve Verha-
ien. lather of some of the child-
ren denied safe transportation to
school, has charged in a letter to
the MARSHALL NEWS MESSEN-
GER. Noting that taxpayers are
saved $65 for every child in a
Catholic school. Mr. VerhrJen
drew the conclusion that the
State could at least show its grat-
itude by not inflicting penalties
on parents who are willing to
save the State of Texas a great
deal of money. Clearly the regu-
lation, he said, w;^ all too obvi-
ously aimed against the Catholic
schools. This, the letter declared,
was sad in "This land of equality
for all — this land of freedom
from racial, religious, and politi-
Text of Mr. Verhalen's letter,
published Sept 9th, follows:
TO THE NEWS MESSENGER:
Tills is an actual event happen-
in,' Sept. 6 in Harrison County.
Texas. Without a library for re-
ference as to details as to date
when the law was enacted, and
the verbal explanations and eva-
sive answers of the Commission-
er of Education regarding his re-
sponsibility In carrying out the
Attorney General's office, these
facts are as complete as an aver-
age amatuer can describe them.
Thursday morning, a young
American citizen awaited the
school bug on the opening day of
school, us he had in several pre-
vious years, at the gate on the
highway in front of his home. He
was an average American boy,
with an average American name;
Pat O'Connor. What happened to
Pat in the next few minutes made
him feel strange, embarrassed,
ostracized. His fiiends and play-
mates looked on' unable to help.
What happened was unbelievable
in this land of equality for all —
this land of freedom from racial,
religious and political persecu-
When Pat started to get on the
bus he was told by the driver he
could not ride "because he was
going to a private (Catholic
school." Later the same day the
driver did stop by and explain to
Pat's mother, who by that time
along with her husband and many
other parents, was furiously mad.
All affected were dumfounded.
They had heard "it can't happen
here" in this last stronghold of
democracy, bnt here it was. Mr.
Bus Driver explained that he was
ruder penalty of loosing a month's
salary if he gave even one stu-
dent a ride to a "private" school.
He had no choice. Someone high-
er in authority held the hatchet
over his pay check.
The county school superinten-
dent said he had no room for per-
sonal interpretation of the rule.
His funds were in jeoptady if he
permitted his drivers to violate
the attorney general's opinion on
BLAME KICKED AROUND
The Attorney General kicks the
blame around some more and
says he in his capacity as lawyer
and' attorney for the state can
only read the laws as they are
written by the legislature. He
explains the law is an old one
dating back to 1941. Lf this is so
why has there been a sudden
change of mind as to application
for this year as against all pre-
vious years since it's writing?
Why a reversal after ten years?
If this law is just — strictly a
supposition — why should the In-
formation be withheld from par-
ents of the students to be affect-
ed? Why surprise them? Such
tactics and discriminations are
very reminiscent of other places
j in recent history. Has our coun-
try come to this same dreaded
' state of pffairs?
What would happen if the Cath-
olic parents who send their chil-
dren to schools operating at no
expense to the state, and accord-
ing to this new^jjerslon of the
law will have to transport their
children to these schools at no
expense to the state, would refuse
to pay school taxes? We all know.
The stPte would, if necessary and
with little hesitation, confiscate
the valuables -of the unpatriotic
citizens tp cover such unpaid tax-1
es. Beyond a doubt the state
would collect. But what of the
citizens in this minority religious j
Economically speaking the state
is definitely ahead if the private
schools are permitted to function, j
After all it costs the state in the(
neighborhood of $05 per year for
each student enrolled. For every
student in a private school there
is mother $65 ( approximately)
saved the state. Suppose all the
private schools are forced to
close. Could the present educa-
tonal facilities accomodate the
extra load? It would be difficult.
There is a definite shortage of
teachers. Some schools are oper-
ating in shifts to care for the
children of age required to
Besides the unfairness of the
law there is such an economic
unreasonableness in it too. If this
type legislation is the result of
our present public schools, per-
haps it is a blessing in disguise
that some of our future citizens
r.re being spared and may some
day be more rational than ap-
parently those who exist today.
The law as written, and the
officials Interpreting It. speak of
the schools as "private." There
are few private schools other
than Catholic. It is plain to see
that while this is spoken of gen-
erally the group affeeted Is limit-
ed , discrimination, poorly cam-
ouflaged. casting a darkness over
J. EDGAR HOOVER OF FBI FAME
Whp is therefore in a position to know says: " No gift of
Rockefeller or Carnegie Foundations, or of any other Christian
denomination, can equal the gift presented to the American
people toy the Catholic Church. It has nearly 11,000 schools with
nearly 3,000.000 pupils who are taught by 95,000 patriotic
teachers. Not a single atheist teacher is among them. Not a
single non-Christian nor non-American principle is taught."
And what reward do Catholics get for this singular gift? That
of being ungratefully taxed to support a school system in which
as Christians they cannot believe; because Christianity is a
REVEALED religion, revealed by God and unless it continues
to be reverled especially to youth in their formative years it
will pass away to be followed by the dark powers of govern-
mental tyranny and mass slavery, proofs of which are already
ROAD TO RUIN J ^ "
U. S. FOUNDERS WOULD BE SAD
The Founding Fathers of the United Statos of America In the Constitution decreed that no reli-
gion was ever by law to bo established or named the official religion of the land. Since 1776 there
has never been any church in the country campaigning to be established by law as a state religion.
This law against a legal religion is well known. Not so well known is that the Constitution says: "Con-
gress shall make no law restricting the free exercise of religion." A gradual forgetfjilness of this
part of the Constitution has led to the idea that the State has to restrict and penalize the exercize of
freedom of religion in the field of education. The men who wrote the Constitution and their sons
lived in a day when enemies of freedom and champions of a religious godlessness had not yet suc-
ceeded In their task of getting the American people to accept a false interpretation of their Consti-
tution, namely, that the United States Government had to be hostile to t'<nd restrict the full freedom
of religious belief In order to prevent an established church. The men who wrote the Constitution and
their sons lived in a day when the United States Government had no church by law established but
yet encouraged religion in general. The Founding Fathers and their sons went to schools conducted
by churches and had their religious education paid for out of U. S. (ax money. No one worried about
this ruining the country until many who hated the Catholic Church more than they cared for religious
freedom saw that the Catholic Church in Us rapid growth was establishing most of the religious
schools In the nation, Rather than allow this mistrusted Church to benefit, anti-Catholic Influences
in the nation decided that the Constitution should be departed from and that burdens' and handicaps
should be placed on people, who like the Founding Fathers, send their children to religious schools.
Hence, as the above cartoon demonstrates, religion wr.s thrown out of schools built by the government
Schools which continued to teach It began to be penalized In a country whose Constitution still
reads that Congress Is to make no law restricting the free exercise of religion. The Catholic schools,
which have never asked the government to construct them and pay their teachers, as Is done In
Protestant England, have seen their pupils even denied benefits which have nothing to do with the
school but with (he very lite and safety of the child, such as highway transportation, health ser-
vices, etc. As a result of the trend toward godless secularism with religion "banned in public schools
and tax benefits denied to parents who dive send their children to religious schools, the Constitu-
tion of the United Stales is being almost universally violated—freedom of religion Is being restricted.
This situation would make the Founding Fathers very sad. Were they alive today, these men who
•were broad enough to allow a cousin of America's first Catholic Bishop to sign the Constitution and
who were broad enough to welcome the help of Catholics who died in the Revolutionary War.
would no doubt be very, very sad that anti-Catholic movements in the nation's history, combined with
other circumstances have brought about the present universally-accepted denial of religious freedom.
These great Americans who received their education in tax-supported church schools and their sons
■who also attended them would indeed be very sad that our nation has become so- warped that it can
pay $10,000 a year of tax money to the Protestant chaplains of Congress and similar salaries to Army
chaplains but not one dime to the support of schools which teach God and religion—the original
American school- because if this were allowed, the Catholic Churoh would benefit.
Not all Protestants are happy about the above development. See the comment of the editor of
MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER, a non-Catholic, elsewhere in this Issue. The above excellent cartoon
is reprinted through the courtesy of THE LOS ANGELES TIDINGS.
Deoatur — The Church of Our
Lady of the Assumption, parish
church of Father James Tucek,
a former Jefferson priest, has
been destroyed by fire.
Father Tucek entered the
flame-swept stone structure and
succeeded in bringing out the
The building was covered by
only $6000 insurance and there
arp only 60' Catholics In Father's
parish. Alms to help rebuild
mtyr be addressed to Father Tu-
cek, Decatur, Texas
"We gain more merit by a
single meditation on the passion
— consequently by making the
Stations once — than by fasting
every Friday of the year on bread
and water." — St. Leonard.
"Our Blessed Lady points out
to us the sure path to peace and
the means of obtaining It from
Heaven. There Is very little rea-
son to hope for it through human
hands." — Pope Pius XII, speak-
ing in Portuguese to a crowd of
about 1,000.00 people gathered at
Fatima. Portug.il Oct. 13th.
.. — ■ " TlTIi-frii-jtVifrgnirilTflvi-f™
"It Is by virtue of the benediction that the nature of the visible species is changed into hl3
body. The bread, also, is at first common bread, but when it has been sanctified it is called, and la
made the body or Christ."
At the time more than 1600 years ago when St.. Gregory of Nyssa, an outstanding leader of the
Eastern Church, wrote these words the divine mystery of transubstantlation was a universal doc-
trine in the Visible Church. By this mystery of the faith Christians understood with St. Gregory
that the bread used during the Mass after the benediction or repetition of the words of Jesus
Christ was no longer bread but by the power of God "made the body of Christ"
It was Jesus Christ who once said: '-Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His
Blood, you shall not have life in you. The Bread that I will .give is my flesh tor the life of the
In the city of Dallas. Texas recently on the feast of Jesus Christ. King of the world, 11 000 mem-
bers of a Church which has ever taught this most.sublime doctrine gathered above on the grounds of
Jesuit High School for the annual devotion honoring Christ the King in the Blessed Sacrament.
Bis. Augustine Danelmayr above Is shown carrying the Blessed Sacrament in procession. Below the
actual Benediction or blessing is given to the City of Dallas as the Divine Host is elevated in the
form of a cross and turned to all directions of the city in blessing. Top photo courtesy, DALLAS
Times. Herald Lower pboto courtesy Dallas News. courtesj,
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O'Rourke, John G. The Jeffersonian (Jefferson, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 4, Ed. 1 Saturday, December 1, 1951, newspaper, December 1, 1951; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth293197/m1/2/: accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.