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Adelaide Southern Cross (Newspaper) - August 29, 1947, Adelaide, South Australia National Library of Australia the crisis in England Cardinal Griffin s urgent Appeal an urgent Call to the people of Britain was recently made by Cardinal Griffin broadcasting front the Church of St. Mary and St. Joseph Poplar. In the present crisis three facts stood out As never before said his Eminence the obvious importance of productive work the importance of the workers and need for co operation Between All classes of the Community and particularly Between capital and labor. his Eminence was speaking from the school Hall at Poplar the Church there having been bombed. The Cardinal recalled How Cardinal Manning had visited Poplar at the age of 82 to help to end the great Dock strike of 1889. He recalled also Cardinal Gibbons social work in America and Pope Leo Xiii s workers charter a Rwm Nova rum. He told of the work of the Young Christian workers taking part in the ceremony How they Are attempt ing to bring Back the workers to Christ. Work of the . Their work said his Eminence seems to have special value and the social teaching of the Catholic Church seems to have special significance at this time of grave crisis through which the country is passing. In this crisis which faces us now said Cardinal Griffin three facts stand out the first is the importance of productive work. We tended to lose sight of this fact when imports were paid for out of interest on foreign investments and the work of the merchant Navy. Now our foreign investments Are gone and the merchant Navy depleted by War. We badly need imports of food and raw materials and to pay for them we must produce More goods ourselves. Moreover said his Eminence As a result of the ravages of War our capital equipment at Home stands in the greatest pos sible Weed of repair replacement \ and reorganisation. We must therefore work As we have never worked before to put our country on its feet again and to secure the goods me need. Without hard productive work and the self denial it entails we and our children will remain homeless ill Clad and hungry. If we fail to do our duty and to work we shall be denied and our Chil Dren will be denied that decent sufficiency which is necessary for an existence that is at once human and Christian. Mind you we christians Don t seek this sufficiency As the be All and end All of existence. We Don t make a god of it. We Don t regard it As an end in itself. " but we insist that every Man has a right to a sufficiency in material things As a Means to the full develop ment of his human personality. The vital necessity for productive work said his Eminence has led to a new appreciation of the import Ance of the workers. Work was dignified by our lord in the Carpenter s shop and work May show a Man s love of his neighbor. Work contributes to the Well being of All. Depends on workers on the workers efforts and especially on the efforts of those who work with their hands depend our chances of survival. It is a Good thing that the economic Worth of manual workers should be recognised. But surely it is distressing and dangerous that nowadays the worker should tend to be valued solely in accordance with his economic ability in terms of his Power that is to pro Duce those goods and services which the nation needs so urgently. The worker and in fact every individual should be valued first and Foremost became he is a human person made to the image and likeness of god and to be reverenced As the work of god s hands. Nowadays our people Are losing sight of this fact. They re tending to value each other and worse still Many seem Content to be valued solely in terms of productive Worth. Not merely economic this is a Clear indication that the crisis from which we re suffer ing to Day in t merely economic it is a moral and spiritual crisis. Materialism has Laid its grip on every Section of our Community. In its Wake it has brought selfishness which makes us unwilling to put our own interests aside and work generously for the task of economic re covery. Instead so Many of us seem Content to Drift into economic disaster which our present Low appreciation of human Worth May Well turn into abject servitude. In fact whether we extricate our selves from the present crisis or whether we slip deeper into it one thing is certain we must learn anew to value every Man woman and child for what they Are in themselves and not Only for what they can produce. We must shake off the materialism which is coming us increasingly to rate a a in Little higher than a Well groomed and Noble and skilful animal. Other Wise the belgian policy of neutrality before the invasion was not Leopold s but that of his ministers including m. Spaak and the belgian parliament. In the crucial period of defeat King Leopold saved the British forces by refusing to leave his army As his ministers demanded and he would have nothing to do with ministerial initiatives for an armistice with Ger Many. Furthermore he backed the exile belgian government As against those who wanted to set up a new government in Brussels. His meet Ings with Hitler Are shown to have had no other object than to help his people and his attitude towards the fuehrer earned him deportation to Germany. Yet it is in the face of this magnificent record that the politicians of Belgium have virtually deprived the King of his throne which is another Way of saying that they have deprived the people of Belgium of a Leader who has amply proved himself worthy to defend their interests in Accord Ance with their own free Constitution. Jealousy Small mindedness hatred of religion and tradition careerism these Are some of the unpleasant elements that have entered into a conspiracy that has done irreparable harm. The harm is irreparable or Well nigh so since it has channelled divisions among the people of Bel Gium and so prevented the return of the Monarch even though a majority of the population would vote in his favor. A Monarch needs a quasi unanimous Welcome if he is to do his Job. It is that unanimity which has been destroyed by this hostile Petti Ness and worse. The Choice of an executor Why should i not appoint my wife As executor under my will such a responsibility is too heavy for most women. It requires wide knowledge of investment and business problems taxation and Legal perplexities which few women have an Opportunity to acquire. Particularly at such a time of emotional stress. Executor ship throws an unfair Burden on a woman s shoulders and May often compel her to invite discussions with persons unqualified to give sound advice. It is far Wiser to appoint elder s trus tee company As your executor. There is scarcely an instance where saving of the fee of this company a Small percentage of the value of the estate compensates a wife for the cares and mental anxiety of estate management. If however you especially desire your wife to be associated with your estate then name her As a co executor with this company. In this manner elder s trustee company will at your death relieve her of the burdens and perplexities while still enabling her to keep close personal. Touch with the administration. Write for the free Booklet wills and elder s trustee and executor com Pany limited elder House 87-89 Currie Street Adelaide. Els7 Advt 530

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