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PAGE 8 THE GUARDIAN, JANUARY 4, 1974 I Maryknoller Faces Trial in Philippines Manila (NC) -- A U. S. Maryknoll priest has been formally charged here with having incited peasant unrest against the government and with circulating a paper critical of the 14-month-old martial law regime. In an immigration ministry conference room filled with priests, nuns, several Philip- pine bishops, a representative of the Philippine Bishops' Conference and representatives of lay groups, the government charged that Maryknoll Father Edward Gerlock, 37, of Binghamton, N.Y., in July, 1972 encouraged Filipino squatters to stay on a tract of land that the government had ordered them to vacate so the land could be used as a banana plantation. After a two-hour hearing, the trial was adjourned until Jan. 9 and the priest was released in custody of the Maryknol] Fathers. If he is convicted, he will be deported. Edward L. Hoyt AGENT AUTO, LIFE, FIRE AND HEALTH INSURANCE Office 753-0834 .Home 225-2713 Canadian Hierarchy Says: Correct Conscience Must Follow Church Teachings Ottawa, Canada (NC) --" ' To follow one's conscience' and to remain a Catholic, one must take into account first and foremost the teaching of the magisterium (the Church's teaching authority)," the Canadian bishops have said in a "Statement on the Formation of Conscience." "For a Catholic 'to follow one's conscience' is not, then, simply to act as his unguided reason dictates," they said. The bishops explained con- science as "that ultimate judgment that every man is called to make as to whether this or that action is acceptable to him without violating the principles which he is prepared to admit as governing his life. If he goes against those prin- ciples, he is said to be acting 'against his conscience.' " Conscience, they said, is "not simply some 'still small voice' which is evoked by some mysterious mechanism within us when we are faced with a practical decision as to whether a given course of action is ac- ceptable or not." "When doubt arises due to a conflict of 'my' views and those of the magisterium, the presumption of truth lies on the part of the magisterium," the bishops explained. They said that there must be a religious submission of mind and will to the authentic teaching authority of the Pope -- even when he is not speaking ex cathedra, when he exercises the authority of his office in defining a doctrine concerning faith and morals to be held by the whole Church. Such papal teaching, they said, "must be carefully distinguished from the teaching of individual theologians or individual priests, however intelligent or persuasive." Some Confusion The Canadian bishops said that the many changes that have taken place in modern history have led to some con- fusion in the minds of many Catholics. Factors contributing to that confusion, they said, are: the notion that if something is legal it must be moral; widespread propaganda concerning sexual permissiveness; individualistic ethics; economic inequalities; and the depersonalization of society and the exploitation of man. The bishops statement said that "an act of conscience is an individual thing but must be based upon certain accepted principles and positions. It becomes, therefore, the duty of the individual to acquire the necessary information and attitude in order to make the right decision." They described the formation of conscience as the "never- ending search which every man must undertake for himself in order to find out what is worthy of a man and what is not worthy of a man." In the Bible and tradition, the bishops said, the Christian will find not only "the designs of the Father in the historical context of the world, but a refined series of ideals, precepts and exam- ples given to us by the same Lord Jesus." In discussing how the teaching of the Church is handed down, the bishops cited the service of the Apostles and their successors, calling it a "doctrinal service." A believer, the bishops said, "has the absolute obligation of conforming his conduct first and foremost to what the Church teaches, because first and foremost for the believer is the fact that Christ, through His Spirit, is ever present in His Church, in the whole Church to be sure, but particularly with those who exercise services within the Church and for the Church, the first of which services is that of the Apostles." Priority Cited In discussing the question of law, the bishops said that "the spirit of God's laws takes priority over the letter." "All forms of preceptive law," they said, "stand under the Spirit of love released (by Christ)... any law is ultimately subject to that influx of the Spirit by which the redeemed are transformed intobrothers of Christ... It is discipleship to this word (of Christ) which makes us free." The bishops went on to say that in a society "which finds it extremely difficult to accept any limitations upon even the grossest perversions of freedom, law has become a sort i of whipping boy. Yet it can be said that the law is nothing more or less than the expression of conditions which must exist if man is to be free." 1st U. S. Seminar Site to Be Sold Baltimore (NC) -- The 5 the first Catholic semin the United States -- St. Seminary, Paca St., Balti - will be sold to the cJ Baltimore, and the cent seminary building that housed 400 students w demolished to make roon . park. Not included in the sale are the historic St. I, Seminary Chapel, Motheq ] House, and the convent be that once housed nuns. served the seminarians. !] I A victim of deck [ vocations, the Paca  building was closed in 19 I consolidation of St. i I (then a two-year senior cd I with St. Charles in Cato Md. (then a two-year -ittl college), to form St. $risl Seminary-College, in 0unc sville. ttle , .,0ok aur( law set up by legithtl author!ty and in confer;Z: with dwine law must be't: l into account in every fnel action." '-. bishops said that iPi5t(- The statement they "tried to  w legahsm" and to make, jtuzthe basis for their considera' , ,it C 'the person of Chris, teachings and His Spirit/The, ex, " The purpose ot - statement, they said igu, provide certain pa Lol guidelines" for CatholiCCan they invited attention to it,e "all people of good 'llov terested in preserving theranl elements of our civilizatith, The bishops said that "any culture." Fau t Ridg ._.)air Walnu e Girl Pens v, , con raisal o vention Walnut Ridge -- Miss Gaff convention was getting to know " others and learning to Tillman, 15-year-old secretary many wonderful people, and discover myself. But most of of the CYO, wrote recently in getting to know that one special all, convention was leai'ning The Times Dispatch here about person, Christ, through them. what Christ s love really is and her reactions to the national One could see Christ in every discovering what all is opened ig ff- .__ _:_ '__ '''=L..--" " .. i" "!i convention of the Catholic one of them. Convention was to us through Him." Youth Organization held in learning new ideas and mottos [l Indianapolis in November. for our community, for our I,E%-=':---:  : .... "r " "  She told of being hesitant CYOs, and for our own self. 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