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Sixty-eight I THE GUARDIAN CATHOLICS AND EDUCATION From a Pamphlet Prepared and Published by the Catholic Laymen's Association of Georgia. It is sail: "Catholics have brought just suspicion on themselves by their attitude toward public schools and their condemnation of secular educa- tion. On the contrary, it is unjust for any one to entertain suspicion of Catholics for that reason. First, because Catho- lics are not alone in their attitude to- ward the public school. Second, be- cause a thoughtful and unprejudiced survey of conditions must justify their attitude. Third, because even though their attitude were mistaken, to sub- + , ,+ ...... ct them to suspicion on that ac- count is contrary to the free institu- tions of our country. Other Religions Several religious bodies besides Catholics condemn secular education and maintain their own denomination- al schools in this country. Of the 400 standard colleges in the United States ;more than 300 are under religious management. All of the large denomi- nations, to some extent, maintain their own separate schools, elementary., academic, or collegiate; and their min- isters exhort their followers to attend these schools in preference to secular or State-Schools of corresponding grade. There are some pertinent and point- ed expressions of Protestant views, each of a different person, taken from the 1916 "Educational Numbe" of The Western Recorder, one of the old- eSt and best known Baptist weeklies in the country. "Secularism is a failure. It has had its day, been weighed in the balance and found wanting. * * * God never spoke more urgently to the Israelites, than He is speaking of us today to go forward in the matter of denomina- tional education." "It is' a shame to let our children grow up and come out of educational institutions without a conscience. * * * I The education that fits only for this l world must die, and bring ruin upon the world itself in the end." Do I want my boy to go out into the world nothing but an educated ool, a blatant unbeliever, a foolish agnostic ? or with the simple Christian faith he learned in the home, rounded out and developed into stalwart Chris- tian integrity? When will we tsk the question on bended knees before God, and learn that the positive, inevitable answer is we must do more than we have ever done or our denomination- al schools " "The, moral or spiritual sense, neg- lected or perverted, is no longer a ection of the divine mind; and the lucation guilty of this sin is the wickedest functioning agency in the world." "The heathen never contemplated education Qpart from religion * * * * and the most startling trend of reli- Kious and political liberty Jh modern times, is to break from God in educa- tion and his religion out of this great department of life." "In all education, whether in the home or school, the religious element ought to predominate. * * * The ob- ligation to educate religiously is upon us. To do this denominational schools have to be planted." Failures. Those are the expressions of Pro- testants, not Catholics. Particular at- tention is directed to the words about "educated fool," 'heathen," "blatant unbeliever," "foolish agnostic" and to the emphasis laid on "the failure of secular education," which is character- ized as "the wickedest functioning agency in +the, world," that Will "bring ruin Upole World itself in the end." What Catholic ever spoke more depre- catingly of our public school system ? 'hat sort of a person is it who will pect Protestant that hold such iews 'and yet "suspect '+ Catholics for .greeing with them ? , Spirituality. Should one object that the views quoted were expressed several years go, then read the following from The Western Recorder of July 20, 1922: "'Let these words sink into the hearts vf our people. This alone justifies eparate denominational schools--they generate a spiritual atmosphere. Pub- lie schools never have and never will-- in the nature of the case they cannot --generate such an atmosphere. Bap- tist parents may ignore this distinc- tion, thinking it fanciful, but they will pay the penalty for their lack of dis- comment in the frozen hearts of their sons and daughters. * * *Contrary to common belief, the public school is too narrow in its scholastic policy. It neglects the most important part the student. To develop a physical mental giant with-a dwarfish soul tS to turn loon upon society a human monosltl," +" Mr. Arthur' Balfour, speaking to the National 8oeiety in London, O- t4, 1M, tmid: 'l+hb dlviJion, be- tWtn reltfous and secular training erroneous. It ira- g ing man, whatever his views, can really approve." No Substitute. Mr. Herbert Asquith on the same occasion said: "I admit as a prac- tical man that denominational schools I ar an indispensable part of our edu- i cational system. You cannot get rid of them because you cannot find any practical substitute for them." Washington Favored. That is only putting in other words what George Washington wrote in his Farewell Address: "Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar struc- ture, reason and experience both for- bid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." Dr. Cadman. Dr. S. Parkes Cadman, of the Cen- tral Y. M. C. A., Brooklyn, in De- cember, 1920, said: "Religious edu- cation is the largest task that faces the world. Culture alone cannot save mankind. If it could, Atlens today would be the center of civilization." Dr. Butler. Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, of Columbia University, New York, dis- cussing public education in an ad- dress in Augusta, Ga., in March, 1920, said: "We are face to face with a teaching that holds Christianity to be l i not only an illusion and a supersti- I tion, but a fraud invented to gain con- I trel over men. * "* * We have I overlooked the fact that instead of being incidental, education is an es- sential part of civilization and Chris- tianity." St. Louis Paper. The St. Louis Globe-Democrat, com- menting on the Pastoral Letter of the Archbishops and Bishops of the United States, in March, 1920, said: "Education without religion serves but to lead mankind into competition, confusion and strife. The recent Great War was what ought to be the final and complete warning to the world of what must result from na- tional policies not founded upon and directed by the principles of religion." Wilson's Opinion. Woodrow Wilson, while President of Priceten, said: "We all know that the children of the last two decades in our schools have not been educated. With all our training, we have train- ed nobody. With all our instructing, we have instructed nobody." Moral Training Cast Out. The Reverend Dr. E. T. Wolf, of the Gettysburg Theological Seminary, speaking before the Evangelical Alli- ance in Philadelphia, December, 1901, said: "Moral training has fol" the most part been cast out of our publLc schools. Every faculty, except the highest and oblest, is exercised and invigorated; but the crowning faculty --that which is designed to animate and govern all others--is contemptu- ously ignored; and, unless its educa- tion can be secured, our young men and women will be graduated from our schools as moral imbeciles." Future Hope. The late President +Harper, of Chi- cago University, one time said: "It is difficult to foretell the outcome of another fifty years of our educational system, which trains the mind only, but for the most part leaves the moral side untouched. The Roman Catholics meet this difficulty while our Protest- in i THE SHOE MART 322 Main St. "A Paradise of Rest for Weary Feet" PINE BLUFF, ARK. ADOLPH BLUTHENTHAL CLOTHING and HABERDASHERY Corner Main and Second PINE BLUFF, ARK. ant churches utterly ignore it." The truth is, Protestant leaders everywhere are trying to find some way of correCting the fatal defect of our public school system, which as was stated in the Educational Re-[ port of the Federal Council of (Pro- I testant) Churches, "is raising up the I youth of America in spiritual illiter- acy." Unlettered of God. Y Spiritual illiteracy. It is not a Catholic phrase, but Protestant; but, oh, how true of the child that is edu- cated only in a secular school. Unlet- tered of God; unenlightened of Christ; [ignorant of Heaven and its own sou], the flower of its mind unfolds like a lily in a stagnant pond on which the ' sun never shines. So the child grows; without its con- I science being quickened; without its ' will being strengthened; without the I dispositions of its heart being trained in the school of discipline; with the cause of its being a mystery, and the purpose of life shut off from its un- derstanding by an impenetrable veil. A spiritual illiterate! Chilet's Great Question. As the child becomes a youth strange whisperings begin to stir his heart; he does not know their mean- ing. In his soul he feels deep, rest- less yearnings, which he cannot sat- isfy. By and by a Great Question flashes througil the framework of his little world; he gropes in darkness for the answer; he has no light or guide; he is a spiritual illiterate. Manhood comes; he is a "scholar" in all that this world holds dear; but the world that has no ending is a solid blank to him. He can measure tim earth, weigh air, compute the shining sun; and does not know why God made him. Spiritual illiteracy. Spiritual Illiteracy. Our forefathers set up a Christian nation. They were a religious peo- ple. Thomas Paine, though he had helped to establish our American in- dependence, lef+the country because the atmosphere lere was not congen- ial to an infidel. Today, more than 50 per cent of our people profess no religion. Paine would feel at home here now. What is the reason for W 313 Main Street | the change? The Federal Council of I Churches maes answer: "The aw I I number of youth which our I palling public schools turn out in spiztual I I illiteracy." Catholics Observe. The Catholic Church anticipated that result when the public schools began. She had long before seen the result of secularized education, in Rome under Julian the Apostate, in France under the Revolution. And so, although it was the hardest way, in- volving a double burden on her faith- ful, untold sacrifices by her religious orders, and at times more than half her income, the Church continued to build her own schools, to train her own teachers, to exhort her children and to warn the nation to beware a system o education that shut out all mention of God, all knowledge of Christ, all thought of 'eaven and the human soul--spiritual illiteracy! Great Injustice. If that has brought Catholics under suspicion in their own country, as some suppose, it is a great injustice, and great stupidity as well. We do not believe it has done so. Our Amer- ican people love liberty too much. are at heart too fair, and their common sense is too much of an ingrain, for them ever to take up the hue and cry that would pull down the Christian schools of the nation and blight the future hope of this fair, Christian country with the curse of Spiritual illiteracy. The House of Hart Schaffner & Marx Clothes Pine Bluff, Ark. The Hub THE FAMILY OUTFITTERS Your Patronage Solicited Telephone 179 Pine Bluff, Ark. M SIMPSON& WEBB FURNITURE COMPANY FURNITURE, FLOOR COVERINGS STOVES AND RANGES COMPLETE HOUSE FURNISHERS Exclusive Agents for Sealy Mattresses, Leggett and Platt Springs, New Home Sewing Machines, Free Sewing Machine. CASH OR CREDIT PINE BLUFF, ARK. - : - : . _ =  : - | , BE THOUGHTFUL Fires and Accidents Don't Just Happem They Are the Result of Thoughtlessness or Carelessness. 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