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PAGE 4 THE GUARDIAN, FEBRUARY 7, 1969 Qui Vive.? by The Sentry Guardian Sunday Next Sunday, February 9th, will be Guardian Sunday• A letter from His Excellency Bishop Fletcher was read at all the Masses throughout the diocese last Sunday. He reminded the people that it is time for them to renew their subscription "to our diocesan newspaper," The Guardian. He stressed the important role that the Catholic diocesan weekly plays in the lives of its readers• Catholic land non-Catholic. Many who are not Catholics, read The Guardian because they want to get the facts about the Church, and especially was this true during Vatican Council II. Such news, like other news concerning the Catholic Church, wasoften poorly reported by the secular press, because the newsmen were not familiar with the true facts and their background. The activities of the Council were reported in The Guardian in a special section each week with a finesse and clarity not often found even in Catholic papers. Catholic editors and writers are always on the alert to bring full and accurate information on all current matters pertaining to the Church to their readers. The people of this diocese are extremely fortunate in the fact that they have a local Catholic paper. This is a rare privilege even in dioceses which are much larger than this one. In many much larger dioceses, the people have to be satisfied with what may be called a chain-Catholic paper which publishes the general news and reserves a few pages for local news. This makes it necessary for the local news to reach the readers late because of the much earlier deadline• It often happens that some important news breaks after even the dead- line of a local diocesan paper, but it still can be included at least briefly before the paper comes out. Three yearsagn the subscription price was raised from $3.50 to $5.00, but this is really insignificant considering the increased cost of getting the paper out. The Bishop calls attention to the fact that even at the new rate, the amount paid is only a dime a week, the minimum price of cold drink or a cup of coffee• So the yearly sub- scription price is easily within the means of practically every family. The Guardian has done its work well for over fifty years• This is attested by the many national awards received for its excellence in various departments. Most Catholics and many non-Catholics both here and in other states read The Guardian with profit and pleasure, according to many letters received. "Read The Guardian." Lincoln, the Dropout Wednesday, February 12, marks the birthday of one of our greatest Americans. On this date in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin at Knoxville Creek, Kentucky. The very mention of his name reminds one of the difference between the educational opportunities of his day and those of the present time. It may be said that Lincoln is a shining example of the fact that, given the chance, a person may reach great heights without a formal education. He attended a district school for one year. He is, perhaps, one of the most famous of all dropouts. His success shows how unfair it is for employers to demand that applicants for any kind of work have a high school diploma. A boy with as much potential as Lincoln had, has no chance to get started in our modern artificial society. The promoters of the necessity of a high school diploma in this era will say, "times have changed•" But have they? Let us recall the evaluation placed by a news commentator upon an address delivered by the late President Kennedy. He said that Kennedy's address was the best literary effort of any president since Lincoln "of clear, well-chosen words to express his thoughts." One may recall that there were some presidents between Lincoln and Kennedy who were college graduates. It seems that Lincoln's self-education compares favorably with one received at Harvard. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is considered a gem of English lit- erature and a famous example of complete and concise thought to suit the occasion. The principal address on that famous occasion was delivered by Edward Everett, a former president of Harvard. Com- menting on Lincoln's address the next day in a letter to the President, Everett said, "I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes." -Lincoln surrounded himself with the best men in his party and he had that talent, which every good executive must have, of distributing among them the powers of his office. He had the courage to follow the advice of his counsellors in making important decisions which saved the nation at crucial points. Lincoln knew well the meaning of the Civil War. He said, "I consider the actual idea pervadingthis struggle is the necessity of proving that popular government is not an absurdity. We must settle the question, whether in a free govern- ment, the minority have the right to break up the government whenever theY choose. If we fail, it will go far to prove the incompatibility of the people to govern themselves." :Lincoln is a splendid example of the fact that a man should be given the opportunity to apply his latent ability whether he has had a formal education or not. At the present time the educators seem to be in league with business and industrial leaders to handicap a person without a formaL.education• This is unfair and will never produce the best results. Persons shouldbe given a chance to succeed regard- less of their school record. . Lincoln's birthday should be a holiday for the inspiration of the ppils. The modern school year is measured in days not in matter Covered• Fo,'m"la A Reader Writes Protests Guardian Stress On 'Protestant Spirit' Dear Editor: lead article January 24. I whole- As a Presbyterian married to a Roman Catholic and raising our children in that church (with, hopefully, a respect for the con- sidered convictions of others) I am frequently troubled by what seems to me The Guardian's un- charitable viewpoint. This letter is prompted by your Publ ic Schools Reinstate P rayers Pittsburgh (NC) -- Daily Bible readings and prayers again will be recited in public schools of nearby Clairton, Dr. Robert La- frankie, school superintendent, has announced. The Clairton school board had a few days earlier ordered the read- ings and prayers reinstated over the objection of the board's legal advisor, who said it would violate the U.S. Supreme Court decision banning public school prayers. "The worst they can do is to get an injunction to stop us," Dr. Lafrankie said. "Ialways.have been a supporter of Bible readings and prayers in the schools. A re- spect for the Almighty gives sup- port to our efforts to teach a system of values for which today there is an evident need." heartedly concur with the open- ing statement: "Man does notbuild a better world by plunging into the future with only blind enthusiasm and a frenzied passion to over- throw everything for the sake of change... " But, in both head- line and article, you attribute this attitude to "the spirit of Pro- testant reform" and credit the en- tire statement to Pope Paul VI. I PROTEST that the Pope, to say the very least, is more tact- ful, and you have served him ill by an emphasis which is out of context. "Reform," surely, isnot the same as "Rebellion." When my children ask the in- evitable question, "Mother, when was your church founded?" I an- swer that the first covenant forall of us was made with Abraham, and that, today, I, too, recite a creed which says, "I believe in the Holy Catholic Church. We Protestants appreciate hav- ing been promoted, of late, from "heretics" to "separated breth- ren." In our own troubled smal- ler congregations, we cannotbut be awestruck at the problems which beset a worldwide Roman Catho- licism. We have so much to learn from one another. Let us pray together that we can do it with Love. Mrs. Burley C. Johnston, Jr. Fort Smith Introducing Arkansas Seminarians Ernest Hardesty Ernest Hardesty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hardesty of 901 Dixie Street, Blytheville, is in his college sophomore year at Holy Trinity Seminary at the University of Dallas, Texas. He is preparing for ordination to the Holy Priesthood for the Diocese of Little Rock. Ernest was born in Blytheville October 21, 1948. He attended Imma- culate Conception School there and Blytheville High School and studied for one year at State College of Arkansas at Conway. During his high school years, he was elected president of the Beta Club and was sent to Boys' State. He is majoring in humanities at Trinity. Ernest enjoys all sports, but his favorite is bowling, though he gets little time to practice because Trinity does nothave a bowling team. He spends summers working for a business machine repairing company. He has one sister, Kathryn. From the i i Managing Editor's Profes- sional obli- gations be- come a fo- cal point of attention for the editor of a Catholic newspaper when sub- scription re- newal time rolls around, Among these are his 0 to... • . . provide a Bishop in fulfilling to teach; promote the Catholic and apostolic all of her teachings; •.. carefully avoid turmoil that results larism to confuse his emphasize fide and to identify ror; • . . thresh the wheat l chaff in the news; • . . shun opinions ently run contrary to church teachings speaks; • . . correct errors faith that appear in lications; • . . stress the prayer; challenge thi'nk'ab'out the ligious principles to problems of life; •.. promote Catholic the lay apostolate; •.. seek converts; •.. explain the faith; • . . work for the souls. Daily MASS 9 Sunday H Class Sexagesima Sunda: Glory. Creed. the Trinity. 10 Monday HI Class St. Scholastica, 11 Tuesday HI Apparition of Mary at Lourdes. face of th Blessed: 12 Wednesday HI Seven Servite fessors. Glory. 13 Thursday IV Ferial Day. Mass gesima Sunday. 14 Friday IV Class Mass of previous or St. Valentine, 15 Saturday IV Class Saturday of Our LadY, Preface of Blessed Mary. Don.t Be About the Read The