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PAGE 4 THE GUARDIAN, MAY 2, 1969 ..................... v .............. vvvvv Qui Vive?. by The Sentry Propagation of the Faith This Sunday, May 4, has been designated as membership day for all who wish to help the Holy Father in his appeal for funds to carry on his work for the spread of the faith throughout the world. His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher said, "Relatively few of us are called into the personal work in the mission areas, but every one of us is called upon to participate in this work and to sustain those who are personally engaged in the mission field through our prayers and our sacrifices." The people are urged to give generously to the fund needed for the Propagation of the Faith. It has been feared at times that some people have not become members of the Society because they did not wish to assume the obligation of saying the daily prayer which is prescribed. The Bishop wishes all the people to be advised that the saying of this prayer is not a matter of conscience, but merely a prayer that is said for the progress of the organization and for vocation for the Missions. Ordinary members are expected to contribute one dollar per year and family membership calls for yearly donation of six dollars. Perpetual membership is also available, the ordinary offering fo, r such membership is forty dollars and for the family, one hundred dollars. The Society originated at Lyons in France in 1822, because of an appeal that was made for a contribution to a missionary activity. In 1820, Pauline Jaricot of Lyons received a letter from her brother, who was a seminarian at Paris. In the letter, he described the poverty of the members of the foreign mission. In her desire to help, Pauline began to solicit donations for the foreign Mission among her friends and neighbors. They were asked to give only a penny a week, but it was the beginning of what was to be a great missionary work. The seed was thus planted and it was watered and cultivated until it grew into a great tree of missionary enterprise. Eventually, the Holy Father, Pope Plus XI, formally approved the endeavor, now known as the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. On May 3, 1922, the Pope in his Motu Proprio, transferred the head- quarters of this Society from Lyons to Rome and placed it under the direction of the Sacred Propaganda. It may be helpful to remind the Catholics of this country that while the primary work of this Society is the collection of funds for the Foreign Missions, nevertheless the Home Missions are aided by the fact that forty per cent of the ordinary annual collection is turned over to the American Board of Catholic Missions for the aid to the home Missions. This Diocese has received substantial aid throughout the years from this source for projects that are so necessary in this missionary area. It is more blessed to give than to receive. By membership in the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the small contributions of millions of "little" Catholics become a large sum which helps the Missionary activity of the Church at home and abroad. The Holy Father depends more and more on American Catholics to finance his missionary activities. Biblical Study Needed When the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Bible reading and prayers in the public schools, whenprescribed by school or civil authorities, were unconstitutional, the Court did leave the door open to the extent that the Bible could be studied inasmuch as it is a historical book or a book of literature. Our educators, for the most part, have overlooked this possibility, although texts that could be used in such studies are available. Not long ago an English teacher in Newton, Massachusetts, decided to test his eleventh and twelfth grade students on their knowledge of the Bible as regards famous characters, places, and scriptural quotations that are supposed to be well-known. The result showed a surprising lack of biblical knowledge. "Jesus taught by parodies," so said some of the pupils, instead of parables. The infamous cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were designated as two famous lovers. Eve was said to have been created from an apple. Famous scriptural quotations were given to the students with the last word in each sentence to be supplied. Scarcely any of the following sentences were completed: "Many are called but few are." "A soft answer turneth away...._." "They shall beat their swords into." "Pride goeth before a." The experiment was conducted by Thayer S. Warshaw, who said that it aroused a good deal of interest among the young people. They seemed to want to know about such matters, but the educators who prepare the courses of study in the schools seem to want to deprive the students of any information concerning God or morality. The classic literature which contained references to the virtuous life have been withdrawn from the schools. Nothing is heard of Tennyson% "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of." Milton's Comus, in which the poet pays such a great tribute to chastity, is as unfamiliar to the students of the present era as if it were written in Sanskrit. We could use more of this sentiment in our era; the people in general have no conception of a moral code. Well-known people discard husbands and wives as they do their old clothes and choose new ones without losing caste, so low is the present standard of public decency and morality. The educators should restore the teaching of morality to the public schools in self-defense If for no other reason. The students are becoming so depraved that they threaten the teachers with bodily harm. Teachers have recently resigned from their work in the classroom because of such threats. How long are the citizens of this nation going to allow such conditions to flourish in schools financed by them? From the ' Editor's Desk.:. , News item: Pope abolLshev Red Hat for C a rdinals Frank Morriss Says Disloyalty to Church Menacing Catholic Press St. Louis - Frank.Mor- iss, one of America's foremost Ca- tholic journ- alists and founding ed- itor of Twin Circle, ana- tlonal Catho- lic weekly, says the Catholicpress is endangered by editors who are not sufficiently journalistically competent and who are not suf- ficiently Catholic. In the F. P. Kenkel Lecture Series here, sponsored by the Central Bureau of the Catholic Central Union of America, Mor- rlss declared: "It is significant that the Cath- olic papers in the most serious difficulty today are the ones that have failed on the latter point." He recommended formation of a Catholic Press Foundation by the U.$. hierarchy to solicit funds to be allocated on the basts of a paper's journalistic competence and its unswerving loyalty to the Church and her teachings. The main failing of the editors of many papers, Morriss declared, is the failure to appreciate that there is a radical distinction between the vocation of the Catholic jour- nalist and that of his cousin in the secular press. "The ordinary journalist serves communication for communication's sake; the Catholic journalist uses communi- cation for the glory of God's Church." Morriss said he was willing to admit that under most circum- stances Catholic editors have the right and duty toprint facts whether they are favorable or unfavorable to the Church. "This, of course, isn't an absolute right," Morriss explained. "Even the secular press at times will withhold In- formation to protect innocent lives or, as for example in warfare, to protect the safety of the coun- try. But I for one do not think that under most circumstances the printing of bad news is going to hurt the Good News." But, Morrlsswent on, this type of honesty is not what afflicts the Catholic press today. Many ed- itors, he explained, have turned their papers principally into ve- hicles to spread and promote the most exotic views and opinions regardless of whether such views confuse the faithful, challenge Catholic tradition, insult Catholic authority, or belittle Catholic piety and devotions. "The Second Vatican Council," the lecturer pointed out, "made the matter quite clear in its decree on Communications: 'Whether it (a Catholic publication) is pub- lished and run by direct eccles- iastical authority or by Catholic laymen, let it be clearly edited with this goal: that it may form, strengthen, and spread views which are in harmony with the natural law and with Catholic teaching and precepts; let it publicize and cor- rectly interpret facts which per- taln to the life of the Church.' " The speaker declared that the Church desperately needs a strong and loyal press of its own. "The secular press is both unwilling and perhaps incapable of treating fully and fairly happenings that Catholics need to know about. It often sees all things -- even the most sacred -- with the dis- tortlng and jaundiced view of the professional sensatlonalizer. It often presents religious hap- penings in the milieu of a neu- trality that cannot help but im- ply doubt and cynicism." "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry," and anyone who doubts it should have been the ed- itor of The Guardian last week. Relief from the press preparing an el supplement had begun to Compliments were being and satisfaction abounded. Then lightning struck. A of a Greater Little Rock whose memory is with recollection of the iliary Bishop's ordination priesthood on June 11, 194 discovered an error of Conspicuous by his absence the list and from the Bishop Lawrence P. classmates at St, John'S Missions Seminary was Charles $. Diamond, Mary's parish, North First thoughts were of the blame. Notes were There were conversationS, But the effort was cause a journalistic tares that the editor -- he -- is responsible for published --or not Everyone must live mistakes, and even not erase them. In however, the victim was forgiving, and admitted momentary paranoia perused the There's more, omission of Father disturbing. was downright terrifying' short hour before the ordination was to begin; Guardian's ancient vintage fell victim to its age. A drive to the Ben Red Studios and a quick disclosed it was beyond imr repair. A disconsolate editor the Cathedral, pocket his pride, and assistance of the local dailies. Vis edition with only one photographs had troyed his confidence he do anything right. That's when Gunter of the Arkansas came to his aid. rled off to the newspaper He returned with Graphic -- the only Guardian editor knows -- just as the procession Cathedral wa# forming in of the Hotel It will take a while, but undoubtedly will bling hands and nervoUS will be less obvious in The dian newsroom, Graves Family at Ordination