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PAGE 4 THE: J, ARDIAN, JULY 25, 1969 by ,_. J,  'i!: Some of 4  e Sentr ., metropoli-  • • overlook re-  Catholic School=ng Essent,al garding the California This is an appropriate time of the year to consider the topic of Cath- grape indus-  olic education. Strangely enough, there are still a large number of Catholics who do not seem to realize the value and the necessity of an t r y a r e I d[ education under Catholic auspices especially in this locality. As a   that... proof of this fact, it is common knowledge that every year a number of   . . • 90 per cent of t Catholic parents seek to receive permission from the Bishop to send ..... pickers in the Delano are their children to a public school for any number of flimsy excuses•  migrants, but permane ,,,  dents, living in neat, cot It is hard to understand such ignorance and indifference• The term ,:£ iir-" %t't] homes; ignorance is used here advisedly, because only a Catholic ignorant of .., ti:: ', the facts would ever send his child to other than a Catholic school, if :, / ,  . • . according to the ! partment of Agriculture, possible. Even well informed non-Catholics are eager to send their i;', paid between $2 and children to Catholic schools whenever they can• ,,, ,, ,  ii, .!i;:; :Li ! ,?i:! hour, well above the leg The Catholic Church is a divinely commissioned teacher• Christ r,:,,::::,!:  minimum wage; said to His Apostles, "Go, teach all nations." Education in Catholic :,:, mnlm:  . . . Cesar Chavez tr: schools is more necessary now since the Supreme Court has forbidden )=' ,:, Ili! i; " the reading of the Bible and the recitation of the Lord s Prayer in the ? '".'' ; 1 Ii!''* ganize real migrant fa: public schools. "" ";'' ' ;k' 'llBiJ{|{°'{ ers in Texas but aban( Few people, including a good many Catholics, realize the danger of iJj t) effort on discovering fl i,':7J poor pay and mobility m an education without moral guidance. It amounts to this-- the intellect :   poor union dues payers; and the strength of the body are developed without furnishing the pupils with the means to control these powers. Atheistic Communism may • . . Delano grape pic well be the result of an education from which God is excluded. Don t Be M=shd fuse to strike and are regularly; A few weeks ago a large number of boys and girls completed their elementary education in their respective parochial schools. They should . . . Most of those make every possible effort to attend a Catholic high school. If there the grape farms are radicals and slum is notoneintheirvicinity, they should exhaust every means to attend Vatican Investments brought inbyChavez a boarding school. For pupils short of money there are always ample fornia cities; opportunities for those who are willing to work their way• Any boy or girl who has a real desire to obtain a Catholic high school education will find a way. The law of the Church demands a Catholic education for Catholics at all levels. The Newman clubs do good work for Catholics who are unable for good reasons to attend a Catholic college, but they do not make a Catholic school out of a secular college• Catholic parents who do their best to furnish their children with a Catholic college education and are unable to do so may look confidently to God to supply the deficit. Catholic parents who can afford to send their children to a Catholic college and fall to do so, without some grave reason, cannot expect God to bless them or to help their children over the influence of an atheistic or agnostic environment. The teacher from his position wields powerful influence upon the minds of his students. Capital Punishment Capital punishment has been very much in the news during the past year• Statistics have been advanced in an attempt to prove that the death penalty does not prevent murders. Comparisons have been made concerning the number of murders which take place in states with and without the death penalty. Such comparisons have little value because there are several states like Massachusetts, that have the death pen- alty for murder, but in which no one has been executed in a good many years. Those who wish to abolish the death penalty claim that in addition to Its failure to prevent murders, R is unfair, in that the law has so many loopholes which skillful attorneys may use to the advantage of their clients. Some accused lrsous have piem of money a their lawyers can keep a case in court so long that the crime committed is forgotten and the alleged criminals arouse the public symlthy to such an extent that they eventually receive a light sentence or go free. Thus the rich may escape the penalty, while the poor are victims of the law. Again, the fact that governors may commute sentences or pardon the convicted after a short prison term, weakens the force of the death penalty• Chief of police W• H• Parker of Los Angeles says, "the tragedy is the complete disregard of the lifeless victims of these capital often- tiers." There is a tendency in this nation today to disregard the responsibility of criminals. No one seems to he blamed for crime or sin. J. Edgar Hoover who must he accepted as an expert on crime, when speaking of ravaged victims of murder said, "We must never allow misguided compassion to erase our concern for the unfortunate in- nocent victims of bestial criminals• No plan in favor of the death penalty can be more horribly eloquent than the sight of a battered sexually assaulted body of a child." According to modern penologists, the basic tenet of dealing with criminals is rehabilitation of the offenders• Correctional treatment is the order of the day. It has met with little success, however. The authorities on the treatment of criminals seem to have failed to realize that it is not sufficient to rebuild the criminals and to restore them to society. Very few experts remember that the attitude of the members of society must he rebuilt to accept these reformed criminals and to place confidence in them. Since this has not been done, the rehabili- tated criminals meet with so much opposition and distrust from employ- ers and society in general, that they are forced to return to crime to live • The Dismas Society is trying to remedy this situation, but profes- sional penologists are doing very little to prepare society to receive rehabilitated criminals. Society is attacked when a murder is committed and society, like an individual, has a right to protect itself from an unjust aggression, even to the extent oftaklngthe aggressor's life• The death penalty for murder is not revenge• It is protection from future murders. Follow Normal Standards (What follows is from the July edition of Columbia, national monthly of the Knights of Columbus. It was written by The Rev• Robert A. Graham, S.J., in reply to Letters to the Editor of Columbia, criticizing the Holy See for having investments in business. Father Graham, a former associate editor of America, is working in Rome on compila- tion of papal: history during World War II. He is the author of the book "Vatican Diplomacy.") The writer from Ohio may be assured that the money he con- tributes to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith is dis- tributed immediately to the mis- sions, as the donors rightly ex- pect. But the Pope himself is in a different situation and has re- sponsibilities of a much wider kind, for which money must be had. While he himself is not "solici- tous," how far would he get if he tried to use that argument when the time comes to pay his bills or fulfill his obligations to heads of families who work for him? It is normal procedure to have a reserve on hand which, again by mrmal standards, slauld be put into reveue-predc{ag ivemt- meats instead ot Into tbepe's stockings. The writer from Baton Rouge cites the alleged five billion don lars representing the Vatican's portfolio. He seems blissfully un- aware of the amount of nonsense published in even respectable newspapers and magazines on the Latin P Iotters P Inn For Priests Help Buenos Aires (NC) - A sweep- ing plan for a revolution across Latin America includes a major role for priests, according to the Buenos Aires daily, La Prensa. La Prensa published details from a document reportedly draft- ed by a group called Central Castro-Communist-Maoist Revo- lutionary Committee• The plan calls for simultaneous actions throughout the Hemisphere aimed at installing workers' regimes in every country. Priests are des- cribed as being important to the success of the plan because their calls for social reform can give the Latin masses a sense of pur- pose tied to their religious be- liefs. subject of Vatican finances. The multi-billion figure (more exactly $5,600,000,000) goes back to a 1965 article appearing in the Economist of London, written by an unidentified Roman correspondent• The writer came to this figure not on the basis of any direct knowledge but by dint of ingenious extrapolations from dubious data. In the article he starts out with the assertion that the Vatican's investments in Italian stocks amounts to $560,000,000• He then proceeds to inquire what percen- tage this represents of the Vat- ican's total lmllngs around the world. He writes: "The best estimate, on spiaion generally close to Vatican sources, is thai investments In Italy represent be- tween one-tenth and one-twelfih of the whole." It is this that givesthe figure of $5,600,000,000 as a minimum for the Vatican's world portfolio. Unfortunately the unidentified reporter does not know how much the Vatlcan's Italian holdings are and this alone knocks out his calculations. Recently, the Ita- lian finance minister, a social- ist, who ought to know, set the figure of Vatican holdings in Italy at $160,000,000. Ifthatrepresents one-tenth of the whole, using the Economist's own calculations, it would cut the $5.6-blllion down to $1.6-billion. But what is hisauth- ority for claiming that Italian investments are only a tenth? One just as legitimately can claim that the Italian investments are half of the total. That could cut the estimated worldwide portfolio down to $320,000,000. And this is less than the endowment of more than one American univer- sity. I am in favor of the Holy See publishing a financial statement every year. In the meantime any intelligent person ought to learn to take with a grain of salt whatever he reads about Vatican "wealth." • •. Delano grape pickeZ greater security -- compensation, ance, child labor a minimum wage law for -- than farm workers in er state; • . • Chavez' se, of table grapes at stores the nation is designed the fact that the nothing to do with his refuse to strike; • . . the grape farms controlled by big all but two of 70 being and operated by families, immigrants from slavia and Italy; . . . it is false Delano table grapes are by migrants who are standard wages, that they shacks, that they yearn Chavez' union but are growers controlled by corporations. Table grapes are Do You 80 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK The Guardhm Little Rock -- J. J. chairman of the State Le issued a call for losts of the American now being organized in s YEARS THIS The Guardian Helena -- A priest with is nothing extraordinary, priest-inventor in our is news. The Rev. Gre Keller, S.T.D., pastor of St Church, Helena, turns into a saleable machine, about 85 per cent labor Father Keller has just word that his application for tent on a peanut butter wlch machine has been by the U. S. Patent plans have already been a Chicago concern the machine in quani W.