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PAGE 4 THE GUARDIAN, SEPTEMBER 26, 1969 Oui Vive.? by The Sentrg New Interest in Vocations There is a renewed interest in the subject of religious vocations due to the fact that there is a shortage of them all over the country. It Is reported that a large sum of money has been made available to investi- gate in detail the cause of the vocation shortage and of course to offer a cure. During a number of years, the Bishop of this Diocese has urged the clergy, the Religious and the laity to make novenas to the Blessed Mother of God in honor of the Holy Spirit that a sufficient number of young men and women would answer the call to the service of God in religion. At times an increase in native vocations was noted, but it was by no means adequate. in recent years there has been a sharp decline and even some of those who had entered religious houses or seminaries have departed after having given the life a trial. This is not new nor is it unexpected. in fact it is routine and it is good for a person to find out as early in his career as possible if he is unsuited to the religious life. Very often the superiors make the decision. During the past thirty to forty years many obstacles to the normal growth of religious life have arisen. Among these have been the dis- ruption of the home life and false theories in the field of education. The so-called progressive system of education under the auspices of John Dewey has had destructive influence upon education in the school and in the home. Rs chief malicious influence as far as religious vocations is concerned has been to magnify the independence of the child and to minimize the necessity for proper direction and discipline. The progressive system of education has its goal in this world. Self-expression has been stressed among the young people and any authority that restrains them has been condemned. This system ignores the fact that all authority is from God and that parents have authority over their children from God and that they delegate their authority to the teachers by the very fact that they send their children to school. Parents should be mindful of the responsibility that they have to God for the actions of their children. He puts them in their care and they must discipline them and train them according to a system which is derisively now called old-fashioned but which has proven its worth through many years of use. Our democratic form of government is based upon this system and depends upon it for its continued existence. "Obedience to law is liberty." When we get back to the proper training of the intellect and will we shall have subjects fit to be directed toward the service of God in religion and in every field of endeavor. We need no extensive investigation to learn these facts; they are evident. We must have cooperation between the parents, the teachers and the church authorities. Then we must pray fervently that the young people will recognize true values and will develop an unselfish desire to follow God's plan for them. This will bring religious vocations. Narcotic Habit One of the most readily accepted of modern fallacies is the notion that mere knowledge is the key to success and a panacea for all the ills that beset human society. This Is not surprising since our leaders in the field of education accept and follow the fallacy that no one, ex- cept those who rank high in their classes, is worthy of a college educa- tion or of any kind of advanced training. In recent years a terrible scourge has been threatening the nation's young people. It has been well established that the pushers of narcotics are working among the high school and college students, passing out free narcotics to them in order that they may acquire the habit of using them and thus become futurepayingcustomers. This is a frightful condition. It is also a well-known fact that, once a person has become a drug addict, there is no depth of depravity to which he will notdescend in order to procure the money to buya"fix." At a meeting of the Teach- ers Association, the members proposed that information aboutnarcotics be introduced into the school program. This is an example of using knowledge as power. The increasing number of cigarette smokers con- tradicts this notion. The medical professionhas reported times without number that there is a well defined relation between lung cancer and cigarette smoking. The manufacturers of cigarettes reassure the addicts by using a filter with the claim that it rids the cigarette of its evil ef- fects. If you want to knowhowgnlliblepeople are, just check the number of brands of tilter cigarettes that have been introduced in the last few years. The knowledge of the possibility of cigarettes causing early death does not deter the addicts from smoking their favorite brand, Many cigarette smokers will frankly confess that they know the possible consequences of continuing to smoke "coffin nails", but they say they just don't have/he will power to resist the appetite for them. And so it is clear that knowledge of itself is worthless. It must have the cooperation of other powers. Modern educators have made a mess of education with their accent upon intellectual power alone. Recently a member of the medical profession suggested a very novel approach to the solution of the narcotics problem. He proposed that all restrict- ions be removed from the sale of narcotics and that medical stations be established where addicts who need a "fix" can get one free of charge. This would also break up the rackets of the gangsters who control the narcotic traffic and promote the habit. Cardinal Krol Blames Lack of Maturity For Defection of Priests Philadelphia (NC) -- John Car- dinal Krol of Philadelphia blamed a lack of "due human matur- ity" for many of the current defections from the priesthood. Speaking at a Mass opening the academic year at St. Charles Bor- romeo Seminary in nearby Over- brook, the cardinal reminded the seminarians "due human ma- turity" is a quality called for by the Second Vatican Council in candidates for the priesthood. He told the students superfi- cial conformism and shallow intellectualism are no substi- tutes for the spirit of prayer and meditation which produce spiri- tual development. The cardinal advised the sem- inarians to remember the coun- cil's description of maturity -- "stability of mind, ability to make weighty decisions and sound eval- uation of men and events." He asked the students to develop the virtues cited by the council which "recommend a minister of Christ -- sincerity of mind, a constant concern for justice, fidelity to one's promises, re- finement in manners and modesty in speech coupled with charity." He said "it is a current fad to doubt and question even the most fundamental principles and norms." He said the fad has caused some to wonder whether the theological virtues of "faith, hope and charity have been dis- placed by doubt, despair and despise." "Some are so fascinated with change that they assume that 'everything is up for grabs' -- that there are no valid binding norms," the cardinal said. "In a spirit of constructive dia- logue and with a view of dispelling any doubts about the existence and application of certainnorms," Cardinal Krol declared, "it is well to recall that no institution can exist or operate without norms; that the council clearly affirmed norms which must govern the proess of priestly fornation; that such norms'are not subject to arbitrary change, suspension or abrogation by bishops, admlnistra- tors, teachers or students." Referring to the decline in spir- itual and disciplinary training which accompanied enrollment in the theological faculties of large universities by candidates for the priesthood in the pre-Reformation era, Cardinal Krol said: "Despite a modern attempt by some to return to the inadequate pre-Tridentine methods of pre- paring young men for the priest- hood, the Second Vatican Council strongly insisted that seminaries are necessary for priestly forma- tion." Calling for apattern of seminary life "permeated with a desire for piety and silence and a carefUl concern for mutual help," the cardinal said: "The semi- nary cannot be an arena of con- flict or contestation." Describing formation in obe- dience and self-denial, Cardinal Krol said: "Obedience is not limited to a concurrence of judg- ment or to a response to what you might consider reasonable. Your formation in obedience musthelp you to reach the obedience level of Our Lord who facing passion and death, said to His Father, 'Not my will, but thine be donel' '" Noting that "there is an ex- cessive shifting of emphasis by some clergy who seek relevance and acceptability by a secular world," the cardinal said: "At times, there is cause to wonder whether some clergy are so busy doing what others can do that they neglect doing that which only they can and should do." "The priest," Cardinal Krol declared, "must represent, re- sound and radiate Christ. This simply cannot be done without a continuing intimate union with Christ . . . All of your efforts -- intellectual, moral and phy- sical -- should be coordinated and subordinated to the single objective of achieving a deep, intimate union with Christ and, through such union, to gain a gen- uine appreciation of the meaning and the sublime dignity of the priesthoodl" From the Managing Editor's Desk... Don't b e misled b y Washington propaganda about tax reform. There may be some r e s h u filing, but tax col- lections will increase. They must. Today's national debt Is S01 umental that Washington no,' it difficult to pay the lion annual interest charge sum that is more than e national budget for the ye And everybody knows at ing has been paid in more a generation on the amount owed to the i bankers by the U. S. There are some the individual taxpayer For one thing, he , )uld t government bonds. Even fi@ cent interest, which is more most government securities is much too little in this age. Inflation last year to %8 per cent. Thus a receiving five per cent actually lost 2.8 per cent purchasing power of his And this year inflation is at a rate of more than cent. Millions of Americans recognize one way to stay of inflation and at the sare provide protection against when the nation's monetary tern is restructured, astt mately must be. That is to idle savings in a broad and aged cross-section of corporate securities. ThUS capital gains and dividends become available, not to a potential for growth derJ from expansion of industrY. After all, regardless government may medium of exchange, 200-million persons in liS ! try and all of them clothed, housed, educated, Z cared, transported and rained. And it is government -- that will do things. 80 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK Tlbe Guardian Little Rock -- The Rev. Heagney, president of College, accompanied Tit0 Rev. Bishop Morris to ton, leaving via Memphis day noon. Father Heagney will confe the officers of the National olic Education Society and War Department in ( onne the R.O.T.C. issue at the 25 YEARS AC THIS WEEK The Guardian Little Reck-- His The Most Reverend BishoP; gretfully announces the tance of the resignation ot James P. Gaffney as re St. John's Home Missi( inary. Bishop Morris was accede to the request of Y )1 nor Gaffney to be r, diev burden of his office which te ", so ably filled for the pc-