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PAGE 2 THE GUARDIAN, OCTOBER 3, 1969 Bishop's Directive on Teaching Religion CONTINUED FROM PAGE I the law of hearing Mass on is being taught is not in conflict Sunday should be abolished, with the traditional teachings of Catholic is required to form his conscience in accordance with the teachings of the Church. His faith enables him to do this. If he can- not conform his conscience to the authoritative teach- ings of the Church in mat- ters of faith and morals, he is no longer a true Catholic. He may claim to be aCatho- lic, but a true Catholic is one who believes all the things which God has re- vealed and the Church tea- ches even though he does not tully understand these tea- change. (2) Authority in the Charch. Catholics should remember that the authority of the Holy Father in the Church is sup- reme. He is the successor of St. Peter and receives through him from Our Lord the power to teach, sanctify and rule the Church. This applies not only to formal, infallible pronouncements but also to ordinary eccles- iastical (but authoritative) laws, regulations and rules. Hence, a Catholic i s gravely required to obey a purely ecclesiastical law such as attending Mass on Sunday. To fail to do so with- out sufficient excuse is a grave sin. A Catholic is not a heretic who believes that Dr. Annie 14. Bremyer CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE 310 E. 9th, Little Pock PHONE FR 2-2684 In Men. Wed. FrL and Sat. i OF COUNTY MAPS ARK. r to the mUe $1.a5. l/r' to the mile 5o. Plus 15   chp. Fisherman's Maps BuU 8ho  %qorfolk *  Quae, hfla *Lake Ccam *Harris Brlke *GrNrs Ferry -BUY ALL 6 IdAP8 FOR $1.10- IM/H,,,,al MW t5 Plus 6 Postqe FAIIRELL g SCHAER Blue Print Company SRD. a BPRDiG RECTOR BLDG. I1.$r/8,. LITTLE RC)CK r ARK, 00RIHG ALL QNADI[O euaJKcYo NOMINAL COIIT NlrllULTa GUARANTI[KD PHONE 664-9.880 PARK PLAZA CENTER- L.IL But he is a heretic or schis- matic if he denies the right or power of the Pope or of the Church to make such binding laws. The Church has the right and power to make laws, The Church is a perfect society in the sense that she has the means necessary to accomplish her purpose of teaching, sanctifying and ruling the faithful. A civil society, such as the State, has the similar power to make laws, provided they are not contrary to the law of God. For the enforcement of these laws the State im- poses fin e s and punish- ments. The Church exer- cises her power to enforce laws by moral sanctions or by imposing on its members the obligation in conscience to abide by these laws. I wish to remind our Catholic teachers that I have the right and duty as Bishop to prescribe the Christian Doctrine text to be used in Catholic schools and other Cath- olic religious instructions in the Diocese of Little Rock. After serious study and consultation last summer, I have designated the "Way, Truth and Life" Series, published by the Daughters of St. Paul, as the Christian Doctrine text for our elementary schools of the diocese. This text, along with the Teacher's Manual (Grs. 1-8) and the child's Activity Book (Grs. 1-5), is to he used by every elementary school teacher of Re- ligion. Another even more desir- able text may be developed in the future. The Daughters of St. Paul are working constantly to improve the present text. As time passes, I shall give favorable consideration to any text which appears to be superior. I consider the text gen- erally used in our schools from Sept. 1966 through May, 1968, (the Sadiier Series) as defective, largely on account of the absende of adequate explanation of some substantial teachings of the Church. I expect teachers of Christian Doctrine in our elementary schools to use thepresently-approved text, although they are free to supple- ment it with materials which will be recommended or approved by diocesan authority. Although some of the faithful and concerned parents may not understand some of the modern language or some of the modern methods of teaching, I consider it the obligation of the teachers to teach in such a way that these parents can understand that what the Church. Hence, in consideration of what I have said above, (1) I will consider and hold all teachers of Christian Doctrine, whether religious or lay, respon- sible for teaching in accordance with the full and complete teaching of the Church. (2) Teachers will carefully avoid the teaching of dogmatic or moral theories or inioas which are. Pot sBtlrely:4n r- dance ',.' " .... " ' :' "" : Ing of theq2harchF/illmke sure that.,e: isorud:ifleas:,of certain tlimltmm ar.Q:-mt .,trot. gt: as if they weredoctrtnes of the Church, especially If they appear to be contrary to-the, teaching of the Holy Father and the Church. (3) If teachers of Christian Doctrine do not feel that they can, in conscience, teach in the manner I have outlined in Nos. 1 and 2 above, I ask them to make arrangements with their principals, pastors, and/or super- iors to discontinue their teaching of Christian Doctrine. If any of them should continue to teach, either publicly or privately, doc- trines contrary to the approved teaching of the Church, steps will be taken by respective pastors (or Superiors), after charitably warning the teacher, to bring the matter specifically to my attention. What I have said above con- cerning religious and lay teachers of Christian Doctrine applies also to priests -- (not only in their teaching in our schools but also in their preaching). On account of their training and also their ex- perience in pastoral theology, priests should be faithful and orthodox teachers of the people. Priests, and especially pastors, should be leaders of the people in preserving untainted the teachings of Our Lord and His Church. I would like to takethis op- portunity to call to your attention a quasi-eo'ucational oddity called "Sensitivity Tralain,.: Iam.not aware that it has affected any of our teachers lint Lwlsh to make sure that you are on your guard against it. Sensitivity training is a vast subject. The purpose of it, as stated by Rs proponents, "is to make people become nre ware of each other and,offers self -= to change uadesirdileatfiiesan d . behavior, and becon.ionformed to members of thegroup',; WhiCh Vhdt the t department . . . "costume jewelry . . . leather zoods . . . wrlt materials . . . ready to be gift packased in our new, automatic wrapper. PLEASANT SERVICE FREE DELIVERY Richard H. Sexton, Mgr. Phone MO 3-41111 5114 Kavanaugh Little Rock, Ark. I Plymouth--FINJST SERVICE ANYWHERE--Chrysler Let Our Courteous, Experienced, Factory-Trained Chrysler Mechanics Service Your Plymouth . Dodge Valiant Chrysler ImlNrlal B ROSS-WRIGHT CO. Plymouth B Friendly Hometown Folks 601 W. 41h, North Utile Rock FR 5-0'288 attitudes and behavior are "un- desirable" is not determined by christian norms, in many groups. It has been stated that sensitivity training breaks down individual convictions and substitutes the humanistic philosophy of the group. From a Catholic standpoint, sen- sitivity training is not only filled with doctrinal errors - like that of Situation Ethics - but distorts the very reasons for man's ex- istence, namely, that man is im- mortal and created for the next world. God and the moral law are never mentioned in sensitivity training. Man is considered 0nly as an animal seeking to satisfy his social and sense instincts. I am confident that priests, re- ligious and Catholic lay teachers will be on their guard against the dangers of sensitivity training. With the best of greetings and good wishes, I am- Yours sincerely in Christ, Albert L. Fletcher Bishop of Little Rock 00Guardi Offidl ubllcation of the iocese -Published Weekly by The Guardian Press, inc., 500 Entered as second-class matter March 21, q911, ..  flarC:h ' LI:? Rock, Arkansas, under the Act | Cla | o Second-class postage paid at k--l..  Little Rock, Arkansa . SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $5.00 the year in the 4'/15 a- Canada $6.50 - Foreign $7.50 The Guardian Ls the orflcial publication or the Diocese of proved its worth during the many years of its existence. It merits hearted support of the priests and people of the diocese. With goal, as an instrument of Catholic Action, can be achieved. @ ALBERT L. EDITOR RIGHT REV. MONSIGNOR THOMAS L. KAN, Ph. D, MOunt St. Mary's Academy, IAttte 'Rock, Ark. 7.7 MANAGING EDITOR M/* WILLIAM We O'DONNELL MR. Address All Departments P. o. Box 7417 Telephone FOREST PARK STATION -- ZIP CODE 72207 Business Hours 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Saturday, major National Holidays and Holy Days of Obligation. Institute CONTINUED includes teaching at State College of Arkansas, serving as princi- pal of Oak Grove Elementary School, as consultant at the Uni- versity of Tennessee in the Insti- tute for Elementary School Coun- selors, and as psychological con- sultant for the Headstart Program. Mrs. Turner is aflliated with numerous educational organiza- tions and is chairman of the Emo- tlonal Disabilities division of the Arkansas Council on Children and Youth. Mr. Pennington, who isanalum- nus of Henderson State Teachers' College and has a Master's De- gree in education from the Uni- versity of Arkansas, has done graduate work at Michigan State University and at George Peabody College for Teachers inNashvllle, Tenn. He has worked as a class- room teacher, athletic coach, prin- cipal and superintendent of schools. He did counseling work at Fairvlew High School, Camden and El Dorado High School. Mr. Pennington was state sup- FROM PAGE 1 ervisor of guidance serViC 1959 to 1967 wl ector of guidance State Department of holds membership in ucatlonal ed in "Who's Who in arid Southwest', and in American Education.'* Methodist. Charter a Busl HENRY L Any size Bus school bus to ditioned oaches. HOUSTON. BUS LINES ARROW 2713 W. lOth Grass Harvesters Arrested at Abbey Dubuque, lowa(NC)-- Two young men arrived at the Trappists' New Mellary abbey near here and said they wanted to make a re- treat. Some of. the monks .thought it strange when they later spotted the two harvesting "weeds" on the monastery grounds. Things became stranger when the two were observed drying something over a light bulb. The monks called Sheriff John Murphy. He arrived with four dep- uties. A search disclosed sixplas- tic bags filled with the dried out weeds, which examination disclos- ed was marijuana. The two retreatants were book- ed on charges of possessing of marijuana, and freed on $500 bond each pending trial. Distributing ARKANSAS PACKING CO. SCHOOLS RESTAURAN 1 HOTELS CLUBS LET US PLAN YOUR KITCHEN OR CAFETERIA China  Glassware  Cooking Utensils- Rang es Dishwashers -- Tables -- Chairs- Counters and Back KREBS BROS. SUPPLY CO., 413 West Capitol Ave. Little Rock,