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THE GUARDIAN, NOVEMBER 14, 1969 PAGE 9 Pastoral Letter lye New Jerseg Bishcps Back Education in Catholic Schools. N.J. (NC)-- The bis- of New Jersey have issued a Pastoral letter supporting of sex education in schools of the state. letter, released to the press of being read in church- the Sees of the state, by Archbishop Thomas Newark, Bishop Law- B. Casey of Paterson, Bis- W. Ahr of Trenton, George H. Guilfoyle of and Bishop Michael J. of the Byzantine Eparchy note of the present con- over sex education in New the bishops said they wish- nake their position clear 'in doing so, we repeat the of our fellow American in the pastoral letter, Life in Our Day,' regard- '.. the value and necessity isely planned education of in human sexuality, adap- maturity and background of our yol]ng people.' " "Let there be no misunderstand- ing," the bishops said. "Parents are the primary educators of their children in sexual matters. They should fulfill this role from the earliest years of childhood by helping their children to formpro- per attitudes by their own per- sonal example, their home life and the natural bond that exists with their children." "We appreciate the concern which parents express over any outside source usurping theirpar- ental role," the bishops declared. But they added: "Nevertheless, experience shows that many parents feel un- able or are unwilling to provide adequate education in human sex- u alit y. Further, the continuous overemphasis on false sexual con- cepts in our culture demands a cooperative effort of parents and teachers to reinforceproper moral values. "Therefore, as shepherds of Helena ( souls and concerned collaborators with parents, we recognize our obligation to assist the family in its efforts to provide sound sex education. The bishops said the basic pur- pose of such education "is to help one achieve a fuller know- ledge of himself as a person and as a Christian, and to gain a deeper appreciation of the dignity of human love." To foster these goals the bishops announced the formation of an Inter-Diocesan Sex Education Committee. The committee is to develop diocesan-wide programs of adult education, establish train- ing programs for teachers and develop "in cooperation with Ca- tholic parents effective programs in the Catholic schools and Con- fraternity of Christian Doctrine classes." In their introductory remarks the bishops said that families "face serious challenges in ful- filling their essential role." So- cial changes and scientific pro- gress, they said, have produced some "infortunate by-products, such as excessive secularization, abuse of and disrespect for auth- ority and a loss of some basic moral values." Noting that '!most of today's young people will be called to the Sam's holy vocation of matrimony," the bishops said that unless those for- b | ces "that are acting against fam- rClcKage Store ily life are counteracted, many of these marriages will not aeh- S. Blscoe St. ieve the stability and fulfillment (less than a mile from that create happy homes." Phe Helena Bridge) For this reason, they said, "the Sam Centenlo) community, especially the chur- ches, must offer greater support HELENA, ARK. for these couples." They affirmed "the great value" of present Grocery & Package Store Maurice J. Glorioso 00 Walker HI 4-2771 HELENA, ARK. Parker's Hardware Co. 111 Cherry St. Helena, Ark. Donnelly's Flowers Helena, Ark. Midland Heights--Phone 4-3444 Floyd-Keys Metalcraft Company Winter and Summer Air Conditioning Sheet Metal Work Helena 522 Missouri St. Arkansas lena National Bank Helping to Develop the Agriculture and Industry of the Helena Trade Territory HELENA, ARKANSAS programs offered by the family life bureaus in each diocese but said that education on "an even more basic level" is necessary to- day. None of the dioceses has of- fered a full-scale sex education program to date. A pilot program in a handful of schoolswas launch- ed in the Newark archdiocese two years ago but was suspended this year by Archbishop Boland pending an evaluation by family life, CCD and school personnel. The moratorium, however, did not affect teacher-training pro- grams at several schools. The moratorium came after a Church spokesman, F a t h e r Thomas Dentici, Trenton dioce- san family life director, told a public hearing that public school programs should be suspended until they can be examined more thoroughly in the light of contro- versy surrounding them. The public hearing was held by a special legislative commission examining sex educationprograms in the public schools. The hearing brought out that many public school districts were ignoring non- mandatory state guidelines calling for the involvement of clergymen, parents and community leaders in drafting sex programs in indivi- dual localities. Reading 1 The Guardian | KEEPS A CATHOLIC | INFORMED ,J Attending University of Dallas These girls are attending the University of Dallas at Dallas, Texas. They are, front row, from the left, Cecilia Gangluff of North Little Rock, a freshman, and Rosemary Zeiler of North Little Rock, a sophomore. Back row, Linda Warren of Little Rock, a freshman, and Deborah Caldarera of North Little Rock, a freshman. Deborah was the 1968 winner of the scholarship given by the Diocesan Council of Catholic WOmen. It is now time to apply for the 1970 Scholarship. Applications may be secured from the DCCW Schol- arship Committee, 688 Skyline Drive, North Little Rock, 78116. Final date for filing applications will be January 18. Hibernians Issue Warning on Irish Aid Montclair, N.J. (NC)--The president of the New Jersey State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians cautioned Irish- American against responding to appeals for Northern Ireland com- ing from Bernadette Devlin or the National Association for Irish Jus- tice. The NAIJ sponsored the fiery Miss Devlin's fund-raising tour of the United States last August. Eugene J. Byrne, state AOH president, said Irish-Americans associating with Miss Devlin or with the NAIJ will find they have been duped by persons using the Northern Ireland conflict to fur- ther their own ends. He describ- ed Miss Devlin as a leader of the Northern Irish "People's De- mocracy," and called that organi- zation "a radical, revolutionary socialist group." ) Helena | Hart Shoe Store Home of FINE SHOES 401 Cherry Street Helena, Arkansas i I Bradfield Printing Co. Commercial Printing Since 1918 306 Cherry Street Helena, Arkansas I MESSINA'S PACKAGE STORE and "Drive up - Speak up" - Liquor, Wines and Cold Beer Nunzio T. Messina, Owner 525 Cherry Dial Hickory 4-3711 Helena, Ark. KING BISCUIT FLOUR and SONNY BOY MEAL Interstate Grocer Co., Inc. Helena, Arkansas FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS & LOAN ASSOCIATION 421 PERRY ST., HELENA, ARKANSAS .00Current Dividend i  per annum" 4,14.111I '