Education Notes


The Catholic News. Jan 10, 1982.
Last month Pope John Paul issued a 175-page apostolic exhortation, FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO (On family life) which gave his comments on the 1980 Bishop Synod on "The role of the Christian family in the Modern World."

The following are some of the points made by the Pope:

MARRIAGE:
It is a fundamental duty of the Church to reaffirm strongly the indissolubility of marriage. The Pope praises and encourages couples who persevere in their marriages despite difficulties and those who, abandoned by their partners, do not remarry. Priests and laity must help them.

Attitude Explained and Defended

The Education Act, 1921, prescribes a formal procedure to be observed by those who wish to provide a new public elementary school.

In the first place, the promoters, whether a local Education Authority or a denominational body, who propose to provide such a school must give public notice of their proposal, and managers of existing schools, the local Education Authority, and ratepayers may appeal to the Board of Education against it on the ground that the proposed school is not required or that a school provided by tEe Local Education Authority or not so provided as the case may be, is better suited to meet the wants of the district concerned than the school proposed; and the Board of Education have to decide whether the proposed school should be allowed or not.
1935: Mohamedan boys, if not actually Malays, have been known to attend a Christian Brothers' School, St. Xavier's at Penang, and St. Joseph's here have had them, as the writer is aware of from his connection with both. St. Joseph's has, moreover, had quite a number of boys of Jewish faith, some of whom are now wellknown wealthy citizens. The necessity of giving preference to boys of the Catholic faith has precluded a number of Jewish and even Hindu boys from attending St. Joseph's, we believe. It is more a case of first seeking admission to this school than of endeavouring to gain it after failure to do so in other schools. May we remark that there is still a wide scope for Catholic schools in this part of the world, in view of the growing number of non-Catholics who seek admission to them?
- Malaya Catholic Leader, February 16th, 1935 (1935.pdf pp66)
When we sin we are not striking at a cold, unfeeling law;
but are striking, with a cruel hand, direct at the living, loving Heart of God.
- Beecher.
Can you tell me, young man, all you know about the Solar System. All I know about the Solar System? The question is rather wide Sir, and I do not know where to begin.

Very good, this is the kind of answer I like- I shall willingly simplify it for you. Do you know what the sun is made of?

delivered By Dr. Lo Chia Lun
Chancellor of National Central University at the meeting of the Nanking Rotary Club, (Dec. 6, 1934)

When you asked me, a man in educational work, to speak, I venture to guess that perhaps you would like to test my limited knowledge and information in the Chinese education field. Therefore, I beg leave to bore you for a few minutes on the present educational tendencies in China.
The reply of the Catholic teachers to the statement of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education that Catholics and other voluntary bodies have no right to have schools, was given at the annual conference of the Catholic Teachers' Federation, which was held in Birmingham on Thursday January 3. 1935.

It was pointed out that though the right was not conferred by Statute, it was confirmed by Statute, the Education Acts laying down the conditions of its exercise.

Children being forced to go to Non-Catholic Schools.

A new campaign to obtain educational rights Is hinted at by the Archbishop of Cardiff in his Advent letter.

" Our poor people," writes Archbishop Mcstyn, "have drained their pockets in order to erect school buildings for their children, but lately it has happened that where Catholic parents asked for permission to build a school, and where there were a sufficient number of Catholic children to fill such a school, permission has been re'used and the children have been forced to attend a non-Catholic school, "In some instaaces-ftermigs-ion has been granted to build a school for juniors, that is, children up to 11 years of age, or for seniors, that is, for children over the age of 11 years. Permission to build an all-age school is refused and we are told that those children who cannot attend our Catholic school on account of age, must attend the nearest local authority school.

'This is a matter that we cannot pass over in silence, and unless the Board of Education is prepared to treat us justly the Catholics of the whole country will have to consult together as to the best means to adopt to insist upon our rights being recognised. "This is a matter for Catholic Action, buc before resorting to moral force let us have recourse together that God may move the hearts of those in authority to treat us justly with regard to our schools."

- Malaya Catholic Leader, January 5th, 1935 (1935.pdf pp2)
At the Ninth Council of the International Union of Catholic Women's Leagues held in Rome in April , 1934, representing the constituent Leagues of Europe, America, and Canda, were laid down some general lines of study for the years 1935-—8. Among those in dicated for Commission IV, whose indicated, for Commission IV, whose province is " Intellectual Work, with special regard to University Studies," are two concerned with : " The Adaptation of Catholic Feminine Teaching to the particular role of women," and " The specifically feminine training of the intellectual woman."

Although the English-speaking Leagues are few, and their membership comparatively small, their contributions to the discussions, especially on special, industrial, and educational subjects, are followed with interest and attention.
There has been an increasing tendency among parents to relegate wholly to others the character formation of their children, and consequently to take hardly any interest in either their intellectual or religious training. However inspiring may be the religious atmosphere of our schools, however perfect their system of training, they cannot entirely supplant the divine institution of the family, and this is especially true where religion is concerned.
I will tell you what has been the practical error of the last twenty years - not to load the memory of the student with a mass of undigested knowledge but to force on him so much that he has rejected all.
Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R., in his "Manual of Theology for the Laity".

Catholics believe all that God has revealed as handed down by Divine tradition and Sacred Scripture. Their belief may be summed up in five points, as follows:

1. About God Catholics believe, (1) That there is one God. infinitely perfect, who exists of Himself from all eternity; (2) That in God there are three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, equal in all perfections; (3) That the Son proceeds from the Father, and the Holy Ghost from the Father and the Son.
"What the purpose and aim of all religious instruction must be follows clearly from the nature of Religion itself, which in its full sense is not merely the knowledge of God and His holy will, but also a divine worship and a conduct of life in accordance with that knowledge."

The foregoing is the first sentence in Spirago's Method of Christian Doctorine. It is the introduction to a striking and effective presentation of the scope of religious education. It emphasises aspects of the teaching of religion that are often neglected in current practice. Knowledge of God is essential. It is essential too that this knowledge be accurate and precise and that the definitions used be precise. For "it would be a mistake to attach the main importance to an exact knowledge and rehearsing of the words of the catechism," according to our author, and he re-enforces this point with the words of Christ to the woman of Samaria; "God is a spirit and they that adore Him must adore Him in spirit and in truth." And he concludes this point with a vigorous sentence: "It would be degrading rational beings were nothing further required of them than is required of parrots, which can learn to repeat certain words without knowing the meaning of what they say."
Landslide At Election. 85 PER CENT. MAJORITY, NOW 17 PER CENT. MINORITY.
ORANGE CAMPAIGN PROVES A FIASCO
(By Henry Somerville) Toronto, Ontario.


A glorious victory for Catholics, who had campaigned on behalf of their schools, was the result of the recent election to the Provincial Legislature.

Since the beginnings of the public educational system in Ontario nearly a century ago . Catholics have had the right to separate -schools." The Catholic ratepayers of the prescribed areas have elected a Separate School Board while the other people have elected the Public School Board.

The Separate School Board has built the Catholic schools and administered them in accordance with the regulations of the Department of Education. The school rates paid by Catholics have been allotted to the Separate School Board. We have had, in effect, two sets of public schools, Catholic and Protestant.

GRIEVANCES
So far, so good. But Catholics have serious grievances. For one thing, it has been ruled that Separate schools may only be elementary schools, not secondary. Therefore Catholics, when they have secondary schools, pay for "them entirely out of their own pockets while paying taxes at the same time for the undenominational public secondary schools.
By MGR. HENRY VALTORTA

by the Grace of God and favour of the Holy See Bishop of Leros and Vicar Apostolic of Hong Kong to the Clergy and Faithful of the Vicariate Health and Blessing.

(The following Pastoral by H. E. MGR. HENRY VALTORTA, Vicar Apostolic of Hong Kong to the Clergy and Faithful of his Vicariate, stresses again the importance and need of a regular Catholic Education in these wistable days of perverse doctrines.

Dearest Children in Jesus Christ, One of the most serious tasks that the Church of Christ has had to perform during Her glorious career has always been and still is the Education of Youth. It is a task of vital importance for the very being of the Church and one intimately and necessarily connected with the end for which She was instituted, the guiding of souls to Heaven. Our Holy Father, Pope Pius XI, says: