AM writing to make a strong protest about the article of September 6 headed "Bishop with finger on the trigger" —a heading totally out of place in a Catholic paper.
The pill and pillar of truth
R. M. J. WALKER (Sep
tember 13) describes as "very odd indeed" my statement in your issue of the previous week, which ran as follows: "Only when the presence of truth is certain and conclusive does the intellect give its assent without any act on the part of the will."
I can only suggest that Dr. Walker refreshes his psychological studies where, in the classical authors describing the interplay and dependence of intellect and will, he will find ample evidence that my statement is correct.
Even a simple analysis of how his mental faculties work will bear this out. Does his will have to command assent of his intellect that two and two make four? Of course not. Does his will not have to order assent of his intellect in other truths before their certainty is established? Of course it does —as any reflection will prove to him conclusively.
I think, however, that Dr. Walker's problem may lie elsewhere as the second and third paragraph of his letter indicate. He accuses me of "subjectivism' which I deplored in my previous letter. His remark ". . . Whatever is certain is only what Fr. F. 'wills' to be certain" hardly deserves any serious comment.
Fr. F. is not "willing" anything other than acceptance and submission to the authentic teaching of the Church as is contained in Humanae Vitae.
The teaching authority of the Church as contained in its ordinary magisterium gives Catholics objective truths which should be for all Catholics certain and conclusive— not by reason of their intrinsic evidence, but by reason of the fact that they come from "The Pillar and the Ground of Truth" (to quote St. Paul) and surely this is not "subjectivism." Those who "want" the Pill try to remove the "Pillar."
John W. Flanagan (Fr.) Polegate. Sussex.
FR. JOHN FLANAGAN, in
his article of September 6, fails to distinguish between the "aided" and "unaided" conscience. It is the latter to which he refers throughout his article but it is the former which is involved in the controversy among Catholics about contraception.
Catholics are supposed to see that their conscience is "aided" by Papal pronouncements, doctors' advice and so on, and if after all this they still find themselves in a concrete situa tion when contraception appears to he the lesser evil, their (aided) conscience has to be followed.
Adrian J. Peeler London, S.W.I.
Bishop Cashman's statement on shooting must have given great offence to many Catholics. I was deeply shocked.
Parents and teachers are trying to guide young people on lines of compassion and reverence for all the creatures of God. Nothing should be said or done to make their task more difficult—either by those in authority in the Church. or by articles in the Catholic Press.
Kindness towards animals is the tradition of scripture, it has been proclaimed by Saints and Popes from the earliest history of the Church.
Cardinal Gasparri, writing on behalf of Benedict XV, said priests should train the souls of children in the sentiments of gentleness for all God's creatures, especially the birds of the air.
Pius Xll stated: "The animal world is, as is all creation, a reflection of God's goodness. His wisdom and a manifestation of His power, as such, deserves man's respect and consideration."
The Mayence Catechism of 1893 states that "needlessly to kill or hurt animals is a sin."
Rowena Youngson North Walsham, Norfolk.
Boys and girls IN your issue of September 13, on the front page, it is reported that two Catholic boys' schools now take girl pupils. The headmaster of one d the schools said last week: "The system works well and I feel sure that in the next ten years we shall go completely co-educational."
Paragraph 79 of the encyclical Divini Illius Magistri, published in 1929 and still on sale, states: "Equally wrong, and equally harmful to Christian training, is the system of teaching adolescents commonly known as co-education." It is utterly condemned in the encyclical.
H. P. Hudson North Petherton.
mAy I extend to Bishop Cashman a warm invitation to spend his holidays in town in order to rid us of that filthy pest, the London pigeon.
P. K. Checkley (Miss) London, S.W.5.