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Catholic children at mixed schools

S headmistress of a selective school in which 20 per cent of the intake are Catholic, am very concerned at repeated suggestions in the Cal HOLIe HERALD that Catholic schools should be discontinued. Have any of the people making these suggestions any first-hand experience of our Catholic children in a non-Catholic school?

As headmistress I must maintain a neutral position and give no more attention to Catholic children than to others. Catholic children cannot be segregated into special classes and consequently arrangements for religious instruction cannot be made within the time-table even if some one could be found to give the tuition.

It is difficult to get instruction one dinner hour each week. Priests' holidays very often have to be taken within the school term. There are 40 teaching weeks annually. Most schools have extra curricula activities both in the dinner hour and after school. Children are not happy to miss these for half an hour with the priest who after all is not a trained teacher.

Protestant philosophy can permeate the teaching of any subject by a non-Catholic teacher. Many non-Catholic teachers educated in their own faith take every care not to cause difficulty for the Catholic children. My head of History department is a Methodist lay preacher; the head of English department is a devout Presbyterian. To either of these I would entrust the teaching of a Catholic Others on my staff, generally with no affiliation to any


SURELY the answer to Mr. McChrone and Mr. Prescott is that the rape of Hun

gary and Tibet to which they refer (December 101 occurred several years ago and were rightly condemned by responsible Church leaders at the time.

The present situation to which Archbishop Dwyer referred in his tine Advent pastoral is happening now and is our responsibility.

Many who have been deeply disturbed at what has hap pened and is happening now are profoundly grateful to the

Archbishop for such a fine and uncompromising statement or Christian principles.

Harold E. Gooclway Banbury. denomination. I would not entrust the teaching of a Catholic, confident that something in their teaching would cause conflict for the child. Sending Catholic children to non-Catholic schools is like sending recruits into battle untrained and U narmed.

My own opinion is, humanists are entering many organisations following Communist tactics, acting under some other banner. they are working to remove all religious education from schools. If our Catholic children are to retain the Catholic heritage for which the martyrs died our Catholic schools must be retained.



I WOULD like to say a word in support of Anne Longley, (December 10).

It is not by building or maintaining Cathedrals that we shall win the world for Christ, but by showing his compassion for those who suffer.

This is where Mother Teresa and her sisters are doing such wonderful work, they are showing Christian care for those who are cast outs of Hindu society and this is where a victory for Our Lord is won.

Amongst the "cast outs" Our Lord was to be found and there should we be also.

(Mrs.) Eunice Preston Sevenoaks, Kent


AY 1 use the columns of your paper to ask any of your readers who were involved in the organisation of anti-abortion campaign s, marches, meetings, etc. during the course of 1966 to write to me at the address shown below.

I am particularly interested in Catholic activity concerning this subject during the six months following the publication of the Bill, namely July 1966 to January 1967.

(Fr.) A. Pyle 36 Nightingale Square, London S.W. I 2.

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