Page 15, 25th February 1938

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TEACHERS HAVE THEIR DIFFICULTIES

New Guild to Help in the Discussion of Them

From a Staff Reporter

A Catholic Teachers' Guild (get-together, help-each-other, medieval style) is now firmly founded in the dioceses of Westminster and Southwark. The meeting to establish the guild, which was called by Cardinal Hinsley himself on Monday, so packed the Cathedral Hall that the chairs were too few and the doors wouldn't shut.

From a variety of speakers, clerical and lay, and thirteen in number, the plan of the guild emerged.

It is to be built on medieval lines: it will draw together in fellowship those with a common occupation and a common outlook—the Catholic outlook. It will include university, secondary and primary school teachers. Its object will be to conserve religious instruction linked by the already existing Confraternity of Christian doctrine. It will not interfere with the other societies. EV professional, which are now operating, but will mainbain close connection with them.

The Children's Cardinal Cardinal Hinsley was several times referred to during the speeches as the Cardinal of the Children, or the Cardinal of Education, so profoundly had he shown his interests to lie with youth and its development. Quoting the words of Pope Pius XI, the Cardinal said: "Perfect schools are the result, not so much of good methods—and here I include good buildings—but of good teachers." And again: "The formation of youth is the an of arts, the science of sciences."

The teachers themselves came in for high praise from the Cardinal. "We have a fine body of lay teachers, working not for selfinterest but often working individually and in isolation. This guild is to draw all teachers together."

Long View Much compassion was expressed generally for the isolated Catholic teacher in

the non-Catholic school. Canon Wood described them as being constantly watched and expected to show higher standards. "We Catholics have the long view," he said, and quoted Oliver Plunket: "Our centre of gravity is another world:'

Sunday schools were deplored by the clergy, who felt generally that their influence was a small one. It is the teacher who counts even more than the parent or the priest in the matter of religious influence, was a re-echoed sentiment.

Mr. C. F. Beales, from Kings College, had an interesting point to put about history teaching. He suggested that it was the Catholic teacher who could help to dispel the ignorance of pre-Reformation religion by suggesting that it was not 'the superstition it is generally believed to be, and that the country has definitely lost a great deal through that change. He also sug




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