From RENNIE MCOWAN
THE aim of Christian education today should be to give the young "fitness and equipment" with which to fight the war of minds, Dr. Frank Sheed, publisher and theologian, told a meeting in Edinburgh on Saturday.
"To do this properly, teachers should see that their pupils not only know their Catholic doctrine thoroughly, but also know how to prove and speak of it to other people."
Dr. Sheed was addressing the 9th National Congress of Scottish Catholic Teachers, at Moray House, on "The Role of the Catholic Teacher in modern society".
This century would he remembered as the time when a "war of minds" was taking place in the world, he told them. It was being fought with Catholicism as the spearhead on one side and Corn
munism as the spearhead of the other. It was the duty of the Catholic teacher, therefore, to equip young Catholics to take part in this "war"—a part, which at the present time. they were not taking.
He added : "The world is at present concerned with the great question of how a human being should be treated yet how difficult we find it to define a human being.
"A Communist says that men are simply parts in a collective shape: we say that man is body and spirit but we find it difficult to explain what we mean, when we say. 'man is made in the image of God'—yet, this Christian statement is the only statement in the world which can make man an object of respect and reverence."
Another aspect from which the Catholic "army" had to he examined was the role that it played in this "noisy" world.
"We live in an age made clamorous by the sound of radios, television, motor cars and mass-adver
tising," he said. Was it then any wonder that the words of wisdom spoken by the Pope, or our biihops in their pastorals. went unheard by very many people?
But there was one thing that most people did hear, despite the noise, and that was the sound of another voice—one man talking to another. "In that voice can be the words truth upon which depends the remaking of this world". he said.
The responsibility of the Catholic teacher, therefore, was the guiding of that voice and they should do it, first by seeing that their own minds were equal to the task, and then by making sure that their own knowledge of doctrine and the life of Christ was sound and comprehensive.
The importance of all this was the realisation that "truth living in one mind becomes truth living in the other, but in giving the truth you must give yourself, for men will not take one without the other."