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SIFL-The (no doubt unconscious) arrogance displayed in the letter from "Six Catholic Teachers" in the CATHOLIC HERALD Of July 17 is truly astonishing. The plea of acting "in loco parentis" is advanced as an excuse for putting themselves above the parents. It is news to me that a deputy is entitled to use his delegated authority to undermine the position of the person on whose behalf he is acting. The teachers' claim that they are upholding the third commandment looks a bit shaky when set against the fact that they arc certainly violating the fourth.

venture to suggest that the "in loco parcntis" argument in relation to Mass attendance would only apply if the teachers were in charge of the children at the titne for fulfilling the obligation, i.e., on the Sunday.

I hold no brief for parents who fail in their duty towards their children. but I do not think it is the teachers' function to bring them to hook.

Stanley E. Norfolk.

Court Lodge, Vine Court Road, Scvenoaks, Kent.




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