Catholic Problems in Western Canada eBook

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[2] Judge Buffington, of Pennsylvania, gave a lecture lately on “Americanization.”  From it we cull the following paragraph on the foreign language question:—­

“The solution is not in the abolition of foreign languages in this country.  I have heard loyal patriots who found English twisting their tongues, and Bolshevism has come from the lips of those of New England culture like Foster.  This country has not only been remiss in failing to teach the foreigner but in teaching the native.  I believe in the English tongue and in the amalgamation resulting from common speech, but we do not accomplish our aims by destroying other languages.”

[3] In a recent report of the Department of Education of the Province of Saskatchewan, of 177 schools in Ruthenian settlements only 28 have engaged teachers holding provisional certificates or permits; all the others are fully normal-trained and perfectly qualified.  In many school districts salaries range between $1,000 and $1,500.  The Ruthenians are among those who pay the best salaries to teachers.

CHAPTER IV.

WHY?  WHAT?  WHO?

The Necessity of a Field-Secretary for the Organization of our Missionary Activities

No one can read the Encyclical letter which His Holiness has recently addressed to the Catholic Church on the Propagation of the Faith throughout the world, without being deeply moved by the yearnings of the apostolic heart of our Common Father, and vividly impressed by the lessons that come from his inspired and timely message to each and every one of us.

Without doubt our own dear country is witnessing that movement which, inspired by the Holy Ghost, is being felt throughout the Catholic world in favour of home and foreign missions.  The growing interest of our people in the Catholic Church Extension Society; the enthusiasm with which the great and noble work of Father Fraser, for Chinese Missions, was greeted everywhere; the recent foundation and marvellous development of the community of the “Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception” in Montreal, for service among the lepers of China; the wonderful response which the call of Africa met with among the college and convent youths of the Province of Quebec; the increasing number of vocations to the missionary orders, both for men and women,—­to mention only a few outstanding and significant facts,—­are evident signs of the “stirring of the waters” in the Church in Canada.

To help to promote and develop fully this providential movement in the Church of God, we beg to submit a few suggestions which may be of some use in the great cause of Home and Foreign Missions.

I—­Why?

The continued progress and abiding success of a movement depend on its organization.  For, to realize its proposed aim and accepted plan of action, organization alone can enlist and keep secure the sympathies of patrons and members, co-ordinate the various forces, and call into play, when necessary, new and fresh energies.  The greater the number to be reached by the society or societies which embody this movement, the more efficient should be the organizing power.

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