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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, February 01, 1902, Image 14

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without guidance; therefore conscience must be guided. This
guidance is found in the Church which Christ founded and
'bade all His followers to hear. By undoing the work of -sin,
' Christ "did not thereby make the consciences of those who be
lieve in Him infallible; but in His wisdom He knew the neces
sity of an infallible guide to direct men in that most difficult
work they have to do, the working out of their salvation. He
therefore appointed an infallible teacher whom we call the
Pope. Those who set aside this teacher are forced to seek
another; they set up 'their own little Vatican on the hill of
pride; they make themselves popes under the title of con
science; in effect they hold that man is the measure of 1 God.
Thus of the major part of our countrymen outside of theOne
Told,, it is no freak of fancy, but simple fact, tot say that every
man is his own pope. St. Andrew's Magazine. '
x 'One of the miseries of our day is the tendency to criti
cise and censure. It is doubtless the mark of a superficial
generation and may inflict harm in most cases upbn thoscwho
indulge in it. "In other times, when men knew their capa
bilities and limitattbns, there was a slowness to judge and to
condemn and to utter the idle word of censure, but ndwadays
the veriest youngster feels 'itJincumbent upon him to criticise
men and things which are entitled to reverence. We have
more than once heard the smart utterances concerning priests.
Silly, empty-heade'd girls whose ideas of life are bounded by
dress and a novel, and conceited lads will without any hesi-
tation condemn Father So and So, rate his sermon as worth
less, watch his every movement like a Pinkerton detective, and
with oracular cbeksureness, give him a character. Those
good people who have big prayer-books and small faith listen
without a word of protest. Instead of criticising, -we should
help him. 'Parents should bridle the tongues of their too pre
cocious offspring.
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