Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

August 7, 1942

Another decree issued by the military revoked the law which authorized the teaching of religion in the public schools. This repealed law merely tolerated priests, by themselves or through catechists, to teach religion in schools three times a week to children whose parents asked for such instruction.

The law was very deficient. Its application depended on the good or bad will of the respective superintendents or principals, some of whom obstructed its implementation. In spite of all these impediments, priests and their zealous helpers still manage to pursue a great work of the apostolate. UST, principally through its students, gives instructions to some six to ten thousand children of different ages.