Crowds at • Nottingham Christian Brains Trust
Remarkable success attended a follow-up effort of the recent Christian Front Week in Nottingham, namely, the holding of a Christian Brains Trust session in University College, Nottingham, last week. So big was the assembly that there had to be an overflow meeting in the adjacent Y.W.C.A. Hall and two Brains Trusts at work instead of one, as originally planned.
Brains Trust No. I consisted of Fr. Leo ()Ilea, &J., of the Catholic Workers' College, Oxford, the Archdeacon of Nottingham, the Ven. II. V. Turner, and the Rev. H. Taylor (Methodist). Brains Trust No 2 .com The North District Council of the C.Y .M.S. has demonstrated practical Catholic Action by posting some hundreds of copies of the Joint Pastoral on Social Questions to prominent business men in Birmingham. Copies also have been sent to executives of important bodies in the city. Through this imaginative idea on the part of the C.Y.M.S., it is hoped that the Hierarchy's all-important thoughts will be disseminated through many industrial channels in the Midlands.
prised the Rev. Dr. E. Ellis, D.D,, Administrator of St. Barnahas Cathedral, Nottingham, Rev. T. A. Lee, Rector of St. Peter's (C. of E.) Church, Nottingham, and Rev. T. E. Isaac, of Addison Street Congregational Church. Nottingham.
Social questions were well to the fore. " We must not allow the principal of family allowances to obscure the principle of a iust minimum wage for adult labour, fairly and honestly given," said Fr. O'Hea.
Defining the expression " Spiritual Disarmament," Fr. Ellis said it meant " Giving up the bellicose spirit and turning out of national and spiritual life those incentives to war which are not material like shells and guns, but may come from speeches, broadcasts and the cinema."
Fr. O'Hea's contribution to a section of the discussion concerning nationalisation was a reminder that it was not the business of the State to do everything and. if society wits to be sound and healthy there must be within the State greater and lesser organisations of all kinds. " If we expect the State to do everything," he said. " we should get the suppression of the individual and a good deal of bureaucracy."
in Jerusalem, about business, art idle spectator, compelled to carry for a
short time the Cross of Christ." It was the great asset of Catholics that they did not expect much of life, nor did they think that they were going to live long. That love of one's neighbour which is true charity goes with a desire for God and with a deep, almost unconscious, realisation 01 the Mystical Body of Christ, What was wanted from young Catholics was real candour, said the Bishop, as much generosity as they could muster and a readiness to make mistakes. They must avoid, and it was easy for them to avoid, the middle-aged vice of caution.
There was nothing more valuable than discussion for the clearing of the mind. They should get the full texts of papal documents and pastorals from the Catholic press. In discussions together, and with their priests, they must work out their honest answers to every question. The ideal was profound energy and perfect detachment. Above all, going forward with a most constant sacramental life, they must not wish to avoid that suffering which was their closest link with Our Redeemer.