and set out in his own handwriting. In it, he presses to its logical conclusion the desire
of successive pontiffs for institutes of music in all parts of the world, by setting up an international society to bind them together in a common purpose. The new body is called the Cons.ociario Internationalis Mus-icac Sacrae.
The Holy Father has appointed as its president Mgr. Johannes Overath, already the president of all German-speaking Church Music Societies. The Vice-Presidents are Mgr. Richard Curtin of New York and Dr. Egon Wellesz of Oxford University. Dr. Wellesz came here as a refugee from Austria at the time of the Anschloss, and is now a naturalised Englishman. He is a world famous musical scholar and composer, and Pope John gave him a papal knighthood.
His works include the Monumenta Byzantina and numerous books on hymnology and Baroque music. Much of his music—symphonies. operas, Masses, as well as chamber compositions-has been performed in this country and in Austria his works are firm national favourites.
The general assembly of the Con.societas will usually take place during the triennial Inter
national Congress of Sacred Music in which delegates from many music institutes approved by the Holy See or other ecclesiastical authori ties will debate and approve certain lines of action with regard to sacred music in the liturgy. The new society will have to consider the
broadening out of Music education and the international aspects of sacred music. especially in the mission fields, to mention only two of a host of tasks.
Ter is not going to be possible to mention in
this column all of the organisations producing special Christmas cards as a means of raising funds for good work. To judge from past experience our mail from now to December will carry a heavy load of these. But because they have been so promptly off the mark, the Pestalozzi Children's Village Trust does rate a special mention. This week we have received from them samples of the beautiful cards which they are offering for sale to raise the money for an international children's village in Sussex.
The Trust, which supports' the British children in the world-famous Pestalozzi village at Trogen, Switzerland, aims to extend its Sussex project so as to cater for some 300 deprived children who will come from 15 different countries. Bishop Cowderoy of Southwark is a vice-president of the Trust.
New Black friars
"UR. ILLTUD EVANS. 0.P., told me this
week that the Dominicans will publish a new monthly review starting October 1 called New Black/riga, a combination of the present Blackfriars magazine and the Lik of the Spirit.
Its pages will be larger and its articles longer than in the other two reviews. and Fr. Evans, who will edit it, hopes it will do more "talking to the world" in an open dialogue free from theological jargon. He has already lined up writers of various faiths to discuss natural law, religious freedom, the just war, sexual ethics, penal reform, as welt as scripture and liturgy.
"We'd like to think it will become a Catholic Diet-tamer eventually," he .said, "concentrating on moral issues. We want to face up to modern life in a constructive way, not just to carry on an internal controversy with each other."
'THE recent death of Dr. J. G. Holt, the distinguished Dutch Catholic doctor whose work on the infertile period was known throughout the world, comes as a great loss, especially at the present time. Holt was quick to realise in the early 1930s the significance of the work of Ogino and Knaus on the time of ovulation and of Van de Velde on its relationship to the thermal rise. Over the next thirty years he worked without ceasing to deepen our knowledge of the subject, to spread awareness of its existence, and to help married people to apply it to themselves. This he did by his books and scientific papers which were published in several languages, by his attendance at many conferences and especially by his help to individual couples. He wes saddened, but not deterred, by the general apathy among the medical profession in this field and sought by his scientific writings to stimulate others to study the infertile period with the same scientific objectivity that was being brought to bear on methods of contracep
Holt described himself as a sexologist, but his was not the narrow use of the term common in the English-speaking world. In his view sex was ntiootns'omething we heve; it was not just a physical event. He maintained that we are men or we are women and that our sexuality embraces the whole of our being.
As a sexologist therefore he we's concerned with the total relationship between a man and a woman. He saw his work on the infertile period not solely as a method of regulating births but as a means whereby the interpersonal relationship between husband and wife could flud a truly human and dignified expression,
UNTTY again • . This time it is two parishes in Eastcote, Middlesex — St. Thomas More. Catholic and St. Lawrence. Anglican — throwing a garden fete together on Saturday afternoon outside St. Thomas's. They will send the money to local societies for old people and handicapped children.
Fr. Eugene Langdale cannot remember whether the idea was his or the Rev. W. H. Hitchinson's. But he thinks it will help ecumenism. "We can always he neighbourly with each other and lend our lawn mowers", he says. "But this is a chance for two worshipping communities to work together specifically as Christians."
'I he fete begins at 2.30, and in the evening niembers of each 700-strong congregation will take their pick between a concert in the Anglican hall or a dance in the Catholic hall.
THIS column took to the air briefly last week in a little jaunt to Ireland arranged by BOAC to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first commercial flight from America to Europe.
Besides demonstrating that the VC10 is a magnificent aircraft, the flight served to point up the problems being faced at Shannon, our destination. which would appear to be facing some rather thin days ahead.
The introduction of more long-range jets by most airlines means that this once-vital slopping off place can now be over-flown with a resultant loss of revenue for Ireland.
Hopes there seem to be centred on the fact that it is still a duty-free airport and that more big British and American industrialiets can he encouraged to set up factories under the Shannon Airport Development Company.
Ba strange coincidence (or was it a case 1-0 of the BOAC publicity men following an ecumenical line?) the passenger in the next seat for the flight was the Rev. S. G. Long, honorary area organiser in Suffolk and Norfolk for the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge.
For this Anglican clergyman, the trip had special significance because it recalled for him earlier dayS when, as an airman, he navigated the plane which made the first commercial flight
acHroesssethrveTA l!n d during the war in the LAT., was shot down over the Bay of Biscay, and after floating around for four days ill a rubber dinghy, was captured and became a P.O.W.
After the war. as he puts it. he "changed his wings" and was ordained as an Anglican clergyman.