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Cardinal's moral politik

HOWEVER much he may HOWEVER of the racist policy in South Africa, Cardinal Heenan made it clear to the annual meeting of the Catholic Institute of International Relations in London last week that be was most unlikely to follow the example of 100 Anglican bishops by throwing his mitre into the ring to challenge the Government openly over arms sales to South Africa.

Stressing that he had not been inactive on the South African issue. the. Cardinal revealed that he had been in correspondence with Mr. Heath and Mr. Nyerere. "I would not shrink from my duty in this regard," he said.

Praising the unique work of C.LLR in educating people in their world-wide responsibilities, he continued: "You have a political role to play. I use the word 'politics' in its true sense. People too easily dismiss politics as if it is a dirty game. Politics is a part of morality."

Emphasising that religion and politics should not be completely divorced, the Cardinal said it was often wiser for the Church in its official capacity not to make political pronouncements.

Cardinal Heenan said that when, as happened frequently, he was asked to sign a letter to The Times he would ask himself : "Who was it addressed to?" Often it was not addressed to The Times but to the Government. In making known views to the Prime Minister he preferred to write to Downing Street rather than Fleet Street.

Meanwhile, C.1.I.R. as a body are keeping the arms to South Africa question well ventilated. They have arranged a debate on the topic on December 9 at the London School of Economics, Leading protagonists are all Catholics who are never chary of trailing their coats.

Major Patrick W a I 1 , Conservative M.P. for Haltemprice and spokesman for the more traditional wing of Catholicism and Toryism, and John Braine, the novelist and Socialist-turned-Tory, will defend Government policy.

Dennis Brutus, a South African and leading antiapartheid agitator in this country and Humphry Berkeley, a former Tory M.P. who has joined the Labour Party, will mount the opposition. Bishop Grant of Northampton, chairman of the Justice and Peace Commission, may take the chair.

A skipper for England?

IF the Sunday Timac rugby

correspondent, Vivian Jenkins, is as good a judge as he is a sports writer, the Old Ampleforthian Tony Bucknall may well skipper England before the season is out. Jenkins made this suggestion after watching his captaining of the London Home Counties side last week when they trounced the colourful Fijian tourists 22-0.

He described Bucknall as setting a tremendous personal example, and &yids "almost the game of his life." "Wherever the fray was thickest. he was always there right in the middle of it, and at this rate he must surely have put himself in line as a strong candidate for the England captaincy this season."

Bucknall, a pupil at Ampleforth from 1959.63, has been playing rugby since he was seven, and was in the Oxford University side when reading history at St. Edmund's Hall. A 25-year-old bachelor, he lives at the Barbican, conveniently situated for the office where he works for a firm of stockbrokers but less so for Old Deer Park, the headquarters of Richmond R.F.C. for whom he plays as a wing forward.

With training twice a week, plus Wednesday and Saturday games, Bucknall finds no time for other interests. He has had his share of rugger injuries— "a broken collarbone and a Few usual breakages."

1Rags-to-riches to St. Francis

ONE of the latest rags-toriches stories to emanate from the entertainment world is that of Frank Grimes, who, after working as a barman and a pipefitter graduated to Dublin's Abbey theatre, and recently landed the plum role of St. Francis in a film to be directed by Franco Zeffirelli, "Brother Sun and Sister Moon."

The youngest of a family of seven living on a Dublin working class estate, Grimes was the son of an engine driver. After running away to England at the age of 17, he lied about his age and became a barman. He later returned home and won a scholarship to the Abbey School of Acting, but left after a disagreement to join a Killarney Repertory Company.

He returned to London where he again worked as a barman — in Hammersmith then as a pipe fitter in a tower block of flats. Fed up, he went back to Dublin, was auditioned for a part in the Abbey Teatre, and eventually made his name in "Borstal Boy." it was while playiflg in the same play in Broadway that he was spotted by Zeffirelli.

Frank Grimes ceased practising his religion during his earlier, more rebellious years, but has returned. "I'm not strong enough to live without the Church," he says. He is married with one son.

Scholar with human touch

WHEN the late Mgr. Alexander Jones attended the publication launching party for the Jerusalem Bible whose English version he had so ably edited over a ten year period, he insisted on writing a personal message in the presentation copy to each member of the staff of Darton, Longman and Todd.

This was typical of the humanity of the Biblical scholar who died after a long illness last week in a nursing home run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition, Bowden, Cheshire. Fr. Reginald Fuller, who played a major part in preparing the Catholic Version of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible said of him: "I had a great respect for his scholarship, and he was such a human person — which was, think, the secret of his success in being able to make the Bible come alive."

After ordination in 1933, Alexander Jones specialised in scripture and was Professor of Sacred Scripture at his old seminary, Ushaw, for 25 years. It was in 1956 that he began devoting the bulk of his energies to the Jerusalem Bible. It entailed translating the introductions and notes from the French edition and checking fidelity against the ancient texts.

Fr. Jones did most of the

translation himself, i n particular the Synoptic Gospels, This involved much labour, and his health started to give way. In 1961 he was operated on for a cancerous kidney. He taught divinity at Christ's College, Liverpool, until 1969, when the brain tumour from which he eventually died prevented further active work.

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