Point to the strict orders regarding marriage recently issued by Canadian Army authorities in order to protect soldiers from hasty unions, is gisen in the remarks made by a Canadian Chaplain now in England. The formalities to be gone through by the soldiers are now more stringent, and the C.O.'s permission remains to be obtained.
" Hasty marriages in England are &melon, and Catholic boys often contract mixed unions without even observing the rules the Church lays down for such unions," said the chaplain re ferred to Boys do not realise that marriage rules are different over here to what they are back home. in nine cases out of ten, the non-Catholic English girls they intend to marry class themselves as Church of England. The boy, 'preoccupied with his own formalities to be gone through to get the regimental C.O.'s sanction, leaves all the arranging to her. Being separated from his own people, he does not know how to go about it, and has little money and no coupons to buy anything.
" The girl will consequently apply to her Church of England vicarage, or to a registry office, and in due course the union takes place, no promises having been made, and the Church's regulations for mix marriages in this country, by which as Catholics they must abide. are ignored."
Matters are afterwards hard to rectify, even when the boy is willing, for the girl, being able to plead that she is legally married, is then little concerned with the religious aspect. But, fortunately, by the very fact that applications for leave to marry have to go before the C.O., a more watchful eye can now be kept by the chaplain, to whom such applications are very often referred back.
Marriage regulations for Canadians serving abroad differ from those binding on men of the British Forces, chaplains of the former having no jurisdiction in the matter. " We refer the couple to the pastor of the locality," the chaplain said " He will arrange everything, as he would for civilian parishioners, and if a chaplain blesses the union it is as a delegate of the pastor. But I want to stress that every Canadian soldier wanting to marry should get in touch as soon as he is able with his chaplain."
ALBERTA CATHOLICS INCREASE A survey of recent happenings in the Catholic life of Canada, which will particularly interest Dominion men over here, furnishes the following news items. We hope from time to time to publish similar gleanings from reports reheived here. First, the Dominion Bureau of Statistics states that the Catholic Church is the second largest religious group in the Province of Alberta. The past decade's increase of 22,000 Catholics exceeds that of any other denomination. but the United Church of Canada, the largest, numbers 193,664 souls, Catholics coming second with 191,343, and the Church of England next with 113,279.
There being no law making education compulsory in Quebec, it is worth mentioning that the Montreal Catholic School Commission, in a motion sponsored by Hugh O'Donnell and J. J. Perreault, has urged the Catholic Cornmittee of the Council of Public Instruc; don of the Province to establish compulsory education for all children in Montreal up to 14.
Parents are " mainly responsible for the specific taste in reading " that children acquire, and "therefore have the duty of providing an ample supply of Catholic magazines, books and papers,' so said the Rev. Vincent Printer, Secretary of the Toronto Education Bureau, on the "TransCanada Catholic Hour" broadcast recently.
" You (parents) cannot he content with one paper or magazine, you should have something of a devotional and something of a miscellaneous character ; and something for every member of
the family," he added. " While Catholic periodicals have special departments for the young, there are excellent Catholic publications devoted exclusively to juvenile readers, and one of these should be taken by every family with youthful members."
A BISHOP DIES The Most Rev. Eabien Zoel Decelles, Bishop of 5t. Ilyacinthe, recently died in his 73rd year, his Coadjutator, the Most Rev, Arthur Danville, becoming the eighth Bishop of the see. He is 48, and was consecrated in January, 1940.
Further news of prominent Canadian Catholics includes the naming of the youngest member of the Senate of Canada, who is 37. He is Joseph J. Bench, native of St. Catherine's. Ont. Moreover, p. R. Du Tremblay, President of La Presse, hrench language daily newspaper, has also been named to the Senate. He is 63.
Sub-Lieutenant Lawrence, who with Stoker Arthur James Powell, both of the Royal Canadian Navy, boarded a U-boat in the Caribbean that had been rammed by the corvette they were serving on, has received a great ovation from the 500 boys and girls of St. Ciare's Separate (Catholic) School, Toronto, which he visited at the request of Brother Stephen, who was Principal when the navy hero was a pupil there.
APPEAL IN ANNUAL REPORT
OF AFRICA WHITE FATHERS Send us missionaries, and do help us maintain our precious native helpers!' is the plea of the Montreal White Fathers of Airiest in releasing their latest mission statistics.
It is pointed out that an increase of 124 priests, missionaries and native priests, is inadequate to cope with an increase of 240,000 in the number of baptised converts over the previous year. To fill in the gaps, the number of native catechists should be increased, but many missions have been obliged to dismiss a number of their native helpers because they could no longer support them with much of their SOUR:e of contributions cut off by war conditions.
The report shows there are 318 stations under the White Fathers in Africa, an increase of nine over the previous year. Other comparative figures with the previous figures in brackets, follow :
Missionary priests: 085 (910); missionary .Brothers, 242 (269); missionary nuns, 684 (721); native priests, 221 (171); native Brothers, 154 (99); native nuns, 689 (546); native catechists, 11,737 (10,994).
Christiens: 1,827,518 (1,587,558); .catechumens, 590,492 (400,917); baptisms, adults, 57,771 (53,540); children, 90,477 (103,847); in danger of death, 51,355 (50,999).
Confessions: 6,088,272 (5,320,909); Communions, 23,878,115 (19,970,838); marriages, 20,347 (20,552).
Attending the 9,452 schools, 296,990 boys (2119,175) and 193,432 girls (173,672).
Lincoln has been divided into two Catholic parishes, St. Hugh's and Our Lady of Lincoln. The new parish will cover the Se Giles' district of the city. The Very Rev. Peter Taylor will continue to be in charge of St. Hugh's parish, and the resident priest of the new parish will be the Rev. Fr. John L. McLoughlin, who has for some time been an assistant priest to Fr. Taylor.
Flight Sgt. John Barnard Snell (22), recently awarded the D.F.M., is a former pupil of St. Mary's School, Newport.