(S the General Council really necessary ? Why,
if the Holy Father is personally infallible, had .e to call a Council ? These questions are posed nd answered in the Pastoral letter of Archbishop ,lurphy of Cardiff read in all churches of the
iocese last Sunday.
Nrchbishop Murphy said it for a Catholic the "why" the General Council was iply that it seemed good to Holy Father and to the Ghost to hold one.
3ut a "more human" reason 1 one more acceptable to a 1-Catholic might be that the sent time offered a perfect mrtunity, when the Church at peace internally, to fulfil external mission to the whole rld.
4any of the present interna'al problems and crises had itual causes and for their solui required the infallible voice of ieneral Council, re-affrming the itual roots which had withered Ly. ,gain, said Archbishop Murphy, his wind of change which has Pt the world, the pure and ngeless doctrine of the Church
be restated in a way which races all cultures and all lisations.
leclaring that the Church is ched to no particular culture civilisation". Archbishop rphy said another great work the Council was the emerging ons. the missions, the native gy, the language and overtones he liturgy which suit that parEar culture.
.s to why theCouncil was :ssary when the Pope was inble, Archbishop Murphy deed that "just as the Holy Ghost not speak without the Pope, the infallible Pope will not Lk without the body of the ops, and the infallible body of Lops with the Pope at their I willnot speak until they have suited the fathers of the -rch, the theologians, and Ian wisdom and experience. he Council, said Archbishop -phy, " is no summit confer., with some leaders manoeug for power and propaganda,
others, honestly seeking for y, yet forced to cover the ks with flowery, meaningless muniques. This is the Divine m for a thousand different S and colours under one creed one head; no policy, no er propaganda, save the power Divine truth; a modern hany of the Church".
-HS point is underlined byo Bishop Wall of Brentwood, said that infallibility is not lation. " Before the Holy er can define what is of faith, will normally be required h human research into the zes of revelation, Holy Scripand the teaching and belief le Church down the ages.
in this work he will first con
sultthe Bishops, since they by the will of Christ are the official witnesses to the faith throughout the Church, the official teachers. Infallibility simply means that the final statement concerning the faith is free from all error."
BISHOP BECK of Salford declared that the Council will not only be a wonderful expression of the unity and continuity of the Church, it will also be an occasion, according to the wish of the Holy Father, to help men to a fuller and deeper knowledge of God's
truth. It is the Pope's desire that the Council will help to revive standards of Christian behaviour; to enable all men to live in harmony and peace; and perhaps to encourage Christians separated from the Holy See to return to the unity of the Catholic Church".
IF we are to save our Christian civilisation, we shall need to be convinced of the value of what we are defending and willing to make sacrifices for it. This is the theme of the pastoral letter of Archbishop Grimshaw of Birmingham. He declares that " we are threatened by the devotees of a new philosophy of life who had when they began, and perhaps still have, the advantage given them by uncomfortable facts. " They are filled with consuming hatred for the old order and for all who are still attached to it. Having seen religion made at times into a cloak for malice, they denounce it as a way of keeping hungry men quiet and rich men in their high station. For them there is no God, nor any heaven other than the paradise that this world could be if all outworn ideas were swept away. They acknowledge no allegiance other than that to the Cause. They seek no reward beyond the hope that they have brought the day of deliverance a little nearer . . Unless we put ourselves back where we belong, a God-fearing Christian civilisation, seeing brothers in our fellow men and not potential grabbers of our rights, and seeking more from life than a few years devoted to the pleasures of the moment, we may easily find ourselves trying that most useless of experiments, casting out the devil through Beelzebub".
AN appeal for •' an enormous increase in donations " for the Ecclesiastical Education Fund because of the "alarming news" about the finances for educating boys for the priesthood was made by Mgr. Thomas Eaton, VicarCapitular of Lancaster Diocese. "We have at present 164 students at various stages of progress," Mgr. Eaton said. "As it costs on the average £200 for each student, you now know why we have to find f30,000."