By a Staff Reporter
FIVE hundred mothers-with lots of small children-greeted Bishop Cowderoy when he paid his first visit to the Southwark diocesan branch of the Union of Catholic Mothers last week at St.
Mary's Hall, Clapham.
Guest of honour was the Bishop's own mother.
The children were good. Only once did a youngster raise his voice in tumult. That happened when the Bishop was speaking about the happiness of a good Christian home.
When Fr. Denis Ryan, diocesan spiritual director. had opened the meeting, the president, Mrs. Moorcroft, went on to describe some of the U.C.M.'s activities.
Apart from their purely domestic activities, ranging front church cleaning to providing breakfasts for First Communicants, the mothers, she said, have shown an active interest in the housing problem, the provision of analgesia-painless childbirthand in the education question.
In one parish the mothers offered to take in 14 children from orphanages for the summer holidays and she expected that many would do likew
Mrs. Moorcroft presented the Bishop with an illuminated scroll with 41 Mass offerings for his intentions.
Mrs. Branson, the secretary, presented the Bishop's mother with a bouquet -of flowers.
The Bishop said that there is a tendency today to regard motherhood merely as a matter of biology, and it is largely due to this lack of parental responsibility that the present rate of juvenile delinquency is so alarmingly high.
It is therefore all the more essential that children should be taught to love God and respect their parents.
Mgr. Cowderoy urged the mothers to foster vocations to the priesthood in their sons and encourage them, preoccupied though they might be with family responsibilities, to continue to exercise their influence in matters outside their normal domestic duties.