Continued from page 1 society, Fr Michael Hollings pointed out that the basis for it was that "we might very well have a Northern Ireland in England."
On unemployment, the conference recommended diocesan senates of priests and pastoral councils to study the causes and effects of both inflation and unemployment, especially among school-leavers, with a view to discovering ways of helping those in need.
More controversial issues came up on the final day. The priests asked their standing committee to look into the problems which might be encountered by priests who wished to leave, or had left, the ministry.
But they rejected a suggestion that bishops should in each diocese select a priest to advise priests faced with difficulties connected with their spiritual life or priesthood. The conference sunnorted a proposal that register office and non-Catholic church weddings involving a Catholic should no longer be invalid, but failed to muster the required two-thirds majority for it formally to be adopted as a conference resolution.
In discussing a proposal, which they adopted by a substantial majority, that parish clergy should be given the right to issue mixed marriage dispensations, the priests were told by Archbishop Warlock and Bishop Moverley that the bishops of England and Wales, in their comments on the proposed revision of Canon Law, had suggested that the impediment of mixed religion, affecting marriages between a Catholic and a baptised nonCatholic, should be abolished and that the whole business of dispensations for mixed marriages should therefore be done away with.