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OUR BISHOPS AND SOUTH AFRICA

THE Catholic Renewal Movement, you reported on Dec. A. I I, "regrets that our bishops have so far failed to give us a lead on this" the question of arms for South Africa.

Informal hospitality for peace

YOU will be aware that Sunday, January 3, has been designated as Peace Day in this country in keeping with the Pope's wish for such a commemoration.

It would seem that Church services planned _for that day could obviously he amplified and enriched by private participation in the idea. May I put forward a way that occurred to a group who discussed it recently?

Seeing that peace is promoted by understanding between peoples and is widely recognised as having an important international aspect, would your readers consider inviting to their homes for informal hospitality on that day some guests of another nationality?

There are many such possible guests among us: immis grants or students are obvious people. (Students are at that time likely to be at an uncomfortable loose end—the postChristmas days before university or college reopen must be particularly bleak for them.) Suggestions to make the visit enjoyable for everyone were: Invite more than one person, and if possible offer to call for them where they live and take them home afterwards; mote the whole visit as warmly informal as possible; try to find subjects of common interest rather than emphasise differences.

Practical details of invitations could no doubt be worked out locally. It could start new friendships and really promote peace.

Mary M. Reynolds (Miss) London, E.C.1. If the bishops did give a lead, why should we take any notice of them? The bishops have given us a lead on the problem of contraception. The C.R.M. does not follow this lead but actively opposes it.

The gospels have as much to say about arms for South Africa and apartheid or the struggle between black and white as they have about contraception. namely, nothing at all. Perhaps the bishops would be wise to follow the lead of the gospels.

Most bishops and all members of the C.R.M. have one thing in common; they are rich, at least compared with the several million people who live on less than L20 per head per annum.

If the C.R.M. must urge the bishops to give us a lead on something, perhaps it could be on how the comparatively rich, whether members of the C.R.M. or not, can use their wealth in the service of the destitute.

(Dr.) Gerald Danaher Worcester Park, Surrey.

Secret society?

IN 1946-47, I printed a pain... phlet, "Is the Roman Catholic Church a Secret Society?" The publisher (Watts and Co.) gave me 25 copies for myself, which gradually dwindled to one. This sole survivor has now vanished.

If one of your readers happens to have a copy to send me, I would be most grateful.

John V. Simcox London, N.16.




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