Page 10, 18th September 1964

18th September 1964
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Page 10, 18th September 1964 — 'A DIOCESE WITH A DEEP SENSE OF TOLERANCE'

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By Peter Oka

ONLY a short distance from where some of the Lancashire Martyrs suffered for the faith. three or four centuries ago, civic and religious leaders of many denominations, gathered to pay homage to Bishop Holland, when he was solemnly enthroned as the 8th Bishop of Salford, by Archbishop Beck of Liverpool, in Salford Cathedral, on Saturday.

More than 300 Priests and 700 lay people, and guests, packed the Cathedral for the ceremony.

Among the congregation the Anglican Bishop of Manchester, Dr. Greer, representatives of the Jewish, Congregationalist, Orthodox and Free Churches; the Provost and members of the Chapter of the Portsmouth Diocese; the Vicar Generals of Liverpool, Leeds and Shrewsbury; Bishop Holland's two brothers and three sisters and his nephew, and some of his former parishioners from Portsmouth.

Because of the short notice at which the enthronement had to be arranged to allow Salford to have a representative at the Council, many Bishops and members of the Hierarchy, who had already booked their flights to Rome, were unable to he present.

DEAF EAR In his address, during the Pontifical High Mass offered by Bishop Holland follow ing his enthronement, Archbishop Beck spoke of the role of the Bishop as successors to the Apostles in the world of today.

"The Bishops and the Church," Archbishop Beck said, "have a duty to proclaim the fullness of Christ's teaching, dwelling on it continually, welcome or unwelcome.

"It is all too easy to follow the itch to hear something fresh, to seek a continuous succession of new teachers, to turn a deaf ear to truth-and in doing so to betray one of the fundamental dignities of the human person whose mind is made not to make up truth, not to fashion a God in the image of Man, but to accept the objective reality of all that is and has been revealed by God, and to acknowledge men as made to his everlasting image."

Archbishop Beck went on: "Perhaps our most important duty in the 20th Century is to present the image ofholiness and virtue not as something dull, negative and depressing, but as a gay and exciting response to the love which the son of God has given to us.

"We the Bishops and the Clergy must give the inspiration to our Catholic men and women, particularly the young generation, to be committed to the love of Christ and through the faith and the sacraments of Christ to maintain those high standards of Chrittian purity and goodness in the midst of a largely pagan world."

LANCASHIRE CATHOLICISM Paying tribute to his former Diocese, Archbishop Beck told Bishop Holland: "My_ Lord, you know from your earliest years the quality of Lancashire Catholicism.

'In this diocese. and in these great cities of Salford and Manchester especially, you will find a deep sense of tolerance and of great good-will.

"The Civic authorities and .other religious communions will support you in your work of fostering high ideals, the keeping of God's commandments, the encouragement of good and holy living."

At a luncheon at Castle Irwell, following his enthronement, Bishop Holland announced that he had re-appointed the two Vicar Generals of the Diocese Mgr. Egan and Mgr. McNulty.

Few Bishop's can have crammed more into the few hours proceeding his enthronement than Bishop Holland did. On Friday at 3 p.m. he presented his Bill of Appointment to the Chapter: at 4.30 he held a press conference; at 5.30 he paid a private visit on the Lord Mayor of Manchester; at 6.10 he appeared on a television news programme and at 6.30 he paid a call on the Mayor of Salford, Alderman Joe Davis at the Town Hall.

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