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THE STUDENT PARISH of Utrecht has dropped its experiment of inter-celebration "for the time being" because of opposition by the Dutch bishops, the three Utrecht University Catholic chaplains said in a statement on Sunday.

Protestant chaplains celebrated the Eucharist during the first three Sundays of Lent, but the students were told that this would not be continued.

The chaplains said they would issue a another statement after consultation with the student community and with Catholic and Protestant chaplains in Holland's nine other university cities.

Meanwhile Bishop Theodore Zwarticruis of Harlem has again insisted that the current "turmoil" among Dutch Catholics is a ground for sober optimism, not the reverse.

The isolated sensation made news, the Bishop added, not the more important and widespread trends such as Holland's Mass attendance rate of 55 per cent. (This figure is unusually high by comparison with other, especially "Catholic" countries).

The new trends in Dutch Catholicism, he said, were common to other parts of the Church, but had come to the surface more quickly in Holland. Dutch people liked to think for themselves and test their ideas by experiment.

From a special correspondent, The Catholic Herald March 21, 1969




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