Page 5, 19th October 1945

19th October 1945
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Page 5, 19th October 1945 — CENTRAL OFFICES FOR SOUTHWARK C.P.E.A.

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A scheme for central offices for Southwark C.P.E.A., with a permanent paid secretary, was put before a Convention of the Southwark Diocesan C.P.E.A., held in Brighton last weekzend. It calls for a guarantee of at least' £1,000 a year for three years. The scheme was well received and was referred to Parish Associations for comment, which will be considered by a special meeting of the full .Diocesan Council to be held in December.

Delegates from nearly 100 parishes attended the Convention. Also present were representatives from Westminster C.P.A., Leeds C.P.E.A., and the Knights of St. Columba. The delegates were warmly welcomed by Fr. A. P. Flanagan, ecclesiastical representative to Brighton C.P.E.A., when he preached on C.P.E.A. and commended the work it was doing " as the vanguard fighting for the soul of the nation," at the special Mass in St. John the Baptist's Chvich on Sunday morning.


The convention opened on Saturday with a striking speech by the diocesan chairman (Mr. A. E. Hands) 'in. which he outlined the future policy for C.P.EA. in Southwark, on housing, full employment, foreign affairs, and the social evils of divorce and euthenasia, together with the new theory of artificial insemination. On the latter he warned: " It is a terrible thing when you start allowing things to come forward that interfere with the natural law. Once it is allowed you eannot stop it from being commercialised. Don't laugh about artificial insemination; get your local doctor or your priest to write and condemn this thing. It is the sort of thing that happens when people have no principles; we have got to be alive and alert.

In the executive report presented by Mr. H. M. Briggs, diocesan secretary, it was stated that special sub-committees had been set up to advise Parochial Associations on questions of 'education, medical, and Parliamentary and local government affairs. Other subcommittees would deal with propaganda and development, policy and the arranging of social events.

Mr. Richard O'Sullivan, K.C., was the chief speaker at a mass meeting in the Pavilion on Sunday afternoon, at which Flight-Lieut. Teeling. Brighton's Catholic M.P., who had earlier entertained the officers of the Association and introduced them to hie, M.P. colleague, Col. Marlowe, also spoke.

C.P.E.A. INSPIRATION " When 1 read about the formation of C.P.E.A. it was the greatest inspiration I had had for a whole generation," said Mr. O'Sullivan. " Men and women who gave life to the Church and to the State were come together to uphold the old tradition of Christian marriage against the new secular teaching of divorce and to carry on

that tradition to their children: . .' Let me tell you what I think of the C.P.E.A. I think of them. as I think of the men of the Pilgrimage of Grace —they ale the Chivalry of England.

"They have to save the sanctity of marriage and to save the souls of the children and to save the Christian tradition in England. Think of the things we lawyers have to do to-day," he went on. "In the Law Courts last year there were 12,000 divorce cases. Theret are 25,000 applications for divorce from the men coming from overseas. 25,000--and those men were told by the politicians that they were fighting for social security! One child in 18 which is born in Britain is conceived outside marriage, and one child in three in marriage is born by accident.

" What are we to do? We are a little minority in England but we are the leading and the' responsible defenders of the Christian tradition. Our tradition is no longer one of servitude, it is the tradition of service. We depend on the great conception of Christian charity and Christian marriage and in the end let us hope we shall make England a Christian kingdom."

He reminded mothers and fathers of their duty towards their children outside the home, of their duty to make friends between the home and the school; between the parents and the schoolmaster there must be a determined charity.

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