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Master of Campion Hall, Oxford, in 1933, a post which he held until 1945 when he became Provincial Superior of the English Province SI From 1950 onwards he resumed his writing and lecturing, the latter taking him all over the world at the invitation of the highest political and academic authorities.

Many awards were heaped on him, including four honorary doctorates in the United States, and in Britain, in 1956 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is the firse Jesuit to have been elected a member of the New York Athenaeum.

Simple facts of life

THE last century, so we are told, pretended that sex did not exist. This century appears to pretend that nothing else exists. Both attitudes are exaggerations although each contains more than a grain of truth for its time.

Mercifully, the days are going when Catholic parents taught their offspring to look upon sex as at best an unfortunate and basically shameful necessity. Such a tradition owes more to Manicheean puritanism than to Catholic Christianity.

But the debris remains sufficiently daunting for many parents who find the whole idea of explaining to their offspring the "facts of life."

The Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, which devotes the bulk of its energies to education for marriage and secondarily to counselling partners whose marriages have run into serious difficulties, sponsors a book called, "Let There Be Jo."

It tells simply, tastefully and dispassionately, in terms easy for a child to understand, the physical means by which a ,baby eventually arrives in the world. Without being mawkish or sentimental it stresses the essential element of love and sharing in married life— again in terms a child can understand.

Written . by Margaret Wallace. mother of four, a research geneticist who also works for C.M.A.C., it contains a detachable supplement with hints for parents, who may take it out before giving the book to their child to read or leave it there, depending on their judgment.

It can be obtained for 30p plus postage from either the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, 15 Lansdowne Road, London, W.11, or Geoffrey Chapman Ltd.. 18 High Street, Wimbledon, London, S.W.19.

Defender of 'Jesus People'

OVER the years Archbishop Fulton Sheen of Monmouth, former Bishop of Rochester, U.S.A., and a former auxiliary bishop of New York, has acquired a reputation as an eloquent apologist of the better type of conservative Catholicism. All the same, he has taken up cudgels on behalf of the "Jesus People."

These are young people who take an evangelistic stance to wards the reality of Our Lord and in their comparatively short time of existence have been able to claim gaggles of drug-addicts, hoodlums, prostitutes and the like as converts, who have dropped their respective habits under the influence of the Saviour.

Anyone with a knowledge of the various cults and breakaway movements which have surrounded Christianity since the days of the Apostles might possibly be excused some scepticism without impugning the integrity of the tee-shirted brigade with lapel badges proclaiming what was once the truism: "Jesus Saves."

The Archbishop, who built up a huge following with his religious programmes on radio and television in the forties and fifties, is less lukewarm. He said: "It is facile to question the sincerity of the 'Jesus People' and to attribute it 'to a belated hero worship of la fellow rebel.' But the new youth, unlike the 'old youth' of three years ago, are not looking to Ilim as a rebel, but as a salvation."

Archbishop Sheen suggested that the young might be discovering Jesus Christ outside the Church, rather in the tradition of such people as the Jewish philosopher Henri Bergson, the author Simone Well and the journalist 'Malcolm Muggeridge.

The movement flourished, he continued, after nuns had discarded their familiar habits for modern dress, when the Rosary went out of vogue, and the hippies put beads around their necks; when "youth sought ecstasy not through the long haul of ascetism but the short trip through pharmaceuticals," and when discipline was dropped from seminaries schools and convents.

He asks: "Why cannot Churches rejoice and not look down their noses at young people who are becoming pure and disaddicted because a new love comes into their lives?"




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