BY A STAFF REPORTER
IF the Catholic Church in Britain really wishes to make a contribution to race relations she must understand that the coloured community does not want charity, does not want the white man, speaking on behalf of the coloured man, and should do its utmost to provide the immigrant with his own voice.
These were the main points made when members of the English and Welsh bishops' working party on race relations met some 40 leaders of the Pakistani, Sikh and West Indian communities in Wolverhampton on Saturday.
The meeting. arranged with the help of Mr. Aaron Haynes, the Wolverhampton community relations officer was chaired by Bishop Grant of Northampton, who heads the Justice and Peace Commission.
Also present were Bishop Cleary. Auxiliary of Birmingham. who is also parish priest of SS. Mary and John, Snow Hill, Wolverhampton; Mgr. John O'Connor; Mrs. Anne Dummett; Mr. Kevin Muir. secretary of the Laity Commission; Fr. Kelvin Felix, priest from Dominica, and Fr. Lewis Donnelly, 0.F.M., the bishops' race relations adviser.
1'00 LITTLE, TOO LATE Although many of the immigrant leaders felt that the initiative by the Catholic Church in race relations was too little and some 15 years too late, the atmosphere was cordial as well as frank, and they welcomed the meeting.
Apart from complaints concerning housing and employ
ment discrimination, immigrants felt that Catholics were not markedly more sympathetic to them than the rest of the British community. They were also sceptical about the influence of the Churches in current problems generally and race relations in particular.
Immigrants felt particularly strongly over the difficulty they have encountered in Wolverhampton in finding premises where they can meet and conduct their affairs in their own way without having to rely on the good offices of their white neighbours.
Bishop Cleary was sympathetic on this point, and promised practical help.
On behalf of the working party it was explained that the body was purely exploratory and that education in race relations would have to proceed through normal Church channels such as schools. seminaries, and pulpits.
Knights of St Gregory feast
BRITISH Knights of St. Gregory celebrated their feast day at Our Lady and St Gregory's, Warwick Street, London, last week. The Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Enrici. assisted at High Mass offered by Fr. John McDonald, the Rector.
The company of 160 Knights, their wives and friends dined afterwards at the Cafe Royal. Sir Geoffrey Hulton, K.C.S.G., presided in the absence of Mr. Leslie Lever, G.C.S.G., M.P., who is ill.
Radio & Television
SUNDAY: BBC-1 Colour (6.15-6.25 ▪ In the Beginning: Stories in the B ible told with pictures. 10: Daniel• TUESDAY: Radio 4 (13-9.40 cm.) Beethoven: Miss Solemnis from the Royal Festival Hall. London.
WEDNESDAY: Radqo 4 (4-4.45 p.m,) Holy Week and its Musk. The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ as -illustrated by the musi . of the Roman Liturgy. Introduced by Fr. Agnellus Andrew, 0,F.M., with music recorded by the Choir ol the Carmelite Priory, Kensington. Director: John McCarthy.