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E.• IF a Dying saucer lands hi L. your back garden, you may

well have nothing to fear a. from its pilot. He could be a being whom God created • with no desire to do evil, and therefore he would not wage war or harm others.

However, there are other possibilities; among them is .e the chance that he may be strongly inclined towards

▪ evil. These speculations come ■ from Francis J. Connell, C.SS.R., dean of the School of • Sacred Theology at the •• Catholic University of

America, who was asked for = comment on the recent recur: rence or reported sightings of . '4 unidentified flying objects." a While he was inclined to believe that a much more pro. sale explanation of their origin existed, he stated that " theologians have never dared to e limit the omnipotence of God to the creation of the world we know." 1,11112111,illt.11,1 111,11,1111111iiiiltill11111111 ruiuislislimillisimis either side of industry, but responsible trade union leaders did not, at least, turn it down flat.

There is, in fact, a certain similarity, in the underlying principle, with a suggestion made by Michael Kildare, a Catholic trade unionist, in THE Cernneic HERALD of October 4. In reference to the engineer's pending demand for a 40-hour week, he proposed that the shorter working week 'night be introduced in various sections of industry as and when production per person over a given area increased beyond a certain point.

There are two factors. at least, in the present situation shhieh should make for peace, or at least, go some distance towards making the class-war less intense than it might otherwise be.


The first, negative, one is that although the Communists are still strongly entrenched in some industries and unions, the party's influence has been reduced by the recollection of the events in Hungary of 12 months ago. Its methods and aims, too, arc gradually coming to be understood by alert workers.

The second. positive one, is that more Catholics today are taking an active part in factory and trade union life. This is reflected, not only at such exalted levels as those occupied by Mr. W. J. Carron, President of the Amalgamated Engineering Union and Sir Tom O'Brien, but in the lower echelons, too.

Paradoxically, this is despite the steady decline in numbers in the Association of Catholic Trade Unionists. That decline has in part been caused by the " first generation " of ACTU members going into responsible positions in the unions. But it also reflects the

increased interest in trade unionism which is being shown by such bodies as the Catholic Young Men's Society and the Knights of St. Columba.


Both these organisations now encourage, and often train, their members to make trade union work an important part of their apostolate. The result may not he the creation of a group of "specialists " of the ACTU type. but it does result in many more instructed Catholics engaging in general union activity. This should lead in time to the growth of a stable, moderating force in industry.

In many places Catholics are playing a useful part in attempting to dislodge Communists from leading positions. One where the Communists are still firmly entrenched is Sheffield. The steel city is proud of its tradition of sturdy, independent craftsmen. Yet it is now notorious for the fact that a small handful of Communists dominates the powerful Sheffield District Committee of A.E.U. and has gained ninny leading positions among its shop stewards.

Moreover, Sheffield is increasingly becoming known as the " jumping off ground " for people whom the Communists wish to see in national positions, and for initiating Communist -sponsored industrial campaigns.

There are sonic 15 Communists and sympathisers on the district committee. At this moment Mr. H. Haworth, one of the best-known among them, is standing for reelection as district president, and is contesting the position of national organiser too. By way of response non-Communists are trying to make a united effort to make this " the beginning of the Sheffield Communists' end."

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