ADIO. I feel I must start with sound-radio this week because I have been remiss in not listening to the first two programmes in a very good series. These were the "People's Service" at 11.30 on Sunday mornings.
listened to the third in this group which have been coming from St. Cuthbert's Church, Wigton. Cumberland. They are conducted by Canon Mathew McNerney and it is he who has made them so memorable. Last Sunday he was speaking on "Justice", that which we owe to ourselves, to our neighbour and to God.
I would be happy if everyone with a wireless could listen to him every Sunday. He talks sense; he talks with humour and topicality and there is none of that pious waffling which so often spoils religious talks on the air. He is a God-send to radio, and I cannot see how anyone listening to him could not be in some way influenced by his talks.
Another interesting and delightful voice on the air is that of Hugh Ross Williamson. He has
been giving a series of short talks on Thursday mornings called "Odds and Ends" on the Home Service after the nine o'clock news. He seems to have an endless supply of knowledge about old customs, old legends and old people. He, like Canon McNerney, has the gift of making everything he has to say sound interesting right from the start. I cannot imagine many sets switching off while he is on the air.
TV A CATHOLIC HERALD reader wrote last week about the possibility of a Catholic Brains Trust. Heaven forbid. It is sometimes dull enough just having the B.B.C.s present weekly session. I think I am pretty safe in reassuring this reader that most Children dislike this programme so much, that they are in very little danger of being influenced by the few minutes of it they hear just before
their own programme starts on Sundays.
In any case what are their parents for if they cannot correct any outrageous Brains Trust's statements on the spot? No. I think the present Brains Trust fairly harmless as it is and it can sometimes be quite instructive and amusing.
Last Sunday, for instance, I was delighted to find out that I was a humanist. Not the kind as at first defined by Professor Ayer, who feels that man can manage without God, but rather of the school of Erasmus, the friend of Saint Thomas More.
On B.B.C. drama we have had some very competent plays. Ian MacC:ormick's family cycle about India "The English Family Robinson" is now finished and all four plays were very polished pieces of work. It was an education in playwriting to listen to and watch the dialogue and to observe the unfolding of the main theme. This was of the work done by one British family in and for India. The end of the last play tied the knot neatly by marrying a descendant of the original Robinson to an Indian girl.
St. John Ervine is also a very C ompetent playwright. We watched his play, "Robert's Wife" last Thursday with mixed feelings. Admiration for his technique was swamped by annoyance at the theme of the play which was about a parson's doctor-wife who was running a birth-control clinic.
I don't know what point St. John Ervinc wanted to make but we were left with the feeling that celibacy of the clergy was an excellent thing.