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, N the midst of the peace 'Missionary College, Mill Hill, director of the Pontifical Mission home the tragedy of the Church PADLEY is not a town, it is not

even a hamlet. Padley is just a little stone chapel in a field near the village of Grindleford on the bleak moors of North Derbyshire.

Hut thousands of Catholics from Yorkshire. Derbyshire, Leicestershire. Lincolnshire and Lancashire went there with their . parish priests last week to honour two English martyrs, the Ven. Nicholas Garlick and the Ven. Robert Ludlam, who were arrested there in 1588 and died for ale Faith at Derby.

The stone chapel is all that remains nf Padley Manor, once the home of

the Catholic Fitzherberts, Rut it is

one of the few pre-Reformation shurehes in Britain now in Catholic hands, • .

' Share the Faith'

Mass was said there for 300 years. For the next 350 years it was a cowshed. Then, just 21 years ago, on Lady Day in 1933. it became the property af the Nottingham diocese.

'fhis year's pilgrimage was led by Bishop Ellis of Nottingham and

Bishop Heenan of I.eeds, Canon Henry Hunt. of Whitwiek, who has made the pilgrimage each year since 1909. led the prayers and hymns at he open-air altar outside the chapel.

Bishop Ellis presided at Mass in the morning. and in the afternoon Bishop Heenan preached from a rock. part if the ruins of Padley Hall which is ased as pulpit, The Bishop appealed to the people to go to weekday Mass, to do something to convert England—to pass an Catholic newspapers and other literature to non-Catholics and to make an effort to "share the Faith with them."

WhiteFathers'

a

new Provincial

Fr. John Maguire, W.F., has been appointed Provincial of the White Fathers in Great Britain and Ireland from August 1. He replaces Fr. Alfred Howell, Provincial since June, 1947, whose health will no longer permit him to continue in office.

Fr. Maguire, aged 40, is the

Superior of the White Fathers' Seminary of Philosophy at Dorking. He was educated by the De la Sal e Brothers at St. John's College, Southsea, and the White Fathers, and was ordained at Carthage in 1937.

Burma priests want to stay here Four young priests of the Paris Foreign Missions who will soon be going to Burma would like to spend a few weeks in English presbyteries after September 1 to improve tlteir

English. They could help in the parish in return for hospitality. If - any priest would like such help on these terms, he is invited to write to the National Director of the Ponti that surrounds St. Joseph's Mgr. S. M. Shaw, national Aid Societies, brought in the East.

Only eight years ago the Hierarchy was established in China—

the second largest Hierarchy in the world, with eight times more Archbishops and Bishops than in England and Wales.

But now, said Mgr. Shaw, of the 142 ecclesiastical divisions in the country, only 17 have Bishops who are enjoying any measure of freedom.

"In the diocese of Ichowfu. all that is left of the official Church—if 1 may put it that way—is a forlorn group of seven Chinese nuns with no priest, native or foreign, anywhere in the diocese to help them."

And he warned that "what is hap pening in China could so easily

happen in Korea in Indo-China, in

n d

. i Cambodia, in Malaya, in Indonesia.

Mgr. Shaw was presenting his report at the societies' annual meeting

last week, Cardinal Griffin and

Bishop Ellis of Nottingham were ' P present. .

"China.' said Mgr. Shaw. "rem5 ,a mission: hut it has no mis

sionaries because the Communist Government has either imprisoned them or killed them or expelled them . . .

"In China at this moment it is not the further propagation of the Faith by the building of new churches, new schools. seminaries and hospitals that is at stake.

"What is at stake is the Church's bare survival, which means the survival of Christ our Lord in the hearts of three million people . . .

I.

What will we do ?

"The survival of that same Christ who sweated out His life blood in Gethsemane and who agonised for three mortal hours and finally died on a cross for the people of the East —that is at stake as we sit here. •

"And the question that remains is a grave question to which we must

find the answer: What is England going to do, from its.place of security in the West, to help win for Christ our Lord a chance of survival among the people of China and the East?" thaMt grt.heShsiatuwa t rioehm7hrkeInd i a mi so roe One et r. to cause anxiety.

"The growing spirit of nationalism is in revolt against Western influences not only in the political field but also • n the Chu ch

IChurch.

• n the Chu ch

IChurch.

"Missionaries who formerly were welcomed are now hindered in their

work. It happens also that missionaries are prevented from entering the country at all by the simple

but effective device of instituting bureaucratic delay in the granting of visas. "

Mgr. Shaw said that to all these

difficulties that are besetting the Church in Asia "there is one answer, and it is the sole answer : a native clergy.

"For this reason the Society of St. Peter Apostle for Native Clergy is probably the most important by far of all the Pontifical ' Mission Aid Societies today."

Last year the society received f7.000. This included a legacy of £3.000. see rage 6.




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