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Debate with Communists in Liverpool
THREE Catholics and three Communists are to take part in a public discussion on Pope Paul's encyclical, "Populorum Progressio" in the Liverpool University Chaplaincy next Wednesday. The encyclical advocates that money should be spent on food, not arms.
The Catholic view will be propounded by Dr. Robert Markus, lecturer in History at Liverpool University, Mr.
Frank Hendry, a teacher and artist. and a third speaker yet to be chosen. The Communists. also. have so far only picked two of their three speakers— Mr. Gerry Cohen, the party's Merseyside Area Organiser, and Sheila Kay, Lecturer in Sociology at the University.
The discussion will take the form of an open forum, with questions, and will be preceded by a debate on whether there can he dialogue between Catholics and Communists.
The organisers claim that the event will usher in a new era of co-operation within the Liverpool community.
Their first house
THE first house to be acquired by Hendon Christian Housing Association was handed over to its new tenants on Saturday at a ceremony attended by Mr. Fred Willey, Minister of State, Ministry of Housing and local Government.
The Association exists to provide homes for families, especially young ones, at a low rent, to help and encourage them to save up for the purchase of their own homes. Its first house, at 67 Dartmouth Road, Hendon, N.W.4, has been modernised and added to to provide homes for two families.
They are Mr. and Mrs. David Lock and their baby daughter, who were previously living separately at the homes
of their respective parents, and
Mr. and Mrs. David Spear and two baby daughters, who had been living in one room at the council house occupied by Mrs. Spears's parents.
The new tenants were handed their keys by Mr. Paul Mendel, Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Brent in a ceremony at the entrance to the house. Also present were Bishop Casey, the Rev. C. H. Vernon, Vicar of Colindale, who is the Association's chairman, and Mr. Willey. The latter paid tribute to the Association's work and wished it further success.
The committee of the Association represents the Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, Congregational and Methodist Churches and the Society of Friends.
Sir Thomas More sculptor.
• QIR ARTHUR RICH
MOND, chairman of the Sir Thomas More Commemorative Statue Appeal Committee, announced last week that Mr. L. Cubitt Bevis is the sculptor chosen for the statue to be erected in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea.
The appeal, which was launched in May last year, has
already raised £5,000 after covering all expenses. Contributors include Pope Paul and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Mr. Robert Bolt, author of the play about More, "A Man for All Seasons" also sent a donation.
The statue will stand by Chelsea Old Church on a site reserved by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Undergraduates to help at Lourdes
THIRTY Oxford undergraduates will spend a week at Lourdes at the end of July to help with the sick—the men as brancardiers and the girls as nurses. Similar groups have gone from Oxford for several years, but Roy Davis, the organiser, said this year's will be the biggest yet.
Each undergraduate will pay the cost of £25. They will be accompanied by the university's chaplain, Fr. Michael Hollings.
0 FFIC'ERS elected at the annual meeting of the Guild of St. Luke, SS. Cosmas and Damian in Birmingham recently were: Master, Dr. J.
J. Martin; Hon. Sec., Dr. J. G. Frost; Hon. Treas., Mr. D. K. Mulvaney; Hon. Registrar, Dr. K. F. M. Pole; Chaplain, the Rev. J. P. Wroe; Editor, Dr. W. B. J. Pemberton.
Bishop Butler to address Anglicans
BISHOP BUTLER, Auxiliary of Westminster, is to address the Anglican Church Union's 1968 decennial congress at the Royal Festival Hall next April. The principal speaker will he Dr. Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury.
The theme of the congress is "All things new." Archbishop Athenagoras, head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Britain, is among other speakers.
Barracks chapel in form of tent
rrilE. Catholic chapel at the £1,750,000 barracks to be opened in September, at Shorncliffe, Kent, for the Junior Infantrymen's Battalion, is a triangular tent-like structure of modern design. Its base is in the form of a concrete saucer.
Except on the entrance side to the south, the single-covered roof is carried almost to the ground. The interior is partly lined with softwood boarding. Light enters through ambercoloured glass on the east side.
DOM AELRED GRAHAM, of the Amoleforth Bene dictine Community, is to retire after 16 years as Prior of Portsmouth Priory, Rhode Island, America. He plans to return to England, but will first visit the Far East. MR., JAMES F. ECCLES, who '
for the past six years has been headmaster of the English Martyrs Catholic School, Hill Morton, Rugby, is to be head of the new St. Edward's Roman Catholic Primary School, Kettering, Northants, when it opens in September. Mr. Eccles, who studied at St. Mary's Teachers' Training College, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, Middlesex, taught at Catholic schools in Preston before moving to Rugby. NOIRE DAME High School,
Crawley New Town, Sussex. at present an independent school charging fees, is to become a co-educational middle school for Catholic children. Initially, it will take 300 children aged 11 and 12. The convent at Notre Dame School will continue as a preparatory school and be independently managed.
ALOCAL authority has decided not to give financial assistance to a voluntary Catholic marriage advisory centre in Stoke-on-Trent, because it thinks its duplicates the service provided by the local Marriage Guidance Council. In asking the Borough Council in the neighbouring town of Newcastleunder-Lyme, for a grant, Catholics claimed that of all the cases they dealt with last year, a third involved non-Catholic couples. 11_ LIVERPOOL archdiocese Scouts Association has awarded the Silver Acorn to Canon Walter Ormsby, its chaplain. Canon Ormsby, former national chaplain to the Scout Movement, has been parish priest of the Blessed Sacrament, Aintree, for 22 years. He was an Army padre during the last war. MR. JOHN SIMPSON, a
former Mayor of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, who has called for the formation of a "Christian Party," has resigned from the Labour Party after 20 years. Mr. Simpson, a Catholic, disillusioned by what he termed the "increasingly materialistic trends" in politics, says he feels that all parties and programmes are suspect and that the future is "just the hunting ground for cynical and ambitious politicians." DR. JOSEPH BLACKLEDGE, Ph.D., M.Sc., F.R.I.C., has been appointed Deputy Principal of Newman College, Birmingham, the new Catholic college of education opening in September next year.
APPLICATIONS are being in
vited by the Tyneside Scholarship Fund Committee for a scholarship in social studies at Plater College, Oxford. Candidates should be Catholic men or women aged between 22 and 35.
TWO brothers, Fr. Michael Barrow, Si.,. and Fr. Arthur Barrow, parish priest of Hutton and Shenfield, Essex, concelebrated a Thanksgiving Mass at St. Cedd's Church, Goodmayes, on Saturday on the eve of the 40th wedding anniversary of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur liarrow.
TEN years of research on the
problem of loneliness have gone into a joint sociological study by Cyril Donsun and Armand Georges which is to be published by A. J. Chapplc (Bala Press Ltd.) on July 7. The publication comprises "Lonely Land," a survey of loneliness from childhood to old age, which includes a chapter on how churches might assist to alleviate loneliness, and "Bedsitterland," a survey of people living in one room.