Page 1, 24th July 1959

24th July 1959
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Page 1, 24th July 1959 — CARDINAL MAY HEAD E. RITE 'SOCIETY

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People: M. T. Barton, Fr
Locations: London


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'CH.' REPORTER CARDINAL GODFREY 1-4 is being invited to become the third president of the newly-revived Society of St. John Chrysostom, which is this country's Official response to the Pope's interest in the reunion of Eastern Christians. The two former presidents of the society were Cardinal Bourne and Cardinal Hinsley. The society, which is again to strive to interest Catholics here in Eastern liturgies and the history of the Churches of the East, was founded in 1926 by the late Archbishop Myers, but has been dormant since the war.

At the recently held first committee meeting it was decided to prepare informative literature for the benefit of the growing number of Catholics here who are interested in the problem of reunion with the East. Parish priests will be asked to agree to the celebration of Eastern liturgies in their churches, and it is hoped that the first public lecture will be held in London in September.

Branches of the society are to be started up and down the country. and abroad as well when possible. A significant move will be to approach rectors of seminaries here with the offer of co-operation in organising the Dies Orientalis. This is the day ordered by the Holy See to be set apart each year in the seminaries for the study of Eastern cli matters. Moreover, to quote a member of the society, an attempt will be made "to bring about union between Latin and nonLatin Catholics in this country." This is in reference to the unfortunate ignorance of Latin and Ukrainian Catholics regarding each other's problems. Thus, in order to unite more closely Catholics of the two rites, the society has named as its secretary Fr. C. Sipovich. M.I.C„ of the ByzantineSlavonic rite, while Fr. P. Maluga, C.SS.R., Vicar General of the Ukrainians, was elected on to the new committee. Mgr. J M. T. Barton is chairman.

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