Mr Norman St John-Stevas, the Conservative spokesman,on education, said last week that Labour's threats to close Church grammar schools were "a bluff without legal basis."
Announcing the opening of a legal advice centre the Conservative party has set up to help groups fighting for local grammar schopls, he said the object was to help by giving them details of complex laws which protect many of the schools. Under the present laws, the Government would not be able to carry out its threat to bring all Church chools into the comprehensive system unless the governors agreed.
The following have been invited to make a nomination for the 1975 award of the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion: Cardinal Heenan; Cardinal Gray, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh; Fr Frederick Copleston, SJ, of the Faculty of Theology of London University; and the Rev W. Wheeldon, CR, Principal of the college of the Resurrection, Mirfield, Yorkshire.
The prize, which was inaugurated in May, 1972, was initiated by_ a financier, Mr John M. Templeton, who has been greatly concerned about the need to recognise one of the most crucial dimensions of human existence. He hoped that it would do for religion what some other great prizes have done for the sciences and culture.
Polish bishops' fire fear
Clergy in south-east Poland have expressed fears that the Communist authorities may be abandoning "priceless examples" of old wooden church architecture to possible attacks by anti-religious arsonists — the bishops' curia in Przemysl attacked the authorities for allegedly ordering the state insurance company not to renew insurance cover on the churches. In a communique read out in the diocese's churches recently, the curia recalled several "mysterious and unsolved fires in shrines a few years ago and asked: "Will the lack of insurance not become an incentive for various pyromaniacs or people hostile to religion?"
Archbishop on hunger strike
Greek Catholic Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, jailed by Israel for aiding Arab guerrillas, has been on hunger strike since last Friday. Prison authorities said he was under medical supervision and in good health.
Rheims Cathedral desecrated
Parishioners of Rheims Cathedral have called for its purification because they said it was desecrated during a recent pop concert. 5,000 youths left litter everywhere, smoked hashish and urinated in the 12th-century cathedral.