support miners and peasants
From MICHAEL ELMER La Paz, Bolivia BOLIVIA'S bishops, in a recent conference, have
declared their solidarity with the country's miners and peasants. They attacked the State mining enterprise COMIBOL for paying "completely unjust wages", about 6s. 6d. a day, and for breach of agreements over the workers' rights.
The Bishop of Oruro, a mining town, declared: "In this country, trade unionism is controlled by the Government. Free unionism does not exist in the mines." The Conference is to publish a statement outlining the bishops' defence of the mine-workers' rights.
The bishops also rapped the police for "inhuman treatment of citizens, refusing the Red Cross access to prisons, and beating prisoners". Fr. Prats, president of the National Human Rights Committee, denounced such practices as intolerable in a civilised state.
Special attention was paid to the problems of the braceros, migrant Bolivian peasant workers who cross the frontier in their thousands every year into Argentina in search of a better life.
They enter Argentina illegally, so have no papers to show, and are thus at the mercy of exploiting employers, and excluded from social security. The bishops rapped Bolivia's consular officials for their failure to help these migrants to regularise their position. It was decided to set up a Church organisation to help them.
Children's aid to crippled mother
CHILDREN of the Assumption Convent, Charlton. London, E.7, collected £100 to send a mother crippled by multiple sclerosis to Lourdes. When she arrived back on Sunday night Mrs. Grace Meynell, 36, said, "I feel wonderful."
"Before, I could walk only by hanging on to things and I had a lot of pain in my legs. Now I can walk a little way without help and I have no pain."
"I couldn't believe it when I was told the children were collecting to send me to Lourdes. always be grateful to them."
`Who is my neighbour?'
THE theme of this year's Catholic Social Guild Summer School the 49th to be held at Plater College, Oxford, from July 26 to August 2, will be "Who is my Neighbour Now?" Eleven experts Will each contribute with talks on problems, peoples and practical participation in Christ's plan for mankind.
Fr. Henry Waterhouse, S.J., of Heythrop College, and Mr. Joe Kirwan, Principal of Plater College, will set the scene with two lectures each. Mr. August Vanistendael, a member of the Laity Commission in Rome, will give two lectures on "The International Field," and Mr. Colin Clarke, the Australian economist, will talk on India.
PRACTICAL ATTITUDE Other speakers include Fr. Lewis Donnelly, O.F.M., adviser on race relations to C.I.I.R., Mr. Lawrence Inniss of Barbados, a probation officer in Birmingham ("Race Relations in the U.K."), and Fr. James Dunne of Liverpool, who works full-time for the Liverpool Archdiocesan Rescue Society.
Miss Mary Ball, C.S.G. honorary secretary, said: "There will be discussion periods for full expression of views and doubts. The whole idea is at least to try to spread a practical Christian attitude towards people of other races." People interested should get in touch with Miss Ball at 1 Glanville Road, Bradford. The fee for the week is £12 10s. A deposit of £1 10s. secures a place.
"Ten Gospel Songs
IN the music features on June 6 we reproduced a page from "Ten Gospel Songs." This book is published by Geoffrey Chapman Ltd.
Education should be for service
THE Newman Association should study ways and means of gearing Catholic education towards service to others rather than to getting as good a job as possible.
This was suggested by Mr. Leo Donleavy, national treasurer of the National Council for the Lay Apostolate, speaking to the London Newman Circle last week. He was deputising for Major Patrick Wall, M.P., who was prevented by pneumonia from speaking on the theme "Are We Moving too Quickly?" in the series of lectures called "Transforming the World."
Mr. Donleavy felt that Catholic education was quite rightly trying to keep up with the academic Joneses but that in the process service to others was being overlooked.
English priest quits Rome post
FR. DAVID DONNELLY, of Brentwood diocese, who for the past two years has been a Vice-Rector of the Philosophy College of Propaganda Fidei College, Rome has resigned.
He will return shortly to resume parish work in Brentwood. So far, no parish has been assigned to him.
Fr. Donnelly said he accepted an invitation to work at Propaganda with Bishop Wall's approval. Now the two years were up and the bishop had left it to him to decide whether he wanted to stay at Propaganda or go home. He had decided to go home.
"Flying priest's" silver jubilee
-pa. THOMAS POWER, a Portsmouth Dioc esa n priest working for the LatinAmerican Missions, celebrated his silver jubilee of "priesthood in the air" on Sunday. He flew from New York to Michigan on that day in his work for •the Crusade of the Holy Spirit, which raises funds and trains priests for the South American countries.
`Tunnel of Love' to the slums
A MICROCOSM of Bri tain's slum dwellings, under a huge aluminium dome, will be the main feature of a four-week Shelter Exhibition near the Tower of London, opening on July 14. The organisers hope that many of the two million tourists who go to the Tower every summer will visit it.
The dome, 25 ft high, has been designed and constructed for Shelter by students of the A r c hitectural Association School of Architecture. Visitors will follow the story of a young married couple through a "Tunnel of Love."
Despite various "decision points" involving the visitor directly in the predicament of thousands of families in Britain, whichever path is chosen the nightmare tunnel eventually leads to the slums.
Other sections of the exhibition show the work of Shelter's campaign to provide housing for emergency cases of homelessness.
FRINGE FESTIVAL Simultaneously with the exhibition a fringe festival will be staged. During the weekends music and games will be organised in the area of the exhibition, while other entertainments will take place throughout the City.
Those expected to be involved include Julian Bream, John Betjeman, members of the Royal Ballet, Margaretta Scott, Marius Goring, Tim Souster, Ed Burman's street players, the Ridley Theatre Workshop, and the Computer Art Society. The Lamda Theatre will present a special production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Gaily-coloured kiosks mounted at strategic points in the City will give information of the exhibition and details of the fringe festival activities.
14 celebrate 40 years as priests
voURTEEN priests who were ordained in the Westminster diocese 40 years ago are to mark the anniversary by concelebrating Mass next Tuesday at Ss. Anselm and Cecilia, Kingsway, London, where one of them, Fr. J. Scholles, is parish priest.
Among the 14 are Archbishop Scanlan of Glasgow, and Canon Charles Carr, of Commercial Road, Stepney, who has organised the occasion. Bishop Casey, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, whose own ordination was ten years later, in 1939, will also be present.