From Our Own Correspondent The centenary of the Catholic Young Men's Society of Cardiff diocese was celebrated on Sunday last at Kenfig Hill, South Wales, with a Rally and a Conference attended by over 300 delegates.
The day opened with delegates marching from the Kentig Cenotaph to the Church of St. Joseph of Arimathea, where Solemn High Mass was celebrated by Fr. J. Gibbons, 0.S.M., in the presence of Mgr. McGrath, Archbishop of Cardiff, who preached.
Archbishop McGrath, in congratulating the C.Y.M.S. on attaining its centenary, urged all members to devote themselves in all earnestness to the work of the great society to which they belonged. Prayer was the chief means by which their ends were to be obtained.
After Mass, delegates travelled to Porthcawl, where in the afternoon, Dr. James Walsh, Editor of The Catholic Times, spoke on the " Catholic Man's Answer to Communism." Archbishop McGrath presided at the meeting.
Mr. Walsh declared that there were three important dates in the last century: 1848. the publication of the Communist Manifesto; 1849, the formation of C.Y.M.S.; 1850, the restoration of the Catholic Hierarchy in England.
The loss of the Catholic Hierarchy in England had gradually re sulted in economic chaos, and such conditions permitted Marx to announce his doctrines. It was neces sary for the Church to have a society to combat these evil forces —hence the C.Y.M.S.
"Communism," said Dr. Walsh, "is not a way of life, but a reli
gion," The fight is a Holy War where the only remedy is a positive and realistic faith.
Another speaker was Mr. Jerome Twomey who told his audience: " We must go out into the world and do Christ's work. It is not the work of a few, but of all."
Among those taking part in the centenary celebrations were the Lord Mayor-Elect of Cardiff, Alderman J. Kerrigan. and the Lady Mayoress; the Mayor-Elect of Newport, Councillor Mrs. Dunn, both of them are Catholics.