By Mgr. Cyril Taylor
CRUSH barriers, motor-cycle escorts, and streets closed to traffic, are all part of Liverpool's plans for next week's visit by Cardinal Carlo Confalonieri, who is going there for the Apostleship of the Sea's 14th World Congress. This is being held in the city from September 1-4.
The Cardinal will be Liverpool's most distinguished ecclesiastical visitor since a papal legate attended the cathedral stone-laying in 1933. He is secretary of the Consistorial Congregation and, under the Holy Father, heads the Supreme Direction of the Apostleship of the Sea.
Others attending the congress will include the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Cardinale; the Archbishops of Liverpool, Glasgow and Armagh ; Bishop Rudderham of Clifton, Bishop Foley of Lancaster and Bishop Grasar of Shrewsbury.
Among the visitors from abroad will be Archbishop Pailler of Rouen; Bishop de Roo of Victoria, British Columbia; Bishop Tracy of Baton Rouge, United States; Bishop Cano, Vicar Apostolic of Buenaventura, Colombia; and Admirals Barois and D'Harcourt of the French Navy.
There will also be delegates from various European countries as well as Australia, Japan, and Honolulu.
On Monday, when the official party arrives at Speke airport, Cardinal Confalonieri will be met by local dignitaries. Later he will travel to the Town Hall in a' motorcade.
He has been invited to give his blessing from the Town Hall balcony — where the Beatles took their bow six weeks ago.
After an overnight stay at Archbishop's House, the Cardinal will celebrate dialogue Mass in the Cathedral crypt at 9.30 on Tuesday morning. Archbishop Beck will preach and will later escort the Cardinal on an inspection of the new Cathedral building site.
The congress will formally open in St. Philip's Hall, Mount Pleasant, at 11.15 a.m. The theme of the congress, which will he attended by more than 300 delegates, will be "The Church face to face with the needs of the maritime world".
One of the features will be a
mass meeting in Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall on Thursday evening. The principal address will be "International Co-operation in Seafarers' Welfare" by Captain Douglas Tennant, general secretary of the Merchant Navy and Airline Officers' Association, Speakers at other sessions will he: "What the Church has to offer" by Archbishop Carpino; "A report on the state of the Apostleship of the Sea" by Mgr. Lefeuvre, national director of the AOS in France; "Clubs and Welfare" by Fr. F. S. Frayne, vice national director of the AOS in England and Wales. For the first time, two women will also address the congress.
On Wednesday evening Archbishop Carpino will travel to Salford to lay the foundation stone of the new Stella Maris club for the Manchester docks area.
-1 THOUCiHT that three letters in last week's Church'limes' criticising the paper's attitude to Pope Paul's encyclical
combined in a rare degree the merits of clear thinking and straight talking. Two were from Anglican clergymen and one from a Catholic.
Canon Bernard Pawley of Fly, Anglican Observer at Vatican II, and the Rev. "I. DilworthHarrison, vicar of Belem, Notts, both disputed the Church Times verdict that there is a "sharp difference of tone and substance" between the encyclical and the utterances of Pope John. Canon Pawley wrote: "In Pope Paul we have the same tone of charity, the same doctrinal substance, but a greater degree of realism-that is all." Mr. Dilworth-Harrison wrote: "Rome has travelled further than we in the direction of adjustment, and the end is not yet." The Catholic, Mr. J. K. Coughlin. of Middleton, Manchester. replied to the charge that the encyclical is another example of "Roman intransigence" by commenting dtily: "For many, my Church will still remain the whore of Babylon: many Catholics still wait confidently and eagerly for the Archbishop of Canterbury to begin his journey to Canossa."
'Sign Of hope'
MR. COUGHLIN went on to talk of "signs of hope", among which was the foundation at 'frier, in Germany, of the Catholic theological institute for the study of Anglicanism. The Church Times columnist "Pennylields" wrote about this institute on another page and recalled Cardinal Bea's remarks when he laid the foundation stone earlier this month.
"The cardinal", wrote the columnist, "spoke of the deep impression made on him by his welcome at Lambeth Palace some three years ago, and of the increasingly good relations between Roman Catholics and Anglicans."
WE KNOW THAT Catholic schools everywhere face a, severe shortage of teachers as they begin the 1964 autumn term.
Two New York dioceses—Brooklyn and Rockville Centre—will be coping with the problem electronically this year by using huge fourchannel closed-circuit television networks.
Each diocese will have its own transmission centre. In Brooklyn alone, 220,000 pupils in 240 schools will tune in on the programmes. „ As one religious official put it. the plan will enable all the pupils to have the best teachers in the area. And the organisers hope to use it for teacher training lectures as well.
A WORD OF WARNING to frequent visitors to the Jesuit church at Farm Street. If some afternoon towards the end of September you find the large plain glass window at the West side of the church has been replaced by a sheet of uninteresting brown canvas—do not be alarmed. For this in turn will soon be replaced by a beautiful piece of stained glass in the Evie Hone style.
Depicting three of the Forty Martyrs—RI. Edmund Campion, BI. Robert Southwell, and B1, Nicholas Owen—the new window will be Set alongside the original Evic Hone stained glass window symbolising the Sacraments. The predominant colour will of course be blue, the colour Miss Hone wes so fond of.
Fr. Thomas Corbishley, Si., superior at Farm Street, told me this week that the window, now being made in Dublin by Mr. Patrick Pollen, an Englishman who is Ireland's leading stained glass expert, has been paid for with a £500 donation.
Mr. Pollen, who has been living in Dublin for about ten years, has been strongly influenced by Evie Honc's works and is keeping her tradition alive. It is interesting that the recent colour picture of the Forty Martyrs brought out by the Vice-Postulators was painted by his mother. Mrs. Arthur Pollen.
"DEANSGATE 2020. May I read to you the message for today?" More than 150 people a week hear a Methodist minister answer just that when they ring the "telephone church" in Manchester, open 74 hours a day. The minister goes on to give a three-minute sermon based on a quotation from When he has finished, many callers ask for personal advice, much like that given by priests in the confessional.
The Rev, Kenneth T. McDougall. who has directed the service since it began in April, told me this week that most of the callers are anonymous, although some give their names. He said a large proportion of the calls are made from offices and many of the voices are those of quite young people.
WHILE NOTTING HILL CHURCHES and social workers are trying to build up a sense of community-mindedness among the people who live there, it is interesting to take a look at what a group of fiat-owners in a huge Paris housing project are doing along the same lines.
The Association d'Animation de la Dame Blanche is e group of residents who live on a new 8.285-flat estate. They are fighting In maladie des Grands Ensembles (the feeling of anonymity and rootlessness in a mass housing project) by creating neighbourliness.
The group gets boys and girls to run errands for the families, to keep corridors clean and to build playground equipment for young children. It campaigns for manners—keeping radios turned down at night. closing car doors quietly.
And it publishes lists of doctors, babysitters, interesting places to visit, as well as a monthly bulletin describing community activities.
IN LIVERPOOL they are hoping that nothing will interfere with the plans of Cardinal Confalonieri to attend the Apostleship of the Sea Congress next week. When I was in the city last week they were almost at a state of "keeping their fingers crossed".
Liverpool has in fact been somewhat unfortunate in the past with its visits by high-ranking men of the Church. In 1933 Pope Pius, XI appointed Cardinal Bourne as Papal Legate to preside at the foundation-stone laying ceremony for the new Cathedral.
Owing to the Cardinal's uncertain health, an alternative brief was obtained nominating the Cardinal Archbishop of Armagh. At the last minute Cardinal Bourne failed to go and Cardinal MacRory attended as Legate.
Then in 1939 Cardinal Hinsley was lined up tel visit the city but the death of Pope Pius XI forced the cancellation of these arrangements. Again in 1949 Cardinal Griffin was to have made a visit but unfortunately he collapSed just as he was due to go.
Cardinal Confalonieri, by the way, was private secretary. to Pope Pius XI for seventeen years and to Pepe Pius XII for two years. He become Bishop of Aquila in 1941 and a Cardinal in 1958.