Catholic Hereld Reporter
CONSIDERABLE satisfaction is being expressed this week in Catholic circles over the treatment given by the House of Lords last Friday to Mr. Leo Abse's controversial aversilil.al Matrimonial
During its passage through
the Commons in May, the Bill was shorn of its "divorce by consent" clauses, which had aroused united opposition among Christians of all denominations.
When the Bill reached its Committee stage in the House of Lords last week, a group of peers, including Lords Silkin and Gladwyn, tabled an amendment which would have restored the deleted clauses. The amendment was defeated by 52 votes to 31.
Mr. Robert Mellish, Labour M.P. for Bermondsey, who was one of the leading opponents of the "divorce by consent" clauses in the Commons, told me this week that he was "very satisfied" with the result.
"What amuses me is the illfeeling which our opposition has aroused", he said. "It is very rare indeed for a Private Member's Bill to go through, and if Mr. Abse and his supporters thought that anything as controversial as this would succeed, they must have been very naive.
"It is, in any case. the job of a Government, backed by the expressed will of the people, to make any alteration in the divorce laws. Those of us who opposed easier divorce were merely doing our democratic duty".
Gallows altar for Durham martyrs' rally BISHOP CUNNINGHAM, of
Hexham and Newcastle will celebrate Mass at an open-air altar erected between gallows, at Burn Hall. Durham, on July 21. The occasion will be the Ilexham and Newcastle diocesan rally in honour of the Forty Martyrs. Mgr. L. McReavv, of Ushaw College, will preach.
It is almost 400 years ago since Blessed Thomas Plumtree was hanged, drawn and quartered in the Market Place at Durham. And at Dryburn, a field then lying just outside the town. a number of priests and laymen were put to death for the Faith. They include Yen. John Speed, a layman, who assisted priests. Five priests, Edmund Duke, James Hogg, Richard Hill, John Holiday and John Bost. were put to death in 1594. And in 1600 Fr. T. Palasur and two laymen. John Norton and John Talbot who helped him. were put to death.
`This freedomloving country'
Thanks and appreciation for being accepted into "this great freedom-loving country" were expressed by Bishop Hornyak, Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainians in England and Wales. when he addressed a large gathering of Ukrainians and those who had befriended them. at St. Anne's, Keighley, on Sunday.
Bishop Hornyak said: "Our homeless and harbourless exiles from the Ukraine admire the freedom and democracy for which this country is known. I am sure our people .learn much from the British system, enriching themselves with its value. and at the some time preparing themselves for the future when there will once again he a free Ukraine."
Tomorrow (Saturday) is the 21st anniversary of the Newman Association, and the A.G.M. of the Association is being held on that day in Birmingham.