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I Three defiant Dutch priests suspended

FROM A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

THREE Dutch priests have been Utrecht after defying his ban on part in celebrating Mass.

They had been told several times in recent weeks to stop the experiment but had refused, and the ban was ignored again on Sunday.

A statement by the Cardinal said the suspensions, which were made under Canon Law, were "for the time being."

On Sunday Fr. Jan Kamphuis celebrated Mass in the Catholic Students' C'hapel at Utrecht and allowed the Rev. van Veen, a Baptist minister, to read the prayer of consecration.

`Imperative'

After the service 10 Protestant and Catholic students' ministers and priests issued a statement saying they consider the common services used in the experiment "imperative for the Church life of themselves and the students."

They could not understand Christians not being allowed to offer each other the signs of Christ, bread and wine.

suspended by Cardinal Alfrink of allowing Protestant ministers to take

Young people liked the experiment, they said, and the Catholic Church, which itself had not found its position in the world of today. should leave room for religious services of this kind.

Threat to unity

The first inter-celebration experiment took place on the first Sunday in Lent. On March 10 the Catholic bishops ordered priests not to take part in any more.

A statement by the Dutch bishops said they understood and appreciated the movement towards church unity, but it was "a matter for ecumenical politeness" not to carry out this sort of experiment until the other churches had been consulted extensively."

They felt that if some groups went too far towards unity and got themselves isolated, the idea of the united world church might suffer.

Editorial comment—P. 4.




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