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The priest who knew how to die

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DESMOND

7y1 ALBROIN FR. Terence Corrigan, the former chaplain to Sheffield University, was a priest who not only knew how to live: he knew how to die. Cancer claimed him at the early age of 41. Although he realised that death was near he met it with fortitude and with love. The last words he wrote were: "What is happening to me will happen to all, the one difference is perhaps that it is happening to me at such an early age and that I have been given plenty of time to prepare. The important question still remains—do you as a Christian shirk the fullness of life that is offered to us all, do you cling on until you are a hundred to a life that is only partially enriched by Christ, or do you take the leap at 20.30, 40, and surrender that life for the fullness and richness and abundance of what Christ promises." I take this quotation from a memorial booklet on Fr. Cor rigan entitled "A Priest of Our Times." An extremely well written and moving account of a priest in the modern world, it is infinitely sad and infinitely hopeful. Although I was at school with Terence Corrigan I never really knew him well yet the memory 1 have of the schoolboy—in the grey flannel trousers and green blazer—is one of serenity even in a sea of boyish roughness.

Assistant editor

THIS is the last time that my column will appear on this page; in future I shall have a permanent home on Page Three with a little more acreage in which to roam. The change is just one of the minor ones that have been caused by giving more space to readers' letters on the facing page and the introduction of the muchadmired "Reflection" feature. Since I wrote my last piece there has been an important change at the CATHOLIC HERALD. Gerard Noel, the

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LiteraEditor, has been appointed Assistant Editor, although he will still continue to master-mind the book section of the paper. It would be hard to find a more popular figure in Catholic circles and his varied life and talents (mimicry not the least) are already much appreciated in this office. Gerry was at school in America but has even survived this thanks to the mellowing influence of Oxford —where he was Secretary of the Union—and a spell at the Beda College in Rome. Publishing, journalism. the Bar have all helped to mould him. He is the author of "The Montini Story" and other biographies of Harold Wilson and Barry Goldwater. His latest book is "The Path from Rome." His translations include "The Holy See and the War in Europe." which he presented in person to the Pope in 1968. Like all the best petiole of my generation Gerry, who was born in the year of the general strike. at one time fought a tv'rliamentary by-election as a Liberal—and lost. Rut unlike so many of my generation he retained his deposit and his sense of humour. Having written all this about him I suddenly realise the threat at my shoulder. So no more.

Gathering storm

AS Norman St. John-Stevas points out on this page the war against euthanasia is only iust beginning. The Human Rights Society will provide the shock troops to fight euthanasia measures and they deserve all the support that they can muster from the lowly infantry and the top brass. I therefore find it sad that Cardinal Heenan has found himself unable to be a sponsor of the society and that it his been indicated that the Aithbishop of Canterbury would also decline. It is all the sadser because the Chief Rabbi accepted at once. But even if the Cardinal cannot serve as a sponsor -and there are obviously excellent reasons for this—I would have thought that a general statement from the Hierarchy of England and Wales on euthanasia should have been made at this crucial time, although the Cardinal's statement the day after the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill was defeated goes some way to remedy this defect. The Scottish Hierarchy was not so reticent, as their telegram to peers discussing the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill showed.

Suggestion for big business

1-11-1E Abbot of Belmont and the Procurator of Heythrop are attending a course at Oxford run by the. British Institute of Management for managing directors. A splendid idea and I am sure tha4 the business bosses will pick up a trick or two from the Jesuit if not from the Benedictine. But I would sleep happier in my bed if it were the managing directors who were taking a course at Heythrop or Belmont. Not even the toughest tycoon could emerge front that unscathed by some goodness and tarnished with the desire to cut prices, profits and dividends to directors.

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yaVEN some of the best people can find themselves in a bit of an ironic tangle at times. Twenty members of the Renewal Movement, which aims among other things at an Open Church, were recently entertained to tea at Westminster by Cardinal Heenan and his two Auxiliaries, Bishops Butler and Casey. Now was obviously the time to learn what really goes on at those Westminster bunfights. The Open Church brigade would spill the beans. But not so much as a crumb from the Cardinal's biscuit was offered to the news-hungry CATHOLIC HERALD. The Open Church men kept the door tactfully shut. Mr. Peter Worden, the chair man, said that this group fell unable to make a statement on the informal discussions without the fiat of Archbishop's House. A suggestion that some Press statement be issued had been made to a Westminster official. Unfortunately no press statement was issued. All that a Westminster spokesman would say was that it was a "private sort of thing."

Jesuits relaxed

E editors of European ii Jesuits reviews were in London last week for a work ing week-end, but the Month. which played host to them, let them off the leash on Saturday night. A reception at the Kensington home of Sir Patrick and Lady O'Connor was a great success both from a social and informative point of view. The natty lounge suits and ties that many of the Jesuit guests were wearing should put some of our Dominicans on their sartorial toes.

Sensationalism

"EARTHQUAKE in New Guinea, but no reports of damage"—from the Radio Australia News news sheet.




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