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tans-. that would "lead to very serious disillusionment".

In Allerton, Leeds, canon Joseph McShane said, -Though we call ourselves Christians our differences tend to make us less Christian in the mind of God. We have got to the stage where at last we are round the table. Everything now depends on our readiness to ask for God's help and to keep at it every day through the Lord's Prayer."

In H igh el ilk, near Bournemouth, Fr, S. Bonano, rector of the Claretian major seminary, preached at the Anglican parish church, and the vicar led his congregation in prayer for "the students of Highchile Castle who are preparing for the sacred ministry".

In Windermere, an Anglican, the Rev. Colin Elliott, described his church as "a bridge" between Catholics and Protestants in the goal of "building a Church which will be greater than anything history has ever seen".

The Rev. Joseph Figures, at the same meeting, said: "Denominational loyalty is not enough. We must realise how impoverished we are by divisions between the Churches."

In Wimbledon, an Anglican, the Res. David Edwards, said his church was becoming "less stuckup. It has been a rich church and a snobbish church, and it must recognise it does belong to the human race".


In Exeter, Fr. Godfrey Came said that Catholics "have been refrigerated too long", but were beginning to thaw because of the Vatican Council.

In Streatham, Fr. J. P. Wroe said Catholics "tend to over-stress the inner eflicacy of the Sacraments at the expense of the recipient, to over-stress the intellectual element in faith, till faith seems to be a mere assent of the mind.

"We tend to see morality as compliance with a list of commands instead of part of the response of the person to God. We tend to look upon the Church as hierarchy and authority at the expense of her deepest aspects as the Mystical Body of Christ.

"We can benefit by being receptive to those Christian values which have been more fully lived out by others than by ourselves."

In Durham, the Anglican Bishop, Dr. Maurice Harland, said the phrase "our unhappy divisions" had become a cliche rather that( a burning sense of shame. He accused Christians of appearing

as "a privileged people" associated with Western domination, instead of the world's leaders in love, sympathy and understanding.

In Shenfield, Essex, Fr. Arthur Barrow of Hutton: "All Christians must learn not just about other people's faith but about their own".

In Stoke-on-Trent, the Rev. Benedict Green, an Anglican, said, it was a waste of time for the avant garde to work for unity if the ordinary folk in the parishes were not getting together as well, "not just once a year Not every week". And he said: "I look forward to a time when the laity are ahead of the clergy in this respect".

Social field

In Bradford, a Catholic layman, Mr. Donald Marshall, said: "Actual union is a long way off, but there is much we can do together in the social field". Churches would never unite unless they "got stuck in" over problems like racial prejudice.

In London, Br. Jean-Paul, of the French Protestant Taize community, said: "The unity of mankind will come only through the physical unity of us Christians. But the only way we can overcome our confessional difference is through concern for all men.

"Ecumenists should not aim for peaceful co-existence but for dynamism. Unity demands adaptation. The world has not expected much from us but she has the right to expect everything".

Thousands of Christians gathered in Trafalgar Square for a united service on Sunday. Bishop JOGS! de Blank, Canon of Westminster. praised their demonstration of the need for unity and the "wonderful example" of the Vatican Council.

Mgr. George Tomlinson, administrator of Westminster Cathedral, read from the Epistle to the Ephesians. and the Salvation Army Choir led the hymn.

And on the previous Wednesday the Anglican Bishop of Bristol told the Convocation of Canterbury that Church unity "could happen in our lifetime" and must not be left to future generations.

Bishop Oliver Tomkins said Churches "have made life tolerable ... by pretending to ourselves that the other Christians do not exist". And to overcome their differences, he suggested denominations should co-operate in house-to-house visit

ing, in industry and in universities. He moved that the Church of England should hold joint discussions with Catholics, and the Convocation carried it unanimously.

In Rickmansworth Fr. Paul McNicholas, Provincial of the Assumptionists, listed the gifts Protestants can offer Catholics: "great love of Scripture, devotion to the person of Christ, reverence for the laity, dignified approach to liturgy, the beauty and purity of the native language, love of freedom and independence".

Fr. Michael Hollings, chaplain of Oxford University said in Winchester: "We most know what our faith is. Unless we do we are like jellies. It is no good our coming together in an amalgamated jelly."

Fr. Bernard Leeming, S.J., said in Birmingham that if Christianity had presented is united image in Africa and .Asia more people in those countries would have been attracted to the Church.

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