Page 5, 29th October 1943

29th October 1943
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Page 5, 29th October 1943 — "I AM SORRY FOR BUTLER"

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Organisations: Board of Education
Locations: Sunderland, Hexham, Newcastle


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" There base beeu many Presidents (of the Board of Education) before Mr. Butler, many who are unwept, unhonoured and unsung. I hope with all my heart that Mr. Butler's name may not he added to the Inglorious list," said the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle last week-end.

He was sorry for Mr. Buller, for his position Wits no sinecure, and none would willingly change places with him. But we could wish hhn well. " Let it be publicly known that we are anxious to encourage him," added the Bishop, " The White Paper is not at all bad by any means. Most of it is good. I would like to see him get his Bill through Parliament. And I hope he will."

But what was " absurd " and " iniquitous " in the proposal as it stood was that in order to get " equality of opportunity " Catholics in the diocese were to be asked to find what amounted to the sum of £60 per child !

This, the greatest gathering of Catholics in Sunderland and district, took place on Sunday, when Mgr. .1. McCormack, Bishop of Hexham and Newt-as-tie, spoke on the White Paper at the Havelock Picture house.

Mr. J. Cummins, National President of the C.Y.M.S., who also spoke, said the White Paper was like the parson's egg—good In parts. It was time the press took up the Catholic side of the problem and gave the public a fair slew of the inequalities.

The people should know that Catholics were not by any means priest-ridden in this matter. It was only with the greatest difficulty that the priests hale been able to restrain the people from pressing forward regardless of the consequences.

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