'Trying to keep up with God'
A N Episcopal Bishop and a -1k prominent Protestant lay
man last week addressed gatherings of American priests, the first on Church unity and the second on the decline in preaching.
The Bishop of Vermont, Dr. Harvey D. Butterfield, said at a conference of 75 priests at St. Michael's College, Winooski Park, Vermont: "The effort to achieve unity offers a golden practical opportunity to question everything we think and do."
Describing conversations on ecumenism with other Protestant Churches representing 22 million Christians in America. he said: "We arc not simply trying to keep up with every avant garde trend, We arc trying to keep up with God."
Dr. Kyle Haselden, editor of The Christian Century, a Protestant ecumenical weekly, spoke at a seminar attended by more than 100 priests from seven States at Depere, Wisconsin, on "The Parish Priest and Preaching".
He made a strong appeal for a return to "true craftsmanship in preaching". He lamented the loss of respect for clear expression. and "a carelessness in the formulation of the message that should mean so much to both preacher and congregation".
• TRADITIONALIST PICKET
Members of the Catholic Traditionalist Movement picketed Baltimore's civic centre during the Catholic Liturgical Week prograenme. A spokesman, Miss Jo Smith. of Arlington, Virginia, said they acre not objecting to liturgical changes but manted to "live and let live" policy, si WI a choice between the Latin and vernacular Mass in each parish.
• BOGOTA CHOSEN Pope Paul has designated Bogota. Colombia, as the site of the 1968 International Eucharistic Congress, it was announced in the Vatican.
• PRIE.STS REQUEST
A Bogota, Colombia, priest has asked to be relieved of his clerical obligations so that he can take an active part in politics. Fr. Camilio Torres. who advocates violent overthrow of the Government for the good of the majority of the people, made his appeal to Cardinal Cordoba, Archbishop of Bogota, who had earlier criticised him for making political pronouncements.
• NO AIR FLEET
The Vatican Press Office has denied a report that the Vatican is planning to build itself a commercial air fleet. The report appeared in several Italian newspapers under
PariIsXdEaD WEDDING • M RAP • A Toronto priest, Fr. Michael Zolondek, has been reprimanded by his bishop for taking part with an Anglican clergyman in a mixed marriage ceremony in the Catholic church of St. Basil. He is said to have heard the wedding vows while the Anglican parson officiated at the giving and taking of rings. The bride. a Catholic, received Holy Communion from the priest, and the Protestant bridegroom communicated with a wafer consecrated at tbheer t.Anglican church of St. Cuth
• ATONEMENT RITE
Catholic and Protestant clergy led the recitation of the Lord's Prayer at Bamberg. West Germany. in a demonstration in heavy rain by 5.000 people to atone for recent anti-Jewish incidents by neo-Nazis. 1 hey inchided the defacement of tombstones in the Jewish cemetery and the painting of anti-Semitic slogans on synagogues. A swastika was painted on a monument commemorating the Nazi destruction of synagogues:
• CONGRESS ENDS
The three-day Nordic Catholic Day Congress in Hamburg at the end of last month ended with an outdoor rally of 30,000 to which Pope Paul sent a message appealling for Christian unity. The day before. a Catholic bishop and a Lutheran pastor preached at 27 ecumenical service. The congress commemorated the LIOOth anniversary of the death of St. Ansgar, first Bishop of Hamburg.
• MINISTER FOR COUNCIL
A United Church minister from Toronto, the Rev. Richard Davidson, has been appointed an official observer to the next session of the Vatican Council by the World Alliance of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches, Geneva. He is the only North American named by the Alliance. Other ob
servers appointed i nclude a Church of Scotland minister and an Italian Waldensian pastor.