By a C.H. Reporter.
. THE CATHOLIC YOUNG MEN'S SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN HAVE DECIDED TO WORK OUT " A COMMON PLAN OF WORK, AND UNITY OF ACTION," IT IS REVEALED BY MR J. CUMMINS, NEWLY-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE CATHOLIC YOUNG MEN'S SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN, IN A SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE " CATHOLIC HERALD."
Mr Cummins urges all the members to take particular note of the report of the recent C.Y.M.S. Conference.
He at this stresses the importance of conference; they include some of the vital resolutions taken resolutions on unemployment, the retreat movement, the promotion of social study groaps, the propagation of the Catholic Press, the youth movement, and the Daily Mass crusade.
During the week commencing July 10 • all members hi England are to take their part in the International Daily Mass Crusade in conjunction with the Belgian J.O.C.F.
" The important resolutions place a good deal of responsibility on the Executive Committee," Mr Cummins told the CATHOLIC HERALD.
He added that worthy of the "serious attention of the Executive" is the resolution calling for " a common plan of work and unity of action."
The etnstruction and practical carrying out of a concrete and unified plan of action by the C.Y.M.S. may increase the "Catholic efficiency" of this body to an incalculable extent.
" The Conference itself was generally voted a great success," said Mr Cummins, " but the real test of success commences when the happy days of Conference have ended.
" The burden of my message, then, is an earnest appeal to all members of the Society to labour of set purpose front now until next Whitsuntide to prove that the success of the Newcastle Conference lay not so much in its friendly aim0Sphere and enthusiastic meetings but in the concrete and lasting results for which these things helped to pave the way.
" Every member of the C.Y.M.S. will find in the Conference Report, shortly to be published, :hat definite
calls for his live interest and co-operation were sounded at the Conference in Newcastle, and 7 urge everyone to read and re-read the speeches of Mgr. Godfrey and the sermon of Mgr. Cogan.
Call For Thought
" The important resolutions carried in general meeting place a good deal of responsibility on the Executive Committee. They call for much thought and consideration, but they also call for the prayerful interest of the membership as a whole, and for this I would now beg.
" The resolution dealing with unemployment was both important and timely."
Mr Cummins was worried about what would happen after the present time of crisis had passed. The Government, he said, nmet be driven to explore and prepare schemes in some definite attempt to solve a big problem. The CATHOLIC HERALD had done much to focus attention on this topic.
Turning to a resolution which called for the preparation of " a common plan of work and unity of action," Mr Cummins said: " This, too, must receive the serious attention of the Executive, who, under the guidance of the Chaplain-General, will doubtless set to work on the preparation of such a plan.
"I would, however, sincerely stress the point that, pending the production of such a plan, there can be no excuse for idleness on the part of branches or individual members.
" We have our campaign in favour of the retreat movement; we have the promotion of social study groups; the propagation of the Catholic Press; our all-important youth movement; the consolidation and extension of our membership; and the wider observance and greater success of the Daily Mass crusade."
AA Bigger Mission
The C.Y.M.S., he said, had much to be proud of and thankful for in its past history and endeavours, but the Society had a much bigger mission to perform, and greater work still to do for the cause of God and the Church in the dangerous and changing days of the present and the future.
" May next _Whitsuntide see us meeting together to report progress, and to pledge anew our loyalty to the C.Y.M.S., its purpose and its great Ideals."
The Cardinals in Rome who were raised to the purple by Pope Pius XI held a. meeting last week, under the presidency of Cardinal Nasalli-Rocca, Archbishop of Bologna, and decided that the monument which they are having built in memory of the late Pope will be placed in the Vatican.