RELIGION is of crucial importance to anyone hoping to be selected to stand as a Conservative candidate.
According to a poll taken by the Sunday Telegraph among delegates to last year's Conservative Party Conference 33 per cent said they would "strongly oppose" an atheist, and 10 per cent said they would "strongly oppose" an agnostic. Nineteen per cent said they would only "oppose" an atheist and 20 per cent said they would "oppose" an agnostic. Catholics are the subject of a limited amount of hostility: 10 per cent said they would "strongly oppose" and three per cent said they would only "oppose" one. Those who took part in the poll were asked to assume they were faced with choosing a candidate.
College run by Holy Child nuns to close
THE governors of Cavendish Square Graduate College, run by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, have decided to close it at the end of the academic year as it is not of a fully economic size.
The future of the college was reviewed by the governors at the request of the Department of Education and Science, and its expansion was considered. But it was decided. that the amount of expansion possible on the limited site would not be sufficient to give the college an assured future.
The governors said last week that they had reached its decision to close "with the greatest regret." It was founded in 1896, but of recent years its limited size had proved an increasing handicap. It runs one-year teacher training courses for graduates, who obtain the same certificate as at the King's College and London University and Institute of Education courses. Fifty per cent of the students and teachers are non-Catholic.
U.S. magazine's 152,000 appeal THE American Catholic Right-wing magazine Triumph is appealing urgently for £52,000 to pay its debts and ensure continued publication throughout this year.
In a long letter setting out the journal's financial 'and other difficulties, Mr. L. Brent Bozell says that one threat comes because the magazine is growing in readership and influence and is having a rising impact on the Church and national affairs.
Archbishop Beck's fifth anniversary
ARCHBISHOP BECK completed five years as Archbishop of Liverpool on Wednesday. He was translated from Salford on January 29, 1964, and enthroned several weeks later.