OST Anglicans believe that the initiative for Church reunion will have to come from the Catholic Church, according to a survey of lay opinion carried out in the Anglican diocese of Blackburn. A majority thought union was desirable. The Rev. Hugh M. Pollard, principal of St. Martin's Anglican College, Lancaster, who was responsible for the survey, said : "While reunion with the Roman Catholic Church was regarded as a necessity by something less than half the sample, a majority felt that union was not only desirable but possible.
"For the most part, however, the respondents believed that the initiative would have to come eventually from the Roman Catholic Church."
About 2,000 questionnaires were distributed throughout the diocese by the diocesan Committee For Church Unity. More than 1,000 replies were received, of which 854 could be used for statistical purposes, ENTHUSIASM HOPE The survey is now being extended to lay Catholics, and 2,000 questionnaires are being distributed in the Salford and Lancaster dioceses. Mr. Pollard said: "It is hoped that the results of this survey will reveal the same enthusiasm as it has done for their counterparts in the Anglican Church.
"It is hoped that it will in
dicate areas of mutual endeavour and attitude which would promote true understanding between the two Churches."
The world needs rebels, says M.P.
THE world has need of rebels with a good cause, said Mr. John Biggs-Davison, M.P., Conservative member for Chigwell, last week at the London Oratory School prizegiving, "We need rebels against the 'establishment' of complacency and moneybags, rebels against those dreary cults of dirt and drugs and despair and of sex without love which could make 'human apes' of the Children of God."