By a Staff Reporter THE Newman Association, the organisation for educated Catholics to harness their talents to the service of the Church. has merged its unity working party with ONE. an inter-Church ecumenical renewal group.
The group includes such organisations as Parish and People, the Methodist Renewal Group, the Baptist Renewal Group, the Congregational Church Order Group, and the Friends of Reunion. It was only recently that the new group changed its name from "New Era."
Writing in the March Newman Bulletin, Mr. Martin Ward, former chairman of the Newman unity working party, says: "The distinctive feature of ONE is that its members take seriously one of the major conclusions of the Second Vatican Council. The Church needs continual renewal to fulfil its mission of preaching the Gospel."
This renewal. he argues, must take place within an ecumenical context and the new movement should therefore commend itself to Catholics.
Its members commit themselves to accept one another in Christ; to study the nature of their responsibility for God's world; to combat poverty, racialism and oppression; to help in re-creating one Church, new in witness, wor
Plea for Vietnam protesters
CARDINAL CUSHING, Archbishop of Boston, in an Easter Tea called for an amnesty for all young Americans who have been jailed or have fled in protests against the Vietnam war and drafting.
He said : "These are troubled times, we know. Times that in another age would have been called 'out of joint.' 1 think especially of the prohlenis of the young.
"They are bewildered, confused. protesters against a ship and life; and to support actively those doing the work of Christ inside or outside the institutional Church.
The movement will be launched by a conference at Swanick, Derbyshire, from May 22 to 26. ONE will work through local groups, trying to establish contact with those already existing and work with them as well as stimulating the formation of fresh ones.
world they are reluctant to inherit.
"Would it be too much to suggest this Easter that we empty out our jails of all the protesters the guilty and the innocent without judging them?" asked the 74-year-old cardinal.
He added: "Call back from over the border and around the world young men who are called deserters. Drop the cases that are still awaiting judgment on our college youth."