A PASTORAL letter s■ ith a difference will be read out in all churches in the Liverpool archdiocese on Sunday. It comes front the archdiocese's 200 delegates to the National Pastoral Congress and contains a pledge that they will seek the way ahead "in the spirit of the Congress".
The letter is going out in exactly the same way as episcopal pastorals and has received Archbishop Worlock's full support. It represents a declaration of intent to set in motion new structures for consultation within each deanery'.
It also expresses thanks and pride in the work done by the
people of Liverpool to make the
Congress a success — work which it says "helped us and all the delegates to experience the
Church as Christ wishes us to be
— a Church of love and sharing, of partnership and trust".
Meanwhile Archbishop Worlock has outlined a timetable of 'what happens next'. On Monday week the bishops will begin a three day meeting in London at which they will discuss a 40,000 word report prepared for them on everything that happened during the Congress.
At the end of the meeting the bishops will hold a press conference and this will probably be followed towards the end of July by a joint pastoral letter ' from them. By the end of August the bishops will issue a full comment and la the autumn a comprehensive Congress report will be published containing detailed documentation together with the bishops' response.
A call for improved communications to implement-the Congress proposals on justice and peace has come front Mr Gerry Martin, a member of the Hexharn and Newcastle Justice and Peace Committee.
Writing in the latest Justice and
Peace A( I‘ s he proposes a National Commission for Social Action to co-ordinate and initiate common action by all the existing commissions. He says: "This is preferable to the present haphazard method of setting up 'separate working parties."
• Diane Allen. an evangelical Anglican front Preston, who attended the Congress as an observer, commented in the Blackburn diocesan magazine: "The challenge to me is that at the moment God may well he reviving our nation through the Roman Catholic Church. Perhaps non-Roman Catholics, we so-called "Bible Christians" are missing out on a blessing by not living out the Christian life that the Spirit sets before us."