ANGLICAN and Methodist Church leaders in South Africa have rallied to support Archbishop Hurley of Durban after the South African Broadcasting Corporation accused him of trying to block separate racial development there and of saying that South Africans had been living immorally for the last 300 years.
Archbishop Hurley denied the charges: he had not said that separate development was objectionable in prin
ciple but that ciple but that
rAl. it could be
accepted as Christian only if the rights of all were safeguarded.
To the second charge he replied : "I am sure the commentator would not advocate a return to the slavery of 200 years ago and the colonial imperialism of TOO years ago."
Now the Anglican Bishop Tindall says it is certain that the "cowardly semi-government" SABC will not let the Archbishop broadcast his replies. The president of the Methodist Conference, the Rev. W. W. Hartley, has also condemned • SABC's broadcast.
Bishop on 'Death March' retires
BISHOP THOMAS QUINLAN of Chunchon, Korea, a missionary in China and Korea for 46 years, and who was one of the survivors of the "Death March" of over 100 miles to a North Korean prison camp in the winter of 1950, has retired for health reasons at the age of 69.
He has been succeeded by another Columban Father, Mgr. Thomas Stewart, 41, a native of Woodford, Co. Galway. who has been VicarGeneral of Chunchon. Bishop Quinlan was born at Pallas, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.
He was interned by the Japanese for four years during the Second World War. In 1945 he resumed his post at Chunchon, and it was there that he was captured by the North Koreans in 1950.
It was only in 1953, when he was freed, that details of the "Death March" became known. It lasted nine days and more than 100 men died of cold or were shot by the guards for lagging.
Italian judge hits orphan exploitation
A TURIN judge has attacked the "insensibility" of Italian orphanage directors who hire out orphans to cater for the "exhibitionist mania" of bereaved families by "reciting dreary dirges which they do not understand".
The president of the Turin Civil Tribunal, Emiliano Germano, writing in the influential daily La Siampa, said that in !Southern Italy there existed the far more painful practice of hiring orphans to pray at all-night wakes over dead bodies.
Orphanage directors and the families concerned, he said, were inflicting on children already deprived of ordinary life the nightmare of continually attending "macabre, anguishing scenes".
This was inhuman, he said. He denounced, too, the positioning of orphanage children on church steps to beg, and forcing them to write begging letters accompanied by their photographs and life stories.
Inner life of Church stressed
CATHOLICS have up to now tended to regard the Church "too much as an organisation" with no inner life of its own, says Archbishop Beck of Liverpool in his Lenten Pastoral.
He appeals to all Catholics to help make the Christian life more a "personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the effect which this has on our lives".
This, he says, will promote the needed inner renewal of the Church's life and correct the past emphasis on externals.
Uganda loses its first native Bishop
THE first African to be consecrated bishop since the Vandal sacking of Christendom in the fifth century, Bishop Joseph Kiwanuka of Rubaga, Uganda, has died aged 65.
In his period of office he concentrated on the training of native clergy and having them sent to Europe and America f o r university studies. He supervised also the training of the African laity and the founding of many parishes and schools.
Bishop Kiwanuka was consecrated by Pope Pius XII in 1939. Pope Paul later brought the bishop's territory into the news when in 1964 he canonised 22 Ugandan Christians who died for the faith in the 1885-86 persecution.
Priest named for HQ staff of S.C.M.
FOR the first time ever, the Student Christian Movement, an inter-denominational organisation for university students, has appointed a Catholic priest to its headquarters staff.
He is Fr. Laurence Bright, 0.P., a former research scientist. He becomes associate study secretary at the SCM's national headquarters in London and will travel round regional universities.
The Rev. David Edwards. says : "This appointment is the biggest step we have taken to follow up the second Vatican Council in the British
universities, and we are delighted that it has the full blessing of the Roman Catholic authorities."
`Union' priest is suspended in U.S.
CARDINAL Me1NTYRE of Los Angeles has ordered Fr. William DuBay, 31, not to say Mass or exercise any of his priestly duties.
The priest had been campaigning for a trade union for priests. Last year. he was removed from his parish and made a hospital chaplain after asking Pope Paul to remove Cardinal McIntyre for failing to act on racial issues.
The order suspending Fr. DuBay from "all sacerdotal activities" because of his "irreverence and disobedience" came last Friday. The Cardinal accused him of causing "grave scandal".
Fr. DuBay said he would appeal to the Pope for an ecclesiastical trial. Failing that, he would probably seek redress through civil courts.
The president of the AFLCIO, Mr. George Meany, when asked what he thought about trade unions for priests, replied: "Positively not". Unions, he said, were set up for those who worked for wages, and priests did not come into that category.
Pope did not ban Rome vernacular
AREPORT published in 11 Messaggero that Pope Paul had forbidden vernacular sung Masses in his own diocese was denied by the Vatican Press Office last week. The denial was issued on the day the Pope received his diocesan clergy and told them that Latin is to be preserved in all sung Masses at the seven patriarchal basilicas.
The diocese's other churches. he said, had the option of using the vernacular provided musical adaptations into Italian were "welt done and consonant with the dignity of the Divine Sacrifice." The newspaper had been campaigning for several weeks against vernacular sung Mass,
CARAVAN IS TARGET. The Knights of St. Columba of Burton-on-Trent are to raise £500 to buy a holiday caravan for the Mentally Handicapped Children's Society. They hope to raise a good proportion of it by a dance, competitions and a jumble sale.
TRAINING FUND APPEAL Because there are only 29 seminarists in his diocese this year, Bishop Parker of Northampton has asked all his diocesans to subscribe to the Priests' Training Fund.
TALKS ON COUNCIL Each of the six parishes in Wythenshawe, Manchester, is to have a series of eight nightly talks on the work ,.■f the Vatican Council. starting on March 20. They will he given by a team of eight priests drawn.. from the parishes, and will he preceded by Mass. A "jubilee Walk" to St. Anthony's is being arranged for May 22.
GOOD FRIDAY UNITY. — This year's Good Friday proces siori in N CMcastle-upon-Tyne will be inter-denominasianal, A Salvation Army hand will lead the procession from St. Nicholas' Anglican Cathedral. St. Mary's Cathedral and the Brunsmick Methodist Church to Eldon Square. Catholics at Heanor, Derbyshire, have been invited for the first time to take part in the Good Friday service of witness organised by Heanor Council of Churches.
SCHOOL EXTENSION.—Extension work costing £25,000 will start within three months on the Boswell Catholic Primary School at Hayes, Middlesex, and present building work to the adjoining Botwcll Hall, costing £55,000, is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
THE PARISH.—Bishop Worlock of Portsmouth and the Rev. Nick Stacey. a South Bank Anglican, will lead a discussion on 'The Parish.' at the Cenack Convent, Manchester, on Saturday, March 26.
WORK AND CHRISTIANS.
The Catholic Employers' and Managers' Associations are inviting those interested in the Church's social teaching in relation to industry to join them for their debate on "Work and Christian Life" at Spode House, Staffs. on May 7 and R. Mr. B. J. Devaney, of 125 Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs.. is handling inquiries.
TV ‘W VRD. — Mr. Malcolm Maggeridge's documentary film "Pilgrims to Lourdes", shown by BI3C-I last year won one of the eight top prizes awarded by the International Catholic Festival of Television at Monte Carlo.