I HAVE been doing some research on you, my readers, You are "dependable, stable people with a reasonably high level of prosperity, often thrifty and usually discriminating." You have "a useful proportion" of your total incomes available for semi luxuries and luxury goods.
You dress well but not flashily, and drive cars in the medium and lower price ranges. Most of you have refrigerators, television sets, a good collection of books and tasteful furnishings and furniture.
This I gather from the current WPN and Advertisers' Review supplement on "The Religious Press".
LAST year -WAN in another feature on the religious press, described "church-goers" as people who spend money on "education, furniture, furnishings, the arts, gardening requisites, motoring, holidays, food and drink.
"Their requirements include good clothes, good footwear, books and a reasonable amount of life's luxuries. They are thrifty and for this very reason, have money to spend."
In this year's feature the CATHOLIC HERALD is the Only major Catholic paper not mentioned in the editorial columns. Nor is it represented in the advertising columns. If there is a moral
in all this I leave you to draw it for yourselves.
THE redoubtable Fr. Basset, I hear, has now delivered the typescript of "Priest in the Piazza" collection of pieces about the Vatican Council, many of which have appeared in the CATHOLIC HERALD — to Burns and Oates.
Fr. Basset's book will, I am told, be suitably embellished with 25 line drawings by Penelope Harter (who designed the jacket for his "We Neurotics"), each linked to a particular part of the text.
"Priest in the Piazza", subtitled "Touchline Tributes to the Council", is being rushed through the printers at top speed, and will probably be in the shops by June.
Coals of fire
IHAVE no particular desire to heap more coals of fire on Dr. Beeching's head, but his proposal to close the suburban line between Liverpool Exchange and Southport means that the Liverpool archdiocese will have to find new sites for its large posters appealing for the new cathedral.
These can he seen all along the Liverpool-Southport line at present used by hundreds of commuters
Archbishop Heenan, however, has more than one string to his bow. The Curial offices in Liverpool have now rented a franking machine for all outgoing letters — including the Archbishop's mail — which prints an advertisement about the size of a postage stamp on each. There is a cross on the left of the envelope with the words "Cathedral of Christ the King Building Fund".
rr HE franking machine also re
produces a striking drawing (in purple ink) of Frederick Gibberd's design. Underneath this are the words: "Liverpool is building two cathedrals at a time when it is said the country is no longer Christian. A cathedral belongs to the citizens. Send your gift to Archbishop Heenan now."
If that doesn't get the message across, it won't be Dr. Heenan's fault.
WARD on the heels of the 11 Anglican Bishop of Woolwich's dissertation on the nature of God comes the news that the Woolwich branch of the Southwark Catholic Evidence Guild opens its out-door speaking season there on Good Friday.
Fr. M. Gwinnell will be the preacher, after the Stations of the Cross at 8.15 p.m., at Beresford Square, Woolwich.
The outdoor meetings will be held at 8.15 on Easter Sunday and on every succeeding Sunday at the same time.
For art's sake
BENEDICTINES have always enjoyed a considerable reputation for the high quality of their sculpture, stained glass and metal work, which gives added point to the news that a Dominican is to open an art exhibition under a Benedictine's nose.
The Dominican is Fr. Edward Booth, from the Dominican priory at Woodchester, and he is organising an art exhibition for Easter Week at Old Quarries, Avening. Gloucestershire, halfway between his own priory and Prinknash Abbey.
The exhibition, which will be opened by the Assistant Keeper at the Tate Gallery, Miss Mary Chamot, will be the third organised here by Fr. Booth, who, I am told by an acquaintance, is "young, ex-Cambridere and enterprising."
A previous exhibition has included work by Brother Louis Barlow, O.S.B., so T am sure that the competition is of the most friendly kind. This year's exhibits will include works by David John, Frank Avrey Wilson and Frances Meigh,
fiLINKIRK in reverse is the IL/ theme for this year's Easter holidays where nearly 450 Catholic boys and girls are concerned. They will all be travelling to the Continent for the holidays under the auspices of the School Travel Service.
They come from 15 different schools, scattered between Dundee and Jersey, and form part of a task force of 12,000 other British boys and girls who will be going on similar journeys.
There are over 400 parties in all, and they will visit eleven different countries.
In the ring
rt °XING, as even its most "hardened opponents will admit, has drawn its adherents from all levels of society, including the most respectable ones.
It would be hard to find anyone more respectable than the present Poet Laureate, Mr. John MasefieId, who has celebrated "the glory of human flesh" in a poem called "The Everlasting Mercy".
Two pertinent lines from the poem are : " And we, whom Jesus died to teach, Fought round on round, three minutes each."
Abolitionists can argue, however, that this does not imply approval of professional boxing. It refers to a "grudge fight" between two poachers.
WHILE the proposal (reported on another page) that "padres" should be assigned to schools may not reach the discussion table at this year's National Association of Schoolmasters' Conference (similar motions were squeezed out for lack of time in previous years) there is one topic that is sure to be debated — salaries.
In contrast with Mr. Mogridge's one motion about school 'padres', there are no fewer than 17 directly concerned with salaries. Their general trend can perhaps be guessed.
Mr. Casey, the retiring President, says that a national assembly of this kind isn't the place for ventilating religious problems.
I hope that it was a similar attitude, and not just apathy, that made his fellow teachers refrain from proposing motions like Mr. Mogridge's.
pROFESSOR MICHAEL -11IFOGARTY, leader of the
group of Liberals preparing a blueprint for a new social security programme, can have little, if any. spare time these days.
Prospective Liberal parliamentary candidate for Devizes, he is Chairman of the Council of the Catholic Social Guild, and recently received an honorary degree in Social and Political Science from Louvain University.
He is a professor in the Department of Industrial Relations at the University of Wales, are also has a house in Boar's Hill Oxford.