further meetings between him and the M.P.s would he held at Archbishop's House in Westminster.
Mr. Norman St. John-Stevas, Conservative member for Chelmsford, said this week: "1, in common with other Catholic M.P.s warmly welcome this initiative of Archbishop Heenan as a vitally important step in associating the leaders of the laity and the Hierarchy in England. Undoubtedly a division was growing between them and the Archbishop's action is a notable contribution to closing the gap.
"Close co-operation between clergy and laity on a basis of mutual respect is clearly in accord with the contemporary mind of the Church. Archbishop Heenan's warmth, sincerity and generosity has been deeply appreciated. If we can continue along these lines of developing co-operation between the laity and the Hierarchy, the Catholic Church in England will be greatly strengthened."
Dr, Thomas P. Linehan, Master of the Westminster branch of the Guild of St. Luke, Ss. Cosines and Damian, said the Guild particularly appreciated the emphasis Archbishop Heenan placed on his wish to consult with doctors on the social and religious problems which the Church has to meet. He pointed out that since the Guild has a branch in each diocese, every Bishop has a responsible medical body available locally for consultation.
"Our branch is composed of members in many different spheres of medicine -including research workers, hospital doctors, and general physicians in their own practices. We, therefore, have a tremendous fund of up-to-date knowledge on the problems which Catholics have to face." he said.
Tomorrow, Saturday, Archbishop Heenan is to meet at Archbishop's House three hundred representatives of the Newman Assoc!ation from all over Britain. Dr. Oliver Pratt, National President of the Association, said of the meeting:
"This will be an extremely important step in the process of University and professional people develop'ng a fuller role in the work of the Church. Archbishop Heenan's action is especially welcome in the light of the new understanding that Vatican II is giving to the increasing importance of the laity."