Page 1, 5th September 1947

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FOUR ATTENDED T.U. DELEGATES' MASS

Mass for the success of the

Trades Union Congress was offered in Notre Dame convent, Birkdale, on Sunday last, followed by a reception for Catholic delegates. under the auspices of the Southport Deanery Council of Catholic Action. Only four delegates attended. Several members of the General Council, including a Catholic member on the Council, attended a nonCatholic church on Sunday evening to bear Mr. Andrew Nacsmith (general secretary of the Amalgamated Weavers' Association), preach "as a Christian trade unionist."

This delegate told me he was unaware of the Catholic recteption and expressed the opinion that Catholics attending Congress had not heard of the arrangement. Why was • a letter not sent to the T.U.C. before the opening explaining the proposal to hold a reception for Catholic delegates," asked the delegate. He added that a note could have been sent to him as well.

Addressing the four delegates at the reception Fr. Leo OTlea, S.J.. said the eyes .3f the whole country were on the T.U.C. and if one drew a genc:-.11 conclusion it was that people expected the T.U.C. to settle the problems of this country and the wo-rld in general, but there was a limit to what even the wisest could settle.




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