Tory MP wrong
Cardinal Conway of Armagh. Primate of All Ireland, has come under fire from an English Conservative MP. Speaking to the Co. Armagh Official Unionist Association Mr Nicholas Winterton, MP for Macclesfield, said it was a pity that the Cardinal had not followed the example of Bishop Dwyer of Birmingham, who had totally dissociated the Church from the IRA and had condemned its anti-Christian and evil activities.
It is a pity that Mr Winterton does not read the Catholic Herald. On December 13 it reported that Bishop Casey of Kerry, speaking in Slough, Berkshire, had urged Irish people in Britain to stand up to the "bullies" of the IRA.
Bishop Casey deplored "the widespread false belief among English people that the Irish Catholic bishops had in the past been ambivalent and compromising in their attitude towards violence. particularly as perpetrated."
He pointed out that sincel 969 the Irish bishops had made six collective statements and Cardinal Conway had made more the 50 pronouncements condemning violence from whatever side it came "and most unreservedly condemning IRA murders, bombings and atrocities."
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Mr Norman St John-Stevas's current campaign against the comprehensive schools system was strongly criticised on Wednesday by Mr J. Rudden, Headmaster of Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham, SW. London.
He said Mr St John-Stevas, who is Conservative MP for Chelmsford and an Opposition spokesman on education, might lead people to think he was stating the Church's teaching. "But he speaks only for himself and the more extreme members of his party.
"To me the comprehensive school is not only compatibis: with our faith it is a logical application of it. The reverse, selection by wealth, by 11-plus testing, or by other means, is divisive and unjust.
"The Church is for all. irrespective of wealth, race, colour, influence for the rich. poor, the clever, the dull.
"ln 1947 the then Minister of Education said: 'A comprehensive school means one which is intended to cater for the secondary education of all the children in a given area without an organisation in sides.' Sir Graham Savage, Education Officer for the LCC at that time in announcing the London Plan said 'I use the word comprehensive for two reasons, one because they will cater for every activity and two because all children from a given area regardless of ability will go to them.'
"This post-war reform of secondary education on comprehensive lines was the expression of the 1944 Education Act. the Children's Charter which promised 'equal opportunity for all . . ,"secondary education for all' so Catholic schools like the Church, must in justice and charity he for all comprehen sive. The poky of the Church has been to follow wherever possible the policy of the local education authority in its reorganisation plans.
"I say this because currently that eminent Catholic lawyer and MP Mr Norman St JohnStevas is waging a personal and bitter campaign opposing the comprehensive development. I share his faith and admire his legal and debating skill but I cannot agree with his views in this matter, nor incidentally can many in his own political party. Can I tell you now I have no interest in politics which I think, has done much harm to education "In Who's Who in Education Mr. St John-Stevas lists as his recreations 'collecting Victoriana and sleeping.' I would like him to accept advice from me on the comprehensive issue Wake up Norman! Queen Victoria is dead."
Bishop Thomas Grant School was the first denominational comprehensive school to . be founded in the country in 1959.
Representatives of most of the 187 parishes in his diocese will attend the formal installation on February 19 of Bishop Hugh Lindsay as Bishop or Ilexham and Newcastle in St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Archbishop Beck of Liverpool will preside at the short ceremony. which will precede concelebrated Mass in the presence of many of the bishops of England and Wales, Archbishop Winning of Glasgow, and many of the diocesan clergy and members of religious orders.
Members of Bishop Lindsay's family will also attend, as well as the priests ordained with him front Ushaw in 1953. Among the civic guests will by Mr Edward Short, MP, and the lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Newcastle.
In the evening Bishop Lindsay will meet members of various Catholic associations' at a reception at La Sagesse Convent, and later in the evening there will be a reception at St Mary's Convent, Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne.
he Working Party on Homosexuality which has been set up by the Church of England under the chairmanship of the Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Rev John Yates, has t w p women among its members.
They are Miss Judith Pelham, principal social worker, Booth Hall Children's Hospital, Manchester, and Mrs.'', Davies, organising lecturer. London Diocesan .Committee for Personal Relationships.
The secretary of the working party is the Rev David Wainwright, assistant secretary, Board for Social Responsibility.
The Working Party has met representatives of the Campaign for homosexual Equality and established contact with several other homophile groups in particular Reach, the Albany Trust, Sappho, Intergroup, Access, Parents Enquiry, and Centre Charitable