" It is simply not true to *y that Catholics have not recognised the magnificent whole (of the Schools White Paper); we have admired the breadth of vision which conceived such a scheme and the patient work which has carried it to its present stage," said Bishop Flynn, of Lancaster, addressing the 27th annual conference of the Catholic Teachers' Federation at Blackpool last week.
" We had noted and welcomed the admirable reforms proposed, but," added the Bishop, " we are concerned not only with this glittering and attractive prize displayed for our admiration, but also with our prospect of enjoying it While this free gift is dangled before the eyes of democracy, we are told it is not for you except at a price. You have your scruples, which we respect, but you must pay for them. We know you won't take the free gift under the conditions specified in 56a, and therefore, having regard for your past contribution to the cause of education and to the sacrifices you have made for 40 years, we have put a small price on your privilege.
BUT THE PRICE!
" Offended and disappointed by the discrimination against us, we protest that it is unjust. But like children still hopeful for the promised pleasure we ask what is the price, and we are told ten million pounds to be paid back with interest in 25 years, which will mean no more than £600,000 a year in the peak years.
" Then we ruefully turn away and say we cannot afford this, these advantages are not for us. But no that situation is provided for: if managers are unable to meet the costs, all financial obligations pass to the authority arid the school becomes a controlled school.
"It is not technically confiscation, as far as I can see, for by section 57 there is to be no transfer of the property or ownership; it merely means that the school which our people built and paid for as a Catholic school ceases to be a Catholic school."
The Bishop went on: " I must confess that this insistence on our paying all that they think we can pay strikes me as a very shabby sort of appreciation of the good work on which we arc congratulated. You have never given up a school; you are in the forefront of the reconstruction programme under the 1936 Act. Therefore you can go on paying for your privileges. We are not asking for privileges, but for equality of opportunity, irrespective of difference of creed.
AND THE MILLIONS SOAR
" The consolation offered to us is that this sum (computed at 10 millions for reconstruction only) will not all be required at once: spread over a period of 25 years the demands for interest and sinking fund will for the first few years be small, but they will rise to £600,000 a year in the peak years. Three millions in the last 25 years; ten millions plus interest in the next 251 Is it surprising that men who have been at the very heart of this money-raising for the last 25 years say that it is
lunacy ' to suppose that this is possible?" asked the speaker.
" Then where are we? I am following the terms of the Bishops' Manifesto of last summer. In that there were three salient points: we want complete justice; if it is denied, we demand a workable scheme ; but whatever happens we are not going to give up our schools.
" Far be it from me to attempt to teach politics to the President of the Board of Education. 1 have the greatest respect for his skill. and I am. no politician. If I might, I would like to take this opportunity of recording my impression of his patient pursuit of an agreed plan, of his unfailing courtesy, of his mastery of the technique of comnromise which seems to be SO much appreciated in some quarters as the very essence of British diplomacy. The success he has already achieved he -has deserved. But he has not solved the education difficulty, and I believe that he of all men might have done. I think one knows his difficulties. World : Don't
"There is a nigger in the woodpile. He might say it was the Catholk body. But he did say that the impossibility of conceding the full Catholic claims (let us observe that he never confessed to injustice) was the impossibility of reconriling them with the demands of the L.E.A.s. the Nonconformists and the teachers. Three niggers in the woodpile! But I don't think that they are all as black as they are painted.
" Take the Nonconformists. They may think that they have a right to have their teachers in certain Anglican schools which house as many Nonconformists as Anglicans. But I don't think that they would seek posts in Catholic schools, " The N.U.T. certainly seek entry for their members into the posts in single-school areas. But we have only 13 of these in the country. Their quarrel is not with us."
Another N.U.T. " Unanimous" Resolution
Another of the N.U.T.'s " unanimous " resolutions in favour of the Education Bill has been passed at Boston, Lincs. Here, after an address by Mr. Ralph Morley, a member of the executive of the N.U.T., the chairman, Mr. J. Hudson, moved a resolution assuring the Government of full support. He refused to accept an amendment which Mr. D. Callaghun asked leave to move, and declared the resolution carried although he gave no opportunity for an opposition vote.
Mgr. John Ftigland, of St. Mary's. Boston, proposing a vote of thanks to the speaker, regretted that the amendment was not put. As a Bill. Catholics welcomed it and hoped that every child would in future have the same chance. He reminded the audience that the Church was " in the education business " before roan had ever thought of any other kind of Christian body.
Our Men in Italy Worried
SEND AIRGRAPH TO BUTLER
A proof of the keen interest with which the men in the Forces are following the Schools question is given in a letter to the parish priest of Kettering by a young sergeant serving in Italy . . . " the consternation with which we out here view the education proposals." he writes. " We have sent an airgraph to Mr. Butler expressing our views. and telling him that we arc solidly behind the bishops.
"There is no means of voting in the Forces, hut 1 should like myself to protest to the member for Kettering and ask that the case for Catholic inert overseas should be brought to the notice of the House of Cot,,moots before the White Paper is rtished through without their full knowledge or approval."
" Mug up the case for Catholic schools. Ask your chaplains to give you the lowdown on what is going on, and storm Heaven with your prayers that our schools, for which so much has been sacrificed in the past, may yet work in other parts of the country and weather the storm," writes Fr. T. J. Road, London, in latest issue of parish news bulletin which is circulated among parishioners now in the Forces, on war Fitzgerald, parish priest at Commercial cent's I gladly send a special blessing.
safe re urn. together with my best wishes for your happiness in the new year and for your To you who have lived at St. Vinbe
" Devils Stalk the Underestimate Them"
—FR. McAYOY, S.J.
Fr. T. McAvoy, S.J., Rector of Sacred Heart Church, Accrington, in a New Year message declares there, is a spirit of evil at work in the world— flood of godlessness. a spirit of irreligion, a world-wide campaign against the very foundations of all that is Christian in our living. Of this Hitler is only the symbol.
" We call it human nature and shnig our shoulders and say it will always be so. But it is not alone human nature. There is something in all this more powerful than human nature, more Intelligent, more cunning, more diabolical. Satan and his legions are marching. Without them we simply cannot explain the unbelievable brutality. the lust for inflicting pain and torture, the indifference to starvation and deformation of even little children and the animal joy which men seem to take in sheer destruction.
.. Do not discount the devils. They are our real enemies and against them no industrial or military mobilisation can prevail. The time has come for complete spiritual mobilisation."
Newcastle Course for Girl Leaders
Following the recent successful training course in Catholic boys' club leadership, given in Sunderland, a similar course in girls' club leadership has been given this week at the Convent of Marie Reparatrice, Newcastle.
The Rev. W. Malone, Bishop's representative for Youth Welfare Work, again directed the course, assisted by Miss N. Ganghan, Miss Mulholland, and the Ladies of the Grail.
Every phase of club life was dealt with in a programme which began on Monday and continues until to-day, Friday.
Drama was one of the subjects, and speaking on that topic at the boys' club course, Mgr. J. McCormack, Bishop of Ilexham and Newcastle, said it was one of the subjects which should be dealt with by the laity. He suggested that where the club leader was a priest he should turn the drama section over to the care of his lay-helpers.
Flight Lieut. Parker, ILL, son of Councillor and Mrs. J. F. Parker, of Woolwich, last heard of February, 1942, is now a prisoner of war, Java.
Preston K.S.C. Council (No. 521 has re-elected Bro. M. Leyland as Grand Knight.