For the first time in England the Communists have adopted in public the policy of the outstretched hand towards Catholics.
At Liverpool on Sunday evening in Picton Hall, Leo McGree, of the Merseyside Sub-District Committee of the Communist Party. said :
" In the face of hunger, unemployment and the threat of war, due to the domination of big capital whose chosen instrument is Fascism which attacks the Church, there surely exists a basis for co-operation between Catholics and Communists.
" We believe there are pressing problems in Liverpool around which joint action by workers of all creeds and opinions will be of great value. The Communist Party extends an appeal to Catholic workers and all sincere people who wish to raise the level of the working-class, ensure peace and co-operate in an effort to obtain better conditions for all of us and our children."
Consecration of Mgr. Griffin
Mgr. Bernard Griffin was consecrated Bishop of Abya at St. Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, on Thursday of last week. The consecrating Prelates were the Archbishop of Birmingham and the Bishops of Plymouth and Clifton.
After the ceremonies, a large company attended a reception at the Grand Hotel. After luncheon, the Archbishop of Birmingham submitted the toast, " The Newly-consecrated Bishop." He said that intermittent ill-health had created the necessity for an auxiliary, and when the announcement was made from the Vatican that Dr. Griffin was to be his assistant, the
news greatly rejoiced him. Mgr. Griffin had done many things well, and no one in England had a greater knowledge of canon law. His work for the Catholic Evidence Guild was also something for which they had to be grateful and, latterly, he had achieved splendid results as Administrator of Father Hudson's Homes.
Catholic Boys Leave for Australia Today
Thirty-seven boys between 8 and 12 years of age are leaving England today for Western Australia. They are the first batch to migrate under the Christian Brothers' scheme, described in the CATHOLIC HERALD on May 13, A' second party of 33 will leave next Saturday. Each party will be under the care of the Christian Brothers and two Sisters of Nazareth during the voyage.
"Rebel " Nuns Win Case
The " Rebel " nuns of Edinburgh have won their case against the eviction order by the Archbishop of Edinburgh. It is understood that an appeal will be made.