At the bi-monthly conference of the Birmingham South C.Y.M.S., held at. St. George's Dorridge, near Birmingham, Mr. J. F. Bourke, Barrister-at-Law, and Recorder of Ludlow, gave an address entitled " The Desertion of Christianity," in the course of which be showed how the nations of the world were abandoning the morality and philosophy of Christianity and substituting a paganism comparable with the old pagan empires.
He said that paganism always ,meant slavery for the common people and this was shown by the fact that even in this country the common people were without possessions and were not regarded as individuals with rights and privileges so much as necessary parts of an organisation which favoured the few at the expense of the many.
He considered that the solution to the problem was the appointment of a body of skilled jurists who would be above politics and finance to whom all matters could be eventually referred and whose ruling would be final and absolute. Through this body he believed Christian teaching would be vindicated, preserved and maintained.
The thanks of the meeting were voiced by the St. George's branch president, Bro. H. C. Oliver.
During the meeting, the president, Bro. J. C. Beames, announced that two sick pilgrims were being sent to Lourdes this year by the District Council, and thanked all members for helping to raise the necessary funds.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM M.P. On Catholic Disabilities
Opening the fete at St. Joseph's Convent, Poole, last week, Mr. G. R. Hall Caine, the M.P. for East Dorset, said he believed it to be his duty, as well as his privilege, as an M.P., once he was elected, to serve his constituents, regardless of whether they supported him or not or differed from his political creed.
It was gratifying, he continued, to think that after 100 years they still had, and would continue to have, freedom of religious thought and action. He wished that was completely true; but under the existing constitution no member of their Church might be the Speaker of the House, or Lord High Chancellor.
Whether that was right and proper in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries it was not for him to say; but since then they had moved on, and the constitution should be amended to permit all creeds and classes to occupy all positions under the Crown.
He had been of some assistance in establishing one of their schools in Poole borough; he had followed its success with great interest and he wished it was possible to help in the establishment of another great Catholic school in the older end of Poole. If it came about he hoped he would be asked to attend the opening ceremony.
New Church for Walsingham
A shop and adjoining land at Wakingham has been purchased by the Franciscans as a site for a Catholic church.
It was announced that the building would be demolished, and that a church would he built large enough to accommodate at least a thousand people.
Catholic Cycling Club
Runs of St. Christopher's Catholic Cycling Club for Sunday, July 10, are as follows (a) Meet 10.30 a.m., Park Royal Station, Western Avenue, for a run to Handy Cross. Tea at Cressex Farm, High Wycombe.
(h) Meet 10.30 a.m., Hammersmith Bridge, for a run to Seale. Tea at The Toll House, Ruafold.