By ANN KIMMEL 12 „M.14t1R.I.CE FDLEY, M.P.. who direots the Govern-.
!amt's commission on race relations, this week called on Catholics to "stand up and involve themselves" in the problems facing coloured people in Britain.
For too long, he said, people had assumed the immigrants would be accepted in this country. Instead, today "colour is being identified with an inferior economic and social status".
"If race is anything." he continued, "it is a moral problem. a religious problem. One waits for priests, RiIigirins, and, above all, lay people to stand up and involve themselves. This country needs their leadership. There are far too few people committed."
Mr. Foley was speaking at Tuesday's annual general meeting of the Catholic Institute of International Relations, held at Church Hall next to Westminster Abbey, 11 was the 25th anniversary of the Institute, which up to last spring had been known as the Sword of the Spirit.
For the coming year. Mr. Foley noted, the Institute will stress the problems of race relations in its publications, conferences and the study outlines it prepares for schools and adult groups. Sixth formers in 54 schools over the country are already working on projects, studying books and articles about racial problems in Britain, America, South Africa and other countries.
They will survey British attitudes towards immigrants and the immigrants' attitudes towards Britain. A dozen lay organisations also plan to work on projects. Among them are the Knights of St. Columba, the Newman Association, the Union of Catholic Mothers, the Legion of Mary and the Catholic Teachers' Federation. London members of the 4,Voling Christian Workers hope to wind up their study by forming racial friendship clubs.
With projects like these. said Mr. Foley, the institute "has com
mitted itself to provoking the minds and hearts of men so they will understand their faith and live up to it".