Stolle were to slog it out on the courts at Wimbledon, there arrived on my desk a report from Paris about the presentation to a young Italian of the first International Fair Play trophy.
I don't want to suggest that there was anything but fair play about the centre court battle between the two Australian tennis giants. But 1 could not help reflecting on this whole question of going all-out to win ... whether it be at Wimbledon, Lords, Wembley or, to take an extreme case, any boxing ring up and down the country.
Let me go back, for a moment to the case of Eugenio Monti who received the award in Paris. Mr, Monti was a participant in the 1964 Winter Olympics at Innsbruck where he was a member of the Italian bohsleigh team.
After making excellent time on his last run, he learned that the British team, the Italian's main rivals for the gold medal, were in trouble because of a broken part on their sleigh. Mr. Monti removed the part from his own sleigh and gave it to the British team. They repaired their sleigh, made a record run ... and won the gold medal.
R. MONTI probably suffered the torment of all good sportsmen when he had to listen to his action praised. But some extracts from what was said are more than worthwhile repeating:
Jean Borotra, the pre-war tennis champion, recalled the words of Pierre do Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games: "The most important thing is not to win, but to take part .. . not to conquer but to strive."
Philip Noel-Baker, chairman of the International Council of Sport and Physical Education, quoted from a declaration drawn up at Tokyo: "There can be no true sport without the idea of fair play. If activity involves competition, then it should always be performed with a spirit of sportsmanship." Rene Maheu. UNESCO director-general: "Fair play implies loyalty which, to some extent, is an inborn trait. Fair play also means a concern for equal opportunities for all ... and Eugenio Monti showed that concern by correcting an accidental inequality."
Generally, I think, the majority of our sportsmen play fair. It is the spectators I worry about .. .
One for the book
WHITEFRIARS column is closed to appeals, in theory. But from the deluge of letters which pour in there are always one or two that catch the eye. I have to be stern, and say no. But eventually I weaken. Perhaps I indulge myself a little. Then I salve, my conscience by saying: "Well, it's got a news angle, and that makes it too good to miss." The following is the final example of a temporarily weakwilled columnist allowing an appeal to slip past. (Well, the horse is news, too.) First, the background story. lhcq the cummerci,,l;
The community of Nawala is surrounded by 100 miles of Zambian mud or sand (depending on the season). One of the two Jesuits stationed there has a horse, the only horse the people have ever seen. "It's like a church bell for attracting people to me when I do the rounds within a seven-mile radius of the mission station," writes Fr. Edward O'Connor, S.J.
The other priest drives a jeep, day in, day out, on a continual tour of the 12 Mass centres ithin 80 miles of the main mission. But it is of the parishioners that Fr. O'Connor writes.
Advocates of a policy of self-help, they are starting a library. For many this will be the means of continuing or improving their primary education. Others want to study for government examinations, particularly as teachers. Wanted: Simple books of all kinds. Fiction, biography, travel, religious and text books. Books suitable for the lower primary standards are preferred, but also neeeded are those which would assist, in a general way, people taking the Cambridge examinations: P.O. Box 2, Nawala, Zambia.
Course for volunteers WANT to help and don't know how? It appears that there are many people who would do volunteer social work if they knew how to go about it. And if, once they have found their way into it, they were advised as to what to do. A course starting at the Bethnal Green and Shorediteh Institute, London, in the autumn, will fill this need,
The short introductory course for volunteer social workers will introduce people to work with old people, youth, families and children, and the handicapped. The institute advises that the courses are not really "training courses, but they do provide a wealth of information on how to be a voluntary worker".
The sessions arc to be held Mondays, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the autumn and spring at Sl. Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Road, E.2. The settlement is five minutes' walk from Bethnal Green underground, and the course costs a guinea.
AFTER devoting two full columns in the past weeks to the Vocations Exhibition 1 promised myself 1 would not go back to Earls Court for another story. This promise, however, did not take into account the fact that i was going to meet Fr, de Schutter.
This young Belgian, whom I found seated at the stand of the Society of the Auxiliaries of the Missions, proved himself to be quite an exceptional person because almost alone of those I met at the exhibition he brought news of a country where people are almost forming queues to take up a vocation. In Korea, where Fr. de Schutter has served for the past five years (he will be returning to his parish there after a brief leave at home in Brussels) there is "no problem at all about getting priests or nuns. in fact, if it goes on like this we could easily send some back to Britain", he said,
His other news from Korea—and again it is, unhappily. not applicable to many other places—is that the Catholic population is growing at a tremendous rate. "there are about 12,000 new Catholics a year in Korea," he said, "and Catholicism is by far the most popular of the Christian religions."
Fr. de Schutter, although in the mission field, is in fact a secular priest. His parish is in the rugged Cholla Pukdo area of the country, region of peasant farmers and therefore great poverty. "To a great extent my work is different from that normally done by a parish priest," he said. "A very great deal of my time is spent in what can best be described as social work—teaching, helping out in a dozen different ways, being a friend to the people."
An unusual gift'
ANYONE looking for an unusual gift for a church, convent or similar institution might be interested in an item I hear is being placed on the market. It is a finely carved antique bureau which Sotheby's say is an 18th century Flemish reproduction of a 15th century piece of ecclesiastical furniture.
The large cupboards (see picture) havevarious religious motifs worked into the doors. The centre panels bear the inscriptions 1HS and the end panels have a eucharist and a Sacred Heart emblazoned.
A matching bucket chair goes with the bureau. The price? One hundred guineas including transportation to
anywhere within 50 miles of Camberley. The bureau can be seen by telephoning London Speedwell 7944.
River pilgrimage ARIVER pilgrimage which starts with High Mass and ends with Benediction, and which includes a visit to the Tower of London, has been planned for tomorrow (Saturday). The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom has organised the outing to celebrate the feast of St. Thomas More, which is today.
After 10.30 a.m. Mass in Holy Redeemer and St. Thomas More Church, Chcyne Row, Chelsea, there will be a procession to the Convent in Beaufort Street, for the veneration of a relic.
The pilgrims will then go by steamer from Cadogan Pier to the Tower of London where they will visit St. Thomas More's cell and the site of his martyrdom. Benediction at the Church of the English Martyrs, Prescot Street, will conclude the day. Seven-and-sixpenny tickets are available from the Guild, 2 Clements Inn, London, W.C.2.
Remember the winter TOWYN, North Wales: Caravans In the sand not far from the site where St, Cadvan established a monastery in 625. A decrepit parish church which was forntely a concert hall, then a factory, then a nonconformist chapel. In 1539 the parish priest, Fr. John Gritltths, was martyred. The parish covers one quarter of Merionethshire where the. names are as beautiful as the countryside: Cadet Idris, Pennal and Lake Tall-y-llyn. Fr. C. D. S. Lloyd is the new parish priest. His inheritance is the church, its dry rol, and the cracks in the wall from one end
to the other,
Fr. Lloyd inherited also £10,200 from. his predecessor who, penny, shilling and pound, raised it from the summertime many and the resident few. Providing adequate facilities is far beyond the means of the 30 Mass-going residents. If this year you enjoy Merioneth's brief summer, remember those who have to endure its long winter.