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Archbishop speaks in Cambridge debate

ANY Catholic children Who get into a council school with an agreed religious syllabus will die spiritually, said Archbishop Downey when he spoke at a Cambridge Union debate on Tuesday evening.


Cardinal Griffin : Monday. St.

Bede's Grammar School, Bradford Assists at Solemn High Mass, 11 a.m.; Belle Vue Drill Hall, Bradford: Attends golden jubilee dinner of St. Tiede's Grammar School, 7.30 p.m. Tuesday. Hopwood Hall, Middleton: Presides at meeting of governors of Dc La Salle Training College, 3 p.m.; Midland Hotel, Manchester : Attends De La Salle Training College dinner. 7.30 p.m.

Mgr. Masterson, Archbishop of Birmingham : Sunday. Ordination in Se Mary's, Willenhall, 11 a.m.; Visitation and Confirmation at Willenhall, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Attends meeting of governors of De la Salle College, Hopwood Hall, Lancs. Wednesday. Blesses and opens new building attached to St. Joseph's Convent, Stafford, 3 p.m. Friday, June 16, Confirmation at the Hesly Child Convent, Birmingham, Friday, June 17. Opens garden party at Didsbury in aid of Salford Rescue Society, 3 p.m.

Mgr. Parker, Bishop of North ampton : Sunday. Confirmation at Towaston, 3.30 p.m.; attends Corpus Christi Procession at Cathedral, 6.30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Attends Chapter and other diocesan meetings. Mgr. King. Bishop of Port mouth : Tomorrow (Saturday). Consecrates Lady Altar at St. Mary's and Peter's, Jersey. Sunday. fakes part in annual Corpus Christi procession in Jersey, C.1. Tuesday. Confirmation at St. Joseph's, Cirouville, Jersey, afternoon; Confirmation at Our Lady's, Jersey, evening. Wednesday. Confirmation at St. Matthew's, Jersey, evening. Thursday. Visits Alderney. C.I. Sunday, June 18. Confirmation at St. Thorne's, Jersey. morning; Confirmation at St. Mary and Peter's, afternoon.

Mgr. Ellis, Bishop of Nottingham: Sunday. Visitation and Confirmation at St. Mary's, Boston, Lincoln shire. Tuesday. Attends annual reunion of the Nottingham diocesan clergy at St. Barnabas' Cathedral, Nottingham, and the Cathedral Hall, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Presides at Triduum in honour of the Blessed Sacrament at Cathedral, concluding with guilds' rally and procession on Saturday. Mgr. Petit, Bishop of Menevia : Sunday. Opens new Chapel at Coedpoeth, near Wrexham, and sings Pontifical High Mass; preaches and carries Blessed Sacrament in Corpus Christi procession in ProCathedral, evening. Saturday, June 17. Attends C.P.E.A. Diocesan Council meeting at Carmarthen. Cowderoy. Bishop of Southwark : Sunday. Visitation and Confirmation at Melior Street, 11.30 a.m.; Visitation and Confirmation at 'I onbridge, 6.30 p.m. Monday.' Presides at meeting of Governors of the John Fisher School, 4.30 p.m.; attends Secular Clergy Common Fund Dinner, 6.30 p.m. Wednesday. Consecrates Church of St. Anthony of Padua, Anerley, 9.30 p.m. 'Thursday and Saturday. Preaches in Nottingham Cathedral for Triduum in honour of the Blessed Eucharist. Mgr. Beck, Coadjutor Bishop of Brentwood : Tomorrow (Saturday). Nottingham: Opens Becket School's garden party. Sunday. Billericay: Confirmation, 3.30 p.m.; Barking: Carries Blessed Sacrament in procession. 6 p.m.; Walthamstow.: Attends parochial presentation to Mgr. O'Grady, 8 p.m. Monday. Ilford: Takes chair at Catholic Marriage Advisory Council lecture by Fr. Agnellus Andrew, 8 p.m. Tuesday. Walthamstow: Attends jubilee Mass celebrated by Mgr. O'Grady. I I a.m.

TRAVELLING MISSIONS Southwark : The Mission will visit the following : 1. Bowlhead Green, parish of Godalming. Mass on Sunday at The Chapel. Bowlhead Green. at 8.30 a.m. On Saturday Mass at Stream House, Pirbright, at 8 a.m. 2. Ileadcorn and Marden. parish of Ashford. Mass on Sunday at I he Hall. Headeinn, :it 8 a.m. and at South Lodge, Malden, at 9-30

He was speaking on the motion : "That this house sup

ports the principle of voluntary schools and would welcome increased financial assistance to save them from extinction."

It was proposed by Mr. Norman St. John Sieves, a Catholic, the retiring president of the Union, and was carried by 189 votes to 144.

Mr. St. John Stevas asserted that the voluntary schools arc being ground out of existence, yet, he said, they are in the front line in the defence of civilised life. Mr. Granger Boston, opposing, said he is in favour of the principle of voluntary schools, arguing that there is no quicker way of making sure of their extinction than by asking the Government for financial aid. If this were granted, the Government would then interfere.

Mr. Osbert Lancaster (Church of England) remarked that all monopolies are bad, especially State monopolies, and monopoly in education is the most terrifying of all. Mr. Lionel Gamelin asked: "How many of us in this country are practical Christians ?"

Archbishop Downey pointed out that the "agreed " religious syllabus Is in fact different all over the country.

He recalled that Mr. Butler had stated that building costs could not possibly go up beyond 35 per cent. after the war, and said he asked the Minister why. The reply was: "Because the experts say so." But schools now cost £400 a place, though when he became Archbishop 21 years ago it was £10. Dr. C. E. M. Joad opposed the motion. When the question of Catholics paying twice for their children's education came up, Dr. Joad remarked: " Let them pay."

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