ASECRETARIAT has been set up in London under the direction of Fr. Gilbert Volery, M.S.F.S., D.D., for the newly formed Council of Religious Major Superiors in England and Wales. The temporary headquarters of the secretariat are at St. Mary's, Clapham, London.
VON GALEN'S CAUSE GOES TO ROME
THE beatification cause of Car
dinal von Galen, Bishop of Munster, Germany, from 1933 until his death in 1946 and a fearless opponent of the Nazis, has taken a further step forward. Last month the diocesan investigation was closed, and on Monday the documents of the case and the Cardinal's writings were transferred to Rome, The diocesan cause was introduced almost exactly three years ago, on October 22, 1956. and since that time all the Cardinal's sermons, writings, and numerous private letters have been collected and arranged, while over 70 witnesses were seen during the informative inquiry. The Cardinal, who came from an aristocratic Westphalian family, was the first bishop to be appointed under the 1933 Concordat negotiated by Cardinal Pacelli, later Pope Pius XII. The Nazi Government readily agreed to his appointment, apparently under the impression that he would not cause them much worry, but they were quickly disabused and found that they had no more fearless opponent among all the Christians of Germany.
The council was formed a year ago at the direction of the Sacred Congregation of Religious to comprise the Abbots of monasteries, Provincials of Orders, and Regional Superiors of those Orders and Congregations for men that have no Provincials in this country.
A separate council has also been set up for women in religion, and these in their turn comprise Mothers General, Provincials, and Regional Superiors.
Councils of this type are being set up throughout the world, and their terms of reference include the promotion of the spiritual and religious welfare of Orders and Congregations, the fostering and increase of the efficiency of their apostolate, and effecting of closer fraternal collaboration with one another, with the bishops, and with lay associations.
The council becomes the official body which the bishops would approach in dealing with the Orders at large. Fr. Wilfred Hughes, CSS.R., the Redemptorist Provincial, is president, and holds office for three years. The vice-president is Abbot Butler. O.S.B., of Downside, and the acting president for the women's council is the Mother Provincial of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.