A CENTRE to promote study of Vatican II documents and to further Christian unity will be opened by the Leeds Diocese in a few months' time. Believed to be the first such centre in Britain, it will organise lectures and conferences for priests and laymen.
Fr. Michael Buckley, curate at St. Patrick's parish, Leeds, and founder of the "And You" liturgical weeks, has been named the warden.
Detailed plans have not yet been drawn up. But a former preparatory school, Wood Hall, near Linton, Wetherby, has been bought by the diocese and will be redecorated to provide accommodation for about 40 resident students.
LAY COURSES Four members of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux and four members of the Grail Movement will work full time at the centre, as secretaries, housekeepers and hostesses. The Grail women will give up their salaried jobs to work there as volunteers.
The centre's first object is to provide courses and discussion groups on Vatican II documents for the priests of the Leeds Diocese, said Fr. John Dunne, private secretary to Bishop Wheeler of Leeds.
But there will also be courses for lay people, aimed at increasing the layman's role in the life of the Church. And on the ecumenical side, Fr. Buckley plans to organise "discussions between Christian leaders, joint youth leadership courses, family weeks and so on."
Leaders of other denominations welcome the plan. Bishop Moorman of Ripon, an Anglican, hopes for close co-operation between the Catholic centre and his own Anglican centre a few miles away at Barrowby.
Fr. Buckley says that Bishop Wheeler, who was installed at Leeds just four months ago, is "the moving force" behind the centre.
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DELEGATES to the Trades Union Congress were asked by a Catholic Bishop on Sunday whether the movement might not learn from the older, more experienced, and "possibly more chastened brotherhood", the Chord).
Bishop Harris, auxiliary of Liverpool, speaking in the Sacred Heart Church in Blackpool on the eve of the Congress opening, said: "Trade union members can
their fellow member a brother—a term of togetherness which was so necessary in the days of struggle.
"But today, surely the trade union movement is bigger than its members? Surely its; horizon, its vision, is not confined to mere partisan politics? Surely today the brother of the trade unionist is every man — his fellowcitizen?
"Our interests, our needs, our concerns, are mutual. They are too interwoven to admit of self-centred decisions." Perhaps the Christhin Churches, struggling to conic together, could offer their experiences to guide any who wished to profit by them.
Trade unionism had grown up, but that did not mean every union member had grown up. It was tip to each member to ask himself if he was conscious of an impact radiating beyond the confines of a branch or a district.