25th December 1970

25th December 1970
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Crisis In Poland May Dash Pope's Visit Hope

BY A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT A FTER days of rioting and bloodshed in the Gdansk area of Poland following government-imposed food price increases, Mr. Gomulka, head of the......

Theme For Unity Week Announced

D URING the third week in January many Christians will observe the week of prayer for Christian unity. The theme for the 1971 observance is taken from St. Paul's second letter......

We Resign, Say Church Race Group Members

BY A STAFF REPORTER 'TWO MEMBERS of the Catholic Church's interim race relations cornmittee resigned last week over church authorities' refusal to allow them to issue a......

Key Directory Dropped For 1971: Rising Costs Blamed

BY A STAFF REPORTER THERE will be no Catho lic Directory for the year 1971, and the whole future of this key reference book to the Church in Britain is in doubt. ?tr. John......

New Mayor Was Pow Convert

BY A STAFF REPORTER OUNCILLOR John Wells will be the next and first Catholic Lord Mayor of Westminster. His term of office will begin next May. Councillor Wells was received......

Ex-priests' Aid Groups

in merger TWO Catholic societies which have been helping priests and religious who leave the ministry to re-settle in the outside world have, after a meeting of......

Islamic Council In Talks At Vatican H Igh Level Regular...

are to take place between Catholics and Moslems to further better understanding between two religions and to work together for Justice and Peace in the world. This was decided......

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The Things That Are Not Caesar's

TELEVISION cameras and a capacity audience packed the church of St. Mary Bow, Cheapside, in the City of London last week for the twin pulpit lunchtime dialogue between Malcolm......

Archbishop On Spain's 'moral Poverty'

FROM A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT S PAIN was suffering from "doctrinal, spiritual, and moral poverty," Archbishop Morcillo Gonzalez of Madrid told the Spanish Bishops' Conference.......

Requiem For De Gaulle

A SOLEMN Requiem Mass was held for General de Gaulle in Westminster Cathedral last Tuesday at 11 a.m. The Mass was concelebrated by Cardinal Heenan and the chaplains of the......

University Chaplains' Conference

- NEARLY 70 priests and nuns attended a week's training course at London University Chaplaincy for those engaged in chaplaincy work in higher education. Arranged by the National......

New Leader For Young Volunteers

M R. DICK COPELAND, a regional development officer in the Highlands of Scotland, is to take over as head. of the overseas volunteer department of the Catholic Institute for......

Pope Paul Speaks Of Menaces To Peace

POPE PAUL opened a curtailed week of Christmas-activities on Sunday with an appeal for peace in the world and art indirect reference to recent uprisings in Spain and Poland. In......

Vatican Black Market Story Denied

THE Vatican denied last week that it was involved in any sort of illicit or fraud ulent traffic in butter and sugar imported from Common Market nations. The statement said......

Peru:problems Of Rebuilding A Nation

FROM A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT THE biggest problem which has faced relief organisations and local authorities in the earthquake-devastated area of Northern Peru has been the ban......

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Visit By Advocate Of Courage

one of the giants of the Vatican Council, is to make a speaking tour in Britain early next year. Professor Rahner has, like so many progressives, had a stormy academic career.......

Ancient Rite Preserved

S PAIN, noted for its ability to resist change in many ways, has managed to preserve a small part of its traditional liturgy intact from the depredations of Vatican reformers.......

Queen Bess Pirate Plot

S ELDOM can the old saying that truth is stranger than fiction have been better demonstrated than in the discovery of some old documents of the Inquisition in Malta. For they......

Lear Aspirant From Norway

T " "-and-coming Norwegian film star, Toralv Maurstad, who plays Grieg in the latest film version of the "Song of Norway," may well become the first Norwegian actor to acquire......

Sobering Thought

A LCOHOL exacerbated three chief malaises afflicting British society, crime, drug addiction and absenteeism, maintained the Rev. Kenneth Greet at the recent annual meeting of......

A Russian Tribute

T HE Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Leningrad, the Metropolitan Nicodemus, has devoted a doctoral thesis to Pope John XXIII. His thesis, 657 pages long, has been submitted to the......

Tribute To Teilhard

1 another scientific 4 z priest, Abbot Gregor Mendel, the Benedictine whose researches founded the science of genetics. the Jesuit Pere Teilhard de Chardin has attracted more......

On Sugar And Poverty

If Britain enters the Com• mon Market without safeguarding the interests of countries like Mauritius, Fiji and the West Indies, argue two young Catholics, whole populations will......

Gabriel Fallon's Dublin Diary

THAT meditative man John Mulcahy, editor and owner of the fortnightly review Hibernia, seems intent on raising questions customarily ignored or quietly swept under the carpet.......

Brickbats For Two Church Leaders

dinal Conway is rebuked on the head of a speech made at a recent degree-conferring ceremony at Maynooth. The Cardinal had spoken of his concern for the state of contemporary......

Year-round Christmas Spirit Needed

by Paula Davies C HRISTMAS DAY is a time for families to gather in peace and joy. Despite the commercial and over-indulgent aspects of Christmas it is still a time for......

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The Loyal Critics

Q0 Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Soviet author, may be exiled from his native Russia or tried as a criminal for criticising his country abroad, while in countries like Spain it......

Ristmas And Atheism

by Cardinal Suenens A T Christmas time we are called upon to fall on our knees before the mystery of God ' s love for men. That Heshould love us, we Christians are very......

Reverence Before The Crib

Stevas St. John by Norman T HE Christmas festival is with us once again and we can all be grateful that we have been granted the gift of another Christmas rejoicing, and the......

Tolerance (4)

L AST week I was re fleeting on intolerance as a misguided expression of zeal. It can, of course, spring from uglier motives — fear, suspicion, resent ment, snobbery or......

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Power Cuts And Death

T HE sharp, and often abusive, reaction of the public to the power station workers' work-to-rule prompts the Christian worker to consider his duty when faced with a call to......

Low-level Debate By Catholics On South Africa

MR. DOUGLAS BROWN'S article on the CIIR debate South Africa (December 18) was of great interest, particularly to one who, like myself, was not unfortunately able to attend. It......

Sacrificing The Unborn Child

M RS. D. M. BARKER su g g ests (Dec, 11 ) that, in an extreme case, the life of the foetus is to be sacrificed to that of the mother, on the g rounds of the mother's right to......

Question And

ANSWER Conducted by Fr. JOHN SYMON Question—At 2.45 a.m. on August 4, 1968, 1 was awakened by a weird noise and I ant convinced that 1 was in the presence of visitors to the......

Visitors To Earth

bers of our human family, and livin g on another planet. Let us assume that these bein g s are immortal. Now it mi g ht well be su gg ested that, because the Gospel was written......

Bernadette Is No Laughing Matter

A BRIE! , FALLON (Dec. 11) thinks it strange that, as a "professional humorist," I should remain "sternly unamused by the antics of . Bernadette Devlin, the "gerril" whose......

Mod Gear Of Swinging Priests

F R. Hebblethwaite (Dec II ) could have saved his lon g telephone conversation if he had mentioned that it has atways been the tradition of the cler g y to have distinctive......

Community Life T Have Noted With Interest I The...

concernin g nuns' dress and feel it opens the much deeper q uestion of the real si g nificance of the nuns' community life. Havin g been a nun for nine years I was a little......

Christmas Appeal

I NOTE that the sum obtained by your Christmas Appeal is still well below last year's total. This leads me to wonder whether all the new and prog ressive Christianity bein g......

Our Sins And Sins Of Our Ancestors

M R. Brian Mannin g 's letter ( Dec. 11 ) puzzles me. There is no trace of "ri g ht win g ery" self-ri g hteous or otherwise. in my review of "Back t o Africa." In fact, I......

A Christian East Coming To Rescue Of The West?

NORMAN ST. JOHN-STEVAS'S intri g uin g picture of India (December 18) opens up an exciting (if daunting) prospect of a Christian East; callin g into bein g , as it were, a new......

Vigils To Support Peace

live in a world in which the g ap between rich and poor grows ever g reater. As lon g as this situation prevails, there can be no hope for peace. This scandal needs to be faced......

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Mumpsimus And Mr. Shah

by H. R. F. KEATING I HAD thought that this year was going to simply one more in which I failed to use in print my favourite word "mumpsimus." But what a Christmas present! As......

French-canadian British Patriot

by Maj.-Gen. Viscount MONCKTON of BRENCHLEY Vanier: Soldier, Diplomat and Governor General by Robert Speaight (Collins & Harvill Press 70s) O N reading this excellent book one......

Ecumenism And Ethics With No Mystical Spark

by Dom ILLTYD TRETHOWAN, O.S.B. Christian Ethics by OttoA. Piper (Nelson's Library of Theology 105s.) T I IL: author of this book, now in his eightieth year, has taught at......

Compassion And The Judges

The English Judge by Henry Cecil (Stevens 35s.) A N important of tant survey of the j udicial today by the former County Court Jud g e Harry Leon, better known as author and......

The Church—yesterday And Today

by Fr. S. G. A. LUFF The Truth about the Early Church by William Neil (Hodder & Stoughton Gs.) William Neil sets out to do more than vindicate the historicity of the Acts of......

Happy—playing By The Railway

by Freda Bruce Lockhart C HRISTMAS at the cinema looks happier than it has done for years. In The Railway Children, (1), ABC 2, Shaftesbury Avenue) we have a family film almost......

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Adoption—a Shift In Emphasis

IDEALLY, every ch il d should grow up in the secure. happy environment of his own home, cared for by his own parents—but unfortunately, this ideal is not always attainable. For......

Iron Curtain Christmas With All The Trimmings

BY A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT B EHIND the Iron Curtain Christmas is still celebrated—in spite of more than fifty years of oppression and suppression. The attempt of the Communists......

Rhodesia Bishops' Strong Protest Over Race Bill

R HODESIA'S Catholic bishops have now issued their full statement made to the Smith administration giving their reasons nor opposing the Residential Property Owners (Protection)......

Cardinal Gilroy To Retire He Archbishop Of Sydney,...

Norman Gilroy, Australia's of* native-born Australian cardinal and the first cardinal to be knighted since the Reformation, announced last week that he will retire on January......