26th December 1969

26th December 1969
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Sacred Nature Of Christmas In Claimer

Pope's warning FROM A ROME CORRESPONDENT T HE true meaning of Christmas is in danger of being suffocated by "external and profane customs which are getting the upper hand and......

`true Peace In The Heart'

FROM A ROME CORRESPONDENT. A CALL to mankind to give up the peace which follows military conquest and replace it with true peace which comes from forgiveness and love, was made......

Cardinal To Debate

at Cambridge - Union BY A STAFF REPORTER C ARDINAL HEENAN is to be one of the principal speakers at a debate at the Cambridge Union on February 23. He has agreed to debate the......

Laity's Role At Bishop's Dedication

By a Staff Reporter HE dedication of Bishop Casey as the new Bishop of Brentwood at St. Antony's Franciscan Church, Forest Gate, E. London, on February 2 will show a heavy......

New Bid To Change Sunday Law

A BILL to change the law on Sunday entertainment was introduced in the Commons last week by Mr. J. Parker. Labour M.P. for Dagenham. It was given a first reading. He said a......

Common Baptism Text Planned For Scotland

BY A STAFF REPORTER THE Catholic Church and the Episcopal Church in Scotland are to explore the possibility of a common text for baptism, to be used separately in each church......

Jesuit General Visiting Britain

By a Staff Reporter FR. PEDRO ARRUPE, General of the Society of Jesus, is paying a four-day visit to England and Scotland next month to meet members of the English Jesuit......

Abbots President Meet At, Douai

E IGHTEEN Abbots President of the world-wide Benedictine Order met last week at Douai Abbey, Woolhampton. Berkshire—the first time such a meeting has taken place outside Rome.......

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Bells Toll For Biafra Peace

BY A STAFF REPORTER M ASSES were said throughout Britain last Saturday for peace in Nigeria and Biafra. They were requested by Cardinal Heenan in response to an appeal by Sir......

The Story Of Sao Tome

FROM A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT SAO TOME lies 300 miles otf the coast of West Africa. Twenty-five miles long and 15 miles wide, the island is bathed in brilliant tropical sun all......

John Braine Attacked By Russian Editor

TOHN BRAINE and John JOHN the British authors, were strongly criticised by a leading Russian literary figure last week for abandoning their former Leftwing principles and......

Home Secretary Supports Reform Of Obscenity Law

BY A STAFF REPORTER R EFORM of the obscenity laws was supported by Mr. Callaghan, the Home Secretary, in the House of Commons last week. He agreed that attempts by lawyers and......

Shelter's Birthday Aim To Raise Third Million

BY A STAFF REPORTER SHELTER, the national campaign for the homeless, celebrated its third birthday buy announcing a campaign to raise fl million for its work. If successful,......

Jersey Catholic Schools' Hope Of Aid

U NLIKE England, or even its sister island Guernsey, the 'island of Jersey has, in the recent past, rigidly set its face against aid to Catholic schools. The two convent schools......

Barbed Wire Stays Up In Belfast

BY A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT T ROOPS are patrolling the streets of Belfast over the Christmas period and barbed wire barriers arc being left in place. Major Chichester Clark,......

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A Happy Hospital

SISTER CLAIRE O'DRISCOLL is a nurse as well as a nun which is not out of the ordinary. She is also a Sister Tutor, however, and there can't be many of those around who also......

Pearls Of The Year

TELEVISION by H. R. F. Keating 1969' the year when the new I.T.V, companies who had promised the Moon brought back the glass marbles. the year when the B.B.C. drew down on its......

Films By Freda Bruce Lockhart

Perfect Konstantin WITHOUT doubt the most enjoyable of the films which arrived with my first week of Christmas cards is Sidney Lumet's picture of Chekhov's The Sea Gull ("A,"......

Vocations Nuns Today

P ERHAPS it was due to films. Perhaps it was due to the habit. Perhaps it was due to the calm and peaceful atmosphere which characterises convents. Whatever the explanation......

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The Need Of Holy Worldliness

DRAYER is probably the most neglected activity PRAYER the modern world, even by religious people: The pace of contemporary life is so fast, the number of things that one is......

Ever The Same: Ever New

IT IS TRUE, as Cardinal Heenan has -I pointed out, that nothing really new can be said about Christmas, and that the only message to give is one of peace. At the same time,......

Why Pilgrims Have Always Found Peace In The Holy Land

by Douglas Brown IF I had time to go on a pil grimage to the Holy Land just now I should not let the unhappy state into which Israel's Pyrrhic victory has landed her put me......

Shepherds And Kings

T HE fi rst men to hear the good news that God had A made himself visible as a man among men, the first to see the great light that newly shone within the darkness of the world,......

Martyrs' Memorials

F VERY religion and every nation has its own martyrs, with the desire and right to commemorate them. War memorials are not enemies of peace, but reminders of a duty to ensure......

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Rhe New Order Of The Mass: Nescapable Parallel In Canon 2...

F IRST. may I thank Fr. Stewart (December 12) or his courteous and charitble reply to my article of 4ovember 28, and assure him hat 1 should never for a foment doubt his......

For And Against New Liturgy

I PLEAD Not Guilty to Freda Bruce Lockhart's accusation (December 12) that the cler g y are failin g to express their doubts about the new litur g y. I have joined the Latin......

Mixed Marriages And Conscience

M AY I respectfully submit certain misgivings regarding Father John Symon's reply (December 12) to the question on mixed marriages. It would take up too much space to mention......

Decorations For Vietcong Atrocities

A LL Vietcon g atrocities are planned and deliberate, and approved of by the North Vietnam g overnment. Indeed, especially successful terrorists are decorated. And, I scarcely......

Pass The Plums

A S a militant schoolmaster with four children of my own, I thought this Account of a recent traumatic experience mi g ht fascinate readers like W. P. Martin (November 28) and......

Concern Of Youth

A MONTH ago, 36 fifthform girls of Stockport Convent held a sponsored fast. They raised £ 101, which they sent to Cafod for the relief of world starvation. In my experience,......

The 'missa Normative'

Question — What exactly is the meaning of the phrases which are continuously being handfed about in the Cat hone Press just now, "Normative Mass" and "Missa Norma( iva"? A.H.,......

The 'sign-in': Let Us Take Greed Out Of Our Lives

MR. JOHN BIGGS-DAVIDSON, M.P., seems (December 12) to have missed the whole point of the "Sign in" to get the Government to give 1 per cent of the country's gross national......

In His Letter Of December 12 2 Mr. John M.p., Makes

the astonishing claim that "Budget priorities for an uncertain future and the allotment of national resources between defence, police . .. are not matters for ecclesiastics."......

Honouring The Forty Martyrs

W ITH due respect and g oodwill towards Dr. Ramsey, Catholics cannot a g ree that the canonisation of our martyrs "would be harmful to the cause of ecumenism in England." We......

Kiss Of Peace

I COULDN'T disa g ree more with the strictures Desmond Albrow puts forward a g ainst the adoption of the Kiss of Peace in the Normative Mass (Dec. 19 ) . Such insularity is......

Thanks Leaflets

S URELY we have heard more than enough bleatings from the few strayed sheep. Their dissatisfied cries will make people think that the flock has strayed from the way rather than......

F Rom Simply Seeking Information About Natural I .aw And...

Vitae (rather disarmin g from an exmember of the Papal Commission), Dr. John Marshall (December 12 ) now passes to criticism. Little need be said to show that the reproductive......

Argument On Natural Law

D K. MARSHALL points out (December 12) some of the difficulties in basin g a condemnation of contraception on the natural law. I wonder if he could tell me what is wrong with......

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Why Men Could Wait No Longer For God

by J. H. CREHAN, S.J. The New Life of Grace by P. Fransen, S.J. (Geoffrey Chapman Ltd. 60s.) T HERE is a general consent nowadays that the doctrine of grace has to be......

Pasternak As Playwright

by ELIZABETH JENNINGS The Blind Beauty by Boris Pasternak (Collins 25s.). T HIS play has an interesting history, as has, indeed, anything written by such a great writer as......

Russian Roots Laid Bare

by JUDITH LISTOWEL Russia, Slavdom and the Western World by Janko Lavrin (Geoffrey Bles 25s.) Moscow Under the Skin by Vero Roberti (Geoffrey Ries 32s. 6d.) The Demonstration......

A Truly Sparkling Celtic Occasion

by EDWARD DONOUGH O'BRIEN An Evenin g with Co g arty: Wit —Poems — Limericks performed by Ulick O'Connor (Mercier Press, Cork) "THE theme—the poet— the speaker—what a......

When The History Of Ireland Was Changed For Ever

by Sir CHARLES PETRIE Jacobite Ireland, 1685-91 by J. G. Simms (Routledge & Kegan Paul 50s.) T HE book supplies a longfelt want, During the past ten or twenty years a number......

The Penal Time Priests

by G. ANSTRUTHER, O.P. Irish Prietts of the Penal Times by W. P. Burke (Irish University Press 73s. 6d.) T HIS is a facsimlile reprint of a work which was privately printed as......

Holiday Reading

Yahweh's Land (Burns and Oates, 42s.) is either a history hook nor it travelogue. Alfons Senfter has used his photographs and notes to give some impressions of the land in which......

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Maureen Vincent, Doctor's Wife And Mother Of Seven...

from 5 to 15, after seeing a preview of the B.B.C.'s TV sex education programme, says M Y first reactions on reading about the B.B.C.'s sex education programmes for primary......

Japanese Storm Over Christian Pavilion

W HEN Catholic and some Protestant organisations in Japan agreed to cooperate in erecting a Christian Pavilion for the 1970 World Exposition (Expo '70) in Osaka, the project......

Dutch Study Forms Of Ministry

T H E National Council of .4 . Dutch priests has admitted that the issue of optional celibacy must be studied in the.context of the Church's world-wide situation. But it went on......

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`sit-in' By Basque Steelmen

A GROUP of Basque steel workers who have been holding a sit-in strike in a Catholic church at Zumarraga for nearly a month say they will spend Christmas there. They are......

School's Walk To Help Work Of Priest In India

P UPI LS at St. Peter's Catholic Grammar Sohool, of Prestwich, Manchester, who have raised nearly £1,000 for charity in the past year, and hope to raise this to £1,500 in the......

Vatican Paper Attacks 'signor Atticus'

QTRONG umbrage has " been taken by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano to an article in the Atticus column of the Sunday Times headed "A Sociologist in Ascent." The......

Slant Seeks Peace On Church Porch

A PART from a degree of sporadic impact here and there, the net result of the establishment of Slant groups had been disappointing, said an editorial in the November issue of......

Cantata Honours St. Thomas H Becket A Dramatic Cantata In...

of St. Thomas a Beckett is to be presented in Canterbury Cathedral next year by a group of people largely from the parish of St. Thomas of Canterbury. The......

Information Centre For Ex-prisoners

BY A STAFF REPORTER THERE are now so many agencies offering specialised services for the 50,000 men who leave prison every year that ex-prisoners become confused or miss the......

Award For Lady Jackson

EARL MOUNTBATTEN quoted this week extracts from the speech made ten years ago by his late wife at her last public appearance in Britain. Opening an exhibition on world poverty......