year to the governors and managers of Catholic schools in England and Wales, where about onethird of the teachers are nonCatholics.
The memorandum also acknowledged with gratitude the devotion and service given by many non-Catholic teachers in our schools" and recognised "our obligations to them." The CIT. asked for the memorandum to he widely distributed.
Mr Robert Hughes, headmaster of St Wilfred's School, Gateshead, who succeeded Miss Mary Hayes as president of the federation, addressed the conference on the teacher's role in a society.
He said living standards were high, but standards of behaviour were declinipg, This decline could he seen in the crisis of authority in Church and Parliament, confrontations and strikes, legal acceptance of abortion, increased violence and the breakdown of family life. he said.
While the picture was not completely black, he said —
many people taking part in voluntary service for the community — teachers had a very special duty to give witness to the spirit of Christ, The theme of the conference, 'Community Development'. emphasises the determination that must be ours in order to bring an effective apostolate in our society."
Mr Hughes quoted the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, who said last year that Britain was drifting into a state of anarchy and the people of this country were desperately in need of truth with greater evidence of integrity, loyalty and selfdiscipline. It was the solemn obligation of teachers to accept this challenge, said Mr Hughes.
-Pope Paul, in speaking on the Christian in the modern world, tells us that we must learn to look on the world. on human life as it is, could and should be, and what we (hiscover should serve as an incentive for greater involvement and more generous service, because love is at the root of um Christian concept of the world."
Earlier, Mr Hughes stressed
the need for an organised and informed body of Catholic teachers" and said the CTF had provided representatives in helping prepare Government reports, on Diocesan Schools Commissions and on the Catholic Education Council.
He congratulated the council on its appointment of special advisers for primary, secondary and religious education.
The three-day conference, at St Mary's College of Education, heard a paper by Dr Thomas Batten, one of the country's leading experts in community development.
Discussion ranged over most of the problems facing teachers today and members joined one of nine groups discussing aspects of community, including the school community, relationships with other communities and Christian values in a secular society.
Mr Noel Lawn, the CTF's publicity officer, said the annual conference had been "the best attended to date,"
The delegates attended a reception given by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle. Mrs M. Collins, at the Civic Centre,