R. BERNARD HAERING, C.S.S.R., declared last week that "Communism has developed a sense of society, a sense of the common good, which corresponds more to true Christianity than the narrowminded concept of individual good behaviour".
Speaking at a press conference in San Francisco, the German moral theologian said the Church must not be allowed to become "a museum of Irish provincialism or German tradition of the past centuries".
The demands of Christian morality went far beyond obeying a code of rules. "What Marx saw exists much the same today among the have and have-not nations. The next generation will have to pay hard if we who call ourselves Christians don't see our responsibility towards the rest of the world."
Ecumenical move not proselytising
PRESIDENT KADHAKRISFINAN of India said last week that Pope Paul had told him the aim of the ecumenical movement was not to "spread Christianity" but to "establish kinship" with other religions.
Recalling how he had met the Pope during the 1964 International Eucharistic Congress in Bombay, the philosopher-president pointed out that there was a tendency throughout the world to treat religion as a "matter of personal experience".
He said the Pope told him that ecumenism seeks to recognise the "value of every faith" and to discover how people of different religions can "mix up".
Latin Mass group spreads to Italy
AUNA Voce Society has been formed in Italy to preserve the Latin Mass and the traditonal music of the Church. Its headquarters are in Rome.
Like the British Latin Mass Society it is affiliated to the international Una Voce movement which has headquarters in Zurich. Other branches are in France, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Scotland and Norway.
Chinese Catholics' Saturday 'option'
PERMISSION to allow the Catholics in the Taichung diocese of Tawian to fulfil their Sunday Mass obligation by going to Mass the previous Saturday afternoon has been received from the Doctrinal Congregation.
Bishop William F. Kupfer, M.M., has announced that the reason he requested this concession was to alleviate the scarcity of priests in the diocese and to make it more convenient for Catholics to fulfil their obligation of attending Mass on Sunday.