To Be Taken In Liverpool
Further Plans Of Mgr. Downey
T his weeh we are able to announce the formation of a co-ordinating Societ for the Archdiocese of Liverpool, to be linow-tt " Catholic Social Economic Action." This has been established by the Archbishop of Liverpool (Mgr. Downey) with the object of binding together every Catholic organisatiort in the diocese to prevent wasteful overlapping of their diverse activities.
TMs week we are able to announce the form tion of a co-ordinating Society for the 4rchdiocese of Liverpool, to be kno4z as "Catholic Soda! Economic Acti n." This has been established by the rchbishop of Liverpool (Mgr. Downey) wit1z the object of binding together ever Catholic organisation in the diocese to prevent wasteful overlapping of their diverse activities, Mr. T. P. Davis, K.H.S., J.P., has been appointed president and the Rev. William Butterfield, DD., Ph.D., Ecclesiastical Assistant. This co-ordinating society is divided into two clearly defined sections, one of which will be known as the Catholic Social Guild, iaving Fr. Denman Fox, M.A., as Ecclesiastical Assistant and Mr. J. Shaw as chairman. The other has been entitled the Public Service Committee, and has for chairman. Mr. P. Taggart. F.S.A.A.
Attached to these there will be a number of other societies termed Auxiliaries such as the $t. Vincent de Paul Society, Ladies of Cha ity, the Catholic Benevolent Society, the Catho1ic Aid Society and the Catholic Children's Protection Society.
Conducted Action The object of the scheme is the furtherance of Catholic Action in accordance with the recniirements of this country It is recognised that there are three problems to be confronted; (a) leakage; (b) (*inversions of non-Catholics to the Fah* and (c) the solution of the social problems.
To dial with the leakage from the Church the Leg on of Mary is regarded as the ideal organisation with the Christian Doctrine Confratrrnity and the Children of Mary as auxiliaries.
For Conversion to the Faith the Catholic EvidenCe Guild and the Catholic Truth Society are most suitable, with the assistance of various other societies in an auxiliary capacity. Social questions can obviously he dealt with by the Catholic Social Guild.
The Auxiliaries Such societies as the Catholic Young Men's Society, the Knights of St. Columba, the Catenians, and the Catholic Women's League will in all probabilities rank as auxiliaries coming under more than one heading, in as much as their present activities include participation in more than one of the headings for which Catholic Social Economic Action exists, Such is the completeness of the organisation, that every society existing at present will dovetail into the scheme as an auxiliary, including also the purely spiritual societies such as the Third Order, Apostleship of Prayer and the Blessed Sacrament Confraternity.
The Catholic press will be a general auxiliary to all the Societies.
This is the general diocesan plan for Liverpool, forming part of the great national scheme outlined in the Catholic Herald last week known as the " National Committee of Catholic Unity."
Mgr. Downey's Hopes When Mgr. Downey first announced the forthcoming establishment of the organisation, which he has now designated " Catholic Social and Economic Action," he said: '4 In this way we hope to contribute in some degree to the right solution to the pressing social problems of our day. and to help in the establishment in society of the reign of Christ the King."
His Grace also appealed to those who had the necessary qualifications to come forward and give the community the benefit of ,their education and experience.
It was necessary that Catholics should have a thorough grasp of the Church's teaching and be able to apply it to everyday life. It was particularly desirable for those who were to take part in public life— on city or town councils, in trades unions, professional associations or societies for social betterment.
As the conditions governing such public work varied in different districts, Mgr. Downey trusted that the necessary steps would be taken by those responsible to meet the local requirements.