A good, clean robbery
IF not our finest hour, at least we have been living through our greatest, for England has held the World's headlines for months on end. Within a week of the tragic end of the Ward Case, we have the biggest robbery ever known. It has been amusing to watch the reactions of various holy people who found the Ward case rather embarrassina but who, now, rush to read about the robbery which is to them "good, clean fun"!
I've paid my subscription to the Star Drivers Association. have received a temporary stick-on badge, a membership number and a receipt. This new motoring association seems to provide just what Christian drivers need. It faces the fact that driving is a mailer of conscience and could easily become a grave sin against charity. Star drivers have the courage to proclaim their beliefs so that the motorists behind and before them know the philosophic outlook of the man with whom they have to deal. The badge is a confession of Christian courtesy which, by its very publicity, helps the driver to behave as he should.
The Star Drivers Association was founded in the village of Corfe Mullen, Dorset, by a group of businessmen. Some readers would better understand me if I described this Association as a cell. The end of their action is to make Christian Public Opinion vocal on the roads. That an insurance company may be willing to reduce its premium by half for members. is timely recognition that conscience is the chief ingredient in road safety. Where a olaque of Our Lady or of St. Christopher seem in many cases to be little more than a safeguard for personal road safety, the Star Drivers Association badge (in beautiful aluminium) is a pledge to love your motoring neighbour like yourself.
The Motto Your Safety, My Concern" is both Christian and eloquent. The star in the Star Drivers Association was borrowed from the Magi on their journey to Bethlehem. More information may be had from the Star Drivers Association, Corte Mullen. Dorset. It would be glorious if CATHOLIC Heeteto readers gave their early support to so chivalrous a cause.
Round the clock
Fr. Anthony Mills, a young Irish Jesuit. writes to tell me that he has been appointed to Vatican Radio. This lets me out. I was only a stopgap until a more permanent appointment could be made. The Irish Jesuits have been associated with Vatican Radio almost from its inception and Fr. Nolan was superior of the whole community.
There are about twenty-four priests on the staff and the station broadcasts in almost every known language all round the clock. Whether or not Short Wave is an effective medium is a controversial point.
A great many bishops visited the station during the first session of the Council and. of those whom I met, hardly one had ever heard a Vatican programme. Holland is one of the few countries not represented; the practical Dutch found that they got more and better religious news and confluent on their own national stations than they could get from the Vatican.
Readers may remember the frequent references in this column to "Woman's Year". The title was then changed to Young Action and the teenagers who began it received some publicity in the 'Sunday 'Fimes' and in the 'News of the World'. Their aim went rather further than a mere fight against pornographic publications and visualised a concerted effort among young people to demand an increase of standards in every aspect of the commercial appeal to teenage support. This teenage movement developed along two lines, the one "Young Action", the other the Watch Committees, mainly in the North. The CATHOLIC 'HERALD reported recently how the two organisations were planning to meet. T.V. showed a picture of the delegates arriving for the conference in London and reports of this meeting are encouraging. Perhaps the Profumo case and the Ward trial have helped them. at any rate a very great number of young people are now expressing increasing interest, I hope that the whole movement will spread widely for it shows a healthy reaction and could have a considerable effect.
Sometime in September, Fontana Books will he publishing a new translation of the psalms. The book costs 316d. Behind this admirable venture-and I found the new translation delightful to read and most helpful lies all the hard work and prayer of the Grail.
This devoted group has already done so much to make the Gel i neau psalms known in England and this further effort to give us an up-todate text to work from. puts us more and more in their debt.
The Grail has been wideb, associated with all forms of charity and of Catholic Action but this work on the popularising of the scriptures may be the most lasting and most fruitful of all their apostolates.
Recently I heard for the first time this ancient and simple tale. A man driving a donkey and cartsame to a railway viaduct on a side line. with so little headroom that the donkey shied. The driver, nonplussed. took out his pick-axe and began to chip away the stone ceiling so that the donkey's head would have sufficient space. The station master from above. hearing the noise, came down to investigate. "Don't be cutting away the 'viaduct" he said. "you have a spade in the cart, dig the soil away from its feet." Said the man "It is not its legs that are too tall but its Stars".