The Catholic newspaper, L'Avvenire d'Italia, has strongly criticised the official Italian broadcasting company for attempting to change the Biblical stories in radio plays. It extended its criticism to all such attempts, whether on the stage or in films.
Holy Week Play
The occasion for this protest was a threeact radio drama on the Passion broadcast during Holy Week.
" Judas," it wrote, " appeared as the wise man among the Apostles. He derided the ignorance and good faith of the others. His lust for money, the principal reason for his betrayal of his Master, was relegated to a secondary place in the drama.
" The impression created by the play, with the blasphemies repeatedly uttered by Judas against our Lord, ant:is historical errors, was extremely painful.
Compulsory Labour Service for Seminarists
Nobody is admitted as a student to a German University unless he has served his period in the labour service, writes our German correspondent. Until now an exception was made for seminarists. For them labour service was only optional. As a good deal of military training is included in the labour service and as the Concordat provides for the exemption of priests and seminarists from all military obligations, this arrangement was logical.
A new decree of the Minister of Education, Herr Rust, has, however, cancelled the exemption, so that for seminarists labour service requirements are now the same as fol4 other students.