`C.I I.' REPORTER
iCrUHE majority of those who heckle or ridicule Catholic Evidence Guild speakers at their outdoor meetingsdon't hate the Catholic Church or its members. They hate what they think the Catholic Church teaches," said Cardinal Godfrey, presiding at the annual general meeting of the Westminster Catholic Evidence Guild, held last Friday in the Cathedral Hall.
That made the work of the Catholic Evidence Guild all the more vital, said the Cardinal, "for the Church is in a very true sense Christ Our Lord, and C.E,G. speakers are spokesmen for Christ."
Miss Pamela Frankau in her address spoke of the need for " fully armed soldiers of Christ. forever on duty with a sword of intelligent knowledge knowledge about God, knowledge about his Church.
"As Frank Sheed says, ' we can of course decide not to bother with understanding, to build our whole spiritual life upon love and obedience. This attitude may at best be profound intellectual humility, at worst total intellectual unconcern. Either way, it is impoverishment, a refusal of nourishment which the soul must have.'" It was not only a matter of equipping ourselves for when we're attacked, said Miss Frankau. " Many questions are asked in good faith. They deserve the right, the accurate answer, instead of: ' Oh well. it's a mystery '."
Fr. Sydney Cox, Director of Studies of the Westminster guild, speaking in place of Fr. Charles Lowe who had been taken ill at the last minute, advised C.E.G. speakers to concentrate on the solid fundamental doctrines of the Church. " Debatable opinions' are out, as far as platform speaking is concerned. What is needed more than ever is a constant living acquaintance with the Scriptures. Soap-box orators of the old school no longer cut any ice, because people today are used to TV discussions."