Edited by Kerry Stephenson
Irish ban on late dancing observed
ABAN on dancing after midnight made by the Bishop of Clogher in the Irish Republic is to be observed by the local dance-hall proprietors.
Bishop O'Callaghan, 78, announced his ban in St.
Macartan's Cathedral, Monaghan earlier this month and a statement was read in all Catholic churches in the diocese.
The Bishop banned all aftermidnight dances during the winter in his diocese and warned parents against the danger of their children travelling long distances in cars to dances. He also forbade Catholics to attend dances outside the diocese without his permission. He also reminded priests of the diocese of the National Synod's regulations, sanctioned by the Holy See, which forbids them to promote carnivals.
The Bishop commented: "I expect all good Catholics to take heed of my ban as I am their father."
Relief agencies rumour 'fantastic' RUMOURS that some Catholic relief agencies are fighting a move to set up a Vatican organisation for social justice and aid to developing nations were described as "fantastic" by Mgr. Andrew Landi, the representative of the U.S. Catholic Relief Services and National Catholic Welfare Conference in Italy.
News agencies had reported that a number of Catholic relief organisations were opposing the proposed Vatican body because they feared it would take over control of their programmes. Mgr. Landi, who is in regular contact with these organisations, said he had never heard of any such moves.
"As I understand the Vatican Council, the purpose of such a body would be educational and informative-in no way concerned with the distribution of material assistance or any other function strictly belonging to Catholic relief agencies. Last week Pope Paul received a report from a committee headed by Cardinal Roy of Quebec which has been meeting in Rome to study means of implementing a suggestion at the Vatican Council for the creation of a Vatican organisation to foster the work of the lay apostolate and promote social justice.
Liverpool's big day cost £57,000
WHENWICIN Liverpool Cathedral next May there will be a full week of brass band concerts, symphony orchestral concerts, modem dancing in and around the cathedral, organ recitals, special art exhibitions, plays and a teach-in on the Church and the Arts-all to the tune of £57,000.
The Liverpool City Council has promised to pay £20,000. The Archdiocese of Liverpool will pay £10,000, and the rest is being sought from the city's businessmen.
Convent heads can give Communion THE Holy See has given bishops the faculty to allow mothers superior of convents to distribute Holy Communion to their communities when no priest is available.
A document called a "reserved instruction", issued by the Congregation of the Sacraments, specifies that the ruling is intended primarily for mission lands where there is a great shortage of priests and applies when a priest is not available "for several days" and the time of his return is uncertain.
A mother superior may give Communion in such cases both to herself and to members of her community. but she must do so in the convent chapel and not in public. The document also specifies that if there is a deacon or other cleric available, he should take precedence in performing this function.
Although the document has not been published. Vatican sources confirmed its existence last week. They pointed out that limited permissions of this nature were given by Pope Pius XI and later extended by Pope John. The new element is that bishops are now empowered to give permission without submitting individual cases to the Holy See.
`Promotion' for Jesuit Brothers
BY a revolutionary decree of BY the General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, now
meeting in Rome, Jesuit Brothers, previously relegated to the order's lowest grade, will be able to participate fully in its overall apostolic work. Those with special talents will also be competent to serve in the order's educational, scientific, technical and other specialist activities, and also in some administrative posts.
Brothers are also to be given the fullest possible training to equip them as "full" members of the Jesuit Order in every sense of the term. The decree also emphasises that the old idea that they should be confined to menial tasks will go. So will such past inequalities as the separation of brothers from priests in community dining halls and chapels.
The sweeping change affects the whole Jesuit Order and reflects its determination, under Fr. Pedro Arrupe, the SuperiorGeneral, to "up-date" itself not only to conform to Council dictates, but also to strengthen itself for wider and more effective work.
The Congregation has also voted for closer collaboration between the Jesuits and the Catholic laity. It has suggested particularly that the Jesuits should be willing not only to enlist the help of lay people, but also to serve them. A Jesuit spokesman said: "The laity, in various areas of competence, can often teach priests a great deal."
`Left' and 'Right' Catholics meet
ATWO-DAY debate between Catholic "Left" and "Right" will be held for Catholic university students from all over Britain at Leeds University on November 5 and 6.
Mr. Terry Eagleton, editor of Slant magazine and fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, will present the Catholic Marxist viewpoint. Mr. Cohn Brogan, journalist, will oppose him.
Other speakers in the "Christianity and Politics" conference will be the head of Leeds' Philosophy of Science Department, Dr. Ravet.z. and Fr. Charles Boxer, O.P.
Fatima pilgrimage draws 200,000
THE last big pilgrimage of 1966, and therefore the last to take place before the golden jubilee year of the Apparitions in 1917, has just ended at the Sanctuary of Fatima.
About 200,000 pilgrims, from all over Portugal and from abroad, stood or knelt under driving rain for the ceremonies.
The weather was so bad that only the Mass for the Sick was celebrated at the open-air altar by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Maximilian Furstenberg. Afterwards he gave the Eucharistic blessing to each sick person under the arcades at either side of the altar.