Have you any problem on your mind? If you have and you feel that its solution would be of assistance to other people, le• us have it. If, on the other hand, your difficulty is a private one, it will be solved by private letter.
What is the Oxford Group Movement? Is it einful fur Catholics to attend their meetings? (Interested).
Dr. Frank Buchman, an American Lutheran, founded his movement gradually between 1918 arid 1927, the title " the Oxford Groups " becoming popular in England in the 'twenties. Aiming at the moral and spiritual reform of individuals, the movement observes social, political arid economic ills throughout the world, and seeks to reform them on Christian lines. It does not profess to be a new religion or sect, and it condemns no religion; nor does it lay down any formal mode of service or of public prayer, though various observances, ultimately Protestant in origin, have become customary. For further details Bishop M. J. Browne's pamphlet, The Group Movement (C.T.S.) is recommended.
Catholics may not belong to the Oxford Groups on account of the dan ger to their faith. This prohibition does not, of course, apply to cooperation with them in work such as social service. One must distinguish carefully between beliefs and practices which derive from Protestantism of the Evangelical type, and other work, of an admirable kind, which any oreanisation, religious or secular, might undertake. A Catholic cannot in conscience join an organisation which acts on the assumption that all religions are equally good.