A REPRESENTATIVE committee of the Quakers has recommended that the criminal offences of simple drunkenness and being drunk and disorderly be abolished.
THE NEW Anglican Bishop of Southwark in succession to Dr Mervyn Stockwood is to be Dr Ronald Bowlby, currently bishop of Newcastle, it was announced on Tuesday. The previous day Dr Gerald Ellison announced that he was to resign as Anglican bishop of London at the end of next April.
MORE than 1,300 people leave for Lourdes on Monday for 'Liverpool's 50th archdiocesan pilgrimage. On the first pilgrimage in 1923 the World War I victim Jack Traynor was cured.
THE REMAINS of Martin Gillett, historian of Walsingham and co-founder of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary were buried in the Slipper Chapel at Walsingham this month during a Mass said by Bishop Clark of East Anglia, Fr Clive Birch and Fr Seamus Cunnane.
AN ANGLICAN clergyman is going over to Rome in a novel way. The Reverend Gary Meirion Jones, vicar of Ash Vale, Surrey, is leading a 1,000 mile sponsored cycle ride starting today. He hopes to raise money for his parish community centre and to hand a greeting to the Pope from the Anglican bishop of Guildford.
THE WEDDING reception for a Catholic marriage held in St Paul's Cathedral was given in No 10 Downing Street, on Saturday. Mr Pierangelo Matteoni married Suzanne, the daughter of Mr Peter Taylor, the house manager of the Prime Niinister's London home.
THE UNITED West London University Chaplaincies presented a cheque for 13000 to the staff of Providence Row home for the destitute last Wednesday. The money was towards fire prevention and fire-fighting equipment, for the hostel. Speaking for Providence Row, Mr Larry Hindle said, "It is marvellous what the young people have done, and we are immensely grateful, but we are still in need of a further £90,000 before we meet all the fire prevention requirements."
A PROMINENT member of the Catholic charismatic renewal movement said last week that the problem with the Church today was that "instead of evangelising the world it is being evangelised by the world."
Fr Tom Forrest CSSR, director of the international communications office for Catholic charismatic renewal was speaking at a renewal conference at Hopwood Hall, Manchester. More than 200 priests and nuns attended, and Bishop Langton Fox of Menevia, currently making a good recovery from a stroke, spoke on ecumenism.
A POSTAL vote with individual numbered voting papers was used by the Brentwood Catholic Teachers' Association for the first time for the election of the 1980-81 senior and junior vicechairman. Gordon Smith was elected as senior vice-chairman and Tony Innes as junior vicechairman. The Association's main tasks this year are the redeployment of teachers in the Diocese due to falling pupil rolls, the growth of Catholic sixth forms, and teacher representation on the effective policy-making sub-committees of the recently resurrected Diocesan Education Commission.