Since Archbishop Amigo gave his blessing to the Southwark Diocesan Catholic Parents' and Electors' Association, development has gone forward rapidly. Nincry-six parishes have already formed, are forming or are about to form associations. The central committee under the chairmanship of Councillor J. F. Parker, has formulated the objects of the association as:
(1) To promote and safeguard Catholic interests generally and with especial regard to the needs of Catholic education;
(2) To acquaint parents with their rights, duties and powers; • (3) to give attention to the needs of Catholic youth; (4) To promote and encourage representation on all public and educational bodies.
The organisation rests on parish associations, which then group themselves into central councils covering parliamentary divisions. The ultimate units of each parish association are best when they are small neighbourly groups co-ordinated through committee members; by this means Ibis%) and action is facilitated, particularly in scattered rural parishes.
Liaison from the diocesan committee is provided by a sport monthly bulletin, which advises on policy and action and prints summarised reports of action from its central councils.
The first bulletin makes the point that the White , Paper deliberately sets out to obtain public reaction to its controversial proposals. The Bill which will grow front it will be shaped by these reactions. The correct channel along which Catholic reaction can most effectively move is electoral representation to the M.P. of the parliamentary division by means of a well-organised mass-meeting of the Catholic electorate.