THE January meeting of the World Council of Churches in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is expected to bring a fixed date for Easter nearer. The W.C.C., of which the Catholic Church is not a member, has circulated its 239 member churches with four suggestions following talks earlier this year in Switzerland.
The suggested dates are the Sunday after the second Saturday in April; a Sunday between April 12 and 18; or either the second or third Sunday in April.
At the Swiss talks the old principle was accepted that Easter's date should be fixed with reference to the Spring Equinox (March 21) and the following first full moon.
VARYING CALENDARS Because of the varying calendars and ways of determining the full moon, the Eastern and Western Churches usually celebrate Easter about a imonth apart.
All the Western Churches, including the Catholic, Anglican and British Free Churches, have stated their support for a fixed April date. The most popular is the second Sunday in April.
At. present Easter only coincides once every four years between the East and West Churches.
Irish vocations conference
ASPECIAL welcome was given to Bishop Casey of Brentwood the newly appointed episcopal assistant of the Conference of Diocesan Directors of Vocations, at the conference's recent meeting in Dublin.
Among the subjects discussed was the problem of priests' recruiting in Irish schools; and a proposal was made to rationalise the present position.
A visit was made to St Patrick's College, Maynooth, where a dialogue took place with students on their training for the priesthood in a university setting.