From a Special Correspondent
All Catenians, as individuals, should be, as many were, active in the good work done by other Catholic societies, and they should take their part in local and national affairs. The man who was content merely to move between his church pew and his armchair was not the stuff of which 100 per cent. Catenians were made.
So said Mr. G. E. Hildred, ORE., newly-elected Grand President of the Catenian Association, addressing the annual meeting of the association in Buxton on Saturday last. the Grand President went on to add that the association, as a body, did not engage upon fields of activity already covered by other societies and did not normally intervene in public affairs.
If, however, a serious tuitional crisis arose to threaten those interests which it was their object to promote then it would be for the governing body to decide the time and manner of any necessary intervention.
Welcoming the delegates, the non-Catholic Mayor of Buxton, Councillor G. A. Williams, said:
" Christianity is the only force great enough to provide the dynartkic power to stabilise and strengthen progressive democracy. The aspects of faith and service expressed in your religion give a place of importance to the material side, but they make it quite clear that the function of a Christian policy is not primarily to secure the material welfare of the individual but the securing of the maximum opportunity for the development of the individual personality in regard to the spirit and mind." Mgr. Ellis, Bishop of Nottingham, acknowledged the great work done by the association not only for its own members but in many activities outside the order. Many civic leaders were present at the function as members.