HEENAN : "NOTHING EVER UNPLEASANT" "I AM grateful to my nonCatholic and Jewish neighbours in the West Riding For their kindness and for so constantly inviting me to share their social interests. " During six years in Yorkshire I can recall no unpleasant word or incident between Catholics and those of other faiths."
(Bishop Heenan. on hearing of his appointment to liverpooll those received annually into the Catholic Church.
• They are not compiled in order to crow Over fellow-Christians, but as part and parcel of a wellorganised Institution.
Naturally, we thank God for the blessings and confirmation which He has given to the apostolic efforts of all concerned of the prayers and work of clergy and people in the service of God. But we are the first to admit the so-called "leakage" or drift, temporary or permanent, of very many in the Church.
Figures of this " leakage " arc obviously impossible to ascertain with any sort of accuracy. But of the figures of cons crsion there can he no doubt whatever, compiled as they are from exact ;duns which every priest has to give to the Bishop.
TODAY Christianity as a whole
stands together in defence of spiritual and moral faith and values, subject to direct or indirect attack by countless secularist forces. As the Holy Father has often underlined, Christians must seek to stand together against the forces of materialism and secularism: They must respect one another's good intentions. They should defend one another when attacked by unbelievers and the enemies of God.
The unique claims of the I Catholic Church in communion with the See of Peter and its apostolic commission need in no mav inerfere with this common stand.
We have our job to do as we see it and it is exactly the same job, whether in Britain, on the Continent, or in distant parts of the globe. But we do it. not for our own glory. whether personal or corporate; we do it for the greater glory of God.
fg WHEN one of you says, I am for Paul, and another, I ant for Apollo, are not these human thoughts.? Why, what is Apollo, what is Paul ? Only the ministers of God in whom your faith rests, who have brought that faith to each of you in the measure God granted. It wets for me to plant the seed, for Apollo to water it, but it was God who gave the increase. And if so, the man who plants, the man who waters, count for nothing; God is everything, since it is he who gives the increase. This man plants, that man waters; it is all one. And yet either will receive his own wages, in proportion to his own work. You are a field of God's tilling, a structure of God's design; and we are only his assistants." (I. CUR. 3,5-9)