—N. EUROPE LAY CONFERENCE TOLD MEETING in London at the weekend for a North European conference, Scandinavian, British and Irish delegates heard pleas for an end to Catholic "war psychology", and for ecumenism and the lay apostolate to be developed in a renewal of the living parish as a leaven in the commune.
The conference was organised by the National Council for the Lay Apostolate in England and Wales, on behalf of the Permanent Committee for International Congresses of the Lay Apostolate. Delegates were joined by a member of the Permanent Committee's ecclesiastical commission, Archbishop Castelli, who came from Rome for the purpose.
Papers on the unity of Catholics, of Christians, and of all men were presented by Fr. Edward Mitchison, former Y.C.W. national chaplain; Fr. Henry St. John, the Dominican Provincial; and Professor I. M. Cameron, of Leeds University.
[Reports of their papers appear on page 6.] With the delegates from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland came Coadjutor Bishop Gran of Oslo. The English hierarchy was represented by Bishop Petit of Menevia, Bishop Cashman (Auxiliary of Westminster), and Mgr. Derek Warlock. Bishop Hart of Dunkeld came from Scotland with Mgr. James Monaghan, V.G.
Home delegates and experts included Mr. Dermot de Trafford, chairman of the National Council for the Lay Apostolate in England and Wales; Mr. R. P. Walsh, secretary of the Catholic Social Guild: Mr. Patrick Keegan, K.S.G.; Dr. K. McDonnell; Miss Margaret Feeny, of the Sword of the Spirit; and Mrs. StuytSimpson.