Nif those parents who are so grasping that for the sake of money they will neglect their prime parental duties," said Archbishop Heenan of Liverpool on Wednesday last week, speaking to Girls' Welfare Association at Liverpool Town Hall. " For the sake of what are called 'extras' in the home, essentials in the home are abandoned.
" It is not profitable to have the biggest television in the street if there is no companionship in the family." he added. A Nottingham headmaster had been quoted as saying that 21 out of 25 pupils in a class chosen at random never sat down to a meal with their parents. even on a Sunday.
" We may suppose that these parents are excellent people sober and industrious," the
Archbishop continued. But. if in the pursuit of money they refrained from all family life. they were failures as parents.
How could such parents learn their duty ? They did not come to meetings -they were too busy doing overtime They almost never read: although England was the most voracious newspaperreading country in the world. most papers told the whole story in headlines. Nor was it likely that many programmes on either wireless or television would give serious talks to parents on their duties.
One of the few remaining ways was through the Church. The fact that unfortunately very few people went to church was no reason for despairing. " If we who are in contact with the worshipping members of the community can teach them we shall produce a means to influence others," said the Archbishop.
" We should, therefore, use what influence we have to persuade parents not to neglect their home," he went on. Last January he had urged that women should not go out to work unless they were compelled through distress to do so.
" But I want to draw your attention to a class of women who are in an almost impossible position. I refer to young widows with children. They are, to my certain knowledge. young women with small children who simply have not enough money to live on .
" I have raised the matter with Members of Parliament who in turn have brought it to the notice of the Government. I would like to create a public conscience on this matter . . .
"A young woman who loses her husband at the moment when the family is young finds herself in great financial difficulties. She is still paying for her home and perhaps paying off a mortgage on her house.
" What is she to do? Unless she is given much more in the way of allowances or public assistance, she will be forced to put her young children in a nursery and go out to work."
Although it cost the country more to maintain nurseries than it would to give widows adequate allowances. it was not merely a question of finance. If a young mother was dragged from her home and her children were left to others, they were bound to be the losers.
" No matter how competent nursemaids may be, they cannot supply a mother's love," Archbishop Heenan continued. " If children are robbed of the mother's care and the home is left deserted, then the community is adding to the number of children who later on are going to be a problem for the country."
De Valera at
The President of the Irish Republic, Sean T. O'Kelly, and the Prime Minister, Eamon de Valera, were present at the solemn Requiem Mass for the late Bishop O'Neill of Limerick. celebrated last Saturday at St. John's Cathedral. Limerick, by Bishop Rodgers of Killaloe. Bishop O'Neill died on Wednesday of last week.
All the parish churches of the diocese were crowded on Friday. when Masses for the repose of his soul were attended by all the school-children of each parish. Mass was also celebrated at Knockalisheen refugee camp, where one of his last engagements, two days before his sudden death, had been the Confirmation of 35 children of Hungarian refugees and five adult refugees.
Lady Winefride Elyse& who will he 90 in the autumn. went to Westminster Cathedral last Friday for the ordination by Archbishop Heenan of her son, Col. Rudolph Eines, aged 66. Col. Eio es was formerly in the Coldstream Guards. He has spent the past four years studying in Rome. Our picture shows Fr. Elwes with his mother at a reception given
after the ceremony.
-after Torrington "THE Torrington election makes
unanswerable the case for electoral reform," states Christopher Hollis, Conservative M.P. for Devizes from 1945 to 1955, in the " Manchester Guardian".
The reform he envisages is the use of the alternative vote, according to which the elector has a first preference and a second. If on the count of first preferences no candidate has a majority over the others combined, the second preferences are counted.
" With three strong parties running candidates. it will obviously be a mere freak of chance who gets elected." he writes. He also points out that the alternative vote would bring out the wanted party candidate where two differing policies are being debated.
" There are profound and honourable differences among the Socialists about defence policy. What more reasonable than if. instead of trying to settle these differences by the manufacture in caucus of paper formulas of com promise, Socialist candidates were allowed to stand against one another in the constituencies ? The alternative vote would allow Socialist electors to settle what Socialist policy must be."
The Royal Mail liner " Alcantara" one of the very few ships of the British merchant fleet to have regularly carried a Catholic chaplain on her voyages-has made her last voyage for the Royal Mail Lines and is to be disposed of.