While Jews and Arabs face one another armed for further combat "Shalom" has suddenly caught onamong English Catholics -christening both a magazine and an organisation.
"Shalom" or "peace" in Hebrew is not only the name of David Rosenberg's column in this paper, hut of an organisation recently started by Sister Mary Garson, who has founded homes and flats for the old all over the South of England.
For Sister Garson, of Heathfield, Sussex, "Service, Help and Love of Man" is an interdenominational society of volunteer helpers.
Sister Garson's helpers fall into three categories — Cornpanions, who offer their prayer and suffering for her work; Auxiliaries, who help in a practical way for a few hours weekly, arid Handgivers. These latter help out at One of her centres for six months or more,where secretarial or nursing skills are especially welcomed.
The latest arrival to the "Shalom Scene" jumps from the interdenominational to the inter-racial. Shalom is the title of the first number of the newsletter of the Catholic Committee for Racial Justice. out Fast month.
['hey say the name was chosen because it is a greeting wishing fullness of human life, peace and harmony with Ciod and our neighbour.
The committee, under its chairman, Bishop Cleary, Auxiliary of Birmingham, has two full-time fieldworkers — Fr. Kevin Barry, Si.. a former community relations worker, based in Coventry, and Miss Barbara Hughes, who works closely with the British Council of Churches Race Relations Unit.
The first fruits of their recent campaign to persuade Catholic schools to welcome the children of immigrants appears in the Westminster Schools' Commission notes. The notes suggest that schools should help to explain the application procedure to immigrants.
One of the charges made by the anti-Catholic West London schools' campaign recently was that few black faces were to be 'seen at Catholic schools, even in areas with high numbers of resi' dent immigrants.
The Race Committee's newsletter carries a report of the first convention of black American Catholics this century. held in August. There are fewer than a million black Catholics out of a total of 46 million American Catholics, and only two black Catholic bishops. The con vention declared the Church was dying in the black community because of its racism in the past.
Countess Charlotte de la Bedoyere, widow of a former
editor of the Catholic Herald,
announced last week that Search Press, of which she is managing director, now controls Burns and Oates, the publishing firm.
Search Press was founded by Count Michael de la Bedoyere to publish his influential journal, "Search", started after he left the Catholic Herald of which he was Editor for 27 years. His wife subsequently took over the running of the company, publishing a range of books on handicrafts and works of reference.
Countess de la Bedoyere said religious publishing, which had contracted in the sixties, was again a growing field, and tastes favouring spiritual reading books, now "very much on the up."
Some traditional religious hooks were saved from being pulped when they began selling again last year, she said. Books highly critical of the Catholic Church were now out of fashion.
In 1967 Burns and Oates was taken over by the world's. leading Catholic publisher, Herder Verlag of Germany, and in 1970 Herder transferred the main Burns and Oates titles to Search Press.
Countess de la Bedoyere said Search Press had published about 100 titles in that time, following the diversification of subjects already begun by Burns and Oates. "Christian Yoga." by Fr. Dechanet, a French Benedictine, had for example, been reprinted three times in the last 18 months, she said.
Burns and Oates was founded by Mr. James Burns, a convert to Catholicism. 130 years ago and became the premier Catholic publishing house in the English-speaking World. Cardinal Newman's semiautobiographical novel "Loss and Gain' was the first wellknown title published. In 1970 Burns and Oates temporarily ceased to trade, hut its traditional list will now be continued under its own name.
Countess de la Bedoyere said Search Press would continue with any books fitting into the Burns and Oates tradition, though it had a more diversified range. The first Search title to he published this year, "Wiriyamu," by Fr. Adrian Hastings. will be on sale later this month.
Catholics have been to the forefront in the community action recently taking place in St. Helens, Lancashire. When, just before Christmas, a public inquiry commenced to investigate complaints against a local chemical factory which the people of the Sutton district alleged was responsible for leakages of poisonous sulphur dioxide, Fr. Eugene Kerman, CP., and several other priests from the nearby Passionist monastery were among the hundreds who marched to the Town Hall where the inquiry was being held to examine the allegations of health hazards.
Councillor Jim Bond. a parishioner of St. Anne's, Sutton. and Councillor Gerry Parr, circulated over 10,000 leaflets. Miss Eileen Nolan, Senior Mistress of St. Cuthbert's Comprehensive School which is near the factory, is giving evidence to the Government Inspector whilst a petition of protest was delivered to the Town Hall by Mr. Alan Broomfield, Head of St. Anne's Primary School, Sutton.
Mr, Sam Smith, a member of a firm of anti-pollution con sultants, who is a parishioner of Our Lady's, Birkdale, was one of the town's representatives.
Cab called after him
If the present crisis continues and petrol rationing becomes inevitable, we may, all have to follow Pope Paul's example by reverting to horse-drawn transport.
This could lead to the reemergence of the hansom, the elegant cab designed by the Famous nineteenth century Catholic architect Joseph Aloysius Hansom, who was also' responsible for the tallest church spire erected in England since Tudor times — that of St. Walburge's. Preston. Hansom was also responsible for the fine church of St. Francis in Boulogne and in later life often collaborated with Edward Welby Pugin.
Born in York in 1802, he learned his profession in his native city before setting up in business in Halifax. lie flourished in a great age of churchbuilding, designing many that may still be seen in the industrial towns of the North.
Financial difficulties connected with the building of Birmingham town hall led to his being declared bankrupt, and it was after this that he designed the cab that was to put his name into the English language.
He took out a patent in 1834, but in fact the original design was never constructed because il provided for entering the cab through the wheel, The back Seat, normally a feature of the hansom, was not included in the first designs.
The most novel part of his conveyance was the suspended axle which, combined with the large wheels and low-slung body, reduced the risk of overturning. Hence its name, "Patent Safety Cab".
Like many other inventors, Hansom made little money out of his idea. He sold his rights to a manufacturer for £10,000 but never received a penny in payment. In 1839 he was paid 1300 for stepping in to save the firm when it faced closure. Afterwards he returned to architecture.
Girls for Oxford
Caroline Platt and Katherine Fenton have become the first girls from Harrytown Convent School, Romiley, Cheshire, to gain admission to Oxford University.
Caroline has been awarded a place at St. Anne's College to read English. Katherine, who wilt be giving a piano recital on B.B.('. Radio Manchester in January, will study music at St. !Hide's.
E.S.P. tests by Church Fellowship
The help of members of the Churches' Fellowship for Psychical and Spiritual Studies is being sought by the Cornmittee for the Study of Psychic Phenomena for a series of experiments of extra sensory perception early in 1974.
Those who wish to take part are invited to contact the Rev. Allan Barham, formerly vicar of Grandboroug h with Willoughby. Warwickshire, who now lives at Solihull, and is research officer of the committee.
The Fellowship, which was founded in 1953, exists for the study of the wide reaches of the paranormal and extra sensory perception in their relation to the Christian Faith. The field of study includes psychical phenomena, mysticism, creative meditation and spiritual healing.
Announcing the forthcoming experiments in the Quarterly Review of the Fellowship, it is stated that they will be concerned with telepathy, clairvoyance and psychometry. The Psychic Phenomena Committee say that they would also welcome reports of readers' "out of the body" experiences, particularly when the sleeping or unconscious body is seen at the same time.
Protection of pilgrims
Cardinal Poletti, VicarGeneral of Rome, has appealed to representatives of the tourist trade to fight against speculation and profiteering during the Holy Year. in 1975.
At a meeting organised by Rome's Diocesan Commission for Pastoral Care of Tourists the Cardinal gave an assurance that he would do his best to make monasteries which put up pilgrims keep to municipal regulations.
He referred to security and fire regulations, minimum bed space and the frequently neglected registration of guests.
Rahner on resurrection
Speaking in a packed hall at the Catholic Academy of Trier, West Germany, my old friend Fr. Karl Rahner, S.J., said he had no doubt that freedom implied a physical resurrection from the dead.
If we believed that man, with all his freedom, could not disappear into nothingness, then it followed that we should believe in resurrection.
But Dr. Rahner emphasised that in the Catholic Church there wits no dogma which specified the exact form a future life would take.
Two well-known Manchester teachers retired at the end of the Christmas term. Miss Kathleen Rue, deputy headmistress of the Hollies Convent since 1953, has been a member of the staff for 28 years. At a special reception held in the Grand Hotel she was presented with a cheque from her colleagues and several gifts from the girls.
Mr. Michael Diamond, Senior Latin master of the Xaverian College, Manchester, since 1942, was presented with a silver tea set by the staff and a silver tray and a cardigan by the boys.