Catholic to address Church of Scotland Assembly
The general assembly of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) has decided to invite a Catholic observer to speak at its 1975 assembly. There were objections, however, to inviting a Catholic observer. The Rev John Sutherland, one of the church's commissioners, said that the Church of Scotland and the Catholic Church are still poles apart in their doctrines. There is a strong group of opinion in the Church of Scotland, he said, against any kind of official relationship with the Catholic Church. That opposition, he added, is based on theology and not on prejudice.
Lady Cecil Kerr, 26, a Roman Catholic, and Mr Donald Cameron, 27, younger of Lochiel, and Episcopalian, were married in St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, last Saturday. The bride is the daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Lothian, and the groom is the son of Sir Donald Cameron of Lochiel, Chief of the Clan Cameron. The Bishop of Argyll and The Isles, the Most Rev R. K. Wimbush, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Cardinal Gray, and Dom Fabian Cowper, OSB, cousin of the bride, took part in the service. Prince Charles and other members of the Royal Family were among the guests.
Cardinal opens new school in Poplar
Cardinal Heenan formally opened St Philip Howard Comprehensive School, Poplar, East London, on Saturday. Mass was concelebrated by the Cardinal, Bishop Guazzelli, Auxiliary of Westminster, and Fr Roger Barralet, OFM, the headmaster. Lady Jane and Lady Mary Fitzalan-Howard attended the ceremony as descendants of St Philip.
Ordained priest at age of 78
Charles Fogarty, a retired American merchant aged 78. has been ordained as a priest in the Order of Consolata Fathers at Somerset, New Jersey. After he retired in 1965 he worked as a hospital volunteer and then applied for entry to a nursing school, but was turned down because he was too old.
Members of the Knights of St. Columba will carry 14 heavy wooden crosses up the slopes of Glastonbury Tor during the Clifton diocesan annual pilgrimage to Glastonbury on Sunday, June 16. The Bishop of Clifton, Dr Joseph Rudderham, will lead the pilgrimage and concelebrate Mass, assisted by his Auxiliary, Dr Mervyn Alexander.
Come .Together at Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace concert bowl will be the setting for Come Together on Sunday, June 16 at 7.45 p.m. This is "a musical experience in worship. love and fellowship." which was introduced to this country by singer Pat Boone last autumn. Over 300 local performances have been given by united choirs.
Methodists hold ecumenical service
Bishop Rudderham of Clifton will take part in an ecumenical service with Dr Tomkins, Anglican Bishop of Bristol and the Rev Russell Pope, president of the Methodist conference at Bristol's new Catholic Cathedral on June 30. The service has been arranged as part of the Methodist annual conference.
Concert for women ex-offenders
A concert given in the Friends' Meeting House by the orchestra of the Xaverian College, Manchester, raised £10 for Contact, the Catholic voluntary organisation which runs the only home in this country for female ex-offenders.
Old Testament spaceship
An American space programme engineer claims the Book of Ezekiel, part of the Old Testament written 600 years before Christ, reveals the existence of a technology ahead of our own. J. F. Blumrich in his book "The Spaceships of Ezekiel" to be published as a Corgi Paperback (40p) later this month, describes a design for a spaceship based on evidence from the Book of Ezekiel.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral concerts
The festival organised by Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Concert Society continues with choral music by the choirs of Blackburn, Manchester and Liverpool in the cathedral on July 6 and an organ recital by Terence Duffy on July 18.
Downside head's cane fetches £16.50
Fr Mired Watkins, OSB, headmaster of Downside, has auctioned his cane for charity, earning £16.50. There is at least two years caning life left in it, says Fr Watkins.