Catholic Herald Reporter
BRITAIN'S first diocesan ecumenical commission was formed in Westminster this week by Cardinal Heenan. Its function will be to guide ecumenical activities in the archdiocese and foster the general unity movement.
The other 18 dioceses in England and Wales are expected to follow suit in the near future. The establishment of such cornmissams was recommended in the Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism promulgated last November.
Cardinal Heenan will preside at the first meeting of the Commission in London on July 14 when specific details on how it will beet guide and encourage the unity movement *ill be decided upon. Four secular priests, two regulars. two nuns, and four laymen and women are on the Commission. The chairman is Mgr. Patrick Casey, V.G., and there are three consultors on relations with the Anglican, Eastern and Free Churches.
LAY MEMBERS The lay members of the Commission are Miss Margaret Mary Feeny, general secretary of the Catholic Institute for International Relations; Miss Cecily Hastings, a writer and active member of the Catholic Evidence Guild; Mr. John Todd, a leading Catholic publisher; and Professor A. E. C. Beales, Professor of Education at the University of London.
Fr. Thomas Corbishley, S.J., super:or of the Jesuit Community at Farm Street; Bro. Hilary, F.S.C. of de la Salle College, Highgate: Sr. Angela, S.C., 1.M., headmicifess of St. Francis', Letchworth, and Sr. Mary ha of La Sainte Union Convent, Highgate, represent the religious.
The seculars are Fr. Herbert Keldeny, parish priest of Harrow; Fr. John Foster of Hemel Hempstead; Fr. Alfonso de Zulueta, Chelsea, and Mgr. George Tomlinson, Cathedral Administrator.
The Consultors to the Commission are: Canon Ronald Pilkineton, Cathedral (Eastern Churches). Fr. St. John, O.P. (Anglican Church, and Fr. Paul Thomson, Swiss Cottage (Free Church).