July 15, 2016

What was in the news on July 15, 1966?

Christians churches working against social evils, blaming Communists, and religious freedom in Spain

Criterion logo from the 1960sBy Brandon A. Evans

This week, we continue to examine what was going on in the Church and the world 50 years ago as seen through the pages of The Criterion.

Here are some of the items found in the July 15, 1966, issue of The Criterion:

  • Probe closer Church ties in fight on social evils
    • “GENEVA—The World Conference on Church and Society at its opening here was confronted with what amounted to a summons for the immediate broadening of collaboration between members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Roman Catholic Church on a wide range of social activities. The conference, sponsored by the WCC, brought together 400 theologians and leading Christian laymen active in public and social affairs for two weeks of probing under the theme, ‘Christians in the Technical and Social Revolutions of Our Time.’ The WCC described the meeting as ‘the most important on social issues ever held under WCC auspices.’ ”
  • To share structure: ‘Interfaith’ church set for Kansas City
  • Chilean bishop left ‘pastoral testament’
  • Committee set for lay apostolate
  • Over $200,000 willed to charitable causes
  • Early ‘aggiornamento’: Dutch ecumenism has roots in World War II
  • ‘A family occasion’: Writer describes his reaction to ‘advanced’ Dutch liturgy
  • At Wanderer Forum: Changes in liturgy, sundry problems blamed on the Reds
    • “MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—‘Do not go so far as to presume that every change in the liturgy is conceived by the communists.’ This was among the more moderate positions voiced at the second annual Wanderer Forum here [June 24 to 26], and few of the some 550 persons attending agreed. Communists were held responsible for the changes in the liturgy, for the lack of prayers in public schools, for the war in Vietnam, for the war on poverty, and for the many other ills afflicting our society.”
  • Nuns to train for CCD work
  • Nuns leave Sisterhood for inner city project
  • Education report filed: Poor schooling for Negroes seen due to ‘economic segregation’
  • Cite Christian’s duty to form public opinion
  • More than 1,000 to participate in Swim Meet
  • Dignity of marriage stressed at NCWC theology symposium
  • Convert tells of trials in leaving ministry
  • Dutch priest called to Rome for hearing
  • Spiritual formation of laity ‘up to priests’
  • Skin graft machine donated
  • Boon for Protestants: New liberty law in Spanish hopper
    • “MADRID—Under the newly proposed religious liberty law, Spain will recognize religious liberty as a personal human right and will guarantee the profession and practice, public and private of any religious belief.”
  • Catholic, Protestant women explore unity
  • Parish visitation program ordered by Kansas bishop

(Read all of these stories from our July 15, 1966, issue by logging on to our special archives.)

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