Operation Yorkville

A three-day fast by a Jesuit priest prompted Mayor Robert F. Wagner of New York to pledge a new war against the sale of pornographic material to children. Father Morton Hill, 46, said Wagner had failed to redeem pledges made last summer for a curtailment on obscenity. Hill is associated with “Operation Yorkville,” an interreligious group started in 1962 to battle pornography. His hunger strike was supported by a partial fast undertaken by a Jewish rabbi.

Protestant Panorama

Inter-Lutheran Consultation reported “encouraging progress” following a two-day meeting in Chicago. The group is seeking a formula to establish a new cooperative agency for 8,500,000 Lutherans in the United States.

Methodist General Conference will be asked next spring to pass legislation requiring all Methodist pastoral charges to have a “secretary of Christian vocations.” The move is designed to step up recruitment for church-related careers.

United Church of Canada broke “an understanding, if not a gentlemen’s agreement” in establishing a congregation at Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, the Presbyterian Record, official organ of the Presbyterian Church of Canada, charged in an editorial. Editor DeCourcy H. Rayner said the new congregation competes with a Presbyterian work established there forty years ago.

United Church of Christ will approve no new applications for financial aid to segregated churches after next July 1. The denomination’s Board for Homeland Ministries, in making the restriction, also asked churches and conferences to work only with contractors who agree to comply with fair employment practices.

Conservative Congregational Christian Conference ratified the establishment of an international fraternal union. The new organization, ...

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