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Return of the Midwife


In the U.S., the role of midwives were taken over by doctors, Dr. Kloosterman of the Uni. of Amsterdam, said that 70% of the new born babies could be delivered by midwives.

Midwifery may not be the world’s oldest profession, but it is described in the earliest books of the New Testament. The midwife was an accepted member of the social structures of ancient Greece and Rome, and once held the exclusive right to assist women at childbirth. In most countries she…

Taming the Theologians


Cardinal Alfrink returned from Rome after explaining about a controversial high school catechism course. 50 Dutch theologians are convinced, but the Vatican thinks otherwise.

Of all the beneficiaries of the Second Vatican Council, Roman Catholic theologians were among the most blest. Before the Council, most of them seemed to be little more than academic valets to the Popes, limited to being apologists for the fixed doctrinal formulations laid down by the 16th century Council…

It’s Worse in Europe


In The Netherlands, prices are rising at an annual average of 7%. The government resigned last June after failing to check prices, and it scheduled an election for next month.

Americans who complain about the high cost of living can take some solace by looking at Western Europe. There, prices are rising almost twice as fast as in the U.S. Like a pernicious plague, inflation infests the whole Continent; it is damaging living standards and shaking governments. The annual rate…

Rome 3, Holland 0


The Vatican seems determined that the progressive wing of the church can be curbed. The Dutch church has been forced to cancel a national pastoral council meeting set for October.

The Vatican seems determined to use the Roman Catholic Church of The Netherlands as a test case to prove that the progressive wing of the church can be curbed. What is more, it seems to be winning. First there was the appointment of conservative Msgr. Adrianus Simonis to the see…

The Gijsen Affair


In the six months new appointed bishop Gijsen sacked his deputy bishop and two vicar generals. Laying down a strict policy against birth control and abortion.

To the easygoing Roman Catholic burghers of the Dutch diocese of Roermond, their new bishop came on like a thunderclap. Last January, when Johannes Mathias Gijsen, 39, was named to the see from the rectorate of an old-folks home, hardly anyone knew who he was. They soon found out. In…

Wagnerian Era


A typically worldly, multilingual Dutchman Gerrit Wagner, is the new chairman of Royal Dutch/Shell, a globe-spanning industrial empire that employs 165,000 people.

A typically worldly, multilingual Dutchman, who spent part of his youth as an anti-Nazi resistance fighter, has just taken over the top job in a globe-spanning industrial empire that employs 165,000 people, owns and charters a fleet of 200 ships and lately has encountered some rough weather. Gerrit (“Gerry”) Wagner…

Hot War in Iceland


Bobby Fisher caught a jet to Reykjavik and arrived just five hours before the deadline set by F.I.D.E., the governing body of world chess, headed by Max Euwe who condemned his behavior.

“If he doesn’t come,” said World Chess Champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union, “then we will all go home. It’s as simple as that.” But nothing is ever simple when U.S. Grand Master Bobby Fischer is involved. After winning the right to play Spassky for the world title in…

Americans Can


Infant mortality is in the U.S. almost double than in the Netherlands, where high-quality, state-supported medical services are easily available to all people.

COMPARED with many other peoples, Americans do not live very long. Though the U.S. leads the world in most measures of material success—personal income, production, profits—in life expectancy it ranks only 24th for men and ninth for women. American men live an average 67.1 years,* and American women…

Waiting for Bobby


At the the world championship of chess between Fischer and Russia’s Boris Spassky in Reykjavík, president of F.I.D.E. Max Euwe is not amused about Fisher not showing up.

Where was he? Nobody in Reykjavík, Iceland, knew, and the tension last week was palpable. Teams of reporters roamed the airport, waiting, watching, checking. Icelandic Airlines officials in New York kept two seats open on every flight—just in case. But where was he? Meanwhile, carpenters put the finishing touches…

Hot Pants, Cold Comfort


Changes in fashions, imports from Japan and general economic uncertainty, European manufacturers of synthetic fibers are suffering, like AKZO, laying off more than 6,000 workers.

Hit by a one-two-three punch of changes in fashions, imports from Japan and general economic uncertainty, European manufacturers of synthetic fibers are suffering. Many of their plants are working at only 70% to 80% of capacity. At that level, the profits of older and smaller plants have been wiped…

The Mansholt Jolt


Europeans were treated to the refreshing spectacle of a top Eurocrat, Sicco Mansholt, 4th president of the Common Market Comm., who said precisely what he thought—in plain language.

Europeans last week were treated to the refreshing spectacle of a top Eurocrat who said precisely what he thought—in plain language. He is Sicco Leendert Mansholt, 63, a burly 6-ft. 2-in., 191-lb. Dutch farmer, socialist politician and diplomat who took over last month as the fourth president of the…

Showdown at Sapporo


As expected, The Netherlands’ strapping speed skater, Ard Schenk, won the 5,000 meters handily. Next day, though, the flying Dutchman fell at the start of the 500 meters.

Trumpets blared. Fireworks exploded. Drums and cannons thundered. A 700-voice chorus sang hallelujah. A band played The Ballad of Rainbow and Snow. Eight hundred Japanese children on ice skates released 18,000 multicolored balloons into the air. More than 1,000 athletes from 35 countries paraded in their winter finery. And right…



A year ago Pope Paul introduced the first new conservative, now he has named Johannes Mathias Gijsen, 39, a friend of Simonis, bishop to the diocese of Roermond.

>The seven Roman Catholic bishops of The Netherlands, who presented such a progressive front at the Second Vatican Council, have suffered another breach in their ranks. A year ago Pope Paul introduced the first new conservative into the Dutch hierarchy by appointing Adrianus Simonis to the see of Rotterdam, ignoring…

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