British officer served with 6th Royal Tank Regt in Northern Ireland, 1947-1948; Catholic priest in GB, 1958-1987; General Secretary and Chairman of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in GB, 1980-1990
REEL 1: Background in GB and Canada, 1929-1947: Canadian parents; his evacuation to Montreal, Canada, 1940-1943; return to GB, 1943; education; opinion of Jesuit boarding school; religious upbringing as Catholic; father's religious beliefs; reason for joining Catholic Ministry and reaction of father, 1948; family's political beliefs; later attitude towards Suez Crisis, 1956; story of later ordination and founding of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Aspects of period as officer with 6th Royal Tank Regt in Northern Ireland, 1947-1948: benefits of National Service; attitude of army to religion; opinion of privileges as officer; amusing story of batman; effect of National Service on life and work; opinion of Imperial War Museum; attitude to reinstating National Service; amusing story of army aptitude test; description of duties in Northern Ireland; attitude to religious intolerance; prior recollection of reaction to dropping of atomic bombs on Japan, 8/1945. Aspects of period as Catholic priest in GB, 1958-1987: development of ideas about nuclear disarmament; question of relationship between state and Established and Catholic churches; opinion of Quakers; duties in Parish of Our Lady of Victory, Kensington, London; opinion of Catholic Ministry; organisation of Priest House; reaction to Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament march interrupting wedding ceremony, Easter 1959; story about Cardinal John Heenan; development of interest in peace movement.
REEL 2 Continues: activities with Pax Christi movement and relations with other peace organisations; development of internationalist views; attitude to term 'pacifist'; role of Christians in peace movement; opinion of Report of the Roman Synod of Justice; anti-war and anti-militarist beliefs; opinion of Cardinal Basil Hume and other church leaders; opinion of disaster fund-raising appeals; duties as Chaplain at University of London, 1966-1974; story of dispute with Cardinal John Heenan; duties as Chaplain to Pax Christi, 1974-1977 and in parish in Somers Town, London. Recollections of period as General Secretary and Chairman of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in GB, 1980-1989: story of appointment as general secretary and reaction of Cardinal Basil Hume, 1980; story of resignation from Catholic Ministry, 1987; reason for increase of support for organisation during early 1980s.
REEL 3 Continues: public reaction to nuclear accidents; opinion of E P Thompson's pamphlet 'Protest and Survive'; importance of media interest in organisation and role as spokesman; attitude to divisions within peace movement; organisation of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and increase in activities during 1980s; comparison of organisation with other peace movements in Europe; tactics employed by British Government to undermine organisation: question of taking legal action; attitude to Direct Action; opinion of pacifist viewpoint and role of Peace Pledge Union; relations between organisation and local authorities and instigation of Nuclear Free Zones; opinion of Labour Party's policy on nuclear weapons; further comments on Direct Action; opinion of Greenham Common protestors; organistation's relationship with Labour Party.
REEL 4 Continues: question of organisation maintaining single issue stance; opinion of Green Party and other environmental groups; question of organisation merging with Green Party; relation between Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the church; opinion of church's stance on Cold War and support of state; opinion of role of Vatican; relations between Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and European Nuclear Disarmament (END); effect of accident at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in Soviet Union on world public opinion; contribution of organisation to peace movements in GB and abroad; opinion of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty agreement; role of organisation in next decade; question of standing down as Chairman of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; description of walks; reflections on life and career.