"Are moral conditions in Canada worse than at the close of the last century ? Do the people as a whole accept a lower moral standard or ideal ? Is the moral tone weaker ? Do fewer people observe the Christian ethic ? It is difficult, indeed, to answer those questions by merely reciting statistics on drink, gambling, prostitution or crime in general. It is probably easier to answer the last question, for, in relation to the total population it is fairly evident that fewer people attend Church or acknowledge the authority of its standards of conduct. .... The acceptance by Christians, by members of the Churches, of lower than Christian standards among their friends and in society in general is the really serious matter. The rapid rise of the drinking habit and its widening grip in social circles indicates a lack of stamina, if for no other reason that it is regarded as `the thing to do'. The extremely rapid spread of the gambling habit in all groups of society and the insistent agitations for public sweepstakes and for wide open private lotteries is a menace to the moral fibre of our Canadian people, a challenge to the sturdy thriftiness which, on the part of our forebears, laid solid foundations for this country. Delinquency, and crime in the age groups above juveniles, indicate a lack of discipline, not only on the part of the their parents and themselves, but of much wider areas of society. These are some of the elements in the scene today which are portentous, even menacing, and which even now indicate a lowered moral tone. .... Recently, the Christian Social Council of Canada held a three-session conference on `Moral Conditions in Canada'. It was attended by clergy, social workers and members of the legal profession and police. With the courtesy of the Council, some of the papers read and discussed are given in this Bulletin". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / W.W. Judd -- Moral Conditions in Canada : A Conference : What is Happening to Canadian Moral ? / W.J. Gallagher -- The Causes of Moral Decline / R.C. Chalmers -- What are the Causes of Present Trends and Conditions ? / Nora Lea -- What Should the Churches Do ? / H.R. Hunt -- Statement on Moral Conditions : Adopted at the Annual Meeting, the Canadian Council of Churches, Winnipeg, September, 1949 -- Recent Books in the Council's Library.