THE TABLET u 4 W e e k ly N e w s p a p e r a n d R e v i e w

DUM VOBIS GRATULAMUR ANIMOS ETIAM ADDIMUS UT IN INCCEPTIS V E S TR IS CONSTANTER MAN EAT IS

From the Brief of His Holiness Pius IX to The Tablet, June 4,1810.

V o l . 159. No. 4,784. L o n d o n , J a n u a r y 16, 1932.

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R eg is tered at the General P ost Off ic e as a N ew spaper

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New s and No t e s ................ 65 C'md. 3988 69 UTsulines of the Russian

R i t e .................................... 71 Aristotle .......................... 72 From The Tablet of Ninety

Years A g o .......................... 73 Coming E v e n t s ................ 73 R e v ie w s :

Pope Innocent I I I in Irish 73 Capuchin “ Spiritual

Exercises ” 74 A Queen of Scotland . . . 74 London Lads .............. 76

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Books Received .............. 76 New Books and Music . . . 77 Notes for Musicians . . . 78 The Model of Family Life 78 Blessing of the Abbess of

S t a n b r o o k ......................... 79 The Catholic Institute of

Higher Studies .............. 79 Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ......................... 81 Catholic Education Notes . . . 83 E t C.e t e r a ......................... 84

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Ob it u ary ............................ 85 V lLLS ........................................ 85 The Irish Free State 86 L e tters to the E d it o r :

“ A.M.D.G.” .............. 86 Short Answers .............. 86 Or b is Terrarum :

England, Scotland and Wales ......................... 87 Ireland ......................... 87 Belgian Congo .............. 88 Belgium ......................... 88 British West Africa1 88 China ......................... 88

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Orb i s T errabum ( Contd.) :

France ..................... 83 Germany ................... 88 Morocco . . . . . . . . . 89 Poland ..................... 89 Portugal ....................... 89 Spain ..................... 90 Switzerland 90 Syria .................................. 90 Utterances from the Judicial

Bench ..................... 92 Father Henry Davis, S.J.,

on Birth C on t r o l .............. 92 So c ia l and P ersonal . . . 92 Ch e s s ................ , 92

NOTANDA Albert the Great. His proclamation by the H o ly Father as a Saint and Doctor o f the Church (p. 82).

Crises. Germany’s “ political payments,” M. Briand’s retirement, and M. Laval’s new Ministry (p. 66).

The truth about Italian Catholic Action. Le Temps answered (p. 65).

A veil lifted. What happened in Spain during the Night o f Terror (p. 67).

The Royal Commission on Licensing issues its Report. A Tablet leader-writer examines the document (p. 69).

The Papal foundation at Harbin. An interesting letter from an Ursuline nun o f the Russian Rite, giving an account o f life and work in St. Ursula’s College (p. 71).

Our “ selfishness ” in India. Some striking figures concerning the Lloyd Barrage across the Indus (p. 66).

A heavy clerical obituary. Deaths in many dioceses (p. 85).

NEWS AND NOTES 1\/TANY grateful readers have been kind enough I t o tell us that our Christmas article, “ And Suddenly-------” warmed their hearts. It cheered them to be reminded that “ the Suddenness of Omnipotence ” will perhaps mercifully cut the master-knot of civilization’s manacles. Rejoicing that any words of The Tablet have been found helpful, we beg all who read these lines to ponder, from the same standpoint, to-m orrow ’s MassProper. The stately little prayer to the almighty and everlasting Moderator of all things celestial and terrene, qui ccelestia simul et terrena moderaris— does not merely implore Peace but “ Peace in our tim e,” nostris temporibus, without any more waiting. The Gradual reminds us how the Lord “ sends his word and heals us, and delivers us from ruin.” The Latin interitus, though usually rendered into English as “ destruction ” means literally “ going under ” ; because the inter here equals “ under ” , as in the German word untergehen. Current slang speaks of human failures as men who have “ gone under ” ; and nations can go under as well as individuals.

To-morrow’s Gospel carries on for us the thought that our cares can be ended by the Suddenness of Omnipotence. At Cana's wedding-feast, water was instantly changed into wine by our Divine Master’s “ beginning o f miracles.” The word “ beginning ” implies that there is much to come after. The first miracle was followed by others during the Divine Redeemer’s life on earth ; and, now that He sits at the right hand of the Father, our ascended Lord is still willing to be Christ the Changer, changing dearth into plenty and mourning into gladness. W ith so bountiful a King ready to give us his largesse it is no wonder that to-m orrow’s Offertory bids us " s h o u t for jo y . ”

When a man who has done a wrong decides that he will repair it and gives prompt practical proof o f his good faith, it is mean to gloat over his change o f front. Therefore it has been our hope, since Christmas, that we might avoid making a comment in " News and Notes ” on the happy improvement in Signor Mussolini’s policy towards Italian Catholic x\ction. Unfortunately our pacific intentions have been frustrated by the bitterness o f the Church’s enemies, who are giving out the demonstrable falsehood that H.H. Pius X I has abandoned his principles. On the contrary, the new Statute of Ita ly ’s Catholic Action proves that II Duce has justly and laudably given way on the crucial points. During last year’s lively dispute, the Italian Government wished to deprive Catholic Action of its national character and to split it into insulated diocesan units. The work will still be (as the Church prefers it to be) mainly diocesan, but with a Central Office and a High Council whose President is to be named

N ew S e r ie s . V o!. CXXVII. N o. 4,183.