THE TABLET A 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 INCŒPTIS VESTRIS CONSTANTER MANEATIS

From the Brief o f His Holiness Pins IX to The Tablet, June 4,1870.

Vol. 160. No. 4,814. London, A u g u s t 13, 1932.

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News and No t e s ................. 197 English and Irish Catholics 201 A Sea Pilgrimage in St.

Columba's W a k e ................. 202 The Decline and Fall of the

“ Manchester Guardian ” 204 From The Tablet of Ninety

Years A g o ............................204 Coming Events ...................2 04 Review s : —

The Angel of Luxemburg 205 Cola et Coinmata.................205 “ Friends ” ............................ 205 Sir Herbert Samuel as

Philosopher ................. 206

CONTENTS

R e v iew s (Contd.) : Page

Charles V .................. . . . 206 A Belfast Playwright . . . 206 Neo-Scholastic ism . . . 206 Books Received . . . 207 New Books and Music ... 207 Sermons for the Times ... 208 “ Chain” Prayers ... . . . 209 Catholic Education Notes . . . 210 Obituary ............... . . . 211 W i l l s ............................ . . . 211 Postmaster - General at

Eltham .............. . . . 211

Corbe SPONDENCE :

Rome (Our Own Correspondent’s Weekly Letter from) ...............................213 Nottingham at Lourdes ... 214 Et Ce t e r a ............................... 215 The Cambridge Summer

School ............................ 216 Fountains Abbey ................. 217 Letters to the Ed i t o r :

The Gradual ................. 218 “ The Green H e ll” ... 218 Orb is Terrarum :

England ............................ 219 Ireland ............................ 219 Scotland ............................ 220

Orb is Terbabum: Wales ............................ 220

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Austria ............................ 220 China ............................ 220 France ............................ 220 French West Africa ... 222 Italy 222 Japan ............................ 222 Nigeria ............................ 222 Spain 222 Swaziland ............................ 224 Switzerland............................ 224 Turkey ............................ 224 Social and P ersonal ... 224 Ch e s s ....................................... 224

NOTANDA

Buckfast Abbey. A few Notes on the approaching consecration (p. 197).

A Eucharistic sermon by the Archbishop o f Birmingham (p. 208).

“ Moral Principles and Practice.” The Cambridge Summer School (p. 216).

English and Irish Catholics. Thoughts fo r the present crisis (p. 201).

Much more about Red Russia. H ow M oscow the persecutor poses as champion o f the oppressed outside Russia (p. 199).

“ Business is Business.” The sordid creed and practice o f the Manchester Guardian (p. 204).

Catholic Scotland. The first o f a series o f articles describing a recent journey “ in St. Columba’s W ake ” (p. 202).

Sir Thomas Inskip’s dilemma. W h y an AttorneyGeneral o f England must not remain Mr. Kensit’s active associate (p. 200).

Brazil’s “ Green H ell.” The strange field o f certain Salesian Missionaries (p. 218).

To buy back and restore an ancient Abbey and to populate it with a community o f monks would be easy for a multi-millionaire. But the rebuilding o f St. Mary’s, Buckfast, was begun six and twenty years ago in utmost poverty ; and, just when the first difficulties had been overcom e, the Great War burst out, bringing almost intolerable complications upon a monastic fam ily o f divers nationalities. For a time the Church’s enemies kept the monks under a cloud o f suspicion. But when simple honesty and cheerful self-sacrifice have to do battle with prejudice it is prejudice which loses the fight. Little by little the story o f Buckfast has penetrated all England. Among those who have watched the slowly-rising walls are scores o f thousands o f generous nonCatholic holiday-makers who have returned to their homes to praise Buckfast far and wide. St. Mary’s fair new church stands in a lonely vale, far from a city ; yet it is true to say that there is no more popular church in all England. Nor do the myriad visitors remember only its bells and its carven stones. In uncounted instances they have received their first clear notions o f the monastic life and o f the Benedictine " W ork o f God ” at Buckfast.

NEWS AND NOTES 'Y l^ H IL E the world at large grows more and

» ’ more sick with hopes deferred and projects unfulfilled, the Catholics o f England can look fo r ward to a joy fu l and enheartening event which proves that Labor omnia vincit. Twelve days from now a Papal Legate, in the beloved person o f our own Cardinal, will preside over stately rites at Buckfast, in South Devon. St. Mary’s Abbey, which is to be consecrated on August 25 by the Bishop o f P ly mouth (with many other Bishops simultaneously consecrating fifteen altars) is the first o f England’s ancient Abbeys to recover full and vigourous life. Its history, counting the Dissolution break, is a history o f more than a thousand years.

N ew S eries. Vol. CXXVIII. No. 4,213.

Buckfast ought to be a moral as well as a spiritual stimulus to our whole nation, Catholic and nonCatholic ; because it proves that a very few men can do very great things in less than half a lifetim e. Too many o f our young people have miniature ambitions, or no ambitions at all, because they think that life is to o short and resources are too scant for grand efforts. St. Mary’s Abbey was begun with a lad y ’s gift o f a five pound note, which bought the first stones ; and now it is a glorious church with stone-vaulted nave and aisles and transept and choir, with many chapels and crashing bells and rich ornaments, but without one farthing o f debt. It is an example to us all, because every one o f us, even the oldest, has tim e to build upon the ruins o f his old hopes a spiritual temple to the glory o f God.