The Tablet, December 3. 1932

W ITH LITERARY SUPPLEMENT: FIFTY-SIX PAGES.

THE TABLET y l W eek ly N e w s p a p e r a n d R e v i e w DUM V O B I S G RATULAM U R A N IM O S E T IA M ADD IM U S UT I N IN C C E P T IS V E S T R I S C O N S T A N T E R M A N E A T I S

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

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News and No t e s ...................717 A N ew G overnor-G eneral . . . 721 “ The L ow est o f the L ow ” 722 I n P r im o In s tan t i S in e

Labe 722 The B u ck la n d M issals . . . 724 Obituary ...............................724 The Catholic L and M ove­

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A dvent P a s t o r a l s :

W estm in ster .................... 726

CONTENTS

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W i l l s ...............................................7 26 Ch e s s ...........................................727 Serm ons f o r the T im es . . . 72S F rom The Tablet o f N inety

Y ea rs A g o ..................................7 28 M ore S i e r r a ..................................7 28 Correspondence :

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spondent’ s W eekly Letter fr om ) ..................................7 31

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Catholic E d u ca t io n Notes . . 733 E t Ce t e r a ........................ . 734 Orb i s Terrarum :

England ........................... . 735 W a les ........................... . 736 Ire la n d ........................... . 736 Belgium ........................... . 736 D u tch East Indies . 736 F ran ce ........................... . 736

Orb is Terrarum ( Gontd.)

Germ any ............................ P a g e 738 Japan ............................ 738 K enya Colony ............... 738 P o la n d ............................ 738 Sw itzerland ............... 738 Spain ............................ 738 The F ou n d e rs o f W e s t m in ster Cathedi*al

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Coming Events .............. 740 Social and P ersonal .. 740

N O T AN D A Disquieting news from Rome. Cardinal Bourne’s serious illness (p. 732).

The new Governor-General o f the Irish Free State. A Tablet leader-writer clarifies a recent event (p. 721). The bad behaviour o f the Evening Standard (p. 722).

Belgium’s General Election. Why the Liberals have lost seats (p. 717).

“ Back to the Land.” Light from France on the problem o f rural recreation (p. 719). A meeting at Westminster to further the Catholic Land Movement (p. 725).

The Thirty-nine Articles as “ Words o f God.” An Anglican clergyman’s claim (p. 720).

The accomplishment o f Allen Hall. A pastoral letter by the Cardinal Archbishop (p. 726).

In a Literary Supplement, The Tablet’s reviewers give their opinions o f many new books. Volumes, for young and old, as Christmas g ifts; with introductory words in season (pp. 745-772).

NEWS AND NOTES "PROM the pens of our Bishops have come the usual Pastoral Letters for the season of Advent. In these Epistles we are encouraged to find many allusions to that Red Peril which it has been The Tablet’s business to expose. The Archbishop of Liverpool, in a document which we shall reprint next week, utters the bold word for which we have been waiting. His Grace does not hesitate to say that “ even at this late hour, the world’s ports should be closed to the commercial fleet of Russia and the plague of Bolshevism should be isolated within the Soviet State.” The Bishop of Southwark warns us that “ the terrible anti-God campaign is spreading fast into other countries from Russia,” and his lordship adds that “ we are not fully alive to the danger, in spite of the warnings of the Vicar of Christ.” Meanwhile, as several of the Advent

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Pastorals remind us, we can pray. It may be weeks or months, or never, before Mr. Baldwin and his colleagues are coaxed into doing their human duty, but we can begin this very day to intercede for a threatened Christendom. The Bishop o f Plymouth solemnly reminds his flock that the prayers after Low Mass are to be said for Russia ; and Mgr. Canon Freeland, Vicar-Capitular of Northampton, sede vacante, has written a beautiful letter, " On Hearing Mass for the Needs of the World.” In order to pray, we need not wait until the next time we are in church. In the very moment of conning these poor words of ours, readers can breathe a “ God Save Russia.”

Although Belgium’s General Election is not yet completed, we know enough to give it as our opinion that the results are fairly satisfactory. The Communists expected a repercussion in Belgium of their comrades’ recent success in Germany; but they are not likely to have more than three representatives in the new Chamber. The “ Frontists ” and Flemish Nationalists have lost four of their twelve seats. The Socialists have gained three seats, and the Catholics have also gained three. The Liberals have lost four, which is one seventh of their strength in the old Chamber. From a singularly well-informed Belgian friend, The Tablet hears that the Liberals’ losses were mainly due to their illiberal intentions towards Catholic Schools. In Flanders especially, there was a remarkable wave of popular determination in favour of such Schools. As for the future, we must wait until Monday before we know the composition of the new Senate. It is, however, in the highest degree unlikely that the Catholic majority in the Upper House will be diminished. Probably a situation will arise in which the government of Belgium must needs be entrusted once more to a working alliance of Catholics and Liberals ; because the 79 Catholics have not the parliamentary strength to withstand the 73 Socialists, who would often have the support of the three Communists, and of some “ Left ” Liberals. The Liberal deputies will number about 24. In reconstituting the de Broqueville Ministry (if such an arrangement be