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 INCCEPTIS V E S TR IS CONSTANTER MANEATIS

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

Vol. 1 6 1 . No. 4846.

London, March 2 5 , 1 9 3 3 .

S ixpence.

Registered at the General P ost Office as a Newspaper.

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New s and No t e s ...................3 53 The Spirit of Potsdam . . . 357 The Religious Education of

Children ............................ 357 R e v ie w s :

Vinculum Matrimonii . . . 359 L ’Aiglon ............................ 360 Germany T o -d a y ................. 360 Harmless Serpents . . . 361 Treasure Islands and

Desert Coasts ................. 361 Forty Years Long . . . -362 The Queen of Scots

Again ............................ 362 Emilie D’ Oultremont . . . 362

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R e v ie w s ( Oontd.)

By an Examining Chap­

lain

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Fra Angelico’s Rosary . . . 364 Salute to Adventure I . . . 366 The Great White Lodge 366 Monsieur Olier ................. 368 The Other Atlantis . . . 368 Books Received ................. 370 New Books and Music . . . 370 Ch e s s 371 Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ............................ 373

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Cardinal Bourne ................. 376 The Catholic Federation . . . 376 Et C iE TERA ............................377 L enten P astorals : Middlesbrough ................. 378 Menevia ............................ 378 L etters to the Ed it or :

How Did Gregorian Chant

Lose Its Rhythm? . . . 379 A Point of Exegesis . . . 380 Coming E vents ...................3 80 Catholic Education Notes . . . 380 Our Lady of Hal . . . 381 Ob it u ary ............................ 382

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The Attack on the Family 382 The B.B.C................................. 382 Or b is T errarum :

England ............................ 383 Scotland ............................ 384 Ireland ............................ 384 Australia ............................ 384 Canada ............................386 France ............................ 388 India ............................ 388 Mongolia ............................388 From The Tablet of Ninety

Years A g o ............................388 The Red Menace ................. 388 So c ia l and P ersonal . . . 388

NOTANDA An abundance o f news from Rome. The Consistory (p. 373). Mr. Ramsay MacDonald’s and Sir John Simon’ s visit to the Sovereign Pontiff (p. 353), and many other matters (pp. 374-6).

Is there a New Germany? A Tablet leaderwriter interrogates “ the Spirit o f Potsdam ” (p. 357).

Queen Joanna o f Bulgaria. Her Majesty’s blamelessness in the matter o f a broken promise (p. 355).

Some further decisions by the Courts in cases affecting the religious education o f children (p. 357).

“ N ow .” Some Notes on the present AngloRussian situation (p. 356).

Australia’s part in cultivating and sustainingdevotion to the Blessed Eucharist. A Sydney priest’ s inform ing and interesting paper (p. 384).

The new church o f Our Lady o f Hal (p. 381); and a note apropos o f its dedication (p. 377).

An enlarged issue o f The Tablet gives room for reviews o f many new books (pp. 359-371).

NEWS AND NOTES I N our larger churches, where the vestmentpresses are well stored, to-m orrow ’s Mass will be celebrated in couleur-de-rose. But we shall need to be strong in faith and hope if we are to see our poor old world’s affairs in a rosy glow. Perhaps, however, we may draw comfort and instruction from the Gospel o f this Laetare Sunday. St. John, in narrating the Miraculous Feeding o f the Five Thousand, tells us that our Divine Lord “ distributed ” the loaves and fishes, until the crowds had eaten “ as much as they would.” To-day, the world’s problem is not one o f famine. Despite

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wars, blights, floods and droughts, there have been harvests of corn and wine and oil and other good things bountiful enough to nourish every man, woman and child upon this planet. Yet, in the midst of plenty, millions are starving. It follows that the arch problem is Distribution. There must be a better distribution of Work, and a better distribution of the varied wealth which Work produces. To say in detail how this better distribution shall be effected is beyond the skill of an ecclesiastical paper. Still, we can make two timely remarks. First, the pronouncements o f Popes, especially of Leo X I I I and o f Pius X I , are not mere pious exhortations but are rich in principles which can be practically applied. Second, to-m orrow’s Gospel furnishes us with a definite theme for prayer ; namely, prayer to Christus Distributor that He may teach us how to feed the multitudes on principles o f justice as well as in a spirit of love.

Not a month too soon did the Government decide to end a vacancy which had lasted three years and to ask His Majesty to appoint a Minister from the Court of St. James’s to the Holy See. With the vacancy still unfilled, an awkward situation would have existed last Sunday when the British Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary were in Rome. They were sleeping within a mile or so o f the Vatican City State's frontier and could not therefore have easily evaded their obligation to visit a Sovereign with whom Britain is in friendly relations. On the other hand, they could hardly have expected to be received by that Sovereign so long as the diplomatic affront offered to him by Mr. Henderson was being perpetuated. Happily, the quite recent nomination of Sir Robert Clive to be British Minister art the Vatican effectively cleared the air. Although Sir Robert had not yet arrived in the Eternal City to take up his duties, there was no cloud left upon the horizon ; and therefore it was possible for Mr. Ramsay MacDonald and Sir John Simon to visit the Holy Father with their heads up. They were received with the honours due to their high positions.