December 9, 1933.

THE TABLET

N . W e e k l y N e w s p a p e r a n d R e v i e w

DUM VOBIS GRATULAMUR ANIMOS ETIAM ADDIMÜS UT IN INCCEPTIS V E S TR IS CONSTANTER MANE ATI S

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

Vol. 162. No. 4883. London, December 9, 1933.

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New s and No t e s .................. 769 Advent’s Certainties . . . 773 Mr. Henderson’s “ Mes­

sage ”

774

Imaginary Law Reports — V I I ............................ 775 R e v i e w s :

The First Sister of

Charity ............................ 776 The Land of Fear . . . 777 Charles the First . . . 778 A “ T .B .” N o v e l ................. 778 The Medici Society . . . 778

CONTENTS

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Books Received ................. 780 New Books and Music . . . 780 Help for Poor Missions . . . 781 Catholic Education Notes 782 L etters to the E d i t o r :

Cardinal Newman and

Scripture

L.E.A. Powers in Non-

782

Provided Schools . . . 782 War and Freedom . . . 783 Chess 783 Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ............................ 785

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Et C7ETERA...............................787 A dvent P a s t o r a l s : Westminster ................. 788

Birmingham ................. 788 Menevia ............................ 790 From The Tablet of Ninety

Years Ago ................. 791 The “ Venerabile ” . . . 792 St. Patrick’s, Soho . . . 792 Coming E vents ...................7 92 Ob it u ary ...............................7 92 E p is c o p a l E ngagements 792 A Church in the Forest of

Dean

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Or b is T errarum :

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England .............. . . . 793 1 Scotland .............. . . . 794

Ireland .............. . . . 794 Argentina . . . 794 Australia .............. . . . 794 Brazil .............. . .. 794 Canada .............. . . . 796 Colombia .............. . . . 796 France .............. . . . 796 Hong Kong . . . 796 Spain .............. ... 796 Cardinal Bourne . . . 796 So c ia l and P ersonal . . . 796

NOTANDA The health o f Cardinal Bourne. A new call for prayers (p. 796).

Advent. The Pastorals o f two Archbishops and a Bishop. A Tablet leader-writer on “ the completeness, universality, and finality ” o f the Christian Religion (pp. 773, 778-91).

Mr. Arthur Henderson’s “ Message to the Churches.” Its omissions (p. 774).

The new Abbot o f Downside. A note on his long and useful work fo r the Abbey and the school (p. 787).

“ The Land o f Fear.” In a review’ o f three new books, the Editor o f The Tablet shows that Russia arms her women as well as her men to fight (p. 777).

Our English Martyrs. Some Heythrop students set an admirable example (p. 772).

Spain’ s General Election. Notes on the R ight’s victory over the usurpers and persecutors on the L e ft (p. 769).

Very free “ Free Churchmen.” Their denials o f fundamental Christian verities (p. 772).

The case o f a Catholic Lord Chancellor. An Imaginary Judgment, but not imaginary Law (P- 775). hsh=hh==_ =sssh!=^

NEWS AND NOTES I N chronicling Elections, newspaper-men would be badly off i f they were forbidden to wear down a little further that already well-worn phrase “ the swing o f the pendulum.” Therefore, we were not surprised to find the words in an otherwise good despatch sent from Madrid last Sunday night by the Daily Mail’s Special Correspondent in that capital “ Never,” he said, “ has there been such a sudden swing o f the pendulum in Spanish political life .” W e challenge the phrase and deny its implications; not in a carping spirit but because such a statement deeply and widely misrepresents the facts. N ew S eries. Vol. CXXX. No. 4282.

A pendulum swings from one extreme o f its arc to the other. But in Spain there has been no sudden or even slow revulsion from L e ft to R igh t ; fo r the simple reason that Spain, whatever may be said to the contrary, did not really move to the Left in 1931. The British public cannot be reminded too strongly that there was not even an anti-Monarchical, much less an anti-Catholic and “ L e ft ” majority at those badly or treacherously conducted Municipal Elections which enabled a large and clever and unscrupulous minority to engineer a successful Revolution two and a half years ago. The General Election just held has been the Spanish nation’ s first opportunity o f declaring its opinion o f that minority and its work. The people’s overwhelmingly adverse verdict against the usurpers on the L e ft has certainly not been “ a sudden swing.” It lias been the calm and deliberate registration o f a resentment slowly enlarged and strengthened during thirty months o f observation and reflection.

In the new Cortes, the out-and-out Left Parties who, with no authentic national mandate behind them, foisted atheistic laws upon a Catholic people, will number barely one-fourth o f the Deputies. They are already hoping, however, to regain the upper hand, either by a second Revolution or by splitting the Right on some such issue as a Bourbon Restoration. Señor Gil Robles, the newly-emerged Catholic leader, is a young man o f great natural ability and strength o f character; but he is no more infallible than the rest o f us, and such experienced Parliamentarians as the ex-despot Azaña will make the most o f any blunder on the Right. I f and when such mistakes occur, there will be articles and paragraphs and, we fear, false telegrams in the Catholicophobe British press, reporting that the Catholic reaction has spent its force and that Spain is about to consolidate her Republic on a basis o f pure laicism. Caveat lector.

On the whole, Spaniards will remember respectfully the Barrios Ministry, which took over the