February 28, 1935

THE TABLET

A 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 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. 165. No. 4946. London, February 23, 1935.

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R eg is tered at th e General P o st Of f ic e as a New s pape r .

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New s and No t e s ................2 25 “ Recollections of Malines ” 229 England’ s Handel and Han­

del’ s England .................229 “ Valentines ’ ’ 230 “ Walling-up ” 230 America and the U.9.S.R. 231 Notes for Musicians . . . 231 St. Columba’s Cathedral,

O b a n ....................................... 232

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R e v i e w s : —

The Oxford Vulgate .. Eoclesia Georgians: .. Franoiscns Immortalis .. . 234 . 234 . 236 Books Received . . . .. New Books and Mnsio .. Ob it u a r y .......................... . 238 . 238 . 239 Correspondence :

Rome (Onr Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ......................... 241 The Triduum of Masses at

Lourdes ......................... 244

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L etters to the Ed i t o r :

The Catholic Relief Committee for Russia . . . 244 W a v e r t r e e ............................ 245 Anti-Catholic Calumnies .. 245 “ Napoleon’s Heritage’ ’ . . . 246 Prom The Tablet of Long

A g o ......................... . . . 246 Ch e s s ...........................................2 47 E t Ce t e r a ............................... 248 Or b i s Terrarum :

England ............................ 249

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Orb i s T errarum ( Contd. ) :

Scotland . .. .............. 250 Ireland . . . .............. 250 Belgium . . . .............. 251 Ceylon . . . .............. 251 France . . . . . . . . . 251 Germany . . . .............. 252 Luxembourg .............. 252 Portugal . . . .............. 252 Spain . . . .............. 252 Downside Abbey Church . . . 252 Coming Events . . . . . . 252 So c ia l and P ersonal . . . 252

NOTANDA

Blessed John Fisher and Blessed Thomas More. A translation, by The Tablet’s Rome Correspondent, o f the Sovereign Pontiff’s address at last week’ s ceremony (p. 241).

The Malines Conversations again. A strange statement by Dr. Frere (p. 229).

President Carmona’s re-election. A Note on the New Portugal (p. 226).

England’s Handel and Handel’s England. T o day’s anniversary (p. 229).

A Cathedral fo r A rgyll and the Isles. Illustrated notes on St. Columba’s, Oban (p. 232).

The forthcom ing great Triduum at Lourdes. H ow the arrangements are progressing (p. 244).

“ Discreet match-making.” Father Scully draws attention to a neglected aspect o f the Catholic matrimonial problem (p. 230).

The coyness o f “ A Famous Roman Catholic Writer.” Southend’s example to Lord Gorell and Sir John Murray (p. 230).

NEWS AND NOTES P ERMANY’S claim to Equality apparently includes a claim that Berlin shall be accounted no meaner a city than London, Paris and Rome. This is not a point on which to hinder work for P ea ce ; so we hope Sir John Simon will go to Berlin as soon as he can.

Not in unpersuasive words o f our own shall those letter-writers be answered who have said that The Tablet ought to be ashamed o f itself for advocating , an air-force commensurate with the part we might have to play as signatories to a defensive Air-Pact. The Bishop o f Menevia has publicly declared that he is " heart and soul ” with the aims o f the new N ew Series. Vol. CXXXIII. No. 4345.

National League o f Airmen. The Bishop o f Nottingham, no less publicly, " does not hesitate to say that the League, with its aim o f safeguarding peace, ought to be strongly supported.” The Bishop of Plymouth, after reminding his hearers that in his episcopal position he has to be cautious before identifying himself with movements, says outright that the League “ deserves to meet with unqualified success.” N obody who knows these wise and warhating prelates will dare to hint that any motive save a deep love o f peace has impelled them to espouse the League’s cause. Perhaps therefore we may faintly hope for letters o f apology or regret from those fierce pacifists who have opened fire on us for saying that the Air-Pact would necessarily have in it a tinge o f the si vis pacem para helium principle. Meanwhile, we are glad to find some of our friends in the Anglican weeklies dissociating themselves from the Pacifist Post-card Project of Canon “ Dick ” Sheppard. W e are getting back to realities and ought to be the better Christians for it.

In the Republic o f Mexico there are 29 States ; and in 14 o f those States there is not even one Catholic priest to supply the religious wants o f the people. It is as if half the counties o f England and Wales were without clergymen, pastors, and divine worship. But it suits the preponderantly Protestant Powers, such as the U.S.A. and Great Britain, to have no diplomatic trouble with so important an oil-producing country as M e x ic o ; and therefore the Governments o f those Powers are shutting their eyes tight to atrocities for the like of which Victorian England would have fought Turkey and punished China. To salve consciences, the Mexican President (himself a mere puppet) has called together a band o f docile newspaper correspondents in Mexico City and has assured them that there is no persecution of religion. He could as truly have said that twice five are nineteen, and that the sun rises in the west. But the correspondents have meekly passed on the Presidential declaration, and it has been accepted b y persons