April 13, 18361

THE TABLET A W eek 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 VESTRIS CONSTANTER MANEATIS

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

Vol. 165. N o . 4953.

London, April 13, 1935.

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News and No t e s ......... 457 Infandum Flagitium . . . 461 The Next Parliament . . . 462 Our Historic English Con­

vents ....................................... 462 Leonid Fedorov ................. 464 The Triduum of Masses at

Lourdes ............................ 465 From The Tablet of Long

A g o ............................... 465 Review s :

Downside’s Fourth Abbot 466 The Bough Beautiful . . . 466

CONTENTS

Review s (Oontd.).

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The King’s Highway . . . 467 The Syriac New Testament 468 More Rural Rides . .. 468 Books Received . . . .. .. 468 New Books and Music .. 469 Lenten Pastorals:

Birmingham . . . ., .. 469 Shrewsbury . . . .. .. 470 CORRESPONDENCE 1

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ..........................473

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O r d in a t io n s ......................... 475 Et Cæ t e r a ......................... 476 Sermons for the Times . . . 477 Letters to the Ed it o r :

Our Lady of Walsingham 478 Father St. John’s Articles 478 Coming Events . . . . . . 479 Orbis Terrabum:

England .............. Ireland .............. . . . 480 . . . 480 Albania .............. . . . 481 British East Africa . . . 481

Orbis Terrardm (Oontd.) :

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Dutch East Indies . .. 481. France ...................... .. 481 Germany ...................... .. 482 I n d o c h i n a ...................... .. 482 I t a l y ................................. .. 482 Southern Rhodesia . .. 482 Spain ...................... .. 482 Turkey ...................... .. 482 West Africa . . . . .. 482 Obituary ...................... .. 482 The Royal Silver Jubilee ., .. 484 W il l s . . . . ...................... .. 484 Social and Personal ., .. 484 Chess . . . . . . . .. 484

NOTANDA What would or would not be an impiously criminal war. A Tablet leader-writer rescues certain words o f the Sovereign Pontiff’s from a misapplication (p. 461).

BB. John Fisher and Thomas More. The Consistories fo r the canonizations (pp. 465, 473). The Archbishop o f Birmingham on these two martyrs as exemplars o f Catholic Action (p. 469).

Stresa. H ow the consulting politicians will be reminded o f Charles Borromeo, statesman and saint (p. 457).

Britain’s next Parliament. The urgent need for a fair representation o f Catholics (p. 462).

The sixth utterance from the Cross. A sermon fo r Passiontide (p. 477).

The late Abbot Chapman’s Spiritual Letters. A precious book (p. 466).

Leonid Fedorov. The moving story o f a Russian confessor, victim o f the Soviet power (p. 464).

Communion in both kinds. Painful reading from Scots Presbyterian circles (p. 460).

NEWS AND NOTES TVY the time these lines are in print the states­

men who are taking counsel together near Stresa ought to have become accustomed to an environment which is not only historical and beautiful but Catholic. W e do not forget that Isola Bella, where the great men are in consultation, did not become bella in its present sense until long after St. Charles Borromeo was dead ; the Saint had been in his grave nearly a hundred years before Count Vitaliano Borromeo transferred the barren rock near Fishermen’s Island into Isola Bella. None the less, the Borromean Catholic spirit is there. F ootmen in the liveries o f Cardinal Eduardo Borromeo will wait upon the guests. The room in which visitors will eat their midday meal is adorned with carved

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medallions representing scenes in the career o f St. Charles himself. The background o f that career was as perilous as anything Mr. MacDonald and Sir John Simon have to face. Europe was menaced by the massive power o f the Turk ; and England, sundered from the unity o f Christendom b y Elizabethan Protestantism, was holding aloof from a struggle in which she, as a leading naval power, ought to have played a great and proud part. When British children are taught that Britannia rules the waves they are not told that she kept out of Lepanto, one o f the hardest, costliest and most glorious seafights in the world’s history. The Tablet recalls Lepanto at this moment because Stresa, with Russophil Frenchmen there, will tempt Britons once more to shirk the duty o f withstanding an antiChristian Power in the Near East.

As His Majesty’s Ministers have not taken a policy with them to Lake Major but have frankly gone there “ as explorers ” we may easily pray that they will not take a wrong turning. They have been told that they must choose between Germany on the one hand and Franco-Russia on the other. This is nonsense. Without going back to what used to be called Splendid Isolation, our great country can and should retain her independence in foreign affairs. Too often have we let ourselves be tied to the apron-strings o f France ; and too long have we humoured Germany in her utterly unreasonable and selfish habit o f teasing Europe, year in and year out, with crisis after crisis. Even Collective Security, which seems the most promising system on which to pacify Europe, ought not to mean such a surrender o f our initiative as certain persons hope and expect.

Although Westminster’s new Archbishop has not yet had a suitable opportunity o f publicly indicating the chief social activities in which he means to lead us, His Grace has already made mention o f housing. He rejoices in the awakening o f the national conscience and is grateful for the intelligent progress which has been made in so many