April 20, 1086i

THE TABLET A W e ek 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 o f His Holiness Pius IX to The Tablet, June 4,1870.

V o l . 165. No. 4954.

L o n d o n , A p r i l 20 , 1 9 3 5 .

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Registered at the General Post Office as a Newspaper.

News and Notes ... Page . . . 489 In the Major Key ... . . . 493 £729,970,000 . . . . . . 493 The Way of the Cro6s Today ......................... . . . 494 Our Historic English Convents.............. j p . . . 495 Coming Events . .. . . . 497 R eview s :

Pages from the Past . . . 497 By Nicolas Berdyaev . . . 498

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Reviews (Contd.).

The North Wiltshire

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Downs ......................... 499 The Place of Biology . . . 499 New Books and Music . . . 499 The Transformation of William Bloor .............. 500 Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ......................... 505 The Catholic Relief Commit­

tee for Russia .............. 506

ENTS

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The Archbishop of Westminster ............................ 507 The Low Week Reception 507 Sidmouth’s New Church . . . 507 Et Ce t e r a ............................ 508 Obituary ............................ 509 Modern Dictatorships . . . 509 The Pall Over Mexico . . . 510 From The Tablet of Long

A g o ....................................... 510 W i l l s ....................................... 510

Orbis Terrarum :

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England ............................511 British West Africa . . . 512 China ............................ 512 France ............................ 512 Germany .............. . . . 513 India .............. ' . . . 513 • Italy 514

Nippon ............................ 514 Peru 514 Social and P ersonal . . . 514 Ch e s s ....................................... 514 Books Re c e i v e d ................. 516

NOTANDA

In a Number published on H o ly Thursday, The Tablet offers reading appropriate to Good Friday. The V ia Dolorosa to-day (p. 494). A story o f the True Cross (p. 500).

The new Archbishop o f Westminster. His Grace’s first Reception and Enthronement (p. 507)

The Bishop o f Leeds. V ery good news as to his Lordship’s progress (p. 514).

Mr. Chamberlain’s Budget. A Tablet leaderwriter’s friendly comments (p. 493).

Stresa’s re-affirmation o f Locarno. The fated hegemony o f Britain in European affairs (p. 493).

Continuing his account o f the English religious communities overseas in the penal times, Dom Basil Whelan, O.S.B., relates the stories o f the Austin Canonesses and the Carmelites (p. 495).

banks of the Gave. But the photographers and the reporters will be able to give us only part o f the story. Seen only b y Heaven, “ a multitude such as no man can number ” will array itself mightily though invisibly behind that little corps d ’elite o f a few mere hundreds o f thousands who will assemble within sight o f the venerated Grotto. Most earnestly d(kwe make ourselves the mouthpiece o f our Holy Father and beg for such an abundance and urgence of simultaneous prayer as the Church in Britain and Ireland has never achieved before. This time weTiave the assistance o f something quite definite for our imaginations and our intentions to work with. It will be easy , to picture those unceasing Masses at L ou rdes; while as for our intention, which is Peace, surely the vileness o f modem war should be enough to make us cry “ Lord, save us, or we perish.” _________

“ Even as in the days o f Christian martyrs in the Catacombs o f old Rome, so do the Catholics live to-day in Mexico.” A traveller’s judgment, with p roof adduced (p. 510).

Capital punishment in Russia. Its extension to juvenile offenders (p. 490).

NEWS AND NOTES ________ ’ 2

N E X T Thursday will be the first o f the three great Days on which Prayer, in the in- • estimable and stupendous form o f the Holy Sacrifice o f the Mass, will ascend all day and all night for the boon o f Peace. As every Catholic knows by now, this Triduum will be centred at Lourdes, the scene o f indisputably miraculous answers to fervent supplication. So many Press photographers will be there with their cameras, and so many descriptive writers with their fountain pens that we may depend upon an abundance o f lens-pictures and penpictures o f the sights about to be witnessed on the

To all readers o f these lines, and also to their families and friends, the Editor and staff o f The Tablet wish a Happy Easter. On every day of the year we can say “ The Lord is risen indeed ” ; but, in this unfaithful age, when many a soi-disant Christian explains away the historical verities of our holy religion as allegories and poetic fancies, it is good to remind, ourselves firmly that the Resurrection took place on a particular Sunday morning,

as, the Battle o f Waterloo took place on Sunday, June 1.8,¿1815. In illo tempore.,T . . The Easter happiness flows from the Easter"certitude. “ I f Christ be not risen,” said St. Paul, $p6aking in the simple and natural and historical serise, “ our faith is vain,” and “ we are o f ah men most miserable.”

The proper place to-morro^* (Easter Sunday) morning for every able-bodied pafhcilic who is not prevented from going there is his oWn parish church. I p hear the early Mass communicates and to be finished for the d a y ^ J p r e breakfast time is a beggarly observance o f Ijim yery. great Feast. Every church ought to be, as crowded for the High »"Mass or Missa Cantata on EastfHSunday as for the

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