THE TABLET y i W eek ly N ew s p a p e r a n d R e v ie w

DUM VOBIS GRATULAMUE ANIMOS IT I AM ADDIMUS UT IN INCCEPTIS VESTRIS CONSTANTER UA NEAT IS

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

Vol. 157. No. 4,734. Lonl.cn, January 31, 1931.

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News and No t e s ................. 137 The Forty Thieves.................141 Mr. Godfrey L. Clarke’ s

Architectural Work ... 142 From The Tablet of Ninety

Years A g o ............................ 143 Coming Events ...................143 R ev iew s : Mr. Shaw’s Apple Cart ... 144

Some Nineteenth-Century

Dogmatists ................. 144 The Laughing Enigma ... 144

CONTENTS

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R ev iew s : ( Contd.) : Weogernaceastre.................145

Cardinal N e w m a n’ s

T h eo lo gy ............................ 145 Books Received ................. 146 New Books and Music ... 146 Birmingham Catholic Re­

union

The Voluntary Schools ... 149 L etters to the Ed i t o r :

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Lonely P a r ish e s ................. 150 Long Service ................. 150 Ch e s s .......................................... 150

Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

Page i spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ......................153 E p isco pal Engagements 154 Et C.e t e r a ...................... 155 Catholic Education Notes ... 156 Obituary ..-..............157 Orbis Terrarum:

England, Scotland and Wales ......................158 Ireland ......................159 Australia ......................159 Austria ......................159

Orbis Terrarum ( Oontd.) :

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Canada

China

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Czechoslovakia ................160 France ............... 160 Germany ................162 Haiti ... ............... 162 Italy ... ............... 162 Poland ............... 162 Russia ............... 164 Spain ............... 164 Yugoslavia ............... 164 W il l s ................164 Social and P ersonal . . . 164

NOTANDA “ Evangelical Catholicism ” again. A Tablet Note-writer examines the opinions o f Friedrich Heiler, once a Catholic and now a Lutheran (p. 139).

L ow Church uneasiness concerning AngloOrthodoxy. W h y the Lambeth Bishops wanted Union with “ Old C atholics” and Easterns. A sorry disclosure (p. 139).

Exit M. Steeg. H ow M. Pierre Laval, the new French Premier, has resisted the demands o f the Lodge (p. 137).

Horrible Revelations. A Free Church exposure o f the Catholic Mr. John Scurr, M .P ., as a Political Blackmailer and Highwayman. Can the F orty Thieves clear themselves o f the Rev. J. D. Jones’s charge that they have kept their electioneering promises? (p. 141).

Voluntary Schools. The proposals, as amended by the recent Conference, fo r meeting the present situation (p. 149).

The architectural work o f Mr. G od frey L. Clarke, illustrated pictorially from a drawing o f the new church at Hoyland (pp. 142-3).

Professor Marucchi. A brief survey, from The Tablet’s Rome Correspondent, o f the career o f a great archaeologist and explorer o f the Eternal City (p. 153).

NEWS AND NOTES M TARDIEU , the strongest man in French • politics, is again in office, but not as President o f the Council. He holds the portfolio of Agriculture in a Ministry headed by M. Laval. W e have begun this Note with M. Tardieu’s rather than w ith M. Laval’s name for a good reason. The fact that the ex-Premier (we need not count poor M. Steeg) is in means that the Socialist-Radicals are out. The situation is o f Catholic as well as of

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secular interest. When he came away from the Elysée after being asked b y the President o f the Republic to form a Government, M. Laval strongly hoped to constitute a “ Cabinet o f Reconciliation.” But the Left’s idea of conciliation was domination over the Centre and Right. They made their assistance conditional upon un programme impliquant formellement le maintien et le développement des lois laiques. Every French politician knows what is meant by a “ development ” of laicity. It amounts to a militant revival o f the ideas and methods associated w ith the inglorious name of Emile Combes. In practice, it involves new laws which would drive the Catholic Church out of National Education in France and would make the Ministry o f Public Instruction not merely a non-Christian but an actively atheistical machine. To these demands M. Laval did not surrender. He has chosen his colleagues from the groups which patriotically sustained M. Tardieu in office for more than a year. The Laval Ministry, unlike the Steeg, is therefore a combination with claims to durability. We wish it well.

Critical times are just ahead for our French Catholic brethren. Although the religious revival makes progress, the average elector still favours political extremists, on the foolish ground that he manifests his manly independence by voting for iconoclasm. Next year’s General Election will be important for all the world, as well as for France. If the Republic’s mandate is given to antiquated politicians who place anti-Catholicism before everything else, French prestige will wane abroad while sorry strife is raging at home. The collapse o f Communism as an influential Parliamentary party in France will help the Left more than the Moderates, because the Red votes will mainly revert to the pink groups.

Those o f us who are sworn to the crusade against Soviet brutality in Northern Russia must understand that our cause is now in its crucial phase. Experience proves that movements o f protest usually