THE TABLET Nt Weekly N ew spaper a n d R eview DUM V O B I S G RATULAM U R A N IM O S E T IA M A D D IM U S U T I N IN C C E P T I S V E S T R I S C O N S T A N T E R M A N E A T IS

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

V ol. 155. No. 4,687.

L o n d o n , M a r c h 8, 1930.

S i x p e n c e .

R eg is t er ed at th e General P ost Of f ic e as a Newspaper

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News and No t e s ................... 293 Les L iaisons D angereuses . . . 297 I n Spanish Spain— I . . . 298 P rom The Tablet of Eighty

Y ears A g o ................................29 9 The Encyclical L e t te r ( con­

tin u e d )

299

R e v ie w s :

B lessed John Southw o r th 302 The B ird N o tw ith s ta nding 302 A nother “ Exposition and

Defence ” ................ 304 Inglorious G lo riana . . . 304

CONTENTS

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Books Received ................... 305 New Books and Music . . . 306 Lenten P a s to ra l — W est­

m in s te r ................................3 06 Correspondence :

Rome (O u r Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly L e tte r from ) . . . 309 Coming E vents ................... 310 The P ro p agatio n of the

F a ith

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ET CzETERA............................ 312 Catholic E ducation Notes . . . 313 Obituary ............................ 314 W i l l ......................................... 316 Marriage ........................... 316 Orbi s T errarum :

E ngland, Scotland, and W ales ........................... 316 I r e la n d ........................... 317 A u s t ra l ia ........................... 317 B r i t is h E a s t A frica 317

Or b is Terrarum ( Gontd.) :

Pago

C h ina

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F ran ce ...........................31 8 J a p a n ...........................3 18 P o la nd ...........................3 19 R u ss ia ........................... 319 South A frica ................... 319 Spain ........................... 319 F o r ty H o u rs ’E xposition . . . 320 Social and P ersonal . . . 320 Ch e s s ............................................3 20

NOTANDA Are its affinities with Moscow to be once more the rocks on which a Labour Government will suffer shipwreck? A Tablet leader-writer’s unprovocative appeal for a “ pro-God ” Labour Party in Britain (p. 297).

Rappresentanti in Terra. A further instalment of the Encyclical on Education (p. 299).

The Lenten pastoral of the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster (p. 306).

Cardinal Merry del Val. His life and work in the Eternal City. The requiem in London (pp. 314-15).

Spain. Señor Sanchez Guerra’s poor speech examined. Also a practical article on Spanish travel (pp. 295, 298).

An exciting week in home politics. The Conservative split mended and Liberal harmony partly restored (p. 294).

M. Tardieu in office once more. His wisdom in keeping the portfolio of the Interior in his own hands (p. 295).

NEWS AND NOTES

"VW"KITING on Thursday, we are in the position

’ ’ of being unable to report the hoped-for progress in the conversion of His Majesty’s Ministers from their infatuation with Russia. The Secretary for Foreign Affairs has received the expected document from the British Ambassador in Moscow : but he does not propose to publish it. His argument is th a t Sir Esmond Ovey, the Ambassador in question, would be placed in a difficult position if his memoranda were printed. Why ? If the report be favourable to the Soviet Government, Sir Esmond would become more than ever persona grata in Moscow. If, on the contrary, his researches have confirmed the accusations made against Mr. Stalin and his col

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leagues, then it is obvious th a t Red Russia is not a State with which this Christian country ought to hold diplomatic relations : in which case Sir Esmond would be recalled and would soon be out of reach of Muscovite venom.

On one point we must be emphatic. There is a tendency on the part of Mr. Arthur Henderson to regard himself as the judge and jury in this matter. He often speaks as if it is for him to decide and pronounce whether there is or is not a persecution of Christians and other Theists in Russia. With due respect, we remind him th a t his watch is slow. Englishmen are not the only human beings who have concerned themselves with this dreadful business, and the civilized world, Jewish as well as Christian, has long passed the stage a t which the case against Russia can be treated as a batch of unproven ex parte statements. The Holy See, for example, is notoriously cautious and would never have brought in its verdict of “ Guilty ” against Russia except on a superabundance of sifted and tested evidence. Mgr. d ’Herbigny, whose further statements have just been published in two issues of the Osservatore Romano, not only possesses first-hand knowledge of the persecution, but has been engaged for years in separating the hard and dreadful facts from any exaggerations and fancies. That Mr. Henderson, a politician new to foreign affairs and an almost overt defender of Moscow, should lightly treat the findings of the Holy See as negligible is much to be regretted. To use a blunt metaphor, no whitewash which he may spread over Russia’s reputation will stop the bloodred from showing through. Moscow has been found guilty by other tribunals, over whom Mr. Henderson does not stand as a Court of Cassation. The sooner he learns th a t this is not merely an Anglo-Russian but a Humano-Russian affair the better.

That the stand against Moscow is world-wide everybody knows. But it is not yet fully understood that this is more than a Christian Protest. Jews, like ourselves, are Monotheists ; and their Rabbis assure us th a t Jews are not allowed to teach