THE TABLET y l Weekly N ew spaper a n d R eview DUM VOBIS GRATULAMUR ANIMOS ETIAM ADDIMUS UT IN INCCEPTIS VESTRIS CONSTANTER MANEATIS

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

Vol. 155. No. 4,703. L ondon, J une 28, 1930.

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New s and No t e s ................... 853 Red, W hite and B lue . . . 857 Documents Concerning

Malta— I ................................85 9 F rom The Tablet of Eighty

Years A g o ................................8 61 E p is c o pa l E ngagements 861 R e v ie w s :

Facilis Descensus . . . 861 The New Testam ent and

Conduct ............................... 862 The P u p i l of H ypatia 863 W esleyanism and Econo­

mics ............................... 863 Books Received ................... 864

CONTENTS

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Coming E vents ................... 864 New Books and Music . . . 864 W est L ancashire Catholics and the E ducation B ill 865 Ch e s s ............................................ 866 Catholic Medical M issions 866 Correspondence :

Rome (O u r Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly L e tte r from ) ............................... 869 Letters to t h e E d ito r :

C a rd in a l Wolsey’s G rave 870 Children’s C ountry Holi­

days F u n d ................... 870

Don Bosco Celebration a t

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Cowley ............................... 870 The New F ran c is can F r ia ry a t Oxford ................................8 71 E T C i E T E R A .........................................8 7 2 Catholic Education Notes . . . 873 Marriage ................................8 74 School Sports ................... 874 Orb is Terrarum:

England, Scotland and Wales ............................... 875 I r e la n d ................................8 76 Belgium ................................8 77

Orb is Terrarum ( Oontd.) :

C anada

F rance

H ungary

Iceland

J a p a n

N icaragua . . .

Poland

R u ss ia

Spain

U.S.A.

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F o r ty H o u rs ’ Exposition 880 S o c i a l a n d P e RSONAL . . . 880

NOTANDA

Malta. A Tablet leader-writer explains the “ red, white and blue ” of the situation (p. 857). Last Wednesday’s debate in the House of Lords (p. 856). An instalment of documentation; the “ Notes for a Concordat ” (p. 859).

The dropping of the Trevelyan Bill from this Session’s agenda (p. 854). Liverpool’s great protest against the measure (p. 865).

“ II Cattedrale.” The shocking behaviour of two Popish Priests “ between Genoa and Pisa.” Bad characters and worse grammar. The strange letters of Mr. A. W. Higgs (p. 855).

An Anglican Bishop on Birth Prevention. Lord William Cecil’s brave and striking appeal to the Lambeth Conference (p. 855).

The new Franciscan F r ia ry at Oxford as it will appear when completed. A bird’s-eye view from a drawing by the architect (p. 871).

Some tributes in the Legislative Council of New South Wales to the memory of a distinguished servant of the Church and of the Empire (p. 872).

The Simon Report. A second instalment (p. 854).

NEWS AND NOTES

English Catholics should fill the Day with prayers for the Sovereign Pontiff. As we have said before in this place, the Pope now gloriously reigning is not only “ Perpetual Peter ” but is also a tru e Paul. As “ the Pope of the Missions ” His Holiness is indeed an Apostle to the Gentiles. At this moment he is more than ever entitled to the prayers of English Catholics : because yet another No-Popery campaign has been launched against him. When St. Paul was shipwrecked off Malta, “ the barbarous people showed him no little kindness ” ; but to-day the English are showing his successor no little barbarity. In England, when No-Popery comes in at the door, the fair play of sportsmen and even the good manners of gentlemen fly out of the window. A painful impression upon many friends of England has been made by our Government’s rude and grossly unjust handling of Anglo-Vatican business.

Although it was not announced in England until Tuesday night every well-informed person knew by last week th a t the Maltese Constitution was about to be suspended and th a t the Islanders were to be placed again on a Crown Colony basis. We who write this Note happened to be in Ita ly last week-end. A t Verona, on Saturday afternoon, we bought the Popolo d’ltalia, the Coniere della Sera and other newspapers containing explicit statem ents as to the suspension of the Constitution and editorial comments thereon.

WV7-HEN a Fixed Feast of Obligation falls on a

’ ' Sunday, our slackers practically let it slip out of the calendar. Their only recognition of i t is a chuckle a t being able to kill two Obligations with one Mass. Earnest Catholics, on the other hand, observe the Feast with exceptional fervour ; because Sunday is a day wholly clear of work-a-day preoccupations and they have tim e for recollection.

To-morrow is not only the Third Sunday after Pentecost. I t is also the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul. There are special reasons this year why

N ew S e r i e s . Voi. CXXIII. No. 4,102.

So far as we can see, the Imperial Government had no alternative to suspending the Maltese Constitution. Unhappily, however, it has added to the suspension a decision which is in every way indefensible. The Governor is “ to retain Lord Strickland’s Ministry in office ” as a sort of Consultative Council. Why ? If Malta and Gozo have ceased to be governed on a parliam entary basis, the Council should be chosen from able and patriotic Maltese of all parties ; not from the Constitutionalists alone. Moreover, the 1927 Mandate to Lord Strickland was for three years only ; and it has