THE TABLET

y l W e e k l y N ew sp a p e r a n d R e v i e w DUM V O B I S GRATULAMUR A N IM O S E T IA M ADDIM U S UT IN IN CCEPTIS V E S T R I S CON STAN TER M A N E A T IS

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

Vol. 1 5 5 . No. 4 ,685 .

L o n d o n , F e b ru a r y 2 2 , 19 3 0 .

S ix p e n c e ,

R eg is tered a t th e General P o st Of f ic e a s a New s pape r

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N ew s and No t e s ...................2 25 Lent in Church ................. 229 Fair Women with Fairer

Souls— I I I ............................ 230 R e v i e w s :

The Master o f the

Spiritual L i f e ................. 232 “ The Battalion of St.

Patrick”

232

The Sienese Mystics . . . 233 Life Without Law . . . 234 Graham’s Lives . . . . . . 234 Books Received ................. 235 New Books and Music . . . 236

CONTENTS

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Catholic Progress at Hat­

field

The Catholic Association

Annual Dinner ................. 238 St. Thomas and Modern

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Theories ............................ 238 Catholic Education Notes . . . 239 Society o f St. Gregory . . . 239 The Civil Service in Mediæval England . . . 239 L etters to the E d i t o r :

The Fixed Calendar . . . 240 Evolution ............................ 240 Bishop Milner ................. 240

Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ......................... 243 E p is c o p a l Engagements 245 E t Cæ tera ............... . . . 246 Ob it u a r y ................ . . . 247 Orb i s T ebeabum :

England, Scotland and Wales ............... . . . 248 Ireland ................ . . . 249 Austria ................ . . . 250 Canada ................ . . . 250 Chile ................ . . . 250 Czeclio-Slovakia . . . 250

Or b i s T errarum ( Contd.) Page

Egypt

France

India

Nigeria

Oceania

Spain

Switzerland

The Ukraine

U.S.A.

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From The Tablet of Eighty

Years Ago . ..

Coming E vents

So c ia l and P ersonal . . 256 Ch e s s ................ . 256

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M OTANDA

Lent draws near. A Sexagésima proposal fo r more church-going this year (p. 229).

H ow a trivial amendment to the French Finance A c t led to the defeat o f M. Tardieu’s Government. The situation examined (p. 226).

Hatfield. H is Eminence Cardinal Bourne opens the new church and surveys the progress o f the Catholic faith in that district o f Hertfordshire (p. 237).

A memorial chapel to Bishop Milner in the famous old church at Wolverhampton beneath which his body lies (p. 240).

The story o f Marie Vallonet, a heroine o f the Terror. The Comtesse Joseph de Sonis completes her trilogy o f fair women with fairer souls (p. 230).

Tw o dinners : those o f the Catholic Association (p. 238), and the Catholic Police Guild (p. 248).

The revision o f the Vulgate. Some interesting details o f the magnitude and methods o f the work from The Tablet’s Rome Correspondent (p. 244).

O f English Civil Servants and their duties in the Middle Ages. A summary o f a lecture to the Lingard Society (p. 239).

NEWS AND NOTES

T N the chorus of protest against the persecution of religion in Russia, strength has been added to strength almost with each succeeding day. The entire Catholic world is o f course at one with the H oly Father ; and in England both Anglicans and Nonconformists have expressed gratitude to His Holiness and their desire to join in the universal crusade of prayer. The Church of England has a better spokesman in this matter in the Archbishop o f Canterbury than in his episcopal brother of York, whose indignation, sincere in itself, was expressed at Convocation in suave and altogether too

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“ cautious ” terms, for which his Grace has been roundly taken to task b y the Church Times. From Rome there was published last Saturday in the Morning Post a lengthy telegram conveying the terms o f a blessing extended by the H oly Father to all Christian effort in the campaign, but with particular mention of the newspaper for its own prominent part in the good work. To the prayers and protests o f all Christians in England, to those who have inspired the awakening o f public opinion, and to the “ Morning Post ” fo r the publicity which it has given to the truth about Russia, as fa r as the spiritual and physical agony o f its people are concerned, the blessing o f his Holiness is given. The Rome Correspondent of the paper was authorized to subjoin the message that “ Testimony is added to testimony, and once more the Ploly Father, in view of these things, emphasises the universal nature of his appeal to prayer, and recognises with appreciation and acknowledgment the important part played by the Morning Post in guiding British opinion and sentiment towards that universal protest which has the benediction of the H oly Father. The anti-Christ peril is not only local, but threatens to be universal. It is therefore necessary that it is faced with universal Christian prayer and protest.”

Moscow has sought to counteract the effect of the Pontiff’s action by a published “ interview ” with the Metropolitan Sergius and other Orthodox dignitaries, in which these prelates are made to say that religious persecution has never existed under the Soviet and does not now exist, and that the closing of the churches has been due not to the initiative of the authorities, but to an expressed popular wish ; and the H oly See is denounced for interference which is but a step towards helping preparations for an anti-Soviet war. This document is criticised by The Times in the shrewd remark that “ the phraseology of the Russian clerics’ alleged spontaneous utterances is indistinguishable from the ordinary propagandist outbursts o f the Communist authorities in Moscow.”