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CATHOLICS AND THE STATE Close ofthe Cambridge Summer SchDol ,


The second half of the programme of the Cambridge Summer S'chool included two garden parties given, respectively. hy the rector of the parish, Canon Marshall, and Fr. P.m/it, the rector of St. Edmund's House. (Fr. Gilbey, the chaplain at the university, had held a crowded reception in the first half of the week). Expeditions, and a lantern lecture on "Imperial Rome" by Mrs. Arthur Strong, fellow of Girton College, provided other much appreciated diversions, and there were again special sermons in the parish church on Sunday. 7'he weather grew more uncertainlooking towards the end but did not fail us.

Some fifty members of the Federation

of University Catholic Societies arrived on Thursday. and lock the lectures of the school, from Friday onwards, as part ol their programme. The mantle of the late • Professor Bullough as organiser of their gatherings has fallen upon Mr. A. A. Parker, fellow of Gonville and Caius College, who wore it as if it had been measured for him.

Exposition of Principles To come to the lectures themselves. those of Thursday, Friday and Saturday belonged to the second and non-historical section of the course. The first of them was by Mr. Outram Evennett. fellow and lecturer of Trinity College, Cambridge, who delivered the discourse of a practised lecturer, admirable both in construction and in delivery, on "Authority and the Moral Order."

In the opinion of many this lecture. and the commendably simple exposition of the political claims of thc Church given twenty-four hours later by Dr. Alphonsus Bonnar, 0.F.M., would have been even more helpful at the beginning of the course, for they would have given the hearers of the historical lecturers a sound grasp of first principles wherewith to interpret them.

Totalitarianism The second lecturs on Thursday morning was a restrained but caustic account of the "Totalitarian State," in theory and in contemporary practice, by Mr. John Eppstein. of the League of Nations Union. He was notably outspoken in querying the policy that brought about the recent concordats with the totalitarian governments, The second lecture on Friday morning was by Mr. F. R. Hoare on "Political Parties." It contained an historical analysis intended to show that they belonged to an essentially transitional phase of history that is the natural prelude to the Totalitarian State, which we should confront by growing social organs of our own rather than by methods that are already out of date.

Catholic Policies On Saturday came a balanced account by Fr. Lewis Watt, S.J., of the Church's teaching coricernisg the economic functions of the State, ending with a commendation of the corporative order as entirely distinct from totalitarianism and. when not imposed from above, an essentially Catholic thing. Fr. Martindale, S.J., closed the course of lectures by a characteristic budge: of suggestions for a Catholic programme, through which shone at every point his intense sympathy with the outcast and the inarticulate.

Those who were unable to be present should watch for the publication, in the autumn, of the book of the school, in which all the lectures will be printed. Those who were presen: will not need to be told.

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