MEN, a " quarterly for all Catholic men," published in Cheshire, has printed a number of facetious paragraphs under the introduction ; " Since some who write in our illustrious contemporaries are indulging in the gentle art of clergy-baiting we have decided to be in the swim." To comment on this may seem like a confession that " the cap fits," but there is no harm in taking the opportunity of stating how far and why criticism of the clergy sometimes appears in our columns.
We feel sure that we have no need to • underline the fact that our reverence for the priest in the carrying out of all the duties connected with his sacred function and our respect for his authority are abso
lutely unqualified. Moreover, we know only too well with what devotedness and patience the clergy of this country carries on its mission in the face of every handicap. But apart from these considerations, the CATHOLIC HERALD has every reason in the world to acknowledge its immense debt to the clergy.
In the first place, the clergy more rapidly than the laity hailed the new CATHOLIC HERALD and spread knowledge of it through the Catholic community—and it did this