Page 14, 12th March 1937

12th March 1937
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Page 14, 12th March 1937 — THE SCOUT GUILD
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THE SCOUT GUILD

An Antidote to the Left

" In these days when agents of evil are trying to draw our boys and young men to the left, and red side, the Scout movement is a most necessary organisation."

The Archbishop of Westminster, who with these words opened the annual general meeting of the Catholic Scout Guild, went on to say how imperative it is that we keep the Catholic younger generation from straying from the Church. "The young man," said His Grace, is the foundation of the Church, and it is against these foundations that materialistic forces are waging a subtle campaign to upset society. It is therefore essential that we lay our foundations deep. We older men have not left too great an inheritance, and we must strive to save our successors and fortify them for the life, which, with its difficulties and obstacles they have to face."

A Great Movement

" Bearing these facts in mind," Mgr. Hinsley continued, " I say that the Scout Movement is a great ā€˛movement; but it must be more than that. It must be a great and thoroughly Catholic Movement, embodying the national virtues of truth and loyalty. A Catholic scout must remember that it is his duty to be loyal not only to his King and country, but also to his faith and to the Holy Father. The Chief Scout has himself said this, when addressing Catholic Scouts."

The Archbishop added that he was anxious to see a body of efficient scoutmasters training young men in those ideals which the scout organisation held dear. "I am proud," he said, " to be president of such a body of fine young men, the Apostolate of Youth."

Ten Thousand

Thanking the Archbishop for honouring the guild with his presence, the Chief Scout's Commissioner, Colonel Worrell, a vice-president of the Guild, said that His Grace, since coming to Westminster, had shown great interest in Catholic Scouting, Colonel Worrell recalled the late Cardinal Bourne's interest in the movement, even to I the extent of having his own troop, and mentioned that there are now 10,000 Catholic Scouts in England.

The Rev. J. Halsall, Ph.D., D.C.L., becomes chairman of the Guild's committee on the retirement of Mgr. Canon Collings. Mr. C. A. Joyce was elected secretary and treasurer, with Miss M. Keane as his as




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