New Catholic Weekly
Temps Present ("The Present Times") has succeeded Sept as a weekly Catholic paper in France.
Sept, which was edited by the Dominican Fathers, came to an end some weeks ago. Its disappearance was deeply regretted in many quarters, as the paper had undertaken the almost pioneer work of presenting in brilliant and readable fashion week by week the acute controversies, political. economic and cultural, of the day in r Catholic light. Its long-maintained " impartiality " in regard to Spain was, however, a mistake, and helped to kill it.
Temps Present is almost identical with Sept in format and character, but it is edited by a group of laymen.
Among the big names which have given it their support are: Bernanos, Du Bos, Daniel-Rops, Fumet, Gheon, Gillet, HenriSimon, Lacombe, Marcel, Maritain, Massignon, Mauriac, Mounier, Schwob—a galaxy of Catholic French talent.
In a first editorial the policy and purposes of the paper are laid down: " All Catholics are in the Church. We know that it would he vain to wish to carry this religious unity to the field of human things and political fights. . . To pretend to impose on Catholics ' Right ' or 'Left ' reflexes in the name of the Christian conscience would only end in irritating and dividing them still more. . . To affirm the transcendance of Christianity in regard to parties, classes, nations, races, civilisation, in a word to the whole temporal order; and to bring to bear on the things of this order, and above all on everything which interests man and his earthly life, a free judgment, engaging only ourselves and as purely Catholic as possible."
Apart from a letter in Belgian, the first number practically confines itself to domestic French affairs.