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i ORDS fail me when I try to express the heartfelt gratitude of both my husband and myself to all the wonderful people who wrote to me and offered to help in many ways", writes our correspondent who signed herself "Devon" in our issue of
Then, in her letter under the heading of "Abstinence", she pointed out that total continence in marriage was the only answer to the problems they were faced with.
The expenses of a seventh pregnancy had put the family in debt, the mother's mental and physical health was impaired, the decent, hardworking husband was becoming bitter and cynical. They meet with no understanding of their day-to-day problems from their Catholic fellow parishioners, and felt, to their shame, that they have become a "problem" family, as they have had to ask for help to clothe their children.
For this reason, the spontaneous response from C.H. readers has been so heartening. It has been a real pleasure for nte to forward the many letters we received in the office. many of them containing gifts of money, others with offere to help with clothing for the children. one from an old lady over 80, who is in hospital.
Our correspondent went on to say: "We never meant to moan, but only to illustrate a little of our personal difficulties so that Catholics in other places might look around a little and understand that the parents of all overlarge families are not lazy, ignorant, feckless and uncontrolled, and help those nearest them , ... But, this help is a godsend. and will help to send the children back to school warmly clad." As usual. CATHOLIC: Heiteett readers have shown their kindness and their interest and we, too, are gratified and grateful.
Limited edition SUBSCRIBERS to the Aylesford Review, the Carmelite Quarterly, will have been cheered by the news that Colin Wilson. the writer, is to devote the royalties front his forthcoming autobiography to ensuring that the ilylesford Rfriew stays alive. The Review. edited by Fr. Broegrcl Sewell, began eight years ago as the equivalent of a parish magazine. but its parish readership just wasn't interested.
Now it has become a serious critical quarterly, dealing with religion. literature, and the arts in general. Contributions have come from Colin Wilson, Henry Williamson, Henry Miller. Edmund Blunden, the American beat poet. Gregory Corso, and Muriel Spark. These contributors are free to write anything which is not "downright disrespectful to the Catholic faith". in Fr. Sewell's own words.
Colin Wilson. who is at present working on a study of Rasputin, is having his autobiography printed in a limited edition. Not more than 1.000 copies will be printed of Voyage to a Beginning, which is being published by Gollancz early next year.
Lt was, apparently, Colin Wilson's own idea to give the royalties from this book to the Aylesford Review, which. in common with many other cultural religious magazines, finds it difficult to keep its head above water financially. Fr. Sewell describes Mr. Wilson's gesture as "terribly generous, and very typical of him". He has often contributed free to the Review before, Rising printing costs are chiefly to blame for the difficulty of keeping the Review going. If it could double its subscribers (the subscription, as from next year will be increased, but at one guinea, it will still be very moderate). most of Fr. Sewell's problems, I gather. would be solved.
Many of the journals of religious orders, are, of course, run at a loss, i.e., subsidised. But the Carmelities, with the huge expense of their new grammar school at Cheltenham facing them, have enough good works on their hands already.
The autumn issue of the Review will be of particular interest, inasmuch as it contains an article on the young Catholic novelist. Bernadine I3is1op. Her first novel. Perspectives, was discussed at length in the Willies 1961-2 issue of the Review, and her second novel, Playing House, has recently been published by Hutchinson. The article takes the form of art interview between Fr. Sewell and Mrs. Bishop.
Bernadine Bishop may be remembered by some of our readers as one of the two Catholic witnesses called for the defence in the celebrated Lady Chatterley Trial. In the A ylesford Review interview, Mrs. Bishop defends her stand as being "agajnst censorship and for freedom". She R married to Stephen Bishop. the distinguished young American pianist.
elift1STMAS comes but once a 4.--4 year, but it seems that, nowadays, the Christmas season is in danger of occupying a larger part of the year than the non-Christmas season, The presents and toys for this year's orgy have already been made, and in many cases, are in the shops.
The large confectionery firms have already taken on extra salesmen to show their Christmas cakes to the shopkeepers who will stock them. The shopkeepers have to order on the spot. If they don't they are told that there won't he any cakes left later on in the autumn.
In the midst of this incongruous clash of the fag-end of summer with the first, snowy breath of Christmas, it is pleasant to see that good causes are represented among the early heralds of the festive season. 1 have just seen the designs for the "Save the Children Fund" Christmas cards.
Five out of the thirteen card designs offered have a religious themes they include a Madonna and Child. and a reproduction of Guido Reni's Adoration of the Shepherds. There is also a calendar, which shows an Arab refugee child. One should not fall into the error of thinking of the Arab refugees as merely political exiles many of them are among our Eastern Catholic brethren.
Save the Children Fund cards can be ordered from the following address: S.CF. Christmas Cards. P.O. Box 20. Little Cornhow, Halesowen, Birmingham.
Last year, five million cards were sold, and the proceeds from these sales are helping to maintain relief teams in fifteen countries, and to further campaigns against malnutrition in India, Jordan. Morocco, Swaziland, Tanganyika, Uganda, the West Indies, and Nigeria. A very good cause.
Papal Bull ABIRMINGHAM reader has written in to enlighten us about the Bull of Pope Paul IV. which, as we mentioned in our August 30 issue has turned up in Kerrya.
Readers may remember that the Bull was handed by a priest at the Kakamega seminary to Fr. F. P. Maher, the Catholic Army chaplain in Kenya. The priest asked that it should be restored to its rightful owner. or owners, whoever they might be.
The Bull concerns the appointment of a sixteenth century Archbishop of Dublin. and so Fr. Maher arranged for the Bull to be sent to the present incumbent of the see of Dublin, Archbishop McQuaid.
Now Mr. Eric Barker writes in. from Erdington, Birmingham, to say that he is the owner of the document. It was, apparently, one of a number of documents bought by Mr. Barker in 1951, from a London stamp dealer.
Amongst other material which he acquired at the same time were some letters written by members of the Boyle family during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Boyles were Earls of Shannon.
Some of the letters were addressed to Admiral Sir John Talbot, who lived from 1769 to 1851. and whose home was at Malahide, near Dublin. These Irish connections, may in Mr. Barker's opinion, afford some clue to the origin of the document.
In 1956, Mr. Barker was stationed at Kakamega, and while he was there. he lent the Bull, together with some other mediaveal material to the local Mill Hill Missioners. as they are now officially known. The missioners wanted the documents to show to some of their students.
Almost immediately, however. Mr. Barker was posted to Nairobi at very short notice, and never had the opportunity to collect his documents back front Kakamega, which is 180 miles away from Nairobi_ to the North West, near Lake Victoria.