Page 4, 15th April 1955

15th April 1955
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Page 4, 15th April 1955 — A Tale of Two Preachers

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A Tale of Two Preachers

Fr. Proudman and Dr. Graham

T HAD been listening on Good Friday afternoon to the sermons on the Passion given in Hyde Park by Fr. Proudman, O.P., and consequently it was very interesting to compare this Catholic observance with Billy Graham's televised sermon in the Kelvin Hall in the evening. Fr. Proudman, trying to make himself heard among the chatter and comings and goings at Speaker's Corner, would not, I am sure. wish to make any pretence of competing with so superb a preacher as Dr. Graham in circumstances so wholly suited to him. But in fact they were both saying virtually the same thing— Fr. Proudman to a relatively small crowd, mainly of devout Catholics, with others listening for a few minutes and passing on, not appar ently greatly interested or impressed; Billy Graham to a rapt audience in the hall and to millions on radio and television. Yet the difference was only in accidentals. I confess I had never realised what a master Dr. Graham is-1 suppose a lone survivor of the great days of preaching. With the slightest of gestures. perfectly timed with his words, he could bring home the nailing on to the Cross more vividly than in a Passion play. It was one of the most remarkable oratorical performances I have heard and seen in my life,

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