A radical who fends off charges of trendy ness
I LIKE THE NEW look of the Catholic Herald. It is clear, distinctive and, God be with us, far from trendy. Now trendiness is a malaise that has, alas, struck this newspaper from time to time. The first thing that I did when I became editor of the Catholic Herald in 1966 for a few years was to restore the title where it belonged across the top of page one. Before I took over it had run down the side of column one. Not many people remember this typographical aberration.
Quite a few readers protested that my decision showed that I had little time for progressive newspaper design and hoped that it did not mirror my theological thoughts. It did. I was always happy to be a radical, but never a progressive. There is a vital difference.
WHAT ON EARTH HAS happened to the early Mass? THE BBC, I NOTE, has just brought On the last holiday of obligation out a style book for the guidance of its (SS Peter and Paul) my wife and I broadcasting staff.
needed such a service in our locality, At one time most newspapers had but at two churches drew a blank. such books and they were useful The Masses were at 9am and 8pm provided that reporters and subon the feast itself and 8pm on the editors did not slavishly adhere to evening before. At much inconvetheir rules. There is a famous Fleet nience we had to settle for the 8pm Street story told of the Daily Telewhich, true to form, did not begin graph sub-editor who failed to use his until 8.10pm. common sense.
What a difference from my pre-War According to the Telegraph style boyhood in the north of England, book, when foreign currencies were when Masses on holydays of obligamentioned, their sterling equivalent tion were usually at 6am, 7am, 8am should be given in brackets. A sensi and 9.30am. ble rule when applied sensibly.
These times were dictated by the But in the 1950s when Elizabeth stern working hours and rigid faith of Taylor came to London she said that many mill-workers who often started she was "feeling like a million dollars." their stints at the looms at 7am. Only the Daily Telegraph reported this There was, of course, in those days so as: Elizabeth Taylor said: "I'm feeling much luxury as the evening Mass like a million dollars (2357,000)". which has now turned all of us, priests and congregations, into a lot of Southern softies.
ALLAN BORDER, THE AUSTRALIAN cricket captain, could hardly have chosen a more troublesome trade or profession in which to exercise his prodigious gifts. He suffers from hayfever and had to spend quite a bit of time off the field in the last Test match at Trent Bridge. Yet when you look at some historic precedents, Border's hay-fever is not such an impediment.
Nelson was always sick when the Fleet slipped anchor, but he carved for himself an illustrious naval career. Beethoven was deaf, but contrived to strike the right notes.
Some Anglican priests have made it to the Bench of Bishops without believing in the Resurrection or the
divinity of Christ...