New Catholic Public School
WITH the election of the Headmaster of Mount St. Mary's College, Fr. Ralph Baines, S.J., to the Headmasters' Conference, the third of the Jesuit Boarding Schools takes officially a status to which its achievements, tradition and standing have long entitled it, and " The Mount " ranks as a public school within the meaning of the Act. We are pleased to be able to offer our congratulations both to " The Mount " and to Fr. Baines personally, to whose endeavours this consummation devoted hoped is largely due. In the short time his dynamic energy and charming personality have been devoted to guiding the destinies of his alma mater Fr. Baines has introduced many improvements, and on the feast of Corpus Christi the Bishop of Nottingham blessed his latest—Barlborough Hall, which is to serve as a preparatory school. Both the Manor of Spinkill and Barlborough Hall have long Catholic associations. The former, in which the college stands, was bequeathed to the Jesuits in 1718 by a member of the Pole family, and the college, originally founded in 1620, was refounded there in 1842.
ANUMBER of correspondents have sent in suggestions as to how a Catholic marriage bureau can be run. Fr. Scully's scheme is as follows. That we should make a list of registered applicants, each of whom would be vouched for by a priest.
Answers to any advertisements (them
selves to be vouched for by priests unless already registered) can only be made by registered applicants.
Only box numbers would be used in the paper so that no names need be made public.
Frankly, we are very puzzled about whether to sponsor this idea, and should be very grateful for the advice of other priests. Do they seriously think that the scheme would do good, be of any use, or do harm?
End of Breakespeare Club
ONE Is extremely sorry to hear of the closing down of the Breakespeare Club, in Kensington. This was a brave attempt to provide a social centre where Catholics interested in intellectual and social matters might meet. Throughout its existence of four or five years the club, often in association with the Catholic Council of International Relations, organised conferences or meetings to greet distinguished Catholics from abroad. The club's biggest handicap was undoubtedly its position. Those who could have clone most to make it a success did not live in Kensington, and the essence of a venture like this lies in its being a place " to drop into." A special word of congratulation and thanks is due to Mr V. L. P. Fowke, the enthusiastic and hard-working secretary for most of the club's existence.
NO doubt you read Lord Carnrose's big article on the Press in Tuesday's Telegraph (has not the paper a circulation of three-quarters of a million?) At the end, Lord Cainrose says that he wrote the article to rid the public mind of any idea that newspapers were under irresponsible control. In all cases, he assures us, there is no danger of anyone less than a Lord or a Sir (with millions behind them) looking after the public's interest, There are only two exceptions, The Times and the Observer, where, by some incomprehensible survival of an earlier custom, the editors (Dawson and Garvin) are allowed responsibility. Read it again, if you don't believe me. It's there in black and white.
DEAR, dear! I only have to mention Sheed and Ward or even indirectly touch them to make a mistake. The week before last I read in my Church Times that its editor had enjoyed reading Jerrold's The Necessity of Freedom in a Penguin edition. This seemed to me news, and so I reported the matter in my notes last week. Sheed and Ward, the publishers, now ring up in righteous anger to say that The Necessity of Freedom is not a Penguin, but merely one of the Catholic Books of the Month, obtainable cheap by members. The only moral I can draw (apart from apologies) is the recalling that the Church Times, being written to uphold a heretical religion, is technically on the
Had I interpreted matters more strictly, I ahould not have made the mistake.
The Mystery Deepens
THE mystery about Mme. Tabouis deepens. Every week dozens of famous men and women make Speeches at meals and otherwise. Why, then, did Gaumont British select Tabouls' recent speech in London for a special insertion in their current news reel? Ask me another, but when the Sunday Chronicle, taking over Tabouis with the other Referee junk, introduces her " brilliant prophetic writings " with a supporting quotation from Hitler, " The speech I am making to-day Mme. Tabouis knew yesterday; she is the wisest of all women," we may expect anything.
Wise And Otherwise
"The future of American youth Is on top of American soil—not underneath European dirt."—Walter Winchc/i.
"Only ignorance of the true facts can induce Christians to tolerate Jews."— Martin passe, Bishop (Lutheran) of Eisenach,.